Summer potato salad

Jeg er på mormors sommersted med lille Noah, mamma og Billy (mammas labradoodle). Det regner, men solen titter frem innimellom. Den ene dagen satt vi i ullgensere med kakao foran peisen, og den neste lå vi ute i badetøy. Norsk sommer <3 Tenkte jeg skulle dele dagens lunsj siden vi begge ble sykt fornøyde med den haha.

// I’m at our summer cabin with my new puppy, mom and moms dog Billy (who is 10x the size of the puppy) 🐶. I’ll show more of him later. It’s sunny and rainy and everything at once, and I love making lighter and more fresh food in the summer! So I thought I would share today’s lunch recipe as we both couldn’t stop eating even though we thought we had made enough for lunch and dinner at once.

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Summer salad

For the dressing:

  • Honey/maple syrup

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/2 orange

  • Mustard

For the salad:

  • 4 potatoes

  • 2 onions

  • 1 pack of snow peas (sukkererter)

  • 1/2 avocado

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Sweet pepper (søt paprika)

  • Sundries tomatoes

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 apples (preferably organic)

Kok potetene i 20 minutter. Ha i løk etter 10 minutter, så den får kokt i 10 min. Kutt tomater, paprika, avokado, eple og soltørket tomat. Rasp gulrøttene. Når potet og løk er ferdig, del dem opp og ha alt i en stor bolle. Lag en dressing av honning/lønnesirup, salt, pepper og juicen av en halv appelsin. Ha i litt sennep hvis du er fan!

// Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes. Add sliced onion after 10 minutes and let them boil for 10. Chop the tomatoes, pepper, avocado and sundries tomatoes. Grate the carrots. Once the potatoes and onions are finished, cut the potatoes and toss everything into a bowl. Add honey/maple syrup, salt, pepper and squeeze half the orange to taste. Add some mustard if you like. Enjoy 🌼

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza

Pizza is always a good idea. Especially when its filled with goodies and veggies that keep you strong and healthy through the cold winter. This crust is made with cauliflower, which makes it crispy and juicy at the same time - yessss. It´s also egg-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It's also super easy to make. Try it out! 

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza:

(6 portion size pizzas, ca. 40-50 min)

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 dl buckwheat flour
  • 1 dl cornflour
  • 4-6 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil powder

Topping:

A variety of toppings can be used of course, but here are the ingredients we used.

  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Mesclun salad
  • Lemon
  • Fresh & dried basil
  • Fresh & dried oregano
  • Paprika spice
  • Salt

How to

The first thing you need to do is turn on the oven to 200 degrees. Then rinse the cauliflower and chop it into smaller pieces and mix it in a food processor until its all floury and fine chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients to the dough.Place a portion sized mass of the dough onto a baking tray. If you are into saving the earth and therefore baking paper, have a bit of oil on the tray instead :-) Bake the pizza bottoms for 15 minutes, before taking them out, flipping them around, and adding the topping. Let them bake again until they look nice and crispy!  ENJOY!

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.

Nourishing white bean salat with creamy tahini dressing

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    • 1 can white beans (organic)
    • 2-4 dl buckwheat (boiled)

1 avocado

  • 1 handful sundried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1/2 dl juice of lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Start by boiling the buckwheat (check out how to do that here). Chop up the avocado, sundried tomatoes, and spinach and place them on your plate. When the buckwheat is ready and cooled of add this as well. Open a box of white beans and be careful to rinse them off really well and add them to your place. Lastly mix the tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil together in a bowl and drizzle it over your salad. Finish with salt and pepper.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Beetroot burgers

Veggie burgers are definitely here to stay, and we have tried many different types. This one is delicious and juicy, entirely vegan, and is best enjoyed with loads of toppings. Guacamole, hummus, red pesto and a good olive oil are some suggestions, and preferably a big pile of sweet potato fries!10 burgers:

  • 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.Enjoy!SONY DSC SONY DSC

Healthy, tasty and hip - Surf Kombucha

Have you ever wondered what the deal with kombucha is all about? This week we talked with the inspiring people behind the brand Surf Kombucha, which is a Norwegian based brand of fermented tea. Surf Kombucha is actually brewed on a peninsula in Norway by a nutritionist and a surfer. What is not to love?!Hi guys! Who are the people behind the brand?Nutritionist Maren Aasen from Norway, and my boyfriend and surfer Luca Guichard, who is half Norwegian, half French, but grew up in Portugal.Can you tell us the story behind the name Surf Kombucha?We wanted to reach out to young people who maybe didn't know about fermenting and kombucha, and hopefully, would like it and think it was cool, and a nice replacement for soda and other unhealthy sugared drinks. We wanted the name to reflect youth, fresh and being sporty. When we were visiting Hawaii for kombucha inspiration, we sat on the beach and discussed name options, and Luca suggested Surf Kombucha... and yes, that was exactly what we were looking for; young, fresh, cool and sporty!What is Kombucha actually and why is it good for us?It's a fermented tea, which is a 2000-year-old tradition. And because of the lactic acid bacterias, that's naturally in kombucha, it's good for the intestines and your digestion. So you have a healthy, good drink with very little sugar, natural ingredients and good bacterias for the stomach.Why did you decide to make your own kombucha brand?I heard about kombucha for the first time in nutrition class, and later on a holiday in California, we saw how popular it was over there. We both got hooked on this drink and loved it from the first sip. We saw a market for this in Norway too, so decided to give it a try.What are your hopes and dreams for the company?Our dream is to be the biggest and best kombucha producer in Norway and to eventually export it to Portugal (where we want to live) and other counties.What is the best and worst thing about being an entrepreneur?The best is to be your own boss, and that you can decide when to work and when not to. The worst is that you are always at work, even when you have time off.What are your top three tips for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle?

  1. Do something that lights the fire in you and keeps you going
  2. Be with people that make you feel good
  3. Feed your body with the best food you have access too as often as possible
  4. Sleep good and stay active… but that was one too many ;)

We love and highly recommend this delicious fizzy drink! Follow Maren, Luca and Surf Kombucha on Instagram, and check out their homepage here, and subscribe to Maren's Youtube channel.                     Surf Kombucha can at the time being only be bought in Norway, but stay tuned! The specific sales points are:NORD-TRØNDELAGInderøy: Gangstad Gårdsysteri, e@ Internettkafé, Husfrua Gårdshotell, Coop Extra, Berg Gård, Gulburet, ØynaSteinkjer: Coop Obs, Sunkost Amfi, Chez Mathilde, Grønn Bølge, Spar Dampsaga, Coop Extra, Spar Sentrum, Spar SørsileiretVerdal: Cartofflene, Meny, Extra, Coop Mega,Levanger: Meny Magneten, Coop Mega, Extra, Bruborg Bakeri, Bunnpris LevangernessetTautra: KlostergårdenRissa: SmørhallenSØR-TRØNDELAGTrondheim: Helios, Etikken, Habitat, Meny Solsiden, Meny Sverresborg, Life Heimdal, Meny Tiller, Bunnpris Gourmet Nyborg, Bunnpris Vikåsen, Bunnpris Gourmet Elgeseter, Bunnpris Prinsen, RÅGO Frostad - Trondheims Kjøkkenhage, Scandic NidelvenOSLO OG AKERSHUSOslo: Røtter St.Hanshaugen, Røtter Frogner, Ekte Vare, TUNCO, Den Gamle Skobutikken, Lille Tøyen Kolonial, Meny Skøyen, Jacobs HoltetBærum: Meny Høvik, Meny JarhusetVESTFOLDStavern: Meny StavernHEDMARKFlisa: Mellem GårdsmatutsalgOPPLANDLesja: AvdemsbueBUSKERUDDrammen: Spar KristensenRødberg: Kirkebygda ProdukterTELEMARKPorsgrunn: With Love By MoenMØRE OG ROMSDALÅndalsnes: SødahlhusetÅlesund: Bæra Smoothie og Juicebar, Wayne´s Coffee, Meny LersundHORDALANDBergen: Litleré Mat, Meny StøletorgetØystese: Den Grøne TrådROGALANDHaugesund: Amundsen SpesialStavanger: Amundsen Spesial, KvadratVEST-AGDERKristiansand: will.i.juiceNORDLANDBodø: Eurospar Trekanten, Klinikk1Brønnøysund: LokalmatbutikkenRøst: JokerTROMSTromsø: Eurospar Kræmer, MathallenKvaløysletta: Eurospar

Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari

This meal is super easy for those busy everyday evenings when you are craving something warm and filling. It is a great pre- or post workout meal, because of the proteins in the tofu and all the lovely nutrients.What is actually tofu?Basically, tofu is made the same way regular cheese is made from cows milk, and was "invented" in China for thousands of years ago. It is dense in nutrients such as kalsium, magnesium and vitamin A, and contains a lot of protein (approx. 13 grams per 100). There is a large ongoing discussion on whether or not tofu is healthy for you, based on the fact that loads of the tofu you can buy comes from gene modified soybeans. If you are in doubt, a little research on the field gets you a long way. Therefore you need to make sure to buy an organic tofu. Luckily, most of the tofu that is bought in the Nordics (from Nordic producers) comes from organic farms in Europe - and not from the rainforest (Mari Hult - vegetarbloggen).Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari(2 pers)

  • Ca. 75-100 gram soba noodles per person
  • 1 package of tofu - organic(!). We recommend Urtekram
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 eggplant
  • Tamari
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Boil up water for the soba noodles. Slice the zucchini, eggplant and pepper in sizeable bites, and wok them. Chop the ginger in small pieces. Slice the tofu in squares, and add the ginger and some tamari in a bowl, and marinate the tofu for some minutes. When the tamari has soaked in a bit, heat up a pan and fry the tofu so it gets a nice crust.When the water is boiling, add the soba noodles and let them boil for about 6-8 minutes. When its done, rinse it properly in cold water, and then add it to the pan of fried tofu to heat it up again. Serve everything in a bowl, and maybe add some more tamari and some herbs to finish it off.ENJOY!

Pink soup

This soup is great for fall and is very tasty and nourishing. Beets are a great source of B vitamin, maganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Beets are also a great assistant in detoxing the liver, so this soup is perfect if you need a boost!  The ingredients in this soup are in season, which means that they not only taste their best right now, but it is also a more sustainable choice since they probably grow on a farm near by or at least in the same country.Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 fennel
  • leek
  • coconut milk

Start by pealing the sweet potato and the beets and place them in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Chop up 1 leek and 1 fennel and sautè both on low heat until they are soft. When the beet and sweet potatoes are done, place then in a sause pan with the coconut milk, fennel, and leek. Bring everything to a boil and mix it together with a mixer. If it is too thick, add some water to the soup.Garnish with tahini, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds to finish  

Sauteed kale, baked sweet potato and mushroom mix

SAMSUNG CSCThis meal is super simple to put together, and it is also great the next day. With good sources of complex carbs and proteins it makes the perfekt after workout meal. Wohooo!Kale, baked sweet potato, quinoa and mushroom mix

  • 3-4 kale leaves
  • 1 baked sweet potato
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • 1 dl quinoa
  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • 1/2 avokado
  • salt
  • coconut oil
  • lemon
  • fresh basil

Heat up the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Chop the sweet potato into small cubes, and drizzle olive oil, salt and cinnamon on top. Let them stay in the oven for about 25 minutes. After this start preparing the quinoa, bring it to boiling and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then prepare the veggies and fry them in a pan with coconut oil. Last put everything together in a bowl and add the avocado and fresh basil on top.ENJOY!

