Breakfast

Delicious green smoothie bowl

A huge boosting effect to your day!

You know when you get into something and can’t get fed up on it, you’re like obsessed with it? Well, that’s the case with me and smoothie bowls at the moment. I adore the idea that you can combine them with so many different varieties and be so creative! Also the idea of blending in superfoods and have it as toppings too, makes it simply the most awesome breakfast to have. I guess at this point you get me why. The one of many varieties is the green smoothie bowls like above. This one has lots of healthy greens in it, superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, hemp seeds and cacao nibs. A huge boost effect to your day! Tempting right, both in flavor and to be the most energetic you? Well, what are we waiting for then, let’s make a boosting breakfast to start out your day best way possible!

Ingredients

• Half an avocado

• 1 fist size frozen spinach

• 2 handful frozen mango, banana and pineapple mix (If you don’t find this mix in store, choose one of the fruits instead)

• 2 tbs coconut yoghurt

• 1 tsp chlorella superfoods powder from super.nature

• 1 tsp power matcha from yoursuper. Click on the link and it will direct you to this product: https://www.yoursuperfoods.eu/products/organic-power-matcha-mix

• 1/2 dl almond milk or any other dairy free kind

• For topping, use superfoods like hemp seeds and cacao nibs from super.nature

Blend all ingredients in a smoothie blender and enjoy!

Here are the super.nature products and my favorite superfoods toppings!

https://www.super-nature.no/chlorella

https://www.super-nature.no/hampfr

https://www.super-nature.no/kakaonibs

Facts about these superfoods

Chlorella is a multivitamin, rich on vitamin A, K, B1, B2, B3 and B6. It offers lots of good nutrients which contributes to a healthy immune system and supports the body’s internal processes.

Hemp seeds are rich on magnesium, vitamin E, fiber, protein and omega-3. Oh, and these seeds are super sustainable!

Cacao nibs are raw and unprocessed. They contain lots of good nutrients like magnesium, protein and fiber. Now, say goodbye to feeling guilt about chocolate since cacao is a health enhancer!

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Best gluten-free pancakes there is!

You cannot believe they are actually gluten-free!

I often stumble upon the fact that gluten-free foods doesn’t taste the same. However, these pancakes are a game changer! I know that gluten can cause inflammation and challenge your gut bacteria, but still I crave for it. Now that’s past when you can’t tell these are even made gluten-free. I couldn’t be more happy about this discovery, it will change your world like it did for me! Cheers to keeping our gut bacteria and inflammation levels in check aka good health overall.

Convinced? Yet more convinced when you try them? Let’s get to it and make these delicious pancakes then!

Ingredients

• 1 egg (I recommend organic and cage free)

• 1 banana

• 4 tbs buckwheat flour

• 2 tbs cocosa coconut flour

• 50 ml almond milk

• 1 tbs apple cider vinegar

• 1 ts baking powder

• 1 ts cinnamon & if you like 1/4 cardamom

Instructions

1. In a bowl mash the banana with a fork and whisk together with the egg. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk/stir until no lumps.

2. In a pan on medium heat, add a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil from “cocosa” before cooking the pancakes. The batter yields for 4-5 pancakes. I ate them all without a problem.. (not sure if that should have been mentioned, although it’s not a shocker when they are ridiculously good hehe). Still I have a feeling you’ll have no problem eating everything up too:)

Here is their website in Norwegian for more information about their products http://www.midsona.no/cocosa . You can easily find them at the supermarket or wholefoods stores.

Ps: They taste amazing with maple sirup and raspberries on top!

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Matcha smoothie bowl

The more toppings, the better!

I absolutely love matcha and I love smoothie bowl, so what better way than concluding them together? It got healthy greens in it like spinach, but with the sweetness of mango and banana, balancing it out. Oh, and let us not forget the superfood mix “Power matcha” by yoursuper. This is my absolute favorite from them. Get yours at http://www.yoursuper.eu and use my code MELANIESTOKKE for a 15% discount!

Ingredients

Handful frozen spinach

Handful frozen mangoes

1 frozen banana

4 pieces of broccoli

1 tsp power matcha by yoursuper foods

2 tbs of vanilla yoghurt

1 or 2 dl oat or almond milk depending how thick you like it

Squeeze some lemon juice and if you want it sweeter add maple syrup to taste or one medjool date.

Instructions

Blend all ingredients together in a smoothie blender. E

Enjoy it with your favorite toppings, the more the better I say! I had my homemade grain free granola on top, with cacao nibs, coconut chips and pieces of dates!

