Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach and Chickpeas.

What is Quinoa?

This amazing gluten-free grain provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a completely source of protein. It has been called as a superfood. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber.
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I personally love to make salads with quinoa. This is the best lunch for me, because you spend around 10 minutes to make it, it tastes delicious, and makes you full by dinner time.

One of the recipes, that I used recently, I will share with you today.

This salad has the fall flavors because you use pears or apples in the recipe, and the maple vinaigrette adds the  sweetness to this delicious dish.

Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach and Chickpeas.

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Ingredients:

1 cup organic quinoa
Sea salt
2 good handfuls of organic baby spinach leaves, washed, drained
1 large ripe pear, washed, stemmed and cored, cut into pieces
1/2 cup chilled chick peas, rinsed, drained
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
A handful of pecans, pan toasted and salted to taste

For the Maple Vinaigrette Dressing:

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons golden balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Instructions:

Place the quinoa in a saucepan or a rice cooker. Add 2 cups fresh water, and a pinch of sea salt. Cover and cook on a low simmer until all the water is evaporated and the quinoa is tender- roughly 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and dump it into a large salad bowl.

Add the baby spinach, pear, chickpeas to the quinoa and fluff.

Whisk together the vinaigrette, pour it over the quinoa salad and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper.

Just before serving, add the toasted pecans and lightly combine.

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10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know about America

I found this great article from one of the blogs, and I couldn’t stop myself to share it.

Let me know what you think:)

“10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

May. 8, 2013

By Mark Manson

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Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him.

This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socio-economic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? Stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood, it turns out was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

And so even though this article is going to come across as fairly scathing, I want my American readers to know: some of the stuff we do, some of the stuff that we always assumed was normal, it’s kind of screwed up. And that’s OK. Because that’s true with every culture. It’s just easier to spot it in others (i.e., the French) so we don’t always notice it in ourselves.

So as you read this article, know that I’m saying everything with tough love, the same tough love with which I’d sit down and lecture an alcoholic family member. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome things about you (BRO, THAT’S AWESOME!!!). And it doesn’t mean I’m some saint either, because god knows I’m pretty screwed up (I’m American, after all). There are just a few things you need to hear. And as a friend, I’m going to tell them to you.

And to my foreign readers, get your necks ready, because this is going to be a nod-a-thon.

A Little “What The Hell Does This Guy Know?” Background: I’ve lived in different parts of the US, both the deep south and the northeast. I have visited most of the US’s 50 states. I’ve spent the past three years living almost entirely outside of the United States. I’ve lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve visited over 40 countries in all and have spent far more time with non-Americans than with Americans during this period. I speak multiple languages. I’m not a tourist. I don’t stay in resorts and rarely stay in hostels. I rent apartments and try to integrate myself into each country I visit as much as possible. So there.

(Note: I realize these are generalizations and I realize there are always exceptions. I get it. You don’t have to post 55 comments telling me that you and your best friend are exceptions. If you really get that offended from some guy’s blog post, you may want to double-check your life priorities.)

OK, we’re ready now. 10 things Americans don’t know about America.

1. FEW PEOPLE ARE IMPRESSED BY US

Unless you’re speaking with a real estate agent or a prostitute, chances are they’re not going to be excited that you’re American. It’s not some badge of honor we get to parade around. Yes, we had Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, but unless you actually are Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison (which is unlikely) then most people around the world are simply not going to care. There are exceptions of course. And those exceptions are called English and Australian people. Whoopdie-fucking-doo.

As Americans, we’re brought up our entire lives being taught that we’re the best, we did everything first and that the rest of the world follows our lead. Not only is this not true, but people get irritated when you bring it to their country with you. So don’t.

