Green juice

Good-for-your-skin green juice

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Hi beautiful!

I you have been following my blog or Instagram for a while you know I have a love for green smoothies. Ever since I tried a green smoothie a few years ago, I have been obsessed with them. They are so good and full of nutrients.

So, of course, I had to make myself a green juice as well. I have actually never made my own green juice before so this was a first for me. I have bought a green juice a couple of times and absolutely loved them but for some reason it never occurred to me that I could make my own. Well, those days are now long behind me. I am officially hooked on making my own green juices.

Obviously, I had to share my excitement with you guys. There was no way I wasn’t going to share a juice this good with you. But before we jump to recipe let’s talk about some of the nutrients in this babe. It contains cucumber, spinach, apples, and ginger so it’s literally bursting with nutrients!

Let’s start with cucumber. I am actually not a huge fan of cucumber. I do, however, like it very much in my juice. And there are just so many health benefits that comes with eating cucumber:

  • Cucumbers are made of 95 % water which means cucumbers are a great source for hydration. Plus, water does wonders for you skin, which mean cucumbers are fantastic for your skin.
  • Cucumber reduces your risk of cancer.
  • Cucumber fights inflammation – again, this is good for your skin.
  • Cucumber contains numerous antioxidants – also amazing for your skin.
  • Cucumber supports your digestive health.

Now that we’ve covered cucumber let’s move on to spinach!

  • Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair and bone health. Spinach provides you with protein, iron, and minerals.
  • Spinach lowers the risk of cancer.
  • It lowers blood pressure.
  • Spinach prevents asthma.
  • And like cucumber spinach supports your digestive health.

Apples and ginger are, of course, also healthy foods that are bursting with nutrients as well. But I won’t go deeper into those to right now. I’ll do that in a different post. For now let’s go to the recipe!

Good-for-your-skin green juice
Serves 2
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Prep Time
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Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 g baby spinach
  2. 1 large cucumber
  3. 5 apples
  4. About a thumb size of fresh ginger - peeled.
Instructions
  1. Process all ingredients in a juicer, stir and serve in two glasses.
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Love, 

Heidi 

Enjoy the journey

Forget the results and enjoy the journey

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On Tuesday night I went to a yoga class and my teacher told us (the class) something I have been thinking about since. She told us how it is not about the results but about the journey. She, of course, mostly spoke about the postures in yoga. How it is not about being able to reach your toes or do a perfect handstand. It is about the journey and process that leads you to eventually being able to reach your toes or do that perfect handstand. If all you focus on is reaching your toes, chances are you probably never will. So enjoy wherever you are because you are exactly where you need to be.

It’s not like I haven’t read a thousands quotes saying exactly what my teacher told me. But for some reason I didn’t quite get it until that moment on my yoga mat. Sure I had been telling and reminding myself that I needed to let go of the end result. Not only in yoga but also in my life in general. In school I have always kept my eyes on the moment I got graded for a paper. Or when I would finally finish high school and get on with my life. Or when I would finally be eating disorder free. Anti-depressive free. When I drove it was just about getting to my destination. Not about the car ride at all.

These past few months I have been enjoying the journey much more. And I think I owe a huge thanks to yoga, mindfulness, and meditation for that. I have changed these past few months. A lot. I am more relaxed, balanced, and in tune with my body, soul, and mind. Therefore I have also started to enjoy the journey more. Whether it is on my yoga mat, my car ride to work, a work project, or something else.

That hit me on my mat on Tuesday night when my teacher talked about how it is about the journey and not the result. I finally got it. It wasn’t just words anymore. It was more. Something felt right inside me. Something clicked. It was kind of a wow-experience. I realized that not only had I unconsciously spend the past few months doing exactly what she preached – I also realized that I could let even more go of the results. They just don’t matter that much. Life isn’t about getting from point A to B. It is about the journey between the two. And honestly, is there even a point B in life? I don’t think so. In my experience things never usually go like I planned anyway. Often they turn out much better – but it’s usually when I let go of the results. Or destination. Or whatever you wish to call it.

