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RAW VEGAN COCONUT BERRIES CHIA PUDDING

September 17, 2013

 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 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,

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 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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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 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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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

September 21, 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.

The following foods are good for you, and they actually look like the organ they are good for ! Another logic for “you are what you eat”.

So for example, if you eat carrots, you will have good eyes …

Fun & Info @ Keralites.net
CARROTS EYES
Slice a carrot and it looks just like an eye, right down to the pattern of the iris. It is a clear clue to the importance this everyday vegetable has for vision. Carrots get their orange colour from a phytochemical called betacarotene, which reduces the risk of developing cataracts. Betacarotene also protects against macular degeneration, an age-related sight problem that affects one in four over-65s.
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WALNUT BRAIN
The gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain – and provide a clue to the benefits. Walnuts are the only nuts which contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. They may also help head off dementia and Alzheimers disease.
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TOMATO HEART 
A tomato is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a phytochemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers. It also helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.
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GRAPES LUNGS
Our lungs are made up of branches of ever-smaller airways that finish up with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli. These structures, which resemble bunches of grapes, allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream. A diet high in fresh fruit, such as grapes, has been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which appears to reduce the severity of asthma triggered by allergy.
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GINGER STOMACH
Root ginger often looks just like the stomach. And interestingly, one of its biggest benefits is aiding digestion. The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness. But the benefits could go much further. Tests on mice have shown that ginger slow down the growth rate of bowel tumours.
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BANANA (SMILE) DEPRESSION
Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face by eating a banana. The popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan. Once it has been digested, tryptophan then gets converted in a chemical neurotransmitter called serotonin. This is one of the most important mood-regulating chemicals in the brain and most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting levels of serotonin production. Higher levels are associated with better moods.
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MUSHROOM EAR
Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear. And guess what? Adding it to your diet could actually improve your hearing. Thats because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain vitamin D. This particular vitamin is important for healthy bones, even the tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain.
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BROCCOLI CANCER
Close-up, the tiny green tips on a broccoli head look like hundreds of cancer cells. Now scientists know this disease-busting vegetable can play a crucial role in preventing the disease. A team of researchers at the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 per cent.
Stay Healthy and Happy
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RAW DEHYDRATED TAMARI KALE CHIPS RECIPE

September 16, 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.

Hmmm … KALE CHIPS … Again … More kale chips recipes ? 2 kale chips recipes and Vinegar and curry kale chips.

These ones are super simple super fast to make.

Serves 4 or 2 or 1 …

400g Kale (I used green kale, works with any variety)

2  tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp Tamari

That’s it.

Wash and spin dry the kale. Tear it into bite-sized pieces. Mix in the olive oil and tamari into the kale, using your two hands. Evenly spread your seasoned kale onto 2 dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 42°C for about 24 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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RAW DEHYDRATED VINEGAR AND CURRY KALE CHIPS

September 14, 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.

Hmmm … KALE CHIPS …

KALE CHIPS are perhaps the MOST POPULAR raw food snack, and definitely the MOST HEALTHY chips in the world. This way for a post in which I talk more about kale chips and kale’s nutritional benefits and give 2 other recipes for kale chips.

These ones were born from the marriage of salt and vinegar chips and curried crisps. I left out the salt, though, and did not miss it.

Serves 4 or 2 or 1 …

400g Kale (I used green kale, works with any variety)

2 small handfuls Cashew nuts, soaked for at least 4 hours

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp curry powder mix (this will make your curried kale chips absolutely unique, depending on the curry powder you use)

1 teaspoon Chili flakes or cayenne pepper powder (optional)

Prepare the kale by washing it, then discarding the hard parts of the stem. This is how I do this : I hold on to the stem firmly with my left-hand (I am right-handed), leaving the leaf free. Then with my right hand, I rip the leaf off the stem. About midway, the stem breaks, leaving me with the hardest half of the stem in my left hand, and the leaf still attached to the soft half of the stem in my left hand … I hope this makes sense … If not, please ask … Then using your hands, tear the kale into bite-size pieces and put it into a large mixing bowl.

Then prepare the dressing, blend all ingredients except the kale with just enough water to blend.

Massage the dressing into the kale, using your two hands.

And finally, evenly spread your seasoned kale onto 2 dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 42°C for about 24 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

Keep Smiling,

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