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A few ripe bananas and a raining afternoon were all I needed to make my way into the kitchen and start mixing ingredients. That once again would end up in the form of a delicious banana bread! I made banana bread many times, always using this basic banana bread gluten-free recipe that I’d share in this post on 2009. It was one of my first posts actually, and it has also gained a lot of popularity over time since the day I published it. I think this is because it’s simplicity regarding preparation and how delicious it tastes considering it is a gluten-free version of banana bread.

Baking is something that I enjoy. But prefer spending as less time as possible into blending and mixing. Believe me; I don’t do too well when it comes to a baking recipe with a longish list of ingredients. It becomes confusing to me. Maybe it’s just because I’m too anxious when it comes to baking. Ooh…those fragrant fresh baking goodies… coming out of the oven… I can hardly wait!

So, yes I like keeping baking recipes easy to handle. Few ingredients, easy preparation but delicious taste, and this recipe; Banana + Cinnamon Bread it’s no exception. It’s easy to put together, delicious, it only requires a few ingredients and is also healthy and nutritious. Besides being naturally sweetened (refined sugar-free), in this banana bread recipe, I’m also using Spelt flour which contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. One slice of this banana + cinnamon bread and you’ll be singing all day long! Ok, that was a bit exaggerated. Maybe just for a few hours, though but I’m sure you’ll be singing after the very first bite.

You can also add chopped walnuts or raisins to the preparation if you’d like. Serve it with some cinnamon sugar on top, and it’s Christmas, my friends! To make a healthier cinnamon sugar, I combine coconut sugar with ground cinnamon. That’s all. Even Lia can’t resist it, yes; that’s her in the last picture trying to get the slice of banana bread with her little hands.

Happy Weekend!


2 C. Spelt flour
1 tsp. Cinnamon powder, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 C. + 1 Tbsp. Honey, or to taste
2 eggs or 3 small
2 Tbsp Sunflower oil
1/2 C. Almond milk or milk of your choice
1 C. ripe/bruised bananas, mashed (2 big or 2-3 medium)

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. Grease loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then add the oil, milk, egg, honey, mashed bananas and cinnamon. 

Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes to 1 hr or until a skewer comes out clean and the cake is just firm. When ready let it cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Banana + Cinnamon Bread! (Let's Celebrate the New Season with This Indulgent and Healthy Bread)

I talk a lot about foods without refined sugar and how foods have the ability to give your body treatment that can boost your health inside and out. And yes, I believe that wholesome foods can do that for you because since the moment I’ve decided to stop eating sugar and all sorts of processed foods, my whole body have experienced a range of health benefits. Of course, this is my personal experience,  and I share it with you because I want you to know that there’s another way, a better, healthiest and indulgent way to prepare and eat food. The natural way is the way we all supposed to eat, is the way people used to eat from the beginning of time. And that somehow stops. The process of manipulation and processing of natural foods started and suddenly natural foods and healthy eating were transformed into something that could only put our body and health in question.

Replacing bad eating habits with good eating habits is not a complicated thing, though. It’s challenging at first, yes, but this is simply because ‘most of us’ are not used to eating food in its less or purest state of wholesomeness. Most of the food we’ve been eating since we were little children always have been highly processed and loaded with refined sugar. So most of us neither have the ability or knowledge to the kind of foods we’ve been putting in our mouths.

But if only we would have known about it a huge part of our eating habits would have been good, and no matter how hard other people would try to convince you to try no-so-healthy-food, you would always end up saying ‘no’ to all those foods, right?!

So, yes, all of us can do better and create the healthiest version of ourselves. No matter how long you have been on the road of ‘’I want to eat healthier but’’ you and your body deserve good nourishing foods, your well-being deserves the best so you can keep enjoying life for a long-long while.  Food is something that takes a huge part in our every day, is our fuel from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep.  And when you fill your body with ‘good fuel’ you’re body is going to function as its best for you. But if you fill up your body with ‘artificial fuel’ well your body is not going to behave as good as you hope, right?

Believe in yourself; believe that you can do it. Because you can do it! And while everyone else may think different of you, you know that good choices can always take you to a good port. I want you to be part of this eating healthy lifestyle, feel your best, enjoy wholesome food and know-how to use it as your asset. So you can pass the knowledge to your loved ones too.

