Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge

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If you want a super filling breakfast, this is the perfect thing for you. I had a bowl of it and felt stuffed. It’s also a great use of any leftover cooked quinoa.

I used to make quinoa porridge before using soy milk, and if you want something a bit lighter, you can sub the coconut milk with soy milk. Since I’m striving to live more zero waste though, I opted for the coconut milk as I could buy mature coconut meat to turn into coconut meat without any trash. But I’m going to try making rice milk soon, so that’s pretty exciting!

For now though, I’ll share this recipes with you. I personally love carrot cake, so this was an instant win for me. Quinoa + Carrots + Coconut Milk = Heaven!

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Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge

Good for 3-4 People

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1-2 Cups Coconut Milk (or preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 3-4 Tbs Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Chia Seeds

Instructions:

  1. Place the quinoa, cinnamon, water, carrots, chia seeds, and coconut sugar into the pan and cook on medium-low.
  2. Once you need more liquid, add the coconut water in 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.
  4. Serve, share, and Enjoy!

Feel free to sub the coconut milk for another non-dairy alternative, or lessen the coconut milk and increase the water if you aren’t used to eating too much fat. The coconut milk is very fatty, so just adjust according to your preference.

I hope you get to try this recipe for yourself! If you do, please do tag me with #THPnourish and let me know how you like it.

 

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

#LazyVeganEats, Breakfast, Learn, Local, Love Local, Nourish, recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan

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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

 

#YearOfGivingPH: The Superfood Grocer

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Hi all of you wonderful humans!

I’m so excited to announce our very first Year of Giving partner: The Superfood Grocer!

I personally love The Superfood Grocer and have been addicted to their Coconut Sugar coated Cacao nibs ever since I first tried it. So to have them partner with us for this makes me incredibly happy!

So first, what is Year of Giving?

It’s a giveaway that is designed to encourage a culture of giving, so instead of winning something for yourself, you can win the gift for someone you love, or someone you believe deserves it.

 

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So, how do you join?

For Facebook:

  1. Repost the photo above, then tag and follow The Superfood Grocer page as well as The Healthy Pinay page.
  2. Tag the person you want to give this SUPER box to and why you think they deserve it.
  3. Use the hashtags #YearofGivingPH and #TheSuperfoodGrocer so we can see your posts.

For Instagram:

  1. Repost the photo above, then tag and follow @TheSuperfoodGrocer as well as @TheHealthyPinay
  2. Tag the person you want to give this SUPER box to and why you think they deserve it.
  3. Use the hashtags #YearofGivingPH and #TheSuperfoodGrocer so we can see your posts.

NOTE: Please make sure your account is public so we can see your entries!

What can you win for someone?

This amazing Superfood Grocer Starter Pack from The Superfood Grocer! It includes locally grown coconut sugar, cacao nibs coated in coconut sugar, spirulina, and maca powder!

Simple as that!

You can join until Feb 27, and the winner will be announced on Feb 28!

Looking forward to seeing those entries! Let’s create that culture of giving!

 

Peace and love,

Mirabai

How to make Hot Chocolate without using Heat || NOURISH

Nourish, recipes

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Right now I am living in a house where we have no means of cooking. Well, sort of. There is a steamer and a rice cooker but those take way too long to make hot chocolate, and there are nights when I just want a hot cup of cocoa. Luckily I’ve got a Vitamix in the house so I don’t even need to use heat when I want a hot drink, I can just use friction.

I love making hot chocolate in the Vitamix because it takes me less time really. I made sure to count this time it only took me 2 minutes until it was hot and steamy. If you want this to be frothy and and creamy, I suggest adding maybe 2 Tbs of soaked cashews make it thicker. This is just a version that has less fat it in compared to normal hot cocoa because I used powdered peanut butter which has less fat than regular peanut butter and doesn’t have the oily-ness of peanut butter. I use cashews when I don’t have powdered peanut butter though, or just soy milk and lessen the water.

If you don’t have a Vitamix… You can just switch the cacao nibs for cocoa powder probably and heat everything on a stove top or just mix it all with hot water. It should work. Also take note that this serving is for a MerMonkey which means it serves probably 4 people because I eat for a family of 4 hungry humans.

If you like cold drinks, you can blend this until smooth then serve it with ice, or blend it with have of the water until smooth then add some ice to the blender until you’ve got your desired consistency. There are many different ways to enjoy this, really.

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Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter and Cinnamon

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs Cacao Nibs
  • 7 Tbs Coconut Sugar
  • 3 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 3- 3 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients into the Vitamin Blender and blend until smoooooooth, or follow the other instructions I wrote above.

Total time blending until hot:  2-3 minutes

If you don’t have a Vitamix and want to get one for your kitchen, you can check them out here or here.

Hope you enjoy!

Peace and love,

Mirabai

Radish & Cucumber Salad

Local, Nourish, recipes, Salad

Most people don’t like radish, I mean I didn’t like it before, so I understand.

Last year though when I first went to Davao, I stayed with some really awesome people and tried a radish salad for the first time. It was a bit different from this one, but that was the salad that allowed me to not hate radish. I also love how simple and easy it looked. So this year when I came back to Davao I decided to make a radish salad of my own. It’s different, but it’s incredibly simple and easy to make.

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I think the secret is in how thinly one cut it, I mean it really could be. I’ve only liked it when it was cut really thinly and massaging it with a bit of sea salt also helps. It helps soften the radish which I think makes a huge difference.

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Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Radish & Cucumber Salad

Serves 1 Salad Monster
Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Radish
  • 4 Cucumber
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbs Pinakurat
  • 2-3 Tbs Calamansi Juice
Instructions:
  1. Peel the radish and cucumber, then keep peeling it until you have all thin strips.
  2. Add the salt and massage the radish and cucumber until they are soft, there will be some water that will come out of the radish and cucumber, so strain that.
  3. Add vinegar and calamansi and mix everything together.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

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Pretty easy, right? I have to say that radish is definitely an acquired taste, so try it first. I seem to only like it served this way for now, but maybe in the future I’ll like it in a different way as well, let’s just wait and see!

Peace and love,

Mirabai

 

 

 

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

Nourish, Uncategorized

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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?