favorite things

Hi friends

Today I want to share some things I love with you. And I thought that I actually could do a series. Those are all things that I truly loved and am not sponsored or paid in any kind of way. But maybe you’re like me, always on the lookout for new things to try out.

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Those are some products I’m currently loving. Let me tell you a little more about each piece below.

houseofintuition

I got those organic sprays from House of Intuition in Los Angeles. They do have a website where you can order their products easily: http://www.houseofintuitionla.com

They have a huge selection of crystals, sprays and so much more. Last time I went there I got myself a couple of sprays. This time I went for “Awaken” and “Anew”. The “Awaken” spray is for energy and will invigorate and get you moving, breaking up stagnant, dull and negative energy. It smells like Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, and Peppermint. The “Anew” helps you to start again by welcoming new beginnings and positive change. This fresh, organic citrus aroma dispels stagnant energy to welcome newer and better vibrations. Great for resetting and centering oneself. It smells like Lemon, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry and Rose.

I love to spray my face and / or body with it before practicing or leaving the house and sometimes just randomly during the day- whenever I feel like I need a refresher.

 

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I bought it at a spiritual store in Venice on Abbot Kinney but I’m sure you’ll find it in the internet, too. It’s called “Lightworker Oracle” by Alana Fairchild. This is my absolute favorite card deck. I have a couple of different decks and I love them all, but I feel most called to pull a card from this deck most of the time. It’s always so accurate and I love reading the message. It was created for those who want to connect with divine light, accelerate their spiritual evolution and develop their connection with higher spiritual guidance. This deck is perfect for you if you are looking to open up to the unconditionally loving higher worlds, walk the path of a healer, lightworker or spiritual mentor for others on the path of consciousness, or learn about spiritual light and incorporate it into your life, so you can live with greater peace.

Trust your intuition as you work with the cards. Before I begin, I like to connect with my heart and take a couple of deep breaths first. Then I think about a question I want to ask or simply ask for divine guidance. While I shuffle the cards I ask for the information I most need to know and that will help me the most now. Sometimes, a card falls out and I use this one. Other times I spread the cards out and just pull the one I feel most called to. Then I read the message in the guidebook and speak the invocation out loud. You may want to put your card on your altar or your nightstand to remind you of the loving guidance.

moonbodysoul

Something I’m absolutely obsessed with is Palo Santo. I buy it everywhere, but I love this one because of the beautiful moon phase print. I got it from https://moonbodysoul.com

I burn some palo santo after each yoga and meditation practice and also whenever I smudge my place. It brings in good energy and I absolutely love the smell. I’m now on the lookout for a palo santo infused shower gel or shampoo and also for a palo santo essential oil. I will keep you updated. 🙂

scoutandgem

I got this comfy moon crop sweater from https://www.scoutandgem.com

I love everything moon related whether that’s a moon print on the wall, moon phases on my palo santo or on a sweater. And this one really is one of the most comfiest sweaters I’ve ever worn. Magical!

soulzen

This crystal water bottle is something that’s been on my list for forever and I finally got one from http://www.soulzen.de

It’s infused with shungite and clear quartz which is amazing for detoxification. I take it everywhere with me. I fill it up every night before sleep and drink it first thing in the morning. You can choose different crystals for your water bottle- the possibilities are almost endless and make it really hard to decide. I’m sure I’ll get another crystal base anytime soon. I mean? Crystal infused water? Yes please! And this water bottle is also sustainable and helps reduce the usage of plastic bottles.

tropeaka

Lastly, my favorite night time ritual. Whenever I get ready for bed, I brew myself this sleep tea I got from https://tropeaka.com

They have a huge selection of all the healthy, vegan friendly and delicious supplements, teas and protein powders. I absolutely love their sleep tea. This tranquil herbal infusion  helps me relax and for a serene nighttime escape. It’s organically grown, vegan friendly, gluten free, non GMO and there are overall no nasties in it. I not only love how calming it is but also it’s taste. It’s got Chamomile, Lemon balm, passionflower, lavender, rose petal and some more amazing ingredients in it. Sooooo good! You can thank me later! 😉

 

Alright guys, that’s been about it- a few of my favorite things I currently love!

If you fall in love with something, too – let me know! I love hearing from you! Leave a comment, send me a DM @nataliasyoga on Instagram or tag me in your story. I love hearing from you!

 

xoxo

Natalia

Vegan Banana Bread

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Banana bread is something I really love! And there are probably a gazillion recipes out there already. But I like to substitute ingredients and alter different recipes until I have what I call the ultimate banana bread recipe ever! 🙂

So if you like your banana bread moist (you can actually keep this for almost a week), this recipe is for you!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 vegan yogurt (I usually use a vanilla coconut milk yogurt – about 1 cup)

1/4 cup coconut oil – melted

1/2 – 1 cup of  brown sugar (I usually use 1/2 cup )

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Now lets get to the fun part! There are several things you can throw in. I most of the time throw in all of the ingredients below- so pick your poison! 🙂

Optional:

