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Vlogging is fun, so here comes video #2! Tropical Cashew & Peach Popsicles

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Thank you all for your great Facebook comments and messages on my first vlog!!!
It meant so much to me and made me super enthusiastic to make a second one right away – here it comes!

It’s getting hot here in Malta and the rest of Europe so I thought why not make some yummy popsicles for my little sunshine and myself?!  Feel like a healthy alternative to the unhealthy ice creams out there? This is a simple and refreshing recipe for Tropical Cashew & Peach Popsicles, dairy free with raw cashew cream and only natural sweeteners like ripe peaches, dried mango, coconut and a hint of best quality maple syrup 

Easy to make – leftovers can be used as a yummy smoothie, liked by kids and adults alike  The recipe comes with some practical and simple health tips for your own and your family’s health.

 

 

This is only my second vlog so please let me know if you like it or if you have any feedback, tips or requests for me! If you like it, give me a thumbs up, share it and you’ll brighten up my day 

If you’re interested in our upcoming Mindful Birth Partners workshop in Malta on 24 June please check Mindful Birth Partner Workshop for further information.

Love, sunshine & healthy food 
Nadine xx

P.S. If it got you inspired or you’d like to find out more about my Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching services – shoot me a PM! Otherwise just enjoy the video and let me know how you like it again, your feedback means the world to me 

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4 months, a new life & the rediscovery of Thai food

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Today a year ago I found out I was pregnant.
Today 4 months ago our sweet little mouse Zoe was born.

4 months in which she hasn’t stopped bringing joy, giggles and love into our house and hearts.
4 months full of new situations, questions, occasional worries, unexpected grins and sudden attacks of love that you’re not sure if your heart is about to break of it.

Words can’t describe how happy I am to have her in our life.

Yes, it’s definitely true that your life is changing dramatically as a mum. Maybe not for everyone.. especially not if, like many women here in Malta, have to go back to work after 4 months (that would be now for me!), often full-time and have to leave their baby in a nursery or, if they’re lucky with nanna (Maltese for granny). But even then, your life will never be the same again as it used to be before. The nights are sometimes interrupted with night feeds and if not you can’t believe it that your baby is so quiet so you just have to go there and check if she is still breathing. Sounds crazy? I know! But suddenly there is this big love and sense for responsibility in you which I’ve never known before. This little human is totally dependent on you, and the way how it trust you is just heartbreakingly beautiful. Today was Zoe’s first baby swimming lesson. Imagine her, floating in a pool, so huge for her in comparison to an adult, but totally relaxed on her back with only my hands supporting gently her head and spine. This is real trust. Do you trust someone that much?

Suddenly you get lots of flashbacks to your own childhood. You start to understand the unconditional love of your parents and how much they care for you. A baby not only shakes up the parents’ life but it has a huge ripple effect. On grandparents, siblings who become proud aunties and uncles, friends – be it girls or guys – who suddenly show you completely new sides of their personality, be it insecurity, softness, affection.. Why? Because they are overwhelmed with the same feeling. The magic of a baby.

Of course a baby is not everybody’s cup of tea. And some people might fade out of your life because you can’t continue your life as it used to be. No more boozy dinners or dancing at festivals on a regular basis, several yoga classes a week and time to hang out after. Your priorities change, but change is good and makes you grow as they say.

Unfortunately also cooking lost some priority for me in my life these days. I’m mainly thinking quick and easy now, and if things can be cooked in bulk, stored for several days or be frozen so I don’t have to cook from scratch everyday. I only realize now, how much time I dedicated to cooking! Thinking that I was into simple food already, I only start realizing now how many trips to different shops for different ingredients it took and how many hours of inspirational reading and the cooking as such I had in hands (next to a bottle of wine of course!). Anyways, this is a new chapter and it’s time to adapt.

One of my recent (re)discoveries is Thai food. I’ve been into Thai food for ages but somehow lost touch with it over the last few years. Now, by coincidence (concretely leftovers from our New Year party inspired me), I came back to it and fell in love all over again!

So let me share our favorite dish these days:

thai-fried-rice

Thai fried rice 

What you need…
(Serves 4)

  • 1 onion
  • 1 thumb sized ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 ts of soy paste & 1 ts of chili paste (thanks to my friend Hardy for the recommendation!)
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce (skip for a vegetarian version)
  • 2 limes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of cooked rice (I prefer brown)
  • Approx. 500g of chopped veggies (I took peppers and spring onions with the chicken and zucchini with the beef but you can experiment with all kinds of veg)
  • Approx. 500g meat (I took chili and maple sirup marinated chicken strips one day, some beef filet strips the other day and even minced beef another time – worked great with all of them. For a vegetarian version skip the meat or fry some tofu cubes)
  • Fresh cilantro

Heat up the sesame oil in a big pan and start frying the chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Add the pastes and mix it.

Add the meat and stir fry it, add the vegetables and sauces and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes. Crack the two eggs on top and mix it all up.

Add the cooked rice and stir. Add some more of the sauces to taste (careful with the fish sauce as it’s quite intense) and another bit of sesame oil.

Serve with lime slices and fresh cilantro on top.

Dinner is ready! (And of course I still have a glass of red wine with it 🙂

With these basics you can make any a huge variety of fried rice versions. You can even replace the rice with rice noodles if you want to. Swap the veggies, change or skip the meat as long as you have the rest of the other ingredients.  

So for now, let me go back focus on my little princess who by now woke up and is patiently sitting on my lap and I hope it won’t take too long to blog to you again. So long, keep on following my FB page which is updated more regularly as it’s simply easier and quicker these days than sitting down to write a whole blog post.  Still love it though I must say 😉

Wishing you all a very happy new year, filled with good food, giggles and love!

N xxx

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PS Photos of my pregnant self by the talented Angela from H is for happiness

Bananarama – orgasmic raw ice cream.

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I’m deeply in love with ice cream. Me – never being a huge ice cream fan, but this raw banana ice cream is just ooooor-gaaa-smiiiic! The texture is fluffy, airy, it’s super creamy and sweet – somehow like a light mascarpone cream in a tiramisu (including tons of fat and sugar and maybe even egg white). But why bother doing a tiramisu or any other time consuming desert when you can have this amazing banana ice cream in 5min?! I promise, it is healthy but tastes absolutely sinful and yummy.

so easy, so yummy!

so easy, so yummy!

What you need…
(2 small or 1 big portion)

That’s actually funny as it’s only 1 ingredient: banana

Optional:

Cacao powder, cinnamon, cacao nibs
You can even do variations with other fruit like strawberry, nuts or nut butter etc etc. Start playing and get creative!

What to do:

Chop up a banana in slices whenever you have ripe bananas to be used. Freeze the slices and keep them for whenever you feel like ice cream. When you wanna do the ice cream, prepare you processor, chop another fresh banana in slices add the frozen banana and mix for 1-2min until all the chunks have disappeared. You will see as soon as you open the processor how amazingly smooth and creamy the result came out. Now share it in nice glasses and sprinkle with cacao, cinnamon and cacao nibs.
An alternative for the additional fresh banana is adding some coconut milk (or other nut free milk of your choice.

For the chocolate version (in the meantime my absolute favorite!!!)

Add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder to the banana slices and sprinkle with cacao nibs when served. Diviiiiiiine and can be an emergency helper when feeling down or you need a cheer up after a bad day 😉

the perfect comfort on a bad day ;)

the perfect comfort on a bad day 😉

Enjoy immediately after and many many more times to come!

Love,
xxN

P.S. Once again what my friend Michelle says is true…. EASY IS RIGHT ❤