Craving for Ice cream and allergic to dairy, soy and sugar? Here is a yummy substitute.
I do love gelato! Ice cream! Sorbet! Whatever it calls, more cream, less cream it’s my favourite thing after chocolate. Winter or Summer. During the cold winter days, somehow, eating ice cream it makes me fell warm, it reminds me the beautiful hot summer days setting at the coffee-shops by the beach enjoying every spoon as it was the last one, while the sun rays warmed my body giving that beautiful golden tan colour. Or the endless summers days spent at the beach were I could eat three ice creams per day.
But nowadays my body doesn’t tolerate any kind of dairy. But that doesn’t means that I can’t have gelato anymore, well I just can’t appreciate them on the coffee-shops or by the beach, but I can have it at home or some friends backyard in a beautiful sunny day.
When I say to friends that I make my own ice cream and that only takes 5min to prepare, they just make that face: ‘How come?!’ ‘How do you do that?!’. So finally I am sharing it with you all. This is one of my favourite recipes because is easy and really fast to make it.
To feed my gelato craving I always have frozen fruit on the freezer: banana, berries, mango, ginger and so on…then I just need to choose the flavour, add few ingredients and Voila! Serious is more quick then living home and buy it at the nearby deli, plus very very healthy.
I do also have some more complexed, creamy and yummy recipes, that I will share in the future. But this one is perfect for the last minute cravings.
- 100g Frozen Mango
- 30g Ripped Banana
- Frozen ginger to taste
- 1 tbs Milk (I use coconut or unsweetned almond)
- 100g Frozen Mango
- 30g Ripped Banana
- Frozen ginger to taste
- 1 tbs Milk (I use coconut or unsweetned almond)
- 1tbs Raw honey
- 1 tbs Raw cocoa powder
- 1tbs Milk (I use coconut or unsweetned almond)
- Desiccated coconut to sprinkle
Whisk the honey, cocoa powder and the milk until a glossy mix. Reserve it.
In the blender mix all the ingredients for the chosen flavour until you get a smooth consistency. Keep in a container in the freezer while you make the second flavour, if you wish too.
In a bowl place both flavourers, add the chocolate topping, sprinkle with coconut and..ENJOY!!!
I hope you all had a nice back holiday, replete of love, fun and sunny spring activities. If there is something that I love about spring is to spend time in the park reading books while my skin is absorbing the warm sun and picnics are a must! If anyone has delicious clean recopies for picnics, please share, as I am looking for some 🙂
Actually this post is not about picnic delights but about my most recently smoothie that I thought was worthily to share. This delicious and satisfying recipe is my ultimate every now and then drink. Banana paired with mango, is just a tasteful combination, I added a bit of spinach – a way to have more veggies trough the day – but you barely notice them, besides the greenish touch of colour from the smoothie, topped with coconut, hmm so yummy. Hope you like it too.
- 300ml coconut milk
- 1 medium medjol date
- 3 tbs flaxseed
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 ripped banana
- ginger to taste
- 1 handful spinach
- Desiccated coconut to sprinkle
Preparation: Blend all together, once in the glass sprinkle the coconut and enjoy it!
Which oil should be used?
It is preferable to get the highest quality oil you can find. Cold pressed (raw) oil is often said to be critical to the alleged effectiveness. Sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and olive oil are the most recommended for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. I prefer to use coconut oil not only because it has more benefits but also because of the pleasant flavour. I have tried olive oil but I didn’t like the strong flavour.
Want white teeth, gorgeous gums and one seriously healthy body? This is how to do it:
1. First thing in the morning (before brushing and in a empty stomach), – I do spit even before, since I remember I do that and I guess logical of things it should be good, because I am already spitting out some bad stuff – then pour yourself a tablespoon of the oil of your choice;
2. Put it in your mouth, and swish it around for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. Push and pull the oil back and forth, left and right, drawing it between your teeth;
3. Do NOT swallow it;
6. Rinse your mouth out with water;
7. Brush your teeth as normally you do in your daily routine.
If you are curious to know more about it, I truly recommend you to read ‘Oil pulling – Therapy Detoxifying Cleaning’ from Dr. Bruce Fife . You can buy it at:
You can also watch the video.
