Rooibos Tea Latte

Its that time of the year again , the time when my instagram feed goes crazy with pumpkin spice everything! ¬†All over the internet everyone seems to be going pumpkin spice nutty, even the starbucks in South Africa is hitting up the pumpkin spice season, even if its technically spring here, but hey, I’m not complaining. ¬†Well I’m sorry to disappoint you guys, but this is not a pumpkin spice recipe! ¬†but its an even better for you treat that’s a perfect afternoon treat or an anytime treat! With a lot of good for you qualities added to the mix thanks to the powerful Rooibos tea. ¬†If you haven’t tried rooibos tea yet, you really should. ¬†This caffeine free tea is native to South Africa, but can be easily bought anywhere around the world these days.

If you are still having a hard time dealing with the no pumpkin spice flavour to this recipe, I’m really sorry, but I’m not asking you to abandon the beloved pumpkin spice, I’m asking you to add some variety and who know this might become your favourite warm drink.

Rooibos Latte

I use a hand blender to get my perfectly foamy top, but if you don’t have a hand blender, throwing everything in a jar and shaking your little heart out will probably do the trick, and you will get a great workout in the process.

BENEFITS OF ROOIBOS TEA

  1. Improves skin: the tea is rich in alpha hydroxy acid and zinc.  Both of these nutrients are great for the skin and may help alleviate several skin problems including acne, pimples, sunburns, eczema and uneven skin.
  2. Anti РInflammatory: Roobios tea is rich in polyphenols including aspalathin and nothofagin, which are two polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body by fighting free radicals or unstable cells that attack healthy cells to stabilize themselves.
  3. Immune Boosting:  The anti viral benefits gives your immune system a boost.
  4. Improves Blood Circulation; Roobios tea contains chrysoeriols, which is a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound aids blood circulation and has been linked to reducing cholesterol.
  5. Promotes Healthy  Hair: Rooibos tea is rich in several important minerals required for hair growth. This includes zinc, calcium, copper and potassium. Regularly consuming rooibos tea may help increase hair growth and strengthen hair fibres, so hair grows healthy and strong.

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ROOIBOS TEA LATTEserves one

Rooibos tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • 1/2 heated non dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Steep the rooibos tea bag in the boiling water for 2- 5 minutes.  Remove the teabag.

Add the vanilla, milk and sweetener, have a little taste and adjust.   Pour everything in a bowl to avoid spillage, and start using your hand blender until the desired frothiness is reached.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy with a view.  (view optional, but highly recommended!

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I’ve even used my salted caramel date sauce as a sweetener for an added extra special.

What I ate: 28 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by, I feel like I need to update and talk more about it before its all over and the lack of sleep thanks to a cute little newborn makes me all crazy and frazzled.

I’ve cut a lot of food out of my diet since finding out I’m pregnant, I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t work for me one bit. ¬†It all seems to be paying off, because I’m feeling great, have a lot of energy, I’m sleeping wonderfully and all my tests keep coming back great. ¬†A couple of things I’ve cut out is; sugar, the big bad culprit we all know is bad for us, but we just can’t get enough of it, I actually wasn’t eating that much sugar before we went to Ireland, but as soon as we arrived in Ireland it was like I just had to have all the sugar. ¬†All those delicious first world treats and candy I’ve never tried before had to be consumed. ¬†I don’t regret my Irish sugar binge one bit, but I’m so glad I’m off sugar again, it just makes me feel so much better and my skin just feels wonderful! I’ve also limited my fruit in take to 3 – 4 fruit a day. ¬†I got rid of most gluten, but kept rye bread in the mix, but I started getting severe heartburn from it from just one bite, so no more bread for me. ¬†I’ve started sprouting most of my grains and legumes for easier digestion, personally I never knew brown rice could be sprouted, but wow, does it improve the taste! ¬†and I’ve cut out soy, unless its fermented. Here is a look at what I’ve been eating.

BREAKFAST: Around 8 am

Gluten Free Overnight PorridgeIron rich Overnight Oats

I tried having a smoothie for breakfast, but it really just doesn’t work for me. ¬†It doesn’t fill me up or keep me going for long, also the consistency really gets me on an empty stomach. ¬†Instead I’ve been sticking to my Iron rich overnight oats or Grain free coconut flour overnight porridge filled with chia seeds, ground flax and hemp seeds. ¬†I top both of these with fruit and coconut yogurt. ¬†Its so good and keeps me going till around¬†12 pm – 1 pm. ¬†Overnight porridge is just so convenient, you add all your ingredients in a jar, shake it up and leave it in the fridge overnight. ¬†You wake up to a delicious, no hassle breakfast. ¬†Convenient.

