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3 Delicious smoothies for beginners

Here's three beginner friendly smoothies that will keep you coming back for more!

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First of all, let's just talk about the most important factor when making a smoothies: The blender. The better your blender is, the better your smoothies will taste. If you don't have a high quality blender, here's three things to keep in mind:

  • use powdered ginger instead of fresh
  • skip the high fiber greens such as kale and go for the more easily digested such as spinach
  • blend longer, if you have a real cheap blender it might do the trick just to double your blending time
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For me, the awesomeness of smoothies lies in the fact that you can blend up a few raw veggies, a fruit or two, some seeds and some liquid and you'll have a proper nutritious meal ready. + The fact that you never would've eaten this mix of nutritious raw greens if it wasn't for this great thing we call smoothies!

Green smoothies (meaning smoothies with lots of greens and veggies and less fruit) are something you have to ease into. I've created 3 easy recipes that will make you fall in love with the smoothie lifestyle!

The formula for the perfect smoothie is basically:

Something really nutritious (cucumber, spinach, kale, cauliflower for example)
+ something creamy (e.g. banana or avocado)
+ some liquid (e.g. coconut water or plant milk)
+ something extra (e.g. seeds, berries, spices)

Ingredients that I always keep in my freezer

  • Cauliflower
  • Bananas (without peel, very importatant)
  • Berries
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
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Golden Milk Smoothie

Here's one of my favorite smoothies of all times! A super yummy anti-inflammatory smoothie packed with all that golden-milky-good stuff! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1,5 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
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Green Dream Smoothie

Here's a green plant powered smoothie packed with alkalizing greens! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup spinach fresh or 3-4 kale leafs, remember to remove the stem
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 avocado

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
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Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie

Here's a super creamy and delicious smoothie that tastes almost like a strawberry vanilla milkshake! Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 2 generous servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cups strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 beet (cooked if you want it sweeter and more easily digested)
  • 1 tbsp flax or chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!

Enjoy!

Early Morning Moringa latte

Whenever you need a break from your daily coffee or Matcha!
Make this frothy 4-ingredient Moringa latte instead! Completely caffeine-free and super charged with nutrients!

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I don't drink coffee and I rarely drink Matcha. I had a short period this summer when I got completely Matcha addicted and had it each and every day for about a month. Even though I enjoy the taste of this wonderful green tea I still don't like the fact that it has caffeine.

This Moringa latte is great for those days when you crave the comfort of a warm beverage,
but prefer to keep it caffeine-free. Moringa is a green leaf that's considered a super food!
It contains a lot of antioxidants and is an excellent source of iron and magnesium. It’s jam-packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Moringa has so many benefits but is especially good for healthy skin and the immune system. It's also supposed to help with stress and fatigue.

Creamy Moringa latte

How is Moringa able to provide an energy boost without caffeine?

If you've ever tried Moringa, you know it provides a noticeable energy boost within a few minutes. At the same time Moringa can support restful sleep when taken before going to bed. So how is this possible?

First off, Moringa really is completely caffeine free. The energy boost is therefor different than after a cup of Matcha latte or coffee. Caffeine will stimulate our brain and actually restrict blood flow to the brain, by about 25%. Moringa on the other hand will increase your focus and concentration levels due to all the nutrients found in the leafs. Just like eating a salad full of good stuff will fuel you body in the right way, Moringa will bring your body tons of great nutrients and provide an energized feeling.

The secret to Moringa’s energy boost can be found in its unique combination of nutrients,
in particular the combination of B vitamins, as well as a high amount of magnesium and potassium. Vitamin B greatly increases the absorption of magnesium and potassium in your body. This results in muscle relaxation, relief from anxiety, depression and headaches.
Another great thing is that the high amount of Vitamin B1 helps convert sugar into energy, giving us a nice energy boost!

There's also an abundance of other nutrients present in Moringa, such as antioxidants and a variety of other vitamins. Moringa is said to be the most nutritious plant ever discovered.
It's actually the most powerful natural multi-vitamin and antioxidant on Earth! It contains more than 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. Moringa has almost all the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables and mostly larger proportions. 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 Amino Acids and 9 Essential Amino Acids!

Creamy Moringa latte

Early Morning Moringa latte

Yield: 2 medium sized lattes, Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp Moringa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 cups oat milk or any other plant milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine Moringa powder and all the other ingredients in the bottom of a saucepan.
  2. Heat the milk gently and use a whisk to make it nice and frothy.
  3. Serve and Enjoy!
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Moringa Powder have:

  • 25 times more Iron than spinach
  • 17 times more calcium than milk
  • 15 times more potassium than bananas
  • 10 times more vitamin A than carrots
  • 9 times more protein than yogurt
  • 4 times more chlorophyll than wheat grass

Moringa is basically a natural beauty product that will rejuvenate your skin and boost you metabolism! No plant has a greater concentration of Zeatin than the Moringa plant. In fact, Moringa has several thousand times more Zeatin than any other known plant!! Zeatin is linked to anti-aging or better explained: the slowing down of aging processes in the human body.

