• Cherry tomato, spinach & mushroom pasta

    The key to making this recipe work is using very flavourful cherry tomatoes (preferably organic). My tip for figuring out whether a tomato is full of flavor when you are buying is to smell.. yes, smell.. the tomato. If it smells like nothing, that’s probably exactly what it will taste like. If it makes your sensory nerves tingle with pleasure (ie. if it smells like tomato), it will generally taste well too! As for the rest of the recipe, making it is a piece of cake. However, this meal comes with huge benefits. It contains a good portion of vegetables, cooked and raw, and is low in fat, low in…

  • Mashed potatoes with endive and organic bacon

    Another typically Dutch dish, this time with all the amazing benefits of endive lettuce (also called escarole). Endive is slightly bitter, which gives this dish a great bite. When it comes to health benefits, endive contains phytonutrients, fiber and vitamins (including the super cancer-preventing folate) which are all essential for proper functioning of the body. So, do yourself a favour and have this meal! Recipe for 2 150g bacon cubes 2 medium onions, diced 1kg potatoes (organic, no need to peel) 20ml milk (I like organic goat milk) 50g grass-fed butter 1 whole endive lettuce Pepper to taste (bacon itself contributes the salt) Cut the potatoes in small pieces (so…

  • The real ‘tree’ of life

    Cheap, available, irreplacable, broccoli. Did you know that only 1/2 cup of broccoli each day is enough to seriously protect you from not only breast cancer, not only lung cancer, not only colon cancer but even several types of other cancers that are frequntly devastating the medical world?! Cancer is difficult to treat. What if it can be more easily prevented? It is the sulfur compounds in broccoli, as well as the phytochemical antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (and vitamin C), that have chemoprotective properties and lead to a significant decrease in the risk of developing cancers. Get the organic kind whenever you can! Broccoli against breast cancer Some (yet unpublished)…

  • 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…

  • Summer Quinoa

    THIS DISH WILL BRING YOU GLOW FROM WITHIN. It’s refreshing and lovely. It contains carrot and parsley (think vitamin A and C), and chili pepper (think aromatic and spicy). Perfect with a glass of good red wine on a lazy, hot summer eve. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT QUINOA CONTAINS anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are healthy for the bowels! SUMMER QUINOA Prep time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2 125g of quinoa, boiled for about 15 minutes (prepare according to instructions on the pack you are using) 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 red chili pepper, minced 4 sun dried delicious tomatoes, diced 1/2 cucumber (preferably organic), diced 1/2 handful of…

  • Apples on my window sill

    It’s a good idea to put fruits and vegetables in a visible place where they will tempt you to consume them throughout the day. Fresh fruits and veggies will remind you and motivate you to live healthily. The apples on my study room window sill are so easy to take – whoever comes in catches a glimpse of them and asks if they can have one, because they just look so approachable and delicious! Apples might not be your favourite: choose a fruit you find delicious and place is somewhere visible, in a bowl or whatever seems approachable. I don’t even take mine out of the bag I bought them…

  • Freshly squeezed orange juice // Vit C + Fibre

    Squeeze two or three oranges to get an 8 ounce (250 ml) glassfull of orange juice and you will be taking in your daily dose of the crucial anti-oxidant that your body needs daily: vitamin C. However, eat something before drinking the orange juice because its acidity can harm the lining of an empty stomach (which can lead to acid reflux, ulcerations and infection). Also, bear in mind that orange juice has a higer glycemic index (relatively more sugar) than a whole orange. This is because orange juice has much less fibre than a whole orange, by juicing the orange you get rid of most of the fibres. Orange juice…

  • 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…