Get Creative With Herbs

 

Hi everyone,
I was send a really interesting book about herbs a few weeks ago. It’s written by  Henriette Kress a herbalist who lives and works in Finland.
In this book she’s covered anything from finding herbs and picking them to what concoctions to make from the herbs, like lotions and potions and teas and foods. I got inspired to make a herbal tea with rose petals and a  body oil that smells divine!

 

Brazil Nuts for Selenium

If you follow me on YouTube you have probably heard me go on about having 2 brazil nuts every single day. The reason is that brazil nuts are the number one source for the super important trace mineral Selenium. Selenium acts like an antioxidant and boosts immunity. Very important to keep healthy.

I soak my nuts overnight to 1. make the minerals, vitamins and enzymes come alive and 2. to remove the nuts “defence” i.e. the phytic acid, making the nutrients in the nut readily available for the body to use.
After I have my nuts soaked overnight I rinse and dry them and they are ready to be eaten. 2 nuts are enough.

Don’t buy Brazil Nuts in bulk as they spoil quite quickly. Stick to small  bags and store in the fridge.
XX L

Super Quick Vegan Dinner

When I’m in Stockholm I always pop in to Renee Voltaire’s health food store/cafe to pick up some interesting food stuff. If you are not familiar with Renee Voltaire she is the Queen of Clean Eating in Sweden. Her shop Pep-Stop in Östermalm is a must for me  (along with Svenskt Tenn, Acne and Eytys). There’s always something new, innovative and tasty in her beautiful shop. Last time I was there I picked up a Veggie Burger Mix with Beet and Chia, put it at the back of my cupboard and totally forgot about it.
This week I had a spring clean-out of said cupboard, found the bag and decided to mix and cook even though I was confident the kids would turn up there nones as per usual. Not so!! The loved it and said they would have it again. I’m amazed. It contains, buckwheat, quinoa, linseed, chia seeds, ginger and beetroot. You mix it with water. Let it soak. Make  little patties and fry. Very quick.

Here in the UK you can order online and  Totally Swedish on 32 Crawford Street in London and in Barnes stock a few of her products. Sadly not this mix.


Mushroom Toast with Sage and Cashew Cream

Do you love the whole egg benedict thing as a weekend hungover cure but want a veggie/vegan alternative? Then I can really recommend this recipe. Mushrooms on toasted bread with a fabulous cashew cream with sage.
Yum yum yum!


Mushroom with Sage and Cashew Cream
Ingredients:

– 250g mushroom

– bread

–  fresh sage

– garlic 1 clove

– squeeze of lemon juice

– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

– salt and pepper

Cashew Cream
-1 cup of cashew pieces soaked  for a few hours

– 1/2 cup water

– 1 tablespoon of vinegar

– 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

– 1 teaspoon of miso paste

– 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Direction:
Fry the sliced mushroom in coconut oil, add the garlic, salt pepper, sage, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Toast the bread. Blend all the ingredients for the cashew cream in a high speed blender.
Assemble: the mushroom on the toast, add a large dollop of cream on top of the mushroom and sprinkle some chopped sage on top. 

 

l

Healthy Eats London: AVOBAR

Avocados are my number one go-to beauty food. I eat 1/2 avocado every day.
So now that London has got it’s own avocado-eatery AVOBAR I had to try it out.
I had the avocado burger, just because I don’t like normal burgers and because I was curious of how it was made. Instead of a bun you have an avocado covered in black and white sesame seeds. A knife and a fork is required.
It was delicious and looked gorgeous and fun! But for me a whole avocado in one sitting is just too much fat. The burger also comes with a fresh very filling coleslaw, made with coconut yoghurt which I can’t stand unfortunately.

I almost finished the “burger” but left the coleslaw and I had no room for pudding so I have to come again as I really want to try the avocado brownie and avocado ice cream.

(I have a fantastic Lime & Avocado Ice Cream recipe Here)

At the moment this restaurant on Floral Street in Covent Garden is a pop-up, so of course the interior is a bit weak, I’m sure when the permanent restaurant open on Henrietta Street later in the year it will look absolutely gorgeous.


