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    Indian Summer Salad

    As I’m walking around the cookbook section in a bookshop a couple of weeks ago, a pop of color catches my eye – it’s the “Fresh India” cookbook by a lady called Meera Sodha. Indian cooking finally made simple and not taking 5 days of bending over the stove to make? Yes! This summer salad  is refreshing and full of flavors (it originally also includes a spoonfull of sugar, which I leave out). Enjoy it with a big appetite – it has a grand total of zero (0) calories, really. Fun fact: I buy my bell peppers organic because peppers fall into EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) category of the dirty dozen. This is…

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    The role of vitamin D, diet and exercise in prevention of colon cancer

    Harvard Medical School publishes a health letter every year. In 2014, their letter listed five steps that help prevent colorectal cancer. In this post, I will explain three of the five points mentioned. Colon Cancer Prevention 1.Vitamin D Vitamin D is free (it comes from sunshine) and seems to have a protective effect on many diseases. Exposing most of your body to sunshine 10 minutes per day is enough to have good levels of vitamin D. You can have your vitamin D checked by a doctor to discuss possible supplementation. Although it is not clear yet whether vitamin D supplements have the same effect as vitamin D from sunlight, Harvard…

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    Easy Veggie & Shrimp Stir-fry with Brown Rice Noodles

    AS PROMISED, HERE’S A DELICIOUS STIR-FRY RECIPE that I had for dinner last night. 🙂 Green beans and zucchini were on offer at the supermarket – you can also choose other green veggies which you find on sale, to make this meal not only delicious but also affordable! BROWN RICE NOODLES ARE TASTY. They have a lower glycemic index than wheat noodles, meaning they are better at keeping blood sugar stable. BENEFITS OF THIS MEAL ARE MANY, aside from the brown rice noodles, the stir-fry is low in carbs, has a short cooking time leading to vitamin preservation, provides nutrients from many vegetables and garlic, and gives you a daily…

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    Is raw milk and dairy good for you?

    WEEKENDS ARE GREAT FOR watching inspiring documentaries and fun day trips. Last weekend I watched a documenary called “Milk?” . The documentary “Milk?” discusses whether milk is good or bad for human health. It was interesting to watch and especially inspired me to look for the label “raw” on the next organic dairy product I would buy. I ONLY CONSUME ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCTS because of the poor way in which animals producing non-organic dairy are treated. Still, the concept of raw milk was new to me. Perhaps I just never thought about how many steps milk goes through from being collected to standing on a store shelf. What is raw…

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    Sweet Potato Curry with Almond, Spinach & Coriander

    This curry is amazing and healthy. Let’s celebrate by making more curry! I just love the aroma filling up the kitchen as I am cooking it. Curries are a great comfort food, easy to prepare and perfect as lazy weeknight dinners – when you’re not willing to settle for take out and want a nutritious meal instead.   Print Recipe Sweet Potato Curry with Almond, Spinach & Coriander Course Main Dish Prep Time 40 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 tbsp cooking oil sesame oil and sunflower oil work well here2 pieces red onion2 cloves garlic1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated2 pieces fresh green chili3-5 pieces (800 g) sweet potatoes150 g fresh spinach…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • AA Truffles with Apricots & Almonds

    Sticky, sweet and gooey truffles that are actually good for you. A great alternative to store bought sweets. They are dairy-free, gluten-free and without added sugar. A Paleo fan would approve.. I think! Print Recipe AA Truffles with Apricots & Almonds Course Dessert Prep Time 10 minutes Passive Time 1 hour Servings truffles Ingredients 150 g dried apricots150 g almonds (or walnuts/pecans) a mix of all three if you like4 tbsp coconut flakes1-2 tbsp luke warm water Course Dessert Prep Time 10 minutes Passive Time 1 hour Servings truffles Ingredients 150 g dried apricots150 g almonds (or walnuts/pecans) a mix of all three if you like4 tbsp coconut flakes1-2 tbsp…

  • 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…

  • 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…