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Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew

This Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew with apple is just what you need to warm up on a crisp Autumn day. It’s comfort food at its best. Fall is the season for slowing down. Even in the kitchen it’s important to slow things down. In the Fall our bodies require more warming foods as the temperature drops. This Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew has a warming effect and grounding effect on our bodies. Lentils and root vegetables like carrot, shallots and beets can help us to restore balance. When we transition from summer into fall, we can sometimes feel a little ungrounded or even a bit sluggish. Read More

Fig Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding

This Fig Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding with pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts is infused with the aromatic and fragrant flavours of the Middle East. Green cardamom is great in desserts. It has a spicy, herbal, citrusy character and works really with vanilla, pomegranate and pistachio. Figs and pomegranate are two of my favourite fruits. They work really well together but are also great with pistachios and almonds. This decadent Fig Vanilla Almond Chia Pudding is a great way to indulge yourself with something sweet and delicious while staying healthy at the same time.Read More

Chioggia Beet Carpaccio

This Chioggia Beet Carpaccio with arugula and fresh goat’s cheese balls is such a beautiful and impressive starter. It’s bright and colourful and a real party for your eyes. The pink-white stripes of the chioggia beets contrast beautifully with the white goat’s cheese and green arugula. Due to the pickling the sturdy chioggia beets get a soft but still firm texture which creates a lovely bite in your mouth. The earthiness of the beets is transformed into a more subtle flavour, sweet, refreshing and tangy. The sweet, tangy flavour of the beets combines really well with the soft goat’s cheese, citrusy thyme and bitter arugula. Read More

Green Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing Green Quinoa Salad combines the earthy and pungent flavours of the Middle-East with the freshness of green herbs. The fresh herb paste made with fresh parsley, dill and fresh mint and extra virgin olive oil is really the star of this dish. It transform the quinoa into something completely different. The bitter flavours of the fresh herbs, arugula and green onion sing in your mouth. For some sweetness I have added dried chopped apricots and I used a Za’atar spice mix to spice things up a little. Za’atar is a dried herb mix used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s a real party in your mouth. Read More

Spinach Feta Omelette

This Spinach Feta Omelette with fresh basil is super delicious and very quick to prepare. It’s great for breakfast or lunch and even as a light dinner with a green salad on the side. To cook the omelette, I used a method that is often used in the Provence, which involves turning your omelette around instead of folding it in half. Both sides become nicely browned this way making the omelette even more tasty. Omelettes are such a great way to create a super quick and tasty meal. The best part is that you can add any ingredients you like. Feta cheese, spinach and basil are such a great combination. Read More

Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad

This hearty Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad is super delicious and combines three of my favourite ingredients: whole spelt berries, shredded Dinosaur kale and pomegranate seeds. This week I saw the first Dinosaur kale or cavolo nero back in stores again. In Europe, you can often find cavolo nero in stores from July to Januari. The crisp sweet pomegranate seeds are the perfect addition to this salad, the freshness of the pomegranate seeds works really well with the chewy spelt berries and hearty, slightly bitter taste of kale. Spelt is high in protein and fiber and has a lovely nutty flavour and chewy bite. Read More

Penne with Basil Almond Pesto

This Penne with Basil Almond Pesto is absolutely delicious. It’s just as great served warm as an evening meal or served cold as a summer pasta salad. It’s the perfect picnic grub or potluck dish. The roasted baby tomatoes and peppers add a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavour and refreshing touch to the pasta dish. The sweetness and freshness of the roasted tomatoes and peppers works really well with the nutty and herby pesto and hearty pasta. For Basil Almond Pesto, I have used roasted slivered almonds and salted ricotta or ricotta stagionata. For a dairy-free version, you can skip the ricotta and use more almonds instead.Read More

Pomegranate Bulgur Salad

This Pomegranate Bulgur Salad with salted ricotta is a tasty light meal for a summer evening, picnic or potluck. It’s not just a very delicious and refreshing meal on a hot summer evening but it’s also a party for the eye with all the bright colours and different textures. The snow-white colour of the salted ricotta strikingly stands out in the salad against the vivid green colour of the fresh herbs, the pink-red color of the pomegranate seeds and the light green colour of the cucumber and celery. In terms of flavour, the sweetness of the pomegranates and dates contrast beautifully with the salty crumbly, salty ricotta, and the nutty bulgur.Read More

Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea

This Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea is refreshing, fruity and delicious, perfect during a hot, summer day. On hot summer days it’s so important to stay hydrated. We often don’t know we are dehydrated until it’s too late. But when you do. you notice it right away. You become hot and flushed, get a headache, a foggy brain, feel sleepy and tired and your body is struggling to cool your body down. If you have a large jar of refreshing iced tea on hand, you’re able to beat the heat and keep your cool. -This Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea has a delicious sweet strawberry flavour. It will keep you coming back for more! Read More

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

These no-bake Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies taste delicious and are great as a healthy sweet treat or dessert. I made them for the first time during our Mindfulness Retreat in Friesland last weekend. I wanted to create a healthy, (refined) sugar-free dessert for our retreat guests. I found this recipe for Raw Hazelnut Chai Brownies on Green Kitchen Stories and I decided to tweak the recipe a little and give my own twist to these easy-to-make brownies. By adding ground hazelnuts to the recipe and more cacao powder they become more firm in texture, almost like a fudge, and have a stronger chocolate flavour. Read More

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

This Mango Coconut Chia Pudding makes a great high-protein breakfast or a lovely sweet and healthy dessert. I love these little chia coconut puddings, They are so easy to make and they are nourishing and delicious. The dried mango adds a rich flavour to the pudding. The coconut yoghurt adds a clean, fresh flavour and gives the pudding a lovely smooth and creamy texture. Chia seeds are a source of complete protein with all the 8 essential amino acids. They are also a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium and potassium. Read More

Homemade Coconut Rice Milk

Easy and delicious homemade Coconut Rice Milk with only four ingredients: water, rice, coconut milk and a pinch of sea salt. I often buy my coconut rice milk but buying plant-based milks can get expensive. I have tried to re-create the flavours of my favourite, unsweetened Coconut Rice Milk and I am very happy with the result. The most important part is draining the milk through a very fine sieve or cheese cloth otherwise it can get grainy. The naturally occurring sugars in the rice and coconut milk give this Coconut Rice Milk a delicious sweet flavour. Read More

Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad

This Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad with an Orange Chili Vinaigrette is a super delicious and refreshing salad. It can be served as a full meal or as a nice appetizer. The Orange Chili Vinaigrette is fresh, sweet and just a little spicy, which adds a lovely heat to the salad. Recently, I have grown really fond of halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a salty, brined cheese, often made with sheep or goats milk. It’s low-fat and really tastyRead More

Blackcurrant Banana Smoothie

This refreshing and tangy Blackcurrant Banana Smoothie is a great way to start your day or to nourish your body after a work-out. Blackcurrants are true super foods that boast similar health benefits to Brazilian Acai berries. The great part about blackcurrants is that they are locally grown and are easy to find for most of summer. Blackcurrants, like acai berries, are very rich in vitamin C and particularly high in anthocyanins, the purple-black pigment hat colors the skin of the blackcurrant. These potent antioxidants support cardiovascular health, help fight inflammation and speed up muscle recovery. Read More

Açaí Berry Smoothie

This Açaí Berry Smoothie gives you instant and long-lasting energy. Drink it in the early morning to start your day energised or anytime you need a boost of energy. It’s great on a stressful day, when you are feeling exhausted or need more focus. Açaí berries are the high-energy fruits from a particular palm tree, which grow in the Amazon rainforest. Açaí berries are incredibly rich in vitamin C and anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, which help fight free-radical damage and can help boost immunity. Guarana is another berry that grows in the Northern parts of Brazil. Read More

Bee Happy Smoothie

This Bee Happy Smoothie with raw cacao and bee pollen is not just super delicious, it makes you happy too! Strawberry, banana and chocolate are a match made in heaven but there’s so much more to this heavenly smoothie! Almond milk, flax and hemp seeds are all great sources of mood-enhancing omega 3 fatty acids. Raw cacao is not only an extraordinary anti-oxidant but it can also help improve our mood, as it boosts serotonin, endorphin and anandamide levels in our brain.Read More

Liquid Sunshine Smoothie

This refreshing and delicious Liquid Sunshine Smoothie is rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients that do only boost your immune system but are also responsible for keeping our skin healthy and glowing. As an immunity-booster, Vitamin C aids the production of white blood cells and antibodies that help fight off infections. Getting in plenty of Vitamin C on a daily basis can even improve your mental balance, your ability to manage stress and boost your performance as an athlete. Read More

