✨Guest post by Celine Syverud @celinedoubles – see full bio below✨ Når det kommer til shopping er undertøy et av de plaggene vi helst ikke kjøper brukt. Allikevel trenger vi jo innimellom nytt! Å vite hvilke merker som gjør en ekstra innsats for å redusere […]
“How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.” Louise Hay
Our morning routines have changed a lot over the years and let’s just say they have changed for the better. We hope that this will inspire you in some way to get a better start to your day!
- Set a nice alarm on your phone, there is nothing worse than waking up in a panic to a loud alarm!
- Set your phone in flight mode before you go to bed and don’t turn in on or check your notifications first thing in the morning. The
idealis to wait until after breakfast. This way other people’s stress won’t interrupt your morning.
- Start the day with a short meditation. We recommend Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s 21 days meditations, the app Calm or Headspace. There are also numerous free meditations on youtube.
- Do yoga! Anything from 10 minutes to an hour in the morning will make your body so happy. Yoga with Adrienne is a really popular youtube channel with easy and amazing yoga.
- Make your self a delicious nourishing breakfast. Have you heard of Chaga? This superfood mushroom is filled with antioxidants that make your skin beautiful and gives great energy. Try making a Chaga latte instead of coffee one morning
- Write down 5 things that you are thankful for, 5 things that you are looking forward to and 5 tasks that you want to complete during the day.
- Sett på en fin alarm, ingen ting er verre enn å våkne i halvpanikk av en altfor høylytt alarm!
- Legg bort mobiltelefonen og ha den i flymodus til etter at du har spist frokost. På denne måten unngår du andre mennesker stress inn i morgenen din.
- Start dagen med Deepak Chopra og Oprah Winfrey. Innimellom har de en gratis 21 dagers meditasjon. Andre apper vi anbefaler er Calm, Headspace eller youtube
- Gjør yoga – om det så er 5 minutter eller en halvtime. En solhilsen eller noen få tøyinger gjør virkelig underverker på kroppen
- Lag en sykt god frokost og en balanserende drikke. Har du hørt om chaga? Dette er en skikkelig kul sopp som har utrolige helsefordeler. Den vokser faktisk i Norge og det er mulig å finne det i skogen. Chaga er en naturlig antioktidant, og er fantastisk for både hud og hår. Hva med å prøve en chagalatte etter frokost istedenfor kaffe?
- Skriv ned 5 ting du er takknemlig for, 5 ting du gleder deg til og 5 ting du skal gjennomføre i løpet av dagen.
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(Basert på egen erfaring) I over en måned har jeg drukket fersk, hjemmelaget selleriuice før frokost, og dette er virkelig en liten næringsbombe av en grønnsak. Kanskje har du også sett bilder av andre som har gjort det samme på Instagram eller andre sosiale medier? Jeg […]
Post written in collaboration with Supernature
// Post i samarbeid med Supernature
Hola! The other day you might have seen us making these vegan bounties on Instagram, and we thought we should give you a better and more thorough explanation of how to make them. The recipe is adapted from one made by The Tasty K by the way 🌼
//Her om dagen lagde vi vegansk bounty som vi la ut på insta-stories, og det var mange som ville ha oppskriften, så her kommer den!
- 7.5 dl desiccated coconut
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs Cocosa coconut oil
- 1.25 dl coconut cream (the thick part of coconut milk)
- 1 tbs Supernature cacao butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 240 grams vegan chocolate (we used 3 iChoc Classic)
- Mix together desiccated coconut, coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a bowl. Mix until the mixture sticks together, and add more coconut oil and coconut cream if it’s not sticky enough.
- Place the mixture on a tray (we used the bottom of a round cake tin) lined with baking paper and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Check that it’s firm and use a knife (that you heat with warm water) to cut them into the shape you want. Pop them back into the freezer.
- Melt the chocolate and cacao butter using a double boiler (place one sauce pan with chocolate into another with boiling water). Take out the coconut pieces and cover each one with chocolate. Use a fork and a spoon to cover each one and lift them back onto a tray. Place them back into the freezer.
- Take them out before serving and let them sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes. Enjooooy.
- 7.5 dl kokosmasse
- 3 ss lønnesirup
- 2 ss Cocosa kokosolje
- 1.25 dl kokoskrem (den tykke delen av kokosmelken)
- 1 tbs Supernature kakaosmør
- 1/2 tsp vaniljeekstrakt
- 240 gram vegansk sjokolade (vi brukte 3 iChoc Classic)
- Bland sammen kokosmasse, kokoskrem, lønnesirup, kokosolje og vanilje i en bolle. Bland sammen til blandingen sitter godt sammen, og ha i mer kokosolje og kokoskrem hvis det trengs.
- Spre blandingen ut på et brett (vi brukte bunnen til en rund kakeform) med bakepapir oppå og klem den flat i den høyden du liker. Sett brettet i fryseren i 20 minutter.
- Ta ut brettet bruk en varm kniv til å skjære massen i biter. Sett dem tilbake i fryseren.
- Smelt sjokoladen og kakaosmøret i vannbad. Ta ut kokosbitene av fryseren og dekk hver og en med sjokolade ved hjelp av en gaffel og en skje. Løft dem forsiktig tilbake på brettet. Sett tilbake i fryseren.
- Når du skal servere tar du dem ut og lar dem stå i romtemperatur i noen minutter så de mykner litt. Kos deg!!
Du finner produktene fra Supernature og Cocosa her.
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Just before Christmas, we went to Thea Retreats which just opened up in the mountains behind the beautiful surfing town Santa Teresa. Thea is owned and run by our amazing friend Adi and her husband. We stayed there for 6 nights and 7 days and […]
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This year world champion Aksel Lund Svindal created his own stylish and sustainable clothing brand, and we are super impressed! We had a small chat with them and they told us all about the collection and how they carefully consider every single step in their production process, from choosing materials, what stores to sell in and how they hope to change the textile industry. They are super careful when choosing what material they use, from the thread to not creating clothes with too many details on so they can be easily recycled after use.
“WHEN THOSE WHO INFLUENCE STARTS TO ADVOCATE SUSTAINABILITY,
WE ACTUALLY STAND A CHANCE TO SAVE THE WORLD.” Greater than A
Greater Than A´s ambition is to make great looking clothes for everyday use with design and quality to make them last for years. This year they will launch their first collection for women and we are super excited!
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These days we are spending a lot of hours in front of the computer, researching and finding inspiration to put together our book which is coming out next year! A lot of hours in front of the computer also means a lot of snacks! It’s very tempting to reach for something with a lot of sugar when you are tired or hangry, but luckily there are some really good snack alternatives which will make this whole process a lot more enjoyable in the long run.
Our favorites are:
- Organic oranges (they just taste so insanely good!)
- Dried banana chips
- Dates (with almond butter)
- Yogi tea
- Hot chocolate
- Organic popcorn
- Raw chocolate
Photos from unsplashed.com
We’ve offset our emissions on our trip to Costa Rica! Yay! We wrote a bit about that in this post. Have you tried it before? ClimateCare is used by British Airways, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides among others. //Da har vi investert i ClimateCare for […]
(Annonse for en venn) Hei herlige mennesker, Vi er medarrangører på en zero-waste og detox pakkereise i Costa Rica i desember og vil gjerne invitere deg til å bli med! Husker du vår tur til Costa Rica i april? I Santa Teresa møtte vi velværeeksperten […]
We have a couple of more ideas for you for Christmas gifts that you can create, order and fix from the comfort of your own home. They are in different price ranges, and you can decide just how creative you want to be! They are easy to make and we are sure that one of them will be a great gift for someone you know has everything. And, since they don’t require any material purchases, they are quite good for the earth, too!
1. A Spotify playlist
Put your heart (& ears) into making a playlist full of music that gives you a good feeling that you want to pass on. It’s funny how people feel different things by listening to the same songs and connect their own stories and experiences to it. Maybe you’ve listened to a particular song during your last road trip together? Add it to the top of the list! To go all in, add in a couple of concert tickets (see nr. 6).
2. A Christmas letter
A well-made Christmas letter can be a perfect gift by itself. You can either make it digital, put together a collage with some text and images. Or why not make it really old-school and write it by hand? There is something really unique and sentimental with getting hand-written things in a world filled with tech.
3. A digital foto album
It’s SO much fun to scroll through old photos of experiences you’ve had with friends and family. Maybe there is a special person that deserves a throwback this year? Gather the best from different years and put it together in a digital photo album. Try Google Photos, iCloud, Dropbox or maybe just adding them all to a memory stick with some songs to listen to while looking at the photos.
4. An invitation to a theater piece
What’s more fun than getting a gift that you have yet to experience!? Personally, I’m giving away a few tickets for a fun show that I’m super excited to see, and I love that this also “forces” you to plan hanging out more in a hectic everyday life.
5. A gift card for a homecooked dinner or breakfast
If you’re someone who likes to cook, a homecooked dinner can actually be a perfect gift. Make it special and set aside a few extra hours to make your place cozy, maybe make some special drinks or get a good wine if you’re into that, and put your heart into making the food taste amazing. Or what about switching it up and inviting for a breakfast with some fresh fruit, juice, smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes and hot chocolate in the middle of the week to make the day extra special?
6. Tickets to an upcoming concert
This is my favorite gift to both give and receive because I find that having an upcoming concert planned makes the days with lots of work so much easier. Its really motivating and such a cool thing to do together with a friend, a group of friends or your girlfriend/boyfriend. If you’re feeling extra gooood, why not up the game and give some tickets to this summers best festival?
Hope you found something that suits you and you’re lucky gift receivers <3
Last week we had the pleasure of checking out the amazing new Norwegian sustainable brand Envelope 1976 designed by Celine Aagard together with her partners at eco.logic (an eco-conscious house of brands which you should also check out!). We are always looking for brands with good intention and also amazing products. For us, fashion is a great way to express creativity and a way to present ourselves, but it can be a bit challenging when you want to dress with a special care for the environment. Therefore, we are so happy when brands such as Envelope 1976 design clothes that are so incredibly beautiful and stylish with great consideration of their environmental footprint.
The collection is also esthetically gorgeous and made to last, not just one season but many seasons to come. Envelope 1976 gives a lot of focus on transparency and a sustainable production, hoping to change the course of the fashion industry. They reduce and reuse materials wherever possible and also make sure their clothes fit women in all different sizes.
We can’t wait to follow Envelope 1976 and we hope you are as excited as us!
Guest post by Celine Syverud – see full bio below One of today’s main environmental concerns is the huge amount of waste that we generate. The fashion industry is mainly based on the linear economy of “take – make – dispose”, and as a result, […]
We had a cool bingo evening in the true Christmas spirit together with the certified organic luxury cosmetic brand Rudolph Care yesterday. They invited us to the prettiest home to enjoy cookies, caramels, gløgg (mulled wine(?)) and to play a game of bingo. We didn’t win, but then again we got some goodies from the all-organic brand. Have you tried their products? Check out their homepage and Instagram.
Some of our all-time favorite products are from Rudolph Care – might be a nice Christmas gift for someone you love?
- Rudolph Care Signature Notes Huile de Perfume – a pure and exclusive perfume oil created with natural and organic ingredients without any of the 26 fragrance allergens
- A hint of Summer – Triple award-winning & organic self-tanner
- Sun Face Cream SPF 30 – Super fresh sunscreen that contains natural active ingredients and smells like summer
THEY THINK GREEN
They’ve also made a guide on how to recycle their products correctly – LOVE it.
Thank you so much for having us and for making natural, organic products that actually work and smell like heaven. :*
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Hi lovely people. Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what’s left of your energy? I haven’t had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it’s been a huge adjustment this year. Therefore I’ve been putting extra effort into testing lot’s of different things this year, and have gathered my top 9 tips on avoiding going down for the winter!
//Er det noen andre som sliter med energinivået om dagen nå som det har blitt så mørkt? Jeg tenkte over det, og fant ut at jeg faktisk ikke har hatt en sammenhengende vinter i norge på over seks år da jeg har studert utenlands, så det er faktisk litt av en tilpasning i år. Derfor har jeg også vært ekstra opptatt av å prøve alle triks som finnes for å gjøre denne tiden lettere, og ikke minst testet alle triks for å få mer energi! Jeg har samlet 9 av disse tipsene i denne artikkelen, og håper virkelig du finner noe som kan hjelpe deg 🙂
1. Put your phone away 1 hour before and after a nights sleep
This really improves your sleep quality. For me to be able to follow through, I charge my phone outside my bedroom and set it to flight mode during the night.
//Dette er alfa omega i forhold til god søvn. Jeg lader mobilen i stua og setter på flymodus for å unngå å bli fristet til scrolling på kvelden.
2. Invest in a natural light + radio alarm clock
Mine from Philips is really old now, and I bet there are new ones on the market. The one I have is a version of this one, and it has truly saved my mornings! It wakes you up with something similar to natural sunlight, and you can choose between radio, singing birds, forest sounds, or just a regular alarm sound. LOVE IT.
//Jeg har en gammel sak fra Philips som har reddet morgenen min de siste årene. Jeg har en versjon av denne, og den vekker meg med gradvis lys som etterligner sollys og behagelig fuglekvitter. Du kan velge forskjellige toner, radio og lysstyrke. Jeg ELSKER den.
3. Take Depridix from Supernature
Every morning when I wake up, I drink one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and take 1 tablet of the herbal supplement Supernature Depridix. Depridix is a Norwegian herbal supplement that combines traditional Nordic herbs with the mineral zinc and vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12. Vitamin B2, B3, B6, and B12 contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system and to normal psychological function. Zinc contributes to normal cognitive function. In addition, B1, B2, B3 contribute to normal energy turnover and B2, B3, B6, and B12 to reduce fatigue and fatigue. Depridix also contains Q10, herbal extracts and floral essences. I really feel like this gives me the boost I needed this winter!
You can get Depridix product here.
//Hver morgen drikker jeg én liter lunkent vann med sitron og tar én tablett med Supernature Depridix urtetablett. Depridix er et norsk urtesupplement som kombinerer tradisjonelle nordiske urter med mineralet sink og vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 og B12. Vitamin B2, B3, B6 og B12 bidrar til nervesystemets normale funksjon og til normal psykologisk funksjon. Sink bidrar til normal kognitiv funksjon. I tillegg bidrar B1, B2, B3 til normal energiomsetning og B2, B3, B6 og B12 til å redusere trøtthet og utmattelse. Depridix inneholder også Q10, urteekstrakter og blomsteressenser. Jeg føler virkelig at dette hjelper på energinivået mitt, og jeg får gjort masse hele dagen lang.
Du finner Depridix her, samt på helsekost.
4. Use a “natural light” lamp indoors
Personally, I put on the ring light we use for photos. I think it does the magic of tricking my brain into producing more happiness. But there are other alternatives out there that can do the magic, like this one.
//Jeg pleier å sette på ringlyset som vi bruker til innefoto for å lure hjernen min om vinteren, og føler rett og slett at jeg blir litt lykkeligere av det. Det finnes alternativer som dette som du kan ha i stuen din for et ekstra boost.
5. Get as much real sunlight as possible with your schedule
Try to get a quick 10/20 minute walk if you see the sun popping out.
//Prøv å få deg minst en 10-20 minutters tur når du ser sola titte frem. Det letter virkelig på humøret og energinivået.
6. Go for a light workout
I like working out in the evenings during the winter, even though it’s a bit harder to get myself to go when the evening comes and I just wanna lay on the couch. When I get myself to go there it gives me the extra energy to cook a good meal for myself instead of just eating something that’s not really nourishing. It helps to plan my workout schedule for a week ahead, so I know what’s coming.
