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Bliss Balls & Golden Gugelhupfs


These bliss balls or energy balls are the perfect treat when you are craving something sweet but want to stay on the healthy road. The little delights will keep everyone happy, since they are FREE of refined sugar, lactose and gluten and you can even get your kids involved to help make them. Now that Christmas time is just around the corner,  I love making big batches and pack them into beautiful boxes or sackets, gifting all my family and friends. As a nice and thoughtful alternative to all the common sugar and butter loaded christmas cookies, I also like to press the mixture into little silicone moulds, little gugelhupfts (bundt cakes) in my case, coat them with raw chocolate powder and sprinkle with some edible gold stars, et voilà in no time you have the perfect little christmas gift. I often serve these little gugelhupfs and bliss balls with fresh fruit salad as a desert for one of the christmas dinners.



They are made with dates, which are still full of natural sugars,  so make sure you are still eating these as a treat, but unlike refined sugar, dates are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber . They contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, patassium phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all supporting your health and wellbeing. They are also a great pre- or post workout snack as they provide muscle development.

Makes around 30 balls depending on size.


  • 200g regular dates or approx. 20 Medjool dates
  • 100g almonds
  • 100g hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional for extra nutrients)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional for extra nutrients)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder  
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil – melted
  • Coating: desiccated coconut, chopped pistachios, freeze dried rasperries and raw chocoalte powder for rolling 


1. Process the almonds and hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsly chopped, the mix should be slightly chunky to help hold the balls together. Place in a big bowl.
2. Blend dates with a little water until you have a smooth date paste.
3. Add the rest of the ingeredients, process again and add into the bowl with the chopped nuts and mix. 
4. If the mixture is too dry add alittle water or some more coconut oil.
5. Once mix starts to come together, shape mixture into balls, or press into silicon moulds.
6. For bliss balls: Roll in the desiccated coconut, chopped pistachios, freezedried rasperries or raw chocoalte powder.
7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to let them firm up.
    For the gugelhupfs: once they are firm, take them out of the moulds, dip them into raw chocolate powder and sprinkle with gold stars.
8. Enjoy & indulge!
The gugelhupf silicone moulds are from Betty Bossy and can be ordererd HERE
as well as the edible gold star sprinkle which you find HERE.
With Love,
mind christina

What to do with all the Pumpkins?


No fall without pumpkins! This vegetable introduces its season like no other. As soon as pumpkins are ripe (you can recognize a ripe pumpkin by its hollow sound when knocking on it ) I know fall has definitely arrived. Fall without pumpkins is like Christmas without Christmas trees. But, did you know that pumpkins used to be a poor man’s food and were used to feed animals? Luckily it’s status has rised over time, because pumpkins not only taste delicious, they are well packed with a number of precious nourtrients such as potassium, calcium, zinc and vitamins A, C, D and E.

The diversity in species is incredibly rich, there are over 800 different types of pumpkins, some of them are edible some are decorative gourds.

Below I share my favorite two ways to cook and bake them.


As you can see on this picture, they also make perfect pouffs for your living room, as my daughter discovered when she was a baby.

When it comes to recipes I love keeping it simple because most often I don’t have a lot of time to spend hours in the kitchen. These two pumpkin ideas might not look like much, but they are absolutely delicious and very fast to make, so rather belonging to the category “healthy fast food”.

For oven baked pumpkins I prefer the little orange Hokkaido, which you can see on the picture above. Simply cut into pieces, leave the hard skin on ( it will soften when baked) sprinkle with some olive oil, herbs de provence and sea salt and backe it for about 30 minutes. Accompanied by a big green salad with apples, figs, grapes, avocados and nuts… et voilà, you have a perfect fall plate in no time.


bowl of soup

But no fall without a pumkin soup. My favorite type for soups is the butternut. This long, pearshaped friend has just a few seeds and therefore offers a lot more pulp than its other colleagues. It has a slight buttery aroma and provides a rich, creamy consistency when cooked and blended.

The following recipe is so fast and simple, you need no more than 15 minutes.




     ♥ 1 butternut pumpkin, chopped and skin removed

     ♥ 1 tsp. coconut oil

     ♥ fresh ginger, diced

     ♥ 1/2 onion, diced

     ♥ 1-2 clove of garlic diced

     ♥ 3-4 cups of water

     ♥ coconut milk

     ♥ staranis

     ♥ salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste (lime juice optional)


     1. Place coconut oil in a large pot and sauté onion, garlic and ginger

     2. Add chopped pumpkin and staranis and cover with water

     3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minute

     4. Blend until smooth

     5. Add coconut milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg and serve.  

The pumpkin brings the sweetness, the coconut milk the creaminess and if you like it a little more fresh, add a dash of lime juice at the end.

