Celery Juice, the anti – inflammatory “SUPER JUICE”.

Celery Juice is one of the trendiest juices this year. If you scroll your timeline you will see your favourite celebrity drinking celery juice. I was intrigued after reading about the benefits of this interesting Green juice!! Celery is full of Vitamin K which is great for our gut and bone and heart health. Celery also has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. Celery Juice is immune boosting as well because celeries are high in Vitamin C.

I love my smoothie for the fiber and I love my juices for getting the most nutrients out of my vegetables. I can admit to adding a lot fruit to my smoothies but with my juices I enjoy the simplicity of just vegetables. Celeries contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, electrolytes, and water.

Folate ( Folic Acid) is important for women to have in their daily diets because it can help with fertility. Folic acid protects unborn children against serious birth defects called neural tube defects. It is important to get enough Folic acid To keep the blood healthy by helping red blood cells form and grow. Not getting enough folic acid can lead to a type of anemia called folate-deficiency anemia. All women need 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. Women who can get pregnant should get 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid from a vitamin or from food like Celery.

You can also add cucumbers for added nutrients.
beun provecho! xo

Irresistible Green Avocado Smoothie Bowl!

I have never been much of a breakfast person, and I am not a fan of eggs. So I usually opt for a smoothie or just coffee. I have been doing intermintent fasting for the past two months. ( I will post about my IF journey) After 18 hours of fasting I need something that will fuel me for the day. This super bowl of healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients is amazingly satisfying. It has quickly become my favourite breakfast!

I love Avocados and for good reasons. Avocados are loaded with Potassium, Healthy fats and full of Fibre. Avocados are IRRESISTIBLE, they are loaded with nutrients, weight loss friendly, heart healthy and, taste incredible. Who can resist avocados?

Spirulina is another amazing “superfood” with a number of health benefits. You can add a scoop to any liquid, however the taste isn’t favorable on its own. I love adding a scoop to my smoothies in the morning. Spirulina helps Introducing spirulina to the diet may help people lose weight without losing nutrition. Helps with insulin sensitivity, and lowers cholesterol. But for me one of the most important benefit is the antitoxic properties that help counteract pollutants in our body like arsenic, fluoride, iron,lead, and mercury.

This Smoothie bowl is super quick to prepare, it takes less than 10 mins to assemble. * Tip freeze your ripe bananas peeled and chopped, it makes them very convient for smoothies!! It also reduced wasted food by letting them go bad and tossing them out.

Topping for my Super Bowl include: Sliced Strawberries, Blueberries, blackberries , rolled oats ,almonds and shredded coconut! YUM!

This bowl was SOOO Good! I hope you try this and let me know how you like to top your smoothie bowls! Enjoy! Buen Provecho!!

Strawberry & Cucumber Detox Water – to promote Skin Vitality.

I love infusing my water for many reasons, it helps me get my water intake in for the day! The water is packed with nutrients, and I love the taste along with the appearance. The fruit looks like precious jewels in a sea of water. This certainly makes the plain glass of water more appealing and of course you have to drink it in your favourite wine glass. 🙂

Some benefits of infused water: Improve skins appearance, metabolism, aids in weight-loss, and promotes blood circulation.

Strawberries are easily one of the most beautiful “super foods” loaded with many nutrients.  I have always thought of fruit as the Nature Jewels from the earth. These ruby coloured fruits are absolutely stunning. I would love to add them to anything I eat! Especially water which sometimes can get awfully boring. I love to look at the beauty in everything so plain H20 is beautiful however I think we can kick it up a notch!

Adding Strawberries and Cucumbers served in a wine glass defiantly to my water to the next level. Here is the good part I didn’t have to add any artificially flavours or colour. It is natural and its tastes great! It will help you to boost your immunity and make your skin look flawless. I even think they can make you more beautiful. Strawberries have it has been called one of the major beauty fruits. IM SOLD! 

The delicious fruit consist of health-promoting compounds like folic acid, vitamin C, and fibre. Vitamin C is known to be Immunity Boosting, which is great for your skin as it fights off free radicals. Fibre is essential in our diets to help eliminate harmful toxins in our bodies. Removal of these toxins is vital in having healthy skin. Folic acid aids in cell regeneration and the production of new cells in our bodies, which is important in the rejuvenation stage to produce glowing skin. 

Cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

 Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help you meet your daily fluid need.  The average person is recommended to drink 8 glass of water a day, which for some isn’t easy to do. Adding cucumbers to your water can absolutely help. Cucumber water can help improve you skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in B5. vitamin B-5 has been used to improve acne and other skin conditions.

Enjoy your refreshing Detox water!!

Green Matcha Coco-Nuts Cupcake.

One of my all time favourite super foods is Matcha! Matcha is filled with antioxidants, packed with Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium. It is also a powerful dextoxifier that boosts your metabolism and burns tons of calories. Going along with my theme the “Green Cupcake” it was only right that my first recipe be a GREEN cupcake. This was easier said than done! I did a number of trial runs to get this recipe perfect. I finally got the approval of my testing panel- My niece Gabrielle 5 year old princess who dreams of unicorns, and her little brother Nathaniel who to him everything is gross and disgusting. Tough crowd! I figured I had to make a Green cupcake look as good as it tastes. Mission accomplished, they enjoyed them and even wanted seconds.

The cupcakes are Green fluffy, moist and naturally sweet! The topping of shredded coconut is just as good as sprinkles. I am so excited about these Green Cupcakes and could not wait to share the recipe. The preparation time for the these amazing cupcakes is 20 mins. I could easily be prepped ahead of time to cut the time in half.

*TIPS* pre-shred coconut and store ahead of time & leave butter out at room temperature to soften.

Here’s what you will need. You can use a stand-mixer, or hand mixer.

  • Prep | 20 mins
  • Cook | 35 mins
  • Ready in | 55 mins
  • Duration | 4 days
  • Recipe makes 12 medium cupcakes.

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

In a mixer soften butter and sugar.

Step 2:

Let mix on medium speed for 5 mins. Add eggs, Slowy add banana, coconut and Vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients. Mix on medium until everything is well combined.

Step 3:

Add matcha powder and food coloring to get desired color. Pour into Cupcake molds. Bake for 30 mins.

Step 4:

Insert a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Use shredded Coconut to decorate cupcake.

I made a recipe card for these amazing cupcakes see below. I am working on a Dairy-free frosting that I will add to this cupcake. I think with or without the frosting these cupcakes meet anyones sweet tooth cravings.

Enjoy your Cupcakes and Have a Green Day 🙂

Welcome to Green Cupcake!

The Vanity of food!

The appearance of food has a major emotional effect on the way we eat for most of us. We eat with our eyes. It is no surprise that the most un-healthy foods for us are the most desired solely because of it’s “appearance”. I like to call this the Vanity of Food.

Giving the choice between a Juicy Apple or a Fluffy Cupcake with icing for dessert, majority of us our choosing the cupcake. The apple we know is healthy far less calories and will likely meet our desired sweet craving. However we opt for the Overly sugary cupcake will the same amount of calories as our meal. It looked way too good to miss out on, and we decided to indulge. A average Apple has only 52 Calories and 10grams of Sugar compared to the decadent cupcake which can have 440 Calories and 52grams of Sugar. The downward spiral continues.

This spiral is not limited to just desserts. I believe we indulge in this manner with almost everything we consume. All food gives us an emotional reaction. Wether you dance when you eat or salivate just looking at it. We connect with our food in an ethereal way. It is largely represented across all Social platforms. Food photography has a large presence in the way food is consume largely due to its captivating glory.

My latest obsession is what if I could make everything look like a beautiful cupcake, and still be relatively healthy. I love to try the latest food trends and diets, however I do not think the food looks appetizing. That is my mission was birthed, I need to find a way to make everything look visually desirable. I dance when I eat and that’s my guide for if its meeting the requirements amongst other measurements.

I am a Charmene a Aspiring Holistic Nutritionist, Part time Vegetarian and Beauty lover. I am sure I am not the only person who would prefer their meals to look  as good as they taste.  Welcome to the Vanity of food The Green Cupcake.

“ Be a beautiful Cupcake in a world full of muffins “