Vegan sweet Potato Pancakes with peanut butter yogurt!

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I’ve made sweet potato pancakes several times but I have finally perfected my recipe!

These are SO yummy, moist and fluffy. The small ones don’t come out as fluffy because of the size but the large version (mama’s version) are!

This recipe makes 6 large pancakes or 12 small ones.

Pancakes:
1/2 all purpose flour (I used @bobsredmill gluten free)
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cups non dairy milk (I used oat milk from @pacificfoods )
1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potato (about 1 small one) I steamed and puree using my @beaba_usa
Coconut oil to cook

Topping: 

Because these are super sweet by nature I did not add any coconut nectar, instead I just mixed 1/4 plain full fat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (this have been a favorite of Abril for a while now)

Added some raspberries (her ultimate favorite fruit for the past 2 months) and sprinkled some hemp seeds on top.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a separate bowl whisk together non dairy milk and sweet potato puree. Combine dry and wet mixture and whisk. Be careful to not over mix!!

Lightly oil a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet (for Abril’s pancakes I used 2 tablespoons and for mine 1/4 cup). The small ones while take about 1 minute to cook on each side (wait until you start seeing tiny bubbles). The large ones will take about 3 minutes. Flip and let cook on the other side until lightly browned and cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. If the batter becomes too thick, add a little more nondairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Hope you guys try it and love it as much as we do!

Love,

Raquel

 

 

Banana french toast BLW 🍌

Abril has almost 10 months already, so crazy!

She loves food so much, we still haven’t found something she doesn’t like! But for the past 2 weeks she has been playing a lot with her food and not really eating a lot of solids. It hurts me to throw away food, what she doesn’t eat for breakfast I offer for lunch, and what she doesn’t eat for lunch I offer for dinner. So, this morning I decided to only give her 3 pieces of toast and ended up having to make 2 more! Every time I make something and she devours it I jump of happiness!

Ingredients:
1 Banana (the picture only shows half, but I ended up using the whole banana)
1 oz Milk (I used breast milk, you can use formula, almond, coconut, etc)
1 egg
Cinnamon and vanilla to taste
1 tbs @yumbutter sunflower butter

  1. Mash the banana and mix with the egg, milk, cinnamon and vainilla
  2. I didn’t want any chunks of banana to burn so I blend the mixture on my Beab (you can use any regular blender)
  3. Cut the bread finger size  (I used an english muffin because that is all I had, next time I will use whole wheat loaf)
  4. Soak the bread in the banana mixture for 30 seconds on each side
  5. Melt a little coconut oil (or butter) on a frying pan
  6. Fry the bread slices 1 or 2 minutes on each side, or until golden
  7. Spread a little nut butter on top (I used sunflower, with peanut butter must be delicious too)
  8. Let the babies eat!!!!

I also gave her 3 peach slices, but I waited after she was done with the french toast. I noticed that she gets overwhelmed when she sees too much food and ends up playing with everything

Let me know what your kiddos think of these if you try them!

Love,

Raquel
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Tostadas Francesas de guineo 🍌

Mi pequeña tiene casi 10 meses ya, no puedo creerlo!

Ella ama la comida, todavía no le hemos dado algo que no le haya gustado! Pero las últimas dos semanas se las ha pasado jugando mucho con la comida y realmente no está comiendo tantos sólidos como antes.  Me da mucha pena tirar comida a la basura, lo que ella no se come en el desayuno se lo ofrezco en la comida, y lo que no se come en la comida se lo ofrezco de cena. Por lo que esta mañana decidí solo hacerle 3 pedacitos de tostada y se los comió tan rápido y con tanto gusto que tuve que hacerle 2 mas. Ya se imaginaran que bien me hace sentir cuando le hago algo que le gusta tanto!

1 guineo (la foto solo muestra la mitad pero terminé usando el guineo completo)
1 oz de leche (usé leche materna, pero pueden usar formula o el tipo que deseen)
1 huevo
Canela y vainilla al gusto
Una cucharada de mantequilla de girasol

  1. Haz un puré con el guineo y mézclalo con el huevo, la lecha, canela y vainilla
  2. Lo batí en mi procesador de comida para que me quedara bien liquido y no hubieran pedacitos que pudieran quemarse (pueden usar una licuadora cualquiera)
  3. Corta el pan en pedazos en tamaño de un dedo (cualquier tipo de pan funciona)
  4. Remoja el pan en la mezcla de guineo por 30 segundos de cada lado
  5. Pon a derretir un poquito de aceite de coco o mantequilla en una sartén
  6. Fríe las tostadas por 1 o 2 minutos de cada lado, ó hasta que estén doraditas
  7. Unta la mantequilla de nueces por encima (yo usé de semillas de girasol, con la de maní debe de estar super rico también)
  8. A comer se ha dicho!

