Photography. Autumn Vibe.

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6 Days in Gothenburg, Sweden. Early April. What to expect?

So, I’ve visited Gothenburg this easter, and I liked it enough that think I could live there – a quiet city surrounded by beautiful nature.

I’m going to list a few things I liked and maybe make you want to visit Gothenburg one day, too?

– Having visited Delsjöområdet, a local (huge) park on a quiet Sunday morning, almost everyone was running. As a runner myself I was excited to see so many people of all ages so active!

-Breakfast at the lovely hotel. Cosy atmosphere, quiet people who put the chairs back when finished. 

-No one was shouting on the streets. It may come off as a weird statement, but coming from London, it’s a change. For people who visited London – have you ever noticed it?

-Not a heavy drinking culture. It is absolutely amazing.

-Fresh Air. Once again, Londoner in me can’t help but point out. Was close to taking a jar of air with me.

-Food, I had smoked salmon at the Cafe on Vrango – a southmost island on the Gothenburg archipelago and it was great. Overall healthy choices almost everywhere, loads of gluten free stuff too. Yay!

-People. Reserved but really friendly, no awkwardness, no small talk.

-Scandinavian skincare… I bought too much. My mum said that Lumene hydrating serum is better than the one she had from Clinique. Another good reason to ditch big companies who test on animals.

As for the pictures – I’ve taken them with my iPhone 6s, I wanted to do a small experiment and didn’t bring my camera with me. Tell me what you think about them!

Vrångö

 

 

Asperö

 

 

Delsjöområdet

 

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That’s me!

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Are you wondering how to prepare for the weather in the early April? I regretted not taking my timberlands… Unless you won’t be hiking 🙂

Things to take with you, if you plan to visit nature parks:

  • A good pair of gloves. We took cycling gloves as we were planning to cycle.
  • Seriously, take timberlands. But I recommend a lighter version, I have them and they are great!
  • Comfortable and warm outwear. Thankfully I took my parka with me, but I really want to buy this one Fjällräven Keb Padded Insulated Jacket
  • Backpack! I adore the Kanken, and it’s waterproof! They’re on sale now, I might get another one.

Disclaimer: I put affiliate links on this blog, but I recommend things that I feel are great and worth buying.

How do you like the photos? Have you ever been to Sweden?

 

Is Matcha Good for You?

Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.

Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!

Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!

Hold on – what is a Catechin?

We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!

It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.

Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying. 

I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!

P.S Peach flavour is heaven!

Hope the post was informative 🙂

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Matcha Accessories:

 

 

Sources:

Journal of Chromatography. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography

Environmental Nutrition, Matcha Tea Brews Benefits. January 2017. 

Flyte Drink Review

I always was against energy drinks. Being all about health I do prefer having a good sleep schedule to ingesting caffeine or anything else that boosts my energy levels. I was recently introduced to Flyte, and given that they only contain natural ingredients and are made of 100% organic ingredients (Green Coffee, Maca Root, Griffonia, Schizandra), I decided to give it a go. They come in three flavours: Green Mango, Citrus lemon and Red Berries. My favourite taste was Green Mango, strongly reminded me of Vibovit vitamin sachets, they were all the rage in the early 90’s in Poland – not sure if anywhere else?

What’s good about Flyte:

  • No artificially possessed taurine
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Sugar-free
  • Does not give you dizziness
  • Boosts up your metabolism! Green Coffee, right?
  • I really liked the taste, but this is subjective
  • It contains Maca Root which has a positive effect on hormone balance and is very rich in calcium.

The nays:

  • It’s fizzy. Not everyone can drink fizzy drinks, and it would be great if Flyte could have done a non-fizzy version.

Overall, I am happy that there’s a healthy energy drink on the market, but dear peeps, make sure not to overdose – it’s still caffeine and loads of it are always harmful.

If you want to explore Flyte a little bit more click here.

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Why seasonal produce is best for you.

Nowadays we can buy fruit that is mostly seasonal (well, just like the majority of fruits) like blueberries all year round. But, is there any sense or doing that? Do these indoor grown fruits have any nutritional value at all? Or should we prefer eating seasonal produce? Let’s find out!

