Easy Vegan Chia Pudding

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I have only recently discovered the healthy, delicious joys of chia pudding. I love its unique consistency and am thrilled whenever someone serves it as a desert. It’s also easy to mash up the night before and have as a breakfast. Here is my go to recipe. 

Viola! That’s my super easy homemade chia pudding recipe.

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Vegan Homemade Cinnamon Chai Latte

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Chai tea is something I drink every morning. The exotic melange of spices hooked me from my first sip and it’s just something I can’t live without. Of course i also dig the warm creamy Chai latte but the average chai powder (found in coffee shops) is oversaturated with sugar, so I came up with my own healthy version.

You can use tea bags but I prefer to sieve my loose-leaf chai in a pot (zero-waist FTW!)

Try to enjoy this before it gets warm and springy! 

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Vegan Mexican-style Appetizer

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My mother recently hosted a friend for the weekend and, as she always does when we have guests, made a smorgasbord of her delicious cooking. I was tasked with making an appetizer plate of Mexican tapas to be served before the main course. I came up with this simple recipe using vegan minced meat, an avocado, taco bowls, store bought salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning. 

I started by heating the taco bowls in the oven at 170c (340f). As they warmed, I fried the faux minced meat in a pan and added the taco seasoning. After filling the bowls with the meat, I simply topped each one with a few avocado slices and salsa.

These turned out to be extremely popular at our table and they disappeared quickly. I’m not a huge fan of meat substitutes but in small quantities they can really hit the spot. They’re also a great way to hook non-vegans and give them a peak behind the curtain of a cruelty-free lifestyle that doesn’t sacrifice taste. 

This 10 minute recipe is a must for those having company over. Who said impressing people requires slaving away in the kitchen for hours?

Vegan Plant Based Cookie Dough

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I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best vegan snack I’ve ever had. Instead of going with overpriced cranked up sugar cookies you can blend together your own cheap and easy Friday night treat. It tastes divine and is the perfect finishing touch to a stay-in date night under the covers. A smooth and soft consistency with peanut butter and dark chocolate flavors will please your taste buds.

For a more authentic cookie dough aesthetic you can use chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate. This recipe tastes much better when cold so make sure you cool it down before you dig in (without letting it cool you might sense a slight chickpea aroma)

This recipe should be enough for all of you to be forever grateful to me! I am your vegan cookie dough lord and savior!  

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Vegan Guide to Aalborg, DK

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My two friends at the streets of Aalborg

At the beginning of this month my boyfriend and I paid an old friend a visit in Aalborg, a small Danish city located in the north of Jutland. I had been looking forward to the trip for a while after reading about it being an emerging destination for Danish vegans (veganism isn’t that common in Denmark, so you really have to do your research!).

The city itself is filled with medieval Nordic architecture, warm Jutlanders, and a quirky student/bohemian vibe. Such conditions make it fertile ground for new vegan restaurants to emerge.

The first spot we hit was “Ubat Veggie”, a newly opened upscale gourmet vegetarian restaurant. We both had the vegan risotto, which had a very pleasant umami flavor. However, the portion size was a bit small and my boyfriend started looking for falafel shops on my phone (he is a hungry man). We waited some time before getting our food so our waitress ended up giving us free plant milk coffees (yay) and when I was about to pay she compensated our meal. I consider that to demonstrate thoughtfulness and effort, and because of the tastiness of the food and having many different vegan options, I think I’ll give it another shot when I’m back in town. 

Address: Vesterå 5, 9000 Aalborg

Vegan brunch at Cafe Luna
Scrambled tofu with rice paper bacon

We ended up having a marvellous brunch at Café Luna which is a cozy café with a bar kind of vibe. I got their specialty vegan brunch with tofu scrambled, rice paper bacon, bread with butter and vegan topping, soy yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, vegan cheese, hummus and a vegan pancake with maple syrup! My eyes were opened to tofu scramble for the first time! They can get really busy so make sure you make a reservation on weekends.

Address: Boulevarden 38, 9000 Aalborg

vegan healthy candy store

I also found a little boutique candy shop in the city center called “ Det Sunde Slik (The Healthy Candy)”. They have an endless array of dried fruits and encourage customers to sample anything they fancy. I spent some time marveling my way through the aisles until the sweet young woman behind the counter gave me some much needed guidance and assistance. My favorites were pomelo, strawberry, mango, ginger, watermelon, and shitake mushrooms (trust me). You can also order your dried fruit online here

Address: Bredegade 10, 9000 Aalborg

Give Aalborg a shot; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Weight Loss Wednesday // Week One

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The first week of my weight loss journey went well, albeit with a few minor slip ups (I went to the movies with my sister on Sunday and JUST HAD to have some of her popcorn and vegan candy). I started the week by trying to eat 6 small meals a day, but I couldn’t get my body to adjust to it and it felt unnatural. So instead, I opted to only eat when hungry or lacking energy.