Another little extra I discovered recently is to add a piece of fresh rosemarry on top. It serves beautifully for decorative purposes but at the same time it’s aroma will give an extra experience for your tastebudds, blending in perfectly with the earthy taste of the pumpkin. 


What else do you need for a cozy fall day?  Maybe a pair of warm socks, a cup of tea and lots of candles will make it even more perfect . Enjoy! ♥

Have a wonderful day, as always I am happy to read your comments, please share your thoughts and feedbacks below.

With Love,
mind christina
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Discover the amazing health benefits of watermelon


I loooove watermelons. Now that they are in season I try to drink it’s juice almost every morning. It is so refreshing and hydrating, since watermelon is over 90% water. I like to blend it with fresh mint and some lime juice, for a perfect clean drink for hot summer days. Besides being super delicious and sweet like candy, watermelon has so many health benefits, that it would be a pity not to drink or eat from this beauty. I gathered a short list of the most known benefits, bt if you browse the net, you can find endless resources and information. 

How watermelon can add to your health and well-being

  • Immune Support: watermelon is loaded with electrolytes and vitamin C which both support the stability of your immune system; and it helps decrease the risk of certain cancers.
  • Watermelon is rich in lycopene, which is known for preventing plaque build up in blood vessels.
  • Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant support: it feeds and nourishes the skin, preventing wrinkles and keeping the skin younger.
  • Wound healing & prevents cell damage
  • Watermelon protects the skin from sunburn (reduces risk of sunburn by 40%)                        
  • Promotes weight loss: remember watermelon is over 90 % water
  • Watermelon is an excellent diuretic and is extremely beneficial to the kidneys.
  • Watermelon helps your cardiovascular & bone health
  • Muscle & nerve support
  • Watermelon is alkaline-forming
  • Watermelon improves eye health
  • Watermelon is also known as ‘Natures Viagra’. The arginine produced by eating watermelon relaxes the blood vessels, which is the same basic concept of how Viagra works. The rind of the watermelon contains zinc, which also works to fight impotency.

You can either blend your watermelon or juice it, including some of the rind. The rind is full of many of the beneficial nutrients detailed above so it’s worth including in juicing. You won’t taste it in your watermelon juice since the red, fruity center is so sweet. If you want to juice it and add the rind, make sure you buy an organic watermelon.

For juicing start to wash and scrub the outside of the watermelon you want to use for juicing with a scrubbing brush and some apple cider vinegar to remove waxes and sprays. Cut off a big piece of the watermelon, depending how much you juice you want to make, and chop it up into strips that fit your juicer, including the green skin and rind. Then simply juice everything. Voilà!

If you want to blend it, simply add the red center to your belnder and blend together with some fresh mint leaves and lime juice. Sometimes I combine it with cucumber for a super hydrating combo. On hot summer days I like to add lots ice cubes at the end.

For best taste and the most health benefits drink your watermelon juice immediately.

ENJOY the sweetness and freshness, your body will thank you with lots of energy!

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Have a wonderful day,

as always I am happy to read your comments and feedback!

With Love,
mind christina

A healthy sweet summer treat


Rasperry-Vanilla-Coconut-Chia Popsicles with Raw Chocolate Cover

This weekend we tried and tested a very delicious and super healthy popsicle recipe: Rasperry-Vanilla-Coconut-Chia Popsicles with Raw Chocolate Cover. As you know I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are simple to make with and for my whole family. So I was delighted when I found this recipe, as a healthy “ice cream” alternative and immediately tried and tested it with my girls. The credit for this recipe goes to secretsquirrelfood, a food blog I discovered through Instagram. Thank you secretsquirrelfood for the inspiration! Check out her blog, it’s gorgeous.

These popsicles are super easy and fast to make, and as you can see below, not only I couldn’t wait to have my first bite, but also my kids absolutely LOVE them! The dark chocolate cover gives you this “Magnum” Ice Cream feeling. The filling is made with Chia seeds. These tiny black seeds that natively grow in South America, are making a huge comeback as a modern-day superfood. They used to be an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the days, known for their ability to provide sustainable energy. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Being among the healthiest foods on the planet, they have become so popular that they are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, that can have important benefits for your body and brain. They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, having more omega -3 than, for example, salmon, but with very few calories. Chia is also a complete protein and a great source of calcium, potassium, and fiber. They can help regulate blood sugar, provide long-lasting energy and curb your appetite. Chia seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Since the seeds themselves taste very neutral, you can basically add them to everything. Add them to your smoothies & juices, müesli, yoghurt, bread, salads, cakes, muffins, and even to your icecreams and…popsticles ( always a great way to sneak them into your kid’s diet).

