Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Recipe: Humus..

I love humus as it's so versatile. I can use it as a dip for carrots or eat it as a laying in a sandwich for lunch. Whenever, I make humus I buy dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas. I don't like the taste of canned chickpeas, as their taste is really evident in the finished product. However, making humus with dried chickpeas means a great deal of preparation. 


Ingredients

  • 2 dl of dried chickpeas 
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1,5 dl of olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons of citrus juice 
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
  • salt and pepper 
  • 2 dl of water


Preparation of chickpeas

Put the chickpeas to soak in a bowl of water for the night (approximately let the chickpeas soak for 12 hours). 

Instructions

The next day you drain the water from the chickpeas and do not use this water in the humus, as the chickpeas will release some toxins in that water. Wash the chickpeas thoroughly and cook them at a low heat for an hour. When the chickpeas are done put them in a blender with all of the other ingredients and blend it. If it's to dry add some water or olive oil, but don't go overboard with the olive oil.

Notes

  • If you want a little spice in the humus, put a teaspoon of chili flakes in it.


This will provide you with quite a lot of humus and so I don't make it that often, as when I make it I make sure to eat it with everything. As you can see above I used it for a sandwich, which I brought to university. My friend told me that whenever she makes humus she puts carrots in it, so maybe I'll try that next time!

I hope you guys are having a great day! 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Basic How To: Courgetti (Corgette Spaghetti)

Courgetti is the new it thing - or at least it has been the last year. It's been on everyones lips for ages and I finally decided to make a basic how to on it. There are a lot of different spiralizers which are marketed to make the perfect courgetti strings, but truth is: you don't really need one. I decided to try make it on my own, as I didn't want to splurge on a kitchen tool before I knew whether or not it was worth all of the hype. 


Guide 

I basically just wash an organic courgette and peel it with a normal peeler. I peel until I reach the middle of the courgette, the middle should not be made into strings, as it's so watery it will be hard to make strings out of it. This will provide you with quite wide pieces of courgettes, but afterwards you just cut the pieces into strings and so you decide how thick or thin you want them.


Advice

  • This is the result of one corgette and I would eat a courgette by myself, so I would buy one courgette per person. 
  • I have tried different ways to prepare the courgette and I find the best way is to leave it as it is. Theres no need for frying it or adding any water. You can fry it, but I would do it for a maximum of two minutes. 

And there you have it, the courgetti recipe you don't need to buy any expensive equipment for. It's quite easy to make and it tastes amazing. It's not a dead ringer for spaghetti, but considering it doesn't contain all of the carbs spaghetti do; I'm quite satisfied.

Are you on the bandwagon of making courgetti yet? 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Insta Lately..

It's been quite some months since I did my last Insta Lately post and I use Instagram so much, so I thought I would share some of my photos with you guys. I've had some busy weeks with lots of exciting new opportunities and changes, which really has shown on my activity on Instagram, as I use Instagram for more personal posts. 


1. My homemade zoodles/courgetti - I decided to try to cut out carbohydrates for a month and so I thought I would try out courgetti and I was pleasantly surprised. // 2. New pretty boots from Shelly's London, the model is Icess. Loved the look of these boots and they were on sale on ASOS. // 3. Went out to drinks with one of my friends in Copenhagen at a place called Munters. We got delicious mojitos. // 4. & I went out again with a group a friends in Copenhagen. This time at a restaurant called Llama. We spotted Danish celebs and drank a lot of different drinks. This is called Dark and Stormy. // 5. During an exam period I decided to try out some organic drinks. I got a gingery drink, an aloe vera and coconut water drink and a pomegranate drink. // 6. Lastly, a selfie. I have a hard time sitting still and not being silly even when I get photos taken.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Recipe: Banana Bread..

I'm sorry I'm not as up to date with my posts as I usually am, but I have had the busiest week of my life. I went for an interview and I now have a new job in a marketing department. I also went to the final exam of my semester and I got an amazing grade, which I'm so pleased about. Lastly, I had to send some important papers, as I have been nominated to study in the U.S.

So I have had such a busy week with a lot of new exciting opportunities. I made this banana bread last week and made sure to take a piece with me wherever I went, as it was a week where I was constantly on the go.


