Good good links #162

Hi there!

For some reason, I never managed to finish these posts pror to Saturday night/Sunday morning resulting in my brain not churning out the best of intros, Then again, you really don’t mind a lack of intro creatvity on Sundays, do you ;)? There’sno lack of great reading material in this post after all so happy browsing and ..

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Feelings about Blogging via My Pink and Green Life

Peer pressure and overwhelming amounts of advice can make hard what’s the most important thing when blogging: staying true to yourself.

Taking Medication for Depression Doesn’t Mean I’m Weak via Greatist

While I’ve never taken any of this kind of medication I don’t think there’s condemnable about opting for it. This article outlines what antidepressants can and can’t do.

When Did Healthy Become So Overwhelming? Via Kayla in The City

A question I’m sure many of us have asked themselves before.

 

Good good [advice and other inspirational or interesting posts]

Normal Eaters are the Healthiest via The Real Life RD

A post where I every sentence is spot on. This goes hand in hand with Kayla’s post above.

How Introverts Can Meet People Without Bars or Booze via tiny buddha

Not just true for searching a significant other and “journey of a thousand little micro-conversations” <- I really found this to be true for myself.

7 Ways to Stay Healthy at Work via The Balanced Berry

Considering how much time we spend at the office it’s smart to create or maintain some healthy habits there.

The 4 Things I Learned About Making New Friends After College via In It 4 the Long Run

Just recently I had a conversation on how hard doing this is as an adult. There’s no way to avoid pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones

15 Words Nutritionists Wish You Would Ban from Your Vocabulary  via Shape Magazine

Because using these is a surefire way to turn food into  a guilt-laden and stressful matter when it should be natural and fun.

 

Blogging

Content doesn’t need to be groundbreaking via Britton Loves

For any of you who – like me – stress themselves out over what they post [i.e. what it ‘should’ be vs. what it might be like].

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Almond Butter Brownies via Detoxinista

Only eight ingredients, vegan, paleo and they have that crackly top – could these get any better??

Caramel Apple Sweet Potato Fries via The Almond Eater

Fries for dessert? Definitely if they look this amazing, homemade caramel sauce and all.

Vegan Coconut Butter Gingersnaps via The Vegan 8

Soft and filled with lots of [dare I say it yet?: Christmas-y] spices these sound plain awesome.

Cajun-Style Vegan Red Beans and Rice via Emilie Eats

Creamy flavourful beans with a side of rice – this is the kind of meal I could eat every single day without getting bored.

 Pizza Crackers (gluten-free + vegan) via Sarah Bakes Gluten-free

Homemade crackers always make for a more upscale snack and pizza-flavoured? Winner!

 

Happiness-inducing today:  It still being a fairly warm and nice day. Definitely getting colder but those last warmer days have to be cherished.

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Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola [gluten-free, vegan]

With just the right amount of sweetness, heart-healthy buckwheat, oats and nuts this is a nutritious granola you can feel good about eating. Bonus: it takes a mere few minutes to mix together, is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free + uses just six ingredients.

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The story behind this recipe is both a little embarrassing and saying a lot about me. For months, one of my colleagues would bring bag after bag of expensive organic  [but still sugar-laden] granola or Müsli [okay, muesli for you English speakers but I just like the German way so much] to work. One day when she was eating some I remembered how fun making granola at home is and offered to make a batch of homemade one for her – an offer she happily took up. Well … if you know me you also know about my indecisiveness. Long story short I bought random granola ingredients here and there, telling myself I’d make some soon. Yet wanting to create the perfect  kind lend to stressing myself so much it never happened. Until now, that is.

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For some reason currently unbeknownst to me I picked up a bag of buckwheat at random. Then I remembered I’d heard people – likely on Instagram – mention buckwheat granola and the ominous ‘caramelized buckinis’. Boredom turned granola on a rainy – that even is an understatement – Sunday afternoon. Actually, I didn’t even have high hopes for it yet boredom has turned into a delicious recipe before so maybe it was meant to be? Anyway, my kitchen smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait to have a try. Liking it I needed the ultimate taste test and scooped up a little cup full of buckwheat granola for my mum to try.

I’ll be honest in saying I expected her to maybe reluctantly take a sniff and a few crumbs at highest, then sending me off again to toss it but: she took a spoonful, grabbed the cup and kept eating, saying she’d leave some for dad to try in his breakfast the next day. Verdict? Winner.  My colleague was also smitten, probably not expecting me to ever turn up with some granola anymore. Sorry!

