January: the month of konjac pasta

1 Feb

Hi Everyone,
today I want tho share with you an amazing culinary discovery that I recently made thanks to Kate Flowers (on this video): Shirataki Noodles aka konjac pasta.

davShirataki noodles is an ingredient popular in Asian cuisine. It’s made from konjak plant which is ground and them shaped into noodles, fettuccini or even rice. Shirataki noodles are almost zero calorie and zero carb. They are made mostly of water, containing about 97 percent water and 3 percent glucomannan fiber. For this reason, they are free of calories and digestible carbohydrates but provide many of the benefits supplied by glucomannan fiber, making them an excellent addition to the diet.

Shirataki literally translates to “white waterfalls.” The noodles are translucent with a glass-like appearance and are generally tasteless, absorbing the flavors of whatever they are cooked with. They are produced by mixing water with glucomannan fiber and a small amount of lime juice to help retain their shape. They are then boiled and shaped to form noodles.

This studio shows that the glucomannan found in shirataki noodles may help you lose weight and improve health.

How I Cook Shirataki Noodles? In a very simple way I used:

1 zucchini noodles (homemade)
2 carrots noodles (homemade)
1 tbs of soy sauce
1 tbs of curry
1 pack of shirataki noodles
1 tbs of sesam seeds

Drain the noodles – discard all the water. Place the noodles in a large sieve and wash well under running water.
Transfer into a pot with boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Drain the noodles and place on a hot pan with the carrots and zucchini noodles.
Fry over a medium-high heat for about 10 minutes mixing soy sauce, curry and seeds.
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This is a great lunch that utilised what you have handy, and it can be made in a flash!!!

See you soon…

 

 

 

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New Year resolution 2018

1 Jan

“Our brain is trained to develop habits,” says psychoanalyst Hans-Werner Rückert and I find that it’s true, it’s work for me!
I recently finished the book Better Than Before  and I learned a lot about habits and personality (I don’t want to spoiler nothing about this amazing book that I vividly recommend). Why is it so hard to stick to a New Year’s resolution? Because we don’t now ourselves very best like Gretchen write “We won’t make ourselves more creative and productive by copying other people’s habits, even the habits of geniuses; we must know our own nature, and what habits serve us best.” (sometimes we pretend to know exactly what we are…but I think it’s a continuous discovery) and we set up top high expectation about us and we need to set a goal that is actually achievable in the time frame we set for ourselves.
This also means being realistic with yourself and taking a hard, long look in the mirror. “Resolutions require changes in behavior, and most of us don’t want to face that there is often a laundry list of changes to make,” says Alabama-based clinical psychologist Josh Klapow. “So pick one you have confidence in and stick with it. It is far better to succeed at a smaller, more manageable resolution than to fail at a larger, loftier one.”
Sometimes it’s lack of honesty: are we truly committed to running a marathon, losing weight, or whatever else we are committing to do? Be honest with ourselves it’s the first step!! Oftentimes we find ourselves committing to things because we think we should or friends and family want. My suggestion) Don’t waste your time with that. You will only be disappointed in yourself. Make resolutions you actually want to achieve because you really want to and are actually going to put a plan of action towards.
I used this strategy:
1) I set myself goals to be reached within a specific period of time.
2) I imagined the best possible results these goals will bring to me.
3) I considered all the things which might deter myself from attaining these results.
4) I written down my goals on a piece of paper
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I will suggest you this audio program from ABC and remember “The most important step is the first step. All those old sayings are really true. Well begun is half done. Don’t get it perfect, get it going. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started, and strangely, starting is often far harder than continuing.” like Gretchen said.

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!

 

 

 

Why I choose Passion Planner…

25 Nov

A little disclaimer: this post isn’t sponsored! I’m writing this post because I’d like to share my experience with all of you.

Start from the beginning: It was an hot August and I was in the “September mood” or “fresh start mood”. The month of September for me it’s like a new white page like I was in school: new notebooks, new pencils, new pencil case and all sort of things… nw life, new ideas! Now that I’m working I’m feeling always the same when September starts!