Oh and for more flavor and color.. Passionfruit and pomegranate really made the difference.

With love & care, Melanie x

Savoury

Easy peasy tomato pasta

Feeling uninspired, too tired or making other excuses? What you are sure of is you want to make something quick, tasty yet healthy. But what you can only think of might be throwing a frozen pizza in the oven.. Can I be right? Well, I will save you from making that move and inspire you to do the contrary. Here is a really simple dish that will only take some minutes of your time.

Ingredients

• Portobello mushroom

• Tomato sauce in a jar or can

• Pasta being either glutenfree or of durum wheat/whole wheat which are healthier options for you

• To taste, salt & pepper, capers & basil if you have and like that

Instructions

1. In a pot, boil hot water and cook your pasta for about 8-11 minutes.

2. With a heated pan, add 1 tsp of coconut oil and have your chopped portobello mushrooms. Sauté them so they become juicy! In the same pan pour in the tomato sauce and heat it up. This cooking process will take you about 10 minutes, so get on with it while your pasta is cooking;) Extra points if you add spices like oregano btw! Your body and tastebuds will thank you for it.

3. With your cooked pasta set, mix it together in the pan with the mushrooms and tomato sauce. A tip is to use some of the starchy cooking water since it will emulsify the pasta sauce. So don’t drain all the pasta in a colander over the sink! Fold the pasta and 1-3 tbs of the starchy cooking water depending on the thickness of how you like your pasta sauce to be. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium high heat.

Voila, get yourself ready to dig in and top it off with some capers and basil for extra flavor.

I hope you found inspiration to avoid the temptation of a frozen pizza and chose the healthier option I offered to you.

It’s far more tasty and rewarding, I promise.

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Açaí smoothie bowl

So delicious!

Even though it’s not summer anymore, I can’t get enough of this smoothie bowl. The richness of flavor, the thickness achieved making it creamy and like ice cream, oh and let’s not forget all the nutrients it got too! Loaded with antioxidants, healthy fat and giving you a vitamin C boost!

What I also love is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on frozen açaí berries. That you’ll get from only one tsp of “Forever Beautiful” from yoursuper! This super mix blend contains 6 powerful ingredients; açaí, maca, acerola, maqui, blueberries and chia seeds.

Get your 15% discount by using my code MELANIESTOKKE when you purchase at their website https://yoursuper.eu/products/forever-beautiful-mix to have this superfood blend to make this açaí smoothie bowl:)

Let’s get to the recipe, shall we!

Ingredients:

• 1 tsp forever beautiful @yoursuper

• 100g frozen blueberries

• 2 frozen bananas

• 100 ml coconut milk

Instructions:

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

2. Check out if you need more or less milk according to your preference of thickness.

3. Add your favorite toppings! Mine are almond butter, cacao nibs, here I’ve made grain free granola and coconut chips.

Enjoy!

This recipe is vegan, plant based, gluten-free and refined sugar free. A great idea to make for breakfast. I hope you will see the benefits of eating this meal as it will give you glowing skin, boost your immune system with vitamins and antioxidants, and which nourish your wellbeing.

With love and care, Melanie x

sweet

No bake matcha bars

The perfect healthy snack

Wondering what to eat for a quick snack when feeling hungry? The answer is no bake matcha bars! These are healthy, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free. And they got a superfood ingredient… Matcha! I’ve used “power matcha” superfood mix from https://yoursuper.eu and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. Use my code MELANIESTOKKE for 15% off. What are you waiting for? Buy the superfood mix with my discount code and treat yourself with these healthy snack bars!

The process of making the matcha bars is super easy. There is no baking time in the oven on them and they are made with few ingredients. So here’s a shout-out for those at you at home who claim they cannot bake… This is truly your time to shine at the kitchen!

Ingredients

• 1,5 tsp power matcha

• 12 pitted medjool dates

• 2 dl oats

• 0,5 dl shredded coconut

• 3 dl cashews

• 2 tbs coconut oil

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• A pinch of salt and a touch of cinnamon

Instructions

1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor until you’ve achieved a sticky dough

2. Line a baking pan or a form with parchment paper. Press down evenly the dough.

3. Refrigerate before cutting the bars and add toppings like cacao nibs and coconut chips.

Add all ingredients in a food processor
Pulse until you’ve achieved a sticky dough
No bake matcha bars refrigerated topped with cacao nibs and coconut chips!
The mixture makes 10 bars.

