• Oops, honey, I changed my lifestyle (Before & After of My 90-day No Sugar Challenge)

    What started as a 30-day experiment on 2 August 2018 has escalated into a full-blown 90-day no sugar challenge. This is the story about the before and the after, and how much sugar I ended up not eating by changing my sweet-tooth, chocolate-loving ways.  In the recent posts, you can read about the start of the 30-day no sugar challenge, and how it turned into a long-term project once my cravings only stopped after 28 days. BEFORE Basics Chocolate = necessity of life Sweets = treats Meals = sweet/savoury (half/half) Cravings per day = 5 (usually in the morning, during long afternoons & after dinner) Attitude = sugar will solve…

  • 67 Days Without Added Sugars | Challenges so far

    No ice cream, no soda, no store-bought pasta sauces, no chocolate, no chips, no scones, no cheesecake, no cookies, and almost no processed food of any kind (because when you look at the labels, there’s added sugar in almost everything). That’s what it’s like to not eat added sugars. For 67 days, I have been sticking to this rule. Here are the challenges I’ve been facing so far. On August 2nd, 2018 I set out (completely terrified of what was to come) on a journey of 30 days without added sugars. You can read about my start of this experiment in my last post “Sugar addict? Me too, until recently”.…

  • Sugar addict? Me too, until recently

    All sorts of medical guidelines recommend a maximum of around 30 grams of added sugars per day. There is no required minimum. You won’t die if sugar is not added to your food. Although you might feel as if you might die. Which brings me to sugar addiction. When I realised I was a player in that game, I decided to embark on an experiment. Today marks day 43 of my no added sugar diet.  Ever since I remember, I have been eating sugar every single day, except for two occasions – one summer a couple of years ago where I went 30 days without artificial sugar (but still had…

  • 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…

  • Healthy Snack: Vegetable Filled Spinach & Feta + Squash & Feta Pastry Triangles

    These pastry triangles filled with spinach and squash are simple, healthy and delicious. Perfect hearty snack on cold, rainy autumn afternoons and great leftovers for lunch. Pair it with a large green salad for a very satisfying dinner. Spinach & Feta Puff Pastry Recipe Olga (whom I’ve met on Instagram) created a beautiful recipe for Spinach & Feta Triangles and submitted it on Ana’s Bananas (submit your own healthy recipe). I loved it and got inspired to create a recipe for Squash & Feta Triangles as well. Taste buds in bliss.   Dairy against diabetes? Out of all dairy products, fermented ones, such as cheese and yoghurt, seem to have a good effect on…

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    Healthy, Dairy Free, Creamy Avocado & Basil Pasta Sauce

    Avocado is perfect for making pasta sauce – rich in healthy fats, tastes great paired with basil, is a deliciously creamy dairy-free alternative and carries a lot of nutrients. Follow my blog with Bloglovin I love a good organic tomato sauce on pasta, but having the same sauce every time doesn’t cut it for my freakishly foodie nature. Of course I could buy other supermarket pasta sauces, but have you ever noticed how many strange additives there are in there? Bleh. It’s much healthier to make your own pasta sauce than to buy some additive-stuffed sauce that’s been standing on supermarket shelves for months. Avocado & basil unite to form a creamy yet…

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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…

  • Chocolate Rocky Road with Nuts & Berries

    Rocky road is originally an Australian concoction, used to make rotten candy shipped from Europe still somehow attractive to customers – by mixing it all up into one big pile. Today, it’s a diabetes causing treat in the United States, typically made with milk chocolate, sugary candies and marshmallows. This rocky road is healthy. What? Yes. I’ve prepared it multiple times for various medical departments and not once was I thrown out on the street because of how deliciously amazing it was. While sneakily being filled with nutrients. It melts on your tongue and satisfied every chocolate nerve in the body. Print Recipe Rocky Road with Almonds & Berries Course…

  • Apple & Cinnamon Pastry #appelflap

    AN “APPELFLAP” IS A TRADITIONAL DUTCH DESSERT PASTRY stuffed with apple, raisins, cinnamon and sugar, and covered with sugar granules. Lots of people have it for breakfast. In this recipe, I ditch the sugar and raisins and realise that homemade apple flaps are easy and delicious – while obviously being healthier than the supermarket version. Print Recipe Homemade Dutch 'Appelflap' Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients 2 apples, diced use Elstar or other sweet-sour type4 squares of about 15x15cm pastry dough store-bought, I find it in the freezer section, or homemade2 teaspoons cinnamon powder Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients…

  • Seasonal Groceries List: Spring (Free Printable)

    SUPERMARKETS offer so many fruits and veggies all year round, but there is nothing that will make you feel as good as buying seasonal. SEASONAL IS… BUDGET FRIENDLY. Cheap is in season, and in season is cheap. Use this wonderful economic advantage. LOW IN CALORIES. Chips is not seasonal, mayonnaise is not seasonal. Blueberries, pumpkin, zucchini and swede are. DELICIOUS. Stuck eating pasta pesto all year round? Who wants that? Mix up local, seasonal ingredients to discover new flavors. FRESH & JUICY. Let’s face it: fresh tastes better! GOOD FOR YOUR FACE. Beta-carotenes from fresh green, orange and red fruits & veggies will give your face a healthy glow. STABILISING…