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Glowing Green Juice

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Happy Monday everyone!
Hope you guys had a good weekend.
Time to recharge for this week and we need this Deliciously Ella's juice to keep us glowing all week long!
Glowing Green Juice


Ingredients:
2 apples 1 cucumber 4 stalks celery 1 fennel bulb 1/2 broccoli head 2-3 cm. fresh ginger

*apples, cucumber, celery
preferably organic. why? click here.
Directions:
Simply put all the ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!

*If you don't have a juicer,
why not blend it?
Let me know!
Homemade with love, Princess

Fish Friday

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Since I'm trying to stay away from red meat and meat in general as much as I can, I have been eating more fish than ever in my whole life.
For devoted Catholics, Fish Friday is a part of Lent.
But what if you can start your health journey  by staying away from meat every Friday?
I want to leave that for you to ponder on.
It is just one of my suggestions on starting a healthier lifestyle slowly.
Anyways, since I started this health journey, I have been eating the same kinds of fish. Salmon & mackerel are among the usuals.
Living in London, I have seen fruits, vegetables & fish that I haven't seen or even heard before.
I have tried some new vegetables and I decided to try a new fish.
It is called Lemon Sole. Sounded really funny so I told the fishmonger I'll try a piece of it.

Plus, it is cheap!
It is like 2 gbp/3 usd per piece.
Apparently, it is a native to Europe. No wonder it is new to me.
And before I can even cook it, I got so distracted about its name. lol
Som…

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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I am so happy that today I have a reason to eat chocolate I didn't eat pralines earlier this week so this is perfect.
The good thing about this is I can actually eat this everyday! Because there is no refined sugar involved. It can also be made dairy free. Vegans can have it too!
Here's my 
Homemade Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:
2 avocados, pitted & scooped raw cocoa powder almond milk (or milk of choice) or water  maple syrup or date syrup or honey as natural sweetener  *or if you want the bittersweet taste of cacao, like dark chocolate, skip sweetener ground cinnamon (optional)  vanilla (optional) cacao nibs (optional) 
Directions: Mix them all together in a blender. The amount of cacao powder depends on your taste or just good enough to have that chocolate color. The amount of sweetener depends on taste. I used maple syrup. Like I said, you can skip this. I sprinkled ground cinnamon to the mixture and placed a drop of vanilla bean paste.  I added both because I…

National Strawberry Parfait Day!

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Perfect timing to have it because it is so hot today here in London!
Plus I have all the ingredients (leftovers!) in my fridge. haha
Healthy Strawberry Parfait


Ingredients: 1. strawberries (preferably organic, why? click here.) 2.yogurt  *I used coconut yogurt --- perfect for vegans & lactose intolerants 3. granola *I used my homemade cinnamon pecan granola. If you missed the recipe, click here.
***You might be wondering, where's the sugar? I skipped it. If you want a sweetener, I suggest you use raw honey or maple syrup or date syrup.
Directions: Cut strawberries into pieces. Get a container of choice. Layer yogurt and strawberries (and sweetener if desired). Top with granola.
That's basically it! So easy, healthy and yummy!
Enjoy!
Homemade with love, Princess

Healthy Turkey Burger

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It's Turkey Month!
And since I am trying my best to stay away from red meat, I have been a new fan of turkey mince recently.

FYI: I was never been a turkey fan.
I only eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
And oh it has to be bathed in gravy!
I usually make turkey chili & turkey pasta sauce so I decided to make a turkey burger for a change.
And it surprisingly delish!



Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2/3 cup oats - Yes! 500 g minced turkey (I used 3% fat free-range)
salt & ground black pepper to taste lettuce tomato & cucumber, sliced (preferably organic, why? click here.) buns of choice (I used gluten free, dairy free, wheat free seeded rolls) tomato catsup  (optional, *organic available)

Directions:
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion & garlic for 5 mins until soft. Add the oats and fry for around 2 mins. Set aside to cool.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooled mixture and mix well with your hands. Season…

Perfect Peach Smoothie

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Yesterday was National Pink Day
and today is Wednesday!

That means it's time to Drink Pink!

