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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!

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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!

Random vegan dishes

23 Aug

Few weeks ago I read an article titled “Pictures of things” by Bonzai Aphrodite (she inspired me a lot like Gena of Choosing Raw!!)  and I was so inspired about the idea to share with people bites of my life…Sound good to me…Does it make any sense to you?! I Hope so…

I started collecting photos about vegan dishes that I tasted with my friend in no-vegan-restaurant where the owner tried to prepare something vegan only for me: amazing thing!

vegan rice coffeespecial vegan rice coffee..great start for your day…!
seitan burgersmall seitan burger with grilled vegetables and hot sauce. I ordered this dish at Old Square Pub in Cagliari, delicious!
polpa soia burger with zucchini and eggplant at Polpapolpa1organic chips with sauce
bolpetta no meatballsbolpetta1special no-meatballs with pistachios, potato, mushroom with no-dairy sauce. The restaurant it’s called Bolpetta

Insomniavegan quesadillas  with zucchini, eggplant and pepperoni. On the side white rice, potato, nachos, guacamole sauce, mushroom sauce and hot sauce…I love it! I tried this dish at the Brazilian-Mexican Restaurant called Insomnia near the Poetto’s beach.
libarium vegan spring rolls  with mustard and spice sauce at Libarium in the center of Cagliari near the Castle!
old wild westa very big salad at Old Wild West. Also I tried the potato chips with a strange BBQ sauce…I like it!
pichanasbrown rice, cous cous with vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and salad barley at Pichanas a brazilian restaurant in Cagliari
woksoba spaghetti, rice spaghetti, chinese ravioli and vegan sushi at Wok…I really adore this place!

And finally vegan pizza!
pizza pizza1

Now I’m really hungry!!! 🙂

Physalis alkekengi smoothie

25 Jul

CAM01034My friend Iride gifted me with this new strange fruit: Chinese Lantern or also  Physalis Alkekengi

Is a relative of Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry), easily identifiable by the larger, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resemble paper lanterns. It is native from southern Europe east across southern Asia to Japan. It is a popular ornamental plant, vividly colored, orange-red, lantern-shaped fruits.
It’s  also known as Chinese lantern, is part of the Nightshade family and generally used as an ornamental plant due to the red husk of the flower. This plant is native to throughout Asia and in Southern Europe. Enclosed in the red lantern-shaped flower is a small berry, which is slightly yellow and has a flavor similar to a sweet tomato.
This berry is difficult to find in the United States and may only be available in specialty stores or farmers’ markets in the spring. Despite its strange papery enclosure, Chinese lantern berries are quite simple to eat and use in cooking.

CAM01033These fruits are rich in vitamin A and C, as well as phosphorous, calcium and iron.

How to eat? Cut the berries as a replacement for cherry tomatoes in salads and as a garnish. Due to the similar taste, lantern berries make excellent substitutions for small tomatoes in an array of dishes. Chinese lantern berries contain the powerful antioxidant superoxide dismutase, which may help to prevent oxidative-related diseases, such as arthritis, although further research is necessary.
Pull down the husk to reveal the yellowish berry. You can eat it right off the stem as a snack, similar to grapes. According to C. Mishra in “Biotechonology Applications,” these berries may help to improve metabolism and have a diuretic and laxative effect. They are also rich in pectin — a complex carbohydrate that may help prevent constipation.
You can use Chinese lantern berries in place of several fruit desserts, but you will always need to prepare them first by heating them with water and sugar until they are soft. Depending on your preference, you can adjust the sugar content for desserts and sauces.

I preferred to made a very easy smoothie to go! I used
2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 cups of Chinese lanterns, pitted
1 bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
Blended spinach and almond milk until smoothed. Next I added the remaining fruits and blended again.

green smoothie

This wonderfully cheerful magic herb is associated to Venus on account of its bright orange-red lanterns, which sometimes give the plant the name “Love in a Cage.”  The lanterns are great for love magic and make wonderful cut or dried flowers because they keep their color for a long time, being especially good to see on gloomy fall days […] you can read more on this website!

Enjoy it!