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Youthful skin in a bowl

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Youthful skin in a bowl

This amazing recipe is the result of a collaboration with a brand I want to introduce. A german skin care company, and what I like about A4 is that they believe that beauty is achieved through clean skincare products and a healthy diet. Their belief in a healthy diet ignited research on all the food ingredients that specifically nourish mature skin, blemished skin, dry and sensitive skin. 

To complement the A4 research, I created the FACE FOOD SERIES - different recipes designed specifically with the lists they provided me for every skin type. 

This is the first recipe of the series. A berry bowl made specifically to nourish maturing skin and reduce the appearance of time. 

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FACEFOOD 1. BERRY BOWL

A recipe full of antioxidants for youthful skin.


INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 c cup raspberries
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 tsp cinnamon

More berries, coconut and bee pollen. 

instructions

1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.

2. Serve in a bowl.

3. Optionally, top with berries, coconut or bee pollen.

4. Take your spoon and dig in! 

 


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CUCUMBER AVOCADO CHILLED SOUP

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CUCUMBER AVOCADO CHILLED SOUP

CUCUMBER AVOCADO CHILLED SOUP

serves 1


INGREDIENTS

1/2 avocado
1/2 large cucumber, cubed
Bunch of fresh cilantro
1/4 c filtered water
1/4 c coconut water
Salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve and optionally, add spring flowers. 

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Amazeballs

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Amazeballs

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OH MY! These amazeballs are just ah-amazing! Make them in large quantities and store them in the fridge for a few weeks. If you are like me and can't have them around because you end up eating'em all, freeze them and unfreeze from time to time. 

In this recipe I made the balls with nuts and cacao and then dusted them in different coatings for a variety of flavors. Sesame seeds for an interesting mix of sweet and salty, pistachio for it's great color and taste, coconut because it is a must-have, and one of my favorites - matcha - which has a distinct and particular green tea taste. Try one or all! 

Enjoy as a mid morning snack, afternoon pick-me-up or as cute after-dinner delights. 

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ingredients

1 c hazelnuts
1/2 c cashews
1/2 c shredded coconut
10 dates
2 tbs cacao powder
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs maple syrup (optional)
Pinch of salt

Dusting options:

  • Matcha powder
  • Pistachio slivers
  • Shredded coconut
  • Gomasio (sesame seeds with salt)

instructions

1.Throw the cashews, hazelnuts and shredded coconut into the food processor and pulse until it turns to a coarse flour, about 10-15 seconds. With the machine on, add the dates one by one. 

2. Then add the remaining ingredients and blitz for about 30 seconds.

3. Grab a tablespoon worth of the dough and roll it into a ball. Place on a plate. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

4. Now place your selected dusting option in a small bowl, and roll a ball in the dusting until it is evenly coated. Place the ball back on the plate. Repeat with as many balls as you want.

5. Place plate in the fridge for about 30 min so they firm up. Then store them in the fridge for weeks.

From left to right: Gomasio, Matcha, Shredded coconut, pistachio.

From left to right: Gomasio, Matcha, Shredded coconut, pistachio.

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Turmeric Tonic - 2 ways

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Turmeric Tonic - 2 ways

turmeric tonic - 2 ways

serves 1


Option 1. Ginger Tonic

ingredients

1/4 c cashews
1 big thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled
1/2 tsp powdered turmeric 
1 tbs maple syrup
Pinch of himalayan salt
1 c water

Option 2. Cinnamon Tonic

ingredients

1/4 c cashews
1 tbs shredded coconut 
1 tsp powdered turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs honey (vegans use maple syrup)
1 c water


instructions

1. Blend all the ingredients. Drink cold.

** For a hot tonic, place the drink in a pan on the stove at medium high heat for a few minutes until heated through. This is nice and warming, specially in the evening. 


