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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!

Cherries and..Roots!

15 Jul

rootsYesterday I received #VeganCuts Box and I found this product: Deeply Rooted. A little pack of nutritional supplements that offer the freshest fruit and vegetable superfoods in an easy-to-mix powder form: I LOVE IT! A product that not only tasted delicious, but was packed to the brim with REAL ingredients, vitamins, and nutrients.

smoothieI tried this super food in an easy goodmorningsmoothie: I used organic cherries, organic strawberries,  deydrhated prunes, sparkling water and a slice of organic lemon.

cherriesI discovered that cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits; however, are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet as well as tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for wellness.
Cherries are very rich in stable anti-oxidant melatonin.
Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and produces soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability, which helps relieve neurosis, insomnia and headache conditions. Good for me I’m in a stress mood!
The fruits, especially tart cherries are exceptionally rich in health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta carotene. These compounds act as protective scavengers against harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers and various disease processes.

I’d like to suggest you this article about cherries thata appeared on the Huffington Post

Have a good day!

 

Chia&Goji Pudding

6 Jun

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Why not to start you day with a fresh and delicious pudding?!

chia pudding 1I tried this recipe firstly because the seeds have tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties.

[…]For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the south west and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24hr. forced march. Indians running form the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seed for their nourishment. If you try missing a spoonful of Chia in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, this slowing in the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar offers the ability for creating endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in our bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows creating a longer duration in their fueling effects […]
You can find more information on this link

Secondly because I was thinking that was a funny way to eat this seeds combined with Goji Berries that are rich in nutrients. Some studies using goji berry juice found possible benefits in mental well-being andcalmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of goodhealth. But those were preliminary studies that need to be repeated before drawingconclusions. All berries are good for you. It’s not clear if goji berries are better thanother types of berries, or if goji berry supplements have the same health benefits asthe actual berries.

Recipe (vegan, gluten free, fat low, raw):
1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk ( try also rice milk)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B), plus 4 teaspoons for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 pint Goji berries

Direction:
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla  until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the remaining 4 teaspoons maple syrup. Mix in the almonds. Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.

chia pudding

Enjoy it!