Raw cashew-coconut cake for May Day

There are official holidays in many countries in May. Usually I do my best to use this time and organize short trips somewhere. But I decided to have home-style holidays at this time with an intensive eco, healthy schedule. I am going to:

  • Read books and prepare new information for my blog.
  • Enjoy massage and new hair-cut;
  • Cook new main dishes and deserts. We eat at home at least 80% of the total numbers of meals. And we are going to follow the same way during holidays;
  • Go for family gym workouts and tennis. And practicing new workout program;
  • Meditate with Headspace app daily;
  • Practice yoga at home every morning;

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Yesterday I tried to make a new raw desert for us: coconut and nuts cake with mango. There are three different levels in this cake, which I put in a silicone mold of the shape for banana bread. And then put it in the freeze for a night.

Ingredients

Lower brown layer:

  • Almonds grounded in a blender – 100 g;
  • Raisins – 100 g;
  • Some water;
  • Raw cacao powder – 2 tbs.

Middle white layer:

  • Cashews, pre-soak in water for 2 hours – 100 g;
  • Coconut milk to taste;
  • Dried coconut to taste.

Upper layer:

  • The same ingredients like in a white layer;
  • Mango – 1 piece (you can replaced mango by berries or other fruit which gives you a color).

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You should blend all ingredients for each layers and lay our in a mold in the queue. I have read many different similar recipes in the Internet before. All of them said you should keep your desert in a freezer for 4–6 hours or overnight. So I did. It is also recommended to out a desert in a room temperature for 10–15 minutes before serving. But we tried this cold desert and due to our family council came to the conclusion this is not a good idea to eat a quite cold food for the digestion. Therefore, the desert was sent in the refrigerator defrosted naturally slow for a half a day. We guessed it! The cake turned into a soft and delicate mass of layers with a variety of flavors!

People: El Kalinado

El Kalinado is a man who wasn’t afraid to begin his new happy life in his 57th year. He left his home and his art studio in Victoria, Canada, sold and gave everything away, and went to travel alone.

I was lucky to meet El Kalinado in a yoga retreat & raw food place in Palawan Island, Philippines. I love the time talking with him, joining his sound healing & laughter meditation, and raw food cooking class.

A magic way from France to Canada

El told me: “I am an artist and a healer; I was born in 1954 in France. The story began when I was 12 years old. I was invited to join the “Bendor Drawing academy”, owned by Paul Ricard, a philanthropist who was also a friend of Salvador Dali. At this young age I was already drawing nude models.

Two years after the death of my farther, when I was 19, I met my future wife in London. As we were sitting at the terrace of a restaurant, my uncle invited this young woman passing by to join us for coffee. She was from Canada. We quickly felt that we were to live together and went to study in France, before moving to Canada to live there for 30 years together.

My wife died nine years ago, when our daughter was 17, and our son was 22. So I stayed in Canada for a while until the children became independent. I then decided to make a big change in my life: I sold and gave away everything, and went to Southern East Asia.

Sound-Healing at Bahay Kalipay, Philippines
Sound-Healing at Bahay Kalipay, Philippines

Yoga, massage and sound therapy

I started to practice yoga when I was in the university. After I had car accident, I needed a lot of massage therapy to recover. I noticed that while receiving massage therapy, the experience could be very different, depending on the therapist. With some, as soon as they put their hands on you, just from their energy you feel better. I then understood that this was not only massage therapy, but also pranic healing energy. So I started to learn massage therapy and Sound Therapy. It made a lot of changes in my life: it changed my habits and my diet. I then studied other alternative therapies.

No sickness for 15 years already

Before, I always had wine with dinner. But learning and practicing different therapies changed my habits. Progressively, without making a conscious choice, I stopped drinking wine, eating meat and avoiding anything that was not resonating with my body and my energy.I used to be sick every winter but since, I’ve not been sick for over 15 years.

