Fitness Food: Teff Pancakes

Teff Pancakes: an all-time favorite fitness food breakfast meals. Sometimes I put in some extra cacao or coffee powder, blue berries, coconut or bananas. You can top it off with whatever you like as long as it fits your diet. Just go wild!

Enjoy!

READ MORE ABOUT THE ANCIENT GRAIN TEFF ON ORGANICEYOURLIFE.COM

Teff PanecakesFirst published on December 28th 2012, updated in 2019

Teff Pancakes
a great breakfast to give you energy throughout the day

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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Teff flakes (Even though teff is the healthiest, you can substitute this for another whole wheat flour )
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 5 Egg whites (less eggs if you don't want the fitness food version, just adjust teff and water accordingly)
  • ⅔ Cup water
  • yoghurt
  • almond butter
  • fresh fruit

Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend them up to a silky smooth mixture.
  2. Slowly heat up a pan with some coconut butter or butter in it.
  3. Pour your pancake mixture into your pan, put the lit on it and slowly let it cook on half power/gas.
  4. You can flip it over when the top starts to solidify.
  5. Top it of with some white almond paste, fruit and/or some fat free Greek yoghurt.

Notes
You can add spirulina, coconut flakes, cacao powder or coffee powder to the fitness version of this pancake.


Teff, the Love Grass

You got to love grass.. but just the right one! Common names for Eragrostis tef include teff and Williams Lovegrass. Teff is an ancient cereal native to the northern Ethiopian Highlands of Northeast Africa. It is very versatile, may promote weight loss, is great for athletes and vegetarians, is gluten-free, and tastes good!

Small seed: Great Nutritional Value

Teff is a cross between wheat and grass. Teff is a type of grass that is considered a "whole grain" cereal. The word “Teff” is an Amharic word that means "lost". The name was kept for this grain for being so tiny, that if dropped, the grains would be close to impossible to retrieve. Because the beads are so small, it is not possible to peel them before they are milled. Teff flour is always whole wheat flour, which means that it is rich in dietary fiber.

Teff nutritional value consists of Proteins and an excellent balance of Amino acids. It is actually a much richer source of essential amino acids than wheat or barley. Teff also consists of Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, and Copper. It is also extremely abundant in healthy Manganese, and extremely low in Cholesterol, Saturated fat and Sodium.

Teff and Weight loss?

More and more people are looking for weight loss diets. For many years most of them learn to live with the fact that some fats they consume are bad for the body and others are good. Similar characteristics of carbohydrates are being discovered. Scientists consider it likely that the food sources that do not raise your blood sugar levels too much are less likely to be stored as fat AND maybe can even burn fat! By a steady release of glucose over several hours, Teff may help to suppress hunger, preventing you from overeating. Foods that suppress hunger are believed to be able to promote weight loss.

The Teff Athlete

The great success of the Ethiopian athletes Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele by themselves are partly attributed to teff. With its low Glycemic Index, teff provides a continuous supply of glucose to the body over several hours. it has slow digesting carbohydrates and contains a lot of iron, which unlike iron from other cereals is well absorbed into the body. These properties make teff suitable as nutrition for endurance athletes.

For athletes a high iron intake is critical for the conservation of red blood cells. A high number of red blood cells improves the intake and release of oxygen, which is directly related to the endurance and fitness. Humans usually compensate their daily loss of iron through meat, since most grains are not the best source of iron for the body. Teff is an exception, so it’s a great source of iron for vegetarians as well. The B-Vitamin complex in teff are important in relation to good energy.

Gluten-Free

Our health and our daily food intake are much more connected than we often like. Unlike 20 years ago the average Westerner consumes consciously or unconsciously a (too) large amount of grain originated gluten. Although teff contains some kind of gluten, it is suitable for people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance), because the gluten in teff does not contain the a-gliadin-fraction that causes a reaction in those with celiac disease. It does however contains all unique qualities that nutritionists find so appealing in cereals.

Gluten is also shunned by another group: People who simply think gluten encourages weight gain and who claim to feel more energetic when they don't consume it. They say humans didn't evolve the ability to digest certain domesticated grains containing gluten, and that avoiding gluten leads to more energy, better absorption of nutrients, and loss of excess weight.

So some people prefer a mostly gluten free diet because it has a positive effect on losing the last bits of stubborn belly fat and has a positive effect on their energy level they claim. A strict gluten-free diet forces you to stay away from some refined carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain. Could this just be where the weight-loss secret lies?

Possible Ways of Enjoying Teff

The flavor and aroma of the whole grain are mild, nutty and slightly sweet. It is similar to millet and quinoa in cooking, but the seed is much smaller and cooks faster, thus using less fuel.

