Healthy, protein packed, vegan Cheese cake

Everyone loves sweets. Fact. Being healthy is good. Also a fact.I like combining the two. 

What you need for this nutritional and healthy cheese cake, is:

For the filling

  • I block of firm tofu (natural, of course) 
  • Approximately 2 cups of frozen mixed berries
  • 4 tbsp agave nectar 
  • 5 big (pitted) dates 
  • About 2/3 cup plant based milk
  • A splash of stevia or more dates, if you want it sweeter

For the crust

  • 5 digestive crackers 
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts 
  • 3 very generous tsp organic cashewnut butter
  • A pinch of salt

    How to do it:

    • Mix together all the ingredients for the crust.
    • Press the dough in a form with a removable side. 
    • Bake in the oven on 180 °C for about 10 minutes.
    • Let it cool
    • Mix all the ingredients for the filling, taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you.
    • Add the filling to the crust.
    • Wrap it up in plastic and put it in the freezer for about 3 hours.
    • Serve with some passion fruit and the zest of a lime.

      Enjoy! Hope you guys like it! 

      Much love // Bella

      Guilt-free Nut Cookies

      These are so good! They are free from refined sugar, contains a lot of fibre and healthy fat and a little protein as well and of course, they are vegan.

      What you need:

      • 2 1/2 dl (aproximately 1 cup) oats and wheat bran. I had a Premade mixture – you can use oats alone.
      •  1 – 2 dl all purpose flour
      • 1/2 dl coconut oil, melted
      • 1 dl agave syrup 
      • 1/2 blueberry syrup (optional. You can add some more agave if you don’t have blueberry syrup)
      • 1 dl roasted hazelnuts 
      • 1 dl roasted cashewnuts 
      • 1/2 tsp salt 
      • 1 tsp baking powder 
      • 2 tsp vanilla sugar or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder/vanilla extract 

      How to do it (very complicated): 

      • To a large bowl add the oats, flour, syrup and coconut oil 
      • Mix it together
      • Roughly chop the nuts and add them as well
      • Mix them in
      • Add the salt, vanilla and baking powder and mix for the last time.
      • Roll the dough into balls and put them on a baking tray. Press gently to make them flat.
      • Bake them for 10-20 minutes or until they’re golden in 200 ° C
      • Note: I forgot that I had them in the oven and over baked them a little, which made them a little harder than desired. Don’t make the same mistake as I did.

      That’s it, you guys! If you liked this recipe, let me know by liking/commenting/subscribing! 

      Much love// Bella 

      Black Bean Patties

      img_20161025_141543You can make vegan patties in a million different ways, using different bases (broccoli, quinoa, tofu, beans etc) and spices, but a world wide favorite seems to be the bean patty. Maybe because it is so easy to make, maybe because it is cheap and filling or maybe because it is delicious – who knows? Here is one way to make them:

      You will need:

      • 1 can of black beans
      • 2 cups vegan minced meat
      • 1/2 cup oat cream, or any other plant based cooking cream
      • 1/2 cup oats
      • 2 tbsp potato starch
      • 5 tbsp all purpose flour
      • 1 yellow onion
      • 3 tbsp paprika powder
      • 4 tbsp onionpowder
      • 2 big cloves of garlic
      • 5 tbsp light soy sauce
      • salt and pepper to taste

      How to do it:

      • Process your beans in a food processor or mash them with a fork – just make sure they’re well mashed.
      • In a pan, fry finely chopped onion and minced meat together with the spices
      • In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, potato starch and the cream and mix well. Let it sit for a minute or two
      • Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix until it’s one “dough”. Taste with salt, pepper and more spices if needed.
      • Form medium sized patties and place on a pan (or fry it, if you prefer that).20161025_120822
      • Bake in the oven on 200 °C for 15 – 20 minutes or until they’re dark brown.20161025_123112
      • Serve with caramelized onions, tomatoes and a mushroom sauce! 20161025_123630

      That’s it! Hope you’ll like it.
      Much love // Bella

      Filling, healthy and delicious – under 400 kcal

      I’ve been trying to cut down on bread lately, because lord knows that I have no self control when it comes to bread. 

