Update: Working on my first cookbook (!!!), hitting my breaking point and more

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Hi lovelies, I think that it is finally time for a much needed update! I am so sorry that I have gone completely MIA for more than a month now. As I have teased before I have been working on some big and exciting projects and now I am finally ready to share a little bit more about one of them. Some of you had already guessed it, but YES I am working on my very first cook book and I am so happy, proud and excited!

I was contacted almost a year ago about a book deal, but I have been super nervous about the whole thing, so I didn’t want to share anything until it felt a bit more real and we were close to being done – haha I still have to pinch myself to make sure this is really happening! But it really is and we are shooting the first photos for the book later this week, make sure to follow me on snapchat ‘mokai_giraf’ for some behind the scenes photos and videos from the studio! The book will be called ‘Regnbuemad’ (Rainbow food in English) and as you can probably guess from the title it will sadly only be published Danish, but my hope is that it will sell well and then maybe get translated – or maybe we will be able to do an English e-book version, I promise I will keep you updated on the whole thing! The book will feature 100 (!!) healthy, colorful and vegetarian dishes, it will be available in stores and online this summer (I will give you a date asap!) and I just cannot wait for you guys to see what I have been working on, I am so proud! Haha but also super nervous, I really hope you guys will like it! And that someone other than my family and friends will actually buy it ;)

The book along with some other big projects that I have been working on are the reason that the blog and my social media accounts have almost completely abandoned for more than a month now. I have been working crazy hours everyday 7 days a week since January, I haven’t had enough sleep and I have been insanely stressed. I have pretty much permanently had a big knot in my stomach since January and at one point I just hit my breaking point, the stress was just too much and for too long. I felt ill, it affected my memory, my vision was blurry, I cried so easily over the most stupid small stuff and it was just all too much. I knew it was getting to a point where I would have to pull the plug on a lot of the things I was working on or I would not be able to get back from that bad place anytime soon. I decided to hit pause on the blog and social media (things won’t be back to normal until next month) + some of my freelance jobs in order to get my stress levels under control and be able to finish the book. I am still not feeling too well and it just keeps creeping back (I cried like 3 times this weekend because I was feeling overwhelmed + my stomach is killing me), but the book is almost done and I am so happy with everything so far, so it will be worth a couple more weeks of stress and then I am done! Haha as much as I love this project I cannot wait to have some much needed down time!!

I really want you lovelies to know that if you are feeling stressed, then you should do everything possible to take care of yourself and to try and reduce the stress! Stress is not something that should be ignored and endured for longer periods of time, I have sadly learned that the hard way and once you hit that breaking point, then it is not something that is just going to go away. I though I could handle it since I was used to highpressure situations from law school and those excruciating exam periods, but I was very wrong and now I am paying for it. It is affecting me both mentally and physically, but eliminating as many stress factors as possible, eating healthy + getting back into working out regularly (preferably outside) has already helped me a lot. I hope my little cautionary tale will prevent some of you guys from ending up there as well, stress should be taken very seriously.

Make sure to check in again later today lovelies, I have another post ready for you guys and not only do I share mine and my sisters favorite workout smoothies, but also the biggest giveaway that I have ever hosted! I am so excited about this one :D 

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18 (healthy) Valentine’s Day recipe ideas

12 (healthy) Valentine's Day recipe ideas
1.) Pink chocolate and berry flavored bliss balls – find the recipe right here!

In honor of Valentine’s Day and after getting a couple of requests, I have put together a little Valentines Day recipe post with my most Valentines’ish recipes from the blog. Since I live in a country where we do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day and since I am not exactly the most romantic person in the world (haha being single probably doesn’t help!), then I don’t really have any super cutesy Valentine’s day themed recipes, but I think a lot of these recipes would be perfect to spoil your special someone this Valentine’s. There’s is a little bit of everything – treats, snacks, drinks, breakfast and dinner ideas, I hope you find something you like! Haha I can reveal that there will be a lot of pink ;)

I wish you all an (early) happy Valentine’s Day!! And to my fellow single ladies and gents, let’s just spoil ourselves a little extra on Thuesday, I mean I don’t really need an excuse to eat extra chocolate, but I’ll take it anyways ;)

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2.) Pink greek yoghurt pancakes – find the recipe right here!

