healthful living – things i’m loving lately

i believe that there is always room for improvement. 

this statement holds true for every aspect life has to offer, and we should never stop questioning our motives, thoughts and actions. once we stop moving we stop progressing and will not just stand still, but rather fall back.

i know i announced that this blog will not focus on food and therefore diet anymore, but still, when i feel like posting about health there is no way the topic of food can be neglected.

i’ve been vegan for quite a while now (≈2.5 years i think) and could not be more convinced that eating plants only is the ultimate road to health, fitness and a peaceful mind. yes, i like to take a holistic perspective on health, meaning i believe that body, mind and spirit are inseperably intertwined and cannot be treated as if they simply coexisted.

i am happy to say that i seem to always stumble upon new, valuable sources about nutrition and health and therefore continue learning. a business student can indeed, too, be highly interested in these kinds of topics – i’m living proof!

 

you will be able to read about some of these sources and my personal experiences on the road to heath in the future, for example when i post about my top 5 books and my top 5 movies. moreover, i plan on writing one or more separate posts on what i regard as a “healthy life” for myself, but not tonight!

all i will say now is that i’m trying to limit the (vegan) chocolate and eliminate all processed foods altogether at the moment. basically, i eat TONS of fruit, loads of vegetables and clean grains and starches such as rice, potatoes and quinoa. soy consumption is also something i want to cut back on, as most soy products are quite processed. last but not least i try to not do vegetable oil and salt and, truth be told, hardly ever miss it at all!

on top of the diet part, i continue and upgrade my workouts regularly. i’m really enjoying doing at least a small exercise routine almost daily and love seeing my body becoming more & more toned from week to week!

as already stated, i will explain the what and why in detail within the upcoming posts, but tonight you’re getting some pictures! 🙂

 

 

so here come some things i’m loving lately:
  • corn-pasta dishes

although i’m not gluten-intolerant i tried corn pasta and instantly fell in love! somehow i feel as if my body needs less effort to digest and i personally can’t seem to recognize any loss of taste. so, gluten-sensitive or not, give corn-pasta a chance!

 

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(creamy balsamic-tomato corn-pasta with spinach)

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(pasta salad i made for my and my bf’s family. everybody came back for seconds! 😉 )

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i love love LOVE these! not long ago i made my banana-shakes with bananas & soymylk, but now i know way better! go and try just blending some bananas with pure, cold water. i’d never believed this combo was superior, but trust me, it is! i always add cinnamon to my shake and sometimes even some vanilla-powder. yummmmmm.

  • dark chocolate rice cakes

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no matter how determined i am to cut back on chocolate, i absolutely need these babies every now and then. especially this one time a month, if you know what i mean!

i however decide not to feel guilty! dogmas never seem to lead to happiness, one of these however sometimes seem to do exactly so. 😉

  • raw fruit balls

Evernote Camera Roll 20130714 234112a more healthy treat are these homemade raw fruit balls. from time to time i indulge in these all-raw balls, which contain dates, bananas, coconut flakes, some nuts like almonds or cashews and, in my case, cinnamon and cocoa/carob. if you’re interested in some recipes just google “raw fruit balls” and you’ll get some hits! 😉

or, just play around in your kitchen and get your hands dirty for once!

  • tons of fruit each day

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(stocking up the kitchen! looooads of fruit each shopping trip, things like soy-yogurt and flaxseed are “sometimes-food” i don’t omit completely)

so yeah, there you have it, some things i’m loving lately.

i’m looking forward to writing the other, more detailed, promised posts but so long, love your body, mind and soul & go learn something you didn’t know before!

yours,

s.

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metamorphosis

i think i have seriously abandoned this blog.

how long has it been?

i cannot really give reason to my absence from the blogosphere, really. I can only say that once you start to let go, due to stress or too many other things on your mind, you really start to let it slip away for good.

i can’t even remember the last time i posted something here! but:

let a new chapter begin today.

i can’t promise i will post regularly, in fact i can’t even tell you the exact direction this blog will be heading towards.

all i can say is that i’ve chosen to bring this baby back to life and to using it as a valve for my inner life. i can however tell you that the focus here will be shifted a little away from the foodie-world. of course, in case i come up with some seriously delicious recipe i will not keep it from you, but i generally plan on writing about more that tasty vegan food from now on!

same same but different?

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here’s a little recap on what has changed in my life:

well well. my fourth semester of Business Consultancy International has just ended and the summer break is on right now. the weather here however is veeeeery not summer-ish. yet. some days its freezing and i’m wearing my boots (!!!), the next day i’m melting in my shorts! heck.

my boyfriend & his family moved right next to my parents’ house! strange, you say? i thought so too. especially since I do NOT live there anymore!

but some time has passed now and I have to admit it’s quite convenient. i have the most important people right there living in the same street!

my mom adopted the cutest little miss doggy a few months ago. her name’s Mindy and she’s more than adorable! a little bundle of fluff, always excited and so much in love with her humans:)
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(right now, our haircolors are almost matching!)

