One of the main profiles that inspired me to follow a semi vegan diet. Still working on living a healthier life, maybe one day I’ll get there.

Thank you for all the inspiration! #edenlightretreat13k

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Bananas are just bananas!

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Breakfast smoothie anyone?

This super simple smoothie is the perfect remedy for lazy and sluggish mornings!

– ¼ cup of oats
– 2 tspn flaxseed
– grated ginger
-grated turmeric
-cinnamon
– 2 ripe bananas
– 4 tbsn pumpkin or sunflower seeds
– handful of strawberries (frozen is perfect)
– Half an avocado
– coconut water or milk

Blend until the oats and seeds make the mixture smooth, silky, and creamy.

This smoothie will give you the energy of a few cups of coffee, but without the crash! Plus, it’s crazy good for you!

Go #straightupbananas and give it a go!

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Post-workout snacks, the best part of a workout. Lol

What do you like to snack on throughout the day?

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Wakie, wakie to a Mexican – inspired breakie! Morning!

What did you have for breakfast?

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Packed lunches! One for the beach and one for work tomorrow!

You’ve got a grilled beetroot and zucchini salad with greens, carrot ribbons, and plenty of herbs from my balcony garden!

What do you like to pack for lunch?

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Breakfast anyone?

Made breakfast for the Bae and I. You’ve got homemade granola with yogurt and frozen berries, kiwi, orange, apple, and 2 soft-boiled eggs each! Ready for the day ahead!

What are you having for breakfast during your national day holiday?

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Healthy and Easy Lentil Soup recipe

This baby is a recipe I got from my wonderful mother. It’s her faux creamy orange lentil soup with veg. It is a winner, I promise!

Back at home we used to usually have this soup during the cold winter months, or during Ramadan for extra nourishment–protein and hydration. It’s an easy and quick vegetarian recipe to use when you just can’t be bothered to cook a decent meal–a bit of this soup and you’re warm, full, and fuzzy inside. It’s a good option for a healthy and quick lunch or/and dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • ¾ of a mug of orange lentil
  • ¼ of a mug of basmati rice
  • a pinch of cumin
  • 1 cube of chicken stock
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • coriander
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 ltr of boiling water

Method:

First, chop the onions and carrots and saute until tender in a deep pot. While the veggies tender, measure your lentils and rice in a mug and wash until the water runs clear (getting rid of any excess starch or muck). To the onions and carrots add the garlic, green pepper, stock cube, and coriander and cook on a medium-low heat.

Once the cumin has been toasted, add 1 liter of boiling water and add rice and lentils. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until carrots are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with ripped coriander, a drizzle of olive oil, and lemon.

You can never go wrong with my Puerto Rican mother’s version of a Palestinian classic ‘Shorbit Adas’.

Homemade Creamy Guacamole

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Some of you guys have sent me messages asking why I haven’t posted a recipe in a while–I am going to be totally honest, this passed month has been THE craziest month EVER…and I do mean ever. My mother and mother-in-law came to visit and I traveled to Nepal for a week (that is a whole different post), so in all honesty, I haven’t had a moment to even think straight. Sorry?

Anyhoo, I know guacamole may be a very basic recipe whether you use it as a dip with tortilla chips or tacos, or as a creamy dressing for any green salad–but I can promise you my easy version of the Mexican classic will knock your guests’ socks off!

For this recipe you will need:

  • A ripe avocado
  • Green spring onions
  • The juice of a lemon
  • A diced tomato
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup of fresh yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

I know it seems like a few more ingredients than your average guac, but I promise those extra ingredients will make ALL the difference! I like to add yogurt to give the dip more body; yogurt makes the dip creamier and almost the texture of an avocado mousse if that makes any sense? While adding the drizzle of olive oil gives a silky and glossy finish. What’s not to love, right?

First, dice the avocado inside the skin and scoop out with a spoon into a bowl. Using the back of a fork, squish and smash the avocado flesh until creamy.

Last, add the rest of the ingredients and drizzle a small amount of olive oil and salt & pepper to taste. Voila! You’ve got yourself a kick-ass dip that’ll have everyone coming back for seconds…guaranteed

Go straight-up bananas and try out the recipe. Let me know how it goes!

Breakfast is some early sunshine on the balcony and a plate of color!
● a turmeric shot: coconut water, turmeric, lemon.
● avocado on oat toast
● a boiled egg with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
● a handful of almonds
Combined with a work out and some yoga in a bit–this is shaping out to be a lovely day!

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