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Nutrition!

Are you happy with your diet?What does nutrition mean for you?  How important is to plan your nutrition?  How much time do you spend on finding new healthier recipes? Is there anything you would like to change about your food habits?

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Nutrition is very important part of our life like rest, exercise, fresh air, water, relationship with our Creator, temperance. It is essential to enrich yourself with body building foods. We need to find the right body fuel so that we could enjoy living. This will not only reduce the risk of common diseases but will empower us with good energy.

Let us remind ourselves what nutrients our bodies need:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace Minerals
  • Antioxidants and phytochemicals

And that brings us to the essential food groups that are:

Cereals and Grains Foundation of our diet! The best is wholegrain cereals and grains. They are rich in dietary fiber and complex of carbohydrates.
Fruits and Vegetables Should include a good balance of both, that are the richest sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds A wonderful source of protein along with minerals, vitamins, and other protective elements.
Dairy or fortified equivalents This is a vital source of important nutrients, including calcium and vitamin B12. If you are practicing vegan diet make sure you take it in a sufficient supplement form.
Fats, Oils, Sweets, and Salt These foods are required in a very small quantities. Chose unrefined products to get higher benefits.

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Please be aware that if you want to have a balanced plant-based diet it is very important to select a variety of foods color, texture and flavor. This ensures that a wide range of nutrients to support a healthy body and it will also give the pleasure of eating. Secondly, the food quality matters a lot. It is much more valuable to eat wholegrain and unrefined products because they are nutrient-dense. Otherwise you will be eating calorie-dense food that can increase your weight. Following that, it is important to balance your diet and the energy we expend during the day. Obesity is a great problem if we do not control our food intakes and physical activities.  There must be a balance for that. Next is moderation. There are foods that we should be taking in moderate quantities, like fats and salt. Finally, highly processed food has no nutritional value and should be avoided as much as possible like sodas, alcohol and coffee. You can make your own non-alcoholic cocktails, change coffee to substitutes made from roasted cereals like barley.

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It is simply fascinating that God gave such an abundance of good food for us! And he wants us to treasure our bodies that we could enjoy our relationship with each other and with him. Planning and eating only plant-based diet could take a good amount of time but once you find the right ingredients and recipes it becomes your lifestyle and easy way to maintain a healthy body. To add, there are so many vegetarian and vegan cafes nowadays that you could also enjoy your meal outdoors with friends and get inspired to try new recipes, new tastes.

Take your time to invest in your nutrition and experience a much happier life.

This Coconutty Dhal

It so nice to have guests. I know it takes time to prepare but I love this smell of clean house, fresh flowers on the table and amazing smells coming from the kitchen – mix of homemade bread, Indian spices and chocolate brownie.

Last week we had my husband’s relatives visiting us.  I wanted to spoil them and cook something Indian, to be even more specific South Indian dishes. To my own surprise, it came so deliciously gooooood! But particularly I was surprised by one dish that I am going to share with you just now. It is not really Indian dish but I used Indian ingredients so I guess it counts :)  This was the first time I made it and as an experiment it came amazing – well to my taste. Only I have to apologize for the pictures because I am eating left overs at the office, so the pictures are not so attempting as the food really is.

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So, this amazing recipe, I called Coconutty Dhal.  What do you need?

  • Red lentils (I used 500 gr)
  • 2 big onions
  • few slices of ginger
  • coconut milk (I used about 250ml)
  • two big sweet potatoes
  • salt
  • jeera seeds

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How does it cook? Firstly, fry chopped onions and ginger in the pan.  Let them roast nicely until the yellowish color. Prepare the sweet potato, grate it or chop it in cubes and add to the onions – let them soften. Please leave on a small fire that it would not burn.  While this is cooking, boil red lentils (add jeera seeds) for few minutes until it slightly softens and switch of the heating. Once the potato softens add dhal and coconut milk and let it cook on a small heat. Please stir often as dhal likes sticking on the pot. Add salt according to your flavour. The best is to keep overnight and eat it next day.

