Gooseberry Season

‘The secret is in the topping’

Good morning Sunday & all you beautiful people! Yet another glorious morning here in Helsinki, the sun is out and it feels like summer is still in full swing! I’ve taken full advantage of these beautiful days as you never know, when fall decides to take over, even though the transition seems distant with weathers like these! I‘ve going to embrace it to the very end as this is so rare for us! Just as I finished writing this, it started to rain! haha

My hubby has been away the entire weekend so I have fully enjoyed time to myself; did some pampering, been working out, started readying a new book and seen some friends. The last two weekends have been all about crayfish, so it was wonderful not having any major plans this time and just going with the flow. This morning began bright and early at 6am when Bella wanted to go out for a walk, then I went jogging- hence the slow post-breakfast on the balcony. Gooseberry season is here, I picked some home from the countryside a few weeks ago and picked some more from my hubby’s moms bushes in her backyard. Gooseberries are August’s little jewels that taste like candy, but far better! They are just so delicious packed with vitamins so naturally, I’ve topped my morning bowl with lots of gooseberries and blueberries. But, the secret to this smoothie bowl happens to be the other topping; toasted rye oat flakes. I was craving for something other than granola or nuts, so this morning I decided to test out toasting plain rye oats on a dry pan with a bit of salt. I toasted them until they became slightly golden and let them cool before eating. The end result is a slight hint of popcorn making these healthy flakes the easiest addition to morning bowls! Maybe I will try flavouring them the next time?!

I have to say, I love sitting on our balcony, it’s so fresh and white and I love having greenery and flowers all around me. I love that the streets are so calm… I think I’ll sit here for a little while longer and continue reading a few pages of my new book. Whats the rush, it’s sunday after all!

August Green smoothie bowl

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 tsp honey

garnish: gooseberries, blueberries & toasted rye oats

 

Green Smoothies, 3 ways

Drink as many green smoothies/juices as possible to keep your body healthy, to brighten your outlook and save you from a whole host of health maladies. Cleanse your body from within, get amazing skin and hydrate with raw greens that are packed with nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Here are 3 ways to create amazing green smoothies:

Creamy Smoothie bowl

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 cup greek yogurt or quark
  • handful basil
  • handful watercress
  • handful kale

garnish: cranberry powder, spinach and kale leaves, coconut flakes, avocado

This breakfast bowl has a subtle taste of basil and the thick creamy texture is comforting and fulfilling. Watercress is strong in alkaline hence it is used as a blood purifier and helps clean the body from toxins. Topped with cranberry powder that is packed with vitamins.

Cleansing green juice

  • Handful of parsley
  • chunk of ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • water

A detoxing green juice to boost your metabolism in the morning that helps to cleanse and remove toxins from the body. Hydrating, anti-bloating and antioxidant filled juice that is amazing for the body and skin.

Pale Green Smoothie

  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • About 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • handful mint leaves
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of oatmilk
  • chunk of ginger
  • 1 celery stalk
  • cucumber chunk
  • handful of spring kale

Nourishing and refreshing, this pale green smoothie makes a quick and healthy drink that starts the day with immune boosting ingredients and  anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

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‘Sunday Spring Home’

My favourite spring mornings are made of sunshine bursting through the window, numerous cups of coffee and healthy smoothie bowls in bed. Our house is scattered with all kinds of blooms giving this sunday a spruce of spring.

Green Smoothie ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  oat milk
  • handful parsley
  • handful mint
  • chunk of ginger
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 celery stalk

Blend into a creamy mixture and garnish with blueberry, mint, chia and hemp seeds.

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Green Bowls & Saturdays

Morning! I wanted to share this green bowl recipe that I often make before a workout session. I’m going to do an easy body flow yoga at home to stretch my muscles and then hit the gym after that so I want to feel nourished, refreshed and energised. This bowl has lots of good fats and fibre from the rye oats, seeds and avocado and its super healthy all around. Loaded with spinach and kale and a bit of celery, this green delight will boost your morning just right, jumpstart your metabolism and hydrate your body. I sometimes boil a few eggs that I eat along side with the bowl to fuel up a bit more. Have a wonderful Saturday darlings!

Pre gym green bowl

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 200 g quark
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 3 rye porridge oats
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nuts
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 celery stalk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 avocado
  • Water (from 3 tablespoons to 1/2 cup)

* Blend everything into a smooth paste and garnish with mint leaves, chia, coconut flakes and hemp seeds

 

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Rejuvenating Smoothie Cup

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A day started with this rejuvenating smoothie cup will surely leave you energized all morning. There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with working out and getting in a few servings of greens before 10am. Leafy greens like kale, parsley and spinach, sprouts are detoxifying agents that helps break down toxins, while avocado is packed with healthy fats and flax seeds have lots of fiber. Ginger and lemon always do their magic, so I will not even preach about them. This nutritional punch gets your body/ digestion going in the morning and because it has less sugar than with a fruit loaded smoothie, it keeps your blood sugar more stable without rising and falling drastically.  Have a wonderful saturday darlings!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 cup kale
  • About 1 cup water or cashew milk (depending on the consistency you prefer)
  •  1/2 juice of lemon
  • chunk of ginger

Garnish: parsley, chia seeds, coconut flakes

Place everything into a blender and blitz until smooth, drink immediately.

Fluffy Pink Raspberry Overload

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‘Saturday Morning’

Good Morning darlings! I’m sipping on a cup of green tea and finishing my last spoonful of brekkie as I’m writing this post to you before getting ready to hit the gym. I decided to get an early and healthy start to the day as later Mr. N and I have a date night and going out for dinner. I wanted to start your weekend off with this pink bowl that will leave you mouth-watering for more. The fluffy pale pink bowl is sweet and berry filled,  not only is it beautiful to look at but it is packed with healthy delicious ingredients. I love how the mulberries and goji make the texture a bit “sticky” and plenty of fresh raspberries to take me back to summer mornings. This glory bowl makes you feel like you are starting over each morning or it becomes a girls best friend for movie nights!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural flavoured quark (Almond milk will work too)
  • 1 cup frozen berries of choice (I used lingonberry)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Chunk of ginger

Blend all ingredients until smooth: garnish with raspberries, mulberries, goji berries, banana slices, shredded honey cashews and mint leaves

 

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