My Ultimate Skin Glowing Smoothie

October 13, 2015

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I can literally have this smoothie every day and never get bored of it, especially on a hot day, so Summer please hurry up and show your face.

It’s packed with all the essentials vitamins for glowing skin… so drink on up!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana.
    TIP: Peel your banana, cut it up and bag it in a zip lock bag before freezing it. Peeling a frozen banana isn’t easy. 
  • 1 scoop of protein powder.
  • Handful of brazil nuts
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tbs maca powder
  • 1 tbs almond butter (or any nut butter really.)
  • A dash of almond milk
  • A dash of water
  • x2 ice cubes

If you not afraid of spirulina, add 1 tbs to your smoothie mixture.

Blend it up, and serve it just like that or topped with some dried coconut and cocoa nibs.

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So what exactly does this smoothie have in it that helps with glowing skin? Here’s the low down:

Apart from the obvious potassium benefits, bananas are great for lowering your blood pressure and act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

Protein is essential for weight loss as it balances the sugar levels and keeps you fuller for longer. It requires more energy to burn off therefore your body is actually burning calories when you consume protein.

Brazil nuts, spirulina and maca powder are full of  vitamin-E which is a powerful antioxidant. It is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucusa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. These ingredients also contain vitamin C and B, helping improve the digestive system and detoxing your system. Maca is know for balancing moods and clearing the skin.

Lastly flaxseeds are filled with omega fats which boost the immune system and are great for skin health.

So blend it up and get busy sipping. Please let me know if you try this recipe and whether you love it as much as me. Tweet me at @emmamenteath or snap a pic on instagram and tag me @emmajanementeath.

Enjoy
xxx
EJ

Eating in Prague

September 28, 2015

If there’s one thing that blew me away more then the beauty of Prague and it’s majestic architecture was it’s food.

Anyone who know’s me, or follows me on Instagram, will know how obsessed I am with food. So stumbling, and yes, literally stumbling upon such exquisite food on my trip which I thought was going to be a feast for my eyes and not my tastebuds was one of the best surprises I could of asked for.

I’m compiled a list of all the spots I ate at during my three day stay. A huge thanks to Taste of Prague blog for all these amazing recommendations. I would never of had the foodie experience of my life if it wasn’t for their blog.

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Our first foodie stop when we arrived in Prague was Cafe Savoy a quick 20min stroll from our hotel in Lesser Town.

I opted for the french toast and Savoy hot chocolate which was highly recommended by our waiter. I didn’t really enjoy the hot chocolate but that’s purely because I’m not a fan of dark chocolate. Justin on the other hand couldn’t stop raving about it. As for the french toast, wow, just wow!

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Cafe Savoy’s interior is something out of a dream. High ceilings, lots of light, waiters and waitresses bustling about in the penguin tux’s. Marbled tables with gold rims, everything just screams elegance. On the way to the bathroom, which happens to be in what looks like a old wine cellar, you can see the pastry chefs preparing pastries and cakes for the afternoon’s tea.

p.s want to try a traditional Czech pastry? Try the vetrnik at Cafe Savoy.

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Next stop on the foodie train was Cestr. I’m not even sure where to begin when describing my experience at Cestr. A large, open room filled with wooden tables, copper pots and pans and a large glass window which looks on to the butcher and his meats and a fillet will only set you back 13 euros!

We opted for the roasted entrecôte… let’s just say I had the best steak of my life. The steak literally melted in my mouth but what was so truly unique about this steak was the fact that it was roasted and not grilled creating an explosion of flavours and meat so soft it falls off the bone.

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To end off the night I took Justin to Vinograf. I love a good glass of wine and to be honest I don’t really know to much about European wines. I love my South African wines so much that I never spend time exploring what else is out there.

Well Vinograf changed that. Upon arrival we were presented with a menu on a tablet. Why? Well when you have over 800 wines that are forever changing that’s why. 800, I didn’t even know where to begin!

Luckily our sommelier that evening treated us to a wine tasting of European wines. I loved the Pinot Noir from Czech, Sevcik, and the Blaufränkisch from Austria, Weber.

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Day one was a complete mind blow. From expecting average, brown, un-instagram-able foods I received the complete opposite. My tastebuds and I were quickly falling in love with Prague, head over heels kind of in love.

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On day two I was so excited to take Justin to this spot I had read about called Sansho which served Pan-Asian cuisine. We arrived there and they were closed for renovations and were only opening again the day after we left.

Feeling despondent I started researching other options and decided we needed to try some authentic Czech food, so off to Lokal we headed for some homemade goulash with bread dumplings and some thirst quenching Pilsner Urquell.

There was something comforting about sitting in a large beer hall drinking beer with a bunch of strangers and eating cheap, homemade food while drinking beer after beer.

If you looking for the local experience, this is the spot.

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Looking for a sweet treat while roaming Old Town? Head over to Angelo for the tastiest ice cream in Prague.

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By this point I was feeling overwhelming full from two days of constant eating and was contemplating having an early night in at the hotel and skipping dinner all together. I’m glad Justin squashed that idea.

