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Hubbys Amazing Roasted Tomato Soup

16 Oct

Ingredients

5 big juicy tomatoes

2 garlic cloves

1 onion

olive oil

basil leaves

soy cream

pinch of salt & pepper

Method

Chop your tomatoes, onion and garlic, cover in olive oil, pinch of salt & pepper = roast in the oven for 45-60 min (180C-200C).

Take out of the oven and put all in a mixer with some fresh basil & add a splash of soy creme (cooking soy found in all health shops)

Whizz, salt & pepper to taste, Enjoy!

super healthy super tasty!

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Weekend in Pictures

10 Oct

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass

Its about learning to dance in the rain


I want to put a ding

in

The

Universe

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and love today”

Yummy Vegetable soup

7 Oct

Ingredients (makes 2 portions)

1 small piece pumpkin

1 carrot

1 potato

1  small onion

1/2 zucchini

1 bay leaf

pinch of salt & pepper

beef stock & or Vegetable stock cube

Chop all the vegetables into small pieces, I like mine little and square.

Put all the veggies, and bay leaf in a pot, fill with about 6-7 dl of water and bring to a boil. Put your beef stock or vegetable stock cube in the boiling water with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Boil for a few more minutes  until the vegetables are soft and its pretty much ready to serve.

Sprinkle some mustard cress on top if you have, or any other fresh herb that you have in the house and enjoy!

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The Best Salmon Sashimi Ever!

5 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Salmon

1 cup of soy sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sesame oil

1 grated garlic clove

small piece of grated ginger

squeeze of wasabi

small bunch of spring onions

rocket or watercress

 

Method

Slice your super fresh salmon into thin slices, and arrange on a plate. Mix together soy sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil, wasabi, grated ginger and garlic and set aside.  Chop your spring onions into small pieces then set aside. Pour your soy mix on top of the salmon sashimi, sprinkle the chopped onions and arrange your watercress or Rocket on top!

YummY!

Enjoy xx

Mango, Almond & Cardamom Breakfast Shake

5 Oct

This is so easy it hurts!

This makes two Breakfast Shakes

1 Ripened Mango (they are in season in Spain at the moment)

1 cup of soaked almonds (I soak them over night)

pinch of cardamom

30 cl of Fresh orange juice

half a cup of ice

Blend all, I recommend that you put the almonds at the bottom because they need to blend the most!

Why eat almonds read here, Benefits of Cardamom read here, surprising how many benefits this little pod has!

Last but not least enjoy xx

 

 

20 of the most common weight traps

22 Sep

Read an article in a swedish newspaper about 20 of the most common weight traps, thought they made pretty good sence so here they are….

People don’t eat a varied breakfast or lunch

If you always eat the same thing for breakfast, the risk is that you associate healthy food with boring food. Make sure you vary your dishes with fresh fruit and your favorite vegetables.

You eat to many ready-made meals

Most ready-made meals contain too much sugar, salt & fat. Eating a ready-made meal once in a while is fine but needs to be supplemented with fresh vegetables.

Choosing juice over fruit

Fresh fruit contains more vitamins and less sugar than shop bought juice. Also eating for example an orange will make you feel fuller than drinking a glass of orange juice.

Not eating fish

Fish contains lots of beneficial nutrients, especially Omega 3s that prevent heart disease.

You avoid desserts

Do you often skip dessert get depressed and feel sugar deprived afterwards? Let yourself have something sweet now and again, instead of eating big amounts of sweets all in one go.

Eating to little fat

30 % of our daily calorie intake should be fat. fat in the right amounts and types is healthy.

Drinking a glass of wine/alcohol before dinner

Wine/alcohol reduces your blood sugar levels and makes you feel hungry even if you have eaten beforehand. (the amount of times you see and have been the one gobbling a kebab or fatty burger after a night out, I know I have).

Eating big portions

Often the portions in restaurants are way to big, ask the waiters to make you “half” a portion. ( we all know that wont really happen, well at least not in my case )

You drink your lunch

Many of us substitute lunch with a smoothie or energy drink, sometimes its better to go for food though, chewing aids digestion and increases your “full” feeling.

