Monday’s healthy tips

Hello Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic start on the new week, loaded with new energy. Today I wanted to share some of my breakfast recipes that I absolutely love! Specially at this time of the year when it’s cold outside. I’m very much a smoothie kind of girl when it comes to breakfast, but when it’s very cold outside I prefer something warm. For me, oatmeal is the way to go! It is loaded with fiber that helps you keep full during your morning. Also what I love about oats is that the variations are endless! You can mix it with superfood, berries, nuts and seeds or whatever you prefer. Below I share two recipes I really like. They are nutritious and delicious (and vegan).

Coconut-berry oatmeal

Recipe:

  • 2 dl oats
  • 4 dl water
  • cinnamom
  • 1,5 cup of mixed berries (rapberries & blueberries)
  • pinch of pink salt
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • shredded coconut
  • pumpkin seeds

Cook up the oats, berries, salt and the cinnamon with the water. When it’s finished, top it with sliced banana, shredded coconut and pumpkin seeds. So delicious!

Apple cinnamon oatmeal 

Recipe:

  • 2 dl oats
  • 1 dl organic apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut flower sugar
  • 1/2 apple finely chopped
  • some water to cook

Put everything in a pot and cook it until you have the right consistency. I served it with some chopped apple and a little bit of maple syrup on top.

 

What is you favorite breakfast? Let me know.

xoxo

Welcome November

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing fine and enjoying life. Wow, I can’t believe we are already in November now, times flies by so fast! Today I want to share with you my goals for this month. I love making weekly and monthly goals. For me it’s a great way to reflect over things in my life; what I appreciate, what I wanna work on, and discover some new goals I wanna achieve. My goals always change. They all depends on were I find myself mentally and physically, and what energy level I have. It’s a good way to get to know yourself better and listening to your body.

1:  Getting back on track with my healthy eating habits 

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During the time here in Barcelona, I have been eating out a lot. It has been more wine and a little more unhealthy food than what I usually eat. Indulging every now and then is okay, but I do like to have a balance that makes me feel good. Also, the kitchen in this apartment makes cooking very limited. We don’t have a stove or much kitchen equipment. I miss my kitchen so much! But, no excuse right?

2: Reading books

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I am not a person that just finish one book after another, I have to admit. But I do like to read, and especially this time of the year when it’s cold outside (yes, it gets cold in Barcelona too, haha). The next book I wanna read is by Dr. Nigma Talib, a naturopathic skin care and health expert. I have read it before, but it’s so good, I just love all about it!

3: Listening to more podcats 

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Recently I started to listen to some podcasts. Why haven’t I done that before? I love it! I’m sure you can find podcast about everything, so whatever matches your interests. These days I’m listening to a woman named Kimberly Snyder, who also is a health and wellness expert. I do have two of her books and I love her philosophy about health and wellness, so inspiring! What I love about podcast is that you can listen anytime; when going for a walk, training, cooking, while doing your makeup etc. You should try it!

4: Freshening up my makeup bag

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Yes, the Holiday season is right around the corner, which means a lot of events and parties! What I love about Christmas season is that you really can play around with glitter and more heavy makeup looks than the other seasons. I do have a list of makeup products I wanna try out, so I will definitely make reviews on that later on.

5: Spending time with my family and my love

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Yes, I’m actually going home in the end of November for a long weekend. It’s a reason I have to go back home, I might tell you guys later. But, I do get a few days to enjoy with my family and boyfriend. At that time it will be 7 weeks since last time I saw him, and I’m missing him like crazy already… Just thinking of him surrounding me with a hug makes me all jiggly inside! It’s crazy how much impact another person can have on your feelings, don’t you think?

That is my top 5 goals this month. I hope this might gave you some inspiration to makes some new goals and achievements.

xoxo

Where to eat in Barcelona

I have now been in Barcelona a while and I have been trying out some various restaurants by now. So if you are a foodie and want to know some great places to eat here in Barcelona, just keep up reading my friend!

First of all, I should mention that I eat mostly a plant based diet that doesn’t include any meat or fish. I also try to stay away from diary as much as possible. My choices of eating like I do, won’t be the focus on this post, let’s talk about the restaurants. Don’t worry, these places I’m gonna mention does not only serve vegan or vegetarian food!

Flax and Kale/ Teresa Carles 

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The reason I put these two restaurants under one, is because it’s the same owner and the same kind of style when it comes to the food and the place. These two places must be my favorites! These places are both very popular places, always people, but you don’t have to wait forever to get a table. The food is really fantastic! The menu is not only for vegetarians. I have only tried the vegan food and wow, they really know how to make food taste perfect. What I really can recommend is the taco from Flax and Kale, that is made out of a special fruit that replace the meat. Even my non vegetarian boyfriend loved it! The service is great, very friendly and kind. The price is good too. These restaurant’s is the perfect breakfast spot or a nice dinner  with friends or as a dating place (they have good wine)! Check out their homepage here for more info and photos.