//Jeg liker faktisk å trene på kvelden om vinteren, fordi det ellers er lett å synke ned i sofaen litt for tidlig uten å få gjort ferdig det jeg skal. Etter å ha gjennomført en treningsøkt synes jeg også det er lettere å prioritere å lage sunn mat. For at jeg skal få til dette planlegger jeg gjerne øktene mine en uke i forveien – sånn cirka i hvertfall, det er veldig sjeldent uken blir som jeg planlegger, men da har jeg en viss forventning til meg selv.
7. Make it cozy indoors!
In Norway, we spend lots of time indoors, which may be why we invest in making our nest really welcoming. Get a good blanket and some eco-friendly candles.
//I norge tilbringer vi mye tid innendørs, som også er grunnen til at vi investerer mye tid og penger i å gjøre det hjemmekoselig. Siden dette virkelig kan hjelpe oss gjennom vinteren anbefaler jeg å finne miljøvennlige lys (basert på soya eller annen vegetabilsk olje) og et pledd av god kvalitet som varer lenge og varmer godt.
8. Plan something nice for yourself every week
I get motivated to work hard when I have good things to look forward to such as a concert, cinema, going to the theater or hosting dinner for my friends.
//Jeg blir veldig motivert til å jobbe hardt når jeg vet jeg har noe koselig å se frem til som for eksempel en konsert, kinoopplevelse, theater eller middag med venner. Det hjelper også de rundt deg i mørketiden.
9. Set aside time for creative projects during the weekend
For me and probably many others, it’s easy to drown myself in work just to make time pass when I’m not feeling really good. I’ve figured that it helps a lot to set aside time that’s designated for creative projects like creating film and photography, making a vision board, painting or scribbling some words while listening to good music.
//For meg og sikkert mange andre der ute er det lett å drukne seg selv i arbeid for å få tiden til å gå i mørket og kulda. For å få opp humøret og inspirasjonen igjen elsker jeg å sette av tid til kreative prosjekter i helgene som foto- og film, lage vision board, skrible noen ord eller male mens jeg hører på digg musikk. Jeg har forresten laget en høstliste du kan finne her.
Do you have any more tips that work for you?
//Har du noen tips til å elske vinteren?
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This week was hectic, social and very fun. We thought maybe it would be interesting to see what kind of eco-friendly things we do on a weekly basis? No weeks really look the same but we tried to capture some of the moments from this one here.
Monday we had a meeting with a really cool company that we are going to work a lot with the next couple of months. Before the meeting, we both had a big smoothie. Eating vegan or vegetarian is one of the really simple, delicious and effective things we can do for the environment. Since it was pouring down with rain we took the tram instead of biking. After the meeting, we worked on our individual projects and worked out and during the evening. Susanne went to a yoga class and Anette went to a megaformer class. Anette took a little walk around the neighborhood when she came home again and brought all the glass bottles from lots of kombucha drinking to the nearest recycling station.
- Vegan food
- Public transport
Tuesday we had a workshop at the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. It also poured down with rain (hello Norwegian weather) so we took the tram.
What they found the most of at beach cleanups across Norway in 2017: unidentifiable plastic parts, small ropes, drinking bottles, isopor, lids, plastic bags, large ropes, strings from packaging, q-tips, cigarettes
Before we went there we stopped by a small shop called Øko-hjertet where they had a sale on lots of vegan chocolate and also bought some kombucha. If you don’t drink coffee, we can really recommend kombucha as an energy drink. Susanne was wearing a wool sweater from Days Like This where it’s possible to trace where the wool comes from. During the evening we had separate plans. Anette tried to make homemade cashew yogurt which turned out really delicious! Does anyone want the recipe?
- Workshop on Marine Pollution
- Vegan chocolate
- Sustainably produced clothes
- Homemade cashew yogurt
Wednesday we hosted our very first workshop at Core Balance. It was so much fun and really inspiring to hear what all the participants thought about the environment and what they thought was challenging, inspiring or motivating. Before the event, we had a delicious dinner from Blended – raw vegan lasagne. On the way home, we stopped by Rema 1000 to buy some Oatly milk and other groceries. We put them in our tote bags which we also use as a purse when we have many things to carry around.
- Workshop on green living
- Raw vegan dinner
- Tote bags for groceries
Thursday we were both a bit reduced from working late the day before. Susanne started the day with a big mug of warm Oatly milk and raw chocolate powder and a tbs of maca. It’s the best and most cozy way to wake up! We had another meeting with a cool company that we are going to make some films together with and later in the evening we were both invited to the launch of Envelope1976 where we had some delicious organic wine.
- Sustainable clothing line launch
- Organic wine 😉
Friday we had a long meeting with our book editor. We can’t wait to show you the result! Although we still have a bit left. We both used our bikes to the meeting. We had a lot of leftover veggies in the fridge and made a big soup/stew kind of meal with papadum and guacamole on the side. Delicious and a perfect way to use up everything you have in the fridge.
- Large veggie soup – less food waste!
Saturday we had a talk at an event hosted by Det Nye! We used the morning to prepare and used a little time to get ready and fix our make up. We both have different kinds of vegan make up which is also a small little thing you can test out which is good not only for the environment but also animals.
- Vegan makeup
- Second hand clothes
Finally a day off! Anette started her day with breakfast from Oslo Raw and it was Susanne’s turn to clean the apartment. She used eco-friendly cleaning products which makes the indoor environment toxic free after cleaning.
- Eco-friendly cleaning products
Wow – what a week!
Summer 2016 – Everything was gooodRewind back time to January 2017, I was working at a job that I liked but I didn’t love it. At the time I already had a passion for plant-based food and watched a lot of youtube videoes about other […]
We’re actually publishing a real, handmade, thoroughly designed and well put-together book gathering all the eco-friendly tips and advice we have encountered over time!
As eco-bloggers we have tested our way through vintage stores, eco-friendly brands, plastic-free shampoo bars, linen sheets, essential oils, diffusers, food containers, water bottles, and of course TONS of vegan food. All of this and a lot more on soul-searching, the food system, the environment and how to live more in tune with nature will fill the 200 pages that are coming out in a couple of months.
The book is published in Norwegian for the time being, at Pilar publishing house in Norway. We have the most amazing team working on the book with us, and cannot wait for you to read it!
// Vi skal skrive bok! Det er, veldig stort for oss å kunne få lov til å sette sammen alle tipsene vi har samlet over tid om miljøvennlig livsstil i en egen bok.
Vi har gjennom en periode som miljøbloggere fått testet oss gjennom en hel haug med vintagebutikker, miljøvennlige merker, sjampobarer, linlaken, essensielle oljer, matbokser, vannflasker, og selvsagt mange plantebaserte måltider og spisesteder. Alt dette, og mye mer om matsystemet, miljøutfordringer og hvordan å komme tilbake til kontakten med naturen er det vi har lyst til å dele med dere.
Boken utgis av på Pilar forlag i slutten av mars.
We will keep you posted on the process and how you can pre-order it very soon.
Thank you for all the kind words!! It means the world.
// Tusen takk for alle fine tilbakemeldinger. Vi kommer tilbake veldig snart med informasjon om forhåndssalg og boklansering.
Luckily there are so many stores and brands with extra care for the world popping up all over. We currently have four favorites that do their very best at limiting their negative impact on the earth, while at the same time offering amazing clothes and […]
Let’s talk about traveling and the environment To be honest, this has been one of the hardest issues we’ve dealt with since starting Radical Broccoli. We have a job that requires traveling, we have a grandmother in Portugal, we have family in Cape Verde, we […]
(Recipe created in collaboration with Supernature)
The first snow has arrived in Oslo which means the temperature has dropped and it’s time for hot stews and comfort food! This curry really reminds us of Sri Lanka and it is both incredibly tasty and a really easy way to get your daily dose of veggies in! It’s extra important this season to keep our immune systems up and running the best possible way, and vegetables and spices are key to this process. We added hemp seeds from Supernature as a final touch to the curry. This is because hemp seeds are an important and exceptionally good source of essential fatty acids. Eating a good source of fats togther with vegetables makes it easier for the body to take use of all the vitamins and minerals. Hemp seeds are also rich in magnesium, vitamin E and proteins. They have a light nutty taste complementing the curry.
Den første snøen har allerede landet på bakken og det ingen ting som er deiligere enn varme og nærende gryteretter og skikkelig kosemat. Denne gryteretten minner om Sri Lanka og er både utrolig smakfull og gjør det lett å få i seg en ordentlig god dose med grønnsaker. Det er virkelig ekstra viktig i denne sesongen for å holde immunforsvaret oppe. Vi toppet gryteretten med hampfrø fra Supernature som inneholder ulike essensielle fettsyrer. Det er viktig å ha en god fettkilde sammen med grønnsaker slik at vi tar opp alle vitaminene og mineralene. I tillegg er hampfrø rike på magnesium, vitamin E og protein. De smaker litt nøtteaktig men stjeler ikke noe smak fra curryen.
- 1 broccoli (preferably organic)
- 15 cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbs hemp seeds from Supernature
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic boats
- 1 chili
- 2 cm ginger
- 1 can of chickpeas (about. 200 gr)
- curry powder
- garlic powder
- ½ ss coconut oil
- 1 brokkoli
- 15 cherry tomater
- 1 ss hampfrø fra Supernature
- 1 løk
- 2 fedd hvitløk
- 1 chili
- 2 cm ingefær
- 1 boks kikerter (ca. 200 gr)
- ½ ss kokosolje til steking
Start by chopping up the garlic, onions, and chili in small pieces and saute it in coconut oil on low heat. Take a casserole and boil up about 7 dl of water, chop up the broccoli and boil it in the water. Then add the garlic, onions, and chili and the curry powder let it simmer together. Don’t wash the pan you used for the garlic but add some extra coconut oil if you need, chop up the tomatoes and fry them on low heat. Let the broccoli stew simmer about 10- 15 minutes and add chickpeas. If it’s too much water left pour in into a jar and use the water as a vegetable broth for your next soup. When the broccoli is tender add the tomatoes and top it off with hemp seeds. Serve together with some homemade bummus or boiled rice!
Hakk opp hvitløk, løk og chili i små biter og stek det med kokosolje på svak varme. Kok deretter opp ca. 7 dl vann og kutt opp brokkolien. Ta brokkolien opp i det kokende vannet og hell oppi løken, hvitløken og chilien når den er ferdig. Ikke vask pannen ennå, men bruk resten av smaken fra denne blandingen til å steke tomatene i. La det hele koke på svak varme i ca. 10 minutter og tilsett krydder etter smak. Tilsett deretter kikertene og la det koke sammen i 5-7 minutter til på svak varme. Ta kokosolje i en panne, kutt opp cherry tomatene i to og stek de på svak varme til de blir mye og smakfulle. Hell de oppi blandinen når alt er ferdig og rør forsiktig rundt. Hvis det fortsatt er mye vann igjen i gryten kan du helle det ut (spar på det og bruk som grønnsakskraft). Strø hampfrø over gryten og server med deilig bummus eller kokt ris!
@nettern If it’s one thing that I really miss a lot and haven’t really tasted since going gluten-free in 2012 it’s the perfect piece of bread. You know the type that makes the whole house smell like childhood memories and is both crispy and soft […]
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Last week was our lucky week!
The owner of the amazing café Blended in Oslo asked if we wanted to test their new detox food delivery box. It is a box full of healthy, plant-based and gluten-free food which lasts for three days, packed with probiotics which are really good for your gut health.
Most of the ingredients are organic, about 90%. The packaging is plant-based plastic, glass, and recyclable, unbleached cardboard.
What’s included in the box:
- 2 x green juice with apple and lemongrass
- 2 x green juice
- 2 x celery juice
- Mixed sprouts with mung-beans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, lime, ginger, and cinnamon
- Coconut/cashew yogurt with avocado, spirulina, and lemon
- Coconut/cashew yogurt with orange zest, orange juice, carrot and oregano
- Coconut/cashew yogurt with blackcurrant and vanilla
- Raw crackers with activated coal and fermented garlic
- Raw cauliflower soup with cashew milk, parsley root, onion, and garlic
- Miso-soup with algae, squash, white kale, red kale, ginger, and pumpkin seeds
- Carrot and turmeric soup with ginger, yellow beet, tamari, cilantro, lemon, and coconut oil
- Golden milk with cashew milk, turmeric, ginger, apple, and carrot
- Herbal tea
You’re supposed to follow a three-day program, but since we had such a busy schedule, we mixed it up a bit. Anyway, it felt amazing to add in so many healthy foods to our diet for a few days!
Check out the video to see more! :*
You will get a full instruction manual from Blended, and they will explain to you how you can expect to feel if you’re detoxing from sugar, coffee, gluten, and processed foods.
We highly recommend trying this.
Follow Blended on Instagram to see more and deliver your box!
Last week we arranged not only one, but TWO backyard sales together with two friends. We were discussing how we had lots of clothes that we weren’t wearing anymore, and that it would be a nice way to gather lots of friends and make something […]
This recipe can be varied just as you like it. You can swap any ingredient and add anything you love, make it thinner or thicker or use different seasoning. Here is what we used:
Recipe (approx. 5 portions)
- 10 carrots
- 5 small potatoes
- 5 polka beets/Chioggia beets
- 2 white beets
- 1 chili
- 1 leek
- Himalaya salt
Chop all the ingredients and add them in a large pot. Let them boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes, or until you feel the veggies are soft enough to go into the food processor. Remove some of the water for a thicker soup (save this and use it for amazing vegetable broth!), and run in the food processor or use a hand mixer.
Garnish with nutritional yeast – it’s so so so good & healthy.
You guys where super engaged last time we posted about cool sustainable events in Oslo, so we thought we would try and do this every once in a while! The upcoming week the following things are happening: Our own yard sale of clothes and accessories on […]
It’s so incredibly satisfying and actually a very proud feeling to find a place that combines quality, love for the planet and amazing food, in Oslo. We finally visited Nordic Foodprint this week and they have done such an amazing job creating a plant-based deli in the middle of the city. Decorated with furniture in delicate earthy colors, chill music, and an amazing menu with much consideration of the planet, this place is a must visit. Their goal is to inspire people to eat plant-based and having a near-zero carbon footprint themselves. They use mindfully sourced organic, local and seasonal ingredients and practice quality over quantity in everything that they do. The deli was packed by lunchtime and we can’t wait to follow their journey. We are number one fans in NOFOs fan club for sure!
On Thursday 18th of October, we are having a backyard sale of clothes and accessories. We will serve lots of raw goodies, vegan candy, cacao, and chocolate. There will be mostly affordable items around 50-200 kr, and a few more exclusive items. Come and join […]
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These are our favorite warming elixirs for the colder months – turmeric latte, matcha latte, and hot chocolate. They are so tasty, full of nutrients and do good for your body! Matcha and cacao are energizing drink for the early hours, and turmeric latte can be enjoyed all day. This, of course, depends on personal preferences, some people really enjoy a cacao in the evening too without problems. We’ve also done another post on matcha here. Test these babies and tell us what you think!
(1 person, 5 minutes)
- 1 cup plant-based milk (we really love coconut and oat)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder/1 teaspoon juice of fresh turmeric root
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
- 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 pinch of black pepper (for optimal absorption of the turmeric)
Heat the milk in a pot, and make sure it doesn’t boil. Add the rest of the ingredients. To make it nice and frothy, run it in your food processor or get a milk steamer thingy like this from IKEA.
