Satisfying your carb cravings the healthy way

Some mornings you just randomly wake up with a craving for cream filled cookies, deep dark chocolate brownies and mummy’s old-fashioned butterscotch cake. Driving to work you can’t help yourself but imagining passing the local pattiserie on your way home or spending the evening cooking up some of your favorite sweet carby dishes. But then… out of nowhere… a little angel pops up on your right shoulder and whispers: “Hey… wooowww..  lady!! It’s the new year… Remember what we agreed on this time?” And of course you do… :-// Unfortunately.

This year was going to be about abs and ass! Or at least, that’s what you decided in December, when your Christmas dinner blowout made your pants rip when gracefully sitting down at the dinner table. So yes, as horrific as it may seem right now, this year you’ll give yourself no more chances for sugar filled treats and cakes with names starting with cheese or butter.

So, time to discover the healthy carbohydrate kitchen it is! Because there IS actually a way to eat, enjoy and feel satisfied, without adding a little layer of fat over those sexy abs of yours, or making you feel like any less sexy than you actually are.

But what do you eat when the premenstrual sweet-cravings overtake your common sense, regardless of all your good intentions?

Here’s a start, for a simple sweet and warming breakfast bowl, that at the same time flushes toxins our of your system.

SWEET BUCKWHEAT MASH WITH BLUEBERRIES AND FRESH ALMOND PULP, SERVED WITH HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

_MG_7293Ingredients (for one person):

* One cup of buckwheat groats
* 1 cup of rice milk
* Spring or filtered water
* A handful of frozen blueberries
* 1 tspn of cinnamon powder
* 1 generous tspn of organic coconut oil
* 5 jumbo almonds soaked overnight

For the almond milk:

* 1 handful of almonds (soaked overnight)
* a big glass of spring water
* some cinnamon powder to taste (optional)

Preparation:
Make the almond milk by blending almonds, water and cinnamon in the blender into a smooth white milk. Use a strainer or cheesecloth to separate the milk from the pulp and set aside while you prepare your porridge.

Cook the buckwheat groats with the water, rice milk, blueberries, almonds and cinnamon for 10 minutes until it forms a smooth porridge. Set aside for 5 minutes with the lid on, then scoop into a bowl and top with the some leftover almond pulp (from your almond milk) and a spoon of coconut oil.

Enjoy this deliciously sweet and nourishing breakfast in the sun with a cup of green tea 🙂 That’s what I did, and it was yummie!

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”

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I stood next to a gorgeous woman in the gym’s dressing room this morning: Beautiful body, amazing long and shiny hair, lovely eyes and the sexiest dress I’ve seen in a long time at 11 am. So being a person who believes people, and women in particular, should support and compliment each other wherever possible, I turn around and say: “You look really amazing, you know that?!”, thinking that of course this woman knows, but it can’t possibly hurt her to hear it again.

But contrary to my expectation, miss Vamp looks at me and says: “Really?… Well…”, and frowns like I just told her most men in Dubai ARE actually decent (a sure lie, for those who didn’t get it…). “Yes, really!” I say, raising my voice to my own surprise, clearly pissed by yet another stunning woman who doesn’t seem to know her own true worth.

Sadly, 9 out of 10 women I speak to react exactly that same way when I tell them they’re beautiful, smart, nice, good company, well-dressed or anything else which slightly resembles the positive. When I ask my female friends or clients what they tell themselves when they look in the mirror, most answers are far away from the constructive and supporting comments we deserve to hear.

A recent study about mirror habits conducted amongst 2000 British women reveals that “While constant checking of their looks might seem vain or self-indulgent, it’s actually not something that makes women feel good about themselves nor does it boost their confidence. Seventy-five percent claimed to “hate” looking in the mirror, with 39 percent admitting that doing so made them feel negative about themselves.”

Sad, but true. It makes me wonder… Where did we learn to give ourselves so much sh*t on a daily basis? And more importantly, why do we believe we are not worthy enough to hear how beautiful we are, as well as simply KNOWING it.

