Welcome back to day two of Recipe Week! Today we are going to make these absolutely delicious (n)ice cream bowls that are super easy to make and they are completely without cruelty and refined sugar - it does not get any better than that! These are the perfect dessert or for whenever you crave some delicious ice cream. Tip: remove the cups from the fridge around 10 minutes before serving so they can thaw just a bit. See ya tomorrow and let's get into making these ice cream bowls!

Hello there and welcome to the first 'Recipe Week' on my blog. I have so many incredible recipes ready that I want to share with you so I thought I would do a week full of them. Every day for this week I will share an easy yet absolutely delicious vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free recipe. 

Today we are starting off with one of the oldest recipes from my eBook 'Movie Night'. This recipe is SO good and will definitely blow you away! The kale créme is so creamy and satisfying and the crisp breads are, you guessed it; super crispy and fits perfectly with the créme! This dish is the perfect snack or as a side for dinner or lunch.

My shop is filled with many eBooks that I have yet to talk about here on the blog. For the longest time they were not available in English but during my break I worked super hard getting them done. So I though why not introduce the eBooks I haven't talked about one by one here so you can get to know them a bit better + see some incredibly delicious food from the book.

14 notebooks. That's how many journals I have written through since 2012 and I am well into number 15. I have been writing a journal ever since I could write. I clearly remember when we each received a notebook in school and spent a class each week writing about what happened in our lives since the last time we picked up the notebook. I was hooked. Something happened in me when I was able to place pen on paper, like a form of therapy. Maybe it could inspire you to try and see what I can do for you and if you want to start journaling then check out my post right here where I share my tips on how to start.

So, what has writing taught me?

It has taught me to observe and reflect on my feelings and thoughts but also what happens around me.

It has taught me to ask questions and that it is okay if I don't always have the answers. Who knows, maybe I get the answer later.

It has taught me how to see things from other perspectives than my own. There is always another side, if not multiple, to look at.

It has taught me to check in with my emotions and thoughts and therefore I am able to process harder times much easier than periods where I do not write. Whenever I write and get whatever it is out on paper it is like a release in my system.

It has taught me how I can heal. Writing for me is a way to help me heal. When pen hits paper I am able to get blockages, destructive feelings and fear out of my system.

It has taught me that it is okay to have thoughts flying from left to right in my head. Whenever I start writing them out I am able to let go of them.

It has taught me to prioritize myself and what I like to do. I like writing but some periods of my life I got wrapped up in the destructive mindset that did not think it was a good idea, that it was too much work and that I did not get anything out of it. Now I prioritize writing because then I prioritize myself.

It has taught me that I do not need to be perfect and that it is okay that I am trying to figure out how I want to live my life.

It has taught me that my handwriting changes depending on which mood I am in when I write. 

It has taught me that brain dumping before going to bed help with the constant thoughts so I can sleep better.

It has taught me that it is so, so much fun to write!

Thank you so much for reading! These are just some of the things I have learned from writing a journal and I cannot way to explore more benefits from writing in the furure. As mentioned, if you want to get started check out my helpful post right here. 

A few months back I posted about how to use clay as shampoo - click here to check it out - but I also wanted to talk about another zero waste and vegan solution for those of you who does not want to use clay. If you are not into using clay as shampoo but would still like what you use on your head to be vegan and zero waste then I have the perfect solution for you; shampoo bars. A shampoo bar with only three ingredients. Vegan, no plastic packaging and it works wonderfully not irritating my scalp.

The one I use is from Friendly Soap. Get the shampoo bars here.

Live in Denmark? Then you can get the shampoo bar here which is also fragrance free.

How to use the shampoo bar:
When my hair is wet I place the bar under the water and rub the bar between my hands creating foam. Then I place the shampoo bar on my hair, cover my head in circular motions so my scalp is covered. Afterwards I just use my fingers to massage and distribute the shampoo. Wash it out and you are good to go. So easy and unlike other shampoos I only need to wash with it once. I store the bar in a cabinet in my room.

How does the shampoo bar feel?
After using it my hair is soft and I have a calm scalp. Like mentioned there is no itchiness or redness like I have experienced with some 'regular' shampoos. Now this might just be because of my hair type but after using this bar I do not feel the need to use conditioner which is quite nice.


