• vegan tofu dumplings
    Mains

    Vegan Tofu Dumplings (Gyoza)

    I’m a lover of all things dumplings, gyoza, potstickers, whatever you call these little gems. They’re simply wonderful to eat and to make 🙂 Now, I grew up in a fairly traditional home where we eat rice, Chinese (inspired) dishes most days. For example, things like dim sum, dumpling noodle soup, fried noodles, fried rice, stir-fried with oyster sauce, sweet and sour chicken (I used to be a carnivore!), stuffed tofu, braised pork, Peking duck and steamed fish, and herbal soup. Indeed, always start your meal with a Chinese herbal soup. The Holy Trinity In Chinese Cooking The holy trinity in Chinese cooking is garlic, ginger, and green onions/scallions. Therefore,…

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    Breakfast,  Snacks

    A Healthier Apple Crumble

    Sometimes I crave an unpretentious old fashion apple pie or apple crumble from Holland! Aah, the sweet memories from strolling at the Noordermarket and treating myself with an apple pie from Winkel 43 at the end of my shopping spree. Moreover, right before having my period (famously known as PMS), that’s the time I reeeaally want something sweet and comforting. This is all in order to prepare me for the mental challenge (read mood swings) I’ll be facing. Most importantly, I’m sacrificing myself to protect my dear family from my uhm, emotional outbursts. In other words, nailing this apple crumble was kind of a big thing. A Healthified Apple Crumble…

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    Health,  Lifestyle

    10 Simple Ways To Eat Less (without feeling hungry!)

    I looove a good hack, especially when it comes to short cuts to health and nutrition. Food is important, but even healthy food can make you gain weight if you eat too much of it. Today’s post is about eating less without noticing! So let’s dive into the topic of hacking your meals so you can eat less without feeling hungry ever! I never recommend any diets or cutting out food groups. Heck, I don’t even advise extreme calorie restrictions and deprivation. Let’s be honest, what’s the point, if you’ll binge on your favorite chocolate cookies after a juice cleanse anyway? However, having said that, I do like simple health hacks…

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    Salads

    Smashed Chinese Cucumber Salad

    Did you know that cucumbers are 95% water? Therefore, if you don’t like to drink water, eat cucumbers! This smashed Chinese cucumber salad is easy to make, fresh and delicious as a side dish. Besides it’s garlicky, zingy and packed with bold typical Chinese pantry staples. The list of benefits of cucumbers is endless! For example, they are cheap, available throughout the year, hydrating, cleansing, detoxifying, helps reduce blood pressure and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s a cooling ingredient. In other words, it reduces “heat” in your body to bring your body back to balance (read optimal health) You may recognize this dish at the Chinese restaurant serve as…

  • mindful eating chart
    Health,  Lifestyle

    10 Mindful Eating Exercises

    Mindfulness means the art of bringing your awareness into the present moment. Therefore mindful eating means the art of being present while you eat and drink. Without distractions, judgment, and truly connected with your body, cravings, and fullness. Ideally, you’re slowing your pace and you eat in a relaxed environment. Mindful eating is a not a diet Mindful eating is not a new diet to make you lose weight overnight. There’s no list of forbidden foods and no counting calories involved. Do I hear an amen?! On the contrary, mindful eating is here to stay and it’s doing just one thing: heal your relationship with food. Did you know that…

  • strawberry thumbprint cookies
    Snacks,  Sweets

    Gluten Free And Oil Free Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

    If you’ve been following me along, you know I like to bake cookies. Especially during the early days of the pandemic and we all had to stay home. Boy oh boy, I was cooking and baking a lot. These delicious good-for-the-soul glutenfree strawberry thumbprint cookies are a must for you if you like cookies. These are a bit soft and chewy, due to the absence of butter, eggs, oil, and gluten. But nonetheless, packed with big flavors and using plant-based nutrient-dense ingredients without the guilt! These are perfect when you crave something sweet or want a classic cookie to have with your afternoon tea. If you were wondering if oats…

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    Lifestyle,  Nutrition

    5 Ways To Get Back In Shape After A Baby

    You know those chats with your girlfriends about the best ways to get back in shape after having your baby. Like the minute you give birth you feel worried about the extra weight you’re still carrying. Even after the baby is born. How confusing is it that you still feel and look pregnant even after giving birth? Above all, we live in a culture where getting back in shape after having a baby is the norm rather than an exception. It’s not only expected from celebrities anymore. Therefore, this my friend, puts a lot of pressure. I mean a lot of pressure to us newborn moms. I mean, round is…