Then I was looking for a new agenda/bullet journal/planner and suddenly after few minutes of research appeared on my pc a message like this “Passion Planner: the one place for all your thoughts“. I was intrigued by the idea to have a new way to look at my agenda filled of work to do list, study to do list, appointment, deadline, tips, idea and more… An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook: Epic!
I wrote in few post that I was using the Bullet Journal method and don’t get my wrong: it was a great great great way to see my progress and have everything in control. If you are like me that I didn’t do nothing fancy in my bullet journal (none of one to the beautiful doodle, decorations, colorful pages you can find on Pinterest: I stayed light and simple using few color, few key code etc) because I’m bad at drawing and I don’t have much time, the Bujo method was, for me, a different way to look ad my work/study/sport time and understand the tendency… It was great…I didn’t regret to use that but I don’t know … I was looking for something different and I found a distinctive trait in this planner.
I decide to participate and support the idea of Angelia Trinidad and I pledged for my Passion Planner. Suddenly I received an email thank me to support the project and with all of the instruction since then until the moment the project was fully supported  and Kickstarter was over ( and It was suddenly over!!!). They sent me an email every time they had news o special message and after the shipping they gave me two code to track my Planner: one in the US territory and the other for my country… I knew everyday where my planner was..another great point to this project!
P_20171125_152527And finally I received my planner!!! Yeahhhhh….. And first of all the package was clever: a black box named Box (so cute!) totally reusable to keep my precious things inside  and secondly two nice stickers. I opened the box and my Planner was exactly like the photos you can find all over the web and also It was exactly what I needed. it’ s printed on 100% recycled paper, with a no leather cover (perfect for my vegan lifestyle) and the best part is the for one planner you buy another planner will be give to another individual, organization or school  around the world and for one planner you buy a trees is planted: it isn’t great?!!! I had a lot or reasons to support Angelia and is project and in the same time give me the opportunity to use a great planner and test my ability to change tracking method and why not habits?! I highly recommend to give an eye to the website, just to know the entire project and see yourself the beauty and functionality of this planner. I don’t want to describe the way I intend to use my planner o talking about the layout/pages etc…the intent of my post it’s just to give you some tips, new idea and the curiosity to surf the web and search also other Kickstarter’s idea…the world is full of clever and sensible people!!!

Have a nice week end!

A day in life: summer time

11 Aug

early morningGet up in the morning, early than the rest of the people around you is the best way to start you day.  I’m bit a fan of  “early morning productivity” because your mind is fresh, ready to elaborate concepts and ready to process things.
Usually I’m going to run or fitness walking or do some yoga’s poses… after moving my body and feeling I’m alive, I’d like to indulge in a healthy breakfast especially in the week end when I have more time to do so!

In this sunny morning of summer I started my day with a new product that I found in a local bio-vegan store: Harvest Moon coconut milk yogurt (a little disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with no one of the products that I talked/talk/will talk about. I’d like only to share my experience with this products).harvest moon1You can find the yogurt in two different taste: vanilla or chocolate. I choose vanilla, because in summer I usually don’t eat chocolate (in my mind is a winter food!).

smoothie1I blended the yogurt with some kiwi and hemp protein. I forgot to take photos of the final result but I’m assure you, it was delicious and boosted my body and my mood!

After breakfast we decided to go for a biking on the mountain, to exercise more and feeling connected with nature. It was an hard riding, I was exhausted but it was this kind of tiredness that you may like, because your mind is fresh and vigil and your body just a bit tired but feels healthy and more productive.

After that we prepared a fresh and light lunch to rehydrate the body.
We found organic strawberries at the local market, we added raw zucchini (we made spaghetti), cherries tomato, green beans and an apple.

We ended up our day with some snack (I have an addiction to peanut butter), chattering about the day and future plans, reading and try to enjoy every moments!

Have a nice week end!

Infusion and biscuits

19 May

Teas are a wonderful way to integrate your mind-body medicine,” says Meaghan Grace, co-founder of Functional Beverage Company, a manufacturer of organic teas and tisanes in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

You start to think about your feelings and you start to become more intuitive about what is at the back of your physical or mental ailment, and you can then be guided towards these beautiful herbs and self-remedy. Herbs are really affordable so you can start with pre-made tea blends or you can go to the organic store or health store and buy a little bit of camomile and peppermint” she says.

I tried a lot of herbal infusion and one in particular on the local vegan store I went, captured my eyes
clipperClipper Orange&Coconut: as you know I’m a little bit obsessed with peanut butter, coconut (in any form and way) and coffee… this infusion was spectacular: enchanting taste of coconut and strong flavour of orange… delicious. I’d like to drink this infusion “solo” in the afternoon but sometimes I’d like to treat my self with some sweet.

biscuitsOn this day I tried the Ooh-la-la Tea Biscuits Chocolate Hazelnut with organic gluten free oat flour, organic coconut oil, organic coconut flower sugar, organic hazelnuts, organic cacao powder. This make my day! If you want to know about benefits of infusion ( medicine in a cup) you can read this article.

