Good good links #89

Another weekend, another few days spent traveling and not catching up on blogs – do we notice a trend here?! This one was more spontaneous so I didn’t plan anything ahead. Like last week I’ll add some more links to this one once I’ve caught up on blogs after my return on Monday. So check back if you need more help procrastinating interesting reads ;).

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

My experience: Living Below the Line via Clean Eats Charlotte

A worldwide experiment reminding us of how blessed we are to live the way we do.

Good good [advice and inspiration]
Embrace Your Flaws via Brittany Lesser
We all have them but are no less beautiful inside and out. Our [perceived] imperfections make us unique.
 

Blogging

5 Tipps für produktiveres Bloggen via Mein Feenstaub [German]

Using the flow and scheduling time for blogging: great ideas to take some stress out of it.

The Best Hashtags to Get Your Instagram Noticed + Shared via The Nectar Collective

… though you might only want to add them when they actually apply to your pictures [you know those people who use 394850486 hashtags that don’t all fit and admit it makes you roll your eyes, too].

Avoiding the food comparisons – A WIAW wake-up call via Kelly Runs For Food

Whether you’re a reader or participant: that’s the one What I ate Wednesday disclaimer to keep in mind every week.

Health and Fitness

Natural Headache Remedies via Fannetastic Food

If you’re as averse to pills as me these are some good options to try to feel better again.

Recovery

 

Miscellaneous

Do you want or have to ditch dairy? Here’s how to still keep things creamy and get rich flavour minus cows’ help.
Just a reminder that what appears like reality is more often than not far from it.
Good good [things to make you smile]
10 of Berlin’s Best Instagrammers via World of Wanderlust
Be inspired by great photographers  – it’s my favourite way of improving my own pictures.
May The Fourth via The Modern Musings
A fun survey to steal/borrow for a future post.
It’s all about those damn likes … apparently. But really, why don’t you get as many as xyz??? (:
Good good [food]
Banana Bowls with Almond Butter Caramel via Yeah … Imma Eat That

 Talk about a healthy bowl of decadence … oh my.

 Flourless Sticky Chocolate Plum Cake via An Avocado a Day

A good-for-you snack or treat packed with all kinds of wonderful ingredients.

Dairy-free coffee creamer via Running with Spoons

With only four natural (and delicious!) ingredients this is a recipe even non-coffee drinkers will like … by the spoonful.

30 Healthy Chip Recipes via Hello Natural

The only question left after looking through this amazing round-up: Is there any un-chippable vegetable ;)?

Gluten-Free Grilled Vegan Cheese Sandwich – with vegan cheese that actually melts! via Gourmandelle

Need I say more than the title already does?! Genius.

Green Chickpea Curry with Couscous via Minimalist Baker

Who’d be surprised to see this one here? Chickpeas for the win!

Vegane Bärlauchwürstchen via Genügsam leben [German]

Most vegan sausage recipes call for either gluten or soy/tofu as a base – not this one. Chickpea flour plays its magic again.

Cauliflower Rice and Pinto Bean Burrito Bowl (vegan) via Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chipotle’s Guacamole Recipe via Mind Body Green

Apparently this is the popular chain’s actual recipe so I guess it’s one to get crazy about. Not that this would be  a bad thing …

Baked basil quiche with couscous crumble via Marfigs’ Munchies

I’m a fan of vegan chickpea flour-based quiches and this recipe is packed with all kinds of delicious add-ins.

Black Bean Rice Bowl with Garlic Yogurt Sauce via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

An easy to assemble  meal with many of my go-to favourite ingredients  – and who doesn’t like bowls?

 

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A weekend of traveling in food, rants and recovery rambles

Long time no talk or so it feels. Not to wish any days away but rather, I’d like to rewind to the weekend right now. I already alluded to my plans for it ever so slightly in Sunday’s post but today’s the day to talk about it a little more. Because while I can’t actually turn back time and experience it once more there’s a least the chance to use What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday to reflect back on the good food eaten.

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As if I wasn’t snack-savy enough already train journeys bring out that side of me even more. Yes, tell me about how boredom eating isn’t healthy but you can’t deny that a journey of ~ six hours can get quite tiring and require some fuel. Even if most of the time is spent sitting and trying to ignore the annoying part of your fellow travellers. Dear parents, I know you think your children are the cutest ever but other people would agree much more if your little ones weren’t throwing fits in what  is a designated ‘silent’ wagoon. Okay, rant over. At least this way the attention was elsewhere and I got to snack on my favourites without any unwanted stares. Not that a stranger igiving me the looks would keep me from eating peanut butter on the train, though … Why, yes, I did. With a clean spoon I brought myself.

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And while I’m not usually into fake meats traveling has always been an exception to rules. Traveling down memory lane for a second here my mum would buy Müller split pots, mini sausages [back then not vegetarian], overly sweetened yogurts and other elsewise deemed unhealthy fare. Oh the joys! These days, I don’t miss  most of these foods. The snack sausages, however, have made a comeback – vegan, obviously. I’m not sure if they actually taste like meat because it’s been more than a decade since my last taste of it but they are a decidedly spicy and savoury snack in their own right.

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Breakfast on the day I travelled was another bowl of savoury oatmeal. It’s still a favourite going strong and I don’t see myself changing it up too soon. Aside from the break while at my cousin’s house. Oatmeal, yes, but savoury? That seemed a little too unsual – yes, I admitted it – for the one full day I spent there, though.

