Ginger Lemon Tea

I make this tea every other day because I love it so much and I never get bored with ginger flavor. Its so spicy and warming and reach and …. healing!

The power of ginger lemon tea

When you feel your stomach is upset or when you over-eat (think Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas celebration!), or when you just need immunity boost, make this tea for yourself or your love one, sit in a cozy chair with a blanket, and enjoy the herbal aroma that is oh so good for you! Sipping ginger lemon tea will calm you down, fire up your digestion and warm up your soul.

 

 

 

Chocolate to go with tea

I always keep raw chocolate bar in my fridge (yes, i do keep my chocolate in a fridge! it stays crisp and fresh) . Chocolate and this tea is a delicious treat at any time of  a day!

 

 

 

Ginger-Lemon Tea Recipe

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • Ginger
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 4 cups boiling hot water
  • raw honey (optional)

Instructions
  1. Make a lemon zest with smaller peeler, and shred a ginger with a large peeler.
  2. Put inside of teapot, add hot water and let it seat for 10 min.
  3. Serve in your favorite cup.
  4. Add honey at the end (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

Cheers to health!

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on November 24th 2011, updated in 2019

 


Raw chia seed pudding

I love chia seeds! If you have never try chia seeds, you are missing out on something nutritiously important!

Chia seeds are full of fiber, antioxidants, rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and calcium. I'll give you an easy recipe, so you can start to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.

Chia seeds facts and precautions:

  • A research done by the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada has indicated that chia seeds are potentially capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure to alarming levels. So, low blood pressure patients should steer clear of it.
  • Chia should be consumed in short phases followed by break periods as some cases have shown people getting addicted to it.
  • Pregnant and lactating mothers should keep away from chia seeds as not enough researches have been conducted to check for its effects on them.

I prefer to eat chia seed pudding for breakfast!

Raw chia seed pudding
a delicious raw pudding made from chia seeds

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Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: breakfast

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Ingredients
  • 3 T spoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup of almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 banana cut in pieces
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

Instructions
  1. Put chia seeds into a bowl. Add cinnamon and vanilla.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pour almond milk on top.
  4. Mixing it from time to time, in about 10 minutes you will see chia seeds absorbing almond milk: it’s no longer a liquid, but looks like a pudding.
  5. Add blueberries and banana. Enjoy!

 

Love Val

first published on July 12th 2012 by Valentina Zelyaeva, updated in 2019


Raw Carrot Soup

Today I have something very special to share with you: a delicious raw soup!

Raw carrot soup

If you still not sure about raw blended soups, try this one! Its a creamy carrot soup with avocado! So delicious and healthy! And let me tell you, it took 5 minutes or less to make it. All you need is freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1 avocado and spices. No cooking involved, no messy dishes and pots to clean up after. Its perfect lunch recipe for busy people.

Carrot Soup Recipe
a delicious colorful raw soup filled with many nutrients

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Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed carrot juice
  • 1 avocado
  • sea salt
  • curry powder
  • turmeric powder

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Ready!

 

 

Carrots are exceptional sourse of Vitamin A,C, K  and potassium. Contains high level of beta-carotene  and dietiery fiber.

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable, which is famous for its anti-infalmmatory properties and high content of antioxidants. * If you are pregnant or breast feeding DON'T include turmeric in this recipe.

Avocado is a great sours of a healthy fat and the best food sours of Vitamin E.

Love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on January 15th 2019, updated in 2019


Food by Lonneke: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is easy to make, it is a great raw dish for when you need to cool off a bit.

Check out this video filmed in my kitchen in NYC where I show how I make an easy and delicious gazpacho!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j63djYCQlhY&t=21s

 

Love, Lonneke

First Published in 2012, updated in 2019


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice

If you have been reading my posts, you know that I’m all about smoothies, juices and raw food recipes. I love to be creative in the kitchen and raw vegetables and fruits are huge inspiration to me.

 

Sometimes I go to supermarket without knowing what I want for dinner, I just buy what’s in-season and look for fresh ingredients. I don’t remember last time I bought something that is canned, bottled or frozen… Anyways, back to my veggies :)

When I get home, I simply put my produce on the table and start creating my meal: it can be blended soup, big salad, a smoothie, raw pasta made with zucchini, or just simple juice.

One morning I made a beet-pineapple-cucumber juice. WOW! It came out so incredibly delicious! It’s a real treat!

Before you run to your juicer (I hope I inspire you so much, that you have to “run” to make my recipes) I must warn you, that after juicing all the ingredients, my kitchen turned out to be  a crime scene - deep red color with drops of blood aka beet juice everywhere! Even on a ceiling.

