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Summer Saturday

24 Jun

It’s official: it’s Summer Time…
Few days ago we celebrate the Summer Solstice… and in this period I like to do things to re-charge my mind (and also my body), the summer is notorious for slowing us down especially at work. It’s a great time to take advantage of the slow season and refuel our senses. To clear away the busy work and focus on tasks that will build us up and sharpen our skills, like listen podcast. Or it’s just the perfect time to revisit your goals. Time to check in on them. Evaluate your progress, re-examine and re-align to stay on track.
But it’s important to remember to have fun. We forget the most important ingredient of life is to always have fun. Take a craft class, go bike riding, or in my case going out for a run. Making time for joy clears your mind and energizes you so that when you return to work Monday (or to study) you are focused and replenished.
Indeed I started my Saturday morning with an early run (only six k but it’s ok) after that we decided to going out for random shopping… And because I’m a big fan of breakfast we went to a magic cafeteria named Le Maison des delices and we ordered soy Cappuccino grande and a slice of orange cake and just few biscuits.
breakfast
The cake was terrific! I’ll link the recipe here
orange cake
After that we went to an huge stationary market, there I found new items to use with my Passion Planner and to study/ working (notice the summery pastel colors they are wonderful…)
stationary
In the afternoon we went out for a walk with Camilla and I baked a Wild Berries Crostata, is a free-form pie with the crust folded around the filling. You don’t need a special pie dish and it’s easy to made, let me know if you are interest and I’ll post the recipe.
wild berries
We finish the evening with an homemade happy hour with vegan bitter (alcohol free) and some rustic chips.
vegan bitter
If you want to prepare the chips at home I’ll suggest you this recipe by Olivia’s Cuisine.

The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality for action and movement.
(Carole Carlton from Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers: A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality and Traditions of the Year).

Happy week end

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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…

Fruit Bruschetta

8 Apr

Good morning folks,
happy Sunday morning… I like so much on the week end getting up not so early (like a normally do!), dangling around home with my favorite cup of ginseng coffee, doing things in a very calm (and sometimes lazy) way!
coffee ginseng right
This morning I was craving something sweet: I like mini sweet snacks they allow you to curb cravings with just a few bites, or eat triple the amount you normally would because they are so tiny. It’s all about balance :)!!!

Then I decide to make some fruit bruschetta: I sliced and toasted a whole grain bread (called dark bread it’s from Nattura). Topped with fresh fruit, I used banana and organic orange. Also I added some coconut flakes, chia seeds and creamy homemade peanut butter: my perfect breakfast for this final days of winter. It’s also a great sping/summer breakfast…. Not to mention, it is colorful and full of flavor.vegan bruschetta
My simple mind enjoys eating items that are brightly colored.
If you are interest in why it’s so good to star your day with fruit I’d like to suggest to read this two articles:
1) Top five reasons start day fruit;
2) 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Day With Fruit!!

Have a nice ad warm Sunday

Mushrooms Vegan Pizza

3 Mar

I was born in Italy and off course I love pizza… Since I became vegan I tried a lot of recipes to made a great vegan pizza and finally I had my ta-da moment.
vegan pizza mushroomI’d like to share this recipe with you!!!

Ingredients for the crust
1 tsp activeyeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cup flour unbleached white or a combination of white and whole wheat
1/3 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano or other herbs

Ingredients for the toppings
Red Pizza sauce of choice
thinly sliced white mushrooms
sliced Mozzarisella (or any of my other homemade cheeses like cheddar, etc)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
In a bowl, mix warm water, yeast and 1 tbsp flour. Let it sit for a few minutes to activate.
Add 1 cup flour, salt, herbs and garlic and olive oil and mix in. Add another 3 tbsp flour and mix in. Get your hands in there to mix and knead for a few seconds into a soft slightly sticky dough. Add another tbsp flour if needed. Gather the dough into a ball and let it sit for 15 minutes in a warm place.
Add a 1/2 tsp oil over the dough. Gather the dough into a ball and place on parchment lined sheet. Use a bit of flour to spread the dough into a 13 to 14 inch size oval. Spread it depending on on how thick or thin you want the crust to be. Preheat the oven to 435 degrees F / 220ºc.

Spread the pizza sauce on the crust. Bake the pizza for 17 to 18 minutes or until golden on the edges. Sprinkle the mushroms and the mozzarisella. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Off and open the oven or a few seconds then slice and serve!

Happy week

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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