Processed and artificial sugars are often hidden in many products, even in those that claim to promote good health if you eat/drink it up. Energy drinks are by far one of those products. The two main ingredients in store-bought energy drinks (besides some other bizarre and mysterious ingredients) are; sugar and caffeine, and while their promises to revive your body and mind by drinking it, they can only over-stimulate and give your body and mind an ‘artificial energy boost.’ Plus an array of harmful side effects such as; adding more toxins to your body, dehydration, tooth damage, and also triggers insulin. Somehow these energy drinks are not even close to giving you a healthy boost of energy.

Sugar and caffeine are not the sources of energy your body needs, but ''food''. Wholesome food that consists of ingredients full of nutrients and natural energy boosters. Such us this ''citrus and chia energy drink''. Chia seeds are an excellent source of energy to fuel your metabolism! In fact, Chia means ‘Strength’ in the Mayan language, and was also used as a medicine by Aztecs. It is believed that chia seeds were used by Mayan warriors and messengers to maintain energy and increase resistance during long voyages and battles.

Chia seeds are rich in protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin c, calcium, potassium, iron, antioxidants, is completely plant-based, gluten-free, and it can also regulate blood sugar.
Plus citrus, in general, is also natural energy boosters (that can also help detoxify your body, good for your hair, clear skin, among other benefits). So yes, as you can see you can skip sugar and caffeine and get all the energy you need by simply using nutrient dense food that can keep you energize for hours!

Isn’t this homemade nutritious energy drink amazing? Seriously, with only four ingredients and less than five minutes, you can easily create your own energizing juice that also tastes incredibly delicious.

Wow. I have so much more that I want to tell you about how you can start implementing natural foods and how you can break free from processed foods and sugar. Then guess what? I created a practical free ''5 Step Guide to Quit Sugar''.

In this guide, you’ll find the five basic steps you need to follow to kick-off a healthy lifestyle free of refined sugar and processed foods. These are the exact steps I’ve followed when I decided to start my journey to wholesome foods. You can download and print this guide bellow, follow each step and you’ll be able to achieve a positive outcome.

For those of you subscribed to the blog, you don't have to worry because I'll send you the '5 Step Guide to Quit Sugar' straight to your inbox!


Fresh Juice of 1 medium orange or grapefruit
Fresh Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
1/2 Semi-ripe banana
3/4 C. Coconut Water
1 tsp. Chia seeds

Add all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend well. Until everything is blended. You may add more coconut water or clean water. And some ice cubes if you'd like. Enjoy and refresh yourself. You can also put it in a glass bottle and take it to go!  

Citrus Chia Energy Drink + Free ''5 Step Guide to Quit Sugar'' (Increasing Energy Levels Naturally Without Caffeine or Sugar)

Just the other day I’ve got a sweet comment from Beatriz on this post I shared a short while ago about how to make fermented red cabbage.  She told me that she has made the fermented red cabbage but would also like to know other ways to eat it. So I suggested a couple of favorites; this Vietnamese-style sandwich that I love and these vegetarian tacos. They're are both great to add some fermented red cabbage (particularly the Vietnamese sandwich).

But then I thought it would also be a good idea to share with all of you more about other ways on how you can incorporate or add fermented vegetables into your meals.

When making fermented vegetables, you are always making natural probiotics (and you can listen or read more about the process over here in this post). The natural probiotics produced in fermented vegetables are fabulously-good to strengthen our digestive system, detoxify, boost immunity in our body (it contains lots of vitamin c) and incredibly helpful for sugar cravings! So if you’re trying to stop sugar cravings try making some fermented cabbage and add it to your meals. Amazing right?! 

Now, there are a few ways you can eat 'sauerkraut' and below I made a list suggesting a few recipes and funky ideas on how you can take advantage of this amazing + potent health-friendly + budget-friendly food!

Thank you to Beatriz, such a sweet reader to came out with this question! 

As always love hearing from all of you! Let me know what's your favorite way to eat fermented vegetables?  


This is one of the most convenient ways to eat fermented red cabbage! Make a salad and add some sauerkraut and some of its juice into it! It will bring the best of all those fresh vegetables. Like this Radish + Red Quinoa + Potato Salad or if you're trying to restore your body try this Asian Inspired Fresh Salad to improve detoxification.


