homemade organic acai bowl

I love this organic acai bowl to start my day! And for those people who say a smoothie or juice is not good to eat, because you don't chew your food, this is a good in-between option. Why do some people oppose to having a smoothie? Because they say you don't chew the food, and that way you don't produce essential enzymes to digest your food. That's why our organic acai bowl is a lovely breakfast to eat in the morning!

Acai (really açai) is a berry that comes from a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest. The berries are already over thousands of years  considered to have healing properties and a high nutritional value that boosts energy. Dr. Oz shares why acai is good for you.

Acai comes in many forms including a dried powder form which I like to use. Check out the below recipe for an energy boosting breakfast organic acai bowl!

p.s. we add peanut butter for taste but also because it contains healthy fats that give prolonged energy and make you feel full for a longer period of time. Normally we wouldn't recommend mixing sugars and fats, but in the morning your energy levels are low and I feel it is not that bad to eat healthy sugars and fats to get started!

p.s. sorry for the bad picture!

Love, Lonneke

homemade organic acai bowl
A nourishing and delicious breakfast bowl that will give you the energy to start the day!

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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 2 handfuls of berries to your liking, we used blackberries, raspberries, strawberries.
  • 1 tbsp of acai powder
  • 2 tbsp spoon peanut butter
  • handful of raw organic cocoa nibs (raw chocolate)
  • handful of organic (raw) granola

Instructions
  1. mix the berries with the milk and acai powder in a blender with half of the chopped banana.
  2. Add the granola in bottom of bowl.
  3. Pour the berry mixture on top.
  4. Add the remaining banana on top.
  5. Add the peanut butter in the middle
  6. Sprinkel the raw organic cocoa nibs on top.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes
You can also use frozen berries instead of fresh berries. Just let them warm up a bit otherwise it is really cold.

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Zucchini banana bread muffins

I found the ingredients to this recipe on a note written by my friend, singer  Maruja Retana, and decided to add my touch to it. The result? Delicious zucchini banana bread muffins great for in-between snack or as a healthy breakfast muffin to start the day. I love them even more as they come in this cute mini muffin size!

To make breakfast even more fun: I like to eat them with a bit of organic real butter, homemade organic jam, organic peanut butter and organic hazelnut spread.

TIP; to make the recipe vegan, exchange the eggs for a homemade flaxseeds replacement. How to make this? Grind whole flax seeds until it becomes a powder. Add 1 table spoon of flaxseeds powder to 3 table spoons of warm water and let sit for 10 minutes. It is not taking over the full properties of an egg, but the mixture becomes like a gel and has binding properties in this recipe. For more information on why flaxseeds work go to Veganbaking.net.

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

zucchini banana bread muffins 2The ingredients.

zucchini banana bread muffins 3the mixture of banana, zucchini, whole wheat flour, salt and egg.The zucchini, banana, whole wheat flour, egg, salt mixture.

The mixture with oats, nuts and baking soda & baking powder mixed into it, poured on the baking tray.Pouring the mixture with the oats, nuts, baking soda & powder  into the mini muffin bake tray.

trying the muffins when they are ready!Trying the muffins when they come out of the oven…. yum!

The inside of the zucchini banana bread mini muffin.The inside of the zucchini banana bread muffin

Zucchini banana bread muffins
An easy recipe for breakfast muffins or an in-between snack.

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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of shredded zucchini
  • 1½ cup of bananas
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • ½ cup of crushed walnuts (or any other nuts you like)
  • ⅓ teaspoon of salt
  • coconut oil

Instructions
  1. Mix the zucchini, banana, egg, whole wheat flour, apple sauce, salt in a blender, until it becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Add the oatmeal, crushed walnuts, mix it in with a spoon.
  3. Spray a mini muffin bake tray with some coconut oil.
  4. Set the oven on 400F or 225C.
  5. Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix it in with a spoon.
  6. Scoop the mixture into each muffin space in the bake tray until tray is full.
  7. Bake the muffins until golden brown.
  8. Let them cool off a bit and serve with homemade jam (and/or butter)

Notes
You can test if the muffin is ready by putting a toothpick/skewer in the middle and if it comes up dry, so without any dough on it, they are ready.
You can use other nuts like macadamia, brazil nuts or cashews.


French toast

What to eat in the Weekend for brunch?

You want something super yummy, and you have enough time now to make it in the Weekend. The Weekdays are too busy and breakfast needs to be made in a hurry then. But in the Weekend... why don't you try making your own version of French Toast? Or Wentelteefjes as they are called in Dutch ("Turn Bitches" is the direct translation, but that's a bit kinky maybe?).

French toast made with leftover bread is delicious! You can basically use any bread (not the hearty bread kinds), from a French baguette cut into slices, to a heavy multigrain bread!

Love, Lonneke

French toast
A simple breakfast or brunch dish made with leftover bread.