También le serví 3 pedazos de melocotón, pero se los di después que terminó con las tostadas. Me he dado cuenta que cuando ve mucha comida en la bandeja se abruma y termina jugando con todo

Si deciden hacerlas, déjenme saber que les parecen a sus peques!

Con amor,

Raquel

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Raquel

Raw cacao, hazelnut & coffee smoothie for the happy soul

Rise and shine!!

Ive never been a huge coffee drinker but I do like to have my decaf in the mornings every now and then.

The only reason I have decaf is because I am very sensitive to caffeine, even a little coffee or green tea makes me overly excited and I personally don’t like it.

Some people try to stay away from it but the reality is drinking coffee in moderation has many scientific proven health benefits, here are some:

  1. Although most people think of coffee as nothing but hot water and coffee grounds, people forget that coffee beans for have important organic compounds and nutrients, including a range of B-family vitamins, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium
  2. A study done by the National Institute of Healthfound that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it’s not because of the “caffeine high”. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told Prevention.com that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants
  3. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
  4. Drinking coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, can help protect your liver. Coffee drinkers have been found to have better levels of liver enzymes, indicating improved liver functioning. The drink can also help lower liver cancer risk in those who consume three or more drinks a day.
  5. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
  6. Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.
  7. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

And there you have it, dont ever feel bad for drinking a little coffee!

Now for the yummy recipe I found on http://www.healthyummies.com

Ingredients

1 cup freshly brewed coffee (or two espresso shots)

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw hazelnuts

3 cups water

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw honey*

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1/4 tsp raw cacao nibs (for garnish)

Instructions

Soak hazelnuts in water for about an hour to soften and then blend with the water to make hazelnut milk (you can use a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth to strain and discard the pulp).

Blend hazelnut milk with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Add more coffee or water if needed

Garnish with raw cacao nibs if using

Drink right away or store in the refrigerator

Notes

* You can use other healthy sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, dates or molasses
Love,
Raquel ❤️

Washing kale has never been easier 💚

  
Even thought we only buy organic fruits and veggies we always like to wash it, after all we all know how many hands will touch a piece of fruit or a vegetable before we consume it. 
I always soak everything in a 3 part water to 1 part vinegar concoction for 15 minutes. I’ve been doing that for a long time that and It does the trick but it was a little time consuming.

Miracle Produce from Natural Way Organics is a 100% natural and organic produce cleaner.
It washes away residual dirt, wax, grime and it makes the whole cleaning process faster and easier thanks to the spray dispenser. Quick spray of Miracle Produce, rub for 30 seconds, rinse with water and voila!! Clean produce with no weird after taste.

The three main ingredients are saponified organic coconut, olive oil and jojoba

The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali.

The saponification process is a simple one-step reaction with no waste generated: the glycerin is split off from the fatty acids, and the fatty acids combine with the sodium or potassium to form soap, while the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerin and water (no alkali remaining)
Also included in the mix: orange and tea tree essential oils, organic aloe vera and rosemary extract

For just $6.99 you get this huge 16oz bottle. So worth it!! 

http://www.naturalwayorganics.net
Love,

Raquel ❤️

Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt Hair Spray from Puur Body in Idaho

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I know I say it all the time but I just love to find small local business, specially when they are run by amazing, inspirational strong women.

This is Puur Body, all of their products are handmade in Idaho by Brandi, at stay at home mom turned entrepreneur. Besides being a super mom she is an avid foodie and that’s where her inspiration comes from, her goal is to make products that you’ll want to eat!

This Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt hair spray is made with distilled water, organic aloe juice, dead sea salt, aloe oil, fragrance and witch hazel.

It gives great texture to my hair and the scent of vanilla and figs is warm and super sexy, a treat for all my senses!

Besides using it as a texturizing spray you can also spray it on your whole body.

It is alcohol, paraben free, vegan.. basically completely free of nasties and it’s cruelty free

You can find PuurBody on Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuurBody

https://www.instagram.com/puurbody/

Love,

Raquel ❤

Raw, Organic, Vegan Tooth Polish from Anima Mundi Herbals 

Wildcrafted in Costa Rica and NYC
I found this Anima Mundi Herbals toothpolish at my new favorite store Green Line Beauty on Melrose!
I love love love it!! Makes my teeth feel super clean, my mouth fresh and is a plus that I can also use it to swish.

This toothpolish is a living paste filled with enzymes, minerals and pro-biotics in the raw, natural state. This nutritional paste is made to help your body detoxify while you boost your orgal ecology and clean your teeth.
The main ingredient is Bentonite Clay, which I’ve recently become a huge fan of. It binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick.