2. FEW PEOPLE HATE US

Despite the occasional eye-rolling, and complete inability to understand why anyone would vote for George W. Bush, people from other countries don’t hate us either. In fact — and I know this is a really sobering realization for us — most people in the world don’t really think about us or care about us. I know, that sounds absurd, especially with CNN and Fox News showing the same 20 angry Arab men on repeat for ten years straight. But unless we’re invading someone’s country or threatening to invade someone’s country (which is likely), then there’s a 99.99% chance they don’t care about us. Just like we rarely think about the people in Bolivia or Mongolia, most people don’t think about us much. They have jobs, kids, house payments — you know, those things called lives — to worry about. Kind of like us.

Americans tend to assume that the rest of the world either loves us or hates us (this is actually a good litmus test to tell if someone is conservative or liberal). The fact is, most people feel neither. Most people don’t think much about us.

Remember that immature girl in high school, who every little thing that happened to her meant that someone either hated her or was obsessed with her; who thought every teacher who ever gave her a bad grade was being totally unfair and everything good that happened to her was because of how amazing she was? Yeah, we’re that immature high school girl.

3. WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD

For all of our talk about being global leaders and how everyone follows us, we don’t seem to know much about our supposed “followers.” They often have completely different takes on history than we do. Here were some brain-stumpers for me: the Vietnamese believe the Vietnam War was about China (not us), Hitler was primarily defeated by Russia (not us), Native Americans were wiped out largely disease and plague (not us), and the American Revolution was “won” because the British cared more about beating France (not us). Notice a running theme here?

(Hint: It’s not all about us.)

We did not invent democracy. We didn’t even invent modern democracy. There were parliamentary systems in England and other parts of Europe over a hundred years before we created government. In a recent survey of young Americans, 63% could not find Iraq on a map (despite being at war with them), and 54% did not know Sudan was a country in Africa. Yet, somehow we’re positive that everyone else looks up to us.

4. WE ARE POOR AT EXPRESSING GRATITUDE AND AFFECTION

There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say “Go fuck yourself,” when we really mean “I like you,” and we say “I like you,” when we really mean “Go fuck yourself.”

Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming “I LOVE YOU, MAN!”, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as “cold” and “passionless” and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.

In our culture, appreciation and affection are implied rather than spoken outright. Two guy friends call each other names to reinforce their friendship; men and women tease and make fun of each other to imply interest. Feelings are almost never shared openly and freely. Consumer culture has cheapened our language of gratitude. Something like, “It’s so good to see you” is empty now because it’s expected and heard from everybody.

In dating, when I find a woman attractive, I almost always walk right up to her and tell her that a) I wanted to meet her, and b) she’s beautiful. In America, women usually get incredibly nervous and confused when I do this. They’ll make jokes to defuse the situation or sometimes ask me if I’m part of a TV show or something playing a prank. Even when they’re interested and go on dates with me, they get a bit disoriented when I’m so blunt with my interest. Whereas, in almost every other culture approaching women this way is met with a confident smile and a “Thank you.”

5. THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS NOT THAT GREAT

If you’re extremely talented or intelligent, the US is probably the best place in the world to live. The system is stacked heavily to allow people of talent and advantage to rise to the top quickly.

The problem with the US is that everyone thinks they are of talent and advantage. As John Steinbeck famously said, the problem with poor Americans is that “they don’t believe they’re poor, but rather temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” It’s this culture of self-delusion that allows America to continue to innovate and churn out new industry more than anyone else in the world. But this shared delusion also unfortunately keeps perpetuating large social inequalities and the quality of life for the average citizen lower than most other developed countries. It’s the price we pay to maintain our growth and economic dominance.

In my Guide to Wealth, I defined being wealthy as, “Having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences.” In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.

6. THE REST OF THE WORLD IS NOT A SLUM-RIDDEN SHITHOLE COMPARED TO US

In 2010, I got into a taxi in Bangkok to take me to a new six-story cineplex. It was accessible by metro, but I chose a taxi instead. On the seat in front of me was a sign with a wifi password. Wait, what? I asked the driver if he had wifi in his taxi. He flashed a huge smile. The squat Thai man, with his pidgin English, explained that he had installed it himself. He then turned on his new sound system and disco lights. His taxi instantly became a cheesy nightclub on wheels… with free wifi.

