Posts tagged nature

Come To The Farmer’s Market With Me

Friends,

how are you today? Do you love Farmer’s Markets as much as I do?

It’s something I’ve really been getting into during the last few months and I really enjoy getting to see the people behind the produce and foods I buy. I love discovering all the colors and shapes (look at those tomatoes!) of all the vegetables and fruits that you definitely don’t get to see at the supermarket.

Last Saturday I went to the Union Square Farmer’s Market in Somerville. It’s a beautiful market with cute live music band playing and with lots of interesting and friendly market stalls. Come and join me on my walk through the market!

3 Easy And Healthy Summer Recipes

Friends,

I don’t know about you but if temperatures are rising like they have around here for the last couple of days I am always looking for fresh and easy to put together food options.

I happy to share some of my favorite suuuuuuuper easy (like REALLY) recipes with you today. We’ve got an allrounder berry chia seed jam or vegan nutella, a fresh salad and a refreshing smoothie for you. Let me know if you’ve tried on of the recipes!

Lots of love and sunshine!

#1 Easiest berry chia seed jam EVER

Pick Up Limes makes a return on the blog today with this super easy and healthy recipe for a berry chia seed jam (see the post about my favorite YouTube channels here) because she just has so many great ideas. It’ll literally only take you 5 minutes to prep. Here’s how to do it:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (or other frozen berry)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (or other frozen berry)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice (or sub orange juice)

Directions

Microwave berries for about 3 minutes. After this, smash the berries with a fork until more juices seep out, but some chunks remain. 

Add the chia seeds and juice, and stir to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes for the chia seeds to gel, stirring once halfway. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with toast, on oatmeal, in breakfast parfaits, and more! 

Photos: Pick Up Limes

If you’re more into chocolate than into berries, check out the video below for another super easy recipe for a vegan nutella spread. This is definitely one to be tried next.

You can enjoy this jam on toast or oatmeal to naturally sweeten, or in your yogurt or granola bowl for breakfast. It’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fats from the chia seeds.

#2 Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed

This delicious recipe for a Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad is done in 15 minutes and easy to make as well, full of great fresh flavors, and tossed with a simple poppyseed dressing. The combination of fruit, avocado and spinach really works out super nicely!

Photo: Gimme some oven

#3 Detox Green Smoothie

I really am missing my blender. I don’t currently own one but used to do one every other day as a pick me up snack in the afternoon or as a breakfast drink. You drink this. You’ll feel healthy instantly. And it also fills you up nicely, give it a try. You’ll find the recipe by Madeleine Shaw here.

Photo: Madeleine Shaw

Saying Goodbye To Cambridge

Hello everyone,

how are you today? In case you missed my post “Why I’m going to buy a Harvard Sweater (even though I said I never would)” elaborating (not really) on why I have to have a sweater of said university because I need a physical souvenir as we are leaving Cambridge by the end of the month.

I went through my photo archive and thought it be nice to put my favorite ones together in a post for you, hope you’ll enjoy this virtual walk around the neighborhood throughout winter and summer time with me. Also, let’s appreciate those beautiful flowers and plants, they grow like crazy here in summer as it is so hot and humid and almost tropical feeling.

Why not have a little wander around your neighborhood today, I’m sure you’ll explore and find new little things around every corner.

Have a great day!

Winter

Winter (soft version, see that clear blue sky?)

Winter (not so soft version)

Spring

Summer

Wanderlust 108 Boston: The Report

Friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty pretty AH-MA-ZING. Why you ask? Because I kind of met someone really special. I met Adriene. Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. YES,  I know. It was just such a beautiful day. But. Everything in order.

Wanderlust 108 – What it is

Wanderlust 108 is full day celebration in support of the mindful movement, featuring a triathlon consisting of a 5K run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, walking meditation etc. There are also local vendors offering organic food and crafts, and charitable organizations making an impact in your local community.

Photo: Scarlet Roots

The experience

My buddy Sophie and I started off the 5K along the Charles River feeling strong and motivated, which led me to finish at my PB of around 25 minutes. Thanks for the great vibes, Soph!

We then had a quick wonder around the market, tried some foods, chilled and had a coffee before going to the yoga class that I was looking forward so much to (see further explanation down below as to why I was excited for it). While the morning had been a bit cloudy and fresh the morning and afternoon turned out to be sunny and warm.

Adriene and me (insert heart eyed emoji here)

Awww, where to begin. So first off, if you’ve been around from the veeery early beginnings on you might remember my American Bucket list (if that doesn’t ring a bell, check it out here). I stated in said list that I would love to get a photo with Adriene and if you scroll down you see exactly that. A photo of Adriene and myself. Still can’t believe it. She is genuinely just the nicest person and I want to be her friend.

She did such a good job, she was funny, kind, intelligent and generous. Just an awesome yoga teacher and an even more amazing person in real life.

I was really sweating after all day spent in the sun, running and doing yoga so I think I first apologized to her for being sweaty (cool move, Sandra…NOT). Some ‘how to…not small talk’ insight for you right there.

Do NOT talk about how sweaty you are.

Still, the amazingly kind and warm-hearted person she is, she asked me about my name, how my day was going so far. I must have said something (everything is a bit of a blur to be honest because I was so E-X-C-I-T-E-D). Anyways, that’s boring for you. What I’m trying to get across though, always believe in achieving your goals or dreams, someday they will become a reality. Would I have thought 6 months ago that Adriene would hug my sweaty self? Nope. See?

Wanderlust coming to Europe?

Fellow European readers, I’ve got good news for you. There will be Wanderlust events coming to Switzerland and Europe as well, check all the details out here and be sure to let me know how it went! You’ll enjoy it I’m sure. Let’s go!

Namaste beautiful people!

A Weekend in Vermont

Hello dear friends,

time for a flashback to a weekend in April that we spent in lovely Burlington, Vermont. Anyone ever thought of visiting this state up north? If you haven’t yet, do it, it’s a beautiful beautiful place! Hope you’ll enjoy the photos and little tips for a weekend’s visit.

A few facts about Vermont: The state in the northeastern part of the country is the second least populous. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup and is generally known for their farming products such as cheese and milk. It was also ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016. And it has been/still is Bernie Sanders territory. A good place, isn’t it?  

The nature

There are so many places to visit in Vermont be it summer or winter time. Whether you’re into hiking or skiing there is something for everyone. It’s truly a nice change to the city life seeing all those picturesque small villages, farmland and mountain. One of our personal highlights was biking along Lake Champlain, it’s the best thing you can do on a sunny day I think. There are bike rentals everywhere, we were lucky enough that our hotel gave bikes away for free rental.

The food and drinks

After all that biking we were STARVING. But fear not, Burlington has got you covered. There are a multitude of restaurants and craft breweries awaiting you. We opted for American Flatbread, which was recommended to us as a local’s favorite and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, hands down one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Probably being super hungry/hangry might have influenced me in that judgement. As for beers just try what they will suggest to you, they actually have a brewery (Zero Gravity) that’s part of the American Flatbread restaurant and it was really really good as well. Overall a place I’d highly recommend you go.

For coffee and breakfast breaks I’d suggest you go visit Monarch and the Milkweed. It’s a beautiful little café (right next to American Flatbread actually) where they have a small but nice menu on offer with a beautiful pastries collection as well.

And no culinary Vermont experience would be complete without having tried Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They have a big shop on the main street of the city and it’s just dreamy. Really tasty ice cream. If you’re a hardcore ice cream aficionado you can take a guided tour in their factory close by (more info here).

The hotel

We stayed at the Hotel Vermont, which is located right next to the lakeside and the city centre. It was a truly nice experience sleeping there for a night, as they try and work with local brands when it comes to decorating their rooms (can you spot that cute flannel sheet?) and products by local producers. The brunch at their Juniper Café, which is open to the public as well, is an absolute gem. Had great pancakes and egg benedicts there. And tried an Earl Grey Latte for the first time, was delicious!

Have you ever visited Vermont? Have a great Tuesday! 

A Sunday at The Lake

Hello dear friends,

I’ll keep the travel and touristy vibe going in today’s post as I will show a few photos of a recent trip we took to the Bodensee. As someone from Zurich it’s a difficult statement to make but I think that the Bodensee might be the prettier lake…

I was lucky enough that my brother’s lovely girlfriend and her mom invited us over to their little house at the lake for a lazy and cozy Sunday. It was a GREAT day. If you ever happen to have a weekend free, just take an hourlong trip to the eastern part of Switzerland and enjoy the beauty that is the Bodensee with all its picturesque little towns on the lake shore. So pretty!

