Well Being

Delicious homemade chocolate!

With cacao nibs, roasted hazelnuts, dried raisins and cranberries

Did you know that homemade chocolate is easier to make than you might think, you only need the right ingredients and thanks to super.nature, that is possible! You just need cacao butter and cacao mass, some sweetener and that’s it!

Recipe

Ingredients

• 200g cacao mass

• 100g cacao butter

• 4-8 tbsp of coconut sugar, depending on how sweet you want it

Add if you like: cacao nibs, roasted nuts like hazelnuts for crunch, dried raisins and cranberries for extra sweetness and sea salt to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Method

1. Melt cocoa mass and cocoa butter in a water bath.

2. Whisk in coconut sugar when the cocoa mass and cocoa butter have become liquid.

3. Taste if the chocolate is sweet enough.

4. Add the desired flavors and additives.

5. Pour the chocolate into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

6. Cut into pieces with a knife and enjoy!

Ps: a thoughtful idea is to give it away as a gift.

https://www.super-nature.no/kakao

Gift wrapping the chocolate!

Did you know that chocolate is good for the heart, brain and mood!

And did you also know that homemade gifts gives you these mental health benefits:

• It improves your well being and life quality.

• It regulates your mood and can reduce stress.

• Can give fewer symptoms of depression.

So by taking these benefits in regard, let’s combat the long dark hours with chocolate to cheer up and stay healthy mentally. Oh and it just gets better by giving it away, remember what I mentioned above;)

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Stockholm ~ Sweden

The castle

I love the nostalgia when walking past historic buildings and monuments through a city. I’ll tell ya, Stockholm’s old town still got it, with charming streets paving the way with old bricks, walls painted in warm orange and attention to detail of craft work. That made it all so magical. To be truthful, it was hard not to stop taking videos and pictures! There is always something eye catching, which takes your breath away, that makes you curious and excited about what’s next around the corner. You will spot tiny, narrow streets, antique shops and bakeries for a traditional “fika”. The experience was beyond my expectations, a new breath of life fueled me as I made my first touristic visit in Stockholm.

The the eye catching church

As I’m gazing up with awe, these historical monuments leaves me speechless. They remind me that we all share some greatness in us. We only need to take ownership of it and find that drive to show up each day to be our greatest self. That can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, giving thanks, being supportive and loving, living aligned with your purpose and goals so that you unleash your true potential! We are all great, just look back at history and what mankind has been capable of, cause you’re no different. You are significant, you play an important part, remember that.

Feels like being brought back in time!
If you pay attention to details, you’ll stop every second on your way through the old town…
Don’t you want to just step inside by how cute this entrance is presented?!

The city has so much to offer. Look at these classical sailboats at shore, since there is a river running through Stockholm called Söderström. I didn’t get the chance to be out in the waters, but that’s one of the tourist attractions. My recommendation is to go on a boat sightseeing and you will get the chance to see the city from a different view than by land.

So take the trip to visit Stockholm, not easy during these corona times though. But when you do, I hope the magic will spark through you the same way the old town in Stockholm did to me.

With love and care, Melanie x

And stay safe ❤

Well Being

Vischans bageri ~ Lidkoping, Sweden

It’s so cozy here!

I absolutely adore bakeries and cafés that are authentic and original. This is one of them. They make everything themselves with passion and only using local produce! The people working there are also so warmheartedly, kind and positive, making sure you will have an enjoyable time.

They make all kinds of pastries, biscuits, cakes, breads and sandwiches. A perfect place for “fika”, a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often along with eating something sweet. In addition, they serve a satiated breakfast and I got to know that they use locally produced eggs and vegetables, which just makes a huge difference! To know where the produce is from and when made with love and care, that deepens the connection and touches my soul.

My breakfast plate: plant based yoghurt with their homemade granola. Bread with Brie, honey, spinach and cucumber slices.
Their baked pastries!
Loving the old interior and materials that resonate with their originality
Feels like a different space and time right?!

You can find this café at Kinnegatan 27, Lidkoping.

May you have an enjoyable fika time there or be inspired to implement this cultural tradition to where you’re at.

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Lidkoping ~ Sweden

At the moment you’ll find me in a charming , little village called Lidkoping in Sweden. People from here might think it can be a boring place for someone used to living in the big city, but in contrast I find it peaceful, authentic and cute. That’s what I love about having a touristic mindset as you are viewing a place with new eyes of excitement. I encourage everyone to implement this perspective and being an explorer in their hometown. However, there must be balance. I truly believe as well that people evolve when they change environment and get the opportunity to step outside of their known territory by traveling away to achieve new insightful experiences.

Yet, let’s dive into this place and have a look at their treasure spots. Even though it’s small, it’s cozy and has lots to offer. You only need some awareness, an eye for detail, a sense of curiosity and unfold your creativity.

First up, we have their religious center piece, a stunning church named St. Nicolai. It’s outer exterior decorated with rose gold details and a beautiful tower to look up at. You can visit it during the opening hours from 9-13.

