April 19, 2014

Changes

"Change" is undoubtedly the most fitting word to describe how my life has been over the past couple of months. Change to me, is that which shakes up our comfort zones, propels us to undiscovered territory - we either happily leap into it, or freeze up, too afraid of the outcome. Almost every part of my life suddenly changed in the blink of an eye. Some changes I welcomed and embraced, whereas others were a little harder to grasp.

I love sharing parts of my life with you because, even though I don't necessarily know you, after all these years, and all your emails and comments, it almost feels like I do! I enjoy connecting with you, perhaps in hopes of you finding inspiration, ideas or simply so you can have someone to relate to. Life is absolutely beautiful (let's never forget that) but sometimes.. well.. it rains! We all have those quiet times to ourselves when our mind drifts and we reflect on areas of our life that could be improved, things we might want to better about ourselves. Although perhaps not the most "positive" moments, these times are great for figuring out "what do I really want?" These moments present us with opportunities for growth and self-improvement.



I've received many emails asking how to deal with change, new environments, new situations, end of a relationship, end of a familiar setting etc. I thought today would be a good day to share my thoughts. When the change is positive, of course we are excited for the new opportunities! But when the change pulls on your heartstrings, it seems easier to dive into bed than deal with the situation head-on.

In midst of dealing with changes in my own life, I thought I'd share some things I'm doing to help myself. For those of you who might be dealing with changes, or just feeling a little "stuck" in life, maybe this will be helpful!

Click below to read more!


April 9, 2014

Raw Hummus-Inspired Dip Recipe

Hello my lovelies :) I hope everyone is having a nice day ♥ I just finished eating a delicious vegetable platter accompanied by a tasty hummus-inspired broccoli dip... it was scrumptious! The original recipe (inspired by Fully Raw Kristina, she is so good) calls for zucchini, which I did not have, so I substituted it with broccoli instead - still really good but with more of a "green" taste lol :) Recipe below!

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Raw Hummus Recipe 
1 head of broccoli (or 1-2 zucchinis) I also want to try this with cauliflower - it would give it a more traditional 'beige' hummus appearance 
1 cup lemon juice 
4 tbsp raw tahini paste (or 1 cup unhulled sesame seeds)
4 cloves garlic
Pinch of cumin 
Pinch of himalayan sea salt 

Step 1: Place broccoli florets (or zucchini / cauliflower) in a food processor and pulse till it becomes a light fluffy texture 

Step 2: Blend the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin and himalayan salt in a high speed blender to make a creamy paste

Step 3: Pour the paste in the food processor with the broccoli, pulse a few times until it's mixed well 

I served this with fresh celery, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, yellow and red bell peppers!

Super easy and super tasty! Have you guys experimented with making raw hummus? Or any other raw recipes? Share with me below in the comments! Always love hearing from you :) XOXO

April 7, 2014

New On My Playlist

Good music is like a warm hug for your soul  I love how it fills the air with goodness, no matter what might be going on! And sometimes, it doesn't take more than a good song to switch your mood around and get you out of a funk. A simple song can also give you a quick boost of motivation to go workout, clean up or get organized (Beyonce's "Girls" anyone? lol) - that's why I love music so much :)

It's been a while since I've shared some of my new favorite songs with you! Below are some songs I've recently been loving and are now on my current playlist. If you want to check out some of my other favorite songs, click here to view my "Recently Added Music" post I did last year.

I would love to know what songs you've been loving too! Share with me below in the comments and I will check them out! XOXO


Sara Bareilles - I Choose You


Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing


John Ledgend - All Of Me


Gyptian - Wine Slow 
I also love "Hold You"



Pharalle Williams - Happy

April 4, 2014

Going Raw Update!

Hello my beauties! I hope you are all doing wonderful. Today I have a new video for you, on my update on going 100% raw! I talk about some new things I've learnt over the past few weeks, and I also answer a few questions I received from you guys - hopefully I answered your question, if not, feel free to leave it below! It's truly been an experience to say the least! Every day has been a blessing, some more exciting than others, but always a blessing. I'm grateful for being able to nourish myself with all this good food. If you want some healthy food inspiration you can follow me on Instagram (@AnnieJaffrey). Let me know what kind of video you would like to see next! Health, beauty, fashion? Hope you enjoy the video and find it interesting! XOXO




Topics discussed in this video:
- Proper food combining (to avoid bloating)
- High fat vs low fat raw vegan
- Emotional eating
- Sugar & weight gain 
- The detox phase
- Developing a positive relationship with yourself 
- Pregnancy & raising children
- Do I feel hungry or nutritionally deprived?

