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!

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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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.

POTATOES – INCREASE ENERGY

The humble starchy vegetables are in season in autumn. When weather is cooler we tend to especially appreciate energy rich and warming food. Potatoes are underground tubers storing all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants. Hence they are full of nutrients – the immune-boosting vitamin C, and also a rich source of vitamin B 6 (for cellular renewal, healthy nervous system and balanced mood), folate and potassium, magnesium and iron.
Potatoes are in particular worthy when eaten with their skin like in the following recipe. Enjoy!

Anna Potatoes

2 Portions

What to buy

300 g potatoes
1 onion
200 ml vegetable stock
10 ml olive oil
 Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It
Brush the potatoes under running water until their skin is clean. Then slice the potatoes with the skin thinly using a mandolin slicer. Dice the onions and braise them in some olive oil until they are translucent. Brush 10 oven proof cups with some olive oil. Arrange the potato slices and the onions in layers, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour as much vegetable stock over the potatoes as needed so that the stock appears when you press the potatoes down.           
Place the cups in a deep oven tray half filled with hot water and cover closely with aluminum foil. Bake the potatoes at 180 degrees Celsius for around 60 minutes.

Remove the Anna potatoes carefully from the cups and place them on plates.
Serve them for example with reduced beetroot juice, shaved fresh horseradish and bouillon turnips.                                                              

Chef Gabi’s Tip:  Anna potatoes are low in fat, a perfect dish to consider when you try to loose a little bit of weight but still need energy to work out.  And this dish can be easily prepared in advance when you cook for friends.                       

Autumn – Time to Strenghten Immune Power

With the most welcome weather change it is wise to prepare our immune system to fight off flu attacks. Vitamin C rich foods help to stengthen immune power best. With cranberries in season I made this a vitamin packed delicious smoothie in almost no time. It features a great combination of lactic protein, pectine to bind and eliminate toxins, plenty of vitamin C, which is besides a great immune shield also helping to burn fat if you work out, Provitamin A, and it is wholesome. Perfect.

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My Cranberry Smoothie

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 What to buy
200 ml fresh pressed carrot juice
200 ml fresh pressed apple juice
200 ml low fat yoghurt or laban
2 Passion fruits – pulp and seeds
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons fresh or frozen cranberries
Crushed ice

How to Make It

Blend the cranberries with the agave syrup, the juices and the yoghurt or laban. Serve on crushed ice, toped with fresh passion fruit pulp.

Here are some interesting facts about cranberries:
The tart little red fruits are high vitamin and high health supportive phytonutrient wonders (phytonutrients are for example phenolic acids, flavonoids, anthocyanins – they are all impressive antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties) while they are extremely low in calories. They contain plenty of vitamin C, K, and E, manganese and fiber.

Wishing you a great and healthy UAE National Day – enjoy the festivities!