Sanna is one of our Role Models, in the following interview and through her blog LA VIDA FRESCA she shares her passion passion for health & well-being, with all of us. LA Vida Fresca is about our everyday life and you will see a lot of articles about being a mother and wife, baking, cooking, sports, exercising, travelling, and of course health and well-being.
How did La Vida Fresca come to life? What is the vision and inspiration behind it?
La Vida Fresca is my story from our new home and life in Spain. In my blog I write about our everyday life, and it’s mostly posts about being a mother and wife, baking, cooking, sports, exercising, travelling, and of course health and wellbeing. I write about our new hometown, with its pros and cons. All that I see and feel. The blog lives with us in our everyday life and festivities, at work and on holidays. And because of my education and hobbies, I’m writing a lot about health, exercising and wellbeing, but also about the moments of delicacy in our life and vacations. I also share a lot of small tips (most of them on Instagram so don’t forget to check @lavidafrescaofficial) that have eased my daily life, and which I believe are also useful to my followers and clients. And because I love to try new and different things, I try out new products and share my experiences with all my readers.
My biggest wish is, that all my posts will give my readers and followers something new; information or ideas, dreams, or perhaps a brief moment to escape from the everyday pressure.
Nordic food has conquered kitchens of restaurants and households all over the world. So has the Scandi lifestyle. What do you think are the basics we all need to know?
Nordic food is more than a diet, it’s a life style. I would recommend it for everyone, and I’m not alone with that suggestion! Recent studies have shown that sticking to a healthy Nordic diet can, for example, lower levels of LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, and it has major positive impacts if you are trying to lose weight. Its staples include whole-grain cereals such as rye, barley, and oats, and all you have to do is add a lot of fresh berries (According to my personal observations, the Spanish people have not yet realized the nutritional richness of berries), fruits and vegetables, white meats like chicken and fatty fishes like salmon and Baltic herring, into your diet. Also nuts, seeds and unsweetened dairy products are important part of Nordic diet.
As a Health Coach, what are the most frequent challenges you address and help people with?
In my opinion, everyone is unique and different, and there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach that’s going to work for everyone. Usually my clients want to eat healthier or lose weight, but there might be something bigger behind that wish. In most cases, it’s just some small little things that matter, and well-being and the desired results are achieved when I provide new perspectives to my clients. As a Health Coach I take the time to listen to my clients concerns, help them to discover the main reason where and why they are struggling, and help them to figure out exactly what works for their mind and body. I don’t believe in fast diets, I always offer the keys to a new long-term life style!
Would you like to share with us your favourite Role Models/influencers/idols or someone we should follow closely in 2017?
Right now, I could not name any idols, because I like to follow both professionals in the field of health and wellbeing, and just ordinary people who have managed to change their lives to a healthier direction. New people around the world will bring new thoughts and ideas, so please don’t hesitate to follow people that live with a very different lifestyle than you!
Can you cook your favourite recipe with us?
I thought that I would share my favourite healthy snack at the moment; Cacao Tahini Truffles. These are effortless and easy to do, and also nut free, that I’ve been asked to develop quite often. Perfect snack before workout or when you need your sweet treat, but don’t want to ruin your diet!
Cacao Tahini Truffles
14 dried Medjool dates (If you don’t have Medjool dates you can use the smaller and harder dates, but they could benefit from soaking before being used.)
1 dl rolled oats (I used instant oats from MyProtein this time, and those already are powdery)
2-3 tbsp (raw) cocoa powder (depending on whether you use ordinary or raw)
½ -1 tsp vanilla powder (I like vanilla a lot, so I put a whole spoonful)
1 pinch of salt100 g of tahini (If you don’t have any nut restrictions, all the nut butters will work as well if you don’t have tahini in hand!)
- First, put oats in a food processor (or use instant oats, that are already powdery) and let it run until they are powdery. Add all the rest dry ingredients.
- De-stone your dates, then add them to the bowl of your food processor, and blitz until they form a sticky paste. You may need to scrape down the sides.
- Next add the tahini, and blitz until a thick and sticky texture forms. The mixture should stick together when pushed with your fingers.
- Prepare a parchment lined plate or container to store the balls.
- Roll the dough into balls in the palm of your hands.
- If you want, you can coat each ball with cacao powder or some sesame seeds, for example. Sprinkle cacao powder or sesame seeds onto plate, roll the ball around in the cacao or seeds, and then into the palm of your hands to smooth it over.
- Pop into the freezer for 60-90 minutes (or fridge for 30-60) to set.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and the freezer for up to 3 months.