Why 3 celebrities went vegan and why they won't go back.

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It seems that more and more people are becoming vegan, even some people you would've never thought would be.

 

A vegan is someone who does not eat or use animal products.

 

Many people's reasoning for becoming vegan differs, here are the reason why these celebrities went vegan:

 

1. Bill Clinton

 

President Clinton says. 'Going vegan saved my life.' He had heart issues that were related to his diet and had a few operations done until a doctor recommended a plant-based diet. Since then he boasts of advantages of more energy, fewer stomache issues and a peak in his overall health. Clinton went vegan seven years ago and also says that his longevity is due to his lifestyle change from the traditional Southern diet of red meat and carbohydrates, with little vegetables to a plant-based one.

 

 

 

2. Jessica Chastain

 

'I used to think about dieting but now I'm vegan.' Chastain implies that she bordered an eating disorder but now focuses on being healthy, which is important to her. The actress attributes her health to this diet, claiming that her high-cholesterol lowered as a result of going vegan. She was a pescatarian for fifteen years and her consumption of shellfish was increasing her cholesterol. She, too, boasts of more energy and says that her skin cleared with the help of her plant-based diet.

 

  

3. Russell Simmons

 

Simmons has been a proud vegan for almost seventeen years. The hip hop mogul also released a book, The Happy Vegan. Which features recipes and the changes that came with being vegan. He mentions that he lost 20 pounds and has never put the pounds back on. He raves about the plant-based way of life and says that he will never go back to his old ways.

 

*If you are going to vegan, please do so with caution. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamins, protein and mostly plants in your diet.  

Make a green tabbouleh!

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Tabbouleh is a Middle-Eastern dish that is great as a dip.


I came across this recipe and would love to share it with you.


Credit to Eat 4 Your Blood Type by Peter J. D'Adamo


What you will need (all ingredients organic)


• a cup of cooked millet

• a bunch of spinach or dandelion greens, chopped.

• 4 bunches of chopped parsley.

• a bunch of chopped mint.

• a large English cucumber, peeled and chopped.

• 1/3 cup of olive oil.

• a cup of lemon juice, use 3 lemons.

•  tablespoon of salt.


How to:


Place millet in a large bowl. Add all vegetables in with millet and mix well. Add oil, lemon juice and salt.

* Can be placed over fresh greens.

Makes up to 4 servings


* Ready to eat with raw veggies like carrots or cucumbers. Can also be enjoyed with crackers.

What you eat could be dependent on your Blood Type.

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image by Getty Images

 

I am an advocate for all of us trying to live our healthiest and fullest lives.Healthbegins with what we put in our mouths, use on our bodies and in our houses.

 

 

Health does not only require getting your annual check-up by your GP, it means so much more. It means paying attention to what affects your body and how it affects it.

 

With that being said, there are many different ways to approach health. This week, we touch on The Blood Type Diet. A diet that focuses on Dr. D'adamo's research that showed people of a particular diet responding to different ways in a particular way.

 

His research noticed that particular blood types had aversions to particular food and others not.

 

Here is how different food groups should eat:

 

Type As

 

This blood type is recommended to eat mostly fresh organic vegetables, fruit, grains and fish. Dr. D'Adamo also recommends steering clear of meat. He mentions that Type As have slow digestion and eating meat interferes with the digestion process. Type As should drink ginger, licorice and calming teas.

 

Type Bs

 

This blood type is recommended to eat mostly fresh organic vegetables, fruit, dairy and fish. Type Bs can also eat meat but in small portions. They have stronger digestion systems than Bs; however, they favour lighter foods.

 

Type Os

 

This blood type is recommended to eat mostly fresh organic vegetables and healthy amounts of meat. Healthy meaning 'not too much'. He says that, for the most part, Type Os have difficulty being vegetarians as their body's crave meat- which is totally fine. He believes that we all eat differently for a reason. Which, I agree with. He mentions that Os should not eat gluten as the combination of proteins can cause serious stomache illness.