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This isn’t the cluster-packed kind of granola I usually prefer but trust me when I say it’s amazing in its own right. Just lightly sweetened with maple syrup the natural flavor of every ingredient shines through. The buckwheat lends a special nutty crunch factor that won’t make you miss the clusters.  As if deliciousness wasn’t enough of a selling point all three of its main ingredients – oats, buckwheat and nuts – are heart-healthy. Turning this easy homemade granola into one you can feel good about eating all day long.

Okay, before we get to the recipe I want to quickly highlight a few other benefits of buckwheat in case it’s not been making an appearance on your plate [regularly] before, either.

  • Despite the ‘wheat’ in its name buckwheat is actually not a grain making it a great fit for gluten-free eaters  [probably the best-known fact here, I know].
  • While low in vitamin buckwheat is high in manganese (necessary for healthy metabolism, antioxidant defense etc.), copper (), magnesium (athletes will be happy to hear this),
  • High in fiber = happy healthy gut.
  • Contains several novel nutraceuticals which are plant compounds that boast health benefits like lowering LDL (aka: the bad) cholesterol as well as your blood pressure, preventing histamine production (i.e. may help lower risks of developing inborne allergies or food intolerances)
  • May lower blood sugar levels which hence why it’s considered a great option for diabetics.

Sources: 1, 2

Okay, enough nutrition talk! Let’s get to the recipe already!

Healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola

  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp quick oats [50 g]
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp raw buckwheat [50 g]*
  • ½ cup mixed nuts [I used almonds and cashews; 60 g]
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut oil [~7 g]
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F/175 °C and layer a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop nuts to your preferred size for granola [I find preferences vary here; I liked mine on the smaller side].
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a small pot, melt the coconut oil. Add maple syrup and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the liquid over your dry ingredients and mix well to make sure everything is coated.
  6. Spread your granola on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. After about 10 minutes, open the oven and stir the granola. This helps avoiding the edges to burn. Repeat this every 5-10 minutes [depending on your oven].
  8. Once the granola is lightly browned – don’t let it bake for too long; it’ll crisp as it cools – take the sheet out of the oven and set aside to cool down.

 

Notes:

*the gree-ish looking kernels; not roasted as this will change the flavor.

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 I’m linking up with Allergy Free Wednesdays#RecipeOfTheWeek,#StrangeButGoodGluten-Free Fridays,Tasty Tuesdays,Healthy Vegan Fridays, Meatless Mondays, .

See? Nothing weird about this little pseudo-grain. Here’s to making buckwheat more popular [outside of pasta] – or just to making granola.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Walking around outside soaking up the summery smell of the air. Can I bottle that scent up for colder months to come?!

 

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Have you tried buckwheat before? In which kind of dishes?

What’s your favourite granola?

 

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Week in Review: When stressed is best.

Once more I was tempted to skip writing a Week in Review at all as things went well until Wednesday – and then my sister and little P. were waiting for me when I got home after work on Thursday. The rest, as they say, was history. /family time. Well, for the most part at least.  Truth be told I felt bad for hardly getting a thing done when they were here. It felt like time was passing in the blink of an eye, probably faster. Laundry*? Cleaning my fridge? Meal prep? None of that happened. Guilt level? High. The question is why I can’t fully appreciate the truly wonderful time I spent with my family. Especially now that my sister isn’t visiting that often anymore I should literally call it a day weekend and not get stressed over to-dos.

*granted, this was also because I’m not the only one using the machine so couldn’t use it at all times plus sun hours for outside drying have been limited

Yet I struggle with calling quality time an accomplishment. When my sister said she expected me to send her off with some homemade sweet treats in a playfully disappointed way I felt genuinely bad and considered a late night baking session. I’m not writing this asking for sympathy but because it’sthe only honest way of summing up my feelings about the week. Don’t get me started on forgetting to take a single picture for the blog. Which, thinking about it now, though, is at least proof I truly valued the short time I got to spend with my sister and P.

And because I value your time, too, let’s dive into some of what I -did- manage to get done after all. Don’t forget to share your recent accomplishments in the comments, too!

