Someone asked me the other day what sort of breakfast should they have pre-workout and I thought this is the best way to kick off the new series of the Second Nature Breakfast Show!

This pre-workout vegan breakfast with Oat Chia Pudding is good for you whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or “fooditarian(yes, I just made that one up!).  Hecks, even if you’re not going to work out, but need some energy to sustain a long day – start with this and a green smoothie and you’re sorted till late lunch. 

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I often get asked about the tools I use in my kitchen as well as blenders and juicers. These are my top kitchen essential choices and most of them get used every day.

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When it comes to Asparagus, the first thing I think about is its crunchiness. And then that wacky asparagus pee smell. If you’re one of the people loving asparagus as much as I do, you know what I’m talking about. Then again, you might be one of the few that can’t actually smell the asparagusic acid, which is the culprit of the funny, unique asparagus pee smell. 
 
I don’t mind that at all, but it helps if everyone in the house eats asparagus at the same time  
 
So, you may wonder what can I do with asparagus, right?

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Whether for lunch or dinner, this cauliflower salad is delicious! Easy to make and full of flavour, you’ll be flying with it. At least we have when we tested it and it’s now part of the 5 Day Spring Clean Challenge. 

Pan dry-fried (just water in a cast iron pan) cauliflower florets and corn with Sichuan herbs and spices tossed in a greens and tomatoes salad, all dressed in a sunflower seed, lime, coriander, mustard, salt and chilli dressing. Drooling already? No worries, it’s ready in no time! This is the kind of food that uplifts the spirit to the gods  

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As we’re approaching our juicy 5-Day Guided Spring Clean Challenge, here are my thoughts on why you should spring clean your body. As advised, if you’re not sure whether you can do this, always check in with you doctor before embarking on any dietary changes. 

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Happy Easter everyone!

What does Easter mean to you? For me, it’s a time of light, rebirth and new beginnings.

As I started spending it in the UK I also found out it’s a time for CHOCOLATE! haha! Are you with me? 

You could very well start making some chocolate eggs that you completely have control over and decide what goes inside, but who has time for that?

My approach is: if it can be done as healthy, tasty and good looking in less time, let’s go with the latter option! It’s Easter Chocolate Cake time! 

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Happy Pancake Day! If you’re on the look for some delicious fluffy pancakes to stack, dairy and refined sugar-free, look no more! You’ll love this recipe!

I’ve recently made this recipe in our private Foodie Group and they’ve been a massive success! 

I have quite a few variations, but with this one, I tried to simplify them as much as possible, yet still have them taste really good. See here for last year’s pancakes and here for a savoury crepes recipes.

They never fail to disappoint, and when you make the different toppings, you’re in for a mega treat! Enjoy! 

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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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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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