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Homemade flavoured water

In Drinks and Smoothies On May 20, 2015 1 Comment

I came up with this simple recipe as an alternative to alcohol when accompanying barbecues. Warm weather brings with it a lot of outdoor activities where beer and wine are always up in line. We already started having weekly barbecues or gatherings and having this drink as an alternative was greatly welcomed. It was also a nice thought for the small members of the family.

flavoured water portrait (Small)

 

Adding more berries will promise a richer taste although it is not needed. If you are not keen on trying this recipe then you might want to add a little bit more berries. With time, the water turns into a diluted berry juice, and we greatly enjoyed the taste of it. At the end do not forget to eat the berries, my nephew was eagerly bulging on the water to get to the berries.

Flavoured homemade water
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Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 litre bottled water
  2. 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
  3. juice of 1 small lemon
  4. 8 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a water jug or bottle
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour
  3. Serve chilled & Enjoy
Notes
  1. Tip: Add more berries for a richer taste
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Watermelon cooler

In Drinks and Smoothies On September 2, 2014 0 Comments

Creating healthier alternatives is one of my mottos. I believe that part of the motivation of a “diet” is in finding happiness in what you do. I refer to “diet” in quotes, as I want to refer to the lifestyle choice one undergoes when it comes to food as opposed to the westernized terminology where one understands it to be deprivation, sacrifices and boredom of food. In fact people most often ask me how I manage to carry such a lifestyle and one of the top reasons I answer back is the passion I have for it. I consider real food to be highly satisfying and interesting to manage. Although conventional food may appear tastier for some, I have started to perceive it is fake food and prefer the taste of my healthier alternatives. Try my bounty or snickers version and you will know, although this is a gradual change and taste buds cannot be changed overnight. It does not mean that I do not consume conventional foods occasionally but I can vow I prefer my creations way better :)

This watermelon cooler is a great sweet drink idea for those wishing to cut on the calories. I enjoy taking it with me at barbecues instead of beer. As I like to say, part of going on a healthy diet is not deprivation but in finding other healthier alternatives. It is also great to take with you at the beach.

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Watermelon Cooler
Serves 3
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Prep Time
20 min

Prep Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. 300g watermelon
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 5 basil leaves
  4. some fresh ginger (optional)
Instructions
  1. Deseed the watermelon completely (this is the hardest part :) and add to a liquidizer / blender together with the other ingredients.
  2. Liquidize completely. This will take a few seconds as the watermelon will become liquid immediately.
  3. There is no need to strain! Just use a funnel to store drink in bottles.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour and enjoy!
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Creamy sweet potato smoothie

In Drinks and Smoothies On June 19, 2014 0 Comments

A friend of mine found this recipe online and shared it with me. I was really interested in learning how the sweet potato will taste in a smoothie and the result was superb. The sweet potato doesn’t taste much and it creates a very creamy consistency. This is an awesome sweet tooth fix! 

I made some minor changes to the recipe, my version can be found below.

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Creamy sweet potato smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
25 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 sweet potato
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup homemade almond milk
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil sweet potato with skin on. It will easily peel afterwords, then chill the sweet potato in fridge.
  2. For the smoothie, blend all the ingredients together in liquidizer.
  3. Enjoy while still cold.
Notes
  1. It is best if you boil the sweet potato some time before so that it has time to cool down. I do this the night before if I am taking the smoothie for breakfast.
  2. Homemade almond milk will be stored in fridge. Chill the milk if using store bought version.
Adapted from www.mindbodygreen.com
Adapted from www.mindbodygreen.com
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Summer Berry Smoothie

In Breakfast Basket, Drinks and Smoothies, Vegan On June 8, 2014 1 Comment

It already started getting warm in Malta and in many places in Europe. This smoothie is a nice breakfast or snack to enjoy in the hot summer months. The banana makes the smoothie sweet and creamy, and you won’t need to add any other sweetener. You can use fresh berries but I find the frozen ones more convenient.

Summer Berry Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 ripe medium banana
  2. 1½ cups mixed frozen berries
  3. 1 cup water
  4. fresh mint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix banana and frozen berries with half of the water in a liquidiser. Add more water gradually until all berries have melted and you see a creamy consistency.
  2. Serve with fresh mint and enjoy :)
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Healthy Cola Drink

In Drinks and Smoothies On April 13, 2014 2 Comments

Do you know what is one of the secret ingredient in the famous cola drink? It is lavender. I never imagined that such an unhealthy drink would contain lavender or any of the other fantastic spices. The idea for making this drink came after watching Chef Michael Van de Elzen from the TV series “The Food Truck” making a healthier version. I made some slight modifications and my version turned out to be a rather healthy and nutritious drink.  

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I still do not know what the real ‘coke’ ingredients are since the label only indicates natural flavorings, among the sugar, color and phosphoric acid. Rumors say that not even the real coca-cola contains the kola nut itself. I am not a fan of fizzy drinks so I cannot really judge how my version tastes however I can tell you that whilst cooking the ingredients there was a very similar smell (judged also by my members of the family). The result is a similar taste, which more likely resembles the cola bottle gummy sweets rather than the coke drink itself. 