This doesn’t mean I am satisfied with a shitty result if it’s something important – say work related. Of course, I want to do a good job and write an article that kicks ass or do a great presentation. It simply means I have let go of the results and instead I enjoy the journey. For example I am doing a campaign with a coworker at the moment and I am enjoying the journey so much. Sure, I am excited to see the end result but it’s not what drives me. The journey is what drives me to work on the campaign. Not the result. The same goes for my yoga practice. I love practicing yoga because I know how strong and glowing it makes me feel. And how much fun I have while practicing. I don’t care if I lose my balance in an Eagle pose. Or if I sometimes need a wall to practice my headstand because I am more out of balance that day than the day before. It simply doesn’t matter. I just enjoy the process.

So today I encourage you to do the same. I am not saying it’s going to be easy but if you keep reminding yourself enough times that it’s about the journey and not the result you will eventually start believing it. This will give you so much more peace and it’ll make your life so much more fun. And you’ll become happier if you actually start enjoying the process and journey instead of always rushing to your destination or the next thing on your to-do list. Start enjoying the journey because life is a journey. Life isn’t the results. So let go of the results and start enjoying the journey that your life is.

Love,

Heidi

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Exotic Green Smoothie

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Hi gorgeous!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was pretty relaxing. My sister and cousin visited so I spent most of Saturday with them. We had such a great time together just chatting and enjoying each others company. I love when I get to spend time with my family. It always makes me happy. I have also been reading a lot this weekend. Right now I am reading Memoirs of a Geisha (for God’s knows which time). I love this book so much and no matter how many times I read I’ll never grow tired of it. The book is touching, fascinating, and very well written. If you haven’t read it you really should! And if you have read it, I would love to hear your thoughts on the book in the comments. 

On Sunday I decided to take a little break from reading (admittedly, it was a very short break) to make this Exotic Green Smoothie. I hadn’t really planned to make this smoothie but I had a pineapple sitting in my kitchen – just waiting to be eaten – and I figured why not use it in my smoothie? I have actually never used fresh pineapple in smoothie before but it turned out to be really good! The pineapple added a little freshness to the smoothie which was quite nice because I always make rather sweet smoothies. However, I used bananas and coconut milk to sweeten it up a bit. It turned out to be quite good! So, of course, I had to share it with you guys. 

Exotic Green Smoothie
Serves 2
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Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 fresh pineapple
  2. 2 frozen bananas
  3. 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  4. 1/2 can coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and pour into two glasses.
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Tropical fruit smoothie

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I feel like this week has just flown right by! I meant to post this recipe on Tuesday but time just hasn’t been on my side. But rather late than never, right?

I don’t know about you guys but I loooove smoothies. Especially during these hot summer months. I like something to cool me down in the morning when I wake up. Also smoothies are healthy and full of nutrients. What’s not to like?

I made this tropical fruit smoothie for Jeppe and me last weekend and then we enjoyed them on our little balcony before I went to my Vinyasa class. Lately, I have been loving Vinyasa and Yin classes. I love how I get all sweaty in a Vinyasa class and then I can just relax and stretch in Yin classes. Have you ever tried either Yin or Vinyasa yoga?

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Anyways, back to the smoothie. It is filled with papaya, mango, pineapple, and banana – told you it was tropical. I am actually not a huge fan of papaya, however, I didn’t mind it at all in this smoothie. I guess I like if it’s blended with lots other fruits…

This smoothie is very sweet – I mean, I pretty much used the sweetest fruit I could possible get my hands on – but I promise you it is so good. I kind of imagined myself sitting on a bounty beach in the Caribbean while drinking the smoothie.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
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Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 frozen bananas
  2. 1 cup frozen pineapple
  3. 1/2 cup frozen mango
  4. 1/2 cup frozen papaya
  5. 1 cup non-diary milk of your choice (I used rice milk)
Instructions
  1. 1. Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve in two big glasses.
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Spread love and kindness

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Hi love! 