The night lend us to La Finestra, a Michelin recommended restaurant with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen turning out Italian dishes. Waiters come to the tables bearing boards of fresh fish and cuts of meat to choose from. Service is impeccable with food to match.

As far as recommendations go as what to eat? Pretty much anything.

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We walked up and down the street trying to find Hemingway Bar and kept walking past it’s tiny doorway. The place was buzzing and packed with local and foreign folk, the host showed us upstairs and seated us at the bar. (Seating at the bar is always my favourite, I love watching the barmen craft cocktails.)

Even though the list of rules in the front of the cocktail menu may be off putting to some I find it rather refreshing: No laptops, no shouting, speak politely and no vulgar language to name a few, this creates a rather undisturbed atmosphere while consuming some of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.

Tip: The Lavender Martini is a must. Or for something more local try the Absinthe.

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If I had to choose my favourite foodie spot in Prague it would have to be Nase Maso. The cutest little butcher’s shop in Old Town with a selected menu of small meat dishes. The burger, oh the love I felt for Nase Maso’s burgers.

“Serving up a juicy beef patty made right there in the butcher shop with a very coarse grind and no additional ingredients except the meat, salt and pepper, is served in a toasted Czech houska bun and the condiments are mustard, raw onion and pickles.”

Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just simplicity at it’s best.

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I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: Prague stole me heart and is the most unique and surprising place I have ever visited. A dream destination for any foodie.

Prague delivered the best steak, the best burger, the best wine, the best cocktail and the best french toast I’ve ever had and I feel like that means something coming from a South Africa. (It’s a fact that Cape Town has some of the finest produce and wines 😉 )

Once again, I highly recommend adding Prague to your bucket list.

xxx
EJ

P.S for a list of what to see and do in Prague read my previous blog post here.

* All images courtesy of Taste of Prague blog.

Gluten Free Granola

April 3, 2015

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I love having a healthy breakfast in the morning. Generally, how it works with me, how I start my day food wise will determine what the rest of my day will be like. For instance if I start the morning off with a croissant I’m screwed, if I start the day off with a healthy juice I’ll end up having chicken and veggies for dinner instead of pasta. Therefore a healthy breakfast is of upmost importance to me.

Buckwheat is a wonderful gluten free seed with a lovely crunchy texture. It is full of important nutrients like B vitamins, iron, magnesium, boron and calcium, and is highly alkalizing.

This mixture lasted me a week and I loved combining it with yogurt and fresh berries or simple snacking on it straight from the jar during the day.

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Enjoy EJ

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of unroasted buckwheat. (Not toasted kasha buckwheat.)
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 raw, sliced almonds
  • 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberies
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of raw honey
  • 3 heaped table spoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

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Method: 

1.) Soak you buckwheat for 5 hours. You don’t want to soak it for more then 7 hours as it tends to get mushy and won’t roast nicely.Once soaked drain your buckwheat in a baking sieve.

2.) Once you’ve soaked and drained your buckwheat preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.

3.) Next mix your buckwheat, walnuts, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and cranberries together in a big mixing bowl.

4.) In a separate bowl melt your raw honey and coconut oil. (This step is only necessary if your honey and coconut oil are hard.)

5.) Pour your melted coconut oil and honey over your buckwheat mixture and mix well.

6.) Once mixed add the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix in.

7.) Spray your baking tray with some Cook n Bake to preheat your granola sticking to the tray.

8.) Spread your mixture evenly over the tray and place it in the oven to bake for 10-20min.
I highly suggest staying nearby to watch your granola as it can burn very quickly depending on your oven.

9.) Once it looks like your granola has turned a little golden, place it under the grill for 3min to get a little crunchier.

10.) Once cooked take out it out the oven and allow it to cool down.

TIP: Consol/Mason jars make the best storage containers for this delicious granola.

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Photographs by me.

Curbing the Cravings with Sinless Date Balls

January 14, 2015

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These gluten free, sugar free date balls are the bomb! I’ve recently cut out all forms of processed sugar and for those of you that know me you’ll know that I’m a complete sugar freak. If there’s cake around, I’ll eat it.

So I decided to make these simple, delicious date balls to help curb my sugar cravings. They make the perfect mid day snack to keep me going.

These date balls I made are pretty simple, only 4 ingredients, but one could get a lot more experimental with them. Say adding pistachios and orange zest or cinnamon and apple. Pretty much anything goes with these scrumptious little balls.

You gotta try them, it’ll literally take you 10min to whip up a batch. Who else loves this little guys as much as I do?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups seedless dates
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chai seeds
  • coconut flakes for sprinkling in the end

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METHOD: 

1.) Blend the seedless dates until smooth.
2.) Once blended add water, gluten free oats and chai seeds. Mix thoroughly.
3.) Roll mixture into balls and coat with coconut flakes.
4.) Enjoy straight away or refrigerate for later.

How easy was that!

xxx
EJ

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Photos by me 🙂 

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