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Top 5: Guide To Healthy Eating Spots In Berlin

February 26, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating, Berlin has the most choice out of any city I have been to bar LA. When you ask if a café serves none-dairy milk, the answer (nine times out of ten) is yes! Often with a quizzical look as to why you would even ask!?

You can easily find tasty goodies made from un-refined wheat and sugar. There are also lots of bio-marts and supermarkets that sell all of the hard to find ingredients listed in healthy recipes.

So when I’m looking for a delicious organic smoothie or a bowl bursting with superfoods I rarely struggle. Here are some of my favourite healthy eating places in Berlin …

Lokal – The food here is perhaps not healthy in a ‘raw food bowl’ kind of way. But, it is a farm to table restaurant with completely fresh and organic produce. I’m talking delicious natural wines, heavenly local ingredients and a menu that changes weekly based on what’s currently in season. It has a wonderfully warm atmosphere with friendly staff too. OMG it’s so good. I love going here for special evenings out. Be sure to book as it gets very busy.

Holy Flat – Holy Flat is a great little lunch spot with South American and European inspired healthy bowls and flatbreads. Everything I’ve tried here has been flavorsome and nutritious. There is a huge hand painted mural of a Stag on the wall here which is fun and the last time I went they were playing some pretty trippy music too.

Liquid Garden– This sweet little place specialises in healthy green smoothies. With the staff concentrating on just smoothies, it means that they are uber knowledgeable in that field and maintain a high standard of tasty drinks- which isn’t always a given. I like going here because it’s decorated with funky wallpaper and plants, they play cool music and it’s situated in Prenzlauer Berg- one of my favourite neighborhoods in Berlin with lots of cute cafes and shops to explore.

Goodies– Goodies is like a fast food takeaway but everything there is good for you. Every little detail has been considered, they use sustainable energy and the packaging is compostable. I love the labeling system which tells you the properties of each item. So whether you are vegan, gluten free, cutting out refined sugar or simply looking for a tasty treat that’s good for you, you will be able to find something here. I love getting a Berry Bang smoothie and superfood porridge to go.

The Bowl – This is one of my go-to clean eating spots in Berlin. It has super sleek décor that reminds me of  lunch spots in LA. It’s a nice place to eat both in the evening and during the day. I love the roasted brussel sprouts with cashew cheese and the sweet potato fries with organic ketchup. There is a great vegan supermarket below it called Veganz and a Goodies too (see above). The service can be a bit hit and miss, and you can’t book a table in the evening so you often have to wait, particularly at weekends but the food is great.

Let me know if you have any suggestions too because I’m always looking for new places to try!

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MOCKTAILS: ELDERFLOWER BUBBLY & CRANBERRY LIME COSMO

December 19, 2016

Have you seen that episode of The Vicar of Dibley where Dawn French is invited to several Christmas parties in one day and each host cooks her a Christmas dinner? She goes ahead and eats every single one of them rather than admitting shes already eaten? I feel you Dawn, the food and wine on offer over Xmas can get a little OTT.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dinners over the festive period. The food is delicious and I thrive off the company. But it’s so easy to indulge way too much with everyone handing you a glass of fizz and bowl of snacks upon arrival.

As mentioned in this post I recently had a big health scare and, although it was completely unrelated to indulging, it still gave me the impetus to make my body as healthy as possible and that can be hard over the Christmas holidays.

So, with that in mind I’ve been testing out some 100% natural mocktails which not only taste delicious, but are good for you too.

Cranberry and Lime Cosmo Mocktail

Crisp cranberry mixed with the sharp taste of lime makes this the perfect mocktail:

  • Pour cranberry and lime juice into a cocktail shaker (I used Feel Good Drinks)
  • Add the juice of half of a lime, ice and raspberries
  • Shake it up then strain into a glass
  • Garnish with lime and rosemary

Elderflower Bubbly

Not sure this one really needs instructions but I always feel more Christmassy with a champagne flute in hand and this is the best alternative:

  • Pour apple and elderflower into a champagne flute (I used this one)
  • Garnish with raspberries and add a sprig of rosemary

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year break relaxing with friends and family. I have a busy couple of weeks in the UK visiting all of my favourite people and I’m so looking forward to it.

Collaboration: This post is sponsored by Feel Good Drinks, but I’ve been passionate about up-ing my alcohol free tasty beverage intake for some time now, see more of my recipes here

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I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.

November 3, 2016

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I’m missing my Grandparents immensely today. My best friend has recently lost her Grandad and is preparing her reading for the funeral.  As a result I re-visited the eulogy which I wrote with my family and read at my Grandparent’s funeral. Naturally it evoked lots of special memories and a deep sadness that they are gone.