Week in Review

  • Worked five days. Same old, same old. Aside from that one day when my stomach decided to make use of its veto card regarding breakfast. I still worked some more after that unfortunate incident because I was feeling better and didn’t want my colleagues to be laden with extra work.
  • Wrote three blog posts, published two.
  • Wrote a post for one of the recipes I told you I’d created in the past week. And close before it was ready to go online I noticed I hadn’t uploaded or edited any pictures for that but the other of the two. Face. Palm.
  • Ran errands on Saturday. It’s my one big shopping trip as I only get to use a car that day and as much as I like riding my bike it’s not the best vehicle for a big shop. Especially not when getting a six-bottle pack of mineral water  [or two huge bags of apples in addition … ]
  • Cleaned out my portemonnaie [using the German/French term because that’s just what I like better]. Think old receipts, shopping list and the likes. This might be embarrassing if I’m the only one who has that bad habit.
  • Went to bed earlier several nights and as a result felt a smidgen better in the morning. Just a little, though, as I simply am not a morning person.
  • Bought lunch – really just a pastry as that’s what she likes – for a colleague. It might not be what I’d choose but I will neither force healthy choices onto anybody nor criticize their current ones. Just a thought here.
  • Kept my orchid not only alive but got it into a magnificent bloom that rivals my mum’s again. Never mind that she has at least ten to take care of …

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  • Wrote two emails I’d meant to send off for quite a while already.
  • Went cow-watching. It’s not like I hadn’t walked past the herd of cows close to our house many times before. But with P. in tow it was an altogether different experience – watching him watch the cows was adorable – also opening up a good conversation with my sister. In fact, I felt closer to her than I had in a longer while this weekend. One of those moments I never want to forget.
  • Prepared peanut butter. The addiction is still going strong.

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  • In a frenetic moment of feeling terribly unaccomplished cleaned my apartment probably not polished but the sinks are clean the floor isn’t dirty anymore. It’s a start.
  • Meal prepped after all. I was worried it’d get super stressful but I managed surprisingly well. Maybe I need to be short on time more often?

Looking at it now I’m surprised I still got to cross more than I expected off my to-do list. Which I’ll thank both this link-up [think: ‘I need to get some things done to fill that WiR post!’] and my ability to work better under pressure for. It’s always been that way. Stress in excess might not be healthy but a little bit of it at least for me means increased productivity.

If you made it through all of my rambling here: thank you! I wish I could offer you a cookie now but alas, baking didn’t happen 😉. Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Spending time with P. and my sister as well as crossing a few more items off my  to-do list, too.

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Good good links #161

Is it really Sunday again? Okay, I’ have no doubts here but I really just want to relive the past few days and maybe do a few more things differently [like getting up earlier and cross a few things off my to-do list before Thursday]. But that’s neither here nor there and you’ve come not for ramblings but good good links. Without further ado that’s what you’ll get.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why self-love is for everyone, not just the ‘healthy’ enough via Anastasia Amour

Such an important post in a time and age where unsolicited commentary, hate and quick judgement of other people’s lives and physical health are commonplace.

Some Things You Should Know About Addiction via Erin’s Inside Job

A post everybody should read because a) addiction is more common than we might guess and b) incredibly hard to understand for an outsider.

 

Good good [advice and other inspirational or interesting posts]

3 Lies You May Believe About Your Creative Work via The Every Girl

This was spot on for me and I’d venture to guess for at least some of you, too.

What I Learned from Giving Up Meat, Alcohol and Complaining in India via Ashley Abroad

An older but no less relevant post on what an ascetic pledge can teach you about yourself. Truly inspiring,

Dressing Like A Cartoon Character Made Me Happier, Calmer And A Better Consumer via Huffington Post

This will make you/us think about our Shopping Habits. Because let’s be honest: do -you- wear everything in your closet (or even just more than 50%)?

My Secret Eight-Dollar Guaranteed Flight Upgrade Trick  via Peter Shankman

I’m not sure how well this works but the idea alone is amazing enough.

Why Hamburg has to be on your Germany Itinerary via sateless suitcase

Especially with the Oktoberfest craze currently going on and all its international visitors I need to make a point for visiting this truly wonderful city. No, you don’t get a true impression of Germany when only visiting Bavaria.

Let’s get bored again! via Chase the Red Grape

Because boredom can be both a very relaxing time for our brains as well as when creativity hits – if we put aside our phones.

Tips to start living a non-diet life. via Yeah … Imma Eat That

 Kylie nailed it again: all of these are great points to keep in mind and practice every day. Even if t takes some time to feel comfortable with it.

 

Blogging/Business

How To Get Your Blog Content Published via Bloguettes

What to keep in mind when you want to write for other/bigger websites.

My Number One Piece of Business Advice via The Healthy Maven

Personally, I find this applies to other areas of life, too [think one-sided friendships and the like].

 

Good good [links to make you smile, Instagram posts and more]

This video not just for the dose of lovely British accent – the recipes won’t be anything new to seasoned bloggers – but also look for a certain Mark R. in the comment section. Not something I’ve seen people do before online.

 

Good good [food]

Pumpkin Breakfast Cake with Pecan Streusel via Katalyst Health

It’s cake! With streusel topping! For breakfast! Do you think this says how exciting I find it?