Here's the Perfect Peach Smoothie
by Deliciously Ella:

Perfect Peach Smoothie


Ingredients:

1 banana
1 peach (preferably organic, why? click here.)
6 pcs. strawberries
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Simply peel the banana and cut them into slices.
Cut the tops of the strawberries and slice.
*You can place the slices into the freezer for at least two hours or prep at night and freeze overnight

 Then cut the peach to remove the stone but keep the skin on though.

Place all the fruit in a blender with the almond milk and blend until smooth.
Depending on how runny you like it you might like to add more liquid,
either more almond milk or a little water.

Enjoy Pink Girls!

Homemade with Love,
Princess

Crispy Healthy Onion Rings

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Hi everyone!
Belated Happy Onion Rings Day!
Ever wonder why onion rings are more expensive than fries/chips?
Because it takes more time to make a crispy one. I've made some before but it gets soggy after a while and I fried them.
Well, here's the Onion Rings Recipe from my post last night that is yummy but healthy!


Ingredients: 1 large onion (good enough for 2 people) buttermilk or 1/4 cup white vinegar + almond milk (or milk of choice) (I used 2nd choice) egg, beaten (or egg white only)
Breading: flour (I used brown flour) pollenta bread crumbs (I used gluten-free)
Seasoning: salt ground black pepper and/or your choice of herbs & spices
Sauce: ketchup, optional (preferably organic, why? click here.)

Directions: Slice the onions crosswise to achieve the rings. Carefully take them off apart to maintain the ring shape.
Soak them in the buttermilk for at least an hour. The longer the better.



Preheat the oven at 220C.
Then dip them in beaten egg/egg white. *I used whole eggs

Cinnamon Pecan Granola

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I'm back!
Sorry I was out of the loop for a few days. As a normal person like you, I have my low days too...
But I try to pick up myself. And you know what? Today is Monday
and we should all recharge for this week ahead!
So I decided to remake the Acai Bowl without using a blender. Today, I just felt like tasting the texture of the fruits and savoring their individual flavor in every bite.
If you missed the Acai Bowl recipe, click here.
And to bulk it up, I added granola to my bowl.
Here's my homemade granola by Deliciously Ella:
Cinnamon Pecan Granola

Ingredients:
1 cup pecans 1/2 cup almons 2 cups oats 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup flaxseeds 3 tbsp coconut oil 3 tbsp maple syrup 3 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup raisins
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan).
Place the pecans & almonds in a food processor  & pulse for about 30 seconds so that they are partially crushed. *I personally don't have a food processor so I partially crushed them u…

Homemade Sushi

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Happy National & International Sushi Day!
Here's a homemade healthy sushi for you guys.

Ingredients: 500 g sushi rice (preferably brown rice, just want to finish our white one) 1 cucumber (preferably organic, why? Click here.) 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced ½ lemon, juiced 4 sheets nori seaweed 4 large slices smoked salmon 1 bunch chives sesame seeds, black and/or white (optional)
For seasoned rice: 2 tbsp white vinegar (or rice vinegar or white wine vinegar) 2 tsp sugar & 1 tsp salt (optional)
For sauce: soy sauce or tamari pickled ginger (optional) wasabi (optional)


Material needed: bamboo sushi rolling mat
Directions: Cook sushi rice as per manufacturer's instructions. If you want to season your rice, mix vinegar, sugar & salt then mix with cooled rice.
Put in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice to prevent from browning. Divide the rice between the nori sheets and spread it out evenly,  leaving a small border at the top and bottom.  Lay the salmon ove…

Healthy Apple Strudel

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Happy Apple Strudel Day!
You don't need to be a great baker to make this and way healthier than a regular apple strudel.


Ingredients:  2  Chia wraps (or wrap of choice, there are gluten-free ones) *I used one that's dairy-free, no sour dough, yeast free and no eggs (perfect for vegans) 4 apples, peeled, cored and diced (preferably organic) 4 tbsp water a handful of raisins (preferably organic) ½ tsp cinnamon  2 tsp maple syrup or date syrup (or sweetener of choice)
*Why preferably organic? Click here.
Directions:  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/ 150ºC fan.  *If you don't have oven, see below.  2. Place the chopped apple, water, raisins & cinnamon into a pan.  Cook over a medium low heat for about 10 minutes & stirring frequently until just softened.  Add some drops of water if it starts to stick. 3. Place the wraps on a tray and divide the apple mixture between the wraps. Carefully roll up the wraps and place on a greased baking tray.  Sprinkle on a little more cinn…

