Monday, April 28, 2014

GLUTEN-FREE QUINOA FLATBREADS

 Gluten-Free Quinoa Flatbreads

1 cup shredded carrot 
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup water 
1 1/3 cup gluten-free flour (I used quinoa flour)
2 tbsp oil (I used olive oil) 
1/2 tsp salt 
(optional: 1-2 tbsp brown rice syrup) 

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop onto a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle seeds of your liking on top (I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds). Bake for about 20 minutes in 425°F. Serve warm with hummus. Recipe in Finnish here.
100 Percent Pure

Sunday, April 27, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS

April is almost over and it's been one awesome month. Weather has been quite all over the place, but hey, spring time can be unpredictable. Well, actually nowadays any season is very unpredictable. I feel like I've accomplished a lot in just one month. I've got myself back in shape by doing my yoga studio's 20 in 30 challenge (I've done so far 17 hot yoga classes), I've cleansed my body by doing a little spring detox and eliminated sugar, gluten, yeast, alcohol and caffeine from my diet (more about the detox soon) as well as passed my second test at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 
I've cooked a lot more than normally since it is  hard to eat out (especially around the area I work at) when you can not have sugar or gluten (everything has them!). Good news is that Juice Press just opened last week in my work neighborhood so I get to enjoy their healthy goodies. Bad news is they are super expensive and I've spent a lot of money there. I just jeep telling myself: it's an investment for my health. I much rather buy green juices than new handbags and shoes...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

JUICE BAR DATE

First thing I look up when traveling to an area new to me? Juice bars. We were going to a book signing in Ridgewood which is completely unknown town to me and guess how happy I was when almost immediately we stumbled upon this beautiful little store called SuperJuice Nation. I love the bright, tropical colors mixed with Eastern philosophy and loud reggae music. The day was probably the warmest we've had this spring so I was feeling quite alright... 
“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” Believe it!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS

Finally found a plant Moses won't eat: aloe vera. This decorates out dining table.

Happy Sunday! My cleanse is already past halfway and I couldn't be happier. I haven't had major cravings for sweets like I did last year, just every now and then when all these super delicious raw cakes fill up my Instagram feed... I think that will be my first sweet treat, raw vegan cake. Or Donarts from our next door neighbor who owns an organic vegan truck. Or I might just have both...
Monkeys.
I've also done tons of hot vinyasa yoga. Friday was my 14th class and I still have to do 6 more to win the challenge. Doing all this exercising, cooking every day, going to work and studying has got me super energized. Normally I would just crash on the couch after work, but no more. Those days when I work I've had only raw foods for lunch, so that might explain the extra energy. 
Happy Easter to those who celebrate! Eat wisely, enjoy.

Monday, April 14, 2014

LOCAL FOODS AT UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET

I love going to the farmers markets! We have one in our town on Saturdays, but I also love the one in Union Square. There's just so many cool things to look at, taste and touch. And by talking to the farmers you can have your questions answered, unlike at a big supermarket where they rarely know where the food even came from not to mention about growing methods etc. I dream to one day have my own little farm where I grow organic food for my family, but in the meantime farmers markets are the next best thing.
10 Reasons to Buy Local Food 

Local food tastes better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheese are hand crafted for the best flavor. Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you. 
Local produce is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. 
Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in constrast, often grow many different varieties to provide a long harvest season, in an array of colors and flavors. 
Local food is safe. There's a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren`t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously. 
Local food supports local families. Wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell directly to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food, which helps farm families stay on the land. 
Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you are engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing the farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. It gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture. 
Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they are less likely to sell their farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive to preserve our agricultural landscape. 
Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in our communities. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds, and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife. 
Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.
And look who was in town! Bryant Terry! Food activist and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen and Afro-Vegan.

Friday, April 11, 2014

KAT LOVES KALE

Happy Friday! I've finally managed to get myself together and created another blog called "Kat Loves Kale" that focuses on health and wellness only. It will have my study notes and coverage from events I attend. Katz & the City will continue it's randomness with travel, NYC, restaurant, cat and food related posts.So head over to Kat Loves Kale and show some love!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

THE SHIFT

One of my new favorite movies of all time is The Shift with Dr. Wayne Dyer. This movie makes me feel mellow, happy and trust the Universe having my back. I love the music that accompanies the story, but most I love the long talks by Dr. Dyer. Here are few beautiful quotes from the movie:
• The real purpose of life is to just be happy where you are. Return to nature. Find your own nature.
• When you trust in yourself, you trust in the very wisdom that created you.
• The best way to have those doors open is to forget about yourself and serve; it’s always about service. You can’t attract what you want into your life; you attract what you are.
• No one needs to ask the question “What is my purpose. It will always be founding service. If you can just for one day put your attention on making life better for someone else, if you can focus on thinking like that. That’s how god thinks.”
• To touch someone’s life is more valuable than any amount of money
• You can run an entire business on not being attached to outcome and putting your attention on service. Your life becomes about living these virtues: how can I serve, be gentle & reverent. Thinking like this means you are living in meaning.
• It’s about surrendering to something else that is bigger than you and is control of everything.
• You’re only a thought away from changing your life.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS


First week of the spring detox is almost over (today is day 6) and I feel great. I haven't had huge cravings for sweets, more for bread. I think that as long as I eat three proper meals a day, the cravings stay at bay. Doing hot yoga has also helped me to stay busy and focused. I've had some minor headache in the late evenings which is normal detoxing reaction, and I have not slept too well (keep waking up). There's only been one day at work when I was in total loss of energy (day 2 of the detox). Day 5 & 6 I've been feeling very energetic even I've been doing the morning shift at work both days. Oh, and my digestive system is working like a dream. 
I started a fresh batch of sprouts, have some gluten and yeast-free quinoa bread recipes to test and everything seems to be flowing really well so far. I've gone to yoga every day so far except Saturday because I had to work. Looking forward to seeing how I'm feeling during the second week! Let's hope the weather keeps warming up! All photos from my Instagram account.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SPRING CLEANSE

Bye bye pie!
Spring is finally here and April 1st could have not been better day to start a spring cleanse. What a beautiful week so far! Weather is finally warming up and sun is out. To celebrate the arrival of spring I'm doing a Candigone candida cleanse which I did last summer for 2 weeks, but this time I'm doing the full 30 days. I'm also combining it with vigorous hot power yoga practice to accelerate the cleansing process. My yoga studio just happens to be doing their "20 yoga classes in 30 days"- challenge so I'm seriously in! 
In general, this cleanse eliminates all sugar (including fruit with the exception of Granny Smith apples, lemons and limes), yeast, gluten, alcohol and caffeine from your diet because sugar feeds yeast. You can see the list of foods allowed and not allowed in my post from last year here. 

What I wish to accomplish with this cleanse is to gain more energy, reduce bloating, brain fog and fatigue, get my taste buds accustomed to very low sugar lifestyle and cleanse out my intestinal tract from yeast. Candida is a fungus (form of yeast) and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced (we eat way too much sugar nowadays), releases toxic byproducts into your body and causes leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems. Read more about it here.