Tomorrow it’s time to start the celebration of Vappu & 1st of May. I love all kinds of Holidays (and to celebrate things in life), so I’m excited. Everybody is usually in a good mood and it is just overall a happy vibe. Tomorrow we are having a big dinner together with our friends at Carelia and on the 1st of May we are going to our friends for their yearly brunch. Fun fun fun.
I believe that balance is the key in life so besides my healthy routines I like to enjoy some bubbly every now and then. I’m actually not that much of a “cocktail person”, but these prosecco cocktails turned out really good (and they look cute don’t they?). The cocktail shouldn’t be too sweet and easy to make – just like this grapefruit prosecco cocktail! I think these would work great as a pre drink or as mimosas at the brunch table for the upcoming celebrations.
2 freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Prosecco (I used the Divici Organic Prosecco * gifted)
Fresh thyme for the garnish
Strain the grapefruit juice evenly in three glasses + prosecco. Add ½ tsp honey in every glass and mix it. Add some thyme for garnish. Voila! If you want to make a non – alcoholic version you can either change the prosecco to a non – alcoholic version or use sparkling water instead. If you use sparkling water, add some ice to get an extra refreshing drink.
For the chia pudding you need 3 tbsp chia seeds and 1,5 dl coconut milk. Mix these two ingredients together and put it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Happy Easter! What do you guys have planned for the holiday? My boyfriend and I are turning 27 tomorrow so we are going to celebrate our birthdays and visit family. And of course enjoy this incredible weather! Hopefully this will last, a summer like last year would be amazing.
I got a comment from one of you readers that it would be nice if I wrote a post about How to keep a balanced diet, so here we go! Remember that this is my point of view, knowledge and experiences around this subject – it can be different for someone else. As you know I strongly believe in bio – individuality which you can read about more here if you like.
So, to start with – I don’t believe in diets. I believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The result from diets aren’t lasting and they are also very heavy on the body. Too much dieting will screw up your digestion, which in the worst case can be really hard to get back to normal. In this case I prefer different kinds of challenges, for example a month without sugar, cutting back on fast food etc. because these are actually good challenges for your body and will make you feel better.
I think the core to a balanced diet is to have a healthy base, but also allow yourself to have a treat every now and then. So think about it this way, 80% of what you eat should be food that is healthy and nourishing your body and 20% can be exactly what you want. So you eat the way you know you should eat to stay healthy, but if you’re out and about, you’re with friends or there’s a celebration – it’s ok to eat whatever you want to eat. This way, you keep both your body and mind happy.
Well, how do you start? How do you get to this balanced diet?
♡ Don’t underestimate the small changes in your everyday life that might not feel like much in the moment – it’s those changes that will be the big change in the end. Say for example that you are really bad at drinking water during the day and slowly start to add 2 – 3 glasses every day. By time, it will be a part of your daily routine and you won’t even noticed the changes, or yes, in a good way.
♡ This is easier said than done, but try not to stress about your diet (and weight.) Focusing too much on these areas often ends up backfiring and creating a stressful relationship with food. The mind and body is one and when you stress it will show in your diet and body. When the stress hormones are trigged, the body goes into fat – storage mode and actually becomes more effective at storing fat rather than burning it.
♡ Move the focus from the outside to the inside. Most of the time, people want to eat healthier/move etc. so that they can change the way they look/their bodies. Instead of putting all your attention on trying to change your outside, start to focus on how to make yourself feel better on the inside. This will show on the outside too.
♡ Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, focus on adding more healthy and nourishing food to your diet. This way the unhealthy food will automatically, by time, be replaced by the good food.
♡ Listen to your body.I do not, and have never, counted calories. Try to learn how to listen to your body – eat, when you are hungry, stop, when you are full.
For me, a balanced diet is a lot of vegetables, fruits, plenty of water, fish every now and then and whole grains. Coffee & tea. It also includes sleep, workouts and time with my friends. My 20% is way too much chocolate, pancakes, cinnamon buns and night outs with friends.