These chia popsicles are the perfect healthy treat for hot summer days. They will satisfy your sweet cravings, and they are absolutely family proof! (Which means, besides myself also my kids and my husband love them. The images below are the best proof!)


Makes 4-5 Popsicles


2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup coconut milk

2 teaspoons raw sweetener of your choice ( maple syrup, honey, raw agave syrup, coconut nectar, date syrup, stevia…)

¼ teaspoon vanilla bean

¾ cup frozen raspberries, chopped into small pieces

Raw Chocolate Cover

½ cup raw cacao butter
⅓ cup raw cacao powder

2 tablespoons raw sweetener of your choice (see above)

pinch of himalayan salt

pinch of Vanilla


1. Combine all ingredients for the popsicle filling into a bowl, mix well and place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
2. Once the Chia seeds have absorbed all the liquid and have transformed into a pudding, stir the mixture again, until you get a smooth, creamy consistency.
3. Pour the filling into popsicle moulds, or silicone moulds of any shape and put them into the freezer for an hour.

4. Once the filling is solid, but still soft enough, put the wooden sticks into the middle of the forms, and put them back into the freezer until they are completely frozen.

5. For the raw chocolate cover, cut the raw cacao butter into small pieces and place into a small bowl.

6. Slowly melt the raw cacao butter over low heat by using a bain-marie or a double boiler. Be careful to do this over low heat not more than 42 ° C to avoid overheating, which will destroy all the living enzymes in the raw ingredients.
7. Once cacao butter is melted, add sweetener of your choice , raw cacao powder and if you like a pinch of Vanilla and Himalayan salt.

8. Stir the mixture with a fork until it is well combined and smooth.
9. Dip the popsicles into the melted raw chocolate mixture, help with a spoon to drizzle over every part, and decorate with freeze-dried or frozen raspberries. The chocolate cover will harden immediately from the cold of the frozen inside.
10. Enjoy straight away, or put them back into the freezer and safe for later (…which I find really hard:-))

(click on the images, to see in full size)


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Have a wonderful day,

as always I am happy to read your comments and feedback!

with lots of love, beauty, creativity, magic and sweet delight
mind christina
…and now it’t my turn….


Easy, healthy, raw mousse au chocolat


This mousse au chocolate is a treat I make every week for my whole family and often as a desert for dinner parties. It’s super easy and simple, it only requires 5 ingredients and it’s made in less than 5 minutes. It doesn’t contain any refined sugar, dairy or other nasties that aren’t good for you. So it’s totally guilt-free, raw and super healthy. Since it’s so healthy I even have it for breakfast some times!



My secrets for beating the cold and grey weather


One of the intentions I set for myself this year was to let go of the overly busy lifestyle, and instead slow down as much as possible and practise more self care. While 2014 was all about working hard, velocity, not getting enough rest and sleep, I started 2015 with a new approach. Effortless and Graceful are two of my keywords for this year.  I want to take much more time to nurture and pamper myself, with more time to relax and let go and do more of the things that nourish my body-mind and soul.

So in the future I will keep sharing all the things and practises that help me deepen my body-mind-soul connection and my hope is that you will get a spark of inspiration and start to incorporate some of the practises in your daily life.

So today I will share how ginger is helping me to stay warm during these cold winter days and I will also be sharing some simple yoga stretches, which I started to include in my nighttime habits. This simple shift has completely changed the way I fall asleep, whenever I do the stretches I share below I sleep like a baby.


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I have been drinking a lot of hot ginger water, ginger tea or smoothies with ginger during winter. On days when I am working on my desk and whenever I sit a lot, I tend to feel cold very quickly. Since my body is used to constantly move, and that’s how it produces heat, I am sensitive to cold and easily freezing when I am not moving. Hot ginger water is a great way for me to heat up the body from the inside, on days when I am not able to move my body that much. I cut a nice junk of ginger root into little pieces and pour boiling water over it. I often add an organic lime, which gives the water that wonderful zesty aroma and taste. I let the hot water sit for about 10 minutes and then drink it throughout the day. You can try out different variations and replace the limes with grapefruits, oranges or lemons. Just make sure you use organic, untreated fruits, since you don’t want to drink the pesticides. Also adding a little honey or your favorite choice of natural sweetener can be an option. Try it out and let me know what you like most.

