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RAW VEGAN CREAMY MACA HEMP MILK

November 7, 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.

I usually make my nut milks on the thin side (using more water than most people), so that I am not consuming too many nuts or seeds at a time.  But if I am making a small quantity of milk to pour on raw muesli for example, I will sometimes make it thick and creamy like this one.

I always put superfoods in my nut milks. Maca is one that I use several times a week and I like to associate it to suma, which is also an adaptogen, and similar to maca.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru. No other food plant in the world survives at such high altitudes – up to 14,000 feet above sea level ! In Peru it is considered a staple part of the diet : the potato-like tuber can be baked, or the ground-up powder is added to meals, and the Peruvians have been using it as an energy enhancer for over 2,000 years.

Like Aloe vera, maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to support the body wherever it is needed, without any harmful side effects. So like Aloe, maca is used by people for many different ailments, or simply just as an immune system booster.

Maca is wonderful for increasing energy, strength and stamina. For a start, it is full of minerals, vitamins, and protein, containing many of the essential amino acids, and particularly rich in Calcium and Magnesium, so it can help to deal with any deficiencies in the diet. Due to its high Calcium levels, it’s often used to treat osteoporosis and bone density problems.

Maca is very popular among both men and women for its ability to balance hormones. So it is often taken by women suffering during the menopause, or with PMT, and it increases libido (it’s sometimes known as Peruvian Viagra !), and helps with fertility issues. It contains plant sterols, the natural form of steroids, and is used by athletes to help improve performance. Because it gives you such a boost, it is particularly helpful for people who suffer from chronic fatigue or are depressed.

To make a little over 1 cup of creamy maca hemp milk :

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

1 cup pure fresh water

1 tbsp maca

1 tsp suma (optional)

1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

1 tbsp soy lecithin (not raw)

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

 Make the hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with the water. Strain through a nutmilk bag or a very fine sieve.

Rinse out the blender.

Return the strained milk to the blender. Add the maca, suma, coconut oil, lecithin and salt. Blend again until the lecithin is dissolved.

Great to sip as is or served on raw muesli.

Note : I do not add any sweetener, especially when served on raw muesli, as I find the fruits bring enough sweetness. You may add a tiny amount of your favourite low glycaemic index sweetener. Add sweetener and cacao powder and you have a hot hemp chocolate.

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POMEGRANATE SUPERFOOD VEGAN MILK SHAKE AND HOW TO OPEN A POMEGRANATE

November 1, 2012

 Dear One,

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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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RAW MANGO GINGER HEMP MILK NO SUGAR RECIPE

October 13, 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.

This raw mango ginger hemp milk recipe was inspired by a drink bought in a fancy all vegan supermarket in Berlin. Although the store-bought version was good, the home made version is raw, tastier (juicy fresh perfectly ripe mango), healthier (no sugar or sweetener of any sort) and cheaper.

Hemp seeds are one of the best foods in the world. These little wonders are not mind altering at all, yet you can’t stop smiling when you eat them.

They are very sustaining, with 23g of protein and 31g of fat per 100g. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form and all the essential fatty acids with an optimal 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids.

And they are quick to use, as they don’t require soaking before use : they contain no phytic acid, the mineral-binding anti-nutrient common to most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, and one of the reason most require soaking.

Eat hemp seeds everyday, and you will be rewarded with strong healthy hair, silky smooth skin and strong nails.

Serves 1 or 2 : (You will need a knife, a chopping board and a blender and 10 minutes)

1/3 cup whole hemp seeds

2 cups pure water

about 2cm fresh ginger root, peeled

mango, flesh only

1/4 tsp ginger powder

1 tbsp soy lecithin* (not raw, optional)

1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed

vanilla pod or 1tsp vanilla powder

Start by making the hemp milk. Place the hemp seeds, water and peeled ginger in the blender and blend until the hemps seeds are completely broken to pieces. Strain using a nut milk bag, cheese cloth or a very fine sieve. Put the hemp seed and ginger pulp on the soil of your flower / herbs. Rinse the blender.

Return the strained ginger flavoured hemp milk to the blender. Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Enjoy.

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2 INGREDIENTS SMOOTHIE

September 30, 2012

Dear One,

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For those mornings when you just have 5 minutes to make yourself breakfast, or while travelling, this is a smoothie you can whip up in no time, using just 2 ingredients : blueberries and hemp seeds. No soaking required.

4 tbsp whole hemp seeds

2 cups / 300g fresh or frozen blueberries or berries of your choice

Prepare the hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with 1 cup pure water. Strain. Rinse the blender jar. Return the strained hemp milk to the blender jar, add the berries and blend until smooth. You will have some grit left from the blueberry seeds. I actually like it that way ; if you don’t, use other berries, which will blend completely.

If you have one extra minute, top with hulled hemp seeds, bee pollen and cacao nibs.

Enjoy. Lick the glass clean.

Would you like to use this article on your blog, website or in your newsletter ? You are welcome to do so, as long as you include the following text with it :

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