Homemade organic Nutella

It is such an inspiration to prepare your food from the very first part of preparation. It all started by picking  hazelnuts right from the tree. It was such fun picking my favourite nuts from our own garden where they grow completely organic.

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We brought the picked hazelnuts in the city and left them to dry on our balcony. A week later we removed the shells and we already knew what we are going to prepare – favourite dessert to many people around the world – Nutella.

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If you don’t have your own tree to pick the hazelnuts, choose organic and raw ones. The most healthy way to prepare them is to soak them overnight in water and to bake them in the morning. Place the nuts in a preheated oven and toast them until they are brown. Once they are ready, leave them to cool.

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Remove the skin as much as possible.

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Add the cooled hazelnuts to the food processor bowl. If you prefer a smooth creamy texture first mix the hazelnuts and afterwards add the remaining ingredients. If you prefer to have the “chunky” version of Nutella then mix all the ingredients together with the whole hazelnuts.

We decided on the “chunky” version and put coconut oil, coconut milk, cacao powder and a bit of honey together with the whole hazelnuts in the processor.

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Serve the irresistibly delicious spread on a toast or as a dessert topped with some fresh fruits.

Homemade organic Nutella:

A cup of hazelnuts
Organic coconut milk 
1 tblsp organic coconut oil
1 tblsp organic cacao powder
1 tsp organic honey

 

Activated rolled oats porridge

Activated porridge

Soaking and activating grains is important because it neutralizes phytic acid and improve their nutritional benefits.

I had some experience in soaking the grains but I hadn’t tried to activate them. I wanted to try something healthy and new and after reading a lot of articles on the topic I decided to give it a try. As a yogurt fan I chose to activate them with lactobacilli by simply soaking the grains in warm water with a spoon of Bulgarian yogurt. I left the grains in the water for the night and in the morning I had a freshly activated porridge. Using some seasonal and local fruits give it an irresistible taste.

All you need is:

Rolled oats

Warm water

1 spoon Bulgarian yogurt (If you are vegan instead of yogurt you can use powdered live culture)

1 apple

1 pear

Raspberries

You can add some spices like cinnamon, vanilla or cardamon. Adding some honey will make the porridge sweeter if it is not sweet enough for you.

 

 

Friends, stars and color “sunrise”

A whole exciting week of the #THE100DAYWELLNESSCANVAS.

A whole week committed to the 100 day Wellness Canvas challenge is behind, leaving me with a list of inspirational things to cheer me up. I realized that despite the problems and stress in our daily grind, there is always a positive perspective. It is there waiting for you. Sometimes you just have to make an effort to make it happen by giving your body and soul what they need. And trust me – deep inside you really know what you need. Just be yourself and every day do something that makes you smile.

The second week of #the100dayWellnessCanvas experiment leads me to several good ideas of things to do that lift the mood and turn around a hellish day at work. Here they are:

Bring the summer in your breakfast

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It is Monday. You are dreaming of a day at the beach…In stead of ocean there is a bunch of work that is waiting for you. Don’t give away! Try to bring the summer mood in your breakfast. Have something light, fresh and healthy and decorate it with some summer motives.

Spend time with your friends

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Call your friends and meet them after work. You will feel much better afterwards.

Do more of what makes you feel awesome

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Treat yourself with something that makes you feel nice – a massage, a new haircut, wearing clothes that you are keeping for some special occasion.

Go stargazing

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If the weather is clear call some friends, go somewhere outside the city where it is dark enough, lay in the grass and look up at the stars. You will have fun, you will relax and probably you will enjoy great conversation on different existential topics (stargazing has the power to trigger interesting conversations).

Balance with some new challenge

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Try something new – some new sport that challenges you to focus on the present moment and makes you forget your daily worries. You love yoga?  Have you ever tried to do yoga on a paddle board? I hadn’t 🙂

Enjoy the sunrise

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How often do you look at the sunset? And how often do you wake up early enough to see the sunrise? Try to start your day in the red-orange-yellow colours of the sky.

Pick up fruits for your breakfast

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If you can’t find some fresh organic fruits, veggies or herbs to pick up in your area, then just grow some in your yard or on your balcony.

Spend a weekend in the wilderness

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Finally, try to spend the weekend outside the city. Far away from your worries. Enjoy nature sounds, fresh air and relax.

For up-to-date photos follow me on Instagram or the #the100dayWellnessCanvas.

Physical Activity + Nature = Adventure

First weekend of #THE100DAYWELLNESSCANVAS.

Staying whole week long in the office got me craving natural sun light and true movement. So, I decided to listen to my body and devoted the weekend to its needs 🙂

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Kayaking for a first time in a lake turned out to be a whole adventure. Sunlight, wind, a yellow kayak in blue waters – amazing!

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Having a walk in search of the best sunset view was the great end of the day.

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After having a day devoted to the muscles of the upper part of the body, we decided to do something for our legs 😀 Let them walk on the steep mountain hills in search of the best views and our physical limit!

Keep calm, stop, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Don’t forget to be well equipped when going on a trek. Always take food and water with you, as well as windproof jacket (at least wind proof because at elevation the weather can turn and the temperature drops very quickly).

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Now sitting in the office with aching muscles reminding of the great weekend is not such a torture.

Doing some exercise outdoors has a lot of benefits for your health:

  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Makes you feel more energetic.
  • It increases feelings of happiness and self-worth.
  • Leads to better mood, better self-esteem.
  • Improve your sleep.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Makes you focus on the present moment.

Use any opportunity to spend your time outside. Your body will be grateful!