Moringa is also a natural hunger suppressant. It helps stimulates the metabolism and is said to work as a natural fat burner.

But how does all of this work?

Well, it provides the body with the necessary nutrients to satisfy hunger. Simple as that. Our body doesn't need plenty of food and especially not the amounts of food that we're all used to eating nowadays.

This is why there's plenty of weight loss products made from Moringa. It's basically just pure powdered moringa extract.

Creamy Moringa latte

I don't believe in quick fixes or diet pills, not even the natural ones. I think it's all about finding an enjoyable lifestyle that is sustainable for you! But of course, no matter what your lifestyle may look like, we all need to fuel our bodies with nutrients. And with the high concentration of nutrients in Moringa, just 1 or 2 tbsp in your morning smoothie will boost your daily intake of nutrients!

Purple goodness smoothie + My new low sugar life

Pulsing greens with frozen bananas is a great way to get those chlorophyll nutrients. But if you’re trying to cut down on sugar, that means also saying good bye to super sweet banana based smoothies!

Purple godness smoothie

Hi guys! today I'm sharing with you a low fructose smoothie. Or maybe better described as a non banana based (but still very creamy) smoothie! I don't expect a "newbie" to drink this smoothie and love it! Haha, let's be honest... But if you're an unconventional, cutting edge smoothie drinker that's only looking for a power house of fuel instead of a solid meal, then this one is for you!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup zucchini
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1-2 date (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until really smooth. This smoothie is definitely thick enough to eat like a smoothie bowl if you want!
  2. Pour smoothie into a glass or a bowl
  3. Top with cacao nibs and coconut chips and enjoy!
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How I started

As some of you might know. I've been changing my diet lately. The change isn't huge. Well, in the beginning it was, but now it's almost back to normal, except I'm trying to eat less sugary foods since I've noticed that it really wasn't making me feel good.

It all started when I decided to make a parasite cleanse in the beginning of April. It was a 30 day cleanse with herb supplements and no coffee, no fatty foods, no sugar (not even from fruit) and no white carbs. It was pretty hard in the beginning but felt right on so many levels!

My body had been screaming for something like this... Last year I developed symptoms like: fatigue, depression, anxiety, chin/neck acne and even panic attacks. I took naps every day and literally couldn't stay awake even when I tried to. My period became irregular for the first time in my life.

The symptoms


I went through many months feeling drained, exhausted from doing absolutely nothing and had no motivation what so ever to work out or go out and socialize. I made several changes this spring (went to a Kinesiologist among other things) and I firmly believe that all the things I did played a part in the improved state that I am in today. Having that said, I can tell you for sure that cutting out sugar, fruit and simple carbs has made a huge difference!

First of all, I'm very, very rarely craving sugar, sweets or desserts anymore! Second of all, I have lots of energy! I easily work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and do yoga 2-3 times a week on top of that.

Finally, I am almost never bloated anymore! This used to be a big problem for me... It's not that my body can't handle sugar or carbs, it's just that my body can't handle sugar or carbs every darn day! For example, I used to drink a smoothie based on bananas every single day. I also ate acai bowls regularly (with bananas, of course). As you can imagine this adds up to quite a few bananananas... Nothing wrong with that fine yellow fruit! It's just that now I've understood that maybe limiting my fruit/simple carbs intake to maybe once or twice a week works much better for my body.

Hormones and eating according to my cycle

I also started reading this book called WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, I decided to read this book after seeing a nutritionist that told me that I should look up PCOS. My symptoms were pretty obviously related to some kind of hormonal imbalance.

So I started reading the book and it taught me so much about hormones, the menstrual cycle, gut flora, and eating food that works better with our female rhythmAlisa has developed a way to live in harmony with our endocrine system. She talks about the best exercises and foods to eat according to our cycle. She talks about how to incorporate rituals into your daily life that will help lower stress on your endocrine system. She also talks about how to harness our female energy and lower our masculine energy. I highly recommend every woman to read this book!

Purple godness smoothie

So basically the solution for me has been to eat more foods that stabilizes my blood sugar, that means more (natural, unheated) fat and less fruit & carbs. Other than that, working out regularly has been really important for me as well as other activities and rituals that lowers stress in the body.

If you have experienced some or all of the symptomes that I've talked about, I really recommend the WomanCode!

And guys! Don't worry, I will still post delicious recipes of raw cakes and desserts! I have not excluded fruits entirely out of my diet, I've just cut down on it! And I'm expanding my horizons when it comes to smoothie and all that kind of good stuff that I eat every day... Like not having fruit smoothies or not having lots of sweeteners in my granola for example.

zero waste Buddha bowl

Funny enough, this super trendy clean-eating-health-bowl is named after a man often depicted as having a big, round belly. Buddha!

