Sustainability, it matters.

I find it hard to write when I don’t have a subject to focus on solely. Therefore I’ve decided to focus on ‘lifestyle’ (lol i know that’s a bunch of topics merged into one, I tried).  My ‘lifestyle’ posts will include the following: travel, food, fashion, sports, etc. but focus on how to live your life in a more sustainable and ecologically friendly matter while still enjoying the things you love.

Our society thrives on consumerism so it’s no wonder our daily routines often consist of highly unsustainable practices. We weren’t necessarily brought up to consider all the aspects of our lives that are doing a ton of damage to our surrounding nature.

Having grown up in Finland I was raised to recycle, a practice deeply rooted into society, a habit. You’d find a compost in most backyards, a majority of shoppers at large supermarkets return recyclable materials. Cans and bottles are worth between 15-40 cents which quickly adds up and allows you some extra shopping money.

I consider Scandinavia a part of the world that respects its nature. No wonder all Scandinavian countries are leading an examples and rank among the most sustainable countries in the world. (New Zealand is up there too!)

I will elaborate and focus on different aspects of sustainability through various posts.

 

 

A picture from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, I live right by the park and this is one of my favorite places to stop by, the lake. Oh and I’ve made swan friends who always hang at the same spot.

 

XX – Yeni

 

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Post Dental Surgery DIET

ICECREAM…

You already knew that one, I mean a girls gotta have something to look forward to am I right!? Besides ice cream I think anyone can agree that at some point the over consumption of sugar becomes OD and we need to find something more nutritious. I made a list of recipes/dishes I found to be relatively easy to make and which are soft enough to comfortably consume while you’re recovering from the horror of a dentist pulling teeth outta your damn mouth, ouch.

1. Nana Ice-cream

The “healthy” version of icecream. I’ve made countless versions of this and it’s one of my favorite ‘treat yourself’ snack/breakfast/dessert-s. Three easy steps and done!

  • Ingredients include: Milk of choice, Bananas (1 is enough but more the merrier), and anything you want to add in the mix, I prefer berries OR chocolate, sometimes I add Avocado for a nice creamy consistency.
  • Chop up bananas and any berries or fruit you may want to add and freeze over night.
  • Mix ingredients in a mixer/processor including a splash of milk (depends on how thick you prefrer the consistency (I’d suggest starting with 1/4 a cup or less).
  • BONUS: sprinkle chia seeds, shaved chocolate, honey or granola on top. You can get innovative!



I went with strawberry-banana with chia seeds and almond milk & blueberry-banana.

2. Congee

I decided on Shrimp Congee since I already had most of the ingredients at home. Alex (my partner) had all the shrimp in this case since chewing 24h after surgery wasn’t really an option.

I made my Congee pretty simple and included: long grain white rice, Shrimp, sesame oil, broth, scallion, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. I would suggest adding the soy sauce and sesame oil afterwards to taste. You may think the mix of chicken broth and shrimp is bizarre but it works just fine. I usually make mine in my rice cooker but will link a few congee variations below!

3. Beet, Carrot & Ginger Soup

This recipe is hard to screw up. You’ll need the following:

  • Olive oil
  • 1lbs Carrots
  • 3 Medium/Large Beets
  • Ginger
  • Stock/Broth (you can use leftover from your congee!)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion

Wash and peel carrots, beets and onion, chop into smaller chunks. Bring water (enough to cover all the contents) to boil and add olive oil, salt, pepper and broth. Mince the ginger and garlic, toss in with carrots and beets, leave to soft boil for about 45 min. turn stove off when the big chunks are easy to pierce with a fork yet stay on it without crumbling. Pour out some of the liquid if you prefer your soup firm. Season as you please. Mash with a processor or hand mixer (hand mixer is much easier since you can leave the soup in the cooker).

I prefer to serve mine with sour cream although I had yet to add that when taking the picture below. This recipe is easy to play around with, if preferred you can skip the hand mixer and leave it as is after boiling.

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3. ICECREAM

Surprisingly if a friend asked me out for an Ample Hills date next week I most certainly wouldn’t decline. I can curve my sweet tooth for candy by indulging twice a year but ice cream is another story. Too many flavors. So creamy, so perfect.

I had Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla flavor (forgot how amazing such a simple flavor could be!?), tried Halo Top (which FYI makes you bloated af so may not go that route again) in Strawberry, Oatmeal Cookie (favorite) and Peanut Butter Cup. Definitely tastes good but it’s not the real deal plus I’m skeptical about what that prebiotic fiber ingredient is?

4. Avocado Pudding

You could use Kourtney K’s 3 ingredient recipe or use this Chocolate peanut butter recipe from the Minimalist Baker! Check out her other recipes too!

5. Chia Pudding

Ingredients: Almond milk and chia seeds. You may want to add honey, banana, fruit, berries, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, granola etc. play around with the recipe. The very basis is simple, mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of almond milk and leave in the fridge overnight. Mine wasn’t exactly pretty hence why I chose not to post a picture.

6. Oatmeal

Filling and hearty, one of my go-to breakfasts that I’m glad I was able to eat this week despite my limited diet. I’m lazy so I usually do over night oats with chia seeds or quick-oats that you prepare on the stove or in the microwave. The below image was a seamless order I cheated with…

Other soft foods to consider:

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Frittata
  • Soups (several options here for instance)
  • Hummus (if you dare eat to it as a snack without any hard foods)
  • Guacamole (same goes for this one…)
  • Apple sauce

I hope someone found inspiration in these easy recipes that can certainly be used even when you aren’t limited to soft foods. I apologize for the pictures being so simple, I was a bit light headed from my fever and couldn’t quite find the energy to style properly.

Cheers- Yeni

A Korean skin care MIRACLE

Far too often I plan a trip to Sephora with a great game plan in mind which quickly fails   as the lack of self control emerges as I see isles filled with goodies I most certainly do not NEED. Luckily I’ve become more responsible and knowledgeable about which products I prefer and which suit my skin. However, every once in a while I urge to switch up my beauty regimen or target a certain problem, in which case I’d go on a hunt for a new product, exciting yet dangerous times (*bank account weeps*).

I’ll get to the point now…I have fair, clear skin and lucky enough to deal with fairly minimal breakouts but I’ve always tried to hydrate my dry skin to achieve a nice glow. When I turned 20 (and got my IUD) my skin did change a fair bit and I started getting hormonal breakouts which made me very reluctant to try new products and I stuck to oils for a long time. What I recently found out while shopping at Sephora’s Soho location was that oils are great for elasticity but don’t necessarily penetrate the skin deep enough to avoid issues with dry skin.

The solution?

A woman named Natasha who introduced me to Amor Pacifico’s night mask! Unlike most moisturizing products it doesn’t contain water but instead bamboo extract which is great for nourishing dry skin. She advised I use it at night (obviously) but also during the day when it’s dry and cold. Let me tell you, I’ve tried so many moisturizers yet never achieved such great results that keep dry skin at bay. Another favorite, also pictured below are Tony Moly masks, these seem to have spread all over the U.S. recently and rightfully so!

Any Korean skincare experts out there? Looking to learn more about products available, unfortunately a lot of the packaging only has korean labeling so it’s difficult to navigate towards the right products online.


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