A Very Delicious (and light) Kiwi Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

(Versão em português disponível abaixo)

Since my “great Kiwi discovery” I’ve been totally addicted to it.

The recipe below is part of my regular diet, it’s very light in calories (around 85 kcal only), refreshing and deliciously healthy.

Kiwi Pineapply Smoothie. Yummy! --- Smoothie de Kiwi e Abacaxi. Delícia! :P

Kiwi Pineapply Smoothie. Yummy! / Smoothie de Kiwi e Abacaxi. Delícia! 😛

You’ll need:

  • 1 Kiwi fruit
  • 1 thick Pineapple slice
  • 300 ml water (10,1 oz)
  • Ice (as much as you prefer)
  • Brown/Demerara Sugar or sweeteners (as much as you prefer. However, to avoid a calorie increase, I’d rather use sweeteners although brown/demerara sugar is healthier. Up to you!)
  • A blender

Mix the ingredients in a blender until it gets smooth and voilá! It’s all ready. 🙂

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. I used sweeteners (you know... the calories). Misturem tudo num liquidificador. --- No meu caso, usei adoçante (por causa das calorias rs)

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. / Misturem todos os ingredientes num liquidificador. 

I hope you enjoy it and please don’t forget to share your own recipes on the comments section. Thank you!

Uma Deliciosa (e light) Receita de Smoothie de Kiwi e Abacaxi

Desde a minha grande descoberta dos Kiwis, estou completamente viciada!
A receita a seguir é parte da minha dieta cotidiana, tem bem poucas calorias (cerca de 85 kcal), é refrescante e deliciosamente saudável.

Você vai precisar de:

  • 1 Kiwi inteiro
  • 1 Rodela grossa de Abacaxi
  • 300 ml de água
  • Gelo à gosto
  • Adoçante ou açúcar mascavo/demerara (eu particularmente costumo usar adoçante para evitar o ganho de calorias, mas os açúcares mascavo e demerara são mais saudáveis. Fica a seu critério)
  • Um liquidificador

Misturem todos os ingredientes no liquidificador até ficar cremoso e voilá! Está pronto. 🙂

Espero que gostem e não esqueçam de também compartilhar suas receitas nos comentários. Obrigada!


Pumpkin Soup Recipe (100% dairy/meat free)

Pumpkins are very good for your health –  they are a extremely nutrient dense food, full of vitamins, minerals, really low on calories and delicious. Pumpkin soups are usually in my regular diet and I even created a recipe on my own, it’s completely dairy/meat free. Here it goes:

You’ll need:

  • 800 g Pumpkin (any type, I use a regional one)
  • 500 ml Water
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3-5 Garlic cloves
  • 100 g Kale
  • Shiitake mushrooms (as many as you like)
  • 75-100 ml coconut milk concentrate
  • 1 tbsp Canola oil or Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Shoyu
  • 1-3 Bay leaves
  • 1 Vegetable broth cube
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and black pepper powder (as much as you like)

How to cook:

Cook the pumpkins, bay leaves, broth and the cinnamon together in the water until the pumpkin gets soft, wait for it to cool down and book.

Saute the onion, garlic cloves and the seasoning together and book. Then, saute the kale, shoyu and mushrooms together and book.

Mix everything (except for the kale and mushrooms) in a blender then pour the mixture in a deep pot.

Add the coconut milk, kale and the mushrooms to the mixture and boil on low heat for 10 minutes. Add more salt or other seasonings if you wish. And it’s ready!


My Pumpkin Soup

 Good for 5 portions, each portion has around 150 kcal only
Have you tried this recipe? Do you have any other meat free recipes to share? Tell us all about it!

Kakigoria Shu

Japanese shaved ice (also known as Kakigori or “Raladinha japonesa” in Brazil) is a very popular dessert made of ice and syrup (although toppings such as red beans, condensed sweetened milk and ice cream can be added). With around 80kcal per average size portion (without toppings) and a deliciously sweet taste, it’s very popular in Japan, specially during summer.


Mr. Shiuchi Shioda at Kakigoria Shu’s entrance

In Manaus, a Kakigoria (the place where Kakigori is sold) was recently opened: The Kakigoria Shu (owned by Shiuchi Shioda, a Japanese man who’s lived in Manaus for the past 20 years). “Mr. Shu” brought both the shaved ice machine and the syrup straight from Japan and since Manaus is a reaaaaally hot place, it’s growing in popularity at the speed of light!


My first Kakigori ever: Blue Hawaii flavored

The prices range from BRR$8-12 (around USD$2-4) which I found reasonable. I hadn’t taste Kakigori before and I must say that I’m completely addicted.

 They offer many different flavours, my friends and I have tried them all already and my currently favorites are Green Apple, Melon, Blue Hawaii and Matcha. But you can also choose from peach, orange, lime, green lemon, watermelon, cola, strawberry, grape, cherry and gooseberry. I suggested them to also provide Kiwii flavor, I hope they make it available eventually.

The standard Kakigori served there has condensed milk as topping, but if you are on dairy free diet you can choose to have syrup only.

Kakigoria Shu is open from 2 PM to 11 PM everyday and is located at “Av. Paraiba, Adrianopolis – Manaus, AM – Brazil” next to “Manauara Shopping Center”. More information at their Facebook page: Kakigoria Shu 

PS: I’d like to say thanks to my friend Mônica for letting me know about this place!


Surviving Disturbing Classes

I’m having a class called Criação e Produção Animal (something like Livestock production and management) at college. It’s basically about how to handle cattle, chickens and pigs for the meat industry and maximize profits. Which means: about all the things that bother me and that I really despise. I guess I don’t need to mention I feel very uncomfortable at this class, right?

And although the teacher does seem like a good person, she is (like many) openly in favor of animal slavery testing and consumption. Since I’m studying to be a veterinary physician, there isn’t much I can do about it but sit in there quietly and try to endure it.

You see, I consider my university a good one. Compared to others in Brazil it is far more concerned about animal welfare. We use anatomic models in classes (check the picture below), the university doesn’t keep caged animals for experimentation, things like that. But this class is (unfortunately) mandatory for the course because many vets work in this area.


My “oh my gosh. I don’t wanna mess this up” face while testing an anatomic model fake “blood” during anatomy class.

I’m also the only vegetarian in my class and I don’t wanna be that annoying veg who’s always complaining about everything and trying to force people into their convictions because I don’t think that’s the right way to do it. So I try not to argue much during those classes, but sometimes it gets really difficult to remain silent. 😦

I’m accepting tips on how to keep a clear state of mind while I listen to my teacher talking about farms, breeding, slaughter, murderer… What I usually do now is just to take a deep breath, stare at a wall and hope for the time to pass quickly. It kinda works. Well, sometimes at least.

Have any of you ever experienced somethig like that? What did you or do you do in this kind of situation?

Off topic: Since it’s getting really hot lately, this week I had my dog’s hair shaved. I did it myself and I think he looks definitely cute!

Raik seemed to like his new haircut as well

Brazilian Veggie Cheese: Mandiokejo®

I recently posted on our Facebook Page about a new brand of veggie cheese. Today I’d like to add another one to the list: The Mandiokejo®.

It is made of Cassava (or more often known in Manaus as “Mandioca”), which is a typical Amazonian tuberous root used in many many regional recipes.

Mandiokejo® is also rich in A, D2 and B12 vitamins and definately delicious!

Mandiokejo® box – It is also rich in A, D2 and B12 vitamins and definately delicious!

Mandiokejo® is sold inside a neat looking box in powdered form but it’s easy to prepare at home, 100% gluten and lactose free and very popular among veggie (and non-veggie) people in Brazil duo to its delicious flavor.
Unfortunately, their original manufacturer (Manioc) had to close their doors, but luckily it was recently announced that another company (Deliveg) is going to continue their production with the same original recipe.
So if you live in or is coming to Brazil, whether you’re a vegetarian or not, that’s another really delicious (and healthy) option you’ll have.

Have you tried Mandiokejo® already? How did you like it? 🙂

Mandiokejo® Official website