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Lentil salad

6 Aug

Hi everyone,
August is come and in this time of the summer I feel that summer it’s over! I know know there is an entirely month to go but you know, you are coming to make plans for september, back to school, back to sport’s class, routine and suddenly it’s Christmas…

Because I have this feeling today I tried a Gena Hamshaw‘s recipe with a little variations. First of all I complimented her with a very sincere comment on her published recipe and secondarily I modified the original recipe and that because I didn’t have a particular ingredient: the need sharpens the wits!!!

plateWARM LENTIL, TOMATO, & MUSHROOM SALAD

Ingredients
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups of sliced mushrooms (I used portobello)
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 cups baby spinach

Instructions
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large wook over medium heat. Add the mushrooms. Cook for 7-10 minutes.
then add the tomatoes and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Add the vinegar.
Continue to cook everything, stirring every now and then, for a few minutes.
Stir in the lentils. Mix everything well and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add salt and  ground pepper.
Remove the mixture from heat.

lentil salad
I served over baby spinach, with slices of carrot to decorate the plate.
Enjoy!!!

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Matcha Tea

28 Jul

I never tried matcha since yesterday…. I was sit in my (soooo green) balcony, reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey) after that, I decide to watch some videos on Youtube about relaxing, chilling and stuff like that and I saw this video in particulary SUMMER MORNING ROUTINE | chill + relaxing  by Jenny (Channel Wear I live) and at minute 1:47 she prepared a simple but delicious mug of matcha – latte tea. Like I said I never tried matcha, probably because the smell: it’s smell like paper and algae..I don’t know..but that small stop me to find more about this absolutely amazing tea.
matcha_kitFist of all I discover that I had in my pantry a sampler of Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder – Premium Grade by Clearspring it was a sign of destiny.. The universe is sending me a message : try matcha!!!
I decide to do some researches about this tea and I found out that Matcha tea is unique because the process of shading and harvesting increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine. While matcha may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea, the L-Theanine is known to create calmness without drowsiness.

Another benefit to Matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) than regular green tea. (1) In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate. There is some evidence that these polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer.

EGCG, found in high concentrations in Matcha, has been shown to increase the rate of burning stored fat as energy, as well as decreasing the formation of new fat cells. Other studies have shown that the catechins in Matcha increase the body’s rate of calorie burning each day and offered additional fat burning benefit during exercise.

A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke.

The L-Theanine in green tea is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration.

The process of shading the Matcha leaves creates an increased amount of Chlorophyll, which some preliminary research has shown may help the body eliminate heavy metals and other harmful buildup. Research is still lacking in this area, but many alternative doctors recommend Chlorophyll for this purpose.

The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.

After reading few articles I decided was the right time to drink Matcha. I found a lot of recipe (especially on Pinterest) but I didn’t have the right equipment so I decide to use
1 teaspoon Matcha Powder
1 cup (8 ounces) water at 175 degrees F.

I put the powder into the glass mugMATCHA_powderSlowly I added the hot water
MATCHA_waterBecause I don’t have the bamboo whisk ( I’m sure it violates ceremonial tea procedure) I mixed the powder with a milk frother (like in the video is just as efficient and creates a frothy drink as well).
MATCHA_COVER
I added almond rice latte and 1 tbs of agave syrup.  You can also experiment with adding almond or coconut milk, or even a liquid stevia though these were not used in traditional teas.

The taste was delicious… creamy and sweet… I didn’t smell the algae- paper (probably because the Cleanspring powder was an excellent quality of matcha). By the way today I bought on Amazon my first sack of matcha (from Mighty Matcha Winner of the Great Taste Gold Award, our premium ceremonial grade ultra-fine powder)

Creamy Strawberry Smoothie

27 May

Hello Hello,

now  the June it’s coming why we don’t taste a little bit of summer time? Yes…. it’s time to make a deliciously creamy strawberry banana smoothie.
What you need its’ just 2-ingredients and this smoothie tastes like strawberry ice cream! Also it’s vegan, healthy and fabulous!smoothie

You will love this strawberry smoothie because  it is double-thick and refreshing

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 c frozen strawberries
1 – 1 1/2 c homemade almond milk

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick and smooth. I started with 1 cup of almond milk, and added an additional 1/2 c to get all the ingredients to come together. You may need more/less depending on your desired consistency!
blending
Bonus tips: you can substitute the almond milk with coconut milk to have more thickness!

Enjoy it as a snack on a hot day, or have it for breakfast or as a post-workout meal. Naturally gluten-free, healthy and delicious!

Spice Peach Smoothie

6 May

Hi everyone,
today I want to share with you my favorite smoothie of the month. As you know I love all fruit, but juicy ripe peaches are one of my favourites.
peach smoothieThis Spice (Ginger) Peach Smoothie comes together with just four ingredients, five if you add a little maple syrup for extra sweetness.

Peach and ginger made a wonderful combination. The spice warmth of the ginger works perfectly with the sweetness of peach flavour: they create a naturally sweet and fresh smoothie at the same time.
When you drink this Ginger Peach Smoothie, you first get the sweet hit from the peach then the spice heat from the ginger: a perfect start to the day.

Ingredients
2 ripe juicy peaches , pits removed
1 medium frozen banana
¾ cup rice milk (or if you prefer sparkling water)
1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Instructions
Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
Blend until smooth and taste.
Add more ginger if you want a little more spice and add the maple syrup if it isn’t quite sweet enough.
Blend again and put in a glass of your choice and serve.
Bonus tip: Add some chia seeds and goji berries
peach smoothie goji
Have a nice day…

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