  • turmeric scramble tofu
    Breakfast,  Mains

    Scramble Tofu: The Ultimate Egg Replacement

    When I started removing eggs from my diet, I was so happy to learn that you can easily replace the classic scrambled eggs with scrambled tofu! You get more protein and it’s better for your cholesterol too. Moreover, now we’re talking about cholesterols. Did you know that high cholesterol levels are caused by animal meat from pork, poultry, beef, and even fish and animal by-products such as dairy, cheese, butter, margarine, and eggs? Plants can’t raise your cholesterol, so I hope this could be the reason to have you add more wholesome plant-based goodness into your meals. Another great way to swap animal meat for plant-based ingredients in this amazing…

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    Health,  Lifestyle

    The Whole Food Plant-Based Beginners Guide

    Eating a whole food plant-based or vegan diet has never been this popular, and that’s for good reasons. For example, to improve your health because you want to lower your cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Or because you heard that you can lose weight and boost your energy on a plant-based diet. Besides these motivations, you might care about the environment or want to end animal suffering for meat consumption. Likewise, you watched some documentaries on Netflix that made an impact on you, such as Game Changers, Forks over Knives, What the Health or Cowspiracy. If you haven’t watched these, please do so, they are very informative and it…

  • vegan chickpeas tuna
    Breakfast,  Mains

    How to Make Chickpeas Taste Like Tuna? (The Best Vegan Tuna Recipe!)

    Vegan Tuna – Huh? Since I transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle I’m looking for vegan alternatives to my favorite foods. As a result yes, Vegan Tuna is one of them. I know it sounds super strange, but seriously it’s SO good! Therefore I’m going to share the umami ingredient in this recipe with you. Nori which is seaweed is the answer to make mashed chickpeas taste like the real deal. These two ingredients are an odd combination, honestly, they both come from an entirely different cuisine, but man, are they a match made in heaven! You might know that nori is wrapped around sushi, but hey you can also mix them…

  • positive body image
    Lifestyle

    5 Ways To Create A Positive Body Image (Don’t Let Your Mind Bully Your Body!)

    If you judge yourself and feel uncomfortable in your own body, you’re not alone my friend. The majority of people struggle with accepting their bodies. We struggle with having a positive body image. What is Body Image? Body image is how you see your body,  the thoughts, and feelings that you have coming from your beliefs and perception. In addition, these feelings and beliefs can be positive, negative, or both, and are influenced by your environment, upbringing, and social media nowadays. Therefore it’s important to develop a positive body image of yourself. But the good news is that you don’t need long legs, a flat tummy and flawless skin to…

  • green smoothie recipe
    Breakfast,  Drinks,  Lifestyle

    I Can’t Stop Drinking This Green Smoothie + 3 Steps For Successful Meal Prepping

    Zion said the other day that Green Smoothies look like diarrhea. I had to laugh so hard because let’s be honest some of them do look like sh*t and even smell like that. But not anymore my friend! I’m going to teach you how you can make simple tasty nutritious Green Smoothies with a few ingredients. In addition, one that keeps you full but your tummy flat. You see, it’s all about the combination and ratios of ingredients. Therefore choose your liquids, fruits, leafy greens, optional a superfood and blend it baby! You find the perfect Green Smoothie recipe at the end of this post. But for now, find below…

  • Why Emotional Eating Is Not A Bad Thing + Immune Boosting Coconut Yogurt
    Breakfast,  Lifestyle,  Snacks,  Sweets

    Why Emotional Eating Is Not A Bad Thing + Immune Boosting Coconut Yogurt

    What is Emotional Eating? Emotional eating means when you eat foods, oftentimes ‘unhealthy or junk food’ for other reasons than hunger. So, you use food as a response to negative emotions, such as stress, anxiety, or sadness. Or you do it to numb or handle a difficult feeling. Eating your feelings is a real thing. Think about that time you finished a chocolate bar at one sitting or a pint of Haagen Dazs ice cream just like in romantic comedies. We all have experienced a form of emotional eating at some point in our lives. And hey, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t label emotional eating as something bad…

  • mango overnight oats
    Breakfast

    Mango Overnight Oats

    I’m crazy about mangos. It’s great for your gut health, packed with fibers, vitamins and it’s simply delicious. Especially in this Mango Overnight Oats recipe where mango is the star ingredient, it combines great with the creamy milk, soft oats, and nut butter. As a busy mom, with a busy mind and busy life, I often make these overnight oats for busy mornings. This breakfast is great for on-the-go when you’re short on time and on your way to your meeting or office, you can at least enjoy these overnight oats instead of unhealthy fast food options from Starbucks or other pre-packed convenient breakfasts. These oats keep me full until…

  • mindset shift
    Lifestyle

    How to Navigate Through COVID-19 With the Right Mindset?

