I simply love Aino’s recipes. Every time I visit her website, I simply want to try them all!
Aino Mäkelä is only 25 years old and has already written two books, her blog is awarded to be one of the most inspirational in Finland and she is also doing a career as a Social Media Manager at Foodin, one of the Finnish nutrition online shops. Aino is now sharing her favourite breakfast recipe with us – have a look at the end of this post!
Aino is a good example of how a strict fitness diet is not made for everyone. She was following a diet, which finally made her menstruation stop. “I learned from the process that you should not play around with food. After I started to get those problems, I started to eat smarter and more to improve my health and endurance rather than losing weight. I realised that when the diet is balanced, then also my weight balances naturally to the point where it should be”.
GB: Aino, what made you in the first place to get interested in nutrition and health?
Aino: First I got excited about sports and how it affects your health and performance. While studying that, I realised that food also has a huge impact and nutrition actually affects a lot both your physical and mental well-being. Also, the problems with my hormones made me dig deeper into the subject and that caused an endless need to learn even more!
GB: You have written two books! What was your motivation for writing, and what are your books about?
Aino: I wrote simply to inspire others! If even one story in my books helps readers to get excited about their own wellbeing, is that already a victory to me! I want to share what I have learned, and writing is for me a natural way to do that. My first book is about healthy snacks and superfoods, and that I wrote together with three friends of mine. The other book is about overall well-being and the target group is especially young girls. But of course, women of any age can find interesting points from it!
GB: Can you explain a bit how you eat? Do you follow a specific diet?
Aino: My diet is based on Ayurveda, an Indian personalized approach, where the best possible diet is based on your body type. It might sound funny and I was also quite sceptical in the beginning, but to be honest, I have never before been feeling so good as now! My diet is mostly based on vegetables, is gluten free and I almost never eat red meat. From animal products I use almost only clarified butter (ghee), fish and whey protein
GB: What is your favourite food at the moment and why?
Aino: help.. can I mention only one?! Then probably avocado, because you can make almost anything from it! It tastes delicious and is very versatile, and its nutritional value is very ideal
GB: You also write a blog, and there you write a lot about overall well-being. What does well-being mean to you?
Aino: Balance. That I recognize my own resources and can act accordingly. It also means energy and being passionate about life, a well functioning body, and meaningful relationships!
GB: In our BoostCamp event in May we will be doing a lot of HIIT training. Do you do HIIT training yourself and if yes, do you find it good?
Aino: Yes, absolutely! I do HIIT training actually quite a lot. HIIT is especially good when you don’t have a lot of time and want to get most out of your workout. HIIT is also good improving your physical condition and boosting your metabolism Effective HIIT in the morning gives you a really good start for the day!
GB: If you can give only one advice to someone, who wants to start living a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?
Aino: Try to achieve a permanent lifestyle change and do little choices every day that will make you feel better tomorrow. If you decide to start being super sporty from day one and change your diet completely, might be that your motivation is not going to last very long and after six months you are back there where you started. It’s better to develop small habits slowly that together makes a good bigger picture. Then your motivation to do sports and eat healthy will come from inside
Aino’s favourite breakfast:
- 200-400 ml of water
- 0,5 dl (1/3 cup) of oat flakes
- 0,5 dl (1/3 cup) of amaranth flakes
- 0,5 dl (1/3 cup) of rice protein (vanilla flavour)
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 2/3 teaspoon cardamon
- 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
- Hint of black pepper
“Add all flakes and 200 ml of water into a pan. Boil with a moderate heat, and then add water slowly while cooking the porridge at the same time, this way the structure will become very juicy. When the porridge is quite thin, add rice protein, coconut oil, and spices. Mix well, and eat together with your favourite toppings – my own favourites on top of my porridge are mulberries – and goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and raw chocolate mass!”