Month: February 2015

parsley pesto

For a long time I wasn’t a big fan of parsley. I have to admit that this green garnish was often left on the side of my plate after dinner, but little by little I’ve made friends with parsley and this pesto recipe makes it finally easy to love! It’s ready in minutes and delicious on pizza or pasta, as a salad dressing, sprinkled over some roasted vegetables or on your favorite veggie burger. You can try adding some to your bread dough or use it as a spread on sandwiches. 1 big bundle of fresh parsley (rinsed and ends of the stalks cut of) 1-2 tbsp pine nuts 1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you love garlic) 1 dl extra virgin olive oil a squeeze of lemon juice salt, freshly ground pepper and thyme to taste Chop the parsley into smaller pieces. Chop the garlic into pieces as well. In a blender blend the parsley, pine nuts, garlic and the olive oil. Add the lemon juice and spices and mix well. Store in the fridge …

The 5-Minute Trick to Getting Stuff Done

I’m sure we all have plans, things we would like to do for one reason or another, but only too often we push them to the near future. “Tomorrow I’ll start the diet”, “Tomorrow I’ll start exercising”, “I’ll do this in the evening”. It can be doing yoga, going to the gym or for a walk outside, or washing the dishes or ironing that pile of laundry, finishing that assignment or organizing the wardrobe. And you know that you would feel so good about yourself when you got this thing done, but when the alarm goes off in the morning it’s so easy to hit the snooze button instead of putting on your runners and think: “I didn’t get a good night sleep, I’ll go tonight, or tomorrow, definitely!”. But in the evening you’re tired, hungry and you hear Hallelujah accompanied by a heavenly orchestra when you look at the couch, not when you look at the pile of dishes. And so the tasks and activities get postponed by another day… (Trust me, I’m speaking …

Say Hello to the Sun and to Feeling Great!

Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is a perfect warm-up at the beginning of a yoga practice, but it’s a workout on its own too and can be a great way to start the day when you have limited time for exercise. Sun Salutation increases circulation, brings flexibility to the spine and works on the whole body energizing and increasing concentration & focus. It is the perfect little ritual to meet the new morning with gratitude and set the energy and mood for the next activities of your day. Like with all yoga postures, allow at least 2-3 hours after a meal (sun salutations are a great way to start the day before breakfast).  Move with your breath, breathing through the nose. Inhale on the lengthening poses and exhale as your body folds. You can start by practicing each pose individually, staying longer in them to find the perfect alignment and then move on to practicing the whole sequence, allowing your body to flow smoothly from one asana to the other. You can start by doing 3 …

raw brownies

I’ve been having a serious sweet tooth lately, so these brownies disappeared pretty quickly. They’re so rich and sweet that it’s hard to believe they’re sugar-free, raw and very easy to make. Enjoy with a good conscience! 200g pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 30 min – 1 h) 2,5 dl crushed pecan nuts 0,5 dl almond powder 5 tbsp raw cacao powder 5 tbsp coconut flakes 1/4 tsp vanilla powder 2 tbsp organic honey a pinch of fleur de sel sea salt – Whipped coconut cream & raspberries for decoration – Process the dates in a food processor into a paste. Add the finely crushed pecan nuts and almond powder, mix into a thick sticky paste. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Add a little bit of water if your paste is too thick. Line a square baking dish with parchment and press the paste into it, tapping it with your fingers to form a thick, solid layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into portions and serving with whipped coconut …

whipped coconut cream

a milk-free version of a rich, delicious whipped cream? Yes! 1 jar of coconut milk (refrigerated for at least a couple of hours) 2 tsp organic honey 1/4 tsp vanilla powder raw cacao powder according to taste (for a choco version) Scoop out the harder white coconut milk from the jar, leaving the clear watery liquid aside as this is not needed. In a large bowl, start whipping the coconut milk with an electric mixer. It will take several minutes before the coconut milk will start to change its consistency. Add the honey, vanilla (and sift in the raw cacao powder if you want to make a chocolate version). Keep mixing the coconut milk until you have a fluffy consistency. If your cream is too runny, place it in the refrigerator for a moment before serving on top of desserts, ice cream or whatever you can think of. For a vegan version, substitute the honey with agave syrup.

falling in love …with the One

OK, I’m not a big Valentine’s Day person, but no better day to talk about Love since today it’s on everyone’s mind anyway, right? With all the paper cards, expensive dinners and cute presents as well as the feelings of exclusion and disappointment felt today if you’re not in that perfect relationship it’s easy to forget that One True Love that we all have and often fail to celebrate: Ourselves. So I decided to gather my tips to Falling in Love with Yourself, and I hope you will all live happily ever after. Be Your Own Best Friend Imagine that your best friend is trying to lose some weight. She puts on a jumper that is quite tight on her and asks you, full of frustration: “Don’t I still look like an elephant in this?” You would probably encourage her, pointing out how you already really notice the change in her and that by the summer that jumper will fit perfectly. Or would you tell her that she is right, she looks huge in that? …

rejuvenating yogurt face mask

Natural organic yogurt has multiple recognized health benefits and many of these work on the skin too. High in vitamins (B2, B12, B5) and minerals (Calcium, Zinc), natural yogurt nourishes, hydrates and protects the skin. The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as well as probiotics in yogurt can help relieve skin conditions such as acne. Honey softens and moisturizes while oats gently exfoliate the skin and clean pores. Aloe vera (with over 75 potentially active constituents including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, saponins and salicylic acids) has a calming, anti-inflammatory effect and can help skin healing by promoting new cell growth. 1 tsp organic natural yogurt (Greek style goat’s milk yogurt if possible) 1 tsp organic honey 1 tsp organic oat meal ½ tsp aloe vera gel Simply mix all ingredients in a small cup and while you let the oats soften for a few minutes, wash your face with warm water (or do a facial steam to open your pores). Apply the mask on dry skin, sit back and relax for 10-15 min before washing …

crunchy kale crisps

An easy recipe for healthier snacking. Whether it’s an evening on the couch or a party you’re planning for this weekend, these crisps will do the trick! Heat the oven to 175c, wash a bunch of kale (I had 3 big leaves, 3 medium sized and a couple of small ones) and pat them gently dry with kitchen paper or in a salad spinner. Cut the hard stalks away and tear the kale into big, crisp-sized pieces. In a mortar and pestle mix 1 tea spoon dried onion powder, 1/2 tea spoon dried garlic, 6 black peppers, 1/3 tea spoon of turmeric and 1/2 tea spoon himalayan salt. Place the pieces of kale on parchment covered baking tray. Spinkle some olive oil on top and give them a good mix. Then sprinkle your spice mix on top, bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the edges of the kale crisps become brown (but not burned) and they have a nice crunchy texture. Enjoy!

easy chia jam

5 dl of frozen berries (blueberries & raspberries) 3 table spoons chia seeds 1 dl water 2 table spoons of coconut sugar or organic honey Let the berries melt. Mix the chia seeds and water in a bowl and leave for 10 min so that the chia seeds soak up the water, forming a jelly. Add the melted berries and sugar or honey, mix thoroughly. Store in the fridge and enjoy within a few days time. This goes well together with your breakfast yogurt, porridge, on pancakes, at brunch, and it’s simply yummy!