All posts tagged: healthy snack

Chia Pudding – yummy, fast… and of course healthy ;-)

I have to admit that the first time I had a go at making the now oh-so-trendy Chia Pudding for the first time, the result was the same as that initial sip of shampoo you get down your throat as a kid when you don´t listen to your mum asking you to keep your eyes and mouth closed as she is washing your hair (aged 3 or so 😉 🙂 ). Totally not yum, or anything close to it. So I stayed off making any of these the-worlds-easiest-and-fastest-plus-superhealthy breakfasts for almost a year, savouring the tasty one´s I could get in cafés in Östersund, Göteborg, Köbenhavn, Haarlem, Heemstede, Amsterdam… Then a few weeks ago this recipe landed in our shopping cart – can´t remember if it was from Dekamarkt or AH, but anyway – it´s totally yum! Not a hint of shampoo taste, just total bliss. If you´d like to try it, here it is; Ingredients; 1 can full fat coconut milk 40 gr chia seeds 2 tbspns honey or maple syrup 1 tspn vanilla …

Happy Food – Seminar in Haarlem 10/6

Welcome to the second seminar by Yummy, Fun And Healthy Living in our Sweet Life Series. This time we will dig in to Happy Food. What food actually makes us happy and why…? Do you want to discover why you crave specific food? What is behind the comfort food idea? Would you like to gain a better understanding of all these strange words like omega, serotonin, vitamins or tryptophan? And what are the foods that actually do make us Happy? Let Cecilia guide you and help you to understand the nutritional and physiological reasons behind our cravings and find the healthiest choices making you feel even happier! Stephanie will give you some practical cooking tips and recipes ideas to help you apply it in your daily cooking and living without stress. All this in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere with coffee, tea and snacks. The purpose of this is fun get together is to gather you people who´d like to take better care of your body, to live a healthier life, without dropping the fun and …

Healthy pancakes, yeah!

Another favourite in cyber space, which has totally become both a hit and a favourite in the household here. We´ve had a lot of visitors the past year since we moved up to Sweden. With us now living quite a way away from the supermarket it means our guests have kind of had to eat whatever this gluten allergic nutritionist whips up for herself every morning. Thank G – or thank Cyberspace – for these pancakes is the word I have gotten from basically all of them this past winter ;-).So I guess it is time to share my own pimped version of what was initially called the “2 ingredient pancake” :-), with thanks to all our dear friends who keep popping by with SAS and SJ; Ingredients (per person); 1 banana 2 eggs cinnamon baking soda (if you´d like, leaving it out is fine too and does not affect the taste) 1 tbsp buckwheat flakes or kernels 1 tbspn oat flakes 1 teaspoon each of all superfood berries and seeds you have in the …

Blissing out on figs

I know Instagram is flooded with pictures and recipes for “bliss balls”, but I just loooooovelovelove the word and have to admit that I have gotten pretty hooked on these truly blissfull, healthy, yummy and just wonderful little circular bullets of pure joy. Bliss balls , simply! So, here is a recipe so easy it is impossible to fail, so quick there is no way you can run to the store and get a Snickers even if the store is 10 meters away in the amount of time it takes to make these, so yummy you might consider to quit chocolate (I said “might” OK 😉 ) and so healthy you will be doing yourself nothing but good. Ready? Ingredients; 200 gr dried figs 2 tbspns coconut oil 1 dl rolled oats 2 tbspns honey Nuts Mix it all together using whatever mixer you have in house. I used a hand held mixer/blender and found it worked better if I chopped the figs in smaller pieces before starting to mix. Roll in to the shape …

Jonas´post -squat smoothie

Pretty much on a daily basis I make smoothies from whatever I have at home, taking care to use enough proteins and heart healthy fats in the form of nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, avocado as well as healthy carbohydrates in the form of berries, fruit and for the green smoothies also veggies. To most of them I also add some “superfood powders” like chlorella, spirulina, acai, maca, rosehip and/ or some cacao nibs. Plus some protein powder sourced from either rice, soy, pea or hemp. And to be honest most of my mixes look and taste like crap. But like with everything in life, if you don´t practice and keep trying things out you´ll never get there or even anywhere . So, to my surprise, there was one which was actually good a few days ago! There is nothing in the whole world that can make me miss my weekly Trojan Workout sessions I follow at Trainingscentrum Helena in Haarlem, and I knew I had a crazy busy day ahead of me where I first …

