Things you do when reading bores the living life out of you

Me to a colleague this morning, when she was trying to recommend me a book:

– Sounds like a great book, but I’m not really reading at the moment. It’s just no fun.
– Sounds boring.
– YES! IT IS!

In fact, there are few things I’m interested in at all.

There is one exception. That cronometer I mentioned the other day. Has all of my attention. Apparently I’m ridiculously interested in being well fed.

It’s also got me quite creative in the kitchen. Which is kinda fun. Immediate results! All I’ve got patience for.

I’m inventing out of necessity; the goal is to find recipes that help me hit the RDI. It’s easier to make it up yourself than try to find a recipe that meets my specific requirements.

Some of the RDI goals I struggle the most with are iron, vitamin E and protein.

Turns out my protein powder is actually surprisingly high in iron; two birds, one stone! So today, I’m inventing a type of protein scone.

Because that’s the one bread I know what it should look like, 100% for sure. …according to Swedish standards. Which I’ve noted is different from the rest of the world’s.

Anyway…

To the protein powder I’m adding grated carrot and graham flour. I love graham flour, it has a nice nutty taste. For fat I’m using sunflower seeds, because vitamin E! It has lots of it.

A clever person once said to succeed in baking with protein powder, it shouldn’t exceed 30% of the total amount of dry ingredients. This is sound advice.

I’m basing my recipe on a per serving calculation, which is clever because it becomes real easy to adjust the recipe according how much room you have your freezer.

Dear lord I feel so smart. 

For one serving:

15 g rice protein powder
15 g graham flour
15 g carrot
10 g sunflower seeds
pinch of baking powder/bicarbonate
salt
water as needed (added bit by but until I get the consistency I like at that precise moment, it tends to differ)

End result:

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A piece of bread that looks deceptively like a cookie, but texture is decidedly scone-like. Could well have used more carrots though, because mmm, carrots!

Now. If I could develop an interest in photography next, that would all sorts of great because I’m bored with my pictures.

Unrelated note: My domain (lisaanni.com) is going to expire in a few days, because I’m not renewing it. It makes no sense to pay for it when I’m also bored with blogging, approx 27 days out of 30.

So IF you’ve bookmarked lisaanni.com and IF you’re suddenly wondering why it’s not working, that would be why.

Sunday meal prep

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Yoghurt jars; two old peanut butter jars I’ve filled with soy yoghurt, hemp protein powder, frozen cherries, cardamom + cloves and topped with a roasted nut/seed mix. No I don’t meal prep for the entire week; I’m sure you were wondering.

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An extra creamy red lentil hummus, fortified with some tofu and seasoned with smoked paprika and garlic salt. Some baby carrots to go with. Super ugly container but then that’s plastic for you. Conscious choice though, as carrying around lots of glass jars is just no fun at all.

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Quinoa bake; well, it’s actually a mix of different grains, but mostly quinoa, some full-fat coconut milk, apple, cinnamon, soy milk, and sunflower seeds. Nice change from oatmeal.

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Improvised protein muffins. My favorite hemp protein mixed with some regular flour, a banana, vanilla, cardamom, sunflower seeds, soy milk, and a few frozen blueberries. I imagine some people find the green a bit off-putting. It’s a color you can learn to love tho, trust me. Also: this little thing will get you some way towards the RDI or E vitamin. Just saying.

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One pot coconut stew. Heat up the rest of the coconut milk left from the quinoa bake, add bit of red curry paste, onion and garlic in some form, some frozen spinach, bag of frozen corn, lots and lots of chickpeas. Serve with brown rice and tomato.

That’s me done with the meal prep for this weekend!

Where do you get your vitamins from?

I found this fun little thing the other day, cronometer.com, via some vegan bragging about his nutrient intake on Instagram.

So basically, using Cronometer you can get a ballpark figure as to what your nutrient intake is, not just carbs, fats and proteins, but vitamins and minerals too.

Fucking hassle entering all your foods (and to think I used to do that on the daily for a very, very long time, it’s how I managed to stay underweight, until my brain was “all enough of this shit”), but it might just be worth it. I am very keen to take fewer supplements as I’m kinda taking a handfull of supplements just in case! It’s an equally boring and expensive habit. So I entered what I typically eat in a day, and the results were not bad. With one exception.

Was quite surprised at my protein intake was just spot on:

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I would have guessed a bit low but this, this such good news. Also happily surprised that my iron intake is actually quite good (absorption might be a different story, but never mind that):

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While it’s not the exception, I am slightly concerned about the calcium. And I literally just got back from seeing a doctor who told me I might want to take a calcium supplement. Is this something vegans do that I’ve missed out on? Because everything I’ve ever read/heard is calcium won’t be a problem, you don’t need to supplement calcium.

Healthy fats tho! I was concerned about one of them omega fats, but clearly I’ve no need to worry!

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The one exception though, is this one, I mean what the hell is going on with my vitamin E intake??

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26%!? What am I missing? Is everyone else getting enough vitamin E and from where?? Could it be a miscalculation?

I refuse to take a supplement; I’m off to find all foods high in vitamin E, and that’s that.

 

…just for the record. I do take B vitamin and D. But that doesn’t count. I don’t know of any way to be vegan and get enough B12 and D soo.

8 Empties

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Maria Nila Cream Heat Spray. This is obviously the perfect solution if you like cream heat protection but don’t like applying with your hands. The one thing that makes me rethink repurchasing is that it is expensive. On the other hand, I’ve had less expensive heat protection (..Lee Stafford...) that may have protected the hair from heat but probably damaged the hair. At least it seemed that way. Might be worth the money.

But for now, I’m using the REF. heat protection spray because there was a super deal on it (cost me 50 SEK, normally retails for 210 SEK, and the Maria Nila spray is about 240 SEK, just for reference). And it’s cruelty free. I basically had to buy it. Or stop using hot tools. Which will happen when all of my hair falls out.

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray. Soo. Someone whose opinion I really trust when it comes to base products said this spray was bomb (her words, not mine). As of yet, I’m not quite decided. See, the bottle is only empty because the nozzle of the spray is so bad—it’s like getting spit in the face—the product itself had to go live somewhere else. In an old NYX setting spray bottle to be exact. Still trying it out. For now, not feeling super positive.

Aloe Vera Vaseline. Gawd I love this stuff but it’s not cruelty free.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I know everyone raves about this. I don’t get it. On my skin, it’s no better than the NYX setting spray. I see no reason to buy it again. But I do hear there’s a different spray that targets oilier skin types, might be interested in that.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol. I got this as an introduction to retinol. So I’m supposed to move on to actual retinol. Not entirely sure I will anymore, but I’m definitely not buying this again because I don’t know what it did. If anything. I haven’t used it for a few weeks and I don’t really think my skin balance is any different.

Maria Åkerberg Hand Cream. WHY are organic products so disappointing?? This is one of the worst hand creams I’ve encountered in a while. It did more or less nothing for me. It barely moisturized. I prefer greasy Lush over this.

MUA Eye Define Nourish & Care Mascara. I see no reason to harp on about this mascara any more. You probably know this is my current favorite mascara. A new tube is waiting in my makeup drawer.

Lumene Matte Foundation. It is a damn shame there’s PFOS in this, I truly did enjoy it. Shade is right, sits well on my skin, excellent budget option. But PFOS, it’s a deal breaker.