Hello, boring sandwich! Try adding some of this amazing tasteful sauerkraut in your sandwich and take it to the next level... yes, I'm talking 'awesome level' here! I mentioned my favorite above; 'The Vietnamese-Inspired Sandwich (which is already awesome ;)) but add some fermented cabbage and WOW! 


I know what you're thinking! You're thinking; Whaaaat?! Are you serious, Aldy? Yes, I am and No, I haven't lost my mind pretty people. Yes, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of fermented cabbage (natural probiotic) to your smoothie and make it a Super Smoothie to keep you body satisfy and away from sugar cravings. Try this Super Green Smoothie-juice here!


Add some sauerkraut on your scrambled eggs + toast, on top of cream cheese + toast, on top of avocado + toast and also on your favorite pizza! Try adding some fermented cabbage over this '3 Cheese Pizza with Pea Shoots' I made a while ago...too delicious! You'll boost palate and health in the most awesome way here!


This is one of the best ways to implement fermented vegetables into your meals! Instead of using a non-so-healthy salad dressing use sauerkraut. Or instead or using vinegar for your salad use sauerkraut, just add a glug of oil, and you're ready to nourish and strengthen your body. 

How to Eat Fermented Red Cabbage 'Sauerkraut' (5 Ways to Eat Sauerkraut)

When it comes to natural cures and alternatives, I’m always using food as my main source of wellness. I think feeding our bodies with wholesome food choices can improve our body and health completely. After all the way we treat our body and what we put in it is what could make it strong or weak. So many people (including myself) have found physical relief from just changing their eating habits and incorporating a healthier lifestyle into their lives that I think it shouldn’t be forgotten.

The food we choose to eat every day can bring out the best or the worst of us. And I’m telling you this because I’ve been there and let me tell you that since the day I’ve decided to quit refined sugar I’ve noticed so many positive outcomes in me that I couldn’t be grateful (here’s the whole story if you want to know more about it). So yes, I consider food a vital part of my life, and I know that when we open our eyes, heart and mouth to natural foods we can feel and do things ten times better!

We ladies (especially if you are the lady of the house) need extra support to go further during the day. Even though we can multitask like no other, right?! That’s why I wanted to share with you this simple vegan chocolate spread recipe today, which also happens to be a big stress reliever! Because indulging ourselves with natural foods that have the ability to improve and help our lifestyle can make a huge difference in how we ‘people’ feel physically, mentally and also emotionally.

So you’ll find more about chocolate as a stress reliever in the list I made for you below plus other four natural food sources that can also help you in reducing stress.The Chocolate spread recipe I’m sharing with you is totally refined sugar-free and vegan. I’m using raw chocolate/cacao powder here, but if you can’t find it, you can substitute for unsweetened cocoa baking powder.

Also, a big Thank You to those of you that reached out to me via email and for your sweet words. It means the world to me. Happy Weekend!

Who doesn’t love berries, right?! Well, berries are the kind of food that have a stress-relief effect on us. All berries have something in common; they have plenty of antioxidants and vitamin c. Which means that they can also help us fight stress, contribute to weight loss, radiant skin and hair, reduce body inflammation, and improve your mood as well! You can have fresh or frozen berries (they contain the same nutrition as fresh berries). Add berries to your smoothies, your oatmeal, homemade granola, eat them in savory salads, fruit salads, with natural yogurt or just by itself. Boost your mood with berries!

Chickpeas or garbanzos as we call it in Spanish, are super rich in vitamin B, are packed with nutrients, minerals, fiber, are a great source of protein and… they can also help you reduce stress and boost your mood. Can this be any better?! So if you’re not including chickpeas into your meals, start by simply adding chickpeas into your salads, use them as a replacement for meat and make a ‘ChickBurger’…Ooh, yes I’m drooling over this burger. Make some chickpea crepes or a simple hummus and serve with some fresh vegetables and crusty slices of a baguette. 

