Archive | December, 2012

Cherry smoothie…without cherry!

29 Dec

Actually I’m the Princess of Nonsense! Today I made a delicious smoothie and the color remember my a cherry… Then I’ll name this simple and soft smoothie Cherry Smoothie without Cherry!

cherry smoothieIt’s so easy to prepare smoothies: I like it!For this smoothie I used:

2 small carrots
2 small red beetroots
1 handful of green Valerianella
1 frozen banana
1 date
1 tbs of lemon essence
a pinch of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon
1/2 cup of filter water

Blend all ingredients and….Enjoy the freshness of Mother Nature! I decorated the glass with 3 coconut’s cubes…delicious!

Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with S-adenosylmethionine, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.

fennel carrots juiceBut I started the day with a fresh fennel&carrots juice. I had a strange stomachache and I remembered a lesson about fennel: Rich in phytoestrogens, Fennel is often used for colic, wind, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, breast enlargement, promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and increasing urine flow. It is a tested remedy for gas, acid stomach, gout, cramps, colic and spasms. Its popular application is for its digestive and carminative properties for which it enjoys an unparalled reputation, being renowned since earliest times for relieving indigestion and intestinal gas and acting effectively in cases of colic. It aids digestion by stimulating the production of gastric juices, is said today to provide relief from the symtoms of IBS, and more than any other herb is an excellent tonic for the stomach and the intestines. Then why don’t put this magic vegetables in a fresh juice?

I used
4 small carrots
3 small fresh and organic fennel
2 small lemon
2 small orange
a pinch of ginger and mint

And look the photo…Isn’t great color?! If you’re curious I took other photos about the preparation (here the photo gallery on Flickr)

With the pulp I prepared some raw crackers: I added at the pulp 1 tbs of paprika, mace, salt, oregano and raw olive oil, plus some flax seed and poppy seed… Mixed together and dehydrated with the oven because I ordered my first dehydrator and I’m waiting… :/

But the result was amazing!
raw crackers ra crack pulp

See you around folks!

Crunchy Smoothie?!

26 Dec

What’s that means? It’s possible?
Yes..I’ll assure you!It’s possible to made a crunchy smoothie for holidays: totally vegan, totally organic, totally raw!
A perfect combination!

IMGP5242You need to peeled orange (I used an half of Moro Blood Orange) and a pinch of ginger and vanilla. Blend all ingredients and put them into a cup with some crunchy green apple (or a variety of apple do you prefer).

The orange (specifically, the sweet orange) is the fruit of the citrus Citrus × ​sinensis, species Citrus × ​sinensis in the family Rutaceae.The fruit of the Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from that of the Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange. The orange is a hybrid, possibly between pomelo (Citrus maxima) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata), cultivated since ancient times.

The orange is one of the finest gifts of nature.is a rich source of protective food ingredients like vitamins A, B, C and calcium and its health-promot in properties emanate from this fact. It is superior to almost and other fruit as a source of calcium. The orange also contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, sulphur and chlorine.The orange is a predigested food as the starch of the orange is converted into readily assimilate sugar by the rays of the sun. It is thus readily absorbed in the blood. It produces heat and energy in the body immediately after its use.

The regular use of orange prevents frequent attacks of common cold, influenza and bleeding tendencies. It keeps one healthy and strong and contribute towards longevity. Orange juice, among all the fruit juices, is more suitable for all ages and can be given with advantage in all kinds of diseases.

There are a lot of types of orange, if you’re curious look this site and this  funny Buyers’ Guide To Orange Varieties

Orange is also a power color. It is one of the healing colors. It is said to increase the craving for food. It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity. Orange means vitality with endurance. People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere.
Orange is considered to be a “happy color,” in many cultures representing the aspect of joy which raises the spirits and invigorates the observer.
The second chakra, which is orange, is located near the womb and is therefore associated with creativity. ‘Orange’ is a unique word. Orange trees are a symbol of love.

