IM BACK!

Hey guys! Yes I know it´s been a while. When I started this blog I made it my goal to post every other day and too keep this as updated as possible but the reality is that that turned out to be quite a challenge that I wasn´t able to take on. My last post was up14009967_1477258622300405_988292822_n 3 months ago and since then so much has happened that I´m finally going to be able to share with you all of my SUMMER ADVENTURES! I´m super excited to be picking this back up and making it better than ever, with more posts every week, with better content and more updates!

What you can expect from RAW KOLLECTIONS:

⇒ Health and Food

⇒ Travel Diaries

⇒ Personal updates

⇒Surfing

 

Hope you stay with me as I keep on trying to share my life, my experiences and my adventures with you guys and see ya in my next post!

Adios Amigos,
Kat 🤘🏼

 

 

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Malpica Longboard Classic || Day 1||

While I was at the Malpica Festival I recorded a small diary of each day and now I finally have the chance to share it with you guys and to let you know my review on the whole experience. Hope you enjoy!

It´s Friday morning and we left the house at 6.a.m because we had a long 6 hour journey ahead of us so we needed and early start on the road. We made our way up north all the way to Asturias which is in the north of Spain and along the way I saw some amazing views and urban life. One thing I really enjoy about car journeys is getting to experience and appreciate all the beauty and new places in between home and my finally destiny. After taking a couple of wrong turns and quick stops for gas and free wifi we finally made it to Malpica!
Arriving at Malpica and having a quick look around we encountered what I would call a small collection of houses much like in Ericeira. Another thing that caught my eye instantly was a huge banner that was hung over the main road from one house across to the next that said ” Malpica vive de pesca” which mean “Malpica lives off fishing”. The people who live there have a strong tradition of living off the sea and also have a great appreciation for the beach and the ocean. We then arrived closer to the beach where we parked in a little parking lot where most of the vans were already parked given most of the people had been there since Thursday. I had school so I couldn´t miss both days, right, education is fun. Anyways so we parked and quickly headed to the beach because I was so eager to see what it look like after having my legs being numb for 6 hours. I´m not going to lie, I was expecting the conditions to be a lot better than they were. It was really windy and the sea was all choppy. On the other hand… after being on the road for a while I just wanted to get into the water.

I can tell you that nothing felt better than surfing knee high waves leash less after a long journey.

The rest of the night was mostly filled with indie music and a lot of laughter in between many cans of beer. So far Day 1 was actually pretty good .

xox, Kat

 

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Tutti Frutti

Saturday´s smoothie recipe was Tutti Frutti !!

Sometimes chaos in the kitchen makes the best meals and smoothies in this case. This smoothie recipe is all about mixing the right fruits together in harmony to appeal to your pallet with a bonus of vitamins that come with every fruit. Not only is this smoothie a rainbow of flavors but its also one of those cold smoothies everyone longs for n hot summer days.

For this smoothie I used:

  • 1 fresh sweet mango
  • a medium sized bowl of frozen wild berries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries
  • 1 banana
  • a medium sized slice of watermelon
  • 1 cup of water
  • a small cup of oats and cereal

 

 

Watermelon and Strawberry delight

With summer approaching and the weather getting warmer the need for cool drinks is increasing, and so is my obsession for ice cold smoothies. Yesterday the weather here got as hot as 30Cº so I decided to make an ice cold fruity smoothie to kill my thirst. As I IMG_9662had a bunch of fresh strawberries again I decided to use those again in a smoothie given they always make the best sweet ingredient.

For this smoothie I used:

  • 25 strawberries
  • 20 medium sized cubes of watermelon
  • 1 strawberry yogurt
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 7 ice cubes

I loved the flavor mix of strawberry and watermelon, its refreshing, sweet and adding the ice cubes to it give it that extra kick of energy. You can add more ice cubes if you want but make sure not to blend it too much then so it doesn’t turn out too watery. Definitely smoothie I will be making a lot in the summer!

Enjoy xox, Kat

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Fresh strawberries

Good morning from a holiday day here in Portugal!  Recently I´ve been trying to get as much fruit as possible to use in recipes and smoothies, so strawberries were obviously on the list. Yesterday I spent most of my day jumping back and forth between school books and checking the waves. Unfortunately surfing wasn´t an option but at least I had fresh strawberries and that always make everything better am I right?

Yes I´m right..

