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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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RAINBOW SMOOTHIE

December 8, 2012

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Chard is actually a type of beet that has been bred to grow robust stalks with juicy leaves instead of thick roots, and in some parts of the word chard is known as silverbeet. Chard, just like spinach, can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or boiled, sauteed or stir fried.Rainbow chard, or “Bright Lights,” is a mixture of chard varieties with red, orange, yellow or white coloured stalks.

Like all green leafy vegetables, chard is low in both fat and calories, but rich in vitamins A and C, Calcium, Iron and fibre.

In this smoothie, I couple them with health boosting mixed berries, bananas for energy and hemp seed oil for healthy fats and to ensure optimum nutrients absorption. The superfoods are optional, but if you can, include them as they are great : the purple corn extract give us the purple in the rainbow, and adaptogens maca and suma help keep those hormones balanced.

Rainbow smoothie

Serves 2 (makes about 1 litre smoothie) :

(1 bag) about 200g rainbow chard

 about 350g fresh or frozen mixed berries

3 bananas

2 tbsp hemp seed oil

1 tsp maca (optional)

1/2 tsp suma (optional)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract (optional)

Blend everything together until perfectly smooth. You will get a fairly thick smoothie ; thin it to your preferred consistency with 1/4 cup water, fruit juice or nut / seed milk.

Enjoy

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RAW VEGAN HEMP BAOBAB CHIA PUDDING

November 11, 2012

 Dear One,

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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,

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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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POMEGRANATE SUPERFOOD VEGAN MILK SHAKE AND HOW TO OPEN A POMEGRANATE

November 1, 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.

Anyone who has ever eaten pomegranate seeds or drunk pomegranate juice knows how delicious and refreshing this peculiar fruit is. I first came accross pomegranate in India. Virtually every fruit salad I have had in my several trips to India came topped with pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate juice is also very popular in Turkey and all over the Middle East, where a refreshing drink is always welcome.

Pomegranate seeds are full of antioxidants, they are rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, and they taste absolutely wonderful.

Pomegranates can be a bit intimidating, though. The pomegranate is an intricate fruit containing a maze of seeds inside of a white inedible flesh that’s covered in a bark-like skin. This is an easy way to get to all those nutritious, sweet and juicy seeds :

  1. Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and add it to your compost
  2. Score and slice the rind all around, but don’t cut the rind all the way through. You would be cutting the seeds and loosing precious juice
  3. Soak the pomegranate in cold water for about ten minutes if you can
  4. Leaving the pomegranate in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl and the flesh will float)
  5. Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl (you can use a sieve or a colander)
  6. Drain the seeds (you can also pat dry with a paper towel if you want your seds perfectly dry)

Note: The red juice from pomegranates can stain ; this method will also avoid that.

Great as a snack, in a fruit salad or in a green salad. The pomegranate seeds contains smaller (in lack for a better word …) seeds that can be a challenge for some people. You can make a juice by blending the seeds in a high speed blender and straining if you like. It is a personal choice, but I prefer to keep the seeds (the small hard ones) for extra fibre and nutrition.

Here I associated whole pomegranate seeds to hemp milk, along with superfoods to create a very energising and sustaining milk shake, great for breakfast. Maca and suma are very powerful adaptogen, grest for everybody. We don’t eat enough of purple foods ; purple corn extract helps us eat foods from all colours of the rainbow, plus, it has plenty of antioxidants. Camu camu is very energising and is loaded with natural vitamin C.

To make about 2 litres milk shake :

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

1 tbsp white chia seeds (regular chia seeds are perfectly fine, I use white when I don’t want the chia seeds to darken what ever I am making)

3 pomegranates (in the hot months, you may want to freeze your pomegranate seeds)

1 tbsp maca

1/2 tsp suma (brazilian ginseng)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract or 1 tbsp purple corn flour

1 tbsp camu camu

1+5 cups pure fresh water

Start by preparing your pomegranates as explained above or using your favourite technique. I prefer to keep the pomegranate seeds whole for extra fibre and nutrition. The milk shake will have some texture left, from the hard inner seeds in the pomegranates. If you do not want this and want your milkshake to have a silky smooth texture, blend the pomegranate seeds and strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag. Set the strained pomagranate juice aside and rinse the blender.

Then make a hemp milk concentrate by blending the whole hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Strain using a very fine sieve or a nutmilk bag and rinse out the blender.

Return the hemp milk concentrate to the blender, along with the pomagranate seeds (or the strained pomegranate juice), the superfoods and 5 cups water. Blend until smooth.

You get about 2 litres of beautiful pink superfood milkshake to enjoy with a loved one.

How do you open your pomegranates ? Do you have another method ?

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AVOCADO AND NORI SALAD

October 27, 2012

 Dear One,

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Avocado and nori go so well together : that is what makes avocado sushis so wonderful. Half an avocado with a couple of nori sheets is one of my favourite snacks.

Avocados are sooo nutritious. They are rich in healthy fats and help the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados provide good amounts of numerous essential nutrients, including fibre (10g in 150g flesh – about 1 big avocado), potassium, Vitamins C, E, K, B6 and folic acid.

A couple of years ago I actually had avocado and gomasio for dinner almost every night for about 2 months, while refurbishing my kitchen. That is how much I love avocados … 

Add nori, salad greens, sprouts a dash of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and you get a delicious lunch.

For 2 :

1 salad

2 avocados, diced

about 10g green nori sprinkles or sheets torn to little pieces

2 large handfuls of sprouts of your choice (alfalfa and broccoli for example)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients, enjoy.

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