First of all, scientific research says that eating seasonal produce is SUSTAINABLE

It could reduce the environmental impact of the diet. Eat your local seasonal produce, you will contribute to the small businesses and farmers, you won’t support those big companies which happen to provide us with falsely ripe bananas.

Produce is full of nutrients.

Harvesting pumpkin in the middle of the summer wouldn’t do any good. Your seasonal stuff is being harvested at the peak of freshness and it doesn’t lose its important minerals and vitamins.

It’s cheaper!

Seasonal veggies and fruit are easier to produce, and often they are cheaper if they re in season. Autumn is here, apples are super cheap, so go, get some and make a pie.

Pest/Wax Free

Seasonal produce doesn’t have to be waxed because it is SEASONAL. Its fresh appearance doesn’t have to be maintained artificially. Of course, it’s not that easy to find even seasonal produce pest free. I recommend buying from well-known sources with a good reputation. Then, you really focus on supporting sustainable businesses and nourishing your body with the best food possible.

If you are London, Bath, or Bristol (UK) based I can wholeheartedly recommend Farmdrop. This isn’t a sponsored post, but being extremely happy with them I want to spread the message that supporting sustainable businesses is crucial to our environment and our health!

In other news, I made a smoothie bowl today, I used only seasonal things (well, not only, I used bananas as well, but nobody’s perfect :D). This is what I’ve put there:

  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Anaise
  • Almond Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turmeric

The preparation was easy. Peel (or not), throw it into a blender and shake up a bit.  Coconut Bowls are just so perfect for it. Such a tiny bowl, I was surprised how much of a smoothie it fits. Here are some photos of my morning smoothie bowl:

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Thanks for reading!

Sources for the sustainability bit:

Nature’s Garden Express

Seasonality and dietary requirements: will eating seasonal food contribute to health and environmental sustainability?

Wild Mushrooms.

I think the forest is the best place on Earth.

My findings and styling.

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Coconut Bowls & 100% rye pastries. 

When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!

Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!

I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!

Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.

I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic  😊

People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!

I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️

Recipe for pastries:

– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour

-200ml milk (I used almond milk)

-14g instant yeast

-2 eggs

-120g melted butter

-vanilla extract

-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.

– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.


 

 

Gluten Free Low Carb Dessert

Today I decided to share with you a recipe which my mum created by a mistake 🙂

This is a great snack for everyone, it’s sugar-free, gluten free, and can be vegan if you swap honey with agave.

Let’s get into it:

Ingredients:

-Beans. I used black beans, 500g. You can use any beans you want, they can be canned or not. If you choose the dry version, remember to soak them in water overnight and then boil for 40 minutes.

-Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup .3 tbsp

-Raisins. Half a cup.

-Orange skin. 1 Tbsp.

-Almond Milk. 4tbsp.

-Cooking chocolate. I used dark chocolate which is vegan. 60g.

-Shredded coconut or almond flour. Up to you!

-Cinnamon. 1/2 Tsp.

-Nutmeg

-Vanilla extract 1tbsp.

 

When the beans finished boiling, pour the water out and add 60g of cooking chocolate, it will melt. If you are using canned beans you have to grind the chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add a little bit of almond milk, 4tbsp should be enough, and blend the beans until you have a smooth paste. Then add all other ingredients except shredded coconut.

When everything is nicely smooth, form little balls and then toss them in shredded coconut. Voila, you have your low carb, high in protein snack!

 

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If you wish to see a tutorial for that kind of photography, let me know! I know I am not a professional photographer but I think these pics are not that bad for my canon 1200d 🙂 I thought I need a full frame or a very expensive lens. Fortunately, completely opposite!

 

Declutter Your Life. Episode II: Books

Hello!

Thursday means a new video!

Do you love books but you think they are actually a problem when it comes to space? Worry not, I am coming with a solution. I went through that, and now I understand that e-books are actually not that bad.

Stay Tuned and enjoy the video!

Declutter Your Life. Skin Care.

Hello!

It took me a while, decluttering. But I think I’m in a good place at the moment, not perfect, but definitely, not horrible.

I would like to share my 5 tips on how to declutter your skin care/beauty products. In a different version: a video.

Enjoy!

I also have a little list for you, which you can print, or do whatever you want. Just a little reminder 🙂

Declutter your skin care