The view of the town’s beautiful church ~ ps notice the extraordinary rose gold details! It’s first time I’ve seen this, is it for you as well?!
The entrance
Stepping into holy presence

Let’s move on, next up the square, a five minute walk from the church if you stop on the way like I did and photographed the old historic buildings.

On your stroll, you’ll see an old library with columns, and other old houses in cute pastel colors. Like this beautiful door I spotted.

The town hall at the main square of Lidkoping

And this is where you will find the tourist information office as well as the best bakery in town called “Rådhuskonditoriet”. I must say it’s the perfect place to get the Christmas vibes as you can feel the spirit of the community. They offer lots of activities and events as Christmas is just around the corner. And although it’s not yet December, that won’t stop them from serving already saffron traditional pastries and being in Christmas mood.

So if you’re here during this season I recommend buying their “safran lyxbulla” as it’s one of a kind. If not, there’s no wrong in eating a traditional Swedish cinnamon bun, that’s actually a must!

Make sure to come to the square on Wednesdays and Saturdays, because then you will see the market! Oh and then forget to spot the second hand shops, a very typical Swedish activity to do. Remember the word “loppis” and you might get lucky at finding good bargains on antique pieces or souvenirs to remember this place.

Antique pieces for such a good bargain!

If you continue inwards from the square and into the narrower streets, you will find more bakeries, charming interior shops and a favorite shop I found which sold the most beautiful flowers on display. That totally made me forget about Christmas btw and I daydreamed of a warm, sunny summer’s day.

Aren’t they enchanting?

I hope you’ve found bliss and inspiration when you travel or just wanting to explore and unfold your creativity where you are. It’s a powerful self care practice, to feel recharged, open minded, motivated and inspired. Let’s not forget that it’s an important part of enjoying life cause the world has so much to offer us if we just open our eyes!

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Truegum ~ the revolutionary chewing gum!

Smile cause it’s like ray of sunshine

The world smiles back when you choose “truegum” and here’s why:

  1. It’s plastic free, vegan and biodegradable chewing gum.
  2. Made 100% natural with high quality plant based ingredients that’s good for you and our planet.
  3. Free from sugar and additives, waaay healthier!
  4. Made sustainable and produced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My 2 favorites are lemon and strong mint because they are so refreshing and leaves you with a good taste and breath!

But go check ‘em out cause they’ve got more amazing flavors in store..
Here’s their website https://truegum.com

Don’t wait to make that difference, the power lies in your choice.

My two favorites!

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast, Well Being

Red berry & chia swirl bowl

Nutrition is important to me as to how I perform on court, but also how I feel health wise. I’ve discovered a lot through my journey of performance and well being.

If my experience can help you realize something you weren’t aware of, then I hope you find that realization by continuing reading this post.

My personal struggle has been my sinus, however I discovered that certain foods can trigger it and weaken my immune system, making me more exposed to strong allergies of pollen.

Those foods connected to my case of Timothy grass pollen allergy are; legumes, oats, peanuts and tomatoes. However, it may be you’re not getting an allergy effect by all these foods, maybe only one or not to eat every kind all at once. Therefore I encourage you to understand your personal health and body since you know best.

That’s why food choices and nutrition can be different to each and one of us since we all are unique.

Since I was unaware of this and influenced by what I thought was categorized healthy, I didn’t help myself by eating this way for many years making my pollen allergy stronger over time. These facts was an eye opening change for me, and now that I know better, I can help myself to stay healthy. Of course everything with balance, since I have also understood how important it is to listen to your body and its needs instead of resisting.

That’s why I’m eating smoothie bowls instead of overnight oats or porridge. I discovered a new great invention of mixing it with chia pudding and having fun making swirls, it’s a great substitute to granola which normally contains oats. However, I found a solution to it making grainfree granola which also works perfectly. Yet, I must say I don’t mind mixing it with chia pudding. The benefits are many by eating it, you see chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, contains healthy fats and calcium. It’s perfect together with lots of berries as it stabilizes your blood sugar and which gives you a feeling of satiety.

Hoping this will make you more aware of what you eat and how you feel so that you can perform and be your best self.

Recipe & ingredients

• 1 cup frozen raspberries

• 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

• 1-2 frozen bananas

• 120 ml coconut milk

• 1 tsp rice bran from https://www.super-nature.no

Blend well together in a smoothie blender.

• 3 tbsp chia seeds

• 100 ml coconut milk

Set aside for 10 minutes and let it swell for it to become chia pudding!

Ps: it’s delicious with hazelnut butter, goji berries and dried apricots. Have fun making swirls when adding the chia pudding on top of your smoothie bowl!

Enjoy!

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Glutenfree & vegan waffles with carrot!

Making healthier choices everyday is a step towards better well being. But don’t be misled, balance is so important, like everything in life. Therefore, don’t be too hard on yourself in the first place and enjoy the journey! Here I had made myself a healthier version of what I love; waffles. It can be difficult understanding or being open about if it will still taste great when made healthy. However, I can assure you, it’s no problem at all and with those toppings it’s nothing to miss.