Chocolate is incredibly powerful and is also one of the most helpful foods that can provide relieve for stress. I knew you’d like that! I love chocolate too. The components found in dark chocolate somehow can help you de-stress and naturally bring you some mental relaxation. But let me stop right there. Store bought chocolate bars or treats that contain seventy percent and up of cacao (or cocoa) are best but the refined sugar that’s in it is not. On the contrary, the refined sugars that these chocolate bars contain are so high in refined sugar, that can increase your stress levels! So be careful here and don’t fall into the label trap that says; ‘Natural, Healthy Chocolate’ but forget to mention; this chocolate contains ‘Lots of refined sugar in it too' So if you have to go for store bought chocolate treats look for dark chocolate with 70%-85% of cacao preferably with raw cane sugar in it. 

But as always making your chocolate treats at home using natural sugars and ingredients is choice. Try this recipe here ‘Chia + Chocolate Truffles’ or these chocolate bark treats over here. They’re both delicious and totally foolproof even if you’re a beginner on making refined sugar-free treats. Plus ingredients are not difficult to find at all! And remember everything in moderation, even natural sugars.

Take five minutes of your day and drink a cup of tea. I love tea, particularly herbal teas. Every day would pour me a few cups of tea and drink away. And let me tell you that this five-minute tea break sometimes is the most rewarding. It gives me time to calm down, re-think better on what is the next thing to do and makes me appreciate time even more. 

Some of the favorite flavors combinations I usually drink include; Chamomile, decaffeinated regular tea with milk and honey, decaffeinated regular tea with lemon and honey, peppermint, green tea, berries, yerba mate tea, ginger lemon and honey, chai tea, turmeric lemon and honey and turmeric honey and milk. Some of them are for relaxation and some to eliminate toxins and some to boost energy. Drink your tea warm, at room temperature, iced or as a lemonade like in this recipe here. Remember just five minutes is all you need!

Yes, as amazing as this may sound drinking water can help you relieve stress. And I know we all know drinking water is important, but I also know we sometimes forget about the importance of drinking water. Water is a vital component in our bodies and us humans need it to prevent our bodies from feeling not so healthy. Sometimes when we don’t drink enough water during the day, our body would do anything to call for our attention and let us know that it needs it H2o. Meaning that when we feel overtired or with a big headache, this could be a cause of not having drunk enough water during the day. 

But not only this, but listen we could also help our bodies detox and get rid of toxins faster, and it could help us lose weight, and replenish our body cells. And that’s pretty amazing, no?! Hydrate yourself with about 8-10 glasses of clean water each day! Revive yourself.

If you can't find raw cacao powder you can substitute for unsweetened cocoa powder for baking. You can also use medjool dates here, just keep in mind they're bigger and more sweet so adjust quantity.

2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao Powder 
3 Tbsp. Almond Meal
15 Small Pitted Dates, soaked into hot water for about 10 minutes
5 Tbsp. plant-based milk, such as coconut milk or almond milk
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

Add all ingredients into a food processor or powerful blender and process into a smooth paste. Transfer to a glass jar and keep in the fridge.

Spread over toasted bread add slices of any fruit you like (like bananas, berries, apples or pears) sprinkle with coconut flakes and chia seeds and enjoy! 

Simple Vegan Chocolate Spread (Stress-Reliever) + 5 Natural Foods to Help you Relieve Stress (Refined Sugar-Free)

From the beginning to the end of each day food is always on my mind. I guess it just the way I’ve been taught. Back home skipping lunch was simply a no-no, unless we were feeling sick. Grandma always used to say; You must always eat your lunch. Otherwise, you'll faint and end up in hospital! Yes, that's how short, sweet and (a bit) extreme Grandma’s thoughts and feelings were about lunch. From where I come from lunch is the most important meal of the day! And breakfast is not as important as lunch. 

And so lunch was always part of my life (except a few times) this has never been something that I needed to overthink. It just comes naturally to me. I have to have my lunch.

So when I moved overseas, I was a bit amazed to see what lunch meant for other people and cultures. I mean, I was raised in 'Argentina' and we 'Argentinians' are very particular about food and culture. But while away from my homeland I’ve seen many beautiful ways of cooking. And how differently food impacts the lifestyle in other cultures. The one thing that I first learned was that breakfast is also as important as lunch. And that having a good bowl of granola with fresh fruits is much better than having croissants with dulce de leche in the morning like I used to back home.So I could say that now I can’t live without either of those meals and that I love breakfast as much as I love lunch.

