White Chocolate Coconut Mango Pudding

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I’m a huge fan of white chocolate. Ever since I was younger, I preferred white chocolate to any other chocolate. As I got older I learned that white chocolate didn’t even have any chocolate. Well, it doesn’t have any of the actual bean, but it has the cacao/cocoa butter which gives chocolates its smoothness. It also has an amazing smell, and it’s great to put on your skin. Whenever I make anything with cocoa butter these days I end up with such smooth and soft hands, which is just a plus.

I was about to make some coconut yogurt, but right after I made some coconut cream and searched for my probiotics pills, I realized I had run out. So I was there with a bowl of coconut cream with nothing to do with it, really. My sister and I were going to prepare a meal for the family for lunch, so I decided to experiment with it. What could I make with this coconut cream I had just blended up? I saw my cocoa butter and thought I could make some sort of white chocolate pudding.

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White Chocolate Coconut Mango Pudding

Equipment:

  • Vitamix Blender
  • Water heater or Small pot with a stainless bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Blended Young Coconut Meat (blended until silky smooth in the Vitamix)
  • 75 g Cocoa Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tbs Agave Nectar / Coconut Nectar / Maple Syrup
  • Mangoes

Procedures:

  1. Blend young coconut meat in the Vitamix until smooth. You should have 2 cups full after blended.
  2. Place the cocoa butter in a stainless bowl over boiling water until complete melted.
  3. Mix the cocoa butter with the coconut cream along with the vanilla and chosen sweetener.
  4. Place the pudding into your chosen cups or ramekins, and chill in the fridge for  2-3 hours.
  5. Dice the mango and place on top of the pudding.
  6. Serve chilled.
  7. Share and enjoy!

 

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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I don’t think I’ve met anyone that doesn’t like pancakes. So far in my 25 years of existence, I’ve only met people that like pancakes. Probably because pancakes are delicious. They’re a great breakfast food! But conventional pancakes have eggs, dairy, or butter, which isn’t exactly healthy. So I made a delicious sweet potato pancake that is actually filling and healthy. It only has 6 ingredients too! The simpler a food is, the better in my opinion. This is also an oil-free version so it’s very low in fat, high in carbs and fiber. They might not be the regular fluffy pancake, but these are packed with nutrients.

Make this for breakfast, or a delicious snack! Best served in the company of friends or family. Food tastes better shared!

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 3/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 Cup Mashed or Blended Sweet Potato
  • 3-4 Tbs Coconut Sugar (Or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 1/4 Nut Milk of choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda together in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix together the sweet potato, coconut sugar, and nut milk together (you can use a blender if you’re lazy like me)
  3. Mix both the dry mix and the wet mix until fully incorporated, best to use a spatula or wooden spoon to avoid over mixing.
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan and cook the pancakes on medium high. Wait for bubbles before flipping the pancakes. (If you don’t have a non-stick pan, just use a regular pan and put some coconut oil or vegan butter on the pan to prevent sticking)
  5. Serve with your choice of fruits, vegan syrup like rice syrup, coconut syrup, agave nectar, etc. You can also top it with vegan butter, nuts, seeds, etc. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you get to try this out and let me know how you like it!

 

Peace and love,

Mirabai

 

Easy Breakfast Option: Soaked Oats

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I’m sure you’ve eaten oats at least once in your life. If you haven’t maybe today can be the first!

Most days and most people don’t have much time in the morning to prepare a healthy filling breakfast. But there are many ways to prepare your breakfast in advance. This will save you time in the morning and keep you well nourished and fuelled for the day.

I like most of my meals quite simple, and this is something I would consider still quite simple because there is only a few steps in making it, and only whole ingredients that are actually good for you.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Maca Powder (Mine is from The Superfood Grocer)
  • 1 Tbs Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 Tbs Coco Nectar (I get mine from The Superfood Grocer)
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions:

Mix everything in a bowl or jar and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Top with desired toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. You can leave it overnight and enjoy it in the morning with pretty much no prep time!

I personally topped mine with fresh mangoes and banana, some chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, homemade peanut butter made with my Vitamix, and some toasted coconut chips from Radical Organics. Work with what you have and what you can afford, you can easily swap out certain ingredients when needed.

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There you go! An easy and deliciously nutritious way to start your day!

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Mirabai

 

Steamed Veggies, Peanut Sauce, and Calamansi Juice || NOURISH #EasyVeganEats

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I know that I am not the only one that like simple meals. I also know that I am part of the majority in the world that does not have hours and hours to make their food. Most of the time all I do is chop my food and eat it, simple as that. But there are also times when I make food that is a bit more grounding and requires cooking.

I love potatoes, and I think it is one of my top starches beside rice. I’m asian, so rice is pretty much in my blood. Once I went on the high carb vegan wagon though, I started loving potatoes even more! Prior to the shift my favourite way to eat potatoes was in the form of deep fried hash browns and french fries. Nowadays I like it plain, or drowned in calamansi (native limes) because I am addicted to that stuff.

This was a super simple meal i made when it started raining in the middle of the day here in Davao City. It was the first time to rain during the daytime since I’ve been here and it brought me this feeling of wanting something warm and grounding so I steamed some potatoes and harvested one alugbati from the garden so around 1/6th of this meal was free! I would have gotten more if I had taken to account how much they would shrink. Silly me.

The sauce of this was incredibly easy to make as well, just mixing everything with a fork and you’ve got a pretty good sauce within just a few minutes with very little effort! I really enjoy low effort food, specially when you’ve got a lot of work on your plate.

Quick, Simple, and Easy. that is how I like my food to be. Tasty is a given of course, I don’t want to be eating anything that isn’t tasty. That’s what this meal is.

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#EasyVeganEats: Steamed Potatoes, Alugbati and Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium Potatoes
  • A big bunch of Alugbati

Sauce

  • 2 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Nectar
  • 2 Tbs Calamansi
  • 1 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Water
  • Pepper & Chill Flakes to taste

Instructions:

  1. Chop and steam the potatoes until tender.
  2. Steam the alugbati.
  3. Mix the “sauce”
  4. Serve in a beautiful plate.
  5. Enjoy!

It should also be noted that this sauce can be used for salads or as a dip for spring rolls. If you decide to use it as a dip though, simply omit the water so that it creates a thicker consistency and is less watery.

Want a juice that takes little to no time? Make some Calamansi Juice in just a few minutes! This is perfect to share or just to drink all by yourself like me because I love Calamansi Juice with a passion.

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#EasyVeganEats: Calamansi Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Pure Calamansi Juice
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 7-8 Tbs Coconut Nectar (adjust to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbs Chia Seeds (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything in a jar.
  2. Serve. Enjoy. Make it again. Repeat.

If you like you can chill this in the fridge first before serving, or lessens he water a bit and serve it with some ice. Whatever floats your boat!

That was pretty easy, right?

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

Why Vegan?

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What is Veganism?

A Vegan is a person who does not support, promote, or personally eat or use animal products and bi-products.

Diet

A Vegan only eats food that comes from plants. People often refer to it as a plant-based diet. A plant-based diet means only eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, and anything that the earth provides from the grounds or trees.

We do not support the consumptions of any and all meat from animals such as beef, pork, chicken, fish, crab, squid. We also do not consume eggs, gelatin, dairy or honey. To put it simply, if it came from an animal, we do not eat it. Contrary to this weird belief that fish are not meat, it is. If it bleeds, if it cries for its life, if it had a family, we do not eat it.

Another thing to take not of when going vegan is the way some foods are processed or filtered. For example, some countries use fish bones in the process of making white sugar. Another example is how some alcoholic beverages is filtered using fish bladders.

Fashion

There are many different types of fabrics that can be used in clothing and in fashion like cotton, canvas, denim, etc. and those are derived from plants. Unfortunately, there are different fabrics that are not vegan.

Vegans do not wear or use fur, leather, suede, wool, silk, and more fabrics that are derived from animals. If you’d like to see a more detailed list you can search here to see which fabrics are cruelty-free, and which are not. Vegans do not support this because it is a cruel process, and is not worth the pain and suffering of other beings.

Beauty/Household Products

You’re probably wondering why beauty and household products are here, and the answer is not pretty. Unfortunately since most of those products use many different chemicals they test these on animals. They test them in their eyes, skin, and see how they react to it. Some animals only know a life of cruelty and pain because of this and only live inside testing labs. So best to make sure your products are not tested on innocent beings. The best way to avoid animal testing in your products is by going for natural products without the harmful chemicals because they will less likely be testing on animals because all the ingredients are not dangerous to the body.

Entertainment

Have you ever gone to a zoo or watch a dolphin show? Pretty much paying to see animals outside of their natural habitat and being exploited for the sake of entertainment. Vegans do not support the exploitation of innocent beings. We believe they should be left in peace in their natural habitat. When we remove animals from their natural habitat, they no longer get to live the way nature intended for them to live.

LIVE IN COMPASSION

No vegan is perfect, we know that. We simply try to live by causing the least possible harm to the sentient beings around us. We do our best to lessen the pain and suffering in the world through our daily actions.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Interested in going vegan? The most important thing is to educate yourself! You can do this by watching documentaries, reading books, watching videos online, reading blogs/articles online, or even just making conversation with other vegans.

DOCUMENTARIES

  • Earthlings
  • Cowspiracy
  • Vegucated
  • Forks Over Knives
  • Blackfish

 

Start your day Right!

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Morning routines are very important to me. It’s the beginning of the day and it sets the mood for the rest of the day. If you start it off on the wrong foot, it can be really easy to have your whole day just feel like it is falling apart.

I’m a creature of habit and when it comes to health and food, I find something I really enjoy eating that is nourishing and delicious and have that almost every day for a few weeks before I move on to another. To be honest, it makes my life easier and I have to think less about what to prepare for myself.

