Beetroot smoothie

Tricking your brain to eat healthy food is hard, but once you master the basics to do so… It becomes a fun game!

We all have been involved in a situation in which our brain is claiming food high in sugar, fat or salt; Maybe an intensive desire to eat ice cream, french fries or chips. Most of us have fought and struggled so hard to stay away from their phones avoiding a late midnight delivery… And some of us were violently obliged to eat veggies when they were a kid, dragging up bad memories associated with veggies.

But the truth is you don’t need to force yourself to eat healthy food, but rather be convinced by the following facts:

  1. Food cravings last 3 to 5 minutes, studies say!
  2. Staying up at night makes you want to eat more… More effort, more food!
  3. There’s a good chance that at least a few of your childhood memories never actually happened!

So, knowing these facts how are you going to deal with it?

  1. keep yourself busy, whenever you feel like having a snack loaded with sugar… You’ll forget the feeling few seconds later…
  2. Be an early bird rather than a night owl! But if falling asleep early doesn’t come easy for you, try taking a warm bath or develop a pre-bed routine.
  3. Shake off your memories, press restart… Explore food the way you like it, add your favorite spices to your least favorite vedgetable and never be afraid to cook for yourself ( that way you won’t be able to refuse your handmade food).

If someone told me before that I would be drinking smoothies without added sugar, then I would have naver taken it seriously! But look at me now…

I am going to share with you one of my biggest secrets to fool my brain… The trick to beat your mind when it comes to sweet flavors is to simply replace sugar with other substitutes:

  • Honey: Higher in fructose (more sweet) than glucose. You can use a smaller amount of honey without sacrificing sweetness.
  • Maple Syrup: It is a 100% natural sweetener!
  • Dried fruits powder ( figs+ dates)
  • Fresh fruits!

NB: These ingredients can result in weight gain if overused.

You might also mix flavors to elaborate a unique taste to cover the lack of sweetness… Add your favorite spice and enjoy! A hint of cinnamon, unsweetned cocoa or a drizzle of coconut powder might be enough to make it up for you.

Check out this beetroot smoothie to start your healthy food-life:

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Ingredients: 

  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Orange juice
  • Dried figs

Instructions: 

Just mix it all and enjoy!

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Spinach Smoothie

Being healthy is more than just having good food and exercising, it is a way of living…

Before staring to convert into healthiness, I prepared myself for it… My mind had to accept many things about being healthy and part of it was that it was not only a matter of watching my diet. In fact,  it is a sort of triangle that links the mental , physical and emotional health all together…

The first question that one should answer is: why having a healthy lifestyle? Following a trend is not especially what you should look for as an answer, because if you are not mentally convinced then it wouldn’t work out as it should be…

On a personal note, I started this way of living because I wanted to maintain a sort of balance. At the end, it is not about following a schedule or a set of rules… It is mainly about letting go, being free to choose, assuming one’s actions, following instincts and learning good habits without forcing oneself to…It takes time, but when you finally get there it feels like a triumph.

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A cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Making exceptions doesn’t mean breaking up with a healthy lifestyle… After all it is part of your own pack of choices. For example, I do allow myself to eat cakes, snacks loaded with sugar… I do eat at McDonald’s sometimes and I definitely skip meals when I feel like doing so. I do not count my calories or the number of pushups that I need to do to cover up an excess of sugar in my blood. Because a ZEN attitude is enough to make it up for you, a good laugh with friends arund food is more treasured and the irony is that you know that a cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle… Ths is why the mental part matters as well!

But, this is not an excuse to have a cheat meal every single day … Throught your journey, you will learn to enjoy food without disregarding the taste, to subtitute junk food with healthy… Honey instead of sugar, baking instead of frying, fuit snacks instead of biscuits, Ricotta or Jben instead of cream cheese!

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There are so many options to enjoy good food and so here is my own version of a healthy smoothie featuring spinach and a hint of sugar flavour ( thanks to dried figs).

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of spinach
  • 2 small Apples
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbs dried figs powder
  • Vanilla extract

What I love about smoothies is that there is noo complication to make it. Only one way to go, mix all the ingredients in a blender ( start with the liquids first) and enjoy!

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Almond hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is a kid’s first guilty pleasure and parents love it as well, even if they won’t admit it in front of their children ( don’t worry, your secret shall be safe with me)… For all the sweet tooth out there, It’s Hot Chocolate O’clock!

So, as we, my sister and I, were having fun at the kitchen. She suggested that we should organize a sort of a Friday girls night in ( winter edition)… Which means, a couple of movies, a blanket and a hot drink. Of course, we wouldn’t have settled with a regular hot chocolate because both of us are FOODIES and we want to send our energy and insulin levels crazy!

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This is how the almond hot chocolate idea came out, it combines the crunchiness of almonds, the sweetness of caramel and the tenderness of condensed milk. This unique recipe might turn into a real ritual and thanks to its rich intense flavor, one sip could be a killer.

So if you are a chocolate addict and love nothing more than drowning into a dreamy cup of hot chocolate to warm colder nights and adding a magical touch to a normal life, you might want to check out this -easy peasy- recipe!

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Thus, I have to warn you that it might be addictive… But if you’re feeling extra decadent, add a splash of heavy cream or ice cream to it just before serving…

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Flaked almonds and chopped walnuts
  • 1tbs Sugar
  • 1 tbs Dark Chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp Raw cocoa powder
  • Nestlé condensed  milk ( 1/2 can)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • Cinnamon ( optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the sugar in a frying pan over a low heat it has melted. When the caramel has turned golden-brown, carefully pour over the almonds and nuts to coat and leave to cool.
  2. Place Nestlé condensed milk,  dark chocolate chips, vanilla, cocoa powder  into a medium sauce pan. Stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Gradually add the milk without boiling it. When it’s ready, pur it into cups and garnish with caramilized nuts and cinnamon.

