Hey peeps it's me again!
So lately I've been into healthy eating and working out again. Over the last few months I kinda let that slip a bit and I noticed a decrease in my energy, bad skin, loosing muscle and so on. So I decided to hop back on track and start early with my new years resolutions this time. No more heaps of hummus (but still more than I should eat, probably), tons of white bread, vegan chocolate, candy and so on. But that doesn't mean I can't have great Christmas cookies, right?
May I present you the easiest Christmas cookies ever? These take literally 15 minutes. And with just 4 basic ingredients for the base you might even have everything on hand to make them right now. You should. Really.
Oh and I've got a new marble cutting board that will be my new fave back drop!
Now into the recipe...
Sometimes it's hard to go to uni, have a job, volunteer, workout, have friends and a relationship all at the same time and try to find time to cook healthy, nutritious food that my mind and body love. In stressful times like the weeks before Christmas, when you're rushing from one appointment to another and rarely find the time to sit down, I find it more important than ever to make sure, you're feeding your body right. Cause how can you perform at your best when the foods you eat make you feel the worst?
I just recently discovered frozen veggies. I don't know why I never considered buying a package of frozen broccoli before but somehow I just missed hopping on that wagon. Yes, I know that was extremely silly of me because frozen veggies are now what some might call "life".
There is one dish I have been making quite regularly in the last few weeks: The Veggie Protein Bowl!
There are 4 main components to it and they are so easy and literally take 15 minutes to throw together!
today I'm sharing a recipe with you that I've been partly making for years. It's my go-to raw brownie recipe. It's the only one you'll ever need. Once you've got this base, you can add anything into the brownies, starting with pumpkin spice over peppermint flavour, turning these into little bliss balls or cake pops, using it as a base for a raw cheesecake (check out my Nutella and Vanilla Mousse Slices), etc etc; the possibilities are endless! I hope I can inspire you today to get into the kitchen, whip up this super easy variation of the classic and get creative with what you have in your kitchen.
I topped the base with a marble-topping made out of a raw-vegan chocolate buttercream and a homemade cookie butter (click here to get the recipe).
In case you want to eat the buttercream by itself: DO IT. It's so good, I'd take a bath in it.
Hey peeps, I'm back with another breakfast recipe (surprise, I might have to start calling me a breakfast blogger). This time, I'm presenting you an amazing flavour combination that made my mouth jiggle and my belly happy this afternoon. Wait, maybe this also counts as a lunch.
I want to tell you something: If I had to choose one 'naughty' food to eat for the rest of my life it probably would be cookie butter (or speculoos butter, however you say it) made out of these incredible delicious caramel cookies that I have been loving since the first time I tried them. So I once bought a bunch of these cookies to make a vegan 'freak' shake inspired by the lovely Naturally Stephanie and had quite a few left that were sitting in my kitchen just waiting to be transformed into cookie butter. The result was amaaaazing. Like really really good. And in combination with these Apple Pie Oats... I can't even.
As the days get shorter, I also like to adapt my summer morning routine to a more calm & relaxed one; think candles, yoga and coffee.
My routine usually takes about 1-2 hours, depending on what I have for breakfast or how much time I had for my nights sleep. I know this seems like a lot (I know quite a few people who get up 30 min before leaving and rushing through everything as quick as possible) but taking this time for me in the morning has become very important. I like the feeling of having accomplished something before my "actual" day hasn't even started. It gives you the feeling of being completely in control of what you're doing. If that sounds stupid to you, try waking up 20 min earlier than you usually would this week and try it. Don't get me wrong, of course there are days when I stay in bed until the last minute and then brush my teeth while trying to do apply my mascara because I have no time, but usually, this is what I like to do instead:
My alarm goes off (I like to wake up to "More Than Ever People by Levitation") , like I mentioned earlier about 2 hours before I leave. I usually end up checking my phone right away (bad habit I know) and scroll through the messages and Instagram notifications I got during the night. Then I get up, make my bed and prep my espresso machine. While it is brewing, I take a shower and slip into some comfy clothes. I love wearing oversized t-shirts (in the summer) or sweaters (in the winter) with comfy socks.
I'm back with another protein-packed recipe that is perfect on the go for all of you busy babes working, going to uni or school. Wrapped up in parchment paper this bar looks like you just bought it at that hip vegan café around the corner for 5 bucks - and it tastes just as good if not better.
A special thanks goes to Nutrition Plus for providing me again with the perfect protein powder for this creation.
However, let's talk coffee. I drink it in the morning, sipping that steaming cup of black gold while I plan my day and listen to relaxing tunes. I drink it during class to keep my head up and sharp in statistics, I drink it on coffee dates with my girls and I drink whenever I like it. You feel me? Don't get me wrong, my main source of liquid is still water ;)
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.