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RAW VEGAN COCONUT BERRIES CHIA PUDDING

September 17, 2013

 Dear One,

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Chia seeds pudding is definitely my favourite breakfast : virtually no carbs, loaded with healthy fats, fibre and slow release energy, chia seeds are one of nature’s near perfect foods. It is believed that just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds could sustain an Aztec warrior for 24 hours !

Although I am no Aztec warrior, chia seeds definitely do work for me : they give me the energy I need to work and play all morning, leaving me with a moderate appetite when come lunch time. In other words, the ultimate breakfast food.

Raw vegan coconut berries chia pudding

Serves 2 to 4 :

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

2 cups fresh pure water

a small punnet raspberries

a small punnet strawberries, halved

Put the chia seeds and half the water (1 cup) in a mixing bowl.

Prepare a creamy coconut milk by blending the desiccated coconut with the other cup of water. Strain, pour on the chia mixture and give it a good mix using a fork.

Allow to stand for at least half and hour to allow the chia seeds to soak up the coconut mylk.

Serve with the berries, adding toppings of your choice : ground flax, sesame and pumpkin seeds, goji berries, bee pollen (not technically vegan) and cacao nibs are my current favourites.

Also easy to eat on the move, just put everything in a recycled glass jar :

Coconut berries chia pudding in glass jar

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RED MACA PEA PROTEIN BERRY DELIGHT

February 4, 2013

 Dear One,

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I created this little wonder for breakfast this morning ; it was so good it was literally devoured before I could take a picture (:-) It would work a treat as a post workout smoothie too.

When it comes to smoothies, I like to play it by the music as variations are endless. Use recipes as mere pointers and allow your creativity to flow.

As I had an early start and a busy day out, I started with sustaining pea protein powder ; I was in the mood for a berry flavour, with the added benefit that berries are low in sugar and full of antioxidants. For further sustainance and omega-3 boost, I added chia seeds (white so that the end result would be of a vibrant pink). I added the strawberry powder for extra berry power. And finally, I always add super foods to my smoothies – my most recently discovered superfood is red maca …

This is what I found out about red maca :

What Is Red Maca?

Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) is the rarest of all varieties of maca. It is sometimes called pink or purple maca, but is most generally referred to as “red maca.”   It grows in the same regions and under similar conditions as other more common types of maca and yet has some unique properites that are quickly making it the maca of choice. Over the past few years it has gained quite a bit of popularity and quite honestly, after we tried it 2 years ago, it has become our favorite variety not only because of the increased potency, but also because of the taste.

How Is Red Maca Different?

If you were to visit a maca farm, before the roots are made into a powder, you’d quickly and easily be able to tell the difference between red maca, yellow/cream maca and black maca.   As you can see from the photos here, each of the roots are of a different color – and in this way they are named.

yellow maca roots

yellow maca roots

black maca roots

black maca roots

red maca root

red maca root

Although all organically grown high quality maca powders share a nearly identical nutritional profile, red maca has been shown, under phytonutrient analysis, to be higher in certain compounds that support the body in antioxidant and antitumoral activity. It has also been showm among all macas to contain somewhat higher levels of other pythonutrients including alkaloids, tannins, saponis and steroids.

Another significant difference of red maca and yellow/cream and black macas is the taste.  Most people find the taste to be more gentle and mild and would describe the taste as similar to a subtle caramel. One customer recently wrote us to let us know that her kids love red maca on their oatmeal instead of sugar because it tastes so sweet!

What Studies Have Been Done on Red Maca?

Interest in maca among medical professionals is growing as are research studies.  In terms of studies on Red Maca in particular, there are three major notable ones.

1.  The most important study done on red maca was published in the Journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2005; 3:5. In it 8 medical researchers report that over the course of 42 days: “Red Maca but neither Yellow/Cream nor Black Maca reduced significantly ventral prostate size in rats.“     The study also goes on to report that in under pyhtochemical analysis for 7 functional nutrient groups, “Highest peak values were observed for Red Maca, intermediate values for Yellow/Cream Maca and low values for Black Maca.”

2.  In 2010 researchers from the Universidad Peruana, Lima published a study on the effects of maca on bone structure in rats that had had their ovaries removed.  The conclusion was that both “Red and black maca have protective effects on bone architecture in OVX rats without showing estrogenic effects on uterine weight.”

3.  Finally another study from the same University in 2009 found that black maca to increase sperm production more than yellow or red maca.  The study concluded that while red maca, like other macas, had a favorable effect on energy, mood and sexula desire, it did little to increase the volume of sperm produced in comparasion to black or yellow/cream maca.

How Can Red Maca Support Vibrant Health?

