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Choco-Matcha Protein Pancakes [VEGAN]

I just made these pancakes for breakfast and they’re quick, easy, protein-packed and most of all, vegan.

Seriously, who’s not crazy over Matcha especially if it’s in your protein shake? I found the perfect combo of chocolate and matcha in Vibrant Health’s Pro-Matcha in Chocolate Creme. With Algal, Sacha Inchi, Yellow Pea and Spirulina, you’re sure you only get clean, sustainable and gluten-free plant protein. Learn more about it here.

Vibrant Health Pro-Matcha is available at Muscle Shack –order online and they’ll deliver straight to your doorstep. Continue reading Choco-Matcha Protein Pancakes [VEGAN]

Recipe | A Holiday Green Bowl So Easy to Make and Customize

I’m no whiz in the kitchen but since I learned the value and importance of food preparation, I learned to make at least the simplest of dishes.

And when you have no one to feed but yourself (well, in my case, Nic, who does not complain most of the time), you dare to make bold moves and experiment just a little bit. After all, you’re eating whatever you end up making! So I totally get it when you find a recipe you really like but have trouble putting all the ingredients together. Some things are either really hard to find or so expensive, they’re just impractical to purchase.  Continue reading Recipe | A Holiday Green Bowl So Easy to Make and Customize

Healthy Vinegar Beverages are the Next Big Thing

First, there were smoothies, then there were cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and a whole lot of others in between. I LOVE all of these but one I’m currently crazy about is the tarty vinegar beverage I now use to replace my morning coffee. Continue reading Healthy Vinegar Beverages are the Next Big Thing

Blend Your Fuel: Green Smoothie Guide + Oster MyBlend Giveaway!

This goes out to everyone who cringes at the sight of my green smoothies. It’s time the whole world drinks them!

I’ve been blending vegetables into my fruits way before it became a trend and I’ve always been thrown disgusted looks when  I drink them in front of others. These days I’ve been getting less of that and more of questioning looks as to how tedious the process of preparing them could be.

Most people get completely overwhelmed by the endless possibilities in making these green monsters. Which is why I came up with an easy go-to guide for everyone who barely has time to prepare what could be the easiest and quickest form of fuel. Great for pre and post workout meals if you don’t feel like eating anything heavy! Continue reading Blend Your Fuel: Green Smoothie Guide + Oster MyBlend Giveaway!

Ridiculously Easy Vegan Tofu BBQ Sandwich

It’s been forever since I had anything under Pretty Darn Fit “Make”. I’m going to be honest and say the food I prepare everyday is often a huge experiment and I fail to write down the ingredients and measurements when I hit the jackpot with my recipes.

So here’s one that’s really easy to do with ingredients you’ll often find in your fridge or kitchen. It’s very basic and if you’re feeling adventurous yourself, go ahead and add your own twist to it.

I’d love to know about them, so if you do re-create this sandwich and post them online, tag me (@nkitorres on Twitter and Instagram, or Pretty Darn Fit on Facebook) and use the hashtag #PrettyDarnFit or comment below with the recipe you want to share. 😉 Continue reading Ridiculously Easy Vegan Tofu BBQ Sandwich

Vegan Hot Cocoa with Homemade Whipped Cream

February is probably the coldest month of the year here in Manila. And there’s nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. So here’s my take on the yummy drink that’s perfect for cold, lazy mornings spent in the comfort of your own home (and maybe in between sheets). What’s even more awesome is the fact that it’s vegan, high in good fat, insanely easy to do and did I say delicious? Continue reading Vegan Hot Cocoa with Homemade Whipped Cream

Pineapple-Ginger Recovery Smoothie

It’s the morning after The Global Mala Project and if you went and made the most out of the event, you’re probably feeling sore like I am. But GMP or not, we all have our days when tightness, stiffness and soreness all come to visit and ask for a bit of TLC. And because many have asked me for this recipe, I’m sharing with you the really easy, really quick recipe to a natural (and soothing) recovery drink. Continue reading Pineapple-Ginger Recovery Smoothie

Warm and Comforting Kitchari for Detoxification

This is a dish I shared on Facebook and Instagram a couple of months ago. And today, because of the cold weather brought about by the typhoon (and because many have been asking), I ‘m finally sharing this easy Kitchari recipe.

For those of you who are wondering, Kitchari is a soupy porridge known in Ayurveda for its cleansing benefits. This warming dish improves digestion and rids the body of toxins. Most of us may be unfamiliar with the practice of consuming grains during detoxification, but in India, Kitchari is eaten during periods of fasting. Too good to be true, if you ask me. This dish is crazy tasty, and really does the body good. The combination of rice and mung beans provides the body with amino acids. The spices stoke the digestive fire, allowing your stomach to easily process the food you take in and absorb nutrients better. Turmeric boosts the body’s self-healing abilities too.

Now, there are many ways to prepare Kitchari. Each version has its own list of ingredients. The one I have here is the easiest I’ve tried with ingredients that are accessible and easy to find.

BASIC KITCHARI RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 cup Basmati rice (Replace with brown rice if you want to add fiber to your meal)

1/2 cup split green or yellow mung beans

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp cumin seeds (ground)

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp hing (Okay if you can’t find this, it’s only available in Indian grocery stores)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1 tsp ghee/clarified butter (vegans may skip this)

Cilantro (up to you to decide how much)

Lime (optional)

Chopped veggies (optional)

Directions:

1. Soak mung beans in water for 3 hrs or overnight

2. Wash rice and beans twice

2. Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil

3. Add in rice and mung beans.

4. Add the sea salt, spices and vegetables that take longer to cook such as potatoes, carrots, yams.

5. If you’re adding leafy greens, throw them in around 3-5 mins before taking the dish out of the fire.

6. Top with cilantro and serve with a slice of lime

If you’re looking at going on a short detox, you may double or triple the recipe and store in the fridge. Reheat (preferrably on the stove) before consumption. You may eat Kitchari any time you feel hungry during this period. The detox may last for two-three days. I’m personally not a fan of fasting for more than two days but if you do decide to do it, please listen closely to your body and stay well-hydrated.

Steamed “Fish” with Avocado and Parmesan Vinaigrette

Rule of thumb: Work OUT, Eat IN.

Take your food with you wherever you go. Plan ahead and prepare your food to avoid having little to no option when dining out.

Prepared this vegetarian meal in 30 mins.

Here’s how:

Moringa Red Rice
1. Steam red rice. 1 cup uncooked rice is to 2/12 cups water
2. Once cooked, sprinkle the desired amount of dehydrated Moringa leaves or chopped fresh leaves. I add in about half a teaspoon per cup.

Steamed “Fish” with Avocado and Parmesan Vinaigrette
1. Cut mock fish meat into thin slices. And steam for 5 mins. (I get mine from Harvester’s Vegetarian Grocery along Banawe Street.)
2. Mash 1 ripe avocado and add a tsp of coconut sugar
3. Top steamed fish with a tsp of avocado per slice
4. Lay on top of lettuce and thin tomato wheels (optional)
5. Drizzle with parmesan vinaigrette or sprinkle with feta or parmesan cheese.

Pack and take it with you wherever. Quick, easy and good too!