Brazilian Love Green Smoothie (Vegan)

Brazilian Love Green Smoothie by My Little Jar of Spices
Ugh, green smoothies. Like what’s new, right? So how about some Brazilian love, exotic fruit and samba grooves to welcome Spring and reboot your green smoothie routine? I just spent a week in Brazil visiting friends and working long-distance, and I had forgotten just how amazing the options of available fresh fruit juices and smoothies was there! Papaya and mango are like currency in this country, and forget about the insane amount of fruit you can squeeze into your happy hour Caipirinhas, from acerola to pineapple, passion fruit and cashew fruit. And man did I drink the life out of all the coconuts while I was there. I used to buy a fresh green coconut every day from a street vendor by my house who would crack it open with an actual machete and sip on it on my way to classes. Ah heaven. And just in general, I realized going back how much I had underestimated Brazil’s level of development when I lived there. I suppose I needed to go live in Peru to actually appreciate the level of comfort and the modernity of services available in Sao Paulo. I almost cried when I jumped into a taxi with a GPS or opened a restaurant menu with an actual salad section. It was really nice to go back for a few days. Now I’m in Lima for a week before going back to Cajamarca, which is cool because I never really got to discover Lima. I have been to Lima a few times but I always passed by for a couple of days or less when travelling to somewhere else and never had time to discover it though I know it’s an amazing city.

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Raw Cacao, Avocado and Strawberry Shake + 10 creative ways to enjoy Avocado

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I don’t nearly post enough about avocados as much as I eat them, which is a shame because there’s so much you can do with avocados. Don’t listen to people who tell you that avocados are a “fatty” food and that you should eat them sparingly. Avocados are actually one of the most nutritious things you can eat, containing vitamins A, B, C, E and K, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and iron, just to name a few (more information here). They are rich in healthy saturated fats – the “good fat” that your body needs to function well and which, contrary to popular belief, helps reduce cholesterol and inflammation and plays an essential role in vitamin absorption, brain function, hormonal balance, cardiovascular health and immunity. In other words, eat your avocados without fear. This Tumblr probably says it better. My only small issue with avocados is time management: systematically towards the end of the week, they all decide to ripen at the same time and all of a sudden I have too much avocado on my hands. Not a problem! Avocado is not only for salads, there’s a lot you can do to use up your riping-soon-to-be-spoilt avocados, and here’s my top 10. Continue reading

Homemade Date-sweetened Almond Milk


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Ever have one of those “Did I really just make that?” moments in the kitchen where you can’t believe you’ve just made something that you thought would never turn out right, and it was actually easy AND it tastes just like you wished it would? During those few seconds, a world of culinary possibilities starts flashing before your eyes. I love it when that happens. Like this weekend with this almond milk. I have been trying to find almond milk in Brazil for months now, in vain. As for soy, rice and oat milk, I avoid them because they come from grains and most of them either contain gluten or GMOs (soy). Continue reading