Brazil Nut Milk Recipe

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If you want to start a healthy diet but you don't know where to start, nut milk is a great way. You can use for your smoothie, oatmeal, coffee, tea, and off course just as it is. So lets get started!

Brazil Nut Milk
A lovely recipe for home made Nut Milk. This recipe contains Brazil Nuts, but you can also use almonds or any other nut.

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Cuisine: Healthy Kitchen
Recipe type: Drinks

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Brazil Nuts
  • 2 Dates
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 1 tsp of Organic Vanilla Powder
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions
Milk Base
  1. Put about two cups of Brazil Nuts into your blender.
  2. As a sweetener your can add two dates. You can also use organic honey or sugar.
  3. Add about 4 cups of water depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. And for some extra flavor I used one teaspoon of Vanilla Powder and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Please make sure you don't use liquid vanilla that contains alcohol.
  5. To bring up the flavor just add a pinch of Salt.
Straining
  1. Use a reusable nut milk bag to strain the mixture.

Notes
Most nut milk bags are reusable, they can be used for nut milks and straining juices. A bag is much easier and faster than using a strainer. The fine mesh material minimizes sediment and allows for sprouting of even the smallest of seeds and grains.

 


Healthy Foods

February or September? That means Fashion Weeks are happening!

If you’ve ever been in New York City around this time – you would have noticed a lot of models in the streets running around in high heels with their portfolios in their hands. I remember first time I came to New York – which was 7 years ago. I remember how stressful it was for me: no time to rest, no time to sleep and no time to a grab fresh, nutritious meal!

I’ll share with you some tips and tricks how to choose the right foods that will leave you satisfied, without bloating or putting on extra pounds. Just a few ideas that you can do at home or when you have time to eat out in the restaurants with your friends.

Valentina's tips

  • Start your day with big glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Always have green salad before your main course. Ok, honestly, who wants salad after a bowl of pasta?!
  • Have fruits for breakfast and try to snack on fruits until the lunchtime.
  • Drink your water! The moment you think you are hungry. Drink a glass of water and then ask your self “Am I still hungry?” it happens to me all the time – my body is just asking for water.
  • Replace cow milk with almond milk. I make my own almond milk at home and I add it to my raw granola for a tasty breakfast. I add almond milk to my smoothies and many other recipes. It is a delicious vegan alternative to animal or other milks.
  • Replace white sugar, brown sugar, and all kinds of artificial sweeteners with stevia, Agave, yakon syrup or coconut palm sugar!
  • Snack on RAW nuts and seeds: when you snack on roasted nuts (or baked or in any other way cooked) they can cause acne. Nuts are very dense and highly fatty food. When you eat them in raw state, those fats are extremely healthy for us, but once nuts been heated above 105F they become rancid - not a beauty food you want to put in your body!
  • Choose sweet yam potatoes over regular white potatoes.
  • Choose vegetables and fruits that are still attached to their roots and vines, because they have more nutrients: for example tomatoes on the vines, fresh herbs in pots, carrots and beetroots with their tops attached etc.
  • Eat whole foods rather than pre packed, pre cut, preserved, pre made... Avoid frozen ready-to-eat microwave dinners, avoid canned corn, beans, tuna.. Buy a whole watermelon and cut it freshly at home rather than buying it already cut into pieces (and think of the waste you create when you get your sliced fruits in plastic wrapping).
  • Always have a (protein) bar with you in case of emergencies. The idea is to choose the right one – I like “Vega Whole Food Raw Energy Bar”.

I wish you a happy Meal–and to models: Good Luck with new season!

Love, Val.


Never say Never! Or What's up with Lavender Tea?

If 3 years ago someone came to me and said that I would be making lavender tea and drying orange peels on my kitchen counter, I would say “not me!”

And here I am, 3 years later drinking tea with dried orange peels that were left from my morning juice, mixing it with local Lavender Flowers.