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Recipe type: breakfast/brunch
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 6 slices of leftover bread.
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml milk (can be any kind of milk you like)
  • A sweetener to your liking ( maple syrup,coconut sugar, brown sugar, honey, stevia etc)
  • Cinnamon
  • optional:
  • apple, sliced.
  • or banana sliced

Instructions
  1. Cut all slices of bread into a squares.
  2. Mix the egg and the milk into a bowl and stir until it becomes a smooth texture.
  3. Put each slice of bread into the liquid mixture.
  4. Heat a pan on medium heat, and add a slice of bread and turn over when it gets golden brown.
  5. Do this with each slice of bread.
  6. Add some cinnamon and maple syrup (or another sweetener) on top.
  7. You can grill some apple, banana and/or raisins as a topping.
  8. Enjoy!

 


Strawberry oatmeal

Another twist to my favorite breakfast to start the day: Strawberry oatmeal! Perfect when organic strawberries are in season. Oatmeal is great for breakfast always, and making sure you change it up a bit every day will give you a whole other breakfast to eat!

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Strawberry oatmeal
A delicious twist to the old fashioned oatmeal breakfast dish.

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Serves: 1

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 cups of water
  • pinch of salt
  • strawberries
  • stevia (maple syrup or honey)
  • shaved almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions
  1. Cook 1 cup of oats with 2 cups of water until you get oatmeal, you can add just a little bit of salt for flavoring.
  2. Stir the strawberries in a hot pan until they get warm and soft.
  3. Add some stevia or honey to the strawberries to make them taste sweeter.
  4. Serve the oatmeal mixed with the pumpkin seeds and topped with the warm strawberries.
  5. Sprinkle on top chia seeds, the shaved almonds and top with 1 strawberry.
  6. FYI: when using a lot of chia seeds in a dish, they should be soaked first, as they absorb a lot of water and can expand otherwise in your stomach.
  7. Enjoy!


Breakfast: babyfood grows up!

When I was young I always loved a "fruithapje". A dish made out of fruits and other delicious things for breakfast or as a snack.

Organice Your Life team member Dirk Verest and I played with the ingredients and came up with the following modern version of my preferred baby food!

Remember: the eye wants something too, so think of a fun way to display your food, like in a recycled glass jar! Dirk used a 400ml jar. Which he thought was the right size for the right amount of food for a full feeling during the rest of the morning.

Breakfast jar

Shopping list for 1:  (buy organic and local whenever possible)

- organic (Greek) yoghurt

-  1 Apple

-  1 Kiwi

- 1 Mango

- 1 Grapefruit

- About 2 tablespoons of Teff. a type of grain from Africa that is healthy & gluten free, which is Dirk's favorite grain, and which one spoon helps to keep the shredded fruits form a cohesive mass. (It has to soak up the fruitjuices) You can also try it without Teff, or try another dry breakfast product like oatmeal, Brinta, or Liga, but from our experience this works the best.

- handful of your preferred muesli.

How to make:

Add layers of yoghurt, muesli & shaved fruits in a jar.

This one has layers of:

fruits: * Shaved organic apple & mango, * Cut Kiwis in cubes between. *Mixed with Teff for fibers and essential minerals, * Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Yoghurt: Greek organic yoghurt.

Crunch: organic crunchy muesli.

Costs: Less than €3 euros per person, maybe even less. It all depends on what fruits you put in that make the price go up. The more local and in season fruits you buy, the cheaper it is! Everything is for sale at a regular supermarket, the teff is only available in specialized organic food stores or for sale online.

breakfast jar 2

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke 

 


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


CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEATIES

I cook in varying degrees, if you like, of healthiness!...Depending on whom I'm cooking for. This is a recipe I enjoy for myself, although my family who are not as raw conscious as I am, much prefer chocolate pancakes...

I know Organice Your Life readers are quite raw food minded, & I'm sure you'll enjoy this crunchy chocolaty breakfast treat.

 

CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEATIES

3 cups raw buckwheat, soaked
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
2 tablespoons rice bran or coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw agave or maple syrup
¾ cup organic cocoa

To soak buckwheat: rinse raw buckwheat in a large sprouting jar with guaze lid 3 times filling with water & draining off. Fill jar with fresh water & soak buckwheat for 3 hours. Strain & rinse turning jar upside down to drain. Leave 12 hours, rinse again, drain. The buckwheat is ready to use.

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Spread out buckwheaties on dehydrator sheets or on trays to dry in the oven at 40’C for 6 - 8 hours. When cereal is completely dry & store in a nice jar ready to eat with Supergorgeous Almond Milk (page ) or layered with natural yogurt & fresh berries, or even to snack as is! Yum! :)

½ hour preparation time in total. Up to 8 hours drying time. Makes about 5 cups.

 


How to make a smoothie

Guidelines how to make a smoothie.

