Apple pie. There is something so special about it. The smell that floats into every angle of your home, filled with warmth, sweetness and the feeling of being home. Cinnamon, brown sugar and warm apples have the ability to turn even the darkest days of February into something not-so-bad. But what if you're not really feeling like having an apple pie? I mean, that's practically impossible but hey, it's Friday morning and you're craving the taste of it? You could skip work/uni/school and simply bake one but it's probably not what you should do. Make this smoothie instead.
It's been a while, I know. I'm sorry.
I needed time to get settled in a new city after my move in September, needed to spend time with new friends, find a job, get uni life flowin' and over all, just create a life here. I hope you understand that blogging wasn't my no.1 priority during this important and exciting time of my life.
If you want to check out more frequent food posts, i encourage you to take a look at my Instagram (@mangoandcoconuts) and for even more frequent updates, check out my snapchat (@jasminbo) as well.
Okay, now. I'm almost done with my final exams for this first semester, which will, once completed, end in a lot of time to write, create & practice my photography.
This porridge up there is creamy, yummy, coconuty and delishhh. Could it get any better? Nah, don't think so.
The season has begun. The season when you wake up in darkness and come home in darkness. The cold season. The stormy, windy and snowy season. Some people might be looking forward to spring already but I’m an advocate for honoring the winter season and embrace its beauty. Cuddling with a blanket while watching hours of your favorite netflix show, drinking hot chocolate and having a candle lit up never feels equally good! I’m even convinced that christmas cookies, hot chocolate, cinnamon and pumkin spiced treats taste best when it’s freezing and dark outside, don’t they?
On those winter mornings when you’re bed seems like the only place that can keep you warm and safe, it’s so important to have a comfy, warming breakfast which will make you want (kinda) to get out of bed and tackle your day. This is it.
I haven't created a nice raw treat in quite some time so I was really motivated when suddenly the idea of making peanut butter cups crossed my mind. I used to love the peanut butter protein cups by quest nutrition, but they work with whey protein waaaaaay too much and since being vegan I kinda missed those. Why not make my own 'healthy' treats, I thought!
Making raw chocolate is actually the easiest thing eveeeerrr. To get started you basically need coconut oil and cocoa powder. If you have that and maybe some peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter) at home, get in your kitchen and invest the next hour into something reeeaal good.
So I recently realised how unhealthy my diet has gotten. I was eating a whole bunch of crap on a daily basis (see post on why I did that here) plus I didn’t work out as much as I used to. I did yoga and ballett barre about 2 times a week but (1) the kind of yoga I did was more of a relaxing class than a workout you acually got a sweat from and (2) what remained was a 1 hour barre class per week (which totally kicks my ass every time but it’s still nothing compared to what I used to do).
Like I mentioned before, I kinda got into the hang of a very poor diet. I had heaps of processed foods like toast and bagels and artificial vegan cream cheese or pizza cheese and (really good) vegan pita bread filled with garlicky sauce and deep fried soy meat, etc. I could go on for hours but I do not want to show you the bad things I ate and how I really did not care about nutrients and minerals and all that kind of really important stuff for both vegans and omnivores.
Once I became aware of this whole circle I had let myself fallen into, I decided that it was about time to change that again.
It's been a while since my last post. That is because I was shocked by Essena Oneill's story and her videos and I had to take a step back and look at me and how used to be consumed of social media. I asked myself what my intention to come here really was. Was it passion for cooking and photography, the aspiration towards fame or the desire of promoting veganism? It probably was a little of everything, but sadly, over the last few months I focused exclusively on having more and more people read my blog and follow my Instagram. I took photos because I felt I "had to" in order to get more followers and not loose the ones I had, I got depressed when my food did not look like I planned it to do and I got annoyed because the lighting in my new apartment isn't the best, unfortunately. I lost my passion and my love. I stopped working out and let myself go a bit. I had heaps of vegan junk food, stopped doing yoga (which I also LOVE) just because i didn't feel motivated to do anything at all.
I've been making pancakes for quite some time now. Even when I used to eat animal products, I tried making vegan pancakes a lot. For me, it always was "the ultimate goal" to make good vegan pancakes, because in the beginning it seemed unpossible to make them taste good, look good and healthy at the same time. I experimented a lot (a lot is to come!) with different flours, wet ingredients, egg substitutes, sweeteners, etc. until I finally found was works absolutely perfect every time.
I made these cookies from scratch, being like "okay let's throw in a little of this.. and some of this...okay now blend! Does this even work? Lemme taste.." and then, I was BLOWN AWAY. I rolled the dough out and stuck it in the freezer for some time and later, I gave it to my flatmate to try. According to his facial expression and how he quickly grabbed another one, I could guess what he was about to say, but I did not expect it to be that praising: "This is among my top 3 eats of the year!" , he said.
This smoothie is one of the BEST smoothies I had in a while. It is so creamy, yummy and sweet plus it contains one of the healthiest berries on earth: Acai!
But, what's all that fuss really about? "The acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a grapelike fruit harvested from acai palm trees, which are native to the rainforests of South America." (mayoclinic.org). Many people say the berry helps and promotes weight loss, but there aren't many studies to prove that. What can be said however is that it contains a lot of antioxidants, which are known to keep your skin young and healthy and might even help prevent cancer by inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules in your body, which produce free radicals. Those molecules can start chain reactions (wikipedia.org/wiki/antioxidants).
It was time for some muffins. It's been 3 weeks since the last batch entered the oven and our mouths. And I LOVE muffins so so much. They are the perfect mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up when you need something sweet. And they're portable, too! Unlike their big friend, the cupcake, there is no messed up frosting all over your bag. I mean, I also love cupcakes of course, but there is something about muffins that's just a little bit more adorable.