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You time – 5 ways to get some

You time – 5 ways to get some

Are you in need of some you time? Valentine’s day is over and as much as I appreciate reading about tips and tricks on how to best bring out the romance in your relationship with that special someone. I would like to celebrate the relationship you have with yourself, all year, every day. It’s the single most important relationship you’ll ever have. The key to any successful relationship starts with some you time. If you don’t make yourself the number one priority, no one else will either.

Since I’m not only a food blogger but also a health coach every Wednesday you’ll find a blog post about health and personal development. It’s the wellness Wednesday’s health coaching tips. First out was a post on how to best keep your New Year’s resolutions.

I use to run around trying to make room for everyone else, but me. I needed to see this person, I needed to go to this event, my kids needed me. Until there was nothing left for me. Now, I have “you time” on my calendar.

1. Make room for some you time

This was an important one for me and unfortunately, I learned this one the hard way. I’m a very social person and I love doing things that are fun to me. But there was never time for me. Just me. If you burn the candle at both ends, it’ll burn quickly. Without me time, there’s never time for self-reflection. Which is vital for growth. “When I know better, I do better.” This simply does not happen if there’s no room or time for some “you time”.

As mentioned my calendar has “you time”, every week. When I do things for myself by myself. I reflect on things and try to see things from a different perspective. It’s also the time when I decide on what works and what doesn’t.

2. Meditate

This falls a little bit under the same category as alone time, however, it’s more specific. I used to never be able to sit still and be surrounded by, well, silence. But ever since I forgot where I parked my car in a huge parking garage, like for real forgot. (I had to go around every floor until I found my car. I couldn’t remember.) I knew it was time to wind down.

A former colleague of mine recommended the app headspace to me and it had been on my phone ever since. It was time to use it. So basically the app starts with the basics of meditation. I love his voice, it’s very calming.

I won’t lie to you, it was hard and I questioned why I needed this. But then as time went on, I started to like it, a lot. And now I need it. It has shifted the way I think. How I can think conscious thoughts. Obviously, you don’t need an app to meditate, but it has helped me tremendously. In the moments of meditation, I’m only allowed to practice self-love. There’s no failure.

3. Learn something new

One of the best things I know is to read. When I read something happens to me. Something wonderful. I get excited and it’s like butterflies in my stomach when I get to read well-written books. I completely wind down on getting lost in another world. Now, I love to learn new things, so my favourite books are either factual books. Or I love getting lost in make-believe worlds, such as Harry Potter.

If you don’t like to read, then there are brilliant podcasts or audiobooks. The point is to take this you time and learn something new as often as you can. Learning something new is beneficial to the brain as well. Since it causes the brain to build connections between neurons. Replacing some of those we lose over time.

4. Stop trying to please everyone

Just stop. Period. You will not succeed. Turn this one around. Is there a way for everyone to please you? So then why on earth would this possible for you? I don’t care if you are a nice person. Most people consider themselves being nice. However, this makes you do a lot of things that are not good for anyone. Least of all for you. And all this time you are trying to figure out what others want. You could be spending on some serious “you time” and figure out what you want. Being conscious and intentional with your time frees up a lot of unnecessary energy wasted on meaningless things.

5. Start journaling

In whatever form that works for you. If you are dear diary type do that. If you are more like me, that journaling doesn’t come that naturally for you. Then just write down 3 things you are thankful for that day and three things you would like to do differently. There is something very powerful happening when you put words pen to paper. This also allows you to stop and reflect on the everyday moments of your life. It will also allow you to see patterns that maybe you want to change or do differently.

Expressing gratitude on a daily basis will over time change the way you see yourself and again help you to live more intentionally. When you start your day with intent you will no longer dwell unnecessarily on things that don’t matter as much. Which will over time lead you to more you time.

 

 

 

Vegan pineapple pie

Vegan pineapple pie

I have been cooking a lot of exotic food lately and thus the vegan pineapple pie was born. I love pineapple and to me, there’s nothing as exotic as a pineapple. It makes me think of sunny endless days, good vibes and sunkissed skin. The exact opposite of what’s going on in Sweden at the moment. Although to be fair, I have never seen a pineapple tree grow in Scandinavia.Anyway, wanted to make something to be reminded of everything that’s good in life. And at the moment the grocery shops are filled with beautiful pineapples. Therefore, I decided to make a vegan pineapple pie, to suit everyone’s needs.

