MATCHA LATTE

'GREEN GOODNESS'

  • 1 tsp green matcha powder
  • Hot water 
  • 1 cup oat or almond milk

Extras:

  • Maca powder or tocos
  • Coconut butter
  • Cinnamon powder
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The green goodness, Matcha... this Japanese green tea powder is full with antioxidants. If you are addicted to coffee this is a good option to change the habit and get a "morning quick" that also supports your metabolism.

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In a saucepan heat a cup of milk. Add 1 small tea spoon of matcha powder in a cup. Pour hot water in the cup, just enough quantity to mix with the powder approx. 1/4 cup. It is important to have a matcha mixer (a bamboo tea whisk) or similar to mix the green powder tea with the hot water properly. Before adding the milk, a tip it is to use a foam maker or a hand mixer to create some foam, like a "latte" style. Now add the hot milk and it is ready!

If you want to make it more as a drink, either cold or warm, you can add the milk, matcha and the extras (maca powder, coconut butter, cinnamon powder...) and mix all together in a blender.

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GREEN SPICY JUICE & HERBAL SALT

'A GREEN START!'

Green Spicy Juice:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green jalapeño
  • 1 lime
  • Fresh ginger

Herbal Salt Scrub:

  • 4 tbsp sea salt
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp almond oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops lime or grapefruit essential oil

Let's have a "Green start"! I am very excited about this new Year... i am up for for new experiences, learning and growing. For being inspired and inspire others. To develop new projects and take In the Making in a fresh and new direction. 

That is why i brought something extra into this post. Food is also what you put on your skin. The skin absorbs all you put on it. You can make organic beauty products in an easy and environmental friendly way. This herbal scrub, good for circulation, it is detoxifying and might help with water retention and cellulite. 

Inspiration is what brings colour into our lives. There are so many creative people, full of passion and curiosity that share with us their ideas, art, knowledge... and those things 'wake up' some interest in ourselves to learn, to create, to try new things....

I got inspired by the Moon Juice Cookbook, to make the juice. It is a book with original recipes of juices, nut milks combos, healthy snacks, simple meals, superfood sweet treats... very artsy photos and lots of authenticity. Love it!

To make the herbal scrub, place the sea salt, almond oil in a bowl. Mix. Chop thinly, the fresh mint leaves. Add the leaves into the bowl and the essential oils. Combine to make the scrub. Transfer the scrub mix into a clean jar or airtight container. Store in a dry, cool place for up to 5 months. 

To make the Green Spicy Juice, feed all the ingredients into a juicer. Stir, and place in the fridge to cool down before serving.

TEA CEREMONY

'LOVE IN A JAR TO GIVE AWAY'

CRAFTY GIFT IDEAS

Floral Dust:

  • 1 cup chamomile flowers
  • ¼ cup  lavender flowers
  • 2-3 tbsp rose petals

Sweet Forest:

  • ½ cup chrysanthemum flowers
  • ¼ cup moringa leaves
  • ¼ cup lemongrass leaves

Orange Zen:

  • ½ cup green rooibos
  • ¼ cup calendula flowers
  • 1 tbsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tbsp dried orange peel

In this time of the year we use to consume and spend much more because we imagine in our head that "we have a free pass for it" as it is Christmas. Sometimes even we caught ourselves thinking why did i eat so much...? why did i buy this...? or we feel the need that we have to jump into the streets and go shopping. With all the crazy stuff that are going on now a days, i thought that maybe this year we could make some presents to give away instead of buying random things... Who doesn't love tea? You can make your favourite blends adding spices as cardamom pods, vanilla bean, saffron, cloves, dried lemon or orange peal... Pack the tea blends in glass jars, decorate them with leaves, flowers, or a personal note... It is just an example of all the things you can make: granola jars, chocolate bars, hazelnut nutella, savoury seed & nuts toppings, chocolate truffles... and the list go on. Crafty gifts made with lots of love!

"Flowers can help you to restore from inside- out"

Chamomile, helps with digestion, bring calmness, is antibacterial...

Lavender, it soothes the nerve system (anxiety and stress), restores skin, treat the respiratory system ...

Rose, beauty properties (skin health), immune system boost, improves digestion, helps with menstrual pain...

Chrysanthemum, reduces inflammation, alleviates headache, it improves eye health, digestion... (some people could be allergic to chrysanthemum flowers)

Moringa, reduces inflammation, allergies and asthma, alleviates joints pain, stomach pains, promotes hormonal balance...

Lemongrass, treat digestive tract, good for achy joints, help to heal colds, bring calmness...

Green rooibos, help the immune system, improves digestion, contains lots of antioxidants...

Calendula, help skin issues, reduces inflammation, improves oral and vision health...

Cardamon pods, good for digestion, to release loss of appetite, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, a support to heal depression...

