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Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skin

June 7, 2011


We sometimes need to treat ourselves from time to time, don’t we.

Sometimes it might be a foot massage, a beauty remedy, a healing bath, a piece of dark chocolate or a guilt free dessert.

Why not try this a mango and coconut panna cota recipe; an Italian dessert, that can be used as a healthy remedy to help prevent heart attacks, improve vision and maybe even reduce wrinkles on your face and skin.

Mango is rich in fiber and vitamin A which needed for a healthy heart, eyes and glowing skin.

Coconut milk contains lauric acid which strengthens immune system and protects our heart.

Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skin

  • 2 cups organic coconut milk (exactly one 14 ounce can)
  • 1 cup mango puree (4 2-ounce packs of Square One organic mango puree)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1  heaped tbsp agar flakes
  • 1/4 tsp coconut essence (optional)
  • fresh mango pieces and toasted coconut flakes for serving

Place all ingredients except the agar flakes in your blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Place this mixture in a Vegan Panna Cota Recipe for a Healthy Heart and Wrinkle Free Skinsaucepan and stir in the agar flakes.

Allow to stand for 15 minutes allowing the flakes to begin dissolving.

Gently bring the mixture to a simmer stirring constantly, and heat for about 5 minutes until agar is completely dissolved If your agar doesn’t dissolve, push the mixture through a strainer and remove the last bit of clumped agar.

You can put a little bit of the mixture with the clumped agar in the blender to smooth out and mix into the rest of the mixture. Lightly grease 6 small pots (or you can use lightly oiled muffin holes) and distribute the mixture evenly amongst them.

Chill in the fridge for about an hour to set.

Top with toasted coconut and fresh mango pieces and serve.

P.S. Directions for making your own Mango Puree:

2 cups of fresh or frozen mango pieces and 1-2 Tbsp filtered water make 1 cup puree. The coconut essence is not critical if you can’t find it or don’t want to invest the money. It just boosts the natural coconut flavor. Mix in your blender and let me know how you go. (adopted from The Blender Girl at www.healthyblenderrecipes.com)

Bon Appetit!

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Italian Gourmet Almond Passover Gluten Free Cake Recipe

April 19, 2011

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Do you like almonds? What about Italian gourmet recipes? As we know, almonds are rich in vitamin E, healthy heart monounsaturated  fat, protein and Magnesium we need to feel and look fabulous.  And almonds are used a lot in Italian cooking, so I would like to share with you this recipe by Maria Liberati, Celebrity Chef and award winning author I interviewed on “Feel and Look Fabulous with Irina”, radio show for women. We were talking about Italian gourmet recipes, healthy spring cooking  from an Italian menu, and Passover and Easter recipes.

If you are you gluten intolerant or have a gluten allergy, here is one of many Italian dessert recipes from Maria’s blog, it is very delicious and gluten free recipe.

Almond Passover Cake Recipe


6 eggsItalian Gourmet Almond Passover Gluten Free Cake Recipes

1 cup white sugar

1 cup finely chopped almonds

2 teaspoons of maraschino liqueur

juice of one fresh lemon


With an electric mixer, blend sugar with egg yolks till well blended, then add in first the chopped almonds and then liqueur and lemon juice.  In separate bowl, whip egg whites till firm with a pinch of salt. With a wooden spoon, blend in the egg whites to the egg yolk mixture, gently. When blended in, place batter in pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool and serve.

Happy Passover!

Bon Appetit!

For more great recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions by Maria Liberati voted Best Italian Cuisine Book in America by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Click to listen to our interview with Maria Liberati about healthy spring cooking Mediterranean way.


Breathe, smile and be happy.

Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Coach

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