Pinkberry Nice Cream

Ok, so there is no such thing as Pinkberries.

But there should be according to this recipe.

I won’t comment much on the last 72 hours of my life, let alone the last year but I will serve you up a nice cool treat you can enjoy in this heat. (Sorry if you’re in another part of the world that is currently enjoying winter, don’t mind me; keep enjoying).

So what have I been doing for the past year?

Working, traveling, breaking immigration laws, mothering. All the fun stuff. Life isn’t as  easy as March 2018, but it’s still adventurous and there is still value in the complications. Lucky for me, I can fall back on Nice Cream to temporarily soothe my aches and pains.

Here goes:

3-4 Small frozen organic bananas

1-2 hand fulls of frozen organic blueberries

Blend all of that in your hand dandy food processor 

Toppings you could choose:

  • ground flax
  • muesli
  • dates

Or do use whatever you have… more importantly just improvise, and just enjoy yourself.

Above all consider the following:

That Ben & Jerry’s ice cream contains 19 g of fat in a single half-cup serving, and 10 g of that is saturated (the “bad” kind, which raises our levels of LDL cholesterol). The American Heart Association recommends we limit our fat levels and cut back on saturated fat, making sure it doesn’t exceed more than 5 to 6 percent of our total calories—that’s about 16 g of saturated fat daily for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet. So one serving of our chosen sample exceeds that total.”

Choose cruelty free, nutrient dense nice cream next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Pie Pancakes

I have a post for you today friends. What better way to return than with a post for “Pancake Sunday”.

I have been under the weather, a smooth way of saying Laryngitis. For those of you who may know me in real life, taking a round of antibiotics is something I’d do everything to prevent. I’m the one who usually reaches for a ton of tea, and garlic based ““oxymels” .  But I just couldn’t. I caved. Blame it on the fever, or body-aches, but this granola mom was getting her Z-pack, end of story. Fast forward 14 days later and here I am.

Getting sick is such a downer for me. It literally throws the proverbial wrench into my system. Hence the lack of interest in just about everything.  But here I am, crawling out of my trench. Showing up. Because all you have to do is keep showing up.

So much has happened…

  • The Boston Maraton was won by a normal everyday Nurse. 
  • Korea has agreed to disarm (both sides)

Let’s not forget.

and

  • My son hates my haircut

Ok enough joshing around, let’s get this party started.

Here’s the recipe for those Applepie Pancakes:


Prep time:  15
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: Family of 5 (little ones on deck)
Ingredients &
Do this first 

Make your flax egg here. Add  

  • 1 1/2 cup of plant based milk.

Your wet bowl is done. 

Start a different bowl for this

  • 1/2 cup of organic flour
  • 1/2 cup of stone ground wheat
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder
  • 3 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds

If you sift, sift now. Then combine with your wet bowl. 

Laddle your batter onto a griddle, and cook just a couple minutes on each side. The trick here is to make sure you have a nice evenly hot griddle. Hot enough to make spongy pancakes, but not too hot it burns before it evenly cooks. You will end up with thin af pancakes should said griddle not be hot enough. Good luck!

Simultaneously, you can make your applepie compote.

  • 2 granny smith apples peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 tbsp of smart balance butter
  • 1 tsp of cocosugar
  • Shakes of cinnamon

Saute in pan, till tender. 

Serve liberally atop a pile of your fresh pancakes y viola – killing that apple pie craving at breakfast. Pancakes are life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papaya Boats

I’m trying to detox from all the overindulging and snacking I partook in over the holiday weekend.  I know its bad when my body starts craving sugar, and unhealthy foods. Although we were able to keep it pretty good, all the cooked food, and less all the nutrient dense stuff  has this girl feeling without energy. I’m going to focus on greens and insert Papaya Boats.

Apparently this is something the Hawaiians having been keen to for a while, and I’m just now getting to in my 32 years of living.

Some people are into papaya some people aren’t. Yes there is a smell but like all things good for you, you learn to look pass the factors you don’t like. Insert Limon!

If you’re not a fan of papaya, give it a squeeze of limon, (lime) and get over yourself.

What has been called the “fruit of angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is so good for you and has been known to aid in digestion and promote wellness and weight-loss. I eat it when I’m hungry and want a juicy treat.

These are super easy to make and you can even set up a buffet for the kids.

Include toppings like:

  • Walnuts
  • Granola
  • Coconut
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Vegan yogurts if you wish
  • Drizzles of Agave

Whatever you want, just do it. Put down the donut and get yourself something nourishing that you know is going to be impactful to you health.

Cacao Maca Latte

If you’re like me with a busy life, often times you forget your coffee because you’re pulled away in different directions (literally four) to do something else.

Eventually you find it somewhere under a chair cold
(maybe this is just me;I don’t own a coffee table minimalist life bla bla bla).

Or when I brew coffee in my french press, I always have a little left over. Since I’m a bum, I’ll leave it there until after lunch, well this is a good way to consume it.