Homemade Pretzel Sticks (vegan + gluten-free) via Feasting on Fruit

Pretzels are one of my favourite salty snacks and how impressive would making them at home be?!

Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake via Cotter Crunch

I’d take [a day of] colder weather as an excuse to have this dish.

Easy Vegan Sugar Crinkle Cookies via Glue and Glitter

There’s something about crinkle cookies that’s just so pretty to me plus you can doctor them up whichever way you fancy.

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli Bake via Minimalist Baker

Give me creamy, [vegan-]cheesy vegetables – and the optional chickpeas – and I’m always in.

Vegan Creamy Pesto Pasta via Ceara’s Kitchen

The definition of comfort food! Quick oil-free pesto with ingredients you might already have at hand.

 

Good good [Instagram]

If you’re looking for drool-worthy food … well, look above. This wonderful account is going to warm your heart and let you see that

 

Happiness-inducing today: My nephew’s smile. It’s not often you’ll hear me use this word but goodness, I love that little boy.

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Week in Review: Procrastinating no more.

Okay, we all know that title is a lie, no? Unless you’re superhuman it’s very unlikely you’ll just stop procrastinating altogether. It’s much less likely if you’re me: an average girl/woman* ever so prone to forego those pesky tasks that need to be done but maybe not this very minute. We all know that feeling, right? Just me?? Yet the title is right in that the past week was one where I consciously procrastinated less [more on that at the end of this post]. Which isn’t half bad for a start if I dare say so myself.

It’s been quite a while since my previous time linking up with Meg for a Week in Review. Being the overthinker I am I did mull over this and let’s just say the outcome would yield another post of its own so for now I’m giving it a go again and will see how to go from there. Share some of your recent achievements in the comments, too. It’s nice to get a glimpse into what others are working on and getting done, too. And: we all deserve that pat on the back [ask my dad; we have a slightly embarrassing story regarding that whole pat-on-the-back business;)].

*does anybody else – any twenty-something + ladies, that is – can’t decide whether or not to call themselves ‘girl’ [it’s a blog world phenomenon, I think]. Woman just sounds so … grown-up/married/having-it-all-figured-out? I don’t know. Enlighten me if have a clue on this, please.

Week in Review

 

Onto some of what I did, experienced and stopped procrastinating on!

Worked the usual five days. They were pretty busy ones which I appreciated. While at times stressful I prefer having an ongoing to-do list over those slow days a week ago.

Created two new recipes for the blog that I’m excited to share. While no big deal for food bloggers it was one for me as I’ve been lacking my kitchen mojo lately.

Posted twice – including some good good links – which felt good after two weeks out of the blogging loop.

Voted. Germany’s been holding  elections in several of its federal states these past weeks and it was our state’s turn, too. As I knew I’d feel stressed out having to decide on twelve (!) different people on the actual election day – the German voting system is quite different from the US one – I choose postal voting. It was a special moment that had me reflect on the privilege of being able to freely vote and also as a woman. I’ve never gotten political on here and don’t plan on doing so in the future but I truly think everybody should make use of this right. The end.

Read every morning and also most afternoons right after returning from work. Sitting in front of a computer most of the time at work I think I/my brain really needed that time off. I do feel less stressed when I don’t turn on my laptop right away when I get home or flick through Instagram before work already. The only problem is that I’m running out of books. For once, there’s still the bad experience of my planned vacation reads and then the fact I have a few requirements for a good book that I’m always concerned won’t be met. Yes, I’m difficult.

Cried.I only very lightly hinted at it but we received some sad and hard to process news on Monday. Is crying a shame as an adult? Personally, I let my feelings bottle up for two long and crying is my way to work on them. Luckily, I had a shoulder to lean on.

Baked a batch of oatmeal cookies for my parents. In my mum’s words: the best oatmeal cookies. She’s been on a quest to find that one perfect recipe yielding cookies like those sold at a very popular Swedish furniture store. Knowing that her current recipe wasn’t what she actually wanted sparked my ambition to deliver the -one- recipe. I can get serious about these things, especially if it’s an opportunity to try another blogger’s recipe because I personally find it so nice to hear when somebody tries and like one of mine. Long story short: these oatmeal cookies are neither vegan nor healthy. But they’re just chewy and just like those sold in coffeehouses while really simple to prepare. If it wasn’t for the eggs even I would have been tempted to sneak a bite.  [the ones below are my healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, not those I baked because they didn’t turn out pretty enough for a picture].

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Washed two loads of laundry. #adulting – and we know how I feel about this household task.