By the way, this tea is by far my new favorite! And the healing power of lavender and orange peels is known by a lot of people:

Lavender is a very special herbal infusion, which has calming effects that helps relieve stress, fatigue, headache and insomnia. Drinking a cup of lavender tea before going to bed is known to promote restful sleep;

And Orange Peel is a digestive aid (thanks to pectin, that has probiotic properties). It is used for abdominal bloating, nausea and poor appetite. A class of compounds found in orange peels – polymethoxylated flavones – have the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects.

“LavAnge tea” : lavender + orange peel

  • 1 tea spoon of dried lavender flower
  • 2 tea spoons of orange peels

Pour hot water over, let it sit for 5 minutes and enjoy!

LOVE, VAL


Feng Shui Your Desk

I came across this article about Feng Shui – How to organize your desk so Feng Shui can start to work its magic. It is quite simple to understand, so stay with me and read on!

How to Feng Shui Your Desk

Imagine you are looking at your working desk from the above. Now divide it in 3x3 board ( it call BAGUA in Feng Shui world).

 MONEY  FAME  ROMANCE
 FAMILY
& SECURITY
 HEALTH  CREATIVITY
 KNOWLEDGE  CAREER  HELPFUL PEOPLE
& TRAVEL

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. This is KNOWLEDGE area. Its ideal area to store your reference books, dictionary, manuals, and anything that you often reach while working.

If you have a bookcase or a counter to the left of your desk, this could be perfect place for the symbols of FAMILY. You can put the family photos and SECURITY symbols.

The back left corner of your desk represents MONEY. Make sure to keep this corner clean, dust free and uncluttered. Also, place some pictures of what you would like to do in the future.

At the back center of your desk is FAME area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates and achievements. Add red color to this area, to draw attention.

At the right corner of your desk is a ROMANCE. Place the photos of your sweetie or symbols of love.

At the right corner is your CREATIVITY. Be sure to keep symbols of what you do that’s original, as well as tools that you use for your work. This area should be as creative and original as possible. Place your child drawings here!

At your immediate and front right it’s the HELPFUL PEOPLE & TRAVEL area. Place your address book and phone numbers here, as well as travel related items and pictures.

At the center of your desk is the HEALTH.  If you want a healthy career, your work area should be clean and “happy looking”. Add some yellow color in here!

Finally, your chair represents CAREER. Keep your chair nice and clean, Always vacuum around it and keep it polish.

Good luck!

LOVE, VAL


How to store your greens in the fridge

Quick tip how to store your greens in the fridge. I have just learned it, and I wish I knew this trick long time ago, cause I love my greens, but they go bad really fast if I don’t consume it in the first couple of days.

How to store your greens in the fridge

  • Cut your greens (it can be anything; kale, parsley, spinach, cilantro etc. Today I have my collard greens)
  • Arrange them in the storage unit.
  • Add cold water and some ICE on top.
  • Cover it with a lid

store-your-greens

It stays fresh for up to a week! And when you are ready to use it, Greens are fresh and crisp just like the day you bought it.

LOVE, VAL


Moisturizing mask for dry hands

My hands get so dry in winter, especially this season! I have tried many creams, and many of them does work, but what really made a difference on my skin is this “formula”:

 

I use a Lavender Hand Cream by natural skin care line  “Jurlique” plus one more secret ingredient, which is  a Vitamin E-complex! I add  a few drops of  the “Liquid E-complex” by “Country Life”. I mix it all together and leave it on my hands for a few moments. Just like that:

 

This “mask” is really moisturizing my hands, and leaves them very soft.

LOVE, VAL


Food that will make you glow

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food“ -

as Hippocrates quoted. And I strongly believe in this! I believe that nature has all the answers. You can find better solution for your acne or dull skin at farmers market and fresh produce stand in supermarket, then at you doctor office or pharmacy.

For glowing skin eat lots of orange fruits and vegetables: melons, apricots, and yams.

