ULTIMATE OAT VEGAN PANCAKES

These pancakes are the best, so fluffy, moist and sweet with a sutil touch of coconut. They are also wholegrain, easy to make and super satisfying, that it’s all you need to be happy!

Hello berries!

Our favorite meal of the day is breakfast! YAY! We also like pancakes for lunch or dinner (aka brinner). My mum used to make me pancakes when I was kiddo, so it brings me beautiful memories when I eat them.

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I have made a vegan version. Although I am still vegetarian I think soya, coconut & almond milk are more fun to use while cooking and don’t forget they are cruelty free… so we don’t see the point in using diary!

These pancakes are the best, so fluffy, moist and sweet with a sutil touch of coconut, I haven’t added any sweetener in the batter. Coconut milk is a must for me, It’s always in my cupboard. You won’t notice they are vegan and super healthy.

We use flax egg*: 1 Tbsp ground Flaxseeds + 3 Tbsp water. *An egg substitute in baking. You can use 1 ripe banana instead if you don’t have flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are a great replacement, full of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.

These homemade oat pancakes are wholegrain, easy and super satisfying, that it’s all you need to be happy. No excuses to not make them!

ULTIMATE OAT VEGAN PANCAKES

Time: Ready in less than 20 minutes. Serves: 2 people.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup rolled oats.
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour.
  • 1 +1/2 cups plant based milk (I use coconut & rice milk)
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 tbsp water (to make the flax egg*)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil and some more to grease the frying pan.

Important: don’t forget natural sweeteners, I use maple syrup & loads of fruits to put on top.

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METHOD

  1. Make a flax egg*.
  2. Add in a large mixing bowl the dry ingredients: Rolled oats, wholemeal flour and baking soda and whisk again.
  3. Then add your plant based milk, the flax egg and finally the coconut oil and stir until combine.
  4. Heat a large non-sticking fry pan and grease it with some coconut oil. Put the batter on medium heat. Make your AWESOME PANCAKES!!!! There should be 6 or 7 pancakes. Flip them when bubbles appear.
  5. Top with your favorite fresh fruit, maple syup & nuts of your choice.

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The best part is to eat them all 😀

Enjoy!

Irene & Lydia.

Berry Bites Blog.

 

AVOCADO-HUMMUS DIP

Avo is LIFE literally! Also chickpeas are high in protein and fibre, combine both ingredients and you will obtain a fantastic healthy dip.

Hey there!

Avo is LIFE literally! Did you know it takes 9 months for an avocado to fully ripen? We use avocado practically in everything. It is high in protein and fibre and we love to combine it with chickpeas making a healthy dip, the result is fantastic. Sometimes we like to turn this dip into a gluten-free option by simply swapping the pita bread or the organic corn chips for carrot sticks.

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We would like to show you our Great & Savoury Avo-Hummus recipe, topped with Paprika Chickpeas and a drizzle of extra olive oil. It’s freaking delicious! Literally an addiction!!! 😀

AVOCADO-HUMMUS DIP

COOK TIME 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Can of Cooked Chickpeas.
  • 1 Ripen Avocado.
  • 1 Garlic Clove.
  • 1 tbsp of Paprika.
  • Lemon.
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil.
  • Salt.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash and drain the chickpeas very well.
  2. Separate 1/4 of the chickpeas to make the paprika chickpeas. How? Put them on an oven tray with a baking paper sheet and spread the paprika powder on top. Bake the chickpeas for 15 minutes 180ºC.
  3. Place the rest of the chickpeas in a food processor (or use an electric mixer) with the rest of the ingredients: ripen avocado, garlic clove, the juice of a lemon, olive oil & and salt until everything is blended. You will obtain a creamy delicious mixture. That’s your Avo-Hummus Dip!
  4. Top your Healthy Hummus with your tasty Baked Paprika Chickpeas & a drizzle of olive oil.

Optional: Cut some vegetable sticks to enjoy your gluten-free dip or just some bread! Why not?

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It’s the perfect snack when you are starving and you want to stay fit. We really love to make this recipe in those lazy days. It’s so easy & still delicious.

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Irene & Lydia.

Berry Bites Blog.

 


 

¡Hola hola!

¿Sabías que un aguacate tarda 9 meses en madurar completamente? Sí, sí… esta fruta que tanto nos gusta está llena de vida, proteínas y fibra. Nos encanta de todas las formas posibles, una de ellas es combinada con otra fuente de fibra como son los garbanzos; juntos hacen una combinación perfecta 🙂

A continuación te enseñamos la receta de nuestro dip de aguacate y hummus con garbanzos tostados y pimentón. Buenísima y saludable a la vez 🙂

INGREDIENTES

  • 1 bote de garbanzos cocidos.
  • 1 aguacate.
  • 1 diente de ajo.
  • 1 cucharada de pimentón dulce.
  • aceite de oliva virgen extra.
  • Zumo de medio limón.
  • Sal.

