Cooking event with Love Beauty & Planet

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Together with our partner Love, Beauty & Planet and the press bureau Presskontakterna we invited influencers, press and friends to join us for a cooking event in Oslo. We made breakfast and lunch with recipes from our book, and shared a nice meal together. Line from Love, Beauty & Planet talked a bit about their vegan haircare and body products and how they have a specific environmental focus. Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, the ingredients are partly organic and natural, totally vegan and sustainably sourced. You can find the products at your daily supermarket for a good price, and the packages are large so they last for quite a while!

We always want to inspire you to cook more plant-based, as it is one of the best things we can do for the planet. Together with choosing better products, you can make a big difference in your daily life. We are therefore sharing all the recipes from the event, and hope that you will test some of them very soon! Let us know how it went?

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Breakfast

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Mangosmoothie

(1 portion)

  • 1 fresh mango or 1 package of frozen mango (300 g)

  • 1–2 frozen bananas

  • 1 handful kale (remove the hard stems)

  • 1 tsp spirulina

How to: Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Raw granola/rawnola

  • 3 cups dates

  • 1 cup coconut flower sugar

  • 1 cup coconut grated coconut

  • 2 cups mulberries

How to:

Pit the dates (remove the seed). Spread the dates on a chopping board and chop them into small pieces. Spread the rest of the ingredients on top and chop everything into small pieces until it sticks together in small clusters.

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Vegan & gluten free fiber bread

  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk (fiberhusk)

  • 4 chia"eggs" (1 chiaegg = 1 tbsp chia seeds + 2.5 tbsp water)

  • 1,5 dl crossed flax seeds

  • 200 gram almond flower/ground almonds

  • 2 dl sunflower seeds

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 dl gluten free oats

  • 1 tsp cardamon + 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp himalayan salt/sea salt

  • 1 tbsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • Ca 1 dl water + water for the chia eggs and the psyllium husk base

How to: Set the oven to 160 degrees C. Mix psyllium husk with some water in a baking bowl and let it sit until it thickens. Make the chia “eggs” in a separate bowl, stir together chia seeds and water. Mix the psyllium base with sunflower, flax seeds and almond meal. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until until you get a smooth mixture. It should not be too dry or liquid, but should stick together. Shape the mix into a bread and add some pumpkin seeds on top. Place it at the bottom shelf of the oven for one hour.

Hummus

  • 4 packages of chickpeas (1 package is approximately 400 grams)

  • 10 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 3 tsp cumin

  • 4 tbsp tahini

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice

How to: Rinse the chickpeas until all the foam is gone. Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Adjust the flavours until you find it tasty!

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Almond butter

  • 400 grams almonds

  • Ca 1 dl olive oil

  • 1 pinch of salt

How to: Bake the almonds at 200 degrees celcius for 10 minutes. Blend in a high-speed blender or food processor until the almonds release the fat, and the consistency turns our smooth.

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Lunch

Fresh spring rolls with tahini dip

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  • Rice papers

  • Carrots

  • Cucumber

  • Avocado

  • Mango

  • Cilantro

  • Spinach

  • Sprouts

How to: Rinse the veggies. Chop them into fine slices. Add some luke warm water to a pan or a large plate (that the rice papers can fit into) and place one and one rice paper in the water until the soften. Add the veggies and sprouts in the papers and fold together.

Tahini dip sauce

  • 3 cm fresh ginger

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 tsp chili

  • 3 tbsp tahini

  • 4 tbsp water

  • 3 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce - you can of course use regular)

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 tbsp agave-/maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • Sesame seeds

Chop the garlic and chili into small pieces and grate the ginger. Mix together all the ingredients and add more lime to taste. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

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Dates with almond butter

  • Dates

  • Almond butter (see recipe above)

Pit the dates and cut them in half. Add a scoop of almond butter in each halve. Yum!

Hope you enjoy the recipes, and that you check out the wonderful Love, Beauty & Planet products 🌍💙

Caramel granola & super-green power smoothie

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!).

Caramel granola

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.Ingredients

  • 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)

  • Water

How toTo 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.