      That’s why I’ve become a little obsessed with salad boats instead. I basically substitute bread for salad and fill it with whatever I’m in the mood for.

      This recipe is great, because besides the fact that it’s really good, it is also very healthy and filling. Black beans are rich in protein, especially lysine, and contains a bunch of minerals that we need.

      This recipe serves one. Total calorie count is 358 kcal.

      What you need:

      • 4 lettuce leaves. 14 kcal
      • 1 tomato. 19 kcal
      • 100 g cooked black beans (I’m guessing it’s about 1/2 cup). 125 kcal
      • Spices of your choosing. I chose oregano, garlic, onion powder, paprika powder, salt and black pepper.
      • 100 g (4 tbsp) oil free hummus. 200 kcal. 

      How to do it:

      • Make two boats with two lettuce leaves for each. 
      • Smear on 2 tbsp hummus on each boat
      • On a plate, mash the beans and add the spices you want. Mix it together.
      • Add the bean mash on top of the hummus.
      • Lastly, chop the tomato and add on top of the salad boat.
      • Done!

      I hope you guys liked this, I thought it was hello good! 

      Much love! // Bella

      How veganism has helped me

      I’ve always been big and it has rarely bothered me (it has bothered others though, but that is a completely different topic). I saw myself as healthy – I worked out and I ate what society perseved as healthy. Lean meat, low fat dairy products etc. Despite that, I couldn’t lose weight and I never understood why. Or, I should say, I could never keep the weight off. I lost 5 kg in two weeks and then gained 7 back. It was very stressfull, and it didn’t help that people close to me were obsessed with my weight.

      In november 2014 I started with a form birth control, a stick in the arm called a nexplanon stick. I gained 17 kg (37,5 lbs) with that and took it out less than a year later. I was now 17 kg heavier and I couldn’t lose it for the life of me. Let’s just say that I was very displeased.

      January 19th, a tuesday, this year I switched to a vegan diet. I had no knowledge about anything related to animal rights, animal cruelty, health reason, environmental reason etc. I just got a strong feeling that I need to stop eating meat and dairy products. I need to.

      So I did. And in just a few days I felt so much better. I had more energy, I was happier and I felt more motivated to do things. Slowly  – but surely – I started losing weight. It has been a long process, which is a good thing. I feel healthy for the first time, really healthy. Like, all aspects of health. I feel like I’ve found a sustainable way to lose weight, I am not gaining it all back and more and I can always feel full. Before I went vegan I was constantly hungry. I’ve lost about 10 kg since becoming vegan. It might not seem like a lot but it is a big change from before. I am not afraid of screwing up my metabolism anymore or going on some crazy diet and losing weight (I ate  <1000 kcal a day for A MONTH + a lot of training and lost only 2 kg before I went vegan) just to gain it all back and feel weak because I couldn’t make it.

      I don’t know if you can see a difference, but this picture was taken just a few days after becoming vegan:

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      And this picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, so I was 10 kg heavier on the first picture:

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      As time went by I have, of course, educated myself and become aware of animal cruelty and all of that, but when I went vegan, I didn’t know.

      I just wanted to share my short story about how veganism has helped me in life. If anyone of you feel like telling me your story, please leave a comment below. I would love to read about it!

      Much love! // Bella

      Healthy salad with fruit

      Yes, I know. The name is super boring. I honestly don’t know what to call it though – it’s not a fruit salad. Oh well… IF you are like me an appreciate the combination of sweet and salty, this dish is for you.

      You will need:

      • 1 banana
      • 1 avocado 
      • Fresh basil
      • A piece of cucumber 
      • An apple from your aunt’s garden
      • Salt 
      • Nooch 

      How to do it: 

      • Chop it up
      • Add in a bowl
      • Add salt and Nooch 
      • Stir
      • Add some more Nooch on top
      • Enjoy! 

      This works great as a dish alone or as a side to something else – perhaps grilled veggies? I think that would be awesome.

      Much love! // Bella

      Autumn Curry Soup 

      Soups in autumn feels like given and this soup in particular is warm, creamy and full of taste. It will leave you satisfied – and full- and smelling like curry. It’s totally worth it.