MODO DE PREPARACIÓN

  • Lavar y escurrir muy bien los garbanzos y colocar 1/4 del bote en una bandeja con papel de horno. Espolvorear la cucharada de pimentón por encima y meter al horno durante 15 minutos a 180ºC.
  • Colocar el resto de los garbanzos con los demás ingredientes (aguacate, zumo de limón, ajo, aceite y sal) en un procesador o mezclar todo bien con la batidora hasta conseguir una mezcla cremosa.
  • Por último, añadir por encima los garbanzos con pimentón y un chorrito de aceite de oliva,  ¡y ya está listo!

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¡Riquísimo!

Opcional: Si quieres hacer tu dip sin gluten, en vez de utilizar pan de pita o triángulos de maíz, puedes simplemente cortar tiras de verdura crudas como zanahoria, pimiento o pepino, ¡y a disfrutar!

Esperamos que os guste la receta. Es genial para esos días con prisa o que simplemente quieres hacer algo sencillo y quieres seguir comiendo sano. ¡Ah, y para fiestas o tener invitados en casa es genial!

Made with love x,

Irene & Lydia.

Berry Bites Blog

 

Easy Vegetarian Recipes: Eat the Rainbow

Hi there!

There are lots of types of vegetables, you have plenty of choices, you can’t get bored and you don’t have any excuse to eat healthy. We like to combine our plant-based diet with delicious legumes, yummy seeds and nuts. We love eating well and enjoy every mouthful. Here are some vegetarian/vegan dishes we usually have for lunch or dinner!

Why is it important to eat vegetables?

They are very nutritional and contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Having veggies and fruits in your diet helps your body to protect itself from diseases and improve your immune capacity. Go for greens 😀

  • Sweet potato, Ginger & Rice noodles with a creamy avo and lemon sauce, cherry tomatoes, grilled carrots and corn and a bit of rocket with walnuts. Vegan & gluten free.
  • Sweet potato, ginger and rice noodlesGrilled broccoli, soy marinated tofu, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Such a good combination of flavors and textures.
  • grilled broccoli, tofu and chikpeasBaked sweet potato fries with thyme, avocado, raw stripes of red pepper and broccoli. You can add some pumpkin seeds on top as we do. Yummeh!

baked sweet potato stripes, broccoli and avo

  • Leftovers! Yay!! Grilled eggplant, paprika chickpeas, roasted potatoes with pepper, marinated soya tofu, brown couscous with cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds (fresh basil on top). Wonderful!

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Also we want to show you this:

You guys know how conscience we are about how we eat. This is a short animation 3D video that shows a little bit about how the food industry works and how they treat animals. We don’t try to push to our lifestyle but we think it is important for people to know about it.

Eat colorful  healthy and fit!

Lots of love,

Irene & Lydia x,

Berry Bites Blog.

NEST ORGANIC: MADRID

You know that we love to explore as much it’s possible “the city” we live, Madrid or London, It doesn’t matter.
We try to look always for lovely and cheap places, and magical real food. You think it is impossible but it isn’t, we find everything we need in this place “Nest Organic”, this restaurant is stunning, the decoration inside is beautiful, the price is super affordable and the staff is always nice with us.

Hi everyone!!! 🙂

A few days ago we had lunch  at “NEST”, one of our favorite healthy restaurants in Madrid. They use high quality products and the food is 100% organic. We have been a few times there and we are totally in love, if you are a foodie like us you will love it, we recommend it without hesitation, you won’t be disappointed. Nest Organic is located in the hearth of the city of Madrid “Nuevos Ministerios”.

NEST from outside

You know that we love to explore “the city” we live in as much as possible, Madrid or London, it doesn’t matter. Finding a cozy place it’s not difficult at all in a big city, but it is, if you are very peaky with the food you are eating, like us. We try to look always for lovely and cheap places, and food that is real and tastes wonderful. You may think it’s impossible but it isn’t, for instance, we can find everything we need in this place “Nest Organic”. This restaurant is stunning, the decoration inside is beautiful, the price is super affordable and the staff is always nice with us.

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“NEST” Organic only use 100% organic products, this means they don’t use synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, no GMO (transgenic organisms) as well.  If you eat organic you will notice an improvement in your health.

