MATCHA TEA LOVE

I fell in love with the antioxidant-rich matcha tea about half a year ago and it has been part of my morning routine ever since. Nowadays I add green powder or moringa tea leave powder in it to make it even tastier and nutrient-rich. The latest addition to this drink is cardamom essential oil and I would say now it’s just perfect! 

This drink right here is so much better than the daily cup (or cups) of coffee. I basically quit drinking coffee over three years ago. I used to be very addicted to that one cup of coffee in the morning and if I didn’t get that daily does of caffeine I was not a person you want to be around with. Having two small kids at home, drinking that one cup in total peace became more of a stress than a relaxing me-time moment.

After diving more profoundly in the yoga and Ayurveda world I realized that coffee isn’t actually the healthiest thing you can pour into your body so I decided to accept a 21 day no coffee challenge. It was a good decision and I am so grateful I’m out of that caffeine hook.

Practicing yoga has made me really sensitive to the messages my body sends me and I can now easily feel when some food or drink just wasn’t good for me. I realized that coffee is too strong for my body, and especially my nervous system, to handle. I get easily hyperactive and nervous after one cappucino and if I drink it after midday it will ruin my sleep. This is why I changed the daily dose of coffee into a cup of green tea and was able to avoid palpitations, nervousness, or any other caffeine side effects. Green tea of course also has caffeine but very little and it seems to be absorbed slower which actually makes you more awake for longer. Plus, green tea has so many other health benefits which makes it a fairly healthy addition to your diet. 

Nowadays, matcha latte has become a stable part of my mornings without being addicted to it. If I don’t get my matcha in the morning that’s ok, the world is not gonna come crashing down because of that. And since the kids have grown up a little bit, I can usually enjoy that big cup of matcha in total peace. 

Here is my current favourite matcha latte recipe:

INGREDIENTS FOR 1 SERVING

Oat milk 3 dl

Matcha tea powder 1 tsp

Moringa leave powder 1 tsp

Cardamom essential oil 1 drop (make sure you use 100% pure, food-grade essential oil. I only use Young Living essential oils which are 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. They have a special +line of essential oils that are actually labeled as food supplements.)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Heat the oat milk in a pan util it’s almost boiling.
  • Add the matcha and moringa powders and mix vigorously with a bamboo whisk until the powders are well mixed with the oat milk. You can also pour the hot oat milk, matcha and moringa powders in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Put one drop of cardamom essential oil in a cup and pour the oatmilk, matcha, and moringa mix on top.
  • Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

HOME MADE CHOCOLATES

chocolates

Some years ago I decided I won’t buy muesli anymore because the homemade version is so much tastier and healthier. Store bought muesli is usually packed with sugar and raisins and have only some traces of the healthier stuff like nuts and seeds.

Now I made the same decision about chocolate (well, I still sometimes buy chocolate but make sure it is at least 85% cacao and as low in sugar as possible) . Sugar is usually the second most used ingredient in chocolate making it not so healthy choice even when it’s dark chocolate.

Yesterday I made chocolates (recipe slightly modified from the book I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook ) for the first time and I was blown away by how easy it is to make and how delicious the chocolate is! In about 15 minutes I had prepared 25 chocolates fondants that were super delicious, vegan, and sugar free! I used only 1,5 tablespoons of maple syrup to give some sweetness. Adding coconut milk makes the chocolates creamy and sweet enough so you don’t even miss sugar or milk. These little chocolates fondants are a good conscious dessert that works great for the after meal sweet cravings. And you need only few of them to feel satisfied.

I prepared three different versions:
1. Peanut butter (or any other nut butter of your choice)
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
3. Orange Essential Oil

Here is a recipe for the Peppermint Chocolates:

chocolates recipe

You can make Orange Chocolates just by replacing Peppermint Essential Oil with Orange Essential oil. When using an essential oil in cooking make sure that it is 100% pure essential oil and that it specifically says in the label for internal consumption or something similar. If you don’t have peppermint or orange essential oils you can use natural food flavouring as well.

If you make Peanut Butter Chocolates, then leave out the Essential Oils. First pour a thin layer of the chocolates mixture in the small cups. Then add about a teaspoon of peanut butter (or any other nut butter of your choice) and fill the cups with another layer of the chocolates mixture.

HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Be careful because these run out fast!

Did you know that Chickpeas contain a huge number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including folate, magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin c, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc? They are also high in protein so are a fantastic alternative to meat for vegetarians.