Eating dressings and sauces with food

In addition to what you are eating its also important to think about how your food is prepared and your accompaniments. Restaurant food is often made with a lot of oil and butter, sauces are often more fatty than we would like to believe. Order sauces and dressings on the side.

You think you can eat lots

Even if you are exercising allot it doesn’t necessarily mean you can eat allot more. You risk eating too much and burning to little so that your training does not end up with the results you initially expected.

Not drinking enough water

If you don’t drink enough water you get dehydrated “fact”. Also you can confuse thirst with being peckish.

Eating sugar-free 

Be vigilant when eating sugar-free products. Even if they do not contain any sugar, they might contain other chemicals that are not good for you.

Setting your goals to high

It’s not good to put up un-achievable goals, encourage yourself! Be happy for the weight you have lost, instead of the weight you didn’t loose.

You avoid butter BUT not oil

Both oil and butter contain over 100 calories per table-spoon. Olive oil is better for you than butter, but the important thing is not to eat to much of both.

Eating to quick

It takes 20 minutes to feel full when you are eating. By slowing down when you have a meal your body will have time to establish when its had enough.

Drinking pre-packaged juices

Be careful when drinking pre-packaged juices, most often they contain juice concentrates and are full of sugar. Choose the 100 percent fruit juices that haven’t been mixed with unnecessary stuff.

You have stopped snacking

Healthy snacking is good, it keeps you blood sugar levels even and keeps you satisfied longer. It also keeps you from over eating, healthy snacks are nuts, fruit, and vegetable sticks.

Sorbets instead of yogurt

Sorbets and yogurts contain the same amount of sugar, except yogurts contain calcium.

Not eating enough calories

Eating just 800 calories a day is to little, The body needs a minimum of 1300 calories a day to keep all the organs up and running. The body needs more to survive depending on a person’s height and gender. If you don’t eat enough nutrients every day, you run the risk of your body putting itself in starvation mode.

I thought the tips were good at least some of them

Enjoy xx

Swedish article

 

Warm Thai Style Duck Salad

22 Sep

This salad is super easy and super simple and can be made with lots of different ingredients according to your own taste. I have chosen to make it with duck confit that you can find in most supermarkets here in Spain.

 

Most important thing I would say is to make the dressing taste really good, I always have a few kitchen cupboard essentials like soy sauce, thai fish sauce, garlic, ginger etc. If you don’t but love asian food its a good idea to go out and get them!

 

Ingredients (makes 4 Portions)

 

  • 2 legs of duck confit
  • 1 (Clearspring) packet of Thai noodles ( any thai rice noodles will do though)
  • 2 baby gem lettuces
  • half a cucumber
  • 1 charlotte
  • 2 shaved carrots (I shave them with a peeler)
  • half a red pepper
  • 1/4 of a broccoli
  • 3-4 sprigs of asparagus
  • Roasted garlic (can be bought in asian stores)
Dressing

 

  • half a cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of mirrin
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 whole lemon (lemon juice or lime)
  • 1 big clove of grated garlic
  • grated ginger
  • (fresh chili if you want some ZING)

 

Method

Put the oven on 230-240 C and put the duck legs in the oven to be roasted until crispy. In the meantime boil the rice noodles, and while they are boiling start chopping all the vegetables into the size and shape that you prefer. In a different pot bring water to a boil and blanch the asparagus and broccoli. Find a container or plastic bowl big enough to fit everything and put all your chopped vegetables in.

When the Thai noodles are ready and still have a little bite to them, drain them well and add to the bowl. While the duck is still crisping up make your dressing, put soy sauce, mirrin, fish sauce, sesame oil and lemon juice altogether. Then grate and add garlic, ginger and if you wish a bit of chili, Put aside until needed.When the duck is golden and crisp remove from oven, de-bone and chop into little pieces and add into the big bowl.

Pour in the dressing and give it a good mix I like to use my hands :).Almost done! Last but not least add the roasted garlic on top. ( that you can either buy in an asian shop or roast yourself ).Great thing about this dish is that you can use any vegetables you like and the same goes for the meat part, its great with chicken, beef, and pork.

 

Enjoy x

 

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