Teff is an extremely versatile grain and one should not fear from experimenting in the kitchen. The easiest way of incorporating this food into your diet is by making use of teff flour. You can use teff flour for baking an apple pie crust or even for waffles and pancakes. You can even use boiled or steamed teff as an alternative to rice. Teff is also an extremely tasty and healthy grain to make porridge out of. All you need to do is add some crushed nuts and fresh fruits to your cooked teff. It is also extremely tasty to make in stews and even stir fries. Or you can make Injera, a typical Ethiopian flatbread that is on their menu daily.

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Teff Panecakes

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Sources

Eragrostis tef – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Fitness Republic:

Teff voor een smakelijk glutenvrij leven – Teff Centre:

Is gluten making us fat? – Men’sHealth

First published in 2012, updated in 2019


Love people & life, Not Stuff

We are ALL in love with stuff — with shopping, with acquiring, with owning, with collecting! I know it is easy to do this. But let’s lust after life instead?

How we live our lives these days

Our obsession with stuff has become unhealthy. When we have a void in our lives, we buy things (we have all done it!) When we have problems, we buy things. And these things are becoming more and more expensive, bigger, shinier … more wasteful ( and NOT Green!)

This obsession with stuff leads to owning a lot, having a lot of clutter … and yet this stuff doesn’t fill our lives with meaning.

We buy things when we’re depressed, we buy things for others to show how much we love them … and in this way, stuff has separated us from actually dealing with our emotions, blocked us from truly connecting with others.

Let’s replace that lust for stuff with a lust for life and here are some ideas and inspirations that help me, but is something I have to remind myself of often... especially when walking past my favorite store! We are all a work in progress, so we need to be gentle with ourselves, but we also have to make good choices, that will help us grow in every way.

Make good choices that will help us grow in every way

  • Rediscover a passion for life. Get outside and feel nature, appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Get active, do some gardening or yardwork, play a sport, go for a walk, take a hike, go for a swim, ride a bike. Feel the life coursing through you. Breathe it in.
  • Give experiences as gifts, not stuff. Instead of shopping for someone come birthdays or Christmas, think of an experience you can give them instead. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, exploring. A fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday. An experience is much more meaningful than an object.
  • Connect with others. In real life. If you haven’t hung out with a friend recently, give him a call and go hang out. Go on a date with your partner. Visit your mom or grandparents. And be present while you’re with them — really listen, really be there. Love people, not stuff!
  • Deal with your emotions. If you have a need to buy things, to shop when you are having emotional issues, be more aware of this. Then deal with the underlying emotions, rather than using shopping as a way to forget about them. If you’re depressed, or anxious, or lonely, deal with those. Find solutions, figure out what’s causing them. Good news: experiencing life, getting active, and connecting with others all help you deal with those emotional issues.
  • Disconnect your attachment to stuff.
  • Realize that life, not stuff, is what matters. Objects are just objects — if you lose them, if they get stolen or destroyed … it’s not a big deal. They’re just objects, NOT your life. Your life is the series of moments that is steaming through your consciousness right now, and how you use those moments and what you fill them with is what truly matters, not what you fill your home with. At the end of this short journey, you’ll look back and remember your experiences, the people you loved and who loved you back, the things you did and didn’t do. Not the stuff you had.

So let's all love life & NOT STUFF!

I hope this inspires you to re-think wants VS needs. We all *want* stuff, but do you need it? Internalize this, and hopefully you make the right choice for YOU.

Love xoxo

First published in 2011, Updated in 2018


Vegetarian BBQ

There are so many delicious recipes for a vegetarian BBQ you can make yourself easily. No need to have a complete meat fest!

Here are some tips for you to try:

  • Create nice kebabs from colored vegetables; add some potatoes and or tofu.
  • Grill some eggplant or zucchini.
  • Use a smaller mazed roster for the BBQ or use a fishbasket to clamp the vegetables in between.
  • Put some fresh herbs and vegetables in some wrapped up tinfoil, add some stock, white wine, oil or orange juice before you close them.
  • Regularly sprinkle some herbs in the coals for a nice aroma.
  • Freeze and defrost tofu, squeeze them out and then they will absorb marinades easier.
  • Pre-boil the harder types of vegetables (like (potatoes, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower) and marinade them.

Some examples for marinades:

  • Soy-sauce · nutmeg · lemonjuice · cayenne-pepper · fresh Basil · olive-oil
  • Apple juice · salt · black pepper · basil-vinegar · olive-oil · ginger
  • Worcestersauce · tarragon-vinegar · salt · pear juice
  • Pine-apple juice · sweet paprika · salt · basil-vinegar · sunflower-oil · ginger
  • Orange juice · maple-syrup · orange zest · tarragon-vinegar · olive-oil · salt · coriander · cayenne-pepper
  • Mustard · ginger · maple-syrup · soy-sauce · olive-oil · basil-vinegar · salt · black pepper

Create kebabs from different fruits as a dessert as you can grill fruit!