Killer Green Smoothie

This Killer Green Smoothie is a great way to eat your veg and enjoy all the benefits of immune-boosting greens. Greens like spinach and spirulina are rich in minerals and chlorophyll, which aid detoxification and help reduce inflammation. This is especially important if you are an athlete or have a daily yoga practice as it will help speed up the recovery of your body’s tissues. Spinach is also a great source of protein, which is an essential building block for your body to renew itself after a work-outRead More

Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad

This Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad with balsamic shallots is very simple in its use of ingredients but has so much depth of flavour. It’s also quick and easy to make. A fluffy bowl of quinoa is ready in less than 15 minutes. I added chickpeas from a can and, some chopped sweet pointed peppers and baby tomatoes. The shallots are cooked in balsamic vinegar with some coconut palm sugar until they become caramelised and sweet. The sweet, sticky shallots and the left-over syrup serve as a vinaigrette. It adds a beautiful sweet, intense flavour and also makes it more succulent. Read More

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

These California-style Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos are easy to make and utterly delicious. During my trip to California I fell in love with Cal-Mex, the Californian interpretation of Mexican food. On menus you see different styles and names, including Tex-Mex, Fresh-Mex or Baja Style Mexican Food. It’s healthy, fresh and vibrant food that tastes simply spectacular. Enjoy these crispy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos. Serve them with pickles and fresh cilantro, Mango Pico de Gallo or Fresh Tomato Salsa or homemade guacamole.Read More

Pickled Red Onions

I love the crispy, sweet and sour taste of these summer Pickled Red Onions. They are very easy to make and a great addition to any meal. They do not only add great flavour, a beautiful freshness and spiciness, but they also help support digestion. I often have a hard time digesting raw onions. It often upsets my stomach and makes me feel bloated. Pickled Red Onions are a great way to enjoy onions without any digestive upset. Due to the process of fermentation, pickled onions contain beneficial enzymes and bacteria that aid digestion and support overall healthRead More

Mango Pico de Gallo

This Mango Pico de Gallo is clean and refreshing. It’s amazing with corn tortilla chips or tacos. I love the freshness of this fresh mango salsa. Mango, lime and cilantro are some of my favourite ingredients and they work so well together. The juicy and fragrant mango adds a lovely sweetness and adds to all the summer flavours. You can make this salsa ahead of time. By letting it rest, all the different flavours blend together and have time to develop. It’s so delicious! Take the Mango Pico de Gallo with you to the park for a picnic or a barbecue or serve it with homemade tacos.Read More

Fresh Tomato Salsa

This Fresh Tomato Salsa is tantalizingly refreshing and is amazing with corn tortilla chips or tacos. It’s based on a recipe for a fresh Mexican salad called Pico de Gallo. This recipe calls for wild baby tomatoes but you can use any tomato you like. I just love all the different colours flavours and textures of the wild tomatoes. It makes this salsa look even more bright and colourful. You can not go wrong with this recipe. It always tastes great and it takes very little time to make. Take it with you to the park for a picnic or barbecue or serve it with homemade tacos.Read More

Spicy Mango Rice Noodles

I love the clean and fresh flavours of these Spicy Mango Rice Noodles. It’s a light and refreshing dish and just perfect for these lovely warm summer days. I love all the different flavours and textures, the beautiful sweet mango, creamy avocado, peppery radishes, crunchy coconut flakes, fresh mint and cilantro. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It contains healthy fats in the form of avocado and beta-carotene in the form of mango and chili. Read More

Limonada Suiça

I recently enjoyed this wonderful Brazilian lemonade, Limonada Suiça, at one of my favourite breakfast/brunch places in Amsterdam. It’s very easy to make and it’s incredibly refreshing on a warm summer day. You do need a solid blender that’s up to the task as you’re blending a whole lime (preferable organic) skin and all. By using the whole lime, including its peel, you are benefiting from all the lime’s nutritional benefits. Most of the vitamin C is found, not in the juice, but in the peel. I am not a big fan of sweet lemonades but I love the distinctive bitter flavour of Limonada Suiça. Read More

Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl

This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl is simply a bowl of goodness. It’s pure and simple food that feeds your heart and soul. It’s what I crave coming home after a long, busy day. It makes me happy and helps me to restore my balance. Often when we feel tired, we crave the bad stuff, foods high in salt, fat or sugar. Junk food might give you a momentary high when you’re feeling low, but it depletes your body. As it places a huge burden on your digestion, it takes away energy. Energy you need to heal. This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl nourishes your body so your body can devote its time to healing. Read More

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait

This vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is rich and indulgent and contains all my favourite summer flavours. Strawberries and rhubarb are in season now and I cannot get enough of them. Rhubarb is quite tart and tangy on its own. The best way to eat rhubarb is to add ripe sweet fruits like strawberries, apples, peaches or cherries. Rhubarb and strawberry is a classic combination. This time I made a rhubarb-strawberry compote to add to my breakfast parfait with yoghurt, overnight oats and granola. I love all the different flavours and textures. Read More

Baby Spinach Pomegranate Salad

This Baby Spinach Pomegranate Salad is inspired by my recent trip to Athens. I was in Athens for the European Yogi Nomads event and we went to the most amazing restaurants. My most memorable dish was a delicious salad with baby spinach leaves, pomegranate and roasted almonds. I have tried to re-create my favourite salad at home. This time I couldn’t find baby spinach so I used lamb’s lettuce instead. Both spinach and lamb’s lettuce work really well in this salad.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

This super easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge melts in your mouth and . It’s creamy, buttery, rich and delicious and made 100% without refined sugar and dairy. I have added just a little sea salt flakes to give the fudge a slight salted caramel flavour. The chocolate peanut butter flavours lingers in your mouth after taking a bite. It feels decadent. Yet you could argue that this melt-in-your-mouth fudge is healthy, even very healthy. Read More

Vietnamese Summer Rolls

I love the fresh and clean taste of Vietnamese Summer Rolls. They are the perfect bites for summer. I even have become a bit addicted to them lately. They are so easy and quick to make and you can use all your favourite ingredients. Basically, you can use anything you have in your fridge and combine as you like. Vietnamese Summer Rolls are also fun to eat and share with friends. You can lay out all the fresh ingredients on the table and let everyone create their own summer rolls. Read More

Mango Hemp Protein Bars

These Mango Hemp Protein Bars taste absolutely amazing, are easy to make and provide your body with essential nutrients to keep you going. These high-carb and high-protein bars can also help you speed up your recovery after a work-out. The carbs in the form of mango and dates help restore glycogen levels immediately after a work-out. After a workout you also need protein to help your muscles recover faster. It’s important to eat a high carb high protein snack within 20 minutes of your workout. Read More

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are the best oatmeal cookies ever! They are a such a great and easy healthy alternative to store-bought cookies. They are refined sugar-free, very quick to make and only contain natural ingredients. For weeks I have been baking many different batches to find the perfect cookie but these are the ones that made it across the finishing line. I love the fact that are gooey and chewy.Read More

Skin Glow Juice

This refreshing, crisp and clean Skin Glow Juice, when consumed regularly, will help you get smooth, soft and glowing skin. This juice is rich in chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant, which is responsible for the green pigment in this juice. Chlorophyll helps the transport of oxygen to your muscles, tissues, organs, brain and cells. It gives you more energy, increases focus and helps detoxify the body, removing built-up toxins, which can manifest in skin problems such as acne, pimples or a grey and dull skin tone.Read More

Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl

This super easy and quick Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl is delicious on a warm summer evening. It’s both spicy and refreshing and makes a great light evening meal or lunch dish. All the fresh ingredients, the cucumber, zucchini, lemon, cilantro, mint and parsley, add a clean, crisp taste. The Harissa dressing adds a sweet, smoky spiciness. If you don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen or have a big group of friends coming over, this is the perfect dish.Read More

Lymph Booster Juice

Keep your body’s drains flowing with this powerful lymph booster juice! The lymphatic system plays an important role in detoxification. It removes waste from every cell in the body and helps to regulate the immune system. For detoxification, it is important to that the detox channels of the lymph are open so your body is able to properly remove toxins from your body. So keep your body hydrated and your body’s drains flowing with this powerful Lymph Booster Juice! Read More

Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad

This warm Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad is so delicious and very easy to make. I love adding Le Puy lentils to my salads. They have an earthy, delicate flavour and they hold their shape during cooking. They also combine really well with the earthy, nutty and slightly sweet flavour of the Jerusalem artichokes. I have roasted the Jerusalem artichokes in the oven which enhances their natural sweetness. The Mustard Honey Balsamic dressing is sweet and pungent, which is just perfect to balance of the earthiness of the lentils and Jerusalem artichokes. Read More

Bergamot Almond Polenta Cake

This Bergamot Almond Polenta Cake has an intense citrusy and floral flavour. It is one of the most delicious cakes I have eaten in a long while. Using fragrant Bergamot Oranges makes all the difference in this cake. As Bergamot Oranges are sometimes hard to get, you can also use a less acidic and more floral lemons like Meyer lemons or Amalfi lemons (the ones used to make limoncello). Whatever you’re buying make sure you use organic, unwaxed lemons or Bergamot oranges as the peel plays a big part in this recipe.Read More

