Wednesday, April 30, 2014

12 Ways to Wear Overalls (and not look like a farmer)

reading time: ca. 1 min

source: trendencias

(1) wear them short.

(2) wear them as skirts.

(3) wear them over cropped tops.

(4) wear them with fun striped/patterned shirts.

(5) wear them with converse.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Shopping List Staples

reading time: ca. 3 min


As mentioned in my Review on Raw Food my diet is 100% vegan and 100% plant-based and gluten-free. And also high in carbs and low in fat. Wow, what a fancy labelling: high-carb, low-fat, plant-based, vegan. Sounds so complicated, although it's really not. I live on grains, fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein - watching my fat intake but in no way counting calories. Get in those carbs, girl! 

So what do i eat exactly?

Below you will find the complete Shopping List for my regular grocery shopping. Since this is quite a long and detailed list, i went ahead and highlighted the food that i ALWAYS keep in the house. Maybe this will give you some new ideas or inspiration for your own food shopping!

Rule #1 Never, and I mean never, go to the supermarket hungry! All of a sudden EVERYTHING will look good to you… You will end up packing your cart to the brim with foods you wouldn't normally reach for, and may even forget what you actually came in for ;) Or bring a list with you and stick to that list!

Fresh Produce:
- Avocados for guacamole, dressings, puddings etc.
- Bananas (green ones as well as super ripe ones) for snacks, smoothies, ice cream, cakes etc.
- Broccoli 
- Carrots
- Cabbage for salads and wraps
- Cauliflower for "rice" and "mashed potatoes" and "pizza dough"
- Fresh Fruit (whatever is in season or you feel like eating: apples, berries, grapefruit, grapes, mangos, melons, peaches, pears, pineapples, oranges, tangerines, ...) - you can also buy frozen fruit if you like! i usually get my berries frozen
- Fresh Herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, mint etc.) for salads, smoothies, guacamole and more
- Ginger / Garlic / Onions - if you don't mind their tangy taste
- Leafy Greens (baby spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, ...) for green smoothies, salads etc. - if you can't find fresh spinach or leafy greens, get frozen spinach
- Lemons or lime for dressings, marinade, lemonade, hot lemonade with honey, ice cream etc. - i usually get lime because i prefer the fresh, summery taste
- Mushrooms (portobello, shiitake,...)
- Sweet potato, Yam / Pumpkin (Hokkaido) - if you can't find these, you can also go for potatoes
- Tomatoes for salads and dressings - i prefer cherry tomatoes
- Zucchini for "noodles" and salads or stir-fries

source: instagram

Pantry Staples:
- Amaranth
- Apple cider vinegar or other vinegar
- Buckwheat
- Cocoa powder, unsweetened and de-oiled, and/or Carob powder for smoothies and desserts
- Cinnamon 
- Coconut, fresh or shredded - get in an Asian store!
- Coconut water - get in an Asian store!
- Dried Fruit (dates, apricots, figs, raisins, ...) for snacks and desserts - get Dates in a Turkish, Persian or Asian store, or even online e.g. here!
- Dried Herbs & Spices (basil, pepper, turmeric, cumin etc.)
- Dried Tomatoes
- Kelp "noodles" - get in an Asian store!
- Nut milk (almond, hazelnut, cashew etc.) or rice milk - i make my own (DIY Rice milk / DIY Almond milk)
- Oats (wholegrain and ideally gluten-free)
- PB2 as a supplement for fatty, salted & sugared peanut butter
- Rice (brown or basmati) and/or rice paper - get in an Asian store!
- Seaweed/Nori for sushi and salads - get in an Asian store!
- Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia, sesame, ...) for salad toppings and desserts
- Stevia, agave syrup or coconut sugar (the latter is quite pricey though)
- Sweet Corn, canned
- Tea (mostly green, peppermint and Chai)
- Tigernut, whole or ground - great sub for nuts or flour, if ground!

source: instagram

UPDATE: You can get the PDF version of this grocery guide to save or print by clicking here  

What to look for:
- in season
- local
- fresh
- as unprocessed as possible
- organic
- farmers market!
- Asian market!
- bulk discount

If you are thinking right now, "oh crap, i can't afford this!", here are a few things you can do to save some cash:

1) Base your meals around potatoes, oats, beans, rice and bananas. These foods are normally very inexpensive and easy to find. And they keep you full and satisfied! Especially beans.

