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Perfect for Summer: Watermelon and Feta Salad

July is here and it is getting hot in Vancouver! I love summer food, especially all of the fruit in season. I love watermelon because it’s so hydrating. This combo of sweet and salty are so good. I use goats milk feta so it has even more of a kick! I tried to find fresh mint today but my grocery store was all out so I used dried mint in a pinch. Fresh is so much better. ūüėČ This salad is the perfect side to any BBQ or summer meal. It takes less then 5 min to make.

xx Malika

watermelon salad

Perfect for Summer: Watermelon and Feta Salad
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Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ½ watermelon cut up
  • 3 oz fresh feta cheese or goats milk feta
  • 1 tbs fresh or dried mint (torn up)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ½ lime squeezed
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add all the ingredients and lightly toss.
  2. Serve or refrigerate.
  3. Enjoy!

By | Jul 4th, 2016|Salads|0 Comments

Gluten Free Strawberry and Apple Crisp

I love summer, and it’s almost here. That being said, I am feeling the summer “pressure” to get into bikini body shape. I have also been feeling really bloated lately which makes me look “fat”. Which is also even more motivating for me to improve me diet. I am in a constant struggle with myself. On the one hand I love being able to eat whatever I want, like cheese and bread, but I always pay for it in stomach pain and extra weight. On the other hand, I really do love eating health and feeling my best. So starting now I am going to get back to eating foods that make me feel good without giving me stomach issues. Starting with this healthy gluten free dessert. ūüėČ I am all about balance! I never want to feel deprived or like Im on a stingy diet.

xx Malika

strawberry crisp

Gluten Free Strawberry and Apple Crisp
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 large organic apples, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
  • 1½ cups gluten free old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup almonds or candies almonds
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 3 tbs organic butter (extra for pot)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot toss a bit of butter in the bottom and over medium heat, pre-cook the apples and strawberries for 5-10 min.
  2. In a food processor blend the oats and almonds until chunky then move to a bowl and add butter and maple syrup.
  3. Use your hands to make a the crisp crumble.
  4. In a large baking pan, add the fruit then crumble the oat mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 45 min at 350 degrees.
  6. Serve on its own or with coconut whip!

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By | Jun 20th, 2016|Desserts, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Quick and Easy Potato & Chickpea Curry

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It’s Sunday Funday today friends! It’s the only day of the week my boyfriend has off work so I get really excited… ūüôā We might do the grouse grind hike today or head to Commercial Drive¬†for the Italian Day Festival?! I posted a photo of this curry I made the other night on Instagram and was asked for the recipe. So I am sharing it with you now. It is one of the easiest things to make, I swear. It is flavourful and healthy, winning! ¬†My two secret ingredients are this curry powder (from Spice Works) mix and micro greens. I have tried to mix curry spices on my own but they just never taste as good so I cheat and use this package, and I don’t feel guilty at all. ūüėČ I found this spice mix at Hopott Farms but I’m sure they sell it at other retailers. Micro greens are the shoots of salad vegetables such as arugula, Swiss chard, mustard and beetroot. You can buy micro greens at most health food stores. They are picked just after the first leaves have developed and add a healthy kick an flavour to any meal.

I hope you like this curry as much as we do!

xx Malika

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Quick and Easy Potato & Chickpea Curry
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Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Can organic chickpeas
  • 1 Can full fat coconut milk (read ingredient list make sure it doesn't contain cellulose)
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • ½ package of curry spices
  • 5 Small nugget potatoes washed and chopped with the peal on
  • Garnish:
  • Plain organic yogurt
  • pinch of fresh micro greens
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat the coconut oil and add the shallot, cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk and spices and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes more.
  5. Serve over rice and drizzle over yogurt and top with micro greens.
  6. Enjoy!