Ingredients

  • 140 grams of wholemeal flour
  • 100 grams of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 ripe organic bananas
  • 4 tablespoons of organic honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 ml of greek yoghurt

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven on 160 degrees. Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil. Mix the flours, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl. In a different bowl mash the bananas and add the honey, eggs and yoghurt and give it all a whirl. Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients, then put it all in the loaf tin. Bake for approximately one hour and 10 minutes, put a fork into it and if there's a little batter on it, give it another five minutes. Let it cool for an hour before eating.

 Notes

  • I wasn't a huge fan of the chocolate icing I made, therefore I won't be posting the recipe for it, as I thought the bread would have been much nicer without it. 

And there you have it; a lovely recipe for banana bread. I love eating this whenever I crave something sweet, as the bananas just takes the edge off. It lasts for approximately 4 days, which I think is a decent amount of time, especially considering it stays moist at all times.

I hope you guys had a great week!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Recipe: A Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup..

For some time ago I was watching one of Marcus Butler's blogs, where him and Niomi were making a delicious tomato soup. I decided to try it myself and change a few things in it, so it's more budget friendly. I thought I would share it with you guys, as I do think it's really delicious and it's vegan. 

I have recently been trying more vegetarian and vegan recipes and I'm really liking them. Despite the fact I'm not going to become vegetarian or vegan any time soon, I do think it's nice to have meat free days. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sliced tomato
  • 1/2 a cup of cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of water
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of dried basil
  • A pinch of pepper 


Firstly wash your tomatoes and then blend one of them and save the other. Blend the tomatoes with the cashew nuts and water. After that add this into a pot and heat it. Slice the other tomatoes and add them to the pot. Add the salt, slice and add the garlic and basil to the pot. Heat it for approximately ten minutes.

Notes

  • I would have preferred if both cups of tomatoes were blended, as I don't like how the skin of the tomatoes float around in the soup. 


This is such an easy recipe and it is really delicious. The blended cashews add a lot of creaminess to the soup and so there's no need to use cream. It's very tasty and not very time consuming. I would recommend this recipe for anyone, vegan or not. I would probably serve this with a toasted piece of rye bread for a little bit of texture. I would serve this as a starter as it doesn't make you very full!

I hope you guys are doing well!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Natural Deodorants..

When you first venture into the world of natural products it's quite scary. It's hard to figure out, which ingredients are bad and which are good, because a lot of organizations have different definitions of the word natural. Some think environment friendly, some think paraben free, some think allergy friendly, some think cruelty free. It's so hard, because fact is even natural ingredients can cause allergic reactions. 

My aim for a deodorant is one without parabens, preferably without perfume and without ammonium. I also need a deodorant, which can prevent unwanted odors and doesn't stain my clothes. I have tried out four different types, where two of them are the same brand, but one is a spray and one is a roll-on. I use ewg.org's website to research the different ingredients in the deodorants, as it's a website which tells you how harmful the ingredients are and what kind of harm they have been related to e.g. allergies, cancer or developmental and reproductive harm. 

It's so important to choose a deodorant without too many toxins in it as you apply it so close to your breast area and often women shave their armpits which remove a layer of skin, which allows all the toxins to easily be absorbed directly into the body. 


1. Sanex Dermo Protector

Ingredients
Propylene Glycol, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Claims
"Protection: it effectively protects for 24 hours. Moisturisation: leaves skin smooth and soft. Balance: respects your normal skin barrier"

My Thoughts
This doesn't contain any parabens or alcohol (Stearyl Alcohol is defined as a fatty alcohol, which apparently isn't an alcohol). This is not a stereotypical natural deodorant, but the thing is sometimes un-natural brands actually produce products, which aren't that bad. The key to these products are to be really aware of the ingredient list. The ingredients are pretty good, with the exception of Propylene Glycol, which isn't harsh, but EWG rate it as a 3 on a scale of 10, where 10 is really harmful and 1 is not harmful.

Despite the fact that this contains perfume, it is probably my favourite of the bunch. It does protect you from odor for 24 hours and I can ride my bike to uni and break a sweat without having to worry about smelling bad. The scent is very unisex and one of my male uni friends also own this deodorant, so I can recommend this for both men and women. I have noticed that I get a little red if I apply it right after I have shaved my underarms, so I don't apply right after.

