• 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 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…

  • 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…

  • mango coconut milk popsicles
    Snacks,  Sweets

    Mango Coconut Chia Popsicles

    My kids love popsicles, ice cream, donuts all the sweet stuff. But especially the sensation of ice-cold popsicles is magical to my boys. My youngest often scoops out ice cubes from my drink and eat it. Brain freeze! Instead of feeding my boys with ice cubes, why not make healthy, fresh and fruity popsicles without the added refined sugars and dairy? I always have frozen fruits and vegetables in the freezer. Think of mangoes, all kinds of berries (cheaper than fresh ones!) bananas (excellent for nice creams = banana icecream) and lately I’m using cauliflowers in my smoothies to get that extra vitamin hit plus it makes it all creamier.…

  • 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…

  • ginger banana cookies
    Sweets

    Ginger Banana Almond Cookies

    These cookies are soft and delicate. They’re perfect to enjoy with a cup of herbal tea, coffee when you’re having your well-deserved me-time. Friend, I know you’re a hard-working lady, who cares for your friends and family. But you know what, today is the day you can enjoy these easy to make cookies for some TLC (Tender Love Care). That’s right, I want you to see cooking as an act of self-care. Buying the ingredients, perhaps you already have these in your pantry, measuring the ingredients and taking some time off your busy schedule will do you good. Even if you don’t like to cook or bake, I’m telling you,…

  • blueberry cantuccini
    Sweets

    Blueberry Lemon Cantuccini

    In this household we love everything crispy, crunchy and crusty. Do you remember your grandmother’s pie with that typical crispy crust that you would bite of? Yup, that’s what I’m talking about in this recipe. The other day the boys asked for cookies and normally I would whip up the usual green tea cookies or oatmeal cookies. But then I remember those cantuccini’s from Sarah Britton of My New Roots (awesome site, go check it out!) I made last year. The famous twice-baked cantuccini’s and yes they are different from biscotti, which simply means cookies in Italian. No, I’m talking about the real cantuccini’s what you bake twice. It makes all the difference. It’s…

  • gluten free cranberry chocolate cake
    Sweets

    Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cake

    Women and chocolate. It’s a love-hate relationship isn’t it? I have to say, that I’m more a fruit type if it comes to baking and eating cakes. Most of the time, Andrew and I will have a good strawberry tart, apple pie, or lemon meringue, instead of heavy chocolate options. But today we made an exception and created this off the hook chocolate almond cake. Totally gluten-free and natural sweeten. Pure cacao is considered a superfood, so we generously use it in this recipe. Research shows that eating pure cacao can make you happy, as it triggers endorphins in your body. I love to make almond milk and saved the…

  • buckwheat cookies
    Sweets

    Easy Oat Cookies

    Oh la la, another cookies recipe! I did a random survey with my friends about what they would love to see more on the blog. The answers are just as diverse as they are. Some like sweets, some like it savory and the special ones wanted alcoholic recipes. Gotta love my friends! One thing is for sure, I love to cook and bake with rolled oats. It’s friendly in use and they are healthy too. As it lowers the cholesterol and can even reduce the risk of any heart diseases if eaten on a regular base. They are packed with protein, high in fiber, and are a source of complex…

  • mango banana bread
    Sweets

    Mango Banana Bread

    Rocco’s favorite fruits are mangoes and bananas, so it’s no surprise that this Mango Banana Bread is on high rotation at home. See this as a new take on the classic banana bread with a tropical twist to it by adding mangoes. You can be creative and add some nuts and seeds as well for extra crunch, healthy fast and protein. This Mango Banana Bread is moist from the inside and it has an amazing crunchy crust on top. Just the way you like it! Are you ready to make it? This will be your go-to recipe for a healthy easy Mango Banana Bread that the whole family can enjoy!