RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO CAKE

ChocolateAvocadoCake

ChocolateAvocadoCake

Here’s to celebrating life. Wether it’s earth day or any other given day.
Take a moment to realise how lucky you are and then you have a reason to celebrate, with a chocolate avocado cake for example. As you probably know by now, I could exist off of only avocados, raw cacao and cashews. The three alone are phenomenal but together, just heaven on earth. And as I like to treat myself and my loved ones with rich chocolate-y goodness, this creation is no exception. The crust makes very delicious balls too & the filling can be turned into a cold mousse or even ice cream. Yes and cheers to that.

As I get older, the things I am celebrating or lets say appreciating more, are becoming simpler and subtle with each passing season. The more I learn and turn inwards, the more profound and different I see each day, event, person and gifts. It’s my “Yoga off the Mat” – to be able to witness, appreciate, worry about less and love more.
So, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a big event to celebrate. It could be just the fact that I am able to afford a nice vacation with a job I really enjoy doing. It also ha a lot to do with gratitude. And every time we are grateful, even for the smallest things, we gain so much perspective. That is to be celebrated! Are you with me?

OK, now you can go in the kitchen, search for your (hopefully) ripe avocados and make that rich chocolate yumminess of a cake. Enjoy the heck out of it, please!


RAW CHOCOLATE AVOCADO CAKE

Crust:
1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup cashews (or brazil nuts)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp raw cacao

Filling:
2 ripe avocados
2-3 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 tbsp liquid of a chickpea can
2 tbsp maple syrup or rice syrup
a pinch of salt + vanilla

Directions
1. Prepare a small round or rectangle  (which is able to go in the freezer) with baking paper.
2. Mix the dates and nuts together in a food processor. Add the other ingredients until it becomes a sticky, crumbly crust. Press it into the form.
3. Peel the avocado, add all of the ingredients into your food processor. Mix until a mousse-like cream develops. Adjust the sweetness and the amount of cacao, if you are into a dark rich experience. Spread the filling onto the crust.
4. Cover and leave in the freezer for 2-3 hours or over night – take it out and into the fridge, one hour before serving.
5. Top it with crushed frozen raspberries and raw cacao nibs. I added some flowers for the looks and mini coconut balls. Enjoy!

LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE + Love Links

A warm hello,
first of all I want to thank you for being here and follow my journey even though there hasn’t been a lot going on here lately. Second, I want to share my current Warm-Tonic-Addiction with you. Another reason to be grateful: Being able to make myself such a beverage with such amazing benefits and TASTE! Matcha + a good source of fat gives me sustainable energy, optimal brain function and focus. I don’t even miss coffee (I am not totally avoiding it, but don’t feel the urge these days).

It is so perfect before or with a breakfast. My life has become full and busy, yet another manifestation to be thankful, as the fullness is actually a state of richness. My days are filled with things and people I love, but it also often means late work hours and rare moments of being at home long enough to ground and enjoy my space. So I am making the effort to get up earlier (the Spring weather helps a lot!) to really enjoy myself, my surrounding and use the extra time to just sit, breathe and be. And it is so rewarding and powerful! I had my morning rituals before, but to be honest it was a lot of the “go” and “do”-mode. My new practice is more a gateway between dreamland and life & this is when the frothy and sexy Matcha Latte recipe was created.

What I also noticed: total clarity alongside my morning meditation. I love to make myself a frothy, luxurious tonic like this Matcha Latte and drink it during Meditation. Mornings are sacred and really special to me, I like the magical quiet and alone time. Having rituals in the morning you look forward to, make it easy to stay up a little earlier to gain some important time and set the tone for the rest of the day. A delicious Matcha Drink may become one of your Morning rituals? A sweet drink for long-lasting energy without making you jittery + perfect for Meditation. Taste the sweetness of life! I hope you find some special time just for yourself today!