Normally obtaining these products are more expensive than obtaining non-organic food, but you won’t notice it much at “NEST”. We had a huge organic lunch: first dish, second dish and a dessert for 13,50€ (bread and a drink included).

We always feel really comfortable here. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have been twice for lunch and we are going to show you what we had right now, excited?

Have we already told you that the staff was amazing? My partner in crime is celiac, and they gave us gluten-free bread for her! 100 points for Nest.

STARTER: We ordered a green salad with green apples, yummy figs, topped with walnuts and a balsamic dressing.

our meal

SECOND DISH & DESSERT: We had “Arroz a la cubana” rice and egg with a delicious tomato sauce and some fried bananas, “Vegetarian Curry Stew” (eggplant, zucchini and butternut). And finally we had “fresh melon” for dessert.

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Our bellies were so full, but so happy!

Irene at Nest

We have been in “NEST” before, we love it so we came again, here we had: 1st “mashed potatoes, with red peppers, onion and pomegranates”, 2nd “mushroom risotto” and “white chocolate with pumpkin caramelised seeds” for dessert.

First time at Nest

Is it not awesome? Go and check it out!

Love,

Irene & Lydia x,

Berry Bites Blog.


Hola  a todos!

Hace unos días estuvimos cenando en “Nest”, uno de nuestros restaurantes favoritos en Madrid. Si te encanta la comida sana como a nosotras, no puedes perdértelo 🙂 Todos los productos que utilizan son 100% orgánicos y de calidad optima.

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Ya sabéis cómo nos gusta recorrer y explorar las ciudades donde vivimos para descubrir lugares nuevos, sobre todo cafés y restaurantes con encanto, de buena calidad y con precios asequibles. Puede parecer que pedimos mucho, pero la verdad es que siempre hay buenas opciones, y cada vez más. Nuestro ejemplo de hoy es “Nest”, que nos encantó no sólo por su comida, sino también por el ambiente, la decoración, y el trato del personal.

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Como hemos mencionado, “Nest” utiliza únicamente productos 100% orgánicos que no tienen ningún tipo de pesticida o fertilizante. ¡Lo notarás en el sabor auténtico de los platos y, sobre todo, en tu bienestar si continúas comiendo de esta forma de manera habitual!

Como ya sabemos, este tipo de productos es más caro y, por tanto, esperamos que el precio de los platos vaya un poco más allá de nuestro presupuesto. Sin embargo, esto no lo hemos apreciado en “Nest”. Disponen de menú de dos platos, postre, una bebida y pan por 13,50€. ¿Fantástico no?

Esto es lo que comimos y aparece en las fotos:

Primer plato: Ensalada verde con manzana, higos, nueces y balsámico.

Segundos platos: Arroz a la Cubana con una salsa de tomate de chuparte los dedos y plátano frito, rico rico, y, un guiso de calabacín, berenjena y calabaza con salsa de curry de quitarte el hipo.

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Postre: Trocitos de melón fresquito, que aquí todavía hace calor 🙂

Las fotos de los platos que véis al final son de la primera vez que fuimos a comer: puré de patata con pimientos, cebolla y granada, risotto de champiñones y de postre crema de chocolate blanco con semillas de calabaza caramelizadas, mmmmm.

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Creo que lo hemos dicho todo, ahora os toca ir a probarlo 🙂

Besitos,

Irene y Lydia

Berry Bites Blog

Superfood ME

Food make us go crazy. Almost all the products we buy are organic. Buying organic and high quality products is a bit more expensive but it’s good to invest in yourself and wellbeing.

Hi there!

We have been on holidays for a while! This Summer has been a little bit different than expected, holidays are a good moment to make up your mind and think about what you really want to do next. We will start this stage with a positive mood, fresh ideas and good vibes 🙂

Positive Vibes

We want to talk about eating real, high quality and unique food. Being a healthy foodie like us, is not tricky at all, because we love eating green, fruits and whole grain products. But also we love eating ice cream, snacks…

Food makes us go crazy. We try to do the right combinations, our shopping is based on veggies, fruits & nuts. Almost all the products we buy are organic. Buying organic is a bit more expensive but it’s good to invest in your wellbeing. We notice that we feel better with ourselves and we enjoy more of the little things in life.

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That is why we support the Mood Food movement in which certain foods influence our wellbeing. Fruit is a source of optimism. Whilst the consumption of processed foods, with lots of sugar and toxines provokes depression. Follow the happiness diet!