Although I might have skipped lunch a few times, I’ve never fainted, like Grandma used to predict. But I have surely didn't feel my best at all! Not having a proper lunch and being on an empty stomach made me feel awfully irritable. My body was with a complete absence of energy, and my head felt like a balloon. And that’s not a great feeling, believe me. So one thing I can be sure about what Grandma used to say; You must always eat your lunch!

And here is one of our favorites for lunch; 'Pasta with Sautéed Greens, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Parmesan'. This is something that we quite enjoy. Is super delicious, wholesome and incredibly effortless! And can be easily made in minutes.I created two versions; one version has sautéed kale like in the photograph above and in (my very homemade) video tutorial you'll find version number two, made with sautéed silverbeet! 

If you want to make a vegan version of this just skip the parmesan cheese and used nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan. Ooh, by the way the song I used in the video was one of my Grandma's favorites. So I couldn't resist to put it in the video!

I hope you enjoy making this sautéed green pasta! Do you have a favorite pasta dish?...


Green Leaves
Olive oil
Pepper, optional


Trim and clean green leaves. Cut into strips. In a medium pan add olive oil and green leaves. Cook until golden (about 6-8 minutes). Add salt, nutmeg and set aside.

Cook the pasta. When ready reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water from the pasta and then drain the pasta.

Pour pasta over sauteed green leaves, add the reserved water from the pasta. Add a  few teaspoons of olive oil, parmesan cheese and the toasted pumpkin seeds. Toss well and serve with extra cheese. Enjoy!

Sautéed Green Pasta + Video Tutorial! (Vegetarian) (Healthy, Delicious, Lazy Lunch)

I'm always on the run. And sometimes days feel never-ending. Multitasking is incorporate it in me! Trying to do more than one thing at a time without even realizing it became a usual habit after Lia was born. It was challenging to adjust at first, but once I've set my mind on how to do it… well, let me tell you that I can’t stop multitasking. At one point, you can say that this multitasking thing is the best. I mean I can do this and that and the other in just hours, right?! But at times it can leave me physically and emotionally exhausted. Really. Over and over again I found myself looking for that extra time I need to recover myself. But it frequently feels impossible to do so.

My mother is always telling me; take one day at a time, forget about everything and anything for a while.Take a nap even if you only have ten minutes to spare. And yes, mom is right, I do need that nap.

Finding the time to nurture ourselves should be an everyday thing. Isn’t it?!

On the other hand, time goes so fast nowadays that having some time off to dedicate to ourselves often seems like a luxury instead of necessityHow is that possible?... 

I mean, dedicating ourselves some time to take a nap, or hydrate our bodies (by drinking the quantity of water our body needs), going for a walk or preparing and giving our bodies a good bowl of homemade food, is something that 'we need' to keep going. And it shouldn't be postpone.  

Simply because ‘we humans' need those basic things in life to feel restored, nourished, energized and happier. But I suppose we all tend to forget this about ourselves sometimes. And with all the challenges one can have ‘to find time,’ to feed our bodies with all those simple things, it always feels amazing once going back to the basics of life. And yes, from time to time we need to stop. And give our bodies a natural cleanse and a rest to feel restore and get that extra boost of energy. And believe me, I’m looking forward to taking that nap this weekend.

I invite you to stop for a while and give yourself some nourishment. Cleanse and restore your body, mind, and spirit. You can start by preparing simple meals, take the time to rest, relax and reconnect with yourself the upcoming days. 

Below I prepared three new recipes for you;The Super Enjoyable Green Juice + Cleanse Asian Salad + Simple Turmeric Tea. And a list of some simple steps you can follow to help you with your body cleanse. These are enjoyable wholesome recipes full of nutrition that you can also incorporate into your every day eating. 

And also the Cleanse + Restore Guide (free printable) for you! So that you can downloadprint out and stick it on your fridge or office (I’ve already printed mine and stick it up on the fridge) and hopefully, neither of us will forget to take some time off and give our bodies a boost of energy more frequently! 

As always as would love to hear from you and tell me your experience!