These waffles are gluten-free, dairyfree, plant based, vegan and refined sugar free! They also have a hidden vegetable in it… Carrot!

Ingredients

• 5 dl oats

• 2,5 dl buckwheat flour

• 1 banana

• 8 dl plantbased milk (I used oat milk)

• 1/4 tsp cardamom

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• Pinch of salt

• 2 tbsp coconut sugar

• 1 shredded carrot

Instructions

1. First add all ingredients except the shredded carrot in a blender. When the batter is smooth, then you can stir in the carrot with a spoon.

2. Heat up your waffle maker and add some coconut oil to it so that the batter doesn’t stick.

3. Have your favorite toppings with it! I love both savory and sweet, the options are so many! On the picture I had homemade hazelnut and chocolate spread with slices of strawberries and coconut yoghurt on top. For the savory part, I did homemade beetroot hummus with slices of avocado, olives, pesto, afalfa sprouts and chili flakes. The combinations are so so good!

Enjoy a nutritious waffle and congratulations on taking one step further on your journey towards healthier food choices.

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast, Well Being

Power matcha bowl

Superfoods boost!

As I’ve been reading the kaizen method, it has inspired me to do small changes every day and this is one of them. To add at least one superfood ingredient to my meal every day. I know that it can be overwhelming or difficult to do big dietary changes or maybe feeling off board with the rest of the other healthy people around the world. Especially when looking at instagram influencers promoting this and you don’t know where to start. Therefore, when the temptation to sugar or unhealthy foods strikes in, that seems rather fairly as it’s what you’re familiar to. However, I promise you that if you choose to make one small positive change of habit each day, eventually it will become a lifestyle, a way you sooner or later are drawn to and it no longer feels like a choice. At least that has been my experience and I encourage you to start off this journey and process by making this superfood breakfast bowl which also is a sustainable way of eating too! Have I convinced you enough to make that small change towards a healthier lifestyle? If yes, then first step is to add these ingredients in a smoothie blender:

• 1 cup frozen mango

• 1 frozen banana

• Juice of half an orange

• 1 tsp power matcha

• 2 generous tbsp of coconut cream (Greek yoghurt also works well)

Tip: a superfood ingredient worth the investment is bee pollen from super nature. https://www.super-nature.no

So creamyyyyy

Have a great start of the week ahead of you.

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Sunday walks are good for the soul

Rays of sunlight

It’s funny how you appreciate little things in life much more when they are rarely present for a period of time. In this case, the sun. In Norway these days, the sun has been gone for quite a while and days are short ending quick into complete darkness. Therefore, when rays of sunlight strikes your face, shimmers on surfaces and appears in its glory through natural sceneries, it’s beauty is compelling and it captures one’s attention. It’s like a warm embrace, a heartfelt hug, medicine to your soul and you instantly feel happy and complete.

So does Sunday walks to my soul. Walking in solitude and seizing the natural surroundings in silence, is a great way to recharge, renew and be inspired to keep pushing through everyday life.

I love taking pictures as it unfolds my creativity. So here are some beautiful photos I took from my Sunday walk spotting the rays of sunlight in every kind of way.

After a good walk, it’s nice to have a stop at a bakery and enjoy yourself with a warm drink. Oh, and it’s almost impossible to stay away from the pastries, so I do recommend the cardamom bun with a mocca coffee like I did at Åpent Bakeri at Holtet.

In Norway we say, no bad weather only bad clothes. Truth spoken it is really cold now but it helps with a warm jacket, a knitted head ban, scarf and gloves on.
Sunsets are priceless and at this time of the year they are the prettiest

I hope you found inspiration from this and will do the same well being act yourself.

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast, Well Being

Smoothie bowl with MCT oil & rice bran

Raspberry flavored

This is the smoothie bowl for healthy skin, hair and nails girls! This one got rice bran powder which exactly helps for that. And let’s not forget the mct oil nourishing your body with healthy fats. Plus, did you know raspberries helps against cramps during your period? Yeah mindblowing and funny at the same time. So make this smoothie bowl for a better well being and as a way to take care of yourself cause your mind, body and soul will thank you for that.

It’s a great recipe to make for breakfast as it’s easy and quick to make. In addition, it’s plant based, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free! It’s purity and vitality in that bowl guys.

Ingredients:

• 200g frozen rasberries

• 50 ml plant based milk, either coconut or oat milk

• 1 tsp rice bran powder from https://www.super-nature.no/rice-bran

• 1 tsp mct oil from https://www.midsona.no/cocosa/cocosa-mct-oil-100-ml/

• 1 banana, frozen works best if you want it like ice cream!

Instructions

1. In a blender mix all ingredients together until smooth.

2. Enjoy your smoothie bowl with delicious toppings like granola, coconut chips, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries and some fresh berries on top!

With love & care, Melanie x