Month: September 2015

Dark Chocolate Sesame Tea Cake

Sesame seeds, tiny and mighty. They were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages, and for many good reasons;  Healthy Skin – The high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and helping repair damaged body tissues. Helps Lessen Anxiety – Sesame seeds contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. Sesame also contains the calming vitamins thiamin and tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods and helps you sleep deeply.  Alleviates Anemia – Black sesame seeds are particularly rich in iron, so they’re highly recommended for vegan, vegetarian and those who are anaemic.  Prevents Wrinkles – Sesame seed oil prevents harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging your skin, thus preventing the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.  Encourages Bone Health and Prevents Osteoporosis – A handful of sesame seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk. Also the high zinc content of sesame boosts bone mineral density. Black sesame milk is a recent staple at home I’ve been making, it has become great as a substitute to cow’s milk for smoothies. …

Kung Pao Chicken

This infamous dish was once thought to have derived from Chinese takeouts from the western world is actually a traditional Szechuan dish, a favourite of the sichuan governor of the Qing dynasty Ding Baozhen, legend has it that he loved the dish so much it was served on a regular basis and a must amongst hosting his guest. The name Kung Pao literally translated as Palace Guardian and was given to the dish by the people of Szechuan in honor of it’s biggest fan.This is my rendition of Kung Pao chicken,it’s evolved far from the original; turmeric, contains great anti-inflammitory properties, uncommon in Chinese dishes but vastly used by the Malaysian Peranakan during the height of the spice trade, rockets leaves are native to Mediterranean region, my intuition called upon crunchy bean combo to be added for texture, I guess the only reminisce from the original dish is the flavouring of the gravy and the dried red chillies which is a norm in most Szechuan dishes. What an unintended international dish this has become. Kung …

Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Avocados, high in fat and calories! However it’s not to be shunned, research has shown that monounsaturated fatty acids found in fruits such as avocados are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat, avocados are also great for repairing aging damages to the skin. When it comes to avocados it is best to consume them ripe. This generally means buying them hard and waiting for them to ripen naturally at room temperature. Storing them in the refrigerator is not advised unless ripe, kept in temperature too cold avocados will not ripen you’ll find them turn rancid and brown instead. 1 avocado. 1/2 a mango. 1 1/4 cups chilled herbal tea/milk or nut milk of choice (300ml). sprinkle of cinnamon. sprinkle of ginger. 1/2 cup milk or nut milk of choice. 1 teaspoon honey. Place all ingredients into the blender, start at the lowest speed until a puree forms, turn the blender on high for last remaining seconds. The blending should take about 30 seconds, try not to over …

Chia Pudding

Chia, how super is this super food? Many nutrition experts believe chia seeds top the list of functional foods because of their wholesome nutritional properties, it is able to provide an excellent source of phyto-nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids (α-Linolenic acid), anti-oxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber and essential minerals; calcium, phosporous, iron, manganese, and magnesium. What does this mean? Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities. Studies have found that that ALA and other omega 3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory actions help lower risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Adequate quantities of omega-3’s in the diet are essential for maintenance of the nervous system and healthy joints. Chia Pudding *Recipe is makes up 4.5 cups of chia pudding, you can happily store it in the fridge up to 5 days. 1/2 a cup of Chia seeds 2 1/4 cups almond milk Optional flavouring to …

Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Do you ever get the urge to wear elasticated pants, turn on the tele and to gorge on a chocolate pudding? We’ll every, say one in a month I get mad cravings for chocolate, to combat I would generally make up a batch of clean eating treat to keep handy. Here is one for you chocolate lovers out there. x 1 ripe avocado 3 tablespoons cacao powder 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoon orange juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon grounded chia seeds *optional, I like it with it gives the pudding a thicker consistency. A pinch of salt Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth, scraping down the sides to even out the blend. Store in a airtight container to chill in the fridge for at least an hour or until ready to be consumed. To serve place the mousse in individual cups garnished with nuts, and fruits (it pairs particulary well with bananas, berries, and sliced oranges). Note: This will keep up to 4 days …

How to stop screwing yourself over.

There is a tonne of books on how to loose weight, eat well, live better..You’ve read it all, tried it. But it hasn’t worked, in fact somewhere along those lines you’ve managed gain little extra cushion amongst the knowledge. I couldn’t really tell how unhealthy I looked until comparing photos last night. All the diet fad’s got me no where, I would loose weight then pack it back on, had sporadic energy levels from cutting out specific food groups and missing out on the essential nutrients my body was craving. I’m happy to say at age 31 I have my health better in check, feeling great physically and all with just from a few small tweaks. Only you can decide what weight, size, the body you’re comfortable with. However we all have the face the fact that excess weight increases the risk of many health problems. If you’re on the heavier end of the scale any weight loss will reduce your risk of diseases, and chronic illness. Before you jump into conclusions and stones at …