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Supergreen smoothie

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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How to use aloe vera and 6 health benefits

The aloe vera plant grows in the gardens here in Portugal and it's just so pretty. Even more, it's a really versatile plant with so many benefits it should definitely win an award. In the northern countries where it's too cold to grow, you can buy it in health stores or online here and here. Aloe vera has been used in skin products forever, for good reasons.The sticky gel inside the plant contains around 96% water, protein, and vitamin A, B, C and E (1). 

Aloe vera benefits

  1. It can help you with skin issues such as sunburns, scars, and cuts by just applying it directly
  2. It is anti-inflammatory which means that if you eat or drink aloe vera it may help with IBS or other digestive issues.
  3. If you struggle with constipation or bloating you can take one shot aloe vera each morning on an empty stomach and most likely you will notice the difference. Or, you can do like us and make a smoothie!
  4. It can help you against hair fall because it protects and repairs the skin on the scalp!
  5. It is said to aid you in reducing acne
  6. Mix it with some sea salt, and you have an amazing scrub that will leave your skin feeling baby soft

 Aloe vera smoothie 

(1 portion, 5-10 minutes)

  • 1 dl raspberries
  • 1/4 mango
  • 2 frozen spinach cubes
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera cubes
  • 1 dl almond milk

Mix it all together and top it with your favorite toppings. Here pictures with raw cacao, granola, and coconut flakes.   

Açaí smoothie bowl

Açaí berries are originally from the wild Amazon, and they are small powerhouses of nutrients and energy. We both completely fell in love with this taste after spending time in Brazil, and have been trying to reconstruct the same taste at home. Açaí is very high in antioxidants and has a whole array of health benefits such as containing zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. You can make açaí bowls in many different ways, and this smoothie is great for breakfast or after a surf session or workout. It's a bit bigger and less sweet than the bowls you can buy at the beach in Brazil, but it's still really good, although it makes you miss the sunshine.

Açaí smoothie (2 portions, 10-15 minutes):

  • 1 handful steamed and frozen cauliflower
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 dl raspberries
  • 1 organic açaí packet
  • 1/5 handful frozen spinach
  • 1 dl mango or papaya

Optional:

  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

Blend it all together and top your smoothie with your favorite toppings! Yumyumyumyumyumyum. We topped ours with a granola (recipe is soon to come), coconut shreds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, Brasil nuts, pepitas and almond butter.Açaí packets or powder can usually be bought at health stores. We definitely recommend the packets, as long as they are 100% açaí, and not full of additives. We bought ours at Celeiro here in Portugal, and have seen them at Økohjertet, Life and Røtter in Oslo.

Warm, sweet potato smoothie bowl

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

Super ice pops

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

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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

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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 

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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.THE SUPERFOOD: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.Raw cacao 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 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 MaxPurely 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 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 :)

Chocolate and banana smoothie

This smoothie is rich in taste and full of good stuff. Raw chocolate is filled with antioxidants which is good for our cells.

Dette må være verdens diggeste smoothie når man vil slå litt på stortromma. Den er rimelig mektig og rik på smak og vil holde deg mett i en god stund. Rå kakao er full av antioksidanter som bekjemper de frie radikalene i cellene. Frie radikaler er kjemisk ustabile molekyler som konstant vil forsøke å inngå i reaksjoner med andre stoffer for å bli stabile igjen, men de vil ødelegge disse stoffene. Dermed kan de forårsake celleforandringer i kroppen. Frie radikaler lages i store mengder i for eksempel sigarettrøyk, ozon, radioaktiv stråling og forurenset luft, samt at de påvirkes av stress og kosthold. Altså, sjokkis (i form av ekte kakao) er bra for cellene.

  • 2 bananer

  • 1 dl rismelk

  • 2 spiseskjeer rå kakao

  • 1 neve frossne bringebær

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Toppet med

  • Bakte mandler

  • Bakte hasselnøtter

  • Mulberry

  • Kokosflak

  • Hempfrø

  • Chiafrø

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Blåbær og chili smoothie

SONY DSCDette er kanskje ikke den vanligste smoothieingrediensen du har sett, men den må bare prøves ut. Den sterke ettersmaken til chilien setter virkelig preg på smoothien, og det blir et kontrast til de andre søte smakene. Chili er kjent for å gi en real boost til immunsystemet, og den har også egenskaper som holder dårlige bakterier unna. Det kan være lurt å starte med litt og eventuelt tilsette mer etterhvert så man blir vant til den sterke smaken.1 porsjon:

