The Chocolatey Acai Bowl

The Chocolatey Acai Bowl

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different acai bowls and I think I nailed another great recipe. It’s a smoothly texturized, very chocolatey flavored smoothie and it can look amazing with different toppings.

I will call it…

The Chocolatey Acai Bowl (boom!!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of frozen acai
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • cup of coconut milk – I used Alpro for this one – coconut is better because it already has a natural smoothness and sweetness
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder – if chocolate-flavoured, even better 😛

If you like it sweeter…

  • 1/2 tbsp maca powder – I used Lucy Bee
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon – good for GI levels
  • 1 tbsp (powdered) peanut butter (optional)

Toppings:

  • quinoa puffs
  • goji berries
  • coconut flakes
  • chocolate – I used Buck-n-berry from lovingearth

Instructions: Defrost slightly the acai packet under warm water, just enough to be able to cut the plastic off (if any). Blend everything together and pour into a bowl. Finally, add the toppings. And voila! Your very chocolatey, very smooth, very vegan, paleo and GI-friendly breakfast!

Let me know if you “dig it” 😀

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A vegan’s cupboard

A vegan’s cupboard

I’ve been asked by a few people to provide a list of vegan products I use on a daily basis, so I will group them below based on my typical meals of the day when at home. I may forget some of them, but overall, this list should be pretty comprehensive.

Also,  feel free to notify me in the comments section if there are any interesting products you are using.

Here we go…

Smoothies

  • Coconut or almond milk. Brand: Rude Health or Alpro
  • Organic ripe avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Toasted coconut flakes. Brand: Fresh & Wild.
  • Maca powder. Brand: Lucy Bee
  • Moringa. Brand: Aduna
  • Pea protein powder. Brand: Nutristrength
  • Milled flaxseed, cocoa & berries. Brand: Linwoods
  • Organic spirulina powder. Brand: Naturya
  • Chia seeds. Brand: Superfruit
  • Coconut sugar. Brand: Sevenhill
  • Acai frozen pads. Brand: Acai
  • Frozen berries
  • Goji berries. Brand: any
  • Fruits and nuts trail mixes. Brand: any with no added sugar or salt.

Protein Bars/Chocolates

  • Zootelicious Bars. Brand: Zoot
  • Squirrel Sisters bars
  • Chocolates: Lovingearth (my favorites)

Granola

  • Puffed Quinoa. Brand: Qnola.
  • Any nuts and flakes mix.

Fruit bowls

  • bananas, berries, pineapple, orange, etc (low GI in general)

Toasties

  • peanut butter powder. Brand: PB2
  • peanut butter. Brand: whole earth
  • coconut butter. Brand: Biona – coconut bliss
  • ripe avocados
  • hummus. Brand: The precious pod.

Salads

  • Avocados
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Baby leaf spinach
  • Nutritional yeast with B12. Brand: Engevita.
  • Tahini.
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Gem lettuce
  • Seed oil. Brand: The Groovy Food Company
  • Apple cider vinegar. Brand: Bragg

Cooked

  • Gluten free pasta. Brand: SuperGrain Pasta, Napolina
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Baked any vegetable haha
  • Cornmeal. Brand: Biona
  • Quinoa. Brand: any.
  • Cream soups made out of just veggies. No brand.

Desserts

  • Hemp Flour (for cakes). Brand: Braham and Murray
  • Coconut Flour (for cakes and pancakes). Brand: Coconut Merchant
  • Frozen bananas (for ice creams)

Supplements

  • Pro- and pre- biotics. Brand: Optibac, One week flat
  • Liquid vitamin D3. Brand: Solgar
  • Vitamin B12. Brand: Solgar
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Vegan, gluten free salad in Clapham

Vegan, gluten free salad in Clapham

Try:

Broccoli & green bean with tahini dressing, toasted sesame & nigella seeds

Price: 4.5 pounds for regular bowl, 7 pounds for a big bowl

A dressing made out of tahini and cashews

  • raw
  • meat-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • contains seeds
  • contains soy

Where?

Tart

Hygene Rating (by the Food Standards Agency): not listed

Address:25 The Pavement, London SW4 0JAP

 

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Free From Festival 2017

Spent a few hours today at the FreeFrom Festival talking to different stalls to figure out what’s new in the Free-From industry. Below, my favorite tables:

  1. Magdolna’s Paleo Cake: mostly vegan pastry, I had a bite of the chestnut, nutella and baileys cakes. By the way, I loved the packaging as well.
  2. Waffleland UK: they have paleo, GF, WF, DF and refined (sugar) free waffles; basically the dough is made out of sweet potato for the savory version with an avocado cream and some spinach on top. For the ones with a sweet tooth, they also had a paleo version made out of chestnut flour. Great find!
  3. The TigerNut Company : tiger nut products, including a tiger nut based milk. For whoever doesn’t know it, this is actually a very fibrous root vegetable that actually tastes nutty 🙂 . Very good for gut health!
  4. Superseed Pasta:  for anyone who knows how difficult it is to a find a good, gluten-free, paleo pasta, these guys are the answer. Bought their quinoa based pasta.
  5. sezamee : IBS is one of the biggest issues with visitors of such festivals. Sezamee offers the “gut-loving food” by following low FODMAP guidelines. Huelya did explain to me how difficult it is to eat out as an IBS-affected.
  6. Enough Snacklab: they offer a variety of sweets made with gut-friendly ingredients like probiotics and prebiotics. They also don’t use any sugar or unprocessed sugar, instead they rely on the sweetness of stevia and of different fruits like blueberries.

For even more stalls and talks, feel free to pop in the Old Spitalfields market. The FreeFrom Festival is running until 7 pm today. Bon appetit!

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Vegan coconut pancakes

Vegan coconut pancakes

For anyone on the lookout for a delicious, vegan and paleo breakfast or sweet treat, please do give Benny Buttons Tea a chance!

From the moment we step foot in front of his stall on Brick Lane, we were welcomed with a smiley face and a “what would you like to have?” warm welcome.

His menu is really hard to decide on. He offers a variety of pancakes, but also the obvious coconut water straight from the coconut. We decided to go for the cocoa and the classic pancakes. We didn’t travel all that way just for a small snack 😀 .

Talking to Benny, I was immediately struck by his modesty and kind of hippie perspective on life. The man has had his stall for three years now and he’s so happy with it. Keeping things simple seems to be his motto. His vision is to have a stall he could set up in different places in Europe and just travel. No worries on electricity, gas and other brick-and-mortar worries. Just doing pancakes people love.

His secret lies in his dough which he makes with fresh coconut water. The mix is paleo, low-carb, keto, vegan and “chemical-free”. What more could you ask for? You can choose in between different types of pancakes, with or without fruits. The syrups he adds on top – chocolate or salted caramel are a few of the options – are just heavenly.

Anyway, I won’t keep you salivating for much longer. You can just go ahead and have them yourselves here:

Mon-Fri: Camden Lock West Yard
Sat: Broadway market schoolyard & Primrose Hill
Sunday: Brick Lane (under the bridge)
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