Meri’s Adventures in Sicily | Le Avventure di Meri in Sicilia

Meri’s Adventures in Sicily

Here I am…After a very long time without posting on my blog, I hope you’ve missed me a  little bit !!! First of all, today’s post is all about my love for taking pictures and the celebration of my beloved country: L’Italia.

Strawberry & Coconut Smoothie | Frullato di Fragole e Cocco

Strawberry & Coconut Smoothie:

Now that I moved to California and I don’t have to fight the cold English weather anymore, I like to start my day with a fresh and nourishing smoothie. In my smoothies I try to combine different ingredients and I always make sure to add a good source of healthy fats like coconuot yogurt. For this smoothie I used frozen strawberries but you can use also fresh strawberries and add 2 ice cubes. Strawberries are naturally rich in nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals that may help the body to prevent the effects of ageing, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Healthy Granola | La Granola di Meri

Healthy Granola :

I normally like to have Porridge for breakfast, I love to wake up early in the morning and prepare it while sipping my cup of Espresso. Now that the weather is super warm, I’ll rather have a fresh smoothie or my home made Granola with yoghurt and honey. My Granola is made with nuts and seeds. Nuts and Seeds are a good source of plant-based protein that will make you feel satisfied and fullfilled.

Aubergine and Apricot Salad with Fresh Mint | Insalata di Riso Rosso Thai, Melanzane e Albicocche

Aubergine and Apricot Salad with Fresh Mint.

Here in Italy I have a nice garden where my father grows loads of veggies and aromatic plants like mint and rosemary. Since I truly adore fresh mint I love to add it to every single dish or to my iced drinks. When I need inspiration for my recipes, I like to walk trough our garden and pick random vegetables, then I try to combine them together and create new healthy dishes. Yesterday I decided to cook our aubergines with apricots and fresh mint, I loved it so much that i decided to share the recipe with you.

Spelt and Zucchini Burgers | Polpette di Farro e Zucchine

Spelt and Zucchini Burgers :

Now that the weather is getting super warm, I like to prepare healthy and light meals. I personally love veggie burgers, therefore I decided to create a lighter version of my Lentil Burgers. made with courgette and spelt. Courgettes have a very high level of potassium and vitamin C, they are also really low in calories and high in water content.

Peach and Apricot Crumble | Crumble di Pesche e Albicocche

Peach and Apricot Crumble :

Crumble is one of my favourite desserts, because it’s made of just a few healthy ingredients and it is super easy to prepare. I had my first peach crumble when I was a kid in a restaurant called Pinnacle Peak (California), and I felt in love with it. Unfortunately, in Europe you can only find very unhealthy crumbles made with white sugar and white flour. My version is made with simple and fresh ingredients that will nourish your body and make you feel satisfied.

Avo and Mozzarella Sticks | Spiedini di Mozzarella e Avocado

Avo and Mozzarella Sticks :

Whenever I invite friends over for dinner I don’t want to prepare just  vegan and super  healthy meals,  I try to always come up with new creative recipes for them. Most of my guests are not very  into healthy eating so I avoid serving “boring” salads or vegan dishes.  The recipe I’m sharing with you today is perfect as a delicious  starter, maybe followed by my healthy lentil burgers.