After Thanksgiving gilt-free thoughts

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As much as I would like to pretend we still have months until the holiday cooking and shopping commences, the fact of the matter is Thanksgiving just passed few days ago. With the boutique perpetually busy (by no means is this a complaint) and the preparation of my new clothing line, amongst multiple other business ventures, time seems to have escaped me. And I am sure it has escaped many of you. So if you are hosting this year’s holiday (or just in charge of bringing your favorite dishes to someone else’s party) but feeling pressed for time, remain calm. I have gathered some healthy and delicious (and fairly simple) recipes that are sure to amaze all of your guests!

I have spent it in Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida with Turkey-less dishes and must say it was pretty delicious, creative and light weight.

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If you are less strict then me then you may enjoy a classic side, mashed potatoes. Because what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? Not Thanksgiving! However, this absolutely delicious recipe alternative is actually potato free. And no one ever has to know. Check out this low carb, cauliflower puree holiday alternative from ibreathimhungry.com. It will be our little secret.

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/better-than-potatoes-cheesy-cauliflower.html

Another Thanksgiving favorite is the stuffing dish. But lets turn this yummy holiday staple into something even more delicious. Anytime Fitness offers a gluten free quinoa-stuffing recipe that is not only to die for, but a colorful addition to your table spread.

http://blog.anytimefitness.com/395012-healthified-thanksgiving-menu-sides-part-one/

Other not so common options, you ask? This year I am excited to try a new side consisting of pan-seared Brussel sprouts with cranberries and pecans. Yum! I will be sure to let you know how it turns out.

Lastly, let’s move on to the ultimate holiday calorie killer. Desserts. I have two options to offer you this year that I am sure you will not regret! Option one? Mini raw pumpkin pies. With a crust made of buttery pecans and chewy dates and a filing that includes pumpkin puree, coconut butter, maple syrup and spices your mouth will be watering just readying the recipe. Check it out from Cara’s Cravings here.

http://www.carascravings.com/2012/11/raw-pumpkin-pie-cups-guest-post-by-healthy-food-for-living.html

And option two, you wonder? Pumpkin Protein Bars from PopSugar. At only 144 calories, not only will you eat without shame, but if you have any leftover they will make the perfect quick and nutritious breakfast to kickstart your Black Friday Shopping Spree. What else could you possible ask for?

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Pumpkin-Protein-Bar-Recipe-35747097

I hope one of these recipes makes your holiday merry and bright (oh wait, that’s Christmas). Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned for a holiday leftover recipe post next week!

Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy!

 

 

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Matthew Kenney Raw Food Vegan Culinary Academy

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More Than An Education, Nothing Less Than An Inspiration

When I made the decision to pursue an education in the culinary arts, I knew I wanted to join a program that emphasized a raw, organic approach. I researched different options and wasn’t sure if I would find the right fit amongst the numerous unoriginal programs that existed. I was beginning to lose hope until one morning when I stumbled upon a comprehensive curriculum that embraced the true “art” of raw cooking. I was intrigued as I learned it attracted inspiring chefs from all across the globe and was founded in response to the increased demand for raw cooking in this industry. Like love at first sight, I knew I had found my perfect fit. So I took a leap of faith and flew to Santa Monica, California where I began learning from some of the very best at Matthew Kenney Culinary.

The Matthew Kenney mission is to advance cutting edge living cuisine and caters to those desiring “professional-style” techniques. Their programs “emphasize the use of whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful cuisine.” But it was more than just frequent flyer miles and an attractive website that led me all the way to the west coast. What I loved most about Matthew Kenney Culinary was the intimate atmosphere in which you learn.

Upon arrival to Matthew Kenney Culinary I found myself admiring and pulling inspiration from their unique ambiance. I was encouraged to embrace my creativity and learn the true “art” of cooking and the preparation of raw, vegan cuisine. Classes were personalized and customized to my needs and I can honestly say I truly gained a hands-on experience. I couldn’t help but love every minute of my time in Santa Monica, learning much more than I had imagined. And to my surprise, I had the chance to learn from Matthew Kenney himself.