All my tasters liked this Cola drink and considered it very tasty knowing that it was made at home by a health-conscious, against refined sugar chef. Let me know what you think if you try it out.

cola drink

 

Healthy Cola Drink
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Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
15 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. zest of one orange
  2. zest of one lemon
  3. zest of one lime
  4. 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  5. 2 tablespoons lavender flowers
  6. 2 star anise
  7. seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  8. 1 cinnamon stick
  9. 1/4 nutmeg
  10. 5g fresh minced ginger
  11. 1/2 teaspoon coffee (optional)
  12. 1/2 cup honey
  13. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
  14. 2 cups water
  15. 1.75litres sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Stir in the orange zest, lemon zest, lime zest, ground coriander, lavender, star anise, vanilla seeds, cinnamon stick, ginger and nutmeg in a saucepan with 2 cups warm water.
  2. Bring to a boil and after 5 minutes simmer for a further 15 minutes. While simmering, add 1/2 cup maple syrup and the 1/2 teaspoon coffee.
  3. When ready remove from heat and add the 1/2 cup of honey. Stir well to make sure the honey has melted completely.
  4. Filter the liquid mixture through a sieve. This will be the syrup base for your drink.
  5. Use one part of the syrup with 5 parts sparkling water. You may wish to add more to make a stronger flavor. I had 350ml syrup.
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Beetroot, apple and ginger juice

In Drinks and Smoothies On March 8, 2014 0 Comments

This juice is very refreshing. Enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. Beetroots, apple, carrots, lemon and ginger are an awesome combination!

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Beetroot, apple & ginger juice
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Total Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 medium beetroot
  2. 1 apple
  3. 3 small carrots
  4. 1/2 lemon
  5. 1/2 inch ginger
  6. 1/3 cup water
Instructions
  1. Peel apple, beetroot, carrots, lemon and ginger.
  2. Juice all the ingredients with a juicer. Alternatively blend all ingredients with a liquidizer and then filter juice with a nylon bag or sieve.
  3. You can blend the remaining pulp with a banana and eat later during the day.
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Homemade Almond Milk

In Drinks and Smoothies On November 19, 2013 0 Comments

This is the best drink I have created so far. It tastes so good and also so is so satisfying. This dairy free almond milk is creamy and very therapeutic to make. You will enjoy doing it!

All you need to do is buy a nylon bag which will be used as a sieve. This bag is also useful to make pumpkin puree or for filtering other food from water.

The remaining almonds were a surprise to me, you’ll see below the recipe what happened.

almond milk making

Homemade Almond Milk
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min

Total Time
15 min

Prep Time
15 min

Total Time
15 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw almonds (with skin on)
  2. 3 pitted dates
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  4. 4 cups water
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking the almonds for at least 8 hours in water. Rinse from time to time as you will notice that the water will become unclear. Once ready to make the milk, rinse one final time and remove from water.
  2. Put the almonds in a liquidiser or food processor together with the water and dates (picture 1).
  3. Process until the almonds are finely chopped. The water will turn white (picture 2). Add the vanilla powder and blend until the almonds have reached their smallest size possible.
  4. Take a large bowl, one with a spout would be ideal but don’t worry if you do not have. Take the nylon bag and put inside the bowl. Make sure that no part goes over the edges as otherwise you will waste some of the milk that goes out. Pour the milk inside the nylon bag (picture 3).
  5. Grab the nylon bag with both hands and start pressing gently so that the milk can flow out (picture 4). This is the fun part so enjoy =).
  6. When all the liquid comes out the milk is done. Pour into a sterilized glass bottles (picture 5) and store in fridge. Shake the bottle before use.
Notes
  1. Enjoy with homemade granola. Recipe found here.
  2. You can make left over brownies with the leftover nuts!
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I called the reaming almonds a good replacement of  ‘helwa tat-tork’ as we call it in Maltese which in English is Turk’s sweet or halva. This is a middle eastern dessert. The texture is very similar and the taste too although of course less sweet as it does not have any sugar in it. Just place remaining almonds in a small ramekin, press the mixture using hands and then put the ramekin upside down on a plate and remove. 

 helwa tat tork

 

Alternatively, use the remaining almonds to make these tasty leftover brownies.

Joyful Green Smoothie

In Drinks and Smoothies On October 18, 2013 0 Comments

Smoothies are a great way to start the day. The blender breaks down the cellulose structure and unlocks it’s nutrients  in the greens. Do not be deceived by it’s color. I challenge you to try it at least once! If you put some sweet food in it (banana, dried fruit, other fruit), it will taste good as any other smoothie. Promise!

 

Green Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. bunch of fresh spinach
  2. 1 kiwi
  3. 1 banana
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. 2 cups no sugar added almond milk
  6. 1/5 teaspoon spirulina powder
  7. 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Carefully wash and rinse the spinach.
  2. Place ingredients in a container and blend using a hand blender. Alternatively you can use a liquidizer.
  3. Pour in glass and enjoy.
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