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Super healthy oleaginous

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Oleaginous: what if we made our own super healthy dairy-free drink?

Preparing your own dairy-free milk is remarkably simple. In addition to being able to flavour them according to your wishes, dairy-free milks are also very interesting from a nutritional point of view. Oilseeds are true nuggets that it would be a shame to exclude them from your diet.

Commercial drink VS home-made drink

What are the advantages of home-made when it is so simple and quick to open a carton and pour its contents into our cup/bowl?

Firstly, your homemade drink will be RAW, which means that you can make the most of all the good nutrients available. It is important to know that the commercially available cartons are made from oilseed “paste”, and then to guarantee an XXL best before date, they pasteurise the drink (goodbye dear heat-sensitive vitamins!).

Secondly, and this is well known, industrialists love to add ingredients that we don’t want! Example: adding sugar, fat, salt, extract, flavouring etc… We don’t want any of that!

Thirdly, the flavour! It is impossible to compare a delicious home-made drink with that of the supermarkets. And for me, the most important argument is its taste. The concept of pleasure must always be there. So, have I convinced you? (I can still feel a hint of hesitation in your eyes…)

One last important argument for you! You’d be surprised if I told you that I don’t need more than 5 minutes on the clock to make my dairy-free drink in the morning? (Ah, now I see that I’ve convinced you!)

So, let’s start preparing a delicious homemade vegetarian drink. 

First of all, what you need is a good quality blender with enough power to make a smooth, creamy drink.

Depending on the consistency you are looking for, you may find it useful to have a cheesecloth (cotton gauze) on hand. Some people like to filter their milk, while others prefer to leave it as it is (this is my case). Just know that if you decide to filter your milk, you can reuse the resulting dough to make pastries for example. Nothing is thrown away, everything is reused!

1. choosing the right oilseeds
Preferably opt for good quality, untreated oilseeds, if possible of organic quality. You can make your dairy-free drinks with almonds, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, pistachios…

2. the soaking bath
As you may already know, soaking your oilseeds for a few hours in a jar of water reactivates the germination process. As a result, oilseeds increase their nutritional value and become real nutrient bombs! They become alive again somehow… It’s crazy, isn’t it?!

The soaking time depends on the type of oilseed you choose. For example, a whole night will be necessary for almonds and hazelnuts, and only three to four hours for cashew nuts. Also, the taste changes radically when oilseeds are soaked. Try biting into a dry almond and then into an almond that has just come out of its soaking bath: it feels like eating a fresh almond!

When the soaking time is reached, rinse your oilseeds with clear water and throw away the water used for soaking.

3. measure out the amount of water
Once your oilseeds have been reactivated and rinsed, you can place them in the mixer bowl and add water. If you want to obtain a smooth and fluid plant-based milk, I advise you to add at least three times as much water as oilseeds. For example, if you have soaked a jar of almonds, add three jars of water.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a creamier texture, reduce the amount of water.

4. add flavour to your dairy-free drinks
At this stage, either you prefer to leave the plant-based milk plain (very practical for making pastries, for example), or you opt for a flavoured milk, which is particularly pleasant for the making of breakfasts such as porridge, fruit bowls, etc.

Now all you have to do is blend your drink until it has a smooth, flowing texture.

And in terms of health, what’s in it for you?

Oilseeds are excellent sources of good fats, fibre and minerals. Walnuts, for example, have a super omega 3/omega 6 ratio. Hazelnuts are a good source of antioxidants, while almonds contain calcium. In short, they are real health allies that you can consume every day for the greatest pleasure of your taste buds!

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It’s snack time! Which one should you choose?

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Depending on your activity during the day and regardless of your age, you may feel like eating a little something… Your body is asking for a break and you need a little boost to keep you going until the evening meal.

The first thing to take into consideration is that eating a snack does not make you fat and will only have a positive impact if you choose what you are going to eat with common sense.

Yes, there is a big difference between eating a healthy and balanced snack (your energy and vitality!) and the one you eat out of greed, stress, rushing at the first thing you find…

So, from there, there are 2 things to know…

Firstly, it is difficult to trust manufacturers. Chocolate or cereal-based bars are often too rich in poor quality sugar, full of saturated (or even trans) fats, low in vitamins and minerals, contain flavours, E’s, etc. And often, although it can “fill” your taste buds, there is a high chance that the little boost it gives you will quickly end up as a real energy floop. That’s because it’s “too sweet” and that’s what we try to avoid.

