Last day of Recipe Week. It has been so much fun sharing all these fantastic recipes with you and I would love to do another round in the future that's for sure! We are finishing off with one of my favorite recipes from one of my newest eBooks 'Simple Smoothies' which is this red berry bomb. It is so delicious, sweet yet has a sour touch at the same time + it, like every other smoothie ever, it is so easy to make which makes it the perfect quick meal!

This Recipe Week is flying by and it has been an absolute pleasure sharing these recipes with you - I am definitely repeating the success in the near future! Today I am bringing you another super easy yet amazing dessert that is made from cauliflower. I know what you are thinking; cauliflower?? In a dessert?? But trust me on this one - it is so good and the cauliflower gives it the perfect mousse consistency and combined with the lemon flavor and some fresh berries you have an A++ dessert! 

Want more delicious (nut free) dessert recipes? Check out my eBook 'Nut Free'. 

I drink a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice so I am left with a lot of lemon peels and one of the ways to just reuse a fraction of the peels is with this lemon mousse:

people  //  20 min. + in the fridge overnight.

Ingredients:
700g // 6 ½ cup cauliflower rice, thawed or frozen
1 dl // 6 - 7 tbsp. maple syrup
½ tsp. vanilla powder
½ lemon peel
2 tbsp. arrowroot powder

Topping:
Fresh berries; here I used raspberries

Method:
Place the cauliflower rice into a pot along with 1 tbsp. water and sauté the rice until tender; it takes about 10 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t burn. Pour the rice into a sieve and let the water drip off.

Cut the half of the lemon peel, where the juice has been squeezed out, in half and place them in a blender along with the cauliflower rice and the rest of the ingredients except the arrowroot powder. Blend until you have a smooth crème.

Season the crème with maple syrup, lemon peel and vanilla powder. The lemon flavor must be strong because it will fade once it is placed in the fridge to set.

Add the arrowroot powder and blend until mixed.

Place the crème back into the pot and turn up the heat while stirring frequently so it does not burn. When the crème boils take it off the heat and distribute it into 4 glasses, smooth out the surface and place it in the fridge.

Store the mousse in the fridge until serving.

Top of with fresh berries.

Enjoy!


Soluuna ♡

There are a lot of people who think meh when it comes to salads. I am one of those people - or at least I used to.. That was before I had this salad my mother created a few years ago and it has turned the salad game around for me! I no longer think boring instead they are a delicious side part of a good dinner or lunch if you are creative with it. This salad is so good I just had to share it with you! This is perfect for anything but I really love it with some oven baked potatoes with a red spice. 

We are diving into the sweets this week and I love it! Having the house smelling like freshly baked cookies is one of the most homey feelings in the world to me. If I'm being honest, cinnamon was not my favorite flavor but that has really changed since I went vegan and in combination with apples, I can't get enough! Day four of Recipe Week, we are going to make delicious apple cinnamon cookies so why not just get started?: 

Want more delicious cookie recipes? Check out my eBook filled with delicious cookies right here. 

Ingredients for 10 cookies:
1 red apple
100g // 1 cup desiccated coconut
40g // ½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon powder
200g // 1 ¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted

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

Mash the dates with a fork or with your fingers.

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Grate the apple coarsely and add it to the bowl.

Add the dates and use your hands to combine the dry ingredients with the dates.

When combined and the dough sticks together, roll about 3 - 4 tbsp. of the dough into balls and press them flat between your palms and fingers. Do not press the balls too flat – approximately 1 cm. thick is good. If the dough is too sticky, wet your hands a bit to make the dough easier to work with.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake them in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

You can enjoy the cookies hot or allow them to cool on a grate. Once completely cold, you can store them in an airtight container up to two days at room temperature



Soluuna 

Being gluten free, one of the things I miss the most is a good baked chocolate cake. Chocolate has always been an absolute favorite of mine. But when I take a bite of this raw vegan chocolate cake I do not miss those old days with baked gluten and refined sugar filled cakes at all. One of my favorite things veganism opened me up to was raw cakes - they are SO good and this one is no different. Therefore I had to share this recipe with you because it is just so good and with the berry sauce and fresh berries, you got a winner! 

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