Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumn Beluga Lentil Stew

It's getting cold here in Sweden and I'm craving more warming foods, especially soups and stews. This stew with beluga lentils and masses of veggies is so warming and comforting on cold autumn days.

I suggest serving the stew with a side of potatoes or some crusty bread. So filling and delicious!

Today we've been doing things like raking leaves outside, cleaning the house and food shopping. You know, adult stuff. But not without a smoothie bowl breakfast, which has become our weekend morning ritual. Today we made ginger and raspberry smoothie bowls with masses of toppings like granola, muesli, brazil nuts, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and dried mango. Simply the best start to the weekend.

Happy Saturday!


Autumn Beluga Lentil Stew

1 1/4 cup (3 dl) dried beluga lentils
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp herbal salt (I love Herbamare)
4 1/4 cup (1 liter) water
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp spicy paprika powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 bag/400 g frozen spinach
1 bag/400 g frozen broccoli florets
optional: pinch of turmeric
optional: 3 tsp corn starch

1. Add the beluga lentils along with the carrots, bell peppers, herbal salt and water to a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then cook on a low heat for about 15 minutes.
2. Blend the tahini with the tamari, apple cider vinegar, lemon, cumin, paprika and black pepper with a hand held blender in a small bowl. Add this sauce to the saucepan along with the spinach and broccoli. Also add a little turmeric for a more yellow colour if you like Bring to the boil again and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
3. If you want a thicker consistency: Mix the corn starch with a little cold water and add to the boiling stew while stirring. Cook for a few more minutes and serve. Enjoy!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Autumn Favourites

Tea, chocolate, beauty and jewelry - that's what my autumn favourites are all about. I really don't enjoy the colder temperatures, but these products are all helping to bring some magic into my everyday life right now.

Happy weekend!

Autumn Favourites

  • Pukka Ginseng Matcha Green - This green tea with added matcha green tea powder and ginseng is so delicious and energizing. I like it with a splash of oat milk.
  • Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Mint - This brand of Fairtrade chocolates is truly divine. I love the beautiful packaging too.
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash - This smells so good and it feels very hydrating on the skin. A shower must-have.
  • Faith in Nature Brave Botanicals Conditioner Nourish & Repair - This new hair conditioner with rose and neroli smells great and makes my hair silky soft. I love the brand Faith in Nature and use lots of their shampoos, conditioners and shower gels.
  • Urtekram Shea Butter Body Balm - This pure shea butter works miracles on dry skin. I use it on my cuticles and lips, and I even used on my nose when I had a cold to prevent my skin from cracking. I will probably use it even more in the winter.
  • Acorelle Perfume Roll-on Neroli - I adore the citrus-y scent of neroli and this natural perfume smells incredible. Also very easy to apply thanks to the roll-on applicator.
  • Little Ondine Nail Colour - This nail polish is toxin free, odour free and peel-off (instead of having to use a remover). I have it in the lovely coral colour called Ibiza.
  • Tiny Devotions Mala Necklace (the necklace to the left in the photo) - I've wanted a Tiny Devotions mala for so long, and this summer I finally bought one. I got the "Let Love In Mala" with a big rose quartz and I love it so much!
  • And lastly, my birthday was last month and my love got me this necklace with watermelon tourmaline (to the right in the photo). How great is that? I love watermelon and I love crystals, so this was truly the most perfect gift. (Since it was a gift I don't know the brand, though).
What are some of your current favs?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

This bowl of pink deliciousness is like a mix between a raspberry sorbet and a smoothie bowl. Like having dessert for breakfast! Because life is far too short to have boring breakfasts, right?

Raspberries are super good for you as they are full of protecting antioxidants and vitamin C, fibre and potassium to name a few nutrients. In this simple recipe, frozen raspberries are blended with banana, lemon, vanilla, coconut and a splash of plant milk to make a thick and creamy smoothie bowl. I actually enjoyed my smoothie as a snack together with my spiced chocolate energy balls and a cup of Clipper Detox tea. Heavenly!

I'm so so happy that it's Friday afternoon. This week has been a bit rough so I'm really looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my love. When I got home from work today I did some yoga and now I'm having a big cup of tea and a snack and I almost feel like a person again :)

Happy weekend!

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup (1 dl) plant milk
2 big handfuls of frozen raspberries
1 banana
1 small handful of raw coconut flakes
Pinch of vanilla powder

Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl and top with pumpkin seeds, more coconut, goji berries, granola etc. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Spiced Turmeric Tea

Turmeric, is it the super wonder spice it is described as nowadays? Actually, it seems so. The main active component in turmeric is called curcumin which is a very powerful antioxidant (antioxidants protect our cells against disease-causing free radicals). Curcumin is shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body and may help protect from anything from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. Exciting stuff! Watch some more info on the subject here.

