Fresh Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad StraightupBananas

Here it is, ladies and gents — summer in a single salad.

Fresh, insanely easy to put together and nice and light — you can’t go wrong with serving this nice citrusy salad with any meal.

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 grapefruit
  2. 1 navel orange
  3. pumpkin seeds
  4. fennel
  5. chili flakes
  6. watercress (arugula, baby spinach or chard works fine)
  7. olive oil
  8. sea salt
  9. mint leaves

 

How to make it:

  • First, slice the grapefruit and orange as thin as you can without chopping off your fingers.
  • Then, place on the plate you’re going to serve it in.
  • Slice the white part of the fennel onto the citrus
  • sprinkle on the watercress leaves, chili flakes, mint leaves and sea salt
  • drizzle on some olive oil and you’re good to go!

 

That’s it, you’re done! It’s gorgeous, amazingly fresh and the kick of the chili adds just the right flavor to bring this fresh salad all together!

 

Give it a try and follow me on instagram, folks: @straightupbananas

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Tropic Fruit Rolls with a Yogurt-Turmeric Sauce

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I’ve got a real issue when it comes to fruit–I love ’em, but sometimes that sad little old orange could sit in the fruit bowl for days on end without me touching it only because I can sometimes, sorta be a lazy bum. If it’s washed, cut and ready in front of my face, I’ll have at it, if it’s not, I procrastinate until the poor little old orange whithers away and dies. Morbid…I know.

With Ramadan right around the corner, and plenty of Ramadan menu tastings happening, I’m trying my best to eat clean (especially the days I work from my home office).

Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you these beautifully satisfying healthy Tropic Fruit Spring Rolls–TADAAAA!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For fruit rolls:

  • Any fruit you’ve got on hand, sliced very thinly. I used bananas, kiwis, orange and strawberries
  • Rice paper

For sauce:

  • 1/3 a cup of cultured yogurt
  • Organic maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric powder

 

How to make ’em:

  1. Fill up a big ol’ bowl of hot water and leave to cool down just enough for you to be able to put your hands in it and not boil your fingertips
  2. Grab your rice papers and submerge in the water for about 30 seconds or until the edges start to curl up a bit
  3. Carefully take the rice paper out of the water and place it on a plate
  4. Layer your fruits on to the rice paper
  5. Start rolling by bring in the sides and roll
  6. For the sauce, dump all the sauce ingredients into a little bowl and mix
  7. Serve, grab and dunk in sauce–good times..

Finally watched Cowspiracy last night (yet another wild Thursday night lol) and it’s got the both of us really contemplating our dietary habits and our lifestyle in general.

I think it’s time for some massive changes–for a food revolution. Let’s see..

On a different note, look at all this fresh produce from @organicoasisae 😍😍

#local #organic #vegan #vegetarian #farmers #straightupbananas #organicoasis #cowspiracy #food #farmtotable #fresh #beautiful #healthy (at Organic Oasis AE)

I don’t think I’ve ever been more focused in anything in my entire life!

Live cooking class with @eatalyarabia

Today’s lunch is fresh tagliatelle tossed in a creamy butter and sage sauce with grated fresh black truffle! Instant salivation.

#dubaimall #cookingclass #fresh #eataly #eatalyarabia #food #foodporn #pasta #italian #fun #happy #ilovefood #eat #hungry #foodie #foodporn #foodgasm #mydubai #dxb (at Eataly)

It feels like it’s time for another adventure, don’t you think?

How gorgeous is this place?

#italy #cinqueterre #straightupbananas #travelblogger #travel #vacation #summer #bestthingever #love #fresh #healthy #beach #wanderlust #worldexplorer #worldexplorermag #explorer #whatjusthappened #beautiful #gopro #fun #happy #dubai #blog #lifeofablogger (at Cinque Terre, Italia)

May not be the best looking photo this morning, but it was just what the doctor ordered after last night’s launch party at #TheHide

I made myself some Greek-style scrambled eggs with Greek olives, tomatoes, mushrooms and plenty of dill and goat’s milk feta cheese.

#yum #delicious #eggs #greek #straightupbananas #breakfast #treatingmyself #food #foodporn #foodgasm #fit #thin #love #fresh #organic #ilovefood #eat #hungry (at Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Just accidentally made heart-shaped strawberry slices trying to remove the stems.

Well that’s as close as you’ll ever see me to a Valentine’s Day post. Lol

This morning I made myself a romantic chia seed pudding topped with strawberries and walnuts. Simple is good. Always.

Oh and little Pedro felt like he needed to be part of this shot.

#voteforpedro #pedro #catsofinstagram #straightupbananas #yum #healthy #breakfast #fresh #heart #valentines #chia #food #raw #vegan #fruit #fruitporn #dubai #work #food #foodporn #foodgasm #fit #thin (at Dubai, United Arab Emirates)