I have made my meals healthier by focusing more and more on including vegetables into my home cooking (you might notice a theme here). One of my go to snacks has been carrot sticks dipped in hummus- a tasty, filling midday snack!

My biggest slip-up came over the weekend when my boyfriend and I were house-sitting for a neighbour. Something in our new environment sparked a glutinous whim within us and we bought a giant bag of curly fries from the grocery store to share (should have made my homemade oil-free fries instead!). Nonetheless, I felt I kept the wheels on the bus as I didn’t eat any other blatantly unhealthy foods, instead snacking on fruit and rice cakes.

I consider my first week a success! By focusing on my healthy choices and not dwelling on the slip-ups, I’m able to keep my momentum going. My goal this week is to not slip-up as much and make progress, however small. A healthy lifestyle and subsequent weight-loss is a marathon, not a sprint!

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The Best Vegan Dressing Ever – Of Course it’s Tahini

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Tahini dressing is a real lifesaver when switching to a plant based diet. It’s simple to make, doesn’t require a blender, and is oil free!

I like to use it on salads, falafel sandwiches, or just as a dip.

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My Favorite Vegan Soup // Potato – Carrot Soup

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Vegan potato carrot soup
Potato soup with bread and vegetables

I could eat this soup for days on end. This is one of my go-to recipes that I serve whenever I cook for friends and/or family. I discovered it when visiting a non-vegan friend, as it was the only plant-based recipe she knew. I stole the recipe after learning how cheap, healthy, and easy to make it is!

onions, potatoes, carrots ready for the owen

Serve with sautéed mushrooms, oven baked chickpeas, a baguette, or sauté all of your leftover vegetables in soy sauce!  

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I’m not Quite Satisfied with my Body… Yet

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a picture of me Josefine

I feel a bit hesitant about publishing this post since we fortunately live in a time where self-love and body positivism has a major presence in our society and I don’t want to knock or derail it in anyway. I’m completely on board with the self-love movement and I think it’s really important to have a healthy relationship with your body.

Even though I’m currently at a normal, healthy weight I still want to loose a few kilos (or lbs. for ya’ll ‘Muricans). I have a cute amount of chubbiness around my mid-section, but alas, I still finding myself wanting to get rid of it! I just don’t like the idea of yellow, stored, unnecessary fat around my organs. I know I could teach myself to love and accept it, but I’m young and want to push my body to new heights before it’s too late.

I hope you’ll follow my little weight loss journey here on the blog as I give you weekly updates on how it’s going. I don’t believe in dieting or hardliner restrictions I’m just going to try to swap guilty habit junk foods for more whole foods! I’m very physically active and I’m going to continue exercising daily.   

I’m convinced that for sustainable results I can’t starve myself by obsessively counting calories. Therefore, my strategy is to lose weight slowly so I can acclimate myself to a healthier lifestyle with greater ease. There is only one way to loose weight which is to burn more than you consume- no one said you have to burn it all off in a month!  

Remember that everyone is different so what works for me may not be the best fit for you!  Now that I’ve shared this with the Internet there is no going back! I’m so excited!

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Healthy Vegan Brown Rice Sushi

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It’s easy to enjoy sushi without fish. Vegan sushi tastes amazing and it’s super easy to make. It’s a great way to use your leftover rice and vegetables for a quick lunch.  

You don’t need any fancy equipment for this recipe. I just roll the sushi on a cutting board carefully with steady hands. You’ll have the best results if you use sticky rice (although I used regular rice the first time, and it still ended up nicely)

What to do:

Place a sheet of seaweed paper on your cutting board and add two tbsp. of rice on top and then mash it down with a spoon. Place your filling at the bottom, closer to where you are standing (be careful not to add too much!). Then carefully roll the seaweed paper into a roll – the trick is to be slow and careful!

I like to make two different kinds; one with cucumber, avocado, and vegan crème cheese and the other with cucumber, avocado, carrot and spinach. You can add any veggies you like!

I dip mine in a soy sauce/wasabi mixture.   

I hope this recipe will inspire you to start making your own delicious sushi!

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