Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Spiritfest Cauli, Pea & Tempheh Coconut ‘Mess’ JOYFUL RETREAT FOOD

13th November 2019

This year is speeding to an end, and inevitably one starts looking forward to cool things happening in the year ahead…. 2020.

I am so looking forward yo my Joyful Retreat next year as well as SPIRITFEST at our beautiful guest farm; Somerset Gift.

So in anticipation of a awesome 2020 ahead, I am sharing this recipe for a ‘delicious plant-based mess’  – one of the dishes I will be serving for supper at my SpiritFest food-stall – yes! I am excited to be one of the food vendors. Book your tickets here; Spritfest website.

Im delighted to share this yummy and nourishing recipe with you guys which features on of my most favourite and delicious plant based proteins; Tempheh from Tabu Foods

Without further ado, here is this ridiculously easy vegetable and Tempheh ‘mess’ recipe…because ‘the magic is in the mess”.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen BABY peas
  • 200g of tempheh, sliced into cubes
  • 1 head of coailflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 bunches of spring onions, finely sliced
  • herbs & spices: 1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 /2 teaspoon of sumac, 1 teaspoon of coriander, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • sea salt & cayenne pepper to taste

Now simply sautés the spring onion, cauliflower, spinach & tempheh in a large and deep saucepan for about 15 minutes on low heat, seasoning with salt

Next add the coconut cream and all the herbs, spices and frozen peas, season with salt and allow simmering for 15-20 minutes on low heat before serving.

Viola, its as easy as that.

Hoping to see you at Spiritfest, and in the meantime I wish you an abundance radiant health and happiness

Marlien xx

 

 

 

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Butternut & Kidney Bean Curry Kidney Bean & Butternut Curry

28th October 2019

Summer is around the corner here in Cape Town but the last few days has been wintry and wet, which made me crave a wholesome curry with beans… yes, I crave them.

It was delicious and below you will see the recipes so that you can recreate it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemcke cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tin of drained & rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 medium butternut, peeled, and cubed.
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, finely grated
  • 1 400g tin of coconut cream
  • 2 cups of baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, turmeric & coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of ground fenugreek & paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of Health-Connection vegetable stock
  • Salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

Simply sauté the onion in a tablespoon of coconut oil until soft and golden.

Then add the butternut pieces, garlic, salt and spices and continue sautéing on medium heat until the butternut start to soften.

Lastly add the drained kidney beans, spinach & coconut cream, stock powder, some more salt if needed and then allow it to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

Serve with quinoa, or rice, or just a chopped tomato & spring onion salad.

Happy cooking,

Marlien x

 

 

 

Wellness + Nutrition

Connection with your tribe is the new Kale Friendship is an essential ingredient for a healthy body.

25th October 2019

Friends….

It may be obvious to most of you, but I think the following blog is worth putting out there, as a reminder to myself if nothing else!

Recent research have shown that social isolation is on a par with high blood pressure, obesity, lack of exercise or smoking as a risk factor for illness and early death.

People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress and inflammation. These, in turn, can undermine the well-being of nearly every bodily system, including the brain.

Absent social interactions, blood flow to vital organs is likely to be reduced and immune function may be undermined. Even how genes are expressed can be adversely affected, impairing the body’s ability to turn off inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and even suicide attempts.

Powerful stuff right? So in light of these discoveries, it is imperative that we put down our devices, often, and reach out to friends and family. It’s not enough to eat your veggies and exercise, we have been ignoring one of the most powerful human wellness ingredients in our pursuit of success. Its simple, just make an effort to hang out with your people and focus on them entirely, be silly, listen and help each other.

If you are already ticking all the boxes of living a healthy living, and yet some nagging issues remain, the answer may lie in your connections with others. We lead isolated lives and its not easy to find your tribe, but there are ways. Join a retreat, or a weekly class, or sign-up to Meetup  – a great app allowing you to find others with similar interests within your area.

It’s all about finding a balance between healthy living & relationships. You need to pursue both and its also worth mentioning that having a ‘buddy’ on your journey to better health will increase your chance of success 100%.

Thank you for reading, I hope this post has inspired you to go out and connect with your special people, or perhaps take the first step towards finding your ‘tribe’.

In dedication to your radiant health,

Marlien x

 

Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

Sustainable swimwear & cold water swimming’s amazing benefits Cold Water Swimming Benefits & Sustainable Swimwear

14th October 2019

Recently I was listening to a podcast about the incredible health benefits of cold water swimming – off-course I balked at the idea (and especially in winter this seemed like madness). But the more I read about how it could enhance my wellbeing the more determined I became to give it a go. It helped that another mom whose daughter is in my 10 year old’s class encouraged me with her own experience of cold water swimming.

Last Friday morning at 7:45 am I finally scraped up the courage to take the plunge :)…and guess what, it  wasn’t horrifying or traumatic…. it was exhilarating and I felt AMAZING afterward. And the feeling of wellbeing and calmness stayed with me for hours afterward. I could literally feel my body zinging with life and energy and since then I have a had a freezing, yet delightful swim every morning. 

I am lucky enough to live near the ocean (the West Coast of South Africa… which translates directly into brrrr and goosebumps) but if you’re keen and not near the ocean (or a cold body of water), why not fill your tub with a bit of cold water and add a few trays of ice a couple of times per week, the water can be recycled to the garden or for hand washing clothes… you will become addicted I promise. 

