There is no denial. Raw (no-bake) desserts have become a popular trend around the world.
It all sounds too good to be true. Smooth cheesecakes, sweet caramel slices and creamy chocolate cake. Minus all the nasty stuff.
What started out as part of the vegan scene has now reached many health-conscious enthusiasts who like to indulge without the guilt. Most raw treats are refined sugar-free, gluten-free and diary-free. I personally love the fact that you can whip up a cake or a few small tarts without waiting for the oven to finish its job. Plus they are healthy, planet-friendly and most people won’t even believe they are raw.
So, let’s just agree that raw desserts are amazing and wonderfully tasty.
Oh and there are no rules to it. The other day I wanted to eat something sweet. So I checked my cupboard, soaked some nuts, added ingredients that I like and made a delicious dessert for dinner with the girls. Read more
I don’t know about you but I love food that is colorful. It really seems to taste much better. I’m not talking about artifically colored foods. I’m referring to natural bright and vibrant ingredients. Usually I add lots of color to my morning smoothie. The fresh green of spinach or the happy yellow of mango kicks off my day in the right way.
There is another think I love. Pancakes! (I mean who doesn’t) So how about making these boring plain pancakes more fun by adding the superfood spirulina. Spirulina is packed with nutrients, boosts energy as well as immunity and supports eye and brain health. You don’t need to add much and I promise it won’t taste too healthy. Read more
It’s carrot season in Egypt. Wait! You might wonder, there is a carrot season? Yes, there is! Obviously, you get carrots all year around but at the moment they are the juiciest and sweetest.
And here is another fact: Cooking season is not only during Christmas. Okay, you probably know that already. I, on the contrary, never really baked cookies other than in December.
Big mistake as I learned this week. Because these delicious carrot cake cookies with mango cashewcream are just the best treat a healthy girl can ask for. They are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Read more
You have probably heard it a hundred times but it is so true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – even more so, a healthy breakfast! A nutritious breakfast has endless benefits. It jump-starts your morning, it reduces hunger throughout the day and can even help with your overall health. And no, you don’t need to get up 30 min earlier to prepare it. How amazing is that! It just takes 5 short minutes to prepare this super delicious smoothie bowl.
Speaking of health benefits, did you know that a smoothie for breakfast can keep you hydrated, something coffee or sugary drink do less? Fresh smoothies are also an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. I have some sorts of smoothie bowl every morning of the week. Recipes for it can be so diverse and a lot of fun if you like to experiment a little. I find that homemade smoothies are much cheaper than store-bought ones plus it feels good to know what’s inside. I only choose fresh and wholesome ingredients for my smoothies, mix it all together and add some toppings at the end. Read more
Before I start to rave about the wonders of nice cream, I want to talk about my love for apricots
I’m a big fan of seasonal produce. When I was living in Hong Kong I got really tired of eating imported fruits and vegetables that tasted like plastic. Since I moved to Egypt I’ve started to appreciate seasonality…even if this means I can’t have avocado for a few week. But when there is avocado available it tastes like nothing else. And I guess that compensates for the few weeks each year when I have to plan my meals without it.
Same thing for apricots. Saying that I love apricots is an understatement. Once they are in season I eat as much as I can hoping I might get sick of them at one point to survive the upcoming months without them. That usually doesn’t work. But again it makes me appreciate apricots even more. I’m currently loving apricots in my daily breakfast bowl. As it’s super warm in Cairo at the moment I usually make it with some nice cream.
Have you heard of nice cream yet? It’s a creamy and sweet snack, treat or dessert and only made of one ingredient, frozen banana. It’s vegan, it’s raw and really delicious. If you add a few more ingredients, it’s a happy and healthy breakfast. Read more
Classic overnight chia pudding has become a constant breakfast stable in my life but today I would like to share with you a new twist on chia seeds: A recipe for a nutty quinoa chia seed pudding.
Fun facts about chia seeds: When the chia seeds are placed in liquid, they expand up to 10 times their original size. The result is that you stay hydrated, it fills you up and your body is able to absorb all the good nutrients. It is even believed that Aztec warriors have sustained themselves from just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds per day.
Fun facts about quinoa: Quinoa isn’t a grain but actually a relative of spinach, beets and chard. Because it is mineral rich, gluten-free and contains all essential amino acids, NASA researched declared it the perfect inflight food for astronauts 20 years ago.
Quinoa and chia seeds are considered superfoods and mixing both provides a high-protein and nutrient-dense base. But don’t be fooled. Just because it’s super healthy doesn’t mean that it tastes bland. Quinoa and chia seeds combined ticks all the flavour boxes: Its nutty, slightly crunchy yet creamy and depending on your topping it can also be fruity and juicy. Convinced? Here is an easy and quick recipe… Read more
If you have ever been to Cairo in Egypt you know that it can be quite overwhelming and at times even stressful. Cairo is known for being a bustling and energetic city which I love as there is always so much to explore and discover. But sometimes I feel the need to unwind and relax. So, no matter if you come to visit Egypt’s capital for a few days or if you live here, there are some laid-back ways to make most of the city. Read more
I recently re-discovered the beauty of oat milk.
It’s been years that I turned my back on cow’s milk. It all started in High School when my mum decided to cut out diary products. I couldn’t bother to buy my own food so I just ate whatever she put in the fridge. And at that time this was soy milk.
Honestly, I have never looked back to ‘normal’ milk and when I tried to drink an original cappuccino in Rome a couple of years ago (because that’s what you have to do when in Italy) I disliked its taste.
So soy milk and I were friends for a long time until I realised that I just consumed to0 many soy products. Soy yoghurt, tofu, soy cream, soy-based protein powder. There are plenty of articles that say that the intake of too much soy is bad for your body. I just think that eating too much of one thing is never a good idea because it’s all about keeping a good balance.
Nowadays it’s super easy to find alternatives like almond, hemp or rice milk in a supermarket. Even here in Cairo. This all depends on where you live but I personally made the experience that either these alternatives are too expensive or have too much sugar content.
Lucky me, I recently got a powerful blender and a slow juicer, two amazing kitchen machines that make making your own vegan milk so much easier. If you are looking for a low-cost and nut-free as well as gluten-free milk, oat milk is really easy and quick to make. Read more
Let me get right to the point: Soma Bay is the best place to stay in Egypt. Considering that you like the beach, some sun, crystal clear water and relaxation, there is no finer destination at the Red Sea. Soma Bay is surrounded on all sides by the sea and thus perfect for all kinds of water activities. The best part, it’s an exclusive holiday resort destination in Egypt and not as overrun by tourist groups like Sharm El Sheik or Hurghada. And even though Soma Bay is located on a remote peninsula there is not reason to get bored . Read more
Don’t say I didn’t warn you but once you created your first healthy granola recipe you probably won’t like the store-bought version anymore. Before I started making my own granola I thought that it was time consuming and that I would spend lots of money to buy the right ingredients. But granola is such a versatile food that it’s your decision if you want to add fancy ingredients. Another great thing about granola is that you can take it with you wherever you go. If you want to avoid the sweet and often artificial hotel granola, just store some of your homemade granola in an airtight container and pack it in your luggage. Or you can take a jar with you to work.
I love to eat my granola for breakfast with fresh fruits and almond milk or coconut yoghurt. It’s also amazing as a topping for an afternoon smoothie or ice cream. This granola recipe is so good that I have to make a new batch every other day because we literally inhale it at home. And of course it’s really healthy, too. The mix is made without refined sugar and lots of nutritious seeds and oats. Give it a try! Read more