Low carb blueberry muffins

Hello everybody!

If you like quick desserts this one it perfect for you. You need just a few basic ingredients and a blender.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 325 F
  2. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract in a blender
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients but NOT the blueberries to the blender and blend for 30-60 seconds
  4. Stir in blueberries by hand
  5. Pour the batter into muffin tray
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden
  7. Let it cool and enjoy!

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Creamy Mashed Cauliflower (Vegan, Paleo)

IMG_1463Hello my dears!

I have a super recipe for you guys today. Mashed cauliflower tastes similar to mashed potatoes but with fewer carbs. You can top it with chopped herbs and grated cheese if you like.

So here are the ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower , trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil but you can use extra virgin olive oil too
  •  2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  •  salt and ground black pepper
Method: 
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor.
  • Add the oil the garlic and the reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and purée until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher).
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Nutritional Info:
Per Serving: 110 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, .3g sugar), 3g protein.
Enjoy! :*

About my detox experience featuring JUICEit

IMG_20150305_013308Hello my dears! I wanted to write about a detox diet, or cleanse some time ago, first of all because a lots of my clients are asking me what is my opinion about it, is it ok to try it, is it safe, is it healthy. Second because I wanted to try it first and tell you my own experience. JUICEit made this experience possible.

They are a Company based in Bucharest. Their juices are 100% natural, cold pressed and delicious. All their ingredients are local, fresh and in season. The juices are made daily and sent for their clients all over the country in the next day. More info about the company here.

Firstly let’s see what a detox is.

A juice fast is a type of detox diet or cleanse that involves consuming raw vegetable and fruit juice and water for a short period of time. It is considered one of the more rapid methods of detoxification due to the reduced food intake and absence of solid food.

A typical juice fast lasts one to five days. Consultation with a health care professional is recommended, particularly for fasts lasting longer than three days or for anyone with a health condition.

Why do we need to detox?

The point of detoxing is to get rid of toxins from your body. Detoxes may shift you away from bad habits like too much coffee, alcohol, sugars and fatty foods, and help to adapt to healthier habits after you’re done

Benefits of juicing

A juice cleansing is a great way to give our bodies the break they deserve while also keeping ourselves energized and nutritionally sated. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables.

A few days of juicing can help you with

  • Concentration
  • It gives a glow to your skin
  • Reduces cellulite
  • help your digestive systems function
  • boosts your energy level
  • helps you with sugar cravings
  • helps people with high blood pressure

IMG_20150305_102752My experience with JUICEit

First rule, before you start a detox diet, pay attention on what you eat 2-3 days before. Try to avoid fast foods, alcohol, sweets and coffee.

Rule nr 2. Consume only juices and water. I received 6 bottle of 500 ml each for the whole day of juicing. These juices are specially created to give your body the nutrients and vitamins for the whole day.

Rule nr. 3. Every morning before you start your day, drink a glass of water with fresh lemon juice. When you feel like snacking, drink a tea.

Rule nr.4. A detox plan can last from 1 day up to 5 days, but for a person who never did this kind of cleanse, they recommend the 3 day detox program. You will receive your 6 bottles, all of them will have a number on it (for you to know which one is next).

Rule nr.5. After you finish your detox plan, the company recommends to not to get back on an unhealthy lifestyle immediately. For the first 2 days after the detox try to eat as clean as possible, mostly salads and fruits.

IMG_20150227_130045_1JUICEit offered me the NEW YOU detox program and I have to tell you it was a great experience. Being a very active person, I work all day with my clients doing personal trainings and also teaching aerobic group classes I really need to nourish my body the best way possible.

My first juice components were: lemon, ginger, goji berries, cayenne pepper, agave syrup and filtered water. It was very spicy and energizing, perfect for the morning.

The next juice components: spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, ginger, lemon and kale. I think this was the less tasty one of all, but I drink it without any problem.

The third juice: grapefruit, pineapple and mint. This one was one of my favorite. I adored this mix of flavors and I felt super fresh after. This was the drink before my aerobic classes.

The forth juice: spinach, pineapple, celery, cucumber, ginger, mint and kale. I had this drink during my classes. I have to tell you after this drink I felt super hungry. Maybe because I had 3 heavy classes, cardio, circuit and functional training. I think it’s normal to feel hungry. I have to admit I ate 2 kiwi fruits after the training.

The fifth juice ingredients: beetroot, carrots, apple and sea-buckthorns. After drinking this juice I still felt hungry, so I opened the 6 bottle. It was only 8 o clock in the night.

The last juice: cashew nuts, agave syrup, dates, vanilla powder, cinnamon, banana and filtered water. This was far the best tasting juice. It was like a banana ice cream shake.

In the night around 10 o clock I ate some baby carrots and green salad. I really tried to focus on and not to cheat on this one day of detox, but training so hard I think it made it almost impossible.