If there’s one constant in my travels over the past three years, it has been that almost every place I’ve visited (especially in Asia and South America) is much nicer and safer than I expected it to be. Singapore is pristine. Hong Kong makes Manhattan look like a suburb. My neighborhood in Colombia is nicer than the one I lived in in Boston (and cheaper).

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai. Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

What’s so surprising about the world is how unsurprising most of it is. I spent a week with some local guys in Cambodia. You know what their biggest concerns were? Paying for school, getting to work on time, and what their friends were saying about them. In Brazil, people have debt problems, hate getting stuck in traffic and complain about their overbearing mothers. Every country thinks they have the worst drivers. Every country thinks their weather is unpredictable. The world becomes, err… predictable.

7. WE’RE PARANOID

Not only are we emotionally insecure as a culture, but I’ve come to realize how paranoid we are about our physical security. You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10 minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us, or some virus from a bird is going to kill us. There’s a reason we have more guns than people.

In the US, security trumps everything, even liberty. We’re paranoid.

I’ve probably been to 10 countries now that friends and family back home told me explicitly not to go because someone was going to kill me, kidnap me, stab me, rob me, rape me, sell me into sex trade, give me HIV, or whatever else. None of that has happened. I’ve never been robbed and I’ve walked through some of the shittiest parts of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In fact, the experience has been the opposite. In countries like Russia, Colombia or Guatemala, people were so friendly it actually scared me. Some stranger in a bar would invite me to his house for a bar-b-que with his family, a random person on the street would offer to show me around and give me directions to a store I was trying to find. My American instincts were always that, “Wait, this guy is going to try to rob me or kill me,” but they never did. They were just insanely friendly.

8. WE’RE STATUS-OBSESSED AND SEEK ATTENTION

I’ve noticed that the way we Americans communicate is usually designed to create a lot of attention and hype. Again, I think this is a product of our consumer culture: the belief that something isn’t worthwhile or important unless it’s perceived to be the best (BEST EVER!!!) or unless it gets a lot of attention (see: every reality-television show ever made).

This is why Americans have a peculiar habit of thinking everything is “totally awesome,” and even the most mundane activities were “the best thing ever!” It’s the unconscious drive we share for importance and significance, this unmentioned belief, socially beaten into us since birth that if we’re not the best at something, then we don’t matter.

We’re status-obsessed. Our culture is built around achievement, production and being exceptional. Therefore comparing ourselves and attempting to out-do one another has infiltrated our social relationships as well. Who can slam the most beers first? Who can get reservations at the best restaurant? Who knows the promoter to the club? Who dated a girl on the cheerleading squad? Socializing becomes objectified and turned into a competition. And if you’re not winning, the implication is that you are not important and no one will like you.

9. WE ARE VERY UNHEALTHY

Unless you have cancer or something equally dire, the health care system in the US sucks. The World Health Organization ranked the US 37th in the world for health care, despite the fact that we spend the most per capita by a large margin.

The hospitals are nicer in Asia (with European-educated doctors and nurses) and cost a tenth as much. Something as routine as a vaccination costs multiple hundreds of dollars in the US and less than $10 in Colombia. And before you make fun of Colombian hospitals, Colombia is 28th in the world on that WHO list, nine spots higher than us.

A routine STD test that can run you over $200 in the US is free in many countries to anyone, citizen or not. My health insurance the past year? $65 a month. Why? Because I live outside of the US. An American guy I met living in Buenos Aires got knee surgery on his ACL that would have cost $10,000 in the US… for free.

But this isn’t really getting into the real problems of our health. Our food is killing us. I’m not going to go crazy with the details, but we eat chemically-laced crap because it’s cheaper and tastes better (profit, profit). Our portion sizes are absurd (more profit). And we’re by far the most prescribed nation in the world AND our drugs cost five to ten times more than they do even in Canada (ohhhhhhh, profit, you sexy bitch).