I remember writing the eulogy with my sisters, Aunty and Mum. We sat around the dining room table with a suitcase of old photographs. Each telling stores about them whilst laughing and crying, with a glass of wine in hand. By the end of the night the speech was written.

When I got to the church the vicar held my hand and said God would give me strength. I did indeed feel strength and read each word without falter. It felt so powerful reading those words to a church full of hundreds of people who had the up-most respect for my Grandparents.
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They were a wonderfully wholesome couple who had a huge influence on the lives of my sisters and I, along with many other people that knew them.
Sadly they both passed away within days of each other and we had a joint funeral for them. The Rector said during the service: “Their lives were so bound up in each other – and they have left this world together. They did everything together and looking after their grandchildren was one of their greatest joys.”

He went on to say: “I have been amazed at the number of people who stopped me in the street to tell me of the passing of this wonderful couple and each and every one had wonderful memories of them.”

Though I am thankful that they both lived until 73 and had fulfilling lives, it never feels like the right time to lose someone you love.
Everyone suffers the loss of a loved one at some stage during their lives, it is heartbreaking that special people must leave us. But my goodness, how lucky we are to have had people like that in our lives in the first place. If death teaches us one thing, it is to live.

The title of this post is of course a quote from Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep a beautiful poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

With love X

Lifestyle and Interviews

5 WAYS TO TURN A BAD DAY AROUND

September 7, 2016

LedByLucy-Blog-BerlinOccasionally we all have bad days that can be hard to shake off. Here are some of my top tips on picking yourself up, brightening your day and changing your perspective:

1. Three Good Things: I keep a notebook on my bedside table and at the end of the day I write down three good things that have happened that day. It can be something exciting like flying to Barcelona for the first time, or it can be something less grand but still beautiful in its own way, such as trying out a new recipe and seeing other people enjoy it. This really helps me to count my blessings daily.

On a bad day you can reach for this book and read through it reflecting on all of the beautiful moments in life that you treasure. It will also remind you of the things in life that make you particularly happy, and perhaps inspire your activities for the day.ledbylucy-tun-a-bad-day-into-a-good-day

2. Yoga and Walking: It might be the last thing that you feel like doing but hauling yourself up and out of the door for some fresh air works wonders. I set myself a daily challenge of doing 10,000 steps per day. It’s pretty geeky but I love to check my steps on my app and see if I am close to my goal. If you are at work then go for a brisk walk on your lunch break or get off the bus home a few stops early and walk part way. As my Grandma used to say, a bit of fresh air really clears the cobwebs away. You could try my Ideas For A Sunny Day Out post.

Yoga is a magical mood booster for me too. Concentrating on your breath, clearing your mind and stretching out any worries is heavenly. I love going to a studio where you leave your external thoughts at the door and enter into a peaceful atmosphere. But, if you can’t get to a class, then there are lots of wonderful resources online. Vinyasa is my favourite, a style of yoga in which your movements flow with your breath and the poses run together like a dance.

3. Friends and Laughter: A full belly LOL can cure all woes, even if just momentarily. I randomly came across Trailer Park Boys on Netflix, the first few episodes had me absolutely splitting my sides (admittedly it gets a bit repetitive after the first few, but by then it’s done the trick). Also a call, Skype or visit with a bezzie is bound to put a smile on your face again.ledbylucy-walking-for-happiness-14. Food and Water: Give your body all of the support and energy it needs with some nourishing food and plenty of water. Reading Cameron Diaz’s book The Body Book some time ago now inspired me to really take an interest in healthy living.  You really are what you eat, and your mood can be dramatically effected by how well nourished you are. As Cameron says “eating for nutrition is not about taking from yourself. It’s about giving to yourself. In the short and long run, it is more fun to love your food when it loves you back.” Try making my Blueberry and Almond Smoothie Recipe

5. Pamper: Run a bubble bath, light some candles, play uplifting music and apply a face mask or whatever lotion/potion you fancy. Try my sister’s West Indian Bay Bath Oil Recipe Sometimes a good old pamper is the best way to relax and unwind.

I’d love to hear your tips on staying positive and beating a bad day, please let me know your ideas in the comments below.