Raw food

I try to eat mostly raw vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts, a plant based diet. I mostly eat raw food, but when I live in India, I eat cooked vegetables, rice or lentils one time a day.I like sweets only if they are made without white sugar or artificial sweetener. I used to teach raw chocolate classes in Canada: mixing unsweetened chocolate (coco powder or chocolate mass) with either coconut nectar, maple syrup, agave syrup (or honey if you are un-vegan) dates, and coco butter or coconut oil. This makes a healthy chocolate that must be kept in the fridge.

Picture from a raw food cooking class at Bahay Kalipay, Philippines
Picture from a raw food cooking class at Bahay Kalipay, Philippines

Main rules to be eating raw food

  • Drink 2 glasses of water when you get up, to flush your digestive system.
  • Chew slowly: I recommend to take a spoonful in your mouth, and then put the spoon on the plate, don’t touch it until you chewed the food completely and your mouth is empty. This is very important to have the enzyme needed for proper digestion.
  • It is good to eat fruits separately. Don’t mix them with vegetables and grains.
  • Don’t drink with your meals: drink at least 30 minutes before and 1 hour after your meal.Try to get fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
  • If you live in a cold country, I recommend eating some kind of warm food: hot soup, vegetables or tea, and use some “heat food” like cayenne pepper and ginger.

Why is a green smoothie good?

When you put green vegetables in a blender, you extract all the nutrients from them. If you try to chew spinach or other greens, you have to chew them for at least 10 minutes to get the same amount of nutrients. But always drink your smoothies very slowly so you can digest them properly.

The main rule in my life

I will never retire… I never stop learning… I live in the present as much as possible and I love to help people heal with all the modalities I practice (Energy Medicine, Sound Healing, Emotions re-programing, Reiki, massage and Sat Nam Resayan).”

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Green smoothies

Good morning!

I’m accustomed myself to making smoothies in the morning. I pour it in a sport bottle and take to work. So I can have tasty and enriched bite in the first half of the day. Yesterday I had orange smoothie with carrots, papaya and almond milk.

Today I have green smoothie (for two):

  •  2 kiwi
  •  1 green apple
  • 1 glass of water
  • Couple pieces of a pineapple
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia

Enjoy the mornings! 🙂

Morning notes and fruit salad with cinnamon

Morning is my favorite time of the day. In the morning I love to do the most pleasant things: practice yoga, cook delicious breakfast, read a book, work out or just go for a walk. Recently I began to write morning notes. They say it helps to disclose the creativity. You wake up in the morning; you take a pen and write everything you have in your head (use a pen, not the keyboard or touch screen). The main thing is to write everything, even some funny and crazy thoughts!

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This morning I wrote my notes and made bright fruit salad for breakfast.

Fruit salad (for two):

  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ pineapple
  •  ¼ watermelon
  • Cinnamon to your taste
  • Home-made yoghurt or non-fat cottage cheese to your taste (optional)

Let this day be also bright and rich!

Healthy, sweet and energy snack

This Saturday night I decided to cook some healthy snacks to eat during the tomorrow’s journey. I chose one of the energy snacks, which are energy balls. I tasted them in Bali at Desa Seni resort. I was sitting outside after yoga, enjoying fresh air and sipping ginger tea. One ball supplies you with energy for two hours.

Recipes can differ but all of them include crushed nuts and dried fruits, sometimes honey, dried coconut and cottage cheese. The best thing is that you can cook them in 15 minutes, of course, if you have all the ingredients. For example I always have some almond flour at home.

I put 100 grams of raisins to the blender, then mixed it with the almond flour (about 100 grams) and added 3 teaspoons of honey. Then I rolled it up with my wet palms into bite-size balls and put an almond nut into the center of every ball. Then I rolled them in cacao and sesame and put into the fridge for the whole night.

The next morning we took them with us to our journey to Dalat, Vietnam. Energy balls can be an excellent snack before or after workout. Also you can use them as a healthy replacement for candies or as a dessert.