Monday, January 26, 2015

KEEPING IT WARM AND COZY WITH SUPERYELLOW + A GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)



I love headwear and think it's the one part of your outfit, besides shoes, that really makes a style statement. Plus, I like to stay warm, which is why I dream about moving to California. But that's a whole other story. Anyways, I got the opportunity to test few pieces from SUPERYELLOW, including these two featured here: The Minnie Headband and Base Beanie.

SUPERYELLOW headwear started its journey to create beanies inspired by wildlife mixed with the Scandinavian city vibe in 2007. Their collection includes unisex headwear for every season and occasion and they are manufactured with high attention to quality of products along with ethical supply chain and Finnish design. The best part is that you can get collection also on Amazon Prime meaning you could have your precious head all warm and cozy 2 days from now! How awesome is that! If you're not a Prime member, check out SUPERYELLOW's own website for FREE worldwide shipping. Yup!

Giveaway

SUPERYELLOW is offering one lucky reader a product of their choice from www.superyellow.fi. To enter to win, leave a comment below telling us which item you would pick and what's best about winter time. Let's get through this season with positive vibes! The giveaway is open worldwide and will close 2 weeks from today. The winner will be drawn at random and emailed directly. Good luck to you all!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MEATLESS MONDAY : SCRUMPTIOUS BEET PATTIES

SCRUMPTIOUS BEET PATTIES

1 cup cooked, cooled brown rice
1 cup cooked green lentils
1 cup shredded beets
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
Black pepper to taste
1 tsp thyme (or any dried herbs of your liking)
1/2 tsp ground fennel
3 tbsp chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
Oil for cooking (I used coconut oil)

Peel beets and pulse them in the food processor together with brown rice and lentils until the mixture starts looking like ground beef, without the yuck factor.

Throw into a mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Mix well, use your hands for best results. Yes, it gets dirty so just enjoy the moment. Everything should be well incorporated so take your time. Chill in the fridge for 1/2 hour or so. I kept it for 2 days and had freshly cooked patties every day.

Preheat oil in the pan over medium-high. Shape into burgers of your desired size by hand. Cook for about 12 minutes, flipping occasionally. Serve with mashed potatoes/ pasta/ noodles/ salad/ risotto/ make a burger/ on a bed of greens/ quinoa

Monday, January 19, 2015

LIFE LATELY IN SNAPSHOTS

Life lately... Tons of herbal tea, wool socks, snuggling on the couch, scented candles, sage smudging, angels, Korean stews and .... daily exercise! I accidentally found Robin Sharma's Youtube channel and listened to one of his inspiring videos talking about the "Holy Hour" and how to get up early. It resonated with me since I'm not a morning person and have hard time getting up before 8.30am. 

In his video he suggested that during the "Holy Hour" (5am-6am) you do the following: 20 mins on exercise, 20 mins on learning (read, watch lectures, Youtube videos etc.) and 20 mins journaling and planning. I am not ready to start the 5am club yet, I'll wait until it gets a little warmer and lighter, but I have started doing my 3x20. What a game changer! My mood has improved, my mind is clearer and I have much more energy. I suggest you give it a try!
If you only have 40 mins in the morning combine the #1 and #2. Listen to lectures or audio books while exercising. As my workout I've done Tara Stiles' morning yoga sequences (can be found on Youtube) as well as Hip Hop Cardio that is in our Samsung TV's hub (or whatever that thing is called). I think dance and yoga are the best forms of exercise for me now, bootcamps I'll save until spring. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CHIA PUDDING BREAKFAST BOWL

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 
1/3 cup chia seeds 
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir together all the ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until the chia seeds puff and expand. I normally do this the night before so I can have it for breakfast in the morning.

Pudding may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before serving, stir once and spoon into serving dishes.

Top with:

Walnuts
Grapes
Banana Chips
Raw Cacao Nibs
Cinnamon
Bee Pollen
Or whatever your heart desires!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

VISION BOARD FOR 2015

I've been doing lots of intention and goal setting this month, anything from the big picture to the small ideas and things I want to accomplish in my personal life as well as in business. For example, we really want/have to move so new home is on the list. Somewhere warmer would be nice, like California, but Finland would also be OK for a year or so. Our home should have an office for me to have my own peace to do studying and consulting clients. Nice white kitchen. Yard to grow our own organic food. I'd love to do yoga teacher training and incorporate teaching in my business plan. Doing it in some exotic island as an intensive experience would be amazing... And if we happen to be in California I'd love to take a course at M.A.K.E. to become a Raw Vegan Chef.
I've been practicing headstands and crows daily because I'd like to get comfortable with inversions during this year. I need to work on my arm strength, but headstand is coming along the way quite nicely already. Practice is all I need. I've been slacking with physical activity for a while now so establishing a home exercise routine is top priority, until it gets warmer outside again and I'm more willing to leave the house.
I ordered the Shining Life and Biz workbook by Leonie Dawson to help me stay on track with building a business. I'm going through Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Immersion program for the next 6 months as well, so if these two combined won't create results then nothing will. Very exciting times!

Friday, January 9, 2015

FIRST 5 FAVORITES OF 2015

 I received this cookbook from my IIN classmate just in time for Christmas and love the easy-to-make, no fancy ingredient- recipes that are all gluten-free and vegan. Get yours here. Also, make sure to ead her amazing survival story and how she healed herself with nutrition.
After Thanksgiving I picked up a box of clementines from Whole Foods and we've been totally addicted ever since. My husband eats about 8 per day, I probably around 4-5. Clementines are a sweet yet healthy snack option filled with vitamin C. One clementine has more than half of your daily value for vitamin C. They also contain tons of fiber, magnesium, potassium and some B vitamins. Bring them to work, yoga studio or whenever you're on the go and need a quick, portable snack.
 This is one beautiful book. My goal is to become a DIY domestic goddess and this book will get me there. I just know it. Buy it here and follow my lead.
 I've been testing these high-quality supplements for about a month now and can happily say that I approve! I love the conveniency of the HealthPaks (packed in AM and PM pouches, easy to grab and go, to deliver optimal nutrients the right time of the day), as well as their Hepasil DTX to assist in my daily detoxing efforts (liver cleanser) and Proflavanol C to keep me healthy during these winter months when everyone around me is sick. I've been drinking USANA's water soluble probiotic in the evening before going to bed and that has gotten things moving fast. Love it. Check them out in my store and contact me if you have any questions.
I'm in love with this planner. I've noticed increased productivity and lessening of procrastination just by planning and scheduling my weeks, days and hours ahead of time. Huge helper. Wish I did this years ago, could be way ahead of the game by now. :) Get yours here.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

THE AMAZING VEGAN BROWNIES


Ingredients:

1.5 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, whisked (or egg replacer)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 cups almond flour 
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder) 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 cup non-dairy butter substitute (I used coconut oil) 
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup dark chocolate 
1 cup sugar 
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk 
1 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment and grease all sides. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water and set aside. Or use egg replacer. 

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, cocoa/cacao, salt, soda). 

3. Melt the chocolate and butter/oil. Stir well and add in flax egg, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Whisk. 

4. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and stir well. Add in the walnuts and remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips/pieces. 

5. Scoop batter into prepared pan and spread until smooth and even. 

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F and allow brownies to cool for about 1 hour. Do not remove or try to cut until completely cool or they will crack. Store in air-tight container 3-4 days.