 

Type ABs

 

The rarest blood type is said to be a combination of A and B blood type. Meaning that they eat mostly like As and Bs. Mostly fresh organic, fruits, vegetables and grains. They are, however, recommended to stay away from meat, dairy and gluten.

 

*For more information, grab a copy of Eat for your Blood Type by Dr. Peter D'Adamo.

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A delicious banana bread.

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 Ingredients (all organic):

 

1/2 cup coconut oil (soft but not liquid)

 

1 cup sugar

 

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

 

1/2 vanilla extract

 

4 medium, overripe, mashed bananas (or 3 large)

 

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

 

1/4 cup boiling water

 

2 cups flour

 

1 + 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

 

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

 

How to:

 

Heat the oven to 350°F.

 

Grease the base and sides of a 9" by 5" loaf tin with a little bit of coconut oil and a few sprinkles of flour. Gently bang the tin with the palm of your hand, to make sure the flour is evenly distributed.

 

Cream the coconut oil and sugar together.

 

Add the applesauce, vanilla, and mashed bananas.

 

In a small container/coffee mug, mix the bicarbonate of soda with the boiling water. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients.

 

Add the remaining dry ingredients to the wet ingredients - sift the flour and baking powder, and add the salt.

 

Mix until the flour is combined well, but do not overwork the mixture.

 

Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin.

 

Bake for 70 minutes. If the cake tester does not come out clean, bake for a further 5 minutes.

 

Leave to cool in tin for 30 minutes.

 

Then, enjoy!

 

 

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by Lara Kelly: 

I live in Johannesburg, South Africa with my long-term boyfriend and our three adopted dogs. I'm currently doing my Masters in European Literature; my thesis looks at the works of Julien Green, a French-American novelist. I became excited about baking, just over three years ago, when I adopted a vegan lifestyle. I love providing tasty vegan food for friends and family, and I'm so excited to see more and more people enjoying plant-based meals. 

A flavourful and delicious Saffron rice

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Many people steer away from cooking rice as they find it hard to cook or think that it is boring.


So when I came across this recipe from a book that I am reading entitled, The Blood Type Plan, I decided to try it and share the recipe with you.


You will need (all ingredients are organic):


•3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

• 1 red onion.

• 1 tablespoon ground coriander

•1 teaspoon nutmeg

•2 cardamom pods

•1 teaspoon saffron threads

• 2 tablespoons rose water

• 2 cups Basmati rice

• 4 cups filtered water (to boil)


How to:


1. Heat the oil by putting heat on high.

2. Sauté onion with all spices except saffron for 10 minutes on low heat.

3. In a separate dish, crush the saffron threads and add to simmering mixture

4. Add half of the rose water to the onion mixture.

5. Simmer for another 15 minutes and then add the rice with boiling water.

6. Cool for 35-40 minutes.

7. Add extra rose water before serving.


*Makes servings.

The different myths about gluten and why you should limit it or take it out of your diet.

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Image by Dave Farms

 

Someone asked me the other day if it is possible to allergic to gluten. It got me thinking how much misinformation there is out there about it. I hope this article helps clear up any confusion.

 

So, let's start with what it is. Gluten is the common name for combination of two proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains.

 

In the past twenty or so years, Gluten has been scientifically linked to Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Gluten intolerance, autoimmune diseases and other stomache issues. So, gluten allergy and intolerance is not a myth. It is very much real.

 

Another myth that I often hear is that people say, 'My ancestors ate gluten and they were fine. Why only now do people have sudden intolerances and diseases?' There are different reasons for this; however a simple answer to this is that the gluten process was more natural than it is now. We are at all time high of 'fake foods'. I call them fake foods because they contain many preservatives and unnatural substances to increase shelf life of food. We all know that the fresher something is, the better it is for us. In a nutshell, adding a ton of chemicals can create problems digesting foods. Which, could also be a cause for intolerances. Furthermore, we are living longer than we did since the mass production and consumption of gluten. So, previous and adequate recordings of how it

 

I get asked often what is Celiac Disease. I am not a doctor but as a health coach, this is my understanding. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that has been scientifically proven to be linked to the consumption of gluten. People have different symptoms but, just like with other diseases, if a person with Celiac disease does not follow a gluten-free diet, they could die. Celiac is different to an intolerance.

