Overnight oats, super morning smoothies, bunless burgers and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Gabriele Kurz, executive well-being chef at Talise Nutrition, shares healthy recipes you can easily make at home
Super green morning smoothie
‘Smoothies are a great way to boost your energy levels. They make a perfect breakfast or post-workout snack. This particular smoothie promotes digestive health, supports liver function and detoxification.’
Ingredients (Makes one large glass) 1/4 cucumber, whole 1 kale leaf (stem removed) or 1/2 cup baby spinach 1/2 banana 1 cup orange juice 1 date, pitted, soaked 2 stalks fresh mint leaves 1 tsp chlorella, spirulina or wheatgrass powder 1 tsp golden flax seeds Crushed ice 250 ml still water or young coconut water
Method Blend all the ingredients together with the crushed ice in a blender until smooth and serve immediately.
Papaya coconut buckini bowl
‘Papaya supports liver detoxification and digestion.’
Ingredients (Serves two) 60g ripe papaya 1 orange, juiced 1 lime, juiced 10g activated buckwheat (buckini) 5g grated coconut, preferably fresh if available 5g crushed pistachios Optional: 50g fruits or berries of your choice
Method To activate the buckwheat, soak it overnight in water. Strain and wash the next day. Dry in the oven on low heat or preferably in a dehydrator at 42°C for around four hours. Or, you can find ready activated buckwheat (buckinis) in organic shops and on supermarket shelves. Next, blend the papaya with orange and lime juice. Top papaya puree with buckwheat, coconut and pistachios. Add berries or other fruits if you wish.
‘This dish is something you can prepare the night before and leave in the fridge overnight. You then have a great protein-rich breakfast to take to the office if you don’t have time to eat it in the morning. It is also excellent as an after workout refuel. The yoghurt in this recipe is full of probiotics, which can help digestion.’
Ingredients (Serves two) 1/4 cup boiled water 35g steel-cut oats 1 pinch vanilla or cinnamon powder Dash of agave syrup, stevia or honey 170g low-fat Greek yoghurt 5g grated coconut 65g mixed berries (fresh or frozen) Optional: 1 peach or nectarine or any other fruit
Method Pour the boiled water over the oats and leave for 10-15 minutes. Add vanilla or cinnamon and agave syrup, honey or stevia. Mix together. Put the oat mix into a container (glass or china). Top with the yoghurt and then pile coconut and the berries and nectarines on the top. Place a lid on top and leave in the fridge overnight or for at least for three hours.
Burger alternatives, without the bun
‘This recipe is very versatile. It includes two versions of a burger, one with salmon and one with zucchini. I serve them with guacamole or avocado and a crunchy cucumber salad, or with romaine lettuce.’
Zucchini burger Ingredients 1 zucchini, grated 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup chia seeds 2 egg whites whipped 2 sprigs basil leaves, chopped salt and pepper coconut oil for baking
Salmon burger Ingredients 1 piece salmon steak, baked ½ cup sesame seeds 2 egg whites, whipped 1 celery stalk, finely diced salt and pepper coconut oil for baking
Method For each burger recipe mix all the ingredients together and form small burgers patties out of the mixture. Bake the patties on both sides in coconut oil until golden in colour.