Anyways… I made a delicious, fresh and nourishing strawberry smoothie to keep my energy up to help finish my school work. I hadn´t initially realized how much I made until I found myself drinking this strawberry smoothie for breakfast, lunch, dinner and today’s breakfast too. With that said I feel healthy and pretty awake which only means that maybe I should have a smoothie with every meal? Maybe, I´ll think about it. 13059691_1378421468850788_2005837621_n

I used very few ingredients for this smoothie making it fast, easy and fun to make. Quick to find the ingredients and quick to make it. I simply added:

  • 30 fresh strawberries
  • 15 crushed ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp of Port wine
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Blend it all and enjoy. I find replacing sugar with honey is much healthier and adds a different type of sweet taste to the smoothie.13101102_1378421418850793_1383719405_n   13101460_1378421408850794_2136913360_n

 

I then used some left over strawberries for a sweet desert with some simple vanilla ice  cream and some homemade cookies my friend made. I melted some dark chocolate and dipped the strawberries in it.It looks so simple yet it was SO GOOD!!

 

xox , Kat

Post-Workout Green Smoothie For Recovery

It´s Thursday afternoon and I´m pretty exhausted after a not too long workout session. I feel that the part that comes after your work out is almost as important as the actual workout. It’s super important to replenish the nutrients in your body and fuel your body with the right foods to keep your muscles healthy, strong and well rested. Today I decided to try something new and mix some unusual ingredients in a smoothie. I must say I never thought I would mix chocolate soy milk with spinach but I was surprised by how good it tasted! I was also trying out this new energetic drink by Full Protein that is fat free, gluten free that is perfect to have after a workout. It helps increase your sports performance because it´s full of healthy protein and it tastes AMAZING! I wasn´t planing on adding spinach to my smoothie initially but given that it has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the 13084190_1375493322476936_1790301795_nquality of the blood, I figured I had to add it. The great thing about spinach is that not only that is have all these benefits but it also doesn’t affect the taste of the smoothie too much but at the same time it also helps balance it out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 3 tsp of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of chocolate flavoured soy milk
  • 1 cup of Full Proteins vanilla flavoured energetic drink.
  • 6 Spinach leafs
  • 1 cup of water

Now blend it all and add more soy milk or spinach leaves depending on how bitter or how sweet you want it. 13081853_1375493312476937_949360592_n13046251_1375491849143750_1547590839_n

ENJOY
xox Kat13046325_1375493329143602_1228594715_n

A change in diet

Around this time last year I had made the decision that I wanted to change my diet and to become a vegetarian. Given my parents have and still do remind me constantly to eat healthy and to watch what I eat, I figured becoming a vegetarian would allow me to control my food easily and to reduce any unnecessary foods I was consuming. Which makes sense, everyone should strive to eat as healthy as possible, your diet is really vital to your body but it´s also vital regarding how you feel. If you eat well you feel well. Therefore I cut out meat and fish completely form my diet, which in my head seemed a lot simpler than it was. I had always had this idea in my head that meat and fish are easily replaceable in someones diet even if that persons meal normally revolves around meat and fish. Long story short I ended up not eating enough or not the right amounts of certain foods I needed and my performance in surfing degraded. My parents weren´t also too happy about it but they, especially my dad, don´t really support that idea of me being a vegetarian let alone a vegan.  Mostly because we always ended up eating at different times and different meals and it just wasn´t convenient. On the other hand they´ve allowed me to cut meat out from my diet which hopefully will mean I´ll have a healthier diet, for many reasons which I will address in another post.

I´m only beginning to understand the values of different foods and meals but hopefully I´ll be able to notice some changes along with adding more workouts into my weeks. Eat better, feel better, perform better.

 

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A nectarous breakfast

Sunday morning  was nothing but stormy and cold, so the waters were choppy and it was a day to stay at home. This gave me the perfect opportunity to instead of making a smoothie and rushing out of the house, to sit down to a full and sweet breakfast. I hand´t really planned out what I was going to eat and I hand´t bought much fresh fruit recently so I just grabbed what I could find and made the most of it. So here it goes, this is what went into my breakfast yesterday morning:

  • one banana
  • 2 peach yogurts
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  • a tbsp of strawberry jam
  • 3 small chocolate chips cookies.

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This breakfast bowl kept me full all morning and was easy and quick to make!

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Peanut butter makes it better

Thursday mornings are difficult for everyone but especially if you go to school or work on an empty stomach.Especially because it´s that day before Friday so it´s almost the weekend but at the same time its still 2 days away form Saturday. It´s bitter-sweet.