 

Most doctors recommend that Celiacs are never exposed to gluten; however, they recommend a little exposure to gluten for those who have a gluten intolerance so that the body will not react extremely to exposure after a long time. So, yes! Gluten-free is a real thing.

 

The other question that I get asked from my clients is, 'How do I stop eating gluten?'

Honestly, I don't believe that everyone needs to stop eating it. However, unless you have Celiac Disease, I recommend eating gluten in small amounts.

 

You can do this by eating rice, quinoa and amaranth. Which are other healthy grains. However, some rices contain gluten. Also, trying veggie noodles is a great option.

 

*For more information or help with limiting your gluten intake, e-mail info@biologiquelife.com

Organic and gluten-free walnut granola

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Image from Minimalist Baker

 

 

I love granola! If it doesn't contain too much sugar, it is healthy and can fill you up for a good 3-4 hours.

If you feel like making something fun this week, try this simple granola recipe that makes for a delicious morning.
You will need ( all organic ingredients)

 

 •4 cups of rolled oats

•1 cup rice bran

• 1 cup sesame seeds

• 1/2 cup dried cranberries

• 1/2 cup dried currants

• 1 cup chopped walnuts

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1/4 cup canola oil.

• 3/4 cup maple syrup.

 

How to:

 

• Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F.

•In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, rice bran, seeds, dried fruits, nuts and vanilla.

• Add the oil and stir evenly.

• Pour maple syrup into mix and mix well. Make sure that mix is evenly moistened.

• Mixture should be crumbly and sticky.

•Spread mixture onto a lightly oiled cookie tray and bake for 90 minutes.

• Stir every 15 minutes until the mixture is golden brown and dry.

•Cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container to avoid over-drying.

 

 *Recipe inspired by Eat Right 4 your Nlood Type.

Carob chip cookies that are delicious and easier than expected.

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Recipe from Eat Right for Your Blood Type

What you will need:

• 1/2 a cup of organic canola oil

•1/2 a cup of organic pure maple syrup

 •1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

 • 1 organic egg

• 1 3/4 cups of organic oat or brown rice flour

 • 1 teaspoon of baking soda. 

• 1/2 cup of carob chips

• dash allspice (optional) 

 

How to:

 •Oil two baking sheets and pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

• In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat the egg and stir into the oil mixture. 

 • Gradually stir in flour and baking side to form a stiff batter.

 • Fold in carob chips and drop the batter into the baking sheets by tea-spoon. 

 

•Bake for 10-15 minutes into cookies are lightly browned.  

•Remove from oven and cool.  

 

*Makes 3 1/4 servings

Shrimp Rice Bowl that takes less than 15 minutes

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This dish is one that I make often, I would say at least twice-a-week. It's inspired by my favourite cuisine, Thai. It shouldn't take you longer than 15 minutes to make and can serve 2-3 people. Whip it up and serve with some sake to bring out the flavours of the dish.

 

You will need ( all organic) can be found at Wholefoods Market:

 

• Pre-cooked jasmine or basmati rice. 4 cups.

• a cup of bok choy.

•a cup of dandelion greens.

• a cup of mini peppers, the sweet kind.

• 3 cups of pre-cooked shrimp.

• 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed ginger

• 1/2 a cup of crushed peanuts.

• 3 dashes of soy sauce.

• a cup of carrot ginger miso dressing.

• a spoon of mango chutney.

• a tablespoon of grape seed oil.

