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

Bom appetite!


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


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



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

Cuisine: Vegetarian
Recipe type: Dinner

  • 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

  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!


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!


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!


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


Ginger Tea

All right, I am probably obsessed with tea! I just love to have my warming cup of tea every day. At home I have huge collection of herbal, green and white teas.

I recently bought super cute reusable tea container (made with glass, not plastic!) to take it with me when I go to work or when I'm traveling.

Organice Your Life choice:
The Lotus Glass Tea Tumbler. Tea Infuser Bottle & Strainer for Loose Leaf, Herbal, Green Tea, Coffee or Fruit Water Infusions. 450ml/15oz Keeps Drinks Hot or Cold for 45 min. Bamboo Lid +Travel Sleeve

Tea To Go

So, what I do is: before I leave my home, I pour hot water into my tea container, add few (or alot!) pieces of fresh ginger and few leaves of jasmine tea. And it seats there, brewing for an hour or so.

When I open the lid, ginger aroma is so refreshing and warming that everyone around me wants to have a sip.

Either you are a ginger-fan or someone who looks for natural remedies to boost your immune system, you will love this recipe!

love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyeava on on April 29th 2012, updated in 2019

Grapefruit Juice

Today is Day 3 of my juice cleanse – the last day! I feel amazing! Last 2 days I didn’t feel great – I was sleepy all the time, that much that I had to take a few naps during the day. Which never happens to me! But I decided to give my body a rest and I just went with the flow. Good thing is I wasn’t working, so I stayed at home chilling and reading and napping!

This morning I decide to make my own grapefruit juice. I just have purchased a brand new Citrus Juicer, which can proudly take the same “5 star” rank among my other favorites: the bamboo steamer, blender and “green Star” juicerJ

To make any kind of juice, make sure that your fruits and veggies are organic.

So, pick 3 large organic grapefruits. Run through a citrus juicer. Ready!

I just LOVE the vibrant colors of  fruits and veggies!

MMMMM! yumm!!!


I just had to take this picture! "Citrus Art"


Essential oil instead of a perfume

I believe that we all have our favorite perfume that just right for us. But I think sometimes It’s a good idea to skip your commercial perfume routing, because God knows how much chemicals had been added to it.

Better and healthier alternative is essential oils. Pick your favorite at your health food store. There are hundreds different varieties, depends what you are looking for.

Here are my top favorites:

Lavender.I add a few drops to my coconut oil after I take a shower before I’m going to bed. It calms me after a stressful day and puts me in the mood for a nice and relaxing night.

Jasmine. It smells like heaven! I use it ever morning. I add few drops to my wrists and behind the ears. So fresh and sensual!

Tangerine. I use it before I go work out. Tangerine is very uplifting and I get into “go-go” mood.

Grapefruit. Add a few drops of a Grapefruit essential oil into your natural body cream.


What is your favorite essential oil? how do you use it? And why do you love it?

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Chia seed pudding with fresh figs and hazelnut mylk

Here is another breakfast recipe I made  this morning and it was absolutely divine! I am a big fan of chia seeds, and I always try to incorporate it in my diet as much as impossible. Most of the time I just soak 1 table spoon of chia seeds in a water and later I add it to my smoothies or juices. Here is a fun and yummy chia seed pudding with hazelnut mylk and fresh figs. Enjoy!


2 Table spoon chia seeds


½ cup hazelnut mylk (you can substitute to almond mylk, see the recipe here)

1 cup fresh figs


Soak chia seeds in hazelnut mylk for 10 min till it becomes jelly like. Add fresh figs. Ready!


PS. I saved a hazelnut pulp left from mylk. I will add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to it and I have an amazing natural and organic body scrub! I will share recipe and the results in my next post.