🍃This is “Mint”!! 🍃…….You gotta Read this!!!

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Ok so why talk about Mint?

Not a recipe post, nor is it weed..lol.. but a little tutorial or information desk here, just for my reference of course. I have been intrigued with mint lately because ever since I first started eating raw I used to gag when I first tried to eat mint. I hated it, but it wasn’t till recently more like this year,  I slowly added it into my recipes and drinks. I guess your taste buds and health do change over time.

 


Health Benefits of Mint

Mint also known as Mentha, is a genus, (genus not genius),  which contains a group of 18-25 different types of plants in the mint family.

Common Cold>mint contains menthol, which is common in most decongestants syrups or throat lozenges. The menthol is a natural decongestants which helps breaks down mucus.

Quick Recipe For Common colds->The next time you feel a cold coming on or a soar throat why not brew a cup of mint tea leaves for a fraction of the price!

Allergies->Mint is also known for its medicinal properties. It has an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. The rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties which alleviates any seasonal allergy symptoms.

Skin->Mint in oil, lotion, cream format or even brewed is a great cooling and calming agent when applied topically.

Quick SKIN Recipe->Boil mint leaves in water. Let it cool and strain the mixture, use as a face toner. This is great to combat acne and this toner helps keep your skin oil-free and fresh.

Digestive Benefits-> Eating mint leaves helps boosts digestion. Mint promotes the flow of bile in the stomach with ease and efficiency which makes you digest your food more quickly.This prevents from getting an upset stomach or indigestion.

Nausea and Headache->Because mint  contains menthol, the strong and refreshing scent of menthol is a quick way to remedy nausea. Mint is a natural soothing property so it can relieve inflammation such as headaches and migraines as well. So if you feel a headache or migraine coming on rub a little mint oil or mint balm on your forehead and nose for a soothing relief.

 

 

What do I use Mint for?
-face toner
-tea
-I add it in my smoothies
-I add it in my water daily
-I use it in my dessert recipes, especially in my raw homemade sorbets
-I use it in my main meals as well-You just have to stay tuned and find out!

 

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references

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-mint.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php

http://www.ageless.co.za/mint.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentha

http://www.phytochemicals.info/phytochemicals/rosmarinic-acid.php

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genus

http://nutankumarisinha.expertscolumn.com/article/31-beauty-benefits-mint-how-use-mint-leaves-your-beauty-applications-beauty

 

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“Pick me up”a Tiramisu 🎂 Cake..It’s my BD!🎉

raw tiriamisucake

It’s my birthday!! And I would like to celebrate by sharing one of my favorite cakes, Tiramisu! Being from Italian descent, my mother used to always make this cake for me on my birthday! And so I like to return the favor by making a healthy version of it! This is one of my first attempt into raw food recipes back in the days, so I would like to give credit too thisrawsomeveganlife. I have changed the measurements and some of the ingredients according to my taste buds, but feel free to experiment. When following the recipe, the texture is exactly the same as the original. However you can add a bit more sweetness and alcohol to make it just like the real thing. So enough about me and this recipe..scroll down and enjoy the cake.

Quick Facts on Tiramisu

☞Tiramisu in italian means “Pick me up or lift me up”
☞It’s an italian dessert that is made of ladyfingers flavored in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese and cocoa.

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Raw Tiramisu Cake

Tools: Food processor, spatula, high speed blender, dehydrator, plastic food wrap, loaf pan (I used a loaf pan of 8 1/2″ X 4 1/2″, 2″ depth)

Ingredients:
Crust Ingredients
3/4 cup of oats or walnuts or both
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tbsp of liquid coffee* (or 1/2 Tbsp of crushed coffee beans)
1 Tbsp of agave (or sweetener of your choice like maple syrup or honey)
1 Tbsp of brandy (optional)

Ladyfingers Ingredients
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup dates
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp of brandy (optional for taste)
1 Tbsp of liquid coffee* (or 1/2 Tbsp of crushed coffee beans for taste)

Vanilla cream Ingredients:
1 cup of cashews or young thai coconut meat or a combination of both
1 cup of water
4 Tbsp coconut oil
4 Tbsp of agave or sweetener of your choice (honey or maple syrup)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp soy lecithin (recommended to thicken the mixture)
2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder to dust over cake

 

Directions:
*Coffee Preparation:
(1) Take a couple of coffee beans and let soak in water overnight, strain and use the liquid and beans for the requested ingredients

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soaked coffee beans

 

Lady fingers Directions:
(1) Prepare your lady fingers. Add all the ingredients (I also added 2 or 3 coffee beans for more flavor) in the food processor. Process and stop occasionally to scrape the sides by using your spatula. Process until it becomes a dough like mixture.

LFdough

Ladyfingers dough

 

2) Form the dough into rectangular “ladyfingers” so that it will fit into your loaf pan. Dehydrate the ladyfingers for 1-2 hrs on 145F.

Lady fingers Dehydrating

Lady fingers Dehydrating

 

Crust Directions:
(1) Add the oats (or walnuts or both) to the food processor. Process until it becomes a fine powder.

Crust into powder

Crust into powder

 

(2) Add the rest of the crust ingredients (I also added a couple of coffee beans for additional taste, but optional) into the food processor. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides and process until it forms into a sticky dough.

crust dough

crust dough

 

(3) Prepare your loaf pan, line it in plastic food wrap. Take the dough and press firmly down onto the pan. Set in the fridge.

crust in loaf pan

crust in loaf pan

 

Vanilla Cream Directions:
(1) Add the vanilla cream ingredients, except for the raw cacao powder, into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until it becomes thick and smooth. (Note if you use your food processor it will become gritty, therefore transfer the vanilla from the food processor to a magic bullet so it will become smooth).

vanilla cream

vanilla cream

 

(2) Pour a bit of the vanilla cream just so it covers the crust. Then add the lady fingers side by side onto top of the vanilla cream.

lady fingers on top of cream

lady fingers on top of cream

 

(3) Pour the rest of the vanilla cream on top of the lady fingers. Place in fridge for at least 24 hours.

cream over lady fingers

cream over lady fingers

 

(4) When you are ready to serve, gently take the Tiramisu out of the pan, dust with cacao powder, and slice into squares. Enjoy!!

raw tiracake

raw tiramisu cut

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiramisu