Vegan Energy Bars

Siete a corto di energie? State cercando lo snack vegan perfetto dopo il vostro allenamento? Ecco per voi una ricetta facile e veloce per preparare delle fantastiche barrette energetiche.
Non mi sono segnata le dosi, ho voluto fare tutto seguendo l’istinto. Fatelo anche voi, sperimentate e divertitevi 😀

INGREDIENTI
3 cucc.ini olio di cocco
Agave o sciroppo d’acero
2 1/2 cucc.ini burro d’arachidi
Fiocchi avena
8-10 Pistacchi
Semi lino
Bacche goji, una manciata
Acqua
5-8 Datteri
Cioccolato fondente

1. In una pentola piccola riducete per 5-10min datteri, agave o sciroppo d’acero (abbondate! I datteri devono essere quasi immersi per intero) con un po’ d’acqua.
2. In una ciotola mescolate avena in fiocchi, pezzi di cioccolato fondente, pistacchi, bacche goji, semi lino
3. Versate il composto ridotto in un frullatore, lasciate raffreddare leggermente e poi frullate aggiungendo il burro d’arachidi. Fatelo riposare ulteriormente.
4. Unite la crema di datteri agli ingredienti secchi, aggiungete 3 cucchiaini di olio di cocco
5. Appiattite il composto in una pirofila pirex ricoperta di carta forno
6. Cuocete a circa 180’C per 30-35 min
7. Prima di tagliare, lasciate raffreddare.
8. Tagliate dle barrette e incartatele una ad una. Conservate in frigo, o in un luogo fresco e asciutto.

Footwear trends S/S 2016

Lo ammetto, le scarpe sono il mio punto debole! Vorrei poterle cambiare come cambio un paio di orecchini, avere la scarpa perfetta per ogni outfit. Tuttavia, molto spesso mi ritrovo a dover fare dei compromessi. Sognare, però, non costa nulla: inizio a sfogliare riviste di moda, visitare shops online e immagino di indossarle! Non capita anche a voi? 😛 

Ma passiamo ad alcuni dei trend per la P/E 2016 che più mi ispirano.

Pure White Summer
Non esiste colore più luminoso, per la P/E 2016 il bianco si impadronisce delle nostre scarpe, specialmente le sneakers.

 

Sneakers con plateau, H&M / € 24,99
 
 
Sneakers, ASOS DOODLE / € 25,99
 

Silver glow
Se invece volete osare, fate scintillare i vostri piedi con un tocco silver.

Sandali, H&M / € 29,99
 

Metallic Faux Leather Brogue, Stella McCartney / €695
 

Ethnic wave
Non può mancare mai il tocco boho-hippie, etnico. Già accennato nella stagione autunnale, il look 70s continuerà per tutta l’estate. 

 

Sandali con frange, H&M / € 19,99
 
 
Platform Espadrille Sandal, Stella McCartney / € 555
 

Amico degli oranghi IT/ENG

Attore, vegano e fervido animalista. Di chi sto parlando? Leonardo di Caprio, ovviamente!

Da molto tempo lo vediamo a sostegno di cause ambientaliste. Leonardo ha fondato la Leonardo di Caprio Foundation, con lo scopo di diffondere l’idea che vivere in modo più eco assicurarerebbe un futuro più sostenibile.

Di recente si è recato in Indonesia, a trovare degli oranghi salvati dalla deforestazione messa in atto dal “bisogno” di migliaia di aziente per la produzione dell’olio di palma. Quest’ultimo infatti è la causa della scomparsa di foreste dell’isola di Sumatra. Inoltre, l’Indonesia è il paese che produce circa la metà dell’olio di palma venduto nel mondo, incredibile!

Il Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, nato nel 1999, si impegna nella salvaguardia degli oranghi. Il programma prevede l’introduzione degli oranghi in un ambiente protetto, a cui segue una riabilitazione, fino alla reintroduzione nel loro habitat naturale.

Che dire, bravo Leo! Si spera sempre che tutto ciò sia di esempio per gli altri. Ancora meglio se le iniziative partono da persone influenti come gli attori.
Actor, vegan and a committed animal and environment activist, Leonardo di Caprio has recently landed in Indonesia.

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Actor, vegan and a committed animal and environment activist, Leonardo di Caprio has recently landed in Indonesia.