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We eat balanced trying to introduce some superfoods in our plant & nut based diet, here are some of our favorite superfoods and tips to keep healthy:

  • Drink a lot of water during day. Every morning before breakfast we tend to drink a glass of cold water with a squeeze of lemon. Detoxing your body is diuretic, helps digestion, cleans your skin and helps you lose weight. It also combats our cravings.
  • Avocados. Everyone knows that we are in love with this amazing fruit with vitamine E  and “good” fats for your skin and body babe! 😀
  • Flax seed. It is called the new wonder food, some studies show that it can help combat  diseases. It contains other healthy vitamins and minerals: Omega 3, lignans and fibre. We always put some flax seeds over our porridge…delish!

Porridge and Cherries

  • Brown rice. It is better for you than white rice, in appearance white rice may look more appealing but brown rice is richer in fibre, magnesium, potassium, proteins and calcium, they lose most of these properties when they are refined. We also think brown rice is more tasty. High carb diet, yay!
  • Nuts. We have already talked about their awesome benefits. Nuts are a source of energy we need everyday. Excelent for your brain. Can you ask for more?
  • Bananas. The principal ingredient of our Nana Ice Cream. Very nutritional and very delicious. Nom nom.

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  • Cherries. One of our favourite berries. They boost your energy levels, they are good for your sight, have anti-inflamatory properties and help you sleep better.
  • Watermelon. We have eaten tons of this fruit this summer. It provides us with antioxidants, hydrates us and it’s easy to digest.

Irene and watermelon

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it” except Quinoa.

Spread the love,

Irene & Lydia

Berry Bites Blog.


¡Hooola a todos!

Después de las vacaciones, por fin hemos vuelto con las pilas cargadas! Este verano ha sido un poco diferente a lo esperado y las vacaciones nos han ayudado a pensar un poquito en nuestros planes de futuro y metas. De momento, vamos a empezar Septiembre con energías positivas, ideas nuevas y buen humor 🙂

Queremos hablar sobre la importancia de comer de la forma más natural posible y con productos de calidad. Nosotras seguimos una dieta vegetariana cargada de verduras, frutas y productos de integrales, pero no quiere decir que de vez en cuando tengamos unas ganas tremendas de comernos un trozo de tarta. Eso si, casi siempre intentamos hacerlo nosotras, eligiendo los ingredientes que queremos y tratando de hacerlo lo más “healthy” posible 😉

Recomendamos comprar productos orgánicos que, a pesar de ser un poco más caros, tienen un sabor mucho más real y sus calidad es también mejor. Tu bolsillo lo notará un poquito, pero tu cuerpo también lo hará, y comenzará a sentirse mejor tanto por dentro como por fuera 🙂

Nosotras nos hemos unido a la tendencia del “Mood Food”, la cual defiende que ciertos alimentos influyen en nuestro estado de ánimo. La fruta, por ejemplo, es una fuente de optimismo. Mientras que el consumo de alimentos procesados, con mucho azúcar y toxinas provocan insatisfacción y depresión. ¡Sigue la dieta de la felicidad!

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Como ya sabéis, intentamos seguir una dieta equilibrada. Aquí os dejamos algunos de nuestros productos favoritos:

  • Agua: Sí, agua. Cada mañana intentamos tomar en ayunas un vaso de agua con un limón exprimido. Esto no es nada nuevo, pero es claramente una forma genial de empezar el día, ya que es un perfecto diurético natural, ayuda a la digestión, mejora tu piel y ayuda a la pérdida de peso.
  • Aguacate: Ya sabéis que nos encantan. Esta fruta es magnífica debido a su alto contenido en vitamina E y a sus grasas buenas.
  • Semillas de lino: Mézclalas con tu yogur favorito o utilízalas para hacer bases de tartas por ejemplo. Algunos estudios  afirman que ayuda a regular la presión y función arterial y ayuda en enfermedades inflamatorias o diabetes, entre otras. Contiene vitaminas y minerales cómo Omega 3, lignanos (sirven como antioxidante) o fibra.
  • Arroz integral: Definitivamente mucho mejor que el blanco. Es rico en fibra, potasio, magnesio, proteínas y calcio.
  • Frutos secos: Son una grande fuente de energía y combinan con taaantas cosas 🙂 Además son muy buenas para tu cerebro.
  • Plátanos: El ingrediente principal de nuestro querido Nana Ice Cream. Rico y nutritivo.
  • Cerezas: Son nuestro fruto rojo favorito. Te dan energía, son buenas para la vista, tienen propiedades anti-inflamatorias y ayudan a conciliar mejor el sueño.
  • Sandía: Este verano hemos comido kilos y kilos de esta deliciosa fruta. Rica en antioxidantes, te hidrata y es muy fácil de digerir.

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Besitos,

Irene y Lydia,

Berry Bites Blog.