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Wearing: Topshop Ripped Jeans, Topshop Striped Top (similar), Birkenstocks and CRU Mini Bucketbag

Photo Credit: With special thanks to the talented  Berliner Post for taking these photographs

Fashion & Beauty

A LITTLE ZEN AT VABALI SPA BERLIN

March 9, 2016
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Berlin’s complex history,  squat dwelling punks, tasty Currywurst, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. But this is a city full of surprises.
vabali spa is one of those unexpected gems in this vast city. After arriving at Hauptbahnhof (Berlin’s biggest train station) and crossing a busy, beeping main road, navigating through schools and bustling apartments I wondered if we had taken a wrong turn, after all this is not a very tranquil area.
But from the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre.
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vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool (which is steaming hot at winter),a freezing plunge pool (I couldn’t do it but Nick tells me it was refreshing) and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.
My favourite things were the yoga classes and  of course the treatments. I had a deep tissue massage and Nick chose the sports massage. But my all time favourite thing, which I cannot stop thinking about, is the heated water beds. They are situated in the relaxation rooms, or napping areas as I liked to call them. I had sooo many full on naps that day!
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Here are a few tips if you decide to visit:
  • Take your own towel and dressing gown. They have them there, in fact they have hundreds of them – all completely identical. It’s really difficult to know which is yours when there are fifty hung up on a peg and I ended up with someone else’s which was soaking wet. Argh! Not what you want when you’ve just emerged naked from the heated pool into the cold fresh air.
  • Yes I said naked! vabali spa, like many German spas, is textile free. I must admit I was cringing on the way there imagining it. But once your there it feels totally natural.
  • Take water with you. It’s really important to stay hydrated when you are experiencing the extreme temperatures of the saunas and ice baths. You can pick up a bottle from the bar but it’s pricey.
  •   Go early to avoid crowds and maximise relaxation. We went at the weekend and I imagine it would be even more dreamy mid week when most are at work.
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As I write this I’m already planning my return! Let me know if you head over there.
Lucy xox
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Lifestyle and Interviews

BLUEBERRY & ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE RECIPE

November 26, 2015

LedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BlogLedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BloggerThis wholesome blueberry and almond butter smoothie recipe is fast becoming my favourtie winter breakfast. It is filling, comforting and full of energy to help kick start your morning. Whenever I make myself a smoothie for breakfast I like to think that I am doing my body a little favour by feeding it all of those nutrients.

I don’t know about you but I love a cocktail with my Sunday brunch (a Bloody Mary, 8.5 on the spice scale please) and when it comes to cocktails the decorations and embellishments are a real seller. So I’ve been playing with healthy smoothie embellishments. I made fruit skewers and decorated the rim of the glass with chai seeds.ledbylucy-health-food-1ledbylucy-smoothie-blogger-health

Blueberry And Almond Butter Smoothie, makes one.

  • One peeled and ripe banana
  • Three pitted dates
  • Half a cup of blueberries
  • One tablespoon of chai seeds
  • One tablespoon of almond butter
  • One cup of cold water

Pop everything into the blender and give it a wizz for two minutes.

For the decorations pop additional fruit onto coktails sticks to make skewers. Run lemon around the outer edge of the glass then roll it in a saucer of chai seeds. Make sure that the seeds just go on the outside of the glass so you don’t end up with more in the liquid.

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Note– If you make this in bulk and store it in the fridge overnight then it will expand considerably into a thick yoghurt like texture (I literally had to eat mine with a spoon the next day). So I would suggest drinking it fresh and only blending batches as you need it.

This particular smoothie was inspired by Deliciously Ella, her healthy lifestyle recipes and tips are 100% worth checking out if you haven’t done already. I also love Kimberly Snyder and featured her Glowing Green Smoothie in this old post which I wrote a very long time ago.

In the spirit of organic goodness I’d like to introduce you to ULTRA TEE, the lovelies that made my Artichoke Jumper which you can see in my photos. All of the ULTRA TEE range is organic, eco-friendly and fair trade. I said earlier that drinking my smoothie makes me feel as though I’m doing my body a favour, wearing this jumper makes me feel as though I’m doing some good for the earth too.

Happy smoothie making, let me know your favorite recipes too. x

Lifestyle and Interviews

West Indian Bay Bath Oil Recipe

March 24, 2015
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My lovely sister Rachael makes bath oils and she recently brought me a bottle from her latest batch. I lit my Heyland & Whittle candles and put on a face mask. It felt like I was floating on a dream cloud! It is so dreamy that I asked her for the recipe so that you guys can try it too.

Bath oil recipe for a 50ml bottle:

  1. Fill ¾ of the bottle with sweet almond oil
  2. Add 30 drops of clove bud, 30 drops of West Indian bay, 30 drops of rosemary, 20 drops of lavender, 15 drops of peppermint and 15 drops of eucalyptus
  3.  shake really well.

You will need a tiny funnel and the bottles that you choose need to be coloured glass to protect the oil from sun damage.

Rachael gets her oils from Amazon and says that they are a little expensive but well worth it, and I agree!

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