2. Jason Soothing Aloe Vera Pure Natural Deodorant Stick 

Ingredients
Propanediol, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Zinc Ricinoleate, Polyglycerol-3 Caprate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Allantoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sucrose Cocoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Corn Starch, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Fragrance. 

Claims 
"Our Pure, Natural Deodorant is clinically tested to effectively control odor for all day protection. Naturally sourced Zinc Ricinoleate, Corn Starch and Baking Soda neutralize odor while Grapefruit Seed Extract, known for its antimicrobial properties helps fight odor-causing bacteria. Natural Aloe Vera and nourishing Vitamin E soften and soothe your under arms".

My Thoughts
The ingredient list is surprisingly long considering it's a natural deodorant. Usually ingredient lists on products should be as short as possible. There's no Aluminum, Parabens, Phthalates or Propylene Glycol in this. Propylene Glycol was the main ingredient in the Sanex deodorant and it's the one which is rated 3/10 in ewg harmfulness scale. Propylene Glycol is linked to allergic reactions and that's why it's a good ingredient to avoid. The only ingredients to be worried about in this deodorant is Tocopheryl Acetate (rated 3/10), Benzyl Benzoate (rated 6/10) and Hexyl Cinnamal (rated 5/10). These ingredients however aren't main ingredients in the product and you shouldn't worry too much. Furthermore, this deodorant uses baking soda as an ingredient, which a lot of DIY deodorants also are made of.

This deodorant has a very soothing scent, which is quite discrete. I think this would be suitable for both men and women. This is perfect for days when you're not too active. I detected a slight odor, when I used it in the summer, whenever I would ride my bike. So it's not completely bulletproof to odor. I can also detect a slight odor if I'm stressed when I use this, as sweat caused by stress tends to smell even worse than normal sweat. It's actually quite good, but doesn't hide all odors. However, I haven't seen any sign of breaking out from it, so if you're hyper-allergic, like me, this might be a good choice.

3. Crystal Essence Chamomile & Green Tea Mineral Deodorant

Ingredients
Aqua, Potassium Alum, Natural Fragrance made with essential oils and extracts, Polysorbate-20, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Zinc, Gluconate. 

Claims
"Safe for the environment. Prevents body odor 24 hours"

My Thoughts
This has a short ingredient list, which is a good sign. It's Paraben-free, suitable for hyper-allergics and without Aluminum Chlorohydrat. The fragrance is made with essential oils, which is something that can cause allergic reactions, so be careful if you have reacted from perfume in the past. Furthermore the ingredients Polysorbate-20, Sodium Bicarbonate and Benzoic Acid have all been rated a 3/10 on harmfulness, so they're not extremely bad, but neither really good. This, like the Jason deodorant, uses baking soda, as a way to neutralize odor.

The scent is very sweet, but so nice - I absolutely adore it. However, this would probably only be suited for women, as most men doesn't like to smell like a flower. This deodorant is the only one of the three that claims to be safe for the environment. Whether, it's the ingredients or the packaging that's safe for the environment, I don't know, as this isn't stated on the deodorant. This doesn't hide any unwanted odors at all. I'm really sad to say that, as I do think it has such a lovely scent. But even on days where you don't exercise you will be able to detect a slight sweat odor, so I only use this for days where I know I'm doing an absolute minimum of moving around and stressing. This is exceptionally bad in stressful situations, as it just doesn't hide the scent at all. So I would say this is probably the deodorant that performs the most disappointing out of the three deodorants. I wouldn't recommend buying this, as the sweat odor will be just as bad, as it would if you were to go au natural.

So there you have it; an in depth review of the natural deodorants I have tried. Please let me know if you prefer the in depth reviews!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Basic How To: Homemade Mexican Spice Mix..

I have declared my love for Mexican food a million times on this blog and so I thought it would be suiting to share my favourite Mexican spice mix with you guys. It's a lot cheaper to make your own spice mix compared to the ones you buy in the shops and so this is very appropriate for those of you who have a tight budget. Another plus is the fact you can design your mix, so it's perfect for your likings. 


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano 
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 3 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper


It's very simple you just toss all the different spices into a bowl and give it a good whirl. Afterwards I contain it in an air tight container. This is mostly suitable for minced meat, but can be used for chicken as well. It can be used to all sorts of mexican dishes and is a great all round spice mix.


