Inspiration for healthy smoothies

Smoothies are yummy and – can be- full of nutrients. So it’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack. Here are some really good smoothie recipes I’ve found. I especially like the green smoothies in the end! 😀

Baam – 7 different smoothies in one video:

Yummy smoothie and a funny video to watch:

Smoothies for athletes:

And 3 different green smoothies:

Something to think about

“If you believe animals matter morally but you are not vegan, you need to ask yourself why your conduct is not consistent with what you claim to believe.” – Gary L. Francione

And with this quote being said I want to introduce you to the world of morality. The reason why I’m a vegan now.

Most people have the following excuses for not being a vegan:

I really liked this comment from “Nell with an N”underneath the video above: “I have been vegetarian for a year and I thought I would crave meat, but please trust me when I say this, THE MORE YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE IT COMES FROM, THE MORE DISGUSTED YOU BECOME AT EATING IT.”

I think this sums things up really good. I really love(d) cheese. I still think the taste and smell of cheese are G R E A T. But the thought of purulent udders and the conditions in which the animals are forced to live in makes consuming milk and cheese disgusting for me. The cheaper the diary products the more it reminds me of the horrible conditions those animals have to suffer from in order for us humans to make money and to be cheaper than the competition.

So I really encourage you to watch the following video. Ed stands up for animal rights and does educational work referring veganism. In terms of morality and veganism he’s in my opinion one of the best youtuber. He makes various videos about veganism, about morality and shows us impressive street discussions about veganism with pedestrians (like the video above).

I don’t think veganism is about being perfect or being the most moral person ever. No, not at all. But I truly believe that it matters if all of us take the responsibility to our actions and make conscious decisions about our lifestyle. Ignoring facts is easy, ignoring feelings is easy, enjoying chicken nuggets is easy, but it’s not easy at all for a chicken to live all it’s life on a space as big as your hand, only to be killed and eaten a few months later.

I want to end this blog with the following question Ed mentioned in his speech:

“Are my taste buds more important than the life of an animal?”

Best breakfast ideas

Here you get a whole week of breakfast ideas:

Annie has given me inspiration for yummy HEALTHY vegan meals and recipes! She eats a whole food plant based diet, I love her videos and I love her food! In this video you can see, what she eats throughout a whole day, but I’d definitely eat all of it for breakfast – or at least for brunch.

I love overnight oats. Here you have 3 varieties of it:

For the fanciness we cannot miss on breakfast BENTO boxes (also the breakfast-ideas look REALLY yummy):

I wish you a very delicious breakfast experience. Au revoir.

Love one – kill the other

Isn’t it crazy that we love one animal and kill the other? Where does our love start and where does it end? Maybe it’s because we don’t spend time with them, maybe it’s because we think it’s wrong that our food could also be our friend (which I think is completely true – so simply don’t eat your friend) or whatever it is that makes people LOOOVE cats&dogs and KILL all the others. But let’s face it. They are all the same.

It is completely up to you if you want to support this:

Or if you let them have this life:

Choose wisely. Make a connection to what you eat. Your food was someone. Your food was born. Your food is just as smart and playful as your cat or your dog.

Homemade Bread

I never make bread with exact quantities of the ingredients, but I simply follow my basic recipe and adapt it: if the dough needs more moisture, then more water or oil is added, etc.

Ingredients

  • spelt flour (ca. 500-800 g)
  • 1 fresh yeast cube
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • water

Instructions

  1. Pour all the flour into a big bowl.
  2. Also add the vegetable broth.
  3. Now dissolve the yeast cube with a bit of warm (not hot!) water and add the sugar. Pour it in the bowl.
  4. Now mix it a bit and then add slowly luke warm water to it. Start with only a bit, knead look if it needs more water, add a bit more etc.
  5. Knead knead knead until it gets smooth.
  6. Let the dough rest for at least 45 min minutes. (the longer the fluffier the bread will be). I sometimes let it rest in the oven at 80 °C .
  7. Now knead it again. If you want to you can now add chopped up nuts, dried fruit, dried tomatoes and basil, banana (but if you add banana, don’t use vegetable broth, use regular salt. But in this case it would be less salt, more sugar. 1:2 ratio).. whatever you want to. You can either make buns (And then maybe freeze some of them to always have homemade bread at home) or you can make one big bread.
  8. Bake it at 200 ° C for about 25-40 (buns) or 45-55 (bread) minutes.