If you have dry skin (especially in winter time) include healthy oils like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil.

If you worry about protein (I, personally, think that we should worry about getting TOO MUCH protein, especially animal protein) there is plant base protein available in kingdom of seeds: sesame seeds and hemp seeds are excellent source of bio available proteins.

If you have puffy eyes include diuretics like asparagus and parsley, also circulation boosters like cayenne pepper and ginger.

For wrinkles eat a lot of fruits that are rich in colors such as berries. And remember to include all type of different colors, among the fruits and vegetables, in your diet EACH day.

Exercise, fresh air and morning sunlight – are all very beneficial to your health!

Avoid at all costs:

  • soda
  • regular table salt (substitute it to Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • non-organic dairy and other animal products
  • tap water
  • processed food
  • microwave dinners
  • commercially fried food
  • fast food restaurants
  • coffee and black tea (if you can avoid it –great, if not – try to limited as much as possible)
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • bad thoughts and aggressive behavior.

Think positive and surround yourself with good energy and love!

Love, Val


Canola Oil. To eat or not to eat?

I was recently researching the health benefits of Canola Oil, since it is very popular among us. And here is what I have found. I advise you to read it, and decide for yourself.

At first I thought that name came from some kind of wonderful seed named “CANOLA”.But actually it stands for “Canada oil, low acid”.

Where does Canola Oil come from and what it's made of?

Well, it comes from rapeseeds, which grow widely in Canada.

Rapeseeds produce natural oil extremely high in erucic acid – toxin. In order to lower erucic acid, in 1968 Dr. Baldur Stefansson had Genetically Modified original rapeseed and came up with variety  “suitable for human consumption”.

Is canola oil healthy?

I think to myself “if Nature created rapeseed such high in toxin, then humans and animals not suppose to eat it!” Canola Oil is not wholesome natural food!

Canola oil has many non-food uses – such products include candles, lipsticks, newspaper inks, industrial lubricants and biofuels. Do you still want to cook your lunch with Canola Oil?

So, what are the alternatives to Canola Oil?

  1. Do not fry your food at all.
  2. Coconut oil.
  3. Old-fashioned butter that comes from Non-Genetically Modified Organic Grass-Fed Cow (for non-vegan readers).

What else? What do you suggest? Write comments so we can come up with something else:)

Like Russians say, “One brain is good, but two is better”

Love, VAL


breakfast

How to really start your morning

We should think of our body as a miracle machine that does everything to keep us healthy and happy.

While you sleeping at night, your body is going thru detox process - it is getting rid of old toxins and waste that you receive thru polluted air, unclean water, unhealthy food ... You name it.

To me , the most important meal of the day is breakfast. How you will feel the whole day is simply depends on what you have first thing in the morning.

breakfast

My advise to everyone is to start your day with glass of warm water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Lemons are very alkalizing on your body, so you will have stronger immune system. Besides, lemons are very cleansing for your intestines.

Wait 30 min and then you can have your breakfast, It is very important to have fruit as a first food entering your body. Try to keep is simple - chose one fruit that you enjoy most and have it as much as you want till the lunch time.

My favorite breakfast is melon smoothie!

I take one cantaloupe melon - split it in half - spoon out the seeds. Then I take my blender and put ripe flesh into it. I blend everything well and thats it! Sometimes I add almond milk and it tastes even better!

Love, Val


Interview with Gui Valente by Valentina Zelyaeva

I had a chance to interview a black-belt in brazilian jiu jitsu - Gui Valente. He is well known jiu jitsu teacher in Florida. At "Valente Brothers Jiu Jitsu" he teaches  law enforcements and military among other students. I personally, never tried jiu jitsu before, but after interviewing Gui, I think I might want to take a couple of classes next time I'm in Miami :)

Who is Gui Valente?

