I saw this lovely passage by Najwa Zebian and my write up below is what came to me – connecting the dots in life. Najwa Zebian is an author – she writes to give a voice to the silenced souls out there.
Jan 8, 2018 in the evening I was at the kitchen counter making food for my loves (Mia & Mateo) and my daughter Mia, came up to me while holding and putting a lego piece together and she said to me: you know mommy you care too much, you care for others more then yourself. My mouth dropped, then she continued to say I care for you mommy I want you to think of yourself sometimes. I said to myself wow how does an 8 year old come up with this, I was speechless. As mothers and caregivers we tend to at times have no limit for our giving. The point of this short passage is our kids mirror us they sense and understand wether they get it in that moment or down the road. To truly love is a very selfless act. xo
Approaching Christmas this year 2017 seems to be approaching fast, the weeks fly by and then all of sudden I notice beautiful twinkling lights on the homes and streets. A lot has happened and happening in my life in the last little while – a lot of ups and downs. I have been trying to stay equanimous through it all. Doors closing and doors opening. All the happenings have taken me somewhat away from baking but when Christmas rolls around this is the one thing I look forward to doing with the kids is baking.
I found this recipe on http://makingthymeforhealth.com/vegan-spelt-gingerbread-cookies/
The only thing I did different on this recipe is in the icing sugar. Instead of using icing sugar I used coconut milk powder and it tastes amazing and hardens quite nicely on the cookies. Coconut milk powder contains 55% organic virgin coconut oil. It is prebiotic, contains lauric acid, medium chain fatty acids and soluble dietary fibre.
This is an amazing recipe I have made about 5 batches of these cookies. Enjoy xo
In this recipe I used the Ecoideas buckwheat pancake mix. In this package there is four different flours ~ buckwheat flour, mung bean flour, brown rice flour and sorghum flour and all you add is equivalent water to the mixture and you’re good to go. I have enhanced mine slightly using almond milk in replace of water, ripe bananas and Jal Gua. Jal Gua is made up of organic sorghum and organic moringa.
1 cup buckwheat ecoideas pancake mix
1 ripe banana (option 1 and 1/2) mashed
1 tablespoon jal gua
1 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together and scoop batter into a heated frying pan – using coconut oil.
Top with pure maple syrup and berries. xo
As a busy mom some days we want to make simple, nutritious foods. This one I love doing quite often. There is something about sauteed mushrooms and rice that just sits well.
sautee 1 whole onion with some garlic, in avocado oil
2-3 handfuls of mushrooms sliced (sautee mushrooms for few minutes to release the flavours of the mushroom)
some himalayan salt, black pepper to your desire (the salt will release the flavours of the mushroom)
add some water slowly, continue to add to a max of about 3 cups
1 handful finely chopped green onions
2 small to medium size bok choy finely chopped
a small piece of ginger
cook one cup of organic white basmati rice, or brown rice
and serve yum xo
The loves of my life, my joy and my teachers. We can learn so much from kids if we just sit and watch them, analyze them, their curiosity, living in the now and much more.
Mia and Mateo I love the way you both laugh so hard, giggle and act silly. I love when given the freedom – you create, create and create. The messes you create, paint everywhere at times, lego building and much much more.
Mia and Mateo you are both free spirits and please as you grow older do not let this free spirit die. Being a free spirit gives you the freedom and leeway to find what makes your heart skip a beat – your path in life and access to much more. xo
…….after school smoothie
One great way to pack nutrients into our kids is smoothies – throw everything into a blender and drink up buttercup. Smoothies are a meal in itself.
The smoothie in this picture ~ has homemade almond milk, bananas, maca powder, cocoa powder, jal gua and some ice. You can add little honey or maple syrup for a touch sweeter.
***maca powder: root high in vitamin c, cooper and iron
***cocoa powder: contains essential minerals that support your heart, bones and immune system
***jal gua: combination of sorghum and moringa, high in iron and vitamin c
One my favourite things to do is Saturday mornings ~ farmers market.
Meeting the people/ farmers that grow our food – connecting with them, asking questions and truly getting to know what my kids and I are consuming or anyone that comes in my path that I get the opportunity to nourish.
Eating what is in season and knowing where our food comes from is a priority.
Connecting to the farmers who are connected to nature.
When you look in their eyes and ask them questions wether this fruit or vegetable has been sprayed and the answer they give you.
We should all make it a priority to understand what were consuming.
Rows of greens, rows of colours so pure – vegetables and fruits so yummy.
From my experience farmers who take great care of their crops, they practice organic growing will not force you to buy their produce the produce speak for themselves and they want produce in the hands of someone who cares ~ feeding our bodies as a whole ~ mind, body and spirit.
mmm I love avocados especially on toast with a little butter and then topped with loads of avocado. Sprinkled with a little himalayan pink salt and ground pepper. Simply Mouthwatering. Aside from my deep love for avocados I also thoroughly enjoy Farmers Markets – well lets just say any local market. Supporting local farmers especially Organic and local artisan is very important to me and it’s a sound decision. The bread in this picture was purchased at a local organic market. Made with organic red fife wheat it is dense and delicious. Red fife wheat posses a lower gluten content and is more nutritious.
Delicious banana walnut muffin made with sprouted spelt flour. The sweetness comes from the ripe bananas and little maple syrup that we use in this recipe. When we hear the word sprouted we know its good for us as vital nutrients are still in the grain. One of the major benefits is the nutrients are readily absorbed by the body. Enjoy xo
2 1/2 cups sprouted spelt flour
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon himalayan pink salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 very ripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Line 12-cup muffin pan or brush some coconut oil. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and shredded coconut. Mash the bananas and mix in maple syrup and almond milk. Mix batter with flour mix and fold in the walnuts.
Use an ice cream scoop to distribute the batter and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
By Mareika Muller
This sandwich is so simple, so nutritious, and not going to lie so yummy. Made on spelt bread, some vegenaise, Sprouts, sliced cucumbers and a drizzle of hot pepper in olive oil to give it that kick.
By Mareika Muller
Smoothies are great and packed with nutrients. This smoothie has: Homemade Almond milk, blueberries, banana and Jal Gua superfood. You can always top smoothies with things like hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds etc. Blueberries are rich in proanthocyanidin, the natural antioxidant thats proven to fight cancer. Jal Gua is made of two ingredients combined: organic moringa and organic sorghum. Jal Gua is high in iron, excellent source of vitamin C and many other health benefits.