Below I am pleased to share an article from Life Hack that eloquently highlights the awesome benefits of cold water swimming, read it, then take the plunge and reap the benefits!

Ending with a big thank you for reading, and with this quote ‘When diving, go deep”. 

Happy swimming friends,

Marlien x

1. It boosts your immune system

The effects of cold water on the immune system have been studied widely. Cold water helps to boost the white blood cell count because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. Over time, your body becomes better at mobilizing its defenses.

There’s a reason why so many people who participate in cold water swimming are rarely sick

2. It gives you an endorphin high

Endorphins are what the brain produces to make us feel good about certain activities. Cold water swimming is a form of exercise, and exercise has been proven to treat depression. Cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain to help us cope.

Cold water swimming is particularly helpful for endorphin release for this reason. Who can say no to a few extra endorphins.

3. It enhances your circulation

Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and pushes the cold downwards. In other words, it helps to warm our extremities. Repeated exposure adapts us to the cold.

In older and vulnerable people, this is essential. It helps them better cope during harsh winters. The seasons become less of a health risk and more enjoyable

4. It increases your libido

Cold water was traditionally seen as a way to repress sexual urges. The fact is that it actually increases libido. A dip in some cold water boosts estrogen and testosterone production, adding an edge to fertility and libido

5. It burns more calories

The heart must pump faster and the body must work harder to keep everything warm while swimming in cold water. Overall, you will burn far more calories than swimming in hotter conditions. The idea that drinking cold water increases the number of calories you burn may be a myth, but it’s a fact that cold water decreases your body temperature so much that the body has to act. It’s no coincidence that cold water swimmers are generally thin

6. It reduces stress

Stress is a demon in the modern world. When stressful times come, we are woefully unprepared for them. Reducing stress means you will feel better, you will feel more optimistic, and you will be more resilient when stressful times come along.

Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have told us about the link between cold water and stress reduction. Cold water swimmers are naturally calmer and more relaxed. They are stronger in the face of adversity.Ic

When taking the plunge, do it in Sustainable Akina Swimwear 

Akina has beautiful swimwear, which is locally & 100% sustainably manufactured, below more info:

Fabrics:

We always source locally first. Except for our swimwear fabric, all our supplies are local. All of our cutting and sewing is done in our own factory to ensure we have full control over safe and fair labor.

Swimwear: Our fabric is 78% Recycled Polyamide and 22% Lycra Elastane. We double line our garments to ensure the entire garment is made from superior recycled fabric. The yarn is made from EcoNyl, which is manufactured in Italy from post-consumer waste including fishing nets, fluff, and rigid textiles at the end of their life cycle.

Sleepwear and undies: Our fabric is made in a local mill from 50% organic cotton and 50% modal, then dyed using plant based dyes. While any cotton is not our forever fabric, it’s the best we could find.

Packaging:

Our swimwear is packaged in a 100% recycled plastic zip bag, and we hope they get reused to and from the beach. Or to carry your snack around which ever 🙂

Sleepwear and undies get packaged in bags made from sleepwear fabric off cuts. Small drawstring cotton modal bags- happy to be stuffed with lavender for your sock drawer.

Shipping: We use recycled plastic courier bags, but working on solutions to bypass this step – stay tuned!

Sustainable supplies:

– We use recycled paper in the studio and to print our waybills.

– All cleaning products are nontoxic and biodegradable.

– 90% of our sewing supplies are packed/ stored in brown recycled boxes.

– Our cutting table and storage units are all made from recycled wood.

Future plans:

We invest a lot to save energy, water and waste. Our future plans include our own green manufacturing plant with solar, energy star appliance and efficient technologies.

We always want to be better – If anybody wants to work with us to develop even more sustainable solutions, please get in touch – hello@akinalabel.com

 

 

Crushes + Product Reviews, Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

a sublime salad dressing Crede Pumkinseed Oil rocks!

3rd October 2019

It feels like Summer is here, and I have given myself an intermittent fasting challenge to shed some of my winter padding, and more importantly give my body the opportunity to run in a low-grade ketosis state which is optimal to brain and gut health. This means skipping breakfast and then having lots and lots of vegetables of all different colours for lunch/ brunch with a little good protein and lots of good fats for fuel.

Needless yo say the carbs have to be cut, but I find that when the weather gets warmer its much easier to stick to big salads for lunch. Supper is a little more tricky as I have two young children to consider…but that’s a whole other post….

Today’s lunch was so good and effortless, I felt compelled to share it – and you can add any raw veggies as this recipe is really about the dressing (the combination of veg I used has certainly been featured here before), but the addition of roasted peanuts is new which added crunch, protein and some extra good fats.

My salad combination was:

  • 1 x grated organic carrot
  • lots of spinach – as much as you can eat
  • 1/2 a baby red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 a cup of crushed roasted peanuts (you can replace peanuts of any nut of your choice of course)

And now for the lovely dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of Crede Pumpkin Seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (I use Tabu Food which is naturally fermented & unpasteurised)
  • the juice of one small lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut sugar
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Sea-salt to taste
  • Shake it up in a jar and pour over this but of heaven ver literary any salad, you won’t regret it and eating your vegetables will not be a hardship with this one.

In dedication to your radiant health,

Marlien x