Tropical Coconut Mango Chia Pod

 

This recipe is the ultimate breakfast that is so easy to make the night before. You are guaranteed to wake up with a smile the next morning as it will be like you are eating a dessert for breakfast! It’s healthy, sweet and has a little tropical twist! So delicious, even the little ones will love it! Plus, the chia seeds are packed with protein – which is perfect in the morning for a great energy boost! Yum!

 

Ingredients

Makes 2 pods

  • 3 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 80 ml coconut milk
  • 200 ml coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon rasped coconut

 

Method

  1. Add the chia seeds and coconut milk together and leave to set for at least 10 min (until it forms a jelly).
  2. Meanwhile cut the mango into small pieces and put 1/3 of these pieces to the side. Place 2/3 in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Then simply place the coconut yoghurt in a bowl and add the rasped coconut.
  4. Once the chia seeds have formed a jelly add the blended mango and mix.
  5. Now get a glass in which you will layer the ingredients to form your pod.
  6. Start with some chia seed mango jelly, then place a layer of coconut yoghurt on top followed by a few pieces of mango. Then repeat and finish off with some chia seeds and mango pieces on top!

 

Enjoy! X

 

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These are the vitamins and supplements you need to consume as a vegan

 

Being vegan on the road isn’t always simple. While travelling you might not always get all the nutrients and vitamins your body needs. You cant simply throw all kinds of greens and powders in your blender and make a super smoothie for a breakfast boost. Instead you will have to find supplements in different kinds of food. This might be a bit more difficult being in a different country, where you are not particularly familiar with its food.  

I am currently in Bali where I experienced this exactly problem. But after lots of exploring, trying different things and having a nutritious and diverse diet I found myself feeling healthy and energised!

These are the nutrients that I made sure to have everyday, which if you want to live a healthy vegan lifestyle should do too!

 

Vitamin B12

Vitamine B12 is very important for your protein metabolism and the formation of oxygen-transporting red blood cells. It also plays a crucial role in the health of your nervous system.

Too little vitamin B12 can lead to anemia and nervous system damage, as well as infertility, bone disease and heart disease.

Where can I find it?

You can find it in plant based milks, soy products, breakfast cereals, nori, spirulina, chlorella and nutritional yeast.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps enhance the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from your gut. It also helps your immune function, mood, memory and supports muscle recovery.

Where can I find it?

Unfortunately there aren’t any products that are high in Vitamin D. The products that contain an amount of vitamin D are mushrooms, almond milk, soy milk and tofu. However, next to the small amount you can add to your diet Vitamin D can also be made through sun exposure. Just sit in the sun for about 15 min everyday and you are most likely to have made yourself enough vitamin D for the day!

 

Long-Chain Omega-3s

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids play a structural role in your brain and eyes. It also plays an important role for your brain development and preventing inflammation, depression, breast cancer and ADHD.

Where can I find it?

Plants with a high ALA content include flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds and soybeans.

 

Iodine

Getting enough iodine is crucial for healthy thyroid function, which controls your metabolism.

Where can I find it?

Iodine levels in plant foods depend on the iodine content of the soil. For instance, food grown close to the ocean tends to be higher in iodine.

The only foods considered to have consistently high iodine levels include iodized salt, seafood, seaweed.

Half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of iodized salt is sufficient to meet your daily needs.

 

Iron

Iron is a nutrient used to make new DNA and red blood cells, as well as carry oxygen in the blood. It’s also needed for energy metabolism.

Where can I find it?

Vegans with a low iron intake should aim to eat more iron-rich foods, such as cruciferous vegetables, beans, peas, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Iron-fortified foods, such as cereals, enriched breads and some plant milks, can further help.

Also avoiding tea or coffee with meals and combining iron-rich foods with a source of vitamin C can help boost iron absorption.

 

Calcium

Calcium is a mineral necessary for bone and teeth. It also plays a role in muscle function, nerve signaling and heart health.

Where can I find it?

Plant sources of calcium include bok choy, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, broccoli, chickpeas, calcium-set tofu and fortified plant milks or juices.

 

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral crucial for metabolism, immune function and the repair of body cells.

Where can I find it?