(1 person, 5 minutes)
- 1 tsp raw cacao
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla bean (optional)
Heat the milk, add the cacao and mix!
(1 person, 5 minutes)
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 cup plant-based milk (we love coconut or oat milk) or boiled water
- 1 tea spoon maca powder (this is optional)
Warm up the milk and add the matcha powder and whisk it until it becomes frothy. You can also use a blender or a match whisp if you have one at home!
We recommend that you buy organic spices, they are nicer for us, the planet and the people producing them <3
It’s quite crazy to think about the fact that we managed to live a whole month without using plastic in February. Although it was tough, we got some really good habits from it. Not everyone needs to go plastic-free to contribute, everyone can do something, […]
Thom Kha is a traditional Thai coconut soup usually made with chicken. This soup is delicious, filling and warming in its plant-based wonderfulness, and we would think that meat-eaters will love this vegan version too! We adapted the recipe from this blog into a gluten-free […]
I LOVE candles, especially candles that smell good and look pretty. I also like to burn them all the way down and use the glass as containers for my jewelry. Did you know that candles that we buy in regular stores are really bad for the environment and our health? Not only are they a hassle to recycle, but they also contain a lot of different toxic chemicals that get released into your home when you light them on fire. Most candles are made of paraffin wax which is a by-product of the petroleum chain, releasing chemicals and carcinogens such as toluene and benzene when we light them up. Even more, if these candles are scented with synthetic fragrances then give off particles when heated which are also bad for your health. Therefore, I am always looking for candles that meet all my requirements, good for the environment, smell good and look pretty. Right now these are my favorites!
This candle smells of lavender, rose, lime, and orange peel. It is organic, vegan and environmentally friendly. The wax in the candle is made from GMO-free coconut and palm-free plant wax. It’s handmade and placed in a pharmacy cup made in the UK. I love both how it looks and the way it smells!
This Sweedish brand has made a naturally scented candle that brings out the good smells of the Scandinavian nature, from the dark forests to the deep rivers. Everything is 100% organic, plant-based, free from parabens and other synthetic fragrances with biodegradable soya-wax. The candle is produced in Sweeden, hand poured into mouth-blown glasses by skilled craftsmen. I love how it looks and it gives an exclusive and fresh scent into the home. Obsessed with this brand!
Fall is the perfect time to get cozy inside and watch documentaries with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a blanket. We want to recommend three of our favorite documentaries – they are all really entertaining, shows amazing nature and are so incredibly […]
Hello lovely people,
Still writing to you from Tromsø, a beautiful city in the north of Norway. This morning I woke up a bit dehydrated and very tired after lot’s of impressions from the day before. So I stayed true to my new routine not using the phone first thing in the morning (a lot of you have joined us on this which is so cool!), drank a liter of water and decided to do a little yoga.
My tip for you guys is to try this youtube video or any of the videos that Adriene has. You don’t even need a mat! I LOVE Adriene. It only took 15 minutes and it really changed my mood and wellbeing. It also helped to walk down into the hotel restaurant to find a really delicious breakfast. I am so grateful to be here! Can’t believe we get to call this our job. Do you have any good morning hacks?
This year I have learned so much about habits and how small changes in our lives can lead to bigger improvements. One thing that I am really good at from time to time is not checking my phone first thing in the morning. Sometimes I fall back into scrolling on Instagram before out of bed, but when I leave my phone off for the first hours of the day I experience less overall stress. I get super productive, much happier and much calmer. This way I’m not letting everyone else dictate how I start my day, and I really enjoy just being where I am. Maybe you should try tomorrow? I really recommend it!
This is a note to self: REMEMBER TO TAKE A VACATION! It is so important and we actually haven’t been taking it seriously. Funny but its true. Drinking 1,5 l of water every morning improves digestion and makes you hydrated for the rest of the […]
Yep, we’ve all been there – some even every week. Most people can’t escape a hangover after a big night out. The good news are that you can ease the symptoms with natural solutions! With a hangover, you’re most likely suffering from dehydration and a […]
It’s so weird to think about that this time around last year we had both just resigned our jobs, packed our bags and moved to Portugal to just take some time off and figure out what we wanted to spend our time on. Synchronically, we both needed an extremely big change and knew we needed to do something that gave us more meaning and where we could be creative and feel free! Just as a little hobby we started posting photos on our Instagram account again and documented the things we were doing in Portugal. I don’t know exactly when we decided that we were going all in on this but things just sort of fell into place once we started. It’s been a really interesting, tough, cool, fun and exciting year with a lot of work and extremely many changes. I think we are both workaholics by nature and this is probably why things have gone very fast.
The past year we have built up a company, traveled to our favorite places, tried to get our health back on track, gotten a whole lot of new friends and have the most engaged and cool readers. There is so much we want to accomplish and put out in the world, places we want to see and things we want to create. We have also learned a lot about working together.
This summer we never really took any time off because we had so much we wanted to do and now it’s definitely time for a break. If its one thing we learned it’s that if we don’t function neither does Radical Broccoli. Therefore I’m so happy that we are going to Greece for a yoga trip. Although things are so much better health wise it really takes time to get back to a good place both physically and mentally, especially when we want to do it naturally. That’s the thing with a sustainable lifestyle, we are in it for the long run and that means that there are no quick fixes!
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday, and it would be so interesting to hear where you want to be one year from now and what is stopping you?
This recipe is such a winner, and I’m sure even skeptics will love it and those who can’t stand cooking will be happy to know that the falafels are store bought so all you need to do is warm them up! If you want to […]
We have researched the big internet for cool events in the area the upcoming week and found some good stuff we wanted to share with you. (We’re writing in English even though these events are in the Oslo+ area so that visitors also can benefit […]
This past weekend I finally got to try out the food at Kumi in Oslo. I have been following them on Instagram for such a long time, so I don’t know why it took me so long to finally check it out. Their food is vegetarian and vegan and is based on organic and locally sourced produce free from additives, chemicals and refined sugars.
I could not have been more pleasantly surprised! The food was so delicious, with lots of different flavors and lots of different herbs and spices in their food. I think I have a new favorite place in Oslo. We tried the taco bowl and the green grains bowl. Next time I’m coming back for the brunch and acai bowl.
Make a plan and write down which tasks you are going to do at what time during the day. This way you won’t be distracted by e-mails while writing a blog post, or by Instagram while answering e-mails. Don’t do laundry or other house […]
Heiheihei! Som dere muligvis så på story forrige uke lagde jeg noen sinnsykt gode plantebaserte burgere sammen med en venn som er veldig god på å lage mat. Han er ikke veganer, men digget disse burgerene (evt var veldig overbevisende), så jeg vil bare tipse […]
We had a chat with Kine and Hedda behind the conscious clothing brand KONTRAST Project about how it all started, the response the brand has had, the focus on sustainability and their top three tips for becoming more sustainable consumers. It all started with a desire to help out the Nepalese after the devastating earthquake in 2015 and has developed to become a popular, slow-fashion clothing brand with a focus on high-quality materials.
How did you start this initiative, and why?
Kontrast is more or less an outcome of our friendship backed up by shared philosophy, values and interests. Back in 2013 when we were both studying at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Hedda spent time at the CBS library and shorter periods in China to study Chinese, while Kine went to Nepal to learn about the culture and to do hikes in the Himalayas. Throughout her stays, Kine met and befriended local Nepalese people, which was the beginning of a long-term relationship with the country. The love story between Kine and Nepal is really the base for KONTRAST Project, and where it all began, but what really pushed the initiative into action was the earthquake in Nepal, April 2015. Thousands of people died, and there was a severe need for resources such as food, water, tents, medicines, sleeping bags, etc. In a crisis situation like this, what we could do to help was to collect money. We got the idea to design jewelry, and within a few days, a jewelry collection made out of re-melted silver and recycled inner tubes from trucks and bikes was in place. Friends, family and even strangers were buying the jewelry, and we gathered around 15.000 kroner within two weeks, which were forwarded to the Norwegian NGO Mountain People.
People responded well to the jewelry and we figured; “we are two young minds, with lots of opinions about how things should be run and done: let’s make it a business”.
“we are two young minds, with lots of opinions about how things should be run and done: let’s make it a business”
A social one, however, with the aim of positive environmental and social ripple effects for communities in Nepal. Half a year later we established KONTRAST Project – a sustainable and transparent business. As Kine was studying textile design and has a passion for slow clothing, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into designing and getting ideas for a KONTRAST clothing collection being both sustainable in its design and material.
We do not follow seasonal trends changing our collection. Instead, we have one basic collection for everyday wear and one collection where Kine mixes hand embroidery and print to create more playful expressions. We want to show that there are alternative methods for how clothing can be produced without harming the environment, and where the production activities can lead to a more sustainable future for all the involved parties.
How do you focus on sustainability in your production?
We think about sustainability both in terms of production and design. When it comes to production it is very important for us to manage the supply chain as locally as possible. This way it is easier to control activities, information, and resources being used. We collaborate with one small factory that sews the collection and one workshop that dyes the textile fabric with natural colors. Both are located in Kathmandu. We work very closely with our producers and often visit them. That is how we make sure the working conditions are good and the workers are getting a decent salary. Our collection is made of hemp, a natural fiber grown and weaved in China. The optimum would have been to use hemp from Nepal, but at the moment this is not possible. In order to abstract the fiber from the hemp plant and later weave it into fabric, we are dependent on a type of technology and machines, which are currently not available in Nepal. The neighbor country China is the nearest supplier. This is a classic example showing how difficult it is to organize a supply chain completely locally.
When it comes to our design we seek a timeless expression. As an aesthetic term, timelessness tells us something about how we sense, feel, and connect to certain objects over time.
For us, timeless design is not just related to what is simple and minimalistic – as is often portrayed in Scandinavia. Timelessness can be interpreted in a variety of ways and is dependent on taste and preferences. What opened up our imagination for how timelessness can be expressed as the Japanese aesthetic philosophy Wabi Sabi. Rooted in Zen Buddhist, beauty is to be found in the imperfect and incomplete. The imperfect is a contrast to western perfection and our unachievable beauty ideals. It is only in the imperfect you find true beauty. Perfection is commonly attributed to what is new, sterile, and flawless. Wabi Sabi, on the other hand, is about accepting and valuing change and the natural process of aging. Aging becomes timeless for the reason that the aging process is being valued and appreciated all the way. Time is the core in creating a long-lasting emotional relationship between the person and the design object. How we interpret and design accordingly to Wabi Sabi is that we chose natural materials, such as hemp and natural dye, which will over time change their character to a more irregular expression stimulating mental activity.
“How we interpret and design accordingly to Wabi Sabi is that we chose natural materials, such as hemp and natural dye, which will over time change their character to a more irregular expression stimulating mental activity.”
It has been important to think about what materials do not only are robust against aging, but also even become more beautiful. For example natural coloring, which gradually changes its tone when being exposed to water and sunlight. Trying to understand timelessness through Wabi Sabi has in many ways enabled us to be more aware and sensible to our surroundings.
Can you tell us more about the products you sell?
It’s no secret we love hemp. All KONTRAST clothes are made with hemp, and there are many reasons as to why we have chosen this material. Hemp has served mankind for thousands of years, either as a textile, furniture or food. We value hemp for its durability, strength, and sustainability. Hemp as a natural fiber requires no pesticides, GMO seeds or synthetic fertilizers in order to grow, and it is resistant to mildew. Cultivating hemp is not hard on the soil and leaves the soil in good condition for following crops. Hemp breathes and feels airy in the summer and has isolating properties (a little bit like wool), which makes it warm in colder conditions. It is, therefore, a really nice material in places like Scandinavia where we have four seasons. The more a hemp textile is worn, the softer and more comfortable it gets. As we often say; hemp does not wear out, it ‘wears in’.
What about the dye?
Regarding our choice of using natural dye, we are driven by the handcraft of natural dye and the environmental aspect in avoiding chemical based colors. The ancient craft of using colorants derived from vegetables, roots, fruits, and minerals to dye textiles demands years of experience and days of patience. In our collection, we use vibrant shades of indigo and green, which originate from the indigo plant and the black myrobalan plant. Like the plants and minerals the dye is extracted from, the clothes have a life of its own. The play of the color with the sun rays and water makes each piece mold its own unique character.
Who or what inspires your work, and why?
We find inspiration in different ways, but as for most people, we have a need to create and express ourselves. That being said, in our neo-liberal globalized world it can be quite difficult for individuals to be both creative and economically independent without harming nature and society. We are therefore motivated to try out new models or ways to create objects being functional, emotionally giving and less harmful. Time will show if we are on to something sustainable or if it is just a big dose of idealism. Another motivational trigger is the unfairness we see in the world driving what we believe in and do.
What are your top three tips for becoming a more sustainable consumer?
Since we are cheering the slow clothing movement we will give three tips on how to consume clothing in a more sustainable way:
- Buy LESS.
- If you have to, buy clothing not being mass-produced or choose second-hand clothing. Think about how it is made and where. The more local the better in terms of less pollution from transportation. Also, stay away from clothing made out of synthetic materials. We don’t want more plastic on this earth.
- Avoid trends and choose clothing you think you will love for the years to come.
Follow the inspiring and amazing Kontrast project on Instagram, and check out their website!
At the moment you can find our products (clothing and jewelry) at our webshop and in a few shops in Oslo such as Studio Bazar, Nasjonalmuseets museum shop, and Botanisk Hage.
@anette Hi guys! I hope you are doing wonderfully wherever you are. I want to explain a bit more about how I have been feeling while struggling with depression, and of course to share my best advice with all of you. Last time I wrote about this, […]
I recently took a solo-trip to Barcelona to see this city that I have heard so much about. I’ve been told that it’s a city after my taste – cultural, close to the sea and with lots of amazing plant based food and cool shops. It was nice to have a weekend where my only concern was where to go next and where to eat. I also got to see a friend who lives there that I haven’t seen in a while. Before leaving I concluded that it might be my home-town one day. I have gathered some of my favorite spots for you guys, and I really hope you enjoy them.
My absolute favorite of the spots I tried. The food is raw, vegan and organic – and most importantly tastes insanely good. The place was packed and I had to book a table or order takeaway. I had a chocolate smoothie and a falafel salad. MMMmmmm. They have so many delicious options on the menu that I wish I could just eat there every day.
This was the first place I tried in Barcelona since I had heard so much about it. It’s a flexitarian restaurant with a focus on healthy, simple meals that everyone likes. They have a wide range of juices, some different main meals and lots of cakes. I had a seaweed avocado salad, a green juice and a vegan cupcake with coconut cream. The salad was amazing!
I stopped by Teresa’s Stairway two times – once on my way to the beach to pick up something to go, and another time I had some chocolate açaí in the café and brought along some chocolate goodies. Yep, I’m a chocaddict.
This place, together with Flax&Kale, is part of the Teresa Carles Healthy Foods brand. Others in this chain worth checking out are:
An amazing vintage store – must visit if you’re into second-hand clothes. Set aside some time to find eco-friendly scoops in this store.
En annen vintagefavoritt er denne hvor du betaler for vekten av klærne. Jeg kjøpte ingenting, men skulle gjerne hatt med meg en av de omsydde olajakkene!
Another favorite vintage shop. Here you pay according to the weight of the clothes. I didn’t buy anything but would love to get one of the denim jackets that they have re-made.
This store captured my eye with some clothes that looked very natural in the materials. When I entered I saw that the store was filled with things that I love – art, simple jewelry, spiritual items like tarot cards and decks, posters, organic cotton underwear and some lovely handmade creams and massage oils. I bought a natural yoga-mat cleanse, a face-mask with banana and coconut, some posters and some notebooks.