Vegan Carrot Halva

This Vegan Carrot Halva is based on a popular Indian dessert called gajar ka halwa. It resembles a sweet rice pudding or rice porridge. For this carrot porridge, grated carrots are cooked very slowly, until you get a mushy, porridge-like consistency. Carrot halva is traditionally made with milk, ghee and cream. For my Vegan Carrot Halva I have used coconut rice milk and coconut oil instead of dairy. It tastes absolutely amazing served warm with a generous scoop of ice-cream and some roasted almonds and coconut flakes on top. Read More

Cashew Raisin Chickpea Balls

These sweet Cashew Raisin Chickpea Balls are inspired by an Indian sweet called Besan Ladoo. They remind me a little bit of halva, the nutty and crumbly Middle-Eastern dessert usually made from tahini (sesame paste) or nut butter. The chickpea flour used for these balls gets a similar nutty flavour and crunchy texture once toasted. The cashew nuts are toasted along with the chickpea flour which gives the cashews an intense, caramel-like flavour. The raisins add a nice chewy and gooey bite. Read More

Three Grain Cranberry Porridge

This Three Grain Cranberry Porridge is a real treat. It’s sweet and warming. Cooking the grains in apple juice gives them a beautiful sweet flavour, like apple compote. The tart cranberries become soft, plump and sweet when cooked in the porridge. I eat this on a morning that I have a little more time on my hands and can really take my time for breakfast. If you don’t have much time on your hands, you can also ‘cook’ the grains and cranberries overnight by adding the grains to a bowl with the water and apple juice.Read More

Smoky Harissa Pepper Soup

This Smoky Harissa Pepper Soup shows how delicious simple ingredients like red bell peppers and tomatoes become when you love them up. This soup takes time, not in the sense that there’s a lot of hands-on cooking. The Roma tomatoes are slow-roasted in the oven until caramelised, sweet and delicious. The red peppers are charred, which gives them a smoky, sweet flavour. The fresh chili peppers and the blend of spices like cumin, caraway and paprika gives this soup a nice bit of heat. Read More

Radicchio Fennel Spelt Salad

This Radicchio Fennel Spelt Salad is the perfect winter salad. It can be enjoyed both warm or cold. Radicchio is wonderful in any winter salad. I love it raw, thinly sliced in a salad, but lately I have been braising it in the oven with garlic, rosemary and balsamic vinegar. It’s the best thing ever. When braised, the radicchio gets an intense and subtly bitter aroma. For this salad, all vegetables are roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar until browned and caramelised.Read More

Silky Smooth Pink Smoothie

This Silky Smooth Pink Smoothie makes an amazing lunch. You won’t believe how creamy and delicious this smoothie is. The avocado and banana gives this smoothie texture but it also makes it filling enough for a meal. If you are struggling with green smoothies, this is a great way ease yourself into the business of smoothie making. This smoothie also makes a great post-workout smoothie and will help replenish your muscles and speed up your recovery. Read More

Kumquat Cough Remedy

If you have a sore throat or a nagging cough, this Kumquat Cough Remedy will give you quick relief. According to traditional Chinese medicine, kumquat helps eliminate phlegm and can alleviate your cold symptoms. This is my version of a cough and sore throat remedy. I like the freshness of the raw juice but if you’re feeling quite sick, I recommend trying fresh kumquat tea with raw honey instead to help soothe your sore throat.Read More

Sauerkraut Hotchpotch

This Sauerkraut hotchpotch is the perfect winter dish, hearty, sweet and comforting all at the same time. I have been looking for ways to make a healthier of the hotchpotches I grew up with and enjoyed so much as a kid. I have finally succeeded in making a version of hotchpotch that’s just as tasty and satisfying. This has become a favourite at our home. Read More

Persimmon Avocado Kale Salad

This refreshing and brightly coloured Persimmon Avocado Kale Salad is gorgeous, healthy and just perfect for the holidays. Persimmons are in season right now and I cannot get enough of them. The subtle sweetness of the persimmons works really well with the slight bitterness of the kale. I just love the fresh taste and feel of this salad: crispy pomegranates, refreshing persimmons, crunchy fennel, creamy avocado, fresh goat’s cheese and a zesty, slight sweet lemon-honey dressingRead More

Espresso Date Chocolate Fudge

This dairy-free Espresso Date Chocolate Fudge with pistachio nuts is rich and decadent and very easy to make. It requires no baking and combines all my favourite flavours: the intensity of dark chocolate, the richness of a strong espresso, the spiciness of cardamom and cinnamon, the soft, chewy caramel-like flavour of o fresh Medjoul dates, the nuttiness of pistachios and the salt kick of the sea salt flakes.Read More

Persimmon Ginger Smoothie

This sweet and creamy Persimmon Ginger Smoothie almost tastes like dessert. Persimmons are sweet and delicious. They add a lovely creaminess to your smoothies. When fully ripe, the flesh is soft and almost has a pudding-like texture. If you have a sweet tooth, you are going to love their sweetness. Persimmons are nutritional powerhouse too, rich in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. They are also a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which help prevent free radical damage.Read More


Risalamande is a traditional Danish rice dessert based on rice, cream, and almonds served with hot cherry sauce. It’s basically rice pudding with almonds and a cherry sauce. I was inspired when I saw a version of a healthy risalamande come by on the Instagram of @Annaeiholm. You can find her recipe here. It’s usually made with dairy. Anna’s Risalamande looked so delicious that I decided to create a dairy-free version for those of you out there who are sensitive or intolerant to dairy.Read More

Anti-Flu Juice

This Anti-Flu Juice with fresh turmeric, ginger, red chili, oranges, carrots, lemon and sweet potato contains all you need to make your own cold and flu home remedy. It can help you to get rid of your cold if you have one or to keep a cold at bay when you are feeling a bit under the weather. Ginger and honey are well documented to boost the immune system. Ginger and turmeric are natural pain killers and both have very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
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Blueberry Banana Bread

This delicious Blueberry Banana Bread is inspired by a classic banana bread but made without eggs, dairy or gluten. It makes a great warm breafast on a cold morning or a nice treat on a lazy afternoon, sipping a cup of hot tea. Cooking this Blueberry Banana Bread fills your kitchen with the wonderful aromatic smells of cinnamon and cardamom -comforting and spicy. I like to serve my banana bread with a few slices of banana, a few blueberries and a sprinkle cinnamon on top! Read More

Iron Booster Juice

This Iron Booster Juice boosts your iron levels, your immunity and your energy levels. Iron is an essential mineral that plays an important role in the transport of oxygen to cells. It is incredibly important for energy and stamina. An iron deficiency depletes cells of oxygen, which can result in fatigue, dizziness, low stamina, irritability and a weak immune system. Women require more iron than men for a variety of reasons, such as menstrual flow. If you are a woman and a vegetarian or vegan, you are at a higher risk for iron deficiency (anaemia). Read More

Cranberry Beet Orange Juice

This Cranberry Beet Orange Juice is a great way to enjoy the many health benefits of raw, fresh cranberries. Most people can’t stand to eat fresh cranberries alone as they are extremely tart. When you juice fresh cranberries with sweet fruits like oranges and apples, the sourness moves into the background. I particularly love the combination of fresh cranberries and oranges. This Cranberry Beet Orange Juice is sweet, citrusy and earthy with just a hint of sourness. Read More

Cranberry Almond Chocolate

This Cranberry Almond Chocolate is absolutely delicious and will satisfy your chocolate cravings without the guilt trip and energy dip that usually sets in right after enjoying your chocolate treat. This Cranberry Almond Chocolate is made with 100% natural ingredients like coconut sugar, raw cacao powder and pure cacao butter. It does not only taste good; it is also much healthier for you than the chocolate you can buy in stores. By making your own chocolate, you can not only feed your chocolate cravings (just a little) but also enjoy the highs without the lows.Read More

Cranberry Speculaas Granola

This gluten-free Cranberry Speculaas Granola with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, dried cranberry and speculaas spice is delicious this time of year. It is hearty and warming, just what you need on a cold morning. My absolute favourite way of eating this Cranberry Speculaas Granola is parfait-style with still warm cinnamon baked apple slices on the bottom, the Cranberry Speculaas Granola as the second layer and finished of with a layer of thick yoghurt. I love coconut yoghurt but any of your favourite type of thick yoghurt will do. Read More

