Hemp Oil

No, I am not trying to promote drugs! In fact, oil made with hemp seeds is the most healthy and nutritious oil you can possibly add to your diet!

Everybody knows that green salad in your diet is very important. More greens you add to your daily intake the healthier and more energetic you will feel. Chlorophyll that all greens contain in abundance alkalizes your blood which is the key to beautiful  skin, nails, hair and overall health!

Before I discovered Hemp Oil, I used to add olive oil in all my salads. I love olive oil and I still use it everyday in my recipes. But I wanted something different, something extra special to add to my meals.

I went to Whole Foods and bought bottle of Hemp Oil, out of curiosity. I've read that It's a much better alternative to Fish Oil, which is obviously not vegan and when fish oil supplements finally get to supermarket they turn rancid and will do more harm to your body then good.

Hempseed oil contains healthy ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids considered essential because they cannot be manufactured by the body. We must receive them from special foods such as hemp oil.

I star using Hemp Oil not just as supplement (1 Tspoon a day) but also to add to my recipes. To me Hemp Oil has delicious nutty flavor. If you find taste to be too strong, mix it with olive oil half and half. Sometimes I put Hemp Oil in my smoothies and juices.

Store it in the fridge and watch out for expiration date - hemp oil is very sensitive and doesn't last long. Enjoy!

love, Val

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How to make Almond Milk

Today I want to share a great recipe for almond milk. I always have fresh almond milk in my fridge. It stays fresh up to 5 days. Great alternative for cows, soy or rice milk. It's easy to make, super yummy and you know what's in it cause you make it YOURSELF! ( think of other nasty ingredients that you buy together with your supermarket almond milk).

How to make Almond Milk

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of organic raw almonds (soaked in water over night)
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 1-2 dates (pits removed)
  • pinch of sea salt (pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt)
  • pinch of vanilla (whole dry vanilla powder or vanilla extract without alcohol)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • -good blender (I use Blendec)
  • -nut milk bag

Instructions
  1. Put everything into blender and run for 30-40 seconds. Pour the mixture into a strainer or nut milk bag to separate pulp and milk. That's it!
  2. Use it together with granola for breakfast or make nutritious banana and strawberry smoothie. Put it in your coffee or tea. Add cacao and you've got chocolate almond milk! Variations are endless!

Enjoy!

love, Val


Tomato Juice Recipe

Hi!!  Im super excited to share this juice recipe! It is something very diffrent from anything you have tried before. It is a juice but taste more like a gaspacho vegetable soup. YUMM!!! Perfect for a hot Summer days or just as a snack in the afternoon.

Tomato Juice Recipe
Tomato Juice Recipe - great for Summer!

Recipe type: Juice

Ingredients
  • 3 large tomato
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small peeled cucumber (usually I do not peel my cucumbers, but for this recipe I prefer to peel it in order to keep pretty red color of the final product:)
  • ½ peeled lemon
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 clove of garlic (this is optional, but I love garlic taste of the tomato juice aka soup)

Instructions
  1. Run thru a juicer all the ingredients. Ready!

 


How to make a juice

Since I’m very much into juicing, many people are approaching me and asking me to share my favorite juice recipes. I’m always happy to give one or two great recipes!

People usually write it down, or check my blog for a recipes. But when it comes to make the juice at home using different ingredients, people get lost and the juice doesn’t come out very appealing to the taste buds, or becomes a total disaster!

So they get discouraged and stop juicing all at once.

But, wait a minute! Before you put away your brand new juicer and forget about it for good, I want to share with you my secret: how to make a juice!

There are few rules. Follow them and you will fall in love with your juicer and your juice! Haha! Figuratively speaking (hope you didn’t brake your tongue reading this sentence!)

  1. Base of the juice. Pick one of the following fruits or veggies: large cucumber; couple of oranges; pineapple; green apples; watermelon; grapefruit. As you can see those fruits contain lots of fluid, which will give you a base or a volume to a juice.
  2. Leafy greens or Fresh Herbs. Pick one of the following: kale; spinach; cilantro; dill; mint; parsley; dandelion; celery. Those will provide you with the minerals that your body is craving for. And they will give a gorgeous green color to a juice (Just like an "Organice Your Life" green apple logo;) )
  3. Extra flavor. This is the last but very important tip! This ‘extra’ something  will give a twist to your creation. Pick one of your favorite: ginger; lemon; lime; fennel; tangerine; carrot; beetroot.