Hope you liked it! XXxxxxxxx
There is something magical with brands that build their company on making products that are good for us and the planet. We have tested out some incredible vegan and eco-friendly flipflops from Feelgoodz in collaboration with BeeOrganic, and we have been walking on clouds! Det […]
Luckily you don’t have to travel far to take a little break from your daily life. All you need is a staycation! Vacationing in your home city is not only more environmentally-friendly, but it can help you discover some hidden pearls in your hometown, just like we did in Oslo.
//Heldigvis trenger man ikke alltid å reise langt for å få et lite avbrekk fra hverdagen. Det kan du få til akkurat der du er, og er kjent som konseptet staycation. Å feriere i egen by er jo også så utrolig mye bedre for miljøet. Oslo er en perle. En staycation her gir rom for å oppdage sider ved byen som man kanskje ikke gjør i en ellers travel hverdag.
We were so happy when TOMS asked if we could share our best staycation tips in Oslo with you, while at the same time showing their amazing vegan shoes. And you guys, did you know that for every pair of TOMS you buy, you are also buying a pair for a child in need? We LOVE conscious brands that give something back to the world.
// Derfor ble vi så glade da TOMS lurte på om vi kunne dele våre beste staycation-tips i Oslo med dere, samtidig som vi kunne vise fram deres fantastisk fine og behagelige veganske sko. Og dere; visste dere at for hvert par man kjøper gir TOMS et par sko til et barn som nok trenger det enda mer. Vi elsker og heier på merker som gir tilbake og har en ektra omtanke med det de gjør.
Morning bath at Tjuvholmen
Okay, so Tjuvholmen is hidden!? Well it might come as a surprise that we included this in our guide since it’s a typical tourist attraction in Oslo, but the hidden magic is taking a morning bath here while the city is asleep. This spring we put extra effort into jumping in the ocean as often as possible. Right after waking up, we have thrown on a bikini or bathing suit and biked down. The extra little joy comes from passing all the guys in suits in this business area. On the pier we usually meet a few regulars in their robes who are discussing the temperatur in the water, and how much (or little) it has changed the past 24 hours. We say hi to everyone, regret the decision for a brief moment because it looks friggin cold, and then decide to jump. Nothing can compare to that feeling. It cures everything from headaches, tight backs and stress to morning grumpiness.
//Morgenbad på Tjuvholmen
Ok, er Tjuvholmen plutselig skjult nå?, tenker du kanskje. Vi er enige i at “alle” vet hvor dette er, men det er de færreste som møter opp tidlig om morgenen for verdens diggeste morgenbad! Denne våren har vi gjort en ekstra innsats for å bade så ofte som mulig. Så fort vi har våknet, har vi hevet på oss bikini eller badedrakt og syklet den korte veien ned til Tjuvholmen. Ekstra gøy er det å se at folk i dress er på vei i andre retninger. På brygga står det gjerne flere faste morgenbadere i morgenkåpe og diskuterer dagens temperatur, og hvor mye (eller lite) det har forandret seg de siste 24 timene. Vi hilser på alle, angrer et lite sekund fordi det ser forbanna kaldt ut, men hopper i det. Og verdens beste følelse får man i havet. Det renser opp i gruff og trøtthet og hodepine og hva det måtte være. Og vipps er dagen startet på best mulig måte!
Photo: Martine StenbergHovedøya
Our second advice is to take the ferry from Aker Brygge to one of the beautiful islands just a few minutes outside of Oslo. It just costs you a regular bus ticket and is much calmer than the usual overcrowded beaches in town. It takes such a short time to get out there, and you get so much out of taking the trip. We really started wondering why we don’t do this more often. Bring a towel, blanket, something to read, watermelon and a lovely lunch, and enjoy a perfect staycation at one of Oslo’s pearls.
Vårt andre tips er å ta fergen ut til Hovedøya eller en av de andre øyene som Ruter-fergene går ut til. Når sola skinner er gjerne steder som Huk og Paradisbuksa overfylt av mennesker, så hvis man vil ha en litt roligere dag er definitivt Hovedøya å anbefale. Det tar latterlig kort tid å komme seg dit fra Aker Brygge, og vi skjønner egentlig ikke hvorfor vi ikke gjør dette oftere. Ta med håndkle, pledd, noe å lese på, vannmelon og en digg lunsj, og nyt en mini-ferie på en av Oslos definitivt fineste perler.
We hope you were inspired to take a new look at Oslo with your vacation shades on (and hopefully a pair of TOMS on your feet) and feel free to share your best staycation advice with us in the comments.
//Vi håper du ble inspirert til å ta en titt på Oslo med feriebrillene på (og gjerne et par TOMS på beina), og del gjerne dine beste staycationtips i kommentarfeltet!
We love our new Grünbag and recently brought it along for a weekend trip to our summer cabin. You have probably seen this cool thing all over social media, and that with good reason because it’s actually pretty amazing. With its durable materials, sustainable production […]
Five years ago about this time of year, the very first EAT Forum was held in Stockholm by a relatively fresh and ambitious organization. The idea was to gather key persons to discuss a sustainable food production and health over a breakfast meeting. It didn’t […]
I often gather inspiration from books and want to share my current favorites with you. I love books that make me want to change something, that inspire me to try something new, or that shift my view on a topic. These are books that you can pack into your beach bag, bring along the road trip, to a café or that you can read curled up on the couch with a blanket and a hot chocolate.
Part one includes Anette’s advice, and part two will follow up with Susanne’s.
Sometimes you get inspiration from pictures, cool people, songs or places. Other times you don’t have to travel at all, you just have to open a great book. I noticed that I just sounded exactly like my grandma. For many years, I was so sick of reading school books that all other books just had to wait. Finally, my joy of reading has returned, and I find peace, joy, and inspiration through reading. That being said, I still have lots of improvement to be done with putting away my phone.
Anyways – now that the summer season is upon us, I thought I would share some must-haves to bring along!
The Universe has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
I found this book on the amazing @mallyandthemoon’s blog about a year ago. For some, it may be a bit too spiritual, but wow it just changed my life. I brought it to the cabin this winter to show it to mom, and all of a sudden it disappeared, so I had to go and get a new one. When I came to the bookstore, I found out I would buy one for mom too. I have it on my nightstand constantly, so I can just read a couple of sentences here and there to become inspired. It’s truly an anxiety relief. I highly recommend this one!
Indias Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
This book is old, but I borrowed it just recently and was just captivated. It’s such a pleasure to read a book that you just cannot wait to get back into, that makes you wanna put away Instagram for a while. It tells life stories from India, among others the one of Kavita that gives birth to a baby girl who is killed by her husband. Another is that of Asha that is from India, that grows up in the US and wants to find out about her roots. It’s sad, beautiful and thought-provoking.
Healing Tonics: Next-Level Juices, Smoothies, and Elixirs for Health and Wellness av Adriana Ayales
Okay, so this one isn’t a curl up and read a book, but truly one that inspired me to make some changes and additions to my diet! Susanne and I encountered this book in a charming store in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The pages are filled with healing tonics (beverages) that are great for your body in different ways. We will have to share some recipes from this one very soon! Adriana Ayales knows everything about herbs, plants and other cool ingredients from nature, and how to use them for detox, getting more energy, glowy skin etc. You can also follow her on @animamundiherbals for more inspo. As you will soon discover, she grew up in the jungle in Costa Rica, and now she is running her own successful shop in New York.
I am constantly trying to improve my reading game, and would love to get some book advice from you guys? What are your favorites?
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Ryan and Julian from Life Cykel are two Australian guys passionate about the possibility of using mushrooms to save the world. They discovered the enormous potential of providing a healing, plant-based and sustainable protein through mushrooms, and have built such a cool closed-loop business, where they collect coffee grounds from cafés and restaurants, grow mushrooms on them, and then return the edible end product. We were curious to hear more about the uses of mushrooms for healing, how mushrooms are important for the future of our planet, and how these guys came up with the fantastic idea!
Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?
– I’m Julian, and I am running Life Cykel together with my partner Ryan. We are both from Australia. I have a background in physiotherapy and worked in Premier League as a physiotherapist. I have always been interested in health, but it didn’t grab me from a passion point of view at that time. After returning to Australia I started working with health consulting in the mining industry together with Ryan, and we began brainstorming on the disconnect between fresh food, health and the possibilities of sustainably feeding 9 billion people.
After a while, we figured out that mushroom farming ticked all the boxes. Firstly, it can be grown from a human waste product – coffee. This can be done even in cities and urban areas. It has a low water use, low electricity use, and can feed communities, towns, cities with a sustainable form of protein.
Tell us more about Life Cykel
– So, we are growing the mushrooms indoors! In Byron Bay, they grow in a greenhouse. but for the most part, we grow them in shipping containers. We use coffee grounds that we collect from cafés and corporate partners because they are super nutrient rich but acidic and often end in landfills. When coffee grounds in landfill are in an anaerobic environment, they create a greenhouse gas in the form of methane. Methane has 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide!
The health potentials of mushrooms are so big. 75% of pharmaceuticals today actually contain mushrooms due to their healing benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
What are the uses of mushrooms?
– The uses are so widespread. Within clothing, you can use mushrooms to make leather for handbags, purses, boots and so on. They can be used for biomaterials such as desks, building materials, isolation and furniture due to properties such as being strong, durable, not flammable, it can float, and its biodegradable. More commonly, mushrooms can be used for human health and immunity – we can eat and drink the mushrooms for enormous health benefits. Lion’s mane, for example, tastes like lobster when it’s cooked and can be used as a plant-based protein. Hen of the woods tastes like chicken.
Mushrooms can also break down hydro chemicals. For example in Richmond River in Byron Bay, we are working with the university to remediate the water and remove the E-coli, using the mushroom to eat it up.
How did you come up with the idea?
– It started with food and understanding the implications for our planet and human health. Some of the information on mushrooms has been written for 100 years, and we needed technology to catch up. The cost of tech has come down, which enabled us to do this, using nature as inspiration. We also found ourselves experiencing dissatisfaction for a lot of the innovation out there – Instagram, Facebook, and similar companies made billions of dollars for Silicon Valley but what does it do for humanity?
What are your hopes and dreams for the company?
– To continue to innovate, solve real issues with tangible, practical solutions that can be used everywhere. We want to transition from chopping down forests to building them, feeding populations with mushrooms, decreasing our footprint throughout the process. Mushrooms are also important in moving away from antibiotics. We need to think preventative medicine and not reactive – connecting the east and the west.
What are your top three tips for a more sustainable life?
- Give mushrooms a chance – consume them more. Trade in fish and chicken!
- Have mushroom coffee (chaga). stay away from dairy and almond milk – those are not sustainable.
- Become someone who enjoys experiences over materialistic possession. Vote with your wallet by not consuming!
What is your favorite meal?
– Oyster mushroom risotto or oyster mushroom red curry with zucchini, capsicum, eggplant.
Where can we get the products?
– Because of biosecurity we currently only ship the mushroom boxes abroad. You can find them all on our homepage.
The products we currently sell are:
- The Oyster Mushroom Box – a box to which you can add water to grow mushrooms on your own kitchen bench. They are a superfood containing protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium and vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, and B7.
- Magick Mushroom Coffee – a smoother tasting coffee with the health benefits of increased antioxidants, immunity and oxygen utilization. The mushrooms used are Chaga (the highest source of antioxidants per gram in the world) and Cordyceps (known to increase the body’s oxygen uptake).
- Magick Lion’s Mane Latte – A soft malt caramel flavor tasting medicinal drink with the Lion’s Mane Mushroom, shown to give you better mental clarity and promote nerve cell growth.
- Magick Reishi Cacao – spiced chocolate with Reishi Mushroom that has been used throughout Asia to promote calmness and longevity.
- Magick Protein – vanilla and coconut flavored vegan protein with Reishi and hemp seeds. One of the most ethical proteins there are!
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A whole month of plastic-free living (as we tried in February) gave us a real eyeopener on how much plastic we use, and especially how many unconscious decisions we usually make. It is definitely challenging to figure out which uses of plastic are necessary, and which that aren’t. Luckily, this is a matter that engages many people, and we were so inspired by all of your efforts and advice. It sure feels like a change is coming. As we have received lots of questions throughout the challenge, we thought we would summarize them in this post. Feel free to leave more questions or feedback in the comments!
1. What kind of makeup did you use/buy?
If you have read the guidelines of our challenge, we were allowed to use anything we had from before, as throwing out all plastic items definitely wouldn’t have been eco-friendly. Anyway, during the month, Anette ran out of concealer and some of you guys recommended RMS. We haven’t tried this brand yet, but they apparently have a lot of organic, chemical-free, natural and plastic-free products that are actually good! Will definitely check them out soon.
Another favorite is the brand ZAO – they have done some amazing work on ingredients and packaging. All the products are vegan, natural, and work super well. Their mascara is the first natural mascara that I can truly assure works. They have everything from foundation, primer, rouge, highlighter, mascara and nail polish.
Other natural favorites are Jane Iredale (mineral powder) and Living Nature (concealer).
2. What about shampoo and conditioner?
The best 100% plastic free, handmade and natural shampoo and conditioner in Norway (that we have discovered) is from Lush. We (Susanne) also tested out washing the hair with apple cider vinegar and baking powder. The hair became super clean and nice, but the process was a bit inconvenient, to be honest. Other advice was to clean you’re hair with just water once a week, and let it develop its own rinsing method over time (does this work?), and buying shampoo and conditioner in bulk from the hairdresser (we tried without luck).
3. What did you do with clothing?
Before this month we weren’t specifically aware of the fact that lots of clothes contain microplastics that enter into the water-rinsing system when we wash them, and eventually into the ocean. The types of fabrics that are petroleum based and contain plastics are synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyester, and nylon. You can read more about clothing in the guest post from A Green Heart. During the month Susanne bought a t-shirt of organic cotton. The temptation to get some new workout clothes was huge as the post-Christmas sales were all over town!
In order to prevent microplastic pollution, we have been recommended to try the Guppy Bag, a washing bag that is supposed to capture the microplastics from the clothing when you clean them. Other than that we recommend that you try your best (we know its hard!) to find clothes of natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, and wool – its better for you, the planet and those who are producing our clothes.
4. What about toilet paper?
Hehe. Many people have asked this, and they are so right pointing to the fact that it’s impossible to stay plastic-free when buying toilet paper in the grocery store. Luckily, we had stacked up on toilet paper from a charity sale before Christmas. We have seen some cool brands from USA such as Who Gives A Crap and Seventh Generation that sell 100% recycled paper without plastic packaging, and they also donate money per sale to develop sanitary facilities in developing countries. Love!
5. What did you do on your period?
During the lifespan of a female, we use between 8,000 and 15,000 tampons, sanitary pads++ – most of them contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to your body and the earth. We have to be honest and say that we haven’t found the perfect solution here yet, but good alternatives are buying organic tampons and pads, trying out a period cup or the newest: a panty that takes care of it all.
6. Don’t you guys use plastic bags for your trash?
Actually, we are kind of proud of the fact that we have stepped up our recycling game. It took a while to learn and get used to recycling almost everything, but after a while, we have ended up with less than one bag of trash per month. For this, we use a bag of recycled plastic or the ones that are biodegradable. You can find these at the supermarket.