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

This Pumpkin Walnut Bread is absolutely to die for and gluten-free and dairy-free. This week I have been experimenting with different kinds of pumpkins in my kitchen, and, yes, I have been going a bit crazy. I love pumpkins in fall. They are naturally sweet and warming. I made a huge batch of pumpkin puree this week to make my own Pumpkin Chai Lattes. I made way more then I needed, so I decided to switch up my recipe for walnut banana bread and made Pumpkin Walnut Bread instead. We have been enjoying it for breakfast or as a sweet treat with our cup of tea. Read More

Pumpkin Chai Latte

This Pumpkin Chai Latte makes you want to snuggle up in a warm blanket on a chilly fall evening. It’s rich and warming. Just what you need to warm up as the temperatures outside are dropping and the streets are covered in a blanket of fall leaves in such an amazing variety of colours. I love the smell of fall in the air. This Pumpkin Chai Latte looks like fall and tastes like fall. It’s sweet, nourishing and utterly delicious. It’s the perfect the drink when coming home from a long stroll outside in the park or after a long day at work on a cold evening.Read More

Electrolyte Sports Drink

This Do-It-Yourself Electrolyte Sports Drink can be used any time of day to stay properly hydrated or before or during your workout to boost your nutrient intake and replenish electrolytes. Electrolytes are essential to keep your body in balance! They help move glucose and other nutrients into your cells, and help remove waste products, such as lactic acid, from your cells. When you’re properly hydrated, your lactic acid build-up slows down so you can literally go on for longer.Read More

Red Rice Caper Sweet Potato Bowl

This super delicious and hearty Red Rice Caper Sweet Potato Bowl is inspired by a roasted root vegetable dish in Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty. I love the sweetness of the caramelised root vegetables and the freshness and acidity of the dressing and herbs. I have been eating a lot of roasted veggies lately at home lately, in many forms, shapes and variations, but this is my winning dish. This is a great dish for fall coming home on a a cold, rainy evening. It’s my idea of comfort food! Read More

Glutenfree Glory Bowl

This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is super healthy and super delicious. It’s meatless, gluten-free and jam-packed with goodness. This is a great way of getting your nutrients in. This bowl is packed with healthy veggies like beets, carrots and bok choy and nutrient-dense ingredients like almonds, sesame seeds, brown rice noodles, and apple cider vinegar. This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is inspired by one of the dishes they serve at my favorite beach spot Aloha Beach in Wijk aan Zee.Read More

Red Beet Grapefruit Juice

This delicious Red Beet Grapefruit Juice is rich in nutrients and a great cleanser. When summer turns into fall, I always feel like cleaning up my diet and my life. Summer is my season for indulging. Fall is when I clean up and restore balance. This Red Beet Beet Grapefruit Juice is excellent for detoxification. Beets are grounding, they help detoxify the liver and stimulate digestion. The ginger, cinnamon and orange blossom honey add some warmth and sweetness to this slightly bitter and earthy juice. Read More

Za’atar Spiced Kale Chips

These Za’atar Spiced Kale Chips are sweet, salty and delicious. They are a healthy snack option if you are craving a crunchy nibble. You can enjoy them anytime guilt-free! I usually make my kale chips with some Indian inspired spices but this time I added some Middle Eastern flair to it. I love the flavours of the Middle East and they go so well with these kale chips. What I love most about these Za’atar Spiced Kale Chips is that you can still taste the different herbs and spices. Tthey are bitter, crunchy, spicy, salty and sweet all at the same time.Read More

Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

These Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are the ideal healthy snack. If sweets are not your thing and you love your bag of chips or salty roasted nuts, this is a great healthy alternative. They are nice and crunchy and I love how the spices linger in your mouth after eating them. These Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are best when you make them using dried chickpeas, because they become crispier, but you can use canned chickpeas instead. They are a great snack on the go or a delicious party nibble. Read More

Coconut Bounty Balls

These Coconut Bounty Balls are delicious and they are good for you too! These Coconut Bounty Balls offer a healthy alternative to a bar of your favourite chocolate, a real Bounty bar or any other kind of high-sugar snack. They also make a great energy snack or pre-workout snack as they provide nourishment and sustainable energy. What’s great about them is that you can make them very quickly. No cooking required, just a food processor. Enjoy!
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Fig and Fennel Rocket Salad

This Fig and Fennel Rocket Salad is simple but delicious. This salad is inspired by one of my new favourite breakfast, brunch and lunch place in town, Bakers and Roasters. It’s a cosy place in district de Pijp which serves wholesome breakfasts, excellent coffee, delicious salads, home-made pies and beautiful juices. Last time we went there they served a simple fig salad. I love simple food; it’s the ingredients that matter. And if you use beautiful fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Read More

Minestrone For A Rainy Day

This Minestrone for a Rainy Day is the perfect dish at the end of the summer. As fall is creeping in upon us, it’s time to start cooking more warming foods.The temperatures at night have dropped and our evenings are getting darker and darker. Yesterday after a few bike rides through town, my clothes and shoes were soaked right through as rain came pouring down from the sky. These relentless rains are the first tell-tale signs of autumn. Cold weather calls for warming foods. This bowl of soup is my idea of comfort food at the end of a long cold and rainy day.Read More

Fresh Fig Green Smoothie

This energising Fresh Fig Green Smoothie is an excellent way to start your day. Figs are a great source of energy without crashing your blood sugar. Figs are not only utterly delicious and a great source of energy; they are very healthy too. Rich in dietary fiber, potassium, calcium and manganese, figs can help with sugar balance, weight management and the regulation of blood pressure. This time of the year beautiful ripe figs are abundant. I like to get the most of them while the season lasts. Nothing beats the unique taste and texture of sweet, ripe, fresh figs. Read More

Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad

This Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad with sweet corn, tomato and guacamole is inspired by Mexican food but with some Italian twists. I have used typical Italian ingredients such as homemade oven-roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans, Italian tomato paste, lemon, balsamic vinegar and basil leaves. I have used them in typical Mexican dishes like guacamole and corn salad. We enjoyed cannellini beans in many dishes during our trip to Italy. Very popular in Tuscany, they are widely used in soups and saladsRead More

Farro and Pearl Barley Salad

This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh ingredients such as ripe and juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, a good quality moist mozzarella and a slow pressed extra virgin olive oil. Read More

Watermelon Mint Feta Salad

Summer is here! This Watermelon Mint Feta Salad celebrates summer and is really refreshing on a hot day. I love the salty-sweet combination of the watermelon and feta with the crisp mint and the slightly bitter baby Swiss chard. I used fresh lemon and a beautiful cold-pressed extra virgin olive and drizzled it generously on top. The olive oil mixed in with the juices of the watermelon and lemon is absolutely delicious. If you eat it with some fresh bread, you can use the bread to soak up all the leftover juices.Read More

Pickled Beet Carpaccio with Feta

This Pickled Beet Carpaccio with Feta celebrates the beauty of seasonal produce. It’s a beautiful fresh summer salad that is can be enjoyed on its own or with some slices of nut or olive bread. Pickling is a great way to ‘cook’ your vegetables while preserving most of the nutrients in the vegetables. Pickled vegetables are also more easily digested than raw vegetables and are a great way to eat ‘raw’ when you have issues digesting raw food. Read More

Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip

This Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip is absolutely delicious. It has a refreshing summer flavour. Recently I got inspired to cook more Middle Eastern-style food by Ottolenghi’s amazing cookbook Plenty. I love everything eggplant, especially when roasted or grilled. That lovely soft, buttery texture and that beautiful smoky, sweet flavour. I love the combination of flavours in this Roasted Eggplant Pomegranate Dip. It’s great with a simple green salad or some fresh home-made bread. Read More

Cilantro Lime Hummus

This Cilantro Lime Hummus is zesty and refreshing. The lime and cilantro (coriander) add a lovely freshness and the chili adds a bit of heat. Hummus is great on its own but I love eating it with a nice salad or on some gluten-free crackers as a quick and easy snack. It’s also a great party dip for fresh veggies, like bell pepper, celery and baby tomatoes. It’s a great dip for tortilla chips too. I love to serve this when I have lots of friends coming over and I am serving food mezze-style in small plates. Enjoying food is all about sharing it with family and friends. Read More

Pomegranate Figs Goat Cheese Salad

I love this Pomegranate Figs Goat Cheese Salad and I love fig season! Today I saw the first Italian figs of the season in my local organic store and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and make this salad. I love fresh figs. I think they are about my favorite fruit in the world. Fresh figs are great on their own but I love combining them with a soft goat’s cheese. In this recipe I used a beautiful French Goat’s cheese with truffles from the Perigord. Read More

Rhubarb Strawberry Ice Cream

This Rhubarb Strawberry Ice Cream is absolutely delicious. It’s creamy, sweet and tangy and it beautifully expresses the natural flavors of the fresh, ripe strawberries and the rhubarb. I have roasted the rhubarb and macerated the strawberries which amps up their natural flavours making them even more delicious. Read More