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Banana roll

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Banana roll

Here's a fun and different way to have breakfast, or snack: Banana sushi rolls! These are quite filling so they are best when shared :) Adults and kids love them just as much so you will be sure to find someone to share with. 

banana roll

serves 2-3


ingredients

1 banana
1/3 c ground almonds
3 pitted medjool dates
1 tsp maca
1 tbs coconut oil
1/4 tsp walnuts
2 tbs shredded coconut

instructions

1. Place the almonds, dates, maca and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse until everything gets mixed and it becomes like a brownish paste. Now add in the walnuts and pulse 2 or 3 times, just enough to brake down the walnuts, but not too finely as you want them crunchy.

2. Take the mix and roll it into a ball. Place it on a counter and roll it flat using a rolling pin, about 5 mm thickness. A rough measure: as long as the banana and twice as wide.

3. Place banana in the middle and roll up the layer onto the banana. Using your fingers cover the entire banana in the nut mix.

4. Finally place the shredded coconut on a plate and roll the banana roll around until all sides of your banana are covered. 

5. Freeze for 10 min (you can skip this if you are lazy, but it does help to firm up the roll so you can make sharper cuts). Then using a knife make 2 cm slices and its ready to serve.


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How to make almond butter

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How to make almond butter

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OMG I think almond butter is one of my all-time favorite things to make. It's so easy and friggin amazing. I have to warn you though, it's highly addictive! I could personally eat half the jar by the spoon...

The reason I love making my own almond butter is because it is incredibly easy, probably cheaper and super fun. Another reason is that I can control exactly what goes in it, no preservatives, no flavorings and no unnecessary crappy ingredients. All you need is almonds, a food processor and optionally, a few other ingredients like honey, coconut oil and salt to jazz it up. Here's a step-by-step guide to show you exactly how to make my almond butter.

Once you try your own almond butter you wont ever buy the store-bought one. Furthermore, when you see how easy it is, you can repeat the same process with peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, etc. Since I discovered how to make homemade nut butters I've gone wild and tried all kinds of combinations! I will be posting more of them in the future.

For now, enjoy this simple but tasty almond butter :)

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easy almond butter

makes about 1 cup


ingredients

2 cups raw almonds
1 tbs honey
1 tbs coconut oil
Generous pinch of salt


* Best enjoyed with medjool dates, in smoothies, porridges, with crudites, or simply by the spoon :)

instructions

1. Place the almonds, honey, coconut oil and salt in the food processor and turn the machine ON.

2. KEEP THE MACHINE GOING. The whole process will take between 15-25 min, depending on your machine.

3. Keep an eye on it, you may have to stop the food processor, scrape down the sides every once in a while, and turn it back on.

4. It may seem like its not happening but just keep going, trust me, it will happen. At one point the almonds will release their oils and will eventually become butter.

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Place all the ingredients into the machine.

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After about 2 minutes it will look like meal.

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5 minutes later starts to ball up.

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10 minutes and almonds start to release their oils.

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15 minutes and its looking good!

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And 18 minutes later we have arrived, almond butter at last.

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Raw Berry Cake

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Raw Berry Cake

Spring is around the corner and with it warmer days! After this long and brutal winter here in NYC I though of sharing something more springy like this raw berry cake. 

This cake is a real crowdpleaser because it looks beautiful and tastes even better! Anyone who eats it will love you for making it :)

Making it is really easy too, you basically blend the ingredients and layer them onto a round silicone cake pan, or a springform pan with removable bottom. It's very satisfying to see it come together. 

You can serve it as a cake, or alternatively you could cut it either into bars or smaller cubes to enjoy as bite-sized treats. Amazing either way!

RAW BERRY CAKE

makes 10 slices


INGREDIENTS

Base:
1 c walnuts
1 c shredded coconut
8 medjool dates, pitted
Pinch of sea salt

Filling:
4 c cashews, soaked and drained
Juice of 2 lemons
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 c honey
1/2 c coconut oil
1 1/4  c water
1/2 c fresh raspberries
1/2 c fresh blueberries
1 c frozen raspberries

You will also need:
food processor
blender
9.5" /24 cm round cake pan


Best kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grease a round silicone cake pan with coconut oil, making sure you do the bottom and the sides.

