Fall challenges

Let’s get started! Challenges are on, join one or stay tuned for more!

Click on a picture and follow the link beneath it to get to your challenge! If you accept to join a challenge, just upload a picture on Instagram and tag me @strongsongtogoalong and put a hashtag #fallchallenge to be featured!

Zero waste​ on the road

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I love that quote and it fits perfectly with today’s topic: Zero waste is a great thing, but it takes some effort. What about the time you’re in the city, wandering around, craving for a smoothie, or a Starbucks coffee or you don’t have time and need something to go? No problem, we’re all only human. Still, you can reduce plastic waste to its minimum, following these simple tricks below:

  • bring your lunch box. Sure this would be the best solution instead of having to buy something to go. You didn’t have time to prepare something? Just bring your empty lunch box and ask wherever you go if they could fill in the salad or soup (recommend a glass jar for this one) or wraps or whatever you’re having into your lunch box.
  • bring your cutlery. Again if going for something take-away, there will most certainly be plastic cutlery. So bring your own and you already saved a tiny bit of plastic.
  • reusable cups. Starbucks already has that option and so do other companies, just buy one and keep it in your pocket, for whatever craving will be coming up. Also if you cannot go without a straw, check out these reusable straws. You will find those all over the internet to buy.

Tired of carrying half of your kitchen with you? Maybe you work at an office or you have a locker at school. You can always wash all the things you have at the restrooms and leave them at work, so you don’t have to take them home every time. You could even bring a little dish liquid to leave there.

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beyondBeanie

Sure thing, our world has loads of roadworks to do. Beside avoiding plastic to save our oceans, taking the bike to lower pollution, buying the right food in the right place to save our animals, environment, and farmers, doing yoga to save ourselves and spreading love along the way it gets a bit busy. Now here’s why I want to introduce another project to you, where you can combine fashion (fair trade of course) and helping children and artisans in Bolivia: beyondBeanie!

 

beyondBeanie is a social fashion brand that combines fashion with solidarity to help change lives. Every time you purchase an item from us, you are empowering an artisan and helping a child in need.

Every time you make a purchase, you are supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia who proudly hand-signs her creation and whom you can meet and greet through the website or even in person if you ever travel to Bolivia.

At the present time, beyondBeanie is collaborating with 23 artisans from El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba, who have the privilege of working from home which allows them to earn a living without having to disattend their children and families.

Our focus is to work with the most needed women, usually coming from rural areas and/or disadvantaged communities, who are trained in the art of weaving and knitting by members of the beyondBeanie team.

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Furthermore, every item you buy also helps children in need by providing essentials such as school breakfasts or lunches, school supplies, school uniforms and dental care to children in need.

At the present time and thanks to the support from our fans, we are able to support about 100 children from diverse backgrounds, child centers, and rural communities of rural Cochabamba.

Got interested? go visit beyondBeanie and get 25% off by using the following code: LENK25

Hiking is on!

Summer and fall are the perfect seasons to go hiking! Also hiking is an activity that is very adjustable for personal needs. You can either go for a gentle walk around a lake, or you can run up a mountain, or even do several days of hiking!
Also when walking with friends you have loads of time to catch up, to talk or just spend some quality time together. Whereas going alone also has a very meditative aspect.

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Some hiking tips for you:

  • Shoes: Make sure you know about the terrain and bring the right shoes. Running shoes might not be the right choice for a mountain climb. Speaking of shoes, don’t go hiking in new shoes! whenever you got yourself new ones, wear them at home, or for work to get your foot used to them. Otherwise, your hike might end up in pain.
  • Orientation: I might seem old-fashioned, but a compass is never a bad idea! I’ve heard of several people who got lost and GPS-Signal couldn’t reach them anymore.
  • First aid: Never forget a first aid kit
  • Emergency: Maybe write down the most important numbers for an emergency. For Switzerland that would be 117 (police), 118 (fire department), 1414 (Rega) & 144 (general emergency/ambulance).
  • Breakfast: Eat something before the hike! Even though you might not be a breakfast eater, you will soon realize this requires more energy than another work day at the office. Speaking of energy, bring bars, dates or chocolate for whenever you might need a quick kick of energy.
  • Point of no return: Make sure you know for every moment of the hike where you are, where you could go elsewhere, for example as a shortcut or at what point you will walk to the end, instead of turning around and going back. You may consider moor, fallen trees, flood or even snow to occur.
  • Water: make sure you have enough water! You might have to take multiple flasks with you. Also, inform yourself before if you can refill them on fountains. And as our Grand-father used to say: the last sip must be drunk at home.

