Nourishing Buddha Bowl

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You might be wondering what is a Buddha bowl. And yes, it's just a little hippie-ness for a bowl filled with nourishing and delicious food that looks like Buddha's belly. Apparently. I actually just found out while writing this post. I love making Buddha bowls as they're super quick and easy to make and anything that is simple, healthy and delicious is my kind of meals. It looks pretty on your plate with all the colors, which will make it even more enjoyable. If your food looks good, you'll enjoy every bite even more and will digest it better.

And another good thing about these hippie bowls is you can basically throw anything you have in your fridge. I usually just use whatever leftovers I have mixed with some greens. You can either eat it cold or warm. It's kind of a big filling salad. Just get creative and the more the colors, the better!

It's also a good way to remind yourself to have some type of protein and fat with your meal.

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A great nourishing bowl combo:

  • Proteins (quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, beans, eggs)
  • Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, olives)
  • Veggies (pretty much any of them! My usuals are carrots, cucumbers, radishes, broccoli, peas, tomatoes, mushrooms)
  • Greens (arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, green salad)

So here's what I used for this recipe, but you can mix whatever you have in your fridge- as whole fresh foods of course! ; ) Buy organic whenever you can. It's great for lunch when you have leftovers from your last night dinner also.

So here you have a nourishing meal filled with plant-based protein, healthy fats, fibers, nutrients and vitamins from each ingredient. Turmeric is my favourite spice with its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. As I'm writing this post, I'm sipping on a warming turmeric latte- packed with health goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup or can of Chickpeas
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 Avocado
  • Handful of Arugula
  • half of a Cucumber
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil

Sauce: extra virgin olive oil + lemon juice/ Apple Cider Vinegar + tahini

It's also delicious with hummus too.

 

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Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them in half or smaller and place them into a baking dish. Add spices and coconut oil. You can bake the chickpeas in the same baking dish. They go super well together. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cook your quinoa for 12-15 minutes in boiling water.

And just mix it all together. Add avocado, arugula, cucumber slices and tomatoes.

 

 

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Enjoy this bowl of health and goodness!!

x

Sweet Potato Fries with Guacamole

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Sweet potatoes and avocados are pretty much my favorites and are like a little slice of heaven. Avocados, that's what I would bring on an island if I had to choose one food. You can make this as a side dish with some greens and is kinda perfect with guacamole for happy hour if you ask me!

Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A (beta-carotene), which is great to boost your immune system and for your skin, vitamin C, magnesium with relaxation benefits and are packed with anti-inflammatory properties.

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, oleic acid which reduce inflammation and fibers. They lower your blood sugar spikes and keep you full longer which has also been linked to weight loss. They contain vitamin K, C, B5, B6, E, folate and potassium.

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Ingredients:

Fries:

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • a dash of cinnamon

* Coconut oil has a high smoke point (200°c/ 400°F), which means that it can be used to cook at higher temperature - compared to olive oil (which is better used in salads or slightly sautéed).  The smoke point is the temperature until the oil/ fat can be cooked before it starts to smoke and transforms into compounds that could be bad for your health.

Guacamole:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp parsley or coriander freshly chopped
  • sea salt

 

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 200°C / 400° F
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes, peel and cut them in fries shape or wedges (lengthwise).
  3. Put them in a bowl, add the coconut oil and spices. Toss together until well coated.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes then flip them for another 10 minutes or until done- depending your oven.

In the meantime, prepare your guacamole. Scoop the avocados with a spoon and put in a bowl. Mash it with a fork. Add the onions and tomatoes, salt and paprika. Mix well.

Fries are best eaten right away.

 

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Enjoy the goodness!

xx

 

Bliss Balls

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A little something to brighten your winter day!

These bliss balls were the first sweet treats I made when I started making some changes in my food lifestyle a few years ago. And they're still one of my favorites. I often make them for my wild-hearted sessions and everyone loves them so I'm finally putting the recipe up on the blog.

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It's super easy to make them and takes like 5 minutes to prepare. Bliss balls are nourishing, energizing and will give you a little boost after a workout or as a healthy snack in the afternoon.