Cherry Rhubarb Crumble

This Cherry Rhubarb Crumble is tangy, tart and slightly sweet and is absolutely delicious served hot with yoghurt or fresh ice-cream. With a fridge filled with rhubarb and the first tart cherries at my local store, I couldn’t resist making another crumble. This is a more simple version of my Rhubarb Peach Strawberry Crumble. It’s not as sweet as I wanted to enhance the tart flavours of both the rhubarb and the cherries.Read More

Fresh Garden Herb Salad

This Fresh Garden Herb Salad literally brings you close to the source and gives you a taste of the season. It’s brilliant in its simplicity. You cannot go wrong with it. Simply use fresh, local and seasonal produce or even better your homegrown herbs and salad leaves. I must admit that I bought some of my salad ingredients at our local organic shop but some it was grown right here in my home. Read More

Rhubarb Peach Strawberry Crumble

This Rhubarb Peach Strawberry Crumble with fresh coconut milk yoghurt is to die for. It is naturally sweet and tangy and won’t create a dramatic spike in your blood sugar. It is so easy to make and drop dead delicious. With this recipe. you’re pretty much guaranteed success. I am always happy when it’s rhubarb season. I just love the tart, tangy flavor of rhubarb. I like to make rhubarb crumble as soon as I get the first batch of rhubarb. Read More

Apple Cucumber Celery Juice

This Apple Cucumber Celery Juice celebrates simplicity. It has no more than four ingredients. It’s clean and refreshing. It tastes delicious and it’s really good for you too. Although I love my super foods and exotic products like coconut juice and durian and I don’t with to be without them anymore, I do notice a need to return to simplicity in the way I prepare and connect to food I eat. Read More

Sweet Red Pepper Fennel Soup

This Sweet Red Pepper Fennel Soup celebrates the flavour of deep caramelised slow roasted veggies. The soup has a lovely sweetness to it. Roasting enhances the naturally sweet flavors of the Roma tomatoes, fennel and bell peppers which browns and caramelizes the veggies. I love this deep, dark caramelization that naturally occurs when you slow roast. It takes almost an hour to prepare but requires only very little food preparation and is so easy to prepare. It’s hands-off cooking at its best.Read More

Mixed Italian Salad

This Mixed Italian Salad celebrates the beauty of pure flavors and fresh produce. As I am planning a trip to Italy soon, I have become slightly obsessed with cooking Italian food. My cabinets are stocked with items like polenta, risotto rice, tomato passata, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, buffalo mozzarella and lots of fresh vegetables that remind me of Italy. Read More

Wild Tomato Asparagus Salad

This Wild Tomato Asparagus Salad reminds me of Italian summers and celebrates the sweet deliciousness of wild tomatoes and freshness of clean green asparagus. The crunchy green asparagus stalks combine really well with the sweetness of the oven-roasted wild tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. The tangy, slightly bitter taste of the arugula adds an extra bite and balances off the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Read More

Strawberry Frozen Coconut Yoghurt

Celebrate summer with this refreshing strawberry frozen coconut yogurt with succulent and sweet strawberries & a little lime juice for a perfect balance of slightly tart and sweet. It’s crazy delicious and I am pretty sure once you have tried it that you are hooked and cannot think of something else for at least a while. I can’t really pin-point why I love coconut yoghurt so much. But it comes really close to my version of bliss: it’s sweet, tangy and so refreshing. Read More

Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad

This Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad is the perfect summer salad. This Grapefruit Fennel Arugula Salad is so refreshing and combines all the flavours I love: the sweetness of fennel and honey, the delicate bitterness of arugula, the powerful spiciness of mustard, the creamy nuttiness of pine seeds and the freshness of grapefruit and mint.Read More

Mouth-watering Summer Mocktails

Ever wondered what to drink when you are not drinking? Enjoy these delicious and healthy mocktail recipes! These recipes guarantee a good evening with sunshine, food and friends. You can enjoy them guilt-free, have as many as you like, party all night long and still wake up feeling fully refreshed and alive the next morning. Why waste a beautiful sunny day on a hangover?Read More

Watermelon Electrolyte Booster

This Watermelon Coconut Electrolyte Booster gives you a natural electrolyte recharge. After an intense workout it is important to replenish the fluids, electrolytes and glucose that were lost during your workout. Replenishing electrolyte levels is crucial for recovery after a workout, especially when you are sweating a lot. You lose electrolytes (especially sodium and potassium) when you sweat. Watermelon, young coconut juice and a bit of Himalaya salt help to restore your fluid and electrolyte balance and to speed up your recovery. Read More

Pear Kiwi Goji Berry Smoothie

This sweet and delicious Pear Kiwi Goji Berry Smoothie is a real surprise to your taste buds. Often my kitchen disasters end up becoming my greatest recipes. I had a brilliant plan for a smoothie combo in my head but the fruits I planned to use were not ripe yet. When things like this happen, I end up combining whatever I have at home. Often the strangest, most unusual, and bizarre combinations work out amazingly well. This combo of kiwi, pear and goji berries is definitely one of those quirky combos that can happen by accident only but I love it. Read More

Mango Spinach Coconut Smoothie

This bright-green Mango Spinach Coconut Smoothie with mango, spinach and young coconut is a great way to fuel your body. It gives you a natural energy boost. Mango and banana are naturally sweet which help to balance the flavor of the spinach. Chia seeds are a great source of protein with all 8 essential amino acids and is rich in fiber, Omega 3 fats and minerals. Coconut flour like Chia seeds is another complete source of protein. It is high in fiber and helps support healthy digestion. Both coconut flour and oil contain healthy MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), which are used immediately by the body to create energy. Read More

Fresh Summer Gazpacho

This fresh summer Gazpacho reminds me of hot summers in Spain. Gazpacho is one of my favorite dishes. This Gazpacho with sweet pointed red peppers, fresh chili, scallions and basil bursts with the flavors of summer. It is so simple and easy to make and very refreshing on a hot day. This soup is ready in under five minutes. The only thing you need to do is to chop up your veggies in big chunks and throw them in a blender. I usually have it for lunch or as a starter. I enjoy it on its own or with some lovely sour-dough bread.Read More

Grapefruit Carrot Fennel Juice

This Grapefruit Carrot Fennel Juice is sweet, tart and tangy all at the same time. It is not only delicious. It is really healthy too. I love the combo of grapefruit, fennel and carrot in a salad so I thought why not make a juice out of it. Grapefruit is a great source of vitamin c, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. The rich pink color of grapefruit is due to lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight free radical damage. Research suggests that lycopene-rich foods such as apricots, pink grapefruit, guava, papaya and watermelon can help lower cholesterol and even reduce the risk of getting diseases like diabetes and cancer. Read More

Mango Coconut Granola

This gluten-free Mango Coconut Granola with pecans, shredded coconut and dried mango is really delicious and super healthy! I serve it with coconut yoghurt or cashew nut yoghurt, fresh mango and some extra shredded coconut on top. I usually have smoothies for breakfast in Spring and Summer. They are healthy, quick and easy but ever since I have discovered these two raw vegan yoghurts I have been treating myself with a delicious bowl of yoghurt with home-made granola and fresh fruits on the weekend. Read More

Spring Detox Juice

This Spring Detox Juice will gently detox your system and help your body transition from heavy winter foods to lighter spring foods. In Spring and Summer we naturally feel lighter and more energetic. However, at the beginning of Spring we often still feel that heaviness of winter and we may need to eliminate toxins to feel light and fresh again. As the days are getting warmer, and days at the beach are creeping closer, you might want to consider cleaning up your diet. Read More

Berry Coconut Yoghurt Smoothie

This Berry Coconut Yoghurt Berry Smoothie is so delicious and really good for you. It boosts your immunity and is a great breakfast or recovery sports drink. I only recently discovered coconut yoghurt at a health food store in Amsterdam and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. Coconut milk yoghurt tastes unbelievably good. It contains plant-based probiotic cultures which aid with digestion and support gut health. Read More

Pink Power Energy Bars

These Pink Power Energy bars with raspberries, cranberries and coconut can help raise your energy levels and keep your energy up on a busy day or during your work-out. I am so happy with how these bars came out as they taste absolutely amazing. They are really healthy too and have just the right balance of nutrients to maintain your energy. Without fuel, it’s hard to keep your energy going on a stressful day or during an intense work-out. When it comes to exercise, eating the right nutrients is essential. These Pink Power Energy Bars give you balanced energy. Read More

Raspberry Lime Apple Smoothie

Did you know that including anti-inflammatory foods like raspberries in your diet make all the difference in your recovery from a work-out? This Raspberry Lime Apple Smoothie is high in anti-inflammatory nutrients and will help your body heal from the natural stress and inflammation caused by your work-out. This Raspberry Lime Apple Smoothie makes a great breakfast or recovery smoothie after an intense work-out. Read More