2. Throw the walnuts and coconut into the food processor and blitz until ground, about 1 minute. Then add the dates 1 by 1 and blitz until it becomes doughy, another minute. 

3. Transfer the base mix to the greased pan and using your hands flatten the dough evenly along the bottom creating a uniform and compact layer. Place in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

4. Throw the cashews, lemons juice, salt, water, honey and coconut oil into the blender and blend until creamy and no lumps remain.

5. Transfer 4 cups of this cashew batter into a big bowl. Add the fresh blueberries and fresh raspberries and stir them softly into the batter so they don't brake. This is your second layer. Remove the base from the freezer and pour this mix into the cake mould, forming a new layer. Return it to the freezer for at least 2 hours so its sets firmly. ** The more the layer freezes, the clearer the division between the layers. 

6. Meanwhile blend the remaining cashew batter with the frozen raspberries. This will be the pink layer. Once the middle layer is fully set, add this last layer to the cake and using a spatula spread it all along the top. Sprinkle shredded coconut along the top. Freeze again for another hour.

7. Once it is nicely set and firm, carefully pushing from the bottom release the cake out of the silicone and place it on a plate, ready to be cut and served.


 

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Pantry essentials: SUPERFOODS

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Pantry essentials: SUPERFOODS

Perhaps you have heard of the incredible health benefits of Superfoods, but you are wondering why they are so special and how to incorporate them into your daily diet. In this post I will share exactly what Superfoods are and why they are so important, as well as my top 6 favourite Superfoods. These are the ones I always have in my pantry which appear in many of my recipes. They are easily available and a great place to get started! So let's get to it.

What are Superfoods?

 Superfoods are the most potent, nutrient-dense foods available in the world. They have an incredibly high nutritional value that is incomparable to normal foods such as fruits and vegetables. These super-concentrated foods are densely packed with antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, good fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and each superfood contains a dozen or more properties. 

Following is a list of the top superfoods categorised into groups. Don't get overwhelmed by this list, I share it for informational purposes. 

Algae

  • AFA blue-green algae
  • chlorella
  • spirulina
  • kelp

Bee products

  • bee pollen
  • honey
  • propolis
  • royal jelly

Cacao products

  • cacao powder
  • cacao nibs
  • cacao butter

Coconut products

  • coconut oil
  • coconut flesh - shredded or flakes
  • coconut cream

Fruits

  • goji berries
  • mulberries
  • incan berries
  • açai berries
  • camu camu powder
  • baobab powder
  • lucuma

Roots and grasses 

  • maca powder
  • wheatgrass 

Seeds

  • hempseeds
  • chia seeds

 

Why use Superfoods?

Superfoods are ancient foods that grow in some of the most remote places on earth where local inhabitants have harnessed their powers for centuries. Luckily these powerhouses are now available to us and adding them to our diet will provide maximum nutrition, meeting and exceeding ALL our nutritional requirements, from protein to essential fatty acids. 

They greatly improve overall health, dramatically increase energy levels, strengthen the immune system, improve libido and athletic performance, enhance mental clarity and focus, increase longevity and many more health benefits.  Basically, Superfoods cleanse, detox, energise and deeply nourish every organ, bone and tissue in our body. For all these reasons superfoods can delay the signs of aging, and even prevent or improve the symptoms of a variety of major modern diseases.

How to buy and include Superfoods?

Superfoods should be raw and organic so they are clean, pesticide and chemical-free, and provide higher amounts of nutrition. Since the soil and most of the foods out there are low in nutrients, its important to invest in good quality superfoods as the medicine that will fill in all the nutritional gaps and deficiencies. To get the maximum benefit from superfoods, they are best eaten raw to ensure they preserve all their properties intact, as some of them are sensitive to heat and will loose their benefits once cooked.