Mindy is quite little and very affectionate! she will never miss a chance to hop onto my lap:

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about the band: we’ve been playing a good number of shows within the last year but right now we decided to cut back with live shows. we are focusing on recording our first album this summer and there is a lot to be done.

also, we shot our first music video some time ago. it’s currently in post-production cuz i’m gonna be doing stuff in a computer-created phantasy world! (yup, i’m excited. patience is not my strongest trait.)

we also have our own website now! i did some pencil & paper illustrations & hand-wrote the lyrics, so be sure to stop by and check it out here (click on “Lyrics” to see the drawings and words!).

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(screenshot from the upcoming music video!)

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(on-stage make-up)

oooh, and did you know about the tattoos I got?

here’s the two little ones, the picture was taken right after getting them done. the X is an ancient, african symbol for freedom, emancipation & independence.

the tiny “V” stands for vegan.

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this is the third tat i call my own. i had it done on my 20th birthday. it’s simply a leaf and i cannot tell you what it means exactly. the idea of a leaf simply came to my mind one day in class and so i started drawing. the tattoo artist really did an excellent job here and i still smile every time i see it on my arm!

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(real tattoo vs. my sketch)

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(strange pic, i know, but just so you see where exactly it is!)

so, that would be some of the news i can offer you.

i’m looking forward to spending more time here writing and excited about finding out about which direction this blog is headed to.

as said, from time to time i’ll just need to get some stuff off my mind and therefore will possibly write about it here.

 

right now, i just came home from a little get together with friends in honor of my best friend. she is leaving for one and a half months, so almost all of summer without her! 😦

she’ll be staying in Canada this time and i can tell you i will miss her a LOT. during regular university times we can’t spend much time together and i miss her a lot already when she’s in the country. so now i’ve been looking forward to spending time with her during the summer break…

she’ll have a blast in Canada, i’m sure of it, and therefore i’m happy for her, of course. but for selfish reasons i’m also sad she’s not with me. sometimes i’m just feeling like a three-year-old.

 

i think i should call it a day for this post, or should i just say “call it a post”? it’s almost 11 PM here and i have an Oh, I Taste The Queen show at 1 AM. yes, i said 1 AM.

this means i need to start making my hair look like a bird’s nest and have quite some face painting to do. these dots aren’t gonna draw themselves!

 

if you’re reading this it makes me happy. so thank you! ♥

i will update the about me page within the next days, too.

 

so long,

s.

Power Shake to cheer you up!

Hey guys!:)

 

These days are somehow strange.. school hasn’t started and i’m tangled up between studying, checking band-stuff and trying to organize myself.

oh, and i’ve just recently started to do some workout again, and i really love it!

it’s so comforting 2 do sth for my body again..how could i forget how much i love sports?! 🙂

 

still, tonight i’m not in the best mood and therefore figured i could use something to cheer me up..yes, of course it’s something sweet! 😉

 

i created this incredibly yummy shake for two purposes:

1.) as stated above, i need some drinkable comfort.

2.) this shake is loaded with healthy power & fuel for the body! which makes it just perfect as a pre- or post-workout shake!

 

try and be amazed!:)

 

 

Power Shake

(makes 2 servings)

 

– 6 Medjoul dates, chopped

– 2 bananas, chopped

– 3/4 c. coconut milk (i used light)

– 1 T protein powder (i used hemp)

– 1/2 c. water

1/2 – 1 c. mylk (i used soy lite. almond would sure be great!)

– pinch of salt

 

depending on your taste preferences:

cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, cardamom, ginger powder; (this makes a great chai-flavour!)

 

*optional:

– 1 T peanutbutter

– instant coffee powder

– cocoa/carob powder

–> blend 2gether all the ingredients and enjoy!:)

 

..e voilá! 

 

your amazed,

s.

cookies rather than WIWW

no, you won’t get any WIWW pics today..

why?

 

truth be told, i’ve been sick for a couple of days now..a bad, annoying flu in the middle of my finals..yay.

i look like a mess right now and don’t really care bout my clothes..but I do care about what’s in my tummy!

 

so, instead of getting pics of me, i give you pics of these:

good compensation?:)

to brighten up this  horrible time right now, i decided to create the ultimative get-well-soon cookie! it includes chocolate, nutbutter and  chickpeas..definitely a winner!

based on CCK’s choc.chip blondies, i gave it a try to make up a cookie recipe.

oh my gosh, it turned out just perfect!

due to me being not in the right condition to going out and shop plus not having much at hand right now, this recipe is really easy and does not call for any “special” ingredients at all.