As you may have seen on my Instagram stories, I was hired to make a menu for a new Restaurant, called the Rum Shack. And so finally last Thursday it was the sneak preview. It was so much fun to see how well the food was received. It’s like stepping inside a tropical place. Which I for one really need right now. I’m longing for days when the sun never sets, salty hair and flip flops, oh those summer nights.

Anyway, this vegan pineapple pie was born and I hope you like it as much as I do. I have been experimenting with egg replacements and in this recipe, I have used both ground flaxseeds and banana as a substitute.

I found that ground flaxseeds were better to use in the dough and that banana went well with the exotic flavours of the pineapple pie. If you don’t like banana, you can use ground flaxseeds in the filling too.

If you like love all things pineapple here are my top three things you can make from using only one pineapple!

3 ways to use a pineapple or the ever so popular vegan banoffee pie!

 

Tip:

Use 1/2 of a banana instead of one egg when baking. This may give a subtle banana taste to whatever you are baking. 

Ground flaxseeds are excellent for egg replacement. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and thicker. This amount replaces 1 egg. You can either pre-ground, I use my coffee grinder.

 

Vegan Pineapple pie
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Delicious and creamy vegan pineapple pie 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
Crust
  • 300 ml flour
  • 150 gr soft butter (vegan option) in Sweden there's one from Carlshamn mejeri, otherwise you can use raw almond butter too
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mix it with 3 tbsp of water until it's fully absorbed
  • 130 ml icing sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
Filling
  • 450 gr pineapple make sure to squeeze out the excess fluid
  • 100 ml icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 120 gr lemon curd vegan
  • 300 gr oat cream cheese I use oatly på mackan
  • 1/2 banana instead of an egg
Sticky thyme syrup:
  • 200 ml pineapple juice
  • 100 gr brown sugar
  • 2 tsp powdered vanilla
  • 1,5 tsp tried thyme
Topping
  • 200 ml soy ice cream I use tofuline
Instructions
  1. Set the oven to 175 degrees Celcius.

    Pie crust:

    Mix all of the ingredients together for the pie crust. 

    Egg replacement:

    Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and add as you would an egg. 

    Cover the top of the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 

    Use a round pie tin and distribute the dough evenly. Bake for 15 minutes in the middle of the oven.

    Let it cool.

    Filling:

    While the piecrust is the oven it's time to make the filling.

    Slice the pineapple and cut into chunks. Squeeze out as much moisture as you can. (this is very important, otherwise, the pie will get very watery.)

    Mix the lemon curd, banana, vanilla and brown sugar. 

    Mix the oat cream cheese with the icing sugar and mix it with the lemon curd mixture. 

    Fill the pie crust with the filling and top it with the pineapple.

    Bake it in the middle of the oven for about 30-35 minutes.

    Thyme syrup:

    While you bake your pie, make the sticky thyme syrup.

    Mix all of the ingredients together and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 20 minutes until reduced.


vegan pineapple pie

Petit choux Semla – the perfect cream puff

Petit choux Semla – the perfect cream puff

The day of the Petit Choux semla has finally arrived!

It’s the official Semmel day in Sweden today. I love these little creamy delights. When I was a kid, now no judgment, I was little. I ate so many of them I got really sick. I couldn’t eat a Semla for what it felt like ages.

However, I now make up for lost time. I love the traditional Semla too. But this little Petit choux Semla is pure perfection. It takes a lot less time to do than the traditional one. They are also perfect in size. Just a little mouthful. It’s difficult to eat only one, I promise.

Petit choux are actually quite easy to make, just make sure that you follow the instructions carefully. Watch them as they bake in the oven, they get dark brown in heartbeat.

Of course, if you don’t want to follow our Swedish tradition and make a petit choux semla, you can fill them with any other cream you wish. Perhaps a rich chocolate filling?

Petit choux semla
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

The French meet the Swedish in one delicate bite of a puff pastry with fluffy whipped cream and almond paste.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 20 pieces
Ingredients
  • 150 gr flour
  • 130 gr butter
  • 5 eggs room temperature
  • 125 gr water luke warm
  • 125 gr milk room temperature
  • 1 tbsp sugar
Filling
  • 100 gr almond paste grate
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • 200 gr whipped cream
  • 1-2 tsp icing sugar plus little bit extra for decorating
Instructions
  1. Put the oven to 200 degrees C. 

  2. Mix water, milk, sugar and butter in a pot on low heat.

  3. Mix in the flour and stir strongly with a wooden spoon. Stir until the batter is no longer sticking to the edges of the pot. The batter should get shiny on the surface. Take the pot off the heat.

  4. Add one egg at a time. It's important you mix one egg at a time and mix it properly. You will now get a creamy batter. 

  5. Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe the batter into small round balls. They will expand quite a lot in the oven, therefore it's important to pipe them too close to each other. Leave some room in between them. 

  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them. When they are lightly brown open the oven door ever so slightly and leave the petit choux to dry for 5-6 minutes. I can honestly tell you that otherwise you'll be left with petit choux pancakes. 

  7. Take them out of the oven and let them cool properly before filling them. 

  8. Make the almond paste by grating it and mixing it with icing sugar and almond milk. Whipp the cream until firm and smooth. 

  9. Cut them in the middle and add a teaspoon of almond paste. Pipe whipped cream on top and sprinkle with icing sugar. 

Table decorating – my best tips

Table decorating – my best tips

Table decorating is so much fun! Last week when asked to create some table decorating ideas for Søstrene Grene in their store I jumped on the idea. We all know how most people eat with their eyes. Therefore table decorating is such a pleasure and important piece of any party. I was asked to decorate a kid’s party, a baby shower and an adult party, using the same base. Because wrongly people assume it’s going to be stressful and expensive. Which is simply not true. Don’t fret, I’m here to give you my learnings from table decorating.

Scandinavian is trending right now

Right now we see a lot of Scandinavian trends in table decorating. Danish “hygge” is still going quite strong as a trend. Which sets the mood for cosiness, togetherness and good company. The colours are sombre and a lot of natural materials, such as wood, hemp and stone.  Less is more. A beautifully decorated table isn’t cluttered. Rather each piece brings something to the table. Which also allows to show off a certain theme more strongly, when not every piece on the table is competing for attention.

Keywords in Nordic trends are sustainability and environment, natural materials, cool colours and guests around the table.

Whatever do I mean by that? Well, I, for example, keep everything. I never throw away anything that can be reused. And a lot of times you can use many things over and over again.

Decide on a colour and a theme

It’s always easier to coordinate table decorations when you have a specific scheme in mind. That also allows you to combinate what you have in a different way. For example, if choose a pirates theme, not everything on the table have to be with pirate prints on them.

Table decorating

For these three parties, I choose table decorating ideas based on a base colour and then chose theme based accessories that would match those colours. I chose a sombre green and gold as a base. These colours are good colours for both boys and girls, but can also serve as adult colours.

Then I chose a pirate theme. Adding red, pirate flags and golde chocolate coins as table and cake decorations. This is what I meant by not having to choose a print and then decorate with only that. Therefore choosing a base colour that you can use with different props depending on what theme you want to use is the best way to go about it.

table decorating

Then I chose a ballerina theme, adding colours in pink, such as flowers and ballerinas. Still, it looked very inviting with the same base colours as before.

table decoration

See how the sombre pinks tastefully go with the green and the gold?

table decorating

Mix old and new things

I love birthday parties and whenever it’s my kid’s birthdays I go all in. So I do get that you want to get some new things for your party! However, maybe not as much as you think you do.

I have beautiful plates from Stella at the Clay lab in Malmö. Usually, you have those odd bowls, plates and even cutlery that you bring out for these occasions. Small vases are also a good investment. You can really use them over and over again.

This brings me to Valentine’s. These same colours are such a wonderful way to break the never-ending pink and red that is dominant on Valentine’s day.

I chose to fold the napkins as little bows and hearts to get into the mood of giving. Which another way to add that little extra, fold the napkins. You can set the level yourself. Bowties and hearts take less than two minutes. table decorating

table decorating

Flowers, flowers and flowers

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, (ruthless self-promotion, I know!) know that I have a Sophie who owns Florista. She is amazing! Decorate with flowers! It can elevate any table and it usually does.

Either get a big centrepiece that goes well with your theme or use those small vases and place them out throughout the entire table.

You can also use a single flower or a beautiful twig to decorate each plate or napkin.

A lot of times you can also ask for flowers that florists can’t sell for full price and you get even more flowers. I then dry them and use them as decoration on cakes and food.

Here are some other inspirational table decorating ideas.

