It's the season of 'sorry I can't, I'm lying in bed with a fever', I've decided to share a immune boosting calorie bomb smoothie recipe with you! I'm always kind of almost getting sick (you know that feeling when you know you need to rest, but you also need to pay the rent so you work anyway), and I keep my immune system up with yummy smoothies.
Food can be amazing medicine, if you know what you're doing! Stuffing your face with junkfood won't do the trick. The occasional burek is of course very welcome, but keep in mind that you have to EAT. YOUR. GREENS. Well, or drink them, for that matter. Ingesting healthy fats, fibre, protein, and vitamins & minerals (all in a caloric balance) is crucial to maintain a strong immune system.
A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away. Or you could go to bloat town. Depends on what you put in your smoothie :D
The one I had for breakfast today can be a bloater if you have too much of it, though! So make sure to follow the quantities. Only fruit & no veggies isn't the best option. But today I really craved a super sweet, fruity smoothie, and I really felt like I needed the vitamins (and ginger. mostly I needed ginger.) I was feeling like I could be catching the flu or a cold, so I decided it was time for a head-first dive into this anti-inflammatoy immune boosting smoothie.
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 tsp turmeric
ginger root (to taste, A LOT)
& FOR THE TOPPINGS:
1 (big) tbsp peanut butter
Talk soon, have a beautiful evening!
I'm finally posting this homemade peanut butter recipe! As a result of my NY resolution (quitting sugar) I needed to start making PB at home, since most of the store-bought ones contain added sugar. So. After thorough research I concluded that:
1. the consistency of the butter depends on the peanuts
2. roasting peanuts at home is the best option
3. a lot of salt loves a lot of honey
After a couple of attempts I realized it is almost impossible to create the same consistency twice (even if you're using the same peanuts!), so it's best to gradually add as much oil as you need to get the consistency you like. I prefer a more 'runny', creamy texture, so I added more oil and honey. Here's how I made my last batch (and the best so far):
Let me know in the comments if you decide to try it out!
I really wanted to post a video on my YouTube channel today, but since I've been sick for almost a week now I haven't managed to film it. I think I got sick mainly because I quit sugar, and it was a big shock for my body. Now I see even more how much damage sugar did. You don't get sick if you quit broccoli now, do you? Jokes aside, I haven't been so sick in over three years, so there's no doubt sugar plays a big role in my flue-like symptoms now. I'll be super grateful if someone who's had the same or similar experience would share how they coped in this situation! Anyway, I've been good, and in spite of not feeling well, cooked a lot. I shared this bowl on my story last week and a lot of you guys asked for the recipe. Nothing difficult, here's how I put it together:
-I hard-boiled 2eggs,
-cooked some black rice
-roasted 1/2 zucchini on olive oil,
-steamed some broccoli,
-and roasted chickpeas on olive oil seasoned with turmeric.
The 'dressing' is
-1tbsp olive oil,
-a squeeze of lemon juice,
-salt, and pepper.
I hope to be up & about soon, so I can shoot some outfits and vlog a bit again!! And most importantly, go to the gym and teach pilates, I miss that so much!
Have a lovely evening guys!
So today's breakfast was so super yummy I have to share it with you asap. Yesterday evening I got a terrible craving for something sweet, and since I quit rafined sugar I had to figure something else out. So I put together this amazing banana bread recipe. Not to brag, but I think it really is the best one I ever made :D
Anyway, I hope you try it out! Here's how:
I topped it with peanut butter and honey or jam, coconut chips, various seeds, and some fresh mango. But I'm sure it works just as well with anything else (cream cheese, chocolate spread, greek yogurt, other fresh fruit,..).
And voila, that's it!
Yesterday I posted this yummy breakfast on Instagram, and so many of you asked for the recipe I decided to post it here (: But first, a quick recap of my last three days (first three days of no sugar!). The first day was ok. Nothing special, of course little chocolate cravings but that's about it. I was feeling so motivated and determined, and that just keeps growing by the day! The second day started good, but in the afternoon my stomach begun to hurt really badly, and I got the worst headache! I realized my body noticed something's different. This is exactly why I needed to quit sugar. Hurting if I don't get it isn't ok! It means I really am addicted, and I did the right thing cutting it off! Today, on day three, the headache is still here (going strong, I mean gtfo!!), but I hope it will start to fade tomorrow. Otherwise I had no sugar cravings yet, and that's so awesome! Although I am noticing flue-like symptoms, I believe that's just because my addicted body is fighting back trying to convince me I am not well without the sugar. We'll see what tomorrow brings! I'm feeling optimistic (:
Ok now the recipe:
FOR THE PORRIDGE
-1cup rolled oats
-2tbsp chia seeds
-1tsp ground turmeric
-a pinch of salt
Bring to a boil in 1 1/2cup water.
Mix strawberry protein powder (or any falvour of protein for that matter) with 1/2cup curd and add to the bowl beside the porridge. Top with 1tbsp peanut butter, frozen raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, fresh mango, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and coconut chips.
And voila, that's it! Let me know if you try it out!
Have a lovely evening guys,
talk soon, x