Cleaned the apartment. It’s still a miracle to me how the floors get dirty again in what feels like minutes every time.

Finally sent off a letter to cancel a contract. Long overdue. This was something I’d majorly procrastinated on because I wasn’t sure how to go about this. Being all honest I was ashamed I didn’t and dreaded asking for help so pushed it back on my to-do list time and time again. Not a smart choice.

Spent less money than I usually do on groceries on Saturdays. This was ironically due to finding myself without a car and therefore having to go by bike with a mere two saddlebags. A balancing act in the literal sense on my way back home. ..

Reflecting on my ‘procrastinate less’ habit here I feel this might just have been the first impact of Erin’s recent post setting in. Some will probably think of it as ridiculous but in a way doing all of these little things right away when I’d usually have procrastinated was a way of lowering my pain threshold. Am I annoyed by overflowing trash bins or compost bags, clothes in dire need of washing or leaving the groceries in their bags instead of unpacking right away? Yes.Yet I still used to/occasionally still procrastinate getting these little task done right then and there. I’m a firm believer of small steps being the best way to tackle the bigger goals, too.

Anyway, a constant goal [and struggle] of mine is going to bed earlier and since I’m once again writing this post at night I’d better finish now. I hope you feel good about the past seven days and have a great start into the new week! Happy Monday!

P.S.: All of these pictures are ‘recycled’ because out internet connection has been a fussy beast for weeks and it was too slow to upload any new ones.

Happiness-inducing today: Having a productive yet still relaxing Sunday – and lots of sunshine!

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Good good links #160

Hello again! Time for the weekly dose of some good good links from around the web! Before I send you off to slow down your browser by opening too many tabs at once – just me ;)? – here’s a thought I had/question for you: When reading certain posts I wonder what you would think about them. Soooo … would any of you be interested in a separate post with a few posts of the food for thought  variety to discuss/exchange opinions on in the comments? Let me know. And now have a wonderful Sunday and maybe find a link or two [or a few more] that catches your eye.

 

Good good [food for thought]

What I Wish I Could “Unknow” About Health via The Healthy Maven

This post couldn’t resonate with me any more and I’m sure many of you, too.

I Gave Up on Myself and It Felt Good via Healthyez Sweet

All the things you can/should (?!) stop to start loving yourself and find happiness.

 

Good good [advice and other inspirational or interesting posts]

12 Easy Ways to Live Greener via My Pink and Green Life

No, it’s not that hard being green. These are simple and mostly inexpensive ways to start.

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Throughout the Day via The Blissful Mind

Some great ideas to help and I especially like to do #1 and 5.

Life Truths. From me to you. via A Spectacular Life

Simple. Straight to the point. Reaffirming,

20 Quotes to Inspire you to Live a Vibrant Life via Hey There, Chelsie

Some of them might be short but all are going to make you think about how you’re living life and how much we take for granted.

Five Reasons You’re Not Addicted to Sugar via Avocado a Day Nutrition

This! Rather than try to sum it up I’ll just highly recommend you read this if you’re feeling confused about sugar.

Why You Should Stop Saying “This Food is My Weakness” via Healthy Hits The Spot

Words are powerful and the way we think about certain foods can influence our behavior around them and let us loose control.

 

Blogging

The Most Popular Hashtags For Different Types of Bloggers via Bloguettes

A good place to start if you’re trying to connect with more like-minded people [if you want to think in marketing terms: grow your following].

Should I Delete Those Old Posts? via A Beautiful Mess

Thinking about deleting some posts from your archives? Ask these questions first.

 

 

Good good [links to make you smile, Instagram posts and more]

7 Ridiculous Things I’ve Done to Procrastinate via Man Repeller

The conclusions about the floorboards sound awfully like me …

 

Good good [food]

Pumpkin Pie Nice Cream via Feasting on Fruit

Fitting for both lingering summer temperatures and fall feeling coming up – plus: Natalie says it won’t freeze into a brick like banana ice cream usually does.  

Healthy Vegan PB and J Baked Oatmeal via Southern In-Law

PB and J sandwiches aren’t your thing? This might very well be. Bonus: it’s a big-batch recipe so great for meal-prepping.

Paleo Almond Butter Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies via Paleo Running Momma

So much almond goodness packed into one cookie and who wouldn’t want to eat the filling with a spoon?!

Melty Stretchy Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese via It doesn’t taste like chicken

All the things you/I want from a cheese sauce – minus the cheese. Cravings right here!

Curry Cauliflower Grill Packets with Yogurt Sauce via Vegan Yack Attack

Curry? Cauliflower? Yes, please. Outside the grilling season this might work in the oven, too.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:

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