  • Grill pine-apple or apples directly on the grill
  • Or cut open a banana and fill it up with chocolate
  • Grill a banana in aluminum foil bag with a bit of honey/ brown sugar added
  • Add some organic ice-cream always delicious with grilled fruit

Enjoy!

Love, the OYL Team


Bill Jensen: The Simplicity Survival Handbook

We love good books that can help us "organice" our lives! Here is another good one:

The Simplicity survival handbook by Bill Jensen is about how you should manage your time at work, and help you be more productive.

The main idea? DO LESS! A few insights we got from the Simplicity Survival Handbook:

  • Filter all the stuff you receive through your phone and email and try to perfect the art of work not done.
  • Of 325 pages of info, only 5 you NEED!
  • Ask yourself what is in it for me?
  • Prevent information overload.
  • Every 550 days mails, texts and messages DOUBLES!
  • Pay attention during meetings! (don't check phone and mails)
  • 2 to 4 hours a day are wasted on communication.
  • This also about respect: Treat your colleges like you would want to be treated!
  • Find the guts to make changes!
  • There are only 1440 minutes a day! You don't get any more.

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simplicity survival hand book


Rebecca Taylor

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca TaylorRebecca Taylor is a busy bee. Originally from New Zealand, this businesswoman is an entrepreneur, but also a wife & mom, and this all in one of the busiest places on Earth: NYC. For Organice Your Life® we asked her about her family life and how to juggle her career, as well as what charity has her heart.

OYL: Being a designer, an entrepreneur, mother and wife, while living and working in one of the busiest cities in the world, how are you able to maintain balance and peace in this whirlwind we call life? 

Rebecca: "I am not sure if you ever truly find balance; it’s quite difficult to juggle it all, but I take it one day at a time and try to keep focused on my priorities.

OYL: Now that you are a mother, what values do you try to instill in yourchildren? Do you carry over the customs and traditions from your own childhood?

Rebecca: "Definitely. My children are still very young, but I teach them to always be respectful of others, to take care of each other, and to follow their passions. I have one brother and two sisters, and we are all very close. my mother was quite strict when wewere growing up, but she always gave us the freedom to follow our dreams. I would like to give my children the same encouragement and support my mom gave us."

OYL: Being from New Zealand, which is hom to abundant nature and beautiful landscapes, do you find it difficult to adjust to New York City Life, Especially now that you have children?

Rebecca: "Well, I've been living in NYC for 20 years now, so I've had some time to adjust.New York City offers so much; there are always so many wonderful things to explore with the children. however, at times nostalgia does set in, and I find myself missing the gorgeous landscape of my seaside village.

Rebecca Taylor

OYL:At Organice Your Life® we are very involved with charities and their work, what are some charities that you support or belong to?

Rebecca: We support a lot of charities throughout the year, but to name a few:

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

make-a-Wish Foundation 

The Foundling Foundation

OYL: Within your life and environment, do you try to live a "Green-er" life? In What ways?

Rebecca: "Yes, I try to be very conscientious of being ‘green’ on a daily basis. I don’t usually print anything unless it’s absolutely necessary, and I am really strict about recycling. We are actually looking into recycled fabrics as well for the line. I feel it’s our duty to preserve the Earth as best as we can."

Visit Rebecca Taylor's website to see some over her exquisite designs.

interview by the OYL team. First published September 2012

Hippocrates inspiration

"Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness."

Hippocrates

Greek physician (460 BC - 377 BC)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates

www.quotationspage.com/quote/38575.html


Saffron Quinoa Tuna Salad

After my trip to the organic market this morning, where I had bought so many delicious veggies, I decided to make a nice healthy and hearty salad with saffron quinoa and some pomegranate molasses. In the Middle East we love to use saffron and pomegranates in every dish (if possible). Below is my recipe and how to prepare it:

Saffron Quinoa Tuna salad

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Ingredients
  • Mixed Lettuce (or any kind you like)
  • Kale
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Yellow Paprika
  • Organic Tuna in can
  • Saffron
  • Quinoa
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pomegranate molasses

Instructions
  1. Heat in a small pan any kind of oil you like, I used walnut oil.
  2. Add 1 cup of quinoa to the unheated oil.
  3. Add a few strings of saffron to it and let it all heat.
  4. Once you see it is popping, add 4 cups of warm water to it.
  5. Let it boil for 1 minute and then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes
  6. Clean all the veggies and add the mixed lettuce to a big bowl
  7. Cut the chives in big chunks and add to the salad bowl together with the basil leaves and cilantro
  8. Cut the tomatoes and paprika in big wedges and add to the salad.
  9. Cut the cucumbers in big chunks too and add to the salad.
  10. Open the (organic) tuna can, drain all the water. Cut the tuna in pieces and add to the salad
  11. Once the quinoa is done, go through it with a fork and make it fluffy again, let it cool for a bit
  12. Dressing:
  13. Mix olive oil and pomegranate molasses in a cup with a little bit of sea salt. The quantity is really up to your liking. Add it to the salad
  14. Serving:
  15. Serve the salad on a plate and then add the fluffy saffron quinoa on top with some extra pomegranate molasses if you like.