It is very easy and you will love it for everyday breakfast. Forget about eggs-bacon-toast-coffee kind of meal, which makes you feel like going back to bed right after you finish eating. Mind extra pounds on your waist. Not cute!

Have a smoothie for breakfast and you will have so much energy to enjoy your day. Sometimes I wish there are more hours in a day, cause I want to do so much and 12 hours isn't enough. But no more about me, let's get back to the smoothie.

  1. Banana. Yes, this is the base and you should always include banana in your smoothie, because bananas will make it very creamy, sweet (no additional sweeteners needed) and smoooooooth.
  2. Fruits. You can add any kind of fruit you like. Pick one: apple, mango, pear, strawberries, blueberries etc.
  3. Leafy greens. I bet you never though of putting spinach to your smoothie, but that's what will make your smoothie so healthy! It is very important to have greens in your diet, and the combination of fruits and greens is very yumm and easy to consume. You don't have to worry about eating salad (usually with salt, oil and other dressings to make it taste good) for the rest of the day.  So, pick one of the following: 2 cups of spinach or kale; 2 stalks of celery.
  4. Liquid. To blend everything very well, we need some kind of liquid. Choose one: 1 cup of pure water; coconut water;  fresh juice; 1 cup of  ice cubs.
  5. Superfoods. This is an extra twist. You don't have to add it but will be very beneficial if you do. Superfoods are good sours of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, extra fiber and extra good for you;) pick one: 1 table spoon of flax seeds or  chia seeds; goji berries;  acai; 1 table spoon of  maca.

LOVE, VAL


Rhubarb compote and oatmeal

Rhubarb compote

I always thought working with rhubarb was a difficult task. the pieces are big and you don't know what to do with it at first. But then if you actually take time to get to know more about this vegetable  (like with most things in life) you find out it is not difficult to make amazing recipes with it! Some consider it a fruit, but it is really a vegetable with supposedly a lot of vitamin C.

So what can you do with rhubarb? First of all: DO NOT eat the leaves, they are highly toxic, even more after cooking. But you can cook the stalks, and it can become a yummy dish. Scientists seem to be not sure what the exact health benefits are of rhubarb, if any, but I like to eat it!

What is mostly done is wash the rhubarb, then chop it in pieces, and cook it for 10 minutes with a small spoon of sugar to sweeten it a bit, until the rhubarb pieces becomes soft. You can also add cinnamon and/or lemon juice. Then you take a blender and make a smooth blend of it. You can then let it cool off and use it over your yoghurt in the morning. Or you can make a rhubarb cobbler, pie or any other dish with it. Served hot it is also nice as a condiment with your dinner instead of apple sauce. So many options!

chopped rhubarb
chopped rhubarb
chopped pieces of rhubarb
chopped pieces of rhubarb
Cooking rhubarb
Cooking rhubarb
Blended cooked rhubarb
Blended cooked rhubarb

 

I had it in the morning as breakfast with my oatmeal and some cinnamon. Enjoy!

Xlonneke

Rhubarb compote  and oatmeal
Rhubarb compote and oatmeal

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!

Ingredients:

2 Table spoon chia seeds

 

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


1 cup fresh figs


Directions:

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.

LOVE, VAL


Apple- Cinnamon Breakfast

This is the most easy and fastest recipe for breakfast! This could be a healthy breakfast or a mid-day snack. The combination of fresh apple and cinnamon is perfect. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 peeled Gala apples
  • 1 tspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Shred apple in a food processor with a special blade.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon on top. Ready!

 

PS. You can use a peel from the apples in your morning juice.

 

LOVE, VAL


Mulberries: Superfood from Turkey

Have you heard about white mulberries? I haven't till I discovered a Raw Food!  Let me tell you alittle about this superfood from Turkey. It is super nutritious, that's why it's called a Superfood, but also it tastes so good! I found mulberries in my healthy food store. When purchasing , look for sun dried  and organic.

Sundried mulberries are sweet and crunchy. They are high in vitamin C, iron, calcium and protein. In fact, they are one of the few fruits to be  considered a respectable source of protein - 3 gramms of protein per once.

Mulberries also contain a high concentration of Resveratrol (also found in red wine grapes) - an antioxidant compound that fights free-radical damage.

In Chinese Medicine, mulberries are classified as a blood tonic.

Mulberries haver been used medicinally to: 

 

  • Benefit the kidneys
  • Treat weekness and fatigue
  • Correct anemia
  • Premature gray hair remedy
  • Fight against cancer
  • Promote sleep
  • Calm the mind

 

 

WOW! I want more of those fruits in my diet! Don't you?! Im eating them right now as I'm typing this post:) I love to eat them in the morning for breakfast.

I call it "Mulberry Granola"

 

  • 1  Honey Crisp apple
  • 1 Valencia orange
  • handfull of mulberries

 

Cut up apple and orange in small pieces. Add dry mulberries . Ready!