7. What was the hardest?
Definitely the supermarket – in Norway this is surely a plastic universe. Our strategy ended up being just buying everything that was not wrapped and making creative meals out of this. It was quite fun and we got a huge bonus of trying lots of new veggies. During the month we invited some friends for an entirely plastic-free taco (within the rules of being allowed to leave the plastic in the store ++) – proud moment 🙂
8. What are you going to continue with?
We will definitely continue bringing tote bags and small cotton bags to the store, and going to stores where we know they have a wider range of plastic-free products. In Portugal where we stay regularly with our Portuguese family, it is a true dream to go shopping – some of the grocery stores sell only organic products, and most of them are without plastic packaging.
We are working on making an Oslo guide to the shops that use less plastic!
9. How hard was it actually?
Definitely, a challenge that made us think through every single action of every single day. If you try for a day or two, you will understand that it’s really hard, but that a lot of our consumption happens due to unconscious choices and “bad” habits. As soon as you start planning and making choices that have been given some thought, your actions change for the better, and then turn into good habits over time.
March 1st was so strange – we were finally able to buy the plastic-packaged products that we had been missing such as all types of salads, chocolate, bars and on-the-go food. We thought it would be a big relief, but acactuallyy it ended up being a bitter sweet feeling of using uneccesary plastic. We really wish it would be easier to reduce our plasic in our day to day lives, and the challenge that is ahead is finding the balance. Of course, the most important is to recycle everything we use, but a great job is done by reducing the amount we take in.
We are SO happy to see that plastic is a huge topic in the news and on social media these days – and that lots of company’s are making new, innovative, creative designs and products that are environmentally concious.
10. What is your best advice?
Our best advice is:
- always bring a water bottle, thermo-cup, tote bag and a small spork
- don’t leave home hungry and always bring snacks – almost all on-the-go meals are plastic wrapped, and these small packagings are the ones that often end up in nature (because they can fly out of the public garbage binds, or because people actually
- inspire those around you, and spread information, articles, videos on why plastic is a problem in our society
- lats but not least – ENJOY nature as much as you can and watch Blue Planet II if you haven’t already – the series that made The Queen declare war on plastics <3
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There was a time in our lives that a plant-based diet was far from what we considered an easy, healthy and delicious way to cook. It was definitely more of a habit than a conscious choice. After entering into the plant world we have definitely figured out how much insanely good food that can be made with vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. When VegMe launch plant-based alternatives that resemble animal-based products, they created an easier way for meat-lovers out there to transition a meal here and there into a green one – which is waaay better for the earth and your health!
Today we want to share the ways we have been using the VegMe products the past couple of weeks. Let’s just say that we brought out some childhood memories of weird food combinations. We have made some super yummy tacos with pulled VegMe, wrap with delicious aioli, and the childhood fav – crackers with banana and mayonnaise. You can judge after you’ve tried it 😉
Healthy pulled taco
- 1 package pulled VegMe
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 package white beans
- 1 mango
- 1 avocado
- 1 lime
- 1 handful spinach
- Taco shells
- Fresh coriander
- Taco spices – cumin, paprika, chili, turmeric, salt, and pepper
Set the oven to 175 to heat the shells. Fry the pulled VegMe in a pan and add some of the taco spices listed above. The beans are mixed in a food processor with some salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime. Might be one of the quickest meals ever! Yum
VegMe corn wrap with zucchini, aioli & tahini
- Corn wraps
- 1 sweet potato
- VegMe aioli
- 1 zucchini
- Salt and pepper
Heat the corn wraps. These are homemade, and you can find the recipe here (in Norwegian). Spiralize the zucchini (or cut into thin slices) and fry it in some coconut oil with a pinch of salt and pepper. Slice some avocado and add all the goodies to the wrap. Just perfect!
Banana and mayonnaise
This “recipe” goes without explanation – and the combination of sweet and salty is just heavenly. After not having had mayo in a couple of years, this was amazing!
For more information on the VegMe products, you can visit Bama’s site. They have three varieties of the “main” product – pulled, minced and bites. They are non-GMO, soy-based products from Europe. All the VegMe products are fresh, juicy, gluten-free, healthy, and plant-based. They are launched by Bama, and you can find them at Meny.
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We use lots of fresh herbs for almost every meal, but keeping them fresh for longer than a couple of days feels like quite a struggle. During the plastic-free month, we have been looking for alternatives to the herbs that are wrapped in plastic, and have found these nice little bouquets in fruit&veg shops across town. We have tried a few different things, and have landed on a trick to keep them fresh longer.
How to keep herbs fresh
The trick is to cut off the ends as soon as you get home, just as you do with certain types of flowers. Then, pop them in a glass of fresh water, and make sure that no leaves are stuck under water.
As the days go by, check that there aren’t any brown leaves, and if there are, remove them to keep the rest nice and fresh.
New herb ideas
Have you tried popping some coriander in your morning smoothie? Or what about adding some next time you make a fresh juice. Herbs have some great nutritional qualities and make a nice spice addition to most meals. We also love a strong taste of basil in a hummus.
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One of the biggest improvements we have had during this month without plastic is the reduction of food packaging. We usually bought a liter of plant-based milk once or two times a week as we both love to make warm drinks such as hot chocolate, matcha latte, and turmeric latte during the freezing winter. Check out some recipes for that here! Anyways, now we have entered into the world of homemade milk – which is actually doable for anyone, it’s super cheap, and so so so good for you and the planet.
- 200 grams oats (we use organic, gluten-free)
- 1 liter water
- A pinch of sea salt
- Optional: A tbs of sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)
Soak the oats in water for 8-12 hours. I typically do it overnight. Rinse them if you wish, or place them straight in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for a couple of minutes, and then rinse out the oat residue with a strainer or a cheesecloth if you have that (I use a simple strainer). Store it in an airtight bottle, and it will last for about five days in the fridge.
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When considering having a plastic-free week or month, food is definitely one of the main challenges. Therefore, we thought we would share a breakfast recipe that is plant-based, full of nutrients, easy to make, and where all the ingredients should be available without plastic wrapping (if you go to the right places of course!).
We always make these kinds of granolas without any proper measurement of the ingredients, and you should feel free to adjust and add more of what you like.
- Coconut flakes (can be bought in paper bag or glass container in bulk shops)
- Gluten-free oats
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Flax seeds
- Coconut oil (1-2 tbs)
- Honey/agave nectar(v)/maple syrup(v) (1-3 tbs depending on your sweet tooth)
- Cinnamon (preferably organic – healthier, kinder to earth and the farmers)
- Cardamom (preferably organic)
- Sea salt (a pinch)
To make it extra digestion-friendly, we soaked all the seeds overnight, and rinsed them properly, before we mixed all the ingredients minus the coconut flakes in a large bowl. Add enough liquid for the mix to become a bit sticky, so that you will get clusters that stick together. The flakes will burn easily, so we add these in at the end. Set the oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
Place the mixture on a baking tray. If you’re on the plastic-free wagon, make sure your parchment paper is made without plastic, or just use some coconut oil. Place it in the oven until it smells like cinnamon buns with caramel, and add the coconut flakes towards the end.
This smoothie is a big hit on Instagram, and we just love eating food that have the same colors as the ocean or the woods. Environmental geek level 10. What makes the color pop and the smoothie a superfood powerhouse? Spirulina!
Spirulina is a green-blueish freshwater alga that is packed with nutrients (read more here if you are interested).
Ingredients (2 portions)
- 1-1.5 mango (ca 250-300 gram)
- 1 banana
- 1 avocado
- 1 – 2 tbs organic coconut milk (paper packaging)
- 1 tsp – tbs spirulina
We usually add loads of spinach in there, but still haven’t found any good source of greens that are not wrapped in plastic here in Oslo. Mix it all together with a hand mixer, or pop it in a food processor/blender. ENJOY
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If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we have been running around Oslo lately testing out different cafés, restaurants, and other spots. Together with the coolest Instagram account @oslotips we decided to show you the best eco-friendly places in Oslo. It was a long process, we actually started out with over 50 places and narrowed down the list to our top seven favorites. We wanted to include food, activities, and shops, and in order to really give great recommendations, we also tested out every place, which even involved one of us ending up with red hair (be sure this place is NOT on the list).
What is a green place?
So what is a green place? In order to make our list, the chosen place has to contribute to making Oslo more sustainable. This could be by offering vegan or vegetarian food options, using products without chemicals and toxins or microplastic, or offering the possibility to shop zero-waste style. Compared to our neighboring countries Sweeden and Denmark, Oslo may be a little bit behind, but every day more and more places are popping up! High five.
So here we present our ultimate guide to Oslo
Liebling is a really cool café located at Grünerløkka in Oslo. With inspiration from Berlin, the place has a hip and cozy vibe with great lighting and lots of cool merch. More importantly, the menu is what made us chose Liebling as a greenie in Oslo. Here you can find everything you could wish for in the plant-based world from turmeric and beetroot lattes to acaí bowls and glutenfree bread with avocado and beet hummus. If you wanna go even greener, make sure to ask which of the ingredients are locally sourced. Oh, when you are there be sure to try the raw cakes from Oslo Raw.
Mølleren Sylvia is one of the best food stores in Oslo, selling everything from bulk items to chemical free shampoo and conditioner. They are very transparent about the suppliers they use, and they support local and organic farmers. They also import from other places in Europe, as it is hard for a store to base their items on only local things in Norway during the winter. Bring your own jars and check them out! Did you know that bringing home food in glass jars actually makes it healthier as well? It’s a perfect way to detox yourself and the environment.
So you may or may not know this, but the way we produce clothes today is not awesome for our planet. This especially goes for fast-fashion where some brands have around 20-30 collections per year, and just throw out the rest when it’s “out” of season. For this reason, we think it’s cool that Oslo has some great second-hand stores. Robot Oslo is the ultimate place to spend some quality time, finding treasures to wear on a Saturday night. They have super cool overalls, sweaters, jeans, and accessories, and the owner is a true environmentalista!
Nøtteblanderen is another hidden treasure in Oslo that took us by surprise. It was Sigurd behind @oslotips who recommended this place. Nøtteblanderen sells organic and non-organic nuts, dried fruit, dates and other snacks in bulk. All of their products are fresh and the owners are so knowledgeable about their suppliers and where the food comes from, and everything tastes amazing.
Finding a GOOD green hairdresser is harder than you think. The selection is not so big in Oslo, and we failed miserably on our first try. As we mentioned in the introduction one of us got red hair and the other one a terrible cut. Sometimes you fail in order to truly hit jackpot. That’s what we did with amnt. amnt is located in Vibes gate right by Bogstadveien, one of Oslo’s main shopping streets. The girls working here have great taste. The owner is very engaged in health and in the environment and has chosen to use chemical free products that are not tested on animals.
Fjong is an excellent new concept in Oslo, where you can both rent and rent out your clothes and bags, which in turn gives you a greener and more exciting wardrobe on a lower budget. You can find brands such as Reformation, Chanel, Gucci and byTiMo there, plus a lot more. It’s really worth a visit to their showroom at Skillebekk in Oslo.
The last place on our list is Tunco. This is a restaurant at St. Hanshaugen in Oslo started by three friends that share a passion for food, sustainability, traveling and the environment. From these shared passions, they have been able to make a really cool restaurant concept. When you eat at Tunco you also give away a meal to a child in need in Kenya through the program #mealformeal. It’s so beautiful and it’s very inspiring to see a restaurant take social responsibility in addition to serving high-quality food.
We hope you feel inspired to use your consumer power to change the world, and give it a second thought every time you make a choice to suppert something <3
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A green guide to the land of miracles
The island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world both in terms of the scenery and the people. With its amazing beaches, green forests, waterfalls, train rides, mountains, vast national parks, luxurious old towns, rich culture and miles and miles of stunning coastline (with amazing waves for surfers), it is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. Wellness practices like Ayurveda and yoga are deep-rooted in the culture, accompanied by delicious plant-based foods such as lentil dhal curries and coconuts in every shape or form. It’s hard to imagine that the civil war ended only nine years ago. Since then, the country has gotten back on its feet, while still facing problems that tourists cannot ignore.
We have some great recommendations for you on how to travel sustainably, where to sleep like a baby, where to eat amazing plant based food and what to do to enjoy your time in Sri Lanka.
The largest environmental issues in Sri Lanka
During my stay, we experienced a cyclone. The days after, the scenery completely changed, as the tides, currents, and wind brought the true image of the plastic problems to the shore. Against the locals recommendations, we went surfing the day after, which we soon regretted as I got poisoned by taking in a bit of sea water. We also got to stare the worlds’ insane plastic problem in the eye, as we found ourselves in a pool of plastic bags, straws, plastic razors, bottles and take away boxes.
One of the reasons there exists so much trash in the Sri Lankan nature is the lack of a proper system for collecting and recycling garbage. According to numbers from the World Bank, Sri Lanka generates 5.1kg of waste per person per day. It’s common to see people burning plastic in the streets, and on the beaches, there are miles and miles of disposal from industries, ships, and litter on the white sand. It’s truly a heartbreaking scene. The water get’s so polluted that in many places you cannot (or should not) surf or swim during certain times.
“It’s common to see people burning plastic in the streets, and on the beaches, there are miles and miles of disposal from industries, ships, and litter on the white sand.”
How can you make a positive impact as a traveler?
As a tourist, you can definitely make an impact when it comes to the plastic and littering issues.
- Be aware of this problem. Document it through your social channels, spread the word, and ask the locals for tips.
- Engage fellow travelers by for example suggesting a beach cleanup! Check out this instagram profile for inspiration. You rock Marthe!
- Use your consumer power by supporting places, restaurants, and activities that take this problem seriously. Stay in hotels or camps that take responsibility, by not using air-condition or by banning plastic bottles or straws.
- Bring your own water bottle and cutlery when you travel.
- Try to eat local, in season and plant-based.
“When you have your priorities right, you will find the most amazing places in Sri Lanka, and it is true what they say, it’s the land of miracles”
Our recommendations are all from the south east part of the island.
Amazing places to eat
In a hidden oasis in Galle Fort, you find the restaurant Poonie’s Kitchen. They serve delicious whole food meals, yummy drinks such as turmeric tonic and passion fruit smoothies, and a mouth-watering carrot and banana cake.
- The Shady lane – Smoothie bowls, ice coffee, juices and more
- The Doctors House – Old Ayurvedic hospital turned into a restaurant by some Australian guys aiming to create a place with good vibes. They serve drinks and oven bakes pizza (they have vegan and gluten-free alternatives)
- The Shack Beach Café– Located in Unawatuna they don’t use plastic and serve delicious food
Wonderful places to stay
Incredible things to do & places to visit
Sticks no Bills sell retro style travel prints reflecting the history and culture from Ceylon. The owners opened Sticks no Bills when the war ended, with the intention of “being the change we wanted to see in the world”. They wanted to start a business that reflected Sri Lanka’s beauty, and not something that reminded them of the war, tsunami and human rights issues. Definitely worth a visit!
Other spots worth mentioning:
- Sri Yoga Shala– A beautiful yoga shala with an Instagram worthy view
- Virgin White Tea tour – Very nice tea plantation where you can see how tea is made and taste all the different types
- Camp Poe – In Ahangama, perfect place to do drop in yoga morning and evening
Until next time, I will be dreaming of a stay at Santi where they have an Ayurvedic doctor ready to read your doshas, and a house chef preparing meals to heal your body’s imbalances, while you chill out in between palm trees and the sound of chanting monks before heading down to Ahangama to catch waves. See you soon Sri Lanka <3
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Advice for those who are having their first plant based Christmas
The holidays are literally just around the corner, and we are so excited! Returning to Oslo really helped ignite the Christmas feeling, as the city has been covered in snow. We have received a lot of questions on what we are going to eat during the holidays, and we thought we would put together a list of meals that are good for you and the planet at the same time, while still enjoying the holidays to the fullest.
