5 Top Foods to Maintain Gut Health


Hey guys!
Here is another little post about healthy food. And more precisely, about gut health!
I must confess that I do like superfoods, and I try to incorporate them in my diet as much as possible. But even though they are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, today I want to talk about 5 green foods that will help us maintain gut health. Gut health is absolutely crucial for keeping our immune systems healthy and fully functioning. Gut health also keeps us feeling great and looking good! So keep reading if you want to know 5 top foods to maintain gut health.

1. Matcha

I’m a huge fan of matcha. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and in B complex, it’s a super antioxidant. This means that it will stimulate immune function, promotes healthy bowel movements, boosts the metabolism, and has anti-cancer, alkaline and anti-ageing properties. Not bad for a single teaspoon of this delicious tea! I like to make matcha lattes by mixing:
1 cup of oat milk (or any other plant milk)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp agave
a pinch of vanilla powder
In a saucepan, heat oat milk gently. In a glass, mix matcha powder, with a  little bit of hot water. With an electric whisk, mix until combined. Then, pour the green mixture into the hot milk, and add the agave and vanilla powder. Strain while you serve it (you don’t want those little lumps of matcha) and voilà!

2. Kiwi Fruit

It’s high in vitamin C, potassium and is rich in fibre, too. This particular food is amazing for your gut, as it contains a digestive enzyme that is great for you. You will also find it in other exotic fruits such as mango, pineapples and papayas! This enzyme regulates gut function, aids with the absorption of nutrients during digestion, and is a great probiotic.

3. Leafy Greens
Don’t be surprised if I mention this one in this list. I always buy leafy greens when I do groceries, and I feel weird if I leave the supermarket without some kale or spinach. I absolutely love dino kale actually! Leafy greens are an amazing source of vitamins C, K, B complex, folic acid (great for pregnancy), iron, calcium and potassium. So if you’re deficient in any of these, just amp up your kale! These vitamins will nourish and heal your body, as well as the lining of the digestive tract. This is also important for supporting a healthy kidney and liver function.

4. Avocados


My favourite! Avocados are no only good source of heart-promoting fats, but that also maintain a healthy gut lining and strong immune system. Think about this the next time you eat an avocado on toast! Avocados are also great for assisting recovery from sickness or illness, and also prevents from muscle wastage. So this is perfect for a post-workout snack too.

5. Wheatgrass
Super-rich in chlorophyll, which is what gives fruits and veggies their colour, wheatgrass is rich in magnesium, is naturally anti-inflammatory, alkalising and is super-cleansing. It helps eliminate toxins from your body and helps prevent the growth of pathogens.
Keep in mind that this list is non-exhaustive and there are so many other great gut-friendly foods such as basil, berries, beetroot, chia seeds, carrots, garlic, lemon… Not everything has to be green! The point is, that plant-based foods are a great source of phytochemicals that will help your body fight diseases, and fibre-rich foods will support weight loss and a healthy functioning metabolism. I’ve listed my top super foods that help your body support optimal digestive health, so enjoy a cup of matcha or some garlic spinach as a side dish, and tell me you you feel about it later on!
With love,

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7 Vegan Foods That Will Enhance Your Beauty

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I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve seen a lot of ‘superfoods’ in the market and I’m always wondering what their purpose are for.
Today I want to talk about 7 foods that are totally vegan and are just as beautifying as ‘acerola’ and ‘spirulina’! I won’t lie to you, and I’ll say that I do use some superfoods in my diet. But these 7 that I have written down for you I use all on an everyday basis. The reason why I chose these 7 is because if you are a busy on-the-go person, you will find these in your local supermarket, they are affordable, and because it is likely you just care about the basics. I know I do, so if you’re interested to know 7 vegan foods that will automatically enhance your beauty, then keep on reading!

Berries

Berries are a natural source of antioxidants thanks to their colourful and bright colour. They are at their best flavour by the end of spring and beginning of summer. Their beautifying properties? They fight against the damage of free-radicals and this is great for our skin and hair.
Now on the superfoods talk, did you know that Goji berries are a complete protein?

Coconut Oil

Not surprisingly, coconut oil had to be on the list! Known for its multi-purpose capacities, coconut oil   is rich in palmitic and lauric acid, which have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inframmatory properties. Coconut oil acts almost as a natural repellent to all external threats to your body, and is amazing for external use as well. If you haven’t used coconut oil in your hair or nails, you’re missing out!

Avocado

Probably my favourite of all these, but why is avocado so amazing? Because it’s rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and protects our skin from radical damage. It’s also rich in protein and contributes to the healthy functioning of all our body cells. Historically, avocados have been considered a fruit boosting fertility, as it’s pit looks like a mother’s womb. Oh, and they’re also full of omega fatty acids!