  • 1/2 kopp vann
  • 1 neve grønnkål
  • 3 stenger stangselleri
  • 1 neve spinat
  • 1 moden banan
  • 1/2 chili
  • 1 kopp blåbær
  • 1 spiseskje kanel
  • 1/3 avokado

 Kjør dette i blender til det blir en fin konsistens. Hvis du skal flotte deg skikkelig, og lage en stor porsjon kan du legge til:

  • Mango
  • Ananas
  • 1 spiseskje mandelsmør

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Ananas- og banansmoothie

Smoothies er og forblir en stor favoritt. Det tar kort tid å lage og er derfor perfekt om morgenen. Denne smoothien er naturlig veldig søt og har en god milkshake konsistens som gjør den tykk og mettende. Det er tilsatt en spiseskje med hemphjerter som er en kilde til proteiner. Det er også mulig å ha i en neve med ferske mynteblader for en enda bedre smak. Både ananas og banan inneholder fiber som er perfekt for fordøyelsessystemet. Ananasen har også egenskaper som kan virke naturlig betennelsesdempende og bidrar derfor til å rense kroppen og gir masse god energi!Til én smoothie

  • Frosne ananasbiter

  • 2 bananer

  • 2 dl vann eller mandelmelk

  • 1 neve mynte (kan sløyfes)

  • 1 ss hempfrø

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Grønn smoothie med hvetegress

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Grønn smoothie med hvetegress (1 pers)

  • 1 avokado

  • 1 banan

  • 1 neve ananas (eller annen frossen frukt)

  • 1 neve spinat

  • 1 ss hvetegress

  • 2 dl vann

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Toppet med kokosflak, hempfrø og bakte mandler.Hva er hvetegress? Hvetegress er også kalt naturens egen vidundermedisin. Fersk hvetegress er utrolig næringsrikt - kun 1 dl hvetegress juice har det samme næringsinnholdet som 2 kilo økologiske grønnsaker. Her er styrkelisten til hvetegress: Vitamin A (mer enn i gulerøtter), Vitamin C(høyere enn i appelsin), Vitamin B, kalsium, phosfat, magnesium, sodium og potassium. Altså en vitamin-, mineral- og antioksidantbombe! Som om ikke det er nok har hvetegress en avgiftende effekt på lever og blodet. Hvetegress inneholder også mye klorofyll som kan hjelpe til å gjøre kroppen motstandsdyktig mot sykdommer og betennelse.Selvom hvetegress i pulverform ikke når helt de samme næringsinnholdene fordi de opptaes saktere i kroppen (i følge en studie utført av Hippocrates USA og MIT) så er det den mest tilgjengelige formen man finner her i Norge, hvis man ikke dyrker det selv. Denne smoothien er laget med hvetegress i pulverform sammen med ananas og banan rett og slett fordi det har en ganske distinkt og besk smak. Blandet ut med ananas smaker det nydelig. Literaturlistehttp://elinlarsen.net/ferskt-hvetegress-innen-14-dager/http://hippocratesinst.org/living-food/benefits-of-wheatgrass

Blackberry smoothie

Food is so much more than just something to satisfy your hunger. Take for example this smoothie that contains so many super health benefits!Turmeric is surprisingly one of the most nutritious spices you can find. It has been found to work anti-inflammatory and can prevent your body from cancer and other diseases. For ages, it has been used against digestive issues, cramps, liver problems, high cholesterol, and various skin diseases. Spinach contains loads of carotenoids which are transformed to vitamin A in the body, aiding your vision and skin. Antioxidants in the spinach can reduce the risk of heart disease by protecting our cells. In the berries, in addition to loads of vitamins, you get pectins (a type of fiber), that helps the food pass smoothly through the tummy.SAMSUNG CSC

Blackberry smoothie (2 portions, 10 minutes):

  • 2 bananas
  • A handful (organic) spinach
  • A handful frozen raspberries
  • A handful frozen blackberries
  • A small piece of ginger
  • Cinnamon, turmeric, fresh herbs
  • Fiberhusk
  • Optional plant-based milk (for a thick, creamy consistency we recommend coconut milk or oat milk)

Add all ingredients to your blender. Top the smoothie with homemade granola, nuts, goji berries, and cacao nibs.What’s not to love?SAMSUNG CSC