But trust me, the mess is so worth the result!

 

Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice
a light juice to enjoy at any time of the day

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Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: juice
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 beet root
  • ½ pineapple
  • 1 larg cucumber

Instructions
  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer. Serve in a tall glass cup to enjoy the gorgeous purple color!

LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva

First published July 24th 2011, updated in 2019


Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

Everybody should take the time to read a good book! I just started reading this book about "The Beauty Diet".  It is called Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, a guide to becoming healthier and more beautiful.

Eating for Beauty David Wolfe

 

David Wolfe

For you who don't know who this David Wolfe is, he is an expert in the field of nutrition, especially raw food, and what he calls "Superfoods". In "Eating for Beauty" he explains his nutrition plan to achieve beauty, and it is not about restriction, but about adding in amazing super foods.

David Wolfe

Institute of Integrative Nutrition

When I went to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, he came as a guest speaker and was very captivating. He was like giving light almost that was how positive he was about the World and food! He believes in raw foods, as they have the most enzymes and most life in them. (that means: not heated over 120 degrees Fahrenheit). He works with pictures called Kirlian photography, that show how much energy is in each food item. What you see in this way of photographing, is rays of light in different parts of the food. When you do this with raw foods, there are more and stronger rays, then when you do it with cooked or processed foods. You have to see it to understand so click to this page for the explanation: Kirlian photography.

Superfoods

There are certain foods that have so many good qualities, minerals, antioxidants or other good things in them, people call them: Superfoods. David Wolfe believes eating those kind of foods helps your cells function better, which could help you become the healthiest and most beautiful you can be!

David LOVES food, raw and vegan. He says there are so many varieties and colors in plant based foods, that eating these nutritious foods are like orgasms for your

taste buds !( his words not mine!) I think he especially likes avocado, as his nickname is supposedly David "Avocado" Wolfe!

Some say he says crazy stuff, but I think he inspires people to eat healthier.

Some things he says in the book stayed with me for a while. He is absolutely right: Positivity is the way to go about food, not restricting, dieting, or being afraid of it! Your thoughts, and actions in every part of your life are connected to the way you look and feel. That's what I believe too!

Here are a few quotes I thought were very powerful:

"If you want to become beautiful, you have to become that type of person on the inside first, and then attract beauty to you. It seems to work this way in all facets of life"

"The logic of "You are what You eat" implies that those who wish to become healthier should eat the healthiest foods. Those who wish to beautify themselves should eat the most beautifying foods"

I think David Wolfe is an inspiring person. Besides Eating for Beauty he also wrote Naked Chocolate (all about chocolate) and The Sunfood Diet Success System (in which he explains more about his theory of fresh, raw and vegan (super) foods).

www.davidwolfe.com

Love, Lonneke


Raw Mini Christmas Puddings

Hi everyone at OYL!!! Well here it is. Last minute post of the year for me! I was in the kitchen this afternoon making up a raw non-chocolate version of my 'Choka-fruit Puddin' (recipe in my book) and of course posted a pic to Instagram promising to share the recipe. So here it is. These tiny puddings are the most simple, delicious Xmas treats you'll ever make, and so good, that when people find out they're healthy as well, they will probably beg you for the recipe.

Raw Mini Christmas Puddings
The most simple and delicious tiny raw puddings.The most delicious Xmas treats you’ll ever make!

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Cuisine: Raw
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup organic dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup organic pitted dried prunes, diced
  • ¾ cup mixed organic sultanas and currants
  • 1 Tablespoon organic goji berries
  • ½ cup dried Kiwi Fruit, optional – for colour, diced
  • 8 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Zest of 1 organic orange
  • Fresh juice of 1 orange
  • 1 dessertspoon rum (for flavour only, optional!)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 cups almond meal (OR to make nut free – you may use ground coconut instead)

Instructions
  1. Mix together all dried fruits, spices, freshly squeezed juice, hot water and rum if using.
  2. Place this mixture at room temperature for 12 – 24hours, 2 of those hours may have mixture placed into the sunlight or in a warmer place. To be honest I didn’t have time, so only sat the fruity mixture in the sun for 1 hour then continued on with the recipe.
  3. Add in the almond meal and mix well. Form mixture into mini puddings with your hands, and decorate with goji berries or anything you fancy. Sit them in little muffin-tin liners and chill until Xmas day!
  4. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed, with freshly made raw coconut cream, raw banana or mango ice-cream (made by simply whizzing up frozen fruit in a food processor) ‘The Dreamcrème’ (again, in my book) your favourite vegan ice-cream, or yogurt such as Co-Yo.


