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    Understanding Scientific Articles: 4 Questions You Need to Ask to Make Science Easy & Keep Your Health

      Many a hundred of scientific articles get published in (bio)medical journals each year. Some of them about disease, some of them about prevention, and some of them about health and nutrition. Only a tiny miniscule proportion of those get portrait correctly in the media, and lots of times you will find yourself being misinformed, while you actually want to know what’s going on. With the following tips, you can decipher any (bio)medical article, find out which ones apply to you and easily know which ones to discard. The four questions you need to ask are: What is the population studied? Has the study been carried out in cells, animals…

  • Rice 101 | How to Buy, Cook & Eat rice + Health benefits

      AS A STUDENT, I would often make rice for dinner, paired with deep-freeze spinach and something crazy on the side, like plain mixed lettuce. I know, I know… that doesn’t make any sense. TO MAKE MATTER WORSE, the rice would usually turn to mush (be overcooked), sometimes be too chewy (undercooked) and almost never turned out just right. AFTER YEARS OF OCCASSIONAL EXPERIMENTING, and thanks to the influence of good cooks around my friends and family, plus a lot of trial & error, I’ve got a grip on making good rice. IF YOU ALSO STRUGGLE with making rice because it hardly turns out right – or if you love…

  • Aubergine & Raisin Risotto-Stuffed Bell Pepper

    If you want to eat healthy (which I know you do), adopt vegetable stuffed meals in your diet. This Moroccan-Mediterranean fusion of a dish fits perfectly in that repertoire, it’s easy to prepare on a weeknight and extremely healthy due to high vegetable content. Aubergine tastes great paired with raisins (I use yellow ones – which I thought meant they are made from white grapes, but just found out it actually means these raisins have been treated with sulphur dioxide to keep their color, bummer). Still, yellow raisins are a bit sweeter and plumper than black raisins, which works great in risottos and stews. This recipe is suitable for a healthy food pattern,…

  • Deliciously Healthy Vegetarian Curry: Squash, Black Beans & Tomatoes in Creamy Coconut Sauce

    This delicious, healthy & simple vegetarian Kerala Curry recipe is based on a recipe from the ‘Fresh India’ cookbook. Squash is in season, perfect to combine with heart healthy black beans and aromatic spices such as garam masala mix. Serves 4 for amazing dinner, prep time 45 minutes from start to table. Ingredients for Oven-roasted Squash 1kg squash, unpeeled, cut into thin wedges 1 tbsp garam masala sprinkle of salt and pepper Ingredients for Creamy Coconut sauce 1 onion, diced 2 green chilis, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 400g tin black beans, rinsed and drained 150g ripe tomatoes (or tinned tomatoes if not in season) 400ml good coconut milk (at…

  • 4 Healthy Recipes I found on the internet Ana's Bananas Blog

    4 Easy, Tasty Dinner Recipes I Found This Week // FELLOW FOODIES ON THE INTERNET

    With my recent discovery of Pinterest, and my obvious love of good food, I stumble upon GREAT recipes every time I hit the web (or public library for that matter – cook books are awwwsome). Every week, I share my finds with you here! This week, we´ve got 4 amazing dinner recipes on the menu. 1. EASY SHRIMP & BROCCOLI STIR-FRY Quick, easy and very satisfying! I had it with noodles, but you can also serve it alongside brown rice. Link to recipe here. NOTE: for the sauce, I only used 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, and skipped on the rice vinegar and added sugar.…

  • Jaime Oliver 45 second ice cream healthy recipe with yoghurt, strawberry and mint Ana's Bananas Blog

    Jaime Oliver´s 45-second Ice Cream

    A QUICK POST ON A WARM SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Craving ice cream? Me too. Here’s a healthy version, and easy too. Jaime Oliver’s 45-second ice cream with yogurt and fruits. This is ice cream made healthy. Low in sugar, high in fiber and (feel free to use delicious full fat yoghurt, it’s good for you) rich in healthy fats.

  • Fennel, Zucchini and Green Pea Soup

    INSPIRED BY A RECIPE FROM the Veg cookbook, I bring you a very green, delicious soup that you can enjoy all summer long! It’s quick to prepare and the aroma that will fill your kitchen while making it will awaken anyone’s appetite! (Even my little brother’s, although he’s actually totally not into veggies, he actually does totally dig this soup! 😮 🙂 … of course, because it is an awesome soup!) Fennel, Zucchini and Green Pea Soup Serves 6. Prep time: 30 minutes from start to finish. Fennel, 1 large knob Celery, 2 stalks Spring onions, a bunch of 6 (or 4 if they are quite large) Zucchini, 2 small…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…