In terms of life expectancy, despite being the richest country in the world, we come in a paltry 38th. Right behind Cuba, Malta and the United Arab Emirates, and slightly ahead of Slovenia, Kuwait and Uruguay. Enjoy your Big Mac.

10. WE MISTAKE COMFORT FOR HAPPINESS

The United States is a country built on the exaltation of economic growth and personal ingenuity. Small businesses and constant growth are celebrated and supported above all else — above affordable health care, above respectable education, above everything. Americans believe it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and make something of yourself, not the state’s, not your community’s, not even your friend’s or family’s in some instances.

Comfort sells easier than happiness. Comfort is easy. It requires no effort and no work. Happiness takes effort. It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations.

Comfort equals sales. We’ve been sold comfort for generations and for generations we bought: bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs; bigger TV’s, more movies, and take-out. The American public is becoming docile and complacent. We’re obese and entitled. When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

Depression and anxiety disorders are soaring within the US. Our inability to confront anything unpleasant around us has not only created a national sense of entitlement, but it’s disconnected us from what actually drives happiness: relationships, unique experiences, feeling self-validated, achieving personal goals. It’s easier to watch a NASCAR race on television and tweet about it than to actually get out and try something new with a friend.

Unfortunately, a by-product of our massive commercial success is that we’re able to avoid the necessary emotional struggles of life in lieu of easy superficial pleasures.

Throughout history, every dominant civilization eventually collapsed because it became TOO successful. What made it powerful and unique grows out of proportion and consumes its society. I think this is true for American society. We’re complacent, entitled and unhealthy. My generation is the first generation of Americans who will be worse off than their parents, economically, physically and emotionally. And this is not due to a lack of resources, to a lack of education or to a lack of ingenuity. It’s corruption and complacency. The corruption from the massive industries that control our government’s policies, and the fat complacency of the people to sit around and let it happen.

There are things I love about my country. I don’t hate the US and I still return to it a few times a year. But I think the greatest flaw of American culture is our blind self-absorption. In the past it only hurt other countries. But now it’s starting to hurt ourselves.

So this is my lecture to my alcoholic brother — my own flavor of arrogance and self-absorption, even if slightly more informed — in hopes he’ll give up his wayward ways. I imagine it’ll fall on deaf ears, but it’s the most I can do for now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funny cat pictures to look at.”

BULU BOX. September. Review.

I got my BuluBox more than week ago, but couldn’t put myself together to write a review about September box.

Let me remind you what is BULUBOX:


Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com.

The truth is I haven’t tried any products from my September box yet.

As you know, I am trying to stay away from artificial flavors, sugars, chemicals in products. Packaged energy candies make me sick, and I would never think about try something like that.

September Bulu Box is the big disappointment for me. There was nothing I would like to try.

Here what I got:

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1. Simple Being Slimming Smoothie.

When you first look at the package, it sounds so good: Gluten Free, Sweetened with Stevia, contains just 1 gram of carbohydrates.

When you start checking the ingredients you find artificial flavors, soy lecithin. Also it is whey based, and I avoid whey in my diet. So I didn’t try this magic smoothie with artificial flavors.

2. PacificHealth Labs. Body Glove Surge Shot.

It is all-natural energy gel to fuel all types of activities or when you need extra energy to get through your day. Packed with sugar drink. If you need extra energy, just make a cup of green tea or cup of coffee. Have the green smoothie in the morning.

Energy is not packed in the plastic bag. Use natural food to fuel your body.

Never tried it.

3. BSN N.O.-Xplode.

The other dietary supplement to increase your training standards and increase your fitness output.

Again artificial flavors, Sucralose and unknown blue coloring.

Never tried.

4. Kramp Krushers.

Kramp Krushers are for endurance athletes to help give sustaining energy and reload electrolytes lost through sweat during long training sessions or races.

24 grams of sugar? For athletes? In yellow gummy candy?

Just have a glass of coconut water and banana after the training.

Never tried.

5. Erba Vita Propolis.

Propolis is a delicious soothing syrup created to support the health of your respiratory tract as well as that of your immune system.

This is the only product I might try later. The ingredients are ok

It is GMO free.

