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Day 6 of zero waste

Hi peeps! Today I have had a pretty chill day (: Started it by working out at the gym with the bf. We trained legs, so lots of both front and back squats some deadlifts etc. Tomorrow we are going to do a teamwod at the crossfit box near us, so I am very excited. We have just hanged around all day and enjoyed the lovely weather, had a big melon for lunch because it was all I had at his place. But I compensated it by having a big big dinner (: We barbecued lots of veggies such as carrot, paprika, corn and I also had beans, avocado and sweet potato. Delicious and filling ❤ Now we are actually on our way to get some ice cream in town. I’ll “cheat” a bit by also buying, but I mean, if I have a cone with ice cream and don’t take any napkins or plastic spoon, it’s kind of waste free. I promise not to through away any of it (;

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Sliding in to the ice cream vendor like…

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Day 4- the sloppy lunchbox

Today went good actually.  I started work a bit later so I had a loong breakfast and enjoyed some tv-series. I made a smoothie bowl consisting of frozen pineapple and banana plus some lime juice and zest. The taste was very refreshing and nice, so it’s a recommend recommend on this one (;  I also made it a bit nicer by carving out half of a pineapple and using it as my bowl. Zero waste, you know.

IMG_8768Todays lunchbox, which I did not take a picture of, was a sloppy mess of everything thrown into a glass container. Some rice, lentils, beans, tomato sauce, grated carrot and zucchini. It was ok, but could have been nicer. I’m just a bit too lazy/ have a lack of time to make something proper.

Right now I am enjoying a bowl of (also sloppy and not so picture friendly) whole grain pasta with kidney beans, tomato and a vegan red pesto. Nice and filling, but not that beautiful.

I also made a kind of banana bread this morning. It turned out good, but not perfect. I didn’t use any recipe and it was kind of hard to bake without bakbig powder or such. The ingredients I used were bananas, oats, mixed nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds and aquafaba.IMG_8767

Third day of our zero waste experiment

.. and I must admit that I don’t like it. Is so frustrating and limiting! The no plastic part is pretty easy, aside from qourn and soy products, but the no-cardboard part is killing me! No milk (or replacement), no frozen berries, no spontaneous bean pasta, no flour or sugar. Nothing. I can’t make a proper smoothie cuz I have no berries (only banana which I eat only cuz I can, but I actually don’t like the taste). If I want to make a nice sauce I have to use coconut and it is making me feel really unhealthy and after three days I’ve begun to dislike the taste. I can’t whip up a pie, or lasanga, or something like that because I would need stuff that comes in cardboard boxes.

So instead, I just sitt here and eat the banans I despise and the coconut I am beginning to hate. I can feel the health going out of me. This is not my thing. I’ve started asking myself what the point is: could this make a difference. And the answer when it comes to cardboard is: very little. I don’t mean to buy it in heaps, but I’ve come to realise I need it. Untill it is possible to acess those products I need to feel good about my self, zero-waste is not for me.

But, still four days to go. And we will se how it goes.

And, on the small plus side: I made som sweet potato soup and it was lovely, and a variation of my grandmothers seed crackers which is super tasty. And I meet my very best friend in the world – though that has nothing to do with zero-waste.

The Story Behind The (Almost) Homemade Subway Sandwich

Yesterday was a preeetty specked day!
I had work at the 4H stable from 8 am to 5 pm.
A funny thing was that there were lots of activity stations such as Zumba, orientation and cycling in the park where the 4H stable is located. This was organised for a  big crowd  of people and we contributed with horse and carriage rides. When all of the activity stations were closing down one of them donated a whole box of eco bananas to me and Erika. WIN!

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After my work day I got a ride straight to my crossfit class which was between 6-7 pm.
After that me and my mom fed the animals at 4H their night snack.
Then we quickly drove to the grocery store to pick up something to eat. I thought this was a bit of a challenge because I was really hungry and had to find something filling but no waste to eat. I bought the biggest walnut/fig bread loaf that I could find from their bakery and had lots of the bananas that were donated to us earlier that day.
Then we drove approximately 40 mins to my uncles garage (he’s a mechanic) and left our car with him. My mom is leaving for Malaysia today, and will be away for 10 weeks. I don’t have a license, so it’s better that the car is being used at my uncles than if it would just stand and rust at our parking lot.


