Raw Food is Pure Goodness!

Add some RAW FOOD to you life and stay healthy and energetic. You can also read about its significant benefits here…. Needless to say living in sunny and warm Dubai eating Raw is just a great thing to do in this climate!

Detox Rolls

Below delicious and pure Detox Rolls, made from grated organic roots vegetables, wheat grass vinaigrette and paper thin cucumber slices have been served at the Madinat Jumeirah Luxury Yoga Retreat last weekend!

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Another wonderful morning by the beach at Al Quasr Hotel….after a blissful workout a very healthy breakfast awaited our guests of our first Luxury Yoga Retreat at Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy the pictures of the weekend and try my Amaranth Muesli!

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Fresh cottage cheese, with tomato, cucumber and parsley waits to be dipped with wholesome arabic bread…..

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…and my dairy free and gluten free Amaranth muesli for a perfect powerful start into the day – plenty of diced fruits like banana, apple, water melon, papaya, mango, orange topped by freshly puffed amaranth seeds.

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Talise Nutrition on Dubai Eye!

I am excited to talk today 10 – 11 am on Dubai Eye Radio about Talise Nutrition and what we do at Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in terms of healthy lifestyle support. As well, I am looking foreward to seeing some of my readers at the Yoga Retreat that starts today at Madinat Jumeirah!

Wellbeing Tip No. 6 – Good health through good lifestyle, consistently

I would like to pick up on my wellbeing tips.

Consistency is key.

I often see people trying to do once in a while a little bit of healthy lifestyle – be it sports, sleep, or eating. Sadly, if we do not follow good things throughout our daily routine and make it a habit, we loose it again and fall back.
Here is why:
A salad here and there has not a major impact, if the rest of our lifestyle is not supportive to good health. In return, a bowl of French fries or a sugary softdrink does no harm either if the main diet is full of nutrients.

Jumeirah Group’s Talise Brand supports you with plenty of choice for a healthier lifestyle.   Visit any of our Hotels and Resorts on the globe and enjoy Talise Fitness, Talise Spa and Talise Nutrition.
Be inspired and live healthy!

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Summer in Dubai

It is summer in Dubai, and by nature this means quite hot weather.summer is
This summer I have almost spent entirely in Dubai. And enjoyed it! One reason is a newly purchased, beautiful ice cream maker at home, all my pride, especially in this hot weather. Prefering sugar free, additive free food for myself I usually never eat ice cream or sorbet which is not home made.
Because of the heat I currently do mainly sorbets at home. Delicious, pure fruit purees with no or very little agave syrup or acacia honey, depending on the sweetness of the fruits.  Sometimes I just don’t add anything. Sometimes I add some spices too. It is ready in almost no time and such a pleasure to snack on!
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See here how a basic healthy and pure fruit sorbet is made:

Choose a ripe and sweet fruit, my current favorites are pineapple or strawberries.

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Wash, clean or peel the fruits, and puree them with a little amount of water. Just enough for the blade to take the fruits. Add agave syrup if necessary and a dash of lime juice to taste. For the pineapple sorbet I didn’t add anything. Often fruits are by nature perfectly sweet. Adding a little bit of pure vanilla to strawberries or a little bit of ginger to pineapple is a good idea but not a must. Try it if you like – the sorbets you see pictured here are pure and taste great as they are….
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Strain. This is an option but I do it because the texture of the sorbet turns out much more smooth.
Beauty tip: The leftover in the sieve, especially pineapple or strawberry, makes a great face mask, mixed with natural yoghurt :)
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Pour the strained fruit puree into the ice cream maker and turn it on. Depending of the volume you make this can take from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.
Then the sorbet is ready to serve!
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I often or always make more than I can consume in one go. Hence I store my sorbet in a small container in my freezer. Ready to take out any time.
By the way …. pictured below is one of the rare occasions I ordered “normal” sorbet in a restaurant. It was on a trip abroad. I especially loved the inspirational text on the placemat. So true.

Have a lovely Eid holiday!
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Talise Nutrition is spreading its wings

Talise Nutrition is spreading its wings….and I am happy to see all our previous work like a puzzle coming together to a whole picture.
Most of us know the basics of healthy lifestyle and acknowledge that embracing it would be a bonus. Since I am in the industry, I strongly believe health food is a field that is still to be explored by food professionals of all kinds. And nowadays I see open minds and some true and consistent steps towards this direction.