To maximize your intake, eat a variety of zinc-rich foods throughout the day. These include whole grains, wheat germ, tofu, sprouted breads, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Soaking nuts, seeds and legumes overnight, eating enough protein and consuming fermented foods such as tempeh and miso also seems to boost absorption.

 

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Wherever you are you might have to go explore a little to find the right food but by knowing exactly what kind of products you are looking for it makes things a lot easier! Your body will be thanking you in the long term!

My favourite place for Aerial Yoga, Serenity Canggu

I have always been that person who would sit on a chair and zone out, just to get a minute for myself. Trying not to think about anything or anyone, just a moment of meditation in the middle of a hectic day.

However, since I came to Bali I decided to take my meditation a little step further and take frequent yoga and meditation lessons. I realised there were many more types of yoga then I knew of. It was then that I found Aerial Yoga and I fell in love! Never have I thought that the combination of meditation, stretching every part of your body and doing tricks while having so much fun could all be combined!

My favourite place to go for Aerial Yoga is Serenity in Canggu.

 

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Aerial yoga studio –  Serenity

 

Serenity is one of Bali’s most eco friendly guesthouses. This retreat gives you endless options as to different types of yoga lessons, a beautiful swimming pool, places to relax, healing Balinese massages and they even have an onsite warung (restaurant) that serves delicious healthy food. This retreat is fully build on an eco friendly base, with architecture build with natural products, they have a permaculture garden, a grey water waste system, natural insecticides, natural pesticides and a solar-powered shuttle buggy.

 

 

From the day when I took my first lesson in Aerial Yoga I immediately fell in love! This type of yoga is relaxing, for both your mind and your body. But at the same type its extremely fun and you get yourself into positions that you thought your body could never twist into – or untangle out of for that matter.

Aerial yoga has many benefits for your body and mind. First of all, its a full body workout. I always feel my muscles ache for at least the next few days. It clears your mind and releases stressIt improves your flexibility rather drastically! It increases strength especially in your core. It heals back problems, due to you stretching it will allow your spine to lengthen and it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint. I have back problems myself and it really helps release the pain. It also helps to improve your balance as well as helping your digestion. It even helps the circulation of blood, which means it will help against aging and its symptoms. It also detoxifies the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues. Aerial yoga even fortifies your neural connections, which helps improve your memory. Convinced yet? Thought so!

 

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Aerial yoga –  Serenity

 

I love going to Serenity because its such a peaceful place. From the moment you step inside you feel the relaxing atmosphere. The lesson is held by an amazing teacher who makes the lesson respectable, fun and relaxing. Serenity has many great yoga teachers, but this man is someone special! His name is Mano and he makes you smile from the moment you walk in. The room in which the lesson is held is on the third floor, which gives you an amazing view over Bali’s green fields.

It truly is fun for any age and you can push yourself to any limits you feel comfortable with. No stress, no limits, no pressure, just pure fun, relaxation, meditation and stretching – and pretty much flying!

 

 

If you would like to try Aerial Yoga yourself I definitely recommend you to join a class (or a schedule) at Serenity. One lesson costs 110k Idr (6 pounds) but they also offer many packages such as 5 lessons for 500k Idr (26 pounds) or 7 day unlimited for 900k Idr (47 pounds).

Serenity is located on Jl. Nelayan, Banjar Canggu, Badung, Bali.

You have to give Aerial yoga a try, I’m sure you will love it as much as I did!

 

 

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Coffee loving at Le Morny’s, Deauville France

 

Deauville is a town in Normandy, and I am in love with it. I have a special connection with France and especially with this town I like to call ‘small Paris’. In the morning I love to wake up and get my fresh bread from the bakery around the corner that already has my warm bread ready for me. Then get my fresh fruit from the market and then sit down on the terrace at one of my favourite cafes named Le Morny’s.

 

 

You can not imagine a more French cafe and atmosphere then you will experience right here. Its the feeling I get when sitting in the early morning sun while watching people walk by and getting a smile by the waiter who is holding your cappuccino ready, as he knew you were coming. You are sitting in the most beautiful square with a fountain spraying water high in the air that sometimes gets blown a little by the wind leading a few drops to fly over the street cooling down people that walk past. The sound of laughter and the smell of coffee and fresh pastries fills the air. For me its a magical place.

