Fair trade

Insporation, My thoughts

My journey started with fitness. It continued to nutrition. Healthy ingredients. I started caring about organic food and detesting the GMO industry. I learned about the meat and dairy industry. Then it was toxins. Pure cosmetics.

Today I watched a short documentary series about the textile industry. Wow. It brought me to tears.
We all know that the world is unfair and we’re aware that people in this world suffer. But we don’t really know.
We say it’s terrible but we don’t use our power to change it.
I want to do something. Even if my effort won’t show in the big statistics, I’ll know that I did something.

IMG_5158People are stuck in a terribly dark circle. Every day they fight a fight to live another one. We think they’re used to it – that they don’t know what a better life is like. But we’re the same. We all have dreams, and we all know what hunger and exhaustion feels like.

As a Norwegian, I’m in a position where I can help. That fact is another thing I’ve heard so many times without really seeing myself. After watching this documentary I feel guilty. I feel guilty for attributing to this unfair life of so many people. I believe that you vote with your money. I buy organic food with hopes to see more of it in the stores. I want to support local and honest farming, so I buy such produce when I can. The same way, I want to look for the fair trade logo when shopping from here on. Making small but meaning full choices doesn’t take much!

If you’re Norwegian, take a small hour to watch this documentary –
And check out Fairtrade Norway’s facebook page and the tag #fairtradepause

If you’re not Norwegian, find the Fairtrade Facebook page and Instagram for your country!
Or simply check out www.fairtrade.net 

Helene Christine

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My wallpaper

Insporation

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Photograph source here  –  Glitter picture here

I’m a sucker for the winter holidays. I absolutely love the decorating, the baking and the coziness. I’m already super excited, and can’t wait to start. So, I made this wallpaper and I’ve been using it on my laptop since the middle of November. Ironically early – I know. Now that its almost December here I don’t feel that crazy sharing it with you. If you want this wallpaper, right click on the picture and save it! I’m sorry I don’t know of a better way for you to download it.. This will have to do for now!

*If anyone here on WordPress knows how to add a download link to a blog post, please tell me how!*

Happy December!

Helene Christine

Almond-avocado bliss balls

All recipes, Desserts

No refined sugar ♥ Vegan ♥ gluten free

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The almond “pulp”
So this stared out as an experiment with low expectations. But yum. This was a winner.

If you’ve ever made homemade almond milk, you know you end up with loads of dry almond pulp when you’re done. I made my first batch of almond milk today (excited!!) and thought it would be silly to waste all of that good quality almond paste.

I started out with adding maple syrup. Because I was out of dates, I decided to give half an avocado a go. To decrease the moisture, I added oats, rolled them into balls and threw them onto a lined baking tray. I baked them at 175 degrees for 10 minutes, before I dipped them in homemade chocolate, drizzled them with coconut sugar, coconut shreds, bee pollen (not vegan) and served!

Mmmmm.

 

To summarize –

Ingredients:
about 3/4 cup almond paste (wet pulp)
ca. 1/2 avocado, just enough to make it sticky
ca. 2 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
a good handful gluten free oats, add until dough is firm
some coconut sugar, to taste

Blend everything together in a blender, form into balls and place them on a lined baking tray.
Bake on 175º C for 10 minutes

I used these toppings:
Vegan chocolate, melted
Coconut shreds, unsweetened
Bee pollen (not vegan)
Some extra coconut sugar

Helene Christine

Raw vegan chocolate

All recipes, Desserts

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Here: topped with buckwheat groats

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Ingredients:
2/3 cup raw cacao powder (not cocoa)
1/4 cup coconut oil
Maple syrup (or honey for non vegans)

Melt the oil. Coconut oil melts extremely fast so be careful with the heat.
Then add the cacao and maple syrup.
Spread thinly in a tin or line tray and keep it cold. To make it firm faster, freeze for a couple of hours.

Helene Christine

Homemade almond milk

All recipes, Drinks

IMG_6630IMG_6650 IMG_6643Ingredients:
Almonds, raw and unsalted
Water
Dates

You’ll also need a bottle or carton with a secured lid.

Method:
Soak the almonds in water over night. This willl remove the bad enzymes that naturally occur in nuts and beans, and make them easier for your body to digest.
Blend the almonds in a food processor. Add 4 times as much water as nuts. Add dates to sweeten.
Pour the mix over a thin linen cloth and into a bowl. The cloth will separate the nut “pulp” from the milk.
And you’re done!

Keep in an airtight container (glass bottles are super, if you have some!) for up to ca. 5 days.

To see an ideas for what to do with the remaining almond pulp, check out this blog post!
Helene Christine

Vegan hummus

All recipes, Food, Snacks, Spreads

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Use as spread, dip or on salads! I like keeping some in the fridge for whenever I need something quick.