Red Maca, like the yellow/cream and black maca can do all of the following:

  • Boost overall energy and vitality
  • Balance hormones for both men and women – this can support with menopause, acne, fertility, thyroid and other health problems related to the endocrine system.
  • Support a healhy libido and sex drive

In addition Red Maca in particular seems to be the best of all macas for:

  • Prostate protection – most important for men and in particular men over 40
  • Bone density – most important for women and children

Complete Nutritional Breakdown of Red Maca

Sample Size 100g:

Carbohydrates 62.6g, Fat 0.82g, Fiber 5.3g, Protein 17.9g

Protein Components (%): Albumins & Globulins 74, Glutelins 15.3, Prolamins 10.6, True Protein 42.1

Vitamin & Minerals (mg %): Ascorbic Acid 3.52, Boron 12, Calcium 490, Iron 80, Magnesium 70, Niacin 43, Phosphorous 320, Potassium 113, Riboflavin 0.61, Sodium 20, Thiamine 0.42, Zinc 32 Amino Acids: Alanine 63.1, Arginine 99.4, Asparatic Acid 91.7, Glutamatic Acid 156, Glycine 68.3, HO-Proline 26, Hystidine 21.9, Isoleucine 47.4, Leucine 91, Lysine 54.5 Methionine 28, Phenylalanine 55.3 Proline 0.5, Sarcosine 0.7, Serine 50.4, Threonine 33.1, Tyrosine 30.6, Valine 79.3

Final Thoughts On Red Maca

We love all kinds of maca and have enjoyed the benefits of them for years.  We like to use a variety of maca colors for ourselves and usually have yellow, red and black maca on hand.   That said, our favorite tasting maca is Red Maca. We highly recommend it as it provides nearly all of the advantages of the other kinds of maca with the exception of increasing sperm count (according to the study listed above).

After all these praises, I just had to try red maca for myself.

First straight from the bag, alongside with regular cream coloured maca (and I do confirm that yes, red maca does taste milder and sweeter that regular maca). And then in this red maca pea protein berry delight :

2 cups pure fresh water

2 Tbsp pea protein powder

1 Tbsp white chia seeds

about 150g fresh or frozen mixed berries

1 Tbsp strawberry powder

1 tsp red maca

Simply blend all ingredients and enjoy alone or with a loved one.

Tip : Put the water in your blender first. This way, you will avoid having the protein powder sticking to the sides of the blender.

Note : Now, red maca powder is not actually *red*. Put alongside regular macs, it rather looks pinkish.

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ROSEHIP AND LEMON TEA

November 28, 2012

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The rose plant is very versatile. The rose flower will make any woman smile, and the very much edible fruit, the rose hip, can be used to make jam or herbal tea. Rose hips are sometimes brewed with hibiscus flower to make a delicious herbal tea.

Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C. During World War II, the people of Britain were actually encouraged to make syrup from wild-grown rose hips for their children as Vitamin C supplement. This was because it was very difficult to get hold of citrus fruits imported from the tropics, as many commercial ships were destroyed.

Rose hips also contain plenty of lycopene, some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.

This lemon – rose hip herbal tea combo will help prevent colds during the winter months.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 tbsp dried Rosehip powder

1 lemon, sliced thin

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the rosehip and lemon slices in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes. Sip hot or cold.

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GINGER HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA

November 25, 2012

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Hibiscus flower tea is a herbal tea consumed by people all around the world. It is an infusion made from the deep red petals of the Hibiscus flower and it can be drunk both hot and cold.

It is also referred to as bissap or wonjo in West Africa, sorrel in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and red sorrel in the wider Caribbean.

Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage.

In some areas the tea is made with a number of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and is a traditional Christmas drink. The tea is thought to have been popular with the ancient Egyptians, and even today hibiscus tea is a traditional drink at Egyptian weddings.

Benefits of Hibiscus

  • The tea is packed with vitamin C and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu and strengthens the immune system. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can help to remove bacteria from the system. It is useful for preventing and fighting infections.
  • Hibiscus flowers contain high amounts of beneficial bio flavonoids (that give them their intense crimsom colour) that protect cells from free radicals damage.
  • The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins, and is often used to lower blood pressure. It can be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • The tea is also of benefit to those who wish to lose weight, as it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates.
  • Regular consumption of the tea can keep the body’s bladder function healthy and prevent constipation. It can help to keep the digestive system generally healthy and has a soothing effect on inflammation.
  • Note : While Hibiscus flower tea is very beneficial for PMS, due to its effect on the hormone function of the body (especially estrogens), it is best not to consume it during the first 3 months of pregnancy,  so as n ot to disturb the natural hormonal balance.

Serves 1 (makes 1 litre) :

1 handful dried Hibiscus flowers

1 handful fresh ginger root, cut into thin slivers

1 litre freshly boiled water

Put the hibiscus flowers and gringer root slivers in a 1 litre teapot. Pour the water and brew for at least 10 minutes.

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RAW VEGAN HEMP BAOBAB CHIA PUDDING

November 11, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Chia seeds are one of the most powerful nutritious superfoods on the planet : they are an excellent source of fibre (more than bran flakes), packed with antioxidants (more than fresh blueberries), full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals (more Calcium than 2% fat milk), and the richest known plant source of omega-3 fatty acids (more than Atlantic salmon and flaxseed)  !

Adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately 7 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping 5 grams of omega-3 !

Chia seeds are really a great food to make into a breakfast pudding.

In this recipe, I sweeten the pudding with raisins and add baobab powder for a delightful lemon sherbet flavour. I also added camu camu because it is loaded with immune system boosting Vitamin C.

