Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homemade Tamari Roasted Pepitas Recipe

This is the ultimate snack and it's so easy to make!
Pepitas are so good for you and they are a great source of healthy fats, iron,

Only takes around 5 minutes!
Ingredients:
1. 200 gr Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2. 3-4 Tbsp Tamari - or to taste (raw soy sauce)

Directions: Heat a skillet on the stove and throw your pepitas in. Keep mixing the pepitas until they turn a little brown and start roasting. Pour your tamari on top of the pepitas and keep stirring until they are dry again.
Let them cool down and enjoy a healthy snack!



Today's Mantra:

Paula

Friday, November 14, 2014

Travel with us: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Can you believe I haven't posted a travel blog post in such a long time?
I missed traveling, and today I can finally share some photos and tips from our recent trip to Bali, Indonesia.
I love flying, and I love it when I am in the air. Coffee tea? Just no turbulences please! Lucky the 6 hour flight was pretty smooth on the way there and back! The stewardesses were all Indonesian and wearing their traditional sarongs. Garuda Air, happy with the service.

One of my favorite places in Bali is Ubud. It is a very relaxing place, away from crazy Kuta.

Ubud, a town in central Bali, is far removed from the drunken bikini scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists' workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place. (Wiki)

The top sites in Ubud that I loved were:

1. Telalalang

The Telalalang rice terraces in Ubud. Beautiful views and a very nice walk through all the greens. Great place to sip on a fresh coconut and just enjoy the view!






2. Coffee and tea farm - must try the herbal teas and coffee in Ubud, including the famous Luwak Coffee - coffee made of an animals's poo, also known as: CatPOOccinno. Enjoy!



3. Bali Zoo - go if you want to see elephants, crocs, birds etc. Not too packed with turists.



4. Rice fields in Ubud.
From Ubud, the rice fields are not too far, and you can easily walk through the rice fields. I recommend this walk early in the morning or at sunset as it can get pretty hot during the day!




Lucky there was Sari Organic in the middle of the rice fields to quench our thirst and sweet cravings :)


5. Back to Ubud, there is the Palace to visit - Puri Saren Agung


6. I recommend Wayan's Warung for a great traditional balinese meal. Bali Coffee and Black rice pudding are a must try!


7. I recommend visiting the Lotus Gardens in Ubud, located near the Palace, it's free!



8. Also next to the Palace, there is Ubud Markets. Be prepared to bargain down a lot if you are looking to buy touristy souvenirs like: wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs, and all manner of other souvenirs.



Where to stay in Ubud? Wikitravel has some great tips ranging from $15 to over $100 per night.



Where to eat in Ubud?
Try Bumbu Bali, they offer a vegetarian menu.


Best Coffee in Ubud?
At Seniman coffee, apart from great espresso, the presentation is beautiful too!


I hope you enjoy my Bali post and hope you find it useful! If you need any travel tips just shoot me an email at: fitrawtravel@gmail.com

Today's Mantra: I see the bright side in every situation!

Paula

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dirty Dozen? Clean Fifteen?

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Where do you buy your cosmetics? What brands do you trust? Do you know which products are safe?
Are chemicals safe?

Environmental working group is a non-profit organisation and their aim is to inform consumers about protecting their health and the environment. It's an awesome website that everyone should check for their own health.
Have you heard of The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen? It was created by the environmental group, where they highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. If a conventionally grown food you want tests high for pesticides, go for the organic version instead. And also - the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure.

What is the healthiest sunscreen?

What is the best fluoride free toothpaste?

Skin guide to cosmetics?

Guide to eco-friendly laundry detergents?

Guide to healthy eating?



This website has the answers!
I have been browsing and reading this website a lot lately and it's really eye-opening and packed with information! www.ewg.org


Enjoy!


Today's Mantra: Paula

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade natural anti-aging cream

Yes I "make" my own skin-care, face cream and body lotion.



Our skin is our largest organ. I choose carefully what I put on my body, and the idea is that if I don't eat it, I won't put it on my body. Anything we put on our bodies we absorb through our skin. That's almost the same as eating it. Who likes to eat body cream, anti-aging cream, tan sprays and others? I don't! I like my fruit and veggies!
So if you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin!


 For a few years now I have been using oils on my face and body. I know it sounds oily or greasy, but it's not!
And in the end I'd rather stain my clothes then absorb chemicals through my skin.



For my face, I use only pure organic cold pressed oils like Hemp oil, Argan oil or Olive oil. So I don't actually make it, I buy the cold pressed oil and use it on my body.
Hemp oil, or hempseed oil is the one that works best for my skin, but you might like others. 


Olive oil is always a backup plan when I run out of hemp :)
But there are tons of oils out there that you can try, and most of them have SPF too so that's a bonus! You might want to try: Grapeseed oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp seed, Olive oil, find the one that suit you!

What do you use to hydrate and moisturise?

Today's Mantra:  I see the bright side in every situation.
:)

Paula

Image sources: Pinterest

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Etsu Izakaya - Great Japanese restaurant!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Travel.

I haven’t really been posting on the travel part of my blog. Don’t forget my blog is called Fit Raw Travel :)
So today I want to write about a beautiful restaurant on the Gold Coast. If you ever travel to Australia, you must try this restaurant!



It’s a very international country so you can find a lot of great cuisines!
Etsu Izakaya is a great Japanese restaurant and bar izakaya style. What is izakaya you ask? That was the same question that popped into my head too! Izakaya is a style of Japanese pub so a mix of a restaurant and bar that serves smaller plates/to share or not, and you can mix and match anything you like! Kind of like Spanish tapas food – finger food. I think it’s a great way to eat as a set menu restricts you and you can order as much or as little as you want to.



The atmosphere was beautiful, a young crowd all up for party and great music too.
The place only opened a week ago and was very crowded on a Friday night and all booked.
The decoration is amazing, and very funky. You can definitely feel the Japanese style with all the paintings on the walls and open grill behind glass.

Everything in the pub was very beautiful and stylish, from the funky chairs, to the large table with a tree in the middle, and the table settings and handmade plates and bowls.
The food is very diverse and it’s great for all tastes. They serve all kind of skewers, Japanese style of course with sauces, tempura, salads, chicken meatballs and food for all tastes meat lovers or not! For vegans, there are plenty of options: a handmade silken tofu salad, served with pine nuts – delicious! 


Spicy edamame that was very tasty, a beautiful miso soup (that did NOT give me food poisoning –  lol).  They also serve tempura veggies – delicious and steamed veggie – very tasty and full of flavor. You must try the grilled rice balls – which is white rice on the grill with a smoky teriyaki flavor, amazing how such a plain food can taste so delicious!



The drinks are very good, from Japanese beers to aged whiskey to delicious crisp  wine.


The place was clean, stylish and will definitely be a regular customer!

Make sure you make a reservation !


Today's Affirmation: It's not who you are that's holding you back, it's who you think you're not.

Enjoy!

Paula