 

How to do it:

1. Pre-heat your wok on high.

 

2. Add grape seed oil.

 

3. Lower heat to medium. Then add rice.

 

4. Add vegetables and shrimp

 

5. Add sauces and peanuts.

 

6. Stir well.

 

7. Enjoy

5 teas to help you detox

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With our End-of-Summer-detox on the way, it is only fitting that we tell you about the great teas that can help anyone on a  detox.

I, myself, detox every three months. It is a physical and mental detox where I do hot yoga everyday for a month, honouring gratitude or love, and I streamline my diet. I don't drink alchohol and avoid unhealthy fats.

These are the teas that I drink throughout my detox, how and when I drink them and their benefits.

1. Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a deep red colour. It is meant to be steeped for 3-5 minutes. This tea has been linked to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and clearing the liver of saturated fats (the bad fats). I drink this in the evening an hour after dinner.

2. Ginger tea

Ginger Tea is a golden colour. It is meant to be steeped for 2 minutes, no more than 3 minutes as ginger can be strong on the stomache. Ginger tea has been known for centuries to help with the digestive tract by helping to regulate the biomes. I drink this tea in the morning when I wake up, instead of lemon water. Lemon water is too acidic for me. If it is for you, I recommend drinking this tea too.

3. Dandelion tea

This sounds strange, I know but this tea is derived from dandelion greens and is known for it's amazing benefits. These greens have been linked to detoxification of the liver, promotion of blood cells and increase of mineral intake. I recommend an hour of lunch. As, most of our bodies absorb nutrients the most in the middle of the day.

4. Lavender tea

Yes, you read right! Lavender tea! It's one of the latest phenomenons and it is one that is worth all the craze. Lavender has been shown, scientifically, to reduce stress. Which, is great on a detox as we want to alleviate any stresses or disruptions to the nervous system while you are cleaning out your blood system and organs. I recommend alternating the evenings that you drink this tea and hibiscus tea. So, drink it every other night.

5. Mint tea

This tea is made from dried mint leaves. In the aromatic world, mint is synonymous with cleansing and refreshing, definitely well-suited for our detox. Drink mint tea throughout the day if you feel like being refreshed and feel like your energy levels are depleting. You can also replace mint tea with coffee.

Join us on September 4th for our End-of-Summer detox. Sponsored by KindGirlco and UltimaReplenisher.

Why Omega oils/fats are great for you!

I am obsessed with Omega Fats. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would take daily capsules of it so I knew that there was something to these Fats. As, our mothers are usually right about these things.

 


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Images by Getty images

As I have grown older, I have become more and more interested in healthy fats vs. unhealthy fats. Or, as some may say, saturated fats vs. non-saturated. There are many forms of both. However, to put it simply, saturated fats are harder to digest and are usually unnatural- made in a laboratory; non-saturated are often natural and easier to digest. Non- saturated fats can help you with digestion, joint pain and cholesterol.

In my heath coach studies, I learnt a lot about Omega oils/ facts and I would like to share them with you. Here are the amazing benefits of Omega oils:

Omega oils can improve eye health.

Fight depression and anxiety.

Help against cardiovascular diseases.

Release antioxidants and stop free radicals.

Prevent joint diseases and muscular degeneration.

Helps with lubrication of joints.

Helps clear up your skin, if you use topical Vitamin E with it.

Scientifically proven to reverse and prevent aging, internally and externally.

May improve liver health by cleansing the liver.

Been shown to help with sleep.

Many scientists back Omega oils/fats as an Alzheimer's prevention.

I recommend taking Omega oils/fats as a supplement.

*Please consult your doctor/physician if you are ill or become ill, with or without these supplements.

The perfect melon summer salad

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image from View from Long Island

 

 Summer can be hot, annoying and having you wish that you were away on a beach sometime, all Summer long.

 

Well, why not bring the beach to you? With this yummy salad, you can create a beach atmosphere at home.

