Eating this chia parfait is like winning the antioxidant and high-fibre lottery. It contains blueberries which have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables whereas the benefits of chia seeds are endless. Their benefits include supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, helping to keep your blood sugar stable and can also help with weight loss.
Did you know that Chia means ’strength‘ in the Mayan language? Aztecs and Mayans prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy! So eat up this pretty and delicious breakfast to do your body good.
INGREDIENTS (makes two jars):
For the Chia Pudding:
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups almond milk
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tsp pink pitaya powder (optional)
For the Nicecream:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
Put chia seeds and almond milk in a small bowl and give it a very quick stir, until everything is well combined. Let it sit for about 10 min.
Blend blueberries and mix with the chia pudding.
For the Nicecream put all the ingredients in your blender and mix until you get a smooth texture.
Now layer your chia pudding and nice cream with some homemade buckwheat granola et voilá – done!
INGREDIENTS (makes two bowls):
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 fresh bananas
- 4 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1/2 tsp maca
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 cup coconut milk
Blend everything until you get a smooth texture. Pour into a bowl and enjoy with your favourite toppings.
It’s officially feeling like summer, so here’s a super easy mango coconut nice cream recipe to beat the heat (and it’s absolutely guilt free too)
Did you know that we could actually live off coconuts for weeks or even months without any deficiency signs? Coconuts are highly nutritious and packed with lots of goodness.
Recipe (makes two bowls):
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- coconut milk
Blend for 2-3 minutes, until its super thick and creamy. I topped mine with homemade buckwheat granola, blueberries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs and goji berries.
When I step foot out of the bus that took us from Málaga to Tarifa, I feel like the people here are radiating joy and contentment.
We leave our bags at the hostel, slip into our flip flops and stroll around town. Most of the shops are closed. Probably because everyone is gone surfing anyway. So instead of buying souvenirs and new clothes for these hot summer days ahead of us, we sip on ice cold smoothies, enjoy the sun and do as the locals – go to the beach and relax.
The smoothies turn into our daily routine in the afternoon and so does the beach (of course).
I take photos of everyone and everything, realising how much I’ve missed it.
So here there are, the moments I captured during my week in lovely Tarifa:
A sunbeam reaches out to my face and I wrinkle my nose, annoyed to be woken up so early. I open my eyes, slowly but surely realizing I overslept my alarm. I rush out of bed, quickly brush my teeth and grab my suitcase. In my head, I’m running through my packing list, making sure that I didn’t miss anything though I’m definitely missing a few hours of sleep.
Luckily, I make it by seconds.
As I sit on the plane, I look out the window thinking about how much I needed to get away. How much I needed to leave everything behind me at least for a few days.
While my thoughts wander, I fall fast asleep dreaming about the sand between my toes and the salty taste you get after swimming in the ocean.
I didn’t know anything about Málaga before but I fall in love with it at the very first moment. My friend Josepha and I make our way to the hostel which is right in the heart of the city centre. Its rooftop is magical and it’s even better at night when the sky is bright with stars. The view reminds me of a painting.
We spend the day strolling along the water, eating tapas, shopping and having some drinks at our rooftop. Life is good. So good that I find myself smiling like a dork.
The next day we rent some bikes and while we wait at a traffic light, I close my eyes to take it all in – the warm sun on my skin, the fresh air breeze on my face and the smell of the ocean in my nose. I wish we could stay a little longer to explore every corner of Málaga but we already leave after two adventurous days.
In the early hours of the morning, we take the bus down south to Tarifa (…)
I fly from Brisbane to Bangkok overnight and wake up to a completely different world.
When I leave the airport, I take a deep breath to clear my head. I breath it all in, the humid air, the heat and every single new smell. Even though my body arrived, my mind remains in Australia. The last few weeks have been magical but it was time to go and so I did. There is a whole new adventure in front of me now. For the next three weeks it is just me and my backpack. ‚I can do this‚ , I tell myself and wave for a taxi. I press my forehead against the cold backseat window and observe the hectic streets, while the driver takes me to my friend’s home. The air is sticky and the dress I am wearing is instantly glued to my body.
The next few days I feel lonely, I fill many pages of my diary with heavy thoughts to lighten my heart. I don’t take any photos at all. I think I am homesick until I realise that this is not the place I am meant to be in and decide to leave. I book a bus to go down south and the following day I leave Bangkok behind. While I wait I meet a boy from Berlin and we become friends immediately.
As the sun rises, we get to Koh Tao and I am not breathing in city air anymore. I am breathing in the sea. From now on my daily intakes include several kilos of watermelon, coconuts and pineapple to feed my body and soul. I walk everywhere barefoot, being free and careless.
During my time on the islands, I see the most magnificent sunsets, jump off cliffs and see glowing plankton. I take millions of photos to remember all of if. I always carry my camera with me. With one eye behind my lens and the other one squinted I think ‚earth is beautiful‘ .
My last stop is Patong Beach in Phuket. After my friends leave for India, it’s just me again.
I get sick five days before I leave to go home again. I spend my last days in Thailand in my hostel bed, sleeping and sweating from my fever. And then I need to board my flight already. Almost collapsing underneath my backpack, I get a taxi to the airport and take my sickness home with me.
Finally. I’m home. I never thought I would be so happy to be back home again but I am.