Eat lots of whole foods, and prepare foods with simplicity to preserve its nutritional value. Eat lots of green leaves, cruciferous, legumes, nuts and seeds. You can incorporate fermented vegetables, or try this vegetarian tacos with fermented cabbage, this turmeric lemonade (which is great for cleansing and restoring the body). And also try different vegetable juices like the one I shared in this post a while ago. This reviving beetroot salad that tastes incredibly good! Or if you're craving for something warm during your cleansing you can try this Thai inspired pumpkin soup

Just remember to avoid refined sugars, starches, and all kind of processed food.

Drink at least eight glasses of clean water. We hear this all the time, right?! Sometimes we tend to we forget this often…and yes, I include myself in the listBy drinking water, we help our bodies improve blood circulation, eliminate accumulated toxins plus as a bonus, our skin and other organs feel hydrated and rejuvenated.

Shake off all those toxins by doing some exercise (outside or inside the house, really!) Exercise also improves blood circulation through the body. Bringing lots of healthy benefits.You can go for a long walk, dance, do yoga or even go for a run. Just remember to do this with caution if you are doing a body cleanse. Otherwise, you will feel too exhausted.

Cleanse and rest your mind, body and spirit. Yes, ladies we have to do this one more often! Sometimes is challenging for us ‘busy ladies’ to have some relaxation…particularly when having a family to care. But whenever you have ‘time’ even if no more than 10 minutes, just breath…and take some time for yourself. And do nothing for a while! Read a book, take a bath, listen to some calming music. This will help you feel revive physically, mentally and also emotionally.

And now, the recipes!

This is a super enjoyable green juice that has lots of vitamins from all the fresh green leaves to give you instant energy boost and also acting as a natural antioxidant and body cleanser. You can easily drink this green juice everyday. It's great!

1 Pear
Swiss Chard, Silverbeet or Spinach leaves (about 2 cups)
1 Small piece of fresh Ginger
Fresh Juice of 1 Small Lemon
Parsley, about 1/4 cup
Fresh Mint Leaves, about 1/2 cup
Celery, about 1 cup, including celery leaves
And a 1/4 cup Clean Water

Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender or regular blender and blend until completely smooth and drink immediately.

This salad is also a great source of nutrition and most importantly it taste delicious! And makes a great light lunch option.The quantity of the ingredients listed are just for one, but you can always double the amount of ingredients.

2 C. Coriander
1 Carrot, shredded
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 C. Beetroot,shredded
1 C. Green or Red Cabbage, shredded 
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds, optional
Sesame oil or Flaxseed oil
Fresh lime or Lemon juice

Prepare all vegetables in a bowl and drizzle with sesame oil, lime or lemon juice and salt. Enjoy!

Turmeric has lots and lots of health benefits.Is also an amazing metabolism booster and you can incorporate all that goodness by simply having one cup of turmeric tea a day. This recipe it super easy to make. But you can always try my other turmeric lemonade recipe as well.

1 C. Boiling water
1 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric, ground
Fresh Juice of 1/2 Small Lemon
Honey to taste

Simply fill your cup with boiling water, then add turmeric. Mix. Add lemon juice and honey to taste. And drink!

Reviving Green Food You Can Prepare in Minutes (3 Recipes and The FREE Cleanse + Restore Guide)

Healthier Flavored Milk, licuado, vegan, refined sugar-free, easy recipes, delicious
Healthier Flavored Milk, licuado, vegan, refined sugar-free, easy recipes, delicious

During the summer season (now, we’re in winter here) we’ve got to enjoyed strawberries to the fullest! We’ve got incredibly lucky to found an amazing stand selling delicious, beautiful strawberries at one of our favorite's farmer’s markets. And at a very fair price as well. So you can imagine my face when I saw all those strawberries at the farmer’s market…it was like Strawberry Christmas! We bought as much as we could. Thinking that we would use part of what we bought during the hot season and save the rest of the strawberries in our little fridge for later on. So we did. We used half of the strawberries we bought during summer and cleaned and froze the other half to use during the strawberry-less, cold season.

And we’ve been enjoying those strawberries like no tomorrow. On summer days we used lots of fresh strawberries and made a variety of fruit salads, also savory salads (one savory salad we never get tired on summer is spinach leaves, tomatoes, feta, and strawberries!), made these crepes with ricotta and strawberries, use it in our oatmeal for breakfast, made our quick strawberry jam lots of time, use them in smoothies and also made Licuados….lots of licuados!

