Items I love

Insporation, Lifestyle

The holidays are right around the corner and with my new passion for fitness and nutrition my wishlist is a bit longer than usual. I’ve been analyzing what I really need the most, and been looking for inspiration from my current favorites. If you’re looking for a place to spend your holiday money, or you’re looking for some gifts for anyone interested in health – here are are some ideas.
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Glass jars. Haha, if someone told me gass jars would thrill me two years ago I wouldn’t have believed it but now that I spend more time in the kitchen, cute cookware really excites me. Especially things that make my day easier. I keep my nuts, grains and seeds nicely organized in these glass jars that I recently bought loads of at Ikea. You can find them, and the bottles I store my almond milk in, here.

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Teeea. I try to drink my liters of water every day, but in the winter, I like warming it up a little. Herbal tea is my favorite as it’s nutritious, delicious and caffeine-free. Yes, I tray to stay clear of caffeine, but no, I can’t always resist coffee. If you want to learn more about my opinion on coffee and tea, you can read my post here. A lot of my herbal tea is from pukka, which is certified organic, and have fair trade options.

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Simple necklaces. I love these more and more very day. The wishbone is a christmas gift from last year, paired with a chain I got on my trip to Mexico. The shortest one is a plain chain I got recently from a local jewelry store. Now, my favorite one is the “om” necklace. My mom got me this earlier this year in Toronto from the awesome brand Dogeared. Most of their pieces have deeper meanings, and come with a small note explaining your exact peace. Symbolic, personal jewelry is right up my alley. I definitely wouldn’t mind getting another one of these! You can also get these on Amazon here.

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Nike ankle weights. Awesome awesome awesome. Just great for working out at home – especially those glutes!

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Funny jumper. Haha, this one is really exciting to me. I ordered it here only a few days ago and it’s already a favorite. I might be a little lame, but I just had to get it. Love at first sight right here.

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Nike leggings with fun design. My beloved leggings. Without doubt my favorite training wear. I love the mix of white, gray and black on leggings. I don’t think these are in stores anymore, but this website seems to be selling them here.

IMG_5457Las but not least. Chocolate. Every girl needs chocolate. My favorite chocolate brand at the moment is Pana Chocolate. Their chocolate is raw, organic and free of processed bad stuff – they’re also vegan. Out of the ones I’ve tried, I love the ones with nuts, the raw cacao and the cinnamon bar. If you like mint chocolate, that one is killer too.

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations! I’ll probably be posting more of these. Until then, Happy holidays!

Helene Christine

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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

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

Vegan, gluten free bliss balls

All recipes, Food

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Total cooking time: 15 minutes


Base ingredients:

1 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup flax seeds (or ground flax seeds)

1 tbsp chia seeds (or ground chia seeds)

1/2 almond butter

1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

1/4 maple syrup, organic

1/2 tbs vanilla extract, organic


Method:

  • Mix everything together. I like using a blender for this, but a bowl and a spoon does just fine.
  • Form into balls. Size doesn’t matter at all – it’s up to you.

Optional add-ons:

Dark chocolate chunks

Dried cranberries

Spirulina powder

Maca powder

..whatever you want!


Simple right?

You can mix around with the recipe as you please. If you’re missing some of the ingredients – no problem. When your sweet tooth kicks in, these treats will only take you a few minutes to whip together!

Tip: when you’re feeling extra needy for something sweet, try dipping them in dark (or even homemade) chocolate.

This recipe is:

vegan ♥ gluten free ♥ free of refined sugar ♥ (can be) organic ♥ plant based

 

Helene Christine