❤  You can add superfoods into smoothies and shakes, treats, trail mixes, desserts and dressings or simply sprinkle them on top of your granola, smoothie bowl or cereal. The best place to start is by adding 1 teaspoon of any Superfood to your smoothies, specially in the morning. This way you kick start your day with an easily digestible breakfast packed with nutrition which will enhance your natural energy, clarity and focus for the rest of the day. Superfood smoothies are the single most important change towards a healthier mind and body. 


my top 6 favourite superfoods

These are my favourite top 6 because they are easy to find and easy to include. Once you buy a pack you will have it in your pantry ready to use, and they last a good while too. You will also find them in many of my recipes so its always good to have them around if you are running out of ideas.

Chia seeds have been used by the Mayas and the Aztecs as a source of energy for centuries. These tiny seeds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, are loaded with antioxidants, contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and protein. They promote bowel movements, detoxification and boost the immune system. 

❤ They can be added to smoothies, nut milks, shakes or juices. Stir them into yogurt, nut spreads, cereal or porridge. Soak them in water to for a gel-like substance as a base to a chia pudding or dessert.

Raw Cacao contains high amounts of magnesium which balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, regulates blood pressure and prevents constipation. Cacao is one of the most antioxidant foods in the planet. It also contains serotonin which regulates mood and provides a sense of happiness and well-being. Cacao is also high in sulfur, the beauty mineral which contributes to strong hair, nails and beautiful skin. Always choose raw organic 100% pure cacao. 

❤ Use cacao powder in smoothies, nut milks, treats or desserts. Sprinkle cacao nibs on cereals, smoothies, porridges and desserts.

Maca powder comes from a root that grows in Peru, a powerful adaptogen that increases the body's resistance to stress and anxiety. It is also a powerful libido enhancer, enhances fertility in men and women, balances hormones and promotes reproductive health. It boosts immune system, provides energy, increases physical strength and aids in athletic performance.

❤ Start with 1 tsp and gradually make your way up to 1 tbs. Add it to your smoothies, drinks or nut milks. Add it to your porridge, nut spread, chia pudding, treats or desserts.

Goji berries are extremely rich in antioxidants which promote longevity and contribute to cardiovascular and immune system health. They contain betaine, carotenoids, and zeaxanthin, nutrients that build muscles and protect the skin, eyes and liver. Gojis enhance strength and stamina as well as sexual energy. They are a complete protein source and contain more than 21 trace minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron.

❤ Eat them as a snack on their own, or add them to your favourite nuts. Add them to granola, porridge, smoothies, yogurt, bars and other treats.

Coconut products benefit the heart, brain and stomach, amongst others. They improve digestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Coconut is a natural antibiotic that contains a fatty acid that naturally fights off bacteria, virus and fungus. The saturated fat content of coconut oil is from medium chain fatty acids that support the immune system and nervous system, boost metabolism and aid weight loss.

❤ Choose unrefined virgin coconut oil and use it for cooking, baking, in desserts, treats and smoothies, use it also as a skin moisturiser or makeup remover. Use unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut in smoothies, treats, desserts, trail mixes, or sprinkle it over porridges, cereals, or yogurt. 

Bee pollen is the most complete and nutritious food found in the planet. Its a complete source of protein, a great source of healthy fats, enzymes, B vitamins, and contains a long list of minerals. It increases strength, energy and endurance while providing quicker recovery from exercise. It also increases muscle growth and definition. It increases longevity, rejuvenates and heals hormonal imbalances.

❤ Add 1/2 tsp to your smoothie, nut milk, post work out shake, cereal or yogurt. Sprinkle over desserts or sweets.


Start by adding 1 or 2 new sexy superfoods to your diet this week and gradually expand your selection. You can add them at a pace that suits you and that allows you to experiment with each one until you find your favourite way to eat it. I promise you will quickly notice the glowing results from eating these incredible superfoods. 

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Valentine sweets for your faves

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Valentine sweets for your faves

Maybe because I was never a relationship kinda girl, but I never really agreed on how Valentine's day generally applies to lovers - It leaves so many people that are not in a relationship feeling left out! Valentine's day is also another consumeristic attempt to make us to buy more stuff. Instead I prefer to see Valentines day as a day dedicated to ALL the people in our lives that we love who make our lives special, that be a romantic partner, family members or beloved friends, this way no one feels left out in the act of receiving love. And I whole-heartedly believe that a great way to express love is through homemade food. For this reason I am sharing three very simple sweet recipes that you can prepare and gift to your loved ones as an act of appreciation and gratitude.  