For 2 to 4 servings :

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

2 cups fresh pure water

1 tbsp soy lecithin *(not raw)

1 tbsp baobab powder

1 tbsp camu camu (optional)

Put the chia seeds and the raisins in a mixing bowl with half the water (1 cup).

Prepare the hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with the other cup of water. Strain. Rinse blender. Return strained milk to the blender, add the lecithin, baobab powder and camu camu (if using) and blend again. Pour on the chia mixture and give it a good mix using a fork.

Allow to stand for at least a couple of hours or ideally overnight. Will keep in the fridge for a few days – actually the flavours improve with time.

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RAW DEHYDRATED SALT VINEGAR AND BAOBAB KALE CHIPS RECIPE

November 10, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Baobab fruit powder is an exceptionally nutritious superfood from Africa.

The baobab is a truly remarkable tree. Said to live for a thousand years or more, baobabs dominate parts of the African landscape with their root-like branches and massive trunks that can reach 25 metres or more in circumference. One baobab tree in South Africa, known as ‘Big Baobab’, has a circumference of 47 metres and even a bar for 60 people inside the trunk !

The baobab is often called ‘the healing tree’ because sap, pulp, leaves and bark are used for medicine to treat as various conditions as toothache, asthma, colic, inflammations, insect bites and fatigue. The bark is widely used as a substitute for quinine to treat malarial fevers. Moreover, there is a strong belief that baobab trees house spirits which, if called upon, will help heal sickness, suffering and particularly infertility. For this reason, many stands of baobab trees have become sacred sites and places of worship.

The powder from the baobab fruit is an excellent source of the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, an outstanding source of vitamin C, and a great source of B vitamins. It’s a fantastic antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an effective prebiotic. It has a high pectin content, so you can use it as a thickener in recipes.

Baobab is also very rich in dietary fibre, which are beneficial for gut health, weight management and heart health. It contains 50% dietary fibre – 77% of which is soluble, and 23% insoluble. It is the dietary fibre that gives it the prebiotic effects.

And finally, it has a wonderful lemon sherbet flavour and is a natural flavour enhancer, so adds depth to any dish, sweet or savoury. I just had to put them in Kale chips, and I am pretty happy I did 🙂

Serves 4 or 2 or 1 …

400g Kale (I like to use green kale, but will perfectly work with any variety)

2  tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp baobab fruit powder

1/2 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Wash and spin dry the kale. Tear it into not too small pieces. First add the baobab and mix with your hands to distribute. Then add the oil, vinegar and salt, and mix again.

Evenly spread your seasoned kale onto 2 dehydrator trays lined with nonstick sheets and dehydrate at 42°C for about 12 hours or until crispy. Check halfway and then every few hours, trying not to eat it all. The time needed to dehydrate the kale until crispy varies, as it depends on the temperature and humidity levels around.

Enjoy

Stay Well and Happy,

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AVOCADO FOR BREAKFAST

November 8, 2012

 Dear One,

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Avocados sometimes have a bad reputation because of their high content in fats. But avocados are really a wondrous food, and it would be a pity to miss out on all of it’s wonder.

  • FATS : The truth is that avocados are rich in healthy fats, the kind our bodies need. The oleic acid (healthy mono-unsaturated fats) in avocados boost HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
  • CAROTENOIDS : Avocados, also known as alligator pears or even simply pears in Africa and in the Caribbeans, have a diverse range of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also over half a dozen other lesser known carotenoids. Carotenoids are transformed into high quality vitamin A by the body. Carotenoids / Vitamin A is essential for eye health, enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are fat soluble, eating avocados optimises their absorption.
  • PROTEIN : Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest because of the lack of fibre, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocados are very high in fibre. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATION : The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocados offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocado’s  unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation.
  • BOOST NUTRIENT INTAKE : Not only are avocados full of beneficial nutrients, they’ll help you absorb fat soluble nutrients from other fruits and vegetables.  Adding avocado to tomato salsa increases lycopene and beta-carotene absorption by at least a double compared to eating the same tomato salsa without avocados.

And they taste wonderful. I totally loooooove avocados. What’s there not to love ?

Until recently, I used to only eat avocado in savoury meals and I wouldn’t think of having them for breakfast, let alone with something sweet. A couple of years ago, I was served a fruit salad with avocado cubes inside ; I was wowed at what a deliciously decadent combination it makes. Since then I have been enjoying avocados at any time of the day. Eating them for breakfast means I have long lasting energy to play all morning.

Give it a try, and you will be pleasantly surprised.

In this recipe I couple avocado with pear (I like to mix avocado with pear – the autumn fruit – as I grew up calling avocados ‘pears’ …), sprouted rye groats, goji berries and bee pollen (not vegan).

For 2 who share the love for avocados :

1 avocado, diced

1 big pear, diced small

1/4 cup sprouted rye groats

2 tbsp goji berries

2 tbsp bee pollen (not vegan)

1 cup raw creamy maca hemp milk or vegan / dairy milk of your choice (optional)

Divide everything between 2 breakfast bowls.

Eat as is, or pour half a cup of nut milk over each bowl.

Enjoy

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