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In case you’re wondering about lunch on Friday: it was the assortment of snacks pictured above plus some oatmeal I’d brought along on the train. Or that part of oatmeal that didn’t spill … fail.

Dinner that night … was the biggest challenge but also proudest [recovery] moment for me. Like I mentioned above I was hungry despite sitting for hours prior to my arrival at my cousin’s house. Originally, I’d expected her to be the classic bread-and-spreads for dinner person but she greeted me saying a hot dinner was waiitng for us when she picked me up at the station. But then I gave myself an inner mini pep talk because: What’s the point in sticking with the dinner you can eat every day if you get the chance of expanding your tastebuds with a dinner … ? Needless to say, I decided to face my fears [and yes, writing it out makes me feel ridiculous] and eat.

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Long story short: my cousin – about 95 % vegan and talented in the kitchen – had prepared a vegan stir-fry made from cauliflower ‘rice’, red cabbage, carrots and other vegetables fried in sesame oil and spiced with a generous amount of fresh ginger – delicious! Sides were brown rice [the best kind], a tahini sauce and fresh mango. Literally one of those dishes you can’t stop eating – and I didn’t. What’s even better is that my cousin used a [new-to-me] blogger’s recipe – so I can have it again at home. A winner for sure.

While I try to keep recovery posts to a minimum here for a few reasons this one was worth mentioning: my cousin – knowing about my ‘issues’ with food – commented saying she was surprised by how much I ate. Anybody in recovery will relate to the fact that’s one of those things not to say to people in recovery but this time I actually took it as a compliment. Traveling and eating food prepared by others are sadly still struggles for me. Yet this little weekend getaway proved all is not lost and I can work my way out and up there again.

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… and I obviously ended the night on some chocolate. [recycled picture, though].  Because that’s another one of those habits I don’t see going anywhere soon.

Now that was one unintentionally wordy post and if you made it until here: thanks for reading. Don’t miss out on everybody else’s delicious creations!

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Reflecting on the weekend and realizing how much better than expected the weekend went.
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Which foods do you pack for long travel journeys/road trips?

The mango lottery: Does you agree it exists? Or any other kind of fruit that has a 50/50 chance of being hit or miss?

 

 

 

 

Good good links #88

We’re doing tbings a little differently this week! By the time you’re reading this I’ll likely be on a train somewhere in Germany after saying today not tomorrow and on my way back home after two days away from the computer. That’s why I’m giving you my preliminary round-up of great posts I read up until Thursday for now but will add to it as I’m catching up on posts. So if you’re curious what else caught [as I’m typing this: is going to catch 😉 ] my eye check back on Monday. For now: Enjoy your day that’s hopefully filled with lots of sunshine! More on my mysterious travels to come …

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why it’s time to stop talking about food via In My Skinny Genes

An honest post on why true recovery only starts once we stop focusing on food and discover life beyond it.

How Sincerity Helped Increase My Readership via Erin’s Inside Job

So much truth. Life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows and by admitting to it we’re becoming more real to our readers and connect with them.

Why I Ditched the Scale via The Almond Eater
Another reminder of everything the scale doesn’t measure and what is a more accurate measure of happiness.
Good good [advice and inspiration]

Blogging

How to Beat Writer’s Block via Erin’s Inside Job
 Great advice on dealing with the unwanted but [almost] unavoidable. #5 is one of my favourites and how a lot of my previous posts came about.
What you don’t want to forget when creating a reader-friendly and impressive blog.
An overview of useful shortcuts for more efficiency when composing your next posts.

Health and Fitness

5 Restoring Post-Workout Snacks via Making Thyme for Health

Great advice on what to snack on to make the most of your workouts after you finished them.

Simple Rules For Healthy Eating via New York Times

No rigid limitations but a focus on eating good food with good company.

How to Plank the Right Way Plus 4 Plank Variations via hello healthy

Planking is one of my favourite core exercises and these variations help to spice up your workouts a little.

Recovery
When I Have A Fat Day via Better with Sprinkles
‘Those’ days happen to all of us but it’s how you deal with them that makes a difference.

Miscellaneous

Ten Things for Single Girls via Sometimes Always Never

Relieving reminders that every single girl needs to hear. We’re all in this together, the right guy will come and we can use our single-dom for opportunities.

There’s so much about food numbers can’t express or measure. Listening to our intuition is the best way to go.
 Because we all know diet soda’s no good but breaking the habit is hard.
Good good [food]
It’s rhubarb season and these tartelettes with a crust made of cornflakes and date filled with vanilla crème look great.
Sachertorte Ice Cream Cones via Marfigs’ Munchies
Ice cream takes the cake with these treats. Spoiler alert: You can even consider them a serving of vegetables.
Honey Orange Cream Ice Cream via My Sweet {Tooth} Life
Only five ingredients, no ice cream maker required and refined sugar-free – who’d say no to this?!
Clean Strawberry Poppy Seed Crumble via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Crumble is one of my favourite non-ice cream desserts and this strawberry version sounds amazing.
Curried Chickpea Salad via Hummusapien
Salad and me? No. Chickpeas and me? Heck to the yes. Bring on this salad!

 

Happiness-inducing today: A good conversation with my mum. With her being a busy bee all week we don’t actually get to have these longer ones regularly.
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