Always try to eat (or drink, as in this tea) some black pepper with turmeric as the black pepper greatly increases the bioavailability of curcumin. I also added some other spices like ginger and cinnamon, which - in addition to being very delicious in this tea - are also anti-inflammatory. I love to make this tea when I'm feeling a bit under the weather with a sore throat or a runny nose.

A little warning though, this drink is quite "intense". If you're not used to the taste of turmeric I would suggest to begin with just 1/2 teaspoon. Also decrease the amount of ginger if you want it less spicy.

Grab a cozy blanket, put on some calming music, light some candles and make a big cup of this warming tea whenever you feel that your insides are in need of a hug.

Turmeric Tea

Serves 1

1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Pinch of black pepper
Hot water
Splash of plant milk
Optional sweetener: maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar etc

Put all the spices in a big mug. Add hot water and stir thoroughly. Add some plant milk (I used oat milk) and optional sweetener. Enjoy!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Five Things Monday

Happy Monday, friends! Here's five (quite random) links to get this new week started.
Love, Louisa

  •  I recently bought this book and I don't want to put it down. I've loved for years, and was very happy to find out that Michael Greger finally wrote an entire book.
  • This raw vegan cheesecake does look like pure magic.
  • Me and my boyfriend have began making our own kombucha (!), which is a fermented tea drink filled with probiotics. Check out this great guide from My New Roots.
  • Questions about how to make a plant-based/vegan diet work? Read this article by fellow dietitian Julieanna Hever. The article is intended as a guide for physicians and other health care practitioners, but I think that most of the information is great for anyone.
  • Listen to Elastic Heart - Piano Version with Sia (click here to open it in Spotify). So so beautiful!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Spiced Chocolate Energy Balls

I love love love having these as a snack at work at the moment. They're a variation of my previous chocolate energy balls (see recipe here) but with some additional ingredients like cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. This makes them taste like a chai spiced chocolate cookie (yum!) and they also contain lots of mineral rich seeds and of course lots of cacao powder. I made these last week when I was home sick and served them with a big cup of turmeric tea (recipe coming soon!) and a green drink. If that doesn't make you feel better I don't know what will :)

Spiced Chocolate Energy Balls

About 15-18 depending on size

15 fresh/soft dates (use less if using bid dates like medjools)
1/4 cup (1/2 dl) rolled oats
1/2 cup (1 dl) sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (1/2 dl) unhulled sesame seeds
1/4 cup (1/2 dl) raw coconut chips or grated coconut
1/2 cup (1 dl) raw cacao powder or regular cocoa
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp virgin coconut oil
Pinch of salt

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until a sticky dough is formed. Shape into balls and enjoy! Store in the fridge or freezer.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Matcha & Moringa Smoothie Bowl with Blueberry Swirl

There can never be to many smoothie bowls on this blog, right? I'm certainly too obsessed to stop.

This smoothie bowl features two different green powders, namely matcha and moringa powder. But it's important to remember that the base of one's diet should always be whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts and seeds. Simple foods you'll find in any grocery store. No amount of "superfood" powders will make up for a diet of junk foods. But I like to boost my smoothies with some green powders for some extra nutrients. I mostly use barley grass or wheat grass powders which are full of minerals and chlorophyll. I've mostly used my matcha green tea powder to make hot matcha lattes, but I also like to add it to green smoothies from time to time. Moringa powder is a new one for me. When I was on vacation on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura last fall I saw lots of beautiful moringa trees, so when I spotted moringa powder in the store I knew I
had to try it. Every time I use it I think of those glorious sunny days on Fuerteventura...

Matcha green tea is powdered green tea (the entire leaf) and is full of antioxidants which protect our cells from damage.
Moringa leaf powder is made from the dried leaves of the moringa trees. It contains lots of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Notably it's very rich in iron (great for us females!).

And of course I had to add my favourite "superfood" of them all, which grows abundantly for free in the forest here; the humble blueberry!

Matcha & Moringa Smoothie Bowl with Blueberry Swirl

Serves 1

1-2 frozen bananas
1 tsp moringa powder
1 tsp matcha powder
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Juice from 1 small or 1/2 big lemon
Splash of oat milk

1/4 cup (1/2 dl) blueberries
Splash of oat milk

1. Blend banana, moringa, matcha, vanilla, lemon and a little oat milk (or other plant milk) until smooth. Pour into a bowl.
2. Mash the blueberries with a fork, add a little oat milk if needed. Add to the green smoothie and make little swirls with a spoon or fork.
3. Add some toppings; granola, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries etc. Enjoy!