Yoga & Wholistic Food Retreat (July 29th – August 5th 2017)

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Join Aram Raffy & Saba Rahbar in Ibiza for a yoga & wholistic food holiday. The retreat will be held in a traditional 200 year old Spanish finca with luscious views of rolling hills, and the wonderful sound of Ibizan birdsong.

The daily yoga practise will take place on a shaded terrace overlooking the stunning San Vicente Valley, while the cookery workshops will be held in a traditional farmhouse kitchen, using locally sourced ingredients.

After a nutritious brunch you can relax by the pool, or if you’re feeling adventurous you could sample one of the several walking trails nearby. There is also a beach close by, just a 5 minute drive away (or a 20 minute walk).

Aram Raffy has travelled the world studying and teaching Yoga. As a native of London he currently teaches packed out classes at some of the city’s top Yoga studios to people from all walks of life.He is known for his fun, uplifting style of Astanga vinyasa-krama. A student of both Eastern and Western philosophy, he seeks to pass on the spiritual essence of Yoga through a powerful physical practice, deep conscious breath-work and active meditation. All set to a varied soundtrack, with conscious adjustments and an unmistakeable sense of humour. His classes are dynamic, challenging and all inclusive. His nature is generous, encouraging and he seeks to help all his students to harness their deeper potential. Yoga for upliftment!

Saba Rahbar is a wholistic chef, certified in plant based nutrition. Her discovery of plant based foods started four years ago after she became ill and embarked on a powerful journey to health and wellness. This journey has not only helped Saba heal herself, but has enabled her to empower others with the tools they need to reconnect with their bodies through food. Her wholistic view on nutrition takes into consideration the mind, body, soul connection and looks at food from a much broader perspective.

In addition to regularly working as a chef on some of Europe’s best wellness retreats, she runs fun & informative cooking workshops, has a product line of healthy snacks and has also co-authored a book.

Details:

Yoga – 90 min dynamic vinyasa practice in the mornings & restorative yoga and meditation in evenings

Food – 2 x wholistic cookery workshops

Delicious and nutritious daily brunch, healthy treats, snacks and dinner (except for one night) made using locally sourced organic produce. 100% plant based, refined sugar free & gluten free.

*if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book.

Other activities 

There is a wide range of extra treatments and activities available from trips to local artisan markets, massages in the villa to stand up paddle board classes which can be booked at an extra cost.

Costs

£845 – Glamping outdoor bell tents with 2 twins (outdoor showers and compost bathrooms)

£930 – 1 double & 1 single (shared bathroom) OR twin beds (shared bathroom)

£960 -twin beds (ensuite bathroom)

£995 – master bedroom with 2 twins + balcony

Prices are per person and include accommodation, classes, daily meals (excluding one evening where you go out to a local restaurant).

Travel and transfers are NOT included.

Payment
50% deposit required to secure your place & room.
Monthly payment plans are also available upon request.
All remaining balances must be settled by June 3, 2017 (2 months before start date)

Travel by Plane
Ibiza only has one airport and there are daily direct flights on Easyjet, British Airways & Ryanair from London. As well as Iberia & Vueling flights from Madrid & Barcelona.

Transfers by minbus/taxi can be arranged (not included in price) OR we also recommend hiring a car for ease of exploring the surrounding area.

Cancellation

Cancellations before June 3 deadline will be fully refunded.
As spaces are limited we will endeavour to treat cancellations sympathetically. After June 3, if a replacement booking is secured from a wait list, monies will be returned (minus an admin fee of 10% of the cost of the retreat). If a replacement is not found, deposit(s) paid according to payment schedule will be retained. Cancellation of your booking, for whatever reason, should be notified in writing by email.

To Book
Please email Saba at vegetariantreehouse@gmail.com to book or for more information.

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Chocolate Chilli Overnight Oats

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I love overnight oats because they’re quick and easy to make, are super versatile and you can take them on the go with you when you’re pressed for time!