After all the events yesterday, we got home around 9.30 pm. I had no time or energy to make something proper for today’s lunch.
So I used the other half of the bread and made a sandwich.
A real damn good sandwich, if I may.

Sweetpotato soup and seed crackers

Sweet potato soup recipe

1 large sweet potato
1 teaspoon sambal oelek
2 tablespoon coconut cream
Water- until you get the consistency you like (I like mine thick)

Peel and cut the potato in to cubes and put it in the oven for approx. 35 min in 200 C, or until the potato is soft. Mix the potatoes together with all the other ingredients until smooth and creamy.


Seed crackers

2 dl oats
1dl walnuts
1 dl mixed seeds and nuts such as sunflower, pumpkin etc
0,5 dl chia seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
2 dl water

With a blender: grind the oats and walnuts into a meal.
Mix the meal with the rest of the ingredients without a blender to get a nice and chunky texture.
Let the dough set for 10 minutes, so that it can soak up the water properly.

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Press it out flat and even (I reused an old baking sheet but you can also just put some oil on the bakestone), put it in the oven for about 40 minutes on 160 C.
Cut out the size of your crackers right after you have taken it out of the oven, before it has gone too stale.


Enjoy!

Zero wasting- Day one: the challenges

Hello!

The first day of zero wasting is almost over, and I must say that it went pretty well! I made a sweet potato soup and seed crisp bread yesterday evening, so I brought that to work for lunch today. I was going to take a picture of my meal, but the day was so hectic that I actually forgot it when I was throwing the food in to my mouth. It was delicious though! I will post both recipes tomorrow (:


My mom went food shopping today so I joined her. The good thing was that I was so motigared for this “challenge” so it wasn’t even hard to buy non-plastic/ cardboard stuff! Came home with tomatoes, nectarines and onion. I also found both cantaloupe and honeydew melon on sale, WIN! Plus we found pineapples for only 5 sek, which is INCREDIBLY cheap here in Sweden! So I dragged home 9 of them in my tote bags :’D Super MegA Vegan Win!!!!  The downside, which I recognised when we got home, was that every pineapple had a little plastic note on them tied with plastic string )): Well well, I’ll just have to be more alert next time. And I did not at least buy any plastic by meaning.


Another “challenge” of today was the toothpaste. I did not quite like the taste, because the baking soda made it veeery salty. But hey, I’ll probably get used to it.

Welcome Zero Waste Challenge

Starting Monday, Nikki and I am challenging ourselves to live waste free for a week. But what does this mean?

We find several of the active zero-waste bloggers such an inspiration in their effort and want to explore how we can join forces. The goal is, like the name depicts, to create zero, or minimal, waste.

One of the primary things to do it to get rid of plastic and paper containers for food and products. Even though we have a sophisticated recycling system for these in Sweden, paper containers can only be recycled about five times and most plastic is never recycled, it has a limited lifespan and is mostly just burned for energy and heat.

So, plastic and paper containers should go. Instead, metal and glass can be recycled infinitely. Zero-waste then is about finding the sustainable materials that has minimal impact on the environment, and has zero-probability to end up in the sea, or a dumpster or burned (poisoning the air).

Aside from prioritizing metal and glass over plastic for food and products container, it’s also changing to more natural products. Similar to the tiny eco steps such as using cloth pads, bamboo toothbrush, and metal water bottle. We don´t realise how many plastic containers we have in life such as toothpaste, deo, soap, shampoo etc. This makes it interesting.

So our ground rules are:

  • no plastic containers for anything
  • no paper containers for ex. food
  • food waste should be minimal
  • all other waste is kept for comparison

We will update everyday with the challenges we´ve meet that day, and at the end of the week we will look at how to continue to minimalize our waste. Stay tuned!

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