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3.) Strawberry/peanut butter shake – find the recipe right here!

 photo b516377f-c708-40b9-b35e-86fc6f72d1f6.jpg4.) Raw cherry’berry chocolate bars – find the recipe right here!

No-bake chocolate cake with cashew raspberry frosting
5.) No-bake chocolate cake with cashew raspberry frosting – find the recipe right here!

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6.) Pink three layer berry smoothie – find the recipe right here!

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7.) Pink maca bliss balls – find the recipe right here!

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8.) Raw homemade chocolate – find the recipe right here!

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9.) Pink homemade sushi – find the details right here and here!

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10.) Pink strawberry shake with a passion fruit swirl – find the recipe right here!

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11.) Strawberries dipped in homemade raw chocolate – find the recipe right here!

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12.) Raw cheesecake with coconut and raspberry – find the recipe right here!

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13.) Homemade raspberry lip scrub – perfect for dry and chapped winter lips! – find the recipe right here!

Chocolate bliss balls with tahini
14.) Chocolate bliss balls with tahini – find the recipe right here!

Pink bliss smoothie with pomegranate, raspberry, hemp + more
15.) Pink bliss smoothie with pomegranate, raspberry, hemp + more – find the recipe right here!

Pink bliss mini raw cheesecakes
16.) Pink bliss raw mini cheesecakes – find the recipe right here!

Overnight oats with raspberry cashew cream
17.) Overnight oats with raspberry cashew cream – find the recipe right here!

Raw chocolate slices with raspberry and coconut
18.) Raw chocolate slices with raspberry and coconut – find the recipe right here!

My favorite ‘January Challenge’ healthy recipes + 30% off Nike

My favorite 'January Challenge' healthy recipes + 30% off NikeHi babes! I cannot believe that it has been almost a week since I last posted on the blog, I have a whole bunch of new posts ready for you guys to make up for it though! First up we have this recipe roundup with some of my favorite and most well used recipes during my January Challenge, it includes some of my favorite salads, smoothies, breakfasts, snacks, treats and much more – many of them are perfect for meal prepping and making big batches for the week. Enjoy! ❤︎

Oh and I just have to share this amazing sale with you guys, there is 30% (or more) off all Nike items right here! I am not sure how long the sale is on for and everything seems to be selling out fast, so go get it before it’s gone ;) I am pretty broke these days, so I will sadly not be feeding my Nike addiction with some new items this time, but I did just buy some super cute and affordable workout wear from H&M earlier this month, so I can’t really complain ;)

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Beet detox juice
1.) Beet detox juice – recipe right here!

IMG_39442.) kale salad with quinoa and apple – recipe right here!

No-bake granola bars with dates and peanut butter
3.) No-bake granola bars with dates and peanut butter – find the recipe right here!

Green bliss peanut butter smoothie bowl
4.) Green bliss peanut butter smoothie bowl – find the recipe right here!

Baked oatmeal with apple and peanut butter
5.) Baked oatmeal with apple and peanut butter – find the recipe right here!

Fruit infused (detox) water6.) Fruit infused (detox) water – find the recipe right here!

Super easy chocolate peanut butter bliss balls
7.) Healthy and easy chocolate peanut butter bliss balls – recipe right here!

Berry boost smoothie with ginger and hidden greens
8.) Berry boost smoothie with ginger and hidden greens – recipe right here!

Green lunch platter with hummus, crisp bread, veggie sushi, edamame beans and miso sauce
9.) Green lunch platter – recipes right here!

Delicious and protein-rich chickpea salad - perfect for foodprepping!
10.) Delicious and protein-rich chickpea salad – recipe right here!

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11.) Superfood granola with cinnamon and ginger – recipe right here!

Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed)
12.) Vanilla matcha lattes (no special equipment needed) – recipe right here!

Colorful veggie rice paper rolls with peanut butter sauce
13.) Colorful veggie rice paper rolls with peanut butter sauce – recipe right here!

Immune boosting turmeric overnight oats
14.) Immune boosting turmeric overnight oats – recipe right here!

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January challenge – detox, reset and rewire!

