Cranberry-Maté Fatburner Iced Tea

Cranberry-Maté Iced Tea

Summer time is iced tea time! But as summer time is also summer body time I came up with a healthy iced tea option which is free of sugar, but still sweet and refreshing. Yerba Maté tea, cranberry juice and some rosemary are giving this iced tea a distinguishing taste. But this iced tea is not only a pleasure for your taste buds, it’s also a fatburner. Yes, I said FARBURNER!

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Starting my #Whole30 Vegetarian Style

Whole30

Yes! I’m doing it again! I’m starting another Whole30 challenge from now on, this time vegetarian style.

Not only my weight-loss journey is kind of in stagnation mode right now, but I’m also feeling fatigue, powerless and unmotivated. I started my #missionbikinibody on my Instagram account (@eatcooksmile) a few weeks back. I counted WW points, macros, calories, was weighing, measuring and didn’t go anywhere with all this. The only thing I have achieved was getting myself really frustrated.

I’ve been on Whole30 already last year and experienced various great developments for both body and mind:

  • weight-loss and body shape improvement (see below)
  • better sleep and easier waking-up in the morning
  • no cravings or “afternoon-lows”
  • perfect skin, shiny hair and strong nails
  • higher energy levels throughout the day
  • great performance in the gym
  • great overall body image and feeling

Transformation Whole30

The only aspect that made me want to quit after the 30 days, was the consumption of meat. This didn’t make me feel good mentally and really bothered me, especially towards the end. I didn’t know how I could successfully carry out the program without eating meat. To tell you the truth I stopped eating any meat ever since I finished my last Whole30. I simply didn’t feel good about it, my conscious was nagging on me.

But I couldn’t neglect the great improvements of my body and health I experienced doing the Whole30 program, so I thought about a vegetarian version of the program. After some research I decided to give it a trial! If I fail it doesn’t mean that I will start eating meat again. I stopped eating meat for various other reasons than me, myself and I. But I want to take this challenge and see what will happen to me in the next 30 days. Or maybe 60 or 90… If the diet works well for me physically and mentally I might extend it to 90 days, as I feel that 30 days are not enough to change your health and body completely. It just gives you a glance of what you could become if you go one and stay on track. So let’s see. There is no perfect diet, there is no perfect day. I just start and see :)

 

A few days before I started today my vegetarian Whole30 I already eliminated sugar, alcohol and simple carbohydrates. By doing this I hope to have an easier start to the program. When I did my first Whole30,I didn’t know better and had kind of a “last feast” the day before I started the diet, which wasn’t a really smart move I guess… I struggled especially in the first days with pretty heavy detox symptoms like head ache and fatigue, which almost made me quit. This time I really want to avoid this!

And this is all you need to start the program:

  1. Download and print the Whole30 Program Rules
  2. Download and print the Whole30 Meal Planning Template
  3. Download and print the Whole30 Shopping List for Vegetarians and Vegans
  4. Stick 1.-2. to your fridge door
  5. Go grocery shopping!
  6. Let your family/boyfriend/flat mates know that your are doing the Whole30
  7. Seek for support on Instagram, Facebook or in the Whole30 Support Forum

Whole30 Shopping List

You can follow my #whole30vegetarian journey on Instagram (@eatcooksmile) or here on my blog. I will post meal plans, food logs, recipes and other tips and advice. You can subscribe to my blog by submitting your email, top right on the menu bar and unsubscribe any time.

I’m super excited to welcome you to my #whole30vegetarian journey. For any questions please use the comment function of this post or drop me an email yulia@eatcooksmile.com .

Vegan Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

Delicious lemony Vegan Cheesecake lightened up with silken tofu and cashew cream “cheese”, baked on gluten-free spelt biscuits and topped with frozen raspberries. You simply NEED to make this Cheesecake!

Lemon Cheesecake

This is my first attempt baking a vegan cheesecake, this has been the only thing I was craving really bad since I went vegan. I always thought there is not such thing as delicious vegan cheesecake… I thought it would taste more like… like something obviously “vegan”. No offense, I love vegan dishes! But what I don’t like is when recipes just simply taste like you have swapped a few ingredients to make them become vegan for the sake of making them vegan. But this cake tasted at the end creamy, rich, sweet and simply like a real cheesecake! The cream was actually so delicious, I really had to hold myself back not to eat the entire cake filing right out of my food processor!

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Eat Performance, Paleo in Berlin

I love to discover new places everytime I’m back in my hometown, Berlin.
This weekend I went to a Deli called Eat Performance.
At Eat Performance you can get a wide choice of 100% Paleo-friendly, grain-free and dairy-free foods which contain only whole and unprocessed ingredients.