Roasted sweet potato soup

Roasted sweet potato soup

When you try to eat seasonally in Scandinavia it gives you an option to eat a lot of root vegetables. Even though the sweet potato is only remotely related to the potato, it’s still in the same family. I love roasted vegetables, therefore roasted sweet potato soup wasn’t far off to make. Let me tell you guys, it’s really tasty. It’s creamy, it’s full of flavours and it’s vegan too!

However, first of all, I wanted to tell you guys that the reason I have been really absent on my blog is that I have been really ill. I know this is a food blog, therefore I won’t dwell on personal stuff. However, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I will let you know what’s going on when I have some answers. But for now, it’s still a lot of testing going on.

But still a lot of exciting stuff has been happening and I will from now on update my home regularly, three times a week to be more exact.  So stay tuned.

Back to the roasted sweet potato soup, I’m going dare to say it, it will change the way you eat soup forever. I have someone in my household who is a self-proclaimed soup hater. This same person found the cold soup after it had been tweaked and photographed. And he ate the whole thing cold, leaving him wanting more roasted sweet potato soup.

When you roast the veggies before using them in the soup you bring out the natural sweetness in the veggies and brings another depth of flavours. Try it for yourself why won’t you?

Roasted sweet potato soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Creamy, rich, full of super healthy vitamins, such as turmeric and ginger. Sweet and spicy at the same time. 

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Ingredients
  • 2 pieces sweet potatoes
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric ground
  • 1 tbsp chilli flaked
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper add more if you want more spice
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme dried
  • 3 tsp salt flaked
  • 3 tsp black pepper ground
  • 400 ml coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C and cut the sweet potatoes and shallots in half. 

    Bake the sweet potatoes, garlic and shallots for about 30 minutes.  

    Skin the potatoes and garlic and puree with an immersion blender. Add the shallots and mix.

    Peel and grate ginger.

    Add the ginger, thyme, cayenne pepper, chilli, salt and pepper to the pot and cook for a minute.

    Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. 

    Serve!

roasted sweet potato soup

Do you love roasted veggie soups as much as I do? Try this wonderfully sweet roasted tomato soup. 

The Swedish Semla – a cream puff

The Swedish Semla – a cream puff

I can’t think of anything more Swedish than a Swedish Semla. Or correction, Scandinavian, since they are available throughout Scandinavia. However, they go by a different name. This cream puff is an acquired taste. I don’t know anyone who kind of likes a Swedish semla. Either you like or you don’t. I love it. What’s not to like? It’s a wheat bun with cardamom filled with almond paste and whipped cream.

Usually, you eat the Swedish Semla on Shrove Tuesday, and a few decades back bakeries were only allowed to sell them on Tuesdays until Easter. However, now you can pretty much get them just after Christmas and until Easter.

There’s an abundance of recipes on how to make the perfect semla. There are a few requirements on how they should be. The bun needs to moist and fluffy. The almond paste needs to taste like almond and be creamy. The whipped cream should be lightly whipped, but not runny. Easy huh? Don’t worry it will be like a walk in the park.

A few tips and tricks to help you along the way:

  • Make sure that the almond milk or regular milk is no more than 37 degrees C. Fresh yeast can die if it’s too warm. If it’s too cold it only takes longer for the buns to rise.
  • Make sure your dough gets to rise in a warm draft-free place. Dough likes it when it’s humid and warm.
  • Let the buns cool on an oven rack.
  • Whipp the whipping cream slowly until it’s firm but not too hard.
  • Make sure all your ingredients are the same temperature. Especially eggs and butter.

Swedish semla

The Swedish Semla

19th January 2018
: Makes 13
: 15 min
: 1 hr 52 min
: Medium

Make a delicious cream puff, the semla. Filled with almond paste and whipped cream.

