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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!

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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

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
selection teas

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!

Persimmon’s Smoothie

4 Mar

Persimmon fruit is a golden yellow, round or oval, flavorful, smooth textured delicacy from far East Asian origin. Its sweet, delicious flesh is packed with several health promoting nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants vital for optimum health. Botanically, persimmons belong to the family of Ebenaceae, in the genus: Diospyros.
This delicate fruit is native to China. From China, tt spread to Korean peninsula and Japan very long time ago, and later was introduced to California during the middle of the 19th century.persimmonVitamin A shows itself to be a powerhouse in nutrition, offering 55% of the daily value in the persimmon. Vitamin C runs a close second with 21%, plus excellent amounts of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, for healthy mucous membranes and skin, as well as a known protectant against lung and mouth cancers.
Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the body regulated. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus.

Low in calories and fats, this little fruit contains all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and for protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) as well as gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light.

Recipe for two large smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten free)
4 persimmons
1/2 cup of frozen ananas
1/2 fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 frozen banana
a pinch of ginger
add water if you like

Mix the ingredient into your blender machineblendingBlend until they smooth
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Serve in a cup/mug/glass of your choice and Enjoy It!
smoothies
Persimmons are one of a few foods associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells, according to one new study. Scientists attributed this to the flavonoid fisetin, present in several fruits and vegetables, but in persimmons specifically. Fisetin also has been named as a significant contributor in the programmed eradication of colon and prostate cancer cells.

Persimmon Fun Facts
Regarding persimmons, in 1607 Captain John Smith wrote from Jamestown that: “The fruit is like a medlar; it is first green, then yellow and red when it is ripe: if it is not ripe, it will drive a man’s mouth awrie with much torment, but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as the apricot.

Have a nice day!

Vegan Bruselles

10 May

This March I visited (for the second time) Bruselles with my family…and likely the first time I found Bruselles a vegan friendly city…
bruxellesBefore my first travel in Belgium I was doubtful because my travel’s guide (I usually use only Lonely Planet travel guide.. I think it’s the best for travel addict!) said that Bruxelles wasn’t vegan friendly… I did some researches and finally I found this blog and consulting the Happy Cow guide  and finally I was feeling reassured…

anic spices I had the opportunity to visit a lot of markets and I taken around 400 photos…I know it’s a lot of memories…but Brussels it’s a very interesting city..
guapaDuring the trip I started the day in a very different way, mostly with Guapa juice/smoothie like this one (tha white one ins mine…Detox +…so energetic!)  obsessionor whit a cup of coffee Espresso Doppio

burger1We preferred to eat at home especially for dinner (in this photo we had vegan burger with mozzarisella and vegetables)
but I found a lot of nice pub opened during the day, that offered vegan meals like this
detox juice fresh juicevegan baguettevegan baguette.

Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” (Isabelle Eberhardt)

And finally I’d like to suggest you this interesting article about travelling 23things only travelers will understand

See you soon!

Some news…

5 May

I admitted sometimes we get lost..truly lost and it’s no easy to find the way…but TIME it’s your only Master.
He helps you to calm down, to put everything in the right prospective and then here we are!
I haven’t write for months just because I was in a kind of crazy-busy-lonely time… kinda weird…sound familiar?!
I was re’thinking about my plans and my future… I started a news job or a sort of a the same company that I worked in the past…more responsibility, more decisions to make not only for me but for all my colleagues, less free time for me…and meantime I prepared two exams (for my university) that I Passed…. and prepared my first 10K race..truly amazing! I didn’t win but I had a great time and I proved my self that nothing it’s impossible…

I collected photos for all this moments that I want to show you my friends, not for exhibition but just to know that even if I wasn’t there to write this stories, I was still collecting them for this community (probably for me in a sort of selfish way, just to mark my progress or to not forget what I did…)

I’d like to start whit some salads tasted this winter
quinoasaladquinoa salad… I’m practically obsessed with quinoa…On this salad I used fresh baby spinach’s leaves, arugula, pomegranate, olive oil and a lot of quinoa…just a pinch of white pepper.
orangefennelorange/fennel/pepper salad…easy and ready to eat..I used organic fennel, one organic orange and olive oil mixed with lemon juice and pepper..soooo tasty!
cucumberwinter cucumber: it’s important to stay properly  hydrated then why not to eat some cucumber salad with carrots , basil’s leaf, raw mushroom? Done! Add some oliev oil mixed  whit lemon juice and ginger…good for your gut!

During the winter I  had less smoothie’s addiction but thank you to Vegan Tuck Box I prepared a lot of green smoothies like this
blending winter green smoothie

I’ve a lot of adventures to share with you…and I promise I will!

Stay tuned!

December: salad experiments

28 Dec

This month me and my soulmate tried a lot of new salads trying to combined fruits and vegetables (plus nuts and seeds!)

The first salad we tried was with green apples, walnuts and lettuce plus some pomegranate just to give something sweet to this salad. Unfortunately I totally forgot to take a photo nut it was something like this..delicious!
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Today we prepared something new for me
(I admitted It was Simon the true artist!) with just few ingredients:
pineapple
Italian radicchio (family of chicory)
fennel
carrots
pink salt and olive oil
salad
Fresh pineapple is low in calories. Nonetheless, ii is a storehouse of several unique health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

100 g fruit provides just about 50 calories equivalent to that of apples. Its flesh contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber like pectin.

Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation.

Fresh pineapple is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin C. 100 g fruit contains 47.8 or 80% of this vitamin. Vitamin C is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

It also contains small amount Vitamin A (provides 58 IU per 100 g) and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and essential for vision. Studies have suggested that consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

In addition, this fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like copper, manganese and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is a helpful cofactor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger.
You can read more on this website: pineapple

Nice day to everyone!