Not only does ginger help you stay warm. Some of the many other bebefits of ginger are:

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves Circulation
  • Strengthens Immunity
  • Fights the cold and flue
  • Relieves Asthma Symptoms
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Releases muscle pain and sore muscles after exercise
  • Helps ease migraines
  • Improves Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Menstrual Cramp Remedy
  • Helps with morning sickness during pregnancy
  • Reduces motion sickness and nausea
  • Clears sinuses
  • Fights cancer
  • Protects against Alzheimer
  • Reduces osteoarthritis
  • Blocks acid from heatburns
  • Improves your breath
  • Natural aphrodisiac

With so many health benefits and since it’s so easy to make, it makes sense to start adding ginger to your daily habits and some of your dishes.

Here is one of my favorite winter-smoothie recipe, which is also made with ginger.



IMG_0853[1]This smoothie will give you an instant boost, helps with digestion because of the diferent citric fruits, at the same time it’s warming from the ginger. It is so delicious! Press 2 grapefruits and 3-4 oranges. Cut 1/2 pineapple into pieces. Put everything into a high speed blender and add a piece of ginger (size of ginger depends on how hot you like it) Mix and blend everything on high speed till it’s smooth and creamy. Enjoy right away!



Another practise I have been starting again this year is stretching before I go to bed. These specific stretches are relaxing yet invigorating and help to reduce stiffness that has been built up during the day in the areas of the spine, hips, shoulders, legs and neck. At the same time these stretches massage and nourish the inner organs, preparing them to fulfill their proper function during sleep.

I created little snapshots from a video I did on my full evening stretch sequence. Since the images are “cutouts” from the video, they are not the clearest fotos. Also the lighting wasn’t the best, but I wanted to create something for you, so that you can try out the stretches for yourself. I don’t always have the time to do the full sequence. When I feel very tired I just do a few of them, and sometimes I just don’t feel like stretching at all. But the difference in the quality of my sleep when I do the stretches is remarkable. I cuddle into the bed, feeling totally relaxed and comfortable in my own skin, and fall asleep very easily. Try them out, or some of them taht feel good. Remember this is a practice and not about prefection. If the poses look or feel too difficult for you,  just do what you can from where you are right now. this is not about how it looks like but how it feels like.


(based on the teachings of Shiva Rea )

Part 1: Full body warm up and flow

These stretches help to warm up and massage the whole body and realease stiffness, especially in the back, hips, neck and shoulder area.

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 Part 2: Spine Extentions, Forward Bends and Twists

These forward bends and twists help to calm down the nervous system and create space in the spine and the hamstrings/back of the legs

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(Variation with bent leg for beginners, using a strap or towel)

 Part 3: Hip openers for release and relaxation

The hips are the place in the body where a lot of emations are stored. So it makes sense to stretch this area for the night to support release and deep relaxation, letting go of emotional discomfort.

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 Part 4: Inversions 

The upside down poses of the shoulder stand and plough, increase circulation, they massage and nourish the internal organs, and the proper function of the endocrine system

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(Relax in Shavasana as long as you like)

And this is a little behind the scenes, showing what usually happens during my practise: :-) She always wants to do her little feat (“Kunststückli”)

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Click here to download a PDF of the whole routine for print out.

I hope this post inspires you to create your own sanctuary wherever you are. As always, please leave your your comments, feedback, experiences questions and insights in the comment section below.

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Have a wonderful week,
as always I am happy to read your comments and feedback!
with lots of love, beauty, creativity & magic,

Time flies


If you are a mother I am sure you can relate to the image above, no more words needed. 😉

Well, today’s blog post is just a brief glimpse into the adventures from around here, because a lot (i.e., too much!) has been going on lately. This week was very special, as it was Mélodie’s first week in kindergarden. A very emotional moment for every mum and dad. Wow, time really flies. Wasn’t it just yesterday when I carried my baby around the whole day? Now she’s off on her own.


This week I took the opportunity to talk with my daugthers about the moments, when I held them in my arms for the first time. We looked at photos from pregnancy until their first days at home. We also looked at photos from my own childhood as a baby and my first day in kindergarden. We turned this afternoon into a little party, celebrating our next big chapter in family life. I wrote them each a letter saying how proud I am of them. We made home made ice cream (see this simple recipe below) and danced to our favorite music.

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Talking about the time and period in a mother’s life when the baby desires to be carried around and cuddled all day. While you love your child, and want to give it all the love and caring ,there’s still lots of other things on your list, and somehow you need to manage the rest of your daily business. Baby carriers are a great help tothis endbut it’s not always easy to find the right fit for both mother and baby. I would like to introduce to you a great project of one of my B-School friends, Cecilia Tsai. She is launching a new baby carrier system called HIPSTER. Please spread the word and share this with everyone who has a baby, or plans to have one, and support her in launching this great product. Check it out below.