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Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 50 gr fresh yeast
  • 1 tbs ground cardamom
  • 300 gr almond milk or regular milk if you prefer
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150 gr soft butter
  • 1 egg plus another egg yolk for brushing
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate
  • 660-720 gr flour
  • Filling:
  • 600 gr whipping cream
  • 400 gr almond paste
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • 40 gr icing sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 Heat the almond milk to 37C add cardamom and dissolve with the yeast.
  • Step 2 Add sugar, salt, butter and egg and mix it.
  • Step 3 Add bicarbonate to the flour and mix well.
  • Step 4 Add the flour mixture and mix well for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Step 5 Let the dough rise under a baking towel for 45 minutes.
  • Step 6 Split the dough into 13 pieces and make them into round balls. Place them on a baking sheet.
  • Step 7 Let them rise for another 45 minutes under a baking towel.
  • Step 8 Set the oven to 200 degrees and bake in the middle of the oven for about 6-7 minutes.
  • Step 9 Let them cool and make the filling in the meantime.
  • Step 10 Grate the almond paste and mix it with almond milk until smooth.
  • Step 11 Whip the cream until fluffy and firm.
  • Step 12 Make the lids by cutting small triangles on the top.
  • Step 13 Fill the Swedish semla with almond paste and whipped cream.
  • Step 14 Sift icing sugar on top.

Lentil soup – the Crock Pot way

Lentil soup – the Crock Pot way

Lentil soup is one of my favourite meals during winter. Especially the red lentils. In my opinion, they keep their texture a lot better than other ones. Which makes them the perfect addition to this lentil soup. This lentil soup is packed with flavour and vitamins. One of which is ginger and turmeric, both have wonderful health benefits. Along with that is also has carrots, garlic, mungo beans and tomatoes.

The best thing it’s super easy to make and it really fills you up. Basically, you put all your ingredients in your Crock Pot, put the lid on and let it cook. This is also such an amazing soup to bring for lunch. Pour the lentil soup into a jar and take it to work. You will be satisfied until dinner time, I promise.

 

lentil soup

This post is sponsored by Bagaren och Kocken, and the Crock Pot I use for this recipe is this, which is also on sale right now.

Now as much as I love food, I’m a food blogger after all. However, the everyday meals for 7 people, is really overwhelming for to me too. Also, I have a confession to make, I hate doing dishes. Like a lot. I love it when I can use one pot only. My Crock Pot is my new best friend. It has given me my time back. I don’t have to watch anything. I put all of it in one pot, choose low heat or high heat, set the timer and then go off to running my business. Then it automatically keeps it warm until I turn it off. Such a good kitchen genie don’t you think?

Crock Pot

Crock Pot

Lentil Soup

17th January 2018
: 6
: 10 min
: 6 hr
: 6 hr 10 min
: Very easy

Lentil soup packed with vitamins and flavour all in one pot.

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Ingredients
  • 65 gr red lentils
  • 70 gr mung beans
  • 3 smaller carrots
  • 1 large rooted parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 2-3 tbs raw grated ginger
  • 1-2 tbs turmeric
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 tsp flaked chilli
  • 400 gr crushed tomatoes
  • 250 gr water
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel the carrots and the rooted parsley.
  • Step 2 Chop them finely in a mixer.
  • Step 3 Chop the parsley and peel the garlic.
  • Step 4 Place all the ingredients in the Crock Pot put the lid on and set the timer to 6 hours and low heat.
  • Step 5 Let it cook for 6 hours and serve with sour cream.

You can, of course, make this recipe even if you don’t have a Crock Pot. Use a thick bottomed pot and double the water and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes and then let it simmer for 6 hours with the lid on. Make sure you keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

lentil soup

Need more Crock Pot recipes? Check out this juicy pulled pork recipe!

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

Are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? We are halfway through January now and I know it gets hard sometimes to keep up with those resolutions. Not to worry, I’m here to help!

A few weeks before New Year’s I was interviewed for a health and beauty magazine about how to keep those New Year’s resolutions. As a health coach, it’s one of the most frequent questions I get. How to keep New Year’s resolutions. Well, that and any other commitment really.

So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks with you today. I know that New Year’s is a time for a lot of people to start over. It’s a fresh start a new year with endless possibilities. However, truth is that you can start over any day of the week and commit to what you truly want for yourself.

Focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want!

Maybe you want to quit smoking, start eating more healthy or going to that gym more often. Bottom line is that if you do things because you think you should, you will never keep those New Year’s resolutions. Instead of should’s focus on your wants. What is that you want and why? If you are truly motivated by something, chances are much bigger you will see them through.