6. Free Full-Size Coromega3 Big Squeeze coupon.

I would rather get my Omega3 from the real food, not from the plastic tube.

September Bulu Box was just a big disappointment, although I liked my two previous boxes.

But for now if any of you want to try the BULU BOX there are a few promo codes that you can use to save money.

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Apple Pie.

I was waiting for this moment the whole summer: to make an apple pie. Apple season started early this year, but I didn’t crave for apple pie until last week. It happened one afternoon, it was chilly outside and I just wanted to have a bite of warm cinnamon apple pie. I didn’t want to make the regular apple pie, it should have been healthy version of my favorite fall dessert.

So I took all the ingredients out and found out that we have only 2 apples left. I didn’t want to wait till the next day, to go and get more apples, so I used some pears in my pie too, and it worked great, and helped me not to use sugar in the filling at all.

The crust turned out really good, and you couldn’t say it was made of oat and coconut flour and coconut butter.

It tasted like the regular apple pie, but I knew, it was made the healthy way, and to my surprise it was finished in 1 hour. Looks like I am not the only fan of apple pies here.

The recipe is gluten free. I used eggs for the crust but feel free to use the egg replacement to make the recipe completely vegan.

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Healthy Apple Pie ( Gluten Free).

Ingredients:

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tsp. baking powder

3 tbsp. coconut sugar

pinch of sea salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup coconut butter.

Filling:

2 sliced apples

2 sliced pears

1/2 cup water

1 tsp arrowroot powder

1tsp cinnamon

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1.Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. It will be pretty dry.  Then start to add coconut butter until the mixture forms into a dough.  Roll out the dough and place it in pie pan.

2. For the filling combine all the ingredients and simmer it on the pan on the low heat, stirring every once in a while. It should be ready in 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 170C [340F]. Fill  the crust with apple mixture – making sure to spread fruit evenly and fill any gaps.

4. Bake for 50-60 minutes on a middle rack until golden and bubbly.

5. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!!!!

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Preschool.

My daughter is old enough to start a preschool. YAHOO!!!!

When she started it last week, I guess I was more excited than her. Freedom for 3 hours twice a week? This sounded unreal for me.

In reality it looks a little different. I still have errands to run, go to the gym, parents meetings etc. There is always something, and times really flies, so the freedom doesn’t look like it sounds.

Anyway, even I was excited to send her to preschool, I felt so lonely: my little girl is not with me anymore. This is the first step to send my little girl to the world all by herself. Will she handle it? Is she going to be ok? Who will protect her? All these questions came to me at once, after I dropped her to school the first morning.

It turned out really good. There are only 12 kids in the class with 3 teachers. Sophia loves everything about the school: playground, playing time inside, snack, reading corner, art center.

She never cried. The teacher picks the kids up from the car in the morning, and I guess this method helped a lot, because the kids don’t really have time to get upset, they just say “Bye”, and go to the playground to play with the other kids. There is no “never ends” ” goodbye time”, you just watch your kid leaving, not your kid is watching you leaving.

I am happy as a parent too. The teachers are great. The school is oriented in healthy life. They even have their own little garden outside, and the kids participate in it.

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The kids spend a lot of time outside.

Because, I don’t let my daughter eat any GMOs snacks, she has her own snack at school and I am really happy with it.

I feel responsible for her health, and do everything to teach her what to eat, what is good for her and what is not. I started explaining her recently, why some particular foods are not good for you.  She needs to be ready in the future to make the healthy choices, while I am not with her.

The other rule suprised me and made me happy at the same time: No Birthday Celebrations, and Birthday Treats at school. You can celebrate your kid’s birthday by visiting school and read your kid’s favorite book or play her favorite game with the class, but nothing else.

Yes, I am not a fan of cupcakes and cakes loaded with tons of sugar and unreal color frostings, and nowadays we have kids with different types of food allergies., so I guess this rule is very smart. I wish all the schools had the rules like this.

I can’t believe that our daughter is almost 3 years old and she goes to preschool now.

