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
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
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
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
Man, how underrated is soup?! It’s my go-to for several reasons:
- It’s easy as hell (just chuck random crap in a pot)
- It’s really filling (I love food and I’m not satisfied til my belly is full to the brim)
- It’s light, low calorie and jam-packed with nutrients
It’s the perfect food when those winter cravings kick in (holla@me if cold weather just makes you want to eat more than your body needs), or as a refresher in the summer since it doubles as a beverage (hands up if you never seem to hydrate enough).
This soup combo might sound weird but trust me the mix works sooo perfectly! Try it out and let me know what you think 🙂 Continue Reading
I was really thirty while on transit in London waiting for my flight back to Switzerland. So naturally I did as many of us would do, I went into Boots, and grabbed a coconut water to have something really hydrating. While sipping my deliciously refreshing coco water, I started reading the back of the carton (what else should you do when your flight’s delayed). I had the craziest realization while reading the label. The coconuts were picks in the Philippines, then shipped over to Thailand for processing, then to Europe for bottling, and then shipped to the airport where I was waiting, and into my hand. I could have gotten a bottle of locally produced bottles water, but nahh I “felt like coconut water” so I got it. Thinking about the amount of labour, work, energy, fuel, pollution etc. that was behind my seemingly innocent bottle of coconut water was sickening. I decided there and then that I would take an extra minute every single time I buy something to make sure that the enjoyment I get out of it would be worth everything the product went through to make itself to me. Here are a few tips that I’ve now implemented into my life to become a more conscious consumer. *Just as a disclaimer I’m in no way saying I’m perfect, or a true environmentalist or that I live a very ecological or minimalistic lifestyle. My parents live on the other side of the world which means I travel a lot and take lots of flights which is clearly an environmental disaster, making it all the more reason to try make a greater effort in other aspects of my life. We can all do something, and something is always better than nothing. Continue Reading
So I have a confession to make. I never really liked melon much. I remember going to visit my grandparents in France during the summer and cantaloupe melons were always served as an entree. I’d usually have a small sliver just to be polite and to just triple check that yup, they are, in fact, still gross. Recently however I’ve discovered a new appreciation for the ever so humble melon. Although I can’t say for sure if it’s because I actually like the melon or if I just like the positive associations I have with it. Regardless, I could help but chuck some in a blender with some ginger, kiwi and lots of other goodies to make this super fresh summer green smoothie! Bottoms uuupppp
It’s wild to think that this time a week ago I was just finishing up my Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School… I literally had no idea what to expect when I got there. In fact, I went in with no expectations at all, which, chapeau to me, was a bloody good way of going about it. Cuz in the end, the whole experience was nothing like what I could ever have imagined. The whole journey was a freakin sweaty-ass roller coasted of emotions, sore muscles, laughs and tears. My heart aches thinking back, because gawd-damn those were some of the happiest days of my life. I’ve tried to sum it up in this post, and I included an FAQ section at the bottom to answer some of the main questions I’ve received. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to comment below or message me personally! I hope this helps some of you future yoga teachers and inspires the rest of you to think about possibly doing a YTT as well 😉 Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again. Time to spend days on end cooped up in front your computer screen, finally understanding why your professors said “attendance to lectures is highly recommended”. It’s the time where students all over the globe channel 100% of their focus into exam prep, and any other healthy habit practiced throughout the year flies out the window.
On top of being passionate about health and fitness, I’m really into productivity hacks. I love reading books about maximizing efficiency and self-development. So I’ve decided to combine these all in a post on how to stay fit, health and productive during exam time. I hope it’s helpful to some of you, and I take full credit if you end the semester with a six-pack and a 98% average (: ~~ (kidding) Continue Reading
Maybe it’s cuz summer’s coming so everyone’s trying to get that beach bod ready, or because we’re almost half way through the year (shit only got 6 months left to hit those NY Resolutions), but everyone seems to be on a “diet” these days. I’ve gotten more messages that ever from people asking whether they should be “cutting carbs completely” or “is it okay to have a piece of bread in the morning”, “what about the afternoon?”. I have the same answer every single time. I start by saying that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. Everyone has different metabolisms, hormone levels, body fat percentages, goals, composition, likes, dislikes, strength, deficiencies…literally the list is endless. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet, and that is probably the most frustrating thing to hear ever. I’ve mentioned this before but it all comes down to human nature. We are always seeking a yes or no answer, a strict rule and guideline, however this cannot apply to nutrition. Since there are so many factors that come into play when discussing proper nutrition, naturally it would make sense that the reply would have an equally broad and wholistic approach. HOWEVER, even though this next point may seem to completely contradict the previous, there is one diet rule that I believe everyone should follow, HERE IT IS: Continue Reading