January is coming to an end, which means this horrible first month of the year, also known as the most stressful month, because of exams, is finally over! Next week I will be off to France for a shortski with my dad and my sister (very much looking forward), so February is starting off great! Today I want to share this moodboard with you, which I will use as an inspiration for next month. Let's get inspired!
I really enjoy baking and cooking lately. I'm always eager to try new things to bake or cook, so today I tried to make fluffy American pancakes with buckwheat flour, which makes them a little healthier. And for those who are gluten intolerant: buckwheat flour is gluten free! I've only made classic crêpes before, but after seeing all these amazing pancake stacks on Pinterest and Instagram I thought I would give it a go, and I must say that they turned out to be pretty good. These yummy pancakes are perfect as a little afternoon snack, as dessert or as a lovely breakfast in the morning. This recipe is very easy and simple to follow.
What you'll need for 12 pancakes
- 3 free range eggs
- 55 gr plain flour *
- 60 gr buckwheat flour *
- 140 ml milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
* If you're gluten intolerant you can use 115 gr buckwheat flour
First take the 3 eggs and separate the whites and the yolks in 2 bowls. Add the plain flour, the buckwheat flour, the baking powder and the milk to the yolks and mix into a smooth batter. Then whisk the whites with a pinch of salt until it becomes stiff and fold this into the batter. Now it's ready to use.
If you want to give these pancakes a little twist you can add some chocolate chips. They can be served with some syrup, honey, cinnamon, a little bit of Nutella, a handful of berries, ... I opted for some pomegranate seeds, a little bit of Greek yoghurt and some chocolate chips inside the pancakes. Delicious!
Anxiety and stress is a topic that most of us don't talk about very often. But it is something I feel very strongly about. Ever since I was a little girl, I always had issues with stress, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Constantly worrying and not being able to make up my mind when decisions need to be made can be very frustrating and exhausting. I do not want to be that person that's always anxious about the smallest things, because life really isn't that serious and time goes by way too fast.
I never really make resolutions at the beginning of each year because I know I won't be able to keep up with them (who's with me?), but I am determined that in 2016 I will finally learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. I know it won't go away just like that, it's something you have to learn how to manage. Today I want to share some tips and tricks with you on how to stop worrying and how to relief anxiety, because I know everybody feels overwhelmed and stressed once in a while.
1. Identify what triggers your anxiety Once you know what causes your anxiety it will be easier to cope.
2. Eat right Eat healthy and well-balanced meals and keep energy-boosting snacks on hand. Do not skip any meals.
3. Move your body Go outside for some fresh air, take some time to relax, exercise or go for bike rides to cope with excess tension.
4. Believe in yourself Adapt a positive attitude. Try to replace all negative thoughts with positive ones.
5. Accept that you cannot control everything Put your stress in perspective: is it really as bad as you think?
6. Anxiety is contagious Try to stay away from people who are very stressed (before an exam for example), their stress may tend to increase your own.
7. Breathe When you feel stress or anxiety coming up just try to inhale and exhale slowly, count to 10. And repeat if necessary.
8. Get enough sleep When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
9. Talk to someone Tell friends and family when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
10. Limit alcohol and caffeine Coffee and alcoholic beverages can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
I hope these tips can be helpful for some of you. If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comment section, I'd love to know! :-)
Hi everyone, my name is Pauline. I'm a 21 year-old Applied Linguistics student based in Antwerp. Loving make-up - fashion - books - social media - tea - travelling.