Secondly, it is interesting to take 2 minutes to ask yourself the following question: am I really HUNGRY or am I BORED and want to eat? It’s very different in terms of how you feel and in both cases, it’s really worthwhile to go for a balanced snack, which naturally gives you pleasure (a very important notion that we can’t exclude, we agree on that…) but also a certain balance to avoid the famous yo-yoing with hypo-hyper-glycaemia.

Well, now that the theory is set, what do we eat to combine pleasure and vitality?

For a snack, I suggest several alternatives that should satisfy your taste buds…

Vegan energy balls

Here’s a simple idea that you can prepare in advance and that doesn’t require any machines.

Take fresh dates, mash them with a fork (or by hand) in a bowl, add a little bit of ground almonds (or your preferred nuts, like hazelnuts for example), a little bit of cocoa powder (if you’re more of a choc ‘alcoholic it’s the best!), mix and you’re done!

No need to weigh or complicate yourself with a recipe. Use your creativity, add powdered coconut, seeds or even berries (goji for example). Mix in between each addition to see what texture you get and when you feel the dough is “dry” enough to be rolled into a ball: go for it! Make small balls, keep them in an airtight box and voilà!

Serve your snack with herbal tea, for example.

Chocolate, oilseeds & fruit

Don’t feel like putting too much effort into preparing your snack? Keep it simple! A local seasonal fruit, a piece of quality dark chocolate (min 70%), a handful of oilseeds (walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashews…), an infusion, and you’re done!

Olives, cheese & oilseeds

Fancy something savoury? You can opt for a savoury snack, easy to take away. Prepare yourself a small jar of olives, with a piece of cheese (preferably goat’s or sheep’s cheese, made with raw milk) and a few oilseeds… It’s simple and effective, perfect to take away in your bag.

You probably already know that everyone has their own desires and habits. Snacking is not compulsory but if you feel the need to eat something, by moving towards a nutritious combination you will bring good nutrients to your body which will give it back to you in the form of energy to end your day smoothly!

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Eco-friendly at the office? Here’s how!

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If, like me, you tend to be increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of your daily choices and pay attention to the way you consume, then I imagine that this topic has inevitably crossed your mind: how can you continue your little eco-friendly gestures all the way to the office?

It is entirely possible to reduce waste in the workplace.

Here are 3 tips that will bring a real change to your daily life

1. No more disposable plastic packaging!

Let’s take the simple example of water. A few years ago, I was surprised how easy it was to replace a plastic water bottle with a reusable bottle/cup. It may sound silly, but many companies still offer free water bottles in offices, often in small sizes. That’s a lot of plastic waste when it’s so easy to opt for a reusable option.

Choose a nice bottle/cup, for example glass/ceramic. Opt for a format that matches your handbag (or backpack) and you’re done!

This tip is also applicable to coffee (I always carry a very light bamboo cup with me to avoid using a paper cup at coffee time).

What about paper napkins? Well, slip a cloth one in your bag and wash it as often as necessary. Generally speaking, a cloth napkin can be kept for up to 1 week when simply wiping the corners of your mouth. You save: 5 paper napkins per week! Hurrah!

2. Think before you act!

The print button is right there in front of you, but do you really need to print this document? If so, can you print it double-sided to avoid wasting paper? In black and white maybe?

Another example, folders… When your folder is full, instead of buying a new one for the rest of your work, can you get an old one back?

My tip: I get my old folders back, which I no longer need. I keep all its pages by linking all the pages with a string and write the title on the top of the stack. This way, I keep my files (which takes up less space) while recycling my old folders. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

3. Reduce your digital consumption!

This is the dark side of digital. Without realising it, we consume energy to store digital on a daily basis. Mailboxes, cloud systems, online research… They all have one thing in common: they all consume energy.

Did you know? A one-minute search on the Internet uses 100 watts on a desktop computer, 20 watts on a laptop, a few watts on a tablet, and a little less on a mobile phone.

