Delicious raw vegan fruit cream

Ingredients:

– 3 or 4 bananas

– 3 or 4 medium sized apples

– 80 g dates

– optional: a dash of cinnamon

Blend the fruits. You can add the cinnamon in the blender or sprinkle over the cream after you put it in a bowl.

If you don’t have the best blender in the world, I recommend soaking the dates for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. This way you can make the perfect cream.

raw vegan fruit cream

Divine!

Vegan chocolate cream

chocolate cream

Ingredients (for one):

– 3 bananas (+/- – your choice)

carob (2 hefty tsp)

– optional: rice/oat drink/coconut milk/coconut water (2 to 4 dl) or water

– optional: something for decoration (coconut flakes, nuts, etc.)

 

Blend all the ingredients and pour it in a bowl. That’s it. 🙂

vegan chocolate cream

Amazingly, carob makes the whole thing taste even more chocolatey than using actual cacao. The reason carob is the better choice, I have explained in this post. Be cautious about this, specially if you’re preparing this meal for some little ones. Continue reading

Speedy energy boost breakfast: raw cacao-banana shake. And the effects of raw cacao

Ingredients:

– 2 bananas (small to midsize)

raw cacao (1 tsp)

– rice/oat drink/coconut milk or coconut water (2 to 4 dl)

Blend all the ingredients. The amount of cacao depends on how strong you want the drink/meal to be. Pour in a glass and it’s done!

Be careful – if you don’t drink coffee, this will be too strong for the first meal of the day. Cacao acts as a stimulant and might have some negative effects on the body throughout the day. Continue reading

Short workouts with great results

I have been following Zuzka Light for some years now and she has the best exercises I’ve ever come across, perfect for executing at home, requiring very little time, space or equipment.

If, like me, you quickly get bored of repeating the same exercises, these are just perfect for us and for anyone, really. If you don’t get bored that easily, you can always repeat the one you like, as many times as you like. Be careful not to do it to much, though. Moderation is key.

It’s best to do these exercises every morning. I do them before eating (I don’t eat breakfast, taking into account the natural cycle of metabolism – more about this in one of the future posts) and, if I have time, one more round in the evening. The result is – you feel incredible and look accordingly.

The best thing is, we can moderate them to be as easy or as challenging as we want. And they’re free, no fitness membership needed!

Here are some of my favourite exercises, together targeting the whole body, all muscle groups.

Something to begin with:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DLCbupFN3Y&list=TL0HYQvS9Fd68xOTAyMjAxNg

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“Tooth paste”, baking soda and coconut oil

benefits of oil pulling and using baking soda

A while ago I promissed to write about how to make our own tooth paste using baking soda. I was testing this for a good few months and here’s what I foud out…

It’s not a DIY tooth paste tutorial, but it can (and should) replace the usual toothpaste once or a couple of times a week. What I do is, once or max twice a week I brush my teeth using baking soda. Just put a small amount on the toothbrush and brush normally. The teeth are incredibly smooth and you’re left with a fresh taste in your mouth. As it is well known, baking soda has an abrasive effect on the enamel, hence only once or twice a week. It’s supposed to have a bleaching effect too. But I haven’t noticed this after almost a year of practicing.

The other thing is coconut oil. This method I use every morning after first brushing my teeth. It’s supposed to be done before, but I can’t. Anyway, make sure to use organic virgin coconut oil. Take about ½ coffee spoon (some work their way up to a tablespoon) and swish the oil around in the mouth slowly. Make sure that oil reaches all parts of the mouth. Do this for ten to twenty minutes, gradually try to work up to twenty minutes. This oil then contains bacteria and toxines from the mouth so do not swallow. Spit all of it out when done (in the toilet) and rinse your mouth well with water.

oil pulling

Besides antibacterial and detox effects, practicing this is also supposed to make teeth whiter. Though the latter’s not working for me either, I do however feel very good after doing this. Healthier.

The exact antibacterial mechanism of the action of coconut oil is supposedly still unclear. But it was hypothesized that monolaurin and other medium chain monoglycerides can alter bacterial cell walls, penetrate and disrupt cell membranes, inhibit enzymes involved in energy production and nutrient transfer, leading to the death of the bacteria. Mostly aerobic, but it also affects some anaerobic strains (including some lactic acid bacteria).

In case of having any infections in the mouth, you should benefit greatly from both of the mentioned methods .

Reference:

http://asiaph.org/admin/img_topic/6096Sroisiri.pdf