Pecans and especially almonds are one of the highest in nutrients. They contain high levels of minerals and vitamins.  Rich in healthy fats (monounsaturated fats), which is needed for the body. They contain oleic acid which helps to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL), packed with vitamin E- which is great for a glowing skin. Almonds contain a lot of calcium to strengthen bones and teeth. They reduce heart attack risks and other heart diseases. They also boost brain activity and improve the function of the nervous system.

Dates are rich in minerals and vitamins and help with digestion issues and promotes healthy bowel movement. The natural sugar is a good source of energy and the high amount of minerals is good for bone health and development. The potassium boost the nervous system and your heart's health.

 

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of medjool dates - 1 cup of pecan nuts or almonds - 1 tsp of cinnamon / speculaas spices / or raw cacao powder

 

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Directions:

+ Remove the pits in the dates.

+ Put the pecan nuts, dates and spices in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture get sticky.

+ Use your hands to roll them into balls. You can also roll them in coconut flakes.

That's it. So you see. Less than 5 minutes. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge if you managed to not eat everything before. They taste even better when a bit cold.

The ones with cacao powder just taste like brownies. Just sayin' !

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A bliss day to you!

Bali Bliss: Explore The Healthy & Chill Way

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I finally decided to write a post about my Bali wanderings and all the blissful places to go to and enjoy a delicious meal or two if you happen to explore that part of the world. It comes more than a year later, but as friends and friends of friends often ask me for the exciting places to discover while in Bali, I thought I'd finally write about my beloved island.

 

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I spent 3 months on the island in 2014. Yoga Teacher Training. Exploring. Chillin'. Livin'. You can read about it here and here. It was a magical time. From immersing myself in a yoga bubble, experiencing life-changing moments, just listening to my heart and enjoying life. Bali has been my home and I've got a special bond with that place. My first trip there was a revelation- for my heart, purpose and desires. Some fairies must have been at work while I was there and sprinkled some magic dust on me. I found yoga, and soon after became a health coach and a yoga teacher. Entrepreneur in the making. Maybe one day it will all come to life in a book, who knows. In the meantime, here's a few suggestions on where to go for that green juice or for that meditation spot or enjoying a magical sunset. I've mainly written about my favourite places- Ubud, Bukit and Gilis.

Bali is an enchanting place. The island holds a special energy. From the people you meet, the signs on your path, the vibe, the transformation awaiting and hidden treasures.

 

High in variety. From luxurious villas to shacks on the beach. From indonesian to vegan food. There is a place and things to do for every budget and preferences. The island is rich in nature and beautiful landscape, in traditions and ceremonies. Balinese people shines with their kindness and hospitality. I always felt safe travelling on my own as a woman, but of course, common sense and intuition is always essential as you travel and discover new places. It's also always good to learn at least a few words of bahasa for basic conversation. Locals always appreciate.

 

UBUD

 

EAT & YOGA

Ubud is a little haven for the food lovers and yogis. I wish my town had half its food choices. Think raw food, juices & smoothies, vegan, and many more other options. There's still a lot more that I haven't had the chance to discover. There's cafes and restaurants everywhere. Live music, festivals and events happening throughout the year.

 

While in Bali, fruits are a must. Tasting local food is part of exploring a new place. Stroll through the market, and try them all! There's such a wide variety and your eyes and belly will rejoice. My favorites are mangosteen, papaya, salak (snake fruit), dragon fruit and markisa (local passion fruit).

 

 

KAFE

My favourite.

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ALCHEMY

They have a big raw veggie salad bar. Smoothies & juices. Raw treats. Chill places. They do home delivery and have a little health food store as well. A little bit on the outskirts of Ubud but worth going.

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Bamboo leaves, that's how they roll with home deliveries. Kinda awesome.

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Bali Buda

Another healthy cafe with juices, smoothies and delicious honey oatmeal cookies- trust me on that one! My fellow yogis from my training will attest ;)

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CLEAR CAFE

The food and casual chic look of the restaurant will make you come back.

YOGABARN

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They have a beautiful space to chill, enjoy a green juice or take a yoga class in the midst of rice fields. It's actually there that I took my first yoga class and fell in love with yoga a few years ago.

