So you guys might have been wondering because in a lot of my previous posts, especially the ones with smoothie recipes, I used acai powder, moringa powder, chia seeds, etc etc. If you are not yet familiar with it, I'm gonna try to explain all about it in this post especially why they are called superfood and their benefits!

Superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. I only got to know these guys since about a year ago, since it is so happening among healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and I also find it better (at least for me) than medicines and skincare with nasty chemicals that we normally buy in stores. They have the same benefits, only better! Here are some of the superfoods that I've been consuming:
  • Acai berries: This fruit is very similar to grape but a bit smaller, round, and has deep purple-black color. It's originally found in Brazilian Amazon and has high amount of anti-oxidant and flavonoids. It is commonly found in the market as frozen acai or in the form of powder. I personally like to add it in my smoothies as I like the little bit of tartness and it gives your smoothie really pretty purple color!
  • Moringa: The moringa tree is native to parts of Africa and Asia. Its leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals.It has a slightly nutty flavor and I like to blend it in my morning smoothies, mix it with any fruit and veggies that I have in the fridge. I instantly feel so much energized and my skin also cleared up after I routinely consumed it. No need for expensive skincare treatment!
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidant, and it also contains omega 3 fatty acids which fights bad cholesterol and can help reduce inflammation. This can be used in place of eggs in baking. To make the egg replacement, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Cacao nibs and raw cacao powder: Raw cacao nibs and powder are high in antioxidants, flavonoid, and fiber. It also fights cardiovascular disease and improves mood. I like to sprinkle my cacao nibs over desserts and smoothies and you can use the cacao powder in anything in place of processed cocoa powder.
  • Lucuma powder: Lucuma tree is native to Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.It is high in fiber, protein, and calcium. In its native countries, lucuma is widely used as a flavoring and sweetener in desserts. It also provides iron, helps stimulate immune system and improve physical endurance.
Acai powder

Moringa powder

Chia seeds

Cacao nibs

Cacao powder

Lucuma powder

There also many other superfoods that I haven't tried like spirulina, bee pollen, chlorella, hemp seeds and maca, and wheatgrass. You can find all of the explanations here . And there are also some recipes that I shared on my blog using these super foods, like the Easy Green Smoothie and Acai Bowl.
So why not try incorporating these super foods in your diet and feel the benefits yourself?

Rara xx

Soooo since I haven't posted any travel posts for a while, I'm gonna do it now and... I'm gonna write this post in Bahasa! Sounds good? :D

Okay mungkin setelah dilihat-lihat liburan kemarin ga se-crazy itu tapi bisa dibilang cukup nekat dan spontan haha. That was a short 'getaway', memang udah pengen dari lama karena sahabat-sahabat SMA saya banyak banget yang kuliah di ITB dan minta saya main kesana jadilah pesen tiket kereta ekonomi ke Bandung tanggal 9 April. The good thing about economy class: murah, bisa ketemu orang banyak dan ga bakal bosen. Tapi yah kalau pegel-pegel sih udah resiko :p Overall perjalanan berangkatnya aja seru abis, karena bolak-balik disangkain orang Sunda jadi hampir selalu diajak ngomong bahasa Sunda di kereta padahal ga ngerti apa-apa hahaha

Nyampe Bandung sorenya langsung jalan ke Tebing Keraton, bareng sama 3 sahabat saya yang satunya jauh-jauh dateng dari Bintaro dan jalannya kesana.... oh my god parah banget rusaknya sampe capek padahal naik motor. Untungnya sih ga hujan karena bakal lebih bahaya kalo jalannya rusak plus licin. Tapi pemandangannya worth it kok, at least masih dapet sunset hehe baliknya lumayan berasa lebih cepet soalnya udah tau medan kali ya.