Prep time:  5 mins
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of black coffee
  • 1/2 cup of plant based milk
  • 1 tsp of cacao powder, no dutch process
  • 1 tsp of maca –
  • 1 tsp or more of agave, or sweetener of choice
Instructions
  1. Combine Ingredients into your sealing portable coffee mug, and shake.
  2. Shake Shake Shake, – this makes it frothy without any fancy gadgets
  3. Pour into pretty cup of choice
  4. Drink
Note: Maca is considered a superfood that has been known to enhance memory, energy and mood. I would consider this a life hack for people who are trying to get things done aka exams, studying, juggling 3 kids and dinner, running a marathon etc. etc. This is certainly not for someone who is trying to #netflixandchill; for that I recommend a chamomile tea.
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Not the best pic, but this was delicious.

Acai Bowls

This breakfast/dessert/diner whatever you want to call it has been on repeat in my house. Look at the pic again, can you blame me?

It’s gotten to the point that when my son Ezra hears the food processor start churning he comes running.  #dinner bell.

Originating from Brazil, these babies are only now getting popular in western culture. #betterlatethannever

The pulp is sold a few different ways. I prefer with no added ingredients. Sometimes they will already have the protein included or something like strawberries mixed in. Nope, I go for the straight up organic pulp. They come in packs of 4 usually. The one below I scored for less than $5.00 locally.

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As most know by now Acai is a superfood packed with antioxidants it’s been linked to several health enriching factors. Weight-loss, memory enhancing, anti-cancer, and anti aging to name a few.

Honestly, I love to load up on berries or most foods of dark rich purples/pinks before and during my periods because they’ve been linked to having anti-inflammatory properties as well. I swear it helps with the bloat. See for yourself. However that’s not the case right now, I swear.

Here is the recipe:

2-4 Tablespoons of oatmeal (optional)

If I include the oatmeal, I’d pulverize it first in the food processor right now. Then add the following ingredients one by one processing. This step makes it easy to incorporate all of the ingredients 

2-4 Bananas depending on the size.

2 Packs of Acai (this recipe is for 2 servings)

1 Scoop of plant based protein

1/2 -1 Cup of plant milk, I’m on the hemp milk tip, been there a while (it’s packed with omega 3’s, especially good for growing baby brain development)

 

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If you want to be basic, then you are done. Being extra means you’d start tossing in the hemp, flax, maca, yeast or whatever other powders you use.

 The last step is to drizzle your milk in. Once you see the blades pick up speed and move the ingredients well you can check to see if you need more. I like the consistency of my bowls dense, so I really watch this step to prevent a runny bowl. 

Serve and top with your favorites. Coconut, mango, diced berries and fruit. Have at it.

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PSA: Panama Bans Plastic Bags, Why This Matters.

In 1977 Mobil Group overturned a patent for the “T-shirt plastic bag“, developed years earlier by Sten Gustaf Thulin, an engineer working at the Sweedish company Celloplast.

This would allow for the open production, and mass distribution of the instantly convenient “carry-all” bags, that we as consumers have come to know.

I’d also like to call this moment in time, the smoking gun.  A move that would propel an era of stupidity for future generations to look back on and shake their heads at in disapproval, for destroying the environment. Paper or Plastic ?

Research says the lifespan of a plastic bag from store to home is 20 mins. But plastic bags are like vampires, they’re immortal.  In 2002, Bangladesh became the world leader in banning plastic bags.

“Bangladesh has an annual rainfall of up to 5 meters and holds the world record for the highest rainfall in a single day. Plastic bags clog drains and waterways, threatening urban environments and creating severe safety hazards. Drainage systems blocked by plastic bags have been identified as a major cause of flooding in Bangladesh during monsoon season.”

Sounds familiar right? Insert Our country here.

You see, plastic doesn’t die. It just goes away to dark places you don’t see. Including our oceans, coastal and water ways. And the waste is literally sucking the lives from our coral.

“Plastic pollution is ‘killing corals’ by increasing risk of disease in reefs, say scientists”

159 coral reefs in the asian pacific region were surveyed and they found billions of plastic items were entangled in the reef. ” Plastic debris stresses coral through light deprivation, toxin release, and anoxia, giving pathogens a foothold for invasion”.

This contributes to hypoxic zones.  Areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies, and as a result are sometimes called “dead zones”

According to an independent study done by Phoebe Thompson, and findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it is believed that there are numerous dead zones in the tropics that have yet to be identified and studied.

However Bahia Al Mirante, in Bocas Del Toro isn’t one of them, we know it’s a deadzone. We also know coral are affectedRead the findings and see for yourself.

But there is hope!

On Jan 19 of this year, Decree Law 1 was published in the Official Gazette, “which promotes the use of reusable bags in commercial establishments”.  Giving commercial entities 12 – 24  months to get their shit together. Panama Audubon Society (PAS),who played a key role in getting the President to pass the law believes “the plastic bag ban is an important first step that will pave the way for more stringent restrictions on other harmful single use products like straws and styrofoam.

