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Recipes Snacks

Berry Bliss Balls

Introducing my recipe for Pink October! Raw, vegan and gluten free, these pink berry bliss balls will take you only five minutes to prepare. They make a lovely healthy snack to enjoy anytime of the day. 

Ingredients
1 cup (100 g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cup (80 g) gluten free oats
1/4 cup (35 g) coconut flour*
1/3 (20g) shredded coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup (40 ml) maple or agave syrup

* Possibility to replace coconut flour with almond flour if desired.

** You can replace agave or maple syrup with 4 pitted fresh dates. If using them, adjust the quantity of water to moisten the texture.

Instructions
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a sticky dough. If too dry, add a few drops of water. With your hands or using a small ice cream scoop, shape the balls. Optional: coat with shredded coconut or unsweetened cocoa powder. Let set in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Store in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer. Enjoy!


By: Delphine Fortin, Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist. Find original recipe here!

Events Upcoming Events

Healthy Happy Hour

Start you Friday the best way possible; with good music, sweat and fun with a bunch of lovely ladies.

Two Fridays in October, Personal Trainer Marie Emre, behind The Workout Plan will guide you through a fun circuit training, focusing on a total body workout. The class is for all ages and perfect for beginners and those of you who want to get started again after a while away. And for those of you who are more experienced, you are more than welcome too, since you can regulate and choose the intensity yourself.

At both classed there will be a theme, hip hop followed by the 90s, and after your done releasing those endorphins, you get a big high five and a Healthy Box to bring home.

Kickstart your weekend the best way possible!

Practical information
When:
 Friday 6/10 and 27/10
Where: Studio Levels, Kungsholmsgatan 17, Stockholm
Price: 150 SEK
Registration: Email info@theworkoutplan.se to secure your spot
Additional information: Limited spots


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

Lots of love from Best of You


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred featured photo: Melker Sehlstedt

Be Inspired Featured Mind

An open letter to Self Doubt

Dear Self Doubt. We’ve been spending nearly 25 years side by side and together we’ve been through a lot. I’m grateful for all the times that you’ve been there for me and never left my side, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s not working out between us anymore.

I don’t understand why you keep complaining when I’m telling you to shut up. All you ever talk about is how useless I am and how I’ll never succeed with anything in life. I used to believe you, but I’ve come to realise that the problem is not me – it’s you. If you weren’t there all the time with your negative, repetitive chatter, I’d already be bathing in success and self acceptance.

It’s time we face reality – we’ve grown apart. Our views on life have become extremely different.

I’ve decided to spend more time with Self Belief instead. Amongst many things, we’re planning adventures, art projects, chilling out and to continue the exploration of love and relationships.

I simply neither have the time, nor the desire to hang out with you anymore. I wish you all the best and hereby set you free. I understand we might bump into each other again, but in that case I’d like to keep it at a smalltalk level. I hope you take some time to think through your actions and your whole existence, now that you’ll have a lot more time for yourself.

Thank you for the time we had,
Amalia

An unexpected response

Alright, Amalia, I get it. It’s time for us both to be more clear about how we want our friendship to develop. I forgive you for trying to dump me and you don’t need to say thank you for me staying and saving your life.

I feel like I’ve been misunderstood by you. I’ve been trying to get your attention for years but you’ve simply pushed me away without listening to what I have to say. You have no idea how much work it’s taken me to get you to finally listen to me!

First of all: Please, stop calling me Self Doubt. I don’t know where you got that name from but my real name is Fear. Remember that time in Australia when you saw a deadly snake and ran away from it? Yeah that was me saving your life. Or that other time when we were hiking and you were standing way too close to a cliff? Yeah. You’re welcome.

I think you get it: It’s my job to keep you alive! I calculate risks and talk about them, and I’ll keep going until we both get old and grey, so deal with it.

Secondly: Self-acceptance is not about denying or ignoring parts of yourself that you don’t like. It’s about making friends with them. Also, everyone fears in life. It’s not like the people you find “successful” are completely fearless. (Whatever the heck “success” means to you anyway?) They’ve just managed to build a beautiful, trustful relationship with their own Fear.

You’ve been extremely boring lately – you haven’t done much that is new or exciting. As a result, I’ve had to calculate risks of things that normally wouldn’t be a threat. Don’t blame me for being repetitive! That’s just a result of your boringness.