Many Christmas traditions are related to food, and some people may have difficulties with explaining to their friends and family that they are skipping the meat this Christmas. Our best advice is to always bring a dish (or cook if you are at home), so that people can se all the delicious plant based meals you can enjoy. Also, be open and understanding about the fact that you will get loads of questions. We find that the best answer to “why” is simply: “because its better for yourself and the planet”. The discussions and documentaries can be saved for later.
It seems like more and more people want to eat plant based during the holidays, whether you are vegetarian or vegan or not. Christmas does not have to be synonymous with being full, bloated and tired! We spent the last two holidays in warmer countries and therefore we did not cook a lot of traditional Christmas food, but we sure know where to look for inspiration. So here is a list of our favorite meals, both our own and other people’s recipes.
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day, namely breakfast! We think this is the one meal that will be the same as always, delicious smoothies or porridges, with turmeric or matcha lattes. You can always add spices such as cinnamon and cardamom to make your breakfast taste more like Christmas.
- What about this delicious warm winter porridge?
- This warm smoothie is always a winner!
- If you feel like making something special, we highly recommend these 4 ingredient pancakes.
For the main dishes we have made a lot of different things over the past years. Two years ago we celebrated Chrismas in Miami with our dad and we made a fully plant based Christmas meal for him and his girl friend (they are not plant-based) and they loved it! We made baked sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon, paprika, rosemary, topped with mushrooms and pomegranate, oven baked carrots and brussels sprouts and a christmas salad.
- Take a look at this Brussels sprout salad made by Green Kitchen Storues and this baked sweet potato made by Deliciously Ella for inspiration.
- Another really fancy meal which we have not tried out our selves yet, is this beet wellington by the Lazy Kitchen.
- Traditional dinner cakes are a staple in Norwegian homes during Christmas, however this is a recipe for a plant based version made by Vegan misjonen. We made a similar recipie the other day, and our whole family and friends loved them.
Christmas is really synonymous with sweet treat, however we like to healthily a some of them as well.
- These gingerbread cookies are perfect when you have friend coming over.
- Bliss balls are always a favorite snack. These are made with super food, but if you add more cinnamon to them they will taste more like christmas.
- Homemade snickers with adaptogens are our absolute favorite thing that we have ever made, so if there is just one thing you want to try to make this holiday, make these!
EnJoY eVeRy SeCoNd!
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This porridge is highly recommended for cold mornings! Starting your day with a smoothie or something cold when it’s winter is not the best thing for your digestive system. Therefore, a porridge is a really nice alternative. Some people love their oatmeal in the morning, but it can also be one of those things that make you really sleepy thought the day. Read more about this here (it’s in Norwegian). This porridge was introduced to us in Sri Lanka, where they call in Shiva porridge. It’s low in sugar and gives you long lasting energy and keeps you full for a long time. According to Ayurvedic belief spices help to balance your body. It also tastes like carrot cake, which is not a bad thing.
Shiva porridge (1 portion, 7 minutes):
- 2 dl coconut milk
- 1 grated carrot
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp turmeric
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tbs maca powder
Start by grating one carrot, and adding it to a pot together with the rest of the ingredients. Stir around and blend it until smooth. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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This is the recipe for a milk that is not only plant-based, high in protein, full of healthy fats and tasty, it’s also really environmental friendly! As people who don’t flow with regular milk, the lactose-free or vegan options in the grocery stores have been a favorite for many years. Sadly, many of the cartons are not possible to recycle, so we were producing more trash than necessary. When we discovered this we decided it was time to try making our own. In contrast to many other homemade plant milk recipes, this is actually really easy and it only takes five minutes! You don’t need a strainer or a cheesecloth or any other fancy equipment either. Hemp milk can be used to make hot chocolate, smoothies, in your coffee or in matcha lattes. If you are wondering what the f* hemp is, you can read more about it here.
- 40 grams hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts)
- 8 dl filtered water
- 1 tsp vanilla powder (optional but tastes better!)
Mix everything together in a blender for about 1 minute until it looks like milk. You can keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for about 4 days. You can also add cinnamon, date, or any other flavors if you wish.
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From now on we will post a weekly eco-tips – a small thing we all can do to save the environment. We want to do this every week until Christmas, and if it’s a hit we will continue into the new year.
As it’s definitely darker outside, and cozier inside with a hot cup of tea and lots of candles, our first tip is to buy eco-friendly candles! This will actually save both your health and the environment. Eco-friendly candles mean that they are made from renewable raw materials, as opposed to the cheaper paraffine candles which are made from oil and release a number of chemical toxins into the air such as chromium and musk xylene. In Norway, the more eco-friendly candles are “Svanemerket” which you can read more about here and here. These candles are also made without palm oil and with 90 percent renewable raw material.
If everyone in Norway would change their candles to eco-friendly variants, it would be the same as removing 21.000 cars from the roads, according to sortere.no! Small but significant step.
I tiden fremover vil det komme et øko-livsstil tips en gang i uken, som en liten motivasjon og inspirasjon til alle der ute som ønsker å gjøre små ting for jorda vår.
Siden det definitivt har blitt mørkere ute og koseligere inne, med en god kopp te og tente stearinlys, ønsker vi å tipse om at man kan bytte ut de tradisjonelle te- og stearinlysene med mer miljøvennlige versjoner. Dette vil faktisk både være en fin ting å gjøre for miljøet og din egen helse. Øko-vennlige lys betyr at de er produsert ved bruk av fornybare råvarer, i motsetning til parafinlysene som er laget av olje. Disse frigjør en rekke kjemikalier i luften slik som krom og muskxylen. I Norge er de mer miljøvennlige lysene Svanemerket, som du kan lese mer om her og her. De er laget av 90 prosent fornybart materiale.
In Norway you can buy eco-friendly candles at Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny and Rema 1000, just look for the logo of Svanemerket. In other countries, some specialty stores and online stores usually have candles made from environmentally friendly materials, such as “The Greatest Candle In The World” – made from recycled cooking oil.
I Norge kan du kjøpe miljøvennlige lys på Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny of Rema 1000 – bare se etter Svanemerket! I andre land finner du slike lys i ulike spesialforretninger eller online, slik som for eksempel “The Greatest Candle In The World”, som er laget av resirkulert matolje.
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Fall and winter season is the perfect for snuggling up in the couch with a big cup of hot chocolate while watching cool documentaries. These three have some things in common; they’re very entertaining, they portray amazing nature and lifestyles, and they teach you loads of useful stuff about the world and the environment! Happy doc-watching.
Before the flood
Before the flood must be one of the best documentaries ever made. It’s not so often you are glued to the screen all the way throughout a documentary, but this one definitely has something special. It provides you with the latest information on climate change, from different parts of the world, presented by National Geographic. And oh, it features Leonardo DiCaprio meeting amazing people such as Barack Obama and Elon Musk. What more can you ask for?! It’s also pretty cool that they offset the carbon emissions made when producing the movie through a voluntary carbon tax.
It is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play amongst others.
This amazing movie inspires you to live a better life with less stuff and freeing space for more experiences, happiness, passion and time. It was made by Joshua Fields Mullburn and Ryan Nicodemus, two guys who found themselves stuck in an unhappy life where they were working 70-80 hours per week in order to afford loads of stuff that didn’t make them happy. They lost control of their time and decided to take it back through the principles of minimalism. The movie shows some amazing stories of people living a minimalistic life, and you will definitely want to start decluttering your home after seeing it.
It is available on Netflix, Vimeo, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Blue Planet II
For those who haven’t experienced documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, you are in for a pleasant surprise. This wildlife documentary series explores the oceans of the world, from the equator to the poles. You get to see the weirdest, cutest, most quirky animals that you didn’t even know existed, dolphins that surf, and the tragical fate of walrus suffering from the effects of climate change. It’s heartwarming from start to end and definitely worth a watch!
Blue Planet II is available on different platforms in different countries, you can check the overview here.
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Homemade chocolate is seriously something you need to consider. This one is packed with superpowers, is easy to make, and is SUPER delicious. Say hello to homemade vegan snickers with the adaptogens ashwagandha and maca!
ADAPTOGENS: What on earth is an adaptogen? They are a unique group of herbal ingredients used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to improve health and especially the adrenal system which is the system that is in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress (such as cortisol). The name comes from the herbs ability to adapt to your body’s needs (1). They are great herbs if you have experiences stress, or you need help to heal. You can usually get them in your health food or specialty store, or on Amazon or iHerb.
ASHWAGANDHA: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb belonging to the tomato family that has been used in India and Sri Lanka for the past 5,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine. The past few years the herb has gained attraction in the wellness world again with good reason. It is well known to help the body reduce stress and strengthen the immune system after illness, and is used against mental and physical exhaustion. Other benefits are to reducing anxiety and depression, as well as improving concentration. Yes, please?!
MACA: Maca root is also an adaptogen and is in the same family as (radical) broccoli and cabbage, but it has even more unique properties than these vegetables. Maca is grown in South America, mainly in Peru. Maca contains 18% protein and contains a whole range of nutrients such as magnesium and iron. Maca is known to balance hormones for both men and women (PMS, menopause, fertility, testosterone, and estrogen), and is also used for energy and mood-boosting effects.
Snickers with adaptogens
- 1/5 cup almond butter
- 1,5 tbs coconut flour
- 6 big Medjool dates
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp ashwagandha
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 50 g cacao paste
Mix the almond butter and coconut flour, and place the mixture on a greaseproof paper. Form the mix into a 1 cm thick square using your hands, and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
While waiting for it to freeze, start preparing the caramel sauce. Place the Medjool dates, adaptogens and coconut oil in a blender, and blend the mix until it has a creamy consistency. Take the bottom layer out of the freezer and spread the caramel sauce on top with a spatula. Gently sprinkle over the nuts and place everything back into the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Lastly, place about 30 grams of chocolate paste and 1 tbs of coconut oil in a pan, melt it, and with a spoon drizzle it over the bars. Make sure to cover the top and the sides. Place everything back in the freezer and wait 30 minutes, then they are ready to be served! They melt really fast so they are best out of the freezer. Hope you like it!
Enjoy them while they last!
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It’s no secret that the world is facing a huge plastic problem – and we are not talking about that p surgery. Plastic is made of a material that is meant to last forever, yet we tend to through away bottles, straws, and plates after using them only once. What’s alarming is that huge amounts of it end up in the ocean. It’s not sexy to surf or swim among used plastic bottles, fishnets, and bags. Once you start paying attention to plastic, you see it absolutely everywhere. It’s wrapped around food and drinks, it’s part of the material of your clothes, shoes, headphones, sports watches and bags, it’s in your makeup, toothbrushes, shampoo, and the list goes on. Luckily, it is possible to turn this trend, and a lot of people are already leading the way with zero-waste movements, beach clean-ups, and making really cool sustainable brands.
Why should we care about plastic?
Even though plastic has been hugely practical in many ways due to its eternal lifespan, it has become a major environmental issue for the same reason. According to UNEP, every square kilometer of the world’s oceans has 63,320 microplastic particles floating around (1). Toxic chemicals from plastic leach out, and by now almost all people have traces of plastic in their blood (2).
MICROPLASTICS: Plastic particles with the size ranging from 1 nanometer to 5 millimeter (3). When plastic enters the ocean it breaks down due to external forces, for example, water. This in turn makes it harder to see and easier to forget.
Some of the main problems with plastic occur because it never breaks down entirely. The most important issues are:
- Fish and other sea animals eat plastic, which in turn can lead to hormonal, reproductive and digestive problems.
- Humans are indirectly consuming plastic through eating seafood and fish, which in turn can cause the same problems for humans as for the fish and sea animals at high enough concentrations (4).
- Humans are also directly exposed to plastic though plastic bottles, food packaging and chemical additives in cosmetics such as BPA, phthalates, and DEHP which are known to interfere with the human hormonal function (5).
- Animals are eating and getting stuck in the plastic litter, fishing line nets, plastic bags, balloons, and straps. Research shows that more than 100 million marine mammals are killed each year due to plastic in the oceans (6).
How does plastic end up on the beaches and in the oceans?
About 80% of the plastics come from land-based activities (7) (meaning not from boats and ships). Lots of items have drifted off land from the streets, garbage cans, and landfills and into rivers or directly to the ocean. Ships also lose some cargo when they are out in the sea, or caught in a storm. Ocean currents bring the items far from where they originate.
Further, small plastic particles enter the ocean through the drains. Some examples of are microbeads in most kinds of toothpaste, dishwashing powders and synthetic clothing fibers that shed in washing machines (8).
What can we do about it?
The problem and the solution to this start on land. Not only are big manufacturing companies responsible, but every single consumer has the power to change this trend through what we chose to buy and consume. Here are some tips:
Five things you can do today
- Avoid single-use plastic bottles and buy a BPA-free bottle
- Change your tooth-brush from plastic to bamboo
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store
- #stopsucking on plastic straws
- Bring your own cup or box when you are getting take away food or coffee
Five things that need some planning
- Choose natural toothpaste and cleaning products
- Recycle as much as you can
- Try to repair what you already have instead of buying new things
- Support environmental friendly clothing brands (such as HallaxHalla)
- Check out eco-friendly makeup brands made without chemicals
Are you interested in learning more? Check out:
We also highly recommend the Netflix Documentary “A Plastic Ocean”.
Big eco-friendly high five!
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- 50 gram flax seeds
- 1 dl flour (we used gluten-free Jyttemel)
- Three large beets
- 2-3 tbs water
- A pinch of salt
- Fresh coriander
- 1 tbs cumin
- 1/2 tbs chili powder (or. fresh chili)
Let the flax seeds soak in some water for a bit. They are used to hold the dough together (also called flax egg) instead of using eggs. You can also use chia seeds or eggs if you prefer that. Add the beets to a food processor and chop it into smaller pieces. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form the mass into burger sized pieces, and fry them in a pan until they are crispy on the outside, and warm all the way through.
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Some people are so inspiring that you literally want to do just like they do. These are the kind of people we want to put in the spotlight in this series of “inspiring people & projects”. Simen Knudsen is one of those – a 32-year-old self-proclaimed corporate hippie who works for various environmental initiatives in Norway, and a dedicated surfer. We had a chat with Simen to get some insight into the life of a tall blond beach cleaner.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a 32-year-old male. I was born in Nord-Jæren, and I am currently living in Oslo. I love to be outdoors playing, and surfing is my favorite activity. I work as a Business architect in Æra with an initiative for sustainable innovation called Floke. We founded Nordic Ocean Watch a couple of years ago because we thought we should get more people to take care of the ocean. I am also an ambassador for Infinitum Movement.
NORDIC OCEAN WATCH (NOW): A Nordic environmental organization which is dedicated to taking care of the ocean. The organization aims at building a culture where nobody uses the sea without giving anything back. Get involved by sending them an email or visiting their Facebook pages NOW Norway, NOW Sweden and NOW Finland. They regularly organize events such as beach cleanups, hangouts, pop-up movie screenings etc.
INFINITUM MOVEMENT: An environmental movement, which is also the owner and manager of the recycling arrangement for bottles (pant) in Norway. They have an amazing website which is a source of inspiration for various environmental engagements, and a paper magazine (printed on environmentally friendly paper) that is sold across the country.
FLOKE: An innovation program designed by Æra to solve complex societal challenges in order to put society on a more sustainable trajectory. Together with a number of organizations from private, public and volunteer sector Floke uses innovation tools to create new and more sustainable solutions.
Why do you care so much about the environment?
