3 Teas that may save your skin

Hello loves,

So a month ago I went on another readscapade to try get a solution for my acne. I shared with you a while ago my skin routine that attempts to keep my acne at bay. That hasn’t changed much though I tweaked it a little to add teas into my routine. It was a brilliant idea because apart from constantly drinking the teas, I began to use them as toners in my skincare routine…. AMEN to the antioxidants. I consider it very safe because its food grade, and if it is safe and healthy for your stomach, why not add it to your skin.

Apart from being very rich in anti-oxidants, these teas also bear antiseptic and healing properties and some also have moisturising properties. So you are not only fighting acne on the outside but also on the inside. What’s more, is that along with finding a solution to your skin, you are also receiving additional benefits, which includes reducing your risk factors for cancer and some lifestyle diseases as well. This teas are one hundred per cent herbal and almost do not require any sweetening with sugar or addition of milk. You may just consider this as your daily dose of herbs.

I prefer teas to store bought products containing the same ingredients because teas are simple and do not add other ingredients that we aren’t too sure about. So here are the teas I have been taking:

  • Rooibos tea

It is red in color coming from the leaves of the rooibos plant native to South Africa. It doesn’t have a strong flavour and it’s pretty easy to find in Nakumatt. I saw a host of benefits in this article. I would recommend it for beginners seeing that it is quite easy to take.

You can also apply it externally using a cotton pad or the tea bag itself. It is quite moisturising.

  • Green tea

This has been there for a while now being one of the most popular anti-oxidant teas there are.(read more here) It comes from the barely processed leaves of the tea plant. It is quite bitter and as a beginner you may want to sweeten it… or just take it as a herbal portion lol. Due to its popularity you can find it just about anywhere… my favourite has to be MELVINS TEA because it also has lemongrass!!

You can apply it on the skin, it is amazing because of its antiseptic properties and controls breakouts a big deal.

  • Chamomile tea

I want to say that this is the most effective but I am not too sure. It is GOOD though, and my skin absolutely digs this stuff. It has quite a strong smell and absolutely no taste. It is quite easy to take actually!! Its benefits are well outlined here! I like it because it is super relaxing and amazing at that.

On the skin, it is the bomb dot com. It does well in containing break outs as well.

PS: of course nothing substitutes a good diet and a good hydration plan when it comes to the skin! Also good practices like keeping your skin clean and moisturized do well to promote skin health. I recommend doing teas twice a day, and I have a strong bias for chamomile at night!!

Green tea may have caffeine… so if you are insomniac you may want to substitute this for a caffeine free tea like Rooibos tea or chamomile tea.

I also occasionally take Moringa tea with cinnamon. It is equally a good anti-oxidant.

Have you tried teas before?

love and love

Nyake.

Love and love

Nyake.

2 smoothie ideas + vegan challenge update

Hey lovelies happy Friday… we haven’t cooked on here this month, which is quite weird considering that we are on a vegan challenge. I am really sorry about that, having to blog without a camera is a bit of hard work, and my internet connection does not seem to be helping much. End of rant! About the challenge… we are doing quite well, apart from my psyche levels going down and me grabbing a cake sometime on day four-five there, we are still going strong. I haven’t done a successful workout just yet though. I have been doing my teas a lot more, and also trying to improve my water game as well.

Anyway, a great way to incorporate fruit into your diet apart from eating it (which by the way is the best way) is to Smoothie it out. This is because you get to juice it as it were without losing the fiber part of it. Normal juice is actually not as healthy as we may suppose it is because we sieve out all the fiber thus stripping the fruit of its amazing benefits as far as supplying body sugar is concerned. Read that here.

Smoothies are also a great pre-workout grab!!! Here are two of my absolutely favorite smoothies.

MANGO Smoothie

What you need

  • Chopped mango

  • ½ cup of water

  • Ice cubes

What to do

  • Put the ingredients in a blender and blend

  • It is important that you do not dilute the mango because we don’t want to add sugar to our juice and we also want it to remain thick

  • You can add milk of your choice (soy, almond etc). I just don’t like the sound of milk in my fruit.

