Festive Fruit Cake (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

Festive Fruit Cake (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

In my health coaching practice, I advise my clients to eat predominantly low-sugar fruits like berries (and eat starchy carbs and grains in moderation). However, the foundation of a balanced diet (in my belief), is balance. A balance that leaves room for occasional culinary indulgences and treats. =)

This cake is rich and decadent but doesn’t require any baking. You need to leave it in your fridge overnight so please take this in consideration before you decide to prepare it.

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Ingredients:

  • Four cups of gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • Organic applesauce with berries
  • 1/4 cup of cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons of raw tahini
  • Few large carrots
  • 3-4 frozen bananas (need to be ripe)
  • A cup of raspberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons of raw coconut flour
  • A teaspoon of Himalayan salt
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
  • A tablespoon of cacao/or carob powder

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the oats with boiled water. Once they soften, savor them with salt and spices, and place the mixture in a cake pan (I used one with a rectangular shape)
  2. Add the applause on top (the whole jar) and sprinkle the cacao nibs on top
  3. Place your bananas in a blender (you may need to add some liquid; I used almond milk) and blend them until they form a creamy consistency resembling ice-cream. Add on top of layer 2
  4. Place the raspberries in the same blender you just used (again, you may need some liquid) and add the raspberry sauce on top of layer 3. I mixed it with some cacao powder
  5. Clean your blender from the banana-raspberry cream you just created and add the carrots. Blend them alone and then add the tahini. You will create a delicious paste (just a warning!:)). Place on top of layer 4
  6. If you wish, you can blend two more bananas to add one more layer of sweetness. Regardless, this is the time time to add your coconut flour so that all layers stick together and form a thick consistency.
  7. For the final layer, I leave it up to you to unleash your imagination and decorate the cake anyway you desire. I used dried and fresh fruit.:)

Voila! Here you have it: a seven-layered-no-bake cake. I hope you enjoy it and, if you want more, make sure to check out my other cake recipes.

Bon appetit!:)

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Alkalizing Savory Smoothie

Alkalizing Savory Smoothie

If you are recovering from an injury/surgery/flu/hangover/or a physical exhaustion of any kind you need to replenish yourself with this high alkaline smoothie! 🍏🍏🥝🍋


It is quite savory but you can always add sweet fruit like a banana or a pear.

Ingredients. 

  • lettuce (rich in vitamin A, C, E, K)
  • celery (proven to aid digestion and balance the sodium-potassium ratio in your body)
  • cranberries (boost the immune system and prevent urinary tract infection; also a natural diuretic)
  • a dash of turmeric (very anti-inflammatory)
  • a teaspoon of moringa powder (fights free radicals and supports brain health)
  • a tablespoon of hemp seeds (rich in protein and essential fatty acids)

I blended it with a 1/2 cup of strawberry kombucha: for flavor and probiotics!

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Let food be thy medicine!

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Turmeric Recipes

Turmeric Recipes

Do you add turmeric to your meals? Did you know it has superb anti-inflammatory properties that fight infection and strengthen the immune system?

In this post, I share with you how to make golden milk and a turmeric salad dressing.

I. Turmeric Latte

I love turmeric latte because it’s warming, grounding and very nourishing for the body when it’s cold outside. The ingredients in this golden milk include cell protective compounds, anti-inflammatory properties and a brain boosting effect.
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Ingredients for one serving:
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– 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I think hemp milk works best but you can also use almond, oat or rice milk)
– 1 tsp of turmeric
– 1 small piece of fresh ginger
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon (I add nutmeg as well)
– 1 pinch of ground black pepper*
– A dropfull of stevia or maple syrup (or two dates)
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You can either mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, of blend them together and then add a 1/4 cup of boiling water.
The second method takes less time and tastes just as good.

*IMPORTANT: the curcumin in turmeric is best absorbed in the body in combination with piperine, found in black pepper. 


II. Salad Dressing

Two tablespoons of hemp seeds*

A teaspoon of tahini (even better will be few soaked cashews)

A generous bunch of cilantro

A dash of mustard seed

A tablespoon of nutritional yeast

A pinch of Himalayan salt

A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

A pinch of oregano spice and garlic to taste 

*The compounds in turmeric are fat-soluble so you need to consume it with a serving of healthy fats.
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—~>> The base is spinach, steamed Brussel sprouts and few slightly warmed pineapple chunks.
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Spicy, hearty and sweet = > my favorite combination! 🙌🏻

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p.s I am also a firm believer that the food we eat brings comfort and holistic healing to our physical and energetic body. The color yellow can be used therapeutically to open up the solar plexus and bring vital energy to the spleen, liver pancreas, and stomach.

*If you like to learn more about chakra music and meditation – check this post.

~With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

 

*NO BAKE* Cake Recipe: Raw Vegan

*NO BAKE* Cake Recipe: Raw Vegan

Do you like desserts?

I do, very much, and this is why I created this healthy and still absolutely decadent and delicious cake. I came up with the recipe for my birthday but you can of course enjoy it all year around.