I think it’s a great idea that you hang out with Self Belief. Finally! We might actually get some action going again!! Don’t mind me – I’ll stick around and make sure you’re both safe. Trust me, when there’s real danger facing us you’ll know I’m serious.

I’ll be here for you whenever you need my advice.

Love you,
Fear


By: Amalia Wahlström/Repost of original post at ohyeahbyamalia.com

Be Inspired Mind

Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together

That is what Elisabeth Taylor used to say. So you keep yourself busy, take on projects, say yes to social gatherings and try to balance it all with a smile on your face. But you never slow down.

Even when people around you are warning you, telling you to take care of yourself. You just put on some more lipstick and keep going.

Until you can´t anymore.

And that is usually the wake-up call we need. What a shame we must go so far down the well to only then be able to pull ourselves back up. To give up on the drinks, remove the lipstick, and stop trying to pull ourselves together… To admit it’s ok to let go, go home, go to bed…do nothing.

But when we do, it will bring back strength, it will bring back sanity and eventually, inspiration.

Keep in mind that sometimes the only thing you need on your “to-do-list” is: Take care of myself. And if you are not going to listen to others, at least listen to your body.


By: Mo Oléron

Events Previous Events

Health and beauty with Oriflame

Some early mornings are easier than others. Thursday September 21, we spent a beautiful morning at Oriflame Concept Store in Stockholm.

We partnered up with the Swedish cosmetic company Oriflame for an exclusive event during which store manager and Skin Care Expert Linda Hölling talked about the effects of our environment and training on the skin and how to properly take care of it.

Our guests, wellness and lifestyle influencers, as well as 6 lucky winners from our Instagram competition also got the opportunity to learn more and test Oriflame’s Eco Beauty line while enjoying a delicious and healthy breakfast from Blueberry Lifestyle. After some mingling and private shopping before the store opened, everyone received an amazing goodie bag. Definitely the kind of morning we want to get up for.











A big thank you to Oriflame, Blueberry Lifestyle and everyone who got up early to join us. Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on whats up next.

You can also read more about our event  in some of the awesome blog posts written about us:
charlottebeijer.se
malinnylen.com
feliciashappyplace.se 
theworkoutplan.se


By: Mo Oléron / Photo cred: Clara Mo, Henriette Danielsen & Cornelia Granslatt

Be Inspired

The benefits of growing older

This weekend I realised that I was born to be wild, but only until 9pm or so.

Having left a party before 11, leaving both champagne and friends behind to go home and embrace my bed, I had a little freak out in the cab. I realised my birthday is around the corner and this will be my last year in my 20s. I could feel the anxiety hit me!

Turning 30 is something I am dreading, not because you´re so freaking old at 30, but then there is no way back. No excuses. You are, and will forever be, an adult. An actual adult. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around acting or seeing myself as a child, but no more bad excuses to why you have spent half your salary on fun stuff, no more excuses to why you party a little too much, no more excuses to why you don’t have children, a house, a car, a husband. Dear lord, the pressure!

But having slept on it, I woke up this morning and realised, getting older is inevitable and there are actually some benefits to it.

Like wine, we only get better with time, right?

So, I hereby give you five reasons to look forward to getting older:

Broader perspective
The longer we live, the more experiences we gather and the wiser we get (at least that´s what I have been told). We learn and get a broader perspective on life and the world.

Stronger and more independent
I have always liked to call myself a strong, independent woman, and for each year I feel it gets more and more accurate. I grow more confident and stop worrying so much about what others think of me and just do my own thing. It is like the uncertainty slowly disappears with age.

Saying no
Saying no, without getting a bad conscience definitely gets easier. I dreadfully remember being a teenager, running around from one thing to another, terrified I would miss out on anything “important”. I guess the older you get, the wiser you become and learn that saying no from time to time is healthy.

You get more selective
The older we get, the more often we realise that there is no time for drama, bad friends or an unbearable relationship. I don’t know how often I have thought “I don’t have time for this, I am too old for this sh*t”. And it´s so liberating letting go of the crap and focus on the good things in life instead.

Socially accepted bedtime
There is nothing wrong with a 9pm bedtime guys! There are few things better and more important than a good night’s sleep and the older you get, the more socially accepted it is. Hallelujah!

So, that was it from 28-year-old me, looking forward to senior discounts and enjoying all of the above! My birthday can come now, I am ready to turn one year older!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: letsmingleblog.com/

Be Inspired

Practice what you preach

This weekend has been very busy. Good busy. The kind of busy you hope for when you start your own business and want to live doing what you love: inspiring people to be the happiest version of themselves.