 

You will need:

• An organic honeydew melon

• An organic English cucumber

• 1/2 an organic raw red onion

• 2 tablespoons of organic sunflower seed oil

• a teaspoon of balsamic

• a teaspoon of mesquite barbecue seasoning.

• 2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese

 

How to make it: 

 

• Cut melon into cubes, removing the skin. 

• Cut cucumber into cubes too.  

• Slice red onion into thin slices.

• Mix onion, melon and cucumber into a bowl with balsamic, sunflower seed oil, seasoning.

• Add as much goat cheese as preferred, we recommend 2 tablespoons. 

 

•Enjoy!  

 

*Serves 3-4 people

3 fun ingredients to add to your smoothie

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I am a huge fan of smoothies, especially in the summertime. There's nothing like a fruit-filled, icy and delicious smoothie to add fun to your day.

A daily smoothie can be so nutritious and add a little extra to your day. I highly recommend these fun ingredients to liven up your smoothie:
1. Protein powder
For the past fifteen years, I have loved adding vegan protein powders to my smoothies. I recommend a low sugar and low calorie powder.

2. Cocoa nibs
Go for the organic nibs! They are full of potassium and magnesium. And, they add sugar that has a low-glycemic index- meaning that it doesn't affect your body as much as other sugars do.

3. Maca Powder
This powder is dehydrated from the maca plant, which is from South and Central America. It is high in nutrients. It is said to balance our hormones and increase energy levels. Add a teaspoon to your smoothie and enjoy!

A fresh and delicious stir-fry from scratch

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To me, stir-fry can be made in any season. The taste of fresh vegetables, a little protein and slight seasoning can be wholesome yet light.


This is how I make my stir-fry, try it! All ingredients are organic.


You will need:

• A tablespoon of any oil: canola, grape seed or olive oil.

• 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper.

• 1/4 sea salt.

• 1/2 a cup of dark agave.

• 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.

• 1/2 a bunch of bok choy.

• 3 cups of red bell peppers.

• 2 cups of cooked basmati rice.

• 1/2 cup of chopped green onions.

•  Tofu or chicken


How to:


1. Cook the amount of tofu and chickenthat you choose to cook, I recommend 1/2 a pack of tofu or 6oz of chicken. Cook tofu till brown or chicken till it is white.


2. Combine agave and soy in a small bowl. Add oil and vegetables into a pan. Cook in a pan for over 3 minutes.


3. Cook as much as you desire, if you like your veggies crispy, cook for under 5 minutes and if you like your veggies moist, cook for up to 8-10 minutes.

4. Serve with basmati rice. Can serve up to 2-3 people.


5. Enjoy!

3 teas that I highly recommend for a detox

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 Summer fun can sometimes take on a life of its own. Although Summer is fun, it may be coupled with some bad habits.


That's why I recommend doing a 7-day-detox in the middle of Summer so that you can cleanse your organs and not become attached to habits that may not be healthy for you but become so easy to keep doing during The Summer.


These are SOME of my Go-to Teas while I am on a cleanse, all of these teas are caffeine-free:


1. Yogi Tea


The name may sound a bit cliché; however, this tea really gives you value for your money. My favourite is a Mango Ginger, however, they do have an array of different teas. They also have specific teas for detox like the 'Skin Detox' and 'Liver Cleanse'. Also very affordable.


2. Numi Tea


Although Numi Tea doesn't have specific detox teas, they use a lot of ingredients in their teas which are great for detox. My favourite is the Rooibos, it is so clean and fresh. I recommend starting your morning with a rooibos tea and some fresh ginger while you are on a detox.


3. Choice Organic Tea


The same goes for Numi Tea, Choice Organic does not have specific teas for a detox; however, they offer tea flavored such as Blackberry&Hibiscus. Which, are ingredients that are known to detox one's body. As with the other two teas, I recommend them as they are inexpensive and are worth the value for your money.

A fresh, clean and easy summer salad

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You will need (all organic ingredients)

• A bunch of romaine lettuce.