Focus on the things you want and erase negative thinking at once. You are much more likely to succeed in your endeavours if your goal is something positive. Let’s say you want to have more healthy habits. I know I do. As a food blogger, I practically live in the kitchen. When I work a lot I don’t prioritise eating regularly which then causes me to snack. And since I also have a huge weakness for chocolate I eat that when my blood sugar is low. Which is not good, because I don’t feel well when I have those blood sugar spikes. Now instead of shaming myself and feeling guilty about something I shouldn’t do. My focus is on what I do want, in this case, snacking on veggies and nuts. This keeps my blood sugar even and let’s face it my face it, people around me happy too.

Love yourself and don’t shame yourself!

Or let’s say you want to get in shape, maybe your attention shouldn’t be that you want to lose weight. Which I know from experience is the case with a lot of people. Shift your focus to getting stronger arms or maybe you have always wanted to be able to do a split. Focus your attention on that. See yourself reach your goal and feel with your whole being what it feels like when you have reached your goal.

Think about it, if you do something just because you think you should do it. It doesn’t make you feel particularly good about yourself in the long run. Which will lead you to feel guilt and shaming yourself for not reaching your goal. That will end up with you either quitting or just having a really bad relationship with yourself. None of which is a good place for you to reach your goals.

Set realistic goals.

You have heard it before I’m sure, Rome wasn’t built in one day. However, it is true. You need to look at your life and make a realistic assessment of your current situation. I truly believe that you do anything you set your mind to. But when you set your mind to something you really want. Usually, you are also motivated to see it through.

Like I’m not a gym person at all, I don’t like going there. And for the longest time I got caught up in the should hysteria of things. I bought a gym membership card, I bought new training gear, I was going to do this. Three times a week on my lunch break. After all, I’m a strong capable woman. And I am all that, but I’m also a woman who hates the gym.

You can guess what happened right? I stopped going after a few sessions and I kept feeling bad for making monthly payments for something I never took advantage off. How lazy was I? I kept making excuses, I’m tired, I don’t feel well, I have work to do, blah, blah. And let me tell you, there was no PT in the world that could have kept me from staying home instead. Unless their exercise somehow magically made me strong too.

Now instead I meditate, I do yoga at home and I eat well. I eat well in the sense that fits my whole being. I don’t believe in restricting myself. Instead, I added thing and food that like and are good to me in a holistic way.

My point with all this I guess is, do what you want to do instead of what you think you should do. What works for people is very individual. Focus on the positive side of things instead of guilt tripping yourself. Set yourself up for success by thinking about what you do want instead what you don’t want. Love yourself!

New Year's resolutions

ps: Here are some healthier snack options if you like me love the chocolate but you also love your blood sugar even.

Bounty bars

Black bean brownies

My all-time breakfast favourite and sometimes lunch too, the bircher.

 

Healthy breakfast to kickstart your morning

healthy breakfast

What is healthy breakfast? I know that a lot of people have made it their New Year’s resolution to lead healthier lifestyles. I also know that keeping that promise can be difficult. A healthier you is a happier you. What I mean by that is that is that you have decide for yourself what a healthy life is. What do you like eating?

I like a healthy breakfast. Healthy breakfast to me is a balanced start of the day. I want to fuel my body with what gives me energy and lasts until lunch. Because if I don’t that’s when I make really unhealthy choices. Like a little chocolate bar or a little candy to keep my energy levels up. Then I’ll crash a little later. Now, this is of course not doing my body any favours in any area.

This will affect my mood more than anything else. You know the t-shirt, “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” That’s me! I’m not a nice person when I’m hungry.

I started to cut some dairy products out of my life during this past year. One reason is that I really love the Swedish company Oatly and their products. Since I tried their barista “milk” I can’t drink anything else. Another is that my stomach feels a lot more balanced since cutting out some dairy products.

I know I should eat healthy breakfast every day, however, I’m also not that hungry in the morning. Because I have the luxury of working at home I can eat a little later. I also know that this is not the case for a lot of people. Therefore all of these recipes are created with that in mind. You can easily prepare it the night before and then to take with you in the morning. Wherever you need to go in the morning.

Of course, you can use dairy products if you like.

Today I’m sharing three of my favourite recipes to make your mornings easier and healthier.

Tip: Put fruits and nuts in a different container and assemble it at work.

Bircher - overnight oats

9th January 2018
: 1
: 5 min
: 8 hr
: Easy

Easy and healthy overnight oats.