Firstly, thank you for the invitation and for the opportunity to talk about our lifestyle. I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and for the past 13 years Miami Beach has been my home. I moved to South Florida as soon as I graduated from high school in Rio to attend Barry University. I chose Miami mostly because of the warm weather and the beaches. Coming from Rio, I felt that it would be a lot easier to adapt, especially because of our diet. In Miami, you can always find a great variety of fruits and vegetables all year round. Also, Rio and Miami share many other similarities; the Latin influence and the ability to practice water sports all across the city are just a few. Another reason why I chose Miami was because my older brother Pedro already lived here and had started his own Jiu-Jitsu school. Growing up, Jiu-Jitsu was always part of our lives and coming to Miami made it easier not only to train with my brother, but also to help him with the school as well.

How did you get involved into jiu-jitsu

Actually, I do not even remember the first time I trained Jiu-Jitsu. In our family lifestyle, training starts when you are still an infant. I was fortunate because my dad was already a black belt and got me started before I could walk. When I was two years old I began taking classes from Grandmaster Hélio Gracie, the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and continued to be his student until he passed away in January of 2009.

 Who is your inspirational figure

My father, Dr. Pedro Valente and my teacher, Hélio Gracie. Together, they taught me valuable lessons about the mind, the body and the spirit. Through their teachings I learned how to protect myself physically and intellectually. I learned that there is no better investment than in our own health. I learned to understand and respect the laws of nature and that everything happens for a reason. I learned we should always try to better ourselves in every thing we do and that we should always continue to learn.

What does Gui Valente eat?

My diet consists primarily of fruits and vegetables and follows three basic elements:

  • Food selection,
  • Food combining,
  • Spacing between meals.

Gui's favorite beverage

I am still not a full vegetarian, but I stopped eating red meat in 2007. Growing up, I learned that a good avocado and some Brazil nuts are much healthier sources of protein than beef.  I also learned to respect food and to only eat what is healthy. In a normal day I'll have a fruit smoothie for breakfast; a nice green salad with plenty of raw vegetables, legumes, cashews and a plate of whole grain and fish, and my carrot juice, for lunch; and for dinner, another fruit smoothie – and, if I am hungry, a couple pieces of whole wheat toast with honey or dates.

My favorote beverage is coconut water, from the actual coconut and fresh watermelon juice from my juicer.

What is “Gracie” diet?

My diet is based on what is known today as the “Gracie Diet”. Growing up we called it "O Regime" (The Regimen). In simple terms, it is a method of eating based on naturalist and hygienist philosophies and developed during 65 years of research and first-hand use by Grand Master Carlos Gracie, my teacher's older brother. It is based on selecting natural foods that do not poison the body and combining them in ways that allow for an efficient digestion.

Tell us a little bit about your academy.

Even though my brothers and I were brought up in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu tradition we never expected to have a Jiu-Jitsu school. We all graduated from American universities and the plan was to pursue our own careers as businessmen. However, as I learned, everything happens for a reason; and the school that my older brother started, just to have a place to train as he completed his studies, has in fact become our lives’ focus.

Today, I work with my two brothers, Pedro and Joaquim, doing what we love, Jiu-Jitsu.

Our system has three main objectives:

  1. First, the system teaches the most powerful self defense method in the world, as proven in the original Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC),
  2. Second, our system constitutes one of the most complete forms of exercise in existence,
  3. And third, it represents an incalculable moral and educational value.

Our headquarters is located in North Miami Beach. The school is just a few miles from the beach and right across a beautiful park, which makes us feel very much in contact with nature.

Valente Brothers Jiu Jitsu Academy in Florida

Who are your students? Do you have women- students?

The motto of our school is “Jiu-Jitsu for all”. Men and women, girls and boys, regardless of age, may safely experience the benefits of learning Jiu-Jitsu.  The techniques we teach at our schools are based on natural movements that can easily be performed by anyone. Currently, our eldest student is 74 years old and our youngest is 23 months old.