Pumpkin Seeds

Or sunflower seeds if the green from pumpkin seeds puts you off. Pumpkin seeds are a legitimate source of iron, plant-based protein and obviously fiber. If this wasn’t enough, they are super rich in magnesium thus promoting heart health, and zinc for immune support. Just like any other nuts and seeds, these little beauties are packed with omega 3 fatty acids. So ditch the mercury-filled fish and eat these crunchy buddies instead.

Lemons

I have to confess I’m a huge fan of lemon water in the morning, because I feel like it cleans my throat and my body inside and out. And in fact it does! As amazing as it can be in a salad dressing, lemons help our digestive system to cleanse and for the liver to eliminate toxins quickly. This bright companion is obviously also loaded with Vitamin C, which is essential for cell renewal, iron absorption (crucial if you’re also on a vegan diet), and collagen synthesis. Lemons will boost your immune system too, so let go of those pills and drink your lemon water when you’re sick!

Mushrooms

Whether you eat Portobello, Cremini or Shiitake mushrooms, don’t let these international names fool you. Mushrooms are one of the most natural sources of Vitamin D, which regulates blood in our metabolism and adds both calcium and phosphors. Why are mushrooms beautifying? Because they boost the cell renewal system and you’ll have gorgeous looking skin. And they’re delicious even raw!

Kale

Sautéed in garlic or in pesto, kale is your new best friend. Loaded with Vitamin A, which is essential in sight quality, indispensable to growth, for healthy skin, kale will have noticeable effects in our endocrine system which, in turn, is essential for our immune system. For those who are fussy about their greens, maybe stick with spinach if you’re not used to the crunch. Don’t forget to massage the kale in order to deliver the most youthful glow.

Fun fact: did you know that kale has more iron than beef per calorie?

I hope you enjoyed this little article a little different than usual, but food is a topic that fascinates me. Let me know what you think in the description below, and I’m going to make myself a salad with all these delicious ingredients that have made me hungry!

With love,

What I Ate Today | VEGAN & HEALTHY

First of all, good morning everybody and I hope you’re off to a great start of the day.
I wanted to make a “What I Ate Today” video because they are my absolute favourite to watch on Youtube actually. Ever since I turned into a plant-based diet in September last year, I’ve been obsessed with watching what other vegans eat. It’s the perfect means to find inspiration of what other people do and make!
Personally, I’m not obsessed with calories, not with how much protein I eat in a day. Of course, there is a balance to everything, but I don’t go through my day thinking about it. However, I believe in the importance of eating a varied diet, and on the importance of fruits and vegetables contribution to our overall health and happiness. Myself I’ve noticed a considerable difference in my body since I turned into this diet. However I’ll talk about it in a specific post, because I could talk about this all day!
In my attempts at having a healthier lifestyle, I wanted to show you everything I would normally eat in a day at home (at least here in my dorm in London). That’s why you can find a video on my Youtube channel with step-by-step images of how to make everything. These pictures are just a guide for everyone who is just curious to see what goes into a vegan’s diet 🙂
Finally, I’ll just finish off this intro by saying that I know there is a lot of fruits and veggies that may seem expensive, but they really are not (at least to me). I like to spend my money on good fruit and vegetables, because I love how they make me feel: light, in shape, and simply happy. I get my fruits and veggies mostly from Sainsbury’s (the market right next to mine); but also from my local fruit market, where everything tends to be very cheap! Of course, where one spends its money is a matter of preference. But I know I’d rather save the money of a pint into some good looking mangoes for instance. In any case, this is not a guide for telling you what to do or what to eat, but simply an example of meal ideas that you can have on a weeknight dinner or lunch or something to prepare for your other half 🙂
Let’s get into it!

Since I came back from Vietnam, I’ve really been enjoying having fruit for breakfast. For all my life, I’ve been the toast with toppings kind of girl. When avocado on toast was trendy, I definitely jumped in the wagon. Now I see it’s getting a bit overhyped, so I don’t usually have that for breakfast (if there is something that you must know about me is that if everyone does or wears something special, I’ll probably don’t do it. Don’t know why, but I guess because I don’t want to fall into the “mass trend”? haha). So, I’ve been obsessed with overnight oats. Perfect for on-the-go mornings. But now I feel like I’ve reached the maximum of fitness guru advice: smoothie bowls.