Because it’s essential for a happy and healthy life. And because it’s not doing to good right now, mainly due to our way of living. Especially the ocean, which actually is on the verge of collapse. Being in nature and outdoors is the key ingredient for to have a good life. And if I don’t care for my favorite playground, how can I expect others to?
What are your top five tips for living a more environmentally friendly daily life?
- Recycle (especially your plastic bottles aka pant)
- Eat more greens, less meat, and fish
- Use WWF’s seafood guide for sustainable fish choices
- Fly less, and play more in your own back-yard.
- Leave a handprint anywhere you go, e.g. pick some plastic.
In general, start looking at yourself as a contributor instead of a consumer, and magic starts to happen 😉
Who and what inspires you?
I get inspired by everyone I meet that uses their energy to leave the world in a better condition. I love all initiatives, big and small. I get a lot of inspiration from Arne Næss, Daniel Quinn, Sustainia, my colleagues in Æra and Floke, the Nordic Ocean Watch collective and the Infinitum Movement ambassadors.
What is your favorite meal?
Veggie burrito with black beans, sweet potatoes, and Midsummer hot sauce from Jæren. Mmm.
Follow Simen on Instagram to see what kind of stuff he is up to next.
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Bliss balls, or energy bites are really the best snack ever. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should really give it a go. They are sweet, easy to bring as a to-go snack and the perfect treat after dinner (or whenever you want it).
Bliss balls with superfood
- 15 dates
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1/2 cup of coconut shred
- Cacao + cacao nibs
- Bee pollen
- Goji berries
Run the dates (pitted), walnuts and coconut shred in the food prosessor until it’s sticky enough to roll together to a small ball. Thereafter, you can put the topping on different plates and roll the balls in the mixtures. Leave in the fridge for about 1 hour until they set, and they are ready to go!
The different types of toppings all have some great health effects that are worth incorporating into your diet to give you extra energy and glow.
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and is extremely nourishing, containing nearly all nutrients required by humans! It has a sweet distinct taste, and can be used as a sweetener on smoothies, cakes, granola and bliss balls. There are so many benefits from bee pollen, so we will mention a few. It gives you great energy, with carbohydrates, proteins and vitamin B. It is often used to treat skin conditions, has been used to treat allergies and is also anti-inflammatory.
Goji berries can be found in any store these days, and that is good news! The little red berries are originally from China and have been used as a medicinal plant to treat everything from eyes to kidneys. They are high in fiber and vitamin C, which is great if you are low on iron. They also contain protein and complex carbohydrates which does not raise your blood sugar.
Cacao & Cacao nibs
We have written about the great health benefits of cacao before, check it out here!
Spirulina is the queen of superfoods, and it also called one of natures most perfect foods and a “miracle from the sea”. Oh yes, spirulina has it all, maybe except for a very good taste. Spirulina is a blue-green algae which grows in both fresh and salt water. It is filled with proteins, B vitamins, copper and iron. If you don’t eat eggs, spirulina is a great source of protein and it contains all the essential amino acids humans need. Studies show that spirulina may reduce blood pressure, and that it may have anti-cancer properties.
Ice cold smoothies are really delicious in the summer, but when it starts getting colder outside it’s also possible to make “warmer” smoothies. Also if you pack them with a lot of bananas they can get too high in sugar and sometimes you just need something a bit more settling. If you mix in sweet potatoes, cauliflowers or even zucchinis, you make the smoothies not also more blood sugar friendly but more filling. Usually when making a smoothie with sweet potato you don’t need bananas or even avocados to make that creamy consistency. This smoothie is perfect after a work out or before bed time as it could make you sleepy.
Warm smoothie bowl
- 1/2 baked or steamed sweet potato
- 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries or rasberries)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 avocado
- a pinch of cinnamon
- 1/5 dl coconut milk
- 1 tsp spirulina
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By 2050 there may actually be more plastic in the ocean than fish, which is maybe the most depressing thought ever. Then again, we still have 33 years to do something about it! This weekend marked the annual international coastal cleanup, arranged by Ocean Conservancy, and held all across the world. Today we spent a couple of hours cleaning up trash (mostly plastic) at Costa da Caparica in Lisbon.
1) Be aware that plastic straws are among the top 10 plastic items found at beach cleanups
As soon as you become aware of the effect those tiny straws can have, you have taken the very first step. Most of the 1 billion (!!) plastic straws we use every day end up in our oceans, polluting our water and destroying sea life. In fact, all plastic that has ever been produced still exists on this earth.
2) If you really, really need a straw, get a reusable one!
On eBay and Amazon, you can buy a pack of reusable straws for about 2-3 euros. Also, most health food stores, alternative shops, and larger supermarkets usually sell straws made of more sustainable material as paper, bamboo, glass or stainless steel.
3) Say no to straws when you order a drink
Remember to remind the waiter to not bring a straw next time you’re ordering that delicious Piña Colada.
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Summer time is synonymous with delicious ice creams. Even better, they don’t have to be bad for you. These ice creams have too many benefits, you will literally scream for more. They do not contain any dairy, weird additives or unnecessary nonsense. We have made these in cooperation with Supernature.
We have made three different types, all containing some sort of superfood. The rest of the ingredients are all simple stuff that you can get in any food store, so it will be easy for everyone try out the recipes. The three different ice pops are all made just like a smoothie, and then the “mass” is poured into ice cream molds together with pieces of different fruits. We bought the molds at “Ting” in Oslo, where they have these.
Mango & pinapple icy pops (6 popsicles)
- 2 mangos
- 2 cups fresh pineapple
- 2 kiwis
- 1 passion fruit
- 2 oranges pressed as juice (or fresh store bought orange juice
- 2 tbs Rice Bran Solubles
Add all the ingredients except for the kiwis into a blender or food processor. Run until smooth. Pour the ice cream into molds, and add pieces of kiwi. Push the pieces to the sides of the mold if you want them to be visible at the sides of the ice cream. Let it freeze over night.
Chocolate & date creamy heaven
- 9 dates
- 4,5 frozen bananas (peeled and chopped)
- 3 tbs oat milk (or similar)
- 3 tbs Raw Cacao
Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Run until smooth. Pour the mass into the molds. Let it freeze over night.
Super green fresh
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1,5 avocado
- 2 tbs Spirulina
- 1 tbs Purely Greens Max
- 1 tbs Bee Pollen (as a sweetener, can also be substituted by stevia, dates or similar)
Add all the ingredients except the passion fruit to a blender or food processor. Run until smooth. Pour some of the mass into the molds, and add the passion fruit in layers. Let it freeze over night.
Rice Brans Solubles
Rice Bran is one of the lesser known superfoods, however it should not be underestimated just because it has a plane name. Rice brans solubles is a small powerhouse of nutrients that will make you pop (in a good way). It is a natural source to vitamin B, vitamin E and thus whole lot of antioxidants. Vitamin B6 helps the nervous system function properly and vitamin E protects the cells against stress. Therefore, it is known to help balance your blod sugar, help the body to get rid of toxins, and reduce cholesterol. It does not have the same strong taste as Spirulina or Chlorella therefore it is a great superfood for the not-so-in-love-with-kale-enthusiasts.
This is one of our absolute favorite superfoods! Who said you can’t have chocolate everyday? Raw cacao is unprocessed cacao beans and offers loads of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. More precisely, it contains magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium to mention a few. The amount of fiber in the cacao supports your digestion, and in fact the many components of this superfood can even enhance physical and mental well-being! What’s not to love?
Spirulina is a microalgae (alge) that has been eaten for centuries due to its health benefits. It’s called a “miracle from the sea” and is grown naturally in oceans and lakes in tropical climates. It contains many nutrients, some of which aren’t found in the average daily vitamins. Especially great is the large amount of protein, which actually makes up 70% of it’s weight! Spirulina also has large amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron.
Purely Greens Max
Purely Greens Max is recommended for people who work out. It gives you a large specter of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and protein. The powder consists of different types of superfoods, including algae, fruits, extracts from different greens and herbs. The supplement is perfect for you who wish for an extra energy boost during your day!
Bee pollen contains 30% plant protein, and is therefore used a lot by active athletes and exercisers. The pollen is the male seed of flowers, and is the food of the young bee. It’s considered as one of natures most completely nourishing foods, containing nearly all nutrients required by humans! Among them are proteins, free amino acids and vitamins, including B-vitamin and folic acid. In Chinese medicine and different cultures around the world bee pollen is used for reducing cravings and addictions, aiding recovery from chronic illness, building new blood and preventing diseases such as the flu and cold (as it has antibiotic type properties).
Share the ice creams with your friends, neighboors, kids and grannies! Enjoy the rest of the summer 🙂
Okay, maybe it’s not so pretty, but haven’t we all learned not to judge by the looks? This dish is really creamy with a risotto-like texture and rich taste. It’s both a perfect main for vegans or vegetarians and great as a side dish. We have written […]
London is one of the best destinations for a weekend, either you are into sightseeing, shopping, being cultural or just want to eat good food. The city is really a forerunner when it comes to healthy foods and drinks, and they have understood how to make it trendy and tasty. Here are a few tips of some places which are worth visiting.
Nama Foods (110 Talbot Road, Notting Hill)
Nama foods is one of the best veggie restaurants ever! The meals are so beautiful and tasty, and it is really inspiring to see how they create such good raw and vegan plates. They have everything from the creamiest chocolate cake to buckwheat porridge, Italian pizza, Mexican bowls and the most delicious sweet treats. They also have a blog where they share a few recipes.
WOKIT (Borough Market)
WOKIT is located in South Bank, which is really worth a visit. Borough Market is filled with organic produce, and it is really nice to take a walk alongside the river. WOKIT serves delicious woks, with many types of noodles, different ingredients and a host of flavours.
LabOrganic (58 Neal Street, Convent Garden)
LabOrganic is a great place to get green cold pressed juices. The juices are always fresh and made within a short time before they are consumed.
Planet Organic is a great health store and restaurant in north Kensington. They specialise in organic food, and it is a great place to come for inspiration, lunch and a tasty juice while filling up on health products.
Heaven on earth! Whole Foods has it all, good restaurants, smoothie bar, fresh ccold-pressedjuices, organic fruits and everything you could ever imagine in the health department. The best one in London is in High Street Kensington, and they also have one near Oxford Street although it is usually very crowded. Please open up in Norway.
Maroush Bakehouse (131 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9RQ)
We found this amazing place on trip advisor and decided to give it a go due to the high reviews, and we were not disappointed! Lebanese food is one of our favourites and this place really knew what they were doing. We recommend the moussaka, hommos, tabbouleh, and falafels.
This meal is super easy to prepare and is SO tasty and spicy. Instead of white (wheat) noodles, we love using soba noodles which are made of 100% buckwheat (soba means buckwheat in Japanese). The noodles originate from Japan and contain manganese, really good protein (without all the saturated […]
This yummy breakfast might look like something that’s hard to create, but it’s really not. You don’t need that many ingredients, and can of course make the smoothie in any way you like. By mixing in some chia “pudding” you get a super nutritious meal that gives you a lot of energy to take on the new day. These tiny seeds come from a plant that is similar to mint, which is called Salcia Hispanica, grown in Southern America. Back in the day, the Aztecs and Mayans used these seeds alot, and the name actually means “strenght” in Mayan. Today, they have become popular all over the world due to their incredible health benefits. They are loaded with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and micronutrients.
Smoothie parfait with chia seeds (2 portions):
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 handful frozen rasberries
- Water to get the right consistency
- 1 tbs Purely Greens Max
- 1 tbs Pea Protein
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- Oat milk to soak the chia seeds
First, soak the chia seeds in the oat milk and stir well. Let them soak for about 10 minutes, and they will absorb all the liquid and grow in size. While waiting for the chia pudding you can start making the smoothie. Place all the ingredients in a blender/use a hand mixer until you have reached your preferred consistency. Place the chia pudding and smoothie in layers and top it off with all the goodies you can find in your cabinets.
An (easy) greasy pasta dish which is incredibly yummy – especially when made of the most nurturing ingredients. This pasta is made of buckwheat and the pesto is based on organic produce. It is a simple and quick meal to make, and should take about 15 minutes. As we have […]
Today’s recipe is based on raw cacao, giving you three different choices for it’s use. We have made raw goji berry chocolate, granola bars with raw chocolate and banana ice cream pops! We have written before about the cool effects of raw cacao, and why you should try to eat more of this super snack. You can read more about this here. Superfoods are natural foods with a very high concentration of important nutrients. For example herbs, vegetables, fruits, algaes and grasses that are packed with vitamins and minerals. These different types of foods are sold in powder form, so it’s easier to add into different types of meals. You can get an overview of what superfoods that are available here (ad/annonse).
First, we present the basic recipe that is used in all three snack options.
Basic recipe – melted chocolate
- Raw cacao (double the amount as cacao butter)
- Raw cacao butter
- Sweetener – honey, agave, yacon, stevia (optional)
Melt together the cacao butter and the raw cacao in a water bath. The cacao butter can be replaced with coconut oil if that’s what you have. Add the sweetener if you’re not into the flavor of really dark chocolate.
Raw goji berry chocolate
- Basic recipe
- Goji berries (or other superfood snacks)
This is the easiest recipe of the three. When the basic recipe is done, add your goji berries and pour it into molds (or place on baking paper). We used muffin trays of silicon, so the chocolate comes out easily when it’s done. Let it set in the fridge and enjoy your very own homemade snacks!
Granola bars with raw chocolate
- Basic recipe
- 1,5 cup oats
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1-2 tbs honey
- 3 tbs almond butter
Heat the oven to 160 degrees celcius. Roast the almonds and oats in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Place the pitted dates in a food processor and run until the texture is sticky and smooth. It suddenly forms a “ball”, but that’s fine. Warm the honey and almond butter in a pot. When the oats and almonds are ready, chop the almonds and place them in a bowl together with the rest of the ingredients.
Once the ingredients all stick together, put them in a baking tray where you shape the dough with your hands, so it becomes the size you prefer, and are all flat on top. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it set in the freezer for 20 minutes. Then you can cut the dough into preferable sized bites, and dip it in chocolate if you like 🙂
Banana ice cream pops
- Basic recipe
This is the easiest, fastest way to enjoy home made chocolate ice cream that is actually good for you as well! It’s definitely a snack to try out this summer. When you freeze bananas, they transform into a ice creamy texture that tastes sooo good. Cut a banana in two, and place the bites in the freezer. When they are frozen, they are ready to be dipped in chocolate and chopped almonds, before you stick them in the freezer for a little while longer as the chocolate gets to set. Serve it on a super warm summer day or enjoy it in the evening when you are craving a sweet snack.
Hope you try out some of the recipes, and enjoy your summer snack with super power from superfoods!
Green Smoothie (2 people): 1 banana 1 large avocado 1-2 handfuls spinach/baby leaf salad 1/2 cup water 1 handful blackberries Optional: Purely Greens Max, Pea Protein (both from Supernature – sponsored products) Topped with: Cacao nibs Raw cacao powder Cashew nuts Raisins (organic) Blend it all […]
As experienced Copenhagen travelers, foodies, explorers and students we were very happy to be asked by Stay.com to make a guide to healthy eats in the capital of Denmark. The city is overloaded with nice places to eat, but if you want to stay healthy, and possibly vegetarian, vegan, environmental friendly or just plain delicious, you need a guide to all the right places.
We have listed 8 places in our guide, all of which we have tried at least one time. You can find it here!
There are also a few other places that we didn’t include. These are either places we recommend because we have tried it, or places we have heard of and would love to visit:
- Vita Boost in “Torvehallerne” at Nørreport. They have a great variety of juices, smoothies and wraps. Take away only!
