Thoughts on caffeine

Lifestyle, My thoughts, Tips

IMG_6217 There are a lot of reasons to drink and not to drink caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea. I personally think tea is best out of the two and I’ll write a little about why. I stay away from carbonated and processed drinks and I have for years. I’m happy with water, tea and some coffee. Yes I drink coffee. But I limit it. I don’t drink it for the energy, but because I love the taste. IMG_6230I think that getting my energy from foods and exercise is a healthier solution than “drugging” myself on caffeine. Caffeine will lead to a crash in the end anyway. In short, If i drink coffee I limit it to once or twice a week. IMG_5639 When I drink coffee I like using soy milk, as that works best in my milk steamer. I only use soy milk in my coffee and never otherwise because pure ingredient soy milk is so hard to find. Other types I use in my coffee are almond milk (which makes my coffee sweet and delicious), or oat milk. I like adding in some cinnamon, and if I’m feeling extra cozy I’ll sprinkle on some coconut palm sugar. MmmIMG_6978 Now, over to tea. I don’t think there’s anything bad about tea, as long as it’s pure. A lot of cheap teas have added synthetic flavors (processed bad stuff). Therefore I go for teas with whole ingredients – organic if possible. Then there’s the caffeine. I’m still making up an opinion on how much I should avoid it and haven’t quite reached a conclusion. At the moment, whenever I get the choice I go for herbal teas, rather than normal tea. Herbal teas taste great, do great and won’t give you an energy crash. IMG_6977I recommend pukka herbal teas. They’re pure, organic and have fair trade options. They label teas meant to wake you up in the morning (without caffeine) and ones meant to soothe before bed. The green one in the picture (apple, cinnamon, ginger) tastes d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s and it perfect for your winter cravings. ‘Morning time’ is great if you need a little energy lift, and the detox tea I am currently testing. Just to mention it, I don’t believe in detox teas that are marketed as skinny fixes. Buy normal herbal teas, which are way cheaper anyway, and drink them to feel good – not to fix your problems. There are no shortcuts when it comes to health.  IMG_5006I hope you found this helpful!

Helene Christine

Green apple smoothie

All recipes, Smoothies

Green smoothies are fantastic for you. I’m incorporating smoothies in my daily routines more and more. Smoothies on their own are delicious and super healthy, but adding some greens just adds to the perfection. I often have them for breakfast or take them with me to work in a glass jar as a snack. IMG_6799 IMG_6800

Tip – chew your smoothies. Yup, you read that right. The short explanation is that chewing your smoothies will activate the saliva production in your mouth and help your digestion. Blending the fruits will do some of the digestion job for you, but drinking food without chewing it can be a bit of a shock for your stomach. Most people don’t know this, so it’s a cool thing to pass on.

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Recipe, from this blog:

One green apple
Half a banana, frozen
A good handful spinach
I tbsp hemp seeds
A splash of water
A small piece of celery (optional)

Blend everything together. I like putting the softer (not frozen) ingredients at the bottom to make the job easier for my blender. Start with only a bit of water and add more as you see the consistency coming along.

Helene Christine

In my jar: Quinoa salad

Food, Lunch, Salads

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Finally some good camera lighting. Winter can be so depressingly dark in Norway. Anyway, cold weather is a good excuse to make nice food. So, good morning from my salad in a jar! Glass jars makes lunch so much cooler. Fill them up with salads, cut veggies or smoothies.

IMG_6344Here I simply used quinoa, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, kale, avocado and onion. Easy, quick but so tasty and nice looking
I created a new tag, “in my jar”, which I’ll tag all my jar recipes with so you easily can find them in one place from now on.

Have a great day!
Helene Christine

Recommendation: The running raw project

Food, Tips

I recently stumbled across the youtube account of Tim Van Orden. He is raw vegan and extremely knowledgable. I stayed up watching video after video, learning so many things! He explains everything in such an understandable, relatable way.
Amazing!

Really awesome summary of wether vegans are getting their nutrients or not – suuch an important topic

Learn about Iron! Really informative if you’re a runner, a woman, a vegan or just willing to learn about your own body. He also talks about what “NORMAL” eaters actually get their iron from – must watch!

Protein! – Super discussed topic as well

Wow. This one changed my thoughts a lot! So many people are following the superfood trend – adding powders and pills to everything because it’s “amazing for you.” Take a look at this.

I hope you found this interesting!

Helene Christine

Almond-avocado bliss balls

All recipes, Desserts

No refined sugar ♥ Vegan ♥ gluten free

IMG_6618The final result
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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