Orange peel, contains lots of fibre and vitamin C, helps digestive and respiratory system, skin beauty...

All the herbal tea blends are made with dried flowers. Add a couple of spoons of the blend into a tea a strainer or filter. Pour hot water and let the flowers sit for a couple of minutes to get a nice aromatic tea. Enjoy your tea ceremony!

COCOA TONIC

'HEALING Blend'

(2 cups)

Base-recipe:

  • 1 tbsp raw Cacao powder
  • 2 cups nut milk unsweetened (almond, cashew, macadamia...)
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 tsp Tocos powder
  • 1/2 tsp Reishi powder
  • 1/2 tsp virgin coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp coconut palm sugar or maple syrup (optional, if you wish a sweet taste)
  • A pinch vanilla powder 
  • A pinch Himalaya salt crystals

Additionals:

 (Adding a pinch)

  • Dried rose petals 
  • Ginger powder 
  • Cardamom powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cayenne powder
  • Mucuna Pruriens powder
  • Ashwaghanda powder

This recipe came up through some os the stories in Instagram. I follow Sun Potion, transformational foods dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs. All organic!. They make amazing potions and blends... so this recipe is inspired in Anandamide (a alchemical blend that harmonize the nerve, digestive and immune- system). Nature provides us with lot of sources of healing and well being (plants, herbs, fruits, roots...), thanks to those who shares all this information and contribute to a more holistic path of living.

Raw Cacao: It is a mood boost, rich in antioxidants, nourish and activate the brain and nervous system.

Reishi: It is a Japanese mushrom. It is called the "Longevity tonic", it helps the immune system of the body and stress relief.

Tocos: It comes from brown rice. It is a high fountain of vitamins E & D. It is good for the skin and connective tissues of the body, and good muscular function. It tastes like vanilla ice cream.

Maca: It is a root. It has many good effects, improves sexual function, aphrodisiac, mood boost, it helps as hormone balance and contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients.

Coconut Oil: In between many of its good benefits, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Improves digestion, it is a healthy fat, and reduces inflammation.

Place all the ingredients for the bade recipe on a blender and mix. You can drink the cocoa tonic cold or warm it up, like a hot cocoa. You can top the drink with some crushed cacao beans, nibs or cacao powder, to decorate the cup. Enjoy your "harmonizing treat"

GRAPEFRUIT & COCONUT DRINK

'A COOL BREEZE'

(1 bottle)

  • 6 blood grapefruits
  • 1 cup fresh coconut water
  • Ice (crushed)

Grapefruits and coconuts have many good properties. Grapefruits helps with your digestion, your immune system, it is a boost when you feel tired.... Coconut water, contains electrolytes that rehydrates your body, improves digestion and it is rich in nutrients in between many other qualities. I found delicious the combination in between both, and quite refreshing. So good and easy to make, it is a must for a summer day and a perfect morning juice!

Squeeze the grapefruits with a manual juicer or machine. Pour the juice into a bottle and add a cup of fresh unsweetened coconut water. Close and shake the bottle. Place in the fridge to cool down.

If you want to make it as granita, crushed some ice by using a clean cloth and a kitchen hammer or similar. Add some crushed ice into the glass and then the juice. 

You can decorate your glass with fresh herbs as lavender, mint, rosemary...

PIÑA COLADA

'I'm in love with the coco'

(Serves 4)

  • 1 ½  pineapples
  • 200ml fat coconut milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • A handful frozen coconut slices or ice cubes
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Passion fruit
  • Coconut shreds

When i am in India, this is what a drink everyday. Pineapple juice mixed with coconut milk and a pinch of cardamom, the raspberries and passion fruit are just an extra that make it more "fancy". It tastes like "heaven" especially with the pineapples of Kerala (South India). Now i just made the recipe with some from the market but this drink is still a must!

Peel and cut the pineapples in slices and juice. Combine the fresh pineapple juice with the coconut milk and some ice cubes by using a blender. Add the cardamon and mix. (You can also add a pinch of vanilla and turmeric but first try the original version!)

Place some spoons of frozen raspberries and passion fruit on the bottom of the glass. Pour the piña colada on the top. Sprinkle coconut shreds on the top.

AROMATIC TEA BLEND

'WARM UP INSIDE, WITH TEA FULL OF FLAVOR'

 

(1 small bag) 
For 100 gr red rooibos 

  • 1-2 tbsp cardamon seeds 
  • 2 tbsp dried flowers (rose petals, calendula…) 
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs 
  • 1 tbsp dried orange peel 
  • Two pinches pinches vanilla powder or small pieces of vanilla bean 

To serve 

  • Hot water Agave syrup or Manuka honey (for sweet taste) 
  • Nut milk (optional)

The best presents are the ones that you put care into. I love to drink herbal tea, and this aromatic tea blend is perfect for a cozy time. You can make different tea blends by changing up the flowers, adding different spices, different tea base... it's really easy and fun. We have been serving new combinations every time that we have a Yoga & Breakfast event and people really like it. If you are running out of ideas for some loving Christmas present, perhaps this will give you a tip!

