The powerful Chia Seeds

chiaseedsDon’t even get me started on the Chia Seeds! They’re first on the superfood category; they’re an amazing energy booster and they have super powers! No kidding, they are loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates (the good ones), protein, fibre, antioxidants, and calcium. You can’t get any better!

You couldn’t tell really, chia seeds are these tiny little black and white seeds from the South American plant Salvia Hispanica (same family as mint). Chia seeds were actually an essential food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the days; they valued them for their ability to provide sustainable energy, their medicinal properties and their high nutritional value. It doesn’t come as a surprise that chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength.

Nutrition facts:

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What you need for a perfect smoothie

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Bear in mind that a juice and a smoothie are 2 different things. You make a smoothie with a blender, and a juice with a juice extractor. It’s a bit more difficult to blend apples for example, but you can blend pineapples, mangos, cucumbers, melon, etc. Here is another example, you can’t juice a banana, it’s way to soft and you wouldn’t get any juice out of it. Continue reading

The surprising butternut squash and ginger cake

This is again a perfect dessert for all the Paleo aficionados and gluten-free intolerants among you.

If you had told me 3 years ago that you could make dessert with butternut squash, I’d have laughed… but there it is!

Ingredients

  • Butternut squash, a small one, or 1/2 medium one
  • Almond flour, 150 gr
  • Eggs, 2
  • Coconut oil, 3 tbsp
  • Honey, 3 tbsp (organic preferably)
  • Fresh grated ginger, 3 tbsp
  • Baking powder, 1tsp
  • Baking soda, 1 tsp
  • Salt, just a pinch

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The spicy & sweet serum

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This juice is packed with vitamin C, and it’s delicious! The pineapple, carrot and apple make it sweet …. and the ginger, lemon and fennel give it a good spicy kick. If you’re having difficulties waking up in the morning, this will do the trick!

 

 

Ingredients

  • Pineapple, 1/3
  • Royal gala apple, 2
  • Cucumber, 1/4
  • Carrot, 1 or 2
  • Fennel, 1 big slice
  • Lemon, 1
  • Ginger, 3 cm

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Seven shades of green

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Green juices are a healthy way to sneak nutrients into your diet if you’ve been lazy on salads.

This juice is surprisingly filling and a good way to detoxify your body. It will also fill you with energy and is incredibly delicious!

 

 

Ingredients 

  • Granny smith apple, 2
  • Cucumber, 2/3
  • Fennel, 1 big slice
  • Kiwi, 1
  • Lime, 1
  • Ginger, 2 cm
  • Celery, 1 stalk
  • Spinach or Kale, a handful
  • Avocado (optional)

Procedure

In a slow juicer, start with one whole apple, then add the spinach (stems first), cucumber, fennel, lime, ginger, celery, and finish with the second apple.

In a blender, add the juice and the kiwi (and the avocado if you want to) with a couple of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

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Fennel: Good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre, potassium, manganese, copper, folate and phosphorus

Cucumber: Excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. Very good source of the pantothenic acid. Good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1.

Celery: Excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. Very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fibre, manganese and pantothenic acid. Good source of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A (carotenoids).

Spinach: Excellent source of vitamin B. Very good source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E , vitamin K, Thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.

Kiwi: Excellent source of vitamin C (5 times more than in apples) and vitamin K. Very good source of copper and dietary fibre. Good source of vitamin E, potassium, folate and manganese.

Granny smith apple: Excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. Good source of vitamin A, iron and calcium.

Ginger: Excellent source of vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-5Good source of  potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

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