• Mini sweet peppers

• 3 stems of Parsley w/ the leaves

• A teaspoon of olive oil

• A pinch of salt

• Some black pepper

• sunflower seeds

• Optional add tofu or tuna as extra protein.

 

How to make it:

1. Wash all veggies, please?

2. Chop lettuce, sweet peppers and parsley and place in a bowl.

3. Mix olive oil, salt and black pepper into salad.

4. Garnish salad with sunflower seeds

5. Add extra protein if you like.

6. Enjoy! 😀

 

Serves 1-2 people.

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A refreshing and delicious summer drink

As we swiftly approach the equinox, the warmer days beckon us to turn on our Frose & Moscow Mule appetites.  Though I am not a believer in the rules of seasonal drinking (i.e. Manhattans in winter, G&Ts in summer), there is no denying that summer inspires me to drink what grows as trite as that might sound.  Therefore, here are a smattering of uncomplicated, charming cocktail ideas for a relatively healthy and lightly debaucherous summer of tipples! All the recipes are alcohol substitution friendly, as almost any spirit combination will succeed pending your personal fancies. They are also mocktail proof (just as refreshing and fulfilling in abstention), but in championing a balanced life, a moderation of alcohol paired with the nature's summer offerings can be nourishing for the body and soul!
MIDSUMMER'S MOSEY 
The inhale of herbs are simply intoxicating on a breezy, summer night.  Herbs have time tested healing properties - dill supports healthy digestion and lavender is renown for its anti-inflammatory properties: both are stress soothers.  An effective way to showcase herbs in cocktails is by effortlessly infusing them in a simple syrup while still hot.  Just add fresh or dried herbs to the hot syrup (1 part h20 to 1 part sugar) - adjusting to your potency - and infuse uncovered for 6 to 24 hours.  Strain before use and store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.  If you're strapped for time, simply pick some fresh herbs and add them to the shaker - making sure to release their herbaceous oils by "smacking" the herbs in your hands prior. 3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz dill/lavender simple syrup2 oz american gin, with floral characteristics like Dorothy Parker or Brooklyn GinAdd ~3/4 oz club soda over ice in collins glass, Shake other ingredients, Strain into glassGarnish with a sprig of dill

by Weisi Li Basore  

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A quick and delicious Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

Uliya Tsybulka.

Yogini, dancer, foodie and health enthusiast based in NYC. Since I was born I had been diagnosed with numerous "chronic" diseases, treated with chemical medicine limiting my fitness and well being. When I started digging deeper into how wonderful and healing natural food was, my health has never been the same. The doctors couldn't believe the illnesses were gone and by having more energy and becoming more active, I was amazed by the strength of my body.


I love to start my day on a good note. Setting the tone, help my body and mind to activate and energize.Recently, a consistent element of my morning routine has been making a delicious matcha latte. Apart from its taste that I love, matcha is a powerhouse with amazing benefits for the body: providing metabolic support, nourishing the body with antioxidants, giving a caffeine kick with no crash afterwards, steady and focused energy.I'm about to share with you my favorite recipes, very easy to make. I prefer using a blender (which, of course, is not the traditional way of making it), it's very convenient, fast and makes a latte very frothy. Feel free to mix and match the ingredients, add your favorite spices or any type of sweetner of your preference.

 

Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

Ingredients (all organic)

Cashews soaked overnight (a few, around 7 or 8 should work, depending on your preference, add more if you want to make it creamier);

Hemp seeds (1 teaspoon)

Matcha (2/3 of a teaspoon, sifted);

Cinnamon (to taste);

A cup of hot water.

Blend!

 

The beauty of this recipe is that you don't need any store bought milk (which you can you if you like, of course) but I want to show you how you how easy it is to make it yourself, just blending the nuts and seeds with some hot water (you don't need to strain cashew or hemp milk) and enjoy the creamy taste while nurturing your body with some Omega 3's from the hemp seeds.

