SSMM: Sunny Sunday Beautiful Breakfast

It is quite fascinating how many different variations one can create having limited ingredients: I always try to get local and seasonal foods. Living on a small island makes the variety more tight and the ability of limiting fruits gives little help either. Somehow the sunshine inspires for a simple creation.

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Ingredients

Sprouted buckwheat (of at least 2 days),  as much as desired

Strawberries, I counted about 12

Small piece  of ginger, chopped

Piece of grapefruit

2 drops of orange essential oil

1/4 tea sp turmeric powder

1/2 tea sp dried and powdered orange peel

Tea sp hemp hearts

Tea sp nutritional yeast

Making

Blend strawberries, ginger, turmeric powder and orange oil with a bit of water till smooth. Place buckwheat groats into a bowl and pour the smoothie over. Add grapefruit in small pieces, orange peel powder, hemp and nutritional yeast in top. Take a look until it makes you smile. Enjoy with joy!

 

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Living Brunch Plate with Mediterranean Herbs

 

Buckwheat has been one of my favorite foods since from the childhood. Back then in Lithuania we used to have simple roasted buckwheat boiled with not too much water and eat it with a bit of butter on the top and a glass of refreshing milk or kefir. That smell was so inviting and appetizing.

Today it has been modified somehow. Since I returned to Greece and discovered a new farmer which among many different ancient cereals grows organic buckwheat I always  take care to have enough in the cupboard and and have some sprouts ready on the counter or in the fridge as they grow more. I find this food amazing in its flavour and the way it feels in my body. The wonderful thing is that even if it feels like a cereal and is counted like one of them, it is a seed, same family with spinach and sorrel! It is very much advised for vegetarian and vegan people too.

Getting to the point. This is my favorite simple brunch plate. Refreshing, nourishing, filling and giving beautiful energy without making feel heaviness as it is all living raw food!

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Ingredients

Sprouted buckwheat, as much as desired
I find it best in taste and digestion when the “tale” (which is actually the root) is twice or more longer then the size of the seed

Avocado

3 pomodorini (can be something else to give more color for the food)

1/3 tsp turmeric powder

Tiny pinch of Himalayan salt

1 tsp nutritional yeast

1 sp your preferable cold pressed oil
I use hempseed or sunflower these days, skip it if you prefer less fatty

1sp apple cider vinegar

Dried Tarragon, Oregano and Rosemary

Preparation

Place the groats, sliced avocado and pomodorini on your favorite plate. Add the turmeric, oil and vinegar to buckwheat. Sprinkle tarragon on avocado (a beautiful combination, trust it!), oregano on buckwheat (this herb is a must in a Greek kitchen together with olive oil) and rosemary to pomodorini. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast and salt all over. Take a look and smile with love. Enjoy.

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Early Summertime Candida Friendly Morning Smoothie

Since I have left completely raw food and most of fruits new experiments have begun. It is interesting. Finally, there are fruits that are totally fine with candida friendly diet. Here I came up with a lovely awakening morning smoothie which is made in the kitchen every morning since the strawberry season started. I am also very glad to have found some more grapefruits remaining as it is a winter fruit. Chia seeds give smoothness.

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Ingredients

(makes about 1/5 liter)

1 cup fresh strawberries (can be other berries)
1 big or 2 small grapefruits
1 fennel leaf
Piece of ginger
1 big spoon of chia seeds, soaked an hour ago or even before bedtime
1/3 tsp. turmeric powder
1 drop of orange essential oil (optional)
Bee pollen to sprinkle

How to make

Chop the strawberries, peeled grapefruit, and fennel.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend gradually increasing the speed till smooth.

Some extra water might be needed.

Place in a drinking glass or jar and sprinkle some bee pollen on the top.

Enjoy slowly and wait for an hour or two till to have brunch.

Benefits

All the ingredients are highly antioxidant which is excellent for the morning as it is time when body takes care of removing toxins away. Chia gives healthy nutrition. Orange oil and grapefruit help fight candida overgrowth issue.

 

Tahini Turmeric Creamy Dressing

 

It is wonderful to have such a great choice of tahini brands living in Greece. Tahini has an old tradition and history. It is even called the Elixir of Health and Beauty. I try to always have a jar on the kitchen shelf.

The history of sesame reaches long ago as it has been cultivated for 5000 years. Hippocrates emphasised its high nutritional value and contribution to our overall well-being. The Chinese used it to control metabolism and the Persians included it in their medicinal remedies. Its value also becomes apparent from the fact that the Assyrians used it in commercial transactions as currency of value equal to silver!

# The nutritional value of tahini shows it to be rich in Vitamin EVitamin B, calciumselenium and zinc.

# 11 vitamins contained in sesame and its by-products (tahini and halva) boost the immune system and slow down the aging process.

