Macrobiotics – Baked Sweet Potatoes


Recipe taken from my Macrobiotics Course. Sweet potatoes are Yang food.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, cashew nuts (soaked and dehydrated at low temperature), white sesame seeds, fresh soya milk, a little bit of organic maple syrup.

These taste very nice as it is but when baked it gives a crush on the surface and bottom. You can go without maple syrup as sweet potatoes are naturally sweet. Can be substitute with white/purple sweat potatoes.



Chocolate Fig Fudge – Vegan and Raw

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My third Raw & Vegan experiment using dried figs, cashew butter, coconut butter, cacao power and vanilla powder. This tastes great and does not do harm to your body. No sugar added, not-baked.

Figs helps lower high blood pressure, a good source of dietary fiber to lower cholesterol and aid in weight loss. The study showed that the fruit and cereal fiber in figs reduce the postmenopausal breast cancer. Figs also provide protection against macular degeneration. However, it is good to note that figs are among a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates, naturally-occuring substances found in plants, animals and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallise and cause health problem. For this reason, individulas with already exisiting and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating figs. Oxalates may also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body.

Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, and about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acids content are hearth-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. This fat can help to reduce high triglyceride levels in diabetic patients. Nuts in general lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. The copper in cashews plays a role in a wide range of physiological processes including iron utilisation, elimination of free radicals, development pf bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin. Magnesium in cashews helps regulate nerve and muscle tone and is also vital for healthy bones. Cashews also helps prevent gallstones, lowers risk of weight gain. Similar to figs, cashews are among a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates and some people have allergic reactions to three nuts including cashews.

Cocoa has antidepressant effects and contains approximately 43.6mg of powerful antioxidants flavonoids per gram. Cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods, more than red wine or tea. Drinking cocoa may help to fight cancer, heath disease and ageing through its antioxidant boosting effect. Try using raw cocoa powder, which is a minimally processed cocoa powder. Beware that most commercial cocoa powders have the antioxidant-containing flavonoids removed because they taste bitter. Cocoa may also lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots, increase blood flow to the arteries, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. However, cocoa contains caffein, which may have negative effects such as insomnia, on caffeine-sensitive individuals. It also contains oxalates.

These fudge also contains coconut.

Cacao Cashew Cakes – Vegan and Raw

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This is my very first raw and vegan cakes I ever made to celebrate Christmas this year. It was my dream to bake vegan and raw cakes for cancer patients and I believe this is one of them! Felt so happy with the result. Made using raw ingredients: black dates, almonds, cashews, cacao powder, organic coconut oil and organic maple syrup. No-flour, no-eggs, no-butter, no-sugar, vegan and not-baked products so you can get all nutrients from this cakes too!

Inspired by the Chinese TCM courses I took this year, I was using black dates which are Chinese herb that can help to nourish the “Qi” and the blood which lead to better blood circulation, it also help to fight against stress and help improve insomnia. Black dates are especially good for postpartum women because it helps to restore energy and balance. Black dates are considered to be more tonic in terms of the effect on the body than Red dates in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Raw cacao is packed with antioxidants that destroy free radicals, the chemicals that accelerate ageing, inflammation and increase the potential for a range of diseases. Cacao can also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. It can even improve blood pressure and blood vessel health, and improve HDL cholesterol. Eating in raw form is the great way to remove unnecessary effects of sugar.

Almonds contain a host of oils and nutrients that are especially good for keeping the skin youthful. Almonds are a good source of protein, needed for healthy growth and the repair of cells. The nuts also contain more fibre than any other nut, thereby helping to maintain good digestion. Their calcium content helps to keep bones strong and to stave off osteoporosis. They also contain monounsaturated fats and plant sterols, which help to reduce the risk of hearth disease. Almonds are a fantastic source of vitamin E, which plays and important role in maintaining healthy skin both internally and externally, helping to preserve elasticity and repair damage. Almond oil, especially, is wonderfully soothing for the skin and effective in healing post-operative scars. Vitamin E also boosts immunity and protects the heart. Almonds also provide zinc, magnesium and potassium, While zinc strengthens immunity, magnesium increases energy and potassium reduces blood pressure, staving off hearth disease.

Cashew nuts are a great source of omega-6 essential fatty acids, which protect against heart disease. The nuts also contain magnesium, a nutrient that aids the function of the heart and enables the metabolism of calcium, which prevents osteoporosis. Rich in B-vitamins, which aid the maintenance of nerves and muscle tissue, and boost resistance to stress, cashews contain selenium to stave off wrinkles and promote glossy hair. They also provide iron to help to prevent anaemia.

Organic coconut oil plays a role in lowering bad cholesterol, boosting immunity, increasing metabolism, helping with weight loss, and it is also great for your hair and skin and stress relief. The oil also provides relief from kidney problems, hearth disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

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