The Best Granola!

I’m so pleased with this granola recipe as the kids LOVES IT!  My boys are picky eaters and especially about what they have for breakfast. It gives me enormous peace of mind to send them out to the world on a healthy stomach!
I have to say I love it too but I let them have it as I can’t make it fast enough… There is soaking and dehydrating involved which makes the nutrients more available and a real power-house breakfast!
This Granola is both GLUTEN -FREE & NUT-FREE.
Sprouted Granola
Ingredients:

– 500 gram buckwheat

-1/2  cup sunflower seeds

-1/2 cup flaxseeds (I normally get pre-sprouted then you can add this at the end otherwise soak them together with buckwheat and seeds)

– 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

– 1 cup dried fruits (I normally go for mango, apricots and blueberries)

– 4 tablespoons maple syrup

– 1 and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla or 1 pod (if hard to get hold skip the vanilla)

– 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

– 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

-Freeze dried red berries

Directions:
Soak buckwheat, and seeds overnight.
Rinse and drain put aside and cover with a clean tea towel for a couple of hours.
Mix the flavourings together and mix together with the sprouted buckwheat and seeds.
Spread out on 2 owen trays and let it dry in the owen 50C with the door slightly open for 8 to 10 hours until dried out.
Cut up the dried fruit into small pieces add to the dehydrated granola.
Add som frieze dried berries for extra flavour.


Hope you like it! XX L

Clean Beauty Spring – Part One

Hi,
In these video I talk about some of the clean beauty products I’m liking/using at the moment. I was babbling on quite a lot so I have to make a part 2 with the rest of the products shortly!

I’m really in love with the below Radiance Facial Serum from British brand Botanicals!
The other products are:
Babe Balm from Bybi.
Make up Oil Cleanser from Skin & Tonic London.
Make Up Primer from Vapour in Soft Focus.
Nubian Deodorant in Honey and Black seed.
Do you use a clean deodorant? Do you mind if it contains Bicarbonate of soda? I would Love to know!!

XX Lisa

Floral Street Perfume: Eco Packaging

Floral Street is a new chic british perfume brand. I headed to their flag-ship store in London’s Covent Garden to sniff myself towards a new favorite perfume for spring. Everything from packaging to the shop and everything in-between is beautifully designed and insta-friendly. I normally only write about totally natural, clean products but I want to give this brand a big applause because the packaging is totally eco-friendly! The secondary box holding the perfume bottle is totally biodegradable,  made from recycled paper packaging and held together with a bright coloured band perfect to use as a hair tie! The body products might look like they come in bog standard plastic tubes but the sales person told me they are also biodegradable and are made from sugar! The beauty business have been shockingly slow in coming up with eco-friendly packaging,  so this company gets a big thumbs up!


I liked almost all of the eighth different fragrances, but I liked the Ylang Ylang Espresso a little bit more, so that was the one I bought 🙂
They all come across a bit “What you spray is what you get” if that makes any sense? I didn’t find they developed on the skin as they day passed. This is not a criticism at all just an observation. This is the same feeling I have when I use Byredo’s perfumes and as it turned out the perfumer Jerome Epinette also developed thirteen of Byredo’s scents.

The selfie seating outside. Genius!

XX Lisa

London Exhibition: Isle Of Dogs

Director Wes Andersons’s Exhibition and Noodle bar from his new movie Isle Of Dogs is on at 180 The Strand until the 8th of April.
It’s a perfect day out with the kids this holiday especially if they have seen the movie or are into film making.
The que was quite long and you join another que after that, but once inside it’s not cramped and you can easily wander around for as long as you want.
Me and my 10 year old headed straight to the Noodle Bar for a surprisingly good bowl of ramen and to our delight the restaurant looked exactly like in the film!
The exhibition features 17 different sets all with amazing details.
It’s such a treat and It’s completely free!