What are the benefits?
The shampoo bars from Friendly Soap are a great solution for a zero waste, ethical and vegan choice:
  • No plastic packaging
  • Not tested on animals and no animal ingredients
  • No artificial fragrances
  • 1 bar equals 3 x 250 ml shampoo bottles
  • I have yet to experience redness, irritation or itchiness when using the bar
  • It cleans my hair perfectly

What are the cons?
I only really have one con of using a shampoo bar and it is this: when it gets super small and it is almost gone it can be quite hard to hold. But instead of rubbing it on my head I rub it between my hands to release the foam, spread the foam on to my head, which makes it easier to use when it starts to get smaller. Other than that there is really nothing I don't like about it.


Soluuna 

During the past few weeks I, along with my mother, have been working on a couple new eBooks that we will publish very soon. During these weeks I have also made the decision to post way more recipes on here because I absolutely love creating magic in the kitchen - and sharing it with others. I am so excited to share all the amazingly indulgent recipes coming! Today is a recipe on this incredibly easy yet flavorful smoothie with orange and blackcurrant. If you want the smoothie to be more filling add a banana or two to the recipe. 

There are genuinely so many incredible people on this planet and today I want to share some of the most inspiring people I have found on my journey towards the life I live today. They have inspired me in a way that I have changed my life drastically in a direction of less cruelty and in such a way that I need to speak up, I need to inspire others - without forcing anything. These 3 amazing beings have shown the world that it is indeed possible to be a light in the world of cruelty that is so dark.

Being a vegan activist is so hard, because of the heartbreaking truth, because of all the shit you can encounter on the way and because it is easy to get wrapped up in anger and hurt. But it is so necessary - because someone needs to give animals their voices back. Someone needs to show the world what is going on and I am so thankful for these people.


I found James not long after choosing to go fully vegan and he has definitely made the process easier because of what he shares. His story of 365 vow of silence is so inspiring. For 365 days he did not say a single sound to bring awareness to the animals who are not heard. He shares some of the best speeches and I have definitely picked up some good points from him to share when people have questions. If you ever look for reasons to go vegan and look for activism in a calm way you need to check out this dude!



Ed's way to approach activism is so inspiring and he seems to have all the answers for any question that might appear and delivers the answer in a calm, logical way that you cannot help but to at least give it a thought. He always hit the nail on the head with his arguments. Earlier this year he gave an incredible speech, best 30 minutes a person could spend; watch it here - non-graphic. If you want to know more then you should definitely check out his youtube channel because if is filled with educational videos for anyone interested in the vegan point of view.



Hannah takes the most incredible photos of sweet, innocent animals. Absolutely breathtaking photos! They make my heart melt and break at the same time. She has the ability to capture photos that says so much - how incredible the animals are but also how incredibly trapped they are not being able to do anything about it. You can literally feel the animals pain when you look into their eyes on her photos. Her photos are non-graphic but this does not make them any less strong.


These are the vegan activists I love following because they inspire me so much to spread the message and they share why veganism is so important - they are definitely worth checking out! Thank you so much for reading! I hope to see you again soon!

Soluuna 

Menstrual cups have been on the rise the past years and I would say that there is a lot of hype around them. So many people share their love for them and I am definitely joining in on the praise. A method to deal with periods that involves no waste? No wasteful pads, no chemically filled tampons? Count me in! I have always hated the common period products; pads were itchy and I hated tampons, I don't know exactly why I just did. They feel unsafe and I know it's rare but TSS was always in the back of my mind  before inserting the white bastard. Menstrual cups are the way to go!

So, why are the menstrual cups so amazing?

Better for the environment
One of the many reasons I bought a menstrual cup was to align my period with my values of minimizing waste, especially plastic. I used pads before the menstrual cup and one pad is the equivalent of 4 plastic bags - it doesn't quite make sense to quite the plastic bags and then use plastic that equals 4 of them whenever I opened a pad, does it? With the menstrual cup, no plastic is going into our environment and polluting the hell out of it. Menstrual cups are better for the environment.

A plastic free period
When I am done with my period after using the menstrual cup the only waste I have produced is water. No plastic going into the bin beside my toilet ending up god knows where. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling I had after my first plastic free period. It felt so amazing! To be honest I was actually liberating to be free of 1-2 plastic bags filled with more plastic. Menstrual cups equals a plastic free period.

