Verde Que Te Quiero Verde

This post has been long over due so in order to get you in the right mood press play on the link below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJr2LBYOvUU

Lately I have been having a large thirst (hehe) for discovering more ways to eat and feel cleaner.

For my birthday, my friend Rachel gave me a fantastic birthday present that has helped me a lot with this yearning. She got me a this beautiful blender that is perfect for days where I don't have that much time to spare for breakfast or if I'm feeling up for a quick smoothie for lunch - the choices are endless.

The other day I whipped up a deliciously verde smoothie.

Let me show you what went down.

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I used most of the greens I had in the fridge, which were:

- Half a cucumber - Handful of kale - A handful of cilantro - One green apple - One cup of water

And off to blend!

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It was delicious and refreshing and to be honest, not that hard at all. If you're a bit picky with having greens this is perfect for you! Why not make a quick smoothie of it instead. Drinking it not only makes it easier to digest for your stomach but it also gives you a complete new taste.

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Okay so let's get down to the goodies. Why is everyone going crazy about them greens? Well here's a quick little list of six reasons why your greens are going to make you even more fabulous.

1. Amazing source of nutrition that are packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B, minerals and fibres

2. Packed with chlorophyll, which helps you bring your energy levels up high!

3. Enzymes. Full of them. So great for digestion and helping out your organs.

4. Remember Popeye being obsessed with spinach? Well that's because spinach and most of the green veggies are packed with iron!

5. Dark leafy greens, like kale for example, has a good amount of carotenoids, which is a type of antioxidant that protects cells in your body from early stages of cancer.

6. Purifies you blood. As these foods are high in alkaline, they work to replenish your alkaline mineral stores and continue to filter out pollutants.

Prevention, peeps!

Another huge plus of greens is that it nourish the skin like crazy, making it glow!

Um… are you sold yet?

Maria

Oh snap! The End Has Come

Of my tiny teatox! Today was my last day on it and I thought I owed you somewhat of a recap of our beautiful adventure together. So if you read my earlier post, I told you some background information on the tea so feel free to read that first and then come back here to see how the show went down.

I did the 28 day teatox and broke it up into three weeks straight and then a week. Why? Because it was my birthday and ain't nobody got time for a teatox on their birthday week. I took it pretty seriously and did it three times a day everyday until my birthday week and then straight after. It honestly makes you feel great, gives you loads of energy and it decreases your sugar cravings like crazy! I didn't have that much bloating to start off with but it did reduce my tumtum more so that's a bonus! Last but not least, this little bugga also cleared up my eyes! Weird thing to comment on but usually when I'm in England I get red blotches on my eyes for some strange reason but ever since I started my Teatox my eyes have become pearly whites!

One comment I do have to make is that I didn't see it clear my skin as much as everyone on Instagram and other social medias raved about it but I pretty much have clear skin most of the time so that's probably why.

So now to the big question. Drum roll please! Would you recommend it?

Ummm... I would HIGHLY recommend it if you're wanting to start a health kick but keep in mind that you have to be consistent and plan your day around it example, having access to hot water during the day & also it is quite pricey for a tea.

Anyways, watch this space because the next health post will be about an exciting new birthday present I got last week from a lovely gal. Think green.

Tallyhoo,

Maria

Ps. Happy monday!

Sobriety

By the start of October, two people challenged me in going on a 30 day sober challenge. I initially thought to myself, 'no way is that possible, I'm in university...' and  'wow, that honestly means social suicide as most socials consists of drinking'. I was incredibly reluctant. However, if you get to know me you'll know that I always love having some sort of challenge going on in my life whether it be physical, mental or spiritual. I decided to go for it and I went for it. Challenge completed. Here's 10 lessons I learned during the 30 days:

1. Might sound obvious because I had no cranky mornings filled with headaches but sobriety increased my productivity like crazy. My projects and to do lists have been on a roll.

2. It is possible to go to a club solo and purely just enjoy the music and the company of your friends without being drunk.

3. However, relating to #2, alcohol does help you to have a lot more energy during nights out. Solution: drink coffee instead.

4. My skin and organs have been very happy with me.

5. I was in control of every situation that I encountered.

6. Nothing was exaggerated in my head.

7. Saved up on some chaaa-ching, which meant investing on some Tiny TeaTox, which you can read about here.

8. Through the goggles of alcohol most people seem a lot more attractive than in reality. When I put on my sober goggles on, not to sound like a completely judgemental biznatch, I saw people a lot more for who they actually were when drunk. And that ladies and gentleman = creepy.