Not only did Matthew Kenney’s delicious cooking resemble that of a Picasso painting (yes, Picasso) but his superior approach to teaching was complimented by his encouraging, amiable demeanor. I am so gracious for his motivating and nurturing spirit and I am more than happy with my decision to fly across the country to learn from the best in raw cooking. With such a positive atmosphere, I couldn’t help but take my craft to the next level and I hope you all have the chance to taste my delicious raw chocolate and see for yourself just what I learned!

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you how do you boost your energy up? Share your commends, tips and suggestions with the rest of us. 

 

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The Importance of Meditation in Your Fast-Paced Lifestyle

meditation-1 6N0B1983 copySWISS-12When you get off the subway in New York City you better have a clear destination in mind with a route mapped out or prepare to be trampled by natives who do. Everyone is in a perpetual rush and break is not a common word in our dictionary. After all, this is the city that never sleeps. We’re too busy making dreams come true to find a moment to relax. And I must admit I am no different. With the release of my first fashion line approaching, Boutique On 57 and my raw chocolate business, there is hardly time to catch a wink of sleep. I am constantly traveling to find the latest designer clothing to bring back to you at discounted prices. But as a health educator, I am also well aware of the importance of rest and relaxation, as well as the consequences of the lack thereof. Because I refuse to give up any of my dreams, as none of us should, I have had to find a way to relieve stress in my life that allows me to regain my sanity and focus. How, you ask? One word: meditation. Meditation is a very useful tool to add to your daily routine for multiple reasons and there are multiple techniques. With a little research, you can find the best option for you. Whether it be 45 minutes of yoga, gazing at nature or a short, deep breathing exercise, you will soon find yourself wreaking benefits. Meditation has been known to help with a lot of health-related problems including depression, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and general pain. It is the most inexpensive (really, it can cost nothing) treatment for all of these issues and one faced by almost everyone, stress. It is a very simple skill in managing stress and increases self-awareness, allowing us to focus on the present and reduce negative emotions. Perhaps you need to clear your mind before bed to catch a few extra Z’s. Maybe you’ve been searching for a new perspective on a work project. Or you might just be looking to restore your inner peace on your lunch hour. No problem – the benefits of meditation are unlimited so give it a try! KASIA P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what relaxes you? How do you come down your nerves? Share your tips comments, and suggestions with the rest of us.

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IS EATING EMOTIONAL? Advantages to a vegan lifestyle

Whenever I talk in social gatherings about diet, nutrition or detoxing I get everyone’s full attention. We are obsessed with image, quick fixes, sugar and prescription drugs. Majority wants to know how to set themselves free from all bad feeding habits. We tend to hold on to things we value the most. Eating is such an emotional act and letting go of some favorite unhealthy dishes can cause some psychological chaos. We are sugar addicts with set rules for devouring food. It has become a hot topic. Those who take huge effort to maintain a good quality of life will be repaid with turning clocks and enjoy more youthful vigor. Statistics tell us that those who drink, smoke, eat meat, lack sleep and rest, overwork, and stress prematurely meet the early grave. And those who manage to survive significantly reduce their quality of life.

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I felt compelled to try this kinder, healthier lifestyle change to improve my health, well being and I must say the transition to living foods diet was noticeably smooth. It wasn’t a sacrifice at all. I decided to be in charge of my own rules what I could eat. It opened a new exciting window of pursuing life and its manifestations. At the heart of Veganism is compassion, it is simply an attempt to reduce the suffering of animals and understanding that they are not source of vital nutrients. I love animals but not on my plate. Life is sweet right now! In fact, it is so sweet that I am once again avoiding sugar, or rather I guess I find creative way to make it sweet vegan way.

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Giving up all animal products including meat, milk, eggs, yogurt and cheese at first seemed impossible. Just imagine spending few months in la Cote Basque, France where its all about eating world’s best cheeses, rabuggo and pata negra hams and freshly baked baguettes that tempt you from every farmer’s corner. I was asking myself how can I let go of these deceiving my health “goodies”.  Fortunately I found huge abundance of fresh organic non-GMO locally produced tasty fruits, legumes, and nuts that build full powerful immune spectrum. I turn my focus to strengthening the longevity and superior health with yoga, fitness, meditation, pure air, sunshine, oxygen rich forests, breath taking mountains, ocean waves and beautiful nature. I focus on gratitude and appreciation. Few undesired pounds just came off, energy increased, clothes fit better and seemed more colorful then usual. Its been blue print of mind reprogramming and took more then dietary changes.

A common misconception about vegan diets is that it is impossible to consume healthful levels of protein. One can easily derive more than enough protein from a vegan diet. (like sprouts and see vegetables that are protein rich) Human body thrives wholly on plant based vitamins and minerals. Most foods that you regularly eat can be made vegan with little effort. For example, you can still enjoy burritos, but instead of meat and cheese, you may substitute with nuts, beans, salsa and nut cheese with pinch of sesame and sea salt. If you have a sweet attack frozen banana or nut icecream are great solution to satisfy your sweet tooth.BOOK-PROJECT-38
We all have a responsibility to listen to our own souls and each of us desires something different and that’s a good thing. As I continue to “Vegucate” myself I am planning to  compensate fully vegan lifestyle by staying within vegan vortex, explore new recipes, throw vegan dinner parties and share this message with the world!

P.S. As always i would like to hear from you if eating is emotional for you? How does it effect your life. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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Eat like a bird and crack the secret

SEEDS ARE NO LONGER JUST FOR BIRDS!

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Canary grass, Chia, hemp, Mila seeds gaining a whole new generation of fans. Those who believe that the birdseed are only for “birds” do not know the properties and multiple health benefits which are almost miraculous! I must say I was intrigued when I discovered all benefits deriving from its daily consumption, and decided to start testing its greatness on my own.

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They are most nutritious and powerful on this planet. They are rich in high-quality vegetable protein. Five tablespoons of canary grass seed contain about 9 grams of protein – which is superior when comparing it to 1lb of meat protein. Further more birdseed protein is not harmful or difficult to digest, and is very good stable amino acid assimilation.

They have always been around for thousands of years but we’re only beginning to discover their immense benefits. Very few know that it can be a great benefit for human consumption. The seeds which are very similar to flaxseeds are shiny brown, (Del Alpiste) human grade (silica free). I buy them packaged whole grain then ground them in my magic bullet to sprinkle them over my salads, veggies or simply add them to my delicious smoothies and soups. They can be made into milk as well. (Recipe below on the page bottom)

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Canary grass seed is one of the most powerful and nutritious seeds on earth because of its high content of enzymes, vegetable protein, amino acids, and antioxidants. Its antioxidant properties are very close to those found in Vitamin C. It also contains many enzymes, of which lipase is the most abundant.

BENEFITS:

Because of its high enzymatic content, canary grass seed helps to reduce the inflammation of internal organs such as the liver, kidney and pancreas, which has proved to be of great help for people with diabetes and cirrhosis. I did some serious research and here is what I found out:

  1. Helpful in weight reduction.
  2. Helpful in sleeping problems
  3. helpful to clean veins and arteries from harmful fats.
  4. Very powerful pancreatic regenerator.
  5. Helps in cases of gout, edema, gastritis and stomach ulcers.
  6. Ideal for hypertension.
  7. Provides muscle tone.
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  9. Gets rid of fat deposits in the body, leading to a reduction of obesity and cellulite.
  10. Kills bacteria in the urinary tracts, thus reducing UTI’s, as well as kidney and gall bladder infections.
  11. Refreshing.

Its important to consume it raw, otherwise it looses its all properties when cooked. I also like to make milk out of it and drink it twice a day. First thing in the morning 30 minutes before my breakfast, and at night after the dinner. No other food should be followed after drinking the milk at night.

MILK ALPISTE RECIPE

Ingredients:

Five spoons of alpiste seeds + 1liter of water (4 glasses)

Process:

Rinse alpiste.

Soak five tablespoons of canary grass seeds in pure water the night before. In the morning, remove the water that has been dipped, soaked and put the birdseed in the blender, you can add soy milk and fruit to taste or simply liquefy and birdseed’s milk sweetened with honey (no sugar), which is a nutritious milk and energy to start the day (morning) and to finish it.It is very important not to sweeten the milk with white sugar, which is very harmful and irritating on your body, besides destroying the enzymes and the powerful effect of this milk. You can add some cinnamon. Avoid refined sugar whenever you can, and if you have small children do not get used to the milk sugar or candy.

Eat and drink like a bird. Ready to give it a go?

KASIA

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