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

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

5 foods to invest in

Food, Tips

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I always keep these five foods in my kitchen, to make any meal a bit better in an instant. I use them all every day and add them to absolutely everything.pIMG_5542

Bee pollen (not vegan) is easy to drizzle over a fruit salad, smoothie or cup of oats. Really good for you, of course, and both looks and tastes good.pIMG_5543

A more common one; Coconut meat. This one is also great to toss over anything to give it a sweet touch. I add it to everything.pIMG_5544

A must for any vegan, and awesome for anyone. Hemp has a lot of plant protein and can also be bought in powder form. Add it to a salad, a muffin, homemade bread or anything else you can think of. pIMG_5545

Chia seeds are amazing for you. If you’re vegan and can’t – or simply don’t like – taking fish oil, this is your new best friend. pIMG_5548Spirulina. Where do I start? An absolute necessity for vegans, great for people who don’t eat enough greens, and really, beneficial for all of us. I add this to my smoothies, my oat meal (I’ll be posting that recipe soon), or a glass of water if I really wanna give myself a health boost.

Photography by me

Helene Christine