It goes very well with rice, buckwheat, mashed potato or simply bread. You will make a lot, but enjoy it for a week or freeze in the freezer.

Ps. I have not used any spices and the taste is very good. But please experiment your own flavours and share with us.

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Happy Coconutty Dhal’ing!

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Someone called it a birthday cake. Would I make it for my birthday? Maybe, but because I love lemon cakes. But if you are not a fan of sour tastes I guess you would go for another taste for your birthday.

Sour taste – oh, yes! I absolutely love deserts that is made from lemons and always try and experiment new recipes. This was adopted from The Stone Soup website. Thank you! I made it this week and couldn’t stop eating.

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Again we come to those recipes that requires only few ingredients rather than a huge list. Fewer ingredients dishes tend to be healthier. Of course, if they are not full of fat and sugar. Actually, this one has some of just mentioned. But I am working making it healthier. My brother always scared to eat my cakes because they are too ‘healthy’ for him.

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So our ingredients look like this:

180g butter

 70g of coconut butter

 250g brown sugar

2 eggs 

250g almond meal (flour)

zest of 2 lemons + 1/2 cup lemon juice (I squeezed two small lemons and one  small lime lemon)

2 table spoons of poppy seeds

1 tea spoon of baking powder

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Cream butter, coconut butter and sugar. Add eggs one at the time. Add almond flour, lemon zest, juice, baking powder and poppy seeds. Stir everything very well and add the batter to the tin covered with baking paper. Bake for 45 minutes. Leave it to cool in the tin. I didn’t have patience and tried while it was still warm. Oh, if was delicious. With some coconut, dairy free ice-cream! Oh, how delicious it was. But wait, the leftover cake I kept in the fridge and tried it cold. Wow, that was something so delicious that I didn’t taste for ages. My suggestion you have it cold, from the fridge. But what ever option you chose – it is so good. Forgot to mention – this cake is flourless!

Happy Thursday!

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I love green!

I love green colour! I can say that it is one of my favourite colours. What is your favourite colour?

If you been following my blog you might have found quite few green recipes. Here is again a green one. I found it recently and absolutely love it. I love cooking only from few ingredients therefore this recipe is even more tastier. At least for me.

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My husband says ‘If only we could improve the colour’ it would be even more amazing dish. Ha ha! I actually like this colour, it reminds me of forest grass colour. Oh, well, enough about the colours, let’s get the recipe here!

Ingredients:

Two large broccolis

A box of chestnut mushrooms

A large onion

Few cloves of garlic

Didn’t I tell you how simple the recipe sounds. And believe it or not but it tastes amazing. I didn’t use too much of seasoning – mainly caraway seeds, herbs like oregano, basil and salt. As simple as that.

Start cooking: fry garlic, then onions and mushrooms. Useful tip – you don’t need to chop everything very finely because at the end we will put the soup in the food processor and blend it. So chop so that could fit in the pot and fry. Once you smell a mushrooms you can add chopped broccoli. Add boiled water and boil together with herbs. Boil until broccoli gets soft. Let it cool and blend it all together. I also added few spoons of soya powder.  You can add some milk or cream also when you dish the soup on the plate. I served it with toasted bread and humous. Also added some seeds like roasted pumpkin seeds. To give some flavour you can add yeast flakes or grated cheese.

Enjoy and don’t by shy to add your extra flavour.

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Breakfast cookies

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal in the day, don’t we? Our super brains after the night sleep need energy and breakfast is a perfect way to boost them.  Not to speak about water – we start a day with a glass or two of water, isn’t it?  I love water and I usually keep my water bottles next to my bed so that once I wake up I could have a first sip of water and continue drinking until breakfast.

However, this time I am not going to talk much about breakfast but I would like to share an amazing recipe for breakfast which you can prepare in advance and enjoy in the morning. It is true that we all have very busy mornings and sometimes we leave breakfast aside. If we only spend some time in the evening or other part of the day that is less busy for us and prepare some food that we could eat during breakfast that would be perfect.