It can be taken internally to help with toxin removal so it is safe for use in the mouth and it contains calcium, magnesium and silica which are nourishing for the teeth

You can use this tooth polish once a day as an adjunct dental tonic.

Or If used as your only toothpaste: 2-3 times a day. Dab toothbrush into the container, and brush. Before rinsing completely, swish for 1-2minutes with water before spitting out.

Ingredients: Bentonite & White clay, Coconut oil, Baking soda, Clove extract, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Myrrh Gum Resin, Anima Mundi’s Stevia Leaf extract, Neem & Peppermint Essential Oil.

Anima Mundi’s roots are within the heart of Costa Rica. They specialize in sourcing directly from native people within Central and South America. This provides a sustainable system, and a direct relationship to the source of botanical alchemy and native wisdom.

This project supports TRUE fair trade practices

They believe that by supporting native people directly and their ancient practices, we are contributing to the revival of medicine that has been lost in today’s world.
http://animamundiherbals.com
http://www.greenlinebeauty.com/
Love,
Raquel ❤️

Homemade Pistachio Mylk 💚

 

And because I have been overly obsessed with Nut Mylks lately, here is a recipe for one of my favorite ones.

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Pistachio Mylk 💚

1 cup raw unsalted organic pistachios
4 cups filtered or purified water

pinch of himalayan sea salt

1 tablespoon local raw honey or other sweetener

1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

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Instructions

Soak shelled pistachios in water for 6 hours. Rinse and drain.

Place soaked pistachios in a blender with 4 cups of water. and blend until smooth.*

Add in vanilla and maple syrup and blend until combined.

Pour contents of blender through a nut milk bag into a jug. **

Store in refrigerator for several days. You will need to give it a good shake before using as water may separate.

Use in place of milk in cereal or baked goods, warm up for a comforting drink or add cocoa powder for a pistachio hot chocolate.

Notes *Use a high powered blender. This will not work with a food processor. **A nut-milk bag is necessary for this recipe. I recommend this kit.

Thanks @thehealthymaven for the amazing recipe!
Love,
Raquel ❤️

From Hawaii Hone Girl Organics “Super Skin Food”

🌸 I love Hawaii and everything that comes from there 🌸 ~  
This super nourishing from Honey Girl Organics has great healing properties!! It helps on soothing lots of skin problems, including: burns, lighten brown spots and scars, psoriasis and eczema and its also just an amazing everyday moisturizer.

It’s rich, easy to apply, has a neutral smell and a little goes a long way!

It is Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Cruelty-Free.

Super Skin Food also contains royal jelly and Vitamin E to deeply penetrate and nourish worn and damaged areas for the best skin regeneration available.

Honey is a miraculous, beneficial natural product having very positive effect on our body, inside nutrition level and health status. It offers many benefits, nutritional, therapeutic and cosmetic properties.
In Honey Girl Organics’ the most nutritious and anti-aging properties that organic olive oil and beehive products provide are used without artificial preservatives, additives or fillers to revitalize and enhance skin regeneration.

https://www.honeygirlorganics.com

Love,

Raquel ❤️

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY FACE MASK from India – Giveaway !!!

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I partnered with my friend Saloni from The Green Meadow in Guargon, India to giveaway one of her super amazing all natural products.
I’m a fan of everything she creates and I’m now very happy to share it with you! ~

This is the CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY FACE MASK ❤️ and to win it you jusy have to:

1 like this post
2 Follow @the_green_meadow and @kindestJourney on Instagram

3 For an extra entry, write a comment telling us why you would love to try it!

Simple as that!!! Winner will be announced October 15th
This is an international giveaway!!

Who doesn’t want to get those rosy cheeks? What if, I tell you that you can get those adorable cheeks colour naturally without any makeup?

This Chocolate Strawberry Face Mask will leave your skin all soft and subtle and after a while this mask will start showing its magic colour on your skin and you can get those perfect rosy cheeks with the continuance usage of this mask.

Chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient that helps keeping your skin healthy, glowing and just flawless. It hosts a range of potent antioxidants which protects skin from free radical damage; keeping it soft, supple and juvenile for long.

Strawberries works as an excellent skin cleanser and skin toner, works on age spots, freckles and inhibit the synthesis of melanin, the chemical that gives the skin its color. Strawberries helps in giving the perfect skin tone.

Honey in this face mask helps in nourishing your skin, giving you the required glow and radiance. While lemon helps in removing oil from your skin yogurt, helps in restoring the required level of oils to your skin.

Weight: 60 grams (2.11 Oz)

Ingredients: Raw Cocoa Powder, Strawberry Powder, Honey Powder, Yogurt Powder, Lemon Powder

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGreenMeadow

https://www.facebook.com/thegreenmeadow

https://instagram.com/the_green_meadow/

Love,

Raquel ❤