Mexican inspired chickpea bowl

Today we really recommend this dish, which is a great choice for meat free monday! This mix is inspired by the taste of Mexico, and has a delicious taste of tacos and burritos, only in a plant based version.DSC01800Mexican inspired chickpea bowl (4-6 servings):

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2 cans white (or black) beans
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large can corn (organic)
  • 1 large white onion
  • Chives (gressløk)
  • Tahini
  • Spices: salt, pepper, cummin, paprika and turmeric (gurkemeie)
  • Coconut oil

Heat the coconut oil in a pan, and add the chopped white onion. Let it cook until it becomes glazed and caramellized, and then add the corn. Let them cook together and add the spices. Lastly, add all the beans into the pan or pot, and add more spice if you prefer. The avocado is added in after taking the mixture of the heat, and the bowl is lastly topped with chives and a tahini dressing.DSC01795Tahini dressing:

  • 1-2 tbs tahini
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil

Mix the two together. Add more oil if you want it more liquid. DSC01793There you go - a super nutritious, cheap, quick, easy and tasty dish that also is very filling. You get a lot of good plant based proteins from the chickpeas, beans and corn together with helthy fats from the avocado, tahini and coconut oil. Happy meat free Monday! You are officially contributing to a great cause - both for your health, wallet, the animals and the environment.

Cauliflower rice and chili carrot sticks with hummus

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 same time. During the summer it usually feels nice to enjoy some lighter meals that don't call for a nap afterwards since there is a lot going on. Also, it's good to be able to make a dinner with only a few, cheap ingredients that you can get in any type of store.Cauliflower rice and carrot fries with hummus (2 people):

  • 2 large (organic) carrots
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 zucchini/courgette/squash
  • Hummus (here made with lemon oil and fresh basil)
  • Chili oil & lemon oil (the best is from Oliviers & Co)
  • Himalaya salt, pepper, paprika

Carrot sticks and hummus:Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Slice the carrots in thin pieces. Spread them out on a baking tray and drizzle with chili oil, salt and pepper. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes on the hot air function. In the meantime, make the yummi hummus. Hummus is easy to spice up in different ways, and this one was a combination of lemon oil and basil which was really tasty in combination with the carrot sticks.Cauliflower rice with zucchini:Slice the zucchini into small squares. Wok them in some good olive oil or coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper. For the cauliflower rice, wash and divide the cauliflower into smaller pieces before you put it into the food processor and run it until it resembles a rice texture. Afterwards, bring it to a pan and add some water and spices of your choice. Mix it all together into a lovely dish and enjoy your meal!The carrot sticks can definitely also be enjoyed as a snack on it's own with any type of dip - for example our tasty baba ganoush?

Grapefrukt-, sitron- og grønnkåljuice

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 en juice er garantert superrask energi. SONY DSC2 glass:

  • 1 sitron
  • 1 grapefrukt
  • 3-4 stenger stangselleri
  • 1 agurk (økologisk)
  • 1 neve grønnkål
  • 2 dl vann

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Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa

The combination of tastes in this recipe is just lovely, and it is filling and satisfying. For someone who is not used to plant based meals, this might be a good start.Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa (4-5 portions):

  • 2 dl quinoa (we used 1 dl white and 1 dl red)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 handful white/button mushrooms (or another type)
  • 1/2 cone cabbage
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  • Spring onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 boks hermetic tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika spice (not a must)
  • Turmeric (not a must)
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon

SAMSUNG CSCSet the oven to 190 degrees C. Peal the sweet potato and chop it into small cubes. Rinse the eggplant and chop it into cubes. Slice the pepper in sizeable pieces. Put everything on a baking tray and sprinkle some olive oil, salt and pepper on top. It's also very tasty with some paprika spice and turmeric. Let it work its magic in the oven for 35 minutes.Meanwhile, put the quinoa to boil with double the amount of water, and let it simmer until all the water has soaked into the quinoa. It takes somewhere between 15-25 minutes. Chop the mushroom, cone cabbage and spring onion, and wok it in a warm pan until its juicy and good.Take the pan out of the oven, and mix it into the wok together with a box of hermetical tomatoes.. Make sure to add some good spices and herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. Let it simmer for a bit, and then its good to go! This dish is best served together with our homemade hummus or another bean dip.QuinoaQuinoa is a recurring ingredient in our recipes, because its versatile, healthy, easy to make and tastes delicious with the right spices. Among the health benefits of quinoa, we have:

  • That it is a complete protein, and has almost as much protein as a steak
  • That it's packed with healthy fats, minerals and vitamins
  • Thats it's naturally gluten free, and therefore more tummy friendly

It is a type of seed from the quinoaplant which exists in both red, white and black. The plant is super robust, and can handle temperature fluctuations between -4 and 38 degrees, and it can be grown until 4000 meters above sea level (NRK). The UN declared 2013 to be the international quinoa year, because they wanted to raise attention to the indigenous people's amazing ability to maintain quinoa in its natural form for future generations through ancient cultivation methods, and traditions such as living in harmony with nature and not destroying it. In addition, it has been discovered how quinoa gives opportunities to feed populations in countries where the access to food is poor (FAO). Pretty cool!SAMSUNG CSCEnjoy the meal, eat it slowly, and give yourself a pat on the back for having made an amazing, healthy, plant based meal. Yes, you are saving the planet one meal at the time!

Lunch bowl with tahini dressing

In this bowl, there are loads of hidden goodies. Among others a delicious cauliflower rice that we have written about before. The bowl is quick to assemble, super tasty, and can be mixed and matched with your favorites.

Lunch bowl with tahini dressing

(1 portion)

  • Organic corn (dirty dozen)
  • Organic cucumber (dirty dozen)
  • Snack pepper
  • (Radical) broccoli sprouts
  • Sundried tomato
  • Cherry tomato
  • Cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 dl cooked quinoa

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Tahini dressing:

  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon

How to:

Cook the quinoa with double the amont of water, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the "tales" come out. Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower and mix it in the food processor. Chop the rest of the veggies, and mix together the dressing ingredients. Throw everything together, and bon apetit amazing people! SAMSUNG CSC

Simple celery & sweet potato soup

Oh happy sweet potato day! This soup is quick and easy to make - it takes approximately 20 minutes. It is therefore perfect for dinner on a hectic day when you may be lacking creativity. If you make a large portion, you can pop some in the freezer. The soup is packed with nutrients and is delicious. Doesn't get much better than that. SAMSUNG CSC3-4 portions (20 minutes):

  • 300 gram sweet potato (two small)
  • 300 gram celeriac (sellerirot) (1/3)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 8 dl water (or broth)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Koriander
  • Turmeric
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Garden cress (karse)
  • Evt. hvitløk

Chop sweet potato and celeriac into cubes, and slice the onion. Put the ingredients in a stock pot with 2 tbs water and all the spices. Let it work its magic for 5 minutes before you add 8 dl water and let it boil for 15 minutes. Take out some veggie bites to add as topping later, and mix the rest with a hand mixer until its smooth. Best served with some fried chickpeas, the veggie bites you saved and some herbs like garden cress.SAMSUNG CSC

CELERIAC is a small (large) veggie that is amazing for soups or oven baking. It is low in calories but packed with nutrients. It contains a lot of B-vitamin (folate) and vitamin C. Folate is important for new blood cell creation and for heart health. Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system, to aid in the uptake of iron, and protect against free radicals (1).

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SWEET POTATO is full of betacarotene which helps you get a nice foundation for your next tan and hinders you from becoming burned. It transforms into vitamin A in the body, which is important for your sight. It also contains dietary fiber, which is important for the tummy (2).