Snack: 12 pm

Green smoothie

I don’t really feel snacky, the porridge really keeps me full and satisfied for a long time, but around 12 pm or 1 pm, I start feeling a bit of a hankering for food. I either have a green smoothie or a couple of spoons of my favourite oh mega peanut butter or nuts.

LUNCH 2 pm

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Kale salad to go

^^ Look how well it travels.

I don’t really stray to far from my trusty kale salad for lunch, its so easy to make. I usually make a big salad that last me the whole week, it keeps well and transports amazingly in a lunchbox. ¬†The kale salad consists of ¬†kale chopped finely and massaged with lemon juice, sprinkled with salt and an avocado smashed in. ¬†Topped with beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, peppers, roasted pumpkin seeds and lightly fried tempeh or walnut and mushroom meat. ¬†Other lunches I have; ¬†a nori wrap filled with sprouted beetroot hummus and vegetables. ¬†So yummy and filling.

Snack: 5 pm – 5 -30 pm

vegan protein shake

Like clock work I have my green protein shake at this time. ¬†I’ve started adding moringa leaf powder to it for added benefits. ¬†Moringa is just the best.

DINNER: 6:30 pm – 7 pm

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Amazing lentil soup

For dinner I’ve been having my Moroccan lentil soup, a coconut flour base pizza, with homemade sugar free Iron rich BBQ sauce topped with a lot of veggies. ¬†Burrito bowls made with cauliflower and broccoli rice, walnut meat and other veggies. ¬†and a lot more.

DESSERT:

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I usually have one block of 85% or darker, dark chocolate or Frozen banana bites with date salted caramel.  I use the salted date sauce in my protein shake for extra date goodness.

Drinks : not mentioned is all the water I drink! ¬†I drink a lot of water some with lemon in it some just like that and occasionally I’ll have a rooibos tea latte. ¬†My dinners change, but breakfast and lunch stays the same! ¬†Not mentioned: I do take prenatal vitamins!

That’s just a quick peak into what I’m eating while pregnant.

 

 

Moroccan Red Lentil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

While everyone else is gearing up for the colder weather, I’m sitting here soaking up the last bit of Winter on these cloudy Cape Town days. ¬† When the weather gets colder we all tend to gravitate to comforting, warming meals that make us feel all cosy and toasty. ¬†This soup brings all the comfort, but with so much flavour, the delightful tastes of Morocco dancing on your tongue will bring all the comfort and soon become one of your favourite recipes.

Filled with good for you ingredients like kale, sweet potato, carrot and the ever so trusty red lentil, this is an affordable meal that’s healthy and easy on your pocket, yet will make you feel like you put way more effort into meal time.

MOROCCAN RED LENTIL, KALE AND SWEET POTATO SOUPserves 4

Moroccan Lentil, sweet potato and kale soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, any other oil
  • 1 shallot, ¬†finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups split red lentils
  • 2 quarts low sodium vegetable stock
  • lemon wedges, coconut yogurt, fresh coriander and parsley

Directions

In a large pot over medium high heat, add oil.

Add the shallot and carrot, and saute until translucent and starting to brown.  Add the garlic,cumin, ginger, turmeric, paprika, chilli flakes and cinnamon.  Cook until fragrant about 1 minute, while stirring.  Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils, sweet potato, kale and vegetable stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer uncovered for 20 Р25 minutes, until the lentils and vegetables are tender.  Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Amazing lentil soup

Serve the soup with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of lemon, garnish with fresh coriander and parsley. ¬†Serve with a crusty bread, personally I think the soup is filling enough on its own to be served without bread, so I didn’t bother. ¬†Enjoy.

Green Detox Juice

Happy September! Whew, this year is just flying by! The holiday months are rapidly approaching and with that comes all those delicious, fattening treats! Hello Halloween. Yes, I will eat all the candy! Don’t even get me started on Christmas! Just hand over the fat pants now.

With all the yummy food months coming up, lets make September our detox month!  Getting in all those healthy good for us food, before its too late.  This juice is the perfect way to get your health on.  Its so yummy and really refreshing and packed full of good for you ingredients.

ingredients

Filled with all those good for you nutrients that your body just craves, this juice is a sure pick me up on any sluggish day.  Consisting of kale, broccoli, ginger, lemon, cucumber and apple, this is the ultimate juice for health.

GREEN DETOX JUICE Serves 1 really thirsty person or 2

green juice

Ingredients

  • 10 leaves kale, washed
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1/2 a lemon including peel
  • 2 apples, chopped

Directions

Place everything in your juicer and juice.  Give it a big old stir.  Serve with a lot of ice.

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^^ Health never looked so good.

What’s your detox secrets?