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Ingredients:

1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup water (+ 2 tbsp if needed)
1/2 ts himalayan pine seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
1 small garlic clove
4 tbsp tahini
1 ts cumin
1/2 ts himalayan salt, to taste
Optional: a few slices of red bell pepper

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, and serve!

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Do you have a good hummus recipe?

Helene Christine

Vegan apple chips

All recipes, Desserts, Food, Snacks

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Use them in cereal or enjoy them as they are ♥

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Ingredients:
Organic apples
THATS IT! (They get sweeter than you think)

Method:
Slice up the apples, the thinner the better
Spread them out on a lined baking tray, never on top of each other
Bake at ca 150 degrees C for 45 minutes to 1 hour
They’re done when they’re completely dehydrated and crispy. Let them cool for a few minutes to stiffen up. Drizzle with cinnamon or leave them as they are.

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Sweet potato fries + raw bowl

All recipes, Food, Lunch, Salads

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Whenever I make sweet potato fries (at least once a week..), I devour them. They’re so addicting, it’s nuts. After waiting 25 minutes for them to bake, I don’t want to wait another second. Therefore, I usually end up eating my fries on a salad. It really seems depressingly boring, but it is my favorite way to accompany them. I don’t choose the salad just because I want food fast, I also can’t fit anything else. Back to the mentioned devouring problem. I devour the whole sweet potato when I get going. There simply isn’t space for more. Salad is the way to go.

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I often make more of a traditional salad, but this time I made it raw and colorful with carrot, cauliflower, red cabbage and broccoli sprouts. Keep it creative! Raw salads are genius. Grab some of the veggies you need to get rid of and shred them. Add some clean dressing if you need and voilà – two birds with one stone. You clean out the older veggies, give your body raw (amazing) nutrients to work with, and you use only a couple of minutes to throw it together.

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Raw food: amazing for your body. Means less oil to mess with your system, and more nutrients for your body in their natural form.
Sprouts: better for your body to digest. Nutrients will be easier for your body to absorb.

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Bon appétit!

Helene Christine

Vegan kale chips

All recipes, Snacks

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Kale is incredibly good for you. For instance, kale has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than oranges. It detoxifies, aids your immune system and alkalizes your body. The list.goes.on. Learn more about kale here!

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Before.

Because kale can be a bit boring and dry on its own, I like to use it in smoothies or as chips. The chips will absorb the taste of whatever spice you season it with, so it’s suitable for everyone! Once they’re done they go feathery light and ridiculously crispy. I recommend a try!

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After.


Ingredients:

Kale (norwegian: grønn kål)
Oil (ca 1 tbsp)
Spices (for example: nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic, cumin, oregano)


Wash, cut and remove the stems of the kale. Cover it in oil. Adding too much will make them soggy, but too little won’t do good either. Try to find a good balance. Place on a lined baking tray, never on top of each other, and bake on 150 degrees C for about 25 minutes. Flip them half way through for a better outcome.
IMPORTANT: For flawless kale chips I always follow this guide. It’s really easy to burn kale chips, so it’ll will make a huge difference.


Good luck!
Helene Christine

Vegan chocolate smoothie

Desserts, Drinks, Smoothies

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Here it is, as promised; the chocolate smoothie. I’m a chocolate lover. Vegan or not, I will forever need my sweet treats. For so long I’ve been experimenting with raw cacao, trying to make good desserts that also taste good. There has been a few misses. Frankly, more misses than hits. Most of the healthy recipes I’ve found have had a few problems.

1. The cacao makes them bitter

2. They taste, or feel, too much like mashed banana.. I’ve never liked mashed banana very much

3. They predominately taste like dates.. and I don’t like the taste of pure dates that much either

A vegan that isn’t obsessed with bananas and dates.. hmm, that can be challenging. Not anymore! Finally, a milkshake-ish cacao snack that tastes DELICIOUS. This seriously gave me new hope.

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Ingredients:

1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
2 tbsp raw cacao (NOT cocoa! google the difference)
a dash of cinnamon
4 dates
2 dl almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tbsp almond butter, or a few nuts of choice (cashews work well)
optional: 1 ts coconut oil
blend it all together in a mixer and enjoy!

Extra
To give it a health boost, add 1/2 tbsp wheat grass/ acai powder/ hemp (protein) powder (Note: if you add a lot of powder, you should even it out with more fluids)
Top it with buckwheat grouts, chia seeds and shredded unsweetened coconut

Topping it with buckwheat grouts is almost a must. The crunchiness just makes it even more perfect!

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ENJOY!

Helene Christine