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Did you ever think about what’s inside your toothpaste? I never questioned that before. Since I remember I use the same brand every time just because mom and the dentist taught me that we need so to keep our buddies healthy. I loved so much my toothpaste that I used to eat it from the tube when I was a little girl, and listening to my mom: ‘That’s not to eat. It’s to brush.’ So I can’t eat..but I can brush with it?!
Toothpaste cleanses teeth and removes plaque, which is beneficial, but if your goal is to maintain healthy teeth through a proper diet, mainstream toothpastes will work against your efforts.
I am not a dentist or a doctor. But I do care about my health not only when there is something wrong with me but to prevent being ill. On my new path of discovery about this ‘new’ world of chemicals free, organic, natural and so on…I started to read the labels to find out about the ingredients used. But did you ever think about reading the toothpaste, shampoo, the make-up remover ingredients?! Well, it never crossed my mind before either besides the popular ‘paraben free’ and a few years ago also the ‘fluried’ started to be a popular subject, but I didn’t pay much attention back then. Now it’s different and I want to find out more.
Like in food, in the toothpaste you can find all this synthetic ingredients and strange names: triclosan, FD&C Blue Dye, sorbitol and other ones including the fluoride and aspartame. Yes! you do have a sweetener in your toothpaste, it’s everywhere! That’s why we are so addicted to it. Lately I’ve thinking about all this strange ingredients: Do you know what they are? Would you eat them?! I don’t think so. if we can’t eat them maybe we shouldn’t use this products at all. It’s just a thought, it doesn’t mean I will be that radical, maybe I can be half way.
First I started looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes. I found out that there are many alternatives but very pricy and some of them still containing some of that bad ingredients like sodium lauryl sulphate.
Realising that in my pantry I have all the ingredients necessary to make a homemade toothpaste, I decided to experiment and make my own without spending a fortune on store-bought brands. It is so easy and quick to prepare.
First I started with small quantities and adjusting to my taste. I must confess that the colour is not that appealing, but the most important thing is that it cleanses gently, leaving the teeth feeling clean and polished.
Do you have your favourite homemade toothpaste recipe? please feel free to share it! I’ve been experimenting with my own homemade toothpaste recipe for a while now after realising how easy it is to make it. And my next step is to get myself a bamboo toothbrush and start with oil pulling.
But be aware that the home made version doesn’t foam up like conventional paste and bicarb soda imparts a salty taste, but can be flavoured any way you like. It can take some time getting used to it. Also, due to turmeric the tooth brush will be yellow dye. Just warning you!
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
• 3 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 turmeric
• 1 clay
• 1 xylitol
• 3 tablespoon distilled water
• 20-25 drops of peppermint oil (start with half and adjust for taste preference)
It is important not to use metals when making this recipe, because the bentonite clay can absorb the metals.
How to prepare:
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a ceramic bowl and stir with a ceramic spoon or chopsticks;
2. Add the wet ingredients and stir;
3. Storage in a glass container.
11. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate nibs and the coconut oil on the stove top;
In the Muffin’s recipe, as you probably noticed, I used an unusual ingredient: Mahlep. It was the very first time I used it.
I discovered this aromatic spice in Greece while exploring the local market. At the time I had no idea what it was or what it was used for.
I asked around but no one could explain me because of their poor english. I bought anyway a very small pack, that I’m regretting now, I should have bought more….
Once back home, I put it away and completely forgot about it. A month later I flew to Antalya in Turkey and again the same happened; I found the Mahlep, in a spice & chocolate store, but this one was in powder. Again I asked what it was for and this time I was told that it’s something traditional for cakes but it should be used in a very small quantity. And this was all I got from trying to understand very poor spoken english.
Still I was very intrigued…. but I had a good feeling about this powder. The few words I got from the guys at the shop were enough to make me buy it, again! This time back at home I did my research. I learned about it and decided to experiment it. The muffin dates were my first creation where I have used the Mahlep powder. It left a beautiful cherry scent in the kitchen, making my mouth watering for a bite! I was taken by surprise how good Mahlep made this muffins!