BANANA-PINEAPPLE smoothie

What you need

  • 1 banana sliced

  • Chopped pineapple

  • ½ cup water

  • Ice cubes

What to do

  • You may freeze the banana before hand

  • Mix the ingredients in a blender and blend away

The banana Smoothie is very very filling by the way. This is such an awesome way to give your body good vibes in the morning!!

Adding Chia seeds or any seed to your Smoothie definitely adds more nutrients to your Smoothie. Organic vegan protein powder is also welcome.

Ever tried smoothies? I would love to know.

Sunshine all the way,

Nyake.

2 smoothie ideas + vegan challenge update

Hey lovelies happy Friday… we haven’t cooked on here this month, which is quite weird considering that we are on a vegan challenge. I am really sorry about that, having to blog without a camera is a bit of hard work, and my internet connection does not seem to be helping much. End of rant! About the challenge… we are doing quite well, apart from my psyche levels going down and me grabbing a cake sometime on day four-five there, we are still going strong. I haven’t done a successful workout just yet though. I have been doing my teas a lot more, and also trying to improve my water game as well.

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Vegan Challenge!!!

Hey lovelies, happy Monday!! Hope your week is off to a smashing start! If it isn’t smashing yet, things are bound to get better partly because we are going to take part in a challenge. I’m excited! In about five days, we begin a 21day vegan challenge. That should be October 1st.

So why vegan challenge? Apart from me having a penchant for trying new things, it is also a good base for me to vary my options. I have always wanted to embrace a fully plant based diet because of the numerous benefits I have heard. My ideal goal though is to be able to eat a fully raw diet because hey I want to look 40 when I am 80 and most importantly really function like a 40 year old (ride bikes and all).

This post though is not about why I am taking part in this challenge but rather to invite y’all to try it out for yourself. Depending on who you are this may just be the major leap you have to try something absolutely out of your comfort zone (pst… all the folk who actually write new year’s resolutions, remember saying you would try something new?). this for others may be the path to a healthy lifestyle especially if you detoured along the way. The reasons for joining could be varied, but we all can do this hey?

So here are some of the stuff about the challenge you need to know:

  • The challenge runs for 21 days from October 1st

  • You can eat anything, that doesn’t have origins from an animal. So no milk, meat, eggs, cheese butter e.t.c.

  • If you like you may opt for healthy cooking methods but this is optional

I hope I didn’t scare you already… Because it may be a challenge to decide or know what to eat during this period, my good friend Diana (the brain behind this challenge) created a support group where we share meal ideas and lots of good info on vegan substitutes for meat and achieving a balanced vegan diet with dashes of encouragement.

If you want to participate in the challenge and to join the group, please add Diana Onyonyi as your facebook friend and send her a message asking to join the challenge and she will definitely add you to the group.

Let’s do this…

Love and sunshine,

Nyake

Birthday Vegetarian Meat Balls

Is it even accurate to call them meat balls? Seeing that there is no meat in them? I’m not too sure about that.

Anyway hello everyone, I’m super excited about this post because it is about food duh and because I finally got round to making B’s favourite (or almost ) dish for his birthday! Of course that doesn’t beat our vegan burger and fries here (or down below). So today’s post is about making this babies here…. I share the full process and hope you get to really enjoy these as your meat substitute. Being vegetarian is honestly an interesting challenge… especially being a fun vegetarian and I really enjoy it especially because I can’t stand the smell of meat!!

Let’s get started with today’s recipe.

YOU NEED

  • 2 packs Textured soya protein (I used sossi mince from Nakumatt)

  • Oil

  • Bread crumbs (these you will just have to eyeball sorry)

  • 4 eggs

  • Onion

  • Capsicum (its optional)

  • Garlic (to taste)

  • Ginger (fresh works amazing)

  • Any other spice you deem necessary

METHOD

  • Fry onion and garlic and ginger in a pan until almost browning

  • Put your two packs of sossi and stir ( don’t salt if you use sossi because it is pre-salted)

  • You will need bits of water to help it soften a bit and also to avoid having it stick in your sufuria (of course some of it will)… don’t make it soupy or very wet.