2) Buy in bulk; buy discounted produce; compare prices in stores and between stores! If you eat huge amounts of bananas, buy boxes of them and save a few dollars that way. You can also get discounted prices on overly ripe fruits and veggies. Simply freeze that produce and add to smoothies, soups and stir-frys later on! And often times different places have different prices, so take the time to compare and buy what you think is best.

3) Skip the packaged, pricey nut milk. If you're really craving some milky stuff, go ahead and make it yourself (DIY Almond milk). It is actually cheaper that way - and you know exactly what you get.

Also, mix your own make-ahead oatmeal packs, so that all you have to do in the morning is add liquid and cook. Those instant oatmeal packets are convenient, but they're full of added sugar. So make yours convenient too! By making your own "instant oatmeal", you get to decide exactly what goes in. Plus, it's cheaper. 
For example: 1/2 cup of oats, a little bit of sweetener (or mash 1 fresh banana and add to it as you cook it!), any dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or spices you want. I love cinnamon and cacao powder.

4) Dried tomatoes are usually pretty pricey as well, so dry them yourself! Like so.

5) Omit the nuts. Sub them for sunflower seeds (at least where i live they are way cheaper than nuts and packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins, protein and minerals) - by the way, it's not as common, but you can actually make sunflower seed milk as well! In recipes, you can usually sub nuts for buckwheat, shredded coconut, carrots, celery, mushrooms, chia seeds, flaxseed or any root vegetable! 

6) Grow your own greens! If you don't have a garden (i don't, for example -.-), you can still grow your own sprouts and herbs in a little seed tray on your windowsill!

7) Instead of going all exotic, stick to you good ol' local foods and look up what's in season right now. Where i live papaya, persimmons, pineapples and melons are especially pricey, so i buy them only occasionally, while my daily fruit intake consists of bananas (which are the cheapest fruit i know, even though they're tropical), apples, pears, strawberries, frozen berries, dried dates,...

8) Don't buy juices. Eat the whole fruit instead. Much more satisfying and contains the entire complex of vitamins and nutrients. If you insist on juice, make it yourself! Don't have a juicer? No problem, 'cause you're just gonna blend these babies up! That way you get all the fiber, plenty of fresh vitamin and - thanks to the fiber - are full for a long time.

9) Make meals in advance. Preparation is key, and will not only save you money but also time. Instead of making one meal at a time, prepare your meals in BULK for several days, even up to a week. That way you won't spend as much time cooking and preparing, and it will also help to keep you on track instead of going for fast food when you come home hungry!

10) Don't worry too much about organic. As much as i love and promote organic food (apart from the nutrients even the taste is so much more vibrant!), i don't buy everything organic, though i try to get at least my everyday staples (like bananas, carrots, apples, baby spinach...) organic. Here's a helpful list to see which products you should buy organic and which are lowest in pesticide:
source: foodrecipeshq

My research has also shown that the biggest difference between organic and non-organic is actually found in meat because of the way the animals are being fed and treated.

Hope this helps!

Lots of Love xx


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Sun-kissed Smoothie

reading time: ca. 1 min

Preparation time: 5 mins
Main ingredients: nut milk, turmeric
difficulty level: easy
makes: 300ml
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tips to Be a straight A Student ✔

reading time: ca. 5 min

For me working at my bachelor thesis is just around the corner, and for some of my friends their a-level exams begin this week. It's the grand finale now. Am i nervous? I don't know, maybe. I guess i'm just glad to get active and get this over with. Of course i want to do my best, and get good results, who doesn't? So here are some tips to get A's in college or school. I've divided my tips into three parts: Before School, During School and After School.