 

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At Le Morny’s you can enjoy delicious French meals in the form of salads, sandwiches, pastries but the reason I love coming here is for my coffee! As my soya cappuccino is still hot I love to dip in pieces of my fresh baguette and let it soak up all the coffee. This is a very French breakfast that is an absolute must try.

When I walk to town in the morning I take my puppy with me, which you can see takes after his owner and is a total coffee lover too! This cafe has the most friendly staff, as you can see allows doggies and is open everyday from 7am until 10pm.

 

 

Its my absolute favourite place and you must give it a visit when in Deauville! Im sure you will fall in love with it as much as I did! X

The address is:  6 Place de Morny, 14800 Deauville, France

 

 

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My morning waking up in Bali

Whether you wake up from a tropical rain or the sun shining on your face, any kind of day is a beautiful day in Bali. And I love to start the day with a good routine in order to wake up my body and mind!

The most important meal of the day also happens to be my favourite! I generally get way too excited for breakfast and so I love to go to new places and try all kind of deliciousness! At the moment I am staying in Canggu and I have to admit that one of my favourite breakfast places here is Peleton Supershop. I love getting the green acai bowl to have a sweet treat but also get those greens in!

There is one more thing I have to admit… “Hi my name is Britt and I have a coffee addiction”. No but really, offering me a hot, smooth and perfect cup of coffee is THE way to put a smile on my face! So starting with a coffee in the morning is for me the perfect start of the day!

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Acai Bowl at Peleton Supershop 

Before or after breakfast I love to give my body a good stretch! I have always loved yoga but since I moved to Bali it has become a big part of my life and is now part of my daily routine. My body feels more flexible, lighter and overall healthier and it has worked miracles on my mind. Everyone has ups and downs in life, thats what makes us human. I recently went through a down period in my life and I now found that meditation and yoga really performs miracles. Its now become part of who I am and it helped me get through those down days! For anyone that is reading this and also has these down days once in a while (which is everyone as we all have these days) then I highly recommend you to try some meditation or yoga. Go to a class or even do it at home by yourself – even if its for 10 minutes! Open up a youtube video and get going, you won’t know if it works unless you try right?

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Yoga at Desa Seni 

I love early mornings. I wake up drink my warm water with fresh lemon and get going to either my yoga class or when I am too excited I make my way to breakfast! There are many beautiful places here in Bali to enjoy – amazing and healthy breakfast spots or yoga retreats to cleanse your mind and stretch your body! Check out my other articles to find out more about these spots!

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Blog award

Between the palms and the seashells I found a message saying that I got nominated for the Liebster Award! I only started this blog a few months ago and I am overwhelmed by all the love I have been given! You guys keep me inspired and I love sharing all my experiences and travels with all of you!

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I would like to give a special thanks to the lovely Paula (typewritergirl) for the nomination! And I have taken the time to answer her questions!

What is your favourite part of blogging ?

Do I have to choose? Writing, travelling, discovering, connecting, the lovely people..can I go on?

What country, city or continent would you most like to visit and why?

Japan! Its a whole different culture that I dearly respect.

What was the most inspirational time in your life so far ?

The moment I got on the road in a little camper van in Iceland with nothing but my camera and no signal or sign of life. Just nature and I.

What are you passionate about ?

Travelling of course! Discovering every single beautiful place on this earth!

What is your favourite time of year?

Christmas in the mountains surrounded by snow and loved ones! Warm jumpers and hot coco next to the open fire is my happy place!

What are other interests you have besides blogging?

Healthy living, yoga, bouldering, photography and journalism!

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

It wouldn’t be fair to choose, I love both equally!

Where did you go for your most memorable vacation? 

Iceland! 100%!

Do you prefer a sunny or a rainy day?

Sunny days make me happy, but a rainy days cuddled up in a jumper with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other is also a treat!

If you had a day all to yourself, how would you spend it?

I would find the closest bar and grab a good cup of coffee before starting anything! Then take out my camera and go on an adventure! Get lost and come back with a story!

I would like to nominate thewanderingcoreofteaandenglandwildspinoftheworldtheblogoftravelfeedingyourbeautysmellthecoffeewebdebs-world and Caitlinjeanrussell. Answer the same questions I did and share the love!