Cooling-down with a Smoothie-on-a-stick

Not only in Singapore the temperatures are climbing up to 35 degrees, but also in my hometown Zurich people are sweating like crazy. These temperatures scream for ice cream! Instead of reaching for the sugar and cream loaded vanilla and chocolate ice cream, try my smoothie-on-a-stick or how people call them: popsicles! Prepared in under 10 minutes, loaded with vitamins and minerals and free of any artificial sugar, they are the perfect afternoon refreshement.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1 Tsp Maca powder
  • 1 Tsp Spirulina powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel kiwi and cut into pieces. Blend with half the frozen banana and spirulina powder.
  2. Peel and cut mango. Blend with other half of frozen banana and maca powder.
  3. Fill half of the Popsicle form with mango nicecream and the other half with kiwi nicecream. But in the freezer and enjoy.

Of course you can use any fruit combination to create a smoothie-on-a-stick. Just be creative and cool down in a healthy way. Happy summer everyone!

Homemade Hummus On Toasted Sweet Potato

Let yourself emerge on a journey to the middle east with this delicious hummus recipe. Not only are chickpeas a great source of protein, they are also high in fibre to stabilise your blood sugar levels. You can use them as spread on whole grain bread or as I did on toasted sweet potatoes, or you just dip your raw vegetables in it. 

INGREDIENTS (2-3 servings)

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 Tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 Garlic glove
  • 1 Tsp parpika powder
  • 1 Tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Medium sweet potato

INSTRUCTION

  1. Put all ingredients except sweet potato in a food processor and blend well
  2. Cut the sweet potato in 1cm thin slices and toast for about 15 minutes
  3. Spread hummus on top of the sweet potato and garnish with fresh tomatoes

Three kind of Bliss Balls

Bliss balls are a great way to still those sweet cravings without having to worry about added sugar. You can either create them as an energy ball for you pre-workout boost or as a protein ball for post-workout recovery or late night snack. All you need is a really good food chopper - I can recommend Philips Chopper HR1398 with 500W.

From left to right: Spirulina balls, coconut butter balls and chocolate protein balls.

Coconut butter balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 Dates (80g)
  • 100g Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut butter

Spirulina balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 dates (80g)
  • 100g Almonds
  • Tbsp Spirulina powder

INSTRUCTION

  1. Blend everything with a good food chopper
  2. Make little balls and keep in fridge. If dough is too dry, add some almond milk

Chocolate protein balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g Whey protein powder vanilla flavour (I used this one from Myprotein)
  • 30g Coconut flour
  • 10g Cacao powder unsweetened
  • 10g mixed seeds (sesame and pumpkin)
  • 10g Cacao nibs unsweetened
  • 100ml Almond milk

INSTRUCTION

  1. Mix everything in a bowl and kneed with your hands until you get a dough
  2. Form small balls with your hands and turn in raw cacao powder
  3. Keep in fridge

Cacao Bliss Balls

Whether you need a little treat with your coffee or an energy boost before your workout - these raw cacao bliss balls will do the trick. They are nut-, dairy- and gluten-free and get by without added sugar. The sweetness comes from dried fruits. I opted for dried figs as they have a lower glycemic index and therefore a lower impact on your blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 60g roasted gram
  • 120g dried figs (soaked in water over night)
  • 10g raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinamonn powder
  • 10ml coconut water (optional)

INSTRUCTION

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix with milling blade
  2. Add liquid if not sticky enough
  3. Form little balls and roll in raw cacao powder
  4. Store in fridge and eat within a couple of days