Review: Bodytree Studio & Nectar, Abu Dhabi.

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“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

As the weeks roll into one another I am slowly piecing together all the health & wellness places in Abu Dhabi. My most recent discovery is the Bodytree Studio . They offer an array of classes from Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, Barre and Zumba. Pre and post natal Yoga and Pilates classes are offered as well as breast-feeding support education. I have taken a fancy to Ashtanga Yoga and class members vary from beginners (like me) to super yogis. They sell beautiful active wear for ladies, brands like Onzie and Lorna Jane. The vibe in the studios is very chilled, friendly, relaxing and helpful. Nestled in the Bodytree Studio is a cafe called Nectar.

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For me, Nectar is a little slice of heaven. It offers juices, smoothies, fresh wheatgrass shots, ginger shots, coffee and tea. You can pop in after a class, chill out and have a chat with fellow class members. Nectar grow their own wheatgrass and make their own cashew milk. There is both dairy and non dairy options.

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Today I tasted a “Bounty Smoothie”, the staff are exceptionally helpful, I asked to omit dates and add some cacao nibs as I do not have a sweet tooth. They can tailor the juices and smoothies to your taste buds and there is the option to add organic whey protein, chia seeds, goji berries  or manuka honey. The smoothie was delicious and satisfying. I will be ordering it again.

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DSC_4185So whether you are looking to join a class or chill out in Nectar you will get your health fix in Bodytree Studio. I will be back.

Nourish your body from the inside out x

 

 

Guest Post: The Food Medic

This weeks blog post is a guest post by the inspiring Hazel Wallace, who is the founder of The Food Medic. Hazel has just released an e-Book “Clean Eats & Protein Treats”, full of delicious healthy, nutritious recipes. Hazel has provided Make & Bake From Scratch with a decadent but healthy raw fudge recipe for all my followers. Tease your taste buds in a nutritious fashion.

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Hazel Wallace, founder and director of The Food Medic, is a medical student studying in Wales. She is originally from Co.Louth in Ireland but moved to Cardiff to pursue a degree in Medical Sciences (Bsc). Following from this she continued her studies and enrolled in graduate entry Medicine (MBBcH). She is now entering her fourth year.

The Foodmedic arose from her medical background and interest in nutrition and fitness. She set up her blog in August 2013. Her idea is to show people that eating healthy or ‘clean’, can be enjoyable, uncomplicated and easy to incorporate into an everyday busy lifestyle.  On her blog you will find healthy recipes, many including protein powders, but also non-protein containing recipes and savoury dishes. She has just released her first recipe e-book ‘Clean Eats and Protein Treats’ which is available to buy through a number of distributors namely; Amazon and i-tunes.

You can find out more about the e-book here:

http://thefoodmedic.co.uk/2014/05/22/the-food-medic-clean-eats-and-protein-treats/

Make sure to follow The Food Medic  for more healthy treats, nutrition tips and advice :

www.thefoodmedic.co.uk

Twitter: @thefoodmedic

Instagram: @thefoodmedic

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Hazel’s Raw Fudge

Ingredients

(Makes 20 pieces)

2/3 Cup of Nut butter

¼ cup of raw cacao powder

¼ cup of Lucy Bee’s coconut oil

1 tbsp of Organic Burst Maca

2 tsp of vanilla essence

1/3 cup of agave nectar/organic honey

Extras: raw cacao nibs, roasted hazelnuts and goji berries

Method

  1. Bring a saucepan of shallow water to boil and then turn the heat down to simmering. Add the ingredients, apart from the ‘extras’, to a mixing bowl and place over the saucepan of hot water.
  2. Stir constantly for approximately 1-2 minutes until the mixture is completely combined. Be careful not to overheat the mixture as this will disturb the texture of the fudge.
  3. Line a baking tray (I used a bread tin!) with cling film and pour the mixture into the tray.
  4.  4. Cover with cling film and pat down the mixture so the top layer is even.
  5. Chill in the fridge for approximately 1hr, or until the mixture is solid, and remove from the cling film. Chop into bite sized pieces and store in a jar in the fridge.

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Blog: http://thefoodmedic.wordpress.com/

Nourish your body from the inside out x