Salmon, on a bed of asparagus

It does not get a lot easier than this! Make a small portion for an entrée, or a larger portion for a main course. Filled to the brim with heart healthy Omega 3 fats, stacked with fibres, B vitamins, anti oxidants,quick, easy to make and yummy to taste all all words suited for this dish. Let´s get on with it! Ingredients for 4 people (entrée size); 600 gr of smoked or gravad salmon, in thin slices 300 gr fresh, green asparagus 75 gr parmesan cheese – if you are lactose intolerant , leave the parmesan out and substitute with roasted pine nuts fresh dill coarse black pepper lemon Allow the asparagus to boil in lightly salted water for about 3-4 minutes. Drape the salmon over the asparagus, squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice atop, add some freshly grated parmesan or roasted pine nuts, dress with the dill and black pepper. Enjoy!

The yummiest and superhealthiest goji sweets

This has become one of my favorite recipse to make when I want to bring something for a friend or just cheer myself up on a rainy day. These goji “bullets” are great as a small snack, as a sweet next to your coffee or tea or as a dessert. The original recipe I found online, when Stephanie and I were looking for inspiration for our “Yummy, Fun and Healthy Snacks” workshop this spring. Ingredients: 0,5 dl almonds 2 tblspns dried gojiberries 2 tblspns pumpkinseeds 2 tblspns berry juice (of course without sugar!) 20 gr dark choclate , 85 % Maybe 1 – 2 tspns chiliflakes Let the gojjiberries soak in the juice for about half an hour to absorb all the liquid. After that, add the almonds, gojjiberries and pumpkin seeds to a kitchen aid or a mixer and mix it until you have a smooth paste. Roll little bullets or balls from the paste. Melt the choclate au bain marine. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool down a bit. Then roll the bullets in …

Lentil hummus

I just love hummus. I can make it and eat it daily. It is yummy, fast, healthy and easy to make and it is a great way to make sure you get all the antioxidants and fibre you need in a day when you use it as a dip with some raw vegetables – think zucchini, different colour paprikas, cucumber, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn… and more. Plus you get plenty of heart and skin healthy unsaturated fats with the nuts, seeds and / or oils you add when mixing the hummus. These also help the uptake of the fat soluble vitamins in your veg. Here´s a quick and easy way to make a lentil hummus: Ingredients: 3 dl boiled red lentils 2 tbspn  tahini (sesame paste) 2 dl cashew nuts 2 tbspn lemon juice 2 tbspn olive oil 3 tbspn water Pinch of salt If you’d like,  a clove of garlic (pressed) Run it all through your blender or use a mixer. The hummus stays fresh in your fridge for a full week. Enjoy!

Easy, healthy and gluten free muesli

I am not even sure whether to call this a recipe or not, as it is so, so easy. It is a great substitute for your breakfast cereal, it is gluten free, full of good & healthy stuff like Omega 3 fats, calcium, fibre, iron, selenium, fosfor, magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, E & K to mention a few. And of course, it is yummy to eat, fast and easy to make. All you do is stir the following together: 3 dl pumpkin seeds 3 dl sunflower seeds 3 dl chopped hazelnuts 3 dl chopped pecannuts 3 dl crushed flaxseed and if you´d like, add some teaspoons of cinnamon. I had a few tablespoons of this mix with berries and quark this morning. If you are lactose intolerant, you can go for goat quark and if you are vegan try it with soy yoghurt or any milk substitute of your choice.

Cranberry smoothie

Here is antoher easy, fast and really nutritious smoothie. Packed to the brim with vitamins and anti oxidants to keep our immune system up now that the season of the common colds is about to hit us here in the Northern Hemisphere. I glass; 2 oranges 1 dl frozen raspberries 0,5 dl frozen cranberries Squeeze the juice out of the oranges and mix it with the frozen berries. If you would like some extra fibre, then add the orange pulp to the mix as well. Plus, to aid the uptake of the anti oxidants , of whom quite a few are fat soluble, you can eat a handful of mixed nuts or seeds with the shake or add a bit of flaxseed oil to the shake before you mix it. If you just got back from a heavy workout, of course you can add some protein powder to the mix as well. Enjoy!