NEWS FLASH: Innovative Kickstarter launches by MiaMily


1 baby carrier, 9 different ways. Get involved in helping a company take off and get your very own HIPSTER™ for a steal on for this awesome new baby carrier that takes care of both you and your little one.  Designed by parents for parents, this baby carrier is sleek in style, AND functional. If MiaMily launches Kickstarter successfully, the company will initiate its One for One Charity campaign, where each future sale of HIPSTER™ will donate one can of formula milk to babies in need



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I have to admit as I am writing this post, the weather in Switzerland doesn’t really call for ice cream. But children always love it, and I want to share with you the easiest, fastes and healthiest ice cream recipe in the world. I love keeping it simple, because I don’t have a lot of time. It’s not even a recipe because it’s just too simple to taste good-but it’s absolutely delicious and even healthy.

makes about 4 servings

INGREDIENTS: 5 large Bananas peeled and cut into little pieces, 300 g Rasperies

DIRECTIONS:    1. Freeze Bananas and Rasperies for 3 hours or longer (alternatively you can buy the Rasperies already frozen)

2. Place frozen bananas and rasperies in a Vitamix or High Speed Blender and blend until smooth and creamy

3. Enjoy immediately!

TIPS & ALTERNATIVES : If you don’t have a Vitamix or other high speed blender, you can blend the fruits in a food processor. You can add a little vanilla extract, or add a few springs of mint for a refreshing taste. You can also try this recipe with other fruits instead of the berries, or you can add raw chocolate powder with the bananas. Try it out and get creative.



Below are some of my latest Instagram shares, showing all kind of inspirations, ranging from my home decoration ideas, to the latest sketchbook creations, to my wild dances out in nature.

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Have a wonderful week, full of creativity and inspiration,



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Summer & Letting go


Summer has really arrived here in Switzerland! Eventhough I love all the 4 seasons, summer is really my favorite time of the year. My essence feels most alive in summer.I realized that we are nearly half way through the year. Incredible how time flies. Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas and New Years yesterday? Summer is also a perfect time for me to let go and just BE in the present moment. The hot and sunny weather pulls me out of the house to spend time in the sun and in nature. This allows me to let go of the “musts” and the “to do lists” for a day, for a few hours or a little moment.It is the prefect time to remember, review, honor, and revaluate the things that have happened in the past 6 months, let go of the things that don’t serve us anymore and then set new intentions for the next few months that lie ahead.I invite you to set aside a moment for yourself, grab your journal, make yourself a refreshing drink (you can try the recipe below), find a comfortable spot that lights you up and connect:

RETROSPECT: Reflect and review on all the things that you experienced in the last 6 months. Honor every moment good or bad. Appreciate what you have learnt and celebrate all the little achievements

EXPRESS GRADITUDE: Make a list of everything that you feel grateful for in your life. It will help you recognize the abundance that you have in your current life, and all the little things that we usually take for granted.

LET GO: Let go of all the things that don’t serve you anymore for your next level of evolution. Write them all down and then release them. Visualize how you put these things into balloons and then send them off to the sky. Or imagine how all the things you don’t want anymore hang on strings that are attatched to your body – in your minds eye see how you cut them off with big scissors.

CONNECT & SET NEW INTENTIONS: Think of all the things that you would like to attract and bring into your life. What are your dreams and desires for the next 6 months? Write down the smallest detail of your wildest dream, don’t think about the HOW it will happen. Then form a clear intention that expresses what you want to manifest in your life as if it has already happened. Write the intention down as often as possible over the next 6 months, ideally every day.

REMEMBER: Our thoughts have the power to create everything in our life. They can either help us create the life of our dreams or disconnect us entirely from our truth. The more we listen to our intuition, heart and soul and the more we let go of the negative self-talks and limiting stories – the more we can step out of our own way and move into a supportive and loving space from where we have the power to create miracles that eventually lead us towards our dreams and desires; step-by-step.In your wildest dreams, what does your best life look like?


Recipe of the week

This is a refreshing cooler for hot summer days
1) Squeeze one organic lemon or 2 limes
2) Pour juice intro a carafe
3) Add a handful of frozen berries of your choice
4) Add fresh mint and lemon balm leaves
5.) Fill up with pure water
6) Add ice cubes
7) If you prefer it sweet you can add some agave or honey
8)Let it sit for about 15 minutes
Mmmmmhhhh! Have a wonderful week! Enjoy the summer !
Lots of Love,


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