I always look for some healthy and very nutritious ways to start the day. Since summer we’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast. But at least from our experience it is not enough to keep you going until lunch. So I started doing nut balls and have few of them with smoothie.  Oh, such a delicious breakfast! But it is good to have a variety and I started thinking of making other types of ‘energy’ balls. And decided to improve my two ingredients biscuits recipe. Aaah, the result was stunning! I baked them on Wednesday, today the box is empty.

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It simply disappeared, I think not only eating at breakfast time. Few additional ingredients made them so delicious. I have to bake again and this time keep them in better place so that we could have mainly for breakfast. Why? Because it is so easy to have them with smoothie and no need to do any additional dishes.

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Let me remind you the recipe and those ‘magic’ few additional ingredients. We need:

2,5 cups oats

5 very bananas (better ripe)

1 cup of desiccated coconut

4 table spoons of coconut butter

pecan nuts

pumpkin seeds

2 table spoons of honey

First, I mix very well oats and coconut butter until you can’t see the butter. Then, I grate bananas; or you can smash with a fork, or use a hand blender. Thirdly, I add bananas to the oats mixture; again mix very well and add all remaining ingredients. Finally add honey and mix again. Once the dough is ready start making the cookies. Bake them for 15-20 mins at 170C temperature.

Happy breakfast! Happy Cookies! Happy weekend!

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Those nuts’ balls…

It is time to treat yourself. And not only yourself but also others. However, it is sooooo delicious that you might decide to keep somewhere secretly and enjoy only yourself.  My family absolutely loves them. We also call it energy balls that we take each or two every morning. AS they say it is a great way to start the day alongside homemade smoothie.

Nuts’ balls recipe was adapted from the Fit Food Finds website (thank you Lee). But it also added additional taste from me🙂 The recipe is very easy and it so much fun to do it with your children. It is a great way to spend some time together and also prepare something very delicious.

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Here is the recipe:

3/4 cups raw almonds

3/4 cups raw wallnuts

12/16 pitted medjool dates

4 table spoons all-natural peanut butter

3/4 cups grated coconut

Place the nuts on the pan and roast until you start feeling the smell of nuts. Then add more than half of the coconut to the pan and keep roasting together with nuts. Make sure you are roasting on a small heat because it is very easy to burn the nuts. You can also toast the nuts in the oven but always be near it as again it might burn too quickly. Once you roasted the nuts leave them to cool. Place the dates in the food processor and blend them very well. If you haven’t gotten medjool dates, but you have dried dates. You can use them too but before you should soak them in water. If you soaked them in water, do not forget to remove the water and let them dry properly. Then separately put nuts in the food processor and keep there until the nuts are finely chopped. Then add dates and finally peanut butter. Mix everything well – can do with food processor or with spoon either clean hands. Place remaining coconut on the plate then, start shaping nuts’ balls and roll them in coconut. All the balls put in the container and keep in the fridge.

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I wrote the ingredients however, I always mix and experiment. Recently I made these balls using macadamia, pecan nuts – tastes very good! I also added seeds – linseeds and sesame seeds. And you can always add more coconut because it is very healthy to our bodies.

One TIP: make sure you got powerful food processor because you will have to chop dates and nuts. I actually burnt mine. So learn from my mistake🙂

Enjoy it!

I simply can’t have enough of vegetables! I am visiting my parents now. They and my aunties got a garden where they grow organic vegetables. I simply can’t have enough of vegetables. It is time to harvest them and I enjoy it so much – carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsnips, courgettes, pumpkins, beans and many others. I love them raw, but I especially love them roasted in the oven. How do you usually roast your vegetables in the oven? I love it simply having with caraway seeds (so called Lithuanian cumin), salt and olive oil.  No need to add any additional seasonings because the vegetables are already so delicious. I start with hard vegetables and once they get softer I add softer vegetables like courgette, pumpkin. Again, let me say it load that I can’t have enough of my roasted vegetables!

How do you roast your vegetables – please share your yummy recipes.

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