I am equally horrified and sad with the level on evil and hate I see in this world. What has happened to people? What also saddens me incredibly is to see that this hatred comes from people who think they are acting on behalf of the greater good of mankind. How anyone can truly believe that killing, abusing, or hurting others is in any way okay I simply don’t understand. Killing, abusing, hurting, or in any way harm others is under no circumstances okay. It is wrong. No matter what your skin color, religion, sexuality, or age is. Hurting or killing others (especially innocent people) can never be justified.

So today I want to take a moment to encourage you to spread love and kindness around you as much as you possible can. I wasn’t always the nicest person. When I suffered from an eating disorder I was selfish. I was by no means mean or evil to anyone. I just wasn’t particularly nice either. I was so caught up in my own disease and struggles that in my high school years I wish I had been a little nicer to certain people – like my parents, sister, and some of my friends (which are luckily still my friends till this day).

But since I went into recovery two years ago things started to change. I started practice meditation and mindfulness and six months ago I started doing yoga as well. These three things have changed my life. And no, I am not exaggerating. They truly have changed my life. Among other things they have taught me to be much kinder – I am a kind and loving person by nature but somehow my depression and eating disorder sucked all positive feelings out of me. Today I smile at strangers, I help others as much as I possible can, I spend more time with the people I love, I have become a vegetarian, and so many other things. I am not trying to brag or anything – like I said: I wasn’t always a nice person and I have had my fair share of regrets of not treating people the way they deserved to be treated. But I have changed. Now I am nice and loving towards both others and myself (I wasn’t nice or loving towards myself either).

I try to spread love and kindness around me like it’s confetti. I truly think love and kindness can save life. I remember once reading some research that a smile can prevent someone from committing suicide. How is that for saving a life?

Yes, there probably always will be evil and hatred in this world but please don’t let that that discourage you from being a nice and loving person. I don’t believe we can fight this war with weapons. We need to fight it with as much love and kindness as we possible can. So don’t let people filled with hatred and evil stop you from spreading love and kindness around you – and to see the beauty and love in the world. Be the nicest and most loving version of yourself you can possible be. Spread love and kindness <3

Much love,

Heidi

 

 

Negative self-talk

Stop negative self-talk

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Hi gorgeous!

I have spent many years hating my body and treating it horrible. Ever since I developed an eating disorder as a 12-year-old I have been talking negative about my body and myself. All through my teen years my body disgusted me. Some of the things I would say about myself were:

  • You are fat
  • You are ugly
  • You aren’t worth anything
  • You thighs are too big
  • Your stomach is to big
  • You look horrible in photos
  • Your arms are huge
  • You are weak because you can’t lose weight
  • Your skin is ugly
  • …….

The list was endless. I don’t remember ever saying a single positive or nice thing about or to myself. I was my own worst enemy.

It wasn’t until the age of 21 I finally realized I needed recovery. A few months into my recovery I decided I wanted to end all negative self-talk. I had spent the past nine years hating my body and working against it instead of with it. I was fed up. If I didn’t stop my negative self-talk I would never fully recover. So I decided it was time to put an end to it.

This summer it is a year ago I finally came to the decision to end all negative self-talk, and I don’t doubt for a single second that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t come to that decision. Now, I am not saying this decision has been easy to practice during the past year. It has been hard. And I haven’t been talking positive about myself all the time. I spent nine years talking negative about myself – of course it’s not going to change overnight. It takes time.

However, I try my very best to not talk negative about myself – neither to others nor to myself. I focus on all the things I love about myself. I focus on all the things my body does for me. I have a beaten heart, strong legs that take me places, a beautiful stomach that my boyfriend loves…. My body is a wonder. And so is yours. Think of all the things your body does for you. How can we even talk negative about our bodies? I owe my body everything – somehow, my heart kept beating through the nine years I suffered from an eating disorder. That is a miracle and it just wouldn’t be fair to either my body or myself if I kept talking negative about myself.

So today I encouraged you to stop all negative self-talk. It is toxic and it doesn’t do anything good for you. If anything it sucks the life out of you (at least it did for me). So the next time you say something negative about yourself stop for a minute and say something positive about yourself. And encourage others to do the same. Negative self-talk does absolutely nothing good or useful for any of us. So start talking positive about yourself because you are amazing, beautiful, smart, important, unique, and so many other positive things.

