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Want to make your dreams come true? Then say them out loud 3 times. Once to yourself so you believe in them. Once to friends and family so they remind you of them and once to strangers, because everyone you meet is a potential Genie in a bottle, waiting for you to say the words to make your dreams come true.

Last spring I met Natalie, fellow yoga teacher at Best of You´s relaunch party. She won a private class with me in one of our giveaways. We met up a few weeks later, both struggling to find time in our busy schedules, and after the class, as we chatted I found out Natalie was to move to Portugal just a few days later. She and her siblings had just purchased a house by the sea in Portugal and were about to realise their dream of opening a B&B together. I was very impressed and happy for her. Or, 80% happy and 20% jealous as I always am when I meet someone living their dream. I told her, half joking, that if she ever needed someone to host yoga retreats she should give me a call.

Weeks went by and she moved to sunnier places and I stayed in Stockholm for a very mild summer. When Natalie reached out to me in August to ask me if my offer still stood it took me only a minute to say yes, before I even knew what, when and where. Sometimes you have to just take the plunge.

So here it is, from chit-chat dreams to reality! We are so happy to invite you to join us on the very first yoga retreat hosted at Villa dos Irmãos, Sao Lourenço.

Natalie and I are both professionally trained and registered at Yoga Alliance. Natalie is also a nutritionist and a big focus will be on serving delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. In addition to 2 yoga classes a day, we will have a cooking class, runs along the beach, yoga massages, heart opening sessions and headstand workshops to only name a few.

With only 6 guests at a time we want to make sure to create a very cozy and warm feeling and give you all the attention you deserve during your stay.

Practical information
When:
 October 15th to October 21st or October 22nd to October 28th 2017
Where: Villa dos Irmãos, Sao Lourenço (about 1h away from Lisbon)
Price: 4739 SEK (not including flights, personal insurance or Visa costs)
Registration: Read more and book your spot here!
Additional information: Our classes are suitable to both beginners and intermediate practitioners.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, do not hesitate to ping us an email on contact@bestofyou.se


By: Mo Oléron 

Dinner Nutrition

Veggie lasagna

Weekends are the perfect time to spend trying out new recipes in the kitchen, cooking and having fun together. Why not give this amazing lasagna a try?

Many are skeptical to meat-free lasagna, but I promise you, it’s delicious. Without doubt the perfect weekend dinner.

Ingredients
Margarine or coconut oil (for frying)
Some chili
1 red onion
1 garlic clove
5-6 big carrots (grated)
1 package of crushed tomatoes
1 dl flour
1 L milk
Lasagna sheets (preferably green ones)
Grated cheese for topping
Salt & Pepper

Instructions
Step 1: White sauce
Melt margarine in a saucepan and add milk and flour and whisk well. Make sure it doesn’t get burned. Add salt and pepper and set aside.

Step 2: Filling
Mince onion, garlic and chili and rasp carrots before roasting everything in a frying pan. Then add chopped tomatoes and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Add some salt and pepper for additional taste.

Step 3:
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. While the oven gets warm start off by filling a ovenproof dish with everything. Start with the white sauce, then lasagna sheets and lastly the filling. Continue until it’s all gone and top off with grated cheese. Let it cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, before you enjoy a yummylicious meal!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Food

Top five vegan friendly places in Stockholm

If you, like me, are a fan of vegan food you may be familiar with the struggle of trying to find a good place when you’re out and about. I remember when always bringing boxes of food, snacks and basically the whole survival kit whenever I needed to make errands in town. Thankfully this is not the case today!

Veganism has become a growing trend and a lot has happened during the latest year. Vegan friendly restaurants and cafés are popping up all over Stockholm in such a speed that I haven’t even been able to try them all. Even though I haven’t been  to every single one, I thought I’d still share some of my favorites with you. Here’s five restaurants/cafés in Stockholm where you’ll always find amazing vegan options.

Hermans
This restaurant has been around for a while and is thereby a well-known restaurant in Stockholm. Known for their delicious food, the great hospitality and the fact that it’s beautifully situated on a hill with a garden overviewing the city. For as long as I can remember they have been focusing on vegetarian food and I was so happy to hear that they now have gone completely vegan! This is a place I can strongly recommend for both vegans and non-vegans, since everyone seems to adore the food and the lovely desserts. Expect to experience a food coma and to be mind-blown by their all you can eat buffet.
Check it out 