I still feel like I am 18 years old.

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Raw Raspberries Brownies.

Summer is coming to the end. Actually, two days ago was the first day of the fall and it means we are getting closer to winter. Every year I realize again and again that my favorite season is the fall. I love the bright yellow colors outside, apple pie smell in the house, leaves under your feet, warm chamomile tea…. This part of the year always brings the warm feelings to my heart and makes me feel cozy and safe.
Anyway, the fall is outside, but I still try to keep summer in my kitchen. I got fresh raspberries at the farmers market two days ago, and decided to make some berry chocolate dessert for my family.
This recipe is great because it’s gluten, grain and dairy free.
Sugar? You just need a little stevia or 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, honey etc.
It took me 20 minutes to make it. What can sound better?
Raw Raspberries Brownies.
Ingredients
  • ¾ C raw almonds
  • 1 C Medjool dates
  • ¼ C unsweetened cocoa powder(raw cacao for a 100% raw treat)
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash pure vanilla extract
    For the Raspberry Topping:
  • 1 C fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup. I personally used 15 drops of Stevia.
  • 1½ tbsp chia seeds

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Instructions
  1. Prepare a loaf pan by lining with plastic wrap, or wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor process the almonds until finely ground and no large pieces remain.
  3. Pour the nuts out into a bowl and process the dates until they are completely broken up and no large pieces remain. If processed long enough of the dates will turn into the “dough”.
  4. Break the “dough” up with a knife or spoon and sprinkle the nuts back into the food processor along with the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Process just until completely combined, stop the food processor and pinch a small amount of the mixture together with your fingers, if it holds together it’s done. And if not just process slightly longer.
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and press down evenly.
  6. In a bowl slightly mash the raspberries and stir together with the honey(or other sweetener) and chia seeds. Pour over top the brownies, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. To remove the brownies simply pull the paper or plastic wrap to lift the brownies out. Slice and enjoy.

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Aerobics and Weight Lifting.

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Traditional fitness and exercise gurus have often slammed weightlifting as having a minimal impact on cardiovascular health and overall health, because of its lack of being an aerobic exercise. Current medical thinking has not only debunked this myth, with several studies that prove there is an aerobic content to general weightlifting, there is now also a whole school of thoughts among the workout community that could be considered aerobic weightlifting.

Aerobic weightlifting combines the best of traditional weightlifting exercises and techniques, with traditional cardio workouts, for improved overall health and fitness.

Traditional weightlifting or weight training insist on a rest period between each set of exercise. Aerobic weightlifting borrows from philosophy of circuit training. It means keep moving don’t stop, move from one exercise to the next one without a rest period. This increases the need for blood infused oxygen to power you muscles, and forces the lungs and hearts to work harder, effectively an aerobic work out.

This method works great if you workout at home, because you don’t have to move from one weightlifting machine to the other one, change weight plates on your barbels, and you can get the cardio benefit by doing a little traditional aerobic exercise between sets, like skipping rope.

My fitness inspiration trainer Jillian Michaels is the best for me with her aerobic weightlifting workout sessions. I have a lot of her dvds at home. When I started my fitness journey after pregnancy, I worked out at home with her videos, and lost 8 inches on my waist for the first 3 weeks.

The other benefits of aerobic weightlifting.

You will find that you will be less sore after doing this kind of exercises. This type of weightlifting promotes the removal of toxins and poisons in the body. During a traditional weightlifting workout when the muscles are at rest during the rest cycle, these toxins are given the ability to build up in the muscles, by keeping the blood moving with aerobics, they are more likely to be flushed out.

Aerobic weightlifting can break the monotony of a traditional weightlifting routine. Aerobic weightlifting through circuit training can help introduce people to weightlifting who otherwise felt it was not for them.

By working out with aerobic styled weightlifting you really do achieve the best of both goals, you can get all of the cardiovascular and fat burning benefits of traditional aerobics, and build up of a lean muscle mass, increase strength and stamina of traditional weightlifting, all in one workout.