March 30, 2014

Her Own Wings

Hello my beauties! I hope everyone is having a great weekend :) I am currently in NJ visiting my family which has been really nice. Today I came across a big box of family pictures we took last summer, the day before my 24th birthday. We all wore white lol as per most family pictures but I think they came out great. My family lives all over the world, so it's nice to see everyone together in one picture. Anyway below is one of just myself, I wore this cute "babydoll" type dress from TopShop - one of my favorite styles of dresses. I also read a really beautiful quote which I just had to share with you guys - it speaks to me and it encourages me - I hope it will do the same for you. Lots of love 


"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because, 
her trust is not on the branch, but on her own wings. 
Always believe in yourself."

March 29, 2014

Raw Vegan Tabbouleh Recipe

Hi my beauties! Hope you are all well :) Today I have a new video for you on one of my favorite raw vegan dishes, tabbouleh, which I like to have once or twice a week. I just love parsley - it's so good for you and this is a great fresh way to incorporate it into your diet. Traditional recipes use bulgur wheat - but I opt for quinoa for it's high vitamin and mineral content. As mentioned in the video however, I have also made this using just pine nuts instead of any wheat - which tastes super good! It's all about tailoring this to your preference - as with most recipes :) I hope you enjoy and find it interesting! XOXO




Recipe:
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 2 tomatos 
- 3/4 red onion  
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup quinoa (soaked & sprouted to remain raw)
- 2 bunches parsley
- 1/2 cup mint leaves

Optional: pine nuts & romain lettuce leaves to serve 

Top left: two bunches parsley (one curly leaf & one flat leaf)
Top right: diced cucumber, onion, garlic and tomato 
Bottom left: lemon juice, quinoa and mint
Bottom right: romain lettuce leaves

I love having my tabbouleh in these romain lettuce "tacos". They are so fresh & sweet!

I love the vibrant color! This stays good for about three days (and get's better the longer you let it sit) 

March 19, 2014

Coconut Banana Smoothie "Ice Cream"

Hi everyone, hope you are well! Today is day 10 being fully raw *woop*! This morning I made this absolutely delicious coconut banana smoothie which tasted like heaven! Something I love about Dubai are the wide variety of fruits and vegetables available (especially at the farmer's markets).

I picked up some young coconuts the other day (costs equivalent to $2.50) and decided to use both the water and flesh in a smoothie. I had placed some bananas in the freezer last night so decided to use those too. And then I added some cinnamon and dates to give a really nice flavor! It turned out delicious ♥ You can also use coconut meat to make raw yoghurts and puddings - yum!




The Ingredients
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Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, and voila! 
(You can also put this back into the fridge / freezer to make it even cooler)

The smoothie!


As mentioned in the video, eating fully raw was always something I wanted to do - but honestly, the thought of it scared me a little. I'd think things like "will I get enough variety?" / "will I get bored of eating the same food?" "will I be hungry?" but in reality, it's SO much easier than I expected and I haven't had any trouble getting varieties of foods into my diet, and I definitely haven't gotten "bored" of the food. In fact, I've found a whole new excitement and love for fruits & veg - as crazy as that may sound :) Anyway my point is, there are just so many varieties on a raw food diet! And to anyone who is thinking about starting this lifestyle, and may have doubts, just TRY it! Go for maybe 3 days eating raw and do research, find recipes and I'm sure you will love it too! 

March 17, 2014

My Transition to 100% Raw

Hey guys! Happy Monday :) I have a new video up for you talking about my experience going 100% raw - and a bit more information on what this lifestyle consists of. I hope you find it interesting. The video was initially A LOT longer because I had quite a lot to say, but I trimmed it down as much as I could to keep all the topics short & sweet. Let me know if there's anything you'd like me to talk more in depth about in a separate video! Also, feel free to share if you are currently on a raw foods lifestyle or if it’s something you would like to try one day. I hope you guys enjoy the video! 





My Raw Vegan Pasta Sauce: click here
This is super good over raw / regular pasta, as a salad dressing, as a dip...