This is such an easy spice mix to make and once you have bought all of the ingredients, it will be cheaper in the long run to make your own spice mix, instead of buying the ones from the stores. I like mine spicy, but if you want a more tame mixture, you put less chili in it. The only way of testing your spice mix is to cook with it, you can always add more paprika, chili, *insert-spice-of-your-liking* in it afterwards, but it's important not to overdo it from the beginning.

I really enjoy making my own spice mixtures and I made a delicious pumpkin spice latte mix last year, which I may share with you guys, even though it's not really season any more. It's so simple and once again it's a great way to save some extra money and we all want that, right?

I hope you're all are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New In: Sistema Lunch Boxes..

I'm on a roll these days with switching up my old things with new, healthier options and kitchenware was the next step. I recently discovered Sistema, a brand, which produces environmentally friendly lunch boxes, that doesn't contain BPA, Phthalates or Lead. So the boxes are really good for you and are good for the environment. Furthermore, they do all of this at a budget friendly price point - Are you excited yet? 

The reason why I choose plastic containers that doesn't contain BPA, Phthalates or Lead is because these will dissolve into your food and they're not great to consume into your body. Another thing which is great to choose without these chemicals is a water bottle or else you will be drinking them.


I chose a pink lunch box for my lunch as I often like to make salads and bring to uni and this is perfect as you can put your food into the different compartments. Furthermore, I bought a smaller box, which I can put nuts in (I always have nuts with me at all times). I have used them for about a month and a half now and I must admit they're pretty great. They're easy to clean and if you have a dishwasher, you can pop it in there without any problems. These containers can also be put in the freezer without getting ruined. Lastly all of their boxes can be put in the microwave - what's not to love?


I'm really happy that I discovered this brand as I think this is just so handy, healthy and very budget friendly. The ethos is great and I think it's a fantastic choice to choose environmentally friendly produced plastic and something that's healthier for your body. Sistema has a million of different boxes and it's great if you have kids, as they make their containers in a lot of really fun colours. I hope you guys are having a great day!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

A Natural Makeup Guide..

Some of you may know I used to write a beauty blog, which I stopped as I started caring more and more about lifestyle and less about beauty. However, I do miss at times and since I started my journey to a more clean and healthy lifestyle, I also started looking into natural beauty products. I'm not a fanatic in the area, as I most definitely will use all my non-natural products up before buying new - otherwise I would feel like I would have wasted all of my money. 

Now, even though I try as much as possible to live a more healthy lifestyle I find it hard to quit makeup all together. I'm by no means one of those girls who can't walk outside the door without makeup, but I do like to make an effort and look nice. I'm also cheap in the sense that I will not spend my money on a product unless I can find a good handful of positive reviews on the internet.


It can be such a jungle to figure out, which products are good and which ones are bad. Also organic and natural ingredients doesn't always mean it's good. Sometimes you have certain things that you may be allergic to and have to avoid e.g. I should avoid certain perfumes and colorants, because of allergies. My usual rule of thumb is the ingredient list should be short and understandable. If you're in doubt you can use ewg.org to do some research on the ingredients, as they have a scale, which shows how harmful the different ingredients are and explain why they're harmful. Any who, I have found some natural beauty items, which I would wear without concern.

1. Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Foundation SPF 20 - I have read reviews that this should be really good and it's without perfume and parabens. Also the ingredient list is very harmless and is actually quite natural. I always like to make sure my complexion looks nice and even and so I always use a foundation to achieve this.

2. Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette 01 - I don't wear eyeshadows that often, in fact I will only wear eyeshadow for really big events. However, when I do wear eyeshadows I only wear matte, as I like to keep my skin to look dewy and eyes defined and matte. I always wear brown shades, as it brings the blue out in my eyes. This is a palette of four matte brown shades, so it's absolutely perfect for my wantings.

3. Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Pure Peach - I love a glossy lip and I always opt for a neutral shade. Once again the ingredient list is quite good and the lip gloss is infused with vegetable oils. I typically wear a neutral lip gloss whenever I go out or have a meeting.

4. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips - It certainly has an interesting name, however this has gotten such rave reviews in the blogosphere the last couple of years and I think it sounds amazing. It's made of 100% natural ingredients and the main ingredient is Lanolin, which is natural fat from sheep wool. This sounds extremely disgusting, but it's so good and hydrating for the skin (I also used Lanolin in my homemade lip balm). It's supposed to heal chapped lips and dry patches and is especially good for those who suffer from eczema e.g. me. I always keep a lip balm with me at all times, as I get dry lips so easily and I will definitely buy this, the next time I'm in need of a balm.

5. Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer - This is such a good concealer ingredient wise. Concealer is the most important thing for me, as I always like to make sure I look awake. If I had to choose one beauty product and one beauty product only it would, without a doubt, be concealer. As I mentioned before I like to make sure my complexion looks flawless and I think the skin is the most important part of a makeup routine. 

6. Tromborg Blush - Tromborg is such a luxury brand and has such a nice Ethos. It's mineral based makeup and worn by some of the Scandinavian it-girls e.g. Elin Kling. I always like to have a little bit of a tint to my cheeks, for a fresh look. I don't always wear blush, as I'm also a fan of bronzer, but since I dyed my hair brown I feel like a pink blush suits me better. 

7. EcoTools Mini Essential Set - If you want to go all the way, EcoTools make really amazing eco friendly brushes. The brushes are really affordable and there's a great selection of brushes to choose from. I chose this one as it's a mini set and perfect for when you're on the go. The tools are so important when you apply makeup and so it's always great to invest in some good brushes, these are amazing and really soft. 

8. Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara Black - I actually own this mascara and while it creates the most beautiful and lucius long lashes, it doesn't stay put that well. If you're in contact with any kind of humidity you will look like a panda, as it will rub off on your skin. However, if it's not a rainy day or your not going to sweat, this is absolute perfection. It makes my lashes look really full and long and almost give a fake eyelash effect. 

9. Benecos Organic Mineral Powder - I hate having a shiny t-zone and Benecos' powder is made out of organic and natural ingredients aaaand it's really budget friendly. I always make sure my forehead and nose are powdered before leaving my apartment, as I do tend to get really oily in those areas. Furthermore, powder is always a great multi-functioning product to have in your collection, as it's great for setting concealer and great for making lipstick last all day long. 

10. Nilens Jord Mineral Powder in matte - I love Nilens Jord, as their products are just so well made. It's a Danish brand, but can be ordered on their official website to all of Europe. Nilens Jord don't make products with any parabens or perfume in them, as they don't think these ingredients reflect quality.This is a powder, but I would buy it in a darker colour and use it as a bronzer. I prefer matte bronzers and so I often buy a darker powder and use it as a subtle bronzer.

So here are a few suggestions to which products you can use instead of conventional makeup. Most of these brands aim to produce as natural and organic products as possible, but it isn't completely impossible to find products amongst conventional produced brands, that aren't filled with harmful ingredients. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you have any recommendations, please leave them in a comment below! 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New In: iPhone Work-out Holder..

You know you're addicted to fitness, when you own one of these bad boys. The thing is, I work out three to four times a week and I can't work out without music. I store all my music on my iPhone, so this little bad boy is absolutely perfect. These cost quite a lot at my local gym, so I started to look for alternatives and at last I found this on Ebay, which is approximately 1/10th of the price of the ones my gym sells. 

You basically just strap this on you arm and press play to listen to your favourite music, which makes it really easy having your iPhone with you around the gym. You have to take your iPhone out of it's case (if it's in a case) before putting it in the holder. The clear front allows you to use the touch screen, which is great if you want to change song. 


The strap allows you to sweat through it and you it's closed by velcro. It's so important that its made out of a material which absorbs sweat, as it otherwise could get really smelly really fast and no one wants a smelly arm strap. You can also choose it in a lot of different colours, but I chose it in black as I try to be as anonymous as possible when I work out - I'm one of those old t-shirt, no makeup, greasy hair kinda gals in the gym.

This is such a life saver and I use it all the time. It's also great if you're a fan of running and want your iPhone close to you at all times. My male friends sort of tease me, as it makes me look like such a fitness junkie.

If you're not a fan of the music that plays in your local gym, this is absolutely perfect. I use mine every time I work out and even though it didn't cost a lot, it's one of my favourite purchases I have made in a long time. It's funny how that works sometimes.

I hope you guys are having a great day!