Place all the ingredients into a big bowl or jar and combine. To make some cups of tea, add a couple of spoons of the tea blend into a teapot and add some hot water. If you like a sweet taste add some honey or syrup and to make it creamy add some drops of nut milk.

You can decorate the tea with some extra dried flowers and sprinkle a pinch of spices such as cinnamon, vanilla or even cacao powder. Enjoy a cup of delicious homemade tea!

GREEN DRINKS

'NEW FAVORITES'

Green Detox

(2 glasses)

  • 6 pears
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 handful spinach
  • 2 handful parsley leaves
  • A bit fresh ginger
  • A pinch pink salt

Creamy Green

(2 glasses)

  • 4 green kales leaves
  • 2 apples
  • 1 ½  frozen banana
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups nut milk
  • A bit fresh ginger
  • A pinch vanilla powder
  • A pinch pink salt

Green drinks are very high trend on the market. These two combinations are one of my favorites. One of the tricks while making juices or smoothies is the color. I think the mix of the ingredients is very important so you get a clean bright color instead of a undefined mix of tones... this also will affect the taste. So if you, for example want to go for a purple one, pick mainly purple ingredients and neutral colors to mix. If you add some kale leaves into it, that is fine, just be aware of the quantity otherwise it will turn brown.

To make the Green Detox,  clean the fruits and veggies and rinse the greens under cold water. Cut the fruits and veggies in pieces. Juice all the ingredients except for the lemon, you can squeeze it after into the juice mix. When ready, add a pinch of pink salt and store in a clean glass jar. Keep in the fridge for a bit to cool down.

You can add some super foods as moringa, baobab, wheatgrass... or keep it simple!

To make the Creamy Green, peel the apples, remove the kale leaves from the stalk and rinse under cold water. Add all the ingredients into your blender and mix until smooth.

Lovely with topping; a spoon of bee pollen, some fresh sprouts, pumpkin seeds or even some drops of hemp oil.

INFUSED WATER

'NATURAL & REFRESHING'

Spicy lemonade:                           

  • 7 lemons
  • 1 l water
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup or raw honey
  • A bit fresh ginger (grated)
  • A pinch cayenne powder (optional)

Orange & Vanilla:

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 vanilla sticks
  • 2 bites ginger
  • Fresh thyme leaves

Blackberry & Sage:

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • A handful fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or raw honey

Infused waters, are easy to prepare and to take with you. You just need a bottle, a jar... and they are the perfect drink for picnics, to rehydrate yourself at the beach or to take with you during a walk...

Spicy lemonade: squeeze the lemons and after use a colander to filter the juice. Add the lemon juice in a jar, together with the water, grated ginger, agave and a pinch of cayenne. Mix together and place in the fridge.

Orange & vanilla: clean and slice the oranges and the ginger. Place all the ingredients in a jar and add the water. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Blackberry & sage: place the frozen blackberries and the sage leaves in a bottle. Drizzle the agave syrup and stir with a spoon (use the bottom of the spoon). Place the bottle in fridge for a couple of minutes.

CREAMY RASPBERRY & LEMON SMOOTHIE

'CREAMY AND REFRESHING'

(Serves 4)

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked previously)
  • 2 healthy tbsp hemp seeds (soaked previously)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 cups natural water
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice and lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • A piece of ginger
  • A pinch sea salt

This is one of the smoothies that we prepare in our Yoga & Breakfast mornings. I really like how it matches perfectly with sweet tastes. It balances them out thanks to the zesty taste of the lemon. It is high in proteins and healthy fats, which i think is a great recharge after the Yoga practice. You can add granola or buckwheat crispies on the top, and make it as a smoothie bowl.

Place the water, soaked cashews and hemp seeds, cardamom powder and a pinch of salt into a blender. Mix in high speed for a couple of minutes to make milk. (It is not necessary to filter the milk, so keep it as it is).

Now add the frozen raspberries and bananas, the ginger, lemon juice and zest, and if you wish, a spoon of your favourite syrup. Mix one more time until you get a creamy texture. Sprinkle the smoothie with some extra hemp seeds and lemon zest, serve directly.

HOT CARROT & PEAR JUICE

'Warm, spicy and with charm'
 

(2 cups)

  • 6 pears
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A small piece ginger
  • A pinch cardamom powder or ½ tsp cardamon seeds
  • A pinch clove powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Fresh rosemary

During winter time i normally prefer warm food, specially living in the north of Europe. I love juices and actually some of them works nicely as a hot drink. You can make this one by using apples instead of pears and  even combining apples and blueberries and adding some spices.