TrackHappy New Year lovelies!! I hope that 2017 will bring you all the love, joy and fulfillment imaginable ❤︎

2017 has already been off to a quite great start for me – at least health wise and professionally. I got up quite early and went for a run/powerwalk with my little sister, got a lot of work done on a big and super exciting project that I am working on (will share more soon) + I started on my ‘January: detox, reset and rewire’ challenge.

I promised that I would share what my challenge is all about and it is quite simple really, for the past few months I have been really stressed, I have been sick multiple times and I have travelled a lot, which have all contributed to me getting completely out of balance and I have been using it as an excuse to eat unhealthy and not take properly care of myself. I have always been fond of the 80/20 principle, meaning that I usually eat healthy 80% of the time and allow myself to indulge a bit 20% of the time. I have never been strict and I have never banned anything from my diet (nope not candy, soda, junk foods etc. either), but lately I have been eating way too many unhealthy, sugary and processed foods, so for the entire month of January I am committed to eating 100% healthy. Eating 100% healthy means something completely different from one person to another, but to me it means that I will be eating high quality unprocessed food (organic when possible) made from scratch – things like refined white sugar, white flour etc. are completely banned this month. I will stick to mainly eating veggies, fruit, legumes, nuts, whole grains and I will keep animal products to a minimum – the exceptions are that I will probably have some eggs, greek yoghurt and maybe a little feta cheese in my salads if it all gets too boring ;)

I will also get moving and exercise every single day this month. It might sound extreme, but I do not mean that I will go crazy in the gym everyday, some days it will simply mean a quick powerwalk while other days I will turn up the intensity and do some serious cardio or strength training. Unfortunately I have both back and knee problems, so I will start out slowly in order not to hurt myself – the whole point of this is to make my health better, not worse ;) It is all about listening to your body and not overdo it. It is quite tempting to do so (I mean, we would all like quick results), but it will more than likely end up backfiring and you might even end up in a worse place than where you started, so if you want to join me promise to be careful and take it easy in the beginning!

The reason for doing this challenge is simply to help me get back on track with my healthy eating, but also to get back in shape – a much needed kickstarter! It is not about losing weight, but about taking better care of myself both physically and mentally, I have been stressed and sick too often last year and it ends now! It might be a bit of a myth, but it is said that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit and for me personally it actually really seems to work when I do these kinds of detoxes and challenges (this time it will be 31 days though!), it is the perfect way to reset your whole system and to rewire your brain to get back into healthy living with nourishing food and exercise.

Maybe some of you guys will join me? ❤︎

Make sure to follow me on Snapchat ‘mokai_giraf’ where I will share some of my meals and workouts + tips and tricks during the challenge. I will write a blogpostpost asap with my tips and tricks to get back on track as well + I will make sure to do a post about the whole thing when the challenge is over. Wish me luck!

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Homemade herb salt – perfect for gifting!

Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting! Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting!
As promised I want to share another of my little DIY projects in the homemade foodie gift category – this herb salt is incredibly easy to make, so pretty and incredibly fragrant and flavorful! I cannot take any credit for this idea as I have seen it on so many blogs (make sure to check out Linda Lomelino’s homemade gifts, she is amazing!), but I just had to make my own version as well. I chose to keep it super simple and just use what I already had in my cupboards, but you can get creative and add garlic, grated lemon peel etc. as well – it might need to be dried in the oven if you use “wet” ingredients though.

I know this is super last minute, but it takes no time to make and I am thinking that many of you already have the ingredients available – you can always stick to only using one kind of fresh herbs and then supplement with some dry ones.

You can find more ideas for homemade gifts right here + make sure to participate in my 4th and final Christmas giveaway right here!

Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting!
Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting!

Ingredients – yields 4 small jars:
1 cup sea salt flakes
1 cup fresh herbs – I used a mix of basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano

Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting!
Directions:
Simply add the herbs to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped, then add the salt and pulse until everything is well mixed. Pour the herb salt onto a pan lined with baking paper and set it aside to dry overnight. Pour the herb salt into little jars and it is ready to be used – or gifted ❤︎

Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting! Homemade herb salt - perfect for gifting!

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