Breakfast, Juices, Smoothies and Drinks

Simple Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie {video}

January 29, 2015
healthy chocolate smoothie

Smoothies are my favourite choice of breakfast. In this video I show you how simple it is to prepare a smoothie with a few ingredients. You can put basically any fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts and superfoods to give you lasting energy for the start of the day.

Healthy chocolate breakfast smoothie:

1 frozen banana (I freeze the bananas when very ripe and use it in smoothies or make ice-cream)

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup frozen berries

1 cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)

spirulina

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp Ganoderma mushroom powder (my favourite brand is here)

Blend and enjoy! You can add more water depending on how thick you like your smoothie.

 

Love,

Andrea

 

Mains

Meatless Monday: Nut Roast {delicious!}

January 26, 2015

I felt like having a roast, but as I hardly ever eat meat any more I was looking to try out a nutty version. I have found Mrs. Myrtleberry’s roast, which comes from one of Celia Brooks Brown’s book: World Vegetarian Classics. It’s so delicious, resembles the taste of minced meat and all without harming an animal and all hormones. Even carnivores will love it (my husband did :) ).

nutroast

As I am on a dairy free diet, I substituted the cheese with nutritional yeast, which is high in B vitamins and has a cheesy flavour and replaced the butter with coconut oil. If you are vegan, you can substitute the eggs with flax egg: mix 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed with some water.

So here is the nut roast recipe:

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
– 250 g mixed nuts – walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and sesame seeds
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 clove of garlic, chopped
– 2 organic eggs
– 400 g fresh tomatoes (peeled if you like) or 1 can tomatoes, drained
– 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast (for non dairy version) (original recipe calls for 150 g cheddar cheese, grated)
– 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
– 2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon mustard
– salt, pepper
– coconut oil (or as per original butter)

nut roast before going into the oven

nut roast before going into the oven

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease a round form (diameter 20-22 cm) with coconut oil, line with parchment paper then grease the paper also with coconut oil.

Place the nuts (except sesame seeds) in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Toast, stirring gently, until golden and fragrant. Remove to a bowl and leave to cool. Whiz in a food processor until very finely chopped; the mixture should still be loose, not a purée.

In a large bowl, combine the ground nuts with the onion, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, eggs, lemon juice and seasoning with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the form and bake for 40-50 minutes on 180C (350F) until firm and golden brown.

nut roast with red cabbage

nut roast with red cabbage

You can serve it with red cabbage, some chutney, sweet potato or cauliflower mash and some green salad. Let me know how you like it!

Love,
Andrea

Printable version:

Meatless Monday: Nut Roast {delicious!}
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: vegetarian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 250 g mixed nuts – walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and sesame seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 400 g fresh tomatoes (peeled if you like) or 1 can tomatoes, drained
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast (for non dairy version) (original recipe calls for 150 g cheddar cheese, grated)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • salt, pepper
  • coconut oil (or as per original butter)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease a round form (diameter 20-22 cm) with coconut oil, line with parchment paper then grease the paper also with coconut oil.
  2. Place the nuts (except sesame seeds) in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Toast, stirring gently, until golden and fragrant.
  3. Remove to a bowl and leave to cool. Whiz in a food processor until very finely chopped; the mixture should still be loose, not a purée.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground nuts with the onion, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, eggs, lemon juice and seasoning with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the mixture into the form and bake for 40-50 minutes on 180C (350F) until firm and golden brown.

Breakfast

Quick Breakfast: Chia Pudding {video}

January 19, 2015

No excuses why you can’t have breakfast! Prepare this quick and nutritious chia pudding, great for a breakfast on the go, that I make quite often, especially now in the winter months when I don’t always feel like having a smoothie. Ready in two minutes.

I’ve made a video for you to demonstrate how easy it is and talk about the benefits of chia seed as well:


Winter Chia Pudding Recipe:
2 cups almond milk (or any non-dairy milk of your choice)
1/3 to 2/3 cup chia seed (depending on how thick you like it)
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dash of tumeric (optional, great anti-inflammatory)
honey/maple syrup or stevia to sweeten
a jar

Add any fruits you like. Keep it in the fridge overnight and grab and go in the morning. Enjoy!

Chia is great for detox and improving your digestion. Check out my Winter Reboot Cleanse for more easy cleansing recipes.

Coaching, Featured

Home retreat – what is a safe detox protocol

January 9, 2015
Clean Eating made easy

We are in the winter season and being a new year, many of us embark on a healthier lifestyle. Let’s talk about what is a safe way to cleanse our bodies and get rid of unwanted toxins, that might stop you from getting to your ideal body weight.