Ingredients

15-20 medjool dates (pre-soaked in water for about thirty minutes), one container of frozen raspberries (about 350 g), a cup of dried mulberries, a cup of kombucha (any berry or hibiscus flavor will do), a packet of cauliflower rice, a cup of raisins, few tablespoon of raw coconut flour, a medium container of unflavored coconut yogurt, a cup of sunflower seeds, a cup of blueberries (for decoration)

Flavors

Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cacao, Lavender

Instructions

Making the crust:

  1. In a food processor, blend by pulsing your riced cauliflower, the raisins, the sunflower seeds and mulberries. Add a small amount of kombucha (it will create a fuzzy look), the cacao, the coconut flour and your spices. The formed paste will resemble a cake crust, as illustrated on the photo. You have a low-calorie crust that tastes as legit as if it was made from flour…Trust me!:)

Creating the cream:

   2. Layer a small amount of coconut yogurt on top and let it sit for few minutes.

   3. Meanwhile, blend the dates and the frozen raspberries until they form a creamy consistency. You may need to add few drops of water depending on your food processor`s potency.  I also added lavender for its aroma.  Arrange the blended product on top of the coconut yogurt.

Decorating:

4. Finally, add another layer of coconut yogurt and arrange with any berries you like.

Place the cake in the fridge and let it sit for minimum of 12 hours.

Invite friends over and enjoy the cake together!

Try my other desserts too.

Hope you like this recipe. Comment below if you have any questions or comments.:)

 

Back-To-Basics Smoothie Recipe

Back-To-Basics Smoothie Recipe

I get a lot of requests for simple recipes and here you have it – a basic delicious smoothie that you can do with only three ingredients! 

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Smoothies are portable, packed with nutrients and very hydrating. Plus, it saves you a lot of money to make them at home and take them with you at work or at the gym as a post-workout quick meal. 👉🏻 It best to pour them in a mason jar, or in a non-plastic container.

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For this basic smoothie you only need:

two cups of spinach

one banana

a cup of blueberries.

For the liquid base add a cup of water (or, if you are more e almond milk/coconut water/cold green tea).

 

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If you would like to nutritionalize it even more – add a tablespoon of hemp seeds (very rich in omegas and protein) and few mint leaves (for flavor). If you need extra protein, add more hemp seeds and a scoop of protein. I use @1stphorm (the vegan edition). Just make sure to add more water.

HEALTHY TIP

➡️ Best to drink your smoothie with a straw and actually chew them instead of gulping the liquid to send signals to your digestive tract to release enzymes and absorb the nutrients more efficiently.

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I am curious: Do you drink smoothie often? What is your favorite simple recipe? Comment below and forward this post to a friend who is a smoothie newbie and wants to learn how to do it. Make sure to check out all the recipes I have shared on this blog: type “smoothie” in the search bar.

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Fortify Your Smoothie Bowl in 7 steps

Fortify Your Smoothie Bowl in 7 steps

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Fortify your #smoothiebowl in seven steps: 🍏🥒🔅🎨🎾
1) Add greens (I used lettuce, one large zucchini, celery)🔰🚣🏼🏅
2) Use fibrous vegetables and antioxidant-rich fruits for your base (Here I have two medium beets, one tiny green apple and a cup of frozen blueberries.) 🔮⛹🏽‍♀️🍇
3) Don’t forget to add protein (I used two tablespoons of hemp protein and a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds: also very rich in Zinc and Magnesium 😉💪🏼🖕
4) Improve your brain function with seed sources of #omega3 (I used flax seeds) 🤴🏻
5) Upscale your daily #selenium intake with (one to two Brazil nuts provide you with more than your basal daily needs )
6) Supersize the nutritional value with #superfoods (though optional!).
I used matcha and maca powder. 💛🍀😎

In addition to consuming greens in their unprocessed form, I also recommend using a green powder that you can add to your smoothies.
This is the best brand I have found so far and it actually tastes great!

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7) Spice it up! 🖕A dash of cinnamon regulates your Insulin levels and cumin assist digestion (I use them interchangeably in my smoothies). 😊

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Voila! 🏹7 steps to a super potent and energizing breakfast/lunch! 🏃🏽‍♀️
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Why you Need a Berrylicious Diet

Why you Need a Berrylicious Diet

I l o v e berries (blueberries being my favorite).

Not only do they provide you with essential antioxidants but are also very low in calories, making them a nutritious and tasty weight-loss hack. You can add them to your smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, home-made desserts, eat them with coconut yogurt, or simply drizzle them with raw coconut flour and sweeten them with stevia.

According to WebMd, blueberries contain the following:

  • Antioxidants. These chemicals, which include vitamins A, C and E, protect cells from damage and possibly from disease. 
  • Resveratrol. This is found in grapes and some other berries, as well as in red wine and dark chocolate. It may help lower inflammation, prevent clogged arteries, and offer cancer protection.
  • Flavonoids. These nutrients give berries their brilliant colors and may help protect against cancer, inflammation, and heart disease. 

 

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Here is my favorite smoothie recipe with blubs:

Blend one large banana with a cup of blueberries, spinach and coconut water and one tablespoon of chia/flax.

If you want to make a smoothie-bowl just use less liquid and you can eat the thicker consistency with a spoon. You can add toppings like dried mulberries,  cacao nibs, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and raisins.

The protein powder I use and recommend. 

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Enjoy and share this post with a friend.:)

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If you would like to learn more – check out this post: 

Fortify Your Smoothie Bowl in 7 steps