 

Enjoy!

Meis Kadhem

Meis Kadhem

 


Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Organice Your Life is wishing everyone a joyous, green, organic happy holidays!

Happy Holidays


Food by Lonneke: Roasted Artichokes OYL Style

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Lonneke Engel teaches how to make Roasted Artichokes OYL Style- a healthy, hearty easy-to prepare dish. Great for entertaining. Stay tuned for more videos and recipes by Lonneke on Organice Your Life®.


Macrobiotic-ish

The word "macrobiotic" comes from Greek roots and it means "long life". The macrobiotic diet is a low-fat, high fiber diet that is a predominantly vegetarian diet, emphasizing whole grains and vegetables. In addition, the macrobiotic diet is rich in phytoestrogens from soy products (which can be omitted or kept to a minimum).

What are the Guidelines of the Macrobiotic Diet?

Here a few simple steps that you can take to incorporate these meals into your schedule. Their simplicity and ease of preparation, make them ideal for quick dinners, packed lunches and having a pot luck with friends! (You cook a heaping portion of Brown Rice or Millet, and everyone else brings a Vegetable and Bean. SO FUN!)

  • Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60% of each meal (brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, corn, wheat berries)
  • Soup. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day. Miso and shoyu, which are made from fermented soybeans, are commonly used or any light veggie broth soup
  • Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30% of the daily food intake (I always add more!) Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, and sauteed
  • Beans make up 10% of the daily food intake (chickpeas, black, pinto, black-eyed, pinto, butter,etc...)

  • Animal products. A small amount of fish or seafood is typically consumed several times per week. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided but do not have to be eliminated
  • Seeds and nuts in moderation
  • Fruit. dessert, condiments also echo the same sentiment as the diet itself, moderate and simple

Let's cook something

My plate above was SUPER easy and quick to make. I already had left over beans (dry beans soaked over night or salt-free/organic canned beans) as well as left over brown rice (2 huge staples for me)

I then lightly steamed both cauliflower and broccoli tossed in a little lemon juice and organic balsamic (something new I just found out, that you can eat the stocks of broccoli! You simply cut off the hard exterior and you are left with a yummy center that tastes like a root veggie.No more throwing away of stocks=less waste)

Lightly steamed green  beans tossed in fresh lime juice and pink himalayan salt

Finally I sauteed spinach in a little bit of EVOO and chopped garlic

It took merely minutes and it was so comforting and filling. I love incorporating this way of eating into my life, because I truly do have a passion for simple, healthy and unprocessed foods.

You don't have to follow a macrobiotic diet to enjoy its benefits, a few simple steps and preparations and you have a healthy dinner right before your eyes.

Enjoy!


Canadian Golden Flax Seed

The magic of Canadian Golden Flax Seed

Let me introduce you to the beauty of the flaxseed. But not to any ordinary flaxseed, but Canadian Golden Flax Seed.

About Golden Flax

Most of the flaxseed grown in North America is brown in color. Golden Flax is a hybridized form of the common flax and is grown primarily as a food crop. The brown variety is grown for commercial use in the paint and solvent industries. Golden Flaxseed has several more characteristics that make it more appealing as a food and more effective as a medicine. First of all the major difference is the color and milder flavor. It is also higher in omega 3 fatty acid and has a higher soluble fiber content.

Canadian Golden Flax Seed
Canadian Golden Flax Seed

Golden flax seed is your best plant source of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) or Omega3 fatty acid. The restorative and preventative benefits of golden flax in your diet are many, including lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The Omega3 fatty acids act as natural anticoagulants, which make red blood cells more flexible, causing less blockage and clots, and thus decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. We've all heard about the importance of Omega3 in our diets. Here is a very easy, economical and tasty way to incorporate it daily. Just a 1/4 cup contains a full 9 grams!

Just 1/4 cup of Golden Flaxseed has as many immune enhancing lignans as:

  • 90lbs of cabbage
  • 82lbs of banana's
  • 75 lbs of strawberries
  • 25lbs of broccoli
  • or 12lbs of wheat.

That it is vitally important to grind the flax the day of use. You can use a small coffee grinder and just put in two table spoons of flax in it, grinds it and have beautiful 'golden dust' to sprinkle over muesli and fruit! You can also sprinkle it on your salads, in soups, in yogurt or simple stirred into water or juice.

Flaxseed oil is also highly beneficial and offers the same benefits as the seed, and is amazing as a salad dressing, with balsamic.

What do you guys think of Flax? Do you use it in your daily diets?