Sushi explosion 

Here are some tips for anyone who wants to make their own vegan sushi for the first time. Or the second. 

  1. Don’t limit yourself to avokado, cucumber and carrots. Try to make rolls with different veggies and don’t be afraid to experiment.
  2. Fry Shimeji mushroom in some soy sauce, paprika powder and some sesame seeds – it works great in rolls together with mayo, avocado and a crunchy vegetable of your choosing.
  3. Speaking of mayonnaise – make your own. It’s so easy and it tastes better. It is cheaper, also.
  4. And speaking of cheap – purple cabbage is a great vegetable to add into your sushi rolls. They’re crunchy, full of flavor and full of color, as well. 
  5. I prefer to make rolls, over any other kind of sushi. Personally, I think it’s the best way to get as many flavors in each bite as possible.
  6. Add some paprika powder over the layer of mayo/creme cheese/plain rice. It makes the sushi look pretty and taste divine!

So those are my tips and tricks for making delicious sushi every time – it even made my sushi hating father asK if I could save some for him.
Hope this was helpful! Love // Bella


I fasted for 36 hours, here are my thoughts.

So, I’ve recently started with intermittent fasting (more information about that here), where I fast for 16 hours a day and eat for 8. I don’t eat all the time during these 8 hours of course, I eat lunch and dinner and sometimes a small snack in between. Basically, it is just a fancier word for “skipping breakfast”. It is very easy and is, supposedly, very healthy and good for the body. I am still supposed to eat as many calories as before, this is NOT about starvation. Great, in my opinion.

This Thursday I decided to do a longer fast of 36 hours instead of 16. It might sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. I ate my dinner around 8 pm on Thursday (a normal sized meal, nothing special) and then I didn’t eat anything the entire Friday. It is now Saturday morning, 9.26 am, and I have just finished my fast with a breakfast. During this fast I had nothing but water and a tiny cup of vegetable stock in the morning.

So what did I experience during this fast? Well…

Nr. 1. It is really not the end of the world to be a little hungry. During the day, in which I was very active, I felt hungry maybe 40 minutes in total. The feeling of hunger was easy to ignore and would disappear after about 10 minutes. I would just sip some water and go on about my day, not obsessing with the thought that I need to eat. Because I don’t.

Nr. 2. I thought I would be tired, but I wasn’t. My first thought before, when my dad suggested I try the 5:2 method (read about that here) was I could never do that, I would be so hungry and tired all day. I still agree with myself to some degree, because I think that if I ate only 500 kcal yesterday, it would be harder to manage the hunger than if I ate nothing. My reasoning there is because I feel like 500 kcal wouldn’t fill me up and instead just leave me unsatisfied and craving more. When removing food completely, I didn’t have to fight the feeling of wanting to eat more. Anyways, during this day I felt completely fine. No headaches, no nausea or tiredness. I didn’t feel like my blood sugar levels were low and I didn’t feel weak. I felt just like normal.

Nr. 3. It gave me an insight into how much I think about food. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t constantly think about food because I was oh, so hungry. Rather, I would think Oh, this would make a nice recipe. I should try that tonight. Oh, wait, no. I am not eating today. Right. Food plays a major part of my life – the preparation, writing about it here, taking pictures of it, coming up with new dishes and more. I’ve always loved food and it’s always been a source of joy for me. I am not saying this is a negative thing, at all, it is a hobby like anything else. It is, however, interesting to realize that I think about food a lot more than I knew I did.

Nr. 4. I was afraid of having the urge to binge eat when I broke my fast, but I didn’t. One thing that did concern me was how I would feel in the morning, when breaking my fast. I have been binging before in my life (always on a diet, always hungry), before I managed to get a healthy relationship with food. I didn’t want to go back to that place. However, that was not a problem at all. It was more of the opposite, actually. When I sat down with my bowl of oatmeal (I made it reaaaal good, with cacao, stevia, dates, peanut butter and unsweetened almond milk), I didn’t feel hungry. At all. I actually struggled to eat more than a couple of spoons. I felt stuffed, like you would feel after a hefty christmas dinner. I decided that I didn’t need to eat it all, instead I will wait until the hunger comes back and eat something then.

So to sum it all up: I didn’t feel an uncontrollable hunger, I didn’t feel tired or weak, I didn’t binge and it made more aware of where my thoughts go during the day.

I will definitely try this again, maybe once a month or once every three weeks, and stick with the 16 -8 hour fasting on a daily basis.

If you are interested, or have more questions, please don’t be afraid to write a comment down below and I promise to answer as good as I possibly can!

Much love ❤
// Bella

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:


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


      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