Now that the weather is cooling down I like to keep my internal body temperature warm by using ingredients that help keep my internal fire going. This recipe is filled with super boosted medicinal foods which support a healthy immune system to keep the seasonal colds at bay.

The use of cayenne pepper in this recipe is to activate the healing benefits of the turmeric while also making you feel all warm and tingly inside. Turmeric is a superfood root which is dried and powdered, the benefits of using it are numerous. For me the most important thing is that it reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is your body’s response to injury which is great! However, our modern diets and lifestyles of eating highly processed sugars and dairy, drinking alcohol, feeling stressed etc can also cause inflammation in the body. Therefore by adding turmeric to our diets we can aid our bodies by reducing it’s workload. It’s not a cure all and it also helps to be more mindful of what we fuel our bodies with, both nutritionally and mentally.

Cacao is also a very powerful antioxidant, high in magnesium, which helps relax our muscles, hence why women crave chocolate when they are about to start their cycle. Please make sure that you use good quality raw cacao powder for this recipe as nutritionally it makes a big difference. Most cocoa powder you find in your local supermarket has been heated at very high temperatures which kills a lot of the nutrients. It is more expensive but a little goes a long way with so it’s worth investing in some as it will last quite some time.

If you don’t have all the ingredients don’t worry, get creative and substitute some or leave others out. Or better yet why not try your hand at making your very own signature version?!

Ingredients (Makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings)
3 Tbs chia seeds
3 Tbs rolled oats
1 Tbs almond meal
1 tsp cacao powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 Tbs goji berries
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 Tbs cacao nibs
1/2 Tbs coconut flakes
1.5 cup non dairy milk (I used sunflower seed milk)
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method
Mix everything into a bowl or jar using a fork, making sure it’s all well combined.
Place in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy!
*This will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.

May Newsletter

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Hello lovely people!

I hope you’re all well and happy. Just wanted to share a few things with you for May as well as some inspiring information that I’ve recently come across.
The VTH Kitchen will be closed until the 17th May. 
Group Cooking Class
The next group cooking class will take place on Friday 27th May from 11:30 AM – 2 PM at my location on the Pearl and will focus on breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! There are only 8 spaces available so please email me if you’re interested and would like to reserve your spot.
May Product List
Here is the link for our latest product list.
I will be taking orders upon my return on 17th May.
*Please note the delivery (Pearl and West Bay area only) and pick up days are now Mondays, Wednesday’s and Friday’s only and it takes a minimum of 48 hours to process orders.
 
 
Food Revolution Summit
It’s the Food Revolution Summit again, sign up to access free interviews with leading health and nutrition experts. https://foodrevolutionsummit.org/ It will be running until the 8th May so don’t miss out your chance to gain free access. Today will be the 5th day of the summit but you can still listen to replays from the 1st and 4th day.
Help Raise Money for Syria
This Friday 6th May Aspire Katara Hospitality and Qatar Charity are teaming up to raise funds for Syrian’s stuck in Aleppo. 100% of cash generated from customers dining at the list of restaurants will go to the campaign, here’s the link to the Doha News article for more information.
*Just a side note, please be mindful of how much food you order and if you cannot eat it all then take it away and either save it for another meal or give it to someone who would appreciate it. It’s a great shame to let food go to waste when there are so many people in this world who do not have access to food on a regular basis.
Articles worth reading
 
How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger
8 Tips For Easier Plant Based Meals
Your Easy Guide To Buying Organic Produce

Super Smoothie Bowl

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Now that the weather has started to heat up in Doha, I’ve switched from warming bowls of porridge to smoothie bowls. I prefer my smoothies in a bowl because it stops me from slurping it all up in one go, which can be quite a shock to the system. My theory is that by eating my smoothie one spoon at a time, I give my body some time to digest it slowly. Plus I like decorating my bowls to make them a feast for the eyes as well as my body. It really doesn’t matter what you add to the smoothie so long as you have a good high speed blender, I used my magic bullet and it works just fine!