Easy and healthy to go!

Smoothies for Christmas

23 Dec

Hi everyone,

everything its’ good? I Hope so!! I’m fine… I’m little bit busy at work but I’m feeling full of energy! Probably it’s because I’m reading a lot about vegan raw diet: I finished Realistically Raw: The Raw Food Diet For Your Busy Life by Brian Todd and actually I’m reading The Secrets of a Raw Vegan Diet by Malik May and I’m feeling so inspired with a lot of some new ideas about my diet’s habit.

I’m 70% raw sometimes I’ll indulge on hot soup with cereal and legumes or in a badly high carb dishes like pizza or italian’s focaccia (special bread with salt and oregano) but they’re so stodgy for me…Then I’ll need to find raw alternatives like fleex seeds crackers or raw pizza with oat’s sprouts but I don’t have an dehydrator. Now I saved money but I’m searching the right brand and a new food processor…I’m tired to go shop to shop to find the great and cheap kitchen’s solution then I (re)start to use only what I’ve!

And…ta da… I made two super delicious smoothies with fruit and vegetables only organic and in season!

green smothieThe first that I made was a green smoothie with: spinach, basil, one frozen banana, one orange, one kiwi and a pinch of vanilla, lemon juice… Yummy!!!

red smoothieI made the second on just for a break this afternoon. I used 2 carrots,one orange, red radicchio, raspberry, one kiwi, vanilla and filter water… So sweetie and smooth!!!

What do you think?!

Happy Sunday’s time!

Vegan December: yoga and raw

9 Dec

make my wishes come true…! You agree?? I hope so…I hope you have a lot of wishes and dreams in your pocket!Like me!!
I’m sitting in my chair, drinking my herbal tea and I am struck by the beauty of this world, and the fragile human lives struggling to make their way within it. And shaken. This world is our poem, and we have but to see it to be shaken by its beauty, over and over.

Last week I was in Dalmine to attend a special conference and book’s presentation by Sharon Gannon…(here my reportage)
Yes she is!!! The best yoga’s teacher, the best woman, the best animal’s activist in the world…and I had the chance to talk with her, to share ideas and opinion about the world, the life… And I returned at home plenty of her brightness, in a good mood but above all plenty of kindness….!

I bought her book Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness, for me, for my best friend Marcella and for the students of my yoga school Shanti Padme.
sharon gannonThis is my italian copy: the title it’s very different and it’s because talk to vegan lifestyle in Italy it’s no easy and approaching people with title like this it will be easy!
Sharon wrote a cute dedication into the book for me…I was so excited to know her and I really have the opportunity to tell that she’s the most enchanted person that I knowing in my life…Thank you so much to the VeganOK team who gave my that possibility!

I have another special news: on march 2013 I’ll planned to go to London for Brighton VegFest is a celebration of all things vegan with loads of stalls serving awesome food as well as bodycare, clothes, accessories, gifts and also lots of campaigning groups and merchandise, plus stacks of info, talks, demos, performances, passion and positive energy. Loads of freebies and tasters add to the attraction. Sound good ah!

In this weeks I prepared a lot of vegan raw dishes: I rediscovered the pleasure to indulge on food’s preparation, to pay attention to the taste, the texture, the spice’s flavoring… If you like to see my photo I posted my dishes
Here November and here December

December bring with winter the curiosity to taste new  special  flavour like different types of paprika or curry or white pepper and stuff like that!I tried tarragon: I was intrigue by a special BBC Radio program about this herb (here some information). This herb is native to Siberia and western Asia, tarragon is primarily used in France. It’s often added to white wine vinegar, lending sweet, delicate licorice-like perfume and flavor. Fresh tarragon isn’t always easy to find, but when you get it, you’ll love the bittersweet, peppery taste it imparts. Heat diminishes its flavor, so add tarragon toward the end of cooking, or use it as a garnish. A little goes a long way. I found this site with a lot of recipes.

Happy weekend!