Antioxidant-Rich Morning Smoothie

Antioxidants help our body in removing free radicals from the bloodstream and help against premature aging.

Antioxidants are essential for longevity and overall health. In addition to slowing the signs of aging, they help in preventing cancer, support the immune system, help in preventing heart diseases, reduce the risk of dementia and improve eye sight.

 

Ingredients:

3 Bananas

10 Fresh Dates

1 cup of Blueberries

2 Tbsp of Acai Powder

2 tsp OptiMSM Flakes

1 tsp Acerola Cherry Powder

1/2 cup of Oat Milk (or any other plantbased milk)

Water  as much as desired

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Social Anxiety and Fermented Foods

When hearing about social anxiety you probably think first about the mind and not the stomach. However, what is going on in our stomach is more important for our mental health than we think.

In a recent study researchers were investigating the connection between fermented foods, which contain probiotics and social anxiety. The main findings were that people who consumed fermented foods had indeed reduced social anxiety. Apparently microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.

It is well known that the enteric nervous system is in our gut and it is often referred to as our second brain. So can it be that a big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut?

Other Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

  • Aids digestion and improves bowel movement
  • Increases the absorption of nutrients
  • Facilitates weightloss
  • Increases immunity
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces risks of some cancers

 

Source:

Matthew R. Hilimire, Jordan E. DeVylder, Catherine A. Forestell. Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety: An interaction model. Psychiatry Research, 2015; 228 (2): 203 DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.023

Asian Style Tofu

This is a recipe for a very easy but delicious vegan Asian stir fry with tofu.

Ingredients:      4 portions

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250g Firm Tofu

100g Shiitake mushrooms

150g Mung beans

100g Snow peas

1 red Paprika

1 Celery Stick

2 Big Kale Leaves

100g Cashew Nuts

1 Big Tbsp Leek

1 Garlic Clove

3 Tbsp Mirin ( rice wine)

1 Tbsp Brown rice vinegar

3 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce

1-2 tsp Chinese 5 spice mix

250g  Rice (uncooked)

Directions:

I used coconut oil to fry the tofu for ca. 4 minutes. Until it is golden.

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The I added the garlic clove and all the other vegetables.  I fried the vegetables together with the tofu for ca. 7 minutes. At the same time I started to boil the rice.

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Then I added Mirin, brown rice vinegar and Tamari soy sauce. I mixed it together with all the vegetables.

 

 

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Then I added the Chinese 5 spice mix.

I stirred for a minute until the tofu and vegetables were nicely covered. Then I added the cashew nuts and stirred again for 1 minute.

Serve with the rice and enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pesto – Easy Raw Recipe

 

 

This pesto is super easy to make and delicious. I like to serve it with pasta but feel free to enjoy it the way you want to.

Ingredients

2-3 handful of fresh basil

2-3 handful of fresh parsley

3 garlic cloves, if you don’t like the taste of garlic use less

1/3 cup  ( 5 tbsp) seeds of your choice. I used some ready bought mix of different seeds

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 handful cashews ( soaked over night)

1/8 cup  ( 30 ml) apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup ( 80 ml) extra virgin olive oil

black pepper

 

Put everything in a blender and there you go.

Raw Vegan Tomato Sauce – Delicious and easy to prepare

A quick and simple delicious tomato sauce.  Feel free to change it up according to your taste!

Enough for 2 people if served with pasta.

Ingredients

6 tomatoes chopped

a handful of sun dried tomatoes chopped ( I prefer mine in olive oil but without salt)

100 ml ( ca 1/2 cup)  extra virgin olive oil  Or less if you prefer it more chunkier

1 tbsp fresh parsley

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

oregano, basil and pepper to taste

chili (optional)

 

Put everything in a food processor or blender, and there you go. Can be heated up if desired.

Love,

Lori