Better for your health
A thing I learned last year was that companies that make pads and tampons are not required to state the toxins, pesticides and other nasty stuff in their products on the packaging. Are the products you use completely white? Then they have been bleached. Are the products you use not organic? Then pesticides, GMO and other toxics have been used during the process of growing the cotton and making the product. Yes, all of this so close if not inside our body, the most sensitive place you can find. Menstrual cups are better for your health.

It is cheaper
Yes, a menstrual cup can definitely seem expensive when you go to buy it. But keep in mind that it lasts up to 10 years if not more if you take good care of it. A one time purchase for ten years instead of new pads or tampons every few months. A menstrual cup is definitely not that expensive anymore when you think about that. A cup is also 'cheaper' for the earth to produce when it comes to the needed resources to make tampons and pads. 

You forget your period
I have had days on my period while using the cup where I completely forgot that I was on my period. When the cup is inserted correctly I cannot feel it at all. And because I only have to empty it every 10 hours it feels like a normal day which is incredibly awesome whereas with pads and tampons I found myself constantly needing to check if they needed to be changed. With a menstrual cup I forget my period. 

Easy to use (once you get the hang of it)
I am going to be honest; it was hard for me to get used to the cup when I first started using it and to be able to get it right - but I never gave up. There is a transitioning period (lol) and in the beginning it can feel a bit overwhelming just like starting anything new can be. It is super easy to use once I got the hang of it and the more I use it the easier it is to insert so I would definitely recommend to keep trying if you struggle. I have a post with how I got it to work - click here. A menstrual cup will get easier to manage over time.

Get to know your body
When using a menstrual cup you get really close to your body and lower stomach area. This is something I have been enjoying because it is so cool to get to know it; how long is my cervix, the best way to insert the cup, what kinds of fluids there are other than blood and so much more. This might sound weird to some but after using the cup I am actually starting to not hate my period which I used to do pretty much since the first time I experienced it. A menstrual cup will help you get closer to your body. 

These are some of the reasons why I love the menstrual cup and why I would highly recommend you checking it out and try it for yourself because it is truly life changing. The cup I use is from OrganiCup and you can learn more about it and how I use it here.

Soluuna 


So.. thrifting. Something I would say that I am pretty experienced at since I have been doing it for years but there's always new things to learn. It is amazing entering a new thrift shop and they have some things I have never seen before making me think; why didn't I think of thrifting that before? I have already shared some tips before and today we are going to dive more into thrifting tips when going on the hunt for clothes. First tip is definitely to remember to wear something that is easy to get in and out of so it is easy to get out of what you are wearing and try on what you have your eyes on.

I am not the biggest fan of mashed potatoes, to me it is just very boring and plain but bake it in the oven and I absolutely love it. There is just something about the brown crispy crust that make me come back for more. Oven baked mashed potatoes is the perfect meal along with a good salad or use it as a side dish for the curry veggie cauliflower rice or literally anything else. It is incredibly easy to make, making it the perfect lazy meal to enjoy on a day where you want to spend zero effort. 

This recipe is for one person and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients: 
1 kg potatoes // 3 Ib 3 oz. potatoes
The cooking water from the potatoes
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Himalayan salt

Method: 
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius // 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes. Boil the potatoes in water for 10 - 12 minutes until tender.

Pour the potato water into a bowl and set aside.

Mash the potatoes. Stir in onion powder, garlic powder and salt with a bit of the water from the potatoes. Add water until you get the desired consistency. The mashed potatoes should be thick rather than thinner.

Season with salt. 

Place the mashed potatoes into a refractory tray and bake it in the oven for 30 - 45 minutes until the surface is crisp and golden. 

Soluuna 



I must admit, I have never really been the type to sit down and watch some educational movies or documentaries. I found them way too heavy and my head was already heavy and dark enough as it was. I did not need the extra icing on that cake. And to be honest I don't think I was ready for the life changing information I have now been exposed to in these movies. Instead I watched something lighthearted, something that took me out of the constant stage of (dark) thoughts, heavy feelings and mood swings. Movies like rom-coms and chick flicks with little to no substance.. or at least I could just choose to stay on the surface not giving it another thought.  