 

A Love Letter To Zurich

Yo People!

I never was one to be obsessed with my hometown and think it was center of the universe. But MAN have I fallen in love with Zurich again during my last visit in May.

Like really hard.

It’s SUCH a beautiful city, especially on those summery days. WOW! WOW! WOW! (Coffee is hitting me super hard right now, the message is still true though).

No seriously, I enjoyed spending time in the city SO MUCH. And again, seriously, if you live in Zurich, please enjoy it and be aware of the great privilege it is to live there.

What I love about Zurich

It’s the shiny and clear color of the water, the boats on the lake in the distance, the swans on the shore approaching tourists, kids excited, parents worried. Bodies tanning in the badis. It’s the narrow streets in the old city, the cobblestone, the corners and nooks I know by heart and associate with friends, encounters, long nights, laughter, bike rides. It’s the smallness that makes me feel at home and safe. It’s the calming green and the nature close by. It’s the majestic mountains you can see from afar. It’s the bakeries (bread!!!), cafés, bars and restaurants. It’s the hipsters on their bikes and bankers in their suits. It’s the museums, theatres and events. It’s the tranquility, the politeness, the correctness.

It’s the faces of people I love.

Thanks again to my beautiful friends and family for helping me have the most amazing time, I miss them here but enjoy my time even more with them if I get to see them.

Why am I so emotional today? Phew.

If you’ve never visited Zurich before I think you’ll understand now that I would strongly encourage you to do it. And if you’re Swiss, be happy to live in such a beautiful place.

A Bike Ride To A Not So Normal Pond

Hi people,

yesterday summer temperatures hit Boston and Cambridge so I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to bring my bike out for a ride. I chose Waldon Pond (Concord, Massachusetts) as my destination. 29,2 miles (aka 46,9 km).

In short: I sweat a lot.

But it was definitely worth it. It’s so nice to know that within a few minutes I get to see so many nice little towns and nature. So, a few words about Waldon Pond. As it is not your regular pond. Why you ask?

Let’s start with a few points on Transcendentalism (as Wikipedia tells us)

What it is: It’s a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820s in the eastern part of the United States. It arose as a reaction against the general state of intellectualism and spirituality. A core belief of transcendentalism is in the inherent goodness of people and nature. Adherents believe that society and its institutions have corrupted the purity of the individual, and they have faith that people are at their best when truly “self-reliant” and independent.

An experiment on self-reliance

Hentry David Thoreau, a transcendentalist of the time, published a book named Walden where he reflects on simple living in natural surroundings. In order to fully live a simple life, be independent and self-reliant, he built a cabin near Waldon Pond and lived in it for a bit over two years on his own. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and (to some degree) manual for self-reliance. Interesting, isn’t it? Could you picture yourself living in a cabin all alone for two years?

The paranormal pond if you will

 The Bike Ride (and mostly pretty houses)

A Road Trip Down Cape Cod

Hello everyone,

I know know. Another touristy post today.

But. We went to just too many pretty places and who knows, if you ever come around to visiting the States, you’ll know where to go.

After the day we’d spent in Providence we opted for a second road trip, this time down along the coast with the goal of getting to the famous Cape Cod. Why is it famous? Well, it’s basically THE BEACH people. Who doesn’t like the beach.

Back to the Cape Cod.

The Cape is extending into the Atlantic from the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months. You’ll find everything, from little fishing villages, towns in the forests, whale spotting on the coast. On the way to our end destination that was Provincetown, we’ve stopped in Plymouth to look at the famous rock the Pilgrims are said to have embarked on when first arriving in the States (VERY disappointing btw, don’t go if you’re thinking about it. It’s. A. SMALL. ROCK. ON. THE. GROUND.). We then made a quick stop in the beautiful little town of Sandwich, where we’ve explored the well-known boardwalk. Absolutely beautiful.

Sandwich Boardwalk 

We’ve had lunch in a little café in the center of Provincetown and were so so super lucky to spot whales on a beach where we went to afterwards. HOW LUCKY ARE WE? Whales are my favorite animals! It was an overall unforgettable day!