Top 10: Music to Help be Productive

reading time: ca. 1 min

Having written a term paper on the effects of background music on the human brain, i can tell you that it is proven not to be productive to listen to overly loud music or complete silence. Instead you should surround yourself with a moderate ambient noise ("easy listening") that will induce processing difficulty, leading to abstract processing and, consequently, to greater creativity. In other words: a moderate ambient noise (around 62 to 70 decibels) enhances creativity by prompting abstract thinking. The only thing i wonder though is: how do you find out the decibel level of your music on a pc or mobile?

Counting down, i present to you my personal Top Ten of music to stimulate creativity, productivity and getting sh*t done:

10. Amélie - Full Soundtrack

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Buns

reading time: ca. 2 min

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((') (') Good morning, Easter bunnies!

This is a family tradition. Every year at Easter we make our very special Easter Buns, using either "Quarkölteig", a dough made with curd cheese, or lately yeast dough. It's a great breakfast for Easter Sunday or Monday to make with your kids, family or friends. The more the merrier :)

Scroll down for the recipe and some fun!

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Almond Milk

reading time: ca. 1 min

Yay, i just finished my very last seminar paper and my internship report! And since i milk every reason to celebrate to make some rawmazing food (no pun intended), i had to make FRESH HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK today. Makes sense, right? Right.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Essentials /14

reading time: ca. 1 min

Beauty Patches

First of all i have something more deep to share with you. So instead of an outfit of the day, here's this video that you may or may not have seen already. If you have, go ahead and watch it another time. It bears repeating: A sister just can't get enough of this, you hear me.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY Little Ladybugs (from walnut shells)

reading time: ca. 2 min

Who knew you could get crafty with walnut shells? My granny actually gave me that idea when i was visiting her last month, and i love it! Such an adorable and easy way to recycle walnut shells. These are great to make with your family during the Easter holidays, don't you think?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Russian Beet Soup (Borscht)

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 15 mins + cook time 30 mins
Main ingredients: beetroot, carrot, zucchini, onion
difficulty level: easy
serves: 4
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

As part of my Day Zero Project i have challenged myself to "Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures", and today shall be the day that i conquer the fifth and last step to success. *drum roll* May i present to you: Nr 05 Borschtsch (Russia.)

Since this is a traditional Ukrainian and Russian soup dish i decided to go for the original cooked version, as well as the "rawified" raw vegan version which is inspired by Emily's beet & avocado soup. (personally, i think the raw version is even more flavourful. Just look at this gorgeous ruby red colour! But form your own opinion :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

DIY Sleepy Bunny Bags

reading time: ca. 2 min

Hello there little crafty bunnies :) 
i promised there would be more DIYs, and so i deliver! Today we're making "Sleepy Bunny Bags" that can be used as lavender bags or gift/candy pouches, just in time for Easter season. They are inspired by this post by probablyactually, and I'm using the template by Merrilee from her original Bunny Candy Pouch at mer mag.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

DIY Bunny Biscuits + Easter Eggs

reading time: ca. 1 min

Easter Eggs

Preparation time: 15 mins (+ 20 mins refrigeration)
Main ingredients: buckwheat, raisins, coconut
difficulty level: easy
makes: 15-20 eggs
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Now who says you can't have Easter Eggs on a raw vegan lifestyle! Or cute Bunny Biscuits. Well, actually they are rather buns, i guess, but Bunny Buns sounds just too silly :) 

These are really easy to make: No baking required, dairy-free, wheat-free (no, buckwheat is NOT a wheat - also, you can easily replace it with any other pseudo grain or oats or nut meal) and sugar-free. 

Have fun!

Friday, April 04, 2014

D for Dates (& other dried fruit)

reading time: ca. 3 min

hey there food friends 
Okay, i have a confession to make: i think i'm addicted to dates. Over the last two months i have consumed - no lie - 3.5 kilograms of dates. That's 7.7 lbs or half a stone. Oh yeh. It was crazy. Especially since there is a controversial "date discussion" floating around the internet concerning whether dates are helpful, harmless or even harmful.
So let's take a look at the benefits and possible dis-benefits of dates and dried fruit in general.

You might not remember the previous articles, but this is actually part of a little trivia series on the ABC of healthy food essentials that i started last year. In this series i share my knowledge of food and nutrition*. Click here for the previous episode.

Episode 4: D for Dates (& other dried fruit)