Maca green smoothie

One of the foods I brought back from Peru was this white-yellowish powder called Maca. Maca is a root native to Peru and Bolivia, it grows in the Andean mountains and is gaining more and more “popularity” as a superfood, also known as “peruvian gingseng”. It is mostly found in powder form, and the average…… Continue reading Maca green smoothie

Chocolate Truffles (aka Energy Balls)

These truffles / Energy Balls are the bomb!! They are the perfect pick-me upper snack, or sweet tooth craving. So good and you don’t have to feel guilty eating them because they are super HEALTHY. No added sugar, full of minerals and vitamins from the dates, cacao and almonds, and all while being a great…… Continue reading Chocolate Truffles (aka Energy Balls)

Hazelnut butter with a twist

Nut butters….yummm! Once you try them you get fixed on them! On the market today you can pretty much find nut or seed butters of any kind..not only tahini, almond or peanut butter, but hazelnut, cashew, sunflower etc. They are so good and full of protein and good fats, so versatile, eaten on toast (for…… Continue reading Hazelnut butter with a twist

Bitter foods & Puntarelle salad

This year I’m taking a great course on Botanics. Might be because of the teacher or because I’m fascinated by the subject, in any case I’m finding it really interesting. The past lessons we’ve been talking about the main Plant Families (Apiaceae, Brassicaceae, Leguminose, Rosaceae, Liliaceae and so on) and their characteristics, uses, health benefits.…… Continue reading Bitter foods & Puntarelle salad

Didactic Garden & Green Tomato Chutney

It’s been too long since my last blog post… Guilty! I started my second year at UNISG and, like the beginning of last year, it’s been overwhelming: there’s been the SlowCheese fair which happens every two years here in Bra lasting 4 days with crazy amount of tourists and cheese producers from all over the…… Continue reading Didactic Garden & Green Tomato Chutney

Homemade Raw Chocolate

Raw chocolate is so easy and fast to make!! Cacao is an incredible super food: it has 40 times the antioxidant quantity than blueberries do, it’s an excellent source of magnesium and iron, it’s full of calcium, a great mood elevator and anti-depressant, and so much more. So eating chocolate is actually Healthy!…BUT this is…… Continue reading Homemade Raw Chocolate

New potatoes, herbs, dijon…

New Potatoes are wonderful, typical of the summer and great steamed, boiled or roasted. You can make great salads with them. This salad has tons of different kinds of herbs and a great mustard dressing, transforming these potatoes into something special. I used the herbs I had in my garden (chives, mint, coriander, oregano, thyme)…… Continue reading New potatoes, herbs, dijon…

Creamy Almond Ricotta

More and more alternatives to dairy products are entering the market. Lots of people are either Lactose intolerant or want to cut on cholesterol so avoid dairy, or others are looking into cutting out dairy from their diet for environmental/ethical issues. Nut and seed cheeses are great plant-based alternatives that provide protein and other high…… Continue reading Creamy Almond Ricotta

Molise trip: ancient wheat salad

I recently came back from a study trip in Molise with my university. Now, most people will think where in the heck is that? Molise is a very small region in the center-south of Italy, right above Puglia (the heel of Italy). I went in a group of 15 for one week, we visited many…… Continue reading Molise trip: ancient wheat salad

Spring-inspired Quinoa Salad

Spring is here! the beautiful flowers and trees blooming, the smells and aromas, the birds singing in the morning….And what I love the most about spring is the abundance of new market produce, when I think of this part of the year my mind goes straight to fresh peas, asparagus, broadbeans, small potatoes, strawberries, herbs,…… Continue reading Spring-inspired Quinoa Salad