So how do I usually start my day?

What comes in, must go out.

I usually wake up early because I have to pee, but I also have my first bowel movement right as I wake up (I want to apologise for talking about poop, but I also do not want to apologise because it is part of a healthy body. If you aren’t moving your bowels at least once a day, you may need to seriously reconsider your diet choices: take in more fiber and drink more water!). After this I feel lighter, cleaner and ready to go on!

Swish. Swoosh. Swish. Swoosh.

Right after that I drink some water, then proceed to oil pulling. If you do not know what oil pulling is, let me explain it to you. You get about a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (I use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) and put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. It can be hard to do this in the beginning, so work your way up and start at 5 minutes. Make sure not to swallow the oil as it is removing the toxins and bacteria from your mouth, and ingesting the oil would just erase all the good you did by oil pulling in the first place.

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 Make the bed.

I thank Griselda for starting me on this habit. I used to just leave my bed undone because I knew I would return to it and mess it up all over again. But she helped me start my day with one productive thing. It really does set the mind up with the mindset of  “I did something” which always leads to “I can and want to do more”. So while I am oil-pulling, I often make my bed (which takes about a minute or less, really), flip my kale chips in the dehydrator (this one varies depending on what I am dehydrating if I am dehydrating anything at all), clean around my surroundings and anything else I can do without speaking. I usually am around my family, but do not speak because I really don’t want oil coming out of my mouth. Sometimes I respond with nods, and head shakes.

Brush.

After 20 minutes of oil pulling, I spit out the oil in the garden and brush my teeth.

Hydration Nation.

Next up is water. I drink about a liter and a half in the morning before I eat anything. Sometimes this will be water with cinnamon and calamansi, sometimes it is just plain water. This really helps me start the day because hydration as one of my top priorities. I live in the Philippines, and it is really hot here, especially with it being summer; it’s like walking inside an oven. We have to make sure we are able to keep our bodies hydrated at all times. It’s also really good to get lots of water in early in the morning because throughout our sleep we get quite dehydrated. So drink up!

Ginger Tea.

Peel. Chop. Boil. Simmer. Drink.

That’s pretty much it with the tea. I usually use both regular ginger and turmeric just to give it more oomph! I wait until it’s closer to warm since I don’t really enjoy drinking hot liquids that much. I do love squeezing some calamansi into it as well. Perfect for helping alkalize my system early in the day.

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Probiotics.

I looooove me my healthy bacteria! I usually have it in the form of coconut yogurt or lately it has been Water Kefir (I made a trade with a friend, I gave her carrot loaves, she gave me kefir!) cause I like to get my probiotics in. I enjoy taking it in first thing so it can do its work without being bothered so much.

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Oh My Gut Kefir

Real Food, Real Nourishment.

A few minutes later I have my breakfast of champions! This usually varies from freshly pressed juice, a giant smoothie, a fruit bowl, more coconut yogurt with fruit, or (on some days) a giant bowl of kale chips. Either way I like to have a raw breakfast as much as possible. It’s always good to start the day with as many nutrients as possible to help nourish your body. Raw food also digests so well and quickly that it won’t make you feel heavy. We want to feel light and energised!

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Chinese Kale from Homegrown Organics blended to perfect with Vitamix Philippines

Preparation is key!

If I have to work outside of my house, I prepare my meals (whenever possible) since I really don’t enjoy the feeling I get after eating out. Not all vegan food is created equal(ly nutritious) and I like to eat feel good food as much as possible!

What are feel good food? To put it simply, it is food that makes you feel GOOD! I think we should all be eating feel good food all the time, right? Food that give us energy and makes us feel like a million bucks!

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I AM

Now this one can go in anytime of your morning. Your morning affirmation can set the tone for your entire day. So choose something you want to affirm, and keep it in mind for your entire day. It can be something you don’t even believe yet, but something you want to believe. If you keep saying it you will begin to believe it as well. Maybe the past day you felt a bit down end your day with an affirmation, wake up with an affirmation. It is also important to start the day with gratitude. Think of all the amazing things you have going on in your life, or the great people you share your energy with. Think of all you have to be grateful for, and acknowledge them. Say thank you. This takes just a few minutes, or even seconds and it could change the course of your entire day!

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That’s pretty much the bulk of my morning routine, those are things that have become second nature to me and my body seems to automatically want to do in the morning. I feel great doing it so I won’t be stopping anytime soon.

How do you usually start your day? I’d love to know!

 

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Simple Gluten-free Chocolate Banana Tart

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It’s Valentine’s Day, well almost, So I thought I would create a little vegan treat!

It’s been a while since I baked or prepared anything like this, I mean aside from the chocolate carrot cake I made for my sister a few weeks ago for her birthday but I’m going to say that that one doesn’t count. I haven’t experimented on sweets in a while, so I figured why not make something, right?