    So life is tough for most people right now, globally. As we speak there’s a global pandemic going on, people are getting sick and even worse dying. But then there are a lot of people who don’t fall in this category. But they are left without jobs, being stuck at home with their spouse and/or children, experiencing anxiety, financial stress, domestic abuse, worries, sleepless nights and exhaustion. Yes, exhaustion. Bottom line, in whatever category you fall – your life has changed dramatically and expected! And the hard part is, for how long? We don’t have a clear endpoint to this new way of life or any manual or roadmap for navigating a…

  • seed crackers
    Breakfast,  Snacks

    Healthy Seed Crackers

    I love all things crispy and crunchy. But instead of going broke by buying expensive healthy seed crackers from health stores and artisans, or having processed boring pre-packed crackers, why not create your own healthy seed crackers. These gems are packed with fiber, nutrients, minerals and all things good for you and your gut. I truly believe that we all can eat a little bit more fiber these days. I don’t necessarily love to eat nuts, seeds and oats. I mean I love fruits, cakes and ice creams, come on let’s be real here, shall we. But, I also know that nuts, seeds and oats are so good for us.…

  • 5 reasons to cook your own meals
    Lifestyle

    5 Reasons to Cook Your Own Meals

    Ok, I bet you’re all cooking a little bit more than you’re used to — or if you are not the main person to cook at home, I bet you at least eat more home-cooked meals during this time of social distancing and isolation. This article is written during the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s one of those challenging, once in a lifetime situations. I want to share five reasons why you should take action in this area of your life as it can transform your physical and mental health. It may seem obvious but let’s begin by getting clear on what home cooking is. The next time you’re attempting to…

  • immune boosting turmeric juice
    Drinks

    Immune Boosting Turmeric Tonic

    I believe you can always find simple ways to boost your immune system. If you want to learn more about the immune system and gut health please read this article for more wisdom nuggets. In this recipe, it’s all about good taste, texture and a good dose of anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, minerals and fiber. All these are essential to support your overall health and in particular your gut health. Did you know that your immune system is connected to your gut health. If not, you should really head over to the article before making this tonic. This combination is classic and timeless and I’m sure you will enjoy it! The…

  • Lifestyle

    How Keeping a Gratitude Journal Changed My Life

    You see, a diary isn’t just a place to write down your thoughts or scribble down that dream house. I want to encourage you to add a new category to your thoughts. How about you start to appreciate all the good things of your day. You start to count your blessings, see the positive aspects of that never-ending 2 hours commute to and from work. Because if you start to see the positive sides of your circumstances you start to ACT & THINK a different way.  The Right Perspective Complaining about your circumstances has never helped anyone. Including yourself. As a matter of fact, the more you focused on the negative and lack, the more you…

  • mango popsicles
    Snacks,  Sweets

    3 Ingredient Mango Popsicles

    It’s mango season here in Bali and that alone makes me and my kids the happiest people. Especially Rocco is crazy about mangoes, he eats at least 1 whole mango all by himself every day. When in the season these golden God-send fruits are cheap, amazingly sweet, incredibly juicy and huge in size — truly nature’s candy! I’ve been using mangoes in all kinds of recipes. I made mango chutney, mango sushi, mango raw cake, mango chia pudding, and today I’ll be sharing the easiest 3 ingredient mango popsicles. If you have kids, you can ask them to help you make, this way they feel incredibly proud of themselves and…

  • Healing Detox Tea
    Drinks

    Healing Detox Tea

    The last couple of weeks were quite extraordinary on the island of Bali — several earthquakes, lots of rain for a dry season and too many mozzies, who said climate change is not a real thing? You better be prepared when the weather changes drastically. So I came up with this Healing Detox Tea for when you feel under the weather. Or actually, you should drink this as an immune booster/gut healing/miracle/detox concoction. Whenever you are drinking this, it’s good for you! So without further ado, let’s get brewing! Healing Detox Tea Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: 1 liter Ingredients 1 liter filtered (warm) water Juice…

  • peanut butter coconut balls
    Snacks,  Sweets

    Peanut Butter Protein Balls

    Who else needs a pick me up treat at 4 pm? Just something with a hint of sweetness, not overly sweet, and nothing of the overly processed, high saturated fat and corn syrup-filled junk. No, I’m talking about real food, a snack or treat that is nourishing, delicious, satiating, creamy and oh so finger-licking yummy! Hands down these peanut butter protein balls are the best you will ever have. There’re lots of other recipes out there, but nothing beats these easy balls. The peanut butter reminds me of my childhood, you know the time when you spooned out the bottom of the peanut butter jar. But besides that, it’s packed…