Thai Red CURRY

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Since the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals, we can all celebrate by eating "Curry". I know it is cheesy! hahaha

But hey, today is Warriors Wednesday!
Thai Red Curry
Ingredients: for the sauce: 1 400 g coconut cream  2 tbsps red curry paste or green if you want (preferably organic/all-natural, why? click here) 2 tbsps grated ginger  2 tbsps chopped cilantro  2 tbsps EVOO freshly ground black pepper salt to taste red bell pepper (or green), sliced
*For non-vegetarians,  you can add a meat of your choice. Beef, chicken, salmon & shrimp are among the usual favorites.
1 package black bean spaghetti or brown rice (or rice of choice)



Directions:
Cook the spaghetti by boiling 8 cups of water with a table spoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt, add spaghetti to the boiling water then simmer gently for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Immediately drain it & run in cold water. or Cook your rice accordingly.
For the sauce, pour coconut cream, red curry paste, ginger …

Beetroot Juice

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It's Wednesday again!
Are you a Mean Girl? or a Healthy Girl?
Because  On Wednesdays, we DRINK pink! 
We, referring to healthy girls. ;)
Since I have a juicer already, I tried a pink juice for today. But if you don't have one, don't be mean. You can still blend them. Just a different texture but still same taste!
Here's Deliciously Ella's
Beetroot Juice
Ingredients: 1 cm piece of fresh ginger  *I just cut a very small piece. No ruler involved. lol 1 medium red apple 1 medium beetroot 1 small cucumber 1 small fennel bulb 2 large carrots *please don't go crazy with the sizes. I just use whatever that was available *apple & cucumber preferably organic. Why? Click here.
Directions: Peel the skin off the beetroot (keeping it on makes the juice to earthy for her liking). *I used the organic ones which was peeled already. Add the ginger at the beginning with the apple to get the maximum flavour of it. *See, even with juicing there's a perfect time for everythi…

Homemade Healthy Fudge

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It's National Fudge Day!
Fudge is a soft crumbly or chewy sweet made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream. I'm trying my best to stay away from refined sugar and dairy products so I decided to try to make a healthy fudge.

This is refined sugar-free and dairy-free. ;)



Ingredients: 1/2 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice) 1 banana  1 tsp pure vanilla extract a sprinkle of salt 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted  2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a small blender until completely smooth. Or for some exercise (need to burn some calories before indulging in a fudge! lol),  mash the banana by hand and stir together ingredients by until smooth.  Scoop into container of choice. You can be creative by using candy molds or  just the usual fudge cut into small squares or use ice cube tray to be easier! Freeze until firm.  Due to the melty nature of coconut,  this fudge is best stored in the freezer.

*It tastes like a chocolat…

Acai Bowl

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Having some Monday BLUEs?
Why not add some BLUEberries in your bowl or smoothie instead?

This time I'm making an Acai Bowl for a change. But if you are on the go, you can just drink it up like a smoothie. :)
I have heard of Acai for a while now but just never tried it.
I thought it is pronounced as Ah-Kai! lol
Apparently it is pronounced AH-sigh-EE. hahaha

Acai is a palm tree that is widely distributed in the northern area of South America.
Its berries are used to make medicine.

People use acai for osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction (ED), weight loss and obesity, “detoxification,” and for improving general health.

Acai gained popularity in North America after being promoted by Dr. Nicholas Perricone
as a "Superfood for Age-Defying Beauty" on the Oprah Winfrey show.

As a food, the acai berry is eaten raw and as a juice.
The juice is also used commercially as a beverage and in ice cream, jelly, and liqueurs.