COCONUT POPS


INGREDIENTS

2 c shredded coconut
3 capsules acai (optional)

You will also need:

lollipop sticks
lollipop mould


Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Throw the shredded coconut into a food processor and turn the machine on. Let it go until the coconut liquifies (turns to butter).

2. Add the açai powder and continue to blend so it incorporates into the butter. This step is completely optional. The açai adds antioxidants and color to the pops, but they are just as good without it. 

3. Pour the butter into popsicle moulds and add a posicle stick. Make sure that the stick gets covered in the butter so its stable once it solidifies.

4. Place in the freezer for 15 min until they solidify. Then pop them straight out, ready to eat.

* Can be stored in the fridge for weeks.


ROSE & PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE


INGREDIENTS

1/2 c cacao butter
3 tbs raw cacao powder
2 tbs coconut palm sugar
2 tbs maple syrup
Pinch of himalayan salt
2 tbs dried rose petals 
2 tbs shelled pistachios

instructions

1. Start by liquifying the cacao butter gently in a saucepan over low heat. Do not let it boil!

2. Once melted, add the coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, salt and whisk thoroughly until the sugar dissolves.

3. Then add the cacao powder and continue to whisk until everything is well incorporated.

4. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a mould (I used a silicone bread mould, but a small baking dish lined with parchment paper will work well too).

5. Sprinkle the pistachios and rose petals over the chocolate.

6. Place in the freezer until it solidifies. Then remove from the mould and brake into pieces.

* Best kept in the fridge.


pistachio goji berry bars


ingredients

1/2 c raw almonds
1/2 shelled pistachios
8 medjool dates, pitted
2 tbs coconut oil
1/4 c goji berries
Pinch of himalayan salt

instructions

1. Place almonds in the food processor and pulse until ground.

2. With the machine on add the dates 1 by 1. Then add the coconut oil.

3. Next add the pistachios and blend again until it combines into the mix. Finally add the goji berries and salt, blend again so the gojis start to brake down and combine into the mix.

4. Line an 8x8 inch square tin (or any baking dish of a similar size) with parchment paper and trasfer the mix into it. Flatten it out with your fingers and the back of a big spoon so it creates a uniform flat layer. Freeze for 15 min. Then cut into 8 bars.

* Can be stored for weeks in the fridge.


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Quinoa & Chia Pancakes

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Quinoa & Chia Pancakes

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MAKES APPROX 10 PANCAKES


INGREDIENTS

1 tbs chia
4 tbs water
3/4 c quinoa flour
2 tsp maca
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp himalayan salt
2 c almond milk
4 tbs maple syrup + more to serve
Coconut oil for cooking

3/4 c raspberries
1/4 c blueberries

2 tbs shredded coconut
1/4 tsp coconut oil


Vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start by mixing the chia seeds with 4 tbs of water in a small bowl, and let it sit while you prepare the rest.

2. Place the shredded coconut in a pan at medium-low heat with 1/4 tsp coconut oil, mix well and let it cook until it starts to brown, about 5-7 min. Turn off the heat and set aside.

3. Next, throw the blueberries and raspberries in a food processor and pulse until pureed, about 15 seconds. Set aside.

4. Now, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl: the flour, maca, baking powder and salt. Then mix the wet ingredients in another bowl, the chia, almond milk and maple syrup, whisk to combine. Now add the dry mix to the wet mix and whisk to combine it all together into a batter.

5. Bring a non-stick pan to medium-low heat with a teaspoon of coconut oil. When the pan is hot add 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan. When it starts to bubble on the sides and the top, carefully lift and flip the pancake. Should cook about 2-3 min per side. Repeat until the whole batter is used up adding more coconut oil as needed.

6. Now stack your pancakes onto two plates. Add 1/2 of the berry puree onto each stack. Pour maple syrup over them and top with the toasted shredded coconut.

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