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Juicing vs blending - Raw foods part 5 & Instant energy juice

Juicing versus blending seems to be the ongoing debate amongst raw foodies and general health junkies. Juiceries and smoothie places are popping up at every corner - no matter where in the world you are! Some people swear by their fresh pressed juice every morning, others would never touch a juice and only blend veggies and fruit into smoothies. Let’s look at the differences between the two and see how you can use both to benefit your health! Blending into a smoothie: When you make a smoothie, you combine vegetables, fruit, maybe dairy or nut milk, plus other extras such as superfoods into a delicious, creamy smoothie. This will almost be like a meal replacement, depending on how many extra

Join me for a coffee morning

​ Fuel your body and your baby This will be my last big talk before going on maternity leave, so come and join me for this special event. Hosted by Life Is Coming From Me, it will be a fabulous morning of snacks, green smoothies, and lots of information around breastfeeding, reclaiming your body after birth, and nourishing your baby. "As soon as you are pregnant, you are often bombarded with information regarding what not to eat: no raw fish, no runny eggs, avoid alcohol and unpasteurized milk. It is easy to become so focused on the 9 months, but then what happens afterwards? It is here when new mums can fall into post partum depression because of a lack of nutrients in their body and the ov

Hemp seed breakfast butter

Oh, this must be one of my favorite creations yet when it comes to nut and seed butters! I had too many hemp seeds and decided to throw them in the food processor, add some raw honey, and flavor the whole thing with cinnamon and vanilla. Out came this gorgeous, silky smooth seed butter. Perfect to top pancakes with on the weekend, spread on toast or apple slices, and even mix it into your oatmeal! I went through the jar in no time, and now I am back in the kitchen whipping up another batch! I absolutely adore hemp seeds, since they are a perfect complete protein source for vegans/ vegetarians. I sprinkle them on salads, soups, and oatmeal a lot! Try them for a nutty addition to your favorite

Getting back into your healthy routine

While I never encourage anyone to lead a yoyo healthy lifestyle , there do come those inevitable times when you stopped your healthy habits and routine: a holiday, a crazy busy work week, an injury or - like in my case - first trimester of pregnancy. Getting back into a routine may seem extremely daunting, and often we keep pushing it from one week to the next, one month to the next, and before you know it, you will just want to wait until January 1st to fulfill a New Year’s resolution. Don’t wait any longer! Get back into it right now, because you know you will just feel so much better when you are living a healthy life! 1. Don’t wait for Monday So often I hear people saying “starting next

Chunky monkey smoothie

Some afternoons just call for chocolate to pick you up out of the slump. This smoothie is my go-to indulgence in this case, and I even make it for my nephew and niece when I see them - they love it!!! Preparation time: 3 minutes Makes 1 serving: 1 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice) ⅓ cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of your choice) 1 heaped Tbsp of almond butter (or other nut butter of your choice) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 banana (best if frozen) Blend all ingredients in the blender for 90 seconds until super smooth and creamy. Enjoy right away while cool and delicious! #chocolate #banana #vanilla

Spiralizing: a raw foodie's best friend - raw foods part 4 & creamy zucchini noodles

Once you start to immerse yourself in raw foods, you will quickly see that there are different tools and pieces of equipment that keep coming up. Don’t worry, if you are just starting out, you don’t need to make a huge investment to kit out your kitchen with these. The next few parts of the raw food series will be spend on these special pieces of equipment, so you can get an idea whether you really need them or not. This all depends how seriously you are taking your raw food journey. So far you may have noticed that having a food processor is inevitable. You will use it multiple times a day if you are making a lot of raw foods at home, for example for nut butters, dressings, sauces, dips, an

Getting ready for Christmas: homemade vanilla extract

Bear with me for a second. You may think I am crazy, already talking about Christmas in August, but there is a good reason behind this madness! End of the year holidays mean lots of baking, and with that an unusual amount of vanilla extract buying. This can get pricey, especially when you live in Asia, where good quality vanilla extract is hard to come by! I have come up with my own way of making vanilla extract at home. It takes about 2-3 months, but you have absolutely nothing to do during this time, other than look at the extract turning darker every day. This is why I say, get started now, and for your next holiday baking marathon you will have plenty of vanilla extract to go around. Van

Sour mint dressing

Often you don’t feel like eating much more than a salad during the hot summer. But towards the end of the summer you are becoming slightly bored with your go to dressings? Then look no further. Make your next basic green side salad a whole lot more interesting with this sour mint dressing. It’s so fresh and clean, I love how it makes me wake up instantly! If you are not too keen on an extreme sour taste, just add a bit extra agave or liquid sweetener to the dressing. Preparation time: 3 minutes For 1 main serving or 2 side servings: ¼ cup mint leaves, tightly packed 4 Tbsp lemon juice 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp raw honey (or other liquid sweetener of your choice) freshly ground bla

