Simple Autumn Green Smoothie -Blackberry, Kale, tangerine, apple, pear
The blackberries are on its last leg in the garden and I’m making a few last smoothies with fresh ones. Then we can move onto the frozen batches. Till then this simple autumn green smoothie will have you cherish autumn in no time! Each ingredient’s flavour comes  through and you’ll feel energised enough to jump up and down on your favourite playlist. 


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Second Nature Gluten Free Apple Crumble

There’s nothing more comforting and easier to make than an apple, or any fruit for that matter, crumble served hot with a side of cream or ice cream. I love making either a sunflower seed vanilla cream for this or a berry sorbet. And so it was done. I’ve even managed to hide in there 2 courgettes! Shhhhh…that’s a secret, cause no one could tell. That gives it more liquid without needing to add any water or nut milk to the consistency. Yum! 

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Earlier this year when I was recovering from my spinal surgery, all I could dream of were yellow and orange coloured smoothies and lots of orange fruits, like papaya, mango, peaches, oranges, grapefruits etc. The reason? The beta carotene present in these gets converted into Vitamin A, which is important for good skin and bone health. And since I had a BIG scar across my entire back and a pierced spine to heal, it only seemed legit to crave what I needed in order for that to happen swiftly. Aren’t our bodies amazing?
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To continue the orange theme of the season, here’s something to make you smile even more. It always works for me!  Meet CAKE. RAW CARROT CAKE. 
 
This was a Thanksgiving inspired cake that I prepared for the Yes Group London a while ago, and it vanished from the table in minutes. It’s a mixture of a carrot – pumpkin cake with a LAVISH raw chocolate layer. We’re going to town with this. 
 
 
I wanted to make a pumpkin cake, but the thing is, when using raw pumpkin or squash in desserts they tend to be very starchy and can ruin the taste of the cake. Ooops. We don’t want that! That’s why I decided to keep the orange, spicy theme, yet go for carrots instead. Oh holy guacamole, it’s a winner!! 


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We’re officially in autumn and I’m feeling this through the vast amount of sweet potato and squash I’ve started eating!

As the outside temperature started dropping, the oven and steamer started increasing and I’ve been diving into orange veg county. A couple of sweet potatoes go a very long way in a green salad or mixed grain one.

The great thing is that the autumn harvest is packed with root veggies ready for you to dive into them, whether you’re steaming, roasting or stewing. They’re generally warming in nature and also happy looking, uplifting your plate and mood. 

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Need some Monday Motivation? I’ve got you!

We’re beating the Monday Blues with Monday Greens and today I have a protein smoothie to energise you and repair you after a workout session. Even without the workout, you’ll still benefit from this blend.

Pomegranates are fantastic (one of my favourite fruit, and so are persimmons!) and we’re just entering their season! Bring them on! With a history of more than 5000 years, the pomegranate was originally found in Persia and Brought in Europe by the Spanish Colonists. 


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Sugar Free Vegan Rustic Blackberry Galette
Oh English autumn! Every morning I wake up and get out of the house for some fresh air. I take a small container with me and within 5 minutes I have it full of blackberries. I must be turning purple from all the berries I’ve eaten! Yet they’re so good for you. I promise I’ll try making use of other ingredients in the next few weeks, though I am enjoying the abundance.

You can easily replace blackberries for any other fruit in this recipe, so just make use of what you have at home. For this messy looking sugar-free, vegan rustic blackberry galette I’ve used some elderberries too!

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I love Monday! What a perfect day to be alive!  

If the Monday Blues sneak in and you’re all grumpy for no reason and longing for some comfort and uplifting music, food, drinks I’ve got the perfect mix for you! It’s seasonal, easy to make and delicious! It’s called Motivation Smoothie for a reason. Welcome to the new #MondayGreens!

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sugar-free-plum-and-blackberry-cake
If you have sugar cravings and don’t know what to do with them anymore, this cake recipe is a great alternative to the processed sugars and an easy way to start replacing them. Giving up sugar cold turkey can be quite strong as you experience jittery, drug like symptoms. And it makes sense when you see how sugar messes up with your body…


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Hi there my friend! Hope you had an amazing weekend! 

It’s DAY 8 of the 10-Day Bloom Launch Giveaway and I have a super special treat for you! Today’s prize is a mega sweet treat for you and two friends at Tanya’s, Chelsea’s amazing raw food eatery. Tanya Maher, the soul, and co-creator of the café, is a raw food chef fellow, that’s inspired many of us to dream bigger on what you can do with food and spread the message of healing and thriving on plant based living foods. And wait until you see the desserts! I love making them, but at the same time, I love having them ready to go and Tanya’s is the place to get them.

It’s my absolute delight to share it with you today and I wish I could enter the competition too! 

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Hi there beautiful! I’m Denisa, Health Coach, Healer, Plant Based Chef

Whether through food or developing an emotional and spiritual practice, my passion is to help you lead a much healthier, happier and fulfilled life, without being constrained by appearances or a poor relationship with what and how you're eating. Food is so much more than fuel. Food is an experience. It's passion, energy, memory, connection, and plays a big role in the healing of our minds and our bodies. On this website, you can find recipes and lifestyle tips and explore different ways of healing through food and I'll be there for you every step along the way, as your coach and mentor to guide you back to better health.
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