We are still enjoying the warm late summer nights here in Melbourne and no one hears me complaining. I mean, you can take the girl out of Finland but not Finland out of the girl. I will never get used to warm dark nights and warm dry winds that make you feel like you are being blow dried – I love it! One of the best things is that you need to eat a lot of cold things. Like ice cream. Or ice cold rosé. You didn’t hear this from me.
Since I was a kid I have been obsessed with peppermint ice cream. I don’t think I ever picked anything else when we visited an ice cream van. It is just most divine thing ever! And now after testing for years (with fresh mint, with coconut cream and/or spinach) I have finally found a perfect combo to make an easy and delicious instant peppermint soft serve. There is some weird synergy between spirulina and peppermint, it makes the peppermint taste even better and brings some depth to the flavour. Apparently, peppermint essential oil is really good for you digestion system too. I literally have this all the time. Even for breakfast.
1 & 1/2 banana (frozen)
1/4 avocado (frozen) or more banana
1 tsp super greens powder (or wheat grass or spirulina powder/tablets)
1 medjool date
1 tsp vanilla vegan protein powder (optional, I use Prana)
1/3 C coconut water/water
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
1. Blend banana, date and avocado with coconut water/water.
2. Add green powder and protein powder
3. Add essential oil.
4. Add more liquid or banana if you are not happy with the texture. Every blender and each frozen banana act different, I have noticed.
5. Top with chopped raw chocolate or cacao nibs.
Because I am basically a big kid, I have this for breakfast at least twice a week. In the mornings I often play a grown up and leave the medjool date out, add spinach and more protein powder/silken tofu/chia seeds. Also, I may not eat it from a wine class.
I whipped up this smoothie bowl last Saturday for lunch and I loved it so much I had it for breakfast twice this week. Trust me, it’s not your typical mixed berry and banana smoothie which you grew old back in 2009. Cranberries together with the sweetness of baobab and creaminess of almonds make it such a treat!
Cranberry Baobab Bowl
1/2-1 C frozen cranberries
1 frozen banana
1 small frozen plum (or any other frozen fruit)
1 tbs almond butter
1/2 orange (optional)
2 tsp baobab powder
1 tbs vegan vanilla protein powder (optional)
1/3 C almond mylk
1/2 tsp natural vanilla
2 ice cubes
- Start blending with liquids and cranberries and the non-frozen ingredients.
- Add banana.
- Add ice cubes at the end and blend until smooth.
- Top with your favourite stuff. I used fig, caramelized buckwheat, and sea buckthorn powder.
This is a perfect lady boost for your day. Red plums are high in natural estrogen which is something that I currently have to focus on eating. I always add flaxseeds or silken tofu to my smoothie as well to increase my daily estrogen intake. Almonds are a great source of estrogen too. I know that many people are opposite to me and have to avoid, for example, soy products, but even though you would not suffer from any hormonal dysfunction this amount of estrogen does not harm you.
Additionally, cranberries are very good for women’s body if you have a tendency to suffer from UTI or kidney infections, as they clean your kidneys and bladder being highly acidic. Baobab improves collagen creation (oh hello there!) and boosts immune system and energy levels.
This is just one of those treats that make you feel amazing.
Camping food. Always a bit of a challenge. No fridge, no oven, in our case not even proper BBQ, just a gas heater. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and there is no way you see me eating a dry toast with vegemite or a bowl of cereal on a slow weekend morning.
On our most recent camping trip, I prepared my favorite Finnish winter warmer, the pimped up porridge! There are as many versions as there are days in a year. This one was filling and just enough sweet and crunchy and warming as a hug. It works well on cool winter mornings as well as on Autumn days camping on the ocean side. And most importantly, it is foolproof to make on the campsite.
Porridge (for two)
3/4 C oats
3 tbs of chia seeds
1 C of water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp of cardamom
pinch of salt
1/4 C almond mylk
- Premake the dry mixture of oats, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and chia seeds. Store in a jar.
- In the campsite warm water in a pot. Add dry mix. Let cook for 5 minutes.
- Chop banana and apple. Add the fruit to the pot (save few pieces to garnish)
- Add a splash of almond mylk to the porridge. Let cook for another few minutes until plating it to bowls.
- Top the bowls with all the berries and fruit and a massive spoonful of almond butter (don’t opt it out!)
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and buckwheat on top.
- Enjoy with steaming mug of stovetop coffee.
So easy and yummy and affordable everyday brekky too! Oats are so good for you, they are gentle for tummy and as slow wholemeal carbs they give you just the right energy to start the day. They actually help with sleep too so this could be a light dinner too! Talking about cheap superfood.
I could write a few more camping recipes here, they are usually no-brainers, simple and wholesome. We often bring a selection of antipasto style food like dips, olives, nice bread and vegetables for lunch munchies and for nighttime I cook something warm. This time it was brown rice pasta with broccoli and homemade Spanish tomato sauce on the first night and Mushroom burgers on the second night. Everything just tastes so much better when it’s cooked outdoors!
Let me introduce you the most delicious way to love your liver with some raw beetroot and get a good handful of greens in straight in the morning or like I did – for lunch. This tastes like dreams! Cherry topped dreams. Perfect for a day like mine, when you need to sit down, reduce your stress levels, boost your immunity and avoid those mid-week blues.
Love Your Liver & Cherry Up- Smoothie Bowl (for one)
Big handful of spinach (optional)
Handful of frozen cherries
1 tsp of almond butter
1 tsp of natural vanilla extract
1/3-1/2 cup almond mylk
2 soaked prunes
Blend. Top with whatever you wish, I went with bee pollen and granola.
This was ridiculously delicious and creamy and so so so good for you. It is packed with fiber, beet detoxifies your liver, banana is full of potassium, almond butter is packed with those good fats. Oh, and cherries are delicious. This make a great dessert or nighttime snack too since both banana and cherries help with good night sleep!
There is nothing new about smoothie bowls, but I like to mix it up every now and then with new ingredients. Also, I have recently got a bit bored of banana as an essential for smoothie bowls and have added other frozen veggies/fruits (zucchini, pear…) instead, as well as used soaked chia and nuts. More to come. But seriously do yourself a favor and make this. If cherries are not in season (or in frozen food aisle like here in Australia) use rasberries or cranberries.