• 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…

  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

    FIRST OF ALL, I feel like my picture does not give these tasty pancakes enough credit – they are tastier than they look! THE BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKE RECIPE is my first ‘non-traditional’ pancake recipe (I found it here and altered it a little bit), making these pancakes gluten free and dairy free. No sugar is added in the recipe, meaning that all the sugars in the pancakes are natural sugars. For baking the pancakes, I used coconut oil. The ‘healthy’ Banana Oatmeal pancakes were Practically unrecognisable from ‘regular’ pancakes that we’ve all grown to love Great in texture Extremely easy to make Delicious! Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Makes 10 medium-sized pancakes.…

  • 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)Β 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…

  • Pimp My Croissant

    Oh la la, mais oui, ‘ze French croissant. Unfortunately, quite pricey at all the fancy good-quality French bakeries, and quite unhealthy and calorie-loaded at all the cheap supermarkets. How to make a healthier yet affordable alternative? Purchase fresh pastry dough and then build your own croissants at home. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time. It will be a healthier breakfast that tastes just as good (if not even better) than store bought croissants (with all sorts of unorganic and artificial additives). I used fresh pastry dough, in this case by “Tante Fanny”, which I purchased in the cooling section of the Hoogvliet supermarket (in The Netherlands).…

  • Groceries List (Free pdf)

    A SIMPLE, YET THOROUGH LIST to have with you at moments of need, inspiration, support – or as a grocery list for your supermarket! Scroll down for PDF. FREE PDF BELOW! THIS LIST CONTAINS PURE, CLEAN, HEALTHY INGREDIENTS. Using this list during grocery shopping could help you: * save money at the supermarket, distracting you from expensive, non-nutritious foods * get healthier by leading you to affordable, healthy choices * lose weight by distracting you from unhealthy choices: with this list, you don’t even have to go past the soda and/or junk food isle anymore; avoid it altogether and leave the supermarket feeling happy and proud! Breakfast Plain yoghurt or…

  • 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,…