Smoothie of the week

So every week now, I try to change up my weekly smoothie. I’ll usually stick to a smoothie recipe I am really loving until I get tired of it. This week it’s been Spinach, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, coconut water, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and a spoonful of  Organic Green Superfood powder ( for the additional greens ). I think from now on, every Friday I will be posting a smoothie recipe…and call it smoothie of the week. I would love for you to join me and share your smoothie of the week as well.

Ingredients

  • Cup of mixed berries ( Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries )
  • Cup of Coconut Water
  • Cup of Baby spinach
  • Tablespoon of Chia Seed
  • Tablespoon of Hemp Seed
  • Tablespoon of Green Super Green powder ( Goes by the brand of Sun food )

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  • Now once you have all your ingredients, go ahead and blend it all up.

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  • I know, it doesn’t look appetizing at all! But hey, don’t judge a book by it’s cover!  I guarantee though that it tastes delicious and it is super packed with nutritious goodness that your body will surely thank you!

 

Spiced Butter Masala Broccoli&Mushroom

New York City weather is driving me insane. These past few days, it’s been chilly. Sun will  come out now and then. I just want it to be consistently warm! It is already may after all! I have also been really congested lately. Maybe it has to do with the weather..I don’t know. But I do know one thing for sure! Eating abundance of spicy foods surprisingly helps with the congestion! I have been eating variety of dishes that include lot’s of spices and herbs. I am going to be sharing with you my latest favorite super simple spiced dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • mushrooms
  • broccolli
  • 1 cup quinoa ( I used tricolor )
  • Maya Kaimal Butter Masala ( in the flavor of creamy tomato & ginger )
  • Curry powder / Turmeric/Paprika/Salt/Black pepper

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  • Sautee your mushrooms until they are soft, and then add in your garlic and the broccoli.

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  • Now go ahead and add your curry powder, black pepper, turmeric
  • In a separate pot of pan, place 2 cups of water and add in your choice of cup of quinoa. Let it cook until all the water has been absorbed. ( usually 20 mins )
  • When your broccoli has started to look soft, add the butter masala into the pan and let it cook on medium to low heat for about 10 minutes.

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  • Once your quinoa is done as well as the vegetables, transfer to a dish and enjoy!

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Hum-muse

Middle eastern cuisine is actually one of my favorite. I have been a pescatarian for about 2 years now. The only exception is I have cut out all other fish except salmon! From now and then, I will have myself a helping of a salmon dish. I love that the middle eastern cuisine is very friendly in incorporating lot’s of vegetarian  ( and can easily be adjusted vegan with few swaps here and there ) friendly meals. I am all about herbs and fresh produce. I love falafels, tabouleh, vegetable kebabs, bread soaked in olive oil, spanakopita..the list could go and on.

Oh, yes, I didn’t forget about HUMMUS! Hummus dressings, warm pita drenched in hummus spread, celery and carrots dipped in hummus, hummus scooped by the spoon    ( Yes, I do that when I am telling myself to lay off the carbs a bit ) Living in New York city kind of got me spoiled. All around New York City, is full of amazing middle eastern and mediterranean restaurants with some nice twists of hummus dishes. I recently came across a nice big can of Garbanzo beans in my cupboard and the first thing that came to my head was to attempt to make a simple hummus dish! I totally saw, came, and conquered! All I will ever need is this hummus recipe! It was super quick to make and I am going to share my simple recipe with you all. Go and get yourself some nice fat warm doughy pita bread. You won’t regret it.

Ingredients 

  • Cup of Garbanzo/chick peas ( I used can version )
  • 1 whole slice lemon
  • Cumin/Black pepper/Paprika/Sea salt
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves ( not pictured )
  • Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • Cup tahini ( sesame seed paste )

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  • So, first thing you do is put the tahini inside the food processor ( or blender ) and squeeze your lemon and mix ( 30 seconds ) until you see the mixture has gotten creamy
  • Add in some  olive oil and mix again for 30 seconds
  • Now, Add your garbanzo beans, your spices, and fresh garlic, some more olive oil and mix for about 1 minute or until the mixture becomes creamy.

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  • Now, I just transfer the hummus goodness to a bowl and finish garnishing it with lots of olive oil for my pita bread that’s getting toasted.

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Deodorants stink

So this will mark my 9th month of not applying aluminum based deodorant. The mainstream deodorants out there are heavily toxic! They all include ” Aluminum ” which is a metal and it is used in deodorants to temporarily block your sweat glands from perspiration. Your underarm pores are visible and overtime, all that medal seeps through your pores. Sweating is good for the body! It’s your bodies way of ridding itself out of toxins. Instead, millions of people have been brainwashed that sweat is bad and that we must slather our armpits with antiperspirant deodorant. It’s pretty sad really how we have been brainwashed. Commercialized deodorants also have been linked to breast cancer, and many other diseases.

Don’t you want to be on the safer side? It’s only common sense that if you feed yourself right, you should also want to treat your appearance as well with the right things like haircare products, skincare products..etc. Really, just be mindful on the products you do use on your body. If the ingredients on the back just sound too hard to pronounce, then ditch that product out and find a natural alternative.

I’ll admit, the process was and is still scary. I am a huge sweater. Like, I can sweat even without doing any hard work. I haven’t personally found a deodorant that REALLY works for me yet. The journey still continues. Here are some of the ones I have tested out. I will rate them from top to least favorites.

