Super easy power smoothies

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Smoothies might be my favourite thing to drink after water and coffee, so of course I have to share some of my go-to recipes with you guys. I’ve shared my favourite smoothie bowl recipe before, but can you ever get enough of smoothies? I think not. Today I’ve decided to share my healthy green smoothie for days where you want an energising refresher, as well as a sweeter, berry version to satisfy sweet cravings. They’re both very straight forward and easy to adjust depending on what you have in your fridge/freezer.

you-will-needThe Green One
a couple handfuls of spinach or kale
1/2 an avocado
a handful of mango and/or pineapple
a chunk of ginger (1-2cm roughly)
juice from 1/2 lime
water or coconut water

The Berry One
1 banana
2 handfuls of mixed berries
1 handful of mango/pineapple/orange
coconut milk (roughly 200ml)
water or almond milk

With both of the smoothies, you just put everything in your blender and blend until smooth. The reason why I add coconut milk and water/almond milk for the berry smoothie is because the coconut milk tends to be a bit to thick. I normally use frozen fruit and berries but if you don’t have any you can easily go fresh. I would however add some ice cubes to the mix if none of your ingredients are frozen as the smoothies taste best cold. I often add some chia seeds or protein powder to my smoothies if I want them to be more filling, but the fats in the avocado and coconut milk do a good job of that already.

These might be super boring to some of you but I have people ask me how I make my smoothies all the time, so figured I might as well share a few on here. Let me know if you try them or if you have anything you like to add to yours!  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook (@wearechasingcultures) for instant updates on new posts.

Emilie x

Favourite Milan Spots and shots

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We’re back with another Milan post! Don’t hate us haha, it will probably be the last one. Besides we felt we had to share some of our favourite spots (and shots) with you guys.

For all our fashionistas, 10 Corso Como  is a must. The place was created as a living magazine and stocks a wide selection of the worlds best designers all in one place. Carefully selected items makes this a popular spot for fashion editors and high end shopaholics. Or like us, people who love a good browse for inspiration. It is surrounded by a highly instagrammable garden full of green plants and black metal details, so even if fashion isn’t your thing, you should stop by to take in the serenity.

Despite being the main tourist traps  of Milan you have to check out the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio de Emanuele II. They’re right next to each other so you can kill two birds with one stone and do them in one afternoon. In the same “square” there is also Museo de Novecento which gives a great view of the duomo as well as a good dose of culture.  After being cultured for the day head to Dry  for a seriously good pizza.

Like we said before, we stayed in an AirBnB in the area Isola which is located in the northern part of Milan. Isola ended up being one of our favourite areas with cafes like Type, MoMo and DeusCafe. The incredible gelato and waffle place Le Botteghe di Leonardo, was our go-to for a late night treat.

That’s it for now. Ciao Bellas, hope you’ve enjoyed these Milan posts!
Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to see on there in the coming posts.

Ellie & Emilie x

Superfood Salad

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Quinoa, avocado, butternut squash, lemon, spinach, olive oil, nuts and herbs – all in one salad? Yes please. I tried to think of an appropriate name for this salad and realised it had to be something “superfood” as it is packed full of them. I’ve adapted this salad from Green Kitchen Stories’s  ‘Millet and Pumpkin Winter Salad‘ and made a minor few tweaks to it. The whole salad is super quick to make, and only really takes as long as the squash needs in the oven.

you-will-needThe Salad
4 servings of quinoa
1 butternut squash
1/2 a medium broccoli
1 avocado
2-3 handfuls of red grapes
3 handfuls of mixed leaves
mixed nuts for added crunch

The Dressing
1 lemon
3 tbs olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 handful basil leaves(finely chopped)
1 handful of parsley (finely chopped)
salt, pepper and chili flakes

Cook your quinoa following the guide on the box. Leave to cool if you have time. Dice/cut your squash and broccoli and add some salt, pepper and oil before roasting it in the oven at 220 degrees C for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is soft. Meanwhile, cut your avocado and grapes into bite size pieces and roughly chop your nuts. I used a handful from a pack of lightly salted, dry roasted mixed nuts. For the dressing: mix the juice from your lemon with the oil, herbs and garlic, then add salt and pepper (and chilli flakes) to taste. Mix the quinoa with your green leaves and stir in the dressing, making sure to combine it well. Then add the avocado, grapes, butternut squash, broccoli, and nuts (I added mine after I took the picture above) and combine it all before serving. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this recipe! And if you do, take a picture and tag us on instagram @wearechasingcultures. Have a great weekend everyone!

Emilie x

Think pink. But don’t wear it.

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Eh, I can’t say that I agree with everything that comes out of Karl Lagerfeld’s mouth, but I must admit ‘Think pink. But don’t wear it’ has been my unofficial mantra for the better part of the last decade – though I’m sure I’m not the only one with an aversion to the colour pink. Nonetheless, the above shade of pink is one of two colours of the year (according to Pantone at least) and formed the perfect backdrop, so really we couldn’t resist getting a couple shots.

For wandering the streets of Milan in early November we both went for relaxed, comfortable outfits that protected us from the slightly chilly temperatures and shoes that didn’t make us hate ourselves after walking the entirety of the city in a day. Important things for city exploring, believe me. And, I finally got to take my Topshop Finds oriental inspired bomber on it’s first outing, so I was pretty pleased about that.

And we of course have to give thanks to Acne for such an aesthetically pleasing store construction site, as it made us very happy (see last photo for evidence- Emilie is definitely thinking pink).

Ellie x

 

Milano Eats: Deus Cafe

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When we were in Milan we stayed in the area called Isola, and quickly discovered it was a gem of a place. Hidden away in the streets are adorable cafes and quirky bars and restaurants. One of them being Deus Cafe. We stumbled upon it on our first day and I was of course drawn to it because of the connection to the Deus cafe I used to go to in Bali. This one was a bit different but with the same cool vibe and atmosphere. They serve a variety of lunch and dinner dishes as well as brunch on the weekend, yummy smoothies and drinks.

Highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area, even if it is just for a glass of red wine and a peak at the venue.

Emilie x