Also, let me know if you’ve been hiking yet and where and maybe attach a picture for me to publish! 😀

a little hike is what we like
with love

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Juststrong

So here is what this is about: strength comes in different shapes and people. Most importantly women are strong as well. And not just ‘strong for a girl’. We are JUSTSTRONG. Now I am very glad to announce, that I have become an ambassador for JustStrongClothing which stands for exactly that. So go out there and show your strength, which does not have to be in a physical way. But if you want to show or improve your physical strength as well, check out JustStrongClothing and get a discount of 10%!

Don’t forget to smile

and see you in a while ❤

Going low waste in Dublin

waste style. I am using low waste because I did not figure out a way yet how to go ZERO waste. however, whenever you can go zero waste, go for it!

First of all, Dublin does not have too many possibilities to shop low waste. They do indeed have loose vegetables and fruits in most of the shops. Still, the amount of plastic-wrapped groceries make me want to cry. So here you can see my groceries I got today:

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So great thanks to uncle bens for keeping it without plastic! However, make sure you don’t pick the one with the small bags in it. The rice cakes were not surprisingly but unfortunately wrapped in plastic inside the cardboard box. Same for the chocolate, which was wrapped in aluminum. Back in Switzerland you could go to the Läderach chocolatier and get some unwrapped chocolate, that is completely awesome!

Anyway, I am working on that rice cakes problem. Additionally, you might pay attention to seasonal and regional products. As you can see I did not find any fruits today, as berries are mostly seasonal now, but they were all wrapped. And guys: APPLES COME IN FALL AND WINTER! So stop buying apples now, they are either imported or have been frozen for at least a year! There are some sorts of early apples available now, which are mostly used for cooking. I got some apple juice instead, which is a much more eco-friendly way to preserve the apples. Still little side note here: do not drink too much apple juice and remember it is always better to eat the whole fruit, instead of just drinking the juice. This will make it easier for your belly.

So much to think of! Clearly, you cannot think of all, but you may try your best. You can go after this checklist:

Is it

  1. unpacked?
  2. seasonal?
  3. regional?

As you might see, for the yellow peppers I only agreed on the first two of them. Just try your best.
Anyway, keep your head up, keep your heart strong, spread kindness and see you soon!

No sugar Sunday brunch

Here comes another recipe for banana pancakes (out of the rest of the saved bananas, see previous post). This recipe was inspired by  the vegan pancakes out of the book Clean Eating Starter. It is highly recommendable, since it contains loads of delicious recipes which are mostly without sugar. My only critic are once again the many non-regional ingredients (all seen from switzerland).

Anyhow here comes my recipe:

  • 1 egg
  • 100g oatmeal
  • 100g flour
  • 3 bananas
  • cinnamon as much as wanted
  • coconut oil

First scrunch the bananas with a fork. Then add the egg, the oatmeal and the flour and mix it. Also add as much water as needed until you get a creamy consistence (though it shouldn’t be too fluid, a little less than for the banana bread). Then heat the coconut oil and roast gently on medium heat. If your dough is too fluid, just add more oatmeal.

Serve with peanut putter, maple sirup or fruits!

For a whole brunch we also had the chia musli and bread (or croissants, up to you). You can eat the bread with butter or honey instead of jam.

Note: as a vegan variation this recipe also works without the egg. For the original recipe (there is a vegan variation and one with eggs too), check out Clean Eating Starter by Julia Fodor and Luisa Eckhard.

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Bananabread (vegan)

First cravings for something sweet? Or your bananas turned brown within the last few days? Or even no need for reasons to make a banana bread? First of all I do not often buy bananas, because for the sake of our environment I try to focus on local food. Still every now and then we have bananas at home and this time they turned brown. In addition the bananas in the supermarket nearby were on sale. Since I used to work in a smoothie and juice bar I know, that all of them which were still left at the end of the day end up in the compost. So I felt like this time it was justified to make a banana bread 😉 for the sake of anti food waste.

The long and short of it: here comes my very own recipe.

  • 4 bananas
  • 50g walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon
  • 100g flour
  • water
  • butter (vegan: coconutoil)

Turn on the oven, 180° C air circulation. Peel the bananas and scrunch them with a fork. Then mix the flour, cinnamon and vanilla and add the mixture to the bananas. Add as much water until you get a creamy consistence and add the walnuts. Grease the cake pan with the butter and pour in the dough. Put it into the oven for at least 30 min check every now and then.

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