 

8 (Realistic) Healthy Habit Hacks You Can Try Today

Hi guys

Hope you are doing well! We’re still talking about self-care until the end of the week. And today we’re talking about specific (and most importantly not too unrealistic habits) you can implement into your daily routines. Some seem really obvious and I see you going like “come on Sandra, be a little more creative than that”. But as with lots of things, it’s often the small things that make a difference. Be sure to share your healthy habits down below in the comments so we can learn more. Have a great day!

Don’t eat straight out of a package

This is a very dangerous one that I often don’t think about. It’s easy to just get out a package of pita chips or a box of ice cream (don’t judge)  to eat while watching Netflix, but ooohhh is it bad (because I eat the whole package easily). Instead I put a certain amount in a nice bowl and will a) eat more mindfully b) enjoy it more and c) maybeeee fill up the bowl several times?

Keep a secret snacks stash at work

It is essential to have a drawer with snacks in reach that can help you out when your lunch gets cancelled for some reason or you’re super stressed out. I am of course not talking about a sweets snacks drawer but thinking more about nuts, dates, dried or fresh fruit. To make things a little more “fun” you could share your “secret” drawer with a fellow coworker that also fills it up with little healthy surprises every now and then. I wish I had done that earlier, because the multiple times I got hungry at work, not fun.

Chew, chew, chew! 

This might sound weird but a very dear friend of mine (hola Laureta!) is a doctor (so she knows her stuff) and she always inspires me to chew my food more and not just devour it in one sitting. I try to chew the food 24 times (don’t ask me why, this number kind of stuck with me, I’m not even sure if she told me that).  Apparently it is better for your digestion, you enjoy and appreciate your food more (because you eat longer, haha) and you ingest less air while eating, which will make you feel less bloated. Win, right? 

Make drinking water fun

It’s a boring but important one. Drinking water is so good for your body, it helps with everything. So if you’re not already an avid water drinker fill up a bottle of water every morning and try infusing it with freshly cut lemons, cucumber or basil for example to give it a more interesting flavor that will make you actually reach out for it more. Also, it’s pretty to look at, which is a bonus in my books.

Meal prep on Sunday for the upcoming week

Salads are a good one to prepare ahead. Just chop all the vegetables up, store them in the fridge and take them out when you need them, all ready on the day you want to eat them or take to work. Pre-cook protein or grains (such as lentils, couscous or the infamous quinoa), and make a portion of your favorite dressing to use all week. Assembling will take no time at all.

You don’t have time to exercise today, try interval training! 

I know you’re busy today but you actually don’t need more than 20 minutes to get a great workout. In fact, short bursts of HIT workouts can even be more effective. So hop on the treadmill, do some sprints, and enjoy the post-workout energy boost (read more about my favorite HIT videos to do at home in this post).

Walk that body! 

The average job requires sitting in front of a computer for the majority of the day. Add that to sitting down for dinner and driving or taking the train to work, and that means you’re sitting for 70 percent of an average workday. Sneak in some exercise by running errands on foot, taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination, or getting off the subway a stop before you actually need to. All those extra steps add up!

Love your to do lists

They’re your friend, not your enemy. At least I think so. Write all your tasks of the day down and prioritize them. It will help you stay on top of things and feel good about it. Ticking them off afterwards will feel even better.

That Spring Feeling

Hi everybody!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. As I am currently writing this the sun is shining and temperatures have risen to 22 degrees celsius. It’s been feeling a lot like spring here in Boston. They even reported in the news that the warmest day ever measured in February was recorded on Thursday (#climatechangeisreal).

People were out and about in their summer clothes (flip flops, shorts, you name it) and enjoying the weather strolling the streets, jogging in the sunshine or relaxing in the parks.

I think it’s fair to say that I like the springlike Boston A LOT LOT LOT more than its winter edition.

Everyone just instantly seems happier and spends more time outside. I thought I’d take you along and share a few of the photos I’ve been taking the last couple of sunny days to hold on to that spring feeling a little longer as it will cool down considerably next week. Hopefully you’ll get it right away (because we all need it, right?).

Have a fantastic start to the new week! Byeee!!

A walk around Castle Island

Visiting the Winter Farmer’s Market in Somerville (aka our Saturday ritual) and getting the BEST apples from Apex Orchards

Sneaking in a tasty chocolate milkshake in the park while enjoying the sun

Boston Downtown being cool, sunny and beautiful

Being adventurous and trying a matcha latte for the first time (not bad actually!)

Spring is here

Little cute things discovered in Somerville