He went to visit the orangutans, resqued by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
Born in 1999, the SOCP contributes to the long-term protection of wild Sumatran orangutan populations and safeguard their habitat. The association provides protection, a parcour of rehabilitation and reintroduction of orangutans to the wild.

The high demand of companies for palm oil has caused miles squares deforestation, leaving the orangutans deprived of their own habitat. Also, Indonesia produces half of all the palm oil sold in the entire world. That’s shocking!

Well, good job Leo! You are an example to follow.

Armani dice addio alle pellicce! IT/ENG

Fonte: http://www.vogue.it/

Ebbene sì, una piccola/grande vittoria per vegani e animalisti! Un altro stilista dell’alta moda si unisce al filone “cruelty-free”. Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood ed ora anche Armani ha detto “no” alle pellicce, firmando un accordo con la Fur Free Alliance.
A partire dalla collezione A/I 2016/17 che lo stilista ha presentato nell’ultima giornata della Milano Fashion Week, le pellicce non faranno più parte delle sue collezioni, se non delle ottime riproduzioni.
Siamo nel 2016, siamo circondati da una tecnologia sempre più avanzata e credo che la ricerca abbia già a disposizione le conoscenze necessarie a ricreare una perfetta finta pelliccia, morbida, folta e luminosa come quella vera. Armani lo conferma: “Il progresso tecnologico di questi ultimi anni ci ha consentito di raggiungere valide alternative che rendono inutile il ricorso a pratiche crudeli nei confronti degli animali. Proseguendo il processo intrapreso da tempo, la mia azienda compie quindi un passo importante che testimonia la particolare attenzione alla salvaguardia e al rispetto dell’ambiente e del mondo animale”.

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That’s right, vegan friends! Another well-known designer has joined the “cruelty-free” community. Armani has started a collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance, stating that he will go fur-free as of the A/W 2016/17 collection.
It’s 2016, we are surrounded more and more by a non-stop growing technology. I’m sure it is possible to recreate a shiny, thick and silky fake fur! Armani himself states: “Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposition that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals. Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”

Xmas Vegan Shortcrust Pastry Cookies

December has started, what’s better than making some cookie for Christmas? I have to apologize all of you for the shape of my cookies, I didn’t use any kind of pastry cutter. Next time I will ahaha! But trust me, the taste is so good!

  

INGREDIENTS
300gr flour
30gr white sugar
70gr brown sugar
orange zest (or orange flavouring)
vanilla flavouring
8-9 gr baking powder
130 ml corn oil
200ml water slightly salted

For the icing:
100gr icing sugar
2 tbs water

First, mix the sifted flour and the baking powder with a fork. Do the same with the two type of sugar.

The ingredients are ready, let’s make the dough!

In a bowl mix the oil and the salted water vigorously with a whisk. Then, add the sugar, the orange zest, few drop of vanilla extract, the sifted flour previously mixed with the baking powder.

Knead till the dough doesn’t stick on the bowl anymore. Let it rest in the fridge for 30 min.

In the meanwhile, prepare a baking tray (or more) covered with parchment paper. And why not, clean the kitchen! ;p
When 30 min are up, take the dough out of the fridge and start making the biscuits, preheat the oven at 230°. Transfer every cookie on the baking tray and cook for about 15-20 min till they appear golden on top.

Let them cool down. In the meanwhile, make the icing. Start by putting two tablespoon in a bowl then gradually add the icing sugar . Make sure there’s no lumps while you mix with a fork.
Now the fun part, garnish the biscuits as you like =D. The icing takes few minutes to dry.
Merry Christmas ❤️

Cocoa Raspberries Smoothie Bowl

 

The Aztec called it “the food of gods” and it’s no coincidence. They considered the cocoa seeds a gift from Gods to humans, they were so important that were used not just for drinks but also as currency. The Aztec believed chocolate had aphrodisiac power and provided strength.

From a nutritional point of view, cocoa powder is a rich source of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin and catechin. This subclass of plant-derived polyphenols has been proved to act as antioxidant and provides other kind of benefits for the human health such as reducing cardiovascular disease.
Moreover, cocoa powder provides a fair amount of iron and magnesium – one tablespoon contains about 3 to 7 percent of the recommended daily intake. They’re both essential to provide energy and fight the fatigue.

It is common to believe that after eating chocolate, we feel better. That’s because cocoa naturally contains a small quantity of tryptophan, an amino acid used by the body to produced serotonin, the hormone of happiness.