In manufacturing, acai berry is used as a na…

Skin Sunday

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Hi beautiful people!
It is Skin Sunday again!
For this Sunday, we are trying Deliciously Ella's
Oatmeal, Honey and Banana Scrub Mask 
This is a 2-in-1 beauty product:  soothing face mask and exfoliating face scrub.
Since I actually never exfoliated at home, I decided to give this one a try. According to studies, we should exfoliate once a week. Actually not just the face, but the whole body. Well, let's start with the face for now. lol
Here are the 3 simple ingredients:

---1 tbsp oats  *contain amino acids which help to heal blemishes/spots and repair damaged skin  *it is also a moisturizer, anti-inflammatory & has antioxidant properties ---1/2 tsp raw honey *antibacterial **together they’ll help to relieve tired & inflamed skin ---1/4  banana * has skin boosting vitamins,  including the Vit. A & E which are ones of the most important for healthy skin
This is good for 1 use only.
Directions: 1. Mash banana with a fork.  2. Mix in the oats and honey.  Do this all by…

Filipino Adobo

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Today is Philippine Independence Day!  And it is a no-brainer that I am cooking the unofficial National Dish of the Philippines, ADOBO!
Independence Day or "Araw ng Kalayaan" which literally translates to "Day of Freedom" commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.  Since 1962, it has been the country's National Day.
The term ADOBO comes from the Spanish word, "adobar"  meaning marinade, sauce or seasoning. You might see an adobo seasoning in the spices area of your grocery store but unfortunately it is entirely different.
This 1986 article from NY Times will tell you more in detail, click here.
Every Filipino household or region has a recipe of their own.
But here are the basic ingredients of adobo:
-pork or chicken or mixed, depending on your mood, preference or availability *or if you fancy some seafood, squid or round scad/mackerel aka "galunggong" are the most famous ones *For vegetarians/vegans…

Oaty Smoothie

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It is Feel Good Friday!
Deliciously Ella's Oaty Smoothie  is one of the first smoothies I made from her book.
The first time I made it, I didn't have maca and/or baobab powders yet.
So what is baobab?

Baobab is a tree native to Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and Arabia.
The tree is used as a source of water and food for indigenous people.

Fruit and leaves of the tree are used medicinally for
asthma, mosquito repellent, and for allergic skin conditions.


Some people are calling the baobab fruit the next “super food” because of its exotic nature and rich nutrient profile.

Unfortunately,
there is not much scientific evidence as of yet to prove the medicinal purposes
but---
the fruit and leaves contain several nutrients and have some antioxidant properties.

Baobab is marketed as a superfood
packed with Vitamin C,
rich source of fibre
and high in antioxidants.

So I did a VERY detailed research about it.
I felt like I was back in grad school!
My head hurts now. lol

So it is safe to s…

Ella's Favourite Green Smoothie

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After some procastination, I finally got my juicer!
I have friends and family who has been "juicing' for years now. But why did I just got my juicer?
First, juicing is associated with weight loss.
But as I've been researching more about it, juicing is for EVERYONE regardless of your health goals.
Smoothies and juices are the easiest ways to get your 5 A Day in even just 1 drink! That already makes one of my health goals attainable.
For people who want to lose weight, they use these drinks as a meal replacement.
For me, I use it in addition to my meals.
Another reason is, I research so much before buying a product. So it took me a while to choose which juicer is right for me. *I bought a cheap but super effective one. Got 1.5 L which is just right for me & the other half.
But now that I have the juicer, tada! And I'm obsessed! lol
Here's my first drink using the juicer.
Of course, I'll have to try Ella Woodward's
FAVOURITE GREEN SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:  1…

Happy National Iced Tea Day!

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Happy National Iced Tea Day! Today is the official start of the Iced Tea Month.
So if you fancy one, here's the lowest calorie green tea iced tea  that you'll surely love!
ICED GREEN TEA


Ingredients: fresh mint leaves, washed (1/4 cup per person, around 5 big leaves) - I used my own plant!  green tea bags (1 bag per person) - I used organic one hot water, 500 ml per person ice cubes honey (or sweetener of your choice) -optional lavender (optional)
Directions:
Place mint leaves in a glass or pitcher.  Crush gently with hands. Ah I love the smell and it leaves on your hands!  Add tea bags and pour hot water over top. Don't overfill. Leave room for ice later. Refrigerate until cold. Remove tea bags. *Save the used teabags on the side. Add ice. Add sweetener of choice if desired. Sprinkle some lavender to add some sense of relaxation! Or if you have a plant, add some freshly cut leaves.


*for my ice cubes I placed small mint leaves per cube to add a little flair

Recycle the used…