At Jumeirah, with the Talise Wellness Brand, we are working on Talise Nutrition healthy food offerings amongst all our Hotels and Resorts worldwide.
So if you spot the Talise Nutrition Icon  flavors of health
for healthier options on the menu – enjoy!

I just wanted to share with you some delicious impressions about about my work (pictures below are from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai):

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Above Sprouted Quinoa Tabouleh in a cone, Crudites with Beetroot Hoummous, Cucumber Bavaroise with Tapenade, Cottage Cheese with Mango, Watermelon and Mint Honey
Below image shows the generic Talise Nutrition Icon on a buffet, indicating some extra healthy culinary treats we have created. I hope you come and enjoy!
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Talise Nutrition on Physique TV

Many ingredients from the vegetable sector are very healthy by nature. However, we can easily diminish their benefits by preparation. Deep frying is just one example.
Healthy food is not only the ingredient itself. I highly recommend looking also at how a dish is made.

Ideal are raw preparations and marinations, steaming, baking, grilling, short braising or sous vide cooking on low temperatures. Adding salt and fat as late as possible is a bonus too.

Please see here how one of my favorite dishes is made and what the benefits are. It is a good example how a minimum of loss of benefits and a maximum of flavor can be achieved. As well this dish is one of my favorites!

 This was a broadcast about Talise Nutrition at Madinat Jumeirah on Physique TV. Enjoy!

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The Joy of Homemade Jam

I just wanted to share with you a simple recipe for a bit of healthier jam. Guilt free, almost!Honey sweetened and freshly made, it may make a great option for breakfast, cakes, cookies or desserts.
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When ever I have some fruits or berries that are a bit on the softer and riper side, I combine them in a small sauce pan, add a slice of organic lemon with the skin, a small piece of vanilla pot and as much acacia honey as required to sweeten the fruits. This depends pretty much on the fruits and on your taste.

Then I simmer them on low temperature for around 10 – 15 minutes. This is enough to deconstruct the fruits and still leave them in a vivid color a flavor. After that I add a spoonful of either arrowroot, agar agar or tapioca flour, or  and stir that in for a last bubble up on the heat. Again here it depends on the pectine content of the fruits if I need a little bit more of the thickening agent or not. Rule of thumb: 1 teaspoon for around 350 – 400 ml of jam.

Now the jam is ready to be filled in a glass or bowl and it goes in the fridge, awaiting its final use! It keeps well for around 3-5 days when refrigerated. So I never produce too much of it. Making such a small amount of deliciously smelling jam in your kitchen is no work at all and so much pleasure. You should give it a try! I love to eat this jam with some fresh yoghurt for example when I am craving something sweet….

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Luxurious Muesli – Start fresh into April!

I now can reveal the recipe for my latest favorite muesli, as shown and created for MBC1 The Green Apple Show, aired recently. View the video sequence here.
By the way, there is more healthy treats to come soon on this channel. Keep watching it.
To easy make and enjoy this perfect morning treat at home, please follow below recipe.
I am sure you will like it as much as I do!

Luxurious Layered Morning Muesli
2 portions

What To Buy
10g Buckwheat
5g Puffed Amaranth (it is easy to puff Amaranth, as shown in the video, if you want to do it yourself as I do it)
10g Oat flakesmuesli
10g Almonds with skin
50g Mango
50g Papaya
30g Pomegranate seeds
50g Strawberry
10g Passion fruit pulp with seeds
200ml low fat Yoghurt
5g Acacia honey

How To Make It
Toast the buckwheat, the oat flakes and the sunflower seeds slightly in a non stick pan without any fat. Toast the almonds the same way and crush them roughly. Mix the seeds and nuts with the puffed amaranth.

Peel the papaya and the mango. Dice strawberry, mango and papaya and keep separate.
Spoon the prepared ingredients layered into glasses, so you can display the colorful layers: Some seeds and nuts mix, top with yoghurt, one type of fruit. Repeat the same layers with a different type of fruit.

Serve topped with a drizzle of acacia honey.

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This morning treat is packed with nutrients supporting beautiful skin, shiny hair, strong nails and bones. In the same time it provides you with lots of energy for a fresh start in the day.
p.s. left is one “making of” picture with the presenter Howayda and me,  preparing the muesli. In the back you see beautiful Madinat Jumeirah Resort with its waterways, where guests are transported by boats …enjoy something truly  inspirational about it here.