There are simple ways to limit the impact of digital usage. For example, think about regularly emptying your email box, unsubscribing from newsletters you don’t read…

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Selbstgemachte heisse Schokolade

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Es ist schon wieder so weit – der Dezember mit seiner festlichen Atmosphäre und kleinen Lichtern und Kerzen überall hat begonnen. Fühle die Kälte und freue dich über die bevorstehende festliche Jahreszeit. Die ersten Schneeflocken werden herbeigesehnt und wir können nicht anders, als uns an der weihnachtlichen Magie zu erfreuen, indem wir Lieder hören und einige “Cocooning”-Momente in unserem eigenen Zuhause geniessen, indem wir uns in unsere Lieblingsdecke kuscheln und ein Heissgetränk geniessen.

Jetzt ist nämlich auch die perfekte Zeit, wieder ein paar Klassiker auszupacken – Weihnachtsplätzchen, Gewürztees und die berühmte heisse Schokolade, die wir alle lieben.

Wie magst du deine heisse Schokolade am liebsten? Gewürzt und tiefbraun gefärbt? Oder lieber mit weisser Schokolade? Darf es noch ein Tupfer Schlagsahne sein?

Heute möchte ich dir ein Rezept vorstellen, das die Basis für die perfekte heisse Schokolade darstellt, auf der du nach deinen Wünschen viele leckere Zutaten hinzufügen kannst.

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Gesunde heisse Schokolade

Du wirst dich vielleicht fragen: “Wie kann so eine süsse Verführung gesund sein?” Nun, in meinem Rezept vermeide ich die Verwendung von raffiniertem Zucker! Ich ersetze diesen durch unraffinierten Zucker für noch mehr Geschmack und um das Getränk gesünder zu machen als die Mischungen, die manchmal in Supermärkten zu finden sind.

Für mein Rezept verwende ich auch eine rohe Kakaobasis, um mich mit guten Mineralien zu verwöhnen und ein qualitativ hochwertiges Ergebnis zu erzielen. Im Moment ist diese heisse Schokolade das Lieblingsgetränk meines kleinen Jungen. Du kannst sogar eine vegane Version des Rezepts herstellen, indem du Kuhmilch durch ein pflanzliches Produkt wie Mandelmilch oder Hafermilch ersetzt (meine beiden Favoriten!). Und wenn ich die Aromen ein wenig variieren möchte, zögere ich nicht und füge ein wenig Zimt, Muskatnuss oder Vanille hinzu.

Auch meine Gäste lieben dieses hausgemachte Getränk, das im Voraus zubereitet und in einem Glas aufbewahrt werden kann. Auf diese Weise hast du es zur Hand und kannst deine Freunde beeindrucken!

Es ist ein köstliches Getränk, an dem du im Winter mit Sicherheit Gefallen findest. Heisse Schokolade ist ein Muss, sollte aber am besten als gesunde Variante genossen werden

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  1. Erhitze die Milch (wenn du es schaumig möchtest, verwende die Düse deiner Kaffeemaschine).
  2. Mische die trockenen Zutaten und gib sie in deine 2 Tassen.
  3. Heisse Milch einfüllen und umrühren. Falls gewünscht, etwas Zimt oder Kakaopulver zum Dekorieren hinzufügen. Trinkfertig!

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Homemade hot chocolate

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So here we are, December with its festive spirit has begun in full swing. Feeling the cold and delighted at the thought of the upcoming festive season. The first snowflakes are longed for and we can’t help but enjoy the magic of Christmas by listening to songs and enjoying some “cocooning” moments in the comfort of our own home.

It’s the perfect time for us to enjoy a few classics again – Christmas cookies, spiced teas and the famous hot chocolate that everyone loves.

How do you like your hot chocolate? Spiced up and brown in colour? White chocolate? With a little bit of whipped cream on top?

Today, I would like to share with you a recipe which will be the “base” on which you will be able to add a lot of tasty ingredients according to your desires.

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Nutritious Hot Chocolate

You may ask, “how can it be nutritious?” Well, in my recipe, I avoid using refined sugar! I replace it with unrefined sugar for even more flavour and to give it a healthier touch than the blends that are sometimes found in supermarkets.

For my recipe, I also use a raw cocoa base in order to fill up with good minerals and to obtain a high quality result. At the moment, this hot chocolate is my little boy’s favourite recipe. You can even make a vegan version of the recipe by replacing cow’s milk with a plant-based drink such as almond milk or oat milk (my two favourites!) And when I want to vary the flavours a little, I don’t hesitate to add a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg or even vanilla.