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By | Jun 12th, 2016|Meals, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Turmeric Tonic Recipe

Turmeric Tonic

I have been on a mission the last few weeks to find out why my hormones seem to be out of whack! Do any of my lady followers have the same issue?! My main concern these days is my breast soreness….It lasts all month long and is starting to really bother me. My periods also seem to be a bit irregular. I found Melissa Ramos, an awesome Nutritionist online, who is running the blog Sexy Food Therapy. She has lots of funny youtube videos on women’s health and you should definitely check her out. I borrowed the recipe for this powerful drink¬†from her. You just dink one ounce (shot glass) her day. It’s filled with healing properties for your liver and gut and has anti-inflammatory benefits as well. Melissa recommends the drink for anyone, but suggests it might help women with PCOS. I just made a batch and I feel healthier already! ūüėČ I will keep you posted on my health issues and let you know if I find any other natural remedies.

xx Malika

hormone tonic

Turmeric Tonic Recipe
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: jar
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tbs raw honey
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 7 tbs raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 organic lemon, juiced
  • 5 tbs cold soluble grass fed gelatin
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 oz grated fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar mix all ingredients together and shake well.
  2. Take 1 oz per day.
  3. Store in the fridge.

 

By | Jun 4th, 2016|Lifestyle|2 Comments

Smoothie Bowl with Raw Date Granola

Raw granola and smoothie bowl

Happy Sunday! I have a confession to make….I have really fallen off the wagon with my diet these last few months! I have been eating cheese and bread and everything in between. I don’t feel my best when I eat like this so I am going to get back on track starting right now. If I put it in writing here it will help me stay on track. ūüėČ I get really bloated form eating dairy and bread so its a win win. I feel better and I look better. I am going to Mexico in August for a wedding and would love to wear my bikinis instead of my one piece….. So time to get working out and making better food choices daily!

This fruit smoothie bowl is a step in the right diction. You can use whatever fruit you like but it has to be frozen so that it ends up like ice cream consistency. I like to freeze my bananas when they are nice and spotty and soft. This raw date granola is the perfect topper, its sweet and healthy! I also like to add super foods to mine as well. This one has hemp seeds and chia seeds on it.

xx Malika

Smoothie Bowl supreme

Smoothie Bowl with Raw Date Granola
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice I used organic raspberries
  • 2 tbs water
  • Date granola:
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 9 pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. In your blender or food processor blend up the date granola until its small and chunky consistency, then store in a jar in your fridge till you want to sue it, you will have leftovers.
  2. For the smoothie bowl, blend bananas and frozen fruit together in your blender with a bit of water until it looks like ice cream.
  3. Scoop fruit smoothie into a bowl and top with granola and any other goodies you want.
  4. Enjoy!

Raspberry smoothie bowl

 

By | May 16th, 2016|Snacks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do you know what’s in your Deodorant?!

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I have know for a while now that regular drugstore deodorant is full of nasty things that I DON’T¬†want on or in my body! Did you know that most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum and other harmful ingredients? Antiperspirants also stop you from sweating which is a natural bodily function and doing so is not a good idea. Some studies even go as far to say that deodorant is one of the leading causes of breast cancer. This is all very scary stuff and after speaking with my naturopathic doctor about my own under arm lymph nodes… I decided to stop using these nasty products. I’m not willing to take any chances!

The hard part for me was to find a natural deodorant that was aluminium free and didn’t make me smell like a hippy or a sweaty beast! ūüėČ I have spent the last 2 years and hundreds of dollars on different kinds….some work better then others but none of them won me over until last week.

I found my new best friend. ūüėČ This Agent Nateur holi(stick) is amazing! It smells nice, it has nice packaging and it’s organic. It was a bit pricey but I don’t care! I have been using it everyday in this hot weather and it is doing it’s job perfectly!! I am beyond the moon happy. If you are like me and are still trying to find a good pit stick, please try this one. If you have another favourite brand please share with me in the comments below.

xx Malika

Natural deodorant

By | May 6th, 2016|Lifestyle, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Grain Free Cashew Waffles

Grain free waffles

Happy Sunday! OMG I actually have a recipe for you guys! ūüėČ I know I haven’t been posting many recipes lately. I have just been so busy with work and life. Tonight I just felt like having breakfast for dinner. Not just any old breakfast but my favourite gluten and grain free waffles. This recipe is the best! It is originally from one of my favourite authors and bloggers Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. If you have not seen or heard of her yet, check her out. ūüėČ These waffles are so filling with the cashews and eggs and I like to eat them with maple syrup and berries! Enjoy.

