Strawberry and Spinach Salad

I’m dying for spring.  I want sunshine, flowers and cherry blossoms, but that’s not going to happen for a while.  Luckily I found some (not too expensive) strawberries at my local mart, and decided to get a taste of spring!  Strawberries have loads of antioxidants, and are really high in vitamin C (1 cup holds 114% of your  recommended daily intake) They really are one of my favorite fruits, but then again I say that all the time. 🙂  And, as for the spinach, there is no need for me to go on about its health benefits, it is  a superveggie!

I was a little worried about the combination, but it turned out really well!  Will definitely be making this again soon (provided I can get my hands on some delicious strawberries)

Ingredients:

250g fresh strawberries, 300-400g spinach, 8 rosa tomatoes, 1 cucumber

Recipe:

1.  Cut the strawberries, tomatoes and cucumber into small slices or pieces.  Wash the spinach, remove the ends.

2. Chuck everything together.

3.  Eat

ENJOY!


Practising Gratitude

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it — would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”

 — Ralph Marston

It seems that we are constantly chasing something – a new fitness goal, weight loss, money, stability, deadlines, chores – the list is endless.  We seem to focus on what is missing in our lives rather than what we already have.  Practising gratitude can be difficult, but it is something that we can improve daily.  Practising gratitude reminds us of what we have been blessed with in our lives, but more importantly, opens us up to the possibility to receive what the world has to offer.  It really is simple, gratitude brings abundance. 

Here are a few ways we can start practising gratitude:

– make a list of things you are grateful for (mine include family, friends, ability to travel, sunshine, love)

– be thankful when you first wake up, be thankful for a new day, sunshine, rain. Be thankful that you have the ability to get out of bed.

– say thank you to friends and family, thank them for their love, support, or just being themselves.

– say thank you for the small things – a good meal, a great workout, a call from a loved one.

– give yourself thanks – thank yourself for accomplishing something, not matter how trivial it may seem. 

Happy practising!  Namaste!


Fighting the winter slump with soup!

I love soup.  In fact I make soup more often than I make any other dish.  I have just returned from  vacation (nothing quite like escaping the winter for three weeks), and needless to say the cold is really getting to me.  Today I decided to make some soup to warm my tummy and give me an energy boost.  It is easy to make and inexpensive.  You can use pretty much any ingredients you want, and it is bound to be tasty.

Here is the recipe that I used.  It was delicious and hearty.

2 yellow onions,   1 red pepper,   1 green pepper,   3 cloves fresh garlic,   4 ripe tomatoes,   1/2 cup red lentils,   4 long sticks of celery, 2 cups spinach   1/2 cup courgette,  700ml water,   a dash of nutmeg, oregano and basil.

Recipe

1.  Chop all the ingredients depending on how chunky you like your soup. 

     Pre-soak the lentils  (about 1 hour)

2.  In a large pot,  saute the garlic and onions for 2 minutes.  Then add the courgette.  After about 2 more minutes add the peppers, celery, spinach and tomatoes.

3.  Drain the lentils and add.  Add the water and all spices.

4.  Boil all the ingredients together for about 10 mins.  Then reduce and simmer for 5 mins.

Enjoy!


No-bake vegan oatmeal squares

I don’t have an oven, and sometimes I really feel like some baked awesomeness.  So, I decided to try my hand at making some no- bake oatmeal squares  They came out pretty well, I struggled to get them to bind well, but really yummy and healthy anyways!   They really hit the spot!

Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient.  It tastes good with many different flavors and keeps you feeling full for a long time.  It also helps to lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure.

You can add pretty much any nut/seed or dried fruit to this recipe.  But this is how I made my oatmeal squares.

Ingredients

2  bananas, 2 cups oats, a handful of almonds, a handful of dried cranberries, a handful of raisins, 50 ml soy milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon agar powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Recipe

1.  Blend the bananas.

2.  Add the blended banana to the oats, add the cranberries, almonds and raisins.  Mix a little.

3.  Add the soy milk, maple syrup and the agar powder and cinnamon.  Mix a little more.

4.  Put the mixture in the microwave for about 1 min 30 secs.  Take out and mix again.

5.  The mixture should be thick and sticky.  If it isn’t sticky add some more maple syrup or soy milk, and a little extra agar podwer.  Put the mixture into a 20cm tray,  push down with a spoon until the mixture is evenly dispersed in the tray.

6.  Put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set.

7.  EAT AND ENJOY!

 


Hump Day Inspiration

Today is the day to have a great day. The world is waiting. The universe is changing. Experience the experience you are having. Live the life you “are living. Comprehend all of the sensations that are taking place. Today is the day to become who you want to become.”

—Guru Singh

Creamy Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberries are superstars in terms of their unique health benefits.  They are high in antioxidants and low in calories (80 calories in one cup).  They help to maintain blood sugar levels, and have great cancer fighting properties.   Their beautiful purple colour make them a delightful addition to any smoothie.  You can use blueberries fresh or frozen, recent studies showed that blueberries do not lose antioxidant properties when frozen.

I was feeling like something creamy and sweet but still healthy, so I made this smoothie:

Ingredients

1 medium banana

1 cup blueberries

100 ml coconut milk

 50 ml soy milk

100 ml water

Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend for half a minute.

Enjoy!


Food for thought

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~Jimmy Hendrix