• 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 up in January 20 pounds heavier than you were last year. Obesity is a 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…

  • 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).…

  • Green Soup

    I used to have a housemate with gorgeous complexion; she would make this soup quite often. Broccoli & zucchini pair up to create a power dish that is a wonderful part of a plant-based diet. Low in calories, high in nutrients. Perfect for reaching or maintaining a healthy weight. Serve along side¬†buttery garlic bread so that it doesn’t become too healthy. Print Recipe Green Soup Course Main Dish Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 1 large broccoli roughly chopped1 large zucchini roughly chopped3 shallots finely chopped3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee1 L good vegetable stock a good vegetable stock is mostly oil and vegetables, and low…

  • Sweet Potato with Organic Pork and Steamed Veg

    Having a good piece of organic meat once in a while is a good idea, not only because it tastes good, but especially for certain nutrients (such as vitamin B12, which is difficult to obtain from other foods). Besides, it’s not like every meal with meat has to be unhealthy – I make this meal rich in vegetables, yet delicious. The ingredients I use are organic and local whenever possible. Sweet Potato with Organic Pork and Steamed Veg Serves 4. Prep time: 60 minutes. Sweet potatoes, 4 large Broccoli, 1 Cauliflower, 1 Pork sausages, 8 Olive oil, 4 tbsp Salt & pepper to taste Instructions Heat up the oven to…

  • Quinoa Fritters with Carrot & Coriander

    If someone close to you does not like the standard quinoa salads, that can make it difficult to incorporate this super awesome protein source into your weekly diet. Fortunately, I came across a great Quinoa Fritters recipe on MindBodyGreen.com. After adjusting it a little based on the ingredients we already had in our kitchen, they still turned out pretty good! It’s like fried quinoa burgers, except vegetarian – and gluten free, and dairy free. Perfect as a light summer dinner, perfect as a lunch time snack and/or perfect for dipping into a warm vegetable soup! These quinoa fritters are simple and quick to make. Plus, you can keep them refrigerated…

  • Panzanella

    STALE BREAD SHOULD NEVER GO TO WASTE AGAIN! Panzanella is a Tuscan summer specialty based on bread and tomatoes – and it’s absolutely delicious! It’s a very healthy meal, full of fresh ingredients, low in calories and rich in nutrients. Just the process of making it will make you feel like an Italian God/ess, as the aromas and colors fill the plate. I’ve found inspiration for this recipe in the River Cottage VEG Cookbook by a man with a very complicated last name, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Print Recipe Panzanella with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil Course Main Dish Prep Time 20 minutes Passive Time 20 minutes (skip this if in a hurry)…

  • Best Ways to Stop Using Chocolate for Solving All Your Problems

    THIS IS A POST FOR ALL EMOTIONAL EATERS, chocoholic and non-chocoholics alike. If you, in times of sorrow, feel like the only thing to do is drown in chocolate (or ice cream, or bacon), you should know that I used to feel the same way. BUT, I WANTED A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WAY TO DEAL WITH MY MOOD. Although chocolate does help (as of course ice cream and bacon do too), I’ve realised that I no longer wanted to be someone who relies on food for fixing emotions. That is why I looked up all sorts of ways to stop using chocolate for solving all my problems. I was surprised to…

  • 7 Ways to Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast

    If you’ve been on my Instagram, you know I often eat oatmeal as a weekday breakfast. I’ve tried many variations, and discovered that some are way better than others. Hence this post! I wanted to tell you a bit more about oatmeal, how to prepare it easily, and what to top if off with – all while eating on a budget! Gluten free, healthy and cheap: oatmeal is one of the cheapest cereals there is. It scores well on the glycemix index (unlike all sort of sugar coated rice puffs etc in the regular cereals), making it suitable for those struggling with metabolic syndrome or diabetes type 2. It is…

  • Tasty tacos with veggies, feta and minced beef

    Tacos can be as nutritious or as bad for you as you make them. Personally, I think that just because something is ‘bad for you’ in its original form doesn’t mean you have to stop loving it all together – it just means you can find a healthier alternative and still enjoy! These tasty tacos are perfect for a casual dinner with friends or a fun family meal (with kids), and they are also super healthy. P.s. you could also make this recipe using tortilla wraps but, unless you are making your own tortilla wraps, opt for taco shells because store bought tortilla wraps are full of conservatives, artificial flavors…

  • Baked Wild Salmon with Steamed Broccoli & Buttered Carrot

    Perfectly blue-zone friendly meal. Make it, enjoy it, savor it. It will leave you feeling nourished and your belly fully satisfied. Filled with vegetables, while not feeling like a lifeless salad. Print Recipe Baked Wild Salmon with Steamed Broccoli & Buttered Carrot Course Main Dish Prep Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 large carrots no need to peel if organic1 broccoli2 pieces wild salmon fresh or frozen, 200-300g3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Course Main Dish Prep Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 large carrots no need to peel if organic1 broccoli2 pieces wild salmon fresh or frozen, 200-300g3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Instructions STEAM BROCCOLI for 10 minutes…