Therefore, today’s important question: What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror? And why?

Please leave a comment below, or share on my Facebook page by commenting or posting.

I’d be delighted to hear from you, both the positive and the negative. And men… you are also welcome to join the discussion 😉

More on this subject soon to come!

Photography credits go to Pia Torelli from Pia Torelli Photography, www.piatorelli.com

 

 

Become an independent yoga practitioner!

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I offer 5 or 10 class packages to teach you a basic yoga sequence which you can practice whenever you feel like it, at home, at work on the beach or anywhere else! 5 classes are sufficient to learn a basic sequence, 10 classes are suitable for those who wish to deepen their practice and learn a bit more on proper posture, breath and alignment.

For bookings until DECEMBER 31 I’m offering discounted rates, so book your package now, as I’m sure they will fill up soon.

single class              250 AED
5 class package      1000 AED (1 class free)
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Email me on info@kayapeters.com to book you classes. More information about my private yoga sessions can be found here: http://www.kayapeters.com/yoga/private_classes/index.php

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Call me on +971 56 212 5878 if you’d like some more info directly from me. I’ll gladly answer all your questions!

An easy Monday salad with creamy artichoke dip and sweet ginger-lime dressing

Easy Monday salad with creamy artichoke dip and sweet ginger lime-dressing

This simple yet tasty salad gets its special twist from blended artichoke hearts and tangy ginger-lime dressing. Creamy, filling and mega healthy for the liver due to the high anti-oxidant levels of the artichokes and the cleansing nature of salad and raw veg and sprouts.

Ingredients, for one:

A handful of lettuce leaves, shredded
1/2 big carrot, sliced with a mandoline slicerA handful of mung bean sprouts
Some alfalfa sprouts to taste
1/2 avocado
Fresh parsley to taste
10 capers, washed and drained
4 small artichoke hearts, blended into a creamy paste with a bit of lemon juice (use blender or hand blender)
Freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing:

1 inch of fresh ginger, grated and squeezed for the juice
The juice of half a lime
A dash of lemon juice
A dash of olive oil
1 tbspn of brown rice vinegar
5 drops of Stevia, or less to taste

Preparation:

Place lettuce, beansprouts, alfalfa, carrots, capers, avocado and parsley in a salad bowl and top with the artichoke dip. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and poor over the salad. Finish with freshly ground black pepper.

Anti-oxidant rich Pumpkin Redbush Latte

Anti-oxidant rich Pumpkin Redbush Latte

Yum! This is sooo tasty, I’m telling you!!! Instead of drinking coffee in the afternoon, treat yourself to this deliciously sweet drink full of anti-oxidants. Redbush tea is the new red Espresso 🙂

Ingredients:

100 ml of pure water
1 bag of Redbush Earl Grey tea
1 tbspn of pumpkin puree
200 ml of high quality soy milk
a pinch of nutmeg
a pinch of cinnamon
Stevia drops to taste

Preparation:

Boil the water together with the redbush tea on low fire until the tea gets a dark red color. Then mix in the pumpkin puree, the nutmeg and the cinnamon.

Heat soy milk in a separate pot or milkfoamer and foam it until thick and creamy.

Poor the Redbush Pumpkin mixture in a tall glass. Add some stevia to taste. Top with the soy milk and foam and a dash of cinnamon.

Enjoy, just like I did just now!

TODAYS QUESTION, PLEASE ANSWER BY COMMENTING ON THIS POST! A lot has been written and said about coffee. Some say it’s healthy, some say it’s not. In the health food scene we have some common coffee replacements, like green tea, grain coffee’s or chai lattes. Do you think that coffee can ever be replaced? And if so, do you feel giving up coffee is worth it? Or do you believe coffee can be beneficial to health too? Share your thoughts on coffee today by commenting on this post! The most original comment will receive my clean eating E-book, with another great coffee replacement recipe, as a gift!