(let’s simply ignore the fact of me having no chocolate at home..my daddy had to bring his little, oh-so-adult girly girl some chocolate! love you, daddy <3)

 

anyways, try it and be amazed!

 

 

PROTEIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

yields about 12 cookies, but i would highly recommend to double the recipe! 

 

– 2 c. chickpeas (cooked, rinsed and drained)

– 1 c. riceflour (i used white)

-3/4 -1 c. spelt flour

-1 T nutbutter (peanut-, almond-,…)

-1T oil

-1 T baking powder

-1 T baking soda (natron)

cinnamon

sweetener (depending on your sweet tooth)

– 1 t salt

– some mylk (about 1/4 to 1/3 c.)

choc. chips

*note: this recipe is very flexible. you can easily switch

proportions of the flour and for example just use spelt-flour. more,

you can use either 2 T nutbutter or 2 T oil,

depending on what you have at hand.

maybe you could even sub water for the mylk,

but i haven’t tried myself.

directions:

mash the chickpeas & slowly add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. mix everything very well.

then, add your chips and put the cookiedough on a baking sheet, depending on how big you want your cookies. you can even make cookie-balls!

turn on heat to about 200°C and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

let cool and indulge! 🙂

honestly, i believe these are the best cookies i ever made had.

i promised i’d save some for my family..this is gonna be hard!


yours,
s.

forget chewy, here comes crunchy!

 

looking for an easy, storable, healthy, protein-rich snack that’s embodying CRUNCHY-ness?

then you should definitely try these:

 

SPICY CRUNCHY-ROASTED CHICKPEAS

 

u need:

  • 2 or more cups pre-cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • spices of choice (i used basil, chili-powder, curry-powder, black pepper and salt)

 

directions:

  1. rinse and drain your chicks
  2. heat your oven to 220°C 
  3. place the chicks on a bakingsheet and add all the spices you chose, except the salt

 

 

       4.    bake the chicks for about 35 minutes.

           5.    take ’em out and add the salt.

           6.    let the chicks cool and munch on!

 

 

mmmmh. welcome  to crunch-heaven!

your munching,

S.

This Chick’s Protein Ice Cream

Hey there!

 

Well, i’m, once again, floated by tons and tons of work..good that i’ve got some powerfood at hand!

 

some recent eats in pictures..

..asian inspired green beans /w champignons pan..

..leftover green beans /w spicy white beans..

..quickly thrown 2gether protein bars with what i had on hand..

..lovely dish @ asian restaurant, featuring maki..

..leftover veggie-curry..

..indian inspired veggie-chickpea-curry..

 

 

 

..super-yummy protein ice cream..

WAIT.

protein icecream..?!

yes, you’re damn right.

here you go:

This Chick’s Protein Ice Cream

(serves 1 hungry chick)

-1 c. cooked chickpeas

-2 small bananas

– 2 T hemp protein powder (or other)

– 2 T syrup (agave, maple,…)

– 1-2 T cinnamon (or more for freaks like me)

– 1 t vanilla extract

– 2 T chia seeds

– 1 T lemon juice

– 1/4 c. mylk of choice

* optional : add cocoa powder or carob, choc. chips, 2 T nut butter or some berries;

 

directions:

blend everything except the chia until creamy.

pour into airtight container and add the chia.

freeze and enjoy!

 

yours,

s.

be the master of sweetness!

as you probably have already noticed i’m a huge fan of natural sweeteners.

maplesyrup, ricesyrup, agave,…all of these are delicious, healthy and make u feel good!

thing is, these sweeteners aren’t quite cheap.

being a college student with a rather tight budget, i had to come up with sth more purse-friendly…hello DATE-PASTE!

dried dates are super sweet, yummy and affordable, especially when bought in great amounts.

u can use this paste similarly as you would use the above mentioned sweeteners (or even enjoy by itself..haha) .

get urself a bowl, water, a hand-held blender and go!

DATE – PASTE

1.) depending on how much paste u wanna make, pick up some dried dates and soak them for about 30 minutes in hot water.

2.) get rid of the water that’s left and place your soked dates in a container.

* feel free to use some add-ins: spices, salt, proteinpowder,…i used cinnamon (of course!) and ginger.

3.) blend the dates.

that’s it! pretty easy, duh? 🙂

date-paste should be stored in an air-tight container in your fridge.

one thing i also did once was to soak the dates in tea, such as chai, to add some extra flavor.

i’d love to hear what you did with your homemade date-paste, so try and leave a comment!

here comes some nutritional information about dates:

dates are HIGH QUALITY FOOD:

  • they contain an impressive amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
  • fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.
  • rich in dietary fiber, which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
  • contain many health benefitting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.
  • good source of Vitamin-A (contains 149 IU per 100 g), which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • very rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals and thereby found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
  • Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
  • good in potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.

  •  rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.
  •  adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.
so, let’s celebrate the dates!:)
yours,
s.