Hälsocafét
A true pearl when it comes to vegan cafés in Stockholm. When you feel like enjoying a fresh salad, a comforting cup of coffee, a fruity smoothie, an acaibowl, raw cakes or maybe a burger, this is the place to go. The options are many and there is always something to soothe your cravings. Hälsocafét is definitely a favorite of mine. They do not only have incredibly tasty food, but also provide wonderful service and good vibes in general. My favorite thing to order is an acaibowl or the raw walnut-brownie. If you haven’t been there yet, what are you waiting for?!
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Chutney
The vegetarian restaurant Chutney definitely deserves a place on this list. This is the place I go to whenever I feel like enjoying food inspired by the Asian and middle-eastern kitchen. The food has a homemade feel to it, yet incredible delicious and full of exciting flavours. I have been there countless times and never been disappointed. The vegan options are many, both when it comes to food and cakes. Make sure you don’t forget to try their famous homemade chutney, I love it!
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Delivore
Delivore is a newly opened café in Stockholm which has already become very popular among vegans. Everything is 100% vegan and there’s a lot to choose between; bagels, sandwiches, salads, milkshakes, coffee and desserts. I mean how insane doesn’t the s’mores milkshake sound?! I have heard the business is going so well they are actually expanding and making the café into a restaurant. Sounds pretty good to me.
Check it out 

Holy Cow
An Indian restaurant with fantastic vegan options like Tikka Masala, curry, naan bread and so on. It’s a great place to bring friends and family since they have something for everyone on the menu.
Check it out 

Now that was a quick review of some of the top vegan friendly places in Stockholm, at least according to my preferences. I sincerely hope this will inspire you to try them out. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Bon appétit!


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Name: Clara Mo
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation: Studying Nutritional science

Check out her Instagram account @blissfullyliving for more inspiration

Food

Q&A about the vegetarian lifestyle

There are several reasons to why people choose to go over to a vegetarian diet. Some do it for their health, some for the environment and others for the animals. Whatever reason, it’s a lifestyle change that has become more common, but still meets a lot of prejudices in today’s society.

Many are under the impression that becoming a vegetarian involves huge changes, so we asked Margit Katharine Bøhn, who follows a vegetarian, and somewhat vegan diet, to share her thoughts and experience with us.

What made you decide to stop eating meat?
I was fourteen and had been engaged in animal rights for a while, handing out brochures for the Norwegian equivalent to Peta at school and skipping my first (and only) class because we had to dissect a pig, so I had been thinking about it for quite some time. One day we had chicken for dinner at home, and I just couldn’t eat it. I just imagined the poor chicken in front of me and suddenly felt like I was chewing on my own thigh.

Did you find it difficult in the beginning?
The most difficult part for me was that I, as a teenager, didn’t receive any support from my parents. I also didn’t have much knowledge about nutrition growing up, but found my way. It’s all about giving it a try.

How do you get enough protein?
I’m not sure what all this fuzz about protein is, as I do believe this major concern is totally misunderstood. More protein isn’t necessarily better; let’s talk quality instead. Mother Nature is filled with good protein sources, such as soybeans, chick peas, avocado, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, tofu, bulgur, quinoa, peas, nuts, oats and so much more. If you eat a variety of whole foods, you’ll most likely get enough protein.

I think the most important thing is not to feel like going green is a sacrifice, but a positive change

Have you felt any difference on your body after you stopped eating meat?
I was 14 at the time so I can’t really say, but going from vegetarian to a vegan diet? Oh yeah, definitely. You feel SO much better, cleaner, healthier, and happier. I’ve been eating more or less vegan for the last year.

What are the challenges when it comes to being vegan?
I think social stigma is the worst – all the questions, having to make special orders at restaurants, as there are often no vegan options on the menu. This feels very ironic to me, that you get judged for not eating animals. People get very emotional about their meat, it’s like drinking with a sober person – suddenly you feel judged yourself.

What is your favorite vegan dish?
My goal is to make vegan food taste and feel as close to meaty food as possible. I would want my meat-eating friends to be surprised that it can taste so close to what they normally eat, so they understand that they can eat vegan too (without only eating grass). I love burgers, pasta, salads, Mexican and all the tasty food in the world!

What would you recommend for someone who is thinking about turning vegetarian or vegan to do? Where to start?
I think the most important thing is not to feel like going green is a sacrifice, but a positive change. Read up on animal rights and what the meat industry is doing to our planet, watch documentaries and find tons of recipes for inspiration on food blogs, discover a whole new way to look at food and cook tons of it. Be kind to yourself, take one step at the time, learning by doing and doing what’s right for you. Make food fun and not a burden.

Isn’t it expensive?
No, and even if it is – your health is your most important investment. You can stay cheap with beans, peas and oats or go expensive with hemp, raw food and spirulina. Either way, I promise that you will find a diet that works within your budget that tastes great.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred