Natural Water Filtration

As a brazilian born, I have used water filters my whole entire life. Who wouldn’t? It cuts down on buying bottled water as tap water in Brazil is NOT drinkable! But even the English tap water didn’t`t seem to be very clean to me, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other nasty stuff you can find in there click here and check it out. Plus, bottled water is terrible for the environment and your wallet, too.

Initially I had the traditional Brita filter but recently, I became concerned about plastic leaching chemicals into my water, especially BPA and estrogen-like hormones and decide to find alternatives to replace my water filter. Plus, I was interested in finding more ways to cut back on the amount of rubbish, specially plastic, and for this reason we decided to try this Terracotta clay water filter, which we are enjoying it very much – click in the image bellow to buy it from Amazon.

 

Stefani Equivalent Replacement Filter for all Stefani Water Filter Systems (SCD-10-LM)

Another added benefit is that terracotta filters help keep water cool without electricity, which means it’ll take up less space in your refrigerator and won’t need to be plugged in.

The big advantage of a terracotta filter is that you can purify a good quantity of water and the filter is good for years. All you have to do is clean the filter regularly and change it every 4 to 6 months, worth the price.

Don’t be put off by the initial clay taste, your persistence will pay off after about 3 weeks of curing the filter. I personally don`t mind, it quite reminds me of my childhood but if it is too much for you just use the water for cooking and other things while you wait.

I hope this post helps you to make your decision. What’s your favourite way to purify water?

Spiralised Winter Veggies on Salsa Verde

Spiralising is an amazing technique to add variety and include more veggies to your diet!

Cooking your regular veggies in a different way will get you more interested at eating them too, its improved texture and flavour works beautifuly once spiralised and roasted! You should try!

You can make very nutritious pasta/noodles that are even better and cheaper than those gluten free ones you find in the shops, the only 2 things you will need to have are: good quality veg and a good spiralizer.

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I`ve tried a few spiralizers but my favorite at the moment is the Eletric Morphy Richards. It is very easy to use, super easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and fits well on my kitchen, just perfect.

You can fit carrots, parsnips and courgettes easily and I also do round shaped veggies like swede and beetroots with a little bit extra effort and a few ajustments. This spiraliser has two different blades, one for ribbons and another one for spagetthi shape, both very easy to connect and  tomake those lovely veg curlings 🙂

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For this recipe I used carrots and parsnips, but it also works well with other veggies like squash or swede for example. It is great fun and super tasty!

That`s where you can find this incredible spiraliser, link below.

Check the recipe out and enjoy!

Spiralised winter veggies with salsa verde

Serves 4

4 spiralised carrots

2 spiralised parsnips

Salt and pepper

1 small jar of roasted red peppers, drained and sliced

For the Salsa Verde

Serves 4

70g parsley

70g basil

30g of dried oregano or thyme

2tsp of capers

1 small shallot

1 clove of garlic

3 tbsp of lemon juice

125ml extra virgin olive oil

Season the spiralized vegetables and roast over medium-high heat covered in foil for 10 minutes or until they are cooked. Uncover, stir in the red peppers and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the salsa verde into a food processor adding the olive oil slowly.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add in the salsa verde. Toss and serve

If you like this recipe share with your friends and leave us some comments, we would love to hear from you!

​How important is protein in your diet, do you know? 

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body👌. 
Hair and nails are mostly made of protein💅

Your body needs protein to build and repair tissues, produce enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. 

Protein is also an important building block of bones, muscles💪, cartilage, skin and blood. Unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body doesn’t store protein and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply😱.

 Studies goes even further showing how important is protein when comes to the aging process 💁🏼🤶and maintenance of muscle mass for strength and autonomy🏋️. 

That’s why keeping the right protein intake for your body is essential, no more.. Nor less.. Just right and tailor made to your needs. It doesn’t matter if comes from a animal or vegetable source, the body will break down in the same way, just watch the quantities and sources 🤓. 

To find out how much you need, consider your level of physical activity, sex, age, medical history and goals😉. 

Roughly it goes around 0.8 per kg of body weight (minimum) for most people. Are you including enough protein in your diet🙋?

Make sure you share that with your protein fan friends 🙂 

Connect your daily actions to your goals

If you could travel anywhere in the world today where would it be? 🌎🌏🌍

When comes to your health and fitness, how would you like to feel right now? 💁🏻💪🙌

What is ONE thing you can do today, with the tools you already have, to get you closer to THAT goal? 🤔

Connect your daily actions to your goals and see the magic happen 😃😉😄🙆

#bewhoyouwanttobe #dreambig #createthelifeyouwant #stepbystep #goalsetting #achievingsuccess #weightlossgoals #motivation #nutritionist #uk

Is protein powder really necessary? 

Is protein powder really necessary for fat loss💃 or muscle gain💪?

Not at all! You can get all the protein you need from real good quality food like organic free range eggs, wild fish, grass fed meat, nuts and beans… so really it should be used just as a convenience tool to add variety and ease to the diet💁🏻.

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Take back control of your life and health 

I have been building a life time of health and strength not just physical but mental and emotional too. It all started probably when I was less than 2 years old when my parents put me on swimming lessons! For them if I could walk I could swim right?! Hahah not just thinking about health and fitness but also for my own safety around the beaches in Rio. 

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