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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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    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…

  • 25 Ways to Develop Type 2 Diabetes!

    Welcome to the ‘Sarcastic Post of the Month’. Living a healthy lifestyle helps to achieve good health and happiness but, it cannot guarantee it. Still, leading an unhealthy lifestyle definitely increases the risk of poor health and severe disease. Here are things everyone can do to maximally increase their chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 25 Sure Ways to Develop Type 2 Diabetes 1. Never eat a salad for lunch. You’re not a goat. 2. If you do make the mistake of getting a salad, add copious amounts of mayonnaise. Life is short. 3. Binge eat sweets, ice cream or gulp down pure sugar when you’re sad. You deserve it.…

  • Start of Ana’s Bananas YouTube Channel!

    A THROW-BACK TO MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO, back when I was still a med student, and had just started Ana’s Bananas. Many more videos to follow! Leave a comment if you have video/recipe requests.

  • 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…

  • 100% Awesome Foods for After-Exercise Cravings

    I LOVE MY FOLLOWERS! Click to like Facebook page or to follow on Instagram. WHAT ARE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO REGULAR PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES AFTER A WORKOUT? Thank you Justin, one of the readers and a friend, for asking me that question and thereby inspiring this post! A lot of products are marketed as healthy (think protein shakes and energy drinks) making it more difficult to find out what is actually good for you. But, no worries, I’ve made a list with which you can not go wrong! 🙂 I’VE ENDED UP BOTH HUNGRY AND MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE just by writing this post! First of all: 7 FOOD RULES OF HEALTHY…

  • Hello Knob Celery! // With Oven Roasted Potatoes and Organic Pork

    Knob celery, also called turnip-rooted celery or celeriac, is not a particularly attractive looking vegetable, but it is a flavorful one once you peel it and rid it of its ugliness. It’s really easy to prepare and extremely healthy. It contains vitamin C (most of it will be lost by cooking though, but you could eat knob celery raw in a salad if you wanted to), vitamin B11 (folic acid, known for prevention of various types of cancer (i, ii, iii) and needed for a healthy nervous system), magnesium, calcium, iron and choline (a molecule with a detoxying effect and is good for brain cells). So if you are looking…

  • 4 Excellent Talks and Films about Nutrition You Should Watch

    LOVE WATCHING VIDEOS AND DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT FOOD & NUTRITION? Me too! HERE ARE FOUR VIDEOS (3 short and 1 long) I would like to share with you, for a rainy day or simply a break from your work, to enjoy and think back to how great it is to learn about healthy food. 1. Jaime Oliver’s Ted Talk on School Canteens NOT THAT I’M A RELIGIOUS FAN of Jamie Oliver in general, but that man has put quite some effort into raising awareness about food, not only in the general public through his TV shows, but also in schools by infiltrating the schools’ kitchen system and improving the nutrition of…

  • Fresh lemonade

    Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in water, hot or cold, has many benefits for your body. Use it as a step on the way to a super healthy body and glowing skin! 1. Water. A lot of people forget to stay hydrated. If you eat a lot of watery foods, such as fruits and vegetables, you do not need to drink 2 liters of water per day. However, most people do not get sufficient water from their fruit and vegetable intake. Any soda’s are NOT the same as keeping hydrating, since the sugar you ingest when you drink soda actually makes your body NEED more water to compensate. So, a…

  • Foods to eat against Gastric Cancer // PREVENTION

    Gastric is just a fancy word for stomach. This is a post with foods to eat and not to eat in order to protect your lovely belly. Recipe included at the end! A study carried out in Spain and another study in France showed a relationship between diet and risk of gastric (stomach) cancer. FOODS TO EAT – potentially protective FRESH FRUITS. Eating fresh fruits between meals helps decrease the risk of gastric cancer. Eat an orange or an apple between meals in general to further help your stomach on the healthy path. This is of course only one of the reasons why eating fruit is good for you! FRESH…