This has changed. Don't get me wrong I still love my zero substance movie once in a while but I am not afraid of learning and diving into the documentaries and videos that are educational, life changing and give me a new perspective on the world and not to mention the fact that they are able to make me grow as a person and develop into who I want to be. Because these movies are just that, they have made me who I am today and I would not want to be without them:


The True Cost opens up to a topic I, about six months ago, knew nothing about and today, it is one of the topics that I am the most passionate about. This is the movie that uncovers the dark side of the fast fashion industry. How exactly the workers are treated, how they are not being paid enough for their sweat and tears and how they are working in such dangerous environments that it has killed over a thousand people. The True Cost is a must watch movie if you buy and wear clothing because it is information that should be well known. You can learn way more about the movie in my other post about it here.

Watch this if you want to learn more about the dangers and damages of the (fast) fashion industry.


Innsæi // innsaei  - watch it on Netflix
I have talked a little bit about some spiritual topics here and I definitely want to dive more into that. One of the recent movies I have seen is called innsaei and I would say that it is not necessarily spiritual. It just goes into the importance of being, the importance of listening to our intuition and bring awareness to our consciousness and our senses in order to be connected to the world we live in, connected to each other and to ourselves. Because in this world where everything goes way too fast, way to busy and way to unaware. It is important to connect and listen to the sea within (which is just one of the meanings behind the word innsaei). This is a must watch movie if you want to connect with yourself, your life and your surroundings.

Watch this if you want to connect to the world around you and let go of stress and pressure. 
"Why are you so happy?" is the questions one of the founders behind The Minimalists asked the other founder. The answer was: he started to let go of stuff. This led them both to a new journey of minimalism and inspiring others to give up the illusion that in order to be happy and have a successful life you need things. This is what the movie is all about; that in order to find true happiness we need to let go, to stop clinging on to objects and the illusions we want to set up for people looking at us from the outside. This movie led me to one of the most important questions I bring with me today; does this add value to my life?

Watch this if you want to learn more about minimalism and the incredible benefits of less.


Our Plastic Oceans - watch it on Netflix
This movie is so incredibly heartbreaking. Not because it is extremely graphic but because it dives under the surface of how we are destroying the life underwater. Not even just under water but also above the surface. We are destroying the planet with something that is everywhere; plastic. It is absolutely insane how much plastic is dumped into the oceans yearly and how it effects the sea life, how it is killing the sea life and the ecosystems because the reality is, in 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean that fish! I have already made a post where you can find way more information about the plastic oceans and some ways we can help it from getting any worse - check that out right here. 

Watch this if you want to learn more about how bad plastic actually is and why we should refuse to use it.


What The Health - watch it on Netflix
This is about the effects of eating animal products - not only do they affect our bodies but they also affect the planet and the people on it and let's not forget the animals. This uncovers how money rules what is being recommended to people and what we get from eating animal products - and let me tell ya - it ain't good... The movie shows what happens when a (really) sick person taking medicine eat a plant based for two weeks - and the improvements are incredible! I love this quote from the movie: "You can't be strong and dying on the inside" - David Carter - so true.

Watch this if you want to discover what happens when you use food to heal instead of eating you sick and if you want to uncover what is actually behind what is recommended to eat.

These are the life changing movies I have watched lately and wanted to share with you so you could have the chance to change your life. Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you soon. 

Soluuna 


Veganism is pretty weird to some people. To me is it pretty weird not to be vegan. To me veganism is my lifestyle and my everyday 'normal' - but I have experienced some thing that made me stop and think wait what the heck, when did that happen? I have experienced so many changes since I made the switch to the vegan lifestyle and ditching the animals products. If you want to know the benefits I have experienced since going vegan then click here. Now let's get into the weird stuff that has happened since going vegan:

I have shared a post about life changes, I have made a second post about life changes, I have made a third post about life changes and now it is time for the fourth one with the last changes I have added to my life and how it has affected it.  Because that's why I call them life changes, they have the ability to form new habits to better areas of the way I live. Better in the sense of improving my mental health, my physical health and my overall well being. I think we all know how changes work so why don't I stop rambling and let's get into the life changes: