Selina’s super easy vegan choc

3Apr

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Have you ever been stuck in your apartment really craving chocolate, but not wanting to go out? I have – a lot : ). That’s why I came up with this really, really simple recipe for vegan/vegetarian chocolate — all you need is 3-4 ingredients that you most likely have in your cupboards anyway, at least if you are interested in (vegan) cooking. All you have to do is mix up some coconut butter, cocoa powder and honey (alternatively agave syrup) and maybe a dash of coconut oil. You have to work a little bit to blend the coconut butter with the other ingredients – just get a spoon and work it. I usually go for 2 parts coconut butter/1 part cocoa powder and just fill in with as much honey and coconut oil as needed to keep the mixture from getting too dry. Easy Vegan Chocolate 2 Roll into balls – plain, with buckwheat seeds, with coconut flakes or with almonds – put in fridge for 2 minutes and they are ready. You can make this recipe many times over before finally stressing to the store to stock up on cocoa powder etc.. ┬áMake balls as small as possible; they really are dark chocolate flavor bombs and you will feel satisfied after 3 small ones. Not for wimps! But super healthy compared to dairy chocolate. Enjoy with homemade iced-tea : ) xoxo – Sese.

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S-pecially

23Mar

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…………………….Wishing you all an S-pecially good week to come ;*………………………………..

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#Gm #Selfie

18Mar

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Driving by to say hello <3

17Mar

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Fuel efficient cars are the present and future. They create win/win situations: the consumer saves money on gas and less gas spent is better for the environment, as well. Smart cars in particular are also easier to park – a cool advantage here in Manhattan! For a very interesting and inspiring 20 minutes about green nudges that automatically create win/win situations, look at THIS video with GreenNudge CEO Gunhild Stordalen.

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I’m on Weibo!

21Feb

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Selina Stoane WeiboGood news for all my Chinese fans — I’m on Weibo and Youku now! Just search for ‘Selina Stoane’! Thank You to my super cool Chinese followers Sharten and Yi Fan!!

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Pick a goal, any goal.

21Feb

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SoulForce by Selina. Kicks by Nike.

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Red, Red Rice

3Feb

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m getting into it with some red rice from Bhutan! Not only is the color of the grains perfect for a Valentine’s Day meal, they carry a lot of nutrition and taste even better than white rice.

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I first learned about Bhutanese red rice when dining at Junoon here in Manhattan – an excellent Indian Restaurant. I liked the rice so much I did some research on it when I came home. What I found made me order this healthy food so I could cook with it at home! Bhutanese red rice is a super great source of magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and phosphorus. It is so mineral rich because it is only grown by native farmers in Bhutan at 8000 feet, cultivated in rice paddies cascading down the mountain sides of the Paro Valley. This rice is also gluten free! Man I love ‘win/win’ situations when it comes to food – delicious and nutritious. I ordered my Bhutanese red rice from Lotus Foods – the first company to export from Bhutan. They do it in a sustainable and fair way, as well; So it is really a win/win/win situation. Healthy food/ healthy farmers/ healthy planet. Happy Valentine’s! xoxo, Sese.

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Forgetting the fascia

13Jan

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Did you know that the lower back pain you are experiencing might be caused by a too tight or damaged fascia? Fascia is a continuous layer of connective tissues surrounding ‘everything’ in our bodies – think of it as a kind of sausage casing covering the entire human body from the eyelids to the tips of our toes. Medicine is only in the early stages of fully understanding the fascia’s purpose, and it is often forgotten about when looking for causes of pain or stiffness as it is very hard to detect and single out in X-rays and MRIs.

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I recently read a book, Healing is Voltage, that awards the fascia a very important role in distributing energy in the body. It is a controversial statement as the book’s main philosophy is that everything in the body needs a certain level of millivolt to stay healthy. If you find it hard to connect electricity to health/body/life maybe you could picture a scene out of your favorite medical-series where they try to resuscitate a person with heart failure. The book claims that if you have blockages in the fascia due to an injury, stiffness or inflammation the energy is not distributed correctly to that area. This philosophy ties into the alkaline/acid diet line of thought — Both are based on the fact that the body needs a pH of 7.4 to be healthy; The level of pH dictates the electrical/metabolic functions of the body.
In addition to eating a balanced alkaline diet, the best thing you could do for your fascia is to stretch it! If you stretch regularly you will keep your fascia flexible instead of it stiffening up, causing you pain and/or limiting your range of motion. After I started stretching more, my lower back pain drastically reduced. In addition to stretching you could also try Rolfing. Just don’t forget about the fascia!

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Happy 2014!

31Dec

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Make it count ;)

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Selina’s Monday Maitakes

17Dec

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Got very excited when I found organic Maitake mushrooms in the Amish Market store on 45th street here in NYC. My boyfriend (amazing cook) suggested I’d roast them in the oven with some olive oil and herbes de provence. Paired with my fool proof extremely-easy-but-jawdroppingly-good gravy they came out so delicious I have to share the recipe with you.

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This recipe is super easy! From a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most difficult) this is a 2!

You need:

2 organic Maitake mushrooms
Splash of Olive oil
Sprinkle of Herbes de Provence
1 generous tea spoon Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base
2 table spoons organic butter
2/3 cup organic chicken broth
Flour
Salt to taste

Step 1: Turn oven on 400 degrees fahrenheit and put your favorite cast iron pan inside to heat it up. For me it takes about 20 minutes to get it properly hot.

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Step 2: Spread the Maitakes out on a plate and pour a little Olive oil over them. Sprinkle with herbes de provance and salt.

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Step 3: Transfer the Maitakes to the cast iron pan. They should sizzle on impact. Leave in oven for 3-4 minutes.

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Step 4: Quickly open oven and flip Maitakes over. Put back in for another 2-4 minutes; Just enough time to make the gravy!

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To make the gravy, melt the generous teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon together with the 2 table spoons of butter, in a pan. High Heat.

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Add the 2/3 cup of chicken broth and flour. Stir right away and quickly with a spoon or whisk.

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I use ready made chicken broth! #faster
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Keep adding flour until you reach the desired thickness of your gravy and until it is lump free

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Take the Maitakes out of the oven and put it all together as you like, maybe with a side of home made organic whipped potatoes or baked fries.

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Remember to get enough Maitakes – they shrink in the oven. This recipe is only enough for one medium sized entree/ two appetizers.

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