Eat Performance  

I absolutely adore the homemade granola with coconut milk! They serve it in cute mason jars with fresh fruit and coconut meat on top. Divine!
You can also enjoy sandwiches made with fresh homemade grain-free protein bread as well as soups, salads and sweets. Yes, I said SWEETS.
Sweets can be indeed healthy and enjoyable without any sugar added! You can even order the delicious energy bars, cookies and bliss balls from the Eat Performance Online Store. Free of any artificial additives! Sweets couldn’t be healthier!!
Eat Performance

My top tip if you want to lose weight, feel good and see your body transforming: Cut or at least cut the following things from your diet
– grains
– dairy
– sugar
It’s as simple as it sounds!

Basically you can use the cave-men eating principles as a starting point, the so-called Paleo Diet. In a nutshell it means you are consuming foods which you are able to pick and eat by yourself, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts for example. The classic Paleo approach is also encouraging the consumption of meat and fish. Nevertheless this is totally up to you. I’m sticking to my vegan lifestyle anyways and I’m striving!
Believe me you will feel the difference and your body will thank you with loads of energy, clear skin, improved metabolism, improved sleep and a better shape and fitness.
Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork!

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There are so many delicious Paleo-friendly restaurants, places and so many recipes online. This lifestyle is achievable by everyone!
Check out my favorite Paleo Recipes for inspiration!

Location
Eat Performance
Ritterstraße 26
Berlin (Kreuzberg)

Green Monster Nicecream

Green Monster Nicecream

Have you ever dreamed about ice cream being fat-free but creamy, sugar-free but sweet as well as healthy and delicious? Then this recipe is for you! Creamy green Vanilla-Banana Ice cream – a guiltless indulge.

Green Monster Nicecream

I made this green Nice cream with chlorella powder and kiwis. Chlorella powder is a real super food! Chlorella is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals and it is also used for cancer prevention, stress reduction and as a immune system booster.

Banana Nice cream is so simple it hardly qualifies as a recipe, making it the ideal snack, breakfast or dessert. It’s vegan, gluten-free, fat-free and free of any artificial sugars or coloring. This ice cream is good for you and it’s amazing how much like ice cream it tastes!

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Vegan Tomato Mini Tarts

Vegan Tomato Mini Tarts

These Vegan Tomato Mini Tarts taste like mini pizzas, a fun Superbowl appetizer if you’re having friends over!

Vegan Tomato Mini Tarts

These are really simple to make, using only a handful of ingredients: frozen puff pastry, shredded vegan cheese, tomato and fresh basil. Trust me, everyone will love these little Mini Pizzas! 

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Delicious and gooey vegan and gluten-free Chocolate-Banana Cake. Almonds and dark chocolate bites in perfect harmony, giving this soft cake a perfect crunch.

Chocolate Banana Cake

This cake is really easy to make, requiring only a few simple ingredients. The bananas work as the perfect binders, no need to use any eggs or egg substitutes!

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Vegan Rainbow Cole Slaw

Vegan Rainbow Cole Slaw

Light, fresh and crisp vegan cole slaw made with shredded white and purple cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes and a mango-pineapple “mayonnaise”. A perfect vegan, gluten-free, fat-free and energizing dish.

Winter time is the perfect season for cabbage. White cabbage, green cabbage, purple cabbage, chinese cabbage…. just to name a few. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Cabbage is known for its impressive anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Newer researches even found out that by eating cabbage you can significantly lower your cholesterol levels.

Vegan Rainbow Cole Slaw

When I make a slaw I never drown it in creamy mayonnaise like typically found in delis and restaurants. I actually despise mayonnaise! I prefer to keep it light and fresh. That’s why I made a light juicy dressing by blending mango and pineapple and mixing it with tahini (sesame mousse).

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Raw Vegan “Meat” Balls

Raw Vegan Meatballs

These delicious raw vegan mini meatballs are made with a combo of soaked walnuts, pecans, red bell pepper, celery, onion and my favorite herb: rosemary. Sprinkle them with some lemon juice and watch them disappear.

Raw Vegan Meatballs

I was intrigued by meatballs, especially since the Superbowl is right around the corner! But as I went Vegan in September 2014, meat is no more an option and I came up with this vegan, gluten-free and soy-free alternative. The rich and savory taste of walnuts make these not-meatballs taste so much like real meatballs, you can’t imagine! You can eat your mini “meat” balls alone or on top of your zucchini pasta for a full meal. It’s so simple, delicious and healthy, and you don’t need to turn on your oven! This recipe makes around 16 raw vegan meatball.

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