Well, I would eat chickpeas even without all these amazing health benefits just because they are so delicious! Pasta in a chickpea sauce, hummus, roasted chickpeas, chickpea curry, chickpea omelet, chickpea bread, I mean you can do anything from chickpeas. 
Few months ago I was doing groceries and I found hummus chips! Those were so goooood! Then one day, I tried them with cream cheese and omg it was so tasty! My mind started immediately processing on a new recipe idea and here it is in all it’s simpleness and deliciousness: 

HUMMUS CHIPS WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED CREAM CHEESE

Lemon essential oil is full of flavour and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest.

Ingredients:
– hummus chips
– 120g cream cheese
– 2 drops Young Living Vitality lemon essential oil
– sliced radish
– chopped chives
– sprouts 

How to do it:
Mix two drops of lemon essential oil into the cream cheese. Put cream cheese on the hummus chips with a small spoon and decorate with sliced radish, chopped chives, and sprouts.

NOTE: if you don’t eat them immediately, I recommend putting a small piece of dry salad on the hummus chip first and then adding the cream cheese on top. This prevents the hummus chips becoming soft. 


Make it vegan by using vegan cream cheese.

Enjoy!

These are perfect for an end of summer picnic with a glass of Ningxia Red from Young Living.

JUICY SMOOTHIES TO STAY HYDRATED DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

Summer is here! Sun is shining and last week the temperatures were above 30 😎 Now the air is a little fresher but there’s still many weeks of summer left and hot days ahead.


On days like this it’s important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid tiredness and dehydration. Drinking just plain water can get quite boring so adding something to your water (a drop of high quality essential oil, a little bit of lemon juice, fresh mint etc.) doesn’t only make the water taste better but it also gives your body important nutrients to keep it thriving even during the hottest days. 


According to Ayurveda, the body doesn’t hydrate itself as well with plain water but rather uses it to flush out toxins from the body. Water on its own is considered as a cleanser but when you add something to the water, it provides hydration. Getting rid of toxins is of course good and important but doesn’t really help when the body is in the need of proper hydration. When you are dehydrated, brain capacity and metabolic processing slows down. Keeping yourself well hydrated keeps the brain sharper!

I’m a big fan of home made juices and smoothies and when the weather gets hot, I prepare myself a juicy smoothie that contains the important fibers of the fruit as well. 

When I prepare myself a juicy smoothie I almost always add some essential oil in it because they give nice zesty flavour and contain wide range of health supporting qualities. My two favourite essential oils to use in smoothies are lemon and lime essential oils.

Here are two of my favourite juicy smoothie recipes to keep you up and running during the summer months!

GRAPEFRUIT & CARROT SMOOTHIE

Lemon Vitality essential oil adds bright and dynamic flavour to food and is very versatile. It supports the immune system and has powerful antioxidant properties.

INGREDIENTS FOR 1-2 SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 red grapefruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lemon vitality essential oil (or the juice of half a lemon)
  • 1 drop of stevia
  • 1 glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay cool!

CUCUMBER & MINT SMOOTHIE

Fresh mint and cucumber are like meant for each other.

INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 apple
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1-2 drops of lime vitality essential oil
  • one big glass of water

Put all ingredients into a blender ( I use Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Enjoy and stay hydrated!

OMEGA SMOOTHIE

Omega smoothie

Most of our nutrients should come from food, but sometimes, it can be a challenge to meet the recommended intake of vitamins, minerals, good fats, and antioxidants without supplementing. I personally often struggle with having enough omega-3s in my diet even tho I know how beneficial those are to my health. My two favourite ways of adding some extra nutrients into my diet is through smoothies and my morning porridge. There, it is easy to toss nutrient dense foods like, nuts, seeds, powders and good fats to give a boost to my health.

Here is a plant based omega-3 packed smoothie to boost the intake of
this vital fatty acid. This smoothie has three ingredients that are
high in ALA, the omega-3 you get from plant oils, nuts, and seeds:
chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flaxseed oil. This is an easy to prepare,
ready in no time, and delicious recipe that provides good nutrition
for your body so that it can function at its best. .

INGREDIENTS:

200g blueberries

2 dl coconut milk

2 dl oat milk

0.5 tsp grounded cardamom

0.5 tsp grounded cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

1 tbs chia seeds

1 tbs grounded hemp seeds

2 tsp flaxseed oil

Optional: 2 dried dates for sweetness

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.