Cranberry Choco Delight

Cranberry Choco Delight

I shared this recipe with friends of mine and it was a great success! I hope you enjoy it as well.

 

Ingredients:

  • A cup of soaked almonds (have to be raw and unsalsted)
  • One medium avocado
  • Four-five pitted medjool dates (soaked overnight as well)
  • Two tablespoons of cacao
  • A half of cup of unsweetened coconut milk 
  • A cup of raw cranberries
  • Vanilla Extract
  • A pinch of cayenne (only if you want the spicy kick!)


Instructions: 

1) Place your pre-soaked almonds (for a minimum of 20 min) in your food processor and leave them to blend for about 10 min or until the almonds release their fat and start to form a buttery consistency.


2)Add the avocado, your coconut milk and the dates and blend by pulsing for about a minute.


3) Add the cranberries. You may also add a touch of stevia/monk fruit (or a handful of  few raisins/goji berries for extra sweetness). I also add a dash of cinnamon, vanilla extract, chili flakes and nutmeg.


4) Decorate with toppings of choice. I used dried mulberries and cacao nibs.

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Pasta-Free Pasta

Pasta-Free Pasta
Disclaimer: this is an alternative approach to cooking spaghetti:))

Have you ever craved a pasta-meal that doesn’t leave you overly stuffed or bloated?

If you are familiar with the  “zoodles”  terminology, you already know what to expect in this post.

If you haven’t, then please continue reading to learn how to prepare them. It is actually very easy and doesn’t require a lot of time investment.

Ideally, you need a spiralizer or a basic spiral slicer.

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For the “pasta” you would need 2-3 big zucchini or cucumbers.

The dressing I recommend must consists of a proportioned ration of healthy fats, herbs, fruit and lemon/lime juice (or apple cider vinegar). The simplest would be to stir two tablespoons of tahini with lemon juice, vinegar and water until it gets creamy. It is very versatile in you can mold into any variation you would like. You can also prepare it without the fruit if you lean towards more savory foods.

These are my favorite combinations:

  • Half to a medium avocado, basil, one medium orange, mango or two/three small tangerines, cup of cherry tomatoes, oregano, lime juice, paprika (or chili flakes), a pinch of Himalayan salt.
  • A tablespoon of tahini  (or two tablespoons of hemp seeds), few celery sticks, piece of ginger, two teaspoons of  Bregg’s aminos, lemon juice, dash of turmeric or curry powder, oregano, onion flakes. Optional: nutritional yeast (rich in vitamin B complex and protein) and dulse (algae rich in Iodine that gives a salty flavour).
  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (or hemp seeds; or a half-half of the both), one small orange, two medjool dates, lemon juice, cumin, dill, basil.

Note:

By no means am I saying that pasta is unhealthy; just the opposite – complex carbohydrates can be a great fuel for your body if your body tolerates carbs well. I personally feel my best eating a predominantly raw diet that consists of a lot of vegetables and healthy fats, and some fruit.

If you are looking for a low-carb, yet delicious and satisfying dinner/lunch, zucchini noodles are for you!

Hope you enjoy those recipes and please remember that you can always adapt the listed ingredients to your taste and cupboard availability. 

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Post-Holiday *DETOX* Foods

Post-Holiday *DETOX* Foods

Holidays are a much desired and needed rest period meant to be used to relax, enjoy food and spend quality time with our families. However, sometimes holiday eating can go overboard. Here are my tips on how to bounce quickly from the food coma and feel light again – if this is your goal!

1.  Simple BUT Golden: drink a lot of water: preferably with freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. Water with added citrus will not only hydrate you but will also speed your digestion and alkalize your body.

2 Stock on the alkalizing foods.

A too acidic gut environment is linked to adverse effects on cell metabolism: as impaired energy production, fluid accumulation and edema, and a likely increase in free radical production.

  • Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas.
  • Acid-forming foods include most grains, beans, meats, dairy products, fish, fast foods and processed foods

3. Increase your vegetables. As you know, veggies are low-calorie, fiber-rich foods that will sweep your flora from undigested food (animal products tend to require a much longer time to digest than the plant-based ) and keep you fuller for longer. You can easily decrease the volume of food you are consuming in the days post Christmas by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet (way more calorie-dilute than other foods and very filling because of the fiber!). In this way, you will quickly feel refreshed and motivated to exercise. Most likely your body will crave lighter foods naturally, if you are an intuitive eater with no history of binge eating (* if you do, please don’t follow this protocol and talk a registered dietitian/or therapist).

4. For a couple of days, skip on adding oils, eating animal fats or snacking on too many nuts/or avocados.

Holiday meals tend to have rich fat content and fat, whether ‘good’ or  ‘bad,’ goes directly to your fat deposits if you don’t utilize it for energy in the following days, which will be hard if you have consumed a lot of it in access. Please note that you can`t gain a pound of fat from one or two extra-rich holiday meals. However,  the saturation of fat and sugar in your bloodstream surpasses the leptin hormone and can easily leave you craving sugary desserts and greasy foods long after the holiday because of the insulin resistance created in the bloodstream from the overindulgence in fats.

