Healthy vegan chilli stew

It is really cold in Germany right now so I have cravings for comfort food as stews, thick soups etc. This is a very simple one pot meal.

vegan-chilli

For my healthy vegan chilli stew you will need:
2 sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cayanne pepper + a  bit extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cumin + a bit extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a bit extra for sprinkling
olive oil
1 onion
2 cellery stalks
a hand full of button mushroom
2 cloves garlic
1 green chilli pepper
1 red chilli pepper
1 x 400 g jar of kidney beans
1 x 400g jar of chickpeas
2x 400g jar of cut tomatoes

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 200˚C
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks, put them on a baking tray cover with baking peper
Sprinkle the potatoes with some cayanne pepper, cumin and cinammon, sea salt and black pepper
Chop Chillis into tiny pieces
Chop mushrooms and cerllery stalks into chunks
Chop the onions roughly
Chop the garlic into tiny pieces
Heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot
Add onions, garlic, mushrooms, cellery stalks and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes
After 5 minutes add the chilli, the spices and cook for 5 – 10 minutes more, stir occassionaly
Drain the beans and add to the pot
Add the tomatoes
Bring to the boil and reduce to the medium – low and leave to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, add water if too thick
Add the roasted sweet potatoes and stir
You can decorate with fresh coriander leaves

ENJOY!

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Breakafast oats my way

This is my favourite breakfast these days, because it is easy to make and is very filling.

You will need:

Oats: https://www.alnatura.de/de-de/alnatura-produkte/produktsuche/bio-haferflocken-feinblatt-500g

Soya Yogurth Natur from Alpro or Alnatura: https://www.alnatura.de/de-de/alnatura-produkte/produktsuche/bio-soja-natur-vegan-400g

Fruit of you choice  –  I like to use a half of bannana, kiwi, berries, apples…

Chia seeds: https://www.alnatura.de/de-de/alnatura-produkte/produktsuche/bio-chiasamen-200g

Nuts ( Wallnuts, chopped almonds, pecan nuts…)

Raw honey or Agave syrup: https://www.alnatura.de/de-de/alnatura-produkte/produktsuche/bio-agavendicksaft-in-der-spenderflasche-250ml

Instructions:

Put a bit of soya yogurth in a bowl, top with the oats, chia seeds, fruit, nuts, honey or agave and serve. Then just mix it all together and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Winter Detox / Helathy eating / New Beginning 2017

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I was diagonosed with a repetitive Strep infect at end of the year and had to undergo an antibiotical tretment.

After that I somehow felt tired and could barely function during the day. I was super sleepy and I just felt my body was not OK.

I started eating very unhealthy and drinking extreme amounts of coffee, my body was really craving for chocolate, coffein, bread and simple sugars in general.

There were days when I had to drink up to 5 cups of coffee.

I was a real coffee addict.All the Christmas / Winter / New Years parties did not help my situation as I was  beginning to feel bloated and had to even buy a new pair of jeans as my old jeans were getting too tight.

So I decided to start with winter detox. So I am trying to eat a balanced food and excercise more.

This is what my day looks like:

At 6:30 am

with a glass of warm water with some lemon juice

At 7:00 am

I am eating my breakast: oats with yogurth/ skyr/almond milk or soya yogurth with fruit, chia seeds, nuts, raw honey / agave syrup

At 12:00 am

I am eating my lunch – some chicken, fish, rice, wholegrain pasta, qinoa, cous cous, veggies ….and some fruit to cut on the cravings for chocolate.

At 18:00 pm

I am eating dinner – some salad with tuna / chicken / mozarella / veggies/ egg / feta ….

 

I am snacking some nuts or veggies during the break between the meals and drinking a lot of herbal tea and water. I stopped drinking cofee! I stopped eating bread. And so far after my first week on this clean eating lifestyle I was able to loose 2 Kg and I don’t have the food cravins I had before! I didn’t start excercising yet, but I will begin tomorrow. I plan to excercise at home with our crosstrainner or the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. I was also recommended the Tracy Anderson Method. There are free videos on youtube with the excercises from both Jillian and Tracy, so I am going to let you know what I chose and how it worked for me.

Please let me know if you have any tricks on how to stay healthy and reboost energy?

 

 

 

Rainy day / bad weather activities in Hanover for kids:

As a mom of 2 very active  kids   I always try to come up with some cool stuff to do in the afternoon or during the weekend even during bad weather days.

Here are some of my tips on what to do in Hannover, Germany when it is rainning cats and dogs:)

Indoor Spielplatz Ballorig:

Indoor Spielplatz / Playground is always the best bet for any active kids. Ballorig in Seelze is my favourite, because I find it really nice and clean. It’s a bit far for us from the List – it takes me about 20 minutes by car to get there but the kids always enjoy it to the max and they offer a lot of activities for younger kids too!

http://www.ballorig.de/seelze/

MalZeit – Self painted Pottery

My kids love to paint and are really creative so I find this coffeeshop / Pottery Atelier cool.

Basically the kids can choose a cup, a bowl or a plate and decorate it themselfs with speical paints and then you can pick up the final product in a few days. I will try this activity in the next few weeks and will write a post about our experience.

http://malzeit-hannover.de/

Library visit:

You can register your kids for free at your local library. This will enable you to borrow books , CDs and DVDs for free for kids. There are also different activities for kids, depending on your location ( e.g.: Reading and singing with babies). There are libraries that even offer an international book and media selection. (I saw some books in English, Russian, Polish, Spanish and Arabic).

Some libraries like the one in my area (List) offer cozy kids corners. A perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.

Here is a list of the libraries in Hanover:

http://www.hannover.de/Leben-in-der-Region-Hannover/Bildung/Bibliotheken-Archive/Stadtbibliothek-Hannover/Bibliotheken-%C3%96ffnungszeiten

Coffee shop for kids:

There is a tiny  baby / toddler friendly coffeeshop in my area called Das Rockzipfel. I like to take my kids to a special mom and kids date here. We like to share one of their delicious homemade cakes and drink some hot chocolate and chat about their day . There is a mini play corner for smaller babies and kids availabe and a selection of some baby friendly snacks and food. As a new mom you can also feel very welcomed here as most of the guests are parents themself and will not give you evil looks for screaming kids, spilled drinks and public breastfeeding (that is usually anyway not a problem in Gearmany at any place). I was also able to meet some nice parents with kids here, so it is a good place to meet new people when you just moved to Hanover with your kids and feel lonely.

http://dasrockzipfel.de/

Can you recommend any cool activities for small kids in Hanover during bad weather days? Please comment:)