xx Malika

Cashew grain free waffles

 

Grain Free Cashew Waffles
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Grain Free
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into your blender. Blend until very smooth and creamy. You may need to stop the blender and push the mixture down the sides a few times to get it all blended.
  3. If you’re iron requires oil, spread a little coconut oil on both sides. Pour the batter into the waffle iron so it just covers the bottom portion of the iron, being careful not to overfill.
  4. Cook the waffles for about a minute or until your waffle iron beeps. If they release easily with a fork when you open the lid, they are done.
  5. Repeat until the batter has been used up.

Gluten free waffles

By | Apr 25th, 2016|Breakfast, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Ways To Curb Your Sugar Cravings

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Who else gets crazy sugar cravings?! I think we all get a hankering for something sweet once in a while. Some of us are craving sugar on a daily basis. Last year I tried to go 1 month without any sugar and it was really HARD! I don’t think cutting out sugar completely is the answer since eating fruit is good for you and it’s really really delicious. The problem is that sugar is in so many packaged foods that most people have no idea that they are eating an average of 20 tsp a day!¬†Did you know that sugar and¬†processed foods¬†are as addictive as heroin¬†or cocaine? Yikes, thats pretty scary. This is one of the reason that diabetes is becoming such a problem.

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There are many different theories on the causes of sugar cravings, including food allergies, adrenal fatigue, monthly hormonal changes in women, parasites, Candida, and bacterial overgrowth. The less sugar you eat, the less your body craves it. Try some of these methods below and see you do!

  1. Avoid Processed Foods –¬†In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine. Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain that¬†produces dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel ‚Äúdown.”¬†We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again, leading to sugar addiction.¬†
  2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally –¬†The all-natural sweetener¬†Stevia¬†has zero calories, does not raise blood sugar levels, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Eating fruit is also a good option. Some fruits are higher in sugar, so stick to the lower sugar level ones if possible.
  3. Drink More Water –¬†Sometimes we think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it’s dehydrated and really craving water! Try fruit infused water for a little treat. Another way to get hydrated and curb your cravings is to have herbal tea sweetened with stevia.
  4. Eat More Sea Vegetables –¬†Rich in vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a healthy snack! Sea vegetables have a high mineral content, while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. I love those packages of dried seaweed with olive oil and sea salt.
  5. Have more¬†Fermented Foods & Drinks –¬†Fermented foods and drinks¬†are perhaps the most important way to reduce or even¬†eliminate¬†cravings for sugar. ¬†You can include the following foods into your diet:¬†coconut kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and ¬†Kombucha.¬†You’ll be amazed at how the sour taste of fermented foods and drinks relieves the desire for sugar and processed foods!

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xx Malika

By | Apr 10th, 2016|Health|0 Comments

Natural Ways to Help You This Allergy Season

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Who else is suffering big time form Allergies right now?! I’m definitely feeling my symptoms in full effect over the last week. I have itchy eyes, a runny and itchy nose and a scratchy throat, it’s the WORST! I never had seasonal allergies as a kid or a teen. I only started to notice symptoms when I was pregnant and they have been haunting me every spring since. They are a pain in my butt, the upside is they¬†are only temporary. I looked into some natural remedies to get¬†relief for myself and thought maybe it might be a good idea to share them with any of you who might also be suffering. ūüėČ I don’t want to have to resort to taking antihistamines all spring! So here are my top 5 natural ways to help fight allergy season.

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Allergies are your body’s reaction to allergens, a sign that your immune system is working overtime. The first time your body encounters an allergen, your plasma cells release immunoglobulin, an antibody specific to that allergen. Which then attaches to the surface of your mast cells. Your mast cells are found in great numbers in your surface tissues (i.e. the mucous membranes of your nose), where they help cause an¬†inflammatory responses.¬†This causes¬†your mast cells to become activated and release a powerful cocktail of histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins, which trigger the entire cascade of symptoms you associate with allergies: sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, hacking cough, itchy eyes, etc.