Another place is Radiantly Alive.

 

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Another lovely & healthy cafe. Health store in there too.

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*Most places have wifi.

 

To see/do : rice fields, monkey forest, massages, yoga, cafes, boutiques. They have lots of things and events happening with the large expat community so check the flyers in cafes or Internet for ecstatic dance or yoga workshops. You can take day trips to Jatiluwih rice terraces or the volcanoes.

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SLEEP

You can find beautiful villas with swimming pool on AirBnB. I stayed in different places every time. But loved the villa I rented with friends in Penestenan, the village next door to Ubud. Just a scooter ride away.

 

BUKIT PENINSULA

 

Very chill and surfers vibe. Balangan, Bingin, Padang Padang and Uluwatu are the spots not to miss. Just little beaches with not much around- so you might want to get a scooter or taxi to get to a place or another. Surrounded by cliffs, beach shacks and waves.

 

Balangan

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My favourite place. It's where my heart awakened. Where I decided to fall in love with my life and where it all started. Moons ago. Wild & chill. Just my kind. Think fresh coconut sipping while watching surfers catching waves. There's a few shacks on the beach where you can eat a plate of nasi goreng between surf sessions. It's the perfect spot to slow down, read a book, catch a wave or explore the cliffs to breathe in the stunning view. Sunsets are quite magical. Bungalows are up the cliff.

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Nothing quite like sharing a coconut moment with new friends or old souls friendship while talking about life.

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Can't tell you how many sunsets I've watched on that beach. Each time different magic at play.

 

STAY

I've stayed in all of these places and loved them all. Met wonderful people each time. The bungalows have a real island vibe. They all have a swimming pool and restaurants. Banana pancakes and papaya juice for breakfast, that's a winner.

Flower Bud Bungalows

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Balangan Sea View Bungalows. Been there many times. A mix of surfers, families, couples or solo travelers. They have a beautiful spot by the cliff- perfect for meditation if you ask me! ;)

Brothers Bungalows and Merta Sari Bungalows are also near by.

 

Bingin

TEMPLE LODGE

It's for bigger budgets (I was travelling for a few months- it might not be a big budget if it's a short vacay), good healthy food & yoga classes you can join.

 

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Turmeric juice

Kembang Kuning Bungalow

Cheap, good food, awesome view, infinity pool, friendly staff and next door to Temple Lodge. Need a scooter or taxi to move around as it is very remote from anything. Beach is down the cliff with a few cafes and yoga classes available.

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Padang Padang

This one's a gem! Small beach, good for swimmers and surfers, with a few health cafes along the road. You can find locals to rent a board and they'll go with you, to help you catch a wave. It's one of my favourite beach on the island as the water is turquoise, sand is white and perfect for a swim too, which is rare on the island. Beaches in Bali are not the nicest. It's either super crowded, polluted with garbage or water's too wild.

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BUDDHA SOUL

Delicious smoothies & juices. Cool place to hang out before or after a stop at Padang Padang beach.

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Spent quite a few mornings or afternoons, savoring buckwheat pancakes or sipping on a mint juice while having great conversations with yogi friends or strangers.

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MANGO TREE CAFE is another option along the road to the beach.

 

 

ULUWATU

Single Finn for a few drinks is the place to be at sunset. Sometimes there is live music. Very chill & surfers vibe.

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Uluwatu temple & view over the ocean. Watch out for the monkeys.

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GILI TRAWANGAN

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Island life at its best. Think no cars. Just you and your bike. Exploring the little island. Swimming with turtles. Meeting friends at the beach bar for sunsets. Outdoor movie by the beach. Sipping on a coconut or green juice. Laying on the white sand beach with a book. Yes as I said, island life. Get your downward dog on at Gili Yoga.

 

KAYU CAFE

If you want a healthy breakfast or your daily green juice with a view. You'll find it there. You're welcome.

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Gili Air is a bit more quiet than Gili T. Perfect for couples. There's also an outdoor movie. Gili Meno is for the ones seeking more wild, silence and simple life. I haven't actually stayed on the other two islands but that's what I've heard from friends.