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  1. Primal Pit paste ( Lavender ) – This is the one I am currently been wearing at the moment. It has a subtle scent, not at all overpowering and seems to only work half the day and you have to reapply again. I would give this a 7.5
  2. Schmidts ( Bergamot – Lime ) –  This has a really nice lemony scent. The thing I don’t like about this deodorant is it makes my underarm itch. A little product goes a long away. If I put too much, it starts clumping. I would give this a 5
  3. Zatik ( Lavendar sage ) – This smells okay. It’s advertised as a lavender scent but I don’t get much of that scent. It smells very plain. Doesn’t do the job at all at keeping the sweating or smell at bay. I would give this a 4
  4. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream ( citrus ) – I liked using it at first but the application just annoyed me. I’d get my hands dirty because you have to apply it with your hands and the citrus smell just did not work with my body chemistry at all. I would give this a 3.5
  5. Kiss my Face ( Patchouli ) – I envisioned the smell to be nice and subtle. The smell was just so overpowering and it bothered me. I would give this a 2
  6. Jasons ( Fresh cucumber ) – JUST NO.NO.NO.NO. Smells absolutely horrible. Would not suggest to anyone. I don’t know how this was advertised as fresh cucumber? Gave this a zero.

Have anyone of you lovely readers tested any of these deodorants or have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your feedback!

Savory Breakfast Plate

I try to personally not eat eggs all the time. At the moment, I am cutting down my intake of animal/ dairy products. I will have eggs when I have a craving for them which is usually once every other week. I try to not eat them often due to ethical reasons and when I do eat them, I always get cage free eggs. I don’t have access to a local farm as I live in the city but I do try my best to purchase humane ones as possible.

This morning I woke up and was conflicted on what I should eat for breakfast. I didn’t particularly have a taste for anything. I looked inside my fridge and I saw that my mushrooms had to be eaten as soon as possible or else they’d go bad. I had spinach. I also had eggs. So I whipped up a really quick and simple yet nutritious breakfast.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Baby spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cumin/Salt/Pepper/Yellow mustard/Avocado ( to top )

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  • Heat some olive oil in a pan, place the mushrooms and let it cook until all the water content from the mushrooms have disappeared.
  • Add the chopped garlic, black pepper, cumin, salt, cherry tomatoes and the baby spinach and let it sautee for about 6 minutes.

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  • Now go ahead and boil the eggs and once done, set it on a plate. I love eating hard boiled eggs with yellow mustard and top it off with an avocado ( I had about half an avocado that was about to go bad so I used the rest of it )

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Refreshing Middle Eastern Salada

It’s such a warm sunny day here in New York City. I love all the yearly seasons. My favorite would have to be warm weather. I just love the sunshine, smelling beautiful flowers, and drinking and eating refreshing food. I find myself wanting to eat salads more, juicy fruits, and eating raw meals instead of cooked.

Today I have a refreshing delicious salad that is super simple to make and simply easy to accompany any main dish you have. It seriously is good topped on anything! Sandwiches, eggs, rice,..the list can go on and on.  This is a middle eastern revised tabbouleh salad without any bulgur.

Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes ( I personally used cherry tomatoes because thats what I have at the moment )
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Fresh Lemon or lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar/ Vinegar
  • Salt/Black pepper

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  • Once you have gathered all your ingredients, go ahead and chop them up..you can chop it fine or as you can see, I don’t mind them chunky.
  • Place all the ingredients in a nice big bowl, add the squeezed lemon, salt/pepper for taste and add your choice of vinegar. I’d suggest to place it in the fridge for 30 minutes just so the flavors can marinate!

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Delicious 4 Healthy Ingredient Cocoa Ball

It’s a lovely day and I am here to present you with a delicious guilt free indulgent snack! They are super delicious, includes only 4 simple natural ingredients, and is very quick to make! No baking required! These are the perfect sized snack to eat whenever you want instant energy and all the ingredients are sure to keep you satisfied for hours!

INGREDIENTS

Medjool dates
Cup Cocoa Powder
Huge spoonful of Almond butter
Huge spoonful of hemp hearts
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Now that you have gathered all your ingredients, put everything into the food processor  (if you don’t have one, you can use the blender )
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Now turn that food processor, and MIX MIX MIX

Doesn’t that just look simply beautiful?! So now you’ll have a thick smooth sticky mixture, and all you need to do now is assemble them into little balls or however size you want them.  Once you have put all the mixture into portion sized balls, you can then also dust the balls with some more cocoa powder and put them into the fridge for about 30 minutes to get more a solid shape but it’s not a necessity! Now pop one into your mouth and enjoy!
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It literally only takes about less than 5 minutes and you have yourself a delicious healthy snack!

My favorite body wash!

So, I want to talk bout body wash! Particularly my recent favorite body wash by the brand OMSHE AROMATHERAPY. I happened to stroll around Marshalls in Brooklyn, New York and decided to pick up a bottle of the shower gel since the ingredients seemed natural and smelled so good. I really love that it has organic essential oil blends. Ever since I have finished my first bottle, I have went out and purchased more bottles and have been really satisfied using them. I can’t pick a favorite because they are just uniquely one of a kind. Since it’s been getting warmer out, I am really enjoying the mango coconut oil scent. It smells too delicious! What is your currently favorite body wash/gel at the moment?

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