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Ready to start into an alkalizing spring?!

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As I told you a bit earlier this week on my blog’s Facebook page I have some new ideas and resolutions coming up for this spring. We all know spring time is cleansing time and the meteorological date of spring reminds me painfully that bikini season is just around the corner. I am not a fan of diets though, nor of starving – not, at all! But since I experimented with an alkalizing, anti-inflammatory detox last year and just felt great, different things made me come up with a plan:

1) An awesome book which I got for my bday from a lovely friend (who also does amazing vegan catering btw, check out Billie D. if you live in Malta): Crazy Sexy Diet (by Kriss Carr) which explains all advantages of switching to an anti-anti-inflammatory, alkalizing lifestyle in a great way of storytelling. (Some of her principles can be found in this article)

2) Another amazing book, which came some weeks later – also a belated bday pressie from my dear friend C <3. Aren’t my friends just awesome?! It’s called Honestly Healthy (by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson) – similar principle, easy explanations and mouthwatering recipes and photography (more info on their website)

3) As mentioned above: holy moly – summer is coming in big steps!! And at least for me it’s high time to red rid of some extra warming winter kilos!

Therefore, you’re cordially invited to join me on some weeks of good intentions for great health 😀 The principle is easy: eat as much alkalizing foods as somehow possible (at least 60, ideally 80%) and try to skip or at least minimize (let’s stay realistic 😉 the bad stuff such as refinded sugar, wheat, alcohol, coffee and ready prepared, processed food which often contain unhealthy fats, artificial flavors and taste enhancers. Instead of that there will be green smoothies, juices, yummy soups and salads and even deserts – but made in a healthy guilt free way! Combined with gentle exercise (I love my yoga for instance) this will be a great experience for your body, your mind and your health in the long run.

But what does this mean and what is it for?? By changing your normal eating habits and including more raw foods you will automatically focus on foods that decrease inflammation in your body. As some of you might know most nowadays diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart problems etc. come from inflammation. So it’s a long term investment in your health, in yourself, in your future! For more details on the alkalizing & anti-inflammatory principle do your research via the web or get one of the books mentioned above which I like even better as you can always reread and refer to it. Anyhow for some basic explanations and web tips check out my first detox article of last year, for a review of my last detox read the last one with all conclusions)

Today we start with a lovely light and healthy dinner. After a beautiful class of yoga (thanks MichelleBartoloYoga!) there’s nothing better than a yummy healthy meal, already prepared and waiting for you. To make my life easier we stocked up the fridge with tons of greens & veg like spinach, coriander, mint, rucola, broccoli, cucumbers, leeks, carrots and so on. With a full fridge like this, tonight’s soup is not only extremely easy to make, but also super delicious.

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All you need…

Some broccholi stalks (never throw them away!), carrots, leek, turnip cabbage, yeast free vegetable stock, himalayan salt, some turmeric, curry powder, Asafoetida (?), cumin, some coconut oil

Optional: add some precooked quionoa or millet, fresh herbs like parsley or coriander, a squeeze of lemon or lime in the end.

What to do….

Chop up all veg and roast it a bit on low temperature in coconut oil, fill up with a bit of water so it’s only covered. Let it simmer for a bit so the veg gets some bite. Add the spices, stock cube and himalayan salt. Then top up with a bit more water and let it simmer gently for another 10-15 min. Season to taste.
If you like more substance add some healthy grains like quinoa or millet.
Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!

Talk to you soon – and whoever is up for joining me on some healthy weeks, let’s connect and motivate eachother!

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broccoli salad. keep it simple.

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Some things are so simple that you tend to forget about them. Many dishes of our childhood are of that kind and when you finally eat them again you just can’t believe why it has taken you so long to pull them out of the dusty drawer 😉

A lovely simple Broccoli salad is one of those meals. Super easy to get in winter you can find broccoli in every veggie shop or veggie van. The best way, in my humble opinion, is to just wash it and then steam it with a bit of water in a steaming basket. It goes very quickly (like 5-7min), fits every pot and keeps the broccoli itself still alive instead of washing out all the good ingredients it has to offer us for our well being: vitamin B3, B5, C, E, folate, beta carotine, calcium, iron, zinc and suphoraphanes! It’s a real powerhouse for our immune and nervous system and a great weapon against many diseases like cancer, it supports the digestive system and cleans the liver as it’s also detoxing. But enough of praising the broccoli… just try it and see yourself – you’ll probably end up fighting about getting your half as me and my BF 😉

Broccoli salad. Looks innocent, tastes awesome.

Ingredients: 1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into mouth-size pieces, sea salt, olive oil of best quality, 1 lemon, some freshly grated cheese e.g. Pecorino.

Method: Steam the broccoli in the steaming basket with a hint of sea salt. After 5-10min take it out and cool it with ice cold water. Like this the color and nutrients stay alive. Drizzle with olive oil, some more sea salt, fresh pepper and the juice of one lemon. Mix and grate the Pecorino on top. Enjoy luke warm, you’ll see sometimes the bowl doesn’t even make it to the table 😉