Månad: september 2016

5 steps to become a morning person

Have you always thought that people waking up at 5 am are some kind of weirdos, deriving from another planet? Waking up in the middle of the night, you must be kidding me. Although not waking up at 5 am I would call myself a morning person. I’m definitely not an evening person, going to bed at 10 pm, if possible. However, you might wanna change up your routines a bit, but are in desperate need of some tips and tricks to make it a little less painful. Here are five steps that might make it slightly easier for you to jump out of bed at early sunrise. Start working out in the morning instead of in the evening – A morning workout/power walk will for sure kick-start your day. Up to a couple of months ago I hated working out in the morning, I simply couldn’t be bothered. Now, when it has become a habit of mine I just love it! I have more energy throughout the day and feel more motivated to conquer the rest …

Root vegetable soup

Baby, it’s cold outside. A perfect day for soup! This tasty root vegetable soup is from Spoons. A nutritious vegan-friendly lunch that is easy to bring along to work. Healthy convenient food at its best. I made a green lentil, kale and quinoa mix and added to the soup. So very delish and it absolutely filled me up. More greens to the people! Green lentil, kale & quinoa mix Ingredients: 1 dl Green lentils 0.5 dl Quinoa Garlic, chili flakes, coriander Salt & pepper + Coconut oil for frying  Hemp seeds Instructions: In a frying pan fry green lentils, garlic, coriander and chili flakes in coconut oil on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add water and quinoa and let cook until soft. Season with salt & pepper. Decorate with hemp seeds and fresh coriander. This mixture goes well even with rice or as a side dish served with for example fish. Sponsored by Spoons.

How to find motivation in life

Every so often it can be challenging to find motivation. You simply loose track, you don’t know where you want to go, what you want to do with your life etcetera. During those times it can be necessary to sit down, grab a cup of tea and start planning ahead. Whether it’s finding motivation to live a healthier life or if it’s about finding your dream job there are certain guidelines to follow that might help getting you one step closer to your dream life and goals. I’m not saying I’m a life coach or anything. It’s just that I’m at this point where I spend a lot of time reflecting on my own goals and where I would like to be in the future. Set goals. Start setting goals – What would you like to achieve in life? What’s your passion? What drives you? In what areas would you like to improve? When setting a goal your focus shouldn’t be on the destination alone, but on the actual journey. How would you like to spend your …

10 rules of Clean Eating

Clean eating. What’s my definition and/or rules of the word? Since we are all different – we live different lives, our bodies are different etcetera – it’s important to remember that these rules most likely vary from person to person. Anyhow, these are my ten rules of clean eating. Never skip breakfast – I love breakfast, its by far the best meal of the day. In my opinion the most important meal. Porridge, avocado toast, green smoothies, acai bowls, omelette, home made granola with almond milk, the list goes on.  Eat the rainbow – Put colourful vegetables, fruits and berries on your plate in order to get all the necessary antioxidants your body needs. Buy organic produced food – Yes it’s slightly more expensive but I try to choose the organic options when available. Some fruits/foods I always buy organic such as bananas and coffee. Drink water – I try to drink 2-3 litres of water a day.  At first I struggled but my body gotten used to it so now I drink without even …

Favourite Pre & Post Workout meals

In order to get the most out of your workout and for maximizing post workout recovery it’s crucial that you fuel your body both before and after your workout. Choose healthy foods that provide the body with vital energy; high quality proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Always grab something directly after your workout and eat a nutritious and balanced meal (lunch or dinner) within 1-2 hours post workout. Below you’ll find a few of my favourite snacks. The snacks below are, as a matter of fact, suitable either before or after a workout. Pre workout snacks Rice cake + almond butter + half a banana sliced on top Peanut butter + one apple Homemade trail mix with unsalted cashew nuts, almonds, pecan nuts, goji berries, dried cranberries, dried apricots and coconut flakes Medjool dates + almond butter Home made Blueberry Flap jacks Green Smoothie Post workout snacks Chocolate protein smoothie Rice cake + almond butter + half a banana sliced on top (Simply because it’s so delicious) Acai bowl with granola (If I …

