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Multi talent with a passion for happiness and health

When I stumbled upon the blog “Happy Health” it literarily took my breath away. Not just with the amazing photos and delicious recipes, but the whole blog just filled me with so much inspiration. And right then and there I knew I just had to meet the girl behind it.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Natalie Yonan/Private

When we meet Natalie Yonan over a lunch in Stockholm, you could right away sense she was a creative person. And turns out we were right: Not only is she an amazing cook and recipe developer (vegan I might add), she is also a super talented photographer and food blogger. A warm and kind person with a huge passion for happiness and health. Just what we love.

We got to do a little Q&A with her about food, health and inspiration. Take a look:

What is health to you?
For me, health is synonymous with three things:
1. To be strong, healthy and sound both physically and mentally.
2. To feel happy in your everyday life.
3. To live a long life.

These three things are what keeps me motivated to strive towards a good health. When I was choosing a name for my blog, the name “Happy Health” came to me pretty quickly, since I have always felt that joy and happiness is strongly connected to a good health.

Happiness and joy are what keeps me motivated to live a healthy and long life.

The last 10 years I have spent a lot of time on self-development. I have invested a lot of time and work in my mental health and it would all seem like a waste of time if I wouldn’t take care of my body at the same time. I believe those two are very connected.

What inspires you?
I’m very inspired by people who are old, but still have the spark for life. So many people go through life without really appreciating the gift of just being alive. My grandmother is a huge inspiration for me, she is soon 90 years old and she loves to go out and dance in the little village she lives in, in Portugal. She has started to study history and literature, loves to watch the roses grow in her garden and flirts with the old men she meets in the streets. She is still a young woman in spirit and still has a joy for life, that truly inspires me.

What is your favorite breakfast recipe?
I am not huge on breakfast at the moment since I’m doing intermittent fasting, but at heart I am a true breakfast lover, so here’s a really yummy breakfast recipe I created not too long ago: banana split oatmeal with roasted almonds.

What kind of impact do you want to have on your followers?
I want my followers to feel empowered after having read my blog or looking through my Instagram. I hope they will feel inspired to find what feels good for them. I also want to help people understand that a healthy lifestyle is both fun and simple, as long as you find what works for you.

When I started my blog, I posted more advanced recipes, raw food cakes and stuff like that, because that was what inspired me at the time. Today, I invite my readers to explore health on a broader level. Everything from how you, as a woman, can work with the four phases of your menstrual cycle to optimize your health, to experiment with what times it is best to eat.

If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years, working with food and health, it is that there is no formula that works for everyone. And when people ask me for general health advice I always answer: “Drink more water”. That is the only thing I know for sure works for everyone.

 Natalie Yonan
Age: 27
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Works: as a writer and photographer behind the blog “Happy Health”

Follow Natalie on her blog and Instagram for more inspiration.

Featured Upcoming Events

Bubbles and makeup – Ladies night Christmas style  

Have you ever dreamt of being trapped in a beauty store after hours? Well, time to make that dream come true then!

We have partnered up with Oriflame Concept Store and want to invite you ladies to come join us for a ladies night. A Christmas after-work full of laughter, makeup, bubbles and great shopping.

The holiday season is upon us and it’s a time that calls for celebration. Whether it is with your colleagues, your friends or your family, it’s this time of year where glitter everywhere is socially accepted and even encouraged to bring some light to the darkness.

Wednesday 20th of December we welcome you to Oriflame Concept Store, where Oriflames very own makeup artist Linda Persson will demonstrate a great Christmas/New Year’s party look on one of us. If you want to be that certain someone, head over to Instagram and keep an eye out for our competition.

After the makeup tutorial Oriflames staff is ready to answer any questions you might have, while doing some discounted shopping (20% off the whole store) and drinking bubbles. And before you head on home for Christmas a little Christmas gift awaits!

When: Wednesday 20th of December, 17:00-18:30 (The makeup tutorial starts at 17:30)
Where: Oriflame Concept Store, Grev Turegatan 2
Price: Free entrance, but you need to register to the guest list. Limited spots
Sign up here
Additional information: The event will be held in Swedish or English, depending on the guest sign up.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You

By: Mo Oléron / Photo cred: Zoe Mountford 

Dinner Featured Recipes

Vegan Zucchini Fritters

In the spirit of our previous post about getting more greens in, we thought we would share a delicious recipe to a veggie-inspired, meat-free dinner.

Yet again Happy Health Blog made us drool with her delicious dinner recipe, and these fritters are a must try! Easy to make, all vegan and a clever way to sneak in some more veggies.

Note: To avoid soggy fritters you will need a cheesecloth/nut-milk bag or thin kitchen towel in a colander over your kitchen sink.

Zucchini fritters:
4 cups grated zucchini + 1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 handful parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp. chia flour (or flax meal) + 6 tbsp. water
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. psyllium husk
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. olive oil

Vegan citrus yogurt:
1 cup vegan yogurt
Zest from 1 lemon
1/2 garlic clove
Salt & pepper
Olive oil

Grate 2 big zucchinis (or enough to fill 4 cups). Add the grated zucchini to a cheesecloth/nut-milk bag or thin kitchen towel in a colander over your kitchen sink. Sprinkle with the 1 teaspoon of salt and leave to drain for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, squeeze as much liquid out of the zucchini as possible. This is a crucial step for your fritters to become firm and not soggy!

Prepare the chia eggs by mixing the chia flour and the water in a separate small bowl and leave for 3-5 minutes. Add the drained zucchini and the chia eggs to a bowl and mix in all the other ingredients until combined.

Form fritters and slightly flatten them on a baking sheet with your fingers until you get about 9 of them. Make sure to use some oil or baking paper under the fritters. Brush the fritters whit some olive oil and bake in the oven on 200°C for 15-17 minutes. Serve with the vegan citrus yogurt. Enjoy!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: Happy Health Blog 

Be Inspired Featured

Getting them greens in

We all heard it before: eat more greens. Vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet and your fountain of youth (you know the drill). But getting them greens in is easier said than done if you ask me.

Vegetables are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off diseases. In other words, true power food! Pretty awesome, right? Saying that you will start to eat more veggies is easy, but when it comes to it, many of us fall short of our daily needs.

We therefore give you five tips on how to be getting them greens in. We´re not promising a miracle, but maybe you’ll get inspired to lure in some more.

Throw them in a mixer
Adding greens to your smoothie is maybe the simplest way eat more vegetables. Maybe you´re not a hard-core green-smoothie lover, but simply adding a handful of spinach does the trick. Take a look at our smoothie recipes, we got tons of yummy inspiration.

Boost your brekkie
Lots of breakfast dishes are seriously better with some greens. Don´t agree? Let’s give you some examples: avocado toast, scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes, sandwich with crème cheese topped with carrots and so much more. There is no limit!

Greens for starters
Many of us usually have salad or veggies on our dinner plate, but start eating what we find the tastiest first. Which often means that the veggies are eaten lastly and most likely to be left over too. Why not serve your veggies as a starter? That way you make sure to have eaten them before you get too full AND you end up having a two-course dinner, win win!

Replace your chips
Have you ever tried kale chips? Easy peasy to prepare and so yummy. And best of all; way healthier than potato chips and that way you get some kale into your system too. Take a look at our recipe here.

Salute the snack
Ok, we are true snack lovers, as you know, and would never in our wildest dreams suggest celery instead of chocolate. Nevertheless, cutting up some veggies (and fruits) and bring along to work, school or just have them in your handbag, available when hunger kicks in, is a great way to add some extra greens into your diet and help you when hunger strikes.

So, best of luck! See you on the other side.

And remember, everything is difficult before it becomes easy. Small steps in the right direction are better than a huge leap you’ll stumble on.

By: Henriette Danielsen

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Right where I belong

Being Editor in Chief of Best of You, I have been getting to know the health community in Stockholm more and more. Not only in terms of our collaboration partners, but all the wonderful personal trainers, yoga teachers, coaches and brand owners out there. We work together, go to events together and often train together. Which used to terrify me!

I have never been this super fit gym lover, who makes lifting weights and running on a treadmill look as easy as a Sunday stroll to the local bakery. Let me try to explain: I am more the type of girl who gets a mild heart attack after a few meters of running, who is so red in the face that it looks like my period came out of the wrong place and lifting those 2-3 kg like my life depended on it. Making it hard to feel any connection to all those bloggers and influencers out there, promoting health.

When I met all these wonderful trainers and started to get invited to their workouts and events I was terrified. “I am not fit enough for this”. “I am not one of them”. “What the fuck am I doing here”. These where all thoughts running through my head.

But then I realised that this is exactly what we want to change

We want you to know that you don’t have to be fit to join a gym class. You don’t have to be soft and limber to be able to do yoga, and you don’t have to be skinny and have abs to be able to call yourself healthy. You find what feels good to you and a balance based on your life, your body and your needs.

Which is also what inspired me to found Best of You in the first place. Because I love yoga, but I also love wine. I love to work out and sweat, but I also love my relationship to the cookie jar and our late night dates with Netflix. And that doesn’t mean I don’t belong.

Now that I finally have realised that I am no longer afraid to join a kick boxing class, lift those weights or go for a run with someone (all though I prefer not to run, hihi). My point being; don’t think you need to fulfill certain criteria’s to be part of something. You are more than enough and health is for everyone! Coming from the girl who still goes to fitness events being the only one there not being able to do pull ups or hand stands, but still enjoys herself!

So go lift those weights girl, or go to that yoga class you always wanted to try or head straight into the lions cave and join the heavy bodybuilders at the gym. Whatever you prefer, but dont let a label or the thought of not being good enough stop you. Because you rock, with or without abs!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Location: rebirth fitness

Desserts Featured Recipes Snacks

Little ball of yum

Peanut butter, chocolate and grated coconut, all combined in one delicious ball. Need we say more?

This recipe is golden to have at hand when your sweet tooth kicks in. Or when you want to put together a delicious dessert in no time.

2,5 dl peanut butter
4 tsp. syrup
1-3 tsp. coconut flour (in case your peanut butter isn’t thick enough)
1/5 a plate dark chocolate (vegan if preferred)
½ tsp coconut oil
Grated coconut
A dash of sea salt

Start by mixing the peanut butter and syrup until thickened. If you need to you can add coconut flour to thicken it even more. Then add a dash of sea salt, while melting the chocolate and coconut oil on low heat. When it is ready, roll the mass into small balls and by using a fork, dip them into the chocolate. Then let them drop off and place on a dish and sprinkle some grated coconut over them before putting them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: thehealthyhunterblog.com /Recipe inspired by: Elledecoration.se