In conclusion, I think nearly all of you have tried raspberry and chocolate combined in a dessert once. Cocoa mixes perfectly with the acidity of raspberries. This is the perfect recipe whether you need to boost your mood or just want a healthy treat in the morning.

INGREDIENTS
4 ice cubes
2 babanas
2 tbsp Matt soy/almond bio milk
1 tbsp oat bran
Natural vanilla flavour, as desired
About 50gr of raspberries
2 tbsp organic cocoa powder, unsweetened

Combine ice cubes, bananas, non-dairy milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
Add oat bran, vanilla flavour, three or four raspberries and the cocoa powder. Blend again.
Pour the mixture in a bowl and serve. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

References
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/6146?manu=&fgcd=
http://www.health-herbal.com/html/cocoa.html
http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/health-benefits-cocoa-flavanoids/
http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/economicbotany/Theobroma/index.html
http://envirohealthtech.com/cacao.htm

Why I (nearly) stopped drinking coffee

 
It is consumed by a lot of people at any time, for most of us it is part of our daily routine. Coffee is one of the most loved beverage in the world, that’s for sure.

Personally, I do like coffee and somehow this is linked to my cultural (how could an italian dislike coffee? :D) and family traditions. My mum prepares coffee every single morning – Imagine the smell of coffee coming right into the room and gently awakes you. Lovely!

But since I went vegan, I drink less coffee. I was used to drink a LOT of coffee: early in the morning, around 10am and in the afternoon again. I was addicted. I bet you are wondering why drinking coffee and being vegan at the same time should be a problem? Let me explain you quickly. First of all, I am anemic and coffee compromises greatly the iron absorption. Now, there are two types of iron: heme and non-heme. The iron in meat is in the heme form while the non-heme is found in plant foods. Researches have shown that coffee seems to affect especially the absorption of the non-heme type. As vegan the only source of iron comes from plant-based food! 

However, no decrease in iron absorption occurred when coffee is consumed 1 h before a meal (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1983). A mid-morning coffee won’t be that bad, after all. 

So, evidence reveals I should quit caffeine. But, let’s be honest – I don’t avoid coffee completely. I like it! I simply have a cup of coffe now and then. I don’t want to restrict myself, I think it’s better have a little satisfaction once in a while. Anyway, I take iron supplements. That helps! 🙂

To finish I will share with you my little “vice”; a delicious, quick and easy banana coffee smoothie bowl to prepare in the morning.

INGREDIENTS
3 bananas
Natural vanilla flavor
1 tsp instant coffee
Water (optional)

Pour the bananas and vanilla flavour (as much as you desire) in a blender and blend till combined (add water if you prefer the smoothie less thick). Garnish on top with a tsp of instant coffee and mix gently. Enjoy!

References
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/37/3/416.abstract
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/health/30real.html?_r=0
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=34

Cocoa Apricot Smoothie Bowl

 

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 apricots (the half is for the topping)
1/2 tsp maple syrup
2 bananas
130 ml rice milk
2 tsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp oat bran

Prepare the topping – Dice half an apricot in a little bowl, add the maple syrup and microwave for 30 sec. Set aside.
Smoothie – Add fruits, rice milk, oat bran and the cocoa powder into a blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with the apricot sauce and enjoy!
Note: If you want to create the same garnishment as I did, before adding the cocoa power set aside one or two tablespoon of smoothie in a glass.

Ginger Mango Peaches Smoothie \\ Post Workout Smoothie

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The burst of energy of the ginger mixes with the sweetness of mango and peaches. I personally love this combination! Today’s recipe is perfect for the morning or – as I am use to do – after a nice workout to get your energy back.

INGREDIENTS
2 peaches (put aside two slices for topping)
1 mango
6 ice cubes
Ginger, powder
Lemon juice, few drops
1 banana

Cut the peaches into slices and put aside. Dice the mango and cut the banana in half.
Put in the blender all the chopped fruit then the ice cubes, few drops of lemon juice and a sprinkle of ginger. Blend vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Place the mixture in a bowl, finish by cutting into little cubes the two slices of peaches you have set aside before and add them on top.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 330 kcal / Fat 1,5 gr / Carbohydrate 82,2 gr / Protein 4,9 gr / Fiber 11,1 gr