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 cup of chocolate chips

1 tbsp of any nut butter

This time (see photo) I put in cinnamon (lots of it) and cocoa powder as well as a bit of vanilla extract and some peanut butter. I didn’t put it a lot of the extract since I already used a vanilla yogurt.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees celsius). I don’t have a microwave so I put the coconut oil in the oven to melt it while it is preheating (lifehack :-)). Use some extra coconut oil to grease your pan.
  2. Mash the bananas. I put them in my Nutri Bullet with the yogurt and mix it in there but you can also use a fork or something else.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  4. I put the vanilla extract in my Nutri Bullet with the bananas and the yogurt and the cinnamon and cocoa powder into the dry ingredients. If you want to add chocolate chips, I suggest putting them into the batter at the very end.
  5. Once the coconut oil is melted, combine all the wet and dry ingredients together. Whisk until you get a smooth batter (not too long, though).
  6. Pour the batter into your pan (I used a regular loaf pan (measures 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75 inch)) and put it into the oven.
  7. Bake for about 60 minutes in the lower part of the oven. I like to set my timer a little earlier to make sure the bread doesn’t get burnt.
  8. You can check if your banana bread is ready by putting a sharp knife into the bread. Take it out. If there’s no dough on the knife, it’s good to be taken out.
  9. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

I usually keep my banana bread covered in the fridge. It should stay moist and edible for several days.

 

That’s about it! I hope you enjoy this banana bread as much as I do!

 

xxx

Natalia

 

 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte

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If you love fall as much as I do, this is your new favorite beverage for sure!!!

It’s perfect after a long walk outside or to cuddle on your couch, watching Gilmore Girls. You know what I’m saying?

So without any further ado let me share this life changing recipe…

Ingredients:

1 tea bag (chai or a black tea)

1 apple (sliced)

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 cardamom

a pinch of cinnamon

any milk substitute (I used oat milk)

water (about 1 cup)

Directions:

Cut the apple in little pieces. Put it in a pan with some water (about 1 cup), the cinnamon stick, the cardamom and your tea bag.

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Let it boil for about 10 – 15 minutes. Drain the tea into your mug, add milk and about a pinch of cinnamon.

That’s about it! Super simple and yet so delicious.

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What about the leftover apples you wonder? Don’t worry, I got you!

I put the apples and the cinnamon stick into a little container and filled it with oat milk, oats, chia seeds and some coconut shreds. Place it in the fridge and let it soak over night.

Et voila, you already took care of breakfast for the next day! How convenient is that!?

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Enjoy!

 

As always, please tag me in your insta stories, send me a dm or an email or comment below! I’d love to hear how you like this recipe!

xxx

Natalia

 

Vegan Fall Plate

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I just love fall season and everything it brings with it. All the colorful leaves, pumpkins and the food- oh my gosh the food is just the best.

I went on a walk today and it was so nice and sunny outside. The light was absolutely beautiful and when I got home I was in the mood for a typical fall pan.

I just took what I had around, so definitely feel free to change ingredients.

Ingredients

1 bag of brussel sprouts (about 3 cups)

1 sweet potato

2 blue potatoes

1 cup of pre cooked chestnuts

1/2 of a pumpkin (about 3 cups)

1 onion

1 garlic clove

vegan sausages (I used one big sausage)

optional: Cranberry sauce

Spices

Turmeric

Cumin

dried rosemary

salt

garlic powder

chili powder

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 430 degrees (220 celsius). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prepare the veggies. Cut the brussel sprouts in half, peel and cut the pumpkin and potatoes and put everything on the baking sheet. Add the chestnuts and season everything well. I just sprinkled the spices and the garlic clove (cut it first) over everything. I guess about 1 tsp of everything. You can change spices and use whatever you like.

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Put everything into the oven and bake it for about 30 minutes. I baked it in the lower part of the oven for a while and put it up higher for the last 10 minutes to roast it.

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While the veggies are roasting, I cut the onion and roasted it for quite a while in a pan. Cook it on a low heat so you don’t burn it. After 15-20 minutes I added the sausage pieces.

Once the veggies are ready, place a portion of it on your plate and top it with the sausages. I used about half of the veggies and sausage pieces and saved the rest for lunch the next day.

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I didn’t have any cranberry sauce but that would have been the perfect match. I used some ketchup instead but you can easily skip it- I would much rather have cranberry sauce with it. 🙂

Enjoy your meal!

 

As always share our fall plate with me on your insta story, leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear how you like it! Also, give it a try with the cranberry sauce and let me know how you like it. I think it’s bomb! 🙂

 

xxx

Natalia

Vegan Blueberry Scones

 

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Vegan Blueberry Scones

Every Sunday I feel like baking. Somehow Sunday is just the perfect day for going for a walk, taking a bath and, like I said, bake some comfort food. Today I was in the mood for some delicious blueberry scones. They turned out so good that I just have to share the recipe with you guys!
I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did.

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Vegan Blueberry Scones

Serves: 4 blueberry scones

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (you could also use 1 cup all purpose or oat flour)
  • 1/4 cup (or less) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (the canned milk, not the milk drink)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly dust it with flour
  3. Whisk together all dry ingredients
  4. Add the frozen blueberries to the dry ingredients (break up any clumps)
  5. Drizzle in the coconut milk and vanilla, mix everything gently together
  6. Put the dough onto the parchment paper and pat it into a circle (about 1 inch). Cut it into 4 wedges and pull them apart about 1 inch to give them a little space.
  7. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly brown.
  9. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

 

You can always double or triple the amount to get more scones.

I really hope you love them just as much as I did.

I love seeing your blueberry scones. Put them in your Instastories and tag me! Can’t wait to see all the goodness!

Happy Sunday Loves!

xxx

Natalia