Oh iya jangan berharap saya kasih rekomen kafe atau mall yang oke di Bandung karena jujur aja saya bukan tipe yang bisa enjoy menghabiskan waktu di mall hehe. Okay mulai ke bagian yang seru. Hari Sabtunya kami berencana camping di Ranca Upas dan ternyata ga ada yang tau jalan atau pernah kesana. (How great is that -_-) Habis jalan-jalan sebentar ke beberapa art spaces di Dago Pakar akhirnya pada balik ke kosan sambil cari-cari rute ke Ranca Upas.... naik motor. Heck yea. Dan ternyata temen cewek saya yang bisa diajakin ikut camping ga bisa ikut. Alright mau gimana lagi. Jadinya kami berangkat sore menjelang maghrib berlima naik motor dan buset ternyata jalan alternatif yang dikasih app navigasi Waze itu lewat jalan kecil, sempit, belum diaspal ataupun kalo udah diaspal jalannya rusak, dan gelap haha yah mau gimana lagi sih emang ga bisa lewat tol karena naik motor. Tapi ga gini juga kali?! Udah masuk arah Soreang-Ciwidey udah mulai jalan besar, kalo di Malang mungkin mirip jalan di Pujon kal ya. Cuma berasanya waktu itu lamaaaaaa banget ga nyampe nyampe hahah. Total dari Bandung kota ke Ciwidey naik motor hampir 2 jam lah, jadi kami nyampe camping site jam 20.30. 
Wait, belum selesai sampe disitu.Karena ga bawa tenda, kami harus nyewa tenda disitu. Dijumlah jadi tiket masuk plus nyewa tenda 400 ribu and guess what? Uangnya kurang soalnya temen saya yang dua belum ambil duit di ATM :'D Terpaksa deh harus turun ambil duit di ATM terdekat naik motor lagi dingin-dingin dan malem-malem. Terdekat tuh kira-kira 15-20 menit dari camping site hahaha. Akhirnya setelah nunggu Adam dan Firman ngambil duit dan bangun tenda kami bisa istirahat sekitar jam 22.30! Finally bisa rebahan! 
Dan ternyata semua perjuangan ada imbalannya karena malem itu langitnya bagus bangeeett yang sayangnya ga sempet kejepret kamera yang proper hehe. Bintangnya bener-bener keliatan banyak dan bagus banget di langit plus bulannya terang banget! Star gazing never felt so good. Meskipun dingin banget (untuk ukuran orang Indonesia, yang mungkin kalo di Barat kayak malem malem pas spring) tapi seru abis deh.

Excitement kami berujung ga bisa tidur, akhirnya malah main kartu di tenda sampe teriak-teriak dan cerita-cerita sampe terpaksa tidur setelah sadar udah jam 3 pagi. Walaupun pada akhirnya pada kebangun jam 4 pagi karena kedinginan... haha. Sayangnya kami ga sempet jalan-jalan keliling camping site sampe dalem, karena udah harus balik sebelum dhuhur tapi petualangan kemaren bener-bener seru (plus nekat) :p

So, I'll see you guys soon!

Rara x
Hi there. This time I wanna share something that has been floating on my mind for awhile, regarding how the world is changing so rapidly and what we can do about it.
About a couple of years ago, I bought a book called 'Eating Animal' by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was about 15 when I read it and decided that I'm not going to eat meat and chicken anymore because it was gross, but I didn't really understand what does it actually have to do with doing something better for the environment.
Until last month, I found a vegan personality account on Instagram, Essena Oneill. I watched her videos on Youtube and watched a documentary called 'Cowspiracy' and after I watched it, I felt so angry and frustrated with how cruel this agribusiness industry actually works. I've been saving water, gas, electricity and reducing plastic use and it's almost nothing compared to how vast the destruction is made to keep the animal agriculture going.
In my last post I said that I'm not a vegan, but I am seriously considering to turn vegan. I'm not going to turn vegan in one day but I'm taking small steps to get there. People can say that I'm doing this because of the vegan trend or that I'm trying to lose weight or anything, but the most important thing is I know I'm doing this to save the environment and the planet that we're living in. There's also this satisfaction every time I do something that I know would bring something good for others, not just for me. So go ahead, find any justifications that you're still going to eat meat because it has nothing to do with global warming. I'm not asking other people to be vegan, but I really want them to consider the choices that we have to be a better person and be more empathetic. The facts are out there, and if we're not going to make a change, we're going to regret our actions in the next years after everything is too late.

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 % of green house gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportations.
  • Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2
  • Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050
  • Animal agriculture use ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually.
  • Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 20 square ft of forested land, 20 lbs of CO2 equivalent and one animal's life.
There you go! The choice is in our hands, whether we want to do something or just sit and watch as our planet being destroyed.

Moving on to a much lighter topic (hehe) there's a yummy green smoothie recipe for you. And anyway, if you guys ever wondered what acai, lucuma, chia seeds etc is, I'm going to make another post about these superfoods later! :)

What you need:
1 frozen banana, cut in chunks
1/2-1 frozen pineapple, cut in chunks
2 tsp of moringa powder
250 ml cold water

All you need to do is blend all the ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

I've been drinking this smoothie for the last 3 days every morning, and I already feel so energized. My parents are a bit sick right now, probably because of the season change, but I'm really grateful that I'm not, even feel so much better and fitter than before!