Previously we have used the sweet potato in scones and cake, and we really recommend to try this potato in its huuge variation of uses!SAMSUNG CSC

Arugula & orange juice

We are happy to introduce the new favorite juice ingredient, drrrrruuuumrooooll: arugula! Arugula is in the leafy greens family and has many of the same health benefits as broccoli, kale and brussel sprout. It as a sharp taste that goes along lovely with the sweet taste of orange. If you eat/juice two portions of arugula, you will get 20% of your recommended intake of vitamin A, over 50% of vitamin K and 8% of vitamin C, folate and, calcium.Ny favoritt juiceingrediens, trrrrrommevirvel: ruccola! Ruccola er i familien av grønne bladgrønnsaker, og gir mange av de samme sunnhetsfordelene som brokkoli, kål og rosenkål. Den har en litt skarp smak som er perfekt sammen med den søte appelsinen. Hvis du spiser/juicer to porsjoner ruccola vil du få i deg 20% av vitamin A, over 50% av vitamin K og 8% av vitamin C, folat og kalsium som du trenger pr dag.Two portions:

  • 4 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • As much arugula as you want
  • Some ginger
  • Water

To porsjoner:

  • 4 appelsiner (ca)
  • 1 sitron
  • mye ruccola du ønsker
  • Litt ingefær
  • Litt vann

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Eat more raw chocolate

Most of us have good associations with chocolate. It's a really good thing to enjoy with friends. Or just by yourself. Luckily, eating healthier doesn't have to mean giving up chocolate. If you choose the right one, it can actually really benefit your health. The difference between the "good" and the "regular" types are the ingredients and how it has been produced. "Regular" chocolate contains milk or milk powder, refined sugar and often lots of additives.
//De aller fleste har gode assosiasjoner til sjokolade. Det er skikkelig hyggelig å spise det sammen med andre. Og alene. Heldigvis behøver man ikke å gi opp sjokolade for alltid selv om man vil spise litt bedre. Verdens beste nyhet er at sjokolade på den riktige måten har vist seg å gi mange helsefordeler. Ofte har man hørt at sjokolade kan være sunt i små mengder, men da bør man se nærmere på hva slags sjokolade dette gjelder! Forskjellen på "vanlig" og rå sjokolade er innholdet og måten den har blitt behandlet på. "Vanlig" sjokolade inneholder melk eller melkepulver, raffinert sukker og gjerne en lang liste uvisse ingredienser og aromaer.
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What is raw cacao?
Cacao is called raw when it's not been heated above 41 degrees. All the nutrition is still intact, which is why this is more beneficial for us. Raw cacao is one of nature's strongest antioxidants.
  • Raw cacao mass (that we can make our own chocolate from) is cacao beans pressed at a really low temperature. The cacao butter is not separated, as it is in raw cacao powder. This means that cacao mass is a little less bitter than cacao powder.
  • Raw cacao powder is what's left when you separate cacao butter fra cacao beans, and pulverise it.

How do you use it?Raw cacao can be used to make a good cup of hot chocolate, brownies, see our recipe (here), homemade chocolate, chocolate mousse, in granola, in smoothies, milkshakes, chocolate chia porridge, etc. You can also use it in cooking such as for adding extra flavour to chili con (or sin) carne. For more inspiration, see more recipes here.

//Hva er rå kakao?

Kakaoen kalles  når den ikke har blitt varmet opp over 41 grader. Alle næringsstoffene er fortsatt intakt, og det er derfor denne typen sjokolade er bedre for oss. Rå kakao er en av de sterkeste antioksidantene vi finner i naturen!

  • Rå kakaomasse (som man kan lage egen sjokolade/kakao av) er kakaobønner som er presset på veldig lav varme. Her er ikke kakaosmøret skilt ut, slik det er i rått kakaopulverDette betyr at kakaomasse smaker litt mindre bittert enn kakaopulver.
  • Rått kakaopulver er det som blir igjen når du skiller kakaosmør fra kakaobønner, og pulveriserer dette.

Hvordan bruker man det?Rå kakao kan brukes til å lage en god kopp kakao, brownies (se video eller vår oppskrift her), hjemmelaget sjokolade, sjokolademousse, blandes i muesli, i smoothies, milkshake, sjokoladechiagrøt, trøfler etc. Kakaomasse/pulver kan også brukes i matretter som f eks chili con(sin) carne for å gi en ekstra god smak. For mer inspirasjon, se flere oppskrifter her. SONY DSCDid you know that raw cacao:

  • Contains more antioxidants than blueberries and wine?
  • Contains up to 7 times more antioxidants than "regular" dark chocolate?
  • Is the food with highest level of magnesium of all foods, and that this mineral is nr. 1 for a good heart function?
  • Contains a substance that we also release when we're in love (PEA)?

