Monday, March 31, 2014

MEATLESS MONDAY : BERRY COCONUT KOMBUCHA MOUSSE

In our series of quick, simple breakfast/snacks/desserts I present: Berry Coconut Kombucha Mousse. Blend some berries (I used blueberries, but any will do) together with coconut milk yogurt, add chia kombucha of your liking (I used GT's Black Chia for this one)and stir. Top with more berries. Serve chilled. And that's that.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS: MY WEEK IN INSTAGRAM


This was my first week back at work after my wonderful 3-week vacation and it was a bit rough start. But I'm over it now. Weather has not been nice this week, it's been cold and rainy, but I wish next week we'll have some spring time upon us. It would be important because I'm starting sugar detox April 1st and could use sun and warmth to help me keep on track. I'm combining hot yoga with it to accelerate the cleansing process. My yoga studio has one of those 20 classes in 30 days challenges starting on Tuesday so I'll be part of that to make it more fun.

Tried our local vegetarian Chinese restaurant Veggie Heaven for the first time ever and I'm really mad I didn't go there already years ago. It was really good and inexpensive! They also do fresh juices and we had their green juice for appetizers. What a great discovery.
I love cute little bakeries like these. Would be great if they had vegan options... 
I've brought oatmeal back to my breakfast routine. It's just been too cold to have green smoothies and my body is craving for something warm. During my detox I'm only allowed to have steel cut oats or other gluten-free varieties. No nuts, no honey. I usually mix my oatmeal with almond butter so that will have to do for sweetness. 
There's been a lot of desserts in our house this week (maybe because I know I won't be able to have them starting next week). Apple crumble and almond milk ice cream. Butter pecan. And I brought couple of Moomin dishes from Finland. Too cute.
My new pink Moomin bowl. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

INSTAGRAM TRAVEL THURSDAY : HELSINKI


Thursday is the day for travel-related posts and if you've been following my Instagram or Twitter account you might have already seen these snapshots of Helsinki, one of my favorite little cities. Time, cars, buses and escalators in Helsinki move on slowly, which is a good thing, there's always room to sit in cafes and everything is comfortable and convenient. 
I made Marikahvila my "living room in the city" where I studied, enjoyed rooibos tea and had friends come over. 



I also tried couple of new restaurants. One of them was popular vegetarian restaurant Silvoplee which I've been meaning to go since it opened in 1999. Silvoplee focuses on organic, raw and local produce. There's a buffet and you pay according to the weight of your portion. The selection is large and the food very tasty. Actually so tasty it surprised me and I had to go back the next week. We also had dessert and their raw mint-chocolate mousse cake (pictured above) was magnificent. And they have almond milk for your coffee drinks! Big plus! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY : 5 THINGS TO START DOING RIGHT NOW

Drink herbal tea! Whenever the cold season is here I do not feel like drinking water at all. So I've stocked my tea stash with all different types of herbal teas and bring them to work with me as well. This way I remember to take little tea breaks throughout the day and get my hydration on. It took me a little while to get my taste buds used to not using any sweeteners in my tea, but you can always add little bit of honey if you'd like.
Eat real foods! I cannot wait for the spring and our local farmer's market to have local produce again. Eating local also means eating seasonally, a practice much in tune with Mother Nature. Even when it's not organic, small farms tend to be less aggressive than large factory farms about dousing their wares with chemicals. Small farms are also more likely to grow more variety, protecting biodiversity and preserving a wider agricultural gene pool, an important factor in long-term food security.
Plan ahead!I tend to eat very healthy when I make the effort to plan my meals ahead of time. Sunday evening I prepare green smoothies for the next morning so I don't have to deal with the loud blender sounds at the crack of the dawn. 
Eat more parlsey and cilantro! Parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.
Take good care of your pets! Pet Kelp Wellness Formula gives a full dose of these blueberry-based antioxidants, along with a full panel of minerals and vitamins from kelp. Just like with people, giving high quality antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to dogs and cats can be extremely beneficial for their long term health.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

MEATLESS MONDAY : COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

I love lentils for many reasons. They're nutritious (fiber, folate, magnesium, protein), fast and easy to prepare (no soaking required), they're inexpensive and you can do so many different things with them (salads, stews, burgers, soups). Lentils do not need pre-soaking but can be pre-soaked to improve digestibility and reduce cooking time. I normally soak my lentils overnight for this reason.

COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients:

1 cup green lentils
1 cup red split lentils
7 cups water 
1/2 cup white wine
1 medium carrot, cut into small pieces (as small as you can cut)
2 tablespoons minced ginger 
2 tablespoons curry powder  
8 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced 
80 ml cup tomato paste 
5 oz (small can) coconut milk 
2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt 
(optional cilantro for garnishing)

Give the lentils a good rinse - until the water runs clear. Place them in a large soup pot, cover with the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the carrot, 1/4 of the ginger and the wine. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. 

In the meantime, in a small dry skillet or saucepan over low heat, toast the curry powder until it is quite fragrant. Add the oil in the pan, half of the green onions and the remaining ginger. Saute for two minutes stirring constantly, then add the tomato paste and saute for another minute or two more. Add this to the simmering soup along with the coconut milk and salt.

 Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or so, depending on how thick you want the soup the be. 

Sprinkle with cilantro and the remaining green onions. Serve with quinoa or rice.

Friday, March 21, 2014

MARIMEKKO STORE IN NYC

I absolutely love Marimekko's bold patterns and colors. My last purchase here was their Unikko tote bag, which is such a perfect bag for the spring/summer. I always carry it in my pocket book so that I can say "NO" to plastic bags at stores. 

Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki that has made important contributions to fashion, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. They are particularly noted for brightly-colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women's garments and in home furnishings.

The US flagship store of Marimekko, located on 200 Fifth Avenue, is a "veritable Willy Wonka Factory of textiles". Great place to find gifts too. Photos by Saara.