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Happy Goji Water

Goji Berries Pictures, Images and Photos

It is Happy Friday again.

One of the things that make me so happy is reading inspirational books. Right now I am reading Greatness Guide 2 by Robin Sharma. I love his work. The book is filled with 101 insights to get you to world class! Wow! A summarization of tip 6 is:

My point is simply this: The way you do the little things says a lot about the way you do the big things.  So pay attention to the little details. Focus on the small stuff (like crazy). World class people and organizations always do. Because the little things are truly the big ones.

Such an incredibly simple and powerful tip. Start with the small things!

How about starting to do one small thing that can contribute to your best health ever? Goji berries are a small package packed with world class goodness. They are perhaps the most nutritionally rich berry fruit on the planet and tastae delicious. The support healthly hormones, vision, immune system,  brain and neurological health and the only food known to stimulate the body to produce  Human Growth Hormone naturally.

Happy Goji Water

1 handful of goji berries

2 cups of water

Soak 2 hours in room temperature water. Strain and use water as a base for your smoothies or homemade lemonade. You can add the soaked berries to the smoothie or use them for another purpose. Goji berries can also be added to herbal teas to enhance them and be the little thing that will  just make you feel the best ever. 🙂

Here is some more Goji inspiration from an earlier post.

Did you check out last week’s Happy Giveaway!

Fatma XO

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Strawberry Feast

Strawberry Pictures, Images and Photos
It is late spring and it is Strawberry Season. I went out with my daughter  to our favorite neighborhood park and took a bowl of juicy, vibrantly red, so very sweet strawberries with us. Sitting in the sun, under a gorgeous blue sky we ate our strawberries and felt sheer heavenly bliss.

Strawberries are at their most delicious from now to July. They are truly best eaten just as they are. Here are some berrylicious tips to bring some sunshine to your eating:

Add them to your smoothies. Try an avocado strawberry or a mango strawberry smoothie. Yum!

Strawberries add gorgeous color to any fruit salad.

They add vibrancy and a touch of sweetness to a green salad.

Slice them, sprinkle with some lemon or orange juice and dig in.

Blend them and use as a fruit couli.    

For my birthday last year I made a raw pie topped with strawberry couli and strawberry slices. Delish!

Make the most of Strawberry Season. It is such a delicious part of spring and summer.

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Brazil Nut Mylk

 brazil nuts Pictures, Images and Photos

I love simple, easy, healthy, delicious recipes. This one fulfills all these criterias.

1/3 cup brazil nuts, soaked for at least 8 hours

3/4 cup water

2 medjool dates – you can use any other dates you have

a pinch of salt will enhance the yummy taste

Blend and enjoy!

Brazil nuts grow wild in the Amazon forest of South America. They are high in selenium, zinc, magnesium and protein. Zinc and selenium are very crucial nutrients for an under functioning thyroid. Brazil nuts are one of the best dietary source of selenium.

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Sundried Tomato Pate

 

This is a Pate I made last week and really enjoyed. When tomato season comes around buy tomatoes in bulk and dehydrate your own.  They taste so good.  You will need a lot of tomatoes though. They shrink a lot. Of course you can grow your own too. Mine just never produce enough so I am glad to get them from the organic farmer’s market.

1 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for a few hours

1/2 cup fresh tomatoes

1/2 cup walnuts, soaked

1/4 cup basil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp curry powder

Salt to taste

Blend everything in the food processor. If you do not have one you can try the blender or a hand blender.

I enjoyed the Pate on cucumber slices and loved it spread on collard leaves and wrapped up. You can add olives, cucumber, avocadoes etc. to the wrap as well. It is so quick to make and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

Enjoy.

 

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Very Berry Spring Smoothie

Bloom

 

"One of the lessons I've learned is that the quality of the answers that we get in life is truly determined by the quality of the questions we ask."
Paul Martinelli Speaker and President of LifeSuccess Consulting

Today  I ask myself: How do I feel rich in ways that money can't buy? Here is how  I have experienced richness today:-Being able to bring Safia home for lunch from school, prepare her lunch and sit with her.- Going out in the gorgeous spring sunshine afterwards so she can cycle outside.-2 people in the store asking me about that green bunch in my shopping trolley  and what I do with it. I loved sharing that it was dandelion and that I use it in my smoothies and salads.-I went to buy a pencil box  from a store that is about 15 minutes drive away and met one of the employee whose child attends the same school as Safia. She told me that when I needed anything from the store to just let her know and she would bring it for me so I did not need to drive there. What a wonderful offer.

- Being able to listen to and help my clients

And so much more...

How about I tell you which smoothie I made with the dandelion:

A big handful dandelion

A big handful spinach

1 banana

3 strawberries

3 tbsp wild blueberries

3/4 cup water

YUM!

What are the riches you are experiencing today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bircher Muesli

muesli..

Were you able to see the lunar eclipse last night? I let my 7 year old daughter stay up to watch it at 10.01 EST. It was a beautiful starlit night with a stunning full moon. A treasured moment for sure. The next one is in 2010.

I loved, loved, loved  Bircher Muesli while growing up in Switzerland. Bircher Muesli was created by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in 1900. At his sanatorium in Zürich, a balanced diet of raw vegetables and fruit was used as a means to heal patients, contrary to the beliefs commonly held at the end of the 19th century. His theory of life was based on harmony between human being and nature. He was really the forefather of the raw food movement. Muesli consisted of yogurt, soaked raw oat flakes, ground raw nuts and fruits. No sugar was added to the original recipe. Fruits or dried fruits were used for sweetening. In Switzerland you will find fresh Bircher Muesli EVERYWHERE. In homes, shops, restaurants, spas and luxury hotels. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a dessert, as a snack or a simple dinner.

As I do not use dairy, I subsitute the yogurt with a nut milk. The consistency is different but I enjoy it just as much. You can use less water and make a thicker nut milk. I particulary enjoy walnut and brazil nut milk. You can also add probiotics to the nut milk and let it ferment and have a more yogurt like consistency. I also add ground flax seeds sometimes which will also thicken it. As the oat flakes we get are steamed and not raw, I replace it with sprouted buckwheat. There are so many variations possible by changing the nuts and fruits that you use as well as adding things like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs,  goji berries, chopped nuts, mulberries, golden berries, raisins, fruit puree, maca, mesquite, lucuma etc.

So here is this simple Muesli recipe

1 cup nut milk (hazelnut, brazil nut, walnut, almond, coconut) blended with 2 dates

1-2 tables sprouted buckwheat groats

Chopped fruit and berries (banana, apple, pears, mango etc.)

You can blend some cinnamon or vanilla with the nutmilk for more deliciousness. Honey or agave can be used for additional sweetness.

Play around and discover your own version. Muesli is yummy anytime and anyway.

Have a superb day.

Fatma

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Spirulina Guacamole Dip

Get your omega-3s in this guacamole. 

This Raw Superfood Dip was featured on Oprah’s show today: Dr  Oz’s Ultimate Anti Aging Checklist. Dr Oz was featuring all things healthy and good, like super foods, meditation and yoga. I love the word he recommends for while meditating: YUM. I do not agree with his aspirin recommendation but got to love most of his presentation.

Dr. Oz recommends this healthy dip recipe containing spirulina algae, a source of valuable DHA omega-3s.

  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. spirulina (available at some health food stores)
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped or 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients, except for tomatoes, into a blender and mix until combined. Stir in tomatoes and season to taste.

If you love Louise Hay, check out Oprah on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

A High Five to Oprah for featuring daily lessons by Marianne Williamson  on her website.

Tomorrow I will post new research on Avocados.

Check out more info on Spirulina here.

Fatma

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