My life has become so much better since I decided to put an end to negative self-talk. I am much more confident, happy, and proud. My body is in no way perfect but I love it the way it is and I wouldn’t want to change it. I am happy and confident in my own skin – something I haven’t been half my life – and it feels absolutely amazing.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you agree with me or do you have a completely different opinion? I would love to hear what you guys think!

Love,

Heidi

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Three books I am loving lately

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Hi gorgeous!

I love reading.  Always have. As a little girl I preferred to read rather than playing with other children. Books were my escape from reality (I was bullied terribly but books always made me forget it). I loved diving into a book & not return to the “surface” until hours later. Books were my medicine.

 During my eating disorder & depression I had a few years were I barely picked up a book. The depression & eating disorder sucked the life out of me & I stopped doing all the things I used to love. Reading was one of those things. However, about two years ago when I started recovery & went on medication I finally wanted to read again. Since then I have been reading as much as I possibly can. It is not as much as I like to but I try to squeeze in a little reading every day. For example, I always read in my lunch break at work. It’s not much but it gives me a good 30 minutes of reading & it’s certainly better than nothing.

Since I have fallen in love with reading again I have read a great deal of books so I figured why not start sharing some of the books with you guys? So today I am sharing three books I am loving right now. I will only write very little about each book as I feel like you should “get to know” the books for yourself. But trust me, all of these books are great.

 If you have any book recommendations, please do share them in the comments. I am always looking for new books to read.

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  1. Eat Pray Love made me do it by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you have read Eat Pray Love & loved it, I am pretty sure you will love this book too. In fact, you probably already heard about the book if you love Eat Pray Love. Nevertheless, I had to share the book.  Almost 50 real persons share their story in the book about how Eat Pray Love made them do it/how the book changed their life. These stories are so inspiring & they can’t help make you a little bit happier.

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  1. Meditations from the mat by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

I learned about this book from my yoga teacher a few months ago. Before each class she reads a little paragraph from the book, & everything she read inspired me & spoke to something deep inside me. I knew I had to buy the book. The book is divided into 365 “chapters” called days. So basically you read this book over a year. I am only at day 20 but so far the book is very inspiring.

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  1. Calm by Michael Acton Smith

I bought this book when I was in Vienna during Easter. As soon as I picked up the book I knew I had to buy it. The book is about how you can live more calmly & happily. Personally, I find it very inspiring. The book is divided up into chapters like: relationship, food, nature etc. You don’t have to read the book chronically. You can read whatever chapter you feel like. & you can always come back to the book for more inspiration. I finished reading it a few weeks ago but I have reread some of the parts since then. Just to keep reminding myself the lessons I learned in the book.

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Italian Summer Pasta

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Hi girls!

I hope your weekend is going well so far. Mine is going great. I worked a couple of hours this morning, & now I am sitting in the garden with Jeppe: blogging my little heart out. The weather has been SO nice these last couple of days. The sun has been shining & I have been able to wear cute dresses. & eating ice cream & drinking iced coffees. Life is good!

The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for all the hot summer nights to come. I don’t know about you but I love fresh pasta with LOTS of veggies during the summer. It kind of makes me feel like I am in Italy. Okay, I have never actually been to Italy but I am guessing I would eat a ton of pasta & drink white wine.

I used fresh pasta for the recipe simply because I like fresh pasta so much better & it’s more authentic. But feel free to use any kind of pasta you like. The recipe doesn’t require many ingredients but that’s exactly how I like it: simple yet delicious. Plus, if you use fresh ingredients you really don’t need that many to make the food taste like a piece of heaven.

I recommend enjoying the recipe with a glass of white wine. It really takes the recipe to the next level (also wine makes everything better, right?).  

