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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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