My guests also love this homemade recipe, which can be prepared in advance and kept in a glass jar. That way, in any circumstances, you’ll never fail to impress your friends!

A delicious drink to be enjoyed in winter. Hot chocolate is a must that needs to be updated as a “healthy” version.

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  1. Heat the milk (if you want to make froth, use the nozzle of your coffee machine).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients and place them in the bottom of your 2 cups.
  3. Pour in the hot milk, stir. If desired, add a little bit of cinnamon or cocoa powder to decorate. It's ready to drink!

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Rüeblisuppe mit Kalepesto

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Der November ist der Monat, um feine, warme Gerichte zuzubereiten, die zu den kalten Tagen passen. Wir tanken gerne Vitamine, indem wir das Beste aus saisonalem Gemüse machen.

Suppe ist ein Gericht, das wir uns gerne unter der Woche schmecken lassen. Es ist einfach und schnell zubereitet. In weniger als 30 Minuten können wir ein qualitativ hochwertiges Essen für die ganze Familie servieren und sogar noch mehr daraus machen, es am nächsten Tag etwa in einem Glas zur Arbeit mitnehmen und dort erneut geniessen.

Mein kleines Geheimnis verbirgt sich in der Art, wie ich Gemüse koche. Wenn du das Beste aus den guten Vitaminen in deinem Gemüse machen möchtest, dann habe ich zwei Ratschläge für dich:

  1. Kaufe lokales und saisonales Gemüse.
    Indem wir den Transport des Gemüses reduzieren, können wir auch die Zeit zwischen der Ernte des Gemüses und dem Zeitpunkt des Kochens in der Küche verkürzen. Wusstest du, dass frischeres Gemüse gegenüber älterem mehr Vitamine und Mineralien enthält?
  2. Das Kochen von Gemüse.
    Wenn du dein Suppengemüse verkochen lässt, gehen alle hitzeempfindlichen Vitamine wortwörtlich “in Rauch” auf. Koche deine Suppe am besten bei mittlerer Hitze und schalte aus, bevor das Gemüse weich ist. Wenn du genug Zeit hast, empfehle ich dir, die Suppe bei schwacher Hitze sehr langsam kochen zu lassen und auszuschalten, wenn das Gemüse noch “al dente” ist. Dies ist wahrscheinlich eine der besten Möglichkeiten, den Vitaminreichtum an gekochtem Gemüse optimal zu nutzen!
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Rüebli-Süsskartoffelsuppe mit Kalepesto

Diese Suppe besteht aus drei Hauptzutaten: Rüebli, Süsskartoffel und Zwiebel. Die Kombination von Rüebli und Süsskartoffeln macht die Suppe im Geschmack sehr mild und cremig. Um die Aromen zu verbessern, habe ich mich für ein feines Kalepesto entschieden, ein weiteres saisonales Gemüse, das gute Vitaminen und Mineralien beinhaltet. Das Pesto ist so hergestellt, dass die Zutaten für einen kleinen extra Energieschub roh bleiben.

Um das Gericht zu vervollständigen, geben wir ihm einem Hauch von Knusprigkeit, indem wir ein paar Samen als Dekoration hinzufügen.

Wie du vielleicht erraten hast, ist an dieser Suppe nichts Langweiliges!

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  1. Beginne mit der Zubereitung der Suppe. Das Gemüse waschen und schälen. Schneide es in Scheiben (5-10 mm). Zwiebel fein hacken. Gib das Gemüse in einen Topf und füge Wasser hinzu, bis die Hälfte des Gemüses bedeckt ist. Nach Belieben Salz und Pfeffer hinzufügen. Bei mittlerer Hitze 15 Minuten kochen lassen. Überprüfe, ob das Gemüse gar ist, indem du die Messerspitze hineinsteckst.
  2. In der Zwischenzeit den Kale waschen und fein hacken. Gib alle Pesto-Zutaten in eine Schüssel und mische sie (zum Beispiel mit einem Stabmixer), bis alle Zutaten gut vermengt sind. Passe die Menge an Olivenöl nach Bedarf an.
  3. Giesse die Suppe in das Mixergefäss und püriere sie zu einer glatten Masse. Die Suppe in Schalen servieren.
  4. Füge in der Mitte der Schalen etwas Pesto hinzu und dekoriere die Suppe mit ein paar Samen und einem Spritzer Kokoscreme. Sofort servieren.

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