6. Cut down on soda, juices, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol for at least 3 full days. The body is designed to quickly rebound to homeostasis but it, in order to repair, it needs some time off to clean itself and rest.

I hope you implement my tips for few consequent days and I promise you quickly will feel better and energized again!

Stay healthy! ❤

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Pasta-Free Pasta

Pasta-Free Pasta
Disclaimer: this is an alternative approach to cooking spaghetti:))

Have you ever wanted a pasta-meal that doesn’t leave you overly stuffed?

If you are familiar with the  “zoodles”  terminology you already know what to expect in this post. If you haven’t, then please continue reading to learn how to prepare them. It is actually very easy and doesn’t require a lot of time investment.

Ideally, you would need a spiralizer or a basic spiral slicer.



For the “pasta” you would need 2-3 big zucchini or cucumbers.

The dressing I recommend should consist of some fats, herbs, fruit and lemon/lime juice (or apple cider vinegar). The simplest would be to stir two tablespoons of tahini with lemon juice, vinegar and water until it gets creamy. It is very versatile in you can mold into any variation you would like.

Those are my favorite combinations:

  • Half to a medium avocado, basil, one medium orange, mango or two/three small tangerines, cup of cherry tomatoes, oregano, lime juice, paprika (or chili flakes), a pinch of Himalayan salt.
  • A tablespoon of tahini  (or two tablespoons of hemp seeds), few celery sticks, piece of ginger, two teaspoons of  Bregg’s aminos, lemon juice, dash of turmeric or curry powder, oregano, onion flakes. Optional: nutritional yeast (rich in vitamin B complex and protein) and dulse (algae rich in Iodine that gives a salty flavour).
  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (or hemp seeds; or a half-half of the both), one small orange, two medjool dates, lemon juice, cumin, dill, basil.

Note:

By no means am I saying that pasta is unhealthy; just the opposite – complex carbohydrates are a great fuel for your body (especially if you are working out a lot or staying very active during the day). However, on most days I personally enjoy lighter meals that don’t drain me down or make feel sluggish.

Plus, you can always alternate between eating regular pasta and swapping your carb-load with zucchini. 🙂

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If you are looking for low-calorie, yet delicious and filling dinner/lunch, zucchini noodles are for you!

Hope you enjoy those recipes and please remember that you can always adapt the listed ingredients to your taste and cupboard availability. 

Stay healthy!:)

Time for a SALAD: 3 home-made dressings

Time for a SALAD: 3 home-made dressings

Make your plate your canvas!

1st: Lettuce, tomatoes, yams and arugula.

Dressing: lime juice, jalapeno, mustard, scallion, cucumber, avocado and celery

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2nd: Steamed veggies, lettuce and sprouted lentils.

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Dressing: only lime juice,kelp (seeweed is great and nutritious alternative to salt, check here ->),  and nutritional yeast

3rd: Beets, cherry tomatoes and chard

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Dressing: Blend on small scale (or by pulsing) 3 small beets with one small plum, a medium tomato, basil, spoon of miso and dulse (another great choice of seeweed full of vitamins).

You can also savour it with Bregg`s Luquid Aminos and Balsamic VInegar.

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Enjoy!

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Dress-Up Your Salad: 3 easy recipes

Dress-Up Your Salad: 3 easy recipes
  1. Steamed veggies and lettuce salad. Dressing: blend celery, mustard, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinegar and one small pear together with some herbs of your choice. I used oregano.

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    2. Spinach, arugula and brown rice topped with a dressing of blended celery, quarter of an avocado and small zucchini, scallion, basil, balsamic vinegar and lime juice.

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3. Lettuce, plump tomatoes, pepper and spiralized cucumber. Dressing: blend one medium tomato with a cup of pineapple chunks, a spoon of miso, nutritional yeast, lime juice, a piece of jalapeno pepper and an oz of sunflower seeds.

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Serve as a side dish to your main course or enjoy alone!

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“Wise” Bread Recipe – Anti-Inflammatory and Protective

“Wise” Bread Recipe – Anti-Inflammatory and Protective

If you are wondering why “wise” – walnuts are one of the most abundant plant-based sources of Omega-3, essential for the proper functions of your brain and efficient levels of concentration. No wonder why their shape resembles a human brain, right?!

Garlic in turn is one of the most eminent anti-inflammatory foods, helping you stay resilient to disease and infections, and also improving your iron metabolism and protecting your heart.

Ingredients:

Cup of Gluten-Free Flour

Cup of walnuts, 2 table spoons of sesame seeds

Clove of garlic

Touch of cumin

Tea spoon of baking soda

Table spoon of  apple vinegar

Salt for taste

Touch of olive oil

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Blend the walnuts,  sesame seeds and garlic together with the cumin and add them to the flour. Add the rest ingredients to the dough and knead it until it becomes well formed and ready to be put in the oven. 

Bake for around 30-40 minutes on 300° F/ 150°C.

In all honesty, I didn`t get around to taste my creation but I`ve heard it was very good!:)

As a high raw foodist the feedback coming from others is all I need to feel satisfied!:) And for what I can tell, it smelled really delicious!

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