Those are the basic rules to make a great tasting and healthy juice.

Good luck!

LOVE, VAL


The Bamboo Steamer

I have purchased the bamboo steamer few months ago, but never used it till couple of days ago. And WOW! I love it!

What a great kitchen tool! You can steam any kind of veggie. Just pick your favorite. It is so incredibly easy, fast and delicious! It literally takes 3-5 minutes to be ready to eat healthy, nutritious meal.

Last night I made a steamed sweet potatoes and zucchini. Look at this! How beautiful and yummy this looks!

All you have to do is to place your steamer over the pan with a boiling water. Place your already sliced  veggies inside the bamboo steamer. Cover the lid. just like this:

Wait 5 minutes. Ready!

Transfer your veggies on the plate. Add olive oil and sea salt.

You can purchase the bamboo steamer for $14.95 at http://www.williams-sonoma.com/

Bom appetite!

LOVE, VAL


Pineapple/mint juice recipe

Pineapple is my latest obsession! So, here I am again, came up with another juice recipe.

Try this out:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 cucumber ( you know me, i loooove cucumbers in my juices:)
  • hand full of fresh mint
  • kale ( it's optional, for extra minerals)

Run it thru a juicer. Enjoy!

Benefits of Pineapple Juice

Below some of the vitamins you can find in a glass of pineapple juice.

  • folate
  • choline
  • phosphorous
  • fluoride
  • magnesium
  • vitamin B6
  • beta carotene
  • anitoxidants
  • vitamin C
  • manganese
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • vitamin A

LOVE, VAL


Yogurt mid-day tasty snack

I made this yogurt snack as a treat today. It was so delicious that I just HAD  to share it with everybody!

The yogurt I use is  from this local New York Farm calls “ Maple Hill Creamery”. They only use organic milk to make their products and the most important, milk comes from a 100% grass-fed cow!  This company totally wins my heart!

Here how I made it:

  • 1 “Maple Hill Creamery” yogurt with Maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • Sprinkle with raw cacao nibs
  • Add fresh organic mango

 

LOVE, VAL


Stuffed red bell peppers

My Mum  is visiting me now and staying with me for a couple of weeks. I make a lot of juices and smoothies for her every morning, and I give her a lot of  healthy tips. She also loves my almond milk, which she adds to her morning organic cup of coffee.

I would love to share her home recipe: it’s a stuffed red bell peppers. Its vegetarian and super Yumm!

Stuffed red bell peppers

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Cuisine: Vegetarian
Recipe type: Dinner

Ingredients
  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • broccoli
  • ½ yellow onion
  • garlic
  • vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt+pepper

Instructions
  1. Cut the top part off red peppers and remove the seeds.
  2. Add peppers to boiling water. Remove peppers after 2 min and drain the water.
  3. Cut the rest of the vegetables in a small cubes. In a big bowl mix the vegetables, rice, salt and pepper.
  4. Stuff each bell pepper with mixture of the rice and veggies. Place stuffed peppers in a pot bottoms down. Add vegetable stock and bay leaves. Place the pot on a medium high heat. Cover it. Simmer it for 15-20 min. Check the peppers from time to time. Ready!

LOVE, VAL


Chocolate Cashew Milk

I love chocolate! Who doesn’t?! Ever since I have discovered  a raw food, I've been making this chocolate “milk” shake every other day as a treat. Also, if you are trying to cut back on a coffee, this Cashew Chocolate Milk is a good “wakeup” drink for breakfast or before workout.

The ingredients are all raw and unprocessed. It is dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free and guilt –free.

Raw cacao is one of the top 10 superfoods. Raw chocolate is packed with antioxidants, giving you a healthy looking skin. In addition, raw cacao offers a powerful boost of phenyl ethylamine (PEA) and anandamide, which promotes happy and positive feelings. Raw chocolate is also a good source of manganese, zinc, cooper, iron, magnesium and omega-6 fatty acids.

In this recipe I use cashew nut butter. It tastes so good in this recipe that I highly recommend to include it! Cashews are excellent for your health: good source of protein, rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which protect you against cardiovascular disease. Cashews are high in copper, manganese and selenium, which protect you from free radicals. In addition, cashews are high in vitamin B-complex.

The ingredients you can find in any health food store:

  • 2 tablespoons cashew nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1,5 – 2 cups of water
  • pinch of vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt (yes! Salt will help to bring up the flavors!)

