Saturday, February 25, 2012

Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread (nutella!)

This recipe is more satisfying both in taste and fun than the store bought one! It is also better since it does not contain partially hydrogentated oils or palm oil, both of which are bad! (from the LA Times) plus, this only takes around 20 minutes. 

2 cups raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons hazelnut oil (if needed)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Souper ideas

I love soup, could eat it every day. I just find it really nice and comforting. Soup is perfect to make in a large amount and then fridge or freeze it depending on how soon you're going to eat it :)

I don't have a set recipe, just judge the amounts for yourself! (I'm horrible at estimating portions, etc.)
Potato and Leek Soup 
Olive Oil
~4 cups or 2 cubes Chicken Stock (or vegetable) 
1 large onion, chopped 
~3-4 Leeks, sliced (can use most of it, just not the very top though)
~4 Potatoes (large, white) peeled and chopped 
Heavy Cream (optional) 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Message of love

Food is love.  No matter if you're in a relationship or not, this hallmark holiday reminds us to appreciate your loved ones.  Today I'll be making some homemade nutella - spread some sweetness :)
love the earth and love your body.  a clean environment means a clean body for you (and  living things around us) and a healthy future for your children, children's children...

so reduce waste, eat clean (organic, non-processed food) and recycle!

remember, what we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.

much Love, 
Bean xx

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Healthy start

Along with getting your 7-9 hrs of sleep, it's important to have a healthy breakfast...need to jump start your body and mind.
scrambled egg w tomato, topped with avocado on whole grain toast

I always try to have protein/egg and some fruit. and I always have coffee!  Now that clementines are in season I have been snacking on those (and oranges) a lot, since eating fruit is better than drinking juice - lighter on sugar and calories.  These days I drink mainly water and tea - I rarely have diet soda anymore, it's soo bad for you!  If you drink a lot of soda or diet soda, try going off it for a month - you will lose weight! Believe me. plus, I'd rather save those calories for delicious food :)
Here's to happy and healthy yous! x