Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake

As a girl one of my favorite things was a cold vanilla milkshake. Usually made with lots of sugar, dairy milk, ice-cream. Definitely not a healthy way to get re-energized, in my opinion. Throughout summer I like to make each member of my family a juice daily, & a smoothie or 'mylkshake' (the truefood alkalizing energizing mylkshake you have when you are NOT having a milkshake!). Here's today's simple & delicious recipe!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake
The truefood alkalising energizing mylkshake you have when your NOT having a milkshake!

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Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 young green coconuts, water & pulp
  • 1-2 tablespoons soaked chiaseeds (at least 15 min but best overnight) + more to stir through later if desired
  • 1-2 tablespoons light agave, more if you want it really sweet
  • The scraped seeds from an organic vanilla pod OR natural vanilla extract
  • 10 icecubes (optional but really good!)

Instructions
  1. BLEND coconut water, pulp, chia, agave & vanilla together until very smooth & creamy, adding the ice last & blend again.
  2. If you love chia seeds as much as I do, stir through another spoonful of whole soaked chia seeds for texture. Divide into 2 tall glasses & enjoy!

Notes
A Bonus: Coconut water is PACKED with super-hydrating goodness (means - a facial, for your cells) PLUS it's naturally high in lauric acid which actually BURNS fat for me as I sit here sipping & typing ;)


Macrobiotic-ish

The word "macrobiotic" comes from Greek roots and it means "long life". The macrobiotic diet is a low-fat, high fiber diet that is a predominantly vegetarian diet, emphasizing whole grains and vegetables. In addition, the macrobiotic diet is rich in phytoestrogens from soy products (which can be omitted or kept to a minimum).

What are the Guidelines of the Macrobiotic Diet?

Here a few simple steps that you can take to incorporate these meals into your schedule. Their simplicity and ease of preparation, make them ideal for quick dinners, packed lunches and having a pot luck with friends! (You cook a heaping portion of Brown Rice or Millet, and everyone else brings a Vegetable and Bean. SO FUN!)

  • Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60% of each meal (brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, corn, wheat berries)
  • Soup. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day. Miso and shoyu, which are made from fermented soybeans, are commonly used or any light veggie broth soup
  • Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30% of the daily food intake (I always add more!) Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, and sauteed
  • Beans make up 10% of the daily food intake (chickpeas, black, pinto, black-eyed, pinto, butter,etc...)

  • Animal products. A small amount of fish or seafood is typically consumed several times per week. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided but do not have to be eliminated
  • Seeds and nuts in moderation
  • Fruit. dessert, condiments also echo the same sentiment as the diet itself, moderate and simple

Let's cook something

My plate above was SUPER easy and quick to make. I already had left over beans (dry beans soaked over night or salt-free/organic canned beans) as well as left over brown rice (2 huge staples for me)

I then lightly steamed both cauliflower and broccoli tossed in a little lemon juice and organic balsamic (something new I just found out, that you can eat the stocks of broccoli! You simply cut off the hard exterior and you are left with a yummy center that tastes like a root veggie.No more throwing away of stocks=less waste)

Lightly steamed green  beans tossed in fresh lime juice and pink himalayan salt

Finally I sauteed spinach in a little bit of EVOO and chopped garlic

It took merely minutes and it was so comforting and filling. I love incorporating this way of eating into my life, because I truly do have a passion for simple, healthy and unprocessed foods.

You don't have to follow a macrobiotic diet to enjoy its benefits, a few simple steps and preparations and you have a healthy dinner right before your eyes.

Enjoy!


NYE Incaberry Rum Balls

Quick!! Get busy like I did in the kitchen this afternoon & create my latest chocolate invention ;)) LOL as of this second... full of antioxidants, good fats, & most importantly RUM. Haha. Yes well, don't tell to many people I posted about RUM so loudly, I've actually never been drunk in my life, & when I buy anything of the such I SNEAK (& I mean sneak you know, sunglasses, long dress, shaggy hair - the whole deal) So funny, this health freak, vegan/vego organico nutter buying RUM. THEN I hide it.

So here's the naughty recipe (Actually NOT as it contains no milk, sugar, butter or processed foods)... Only for NYE, & to be shared around. Now don't worry if you haven't got any incaberries as wonderful as they are, simply replace with more raisins.


Abi's INCABERRY RUM BALLS

  • 1 270g tin coconut cream (I used 'ayam' brand)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons organic rum
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (I use 'Niugini')
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 cup ground coconut (coffee grinder)
  • 1/2 cup rice bran (fine)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped incaberries (superfood from health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup organic sultanas
  • 1 cup organic chopped raisins
  • 2 cups ground (blender) rice puffs
  • 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
  • Cacao powder, for rolling

Mix it all up! Refrigerate to chill a little, say 10-15 minutes. Then roll them in cacao powder. Keep them in the cold. YUMMO.

It'll be the first thing I taste in 2012! :D

 

Love & Chocolate xxx Abigail