Monthly Archives: May 2012

Yoga Jam session & Yummy Raw Chocolate Fudge

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Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure to practice with Noah Maze, one of my favorite yogi; I take his classes on-line on regular basis but I’ve never had a chance to actually meet this guy.

He came to teach a workshop in Toronto and thanks to my yoga studio he also came to Oakville for an advance practice with the Kula studio teachers. We all enjoyed his 2 hours of arm balancing practice….my wrists too;) It was nice not only to practice with him but also get some “me time” for my personal development. When you become a yoga teacher your own practice starts to suffer. It’s great when you can make time for your own practice and even greater when you can practice with other teachers – pretty cool experience with a different type of energy than a regular class. So that was my highlight of the week;)

 Other one was …a dessert of course.

Yummy Raw Chocolate Fudge

inspired by Chocolate-Covered Katie

Bottom layer

½ cup of ground almonds

¼ cup of hemp seeds

5-6 soaked dates

Blend everything in a food processor and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper, press firmly and put into a freeze while you are working on the top layer

 Top layer

1 ripe banana

¼ cup of almond butter

¼ of coconut butter

pinch of salt

I didn’t use any sweetener but feel free to add it.

Mix together until smooth and spread on top of your crust. Now place it in to freezer for a few hours.

Healthy, simple and …delicious

And how is your week going??? Happy Friday!

Till next time,

Izabela

 

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My new fav. sweet tooth cure – Chia seed pudding

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I was hesitating to eat Chia seeds for quite a while. I kept it on my shelf but I couldn’t find a way to add it to my food and avoid GI problems. My newest discovery is making a chia pudding. Not only it doesn’t bother my tummy but it cures my sweet cravings; perfect for an after workout snack.


What are the health benefits of adding Chia seeds to your diet?

Chia seeds are an ancient food that belong to the mint plant family and are grown in Mexico and Central America. The ancient Aztecs called it “running food” because messengers could run all day around on just a handful. Some of the benefits of Chia are:

– Balance Blood Sugar (Because it’s a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber, adding Chia seeds to your meals helps with turning your food into a constant, steady energy without spiking your blood sugar and making you tired after meals)

– Helping with loosing weight (Chia seed absorb water and forms into a gel increasing its size and weight. You can make it to taste of whatever you like and feel full for hours)

   – Has Omega-3 oil (more than salmon)

– Helps with joint pain and provides tissue repair protein

– Deliver an energy boost (Chia is one of nature’s highest plant based sourced of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood sugar balancing gel keeps you full longer without jittery energy.)

– You can bake with it (Chia gel can substitute for half of the
butter and an egg in your fav. recipes)

– High in anti-oxidants

So recently I started to eat (and enjoy) the Chia seed pudding as my breakfast, before workouts and as an after workout snack. The pudding keeps me full without the heavy feeling.

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

2-3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2-1 cup of water or almond milk
1 tbsp of Cacao Powder
1/3 cup raspberry pure+some for a decoration
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder or vanilla protein powder
5 drops of Stevia ( or 1tsp of Honey, Maple Syrup)
pinch of salt

Variations:
½ cup of Greek yogurt
vanilla extract
1tsp Cardamon
1/3 cup of banana, strawberry pure etc

Mix all together and whisk 5-6 times over 30 minutes

Play with this recipe, there’s tons of variations you can make. Enjoy and have a Happy Long Weekend!!!

xoxo

Izabela

Homemade Almond Milk

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Due to the large consumption of almond milk in this household (I know some of you have the same problem;) I thought about making my own. I held on to this idea for a long time. It scared me a little bit but actually it was easier than I thought it would be, and maybe I spent just half an hour doing it.

I guess I am on a mission to make as many homemade food/beverages as possible…

You will need:1 cup of raw almonds soaked overnight and 4 glasses of water. You will get around 1100 ml of milk and 1 cup of almond pulp.
In the morning rinse the almonds in cold water and (here is the fun part) peel the skin of. Apparently you can pour boiling water on them and leave them for 10 minutes to get rid of the skin faster but I just used my hands here. Then place almonds + 4 cups of cold water in a blender and mix it for a few minutes.
The final step is to pour the milk slowly into your 1 liter bowl -throw a thin cloth  and very carefully squeeze the entire contents out of the cloth.

The almond pulp is great for other uses. You can add a few tablespoons of milk, some sweetener and you will get cream cheese for pancakes in the morning;) Keep the milk in the fridge for no more then 2-3 days, it gets sour after day 3. But is didn’t last that long.

I am already thinking about adding some vanilla and cardamon next time to make a vanilla almond milk.
Let me know if you try it.

xoxo

 

Izabela


Homemade Oat yogurt with chia seeds and frozen raspberries

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I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend. I spent my Saturday as usually working for half a day and then catching up with shopping etc.
Hopefully tomorrow I will have a chance to relax at my friends’ house.

I feel drained physically and mentally; in some kind of crises right now. Maybe that’s why I have a hard time to be calm, organized, motivated and even to share some things with you; hopefully it will pass.
But today I can finally share this recipe with you. I was waiting 2 days to actually make sure that the method works.

Trying to live a healthy diet or eating mostly vegan can be challenging when you were raised on dairy. I am having such a hard time to avoid/limit my dairy intake not only because I simply like it but also it just helps with my GI problems. I found this recipe and I thought I will give it a try. I love my overnight oats in all versions but I have never thought about fermenting them and creating cultural bacterial on my own. It came out great so if you are fun of yogurts try this!

Homemade Oat Yogurt
Oat yogurt can be done with raw or cooked oats. You can use any groats you like (rolled oats, steel cut ) but for the best nutrition start with raw unprocessed oat groats (gluten free if you have). Place the oats in a ceramic bowl and cover with water overnight. The next day put it in a food processor and blend it until smooth. I can eat it already, delicious and smooth. Next step is to let them ferment.

Use a ceramic bowl to avoid reaction between acids (produced during the fermentation) and metal container. Cover with the plate or cloth to keep dust away and not allow to dry. Choose a warm, sunny place and stir it from time to time. Try it once in a while and if it’s sufficiently acidic you can use is right away or place it in a fridge to stop the fermentation process.

If you let it ferment a long time, it gets more sour. That means there are more of the beneficial bacteria, and the beneficial acids..It’s
creamy because of the high fat content, so the result resembles milk yogurt or sour cream. If you make it thicker, and let it get more sour, it will be more like sour cream.

These friendly micro-organisms called Lactobacilli are everywhere. Are linked with friendly bacteria that naturally live in your large intestine. They like starch and fiber and will reproduce well if we give them the medium of water, starch and fiber. Type of bacteria that grow will depend on what we feed them. Micro-organisms produce substances that suppress their rivals, so good Lactobacilli produce acids that fight fungi, yeast and bad bacteria.
Eating fermented foods like in dairy yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir, sourdough bread, etc helps promote the growth of the good bacteria that live in your colon, and reduces the growth of Candida and other problematic organisms.
Now you can play with it and eat however you wish. I added chia seeds and frozen raspberries first. But I imagine you can add any sweeteners, nuts, chocolate chips even protein powders or add it to your shakes and Enjoy!

Let me now how you like it.

Till next time

love

Izabela