But sometimes you get caught up in the turmoil, the excitement, the stress, the pressure to deliver and reach expectations (your own especially) and sometimes, you lose touch with the meaning of it all.

It happened to me on Saturday. We were hosting a beautiful event for Yuhme. For this we were sponsored by Yogish Collective, who generously provided gorgeous mats and a stunning one piece for me to wear. At the end of the class, Janis, our photographer took some shots of Henriette and me. We figured we always take pics of everyone else but us. Later that day as I was working on the class I would be holding the following day, when Henriette sent me one of the pictures, asking if it was ok to post in our social media channels.

My first reaction was to scrutinize the picture around my belly area. My soft spot. Literarily. I immediately rejected it, feeling way too self-conscious about myself. (Just for the record, I know I am not fat. But no one chooses their complex, right?)

Later on, it hit me… what was I doing?

Didn’t I love myself just the way I am? Who was I to preach to people about self-love and all that jazz and later on censure my own body? I felt really bad about it. Guilty as charged.

The following day, as we hosted our second event of the weekend with The Yoga Story, I listened to our dear Life Coach Sandra Aggemo asking if we had anything we wanted to share with the group, anything we wanted to work on. I suddenly realized I had to speak up. I had to let it out because a fault confessed is half redressed, right? Because I realized there was something that bothered me more than my belly on that picture, it was the idea that I could come across as fake and hypocritical.

Today, before starting on this post I stumbled upon an article in Le Monde (in french) about the whole Yoga buzz and the fact that it is so trendy that it has completely lost its meaning somehow. It really resonated with me and what had happened this weekend. Every time I teach I hope to touch people one way or another, I hope they take something with them home. But I cannot forget that every time I teach, I learn something in return.


By: Mo Oléron / Photo cred: Janis Saulis

Food Nutrition

Q&A #1 with Clara

We are thrilled to be presenting the first of our Q&A with Clara!

After you asked your questions on our Facebook page and  directly in the comment section of our website, Clara went through them and picked some she answered in the video below.

In this very instructive piece, Clara tackles questions about juicing, stomach cramps, B12 and other subjects so many of us wonder about. And she does it with so much laughter and humor, making it fun to listen too.

Anymore questions? Make sure to ask Clara in next month posts or by commenting below.


By: Mo Oléron

Recipes Smoothies/Juices

2-1 brekkie favorite

We have a new favorite brekkie, a smoothie filled with lots of berries and greens. And the best part; it can easily be made into a smoothie bowl. A 2-1 brekkie made in no time.

Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1 banana
2 handsfulls of fresh spinach
1 tbsp acái powder
Oat milk  (amount depends on how thick or thin you want your smoothie)

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and serve in a glass, preferably with ice cubes and a glass straw. If you use a little less oat milk the consistency gets thicker and you can serve it with fresh fruits and muesli on top. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Oatbox.com

Be Inspired Body

Run yogi, run!

A lot of runners are reluctant to start practicing yoga. Maybe because they fear they will not be flexible enough (number one excuse worldwide), or because they see it as something too gentle for them who like the contact of the asphalt, the race of their heartbeat and the wind on their face.

I started running before I started doing yoga, but it was not like that for me. Running has always been, and I have accepted the fact that it always will be, a love and hate relationship. Whereas yoga is just love. But somehow I need both. Talk about balance.

Runners out there, do not disregard yoga. It helps tremendously.

Things you need for running:

  • Muscle strength
  • Good balance and alignment to prevent injuries
  • Flexibility
  • Good breathing habits
  • Focus

Things yoga practice brings you: all of the above.

Do not be afraid to replace one run by a yoga class every now and then. You are not slacking, you are growing. Just like you will never evolve by doing the same thing over and over, just like you spice up your runs with a little “fartslek” every now and then, yoga will bring you the little extra to keep improving and reaching further.

Yoga teacher Denise Thompson once said “Yoga and running are the Yin and Yang of fitness”. I could not agree more, and I could not do one without the other anymore. When I feel too lazy to go for a run, I do yoga instead and it instantly makes me want to go for a run the next day. And when I have been running my muscles and my mind are calling for a delicious yoga sequence.

I’ll see you on the road…or the mat.


By: Mo Oléron