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Food: What is the X in X-factor?

May 9, 2012

Dear Yogis


Ever feel like your life consists of waking up, making breakfast, getting ready, (and getting the kids ready), dropping off the kids, getting to work, (hopefully on time), working, picking up the kids, preparing lunches, preparing dinners, sleeping, starting the same routine again the next day, and the next and the next and the next and the ad infinitum. The reality is that that’s more or less the truth for most of us. So sometimes it’s necessary to STOP and find the X-factor, which for me spells F-U-N. Breaking routine and doing something fun, even for a few hours, can breathe life back into one’s soul. So if you’re feeling like you’ve been doing the same thing for twenty-odd years, don’t despair, you’re not the only one! And simply stop right now, see what’s going on at art galleries, the theatre or the park, or book a weekend yoga retreat for yourself but do it NOW! You’re never going to have more money or time and frankly, you’ll be older the next time you remember that you need a change of scenery.





The recipes for this month are easy and full of fun, with some surprising flavours!

Honeyed Mushroom and Soy Strip Wrap

Use any wrap of your choice. I prefer the whole wheat ones.


  • Sesame oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 punnet button mushrooms
  • Soy strips (I use Fry’s – available at any supermarket in the Frozen Foods section)
  • 2 tbsp honey



In a frying pan, heat the sesame oil and brown the onion, garlic and mushrooms. Now add the soy strips and allow to fry until golden brown. Add the honey and mix in quickly. In the meantime prepare your wrap, stuff with filling, wrap and serve to eat immediately.


Cucumber Hummus and Veggie Wrap

Use any wrap of your choice. I prefer the whole wheat ones.


  • Red pepper, julienne
  • Green pepper, julienne
  • Carrot, grated
  • Beetroot, grated
  • Rosa tomatoes, cubed
  • Cucumber hummus (you can buy ready-made or simply blend regular hummus with cucumber)



Prepare the wrap in the oven, add the veggies and smother with cucumber hummus. Serve to eat immediately.



Protein-packed Banana Milkshake


  • 2 bananas (peel, slice into thirds and freeze overnight)
  • 300ml water or rice milk or oat milk or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp (heaped) peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 2 tbsp carob powder (optional)
  • 4 tbsp vegan rice protein powder (optional)



Place all the ingredients in a blender, blend and serve immediately. The frozen banana will turn what would have been a smoothie into a delicious, creamy milkshake. Enjoy!


ChantelleChantelle Roelofse teaches yoga in Muizenberg. When she isn’t in an asana or thinking about food, she runs, plays piano and writes. She is interested in the philosophy of yoga and how we can incorporate it in modern living. Chantelle supports ethical living and

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