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Victoria S.

Eating Seasonally Health Lifestyle October

Eating Seasonally: In October we eat Squash

I’ve said it a thousand times but I’ll say it again, I’m a totally water-baby, beach-bum, summer-lover, whatever you want to call it. Essentially I’m happiest in denim cut-offs and a bikini top. But there’s something so cozy and magical about fall, I really can’t put my finger on it. There’s something about strolling in the fresh morning air, hearing the crunching of fallen leaves under your feet and the smell of spiced everything. I also completely believe in eating with the seasons. As winter approaches, mother nature gives us slightly heavier, starchier veggies to fill up on. Squash is one of my seasonal favs. It’s so high in vitamin A and vitamin C, being the perfect pre-winter health booster, while the high-fibre content keeps you nice and full for long winter days. I’ve been pushing myself to experiment with different types of squash, and so far here are my fav ways to use this gorgeous veg in October:

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Main meals Recipes

Curried Superfood Squash Chips

There are so many recipes out there for pumpkin and sweet potatoes, but man where’s the butternut love?? Only 100g of butternut squash provides you with 212% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A… Seems a little excessive I know but hey, vitamin A supports healthy eyes and good vision, and idk bout you but I quite like seeing things so let’s all fill up shall we? I’ve combined this sweet starchy veg with spicy curry and golden chlorella to make the most nutritious and delicious chips you’ve probs ever had ever. Whip up some simplified satay sauce for dipping and you’ve got yourself the perfect seasonal aperitif snack.  Continue Reading

Main meals Recipes

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

So I spent my whole life thinking butternut squash was spaghetti squash…which doesn’t sound like a big deal at all, til you try making squash “spaghetti” out of butternut. Then you’re guaranteed to have a pretty big fail of a cooking sesh. Trust me I speak from experience. Thankfully, the nice lady at the market corrected me as I was explaining to my mum how I was going to try again to finally make spaghetti with the butternut I was holding. Shout out to that lady, she’s the real MVP. These pesto spaghetti squash boats are the best cuz not only are they delicious as hell with 1/5 of the calories than the equivalent portion of pasta, but the squash actually serves as a bowl AKA easy to serve, looks cute AF and less dishes to clean #AllIDoIsWin.  Continue Reading

Lifestyle

3 things I learned at Yoga Teacher Training in India

When I was getting ready to leave for my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in India, so many people said to me: “you’ll see, it’ll change your life”. Despite all these messages, I really tried to go in without any expectations at all. I went in with the goal of succeeding my program and leaving a qualified yoga teacher, but anything extra, any lesson I learn or realization I would come to would just be bonus. I guess throughout the journey I didn’t even realize how much I was learning. The expectation would be to end up bursting into tears in the middle of meditation class having discovered the true meaning of life, however that’s not what usually happens. Every night before falling asleep Stef and I would ask each other what we’d learned that day. Each day brought a new realization. No matter how small, these all added up to greater lessons, ones which I still carry with me now. On our last day at Yoga Teacher Training, one of our classmates suggested we all write a “letter to our future selves”. She emphasized how easy it will be to get back into the hustle and bustle of daily life when we get home, and how easily we will forget the way we were feeling after such an enlightening month. I took her advice, and when I was at the airport leaving Delhi, I took the time to write a letter to my future self. In this letter I described three lessons I had learned in India. These were the three main realizations I did not want to forget. I don’t believe you need to cross the world and go spend a month in India to learn these, so here they are. I hope I’ve managed to convey them all as vividly as I’ve experienced them, and that you learn something from them as well. Continue Reading

Eating Seasonally Health Lifestyle September

Eating seasonally: In September we eat apples

A few weeks back I decided to start a seasonal eating series focusing on one item of produce in season each month. When deciding what fruit or vegetable to pick for September it wasn’t too hard to chose. I used to go apple picking every September as a kid. Naturally since I used to find the actual act of picking so fun, we’d end up coming home with kilos and kilos of apples. This meant that the month of September was usually spent eating apple-everything in attempts to ingest the 3kg before they go bad. We usually managed pretty well, and that’s essentially because there’s SO much you can do with these babies. On top of being versatile, easy to carry around, perfect to cook and/or eat raw and having a long shelf-life, they’re paaaacked with antioxidants and are super high in dietary fibre. The fibre in apples can help feel you full, regulate your bowels, reduce cholesterol and improve your health health. So go to the market (or orchard if you can), stock up and check out my recipes and ideas below for how to use them! You’ll love em to the core I promise 😉  Continue Reading