Most of us probably don´t have time to make a filling breakfast or can´t really carry it with us in the car while rushing. Even though I don´t have a full breakfast mostmornings I have found that the solution to making it out of the house on time and still eating is to make a smoothie. Smoothies are easy to prepare, easy to make and easy to drink so their perfect. Plus you can have one at any time of the day, there isn´t really any rule as to when you can have one, it´s whatever floats your goat really.

I´m constantly looking for different ways to change my smoothies and to add different ingredients. Now something I had seen on a couple other blogs is that apparently you can put peanut butter in a smoothie. I might sound like I´ve been living under a rock for saying that but that truth is that´s something I put on bread and not into a blender.Plus peanut butter was always something I used to feed my dogs occasionally to keep their fur healthy and shinny. Obviously now I´m fully aware that you can put it in smoothies yeah but before I didn´t, well you know what they say you live and learn. Not 100% sure if that applies to this example but it´s said and it´s time to get on with the actual recipe.

For this yummy smoothie you will need:

  • images2 Bananas broken into chunks to make it easier to blend. A good tip if you want a fresh cold smoothie is to cut the bananas into chunks and to place them all in a plastic bag and freeze them over night. So in the morning you can just take them out and put them in the blender. This works with any fruit really and helps save time in the morning plus u wont need to add ice you´re going to need:
  • 2 cups of soy milk or ordinary milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cups of peanut butter
  • 2 cups ice cubes (if banana chunks aren’t already frozen)

Method:

Just place everything in the blender and add ingredients depending on how sweet or thick you want your smoothies. To make your smoothie a little more liquid you can add some water to it but be cautious with how much you add because no one likes watery smoothies.

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Well enjoy it now

xox Kat

Sweet Scandi Saturday

Growing up my parents always had a very healthy mentality when it came to cooking or to the food we had around our house.Junk food, sweets and chocolate were all most non-existent unless it was the weekend and even then the amount of sugar I had was always controlled.   I remember being something like 9 years old and thinking that Coke was some horrible sweet poison that was going to slowly rot my brain with every glass I drank of it. Literally thought it was like Satan´s blood, so for a couple of years every party or restaurant I went to I would avoid it. Until one day my mum´s friend offered me a glass in front of my mum and when I politely refused it my mum told me to take it and explained to me that Coke wasn´t taboo. She told me the only reason she didn´t want me drinking it is because it has enough sugar to hype a child up unnecessarily but that a little every now and then is alright. Right. Long story short I was Coke deprived for years for no reason but having said that at the end of the day that kept my hype level to a substantially tolerable level. I get very hyped on sugar.
The point I´m trying to make is that we´re very healthy and calorie conscious of what we eat. On the other hand I came across this irresistible chocolate cake that I actually made yesterday and I think you people of the internet would like it. So here it is. Enjoy.

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KARLEKSMUMS Love Cake

“This cake has many, many names across Scandinavia. We call it “love cake”- from the Swedish kärlek, which means “love” and mums, which means “something delicious” “

Serves: 8-10 people

Preparation time: 35-40 mins

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Cooking time: 20-25 mins

 

Ingredients

 

  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 100ml of soy milk or normal milk, whatever floats your goat really
  • 175g butter
  • 225g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

For the topping

  • 150g of icing sugar
  • 50g of butter
  • 1 generous tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla sugar
  • 4 tbsp strong filter coffee
  • 50g of desiccated coconut plus a little extra to decorate ya cake

 

GET BAKING

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a 20cm round deep cake tin then line with baking parchment.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cocoa with 100ml of boiling water to make a thick paste then leave to cool. Gradually pour in the milk and stir well until combined and smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, mixing well between each addition and taking care that they are completely incorporated.
  4. In a third bowl, sift together the flour, vanilla sugar or powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  5. Add the flour and cocoa mixtures to the egg mixture, whisking continuously and taking care to ensure that everything is well incorporated, but don´t over-bear or your cake will be heavy. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin, spreading it out evenly. bake in the middle of the preheated over for 20-25 minutes. A simple way to know if your cake is cooked is to stick a skewer right in the middle of it an if comes out clean then your cake is ready.
  6. Then let the cake cool for a little while and prepare your topping.

 

FOR THE TOPPING

  1. Put all the ingredients except the salt in a saucepan. Melt together gently, stirring until well combined. Cool, then spoon the topping onto the cooled cake and spread evenly. Decorate with the extra desiccated coconut and sea salt, then leave to set before devouring it.

Enjoy, xox Kat