 

Canggu

It's a 15 minute drive from Seminyak. More chill & quiet. Echo beach is a surfers spot. They also have healthy cafes like BUNGALOW.

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This place is just heaven. The deco is cosy. Island life meets morrocan style. The food is also delicious, from juices to mezze. There's also a little store in the cafe- with books and home deco. Love the vibe.

 

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Nusa Lembongan

It's a little bit the same vibe as the Gilis. You can rent a bike or scooter and go explore the island. Get your yoga on at Yoga Shack and your healthy breakfast or lunch at BALI ECO DELI.

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Seminyak

Seminyak isn't really my place. Too crowded for my vibe. It's filled with traffic, tourists, bars, shopping and restaurants. I never spent more than a few days in a row. They do have healthy and cosy restaurants like Earth Cafe and Cafe Bali.

Check out these websites too: http://www.balispirit.com and http://www.thebalibible.com.

 

Drop me a line if you have any questions or just to tell me what's you're favourite place if you've been! I also happened to know the best, kind and experienced driver in Bali, so don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy travels!

Spiralps and Spirulina Goodness

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Being a health foodie, I'm always curious to try new health products and foods. So when I was           contacted by Spiralps to try their "Spiralps detox plan", I got excited!

I tried a couple of times to add dried spirulina in my smoothies, in powder form, but the taste was so strong and frankly horrible, that it was hard to drink it all up and felt like I wasted a good & delicious green smoothie. I didn't get used to it so I switch to supplements and have been taking them every now and then.

This detox came up at a good time as Autumn was in full swing. It was a good time to prepare my body for winter and boost my immune system.

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae usually found in fresh water lakes. It is made of proteins and amino acids including essential fatty acids. It also contains  a high range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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THE BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA:

Spirulina is often considered as a superfood,  rich in anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces inflammation, enhance your immune system and has anticancer properties. High in chlorophyll, it helps the body to get rid of toxins and heavy metals. It contains a lot of calcium and the high level of iron makes it a great option for vegetarians and vegans. The vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy.

 

SPIRALPS DETOX PLAN:

The detox plan suggests to cut out meat, dairy and processed food a few days before starting the drinks to prepare the body. The detox lasts for 7 days. The first 2 days, you drink 2 small bottles of spirulina per day and then one big bottle everyday for the next 5 days, containing higher levels of spirulina. They do taste a bit more than the little ones but you get used to it and nothing compared to the powder form.

With the Spiralps bottles, you'll receive a little booklet with information on food guidelines and ways to make the most of your detox week. They recommend a lot of things I do and suggest as well in general, like focusing on your sleep, dry brushing your skin, going out and breathing fresh air, moving your body, doing yoga or gentle exercise, sauna, meditation and drinking lots of water.

 

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How I felt during the detox:

  • High on energy
  • Less appetite
  • Less brain fog, more clarity
  • Restful sleep

 

As I already eat mainly whole foods, I didn't have to change that much my diet for the week. I really felt the boost in energy and was also less hungry. I did the detox on a busy week so it gave me extra energy and I felt great and energized during the whole time. I managed to sleep really early and have good night sleeps too.

It's a good way to start with a detox plan to change some of your food habits and reset your body. It's not a restrictive diet in the sense that you don't have to change the amount of food and you can eat whatever you want- just not the food in the categories I mentioned earlier. You just add the spirulina drinks to your day. Think of it as a little break for your body.

 

I would definitely recommend it as an energy booster, if you are feeling sluggish, want to reset your body or want to detox and get rid of heavy metals in your body.

 

If you're pregnant, nursing or have any illness or medical condition, check with your doctor first before starting a cleanse or adding spirulina to your diet.

 

SPIRALPS is the first drink made with fresh spirulina. It is organic and produced in the Swiss Alps. They use a new cold technique to pasteurize the spirulina, which preserves its best quality.

 

* It is my first promotion post and just to specify, I am only promoting products that I have used  and liked. I really did feel the health benefits and will do a cleanse every season and take spirulina supplements the rest of the time as a little extra boost.