Raw Truffle Gazpacho Recipe

Hey everyone! I would like to share this recipe to this super easy nutritious gazpacho that I really enjoy making. Its not the typical ingredients of a gazpacho. I always add hemp seeds to most of my meals for extra protein. Truffle oil is one of my favorites oils to enhance the flavor of food. I am also obsessed with cilantro so I add it to most of the food that I eat.

Raw Truffle Gazpacho Recipe
A Delicious cooling soup!

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Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: soup

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Ingredients
  • 2 -3 Organic Tomato's
  • 1 clove of an organic garlic
  • a half of a bell pepper
  • half of an organic lemon
  • a few organic basil leaves
  • a few cilantro leaves
  • 2 table spoons of hemp seeds
  • 2 table spoons Of white truffle oil
  • a tea spoon of white truffle sea salt

Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute and the gazpacho is ready to serve.
  2. To add a few finishing touches just add a few cilantro and basil leaves.

Raw Truffle Gazpacho

Teresa


A BEAUTIFUL ALKALINE BODY

Did you know that you can actually make your body more beautiful, simply by becoming more ‘alkaline’? Your body has a delicate pH balancing system in which it works to keep equilibrium & stop your body fluids from becoming more ‘acid’ or if needed, too alkaline. I’m going to focus on the alkalising bit in this article as we very rarely get ‘too alkaline’ in our modern day, fast paced, un-natural lives!

Think of it this way…

ALKALINE = Improved health, extra energy, enhanced beauty, toned & more supple body, glowing skin, sparkling eyes, lustrous hair, high libido, healthy nails, faster wound/injury healing, flexibility, strengthened immunity, feeling of lightness & balance within the body, mood enhancing/positive mind.

ACID = Lethargy, sickness prone, cellulite, bad breath, slow healing, sagging skin, bloodshot eyes, dark circles, falling hair, acne, dandruff, low libido, tight muscles, painful joints, aches/pains, headaches, brittle nails, feeling of heaviness, clumsiness, depression/negative mind.

Without going into extensive scientific details here on pH know (Antoniette HELP! lol)... I'm pretty sure the term 'pH' refers to the alkalinity or acidity of water solutions. Ie: your blood & body fluids, but can refer to the watery + mineral content of anything from soil to water to plants etc. There are wonderful books, charts & informative material on the web you can discover to educate yourself on saliva & urinary pH testing, which can be a highly beneficial monitoring system. This said I usually gauge my 'alkalinity' by the way I feel!

Foods that promote Alkalinity

Raw foods especially vegetables & green foods, spring water, almost all fruits, raw milks & cheeses, cultured foods such as sauerkraut (recipe to come!), kefir, kombucha & others. Lightly cooked vege’s & broths. Freshly pressed fruit & vegetable juices, wheatgrass juice, green drinks & smoothies. Fatty fish. Almonds. Sufficient rest. Yoga. Moderation. Light stress free exercise which is enjoyable. Sunlight, hydrotherapy & fresh country air. The sea. Love, laughter & peace of mind.

Of course, there are more but these are some of the big ones you want to make sure you’re doing or not doing!

Things that contribute to Acidity

Denatured foods such as white sugar, white breads/biscuits/pastries, red meats, soft drinks, smoking, late nights, excessive technology, fluoridated water, overwork, city air, excessiveness, coffee/tea, antibiotics, preservatives/flavourings/colourings, dried fruits, high protein foods (even natural foods, eat moderately), high intensity exercise or labour, lack of sunlight & stress.

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Ways to create an Alkaline body

More ways to create an alkaline body would be to indulge in salt glows (scrub moistened skin all over warm body vigorously with sea salt until pink, rinse, towel dry), dancing in the rain, nature walks by the sea or rainforest, loving the dog/horse/budgie or people in your life, deep breathing, walking barefoot on dewy grass, aromatherapy treatments/massage.

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Another thought

Don’t you find it interesting to think that the foods which are most beneficial to our health/vitality & wellbeing are the foods which grow in the most abundance & require little or no preparation to enjoy? I’m meaning fruits & vegetables as opposed to meat (needing much land for grazing & spoils easily), grain/nuts/seeds (more difficult to process than fruits & vegetables) etc. Herbs grow in astonishing abundance & almost without cultivation! Herbs are something which I feel we should be consuming more of daily. Also greens, fruits of all kinds, vegetables, grasses/sprouts, & milky grains (such as fresh corn on the cob)…These foods are readily accessible & perfect alkaline nutrition. Even an avocado is rich in valuable nutrients, good fats & is beautiful in alkalinity. These are foods that promote beauty, health & wellbeing in the way we look, think & feel. They fit into our hands perfectly, our mouths & even look like our body systems, organs & sometimes even diseases (now that’s freaky! natures food designed for humans). There's really so much to discover on this subject of alkalising... The effects upon our bodies is immense so do look into it further if you are passionate about health & especially, healing.

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Probably the best thing about alkalising is, YES, we will look more gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that whatsoever. It works, making you more beautiful with every positive choice you make. But to me, what's even better than the other best part about alkalising, is in the way makes me feel. AMAZING, fresh, youthful & buzzing with ideas. Every. Single. Day.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE (PS. I'm very very busy with my book, so if I don't write for a while, extra LOVEEE! XXX) Abigail


Raw tart with Tangerine Kiwi & Lucuma

Just whipped this (non- chocolate) Winter (it's Winter in Australia) treat and had to share it with you all. It's easy to make, delicious, and... raw!

This superfood infused recipe will delight the senses and revitalize your body with unbelievable goodness. Packed with antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals this tasty tart is made for sharing! I like to use 100% raw (fresh off the tree where possible), cold pressed, organic ingredients when I make it.

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Raw tart with Tangerine Kiwi Lucuma

Crust:

1 cup organic apricots or figs

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup brazil nuts

Whiz all ingredients together in food processor until crumbly but beginning to bind. You can test this by pinching a little together between your fingers. Line the base of a 22cm tart tray with this delicious raw crust. How easy was that?! Continue on to make filling.

Fruity Filling:

1 cup tangerine juice (or tangy-sweet mandarin juice)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

1/2 cup raw organic coconut oil (make sure you use one you know is dessert-worthy such as Coconut Magic)

2 ripe bananas

2 - 3 tablespoons lucuma powder (a superfood! lovely in smoothies, desserts, raw chocolate, mild tasting and rich in valuable nutrients)

6 sweet ripe kiwi fruit, sliced into rounds

1 large passionfruit, for topping

1 tablespoon extra desiccated coconut, optional sprinkling

Place 3 sliced kiwi fruit at the bottom of tart crust. Whiz first 5 filling ingredients together in the food processor until velvety smooth. Pour half over kiwi fruit, then layer on 2 more sliced kiwi fruit and top with remaining tangerine mixture. Decorate the centre lastly with remaining sliced kiwi fruit, passionfruit, and sprinkle coconut around edges. Yum! Place in fridge 2-3 hours to set, or 1-2 hours in freezer. Serve with lots of love and laughter :)

Stay well! xxx Abigail

Variations: make this dessert with fresh blueberries or raspberries in place of kiwi fruit, sliced stonefruit, or any fruit! Try different fresh juices such as pineapple with summer fruit tarts. Make the filling creamy rather than tangy by using my Rawlicious Cashew Mylk. A vanilla, banana cream pie is amazing created this way. I use dates in place of apricots in the crust when making a creamy fruit tart variation.


super power smoothie

Hey!! How's everyone! :) I'm rushing out the door with one of my delicious smoothies in hand and a list from here (Australia) to NY, well maybe not quite that long, but there's a lot to do today! Here's a fresh and fruity a variation of my Model Chocolate Super power smoothie. You may have seen some of my smoothie breakfasts popping up on Instagram. Today I opted for the greens, berries, kiwi and banana with chia seeds and cacao nibs - they're on top so you can't see them in the picture! I also added some probiotic powder and extra water to the coconut water and pulp.

101 Ways Model Chocolate #Supersmoothie

super power smoothie
A colorful and delicious smoothie

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Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 green coconut, water & pulp(if you can't find a fresh one, use coconut water in a package)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, blueberries or any berries!
  • 1 tablespoon or less chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
  • Optional Extras:
  • 2 teaspoons acai, maqui powder or small handful goji berries
  • 2 brazil nuts + gel of 1 medium aloe stalk
  • 1 tablespoon rice protein, or hemp protein powder, will change the flavour
  • 1 teaspoon barley green, spirulina, or 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon maca, mesquite or lucuma powder
  • Frozen banana/mango chunks or raw honey, if you want it sweet
  • Pineapple or kiwi fruit, passionfruit
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen + ½ teaspoon probiotic powder
  • Extra water if needed

Instructions
  1. Put in blender.
  2. Mix.
  3. Pour in a glass.
  4. Enjoy!

 

This smoothie is true power food. Just experiment to get it how you like it or need it on the day. Energizing, beautifying, superfoods! Addiction plus. Sometimes I want it creamy not fruity and I'll use my 100% raw Super gorgeous Almond Mylk (in my book) as the base and no tart fruits adding raw cacao powder as well! Mmmm!

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Enjoy playing with options or creating a few more!

Love for your day

xxx Abigail