Friday Delights

Happy Friday!

 

Any plans for Mother’s Day? Mother’s are so special, and definitely have one of the hardest jobs. I’m lucky to have a mama who always let’s me know she’s close even though she lives in another hemisphere. She’s a special lady, with one of the biggest hearts, and is someone I continue to learn from everyday. Here are a few delights that I have on mind in honor of Mother’s Day:

parents

(my parents <3)

1) This recipe for Raw Chocolate Brownies. My mom would probably roll her eyes and say “let’s just make the real thing”, but I have a feeling she wouldn’t turn these down… Chocolate is chocolate.

2) Tulips, mine and my mom’s favorite. I know it’s Autumn here in South Africa, but to me Mother’s Day means spring flowers, specifically Tulips. How gorgeous is this arrangement? Tulips, green snowball viburnums, peonies, and geraniums.

3) This cocktail… Blood Orange Tyme Paloma. I love a good Paloma, but this is a lovely spin and perfect for a sunny lunch.

4) Ceviche. I would love to share my mom’s recipe for this delicious Peruvian dish, but she has yet to share it with me! It’s such a tasty, fresh, and healthy dish, I could eat it daily.

5) This video. No words, just watch it.

 

Before I go… A little cuteness overload. Check out our little house guests! Their new mom (Matt’s mom) will be collecting them this weekend, but she might have to pry them out of my arms.
puppies

 

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to give your mamas some love 🙂

 

xo,

Natalia

 

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Chocolate: The most important food group

I’m baaaaaaaaack! Yikes! Sorry for my absence, lots and lots of stuff happening over here and unfortunately the bloggie got pushed to the side 😦 but onwards and upwards, let’s get to the exciting little treat I’m sharing today. I’m a boring breakfast gal, I like my fruit and coffee and that’s it. Matt (le boyfriend) is so much better at breakfast than me and does this overnight oats concoction with all kinds of superfoods mixed in. Sometimes I get jealous and sneak a few bites, but I always go back to fruit. Anyway, this morning I was feeling adventurous and decided to make my own version using chocolate Sun Warrior. I always thought protein powder was reserved for those who are interested in building some serious muscle. Then I realized, as a wannabe vegan, I’m not getting much protein any way so a little extra can’t hurt. Sun Warrior is of the raw vegan variety and the ingredients are phenomenal (hemp seed protein, pea protein, cranberry protein, and so on). This recipe is a delicious little breakfast, but also a perfect pre/post workout snack. It hit the chocolate craving sweet spot and I will definitely be making it again. After all, chocolate is the most important food group. Right?

chocolate chia pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

serves 1

1/2 scoop of Chocolate Sun Warrior

1 TBS of chia seeds

1/2 TBS hemp seeds

1 TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably raw cacao but I didn’t have any)

coconut milk

dash of sea salt

 

Place the chia seeds and hemp seeds in a small bowl and cover with coconut milk. Leave to thicken for at least 15 minutes (preferably over night). Then mix in the Sun Warrior, salt and cocoa, if the mixture is too thick add a bit of water until you reach your desired consistency. I find Sun Warrior sweet enough, but feel free to add a bit of stevia/honey/agave if your sweet tooth calls. Devour.

 

Enjoy your Monday!

 

xo,

Natalia

20 healthy swaps

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You know that whole “it’s not about dieting, it’s about changing your lifestyle” thing? Well, it’s 100% true if you’re looking for something long-lasting and sustainable.  A healthy clean diet goes hand-in-hand with sustainable and green living as it primarily cuts out the crap. The best way to approach this is to look at your current diet and find room for improvement, without completely shocking it. Baby steps. Here are my top 20 healthy swaps:

 

Swap this…. ….for that!

1. Sugar

Xylitol, brown sugar, raw sugar or stevia
2. Salt

Try to cut down on salt in general, but if you must then go for something higher quality like Himalayan, Sea or Kalahari salts

3. Generic honey

Agave, High quality maple syrup or raw organic Honey. Most honeys off the shelf are not that great for you, so try to use sparingly in general

4. Milk Chocolate

Dark chocolate, 70% or higher

5. Cooking oils

Coconut oil or a pat of butter

6. Margarine or any oil-based spreads

Butter. Butter trumps any of that processed crap that they claim is “better” for you. Just use sparingly.

7. Cous Cous

Quinoa or Millet

8. Bread Gluten free bread (read labels though, sometimes that stuff comes with processed nonsense) or lettuce/cabbage cups
9. White rice

Brown or Wild rice

10. Salad dressing

Balsamic, Raw Apple Cider vinegar, or lemon juice with a bit of olive oil

11. White potato

Sweet potato

12. Pasta

Gluten-free pastas (there are varieties, some are even made from brown rice) or spiralized vegetables like zucchini or sweet potato

13. Chips and salty snacks

air-popped popcorn

14. Cow’s milk and Soy milk

Nut/seed milks, rice milk, coconut milk or oat milk (just read labels carefully if store-bought)

15. Cream in warm dishes

Coconut cream

16. Mayonnaise

Mashed avocado

17. Cereal/Oatmeal

Steel-Cut, rolled, unprocessed oats

18. Ice Cream

blended frozen bananas
19. Chocolate sauce

Melt natural peanut butter with a bit of cocoa powder and raw honey, or melt cacao nibs with raw honey

20. Peanut Butter

Other nut butters (like almond or cashew) are better for you, but peanut butter is fine as long as it is natural. When buying a nut butter just check the label and make sure the nuts are the only ingredient aside from maybe a bit of salt.

 

*note: honey is not technically vegan, but I prefer raw honey to agave so it’s mentioned quite a bit here. If you are vegan, just replace raw honey with a good quality agave or high grade maple syrup.

Enjoy your Thursday and see you tomorrow for another Friday Delights post 🙂

 

xo,

Natalia