Orange Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

This Orange Pineapple Ginger Smoothie is another sunny smoothie. Pineapple tastes amazing in smoothies. It has a sweet and exotic flavor, but is also know for its many health benefits. Pineapple is high in vitamin C which can help fight off infections. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein. It can supports digestive health and aid in digestion. Bromelain is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Pineapple is alos a great source the trace mineral manganese, which a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which helps fight free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage our cell membranes and DNA. They can speed up the aging process and even play a role in the development of many diseases.Read More

Mango Avocado Bean Salad

This Mango Avocado Bean Salad is a bit of summer on your plate. It is fresh, simple, colorful and has a nice crunchy texture. I love the combination of sweet mango, spicy chili and creamy avocado. I remember having tasted this combination of flavors before when I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. This dish takes me back down memory lane. Read More

Let the Sun Shine Juice

This Let the Sun Shine Juice is a celebration of these lovely bright sunny days we have been enjoying lately. It inspires to me to add some sunshine to my food as well. This Let the Sun Shine Juice lets you glow from within. It is packed with Vitamin C and super-antioxidants called bioflavonoids. I make sure I use organic produce so I can juice the whole fruit. The skin is where all the Vitamin C is. Vitamin C is a great health boost and it aids in detoxification so it’s a great addition to your diet if you want to jump-start your whole system in Spring. The bioflavonoids in citrus fruits help to improve circulation, lower cholesterol, speed up your recovery from exercise or exercise related injuries. The beneficial bioflavonoid super antioxidants are found in the piths of Citrus fruits. This is why I always juice the whole fruit.Read More

Sauerkraut Cranberry Apple Salad

This Sauerkraut Cranberry Apple Salad is super healthy and supports your gut health. I love fermented foods and believe its an important aspect of our diet. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut and atjar, are rich in enzymes and healthy bacteria that support digestive health. Our digestive system is at the core of our being and the foundation of our health. Read More

Chunky Monkey Energy Bars

These Chunky Monkey Energy Bars taste just like the ice cream with banana, cacoa and walnuts but they are so much healthier. They give you just that little bit of extra energy when you need it and make a great pre-exercise snack. They are a great snack in between my yoga classes. These Chunky Monkey Energy Bars are also easily digestible but high in nutrients that can help fuel your performance. Read More

Chocolate Almond Cinnamon Dates

What do you do when you have 1 kg of fresh Medjoul dates at home and someone drops by and gives you three bars of 85% dark organic chocolate that you don’t usually eat? I got inspired to get creative in my kitchen. Last year we visited friends and they served us large fresh chocolate covered dates. They were so delicious that I couldn’t get enough of them. Today I have tried to recreate these delicious treats by pitting my fresh dates and giving them a warm chocolate bath.Read More

Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad with grilled eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper is a quick, easy and super tasty meal. It will take you no longer than 15 minutes to have a bowl of this salad ready. I love making salads with quinoa. When the quinoa still has a bite to it, it makes a great salad ingredient. Quinoa is a great pseudo grain to include on a gluten-free diet. It’s also rich in essential amino-acids such as lysine and isoleucine. Read More

Apple Beet Carrot Juice

This Apple Beet Carrot Juice is a real classic combination. I used purple carrots in this one and added a bit of fresh ginger for some extra spice. Did you know carrots originally weren’t orange at all? They were originally purple or red. Orange carrots came about through both a process of natural mutation and later domestication by most likely Dutch breeders. Purple carrots (usually orange inside) have even more beta carotene than their orange carrots. They derive their purple pigment from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that can help prevent free radical damage. Other fruits and veggies rich in anthocyanins are red beets, red cabbage and cranberries. Read More

Fennel Avocado Chickpea Salad

This Fennel Avocado Chickpea Salad contains the best of everything. Essential Fatty Acids in the form of hemp oil, tahini and avocado. High-quality protein the form of quinoa and chickpeas and an alkalinity boost from the fennel, lemon, red cabbage, raw coconut vinegar, fresh mint, parsley and alfalfa. I love using Raw Coconut Vinegar in my salads. It supposedly has even more healing effects than raw apple cider vinegar as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The naturally occurring acids found in raw coconut provide the body with essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium.Read More

Cinnamon Ginger Carrot Juice

This Cinnamon Ginger Carrot Juice can help reduce inflammation. Whether you are an athlete or just working out a couple of times a week in the gym, inflammation is a natural part of recovery. If our diet is high in inflammatory foods or you are working out too much, inflammation can build up in our system. This can negatively impact your recovery as an athlete. By increasing your intake of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods the oxidative stress that builds up during a training session can be eliminated. Anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as ginger, cinnamon and turmeric, can help you recover from a training session. Read More

Hearty Winter Salad

This Hearty Winter Salad with radicchio, pumpkin oil and walnuts is great on a cold winter day. Although it’s almost spring, winter greens such as radicchio are still in season. Radicchio is one of my favorite winter greens. Hearty, slightly bitter radicchio and sweet refreshing romaine lettuce are combined with walnuts, celery and pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate and celery add crunch and freshness. The Date Balsamic vinegar softens the bite of radicchio and walnuts. Pumpkin seed oil makes a great winter salad dressing with its nutty flavor. It works surprisingly well with the sweet Date Balsamic Vinegar. This is one the best salads I have had in a long time. Enjoy!Read More

Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie

This Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie is a green smoothie in disguise. Romaine Lettuce is rich in chlorophyll but has a rather neutral flavor. Green smoothies can sometimes have a distinct bitter taste. Romaine Lettuce works great for making a a lighter and sweeter smoothie. In this smoothie it helps to bring out the fruitiness and sweetness of the strawberries instead of overpowering it. If you are craving something sweet, this Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie is a great healthy fix. The combination of strawberries, banana, cacao, avocado and almond milk creates a silky smooth, creamy chocolate drink. This Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie is the best way to get a healthy chocolate fix! Read More

Pomegranate Beet Recovery Juice

This Pomegranate Beet Recovery Juice is great before a work-out or if you need just that little bit of extra energy. Research into the benefits of beet juice have showed that drinking beet root juice before your work-out can reduce the amount of oxygen you need to perform as an athlete. As such it is an effective pre-workout energiser and can boost your performance. As it makes your muscles work more efficiently, it can even help to increase your endurance and reduce post-workout fatigue.It’s not just great to boost performance before your work-out, it makes a great recovery drink too as it high in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. Read More

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

This recipe for Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate combines the best of both worlds. I love the warming and comforting effect of a great Chai Latte and the intensity of a hot chocolate. A Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink on a cold day, wrapped up in a warm blanket. Around the holiday season we tend to indulge in our cravings. For most of us when we get a craving, it’s for sugar, especially in the afternoon or right after dinner. This Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth without creating a dramatic spike in your blood sugar levels. The best way to get a quick pick me up while enjoying the sweetness of life.Read More

Apple Radish Arugula Salad

This Apple Radish Arugula Salad is very refreshing. It is a simple dish with clean flavors and a nice crunchy texture. I love the fact that this Apple Radish Arugula Salad is not only healthy and tasty but very pretty too with all those different textures and colors. There’s something really pretty about radishes with their white, almost translucent interior and bright-red margin, but did you know that they are super-healthy too? Radishes are surprisingly rich in vitamin C which supports your immune system and the antioxidants in radishes can help fight free radical damage. Radishes, thinly sliced, are a great addition to any salad and can help you to get your daily healthy dose of vitamin C in. Read More

Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh

This Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh is a so delicious and it is very easy to make. I love the simplicity of its flavours, I often don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen but at the same time it is important to me to feed myself well in order to maintain my busy and active lifestyle. I also don’t want to lose out on flavour. I love eating good food. Food that feeds my body and nourishes my soul. Most of my recipes are therefore not only quick and easy to make; they are super healthy and deliciou too. You’ll have this lovely refreshing bowl of Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh ready under 15 minutes.Read More

Pineapple Mint Cucumber Smoothie

This Pineapple Mint Cucumber Smoothie reminds me of Ibiza and hot summers. It’s a great drink on a hot summer day but also a fantastic electrolyte boost after a long workout. Replenishing electrolyte levels is crucial for recovery after a workout and can help boost performance in the long run. Most store-bought sport drinks, however, are loaded with sugar, additives and have little or no nutritional value. If you regularly exercise for more than an hour, replenishing electrolyte levels and getting the right nutritional building blocks in your body is a must. Read More

Red Power Salad

My lunch today at de Ysbreeker inspired me to create a new recipe based on the principle of red power, a Red Power Salad with red quinoa, red cabbage, red beets, pomegranate seeds and cranberries. When it comes to health, the colours on your plate matter. Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are the nutrients often concentrated in the skins of fruits and vegetables, that are responsible for their color. This salad focuses on the antioxidant power of the red/purple family of phytonutrients,which have been found to protect against heart disease and even cancer.Read More