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Ingredients
  • 120 gr unsweetened almond milk
  • 15-20 gr shaved coconut flakes
  • 3 tbs peanut butter
  • 65 gr gluten-free oats (or normal ones if you don't have an allergy)
  • 50 gr raspberries/strawberries/bananas/blueberries
Directions
  • Step 1 Put the oats and coconut flakes in a jar and pour almond milk over.
  • Step 2 Add peanut butter och stir gently. (The peanut butter will be a bit lumpy, but that part of the deliciousness.)
  • Step 3 Put the lid on and let it rest in the fridge for about 8 hours. Top with a banana and berries of your choice. (you can use frozen berries.)

Greek-inspired oat yoghurt with honey

9th January 2018
: 1
: 5 min
: 5 min
: Easy

Deliciousness in a jar.

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Ingredients
  • 120 gr of oat-based yoghurt
  • 35 gr cashew nuts, preferably salty
  • 15 gr raspberry
  • 15 gr blueberries
  • 2 tbs honey
Directions
  • Step 1 Pour yoghurt in a jar and top it with nuts, berries and honey.

Chia pudding with spirulina

9th January 2018
: 1
: 5 min
: Easy

Chia seed pudding with healthy spirulina.

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Ingredients
  • 4 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 10-12 tbs coconut milk
  • half a frozen banana
  • 30 gr frozen blackberries
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • handful raspberries
Directions
  • Step 1 Pour the coconut milk into a glass container and add the chia seeds, spirulina and vanilla. Blend it and put the lid on and place it in the fridge for about 8 hours.
  • Step 2 Mix the frozen bananas, blackberries and the almond milk in a blender.
  • Step 3 You should now have a thick creamy ice cream like topping. Put it in the freezer until the next morning.
  • Step 4 Add it to the chia pudding and top it with blackberries.

Want some more breakfast inspiration? Perhaps an apple overnight bircher is the answer? Or if you have more time, why not spirulina pancakes?

Slow cooker pulled pork – a Crock Pot recipe

Slow cooker pulled pork – a Crock Pot recipe

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I have been eyeing a Crock Pot for a while now because I think it would be something that would benefit me and my family a lot. It has been hugely beneficial and I love it. You put everything in one pot, put the timer on and leave the house (if you want that.) You don’t have to watch it, add more liquid to it, you just wait until it gets done. Making everything in one pot makes me not go insane.

They come in different sizes. I got the big one that holds 5 litres since every other week we are seven people, that’s right, seven. Just let that sink in for a while. Now even though I love food, I do food blogging as my living, cooking everyday dinners for that many people is a challenge. Then, on the other hand, we have the similar problem cooking healthy for two. However, that’s a whole other post.

Back to the slow cooker pulled pork, it’s easy and delicious. Just make sure it’s moist and really well seasoned. You need a lot less fluid when you use a Crock Pot, which is fantastic because you really don’t need to watch the pork. It will be moist. I also made a really nice hot sauce to it for anyone who likes loads hot. Which I myself don’t really like, but I’m the odd one out it looks like.

This slow cooker pulled pork can be enjoyed two ways. One is the slow cooker pulled pork burger, which is my favourite. Pair it with this delicious brioche bread and bean dip and you are sorted.

I also serve it with coleslaw and pickled red onions, it’s such a beautiful way the different textures and flavours meet in one bite.

Not so quick, but easy chilli sauce

You make this after the slow cooker pulled pork is done and use the broth that is in the pan. Now, because you can use the Crock-Pot on the stove too, you don ‘t have to use an additional pot.

1/2 litre of the pulled pork broth

4 tbsp agave syrup or 50 gr sugar

1/2-1 Habanero chilli, chopped. (remove the seeds)

1 tbsp soy sauce

Bring to a boil and cook it for 2 hours, until reduced. It is very tasty! I used 1/2 a habanero chilli, and it was really hot.

Slow cooker pulled pork

3rd January 2018
: 6
: 15 min
: easy

Easy recipe that is packed with flavours.

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Ingredients
  • 600 gr of pork
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp flaked salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 65 gr red wine with or without alcohol
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp flaked chilli
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
Directions
  • Step 1 Mix all the spices with the soy and olive oil and rub it onto the pork. Let it set for a while.
  • Step 2 Pour the wine into the Crock Pot and put the meat in.
  • Step 3 Set the time for either 8 or 12 hours. If you choose 8 hours to cook on higher heat. If 12 hours, the lower heat.
  • Step 4 Pack the meat in foil and let it rest for 20 minutes before you serve it.