• Top 5 Things I Discovered About Food While Travelling India and Thailand

      Are you trying to eat healthy but noticing that your eating routine feels plain or is missing rich, exciting flavours? Or you want to eat fresh and raw foods but find it time-consuming to make meals from scratch every day? When trying to eat healthy, even if you do have variety and you do have the time, sometimes it is simply hard to follow a healthy eating plan what with all the organic produce and expensive ingredients you need to keep buying. I felt the same way. Being a foodie in a Western country, I am immensely curious about how different foods contribute to health. I want to eat healthy and…

  • Tips for Frugal Shopping at any Organic and Health food store

    I am grateful for their existence but, organic foods can be insanely expensive. If you, like me, want to support this branch of business without going into debt, read on for tips on how to shop frugally at organic & health food stores.  In my years as health-food-store-wanderer, I have discovered how to shop and how not to shop at any health food store. By making wise choices and leaving a bunch of groceries behind (to be bought at regular stores), buying organic can be easy and cheap! I’ve gone from a 40 euro bill each time I even just entered a health food store (for groceries for 2 people x…

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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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    Chocolate & Dried Apricot Cake

    HELLO THERE! IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH & BUSY WEEK. Since I’m somewhat of an emotional eater (who can resist a sweet bar of chocolate in times of stress? ), I was definitely craving a big old creamy, fudgy chocolate cake to stuff my face in by the time it was weekend. Just as I was about to buy a (definitely unhealthy) cake at the supermarket (what a no-no!), a great friend of mine agreed to meet up for a bake session and save me from myself. EATING THIS CAKE REALLY HIT THE SPOT. It’s a very rich cake, filled with almond flour, real apricots, cinnamon & cocoa powder. You…

  • 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.

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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…

  • Travel report: green Croatian countryside

    MY LAST VACATION WAS GREEN, SUNNY & DELICIOUS, in the lovely mountains of Croatia. COUNTRYSIDE ALWAYS SURPRISES ME BY HOW SELF-SUSTAINING IT IS. You would think a city is developed, but then you realize that villages and countryside are really the main sources of food and that cities (and their supermarkets) would be nothing without them. IS IT STRANGE THAT THE FIRST THING THAT FLEW INTO MY MIND just now is: how did they have food on Star Fleet – I mean they didn’t have a meadow or anything on board? Although I do remember an episode where there were some Star Fleet staff in a sort of garden room,…

  • Healthy Groceries List (Free Printable)

    Hello world! IT’S JULY, SUMMER TIME, AND I DEFINITELY DON’T FEEL LIKE DOING A LOT OF COOKING. Especially on days it’s really hot, I hardly even feel like going out of the house, again, into the heat of the streets just to get to a crowded supermarket and get all sweaty, again. But, I found it helps me to have a few delightful healthy summer recipes at hand. Something that is easy to make, super-low-effort, I-could-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed kind of thing, but full of flavor of course. It’s also not bad to, when I have a plan of summer meals, also get all those groceries in the same run. The the rest…

  • Which healthy supermarket products contain sugar?

    IT’S TOUGH TO BE ME. I’m stuck in supermarket isles for hours just reading all the product labels. But, just because I am always holding up the traffic, doesn’t mean you have to! Read on for label information on sugar content in random products. First, Some Science! LET’S SAY YOU MAKE ALL THE ‘HEALTHIER’ CHOICES IN A SUPERMARKET, how much sugar are you still taking in? Probably more than you were hoping for. ON THE PACKAGING, IT OFTEN SAYS something like: “4 grams of sugar (5% of Recommended Daily Allowance)”. I’ve got no idea where this information is coming from, because as far as science (that I know of) is…