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Victoria S.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!ย  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 youย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Continue Reading

Main meals Recipes

Carrot-Melon summer soup

Man, how underrated is soup?! It’s my go-to for several reasons:

  1. It’s easy as hell (just chuck random crap in a pot)
  2. It’s really filling (I love food and I’m not satisfied til my belly is full to the brim)
  3. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Continue Reading

Health Lifestyle

8 tips to become a more conscious consumer

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 travelย a lotย 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 isย always better than nothing.ย  Continue Reading

Beverages Recipes

Fresh Ginger & Melon Green Smoothie

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

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Fitness India Lifestyle Travel

Yoga Teacher Training in India

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Continue Reading

Health Lifestyle

How to stay fit, healthy & productive during exams

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, healthย 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 (: ~~ ย (kidding)ย  Continue Reading

Fitness Health Lifestyle

The one diet rule everyone should follow

Maybe it’s cuzย summer’s coming soย 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 haveย the same answer every single time. I start by saying that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.ย 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 properย nutrition, naturally it would make sense that the reply would haveย an equally broad and wholistic approach. HOWEVER, even thoughย this next point may seem to completely contradict the previous, there isย oneย diet rule that I believe everyone should follow, HERE IT IS: Continue Reading

London Travel

5 Must-Try Brunch Spots in London

London has got to be my favourite city in Europe for many reasons:

  1. There’s always stuff going on here; let’s be real it’s it isย the city to be
  2. You can meet people from everywhere and anywhere
  3. There are so many sick fitness studios, from reformer to yoga to boxing
  4. It’s pretty much foodie heaven

No matter if you’re a true Londoner, if you’re livingย here temporarily or simply visiting, there are so many amazing foodie spots to be discovered in the city. Whether you’ve just spent last nightย having a few drinks too many at that new rooftop bar, or you’re just coming back from a crazy sweaty Barry’s workout, you’re probably in need for some brunch. Now brunch doesn’t simply constitute of some eggs at an awkward time of day, no no, a good brunch place must combine a cafe with a comfy but trendy set-up, good coffee, lots of healthy options and just a feel good vibe, cuz man, you can’t eat brunch in a place with a bad vibe. Itย just don’t work. Now I’ve triedย many brunch spots in London, and here below is the ultimate guide of the best of the best. So go ahead, eat up andย enjoy.ย  Continue Reading

Breakfast Desserts Recipes

Simple Vegan Banana Bread

I always felt like there are certain dishes where an “average” recipe just doesn’t cut it. Hell, for some dishes a “good” recipe doesn’t cut it either. For all those ultimate classics such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies andย banana bread,ย only an outta-this-world, dis-is-madness kinda recipes will do. It’s the sort of recipes that get passed on generation on generation, with the original recipe being scribbled on some semi-deteriorating old piece of paper kept in a safe somewhere. But in the end, the pen fades out and you can’t really read the recipe all that well and it gets lost forever. So thought I’d save my great grand-children the pain and just publish it here so they can check up on my blog whenever they wanna make some dope-ass nana bread. All jokes aside, this recipe is totally safe-worthy. I made itย for the entireย Food Matters team a few months back and they absolutely loved it. And that really means something; there’s hardly ever been a crew of such avid foodies ๐Ÿ˜‰
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