Macao ❀ a natural antidepressant

Winter is here, it’s dark and its cold. With the lack of sun for 5-6 months it’s easy to get a little blue.

I struggled for years with seasonal depression. But in my search for natural remedies I have managed to find some things that actually work.

I selfmedicate with chocolate! No joke. Cacao has many benefits. One of the things becouse it’s high in flavanols, it acts like a mood stabilizer within our body. Make sure to use raw cacao for the most benefits.

I also like to add Maca. It is an adoptogen, which help the body to deal with stressors. It is a root from peru used to improve mood, also used to improve both male and female libido (nothing wrong with that right?).

So what happens when you mix this into into a beverage? You get a tasty Macao ❀ this is my Christmas edition

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 sp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 0,4 tsp cardamom
  • 0,4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 0,4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 0,8 tsp clowes
  • 0,4 liquorice root
  • 0,4 tsp turmeric
  • 0,4 tsp of vanilla
  • Drizze of pepper
  • 1 sp collagen
  • 2 sp coconut milk
  • 1sp coconut oil
  • 15-30 drops of liquid stevia

First boil the water. If you don’t use geletanized Maca I recommend that you boil it becouse raw Maca contains some starches that can cause digestive stress.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend with a hand mixer.

Enjoy ❀

A fun fact is that if you eat chocolate right before taking a test you are more ligthly to perform better. Meaning smart people eat lot’s of cacao. πŸ˜‰

Lava pancakes, gluten and milk free

So finally I am taking the step into the world of food-blogging. I was asking my self why should I blog about food, there are so many doing that already. But I realized that that is not a very empowering way to think, and with that all I do is just limit my self. My aim is to share, inspire and create. Aand It doesn’t hurt to actually write down my food creations (so my dear husband can cook for me πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ❀

So after years of tummy troubles and allergies, I have turned into quite a food nerd. Because I believe that eating healthy should be a enjoyable experience.  Taste good, smell and look good, and enjoyed with good company (I am not so good with the visual, quite funny since I am a designer right?) Anyway we usually eat pancakes in the weekends, and my son loves it. I always get extra hugs and kisses then. ❀ The issue is that the amount of carbs compared to veggies often gets a little unbalanced, and as a parent you wanna try to get in as many veggies as possible. TAdaa. Lava Pancakes. My son named them. With just one beetroot I turned this meal into something a little healthier and even more festive. 

What you need; 

  • 400 g oatmeal (glutenfree)
  • 1 spoon steel cut oats (glutenfree)
  • 1 spoon apple cider vinagre
  • enough water that just covers the oatmeal

I mix this together the night before. To avoid the anti-nutrition in oats, phytic acid, its important to add back the enzyme phytase to the processed oats. I use a spoon of steel cut oats (gluten free), because of my allergies. But you can also use spelt flour or rye if you can handle your gluten. Instead of vinagre you can use sourdough starter or lactic acid. 

Next morning I add

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 beetroot cut into pieces
  • 2 dl water
  • 0,5 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 0,3 teaspoon pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying

This makes approx 14 pancakes

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.

Next morning I mix all of this together with a handheld mixer. I do not peel the beetroot first, my thought is that the more fiber the better.  Then I fry the pancakes on a little more than medium heat in raffined coconut oil. I tried with ghee but that didn’t really work out.

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.

My love for turmeric as a painkiller and a ant-inflammatory is real. I use it everywhere I can. Adding pepper helps the absorption of turmeric by 2000 %. And yes it is safe for kids too. πŸ˜‰

When finished frying add your favorite topping. Mine is a mix of blueberry, raspberry, coconut cream, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. YUM!

Enjoy ❀ ❀ ❀

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.