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Try This: Savory Breakfast Yogurt

Yogurt can be much more intimate that you may think. I will not mention its fabulous and natural healing and calming properties for your skin. No, that would be a sacrilege. Why? Because today, on OiB, we indulge ourself. A me-time should I say. You have finished pampered yourself, you had some turmeric latte to kick start your day.

Now, it is time for breakfast time. Yes, it’s time to take yogurt beyond fruit and granola. Look to your favorite spices and nuts, consider the possibilities of any leftover cooked veggies you have in your fridge, and start layering ingredients until you have a bowl that’s to your liking. Not sure where to start? Here’s some good options.

And the good thing is all of which can be happily mixed and matched.

1- The base: Tomato

Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful
Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful

Tomatoes, raw or roasted, is plain yogurt’s best friend. Chopped or grated raw cucumber is great, too, as are shredded or thinly-sliced carrots and radishes. Roasted or sautéed onions or garlic, squash, greens, and mushrooms are also good options. Even better if you have them leftover from dinner the night before.

2- The Taste: Pesto

Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful
Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful

Use any herb you like: basil, parsley, dill, mint, etc. Do you have some pesto or herb oil in the fridge? Definitely use that.

3- Shape it: Nuts, Grains & Seeds

Sunflower Seeds | OrganicIsBeautiful
Sunflower Seeds | OrganicIsBeautiful

Because every bowl of yogurt is better with something crunchy on top, pick your favorite nuts and seeds and sprinkle generously. Go for pumpkin, sesame, and chia seeds; almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios; or crunchy coconut chips.

Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful
Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful

(I like to toast a mix of a few different nuts and seeds in a small skillet before adding them to my yogurt bowl, but you don’t necessarily have to do that.) Nut and seed butters work with yogurt, too, so go ahead and add a swirl of almond butter, tahini or even hummus. Feel free to check my Facebook page for more details. I am also on Instagram and Twitter 😉

Instead of sweet granola, try raw or toasted rolled oats, or an unsweetened puffed grain cereal. Leftover cooked whole grains or quinoa can be a nice, chewy addition as well. Quinoa? Sounds familiar. If not, click on the link for a quick reminder

4- The rest

Never forget a sprinkling of salt: it’s the finishing touch that makes everything sing. If that salt is a flaky sea salt and adds a little bit of crunch, even better. Something spicy like chili flakes or curry powder is always nice, too. For that matter, so is a few shakes of hot sauce.

Unless you’re using pesto or herb oil, a drizzle of your very best olive oil is the ultimate finish for a savory yogurt bowl.

Note: I would hate to show off my [not-that] awesome photography skills on OiB one day. Yet, that day has not come yet. The visual used to prepare my article are from Epicurious.com.

So, now you know 😉 Oh, the possibilities! Have you ever tried savory yogurt? What are your favorite combinations?

Amanda 😉

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Eat + Drink + Papaya

Eat + Drink + Party Papaya ! Yes. I did it, I replace Party by Papaya and you will soon understand why. Lets cover first the basic.

The basics

Paw Paw (papaya) is a fruit that grows in tropical areas throughout the world and is easily available here in Malaysia. Most Malaysians enjoy paw paw simply because it is delicious.

Personally, its my favourite snack break! I though I will share with you why you should also add it to your dietary routine, as well as skin care! (Yes).

Papaya derived products are used for a variety of medicinal and therapeutic purposes both by natural health practitioners (Chinese medicine for instance) and in conventional medicine.

Papaya used in Chinese Traditional Medecine | OrganicIsBeautiful
Papaya used in Chinese Traditional Medecine | OrganicIsBeautiful

Full of Vitamines !

These are just some of the major vitamins and minerals found in large quantities in paw paw:
Dietary fiber
 Folate
Vitamin A, C and E.
Calcium, iron and niacine.

You get it! In short, the benefits of paw paw are simply enormous.

How to Make Papaya Leaf Juice?

Since the papaya leaf juice is quite bitter in taste, it can be combined with other fruit juices.
You can prepare papaya leaf juice at home by following the given steps:

  1. Take several medium sized papay leaves which are washed and partly dried.
  2. Cut them and place them in a sauce pan with around 2 litres of water.
  3. Boil the water and leaves, and skimmer without a lid until the water is reduced to half.
  4. Now strain the liquid and store it in glass containers. It can be refrigerated
    and stored for 3 to 4 days. But fresh juice is always preferable.

The juice should be discarded if it becomes cloudy. Alternatively, the juice can be squeezed by
crushing the papaya leaves after removing the stems and other fibrous parts.

NOTE Although this juice is extremely beneficial, it should particularly be avoided by pregnant

women.

Now that we know the basics, lets talk about how beneficial it gets for your skin. 😉

Papaya | OrganicIsBeautiful
Papaya | OrganicIsBeautiful

Skin Benefits of Papaya Juice

Papaya fruit is great for your skin and is incorporated in several face packs and skin care products to give you a healthy and glowing skin. Apart from the fruit, papaya leaf juice is
beneficial for the skin in the following ways.

  • Papaya leaf juice has a higher content of vitamins A and C in comparison to the fruit,
    which promote skin health.
  • Papaya leaf juice acts as a skin cleansing agent. This can be attributed to the presence of
    karpain compounds that inhibit microorganism and other toxins, thus giving you a clear skin and providing protection against skin problems like pimples, freckles and blemishes.
  • Juice of papaya leaves is effective in treating eczema. You can apply it on your affected areas
    after scrubbing.
  • Fresh papaya leaf juice helps in healing open wounds and sores.

Thank you for reading OiB. Did you check my post on how to green tropical leaf for your skin is highly awesome too?

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