Enkel

Enkel is the restaurant that is just under our apartment, that’s how we found it, hehe! It’s located in the gothic quarter, kind of hidden in one of the many small streets in this area. The restaurant’s looks kind of trendy and it has a cool vibe to it. The waiters is so kind and friendly and the price is good. The food is so amazing! Since it is so near, I have been there many times, tried different things, and every time I get surprised about how freaking good the food is! I guess that’s why it is so popular and always have people there. They have both meat, normal burgers, fish etc, and also a very good vegetarian friendly menu. The Buddha bowl is fantastic, so is the goat cheese salad. They serves fresh juices that is perfect if you go there for breakfast, or tasty wine if your out dining. Click here to see more from this place.

Surfhouse

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Well, hello beach vibes! If you having a beach day and want some energy between sunbathing and playing in the waves, this is the place for you. It’s located right next to the beach and they have a big area outside, so you can enjoy your food while you’re listening to the ocean. The food is really good. Again, not only for vegetarians, but they have a great menu if you are plant based. For sure the best Acai bowl I have had so far! The price is good and the people are nice. It’s a very popular place, so you might have to wait some minutes to get table if you come around lunch time. Check out their side here.

Brunch and cake

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Before moving to Barcelona I did search over my social media to look for vegan friendly places to eat. This was the one I found on Instagram, their profile looks amazing, so it was a sure thing that I got to try this place when getting here. They have 3 or 4 restaurants, I have been to two of them. Both times I had to wait about at least 30 min before getting a table. The place looks very cozy and cute as you see with all their flower decorations outside. My expectation to this place was kind of high! And who walked out disappointed? Yes… The food wasn’t that wow at all. Actually I couldn’t finish my vegan burger because I didn’t find it tasty (and let me tell you, I’m one of those persons that eats EVERYTHING, of course not now when I’m plant based, but you get the point). The service wasn’t that good, of curse, they constantly have a 30 min line of hungry people outside their door. The price was good though. If you want a super cute Instagram photo, this is your place. But, if you want good service, tasty food and more relaxing environment, this is not your place. Check out their side here

If you ever go to Barcelona and try out some of these places, I hope you’re pleased with my recommendation. It’s plenty of places to eat here, and I still have 8 weeks more, so it might come up more tips on that front later on.

xoxo

A week full of love

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Hi guys!

As I mentioned on my last post, my boyfriend was on his way to visit me. I decided to not use any time blogging during his stay, just enjoying the moments and focusing on quality time with him. It has been one amazing week. During the week we stayed at a hotel in Barcelona. I had to go to work at the afternoon, but we tried to get as much as we could out of the mornings. We went shopping, eat at some great restaurants and just enjoyed the city.

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For the weekend we decided to go to a little place one hour from Barcelona, called Costa Brava. It’s a beautiful cozy little place. it was so nice to get out of the city for a bit. Less people and more quiet. The beach was really nice, just very wavy, haha. I got thrown off a big wave and ended up loosing my sunglasses that I have had for many years. Would have been fun to have photo of that, but I don’t. Sorry! But we enjoyed it a lot.

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The only thing I didn’t like so much about Costa Brava, was that is was more or less the same menu at all the restaurants. We couldn’t find anything else other than pasta, pizza, paella and some meat.

But all in all it has been an amazing week, I’m really grateful that I got to spend this time with the person I love during my stay in Barcelona.

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I hope you all are fine. I wish you a super start on your new week!

xoxo

Sunkissed weekend

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Hey guys! 🙂
Hope you all had a great weekend with a lots of fun! My weekend has been pretty good. My best friend are flying back tonight, so her last weekend has been spent mostly at the beach.

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We have also been enjoying some amazing food, as the Acai bowl at the Surfhouse, that is a restaurant next to the beach. I have been there two times now, and it’s really good! If you ever go to Barcelona, you should give it a try.

IMG_20180930_191953_921We haven’t just been lazy, we have also been at the gym Saturday morning. That is the best way to start the day if you ask me. Something with the energy you get after a great session, don’t you agree?

Right now we are soon going out to have our last dinner together, and Ingvild’s brother that happened to be in Barcelona the same time is joining too.

Even tough Ingvild is leaving tonight doesn’t mean I gonna be left with no visitors. Tomorrow my love is coming to spend one week with me. I’m so excited for that, I miss him way too much!

xoxo