Paleo pumpkin cake

Hello everybody!

It’s almost Halloween so I brought a perfect holiday treat for you, can you guess what’s the main ingredient?

Yes it’s pumpkin 🎃

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2/3 cup sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cashews butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or avocado oil or any other)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic pumpkin purĂ©e
  • 2 eggs (for vegan use flax eggs)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease your square baking dish
  3. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl
  4. Than mix dry ingredients in another bowl
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
  6. Pour it into your baking dish and bake it for 35-40 min.
  7. Enjoy and welcome!
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3 ingredients Snickers

Hello everybody!

Today’s recipe is the easiest dessert you have ever made!

Make it, taste it and let me know how you liked it!

Ingredients :

1. Big juicy dates (6-8 pieces)

2. Any kind of nut butter (I used @grounduppdx )

3. Unsweetened dark chocolate

Directions:

1. Cut the dates in half, take the pit out

2. Fill the dates with nut butter

3. Melt the dark chocolate, add some stevia drops if you like

4. Cover the dates with the chocolate

5. Place them in the freezer for 20 minutes

6. 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! 🙂

Benefits of pomegranate

PhotoGrid_1422104140810Hello everybody!

Tip of the day!

Benefits of pomegranate seeds:

A pomegranate is a fruit that is very rich in nutrients which makes it quite popular around the world.

1. Pomegranates are often appreciated because they are filled with more antioxidants than green tea or acai berries.

2. Helps to lose weight. People are finding that pomegranates have a natural property that provides you with additional energy and cleanse the body, making it easier to lose weight.

3. It also contains high amounts of vitamin K that helps to support bone health and vitamin B5 that helps the body metabolize, protein, carbohydrates and fats.

4. Boosts digestive condition. Pomegranate juice helps to secrete enzymes with anti-bacterial properties that aid digestion. You can also use pomegranate juice as a laxative to treat constipation.

5. Helps to reduce inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranates stems from its high vitamin C content that will help to manage asthma, sore throat, cough and wheezing.

Besides all these facts, it’s super delicious 🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Good morning my dears!

Here is a breakfast idea for you, that gives you energy, it’s loaded with nutrients and it’s super delicious.

wpid-dark_chia_sq__38560.1405434241.1280.1280.jpgThis pudding is made of chia seeds, I think you all heard about this super-food, if not, I tell you a few things about them:

1. The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. Chia seeds are a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. It is said that 1 tablespoon of Chia can sustain a person for 24 hours. Athletes have reported that Chia seeds help them perform at optimal levels for much longer periods of time.

2. Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods.

3. Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, they contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.

4. They are high in antioxidants.

5. Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you automatically eat fewer calories.

6. Chia seeds can play an important role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.

7. Chia seeds contain no gluten or grains. Therefore, all of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds can be obtained on a gluten-free diet.

8. They can be used as an egg re-placer, combining 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water for each egg you’re replacing.

And now here it is the delicious recipe

wpid-img_20141202_101959.jpgIngredients
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (coconut milk or rice milk)
1 cup plain  Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
handful of raspberries or strawberries

Directions
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yoghurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Moderation is the key!

IMG_20141010_170335Hello everybody!

I have a little tip for you today. do you see this wonderful, delicious dessert on the picture? Well I ate it all…. and no I don’t eat things like this every day! Now maybe you ask yourselves now, but is this kind of food allowed in a diet? My answer is, yes BUT moderation is the key!

Everything in moderation! It’s important to have balance and have treat like this every now and then if you crave it. Otherwise you will go totally crazy, you will get out of control,  and eat the whole fridge :))

One thing I’ll say though, after I eat things like this heavenly dessert, the next day I eat extra healthy and clean!

Enjoy your life! Live it, and don’t restrict yourself too much!

Have a wonderful weekend! :*

Ricotta soufflĂ© 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
  • 2 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! :*