 Visste du at rå kakao:

  • Har høyere innhold av antioksidanter enn både blåbær og vin?
  • Inneholder opptil 7 ganger mer antioksitantenheter enn en typisk vanlig mørk sjokolade?
  • Er maten med høyest innhold av magnesium av alle vanlige matvarer, og at dette er mineral nr. 1 for en god hjertefunksjon?
  • Inneholder et adrenalinlignende stoff (PEA) som frigjøres når vi er forelsket?
  • Har innhold av aminosyren tryptofan som kan gjøre at man sover bedre?

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Health boosting green juice and 4 super benefits

In case you are wondering why everyone is all about juicing these days we are going to try to give you a short explanation. First of all, it's delicious. The right mix gives you an energizing boost in the morning.Hvis du lurer på hvorfor alle driver og drikker grønn juice om dagen så skal vi prøve å gi en kort input på dette området. For det første så er det skikkelig godt! Den riktige miksen gir en forfriskende start på en ellers grå/svart(kaffe) morgen.SAMSUNG CSC

What's the bonus?

  1. Vegetables have an alkalizing effect on the body. Many people have a diet that creates acid, which we have written about in this post. Leafy green veggies contain chlorophyll which is detoxifying and alkalizing (1).
  2. By drinking it on an empty stomach in the morning, you get concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that enter quickly into the blood. AKA you get the benefits much quicker than if you were to eat the veggies.
  3. The digestion gets to rest while giving your body an energy boost - YAY
  4. It can give you clearer skin, and work more efficiently than expensive skin care products

Så hva er bonusen?

  1. Grønnsaker har en basedannende effekt i kroppen. I dag har mange mennesker et kosthold som gjør at de har mer syre enn base i kroppen, som vi har skrevet mer om i dette innlegget. Mørkegrønne bladgrønnsaker inneholder klorofyll, som er et avgiftende og basisk stoff (1).
  2. Ved å drikke den om morgenen på tom mage får du høykonsentrerte vitaminer, mineraler og enzymer som går raskt inn i blodet. Juicen har nemlig tappet grønnsakene for fiber, og du vil derfor ta opp næringen mye raskere enn dersom du skulle spist én og én grønnsak.
  3. Fordøyelsesorganene får hvile, samtidig som du tar opp næring.
  4. Det vil kunne gi deg en superfin og glødende hud, forbedre fordøyelsen, gi deg masse gode næringsstoffer og energi! Du kan kjøpe maaange dyre ansiktskremer men dette er mye mer effektivt.

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Green juice

(2 portions)

  • 1 organic cucumbet
  • 1 organic apple
  • 3 chunks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • Spinach
  • Ginger

We recommend that you choose organic cucumber and apple, as they have thin skin, making them more prone to contain pesticides and other toxins from non-organic farming. The Environmental Working Group have made an overview of how to choose organic vs. non-organic produce. You can also add a variety of other fruits and veggies in this juice, the most important is to have veggies as over half of the ingredients. What about adding some broccoli? :-)

Grønn juice

(2 porsjoner)

  • 1 økologisk agurk
  • 1 økologisk eple
  • 3 stilker stangselleri
  • 1 sitron
  • Spinat
  • Ingefær (hvis man liker smaken - den blir markant)

Det er viktigst å passe på at agurken og eplet er økologisk, da de har tynt skall som vil gjøre dem mer utsatt for å inneha plantevernmidler og giftstoffer enn grønnsaker med tykkere skall. Environmental Working Group, en amerikansk non-profit organisasjon, har laget en oversikt over hvilke varer som er viktigst å velge økologisk. Det finnes massevis av andre grønnsaker og frukt som kan brukes i en grønn juice, det viktigste er at man holder forholdet mellom frukt og grønt over på den grønne siden. For eksempel brokkoli :-)

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