Alkalising Recovery Juice

This Alkalising Recovery Juice with citrus fruit is tasty, refreshing and best of all, it boost your recovery after an intense work-out. Did you know that eating alkalising foods is crucial to repair your body after a work-out? Physical exertion builds up lactic acid in the body. In an acidic body lactic acid is not properly flushed out of your system. Instead it builds up in your body, which can result in post-workout tension, fatigue and muscle stiffness. Ever suffer from days of muscle soreness and fatigue after an intense work-out without understanding why? Check out what you ate the days before your work-out and the days after.Read More

Pomegranate Aloe Vera Smoothie

This delicious and refreshing Pomegranate Aloe Vera Smoothie is anti-oxidant rich and great for reducing inflammation. Both pomegranate seeds and aloe vera gel are powerful antioxidants and contain potent anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. Antioxidants help to minimize the effects of free radical damage to your cells caused by oxidation. Living in our modern world, we cannot avoid the production of free radicals but we can consume foods that help neutralize their potential damage. Increasing the amounts of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich foods you consume can dramatically improve your health. Read More

Super Antioxidant Smoothie

This Super Antioxidant Smoothie with swiss chard and pear is the best way to start your day. Swiss Chard is one of the most nutritious vegetables around. wiss Chard is perhaps most celebrated for its high variety of antioxidants. Researchers have found at least three dozen of antioxidants in Swiss Chard, much higher than most vegetables, that help combat oxidative stress. Antioxidants are your best defense against fighting the stresses of our daily living environment and therefore crucial for your health. Read More

White Lightning Juice

This White Lighting Juice with white turmeric, honey, lemon and coconut water derives its name from its effect on your taste buds. They will light up in new and surprising ways. A big part of is due to the type of turmeric I have used in this juice. My friend recently told me about white turmeric which I have wanted to buy forever but had never been able to find. She gave me some yesterday and here’s the result, a juice that will literally light up your taste buds. White turmeric has a lighter, whiter flesh than yellow turmeric, but its flavor is more pronounced and in my opinion more delicate. Read More

Super Power Bowl

This Super Power Bowl nourishes your body on many levels. Ever wondered what to eat after a long work-out ? Well, this is it. Recently, I have gotten into the habit of doing endurance work-outs on a rowing machine. I have noticed that I need to feed myself differently than after my usual yoga practice. Right after my work-out I drink some coconut juice to rehydrate. And then about 1 hour after my work-out I have what I call my Super Power Bowl. It contains everything you need to boost your recovery and your performance as an athlete. Read More

Sweet Potato Carrot Orange Juice

This Sweet Potato Carrot Orange Juice is spectacular. Initially, I wasn’t drawn to the idea of juicing sweet potatoes. Juicing sweet potatoes? You must be kidding me! Or that’s what I would have said to you not so long ago. The idea of juicing this starchy vegetable just sounded plain weird. But as I found out, sweet potatoes make the tastiest, sweetest, smoothest and most nutritious juice I have ever tasted. They are super-healthy too. Read More

Roasted Red Beet Hummus

This Roasted Red Beet Hummus is inspired by a birthday party I went to last weekend. My friend loves beet hummus and he had a really yummy store-bought red beet hummus on the dinner table. As I love all my foods fresh and I avoid packaged foods as much as I can, I thought I’d try to recreate my own recipe with fresh roasted beets and herbs. The store-bought one is pretty good but I am pretty sure ‘I beet it’ with this recipe (pun intended). Read More

Beet Apple Mint Salad

This Beet Apple Mint Salad is a brightly coloured, fresh and super-nutritious salad. I use a lot of raw beets in my cooking and juices. Raw beets have endless health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and supporting women’s health. But did you know that beets can even help boost athletic performance? Apparently beets can help increase endurance and reduce fatigue by helping the body to burn oxygen more slowly.Read More

Red Lentil Coconut Soup

This Red Lentil Coconut Soup is yet another great lentil dish. The spices used in this dish not only enhance the taste of this soup, but also make it more nutritious. If you are prone to gas or bloating, adding the right spices can make a world of difference. Fresh ginger and many of the spices used in curry powder such as cumin and coriander help to reduce any of the side effects that legumes are often associated with. Red lentils are super healthy. Rich in dietary fiber, iron, folate and magnesium, they give energy, stabilise blood sugar and support heart health. Read More

Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad

This Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad is delicious in its simplicity. Over the years I have fallen in love with lentils. I love a good Dahl or lentil soup. There’s something heart-warming and nourishing about lentils. They are also great sources of protein, especially if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet. rarely eat cheese as I try to avoid dairy but when I do I make sure I enjoy it. You can enjoy this Beluga Lentil Goat Cheese Salad on its own as I often do or as a side-dish to a larger meal or salad.Read More

Red Power Juice

This Red Power Juice is super cleansing but not for the faint of heart. It contains beets, red cabbage, fennel and apples. Red power is the new green power. We tend to go for green juices but beets and red cabbage have so many outstanding benefits. Beets are amazing. They have a strong, earthy taste, are amazing liver cleansers and chock-full of vitamins. They build up blood cells and stimulate the lymphatic system. Red cabbage is great for juicing, and it is truly one of the most nutritious vegetables around.Read More

Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad

This Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad is light and refreshing. It has only a few ingredients and it’s very quick and easy to make. You’ll have it on your table in less than twenty minutes. I love the fresh and clean flavours of the raw crispy zucchini, fresh herbs and lemon-honey dressing. The lemon juice and zest infuse the whole dish with a wonderful tangy flavor. The honey and succulent raisins add a beautiful sweetness. If you are looking for a light and easy-to-digest meal, this Quinoa Zucchini Raisin Salad is the perfect dish for you. It’s great for lunch or to bring along on a picnic. Read More

Vegan Raspberry Thyme Sorbet

OMG. This Vegan Raspberry Thyme Sorbet is heaven. Technically, it’s a sorbet and not an ice cream. Plus it looks like a granita as it does not scoop well. But what’s in a name. It tastes absolutely amazing. It’s vegan and it’s raw. It’s not too sweet, as I like my sorbets to have a bit of a tangy taste. The fresh, juicy raspberries are the first things you’ll notice in this lovely sorbet. The Thyme and the Mint in the honey add a distinctive herbal and pungent flavor. Do need I to say more?Read More

Gluten free Nut and Seed Bread

This Nut and Seed Bread beats any energy drink or power bar. It gets you going and keeps you going. It is packed with whole grains and dietary fiber that provide energy and a sense of satiety to last you through your day. The nuts and seeds are a great source of protein which helps the body to build muscle. It’s great to take with you on a long hike or if you are a busy person who is always on the go. Read More

Endive Blood Orange Salad

This Endive Blood Orange Salad is pure simplicity. The ingredients speak for themselves. I love blood oranges and couldn’t resist buying a whole bunch of them at the local market last weekend. The ones I bought were very sweet and dark red. Their intense flavor and sweetness pair really well with bitter flavors, such as Belgian endives, hemp oil and walnuts. The date balsamic adds another layer of sweetness to this dish. If you enjoy delicious and fresh flavors on your plate, this is going to be one of your favorite salads. Read More

Black Bean Quinoa Chili

This spicy Black Bean Quinoa Chili is healthy, nourishing and balances blood sugar. It’s full of flavour and packed with nourishing vegetables and protein in the form of quinoa and black beans. When you struggle with blood sugar imbalance it’s important to eat mostly slow carbs in plant form. This recipe is full of slow carbs that release sugar in your bloodstream slowly, such as shallots, tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers and parsley. Read More

Going Gluten-free Can Change Your Life

Could going gluten-free change your life? Many people are unknowingly gluten intolerant or sensitive. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Lots of common foods contain gluten, such as breakfast cereals, bread, pastries and pastas, but also many unexpected foods like soy sauce, ketchup, stock cubes and other processed foods contain gluten. Symptoms of gluten intolerance can be vague and therefore often go unnoticed. Read More

Home-made Granola

When you are gluten-intolerant or sensitive, it can be hard to find out what foods are right for you. Breakfast especially can be hard to work around as most store-bought cereals and breads contain gluten and high amounts of sugar. Making your own granola can be a great and healthy option for you. You can mix up this recipe by adding coconut flakes, your choice of nuts, seeds or dried fruits.Read More

Root Vegetable Gratin

This Root Vegetable Gratin is a delicious, hearty and filling vegan dish. It has a no-cheese crunchy crust and is a perfect warmer on a cold day. Plus it’s really healthy. Root vegetables are some of the most underappreciated vegetables around. But they are nutritional powerhouses, widely available in winter and very inexpensive. Feel free to experiment with rutabagas, turnips. Beets, parsnips and other root vegetables in this recipe. Enjoy what’s out there in your local market!Read More