Enjoy!

With love & care, Melanie x

sweet

Best healthy cookies!

Will do you no harm, only good!

It’s weekend and it’s time for a sweet treat! And these healthy cookies are the answer!

This recipe I found from @thebigmansworld being the best healthy cookies searched on Pinterest.

Was that right? BIG YES!

Recipe:

• 2 cups blanched almond flour

• 1/4 cup corn starch

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 6 tbs maple syrup

• 2 tbs coconut oil

• 1/4 cup almond milk

• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

2. In a bowl mix your dry ingredients.

3. In a saucepan, combine your maple syrup and coconut oil and heat until melted.

4. Add the syrup/coconut mixture to your bowl along with almond milk to mix well with your dry ingredients. Fold in the dark chocolate chips but be careful not over mixing it.

5. Form balls with the cookie batter on a line of parchment paper. Press them down so they become a cookie;)

6. Bake for 12 minutes and let them rest so that they keep their shape!

Enjoy these ones without guilt, I mean it, you will seriously enjoy them so so much.

They are:

• Vegan

• Gluten-free

• Refined sugar free

Credit to https://thebigmansworld.com/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies/ as I found the recipe from this website.

With love & care, Melanie x

Savoury

Cashew pesto pasta

Heavenly creaminess I’ll tell ya

This recipe is super easy, and it’s so tasty! Absolutely love the creaminess from the cashew cream pesto. It also got a touch of greens like broccoli and spinach, to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. I would definitely say it’s comfort food and you will be mind blown that it’s healthy. It’s another win when this is made glutenfree and dairyfree. Make it and tell me what you think! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Oh and you might wonder how the cashews becomes creamy? Well, that’s fixed when you soak them in water for 4 hours, or simply put them in hot water and the waiting process is shorter. That’s how they become soft:) Another thing, is that when you soak them, you reduce the phytic acid they contain and you digest the nuts much easier!

Ingredients

• 2 dl soaked cashews

• 1 ripe avocado

• 1 garlic glove

• 4 tbs olive oil

• Juice of 1 lemon

• 3 tbs water

• 1 handful basil

• Pinch of salt

• Broccoli

• Handful of spinach

• Pine nuts

• Capers

• Gluten-free pasta

Instructions

1. Boil your gluten-free pasta for about 6-7 minutes.

2. Meanwhile make your cashew cream pesto! In a blender, add your soaked cashews, avocado, garlic glove, olive oil, water, lemon juice, basil and pinch of salt.

3. In a heated pan, drizzle some oil and take a handful of washed spinach plus some cut broccoli to fry. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat till the spinach is sautéed.

4. When your pasta is done, drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Use 3-4 tbs to your liking of the cashew cream pesto and mix all together on low heat for 3-5 minutes.

5. Toss some roasted pine nuts and capers with it and enjoy!

Step 2: while the pasta is boiling, blend all the ingredients to make this cashew cream pesto.
Step 3: this is how the fried broccoli and sautéed spinach looks like. Drain the pasta and add it into the pan.
Step 4: mixing everything with the cashew cream pesto on low heat.

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Bloom with Food coming to life

During these two weeks I’ve baked and prepared the “bloom with food” products for the tennis event at my hometown tennis club Nordstrand. They arranged it this week and I wanted to contribute with healthy yet tasty products for the tennis players of the event. From my own experience, I know that the market is offering bars and sugary treats with conservatives and additives that is no good for you. Therefore, I wanted the oat bars, energy balls, banana muffins and raw cakes to be “pure” with only natural ingredients without any refined white sugar. I’m passionate about nutrition and my purpose behind “bloom with food” is that you will get fuel to perform.

I never expected the concept to come to life, but I believe when you are driven by purpose and passion things happen. So in this occasion, I suddenly ended up baking 150 oat bars for the tennis participants of the tennis event. They each got one in their goodie/welcoming bag for entering the tournament. This oat bar or flapjack was a perfect snack for them to eat before, during or after match, as the ingredients contain lots of fiber, healthy fats and good carbs in order to keep their blood sugar at check. As an athlete myself, I know how important it is to stay energized throughout my performance, there’s no fun if you end up hungry or moody if you haven’t fueled your body right!