This is a simple green smoothie bowl with loads of toppings. You will need:
1 large ripe banana
1 red-skin mango
1 Tbsp of hemp/chia seeds (I use a mix of both, excellent for your omega 3-fatty acids and protein)
1/3 cup of oats (will keep you full for longer and will give you extra protein to last for the day)
1/2 cup of oat milk or any other plant-based milk of choice
A handful of baby spinach
I actually freeze my fruits into smoothie packs when I have time. But this time I didn’t so I made it fresh. Usually I prefer when it’s cold, but hey, it still tastes tropical and amazing 🙂
In your nutribullet, place the spinach first, then the banana, mango, oats, seeds, and finish with the liquid. Blend! Pour over your favourite bowl and enjoy with toppings of choice.

In this picture I put – from left to right – shredded coconut, kiwifruit, blueberries, raspberries and pistachios.
You could also blend everything together with no toppings, but why not treat yourself from time to time? A good-looking breakfast can be a great addition to your start of your day.
I’d recommend not blending any red fruits into the smoothie though. The colour will turn brown. It’ll still taste delicious, but not as appealing as this amazing green goodness 😉

This was my lunch. About 3 hours later I had this big plate with tomato quinoa, stir fried sweet potato with veggies, and a simple salad with tomato, avocado and carrot.

To make this, you will need:

1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 tin of tomato sauce (I’m using tomato-garlic because it’s my absolute favourite)
1 sweet potato
1/2 a red pepper
1/2 a red onion
Some cherry tomatoes
1 carrot
1 Avocado
Salt & Pepper to taste (Fun fact: I never use pepper!)

I suggest you watch the Youtube video in which I explain the preparation step by step. 😉

If you’ve never tried cooking quinoa and adding tomato sauce, I highly suggest you do! It’s creamy and great for you. Quinoa, along with edamame, has all the 25 essential amino acids, is a great source of fiber, protein and carbohydrates, and won’t make you feel heavy after a big bowl of pasta. Definitely try if you’re looking for a lighter and gluten-free option for traditional spaghetti al pomodoro!

I made a little extra than I would normally have, so I could have it the next day for lunch as well. This can also be enjoyed cold and is perfect for library days! Bring some fruits for dessert. Strawberries are now in season, so I packed a few in a smaller container 🙂

Before hitting the gym that afternoon, I decided to go for a Japanese inspired dish, so I defrosted some edamame and put 1/2 cup of rice soaking in a bowl.

After the gym, I had a bowl of mango! I had this massive mango standing on my counter for some time because it wasn’t too ripe. Turns out, there was over a bowl of it! I couldn’t finish it though, I ate about 2/3 of the bowl. Plus a red fruits tea in my cool LSE mug that was a gift from my friend Alvaro.

For me, fruit is an amazing after workout snack. Especially if mixed with some kind of nut butter. At the moment I’m loving bananas with almond butter, chia and hemp seeds, or lady apples with cashew butter and cinnamon!

For dinner, my Japanese side took over and I decided to make some miso pak choy with tofu, along with some sticky rice.

To make the broth you will need:

1/2 cup of water
1 Tbsp koikuchi soy sauce (or regular soy sauce)
1 Tbsp mirin
1 Tbsp white miso paste

For the rest:
1 tsp mixed sesame seeds
2 bunches of pak choy
400g of soft tofu (I use the brand Morinaga)
1/2 cup of rice + 1/2 cup of water (cooking in the rice cooker)
In a saucepan, place the water, soy sauce and mirin, and bring to a simmer. Add the miso paste when bubbling and make sure to remove all the lumps with a whisk.
While your rice is cooking in the rice cooker, chop your pak choy horizontally and prepare the tofu.
IMPORTANT: Japanese rice is not cooked like basmati rice. 1 cup of rice = 1 cup of water. It’s a 1:1 ratio!

This is what the broth should look like. By the way, this is also a great alternative to a classic miso soup for when you don’t have your homemade vegan dash stock. I will be sharing that recipe too. But if you’re in a hurry and really want that miso flavour, whip this up, add some tofu, wakame seaweed and spring onions, and bravo! you’ve got some miso soup under 5 minutes.

Place the pak choy in the broth, cover and let them simmer for 5 min. (In the video I steamed the edamame along, because I don’t have a steamer!). Once they’re all soft, add the tofu. Be careful because soft tofu breaks easily. The point of adding it really is to warm it up. After 5 more minutes, you’ll have yourself a warm and filling dinner packed with protein from the tofu, the miso broth and edamame (who said vegans don’t eat protein?) and some filling soft rice. 
Top with sesame seeds for some extra Vitamin K and serve with your favourite green tea. Watching anime at the same time is not necessary, but recommended.
I hope you liked this article, that was a bit different than usual. But I really enjoyed filming it, so let me know if you recreate any of these recipes and I’ll be seeing you all very soon!

With lots of love,