Green Power Soup

This Green Power Soup is a heart-warming version of a high-nutrient green juice. When it’s so cold outside, I find it hard to stomach a cold, green juice. But I don’t want to go without that super plant power of a great green juice either. So here’s an heart-warming green power soup that will not only keep you warm on a cold day but will help feed every single cell of your body and eliminate waste. I have used spinach and broccoli in this one but you can add kale, Swiss chard, purslane or any other green leafy vegetable to your taste.Read More

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Curry

This Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Curry is amazing. I love a good Thai curry but nothing beats making your own curry paste. It’s easy to buy ready-made Thai curry paste but making your own paste adds so much more freshness, flavor and fragrance to the dish. The inspiration for adding the Brussel sprouts and apples to this curry came from an amazing Thai curry recipe I saw on The Green Kitchen. They are right. Brussels sprouts and apples might seem unconventional in a curry, but they fit in perfectly.Read More

Digestive Calm Juice

This Digestive Calm Juice uses fennel and pear to relax the digestive system. Fennel reduces intestinal cramping, gas, flatulence and bloating. People with leaky gut or Inflammatory Bowel Disease can benefit from fennel because of its antispasmodic qualities that help to relax the digestive system and its anti-inflammatory effects. Pears are great for digestive health as they are rich in pectin, which is soothing for the digestive system. Read More

Sweet Pepper Chickpea Soup

This Roasted Sweet Pepper Chickpea Soup is another delicious and easy-to-make soup. The pure and natural flavours of the peppers, shallots and tomatoes are brought out by roasting these wholesome ingredients in the oven first. Roasting is great as it leaves you with more time on your hands to do other things. When the roasting is done, you simply need to add the stock, oven mixture and chickpeas to a high-speed blender and you are ready. It does not require any additional cooking. Read More

Broccoli Sweet Potato Soup

This Broccoli Coconut Sweet Potato Soup is delicious and very easy to make. I love the combination of sweet potatoes and ginger. The ginger and pepper gives this soup a nice kick and bring balance to the sweetness of the potatoes and coconut. A no-nonsense soup with wholesome ingredients that makes a great lunch or a starter. You can puree the soup in a blender for a smooth and creamy texture or serve it as is.Read More

Quinoa With Sweet Potato

This delicious quinoa salad with sweet potato, avocado and walnuts is super-healthy and gives you the fuel you need for an active lifestyle. The three main ingredients -quinoa, sweet potatoes and avocado- are low-glycemic and can help regulate blood sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, sweet potatoes are great as they satisfy your sweet cravings without spiking your blood sugar. This dish will give you a slow release of energy and is exactly what your body needs if you have a lot of work ahead of you or are planning a work-out later on in the day.Read More

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

I love the warming and comforting effect of a great Chai Latte and the intensity of a hot chocolate. This recipe combines the best of both worlds. It is the perfect drink on a cold day, wrapped up in a warm blanket. For most of us when we get a craving, it’s for sugar, especially in the afternoon or right after dinner. This Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate will satisfy your sweet tooth without creating a dramatic spike in your blood sugar levels. The best way to get a quick pick me up while enjoying the sweetness of life.Read More

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

This Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup is a hearty, filling soup to keep you going on a cold day. I just love a steaming hot bowl of sweet pumpkin soup. However, most of the pumpkin soups I have had this year were a bit bland. Now I love the depth of Indian flavors so I decided to inject my Pumpkin Soup with Indian spices such as ginger, cumin and coriander. This soup comes close to a spicy, aromatic Indian Dahl. It has a lots of healthy fresh ginger in it. Ginger warms the body, it boosts immunity, has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.Read More

Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad

This simple recipe for Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad combines the flavors of the Mediterranean with the super food power of kale. I am a big fan of Dinosaur kale and we eat it at least twice a week at our home. It’s such a simple pure ingredient, easy to prepare and has so many great health benefits. Kale has been called a nutritional power house for a reason. It’s high in vitamins (K, C and A), packed with powerful antioxidants and a powerful anti-inflammatory food and there’s so much more. Read More

Free Christmas E-book For You!

I have created an e-book with delicious and healthy Christmas recipes. The holidays are a typical time of the year where we tend to 
overindulge at our meals. If you are anything like me, you love to eat 
delicious food. Food to drool over, to enjoy and share with family and friends. I have come up with seven different holiday recipes with tantalizing flavors that are high in nutrients and insanely delicous. All recipes in this menu are gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free (optional).Read More

Alkalinity Booster Juice

This Alkalinity Booster Juice is divine! I came upon it by accident while throwing my left-over veggies and fruits in the juicer. It’s so delicious!! I have juiced the peel of the oranges which gives it a slightly bitter taste but that’s where all the Vitamin C is. The fragrant Bergamot orange adds a special touch to this juice. It’s somewhere in between a lemon and an orange. I love its perfumy citrusy smell. There’s a good reason why it’s used a lot in perfumes. Read More

Blueberry Quinoa Porridge

This Blueberry Quinoa Porridge is a delicious and healthy gluten-free breakfast option. Gluten is a protein most commonly found in wheat and other grains, such as barley, rye and spelt. If you’ve ever tried to avoid gluten, you know how hard it is to find great substitutes in your local store. Most gluten-free breakfast cereals are loaded with sugar and expansive. If you are struggling with gluten allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity, making your own is worth your while. Read More

Flu Fighter Smoothie

This Flu Fighter Smoothie gets its amazing Vitamin C boost from the blueberries, the lime and the camu camu, an Amazonian superfruit that’s rich in beneficial phytonutrients. This is a high-nutrient smoothie that gives you fuel to fight infection and disease, a great fortifier during the cold season. I’ve made this on days that I had flu-like symptoms. Each time I was up and running again the next day. The Spirulina will make this smoothie dark green. Don’t worry it tastes super healthy!Read More

Chickpea Crêpes With Mushrooms

These chickpea crêpes with tofu, kale and mushrooms are a spin on one of my favorite Indian dishes, a North Indian dish called Chole which is basically a Chickpea Curry. Instead of using chickpeas in the curry, I have made crepes with chickpea flour and fresh coriander. I have made a spicy tomato curry of tofu, kale and mushrooms. It still has that delicious spicy flavor of the original dish but is a healthier version of the one that I used to make. Read More

Blueberry Banana Rice Porridge

This blueberry banana rice porridge is a delicious and super healthy breakfast option. This is what I am living on in the morning these days, when it’s below freezing point. I get cold very easily and don’t enjoy walking into a cold and icy living room in the early morning. But this breakfast porridge is what gets me going. There’s something particularly nurturing and loving about preparing this for myself on a cold morning. It warms and wakes me up instantly. Read More

Three Beet Salad With Fennel

This Three Beet Salad With Fennel is simply delicious but what makes my heart beat even more is that it’s so brightly colored. Lots of color on a plate does not only mean it’s high in flavor but it’s high and diverse in nutrients too. The different types of beets in this salad make it vibrant, colorful, and very healthy. From now on consider each meal you prepare as a work of art. Color your plate to get the nutrients you need!Read More

Brussels Sprouts With Shallots

These roasted Brussels sprouts with pine nuts and caramelized shallots make the perfect winter dish. I never liked Brussel sprouts growing up. I found out I love sprouts when they are crisp on the outside but still solid on the inside. These sprouts are crispy and firm and the bitterness of the sprouts is balanced by the sweetness of the caramelized onions and tartness of the vinegar. If you don’t like sprouts, try out this recipe! Read More

Fennel Apple Avocado Salad

Want to surprise your taste buds with a ridiculously simple but insanely deliciously salad? This Fennel Apple Avocado salad is one of my favorites. The fennel is sweet, crunchy and refreshing and combines well with tartness of the apple and thick creaminess of the avocado. It makes a great side-dish for a heavier entree or you can enjoy it on its own. Read More

Apple Banana Cinnamon Cereal

This Apple Banana Cinnamon cereal is a tasty and easy to make breakfast which I prepare when I have run out of ingredients to make my morning smoothie or need a hearty, tasty breakfast. It is quick to make and it is a nutritious, balanced meal. Most ingredients are raw except for the quinoa. It’s gluten-free. but you can use alternatives to quinoa like oats or amaranth.Read More

Vegetable Hotchpotch Soup

We are definitely entering the winter season. There’s something deeply nourishing about a bowl of soup on a cold winter day. I literally feel my body warm up from inside out. My new favorite soup is based on Dutch hotchpotch but then turned into a soup. This soup has delicious natural sweet flavor and warms your body from inside out. Read More

Raw Ginger Chili Chocolate Hearts

Eat your heart out with this simple and delicious recipe for raw chocolate hearts. This is one of my favorite combinations but you can go creative and add nuts, dried fruits, coconutflakes or superfoods like spirulina. Doesn’t this recipe sound delicious and easy to make? I love making raw chocolate to satisfy my chocolate cravings.Read More