*Okay, I have come to know that it's not entirely true that Buddha had a big belly... He was actually very skinny. You can read all about it here if you're interested. :P

Zero waste Buddha bowl

Today’s recipe is a vegan Zero waste Buddha bowl made from all kinds of leftovers that I had in the fridge. The Buddha bowl got it's name because the food in the bowl was piling up to look like Buddhas big belly!

Having an abundance of colorful food like this doesn't only make my mouth water but also really makes me so grateful to have food! I feel so blessed for these foods that I've come to learn to eat and love! I haven't always been super healthy and I do make exceptions still. But there's something in the vibrations of healthy food! It just makes you so darn happy!

Buddha bowls are meant to be hearty, filling bowls made of various greens, raw or roasted veggies, beans and sometimes healthy grains like quinoa or brown rice.

Sometimes there's toppings like nuts or seeds and dressings for added texture and flavor. My Bowl is made of 100% leftovers. This is a beautiful and modern dish to make whenever you need to make a fridge cleaning or if you're just too lazy too cook the day after you've had a big dinner or party!

(Scroll down to see how I made my Buddha bowl)

Zero waste Buddah bowl

This is just an example of what you can do to create a beautifully abundant Buddha bowl. Feel free to incorporate any leftovers that you have in you fridge!

INGREDIENTS

  • szechuan citrus green beans (get the recipe here)
  • oven roasted cauliflowers and sweet potatoes (unscented coconut oil + salt)
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp kimchi
  • 2-3 radishes
  • 1/2 avocado
  • steamed kale
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • pea sprouts

Vegan citrus yogurt

  • 1 cup vegan yogurt (oat/soy/coconut or your choice of plant yogurt)
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • pinch olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash cauliflower and sweet potatoes and cut the sweet potatoes in slightly smaller size than the cauliflowers (to make sure the cauliflowers don't get over cooked) drizzle a generous amount of coconut oil on top of the veggies and sprinkle some salt
  2. Roast in the oven on 200°C for 20-25 minutes
  3. Prepare the szechuan citrus green beans
  4. De-stem 3-4 leafs of kale and steam for 3-5 minutes
  5. Use spiralizer for the cucumber
  6. Use a mandolin for the radishes
  7. Prepare the yogurt by combining all ingredients in a bowl.
Zero waste Buddha bowl
Zero waste Buddha bowl
Zero waste Buddha bowl

Sometimes the simplest things become the biggest successes! I always try to think of the rainbow when I make bowls! The more the better (color-wise) try not to over season in any way, most veggies taste wonderfully in it's raw form of with a quick steam. Buddha bowls are meant to be simple to make and jam-packed with filling nutrients and vitamins that aid overall health.

Finally I'd like to mention the superhero of this dish (or any dish for that matter). Her name is Kim-SHE! Kimchi is a great thing to always have in the fridge! Kimchi is super flavorful, gives moisture and texture to any dull dish and are great for you gut health!

Magical summer rolls

I love finger food! In restaurants, spring rolls are usually eaten as an appetizer or side dish, these summer rolls can easily shine as the main course!

Magical summer rolls

Magical summer rolls recipe

Time:  45 minutes Serves: 8-10 summer rolls

  • 8-10 rice papers
  • 1-2 avocados
  • sunflower sprouts
  • 1 big carros
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 yellow beets
  • 2 polka beets
  • cilantro (optional)

Almond butter sauce

  • 1/3 cup almond butter (raw or roasted, the roasted one will have a richer taste but the raw one is much healthier)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1 small piece of red pepper (according to taste)
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup water

DIRECTIONS

Make the sauce by blending all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.

    Magical summer rolls recipe
    Magical summer rolls recipe

    Good to know if you're making spring rolls for the first time

    • You don't need too use hot water for the rice papers
    • The rice papers will become soft and get a jelly like texture after 1-2 minutes
    • Always use a slightly wet cutting board when you're wrapping the rice papers, this is to make sure they don't stick to the surface and break
    • It's good to have thinly sliced beets or romaine leafs to put all ingredients in before you wrap it in your rice paper, it's just easier that way
    • Chop all the veggies very thin or use a mandolin to get a nice texture of your fresh spring rolls
    • Sprouts come in all tastes and color, my favorites are beet sprouts, choose a kind that doesn't taste too much so it won't over shine the other flavors
    • Chop up a lot of veggies, you don't want to start and then realize you don't have enough to fill your spring rolls with
    • Save the leftovers in a glass container, so you'll have a nice salad ready in the fridge or, if you're like me, you'll just make more spring rolls the next day :P
    Magical summer rolls raw food
    vegan summer rolls
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    If you've never made rice paper rolls before, make sure to check on youtube quick. There's plenty of good videos that will make your rice paper rolling easier and FUN!

    Happy Health kitchen essentials

    Happy Health kitchen essentials

    Happy Health kitchen essentials are the top 5 kitchen appliances that I use in my kitchen daily! I really do my best to avoid clutter, so to keep my kitchen space free I really have to trim it down and use as few things as I can. Here are my top 5!