Peel and juice the pears. Place the pear juice and the spices into a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cover it, and set aside for 5 more minutes. Strain with a thin sieve. Peel the carrots and ginger and  juice them. Pour the warm pear juice into glasses and combine with the carrot-ginger juice, mix with a spoon.  Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on the top.


HOT SPICY COCOA

'Warming our hands'
 

(2 cups)

  • 3 cups unsweetened nut milk
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp nut butter 
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 4 fresh soft dates (unpitted)
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • A pinch of nutmeg, clove, chili powder
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Coconut flakes, to garnish

Treating ourselves with something warm, full of taste and a delicate sweetness. In the winter time, when it is cold and dark outside, it is an important to create special rituals to make a cozy environment where we can enjoy some time together.

Place all the ingredients into your blender and mix until smooth. In this recipe i have used fresh homemade cashew milk and almond butter, but you can use the one that you like the most.Pour the cacao mix into a pot and warm it up in medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

When time to serve; spread some coconut flakes on the top and a pinch of cacao powder. Another delicious way to enjoy it, it is with your favorite granola.

FIGS & ORANGE AUTUMN DRINK

'A creamy autumnal drink'
 
  • 4  fresh figs
  • 2 oranges
  • 4-5  fresh soft dates
  • 1 cup sesame seeds (soaked previously, for at least 6 hours)
  • 3 cups water
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of cardamom powder

I like the taste of this smoothie and its texture, as it is creamy with a touch of orange and spices. Sometimes i do different versions of it, adding some frozen blueberries or banana pieces on it.

Place the sesame seeds in a really thin strainer or nut milk bag and rinse them underneath fresh water. Place the sesame seeds in your blender, adding the three cups of water. Mix in high speed. Pour the sesame milk using the thin strainer or nut milk bag. Rinse the blender. Squeeze the oranges, cut the figs and de-pit the dates. Place the sesame milk together with the orange juice and the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

* It's a nice and healthy choice to top the smoothie with some grains of bee pollen.


BASIL & BERRY SMOOTHIE

'Zesty, silky & tasty'

 

(4 glasses)

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 ½ bananas
  • 3 cups fresh almond milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • A handful red currants
  • A healthy handful fresh basil leaves

Zest and squeeze the lemon. Place the strawberries and basil leaves in a blender and mix together. Place the pureé into a container. Clean the blender and mix this time the bananas, lemon juice and zest, almond milk and vanilla powder until smooth. To serve, pour some strawberry pureé on the bottom of a glass and continuously add the banana-lemon shake on the top. Decorate with some fresh red currants.


PASSION PINEAPPLE DRINK

'With passion, everything tastes better'


(4 glasses)

  • 1 pineapple
  • 4 oranges
  • 4 passion fruit
  • 200 dl coconut water
  • A bit of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp baobab powder (optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Peel and cut the pineapple, oranges and ginger. Run the prepared fruits through a juice machine. Place the juice into a jar. Cut the passion fruits and take out the flesh with a spoon. Add it to the juice jar together with the coconut water and baobab powder. Stir all the ingredients together. Add some ice cubes before serving.

CACAO & HEMP JARS

'Sharing a jar of smoothness'


(1 jar)

  • 500 dl homemade fresh nut milk
  • 2 big bananas
  • 1 ½ tbsp hemp butter (or any unsalted nut butter)
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • A handful raw cacao beans
  • 2 fresh dates (optional, if you like it sweeter)

Peel and chop the bananas. Place them in a blender together with the rest of the ingredients, except for the cacao beans that will be added later. Mix on high speed until smooth for about 30 seconds, now add the cacao beans and mix between 5-10 seconds (we want to keep small chunky cacao nibs in our drink). Add into a jar and place it in the fridge to cool down.


DIGESTIVE HERBAL TEA

'A treat to a happy digestion'

 

(2 cups)

  • 500 ml water
  • 2 tbsp camomille flower tea
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel greeks
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Juice the ginger. Boil the water. In a bowl mix all the ingredients with the boiled water. Let it rest for about three-four minutes. Filter with a small strainer until all the camomille flowers and fennel has been removed.

Add more honey if you like it sweeter.

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BEET & CASHEW CHRISTMAS DRINK

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'Smoothly sweet'

(4 glasses)

  • 6 red beets
  • A bit of fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp cardamon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews (previously soaked, for at least four hours)
  • 3 cups water
  • A dash of  Sea or Himalaya salt

 

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Juice the beets and the ginger. To make the milk, place the nuts and the water in a blender, add the salt. Use a strainer or a cheese cloth to  filter/strain the milk. Now mix the juice with the milk and add the spices.

Drink it as it is or warm it up on low heat. You can add a spoon of your favorite sweetener, i recommend raw honey, fresh dade puree or maple syrup.