The day after I really felt energized, fresh and my belly was so flat, not that it won’t be flat all the time :)) hahaha

I recommend this program to everybody, who wants to recharge his/her batteries before spring is here. I definitely believe that you can lose weight by doing this program for 3 days, before an important event like a photo shoot or to fit in a nice dress or wedding or vacation.

Hope you liked this little review and you will try it yourself, I tell you it worth it! 🙂

Healthy green soup (peas and broccoli)

wpid-img_20141211_133728.jpgHello dears, 

I made today a cream soup from broccoli and peas. It turned out so delicious, that even I was surprised 😀

Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

1 broccoli

250 gr peas

half medium size onion

1 carrot

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 table spoon of olive oil, salt

Directions:

Boil together the vegetables until they are soft. Put them in a high speed blender, with just a little broth. Blend it and add the rest of the broth, the condiments and the olive oil.

Serve it warm with pumpkin seeds.

Good appetite!

How to make healthy peanut butter

2014-07-26-15.40.10Hello everybody!

Today I have for you my all time favourite snack recipe…. the PEANUT BUTTER.  And when I say my favourite it means I really love it. I could eat peanut butter with almost everything…simply just with a spoon, with fruits, in shakes, with oatmeal, with frozen yoghurt or ricotta, on pancakes and so on 🙂

Unfortunately the peanut butter in the supermarkets is loaded with sugars, sweeteners, salt, hydrogenated vegetable oils, mono and diglycerides, maltodextrin, corn syrup and so on. So that kind of peanut butter can’t be called healthy for sure, it’s actually a caloric bomb!

The good news is that making home-made peanut butter is incredibly easy and takes less than 15 minutes.

Let’s see what you will need: 250- 300 gr of dry roasted peanuts and a power blender. That’s it yes! 🙂

wpid-photogrid_1406385003007.jpgDirections

  1. Throw the peanuts in your food processor
  2. Start running the processor and then just let it do its thing
  3. After 4-5 minutes  the nuts are much more finely ground, and they’re starting to stick to the outside of the blender
  4. Stop your food processor and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl
  5. After another 3-4 minutes the butter will start clumping together. It’s not quite peanut butter, but it’s getting there!
  6. Continue processing the butter for 2-3 minutes more, until it becomes completely smooth.
  7. Transfer the peanut butter to storage container, and that’s it, the peanut butter can be used immediately.

Here are some variations if you want your peanut butter a little different:

  • Honey:  add 2 tablespoons of honey in to the finished peanut butter
  • Cinnamon-Raisin: add ½ cup raisins + 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon + 2 tablespoons of honey into the finished peanut butter
  • Crunchy: Pulse 1 cup of peanuts into the finished peanut butter for a crunchier texture.

Try it out! Enjoy! :*

Ricotta soufflé with pumpkin blossoms

IMG_20140709_115929Hello my dears!

Here is the recipe of the delicious suffle I posted some time ago on my facebook. You can make these little muffins in maximum 15 minutes. they are great for breakfast, but u can carry them with you as a healthy snack during the day.

Here is what you need:

Ingredients

  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbs of parsley, chopped
  • pumpkin blossoms (10 – 15 pieces)
  • 100 g parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tbs of chickpea flour

Directions

1. Set the oven to 240°C/gas 8.

2. Place the ricotta and eggs into a food processor and whiz until the mixture has increased in volume.

3. Cook the pumpkin blossoms for 10 min on olive oil and a little garlic.

3. Pour into a large mixing bowl and fold in pumpkin blossoms, salt and pepper, parsley, the chickpea flour and the parmesan.

4. Pour the mixture in small muffin tin cups and then finish by sprinkling a little more parmesan on top.

5. Cook for 15 minutes, and you are done!

Have a good appetite and enjoy! :*

Perfect healthy dinner recipe – Seitan escalops with white wine and almonds

mushroomsHey everybody!

I have for you today a really healthy recipe that you can eat for lunch or dinner. It is a specific vegetarian dish very rich in proteins and it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. You can prepare it very quickly and you don’t even need to be a master chef to have a big success with this recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • Seitan slices
  • Brown flour (1 tb. spoon)
  • Sage (1 tea spoon, dried one)
  • White wine (half glass)
  • Vegetable broth
  • 10-12 crushed almonds

How to prepare it

  1. Warm up the oil in a pan put, the sage in it for 1-2 minutes, to give a flavour for the oil.
  2. Put the pre floured seitan slices in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes than turn them and cook the other part too on low heat.
  3. After they are cooked add the white wine and cook for another 5 minutes or till u feel the the alcohol from the wine evaporated. Turn the seitan slices again to absorb the flavours.
  4. After the wine evaporated put one glass of vegetable broth. Cook it till the broth becomes a little creamy and at the end add the crushed almonds.
  5. Serve it with with boiled chickpeas and a fresh salad.

Have a good appetite and see you soon with other great recipes!