A cup of tea would restore my normality.”
[Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]” ― Douglas Adams

The meaning of injures

9 Apr

Last two weeks I was very low in terms of energy and vital state… I had a flu, a headache and last a terrible back pain that stopped me into the bed for two days and make me miserable.  I tried to think positive and see this moment of “no action” an occasion to reflect about my life, my goals and my daily living. Probably it was the time to change something, probably the universe it sending me a message….

I found that low back pain is the most common health complaint in the age group of 35-50 years in both the sexes and it is usually characterized by dull or sharp aching pain in lower part of the back (spine). This causes restriction in the activity and work capacity. Thus it ultimately reduces the day to day joy, and life becomes miserable.
Ayurveda refers this condition as Kati shoola. Kati refers to ‘low back’ (hip) and shoola refers ‘pain’. The description of this condition is available in some other conditions like ‘katigraha’, ‘prishtagraha ’etc, which are included under Vata Dosha imbalance disorders.
Causative factors: intake of dry, light, bitter, pungent and cold food, less food intake,  fasting or less nutritive food, improper lying, suppression of the urges, work exhaustion, stress, grief, fear and dissatisfaction… Some of this things had happening right away in my life. I realized that was time to make some changes.
I planned to introduce new healthy practices in my daily routine: first of all drinking warm water with lemon when I wake up. Warm water and lemon is a natural energizer. It hydrates and oxygenates the body, leaving it feeling refreshed and revitalized for quite some time. As opposed to coffee, whose effects are short lived. Perhaps the biggest benefit of drinking warm water and lemon is that it helps to maintain your body in an alkaline state. Interestingly, while lemon juice itself is acidic, it’s actually one of the most alkaline foods available (if you are curious check this page).

Also I introduce more fresh homemade juice with lemon, orange, grapefruit

Secondly find new types of “gentle” activities for my body like walking in the early morningP_20170406_063852 and doing some yoga poses like sun salutation.
9509e5faab3ce94f2c362589da58e78eI found a lot of interesting board on Pinterest check this out!
I tried in this week to find more time for me, for my passions and y needs: i bought some kindle ebooks, visit friends, stay calm and find the peace of mind.
I started reading ” The Happiness Project” from Gretchen Rubin and she wrote that it’s important to look for happiness under your own roof…  Commonly we tried to find happiness somewhere, far away from us..the real truth it’s the happiness is in our hands: “happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”. I’m in love with this book!!!

Today after a tough week I’m feeling ready to star a new week on my life, more confident, more peacefully and balanced.

Sometimes you need to stop and change a point of view to see your real you!!!

See you soon folks!

It’s time for Tea!

4 Apr

Today I want to talk about a new generation of super Teas: t+ The Smarter Tea
I received to sampler in my November Vegan Tuck Box and in the same month I ordered my first Bundles: a perfect combo of four super teas… I was enthusiastic and also my friend and my family. I gave a lot of tea bags especially on Christmas!

Few weeks ago I ordered another box of teas
box smart tea
Plus a nice (trendy eco-friendly) travel cup

I want to specify that none of the company T-Plus ask me a review or to write something about the product. It’s my desire and intent to share in my blog this products because I think they embrace my vegan lifestyle and also because they care for the environment (look at the travel cup), for people (they donate 10p from every box sold to help an amazing charity Vitamin Angels to reduce malnutrition) and I like very much their teas!

I’m not really a fun of green tea but when you mixed up tea with fruit probably you encounter my taste! And T+ offer you four teas just as many specific goal you have:
Detox: cleansing functional tea
Boost: clean energy blended tea (my favorite!)
Multea: multi goodness blended teas
Immunitea: immune boosting tea
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This time they send me a sampler of Snact
snact2.1Hand made fruit jerky vegan and gluten free as it’s made with whole fresh fruit and fresh purees. They don’t use any concentrates, additives, or preservatives, just 100% fruit. They packaging is home compostable helping us to reduce waste even further. They also made a #deliciousprotest and invite people to become a Snactivist™ whit 4 simple rules:

1. Eat some fruit jerky. It’s really that simple! You snack, you act. Check out other brands that use surplus in delicious ways.

2. Give ugly fruit and veg some love. They’re more and more available – and often cheaper too. Send us photos of your best finds!

3. Do cool stuff with your leftovers. Have you tried baking banana peels yet?

4. Tell your friends. Seriously, that’s how you change the world! (I love this one!).

I want to thank you TPlus for their amazing teas and Snact to be my new favorite vegan snack especially during my running workout and I’m really thinking to design and wear a special shirt to my next running in Geneve (may 2017) with both of your brand and images, to spread the vegan eco-friendly message into the world!

Stay tuned!