  1. Local Honey: The theory is that consuming local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment. This is supposed to work like a natural allergy ‚Äúshot.‚ÄĚ So add a¬†teaspoon or more of raw to your next cup of tea. The honey should be unprocessed local honey from as close to where you actually live as possible.
  2. Turmeric: This¬†spice belongs to the ginger family. It is a natural nutritional supplement that helps to cure many beauty and health problems, including allergies, due to the following properties: it contains curcumin, a compound that acts as a decongestant, it acts as an anti ‚Äď histamine which helps in reducing the mast cell de-granulation or histamine, and it has anti-inflammatory analgesic and anti-bacterial properties that help to cure allergies. I bought this great Turmeric Tonic from my local health food store and it’s amazing.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is an age old remedy that is great for a variety of health conditions. Some folks have used it for the allergies with great success. The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies.
  4. Probiotics: New research links the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies. So taking a probiotic can help balance your gut bacteria, having a positive effect on your allergies. Fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha or Kefir can hep also boost gut bacteria.
  5. Meditation: I know this might sound far fetched but my boyfriend meditates and suggested it might help with my allergies. I will being trying this method out this week. I went on the internet to research this theory and found some testimonials that it really helped people. Allergies are caused by an improper response from your immune system. When you are relaxed your immune system works better. If you are stressed or depressed your immune system is impaired. People that meditate regularly are more relaxed. As a result their immune systems work better and allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated!

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I hope you try some of these remedies and they give you some relief! I would love to hear your success stories or any other things that have worked for you. Please leave me a comment below.

xx Malika

By | Apr 4th, 2016|Health|0 Comments

Fluffy Persian Rice

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Happy St. Patricks Day! I’ve never been a hug rice lover…. As a child, when my mom made rice, it usually meant we had no other food left in the house. I never really liked the way she made it and so when I moved away from home I didn’t make rice for years. By my late 20’s I realized that brown rice was quite good for you so I started to make in on occasion. I still wasn’t crazy about it. In the past 2 years I have become obsessed with rice buddha bowls and have discovered black (forbidden) and jasmine rice. I can now say I have turned my distaste for rice into a love of rice.

My boyfriend is Persian (Iranian) and his family dinners always consist of some kind of persian rice, they are so tasty and flavourful! I knew I had to get the secret recipe form his mom. I have been practicing making this rice of the last month and I think I finally have the hang of it. My boyfriend thinks its pretty darn good, and he is my best critic. ūüėČ The secret to persian rice being so fluffy and delicious is the steam spa treatment you give it at the end! Try it, you wont be disappointed. I am also a huge fan of the crispy potato you cook under the rice called “tadig.”

xx Malika

Saffron threads

Persian Rice
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Cuisine: Vegan, gluten Free
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, rinsed (persons if you can find it)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. To cook the rice:
  2. Fill a large nonstick pot with water; add 1 tbsp of the oil and all of the salt. Cover and bring to a brisk boil over high heat.
  3. Add the rice and continue cooking over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. After 3-5 minutes, use a slotted spoon to scoop some grains from the water. Break one grain in half to make sure it is "al dente". Turn off the heat and pour rice into the colander to drain; set aside.
  5. To steam and make tadig:
  6. Place the empty pot back onto the stovetop over medium heat. Add the rest of the olive oil and place the potato slices across the bottom of the pot covering the entire bottom.
  7. Add the drained rice and and cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes until rice begins to steam. Uncover and place 2 paper towels or a tea towel over the rice. The ends will extend outside the pot. Replace the lid tightly.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat and tilt the lid until ready to serve.
  9. Take 3 tbs of boiling water and add it to the saffron threads in a small bowl, add 1 cup of cooked rice and mix together. Place the regular rice on the bottom of the serving plate and the saffron rice on top.
  10. When you get to the bottom of the pan place the potato "tadig" around the rice plate.
  11. Serve and enjoy.

Persian rice with tadig

By | Mar 17th, 2016|veggies|0 Comments