Detoxification is a process during which you normalize the body’s natural ability to process and excrete toxins that are stored in our fat, while you temporarily reduce the amount of incoming toxins.
There are a lot of detox protocols, facts and myths out there. If you jump into detox without prior experience (meaning that you probably have a high toxic load and will release a high level of toxins) or proper supervisions, it can backfire:

  • Severe detox symptoms including headache, lethargy, and skin issues
  • If the body cannot process the large amount of toxins that are suddenly released into the bloodstream, the toxins will get re-absorb into the fat tissue

Clean Eating made easy

When looking for a safe detox/cleanse protocol and program, you should pay special attention to:

  • A gradual approach that can minimize withdrawal, sudden toxin release, and increase success rate
  • Enough calorie intake to support the body’s detoxification and elimination process
  • Addressing issues of addiction prior to start of the program

Also, if you are looking to start a weight loss program, it’s best to go through a supervised detox program first so fewer problems will arise when toxins are released as fat cells are burned off. Support will help you to stay on track as well.
You can see why detoxing first is advisable – for example cellulite is toxins stored in FAT. As we cleanse out the junk before we want to lose WEIGHT, the process will be much easier, having already created healthy habits.

If you’d like to give a go to an online, DIY (do it yourself), but supported detox/cleanse program check out my New Year Reboot – Winter Clean Eating Program.

New Year Reboot - Clean Eating Program

Love,

Andrea

Featured, Juices, Smoothies and Drinks

Spirulina Latte

January 7, 2015

SPIRULINA is such a great superfood. It is a type of blue-green algae which is full of life-giving nutrients such as protein, beta carotene, chlorophyll, antioxidants, minerals and other important nutrients that our body needs. It is also known as one of the best alkaline food, which helps to change weak acidic body condition to a healthy alkaline one.

I personally use spirulina daily for its high (70%) protein content and alkalizing  properties. So great to keep your system in balance! :)

Spirulina Latte

When I was a teenager one of my favourite drinks was banana + milk smoothie. This is a contemporary version of mine that I really enjoy, for its added benefits as well ;)

Spirulina Latte
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 6-8 spirulina tablets (my choice of brand is DXN)
  • 100 ml cashew / almond or rice milk
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a squeeze from a fresh lemon
Instructions
  1. Blend all and enjoy the boost of energy!

 

Love,

Andrea

Yoga and Retreats

A glimpse of my Yogalates sessions {video}

November 27, 2014

I have been lucky to have My Dubai My City {www.mydubaimycity.com} over to try my morning Yogalates class at Fraser Suites Dubai and interview me. Please have a look and if you are in town, join me every Monday and Wednesday morning at 8:30 by the pool!

Enjoy!

Featured, Gluten Free, Sweet Stuff

Meatless Monday – Dairy free rice pudding

October 28, 2014
Rice Cake by Andrea Balazs

Rice pudding was my favourite childhood treat. As I haven’t been using cow’s milk for years, I only made it few times in the past 10 years. I thought of creating a healthier version of it. The end result tastes probably better than my Grandma’s original recipe :)

Rice Cake by Andrea Balazs

 

Dairy free rice pudding
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Desert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 400 ml organic coconut milk
  • 600 ml water
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 250 g brown rice
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Soak the brown rice for a while (it will cook quicker), then rinse
  2. Bring to boil the coconut milk, oil and water mix, then add the rice. Cook until the rice soaks up the milk, or until it's cooked. Let it cool.
  3. Separate the egg yolk from the whites. Mix the honey and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites then mix in the yolk followed by the whites into the rice.
  4. Pour into a baking dish and bake it in a preheated oven at 180 Celsius for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Serve it with chocolate or vanilla sauce. I made a simple strawberry sorbet, blending frozen strawberries with maple syrup.

Rice Cake by Andrea Balazs

Enjoy your sweet treat!

Love,

Andrea

 

Simply Retreats

Rejuvenate and Detox in Hungary {November 7-9, 2014}

October 26, 2014
Yoga Retreat in Hungary

Join me for yoga and detox this November in the beautiful historical town of Eger in Hungary. We’ll do yoga, eat healthy and explore the surroundings. Please find details HERE.

For availability and to book, contact me at andrea@yoganutrition.com

Yoga Retreat in Hungary

 

 

See you there!

 

Love,

Andrea

Reviews

Travel destination – Ebb & Flow in Sri Lanka

October 17, 2014
Outside

I love travelling. Simple is that. Getting to know new cultures, places is just so exciting for me. This summer we traveled around part of Sri Lanka and we were really impressed by the beautiful country, nature and its people. Definitely will be going back again!

One of my ex-yogini students took on a big adventure and moved to Sri Lanka from Dubai just over a year ago. I was curious to see what became of their project as I’ve used to see floor plans and designs on her dining table all over. Here is a little interview with Verity about Ebb and Flow Jungalows and their life in Sri Lanka.

Ebb and Flow Jungalows

Catch up with Verity south of Sri Lanka

Andrea: How do you find living in Sri Lanka after busy Dubai?

