/Cherimoya bliss

The sweet and delicious fruit called Cherimoya also known as Custard Apple is native to South America.

The inside of this yummy fruit is white, juicy and creamy with a custard-like texture. It tastes like a combination of banana, pineapple and strawberry, convinced to try it yet?!

Be careful not to eat the skin and the black seeds though because they are toxic.

Cherimoyas are like avocados in that they will ripen at room temperature right on your kitchen counter. If ripe, they will give to slight pressure.

Served raw, they are wonderful for breakfast. Simply cut them in half and scoop out the flesh, picking out the seeds.

I love to blend them with a banana, fresh pineapple and vanilla for an amazing tropical fusion experience!

Amazing Chia Seeds

 

Originally from Mexico, chia is a very small seed similar to the sesame seed.

Chia seeds were a staple in the daily diet of the ancient Aztec people and it is said that they were the source of their endurance and intelligence !

They used them in many traditional dishes in the form of flour, oil and special drink concoctions.

The Aztecs saw these seeds as magical because of their ability to increase vitality for long period of time.

Unfortunately, once the Spanish conquered Latin America, they introduced their own foods and prohibited the farming of chia.

However, chia seeds have recently made a comeback in modern diets.

Research has showed the many positive health benefits of this seed and it is back in our plates (bowl or glass…) !

It is rich in protein, fat, fiber and antioxidants.

It is also one of the highest plant-source of Omega -3.

Chia seed can be eaten whole or grounded and come in two colours:  white and black.

It has a rather neutral and pleasant taste and is very easy to use.

Here are some good reasons to include it in your diet starting today :

❊ rich in fiber, chia seeds help regulate bowel movements;

❊ chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight and expand in your stomach, making you feel full and curbing your appetite. It keeps you full for a long time and therefor is a great asset if you want to lose weight in a healthy and balanced way;

❊ they are a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids (they actually have more omega-3s than salmon); omega-3s are critical for brain health, natural anti-inflammatory effect and help to strengthen the immune system;

❊ their high amount of antioxidants help fight cellular ageing;

❊ they also contain important minerals for the body such as calcium (essential for healthy bones) and iron;

I like to use chia seeds in my morning smoothies or for making “raw crackers” (recipes will come!)

But in the meantime, here’s a simple and quick way to enjoy the benefits of this little seed :

Chia seed pudding 

Ingredients (serves one)

– 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

– 3/4 of a cup of any non-dairy milk of choice (almond, hazelnut or rice milk)

– 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup

– 1 pinch of vanilla

– 1 handful of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries…)

– 1 small ripe banana

– a sprinkle of fresh pollen

1 . In a bowl , mix together the chia seeds, non-dairy milk and vanilla.

2 . Let it sit for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid lumps (the chia seeds will absorb the liquid).

3 . Add the honey or maple syrup and mix well.

4 . Add your fresh fruits, sliced ​​banana and sprinkle with fresh pollen.

5. Enjoy!

/ Red Berries Smoothie

Red Berries Smoothie (Serves 1)

This creamy and lovely smoothie is nourishing and delicious! It is rich in vitamin C to boost your immune system and the flax oil will provide healthy fats and omega-3s which are great for your brain.

 

Ingredients
1 cup almond or rice mil
2 bananas
½ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 Tbsp goji berries
1 tsp flax oil

Put everything in a blender, starting with the liquid, and blend until nice and smooth.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!

 

/ Massaged kale salad

Il y a quelque temps, je vous ai présenté le chou frisé ici.
Voici maintenant une recette rigolote à faire en utilisant vos mains (les enfants font adorer!)
Puisque les feuilles de chou frisé sont assez fibreuses et épaisses, le fait de les “masser” un certain temps avec de l’huile d’olive ou de l’avocat va les rendre plus tendres et plus digestes.

Le but du jeu est de découper les feuilles de kale en petits morceaux et de les masser en faisant en sorte que chaque morceaux soient bien imprégnés par l’huile ou l’avocat.

étape 1. Lavez et essorez bien vos feuilles de chou frisé.
étape 2. Préparez tous vos ingrédients. Retirez la tige épaisse de chaque feuille de kale et coupez en petits morceaux. Coupez le reste de vos légumes comme vous avez envie (en dés, en bâtonnets, en tranches…) Placez votre kale dans un saladier.
étape 3. Choisissez votre “huile de massage”: une huile végétale de type olive ou sésame ou alors un avocat bien mûr.
étape 4. Massez votre kale avec amour et tendresse pendant quelques minutes afin de bien imprégner chaque morceaux de kale.
étape 5. Ajoutez le reste des ingrédients et c’est prêt!

Voici ce que j’aime mettre dans ma “salade massée”:
– 1/2 botte de chou frisé
– 1 avocat de massage
– 1 échalote
– 1 poivron rouge coupé en petits morceaux
– quelques tomates cerises
– quelques graines de courge et de tournesol
– sel rose de l’Himalaya

Benefits of kale

I discovered kale when I was living in Brighton.

Brighton is a small British town just by the sea, rich in diversity and surprises.

It is there that I discovered “raw living foods” and my first raw chocolate bars !  Yes , yes RAW CHOCOLATE : healthy, delicious and good for you! (I feel that this will be the subject of an article in the near future… )

But if you don’t mind, let’s go back to our amazing kale!
For starters, it belongs to the cabbage family and has very curly, big and thick green leaves.

It is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat.

Kale is high in iron which is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

Kale is high in Vitamin K. which can help protect against various cancers. Vitamin K is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids.

Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

Kale is great for cardiovascular support and can help lower cholesterol levels.

Kale is high in Vitamin A great for your vision and your skin.

Kale is high in Vitamin C very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

Kale is high in calcium which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Kale is a great detox food because it is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

To make the most of all of the health benefits of kale, I recommend you eat it raw like in green smoothie, raw soups, salads and green juice.

Here is a nice juice recipe:

– 1 handful of kale leaves

– 1 small piece of fresh ginger

– a few fresh mint leaves

– half of a pineapple

Rinse the kale leaves; peel and chop the pineapple and put all the ingredients in the juicer.

Enjoy!