LOVE LINKS for Spring:

  • THIS Podcast is everything. Listened to it twice already. Recommending it to everyone, single or in a relationship.
  • I am very much into beets lately, so I am planning to make this pasta, Smoothie inspiration from Sophie and Sarah’s Beet Bowl!!
  • Enjoyed yet another wisdom-filled video of the wonderful Guru Jagat.
  • Back at producing sprouts and micro greens every week and am loving it. Must be the spring vibe and the desire for alive + green food. Earthsprout’s Elenore has a Guide if you want to try it out. So easy and good (and sometimes a jar of ready Mung Sprouts is all it takes to make me happy)
  • For my German readers: Das nächste GLORY – Yoga & Frühstück Event findet im Mai statt, mit dem Thema “Pre Summer”. Kennst du schon unsere Website? Bald geht unser erster Newsletter raus mit einem Glory-E-book for free, trag dich gerne in die-Subscribe Liste ein!
  • Der “Instagram-Vergleichs-Wahnsinn” wurde beim DailyBreadMag schön auf den Punkt gebracht. Die Perfektion des eigenen Alltags.

LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE
makes 1 Tonic
Feel free to add Honey or Stevia if you want more sweetness. 

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
1 tsp Cashew Butter
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1/2 cup warm Oat Milk
1 cup hot Water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp each Vanilla, Reishi and Ashwagandha (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the Matcha Powder and hot water to your blender. Secure the top of your blender well and blend for 30 sec.
  2. Then add the Lucuma, Cashew Butter, Coconut Oil and vanilla + adaptogens if using. Blend again.
  3. In a small pot warm up the oat milk and then add it to the blender as well. Blend once again. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

 

BEET HUMMUS / ROTE BETE HUMMUS

Plants are beautiful, some might say sexy. Just look at that stunning pinkish hummus.
Hummus and spreads of any kind are a great and easy way to sneak in some veggies, get a good dose of healthy fats and protein – plus they lead me to create healthy bowls. Ever since my workload started to grow I noticed a slight change in my diet. It became more and more the scenario of quick and filling (sugar, caffeine, late night snacks, pasta…) All delicious and not bad per se, but consumed regularly and in big amounts they cause havoc. At least for me. Colourful and fun ways like preparing a vibrant/sexy hummus for the week and setting a healthy intention each day, gets me back on track. So the goodness of the plant world becomes the focus and main part of my diet whereas the sugar cravings and quick fixes out of laziness or tiredness take a back seat. That said, let me share with you my favourite beetroot hummus. Great in falafel bowls, on wraps, on bread, as a dip for carrots etc.
Simple, creamy, hot pink, lemony + full of vitamins and minerals! 

Much love,
Gina

 

BEETROT HUMMUS

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 cooked or roasted beetroot
5 tbsp native olive oil
2 tsp tahin
1 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 or 1 lemon + a little water
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
fresh parsley

Crush the garlic and roast it for 1-2 minutes with some olive oil and cumin in a pan. Place chickpeas, beetroot and garlic in your food processor. Blend until only small bits remain. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust salt and pepper or olive oil if needed. Maybe even water to thin it out. Serve with fresh parsley. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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ROTE BETE HUMMUS

1 Glas Kichererbsen
1 gekochte Rote Bete
5 EL natives Olivenöl
2 TL Tahini
1 TL Honig
Saft einer Zitrone + etwas Wasser
1 Knoblauchzehe
1/4 TL Kreuzkümmel
Salz & Pfeffer
Frische Petersilie

Ggf. Kichererbsen und Rote Bete kochen (oder vorgekocht benutzen). Die Knoblauchzehe schälen und mit etwas Öl und Kreuzkümmel in einer Pfanne leicht anrösten. Rote Bete, Kichererbsen und Knoblauch zuerst in eine Küchenmaschine geben und mixen. Danach alle restlichen Zutaten hinzugeben und zu Hummus pürieren. Mit Salz und Pfeffer oder mehr Olivenöl abschmecken, eventuell mit etwas Wasser verdünnen. Im Kühlschrank aufbewahren.