Italian summer salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
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Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 g fresh spinach pasta
  2. 250 g tomatoes, sliced
  3. ½ zucchini , sliced
  4. 200 g asparagus, sliced
  5. 250 g baby spinach
  6. 1 handful fresh basil
  7. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. 1. Saute the veggies (except the spinach).
  2. 2. Cook the pasta according to package.
  3. 3. Mix the pasta & veggies on a pan. Add spinach, basil, salt & pepper.
  4. 5. Serve with a glas of white wine.
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It’s not about the number of followers

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Last night I kind of had a little meltdown. Not like a real meltdown but I was sure feeling sad and frustrated. I started doubting myself and feeling like I wasn’t good enough. The reason? It’s kind of silly actually but I think many people (especially women) can relate to the reason. I was frustrated about the number of followers on social media. I didn’t feel like I had enough blog readers, followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. You get the picture. I started comparing myself to people who has thousands and thousands of followers. What I failed to realize is that those people have been doing this (social media and blogging) for a very long time. I only started!

But what I also failed to realize is that it is NOT about the number of followers on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Nor is it about the number of people who read my blog. It is about me.

I started this blog because I wanted to write, share recipes, practice taking photos, and mostly just because I was curious to see if I liked blogging. And not only did I find out I liked blogging. I found out I love it. The Sparkling Darling is my outlet. It’s my little corner on the internet where I share whatever I like and I write whatever I like.

The same goes for my Instagram. I created the account because I actually like taking and sharing photos – yes, I realize I am not a particularly great with a camera but I like taking photos and it brings me a lot of joy). I also created the account because I like looking at other people’s photos. I created the account for me. Sure, I was happy to see that other people wanted to follow me but that was NOT the reason why I created an account.

However, last night I seemed to have forgotten all the reasons why I started a blog and created an Instagram account in the first place. I didn’t care about the number of readers or followers. Truly I didn’t. Now don’t get me wrong. This wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if I didn’t have any followers or readers. But the main reason why I do this is ME. I do it because I love it, enjoy it, and have a LOT of fun doing it.

So what I really want to say with this post is: you are SO much more than the number of followers. The number of followers does NOT define how successful you are. Your happiness does. So if you are happy posting photos on Instagram and/or writing blog posts keep doing it. If you hate it then stop it. No matter how many followers you have.

I am in no way perfect and it would be a lie if I said I didn’t care a single bit about the number of my followers. However, I very aware that it is NOT about the numbers. It is about my happiness and whether I like blogging and instagramming or not. As long as it brings me joy I’ll keep doing it – no matter how many or few followers and readers I have.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Love, 

Heidi 

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Vegan Overnight Oats with peanut butter & apricots

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Hi beauties! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Jeppe and I had a great one. Saturday I worked for a couple of hours. I sometimes work on weekends in the most adorable & unique little boutique. After work Jeppe picked me up & we went to a cute cafe for lunch. The cafe was decorated like something from the 70’s. We actually felt like we were taken back in time. No need to say we had a great time. & the coffee was amazing! If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the coffee I posted. After lunch we drove outside the city & went on a beautiful walk. 

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Sunday was pretty relaxing. I went to a vinyasa class in the morning & in the afternoon we went for a walk in the sunshine. It was perfect. 

Okay, enough said about my weekend. You probably came for the recipe, right? 😉 Well, let’s talk about it!

Vegan overnight oats are probably one of my favourite breakfasts. Especially during summer. I love the idea of waking up in the morning & knowing that a delicious bowl of breakfast is waiting for me in the fridge. Plus, I love eating cool things like smoothies or vegan overnight oats for breakfast during summer. Something to cool me down.

If you are a busy bee in the morning you will fall in love with overnight oats. You just have to spent 5 minutes the night before, & voila! In the morning you have a creamy, filling, & scumptious breakfast that’s just waiting for you to dive in. 

Vegan overnight oats with peanut butter & apricots
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 mashed banana
  2. 1/4 cup oats
  3. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  5. 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  6. 2 apricots, sliced
Instructions
  1. Mix of the things except the apricots in a bowl. Leave the bowl covered in the fridge overnight. In the morning give a stir & serve with apricot slices.
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