Main meals Recipes

Crunchy Apple Salad

I absolutely love the sweet-savoury combo. One of my fav ways to pull it off is to toss some fruit in my salads, drizzle some sweet-sour dressing on there and you’ve got yourself super nutritious salad that doesn’t taste like grass. The tamari roasted almonds in this recipe absolutely maaaaake it. The nice crunch of the nuts and apple with the smooth sweetness of the dressing make it the perfect fall combo.  Continue Reading

Desserts Recipes

Apple-Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge was one of my favourite treats as a kid. I grew up in Canada where maple fudge is a staple, and seeing as I was even more of a sweet tooth back then as I am now, you betcha I munched on my fair share of lil fudge squares. When I went vegan I kept seeing all these vegan fudge alternatives everywhere, but never really bothered to try. In my mind the reason why fudge is THAT good is cuz it’s essentially a block of sugary butter. Sugar + butter = guuuuuuud fudge. So try sell me some sugar-free, dairy-free fudge? Like naahhhh I’m aight, I’d rather treat myself to eating peanut butter out the jar. When trying to come up with some fall recipes however, maple fudge just popped into my mind, and I could hardly get my mind off FUDGE. But instead of attempting to make maple fudge with whatever imported maple syrup I can find here in the grocery store, I decided to use gorgeous in-season, Swiss apples and try my hand at an apple-peanut butter combo. Gonna be totally honest, it’s not quite the same texture as normal fudge BUT it’s just as delicious IF NOT BETTER. Oh AND it’s not sickeningly sweet as fudge often is, it’s dairy-free, sugar-free and gluten-free…meaning you get your fudge without “fudging” up your heart-health WOOHOO what a win hey!  Continue Reading

Desserts Recipes

Apple Crumble in a jar

As much as I love summer; long sunny days, barbecues by the lake and denim cut offs, I do really like fall time as well. Gimme fluffy scarves, fresh apples and pumpkin spiced everything and I’m one happy bunny. Fall food is my absolute favourite, and apple crumble being pretty high up on the list (possibly only behind pumpkin pie). My only issue with desserts is that I love them too much…honestly if I bake a pumpkin pie I will most probably have it all in one sitting (which is all fun and games until you can’t button up your jeans anymore) so when I get the chance, I try make individual portion desserts. This apple crumble in a jar is the perfect thing to bake up for a dinner party, or to meal prep as a little sweet treat, keep in the fridge and eat later. You can even tie a little bow around the top of the jar and offer it as a cute lil homemade prezie.  Continue Reading

August Eating Seasonally Health Lifestyle

Eating Seasonally: in August we eat melon

I’ve been super focused lately on eating seasonally and locally. In Switzerland we’re lucky enough to get amazing produce grown right here in the country, and I’ve decided to fully embrace that. That might mean giving up bananas and avocados for the time being, but hey, with deliciously sweet berries and stone fruit freakin everywhere, I can’t complain. This month I’ve decided to focus on melon. Cantaloupe melon is an amazing source of vitamin A & C while having anti-inflammatory properties. Honeydew melon is rich in potassium (so ciaaaoo nanas, hello honeydew 😉 while watermelon is hella hydrating (perfect for hot summer days since they’re over 90% water). So all in all, go grab some melons (can’t say that with a straight face), and dig in. If you’re looking for some inspo on what do with them, check out my recipes and ideas below!  Continue Reading

Desserts Recipes

Mixed melon and lime sorbet

I’ve been obsessed with banana ice cream for ages now, and have somehow gotten it into my mind that when making “ice cream” out of frozen fruit you need banana. Now that kinda caused a problem when I started really focusing on only buying local produce… the problem being: I NEED BANANA ICE CREAM BUT THEY DON’T GROW IN SWITZERLAND GUESS I HAVE TO PACK UP AND MOVE TO HONDURAS?! Well, turns out that instead of transferring to Honduras, you can pretty much chuck any old frozen fruit in the food processor and the outcome will be sorbet. Obviously it’s naturally not as creamy, but hey, as long as it tastes as good I’m down. This mix is SO refreshing for summer, and not as heavy as your classic banana ice cream. It’s the perfect way to use up all those in-season melons that you’ve totally been stocking in the freezer as per my suggestion 😉  Continue Reading