  • gut health
    Health

    Everything You Need To Know About Inflammation, Leaky Gut, Immune System and Allergies

    Today’s post is a long one, so bear with me. Why? Because I’m very passionate and concerned about this topic and I feel that there’s a lot of confusion surrounding our health today and more people need to understand these specific matters better. So I would like to share about the topic of: auto-immune disease allergies immunity inflammation I want to specifically talk about these topics because it’s one that’s coming up more and more. It’s something that really affects everyone. I think the immune system can come across as something unclear and complicated. The immune system is something we can’t see and yet it’s defending us at all times,…

  • 12 easy steps to better health
    Lifestyle

    12 Easy Steps To Better Health

    I have a question for you. Have you ever noticed that when people talk about health, they tend to fixate on what they should be doing and not what they are already doing now? I’m sure you’ve heard it many times — a friend starts talking about how unhealthy they feel, and before you know it the conversation has shifted to a negative spiral about not working out enough and not eating healthy. You find yourself in a situation where it looks impossible to be healthy. Start small But have you also wondered that you can move this situation from negative self-talk to encouraging, inspiring surroundings? You can, for example, celebrate…

  • 7 ways to become happier
    Lifestyle

    7 Ways To Become Happier

    I’m going to throw out three threshold questions about happiness that I’m sure you thought about yourself. Then I’m going to suggest 7 very manageable, realistic resolutions for you to try in your own life to think about your own happiness, as well as the happiness of people who you might be trying to help.  Because what I found is that when you look at people who are happier, they have habits that work for them. And people who are less happy don’t have habits that work for them. But first of all, there are these three threshold questions that really come up again and again when you’re thinking about…

  • spicy korean noodles
    Mains

    Spicy Korean Cold Noodles (10 minutes!) + Intro on Ayurvedic

    Have you ever heard of Ayurvedic teachings? It is originally from India and it is a holistic healthy lifestyle that has been practiced for centuries. The concept of Ayurvedic is all about restoring and keeping a physical and emotional balance. Yes please, who doesn’t want that? Each individual is unique and therefore has a different ‘Dosha’. Which type of dosha and energy is dominant in your life depends on your personality, body type, personal preferences and the environment in which you live. By reading more and doing several tests online, for example here, it came out that I am a Pitta dominant. It is said that everyone has a little…

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    Lifestyle

    Thanksgiving vs. Appreciation

    It’s THANKSGIVING friends!!! Although I personally didn’t grow up with this celebration and therefore don’t celebrate it (I’m from The Netherlands remember) Yet I’m fascinated by others who do. I see it in American movies, TV series, where they have big feasts and gatherings with friends and family, watching football, having turkey and so on. It reminds me of Christmas actually. The part that I love the most, aside from all the good food, is probably when everyone is saying what they are grateful for. It’s beautiful when a group of people gather and practice gratitude, it makes me wonder why we don’t do this more often. Being grateful is such…

  • intermittent fasting
    Health

    What is Intermittent Fasting?

    In-ter-mit-tent fasting. I see it everywhere, Instagram, Youtube, so I thought what is this all about. Right before my holiday to Hong Kong and Taiwan, I started my journey in Intermittent Fasting (IF). After four weeks, four whole weeks,  I can say that I am loving this new way of eating. In the scene, they call it IF. At first, I thought why are you capitalizing the word ‘if’? Only reading IF for a couple more times I realized that it stands for Intermittent Fasting. Like anything else, you need to do your thorough research before trying something new, especially if it has to do with your body. I did…

  • tropical smoothie bowl
    Breakfast

    Easy Tropical Smoothie Bowls

    Originally from the Netherlands, this moment of the year would be a very depressing month in Amsterdam. The transition phase from Fall to Winter results in cold, rainy, windy, dark, perhaps also snowy days.  You wake up in the morning in darkness, you come home from work or school in darkness. It was always a tough time for me personally. I remember vividly, during office hours, I would dream of sunny destinations and could feel my sandy toes on the beach. Only to be woken up by my boss who said I had to stop dreaming and get back to reality. The truth was, I didn’t like my reality. I didn’t…

  • how to pursue your passions?
    Lifestyle

    How To Pursue Your Passions?

    Do you sometimes have a hard time fitting yourself in a conventional career box? I do. There are so many things that I was pursuing, yet it was all under this umbrella of entrepreneurship. The problem was that I constantly felt ashamed and self-conscious when people at parties would ask, “What do you do?” I figured after a while the term multi-passionate entrepreneur sums it all. I went from running my own fashion company to being an illustrator, photographer, jewelry designer, web designer, creative director at an e-commerce firm, copywriter, online marketer, content creator to what I do now helping women finding balance with food and weight as a health…