 

So how can you prepare, and do your part in decreasing your plastic footprint now?

  1. Get your family on track and buy reusable “super” bags.  4 years ago my family took major steps to cut back using those pesky plastic bags. Honestly, they can only hold like 5 items anyway.  Locally, Riba Smithhas nice offerings: see above.
  2. Once you finish unloading the bags, place them next to the door. Doing this helps us remember to take them to the car so we have them on hand when we actually need to do “super”.
  3. Penalize yourself.  I’m human and have forgotten bags, often times I’ll use my purse. But if my purchase was too large, I’ll force myself to buy more reusable bags regardless if I have 15 at home.
  4. If you want to get even more active avoid other single use plastics. STOP USING STRAWS. Next time you buy a drink, opt for a straw-less one. Even if it comes with it, politely tell them gracias, but no gracias.
  5. Those coffee pods are the devil. We don’t need to go into it. Just stop. You know who you are.
  6. Bring your water, this is already common. If you don’t have your glass water bottle or Bubba get with the program. Bottled water is a sham.
  7. Get involved. Organizations like the Ocean Clean Up are working towards removing the huge garbage patch in the pacific. Volunteer, donate.

Change doesn’t happen overnight. But this is certainly the hope we need to get moving in the right direction.

Nice Cream

This isn’t my recipe. I learned it last year, but it sure is a favorite of my families.  I’m passing it on to you incase you don’t already know. Treasure it, because it can enhance many family nights at home.

3-5 Frozen bananas ( I never can have enough)

1/2 C of you choice plant based milk ( we prefer hemp)

This is your base, everything else is extra

Put your bananas in the food processor and pulse, add little amounts of milk until it loosens up and you have a nice creamy blend going. Be careful not to pour in too much, otherwise you’ll end up with a shake instead of nice-cream.

Being extra -You can include cinnamon, vanilla, cacao powder, or any other types of nutritional powders you use. You can also include other fruits like papaya or strawberries to change the flavor.

I usually serve this right away as soft serve, because it’s so hot in Panama. But if I want to surprise the kids, I store in some tupperware and freeze it for a few hours, so it firms up to scoop out.

 

Mommy vent disguised as a “how to” Veggie Bath

So I haven’t given my blog any love. I’ll be honest this is a de-stress IDGAF write. This is a so not concerned with pleasing readership at this point, because frankly there isn’t any kind of write.

This past week has been hectic. I’ve been all full mommy mode and having been away from my “day job” I’ve erased a bit of my identity. Has that happened to any moms out there? Have you ever got lost in being a mom?  Isn’t it actually more the rule than it is the anomaly?

So rewind a bit: I’ve been on this extended vacation which means all this free time to myself to do the things I’ve always wanted to do,  (AMAZING right) ?! I convinced myself I was going to take up hobbies and past times completely foreign to me.  For example, this here blog. Food styling. Acroyoga  let’s not talk about that yet… the list continues.

The point is, I put myself out there.  I’m doing these things. I’m trying. Insert –> school starting back up, and all the chores associated with that and no time to do the things I want or for myself = wrench thrown into mommy scales of balance = blah

In the past, I would burrow myself into warmth and familiarity of excel spreadsheets or get sucked into the endless loop of people management.  All those little safety nets I strung up like, “I have to work” or “I have no time” could easily provide me a distraction from the “mommy imbalance”. That commodity doesn’t exist on extended fantasy vacation island “in the world of reinvention” to lean on in moments like this.  Everything is foreign, new, uncomfortable.

I can’t turn to that amazing recipe I wrote, or remind myself that my upside down handstands are amazing (cause I don’t know how to do them, yet.) What I do know how to do, is stay forever stuck in the mommy mode abyss, avoiding the subject of imbalance all together until one day I have a melt down because I find a package of broken open crackers in between the sofa cushions (not a real story, don’t worry) but this could happen you know!

What I’m turning to are the things I know and the things I can do and share with you ! One of those things is cleaning veggies. Cleaning veggies is not really a thing of my childhood. My parents didn’t do it. So why do I?

I wash my veggies because I’m aware of the neurological affects pesticides can having on growing children. I’m also aware that synthetic pesticides can damage our brain and nervous system especially in growing children, disrupt our hormones and contribute to cancer.

So here goes:

  1. Take vegetables out of your reusable sustainable (non plasticky bag) it’s ok if your not doing this yet. One day, one day.
  2. Fill up your sink with water.
  3. Wellness mama will tell you 1:4 vinegar to water. She’s great, follow her instructions or do what I do and dump like a bunch in. I eye it.
  4. Go to instagram for 30 mins, or forget them overnight like I do.
  5. Drain water rinse, and eat your cleaner veggies. There is never any guarantee it’s all gone, but at least you know you did what you could.

Although I’m still very much in mommy mode, writing this out for you from my heart and mind  puts me on the path halfway there to restoring some balance to me. It’s still not as great as mastering that upside down handstand thingy, but I don’t know anything about that yet.

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