On sports events in Norway, we have a culture of eating hamburgers, pizzas, baking pastries, cakes and ice creams and as a kid this is what you are growing up to get accustomed to. However, I wanted to change and influence with some new impulses by these healthier choices offered by “bloom with food” products I made. The philosophy is that you can enjoy while still perform. The banana muffins, energy balls and raw cakes are without any refined sugar, it’s without any artificial sweetener or additives. I was so lucky to be sponsored by “Sticky Fingers” with the ingredients. Those were of high quality, only the best! With medjool dates from Israel, vanilla bean from Tahiti, dark chocolate from Belgium, ecological peanut butter and the list goes on. I also wanted to make everything homemade, so I made the tahini or sesame butter from scratch and as well with the hazelnut butter. This was used for the oat bar and energy ball for extra flavor. As a whole, I care about what you put in your body, no matter if you are a kid, athlete or adult. It’s so important about taking care about your well being. When you do, you will bloom with food as the brand I have created is all about.

That’s why I made action with these “bloom with food” products to influence others into making better eating habits and choices. I’m going to be honest, it’s a challenge when it comes to what foods you are used to eat and then going for something healthier instead. Humans are habitual creatures, who doesn’t seek change. But this will totally be worth it, what I only hope is for us to be more open minded, introduce ourselves to something we are not quite used to with at first but implementing it in harmony as life is all about balance. I hope this inspires you to take some healthier food choices and that you become more aware of what you put in your body.

You might be curious about the ingredients I used, behind the scenes scenarios and how the “bloom with food” products looked like? So below I will share pictures from the baking process , the finishing products and from the tennis event:)

I introduce you the oat bar or more known as flapjack!

To make them irresistible; some dark chocolate drizzle ofc;)
What makes the flavor magic; homemade date caramel & tahini
Wrapped in with love

Ingredients:

Gluten-free oats, tahini, medjool dates, honey, coconut oil, raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds.

Onwards to our next candidate, energy balls everyone

Covered with shredded coconut, yummm

Ingredients:

Medjool dates, vegan Nutella (homemade hazelnut butter with melted Belgian dark chocolate), gluten-free oats, shredded coconut, salt.

Next we have banana muffins that has no refined sugar, what?!

Thanks to ripe bananas there’s no need for sugar!

Ingredients:

Ripe bananas, peanut butter, vegan eggs, oat milk, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder.

Lastly, we top it off with raw cake deliciousness!

I served 4 different raw cakes to make flavors interesting! One was with raspberry jam, vanilla cream, decorated with cacao nibs and caramelized nuts. Second one was raspberry topped with coconut flakes. Third one was chocolate and vanilla cream with fresh raspberries. And forth one was vanilla and chocolate cream with cacao nibs and caramelized nuts on top. Which one is your favorite? Comment below:)

Ingredients:

Gluten-free oats, medjool dates, almonds, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, coconut cream, soaked cashews, vanilla bean and essence, raspberries, cacao nibs, walnut, pecan nuts, coconut oil, salt.

Behind the scenes: pouring the raspberry cream on top of the cake base!
The “bloom with food” products
The tennis players of the event gets to try out the banana muffins, oat bar and energy ball!

I want to thank you “Sticky Fingers” and Nordstrand Tennisklubb for making it possible for me to launch the products at the event. Maybe this is the beginning of something great, who knows.

With love and care, Melanie x

https://stickyfingers.no

https://nordstrandtk.no/?CM_Id=6

Savoury

Lett Oslo

Salad bowls!

I love the concept behind “Lett Oslo”. It’s a food chain in Norway which serves easy, healthy and sustainable food to you. They are aware of health, environment and wholesome foods. With a nurturing meal, good vibes and promising values mentioned above, there is no doubt that this is the way to eat and live. So I definitely recommend you to go and eat here while in Oslo or for my fellow Norwegians, eat here and you’ll invest in your well being!

I chose a salad bowl called “grønnkålpesto”, which is kale, pomegranate, avocado, hummus, cabbage and sweet potato with pesto sauce. Simple, yet tasty and satisfying, leaving you full and energized for what’s ahead of you next.

The other salad bowl my lovely childhood friend chose, was the seasonal salad with burrata! The cheese is made from Lillestrøm, a city outside Oslo. That means that the food is sustainable and short traveled since there is no need of importing it from Italy! It’s locally produced and this is awesome. Absolutely love it. I also like that “Lett Oslo” offers both vegan, vegetarian and dishes with chicken or fish.

I ate at their café located at Frogner, but there are 5 more to go to around Oslo:) More about them you’ll find here:

https://www.lettoslo.no

With love and care, Melanie x