      What you need:

      • 1/2 squash
      • 1 pakage (250 g) white button mushrooms 
      • 1 can coconut milk 
      • 2 tbsp curry paste 
      • 2 tbsp onion powner
      • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
      • 3 tbsp paprika powder 
      • Salt and black pepper to taste 
      • A pinch of sugar 
      • Vegan fraise 
      • Frozen parsley

      How to do it: 

      • Start by chopping up the mushrooms and slicing the squash
      • Fry it in a pan with all the spices except the curry and sugarl
      • Add the coconut milk once the veggies are borderline soft
      • Add the curry and the sugar and stir
      • Taste with salt and pepper 
      • Serve in a bowl or a big cup with some vegan creme fraise and a lot of frozen parsley on top.
      • Enjoy! 

      And there you have it! It is so incredibly simple and very, very tasty. I ate it for breakfast hehe because I am a grown ass woman who can make good life choices.

      Much love! // Bella

      Taco bowl

      I love tacos, it’s the best of the best any day of the week. In Sweden there is also a long lived tradition to have “taco night” every friday, something that many families hold true to their hearts. 

      This is a healthier version of a swedenized taco and it is very, very yummy. This recipe serves 3, or 2 and a lunch box.

      You will need:

      • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
      • 1 red bell pepper
      • 1/2 red onion
      • 1/3 cucumber 
      • 1 can of sweet corn, rinsed 
      • 1 avocado 
      • 6 cherry tomatoes 
      • Taco spice mix (or just ground cumin, paprika powder and garlic)
      • 1/3 iceberg lettuce head 
      • Salsa
      • Vegan sour creme 
      • Vegan cheese
      • Salt to taste

      How to make it:

      • Take a bowl
      • Chop the veggies 
      • Fry and partly mash the beans with the spices 
      • Add layers of vegetables in the bowl

      • Add the beans 
      • Add some grated cheese 
      • Add the sour creme and the salsa
      • Done!

      Very easy, very delicious. And it makes a great lunch to take with you to work/school as well! 

      I hope you’ll like it! Much vegan love // Bella

      Not so crispy carrot fries

      So I tried to make carrot fries in the oven yesterday, and whilst the taste was superb, the crispness was not. I did everything o was supposed to do, I had them in cold water for over an hour and coated them in oil and everything.

      So is there any fry-master out there willing to tell me what went wrong? 

      1. Peel and slice the carrots 
      2. Soak the carrots in cold water for an hour 
      3. Pat them dry
      4. Coat them in oil,onion powder and salt
      5. Bake in the oven in 250°C until they’re golden (30 minutes or something like that). They never became crisp, so I guess the problem was the water? Not long enough perhaps? 

      Anyways, they were still really amazing in flavor so if anyone is interested I used 1 kg carrots, 2 tbsp oil, salt and onionpowder to taste.

      Healthy breakfast under 500 kcal

      This little gem is a new favorite of mine and a very classic breakfast. Oatmeal isn’t exactly a revelation, but it is very healthy and filling. It contains 497 kcal, protein, fat, fibre, carbs, antioxidants and vitamins and is basically health on a plate (in a bowl).

      20160917_090101For this recipe you will need:

      • 50 grams of oats
      • Water, as much as you require (what consistency do you want your porridge to have?)
      • 40 grams of creamy peanut butter
      • 70 grams frozen strawberries
      • 2 dl //almost a cup of almond milk

      How to do it:

      1. Pour the water and oats in a bowl and stir
      2. Heat up in the microwave for 2 minutes
      3. Add the peanut butter
      4. Add the milk
      5. Add the frozen raspberries
      6. Done! Enjoy your delicious breakfast.

      20160917_090427The best thing about this meal is that it is vegan and filling – so you don’t have to go hungry. I know a lot of people say that in order to lose weight you should not calorie restrict, just eat healthy food. Of course you should get your calories from eating plants and veggies but I find that for me, personally, calorie restricting is the best way to lose excess fat. Don’t over do it though – a slow and steady pace makes a difference for life whilst a fad diet makes you miserable for 2 weeks until you break and binge on what ever fat, sugary and salty food you can find.

      Much love // Bella