Interestingly, women usually learn better and faster than men.  This is because they are less inclined to rely on muscular power and tend to adapt to the efficient techniques of Jiu-Jitsu very quickly.

 What’s the best to eat before and after workout session?

One of the main objectives of our diet is to provide our bodies with a constant and balanced energy level throughout the day. As Carlos Gracie often said, we teach and train almost the whole day and we cannot afford to feel weak or too full. Following any workouts we always try to drink coconut water, as it provides a natural way to replace the electrolytes lost in sweat.

Are you involved in any charity organization?

We really enjoy working with children. Recently, we designed a program to offer Jiu-JItsu in public schools in Miami. Also, in partnership with one of our students, we created a scholarship program called “Jiu-Jitsu For All”.  This program provides the opportunity for a number of underprivileged kids to enroll in any of our schools.

 What is your motto?

The famous latin saying, Mens sana in corpore sana (A healthy mind in a healthy body).


Links

Visit our website at ValenteBrothers.com
Like us on Facebook.com/ValenteBrothers
Follow us on Twitter.com/ValenteBrothers
Youtube Channel Youtube.com/ValenteBrotherstv
Like us on Instagram.com/ValenteBrothers


Japanese Skin Care Products

Hello! I know its been a while since I've uploaded a post. Hope you all are doing great and enjoying this gorgeous summer weather.

Today I want to share with you some of my new beauty products that I've brought with me from my resent trip to Japan.

As you might know , I LOVE beauty products and I LOVE to discover something new. When I'm traveling, I always visit a local pharmacies and department stores, just to wonder around the aisles and to see what kind beauty products locals like to use.

While shopping for a beauty products in Tokyo, I've discoverd that Face and Body soaps are HUGE in Japan! I mean, some departments stores has the whole aisle dedicated just to face soaps!

"Japan Organic" Aloe lotion, face brush to exfoliate, cotton face masks, hand creams and face soap

I was pleased to see a lot of brands using only natural ingredients such as clay and charcoal. It gently washes pores while moisturizing and pulling out toxins.

I also discovered that the main and key ingredientes in most of the Japanese skin care products are green tea and rice! I've got a couple of hand and eye creams with such ingredients.

When it comes to convenience and saving space, Japanese are the leading experts. Check out this super cool "RelaThera" face mask (see the picture below). It is no bigger then an inch, but once you moisture it with a toner, lotion or Evian water, it becomes the size to perfectly fit your face. I like to moisture it with simple Evian water, apply it on my face, lay down and relax for 15 min. It works as a moisture face pack.

Rela Thera Face mask, Face soap, face towel

Face towls are also a "must" in skin care routine of a japanese women. So, I've got one for myself made of bamboo. I use it to remove make up at the end of the day. I usually apply creamy makeup remover on my face, including eye area and lashes. Next step is to moisture face towle with warm water, then gnetly pressing toawle over your face, remove makeup and dirt.

What are your favorite beauty products and tools? Please, share with us some of the most intersting beauty products from your country.

Japanese Juice Bar in Tokyo
Japanese juice bar in Tokyo

LOVE, VALENTINA


Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden

People come down to Miami to enjoy a sunny weather and a beautiful beach. But if you can’t imagine what else to do here, I highly recommend visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden. It is about 1 hour drive from South Beach toward Fort Lauderdale.

I went there couple of days ago and I was so amazed! It is beautifully arranged landscape filled with lots of different gardens. Each one of those gardens has it own theme but all of them has a significant touch of a Japanese culture. Take a look at the pictures I took from there:

Me and my sister giving food to turtles

"rock garden" :

structure made of rocks:

bonsai tree:

me,  eating fake soba, made of used elastics (now thats recycled or what?!!)) at the Japanese museum that located on the territory:

PS. ofcours i didn't swallow it, otherwise i wouldn't be writing this post

This is japanese farmer who, after his death, donated his land to Florida State. The land eventually became what it is today:

LOVE, VAL

visit  www.morikami.org for more info