/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!

Health benefits of FRESH JUICE

For over five years now, I have been regularly enjoying fresh fruit and vegetable juices and I must say that the benefits for my overall health and vitality are impressing!

In our fast-paced society we often sacrifice health for what is easiest and quickest often failing to meet the recommended daily allowances for a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Take potassium for example, it is a very important mineral necessary for the heart, kidneys and other organs to function properly, and helps regulate blood pressure.

The best way to address these deficiencies is to include a variety of fresh organic fruits and vegetables in your diet as well as JUICING.
When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables.

Why juicing ?
When you process the fruits and vegetables through a juicer, the juicer extracts all the fluids and nutrients from the solids.
Fresh juices are quickly digested and assimilated by the body.
Fresh juice is digested in a matter of minutes, with very little effort giving the digestive system a well deserved break. This means once you consume your fresh juice, the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (plant chemical compounds, like resveratrol, a natural cancer killer) and antioxidants are immediately available to your cells and tissues.

When to juice ?
It is best to drink the juices as soon as they are pressed preferably on an empty stomach (30 minutes before your main meals).
And remember, FRESH juice not only contains greater nutritional value, it contains LIFE! Fresh pressed juice is like drinking a natural vitamin filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants which are vital for optimal health. Bottled juices are pasteurised which means they are heated and processed which can destroy vitamins and minerals.

Here are some more benefits of juicing:

❊ Easy assimilation
❊ Extremely hydrating
❊ Promotes alkalinity
❊ Cleans and detoxifies
❊ Promotes clarity of mind
❊ Blast of antioxidants
❊ Consistent natural energy
❊ Healthy hair, nails and clear skin
❊ Preventative medicine (anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory…)
❊ Better sleep

With all these benefit I highly recommend you start including this wonderful habit in your daily routine and if you don’t have one already, get yourself a juicer!

Wake Me Up Green Juice Recipe (Serves 1)
– 1 small organic pear
– 2 small organic green apples
– 2 small organic carrots
– 1 inch ginger root
– 1 large bunch of fresh raw organic spinach
Wash all of the ingredients. Chop pear, apples, carrots and push all ingredients through your juicer.


/ Fresh fig mandala

Autumn gave me a lot of fresh figs this year! They remind me of my childhood and my mother’s country Syria, which is unfortunately going through a rough and challenging phase… But I have faith in life and in human beings and somehow I know that the light will always reach the darkest corners.

Fresh figs for me are a subtle blend of soft sweetness that amazes my taste buds each time i bite into them.

I love the combination of figs and apples. When I top it all with a simple banana cream, it’s amazing!

What a beautiful and healthy way to start your day.

❊ Grate 2 medium apples ( I love the slightly sour ones) and put in a bowl;

❊ Use your blender to mix two ripe bananas with a tablespoon white almond butter or sesame butter (tahini) with a pinch of vanilla. Pour the banana cream over your grated apples;

❊ Gently rinse your fresh figs and cut into small pieces. Lay them meditatively on top of the apple-banana mix and create a small mandala in your bowl!