Health rules to live by

In order to achieve overall well-being one has to balance certain aspects of life, such as friends and family, job and career goals, health, mindfulness and diet etcetera. Most likely we have our own opinions on what well-being means to us and the things that makes us complete. With that being said there are some health rules that might benefit everyone and might even take your wellbeing to the next level. Number one rule – when rushing around all day it’s important to stop and pause for a while and reflect on how you feel. Learn to become present in the moment. It might sound rather simple but in our hectic society it can be really difficult at times. Start appreciating the little things life has to offer. Consistency is key – In order to achieve health you have to be consistent with your choices and remember that nothing happens over night; well-being should be considered a lifestyle, not a quick phase. Keep it simple and don’t complicate things – It doesn’t have to be so damn hard …

How to stop cravings

Cravings. The annoying feeling of wanting something sweet that usually appears at 3 PM or at night time, or at any time for that matter. I for sure have those days when I’m craving sweets. Although I try to stay away from refined sugars, and I’m definitely not a fast food lover, but still I need my dose of chocolate and peanut butter. Yes I prefer the healthier raw food chocolate and unsweetened peanut butter, but still, although labelled healthy they should be eaten in moderation – which sometimes can be rather difficult if you ask me. With that being said I have some tips and tricks I try to live by, that makes my every day life a little easier; Drink more water – sometimes it can be just as simple as that; drink enough water. Our bodies are made of mostly water so remember to hydrate. Always have a bottle of water ready, to bring with you along the day and always drink more if you’re working out or if it’s a hot …

Soup and avocado toast with chanterelles

When fall is knocking on our doors (although it’s more like summer temperature outside) it’s very cosy to cuddle up with a big bowl of warming soup. My favourites, when I’m too lazy to cook, come from the Swedish brand Spoons. They definitely taste like home made soups and the best thing; they are even good for you and your body – nourishing dishes that contain nutrient dense foods. My all time favourite is the Butternut Soup, but I also very much enjoy the Asian lentil stew. All their dishes are made out of fresh ingredients, don’t contain any additives or refined sugars and some are even vegan friendly. We like that, don’t we?! It’s so nice to be able to buy healthy all-ready-made foods that actually give you the vitamins and micro nutrients you need. More of that please. I was pretty hungry yesterday afternoon so I fried up some veggies with loads of coriander (zucchini, baby spinach, fresh garlic, pepper, tomatoes and chanterelles) to add to the soup. So very delish! And when having soup …

Pancake brunch

I had myself a delicious pancake brunch this beautiful Saturday morning. Very convenient after a tough leg session at the gym. These pancakes are so yummy and very easy to make. Served with fresh blueberries & raspberries, coconut sugar and squeezed lime juice. I also sneaked in a couple spoons of greek yoghurt. Haven’t been eaten that for many many months but somehow I thought the creamy yoghurt would be suitable together with these darlings. I usually prefer a dairy free option to yoghurt such as coconut yoghurt or soy yoghurt – or more correct -my stomach prefer a dairy free option, so that’s what I’ll have most of the time. Anyhow, they are exquisite – perfectly moist but also a bit crunchy on top. Yum! The combination coconut sugar and squeezed lime was a huge hit, definitely a new favourite. Banana & Oat Pancakes Ingredients: (approx. three pancakes) 1 mashed banana 1 dl oat flour (you can mix oat flakes into a flour in your blender) 1 dl unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp baking powder …

Healthy snacking ideas

Let’s face it – I’m a snacker. I love to snack. As soon as I sit in front of the computer my snacker gene starts going bananas. I prefer snacking on healthy options though. Foods that keep my blood sugar level stable and doesn’t force me to go and buy new pants every month. Here I list my favourite snacks at the moment, some of which are easy to grab with you before you leave for work or school in the morning. An apple and almond butter (5-15 g of nut butter depending on how active you’re during the day). Protein smoothie (recipe you’ll find here; Chocolate Protein Smoothie ) The perfect pre or post-workout smoothie. Fresh blueberries & Raspberries with roasted pistachio nuts. Dates & Peanut butter (For those days when you’re craving something extra sweet). Carrots,cucumber & selleri with homemade hummus (make your own hummus since the one you find in the stores usually are packed with way too much oil and additives). Easy peasy healthy hummus: Blend chick peas with loads of coriander, fresh …