Tasty, Vegan, Healthy – Roots & Friends + Balboa

Good evening:)

Routines. Would you call yourself a „routine-kind-of-person“ or rather someone who often tries out new things, never go to the same restaurant twice, likes the unknown? I’ve done kind of an experience a couple of months ago – I realized that I’m stuck in my routines and although I realized that I’m bored of them, that life didn’t seem very interesting to me, I wasn’t able to „break out“. In my case that included: 1. doing the same exercises at the gym all (allll!!!) the time, 2. ordering the same food when I ate out, 3. putting on my make up the same way everyday, 4. staying at the same hotel and doing the same things when on holiday and so on. So there was that day when I decided that from now on I’ll challenge myself  and daring something „new“ every week. Part of it was changing my gym routine and trying out that super hip place called Balboa. I’ve always considered myself as a „not liking groupe fitness kind of person“. I’ve tried different courses at different studios, catching myself eyeing the watch hopping the time passes fast… Actually, Balboa is a gym where you can book groupe fitness classes ONLY. So no gym equipment like a crosstrainer or anything similar like that – everything what I normally used is inexisting. I expected myself attending one (free) lesson, never going again haha…when I finished my first class I could hardly believe that I actually liked it.

I’ll probably always be a routine kind of person and Balboa became part of this routine but in contrast to what I called my routine a couple of months ago, I now love my „routine life“ (don’t get me wrong: I’m only talking about my fitness routine while of course, my life exists of more than that 😉 ).  Now all this talking is not only because I wanna say that sometimes it’s worth trying out something new but also because Balboa brings me to todays recipe:

I got inspired by Roots & Friends – a vegan restaurant/juice bar in Zurich which is located in the same building as Balboa  (+ they have a location right next to the main station) and which became one of my favorite places in Zurich. Nothing better than grabbing a smoothie after a good training 😉  The recipe from Roots & Friends is published on sistyle.ch where they post vegan recipes from time to time. I changed the recipe and made my own version.

Hope you like it.

XX Patricia




Recipe (for 2)


  • 100 gram black bean spaghettis
  • 2 spiralized carrots
  • 1 spiralized zucchetti
  • 10 shiitake mushrooms
  • 100 gram peas
  • 2-3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Some edamame as topping to eat by hands;) or edamame beans


  • 5 cl soy sauce
  • 5 cl sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp agave sirup


  • Bring water to a boil, add salt and the spaghettis – cook for 5-7 min
  • Mix all the ingredients for the dressing, set aside
  • Spiralize the vegetables
  • In a frying pan roast the sesame seeds. Make sure you shake the pan, otherwise they’ll burn. When done set aside
  • In the same frying pan add coconut oil (as much as desired) and sauté the mushrooms
  • When the mushrooms have the desired brown color, add frozen peas and edamame sauté everything for about 2-3 min
  • Add the spiralized vegetables.
  • After another 2-3 min add the cooked spaghetti, sesame seeds and pour over the soy sauce mixture.




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