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!

 


Breakfast YAY!

Hi everyone!

Im sorry it's been a while since I've written anything!

Well, Its January, And I have lots of New Years resolutions. One of them is eat as healthy as possible and workout a minimum of 4 times a week. (and try to keep it up for longer than a month) ;)

Sometimes when I get motivated to eat healthy and to tone up a little more, I think of a drastic quick way of doing it, but that would end up in me over eating at the end of the week because I felt so deprived.

The way to eat healthy is ofcourse something we have all heard a billion times. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, grains, low-fat dairy (if you aren't a vegan) Lean Proteins (if you are not a vegetarian)

So now to not fall back into old patterns here's a tip I want to share that helps me stay on track and doesn't make me feel starved during the day..

-Eat a great breakfast. A breakfast you actually enjoy to eat. Of course make it as healthy as possible. So for example if you love pancakes, make them but use whole grains, top it with fruit and alittle agave nectar. That will give you fuel throughout the day (and make you happy!)..

For my favorite breakfast at the moment I cut up a banana, I put it in a bowl, I add flaxseeds, raisins, muesli (nuts and dried fruits added in there) and scoop yoghurt (sometimes soy yoghurt) over it. I make sure the bowl is completely filled, no stingy portions aloud especially when its healthy like that! I take my time to eat that with a cup of green tea..

I dont feel the urge to eat much for the rest of the day because breakfast satisfied me so much. If I feel the urge to eat a lot of something that I know if bad for me later on in the day I say no, wait until tomorrow morning..(ok it doesn't always work haha)

Then for the rest of the day I do like to eat lots of greens and fruits.

I look forward to start the day and don't feel depressed because I'm thinking "argg another starving diet day" ;)

I hope this tip helps!

xxxxx