How to get over the summer holiday hangover

Summer holidays are coming to an end, and while we may look forward to getting back to our own home, there is always a little bit of holiday hangover lingering: sleeping in, fresh air, and the sunshine are missed as soon as we walk through the front door and the laundry basket is overflowing. Reality hits! No one looks forward to the first day back at work with a crammed inbox, endless hours in front of the computer screen, and no end in sight to the long work week. Get over your holiday hangover and make your relaxed state last a little longer with these 6 tips: 1. Change your bed sheets As soon as you come home, change your bed sheets. Yes, that sounds weird. But one of the reasons we slee

Refreshing watermelon gazpacho

Gazpacho is traditionally a Spanish cold tomato soup. It’s perfect in the summer time when you just can’t see another salad, but also can’t be bothered to fire up the stove. This gazpacho has a little twist to it with the watermelon. Watermelon is extremely hydrating and pairs well with the sweetness of vine ripened tomatoes. This is important - make sure you get very flavorful tomatoes, it makes all the difference! Usually I make sure my recipes don’t make big serving sizes, so you can multiple it as many times as you need it. In this case, though, you want to make a bigger batch and keep it in the fridge. That way you always have a healthy snack ready to go throughout the day, and the flav

Nuts about nuts - raw foods part 3 plus a delicious veggie wrap with sunflower seed pâté

Once you start to accustom yourself with a raw food diet, you will quickly find that a lot of recipes call for nuts and seeds. These are used to substitute common dairy ingredients such as cheese, sour cream or yogurt. Nuts and seeds are also used as a base for dips and spreads, to add texture to salads and other dishes, and to make delicious raw desserts. When you think about your main ingredients being raw vegetables and fruit, you can imagine that you are not eating a whole lot of calories to keep you full for long. Nuts and seeds provide exactly that: lots of fiber to aid digestion and keep you full, protein (for all of you obsessed with where the protein is coming from when you are not

Special recipes featured on Life Is Coming From Me

I am so grateful to be featured on Life Is Coming From Me’s blog about my wellness journey. Lauren is a true wellness inspiration, turning her own life from internally dying at her HR desk job into a lively yoga practice she openly shares with anyone in her classes. And here is a special treat: hop on over to the blog and check out the 4 exclusive recipes I came up with - it's all about lentils! Energizing lentil tahini balls, a quick mixed veggie salad with lentils and a sun dried tomato dressing, a stir fry with a twist, and a lentil basil dip as a healthy snack. Plus, if you sign up for Lauren’s newsletter by the end of this week, you will receive a special fifth recipe! Enjoy! #lentils

The free Summer Popsicles eBook is here!

The wait is over. A all new revised Summer Popsicles eBook is here! Plus it includes 6 new recipes to get creative in the kitchen and cool off during this hot summer. Download your free copy right here and enjoy with friends and family! Happy summer days! #popsicles #ebook

Summer corn black bean salad

Summer doesn’t get better than grilled corn on the cob! Did you know, you can also eat corn raw? It works really well in this salad marinated in a spicy dressing. Alternatively, if you are not a fan of raw corn, you could also grill the corn first, then cut it off the cob, and add it to the salad. Prepare this salad in big batches for summer BBQs. The salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 2 days, so you can prepare it well in advance. Preparation time: 20 minutes Marinating time: 10 minutes For 2 servings: 1 ear of corn, corn cut off 1 Lebanese small cucumber (or ½ a big cucumber), chopped 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered 10 olives, halved 1 cup cooked black beans ½ packed cup cilantro/ coria

Hotel room exercise routine

A few weeks ago I posted a workout on my Instagram while I was traveling. I have had so many comments and questions since then, I decided to give that routine an entire post here. Depending on how long I travel for, I may take a piece of equipment along like a skipping rope, elastic band or TRX. On short trips, I will just rely on my body weight and a park bench, a chair in the hotel room or the bed. The workout is still fun, intense, and - best of all - finished quickly! This specific routine is super easy to follow and I have given you tips to make the entire routine harder. The routine can be done in a tiny hotel room barefoot, in your PJs or even naked - hey, who am I to judge?! Perform

What is oil pulling all about?

You may have heard of oil pulling, as it has had quite a comeback over the last few years. It originated in India as part of Ayurveda therapy, and was used to treat many kinds of diseases such as migraines, asthma, and diabetes. While I myself and science are not so sure if these claims actually have any merit, there are certain health benefits to oil pulling that I would like to present. There are fat soluble toxins and bacteria that build up in our mouth and body. Think of your oily eye make up: you need something oily to take this off. Same goes for all the fat soluble toxins and bacteria. Drinking plenty of water won’t wash them away, you need something oily. This makes complete sense. H

The perfect green smoothie every time - raw foods part 2

After learning all about what a raw food diet is, let’s look at some of the health benefits today: Since there is no extreme heating involved, all of the nutrients in the food stay intact. A lot of vitamins, especially vitamin C, are extremely heat sensitive. They will break down as soon as the ingredients are cooked. With raw foods you get the most vitamin bang for your buck! When eating raw foods, don’t think you are just nibbling on lettuce leaves. You are eating huge bowls of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The amount of fiber you are ingesting is probably not something you are used to in the beginning, so make sure to drink plenty of water to help the digestion. Fiber helps to acti

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