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Ice cream Hot chocolate

Winter is getting rough here in Morocco, yesterday people in Rabat were completly shocked to see graupel. Well, it wasn’t the first time… But we do have to admit that it has never been this intense before!

You know, there is nothing more beautiful than a pure surface covered with snow. Euphoric white all over the ground, clothing trees and almost flowing like poetry! But, is it normal to witness such a cold winter with snow fall? I’ve read an article about global warming, and how much it could lead to colder weather in some parts of the world! And sometimes, I wonder if it’s already too late to act against it?

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As the mecury level is going down, it is the best excuse for a hot chocolate perfectly paired with warm clothes, a blanket and a movie to watch. I have not decided which movie I should watch first, maybe La La Land, Allied or perhabs I’ll get to see the performance of my favorite irish actor Michael Fassbender in the light between oceans!

Anyway, I surely made my mind about the drink. I’ll be making a BIG mug of hot chocolate with coffee and ice cream!! I’m so exited for this one, since I’ve never made it before… This combination might sound normal for some but here in Morocco we’re not used to these kind of hot drinks, our official hot drink is mint tea! And yes it deserves its official status hahaha

So, chase away the chill and warm up your cold hands by sipping a mug of hot chocolate made with love. Trust me foodies, this recipe won’t disappoint because chocolate is always worth trying + there is Nutella in there so it can’t go wrong.

Who needs Starbucks when you can make your own customized hot chocolate? Spice it up by adding the unique flavour of cinnamon and the edginess of coffee. Check out the recipe down below!

Ingredients: (for 1 cup)

  • 1/3  cup Coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 scoop of coffee ice cream
  • 2 tsp Nutella or dark chocolate ( or both)
  • 1 tsp Chocolate powder
  • Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Heat up milk and coffee.
  2. Add chocolate powder, Nutella… Whisk occasionally until it disolves.
  3. Pour it into a cup and top it with ice cream and sprinkle some cinnamon.

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Watermelon-Mint Juice!

Students have a tendency to avoid buying watermelon because of its size! Watermelons tend to be big, and a single living student wouldn’t risk eating an abundance of that fruit daily…

Did you know that watermelon is the cousin to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash? It’s part a vegetable and a fruit! they also protect cells from damage and may help lower the risk of heart disease!So how could you preserve your watermelon to profit from its benefits?  You just freeze it! Slice the watermelon in half crosswise, and cut off the rind then cut it up in cubes! Put them in separate bags that you’ll be able to use whenever you want!

That way, you could easily prepare a watermelon smoothie in 3 easy steps!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bowl frozen cubed  watermelon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 Mint leaves
  • 1 tbs Honey
  • ½ Lemon

Instructions:

  1. Blend the watermelon and the water until smooth.
  2. Add the honey and mint leaves and blend again.
  3. Serve while it’s cold!

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Watermelon Juice

Watermelons are better when they are turned into a smoothie! You better check out my recipe to make a wonderful and colorful smoothie…

Ingredients: ( for one big cup)

1 cup strawberry
1 1/2 cup watermelon
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

All you need to do is to use a blender to mix all the ingredients !
And there you go… your smoothie is ready !
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Virgin Mojito

This combination is heaven! so easy, so fresh and so simple… litteraly the best way to beat the heat! Check it out guys 😀

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 lemons or limes
  • Some ice 
  • Some mint leaves
  • Sparkling water 
  • 1 tbs sugar 

Instructions: 

First, add sugar, mint leaves, and one quartered lemon in a big glass. 

Muddle it using a muddling tool, be gentle so that the glass won’t break! 

Juice the second lemon, then pout it into the glass. Let it sit for 2 minutes. 

Now add enough sparkling water to fill the glass top with ice and stir a little bit .

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Moroccan Mint tea

Based on the request of a japanese instagram friend, this week will be all about Moroccan mint tea ! Tea is our moroccan sign of hospitality, if someone made you tea when you came by his house . You should feel lucky and loved!

This is more than a simple drink here in morocco, it’s a cultural tradition; it’s a part of our history and existance as moroccans.
The best part of it is that we can drink tea all day long; for breakfast with some melwi (moroccan pancakes) or a butter bread sandwish; for lunch with rosted lamp ” mechwi” and after lunch as a dessert drink!
It’s also perfect for the afternoon snack, I remember that my mom was making it everytime I come home from school… It’s kind of the ultimate drink!
If you were a tourist or a moroccan living far away from home craving for some moroccan taste or just a foodie who loves to discover new cultures; check these tips for making the perfect moroccan mint tea AKA “ATAY”!
To make a moroccan tea, you’ll need :
  • 2 tablespoons gunpowder green tea;
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or more if you like it to be sweet,
  • Some fresh mint leaves ( 10 at least)
  •  Teapot ( it’s alright if you don’t have the ”berrad”, you  can use another teapot).
First, boil some water then add the gunpowder to the teapot then one cup of boiling water: swich around and pour the water into a cup to save it… This cup of tea contains all the gunpowder flavor. Now; Pour another cup of water into the tea pot to wach way any strong flavor; then discard it
Now, it’s time to add the fresh mint and sugar.  Pour the first cup into the tea pot again and fill it with boiling water.
Put it on medium-low heat and bring it to boil to give the moroccan tea its special flavor.
When it’s ready, pour one cup of tea then pour it back… repeat a couple of times! This step will mix all the ingredients.
You may also, garnish it with some additional mint leaves…
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