- Landbageriet in Fredriksborggade. Certified organic bakery with loads of gluten free and milk free products.
- Café N at Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro. A super cozy vegetarian brunch/lunch place which is almost always full due to its size and popularity.
- BioMio in Vesterbro (Kødbyen/Meat packing district). Organic, cheap and good restaurant in the trendy part of Copenhagen. Focuses on sustainability through the whole value chain.
There are also two shops that are worth a visit while in Copenhagen, both of them focusing on organic, natural, environmental friendly products.
- Pure shop. Denmarks largest organic skin care and make-up store. You could also get professional advice from cosmetologists. Located in Grønnegade in the inner city.
- Helsemin. A chain of health stores that have everything from makeup and body scrubs to tea and food. Located all over town – Fredriksberg, Nørreport, Vesterport and the city centre (Pilestræde and Store Kongensgade)
This combination makes a perfect light lunch or dinner, and it doesn’t take too much time to make. While the carrots are frying in the oven, the rest of the meal can be prepared, and everything will be done and warm to serve at the […]
This light, tasty bowl of goodness is just a 10 minute prep away, and is really easy to make. All you need is quinoa, broccoli, avocado, pine nuts (optional), cherry tomatoes, good olive oil and some herbs. It’s the perfect dish to just throw together if you are in a rush, for example in between work and work out in the middle of the week.
Simple quinoa summer bowl (2 portions):
- 1 avocado
- 1 dl quinoa
- 1/4 broccoli
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- Pine nuts (optional)
- Fresh basil (preferably organic)
- Salt, pepper and sweet paprika spice
Cook the quinoa with the double amount of water until it’s boiling. Then, let it simmer until all the water is absorbed. Spice up the taste with a squeeze of lemon, fresh basil and spices. While it’s simmering, cut the broccoli in small pieces and wok it until it’s nice and tender. Slice the avocado and tomatoes. Lightly wok the pine nuts in a pan (no oil needed) until they get a nice tan. Bring it all together in a delicious dish and serve it with homemade guacamole. Celebrate that the summer has arrived with light, fresh, easy, yummy food!
Denne oppskriften gir en deig med en smak av kokos og bringebær. Kokossukkeret har en slags gylden, søt og litt karamellaktig smak som passer perfekt i bakeverk. Deigen kan brukes både til kakedeig, et slags brød eller muffins – det er helt valgfritt! Ingrediensene er uten […]
These cookies are drool-worthy and you should definitely try to make them. They taste and smell fantastic, and they have a really cookie-like consistency. And they are healthy! Cookies for breakfast?
Helgen er til for å kose seg. Hvorfor ikke lage noe som smaker himmelsk, og allikevel få i seg både sunne råvarer og supermat? Disse havrekjeksene med sjokoladebiter og mandelsmør tar kort til å lage, og er basert på råvarer de aller fleste har tilgjengelig. Hvis man vil få de enda mer næringsrike kan man tilsette hampprotein og bipollen. Hampprotein er et naturlig proteinmiddel som egner seg for de som trener eller vil ha mer proteiner i kosten sin. Det er også en god kilde til omega-3 som er aller fleste må spise mer av, og det er rikt på fiber. Det er altså et naturlig alternativ til proteinpulver, i stedenfor mye annet lugubert som finnes på markedet, basert på kaldpressede hampfrø. Bipollen er et søtningsalternativ, som også er fult av proteiner. En annen morsom bonus i disse kjeksene er at sjokolade faktisk hjelper på brunfargen, som du får i deg ved å tilsette for eksempel kakaonibs eller rått kakapulver – les mer om det her.
Oat cookies with almond butter and chocolate
- 2 tbs flax seeds (mixed with 5 tbs water)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 dl almond butter
- 3 tbs honey or agave syrup
- 1 dl almond flour
- 3 dl gluten-free oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 dl cacao nibs
- 1 dl raisins
- 2 tbs melted coconut oil
- 1 tbs hemp protein
- 1 tbs bee pollen
Havrekjeks med sjokoladebiter og mandelsmør
- 2 spiseskjeer linfrø (5 spiseskjeer vann)
- 2 modne bananer
- 1 dl mandelsmør
- 3 spiseskjeer honning (eller agave sirup)
- 3 dl glutenfrie havregryn
- 1 dl mandelmel
- 1/2 teskje bakepulver
- 1 dl kakaonibs
- 1 dl rosiner (økologiske)
- 2 spiseskjeer smeltet kokosolje
- 1 spiseskje hampprotein
- 1 spiseskje beepollen
Start by making a flax egg, which is mixing the flax seeds with 5 tbs water and let it swell for 5 minutes. In a big mixing bowl blend together the banana, almond butter, oats and baking powder. Thereafter, add the almond flour, coconut oil, hemp protein, bee pollen and cacao nibs. Mix it all together and let the dough sit in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Take it out from the fridge and with a spoon make small cookies on a baking tray. Place them in the oven for about 10-16 minutes and watch carefully towards the end as every oven is different!
Bland først sammen 2 spiseskjeer linfrø med 5 spiseskjeer vann og la det svelle i ca 5 minutter. I mellomtiden blander du banan, mandelsmør, havregryn, bakepulver i en bolle. Tilsett deretter mandelmelet og den smeltede kokosoljen, hampproteinpulver, bipollen granulat og kakaonibs. Rør alt sammen og sett det i kjøleskapet i ca 5 minutter for at den skal stivne litt. Deretter fordeler du røren med en spiseskje til passende kjeksstørrelser og la de steke i ca 10-16 minutter (spørs litt på ovnen din så lurt å følge med på slutten!). Nyt kjeksene, kanskje sammen med litt hjemmelaget cashewmelk?
Denne retten er supereasy, full av trygge råvarer som alle liker, samtidig som den har en spicy twist. Bokhveten gir deg masse proteiner, avokadoen er spekket med sunt fett, og grønnsakene tilfører massevis av vitaminer og mineraler. Rask hjernemat til studenter og hardtarbeidende sjeler som […]
I dag er det 1. juni, og det betyr to ting; det er den første dagen i den fineste sommermåneden og det er dags for EAT Stockholm Food Forum. Gunhild Stordalen står i fronten for en global bevegelse innenfor helse, miljø, business, forskning og sammenhengen mellom disse. Det er så spennende å følge med på de forskjellige talene – blant annet har Erna Solberg, Johan Rockström, Mette-Marit og Gunhild Stordalen selv inspirerende taler som alle burde sjekke ut. Hvis man har lyst til å følge med kan man sjekke ut EAT sine egne sider her, eller følge med på Twitter på #EATForum eller på Aftenposten. Vi har også skrevet om den inspirerende damen Gunhild før – som du kan lese her. I mens man følger med på dette passer det perfekt med en enkel og deilig lunsj eller middag som omtrent lager seg selv i ovnen. Ved å velge en rett uten kjøtt bidrar du til en mer miljøvennlig matproduksjon, og spesielt hvis du velger økologiske grønnsaker. Det er nemlig ikke bare for ens egen helses skyld at dette er et lurt valg! Hvis du er nysgjerrig på sammenhengen mellom klima, miljø, helse så har vi skrevet mer om dette under vår Filosofi.
Denne retten kan varieres til det uendelige, men her er det brukt en blanding av butternut squash (som vi har skrevet om før) sammen med blomkål, brokkoli, squash, aubergine, avokado og quinoa.
Du trenger (4 porsjoner):
- 1 squash
- 1/2 aubergine
- 1 butternut squash
- 1/2 brokkoli
- 1/2 blomkål
- 1 dl quinoa
- 1 avokado
Sett ovnen på 180 grader. Del butternut squashen i to. Kutt resten av grønnsakene (untatt avokado) i passende biter og sett dem i ovnen. Butternut squashen trenger en del tid på å bli mør, og kan omtrent stå i tre kvarter. Mot slutten av steketiden koker du opp 1 dl quinoa med 1 dl vann, og lar det småkoke til vannet er trukket inn. Ha over godt med urtesalt og gjerne litt sitron for smak. Lag deretter en dressing ved å blande tahini og olivenolje. Ta ut grønnsakene av ovnen og bruk en skje til å få ut små biter av butternut squashen. Del opp avokadoen. Ha alt sammen i en stor bolle og ha over dressingen, litt sitron og gjerne noen ferske urter.
Nyt verdens beste middag med den beste samvittighet! Miljøet, kroppen, hodet og humøret vil takke deg 🙂
Det er skikkelig friskt å starte dagen med en grønn bombe av en smoothie med masse god topping. Denne er full av supermat, som er en enkel og rask måte å få i kroppen masse næring. Allikevel er konseptet “supermat” litt skremmende for mange. Helhetlig sett er supermaten […]
I dag var det mathimmel på jorden på veggisfestival i Oslo! Det var linet up av boder med mat fra forskjellige typer kjøkken – alt fra indisk, meksikansk, eritreisk, kaker, raw food og smoothies til vafler. Alt er vegetarisk og mesteparten er vegansk, og det er superinspirerende å se hvor mye mat som kan lages helt uten produkter fra dyr samtidig som det er klimavennlig. Det var stappfult av mennesker, og det virker som interessen for denne typen mat og produkter bare vokser.
Vi gikk for en skikkelig fiesta del Mexico – friterte maistortillas med masse guacamole, cashewkrem, salsa, tofu og chili fra Mission Taco.
De hadde også superdigge ferske vårruller med peanøttsaus fra Helt Rå.
I tillegg til matboder var det forskjellige salgsboder, organisasjoner og foredrag. Best av alt – masse smaksprøver og gratis vareprøver! Vi fikk lyst til å prøve å lage alt vi har smakt på, så det kommer forhåpentligvis noen gode oppskrifter snart. Spesielt var det masse indisk og thai som så skikkelig fristende ut.
Sjoko-himmelen! Uendelig tilgang på melkefri økosjokolade fra Plamil er ikke feil. Disse kan kjøpes på Meny, Centra og andre store butikker, samt på nettet.
Snål frukt hadde sin egen bod på festivalen, som er et helt genialt konsept for å kaste mindre mat. Bunnpris er den første butikken som setter i gang tiltaket, som går ut på at det selges snåle frukter og grønnsaker litt billigere. Gå inn på Facebook og like siden deres, så kan dere følge med på hva som skjer og hvilke butikker de starter konseptet i!
Made With Love Raw Kaker hadde stand i matområdet hvor de solgte noen helt fantastisk gode proteinbarer, sjokoladetrøfler og kaker.
For matentusiaster gikk tiden alt for fort og vi trillet hjem med masse inspirasjon og vareprøver. Det var et skikkelig populært arrangement, så det er i hvertfall stor etterspørsel etter sunn og god mat i Oslo. Håper det kommer masse lignende arrangementer fremover!
Disse søte sjokoladetertene smaker av sjokolade og har den beste konsistensen av brownies. Det er virkelig en dessert med god samvittighet, som gjør deg bra og smaker himmelsk! Fordi den er laget av mandler, inneholder de naturlig planteproteiner. Den andre hovedingrediensen, dadler, er en naturlig søtning som er genial å bruke i bakst fordi det binder deigen eller røren sammen og i tillegg er rik på kalsium. Det er viktig å velge de med best mulig kvalitet, det vil si at de er store og myke, ikke små og tørre. Ingrediensene til denne oppskriften er veldig enkle, og det eneste man kanskje bør investere i er ordentlig uprosessert rå kakao som man kan kjøpe på nettet eller på helsekosten. Forskjellen på prosessert og uprosessert kakao har vi skrevet om før, og du kan lese om det her! Vil man ha et sunnere alternativ til 17 mai brunchen så anbefales disse på det varmeste. Hipp hurra!
- 2 kopper mandler
- 2 kopper dadler
- 3 spiseskjeer kakao
- 1 spiseskje kakaonibs
- 2 modne bananer
- 1 spiseskje hampfrø
- 1 spiseskje chiafrø
Bland først mandlene sammen i en food prosessor til de før en konsistens av veldig grovt mandelmel. Tilsett deretter den første koppen med dadler og resten av ingrediensene sammen og bland det inn. Til slutt tilsettes den siste koppen med dadler, slik at det blir en god røre. Legg røren i muffinsformer og pynt med kakaonibs. Settes til slutt i ovnen i 25-30 minutter på 180 grader. De er ferdige når man kan ta en gaffel eller kniv i de og det ikke kommer deig på!
Helt til slutt er en artikkel skrevet av Solveig om prosessert mat som oppsummerer ganske enkelt og greit hva det gjør med kroppen 🙂
Frisk juice til den fineste vårmåneden! Ved å juice får man raskt i seg all næringen fra frukten/grønnsakene, og får skikkelig påfyll av vitaminer, mineraler og fytokjemikalier (som for eksempel antioksidanter). Det er som er genialt, er at dette taes veldig lett opp i kroppen så […]
Her kommer en skikkelig god nyhet til alle som gjerne vil spise all den gode baksten, men som gjerne vil unngå gluten. Det Glutefrie Verksted ble startet av Monica Hellemann, som var ute etter å lage glutenfrie produkter som også er gode og næringsrike. Etter å ha prøvd noen av produktene er vi veldig happy for å finne noe som smaker godt, er økologisk og glutenfritt. Monica startet Det Glutenfrie Verksted fordi hun selv opplevde at det var mangel på utvalg av glutenfrie og sunne produkter i butikken, samtidig som at hun var ute etter de gode smaksopplevelsene. Vi kan ikke si annet enn at vi er megaimponerte! I denne omgangen har vi testet ut produktene brød, fiberbrød og knekkebrød.
Brødet skal tilberedes med skummet melk, rapsolje og honning. Vi hadde ikke honning i hus, men tilsatte en halv banan og 3 dl vann i stedenfor og det smakte helt nydelig! Brødet er kjempe saftig og har en sprø skorpe og er litt søtt. Det å kunne kose seg med nybakt brød som glutensensitiv er himmelen. Dette er perfekt til helgefrokosten, og for å variere litt på brødtypene. Det smaker like godt etter at det har vært fryst ned.
Fiberbrød en del grovere enn den andre brødblandingen. Dette ble en personlig favoritt, spesielt da savnet etter ordentlig grovt brød har vært så stort. Det er saftig inni med en ordentlig sprø skorpe, akkurat slik brød skal være. Det smaker nydelig som avokado toast, også fungerte det utrolig bra som burgerbrød til våre rødbeteburgere. Da skjærte vi det bare på langs i stedenfor. De som har prøvd å lage glutenfritt brød hjemme kjenner kanskje godt til hvor vanskelig det kan være å få det grovt, men her er det virkelig fått til!
Knekkebrød er perfekt til frokost, kvelds eller som et mellommåltid og har i alle tider vært den store favoritten. Knekkebrød er så lett å ha med seg overalt, derfor er det spesielt viktig at de gjør godt for kroppen. Disse er veldig lette å tilberede, da du kun trenger å tilsette 5 dl kokende vann og la det svelle i 5 minutter før de skal bres utover et bakebrett. Knekkebrødene inneholder mye frø og er derfor veldig næringsrike! Ikke minst smaker de veldig godt og er absolutt godkjent av selvutnevnt knekkebrødekspert.
Produktene er også anbefalt av Julianne Lyngstad som er ekspert på LavFOODMAP. Det er verdt å sjekke ut hennes blogg hvis man trenger litt tips for god mat til en sensitiv mage!
Vi har fått disse produktene av det Glutenfrie Verksted. Vi får ikke betalt for å skrive om de, og det er kun personlige meninger.