Licuados are very popular from where I come from, and a must have during summery days. Licuado is not a milkshake neither a smoothie. Licuado is more like flavored milk; its texture is light and with a little froth. Is usually made with milk or water or half and a half (half milk + half water) and a combination of blended fruits or one single fruit. Some of the most famous flavors are Banana, Strawberry, Peach and Strawberry + Banana. My personal favorite, also Lia’s and J. is Strawberry and banana with homemade coconut milk

We love having this as a snack in the afternoon or after a light meal. Is super delicious, very satisfying and incredibly wholesome. You can also use almond milk, regular milk or just clean water for a lighter version.  Add a bit or a lot of ice if you’re in the other side of the hemisphere enjoying the sun :) or have it at room temperature if you’re not that lucky! 

But wherever season you are in just enjoy life, be happy, eat wholesome and of course have a large strawberry + banana licuado! 

Healthier Flavored Milk, licuado, vegan, refined sugar-free, easy recipes, delicious
Vegan flavored milk, homemade, easy recipes, refined sugar-free, glutenfree


12 Strawberries
2 Large Semi-ripe Bananas
900 ml Coconut milk, or any milk of your choice or use water for a lighter version.
Ice, optional

Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend everything together for a couple of minutes until smooth. Consistency should be light and a with a bit of froth. Serve immediately!

Super Wholesome Flavored Milk, Licuado, refined sugar-free recipes, easy, healthier recipes for busy people

Strawberry Banana Licuado/Healthier Flavored Milk (Vegan) (Gluten-Free) (Refined Sugar-Free)

Since the day Lia was born, I would daydream about the day she would start eating. I thought on all the different foods I would create for her and how she would react when having her first teaspoon of mashed veggie puree.

As a baby, she’d love to eat any mashed vegetable! But now that she’s going to be three years old in a few months, this little person started to be a little picky with vegetables. She loves eating a mix of mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower, but if I add pumpkin and she get the taste of it in there is a no no. She would take the plate and pushed it far away from her while looking at me with this sweet and naughty expression on her face telling me; I’m not eating this today, Mom.

So while looking for different ways to camouflage pumpkin from Lia, I found myself making a simplify version of curry. And it was a big yes! She loved it and would eat every single bit of pumpkin covered in that aromatic, juicy curry sauce. Success…finally. Happy dancing!

It’s delicious. And you can easily put together this recipe in twenty minutes time max. I used five different spices here except chili, but if you want some heat into it, you can also add some chili powder for that extra hot punch. I use coconut cream, but you can substitute with fresh pouring cream as well. We like having this pumpkin curry, as our time saver weeknight meal for the whole family. Simply because preparation time plus cooking time is super short in this dish and we get to have some nice homemade food. Which it adds some amazing bonus points. When having little time and much to do.

You can also make this dish ahead of time, take it for lunch or reheat and serve on those days when you don’t feel like cooking. If you feel like adding some protein into it, you can add some cooked chickpeas or chicken. Or serve it with cooked lentils instead of rice. I also like having this pumpkin curry with cauliflower rice, but J. and Lia prefer brown rice. Either way is delicious.


I'm using coconut cream but you can substitute with fresh pouring cream. I'm not using any hot spice here but you can add some chili powder for some extra heat if you wanted to be hot too. 

3 C. Butternut Pumpkin, cut into cubes
1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Garlic clove (optional)
1 C. Vegetable broth
1 C. Coconut cream or fresh pouring cream
1/4 C. Water
Salt to taste

Spices for this Curry:

1 1/2 tsp. Garam masala
1 tsp. Turmeric powder
1 tsp. Coriander powder
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Pimenton or paprika

Ghee or vegetable oil to cook the onions
Fresh Coriander to serve


In a frying pan over medium heat add 2-3 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil. Add garlic and onion and cook until onions are tender but not brown. Add pumpkin and spices and salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 more minutes stirring until onions + pumpkin + spices are well combined. Add the broth + fresh cream or coconut cream + water. Bring to a boil. Then let it simmer in medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. And is ready!  

Serve with brown rice or cauliflower rice. And some naan bread! 

Easy Pumpkin Curry for Weeknight Meals

Pumpkin Curry / Super Easy Weeknight Meal for Busy People + Picky Veggie Eaters / (Kid-Friendly) (Vegetarian)