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Energy Bites

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This is one of my favorite recipes and snacks.

When I’m craving something sweet, these are the perfect Bite! They’re sweet, gooey, they satisfy any sweet tooth and they’re actually good for you, couldn’t be better!

The recipe is very easy, you’ll need a food processor and a few ingredients:

1 cup of Dates

1/2 cup of Almonds

1 tbsp of Chia seeds

1 tbsp of Flax seeds

1 tbsp of Cacao powder

1/2 tbsp of Coconut oil

1 or 2 tbsp of Water

(I didn’t, but you can also add 1 tbsp of peanut butter, tastes amazing!)

Blend the almonds for 1 minute until the consistency is almost flour like, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend for another minute until a sticky dough forms.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls. You can keep them in the fridge for a week.

p.s. I doubled the recipe and made about 20 little balls

Enjoy!

With Love, Sara

My favorite Super Foods

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Being healthy, and a having a healthy lifestyle in general, has become a huge part of my life. I have more energy, I’m happier and I feel much better in general.

So today I wanted to share my favorites Super Foods with you. 

I’m not going to go through every single benefit these seeds/powders provide, but the ones that are important to me, and also how I normally use these so called ”Super Foods”.

I think Chia Seeds were the first ones I tried. I remember searching for super foods and Chia seeds were everywhere, they’re amazing for for us, and here are some of their benefits:

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

I like to use Chia seeds in smoothies, I allways put them in at the end because I really like their texture. When I don’t drink smoothies I just throw them on my salad (I’ll be posting a recipe for my favorite Quinoa Salad). I recently also made a strawberry Jam (with no refined sugar, I can share that recipe too) and the Chia seeds were perfect to give that jam like texture.

Flax seeds are full of Fiber, they contain both the soluble and insoluble types. I mostly like to throw them in salads or just sprinkle them on rice, they’re also an amazing substitute of eggs in recipes (just mix some seeds with a bit of water and voila!)

I just bought Hemp seeds a few weeks ago, I like the taste and I heard a lot of good things about them. I like to sprinkle them on fruits and also salads (I sprinkle everything on Salads). They’re full of good fats, and contain more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food. They are also rich in Vitamin E, which is amazing for your skin.

Finally Matcha tea, this is a Japanese green tea powder, usually used in tea ceremonies. This is my morning coffee (I actually love coffee but in Germany the coffee is completly different from the coffee in Portugal, and I’m still not used to it), I’m gonna leave some of the benefits here because I don’t really hear that much about Matcha:

Among its many health benefits, Matcha..

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

To drink Matcha tea, you just have to boil a bit of water, add about 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder and mix it very well, that’s it!

These are my favorites seeds and powders. The next Super Food that I really want to try is Maca powder, I heard it’s really good to regulate the female Hormones, which is always a good thing :p

With Love,

Sara

 

Creamy Vegan Avocado Pesto

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I love cooking, and specially healthy vegan recipes, and today I will share my pesto recipe.

It’s vegan, which means this recipe doesn’t have Parmesan cheese (which is usually the only non vegan ingredient). It contains only natural and good fats from the avocado.

Let’s start!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1/3 of a cup of Pine nuts, 50 grams (if you’re allergic you can use other nuts, like walnuts, or just leave them out)
  • 1 big handful of fresh Basil leaves, 30g
  • 1 or 2 cloves of Garlic, depending on their size
  • Fresh Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Avocado
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Now it’s really easy!

Tear all the Basil leaves from the stem, peel the garlic and juice the whole lemon.

In a food processor or blender mix all ingredients but the avocado and blend. When in the right consistency add the avocado (this will replace the oil) and blend again, finally add salt and pepper to taste. I usually leave the avocado until the end just to make sure the rest blends really well.

I normally eat this pesto with wholegrain Spelt Pasta, because my boyfriend is Gluten intolerant. I also like to add some fresh chopped tomatoes on top. Enjoy! 

With Love,

Sara