'Student Spotlight' Lemon Tartlettes
Wow... I can't believe that I'm already into the last quarter of the course! In a few weeks time I, along with my fellow student, will have graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition!
This week I am introducing Maite Wokock.
"My name is Maite and I have a passion: Living a healthy and happy life – with a sweet tooth. On my blog www.zitronenjette.com you'll find everything around that – from toxin-free cosmetics (that Zitronenjette makes herself!), to nourishing food and sugar-free sweets"
As a holistic health coach I help busy people, parents who feel like they have to juggle everything, to find their balance, have more energy and eat healthy while doing so. As a side effect you will find your ideal weight. I don’t believe in depriving yourself, I believe in nourishing your body and mind with the best you can. Decadently healthy. I also specialize in sugar-free eating and have designed the sugar-free program “the Sweet Life”. I'm now over 1,5 years sugar free and have to say that is has changed my life. I went from always tired and grumpy to a balanced mood and full of energy.
But I still have a sweet tooth. So I'm always looking for healthy sweets and I'm sharing with you one of my favourites.
Recipe: Lemon Tartlettes
Lemon Tartlets -raw, vegan, sugar free (adapted from detoxinista.com)
- 1 cup almonds or walnuts
- 1 TBSP melted coconut oil
- 1 TBSP rice malt syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3 TBSP melted coconut oil
- 3 TBSP rice malt syrup
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- pinch of sea salt
Grind the almonds or walnuts in a blender until they are finely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients for the crust and blend until a dough has formed.
Line a muffin tray with baking cups and press the crust dough into the cups. They make about 8-12 tartlets. Place into the freezer to set.
For the top, grind the cashews until they are almost a nut butter. Add the other ingredients for the filling and blend again.
Put the top dough onto the (now firm) crust and put back into the freezer to set. They keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
1- What first drew you to study with IIN?
After my first child was born I started to become more and more interested in nutrition. I stopped eating sugar shortly after my second child was born. And since sugar is everywhere I had to start making everything myself. I researched a lot on the web and noticed that all the blogs and books I enjoyed reading the most were written by IIN graduates.
I decided that I want to know more about nutrition and health and signed up!
2- How has your life changed since becoming a health coaching student?
The past months have been a great journey! They have changed my mindset about so many things, personally and health-wise. I take better care of myself, have gotten rid of a couple of ailments and have an easier time to feed my family healthy stuff.
3- What do you hope to take away into the world and how do you plan to help others once you graduate?
I think that as health coaches we have so much to give to the world! I actually can't wait to share it. I really wish people would be more connected to their bodies and not treat them as something that is „malfunctioning“ or something that has to be „optimized“ in order to fulfill some kind of beauty ideal. This is something I would love to work on with my clients through food and lifestyle changes and just in general taking better care of themselves.
Also I'm writing a sugarfree program, which I will offer for my clients in Germany.
4- Being a ‘wellness crusader’ what one thing would you wish to change about the world?
Oh, so many things. Have everyone meditate first thing in the morning at work and school. Introduce nuitrition classes in school. Ban refined sugar from normal food. But just one thing: Pass a law that forbids factory farming everywhere in the world. I think that would actually set off a whole chain of changes in farming (animals and plants) and eventually in the way we eat.
5- What would you choose for your 'final meal on earth’?
Something Mexican. Sour cream, black beans and guacamole. Actually, avocado has to be in it no matter what. And since it's my final meal, I would maybe finish it with Reese's Peanut Butter cups, or the healthy version I make myself.
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