I like to add a mixture of fruits and vegetables and generally try not to add fruits which have a high glycemic index just to keep my blood sugar levels in check. If you do add banana or mango for example, try to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to help stabilise blood sugar spikes.

On another note, I’ll be hosting a group cooking class at the end of this month focusing on healthful breakfasts, click here for more information.

Finally here’s the recipe for my super plant powered smoothie bowl filled with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, blood cleansing, gut friendly ingredients. This is guaranteed to boost your morning with nourishing, healing goodness!

Ingredients (Serves 2)

Smoothie:

1 fresh young coconut, water and meat
1 inch fresh ginger
1 inch fresh turmeric
1 small beetroot
2 cups frozen raspberries
Zest of 1/2 a lime
Juice of 1 lime

Optional add ins:
2 tablespoons maca powder
2 tablespoons acai powder
2 tablespoons Lucuma powder
1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

Suggested toppings:
1/2 cup VTH Nutty granola
1 cup dices strawberries
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
Raisins

Method:

1. Blend the smoothie ingredients, along with the superfood powders if using, in a high speed blender until you have a smooth consistency.
2. Pour into a bowl, and add the toppings.
3. Enjoy the super powerful benefits of this smoothie bowl!

Healing Savoury Turmeric Pancakes

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The past two weeks have been quite intense for me as I’ve been recovering from a concussion. I’ve been feeling rather nauseous followed by migraines, shoulder and neck pain so as a result I’ve been eating and drinking as much turmeric, ginger and cacao as possible to help heal myself naturally. As I was feeling much better today I was inspired to make us some savoury pancakes for brunch and decided to add in some turmeric, as a precautionary measure for the pain, and I’m pleased to say that they ended up tasting great (husband approved) so thought I’d share them with the world!

If you haven’t heard of all the incredible healing properties of turmeric here’s one example. It’s a great anti-inflammatory and has been used in many cultures for hundreds of years due to these specific effects which are caused by the chemical curcumin, that gives it the prominent yellow pigment. Recently studies have shown that it’s just as effective as taking synthetic anti-inflammatory medication and when combined with black pepper it’s bioavailability is boosted making this wonderful golden spice much more potent and effective in healing the body.

So here’s a quick recipe which is 100% plant based, gluten free and wonderfully healing. You can get inventive with the toppings and add whatever you have at home. we had left over mung bean curry from dinner last night so decided to use it again, this can be substituted with cooked lentils, chickpeas or left out completely and enjoyed simply with the avocado and cherry tomatoes.

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Ingredients (Makes 6)

Pancakes
3 flax “eggs” (1 flax “egg” = 1 Tbs ground flaxseeds : 3Tbs water)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups water
Couple pinches Himalayan pink salt
Pinch of cracked black pepper
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Toppings
1 ripe Hass avocado, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of fresh parsley
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Cooked mung beans/lentils (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Make the flax eggs by combining the ground flaxseeds with water in a bowl, stir to get an even consistency and place in the fridge to set (about 10-15 mins).

Heat up your pan (preferably a non toxic non-stick pan like these) on medium – high heat.

Combine all the pancake ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Once the pan is nice and hot pour a ladle full of the mixture into the pan, using the back of the ladle to spread the batter out making it nice and even. Leave to cook for 3-4 mins, then flip and cook for another 2 mins. Repeat until you’ve finished all the batter.

Heat up the coked beans or lentils if you’re using them. Pour 1/2 the lime juice and a pinch of salt to the thinly sliced avocado . Put the chopped cherry tomatoes in a small bowl along with the rest of the lime juice, sesame oil and a pinch of salt & pepper.

Add a little bit of each topping to your pancake and fold it over for a fancy looking crepe or add A LOT of each topping and eat it messily (my preference).

Enjoy!