• Mother’s Day inspired: Coconut curry with millet and asperagus

    Today’s Mother’s Day couldn’t have been better spent than laughing, relaxing and cooking together with my lovely, wonderful, creative mom who is simply the bestest mom there is. Asperagus is in season now in The Netherlands, so we used this perfect timing to make a recipe using the green delight. Read on for the delightful spring recipe we made, inspired by a recipe from the ‘Forks over Knives’ cookbook. Coconut curry with millet and asperagus Serves 3. Prep time: 40-50 minutes from start to finish. Ingredients: 3/4 cup millet + 2,5 cups water 1 cup leek, white and light green part thinly sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tblsp ginger, peeled…

  • sweet potato broccoli feta wrap recipe

    Sweet Potato & Broccoli Wraps

    IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A WRAP TO HOLD YOU TIGHT (thank you Nelly Furtado’s ‘Promiscuous’ lyrics), you have come to the right place. It has been a rather active and slightly exhausting week and by the time it was Saturday I could feel my body needing TLC in shape of easy food and good rest. I strolled through the supermarket and chose my most favorite healthy ingredients: sweet potato, broccoli, avocado and corn – then realized these would make an amazing wrap combined with delicious feta cheese! Print Recipe Sweet Potato & Broccoli Wraps Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 medium sweet potatoes or 1 large1 small broccoli or…

  • Small Loaf of Spiced Carrot Cake with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Guys, it’s my first time baking carrot cake – can you believe it? It turned out amazing, I love using moist vegetables in cakes. Up until now, I always grabbed the opportunity to indulge in my mom’s amazing carrot cake, or lazily order carrot cake whenever I’m at a cafe. In the latter case I always look like one of those “my body is a temple” people, since I don’t like frosting (it’s non-organic dairy + sugar = boo!) and scrape it off with my fork to the side of my plate. So, there’s no frosting in this recipe. There is a bit of sugar – I did not succeed…

  • DIY: How to make Almond Milk (in different flavors)

    It’s always a daring step to try out something new, but the health benefits of almond milk and the simplicity of making your own, are reasons enough try out the challenge of making homemade almond milk :). This is where I buy good quality almonds in Leiden! INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: SOAK. Grab 100g raw almonds and soak them in water for minimum 6 hours , preferably more (for example, leave them overnight, or a whole day, starting in the morning and then making it when you get back home after school/work). Step 2: BLEND. Once soaked, drain the almonds and add 750ml new water. Mix in blender until smooth white…

  • Fruity Crumble with Bastogne Cookies

    CRUMBLE TIME! This was the first time I baked with my father. We chose a crumble because it is simple to make and comforting to eat. This post is 100% affiliate free, I just really love the taste of Bastogne cookies (you can buy them in The Netherlands). A fruit-laden crumble is a great healthier dessert. This one is loaded with berries, topped off with apple and rough oats (a good source of B vitamins and fiber), and does not contain dairy. To make the crumble gluten-free, simply use gluten-free cookies. If you’re considering serving it with ice cream: check out Jaime’s 45 second ice cream. Print Recipe Fruity Crumble…

  • chocolate fudge brownies with beetroot and ginger

    Beetroot & Ginger Chocolate Fudge Brownies

    ONE DAY AFTER YOGA, a friend treated us to chocolate beetroot brownies with a hint of ginger. They were delicious! Here’s the recipe. Print Recipe Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Beetroot & Ginger Course Dessert Prep Time 1 hour Servings pieces Ingredients 500 g beetroot cook your own & peel it, or buy pre-cooked and warm it up200 g dark chocolate minimum 70% cocoa content100 g unsalted butter use melted coconut oil for a dairy-free brownie100 g wholegrain or spelt flour50 ml maple syrup25 g cocoa powder3 cm ginger2 eggs Course Dessert Prep Time 1 hour Servings pieces Ingredients 500 g beetroot cook your own & peel it, or buy pre-cooked…

  • Lunch Salad You’ll need after the Holidays (Great for the Immune System)

    Alright people, it’s time to make 2015 awesome! Here’s a detox salad that helped me & my body fight off the negative effects of all the sugar indulged in over the holidays. There’s just been too much sugar and too little vitamins a bit too often in the holiday meals. This salad is a perfect detox lunch, because it: 1) is easy to prepare, 2) contains fresh (green) veggies, 3) is easy to bring along, 4) gives a feeling of satiety for hours. Spinach is an important source of zinc. Zinc is an important mineral for a healthy immune system. Bell pepper is a good source of vitamin C, equally important…

  • Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)

    GLUHWEIN IS RED WINE COOKED WITH SPICES, ORANGES and some sugar. It could be considered a winter version of home made sangria. It is very easy to make, so I think everyone should be trying to make their own this winter instead of buying pre-packed from the supermarket – because it tastes better, contains less sugar and no artificial flavors. Print Recipe Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine) Course Drinks Servings Ingredients 1 liter red wine of your choice, nothing too expensive1 orange one half peeled and diced, the other half unpeeled and cut in slices2 tbsp Gluhwein spices to be found seasonally at better supermarkets2 tbsp brown sugar Course Drinks Servings…

  • Foods to Eat to Maintain a Healthy Weight + Prevent Obesity

    The holiday season might be a strange time to write about limiting calorie intake but, you don’t want to wake in January 20 pounds heavier than you were last year. Obesity is the dangerous future for all of us unless we take active steps in maintaining a healthy weight. I like to start every year fresh with some good New Year’s Resolutions. What about you? For those of you who are into detox during the holidays, I found a cool and tasty way to do that here.   BMI & OBESITY The World Health Organisation definition of obesity is based on a person’s Body Mass Index, which is the weight…

  • 13 Effective Ideas for Happy Dieting

    DURING ONE OF MY EVENING SHIFTS AT THE HOSPITAL, we were all craving a snack. You know that feeling – it’s 11 pm, you’re awake, you’re hungry. All the healthy snacks were already gone when, to everyone’s delight, one of the nurses pulled out a bag of M&Ms. Another one asked me: “Shouldn’t you be avoiding E-numbers?”, to which I greedily grabbed a handful, stuffed my mouth and victoriously proclaimed: “Too late!” There was only one nurse who managed to resist the temptation – she was on a diet and wasn’t going to ruin it! She told me how she has been trying to lose weight for a while now,…