Moringa superfood

Moringa

Moringa superfoodWant to make sure you’ll have a good morning? Start your day with Moringa! There are plenty of Moringa trees around eXtreme and tons on the Taino Organic Farm for you to experience. From the leaves to the seeds, this superfood is great for you and all over the resort ready for you to pluck off the tree and relish in its unique flavour. A local company, Kikaboni, even produces delicious Moringa Pita Chips. You can find them in any supermarket in Cabarete. Back home you can get organic Moringa powder at any wholefood shop.

Else, simply add the fresh Moringa leaves to salads, pasta or rice dishes, blend in your smoothies or sprinkle on any dish. If you want to dry out the leaves you can make a delicious healthy tea.

A fresh Moringa pod will snap when you break it in half, if it’s hard to break, it’s too old to eat, they taste better young. Feel free to boil, steam or fry them, eat on their own or add to a stir-fry or a quiche and enjoy!

Moringa Oleifera is extremely nutritious, a potent anti-inflammatory, is full of antioxidants and proteins and has amazing tissue protecting properties. Originating in India, Pakistan and Nepal it has a long history of medical use in disease prevention.  Aiding to deter and to treat diabetes, heart disease, anaemia, arthritis, liver diseases and digestive issues, it has been gaining popularity in Western culture.

So, why is Moringa so beneficial for you?

  • Moringa contains 28% of protein which is a far higher value than any other plant protein. As it contains a high amount of branched chained amino acids (BCAA) Moringa has a high value to the human body and lets it easily compete with high-value animal protein. It’s an ideal protein supplement for vegetarians, vegans and people who regularly work out.
  • It contains a significant number of vitamins A, C and E, calcium and potassium. Vitamins E and C combat oxidation that leads to neurone degeneration, improving brain function and stabilising serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, all linked to memory, mood, organ function, how you deal with stress and pleasure and your mental state.
  • It has flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acid (antioxidants in layman’s terms) which are free-radical-fighters! Free-radicals are molecules that cause cell damage and inflammation, which means eating this plant will help combat and suppress chronic diseases caused by inflammation.
  • It’s leaves and flowers are chalk full of polyphenols which protect the liver ~ to help combat all that vacation drinking you’ll be doing! It’s been proven to help restore enzymes and reduce damage and fibrosis.
  • It fights infection! Anti-fungal and antibacterial properties in the Moringa can kill certain fungi infections on skin and bacteria that causes blood and urinary tract infections.
For the Love of Veggies

Maria at Clorofila: For the Love of Veggies

Maria at Clorofila: For the Love of Veggies

For the Love of Veggies

Maria at Clorofila knows what she’s doing when it comes to the kitchen! She may not be a vegetarian but she loves to make vegan and vegetarian dishes full of spice and flavour to show everyone that, just because there’s no meat in a dish it can still be delicious and healthy!  She loves her veggies and want to show people how incredible and versatile cooking with them can be.

Maria has a very relaxed, go with the flow style of cooking.  She uses local sustainable vegetables and a lot of instinctual and spontaneous recipes.  Measurements are slightly unsystematic, a casual pinch of salt here, pepper to taste there, nothing too fancy, just plain old delicious!

Here are a few of her dishes for you to get an idea of what goes into her dish, or even try as you like!  All the dishes have the basics down so feel free to add more of less of the seasoning/ ingredients that you love (or dislike) to accommodate the meal to your own tastes.

  • Sweet Potato, Onion & Rosemary Cream Soup
  • Eggplant Ceviche
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Honey Glazed Carrot Sticks

Sweet Potato, Onion & Rosemary Cream Soup 

1 sweet potato per person
½ onion per person
salt, pepper, turmeric, rosemary, garlic

Dice the sweet potatoes (finely)
Chop onion into small slices
Diced mushrooms (finely)

taste sweetpotato soupIn a large pot heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil, add onions and turmeric and sauté for a few minutes (until onions become translucent).  Add garlic and rosemary to the mixture, stir and wait 30 seconds, then add sweet potatoes.  Pour in enough water to cover the mixture, ½ inch above the sweet potatoes. Let the pot boil, reduce to simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft.  Remove from the stove, blend and add finely diced mushrooms (you can always add before you blend if you don’t want the chunks), and a pinch of salt & pepper to taste and enjoy!

Some variations on the soup ~
– use coconut water or coconut milk instead of water;
– exchange the rosemary for lemongrass and ginger;
– add miso or blue cheese and parmesan at the end.

Eggplant Ceviche 

½ eggplant per person
1 roma tomato per person
basil, parsley, honey, apple cider vinegar, oil, salt and pepper
Finely slice eggplant

Chop parsley and basil
Cube tomatoes

Mix eggplant with the basil and parsley in a large bowl (you can also add cilantro, dill or mint).

Blend tomatoes, lots of honey, garlic, curry, a little apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper together and pour the sauce over the eggplant mixture.  Leave marinating for 30 minutes before serving!

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Broccoli Salad

1 head of broccoli serves 3 people
½ purple cabbage per person
lettuce, carrot, bok choy, sesame seeds, sesame oil, honey, chili, salt, pepper, lemon juice

Finally chop cabbage and broccoli, grate carrots and cut lettuce and bok choy, put all the veggies in a bowl.  Toast sesame seeds and add them to the vegetables, drizzle sesame oil and honey over everything.  Add chili, salt, pepper and lemon juice and mix it all together.

Some variations on the salad ~
– use any type of cabbage instead of purple cabbage
– use cauliflower instead of broccoli
– add apple or pear
– use any seeds/nuts you want

Honey Glazed Carrot Sticks

Carrots

honey, lime/lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper, olive oil

Cut carrots into thin sticks and heat olive oil in a frying pan.  Fry the carrots for a few minutes, add honey, lime/lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper into the pan and cook until carrots are softened.

Some variations for the carrot sticks ~
– use apple cider vinegar instead of lime/lemon juice
– substitute oregano instead of thyme
– try maple syrup instead of honey
– use pumpkin or beetroot instead of carrots

veggies taste even better on a big table full of new friends

detox retreat

Detox Retreats – What Are The Benefits?

A home detox or detox retreat is a great idea to help you achieve a healthy body.

Detox Retreats

In the world that we live in we are constantly exposed to toxins which impact upon our health and physique. The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, our toiletries and our cleaning products contain high levels of toxic chemicals. These toxins get into our blood stream causing stress to the body which recognises them as a poison. In order to protect itself the body created a system to safely store the toxins. It wraps them in a layer of fat and guess where the main site for these fat cells is? Around the waist and hips.

Some examples of toxins we come into contact with daily include: pesticides on our fruit and veg, chemical sweeteners in our tea, E Numbers in processed foods, chlorine in our tap water and thousands more from our toiletries and the packaging on everything we touch.

Given that the body stores toxins in fat sites around the waist and hips it figures that the more toxic we are the more fat will be stored. Worse than that the more toxic we are the less likely the body is to burn fat as energy.

To break the cycle you need to eliminate toxic foods from your diet whilst at the same time using a specific plan to draw the toxins out of the fatty tissue and support the elimination of them through the body. On our detox programme the majority of our food is supplied direct from our organic farm .

Once toxins have been removed from the body and you are
following a clean eating plan you will have less need to store body fat. This makes weight-loss much more sustainable.

If you would like more information about our detox vacations check out our upcoming retreats here