Mix everything in a blender. Ready!


My Skin Care Routine

After writing a post about “5 steps to a beautiful skin” , someone asked me what products I use. So this is the continuation to my previous post.

As you can see on the picture (above) that I took of my bathroom shelve, those are 8 key products that I use in my skin regime.

(In no particular order, but as showing on the picture)

1. “AMORE PACIFIC” treatment enzyme peel. I use it as a scrub daily, after washing my face with a cleanser.  It is so gentle and doesn’t irritate my face. It comes as a powder, which activates by adding  water (I use Evian pure water). Helps to get rid of toxins and dead skin cells. It is plant-based product, made without chemicals and other nasty ingredients.

2. “REN”  detox clay mask. I love this clay mask! I use it after a shower, while my pores are still “open”. This mask contains kaolin clay and spirulina. Helps to remove excess sebum and reduce pore size. I apply it all over my face for 15 min. It dries out while pulling excess oil and dirt out of the pores. Again, this mask is  free of synthetic chemicals.

3. “M.D. Forte” soap-free hydrating cleanser. I use it every day before a bedtime. Its like a soap, but doesn’t actually contains a soap. I love it, because it doesn’t make my skin dry and “tight” .  My dermatologist gave it to me, and I can’t imaging using anything else.

  1. “Jurlique” Lavender Hydrating Mist. It’s my toner. I love the smell of lavender! I use it after the “M.D. Forte” and before the moisturizer. It contains only few ingredients and the main ingredient is lavender oil.

4. “EMINENCE” Rosehip Whip Moisturizer. My facialists recommended it to me, and I love it! Its all-natural, organic skin care line from Europe. I really like the texture and it smells like a rose.

5. “Eminence” Couperose-C Serum . It’s a pure Vitamin complex. Contains Q10, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and E. I use it by mixing a few drops with my moisturizer, or on a clean face before a bedtime, along itself. It  is a powerful antioxidant treatment, that helps to fight wrinkles.

6. “SKIN CEUTICALS” Phloretin CF.  Its a night treatment, I use it on a clean face, applying few drops. It prevents and corrects sun-spots, heals the scars, calms the redness, fights free-radicals, get rid of the pimples,.. You name it! It’s the miracle product haha! I totally love it!

7. “CLARINS” UV Plus SPF 40. My sun protection. I like it because it’s a high number, also it doesn’t make my skin white like other products, plus it doesn’t  break out my skin.

 

Well, I hope you find this helpful. Maybe you will discover a natural product that works, please share with me!

LOVE, VAL


5 steps to a beautiful skin

I’m not going to talk about any products in this post, but I will tell you about 5 simple steps that I do and that will help you to achieve a beautiful skin. Sure, clean healthy whole food diet is one of the most important part of having a beautiful skin. I will talk more about it in the next post.

Here are the 5 steps:

1. Cleanse - use mild soap cleanser to wash your face daily.

2 Exfoliate – use gentle scrub to remove dead skin from your face.

3. Tone – this is very important step. Use alcohol free toner before you apply the moisturizer. This will help to soften and prepare your skin for a deeper moisturizing.

4. Moisturize – find a hydrating cream that works best for your skin type.

5. Protect – apply SPF daily! Try to find a chemical-free organic skin care brand that will not clog your pores.

Practice these steps daily, starting today!

Good luck and embrace your beautiful self!

LOVE, VAL


Farmers Market in Miami, Fl

Oh, how much I love to shop at local farmers markets! I was super excited about this one, because I knew I will found lots and lots of tropical fruits. Located in Coconut Groove, Miami FL. Open Saturdays 10am-7pm "rain or shine".

Farmers Market. Miami, Fl

 

As you can imaging I walked out with a 3 enormous bags filled with  all-organic produce: leafy greens, herbs, coconut water, papaya, mango, watermelon, mamey (its very sweet tropical fruit, taste like carrot-pumpkin-honey. YUMM!), raw chocolate treats, bunch of herbal teas, sea salts, aloe vera leafs, cacao butter, local raw honey, aloe vera and avocado oil hair conditioner (they sell natural skin care as well!), brazil nut butter...

I wanted to buy the whole market, but it wouldn't fit into my car ! LOL

shopping for leafy greens

 

It was such a great experience! Cant wait to come back

 

http://www.glaserorganicfarms.com/

LOVE, VALENTINA