Vegan Sushi

Welcome to my favorite meal!

Sushi can be filled with anything. My personal favorites are:

  • mango
  • avocado
  • vegan mayo
  • cucumber
  • fried tofu
  • bell pepper
  • sprouts
  • pumpkin
  • Teriyaki- sauce

 

Sushi – Rice iNstruction

  1. Rinse it with water several times.
  2. Put twice as much water than rice into a large pan.
  3. Bring it to a boil. Put a lid on the pan!
  4. Reduce the heat – the rice should now simmer on low temperature for 10-12 minutes. SET A TIMER!
  5. Keep the pan on the stove, but turn off the heat and DO NOT open the lid for another 20 – 25 minutes!! As longer as the rice can steam the better it gets!

Teriyaki – Sauce InGredients

  • soy sauce
  • agave syrup
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • olive oil

Instruction

  1. Mix the soy sauce and the agave syrup. Mixing ratio: 1:1
  2. Add olive oil to the mixture. Mixing ratio: 2:1 ( soy-agave mixture: olive oil)
  3. Add also 1 clove of minced garlic and add a bit of fresh grated ginger.

All you have to do now is to spread the rice equally onto a nori sheet, put your ingredients on to it – and roll it. Store the finished Sushi rolls in the fridge, take them out one by one after you have finished to roll and cut them into pieces with a sharp knife.

Tip: hold your hands in water before rolling the sushi roll to prevent all the rice from sticking to your hands.

light summer salad

Ingredients

  • Chinese cabbage
  • almonds
  • tree nuts
  • cranberries
  • avocado or vegan feta cheese (greek cheese)
  • blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • hummus

I used the “violife greek white block”.

Dressing

  • 1:1 –> soy sauce : agave syrup
  • 1:3 mustard (soy sauce, agave syrup: mustard)

Zoodles with avocado pesto

Zoodles with a nice sauce – that’s my favorite meal in the moment! It’s incredibly healthy and soo delicious! With the amount of ingredients I’ve listed, you will have enough for 2 persons or for one very very hungry one! And it’s also suitable as an alkaline lunch or dinner. 🙂

Ingredients Zoodles

  • 2 – 3 zucchinis
  • optional: coconut oil

Ingredients Avocado Pesto

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • at least 20 g basil
  • 3-5 g cloves of garlic
  • salt + pepper
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts

Instructions

Zoodles

  1. Make the zucchinis to noodles with a spiralizer.
  2. You can eat them raw or you can fry them in coconut oil. I like it better when they are warm.

I bought a really cheap spiralizer from ebay, thus the zoodles aren’t in a perfect shape. I also couldn’t use everything of the zucchini, so I made some “zucchini medaillons”  with the parts I coulnd’t spiralize.  But you could also just cut the zucchini in very small stripes if you have no spiralizer.

Pesto

  1. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.

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Sweet-Salty Popcorn

My newest addiction: sweet salty popcorn! Way back then people looked at me weird when I ordered half sweet, half salty popcorn in the cinema. But now, it’s all legitimate and the best thing is that I knew it all the time. – Sweet and salty popcorn is a delicacy.

In Switzerland the very best sweet salty popcorn is the “Zweifel popcorn sweet and salty”!! But some sneaky people go to the stores and buy it all leaving me with nothing! The only way to survive this is to make my very own sweet and salty popcorn.

Ingredients

  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil

Instructions

  1. Add the popcorn and the oil into a large pan with a lid.
  2. Heat the pan to a high temperature.
  3. Before it pops, add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and stir it.
  4. Reduce the heat, wait until most of the corn has popped and shake the pan from time to time to prevent burning.
  5. Remove the pan from the stove, put all the popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle salt over it.

I once also tried to make a caramel “syrup” and pour it over the popcorn but it turned out way too sticky. Also this way of making the popcorn is really fast. You just have to be careful that you don’t put the sugar in the pan to early, because otherwise it burns.

This popcorn is yum, but unfortunately it’s not as good as the bought Zweifel Popcorn. Their popcorn is crisp, deliciously sweet with a cheeky bit of salt, not too much, just the right amount. Also it’s not as unhealthy as it could be – it only has 4 ingredients (corn, sugar, oil, salt) so the secret must be in the preparation. Long story short: I want to eat all of it. I want to find a store and buy and eat it all. Bless you you beautiful popcorn.

PS: Isn’t it funny that there’s a corn.. it pops… it becomes a popcorn. #deep