9. I could act completely insane at a club and break those sweet shapes to people that just would not care because it would just confused them.

10. I gained an incredible sense of accomplishment.

I finished the challenge this Wednesday and I haven't felt the need to drink since. However, my big 2-1 is just around the corner and I feel like I'll have more of a friendly and realistic approach to alcohol when celebrating. I want to have a solid and strong ratio of control and celebration for next weeks festivities. Do you think that's a good plan? Let me know if you've done something along the lines to this challenge. I highly recommend taking some time out from drinking and challenge yourself in some sort of way. Remember, everything with moderation!

PS. I'm happy and thankful I got challenged to do this. You know who you are.

Maria

Cacao Crazy

It's been a while since I shared with you my little health obsessions so lets get this show on the road. For the past three months I have been on board with these little bad boys. Cacao Nibs are absolutely delicious little bits of goodness. But please don't think that I'm talking about cocoa. They're very different but don't worry I'll make that crystal clear by the end of this post. Anyways, back to cacao nibs, not only are they delicious in cereal & cookies but they're incredibly beneficial for you! So I thought I should share the love with you and clear up all the confusion there is about cocoa vs cacao. cacao vs cocoa

This is how the little nibs look like:

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Convinced yet? My absolute fave cacao nibs can be found here.

Maria

 

Tiny TeaTox

Yup, it's a thing. Described to be "a delicious all-natural detox tea program that promotes good health and weight loss". But I'm already getting way ahead of myself. Lets start from the beginning. A cheeky little app called Instagram is one of my biggest forms of procrastination. I absolutely love it. I've come across many inspiring bloggers/fitspo people/healthy & delicious recipes on it so technically it's not all that bad! One of the accounts that really got to me is: yourtea. This account is focused on promoting their teatox products with a range of photos of people's before and afters to inspiring quotes to just hot models posing. After seeing so many photos of different body shapes with incredible results I was curious to see if the products would give real results or if this was just one big scam. I did my research and dug deep. The result of the research led me to believing in the product 100%. The tea is organic and consists of five main ingredients:

Camellia Sinensis

Benefits: anti-cancer potential, a load of anti-oxidants, effects on cholesterol levels, antibacterial properties and positive effects for weight loss.

Catsia

Benefits: clear away the liver heat, moisten the intestines, relaxes the bowels and clears eyes.

Lotus Leaf

Benefits: Healthy heart (Increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure), reduces anxiety and stress, promotes healthy liver functions, increases metabolism, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Crataegus Pinnatifida

Benefits: clears up skin, increases hair growth and reduces chances in cardiovascular diseases.

Additional Chinese Medicine herbal ingredients

BLAH BLAH BLAH it's got a zillion benefits.

I thought it would be the perfect time to invest in this tea as I'm currently doing a zero alcohol challenge and what better way to prize myself this gem? Well I ordered it and it's here!

The postman could definitely tell I was a happy bunny when he delivered the parcel.

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Can you tell I'm excited?

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I'm currently on day three and it's going great so far. No crazy transformation just yet but I'm excited to see what is yet to come. Don't worry I'll be keeping you on the loop on this one.

Please let me know if you've done it, what your experience with it was, what your thoughts are on a teatox.

Maria

Granola Time

After making cookies on Saturday night with Mary, I decided to be a little bit more adventurous with my new oven and create some delicious granola for my flat. A friend of mine makes incredible homemade granola and I quickly got my hands on the recipe: 2 cups of oatmeal 1/2 cup of walnut 1/4 cup of honey 1/8 cup or 2 tbps of oil 1/8 cup of hot water

Put together honey, oil and water in a cup stir to dissolve. Make a well in the centre of the oats pour the liquid and mix well. Bake in the heated oven 170 for 20 minutes.

I added all the ingredients stated above and decided to add some extra superfoods in. However, I did not think twice if the tastes would work well...

My additional ingredients were:

Dried apricots Goji berries Flaxseeds Unknown seeds Nora's mom sent over (definitely healthy) Pumpkin seeds

This was the final outcome of my granola adventure! Or so I thought...

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Looks quite beautiful doesn't it?

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Hand modelling is the way to go.

I was so excited to try it the following morning but sadly it didn't exceed my expectations. The goji berries got completely burnt and the unknown seeds I threw in there from Nora's mom were definitely not meant for granola. I'm now sure those seeds are for savoury dishes! Regardless of it not being as incredible as my friends I still learnt a lot from this kitchen adventure and clearly now I know what I can improve on for the next granola time. Stay tuned for the comeback!

Maria