Verity: I LOVE IT! But yes first it was a bit difficult, asking myself questions like: what do I do with my time?  how do I structure my day? The result of over 10 years of a corporate desk job and then all choice to structure my day! But when building the Jungalows started it got pretty busy and the time quickly filled up and I found my flow. Strangely I became a morning person and loved getting up early at 6am to ride my bike to the beach, I used to drag myself out of bed at 9am in the past!  I also love variety – every day is different… selling coconuts, choosing fabrics, bike rides with friends, writing website content in a beach bar! I do not miss the city life – however I do struggle a bit with the lack of choice when it comes to food! Dubai spoils us with options!

A: Did you manage to adjust easily to the lifestyle?

V: Not sooooooooo easily no, it took maybe 3 months. I felt guilty to start with about not having a structured day and not being “Productive” enough. I had to change my whole definition of a “working day”! However the social time and down time was easy enough to adjust too – I loved riding my bike, meeting new friends for a drink or sunset swim, I knew I missed nature and greenery while in Dubai but I don’t think I realized just how much joy I get from it and how very important it is until I moved here!

A: How did the name Ebb and Flow come about?

V: Kind of interesting actually! We had a competition to find a name for the concept, as we were sick of racking our brains to find the right name! So we had a teaser website under our company name “The Green Tuk Tuk” and basically posted what they are like, the design and what we want to communicate and asked for suggestions to be submitted. In the end not one but two people submitted “Ebb and Flow” and the Jungalow part was my personal quirky addition!

Outside

Outside

A: The Jungalows are really nice and spacious. I love the view to the sea from the dining area. How many people can you accommodate? Who do you cater for?

V: Thank you! We can accommodate 6 people in each Jungalow. There are 2 bedrooms in each Jungalow and each bedroom can be a kingsize bed or 2 large singles, with an additional bed available! We also have a cot and high chair for babies. I would say we cater for small families or groups of friends (2 couples ideal) – we are a great hang out spot, for people that want to spend quality time together in a unique setting. Of course if you surf then the view of the surf break is priceless!

A: What services are included?

V: Breakfast is included in the nightly rate. We also have a qualified chef who is available to cook for you based on your needs (although his curries are the best!) We also have complimentary 4G internet, a local cell phone, surf boards to borrow and travel advice if you need it!

A: When is the best time to come to your place?

V: Best time as far as the weather, surf and rates is November and February- rates are a little cheaper than December and January and less crowds!  Although June, July and September have great surf conditions for beginner surfers!

Dining at Ebb & Flow

Dining at Ebb & Flow

A: Where is your favourite spot at Ebb and Flow and around?

V: At Ebb and Flow I would have to say on the big cane bucket chair on Flow’s terrace at night, love looking through the branches to the sea in a super comfy chair!! As far as around I would have to say Kahanda Kanda – a gorgeous boutique hotel that offers a set 3 course dinner and lunch. It’s got a view over a tea plantation, tropical luxe design and styling and the food is consistently amazing….

A: What can you do at Ebb and Flow and around?

V: Wow – LOTS! Whale watching, diving, exploring the Galle Fort, Canoe rides, bike rides, can visit ancient temples, tea plantations and lots of cool little beach bars and restaurants!  Ebb and Flow is a great home away from home to come back to after a day out exploring south Sri Lanka.

Inside Ebb & Flow

Inside Ebb & Flow

If you want to know more about the jungalows or about leaving Dubai to live in Sri Lanka you can email Verity at verity@ebbandflowjungalows.com. Click here for the website or here for their Facebook page. Ebb and Flow Jungalows are in Midigama, south of Sri Lanka, near Galle.

And finally here is a video that one of Ebb and Flows happy guest made recently:

 

Enjoy your stay there! ;)

Love,

Andrea

Mains

Meatless Monday | Mixed Veggie Burger Patties

September 15, 2014
veggiepattie

Here is another version in my exploration of vegetarian burger patties. This was inspired by the veggie burgers prepared in Shakespeare’s Cafe in Dubai.

veggiepattie

Meatless Monday | Mixed Veggie Burger Patties
 
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Enjoy these veggie patties with a salad, whole grain pitta bread or buns. I mixed rocket, cucumbers, peppers with honey mustard dressing.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 250 - 300g mixed veggie (grean beans, peas, carrots, corn - can be frozen or fresh)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • Half onion
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp millet flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp rice crumbs
Instructions
  1. Cook the veggies and potato in salted water.
  2. Mash it when ready.
  3. Mix in the other ingredients.
  4. Shape palm size patties.
  5. Place them in a lightly oiled baking tray and bake at 180 Celsius for as long you see read :) Turn at half time. Approximately ready in 20 min

veggiepattie

Enjoy!

Love,

Andrea

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