Start to think about what you want to change in your diet (or lifestyle) to get closer to a healthy, balanced diet. Then, start to make small steps towards your goal (and stick to these steps) and give it time. Changes like this doesn’t happen over a night and neither should they. Also, remember that other factors like sleep, the people you spend time with and your workout routine can affect your diet in a negative and positive way.
As always, I’m here if you have any questions or thoughts about this subject. Have a wonderful Sunday! <3
I got the opportunity to try out Palms and Berries new product Creamypack Acai . The taste is amazing! It is not available to order online yet, but if you would like to try it out it might be possible – just check with @palmsandberriesacai on Instagram.
I tried out a new recipe and I think this is the best acai bowl so far. Doesn’t it look good?
½ – 1 dl coconut milk (depending on how thick you want it to be)
1 dl pineapple
1 dl blueberries
1 creamypack açai (200g) or you can use the açai sorbet too that’s available online
Raw chocolate nibs
Okey, now I really have to get back to my studies. For some reason I have had a really hard time focusing this week so I have a lot of catching up to do. Talk to you soon! <3
Hi guys! I have to admit something… I forgot to take photos during the day I was supposed to do the “My Day” post, so this post is more about my everyday routines with pictures mixed from 2 days. Hope you like it anyway! <3
06:45. Time to wake up. During the week I try to wake up at the same time every morning to keep a good routine, which is between 06:30 – 07:00. As I might have mentioned I’m a morning person and love the silence and stillness in the early mornings. It’s my “own time” of the day.
I always start the day with a lot of water + one of the following, depending on what I have at home (and if I have the energy to clean the juicer or not);
lemon water with apple cider vinegar/ celery juice with lemon or two spoons of the SuperElixir Green powder mixed with water.
At the moment I’m having the celery juice, which I have been drinking for about 2 months now.
And after that I have my first cup of coffee <3
08:00 Time to move. I love to workout in the morning and strive to do it 3 – 5 times a week, depending on my energy levels and schedule.
Working out gives me a great energy and inspiration for the day. At the moment I’m doing a lot of yoga and running and I love the fact that Sagayoga ( a yoga studio) is only a couple minutes from our place so it doesn’t take much to drag my ass there in the morning.
Remember: It is very important to listen to your body and rest when you need to. Don’t feel the stress to workout just because “you have to”. Be kind to yourself and your body. There are weeks when I have 0 energy and during those weeks I try to go for long walks, do relaxing yoga and just rest. You can’t always be on top and that is okey.
After my yoga I take a shower, make myself ready and have breakfast.
And then it’s time to study/work (and some more coffee). Most of the time I study at home, but every now and then I go to some coffee shop for the day. If I have anything work related I either sit here, editing photos or then I’m somewhere creating content/taking photos.
13:00 Lunch. I usually eat lunch around 13:00 and it’s often a salad or smoothie bowl. This one was from Cotelette Et Caviar that is located at Kapteeninkatu 24. It might not look as much, but it was very good. They also have a really good lasagne if you are in the mood for that! Other good and healthy lunch places in Helsinki are Hey Poke, Mat, Green Hippo, Relove, Pupu, Moko, Paulig Kulma, Kippo and Jungle Juice Bar.
After my lunch I continue with whatever’s on the agenda that day. Working home can be a bit lonely sometimes so I’m usually trying to have breakfast/lunch with a friend or meet up with someone in the afternoon. Regarding my diet routine I always have some snack in the afternoon – carrots and hummus is my go to or an apple with peanut butter or some crispbread.
In the evening we usually make dinner together with Jonas, eating in front of the tv, in the sofa. I honestly can’t remember when we last had dinner in our kitchen, haha. If I’m still hungry later I have a snack or some chocolate.
This is a very typical day for me. For me it is important to try to find the time for the following things during the week (+ work/studies): workouts, quality time with friends and Jonas, enough sleep, some me time and healthy eating. I try to strive for a balance – that is when I fell the best.
I hope you enjoyed the post and have had a great weekend! Talk to you soon <3