  • Once it has softened… put it aside to cool. Preferably in a tray

  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and you may add a spice as well

  • Once the sossi has cooled a bit, you may pour your egg into the mixture and begin to mix.

  • Carefully add breadcrumbs… bit by bit until the mixture can be moulded into balls. (think about how you mould ugali in your hand… yes, a bit like that) the mixture shouldn’t be too wet and it should hold on its own

  • Heat oil in a pan, and deep fry the balls until they are crusty….

after frying

SERVING IDEAS

  • These can be served as a snack… everybody was already eating even before I stewed them!!

  • You can also stew them the traditional way… like egg curry.

Do let me know if you tried this recipe… or a similar one by tagging me on instagram @nyake_bondo (be sure to folllow as well!!! or leaving a comment below!!!

Love and love

Nyake.

Birthday Vegetarian Meat Balls

Is it even accurate to call them meat balls? Seeing that there is no meat in them? I’m not too sure about that.

Anyway hello everyone, I’m super excited about this post because it is about food duh and because I finally got round to making B’s favourite  (or almost ) dish for his birthday! Of course that doesn’t beat our vegan burger and fries here (or down below). So today’s post is about making this babies here…. I share the full process and hope you get to really enjoy these as your meat substitute.

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Breakfast Ideas

Hey lovelies….

What is the hardest question you have had to answer in a while? Probably a proposal. My hardest question is usually what to eat. For some reason I don’t like to think about it much. Maybe it is the school work I don’t know. So I decided to put up a few suggestions of what my breakfasts looks like on a mostly every day basis.

I like my breakfasts heavy because the energy it gives you is unmatched. Breakfast has this power to inject you with some energy that is unmatched and unparalleled .

  1. Avocado-toast-green tea

  2. Fried rice and some tea

  3. Mango puree?

  4. My banana icecream

  5. Sphagetti-salad-omelette

Love and love

Nyake

Breakfast Ideas

Hey lovelies….

What is the hardest question you have had to answer in a while? Probably a proposal. My hardest question is usually what to eat. For some reason I don’t like to think about it much. Maybe it is the school work I don’t know. So I decided to put up a few suggestions of what my breakfasts looks like on a mostly every day basis.

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What love is | a weird combination

Heyy everyone…

One of the hardest things to do on social media is being absolutely honest. There is this pressure in social media in general to look like you have all your act together. It’s kind of an addictive habit, but once in a while… the world caves in for us and it’s healthy to admit that we have trouble trying to achieve what we have put our minds to. It’s a healthy part of your life.

It feels good to be back after one month. I’m really sorry for the absence; let us just say life happens. Lots of stuff has been going on which made it a little hard to come on here and share a thought or two. That notwithstanding, I’m back. How have you been holding up?

I was going to share food ideas today, (or should I say that was the original intention of this post) but something more touching occurred. As I mentioned earlier, life has been happening a lot and not necessarily in the positive. I have had more than one emotional breakdowns in the past couple of weeks, and this is usually the time creativity flies out of the window. Let’s call this the meh moments. Technically content creation has been the last thing on my mind.

One day when I was particularly low, I got these whatsapp texts from B that put a huge smile on my face. Turns out he went to the kitchen and prepped a meal and took his time to document it so that I can blog it up here. So this post isn’t really about food per se… (This is assuming we can all fry potatoes or at least have some form of knowledge on how to do so) it’s really about the thought behind it.

B doesn’t exactly light up to the thought of cooking much less alone. So for him to get down to preparing a meal however basic and take his time to do it well means a lot. In addition to that, he takes time to document it for me (considering the anti-photocity (is this even a word?) of the male gender) #instagramhusband .

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” -C.S Lewis

It is not in the big things… but in the small things that love is expressed.

How have you been shown love in a small way that absolutely blew your mind away?

Love and love

Nyake.