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Super Greens Vegetable Soup

This super greens vegetable soup is my current favourite lunch dish. I make a huge pot of soup every week. I freeze the soup in small containers so I can enjoy it whenever I need to fix myself a quick, healthy and nourishing lunch. I typically use whatever green veggies I can find in my local organic supermarket or whatever veggies are left over in my fridge. I really loved the flavour of this soup, so here’s the recipe. It makes a big pot of soup, so you can freeze 6-8 portions.Read More

Yoga Retreat Zeeland 2017

During this weekend you will discover how yoga, breath, meditation and living life mindfully can support you in living an energetic life, not just at the physical level but a life that excites and inspires you, a life full of possibilities. You will eat with full awareness and nourish your system with healthy, tasteful and balancing meals. There will be dynamic, energizing vinyasa classes as well as more calming, relaxing yoga classes in which you will learn to deeply relax and release tensions and stress.Read More

Weekend Yoga Retreat Gstaad 2015

During this weekend with Chantal at Le grand Bellevue Gstaad, you will learn how you can prevent winter blues through yoga, breath work and good food. We examine the impact of nutrition, breathing and yoga on our body, our energy level and our state of mind. You will gain more insight in yourself, in what you need to feel alive and full of energy. At Le Grand Bellevue, you’ll enjoy easy elegance and Michelin* rated food in a captivating Alpine setting. Read More

Weekend Yoga Retreat Zeeland 2015

During this Weekend Yoga Retreat in Zeeland with Chantal, you will learn how to clear space in your body and mind in order to bring in renewed energy. Spring is a time of shedding and rebirth, the perfect time to renew yourself and to let to go of what no longer serves you, to shed what needs to be shed. This is includes cleansing your body of any winter build up. Just like we need to take a shower every morning or clean our homes, we need to clean our bodies internally. Read More

Top 5 Recipes to Beat a Cold

It can be challenging to eat healthy when you’ve got a cold and are feeling run down. Everyone gets a cold occasionally but there’s something you can do to speed up your recovery process. Besides taking plenty of rest and drinking your fluids, incorporating certain foods into your diet can help prevent your cold from becoming a worse. I prefer a runny nose to being bed-ridden for a week unable to move or breathe normally. Here’s my top five recipes beat a cold.t, They are just what you need when your body needs to give its undivided attention to fighting off the germs.Read More

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

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

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

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

14 Tips To Prepare For A Detox

Preparing your body for a detox is just as important as doing a cleanse itself. If you already eat clean and healthy, then preparing for a cleanse is fairly easy. A few days before the cleanse, eat simple, light foods such as steamed veggies, soups or salads with lots of leafy greens and raw vegetables. If you’re not such a clean eater, give your body time to prepare for a cleanse. Take small steps towards cutting down on processed foods by gradually increasing the amount of whole grains, pseudo-grains and fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.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

10 Reasons To Get a Flu Shot

I was on the phone with a friend the other day, who asked me what my thoughts were on her getting a flu shot. She has two kids at home and she just keeps on getting sick. And she’s sick and tired of it. Knowing that I am a health coach with a passion for nutrition and natural healing, she asked my honest opinion on the matter. She had heard all these conflicting stories in the media on flu shots, so this is what she asked: “Should I get a flu shot?”. Read my answer here. 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

Free Christmas Menu

Do you want to enjoy the holiday season but not at the expense of your healthy habits? Do you need inspiration for a healthy and delicious Christmas in style? Get my Free Christmas Menu with easy, delicious and healthy holiday recipes now! The holidays are a typical time of the year where we tend to go overboard. The holidays are all about sweet treats and indulging. But there’s absolutely no need let the holiday season wipe you out. Why start wiping your slate clean after the holidays?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

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

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

My Top 10 Tips To Survive A Detox

So what do you do when you’re in the middle of a detox and you cannot take it anymore? What enables you to get through when the going gets tough? Even though you know at a mental level that the side-effects of a detox or the challenges you experience during a cleanse are not here to stay, it can still be hard to follow through in those moments where you hit rock bottom. Use these ten tips to stay inspired during your detox, to stick to your goals and make your changes last.Read More

My Detox Story: Crazy Sexy Diet

This post is about one the first cleanses (Crazy Sexy Diet) I did a few years ago. It’s about the hard parts and what enables you to get through when the going gets tough. The 21 day cleanse I did was an amazing experience for me. If you need inspiration to move towards a healthier lifestyle or if you have gone back to your old, unhealthy eating habits, a detox can be a great way to start over again or get you back on track.Read More

Is Spring Cleansing For You?

Spring has finally arrived. The days are getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter. Spring is a typical time of the year where many people will start to clean up their homes and their diet. Increased energy, improved digestion and weight loss are just a few of the promised benefits of a spring cleanse or detox. With all those amazing benefits Spring cleansing sounds absolutely amazing, but is Spring cleansing really for you? 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

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

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

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

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

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