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Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

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A tasty vegan Briyani made in under an hour

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by flaming vegan

 

VEGAN VEGETABLE BIRYANI

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients (all organic)

1. Spices

- 1 tablespoon curry powder

- 1 teaspoon turmeric (ground)

- 1 teaspoon cumin (ground)

- 1 teaspoon ginger powder

- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

- 1 teaspoon cloves

- 1 teaspoon peppercorn

- 6 cardamoms 

- 2 star anise 

- 2 cinnamon sticks

- 2 bay leaves

 

2. 1 cup lentils (uncooked)

3. 1 cup rice (uncooked)

4. 1 onion 

5. 4 tablespoons sunflower oil

6. 2 cloves of garlic

7. 2 medium potatoes

8. 2 large carrots

9. 4 medium tomatoes (chopped)

10. 1 cup vegetable (vegan) broth or stock 

11. Pinch of salt to taste

12. Coconut-milk yogurt

 

 

Directions:

1. Boil lentils for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve juice.

2. Rinse rice and put aside.

3. In a large pot, heat (on medium heat) sunflower oil and fry onion in pot until soft. 

4. Add chopped garlic. Mix thoroughly.

5. Add curry powder, turmeric and cumin. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

6. Mix in rice and lentils.

7. Add remaining spices.

8. Add chopped tomatoes and vegetable broth. And add enough water to cover mixture.

9. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

10. Add chopped carrots and potatoes. Add more water if needed.

11. Let cook for 20 minutes.

 

Tip: Serve with coconut-milk yogurt.

ENJOY!!

From childhood, food has been a vital part of my life. My mother is a feeder and when I was younger she taught me in order to flourish, you need to be nourished. And as I grew older I began to appreciate that simple yet important lesson. So, now I use food to fuel the soul, mind and body.

- Imani Tsotetsi

3 easy fun organic summer drinks

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Summertime is a time for fun. Fun people, fun drinks and fun parties. Sometimes, the idea of fun can make us think of being unhealthy and falling out of our healthy routines. Which, does not have to be the case. 

You can still have organic fun that has less preservatives and will not strain your kidneys and livers as much as non-organic and heavily processed alcoholic drinks. They are not 100% healthy; however, they are healthier than your conventional drinks- AND delicious. 

1. Tequila spritz- serving for one drink.

You will need: an ounce of organic Tequila, I recommend 3 amigos Organic Tequila, a cup full of organic frozen fruit of your choice, sparkling water. Organic mint leaves as a garnish. And ICE!

How to: Place cup full of organic frozen fruit in a glass, pour an ounce of Organic Tequila over fruit. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water and stir. Place organic mint leaf in the drink as a garnish. 

 

2. Organic fresh mojito- for a serving

 

You will need: an ounce and a half of organic rum, we recommend twisted path rum, half an ounce of dark agave, organic mint leaves and organic limes. AND ICE!

How to: Cut two limes into halves and then muddle them with three mint leave in a glass, add organic rum and organic agave. Add ice cubes and stir until tasty, cool and yummy.

 

3. Rosé Sangria

 

This one is really easy! 

You will need: Half a glass of organic rosé, sparkling water and ice. 

How to: Place half a glass of organic rosé, we recommend Patsch rosè, into a glass. Add sparkling water and ice to fill the glass. Give it a stir and ENJOY!

 

If you would like to purchase any of these organic liquors online, the link is below:

http://www.totalwine.com/tequila/blanco-silver/3-amigos

https://m.wine.com/product/pratsch-org

 

by Hali Tsotetsi

Hali was born in New York but raised in South Africa, her parents native country, and England. She now resides in New York. She is the CEO and founder of BiologiqueLife. She is a skin specialist, certified health coach, certified yoga teacher and CEO/Founder of KindGirlco.- an organic cosmetic company. She believes that everyday has been sent to us in order for our souls to flourish through challenge and gratitude.