Coconut Acai smoothie

If you know me and if you have been reading my posts for a while, then you must know that I’m nuts for Coconuts! Ha!  But seriously, I believe that Coconut Oil is a MUST in every healthy kitchen and bathroom. I use it every single day  as a moisturizer, hair conditioner, meal supplement to name a few.

But today my post is a bout a fresh young green coconuts. The kind you get in tropical countries, where you can purchase it at every corner. Paradise for me! But I live in a City, not on a beach in Thailand,  thats Why I’m super excited about my resent discovery.

 

I went to my nearest healthy food store where they sell  young coconuts and purchased a couple. My next challenge was to open it! Here comes all-favorite YOUTUBE channel. I learned from this  video How To Open a Coconut. It was much easier then I thought. All you need is a cleaver knife (or a chef knife) and a practice.

It is important to know how to select a good coconut: look at the base  of a coconut. It should be white color! If you see discoloration, purple or green spots, do not buy it!

Since my discovery, I start to experimenting with different recipes that include fresh coconut water and “meat” (the inside part of a coconuts).

Here is one of my favorite super smoothie! It is very yummy and filling, full of antioxidants, vitamins and LIFE!

 

I always like to share a health benefits, so here it is:

-  coconut "meat" is an excelent sours of a good fat! It helps to remove stored fat from your body. The result - you are loosing weight!

- coconut water is a good sours of electrolits, which are re-charge and re-energize your body! The best sport drink that you can find.

- acai is a little purple berry that grows in Amazon.  This little purple berry is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and Omega essential fatty acids. Its antioxidant levels outranks nearly every other food on the planet, including; pomegranates, blueberries, and goji berries.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 young green coconut (water and “meat”)
  • 2 packs of Acai (I use “Sambazone” brand . It comes frozen and you can find it at every health food store)
  • 1 banana

Directions:


Open a coconut. Scoop out the "meat" using ice cream spoon. Blend water and “meat” in  a blender till smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour in a tall glass, seat back and enjoy!

 

LOVE, VAL


Wheat Grass Juice

Wheat grass juice… Here I am, talking about green stuff once again. What can I say?! I love my green juices, green smoothies, green soups, green salads. “Green” represents life, nature, Earth, eco-living . all that I am about. 

To be honest, wheat grass juice is not my favorite thing on this Planet , but the health benefits are worth drinking a shot of it (you don’t need more than that) every single morning before you have your first bite. And here is why:

  • wheat grass is superior to other veggies in its content of B12,
  • wheatgrass contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids and enzymes.
  • more energy and better sleep,
  • increased mental clarity,
  • improved eyesight and night vision (I experience this big time!  my eyesight is getting better the more I drink wheat grass juice),
  • it contains 92 minerals needed by the body,
  • its oxygenate your body,
  • contains 20+ amino acids,
  • it slows down aging process,
  • skin gets clear and has that healthy glow.
 

I buy wheatgrass at Wholefoods. Its organic and fresh, the packaging always says the expiration date, so I know when it's fresh or not. You can grow your own wheat grass at home. I know some people do, and it suppose to be “super easy” but I’m not that good with plants (my orchids never blossom, no matter what I do).  

In case you wondering how it tastes, it is sweet. Perhaps, too sweet, so I always add lemon. But It’s definitely not horrible. Plus, some people love the idea of a shot.  Cheers!

 

 LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva


Baked Apples with Raw Honey

It was my mom’s idea to make this recipe for Sunday brunch. It reminds me of my childhood, when my mom used to make baked apples for me and my sister. She used to add sugar but I introduced her to raw honey, since that she only uses honey in all her recipes.

Baked apples contains lots of Iron and Calcium, plus boost vitamin A intake.

I love versatile recipes, and baked apples are one of those breakfast/dessert/snack/brunch type of meal.

And kids will love it !

I made this early morning and my whole apartment smelled like cinnamon apple pie!

I also added an oatmeal to a few apples, It was really nice touch -  delicious way to fill you up.

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 gala apples
  • raw honey
  • cinnamon
  • oatmeal (optional)

Steps:

prepare apples a night before. Core the middle part, making sure its not pierce till the end (you don’t want juices to run out the other end). Sprinkle cinnamon inside, add oatmeal (optional) and finally add  a raw honey.

First thing in the morning, warm up the oven for 380F. Place apples inside and bake for 25-30 min or until honey starts to bubble on top and apples become soft to touch.

Prepare your favorite morning beverage, seat back and enjoy Sunday morning with your family. I made almond milk latte, it goes so good together with baked apples. Bom appetite!

LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva


Fall vegetables and fruits

The Fall is here. As the weather changes so as our diet. Look for what's in-season now and start to incorporate and create recipes with Fall vegetables and fruits. It is important to eat what's local and in-season in your region simply because it is the freshest and most nutritious food.

Here is an example list of what you can find across the country this Fall:

1. Concord Grapes

2.Pomegranates

3. Apples

4. Butternut Squash (check out my recipe for Butternut Squash soup)

5. Brussel Sprouts

6. Eggplant

7. Carrots

8. Sweet Potato

9. Pears

LOVE, VAL


What to do with butternut squash

Ok, so we are in Autumn! I love to see trees changing their colors from green to gorgeous red and golden colors. 

Visiting the farmers market

As I visit the farmers market very often and I also see a lot of changes in produce. Now we have so many winter vegetables and fruits coming in. And one vegetable, technically fruit, in particular got my attention  - butternut squash. I didn’t know what to do with it at first, but as any other my recipes, I just went with my intuition. And I came up with such a great soup recipe – cream of butternut squash with leeks and carrots. It's perfect for winter evenings, when you want something to warm you up and feel you up and cozy you up, ok I just totally made up this word, but you understand what I mean.

My soup recipe:

ingredients for butternut squash soup

Other delicious butternut squash recipes:

Apple butternut squash soup

Butternut squash Risotto

 

I hope you will enjoy it as much as  I did!

love, Val