What’s Good This Week

So, on Friday afternoon I picked up Niko from daycare and we went to hang out at the library for a bit, did some errands, and then finally came home. When I opened the door to our apartment my sister was standing in my living room. My sister who lives in Vancouver, in my apartment in Stockholm. WHAT??!

She flew over to surprise me and be there for my 40th birthday dinner, which was on Saturday evening. What a bonkers ridiculous surprise it was!

We had the dinner at one of my favourite restaurants in Stockholm, at Fotografiska, the photography museum. We booked their private dining room and had a fancy pants four-course dinner. The restaurant has a sustainability concept that centers around plant-forward dishes, and any meat or fish is served as a side.

In lieu of gifts I asked my friends to simply give a short speech. I looooooove speeches, and my friends did deliver. I’ve been re-reading the printed speeches all day and feeling all the feels. They also compiled a list of 40 things they love about me, and it was fun reading through and trying to figure out who said what.

For the last 7-ish years I’ve been using a makeshift reflector for food photography that I fashioned out of a used pizza box and tinfoil. It’s done well by me, but I’m super pumped that about this proper reflector that my friend Malin gave me! I’m not sure how to break the news to my pizza box…

And yes, I had had several glasses of wine at this point. I woke up this morning with a splitting headache and a good reminder that I am, in fact, now 40.

Last week I headed out with a cooler full of frozen breast milk (aka liquid gold) that I donated to a mamma in need. She’s got a newborn and is going through chemotherapy, so isn’t able to breastfeed and felt strongly about her baby having breast milk as much as possible.

I’ve got a good supply and don’t mind pumping, so I volunteered to be one of her suppliers, and once I had a good amount to take her, I headed over with a dozen bags of frozen milk, a bunch of soup from the freezer (since I’ve been recipe testing) and a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Let’s just do nice things for people when we can, okay? It makes a difference.

I hope you’re all staying warm out there, folks. It’s been cold in Stockholm and is about to drop even colder. I killed my phone taking this picture of the ice. Just instant dead battery, and then I had to turn around from where I was headed (the breast milk drop) and go back home because I had no address and no directions. Everything was on my phone! It just goes to show how dependent we are on our devices.

ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK

First up I shared this easy and delicious Ricotta and Spinach Egg Bake. This recipe takes 5 minutes to throw together, 15 mins to bake, and you’ve got a breakfast/lunch/dinner that’s super satisfying. {Pin this}

ricotta and spinach egg bake in white ramekins on blue plates

Then, I ruminated a bit about turning 40 and what that means to me.

If you’ve ever wondered what the deal is with plant-based calcium, wonder no more. I’ve put together a handy guide that tells you what it is, how much you need, and where to find it. There are also some considerations to enhance (and ensure you’re not blocking) calcium absorption. {Pin this}

An infographic with text that reads "a guide to plant-based calcium" with hand drawn kale, figs, almonds, tofu, beans, and bok choy.

And lastly, I shared my favourite vegan waffle recipe for easy and delicious Vegan Banana Waffles. {Pin this}

Overhead photo of vegan banana waffles on a blue plate topped with sliced banana, and a cooling rack of waffles to the side

WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL

These are the five most popular posts on Hey Nutrition Lady over the last week!

1. Mung Bean and Coconut Curry. You saw that coming, right? {Pin this}

2. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos. These are good, folks. {Pin this}

3. Indonesian Black Rice Pudding. Yes! I love this stuff! {Pin this}

4. Is Popcorn Healthy? Find out here! {Pin this}

5. Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps. Mmmmhmm. {Pin this}

WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB

icon of globe with text "what's good around the web"1. White Gold: the unstoppable rise of alternative milks.

2. Germs in your gut are talking to your brain. Scientists want to know what they’re saying.

3. Malnutrition in hospitals is linked to a greater risk of death, according to a recent study.

4. A new report finds that almost half of all Americans have heart or blood vessel disease – though this in part due to changes in blood pressure guidelines.

5. Watch out for those dang toothpicks! 



 

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