# Fatty acids, Vitamin E and sesamine contained in tahini lower cholesterol levels and protect against arteriosclerosis and heart attacks.

# Sesame is rich in antioxidant agents (Vitamin E, selenium, sterols) protects cells from free radicals.

# Sesamin cobtains Anticarcinogenic, especially against breast cancer.

# We can definitely call it a Beauty elixir, as sesame oil, contained at 55% in tahini, is rich in Vitamin E, which protects the skin from environmental damages and it is also used in cosmetics thanks to its firming properties. Vitamin B inhibits the appearance of wrinkles while trace elements like selenium and zinc help fight off free radicals. Furthermore, both vitamins prevent hair loss and contribute to the overall health of our hair.
# It has properties preventing mental diseases: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and Cataract. Vitamin B also contributes the good function of the metabolism and the peptic system, while, combined with sesame, it also helps the good function of the liver.
# It is an excellent source of healthy plant origin protein which is importantfor pregnant and breast feeding women and growing children.

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Since few years my favorite brand is the one that packs tahini into octangular shaped jars. Those I like to keep and reuse for herbs, spices, condiments… It has a truly particular taste!

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Turmeric is another very precious ingredient used since ages ago, especially in Asia and is known as medicine, apart from its amazingly deep yellow color and enriching food with a special flavor.

What makes turmeric so healing is curcumin. It is the principle curcuminoid, a compound in turmeric that gives it its yellow color and is also responsible for the amazing health benefits. The percentage of curcumin in turmeric varies depending on type – medicinal or aromatic, as well as where it was grown, and how it was processed. Some percentage of curcumin is lost during the heating process when making turmeric powder, which is why raw turmeric is very healthy.

Some of turmeric properties:

# In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicine, turmeric is used to treat arthritis.

# Anti-inflammatory.

# Antioxidant.

# Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease.

# Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.

# Curcumin improves the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.

# Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce more bile, which aids digestion.

# Curcumin is a very promising new therapeutic option for the treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases for which present therapies are largely unsatisfactory.

# Curcumin alleviates the symptoms of depression.

# Turmeric as First Aid: Turmeric is used to treat wounds, cuts, rashes, bruises, insect bites, and swelling.

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Ingredients:

3 tsp tahini

1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 drop pure cinammon essential oil (gives a soft warming touch and helps to fight candida overgrowth if needed)

pinch of rock / Himalayan salt

juice of half lemon

a bit of water

Preparation:

Start with tahini, turmeric, cinnamon oil, salt and lemon juice placing them in a wide glass or a small bowl. Stir with a fork. You will notice the mass becoming very thick, which happened because of the lemon juice. Here you may add a bit of water and stir more. Add as much water as thick / liquid you like it to be. Mine usually remains quite thick as I find it more delicious.

A little secret: if you prepare it in advance, during the ours passing it will become more and more yellow and Curcumin will work with the oil in tahini.

You may add this dressing to you salads or meals. It is delicious with steamed veggies, like broccoli and even soups or stews. You may like to use it as a spread on a slice of bread or as a dip for chopped veggies.

The yellow color makes you feel warm not only physically, but emotionally as well.

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Hazelnut Avocado Smooth Mylk

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Celebrating the housestay because of my injured right food a simple beautiful idea came to finish Sunday lunch: avocado smoothened hazelnut mylk. Keep it simple is my motto in the kitchen and elsewhere as much as possible. So it is super easy to make.

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Ingredients:

1 cup unshelled hazelnuts soaked overnight and well rinsed

1/2 avocado

2 cups water

Pinch of rock or Himalayan salt

Optional: pre soaked goji berries / honey or other healthy raw sweetener / cinnamon or other preferable spice

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients to a blender and blend gradually increasing the speed till maximum until smooth. Can be used drinking straight, added to breakfast cereals, over summer berries, making chia pudding…

As the one I made has no sweetener, it is candida friendly and has natural sweetness.

Sisterhood Gathering on New Moon

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Dear Sister,

The Darkest Night of the month is coming again this Friday.
I would like to invite you to celebrate the this New Moon gathering with other Sisters.
Together we will plant seeds – intentions and wishes – for the future.

We will spend a moment together and with ourselves getting somewhat deeper into what we are.
Perhaps sharing our knowledge and wisdom, perhaps getting strength realizing our dreams and visions, listening to one another and ourselves.
Leaving behind any thoughts, believes, patterns, attachments that are no longer useful.

The theme invited
Empower Body Image: I Honor My Body as a Sacred Temple

You are welcome to wear white as a sign of clarity and purity.
You are welcome to bring a dear object that you can bless during the celebration to bring it home.
You are welcome to bring flowers.

Looking forward to see you

Date: 6th May, Friday, 19.00
Place: Armonia, Hydra
Web: http://www.women.unify.org/