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CASHEW TURMERIC SMOOTHIE

Hi guys. Nothing but colds and shivers from within and all around me lately. It is freezing outside so that the one whole week of staying at home in bed wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In order to get rid of my ear infection, inflammation, migraine and tinnitus I had to stay home and rest. I always thought of me as quite the chilled person and everyone always tells me that I must have such a relaxed life and state of mind since I am a yoga teacher and practice so much. Mm let me get this straight, yoga is a wonderful tool to both strengthen and relax the body and mind. But “even” yoga teachers or lets say I guess everyone no matter what their job is, gets stressed out. Yes, maybe the meditation and breathing exercises shield me from little stress factors but the big ones like overworking for a long period of time, cold and rainy weather, alcohol, lack of sleep, poor food choices, conflicts etc. …they get to me. Big time! And because I thought I had figured out how to rest and recharge (=chill) I was yet too late to listen to the signs of my body. To rest accordingly is a mastery. Now that I had time to lie low and stopped fighting my sickness the healing could begin. I assume it is no wonder that I am not a fan of antibiotics and so forth so I am relying on healthy food to replenish me, lots of sleep, tea, soups, warmth, essential oils and turmeric. I love it for its anti-inflammatory actions and it adds a beautiful golden color to everything (fingers, clothes and wood boards too!).

This smoothie combines some of my favourite ingredients – cashews, vanilla and turmeric. Trust me it does your body and tastebuds good. Stay healthy & meet me on the instaverse!

CASHEW TURMERIC SMOOTHIE

Serves 1

1 ripe banana
1 cup cashew mylk
1 tsp coconut oil
juice of half an orange
2 pitted medjool dates
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 tsp bee pollen
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
a small pinch of sea salt + black pepper
amaranth pops and coconut chips (optional, for garnish)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, fill in a glas or bowl and enjoy!

EATING FOR HORMONAL BALANCE PART 1

HORMONAL BALANCE //

My food journey has shown me that healing and feeling your very best is a process. My body knows what is best for me and yours does too – We just need to listen. It can take time and only with regularity and patience a connection occurs, which brings change. The subtle signals want be adressed before the not so subtle signals appear (think everything that you can see on the outside of your body and a noticeable change in mood/character). Books can be a nice company on your journey towards health and hormonal balance. But in the end it is essential that you do the soul & root searching yourself. It is more about activating and acting out the intuition. Hormones are shaping our everyday life and actions, emotions and organs.

This step helped me to go deeper in my layers and shift my health from the deep roots – and slowly onto the surface. Here are my favourite 5 eating tips for hormonal balance:

1. EAT PLANTS
Loads of them. In form of sprouts, greens, fermented kraut, herbs, seasonal veggies, legumes, fruit. Broccoli is a good one for women. When I feel exhausted I add spirulina or chlorella into my smoothies, to give me that extra kick of vital minerals and vitamins. Plant goodness combined: Corn Turmeric Wraps.

2. NOURISH
Food is energy. I try to balance out my meals with cooked, steamed and alive foods. Fresh herbs, sprouts, micro greens, fresh greens, sauerkraut paired with veggies, some grains and a protein like chickpeas, tempeh, lentils, beans, eggs, feta etc. I developed a balanced mindset through and with it, and a relationship which nourishes more than the hunger. It goes beyond. I work with that energy, I put love and good intentions into cooking and preparing my food. My heart, mind and body come into balance, senses and cells are nourished. Feel the love and warmth with a Healing Kitchari.

3. DIGESTION
Alive foods like fermented sauerkraut, yogurt, tempeh or Kombucha are essential parts of a healthy diet as they are an active support for our digestion, support our immune system, clear up skin, regulate weight & boost a happy mindset. Sauerkraut is also high in iron, folic acid, fiber and probiotic bacteria – Which makes it a superfood for women and mamas + supports a balanced hormone system and digestion.Love for good bacteria & enzymes! But also fiber rich foods like sweet potato, figs, avocado, berries, coconut, pear and peas. In the mood for a Probiotic Smoothie?

4. GOOD FAT
This is a game changer. I consciously eat more fat than ever. And it serves my hormones, mind (our brains consist of 60 percent fat and need good fat to function well) and energy levels. My favourite sources of good fat are avocado, ghee, coconut oil, linseed oil, walnuts and almond butter. A good treat are these Tahini Maca Chocolate Blondies.

5. ADAPTOGENS
Take care of your endocrine system with adaptogens. I love reishi, ashwagandha and maca. There are so many more out there with wonderful benefits. What I love about these three is their ability to calm and regulate. It is exactly what my nervous and hormone system needs. Try out my Pumpkin Spiced Reishi Latte. 

// Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and only share my routine as an inspiration not a prescription. Please go see a medical professional if you’re really ill and seek advice. 

 


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