• apple crumble
    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • chocolate granola
    Breakfast,  Sweets

    Crunchy Chocolate Granola

    Chocolate powder + oats + nuts + seeds = Chocolate Granola 🙂 As simple as this. You can play with the sweetness of this granola recipe, I tend to lean more towards less sweet. All up to your taste buds. Be creative and replace ingredients you don’t have on hand with just whatever you do have. Makes sense no? Ok let’s go, it’s playtime! Crunchy Chocolate Granola Recipe Type: Breakfast Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 cups Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 2 1/2 cup mixed nuts and seeds: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, they are all perfect 1/3…

  • blue berry smoothie bowl
    Breakfast

    Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

    I’m a big fan of smoothie bowls. The base of the smoothies can vary but most of the time I use frozen fruits to get that nice thick firm consistency of ice cream. Think of frozen bananas, avocado, mango and berries. But vegetables would do the trick too. Such as cauliflower (creamy!), pre cooked edamame beans, baked pumpkin or sweet potatoes. Yum, getting hungry again while writing this 🙂 I like these bowls because they are so quick and easy to whip up. Trust me, no rocket science involved in here. Just get whatever you have on hand for the toppings as well. Think of granolas, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut,…

  • acai smoothie bowl
    Breakfast

    Acai Smoothie Bowl

    Acai berries are around for quite some time. It’s only since the last decade that it has been labeled as a superfood in the Western world and therefore a major trend in a healthy lifestyle. Berries, in general, are a great addition to your diet. Although experts say acai berry is one of the healthiest berries among them all. Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been popular for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating and energy booster. I found a shortlist on the internet about the health benefits of this beautiful berry. Let’s check them out: Heart Health Resistant…

  • breakfast berries crumble
    Breakfast

    Breakfast Berries Crumble

    Research shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I totally agree with it. After a good night’s sleep, not eaten for so many hours, your stomach is empty, you are hungry and need the energy to kick start the day. So for me, it’s always a challenge to come up with new breakfast ideas since we always take time to have breakfast together. We do always start with fresh cold press juices. Then the usual would be either egg any style paired with bacon and veggies, or oatmeal with various toppings, greek yogurt with homemade granola, or some paleo bread with avocado. During weekends I love to…

  • rosemary raisin crackers
    Breakfast

    Rosemary And Raisin Seed Crackers

    What I like about creating and experimenting a recipe, is that I never know how it turns out at the end. It’s always a surprise for me, although I’ve imagined it in the perfect way in my mind. Before I made these crackers I was very much into making granola. Making granola is such a fun and easy thing to do. You can make granola balls out of it, a deconstructed way in different shapes or super crumbled. After playing with the various options and flavors of making granola, I came with the idea of making crackers, by just flatten the mixture out. To keep things together I use psyllium…

  • glutenfree berries pancake
    Breakfast

    Gluten Free Berries Pancakes

    Who doesn’t love pancakes? I surely do. At our recent trip to Amsterdam I really craved a good old Dutch style pancake. We had pancakes at a cute children’s farm where we fed the goats with milk, the kids played at the playground. Amsterdam, especially during Summer, is truly the best place to be. We used to have pancakes on Saturdays, where Andrew is then for one time the head of chef in the kitchen, which is a rare situation. I have to admit, he really is the master of baking delicious fluffy pancakes. While he is busy flipping one pancake to another and try to build the famous pancakes…

  • nutty fruity paleo bread
    Breakfast

    Nutty Fruity Paleo Bread

    Yes, another amazing gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free recipe! To be honest we love bread. Especially growing up in The Netherlands, where we can have bread three times a day (breakfast, lunch and even for dinner.) Sure it’s a bread country. When we used to eat the Paleo way, it was kind of hard to not include bread anymore in our menu. Then again, you just find your new substitute and get used to your new habit. So for some time I didn’t eat bread at all. Now we live in Jakarta, Indonesia, where eating artisan bread is not so common, it does makes the missing part easier. We just…

  • creamy oatmeal
    Breakfast

    Simple Creamy Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is the king of all breakfasts! I love to start my day with creamy oatmeal because it reminds me of my childhood. It brings back childhood memories where my mom would make a big bowl whenever I was feeling under the weather during the harsh cold winter in The Netherlands. Besides, who doesn’t love a warm creamy bowl of soft chewy oats?  Oatmeal or porridge is incredibly satisfying, filling, nutrient-dense and simply delicious. Moreover, it keeps you full for several hours, packed with soluble fiber, protein, it stabilizes your blood sugars because of the whole grain in the form of rolled oats. I always choose rolled oats over instant…

  • shakshuka recipe
    Breakfast,  Mains

    The Best Shakshuka Ever

    Please trust me on this one. You really need to try this recipe out. I promise you won’t regret it. It’s THE best Shakshuka you will ever eat. I sound very overconfident, I know, but I really want to share this great recipe with you. The first time I have heard of Shakshuka was on an ordinary Sunday in Amsterdam. This restaurant was packed with people who were just recovering from their Saturday night, everybody was chilling and enjoying the beautiful weather that day. One of my habit when entering a restaurant is checking out all the tables; what is everyone having? So, when I enter this place, I saw…

  • spelt scones recipe
    Breakfast

    Super Spelt Scones

    I just discovered baking with spelt flour. Yay! It has a nutty earthy flavour and a more solid texture compare to white flour. Spelt is a grain, so that makes these scones not gluten free. However, spelt has a lower glycemic index and is twice as rich in fibre. I’m not gluten intolerant but I do reduce my gluten intake because of the very low nutrient benefits and the major peaks in my blood sugar, there are rather more side effects then benefits. On days where I do eat more gluten, I feel immediately bloated, do you recognized this feeling? Hence, I rather choose gluten free options when eating carbohydrates.…