Everything is slowly coming to get back into a routine and our daily lives with work, uni and school are starting again after a summer break. With the start of a new routine and a start of fall, I decided to start something new too. A series on my blog, where I´ll introduce you to my 5 favourite things every month. I hope to inspire you a little bit with this and make you life a tiny bit easier! I would also love to hear, what your top 5 things are, so feel free to leave a comment at this post!
Food of the month – Beetroot
The beetroot is part of the beets family (who would have guessed?!). It is a food that has already been eaten for many many years. It is believed that it has originated in the Middle East but also been eaten by the Romans, the Egyptians, and ancient greeks. Today they can be found in almost every part of the world, in foods but also in food and other natural colouring.
The part of the beet that usually is eaten is the root, although you can eat the greens as well. Usually they are steamed, boiled or roasted but it also is possible to have them in their raw form (not sure if this is quite delicious though). You can purchase fresh beets at pretty much any market from August to January or you can find them precooked and repacked in most supermarkets.
Beetroots actually are a super healthy root vegetable. They are very low in calories (with about 43kcal /100grams), since they are made up of 88% water. The rest is carbohydrates and protein. They also come with a decent amount (3.8g/100g) of fibre. Besides this they are high Vitamin B6 and C, Manganese, Iron and Potassium. These are important for cell function, immune system, reducing blood sugar levels and the transport of oxygen in the blood cells.
So, it is a true superfood actually. Plus, what also is great about it is that it can be grown regionally and that it has a very long season, so almost half a year! I truly believe that it is very underrated. Beetroot is delicious and so versatile. I already have some super delicious beetroot recipes on my blog, like the Beetroot Pasta Bake with Goats Cheese or the Seed Coated Beetroot Balls! And don’t worry, there are a few more to come. Don’t want to spoiler, but I´ll give you a little hint; hummus, falafel,…!
I can only recommend incorporating more beetroot into your diet because it is super delicious, and extremely healthy!
Product/ Brand of the month – Pastafani Organic Basil Pesto
I know I know, I have told you of this a few times already. However, I cannot stress enough HOW good this is! Since summer is coming to an end, and the fresh basil is disappearing to make your own homemade pesto, packed pesto is a life saver.
Organic pesto made from Austrian ingredients only! That really exists. And believe me, I would not tell you that it is good, if it wasn’t! It is at least as delicious as the freshly made pesto in Italy. You can already tell by it’s colour that it’s got to be delicious. The darker the better.
And I have got a BONUS for you: you can even get 10% off your order when you order it with the discount code UNEPETITE10 ! Guys, I can tell you, it is worth the 5 euros spent. More than worth!
If you need some pesto recipe inspiration you can make the Incredibly easy Strawberry and Pesto Couscous with Crumbled Feta (just use figs instead of strawberries since they are in season), or the Ultra Green Pesto Salad with Burrata.
Recipe of the month – French Toast with whipped Ricotta and Figs
This recipe is from last year but believe me, it is incredibly delicious! Softly soaked bread that’s crispy on the outside, creamy, honey dreamy whipped ricotta cheese, that is so smooth and delicious and the fresh figs on top. Sunday morning heaven.
No matter if you make that for brunch when your friends are over or as a breakfast for dinner, it is incredibly delicious any way! Plus, you can make use of the juicy and sweet figs that currently are in season!! Just heaven!
See the recipe here!
Workout of the month – 15 minute Sixpack by Pamela Reif
Since I love working out and we all know that being active is an essential part of staying healthy, I though I needed to include a workout into these top 5 as well!
I think since quarantine started, we have all gotten to know Pamela. And to be fair, her workouts are really good. While she definitely has something for everyone, from total beginner who works out for the first time – to extremely hard ones, I currently love her 15 minute Sixpack workout!
It is not something where you do lots of mountain climbers and jump around but one, which is rather focused on slower movements. This is great because you can really feel how you are using your abs and you also really do feel it after.
It is great if you want a slower workout focused on your abs. And a little tip: do it at the beginning of the workout because it is a killer at the end!
Inspiration of the month – The Happiness Advantage
For this last part of my September top 5 series I want to introduce something to you that has changed my life a little bit and influenced it positively. This can be a book, a person, a documentary, or anything else. But for this month, it is a book.
I have actually stumbled across this book accidentally when I was studying about happiness. I found it sounded interesting and that’s why I ordered it. I was so keen to learn about what Shawn Actor had to tell, so I immediately started reading it. And believe me, it is not a book that you will put away and don’t continue reading for a while but it’s a book that will make you forget about dinner (and that means something, coming said from a food blogger who wouldd never forget about dinner).
The author basically makes the claim that contrary to what is generally believed, that you need to be successful to be happy, the reality is the other way around. You need to be happy to be successful! In his book he describes 7 simple principles that will help anyone be happier and therefore also more successful. It is scientifically proven with studies he conducted.
I need to say, that this is something extremely interesting and fascinating to read. It basically makes one realise that you already have everything you need to be happy so it really is down to you to make use of these 7 tips to turn your life around. I can definitely highly recommend this book to anyone, and especially to those who are struggling to be happy or successful at the moment!
These are my 5 favourite things in September, things that make the month a bit better, brighter, and easier. I hope you enjoyed these five things and I would love to hear if you like this new kind of series in the comments!
I am wishing you all some beautiful last weeks of late summer and enjoy the first leaves turning brown!
Love, Katie // Une Petite Cusinière