What is Mahlep? It is an aromatic spice, just like nutmeg. Is made from the seeds of a species of cherry. The cherry stones are cracked to extract the seed kernel and after ground to a powder before use.. The tree is native in Mediterranean region, Iran and central Asia. The finely ground mahlepi powder is made from the inner kernels of fruit pits of a native Persian cherry tree (Prunus cerasus mahaleb).
What is used for? It is used in small quantities to sharpen sweet foods. Used for centuries in the Middle East Greece, Armenia, Turkey, Iran as a flavouring for baked goods. In Greek cousin, it is the characteristic flavouring of Christmas and Easter cakes into pastry recipes. Something that I never tasted because I eat grain-free – Paleo. In Armenia where it is used almost exclusively for sweetbreads and confectionery and Turkey it is used for pogača – kind of small round bread
What it tastes like? It has a distinctive fruity taste, a delicate fragrance that is dominated by a bitterness flavour similar to almonds and cherry notes. Although quite aromatic in the sense that “a little bit goes a long way” it is the combination of the fragrance and the bitterness which makes the spice uniquely suited for sweet foods.
How to store? As with all spices, should be stored in a cool dry place, and it must be used within a year or so for the most powerful flavour.
Where to buy:
Istanbul: Egyptian Spice Bazaar
And here you are getting lost in the magical, romantic and seductive trashy Boca. Just say it: ‘La Boca’ its quite hot hmmm sexy, fun, full of life. This is my favourite district of Buenos Aires and I must confess that was very difficult to chose a few pictures to share with you, but if you are curious to see more I will update my Pinterest and Flickr account with B.A. photos.
It’s impressive how the beauty of this ‘Bairro’(neighbourhood) is made of cast-off ship materials such as planks, sheet metal and corrugated iron, brushed with vibrant colours and adorned with life size prostitutes, dancers, sailors to give the taste from just how it was in the past. The romantic says that Tango was born here, the seductive dance between the sailors and the prostitutes.
What means ‘La Boca’ – ‘The mouth’; barrio of La Boca is so named because it is situated at the mouth of the river that runs along the capital federal’s southern border: the Riachuelo.
Picturesque . Extravagant . Seductive
The most upscale neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Expect the shopping to be pricey but worthy.
Shopping paradise full of trendy national brands catering for men and women, as well small cosy coffee shops.
The city’s newest district, inspired by places such as the Docklands in London and Darling Harbour in Sydney, Puerto Madero is now an ecological reserve, also very popular during the weekend for birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists. The highly pedestrian invites for a long walk along the docs where you can find ships floating museums; considered one of the most successful urban restoration projects in the world. The sky was clear, the sun was hot and shining. The day was begging for more then just a walk around the city for shopping or sight seeing. It was craving for something WOW!! something more spicy… And could I find it on a weekday when every one is working?! Oh yes! It is possible! And just a few minutes from the town center! Pure decadence 24/7! From the moment I walk into this old red-brick building I felt welcomed to enter in the Philippe Starck Argentina’s homage. Lavish, opulent, immersed in a richly ruby-red. I was feeling even more sexy and posh on that red carpet. Hmmmm…Where are the paparazzi?! (actually when I arrived there was were some kids waiting for some latin celebrity). I love art! And here I found one of the world’s best Malbec collections (such a good surprise), and a sexy posh 1920’s inspired silk cabaret. Every single door is a surprise, you never know where it will take you. And I have open all; the bistro, the Library bar, the toilets, the spa. After checking out and taking pictures of every single inch of this masterpiece of design – pictures worth more than words – I just laid back in the sumptuous reddish chaise lounge by the wonderfully large pool (heated during the winter) ornamented with a enormous golden crown fountain. I closed my eyes while pampered with a foot massage and taning. When I woke up I had an exotic cocktail smiling at me. If you prefer a wine, they have the biggest collection in Argentina. Now imagine all this plus a very hip and trendy Saturday Pool Party, or a Tango show followed by drinks. Perhaps the best night life in Buenos Aires 😉 If I could choose one place to live in Buenos Aires, this would be the place at one of the 83 unique privately owned apartments, just to have that super-star feeling. Hotel Faena Martha Salotti 445, Dique 2, Madero Este http://faena.com firstname.lastname@example.org