Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Pastel green smoothie: Cucumber, pear & banana

It has been a while since I made a smoothie. So it's definitely time to change that!

To please my mum - it was Mother's day after all - I made one with banana on Sunday. She only wants to drink my smoothies if they have banana in them. I can't blame her, every smoothie with banana tastes great.

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(6 glasses)

1 large cucumber
2 little pears
2 bananas
200 ml of almond milk

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Peel the bananas and put them in the blender. Clean the cucumber and the pears, cut them and put them in the blender as well, unpeeled. Add the almond milk. Blend blend blend. Done!

Simple, easy and delicious!
Add some chia seeds and hemp seeds on top, or anything you like.

Are there any other banana smoothie lovers?

Previous smoothie: Quick smoothie: Blueberries & blood oranges

Thursday, 8 May 2014

One day juice cleanse ~ My experience and thoughts

Today, I did my first juice detox ever. I've been wanting to do this for such a long time, but there was always something that was holding me back: not the right time, no juice in the house, justifying myself to other people ... Postponing, for ever and always.

But then this week the perfect moment was there. Since I don't have school this week and I'm staying at home, I told myself to give it a go, this time for real.

Because I'm a major food - healthy food - lover, I was highly convinced that I wouldn't manage 3 days (= short cleanse cycle) without solid foods. In the morning, I always get up with a growling bear in my stomach. I need to be fed ... or I'll get really moody! So I thought I'd be kind to myself and do a cleanse for only one single day. I'm so brave!

The day before

Before I tell you about the actual cleanse, I must say that when you are planning on doing a juice cleanse, it's best to eat light a few days before and cut out the bad (alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, meat, processed foods). Since I already try to avoid these products as much as possible, I just ate soup for dinner the evening before my cleanse.

Actual cleanse day

So I bought these two organic juices: organic apple beetroot juice (amzing!) and organic carrot juice (wasn't that great, too high expectations). I know, I know, I didn't make my own juices. The reason: I don't have a juicer (only a blender for smoothies) and it would be a big effort ... and I'm too lazy.

Of course, this morning - like every morning - I was awake at 6:18. Noooo, why, WHY?! And when I'm awake, I can't sleep anymore, so I jumped out of bed. An early morning means a long day means a long time without solid food. But, I was ready!

Ignoring the growling bear in my stomach, I grabbed a glass of water to flush out all the nightly formed toxins and waste. And of course I was thrilled to try out my juices so I also poured myself a glass of apple beetroot juice. Delicious!

Besides the juices, I also drank lots of water. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. The hardest part of the day was lunchtime and dinner. Everyday I'm always looking forward to what I'm going to eat. Yes, most of the time my thoughts are with food. The fact that there would only be juice on the menu, was a little disheartening. But I kept strong, cooked dinner for my family (that smell!) and drank courageously my juices.

The whole morning I was very hungry but that feeling slowly faded during the afternoon. And now, at this given moment, at 8:10 pm, I'm getting hungry again. Surprisingly, I didn't feel flabby during the day but I did have a slight pressure above my eyes and I was a little tired.

The day after

Oh, I'm so looking forward to tomorrow! Just like the days before your cleanse, it's best to slowly build up your diet again. Start with fruits and vegetables, then nuts and grains, then meat and fish. So tomorrow, for breakfast, there is still one avocado waiting for me (YEEEEEEEEEEES!!) and a banana, and some leftover juice (haha). I'm so going to enjoy this!!

And now, I just made myself a large cup of green tea and I'm going to bed early. To be honest, I'm not sure if I would do another cleanse in the future. Therefore I like food too much, good food of course. And because I'm trying to eat as healthy as possible (just because I like healthy food the most), I don't think it's worth the "suffer". But if I do, I would definitely make sure that I have a lot more different juices in the fridge. Only 2 juices, it gets really boring!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What are your experiences?


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Colourful veggie quinoa

Today, I made this super easy veggie quinoa bowl with red kidney beans and feta for dinner. Since I'm a big (the biggest) vegetable lover, I also tried to add as many different colourful vegetables as possible.

Besides the fact that this dish is very healthy and vegetarian, it also only takes 30 to 40 minutes to prepare (cleaning and cutting vegetables included).

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(4-5 servings)

200 g of quinoa
1 red bell pepper (paprika)
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
4 small carrots
10 cherry tomatoes
250 g organic red kidney beans (mine were canned)
200 g feta
Turmeric (curcuma)
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Step 1:
Bring water to boil in a sauce pan. Add the quinoa and some salt and cook for about 15 minutes until ready.

Step 2:
Meanwhile, rinse the canned red kidney beans and clean the vegetables. Cut the peppers and carrots into small cubes and cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters.

Step 3:
Add the peppers and carrots with some coconut oil (or olive oil) in another larger pan and heat them briefly.
Meanwhile, cut the feta into small chunks.
Add the red beans and tomatoes to the pan, just to heat them up. Season to taste with salt, pepper, turmeric, basil and oregano.

Step 4:
When cooked, add the quinoa to the vegetables and mix well together.
At the end, add the feta chunks and serve.

Super simple and it looks very pretty as well, don't you think? My sister whispered to me that she found it very tasty. This really means a lot because I know she mostly prefers something with meat. RESULT!

What do you think? Are you in for this colourful bowl of quinoa?


Friday, 25 April 2014

Reminder: Be yourself!


Today I just wanted to leave you with this. I found this quote a few weeks ago on Pinterest and it has really been the best motivation to help me not to care about what other people think and to be myself. It's okay to be different. It's okay to stand up for what you love to do. And it's okay to be unique. Because THAT is what makes you interesting and makes you YOU.

So remember this for when you're feeling insecure. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing. Just be yourself, because that's something that ONLY YOU can do best!


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Quick smoothie: Blueberries & blood oranges

This is probably the easiest smoothie I've made so far. It looks great, tastes amazing and that with only 2 ingredients. Having berries in the freezer is probably one of my greatest ideas ever (I wish I had more of those rare great ideas)

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(4 glasses)

3 blood oranges
2 hands of frozen blueberries

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Peel the blood oranges and put them in a blender. Add the blueberries. Blend blend blend. Done! There's no need to add liquid. The oranges are juicy enough ☺

I never thought that a simple smoothie like this would look so fabulous and would taste so delicious!

What do you think? What is your favourite smoothie ingredient?

Previous smoothie: Bloody good smoothie: Beetroot & raspberries

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Homemade granola with pistachios and dried figs

I always get very excited when I think about granola. Probably because it's crunchy and it contains all my favourite ingredients: nuts, seeds and dried fruits. You only add the things you like (you would be silly if you didn't, right). The combinations are endless.

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250 g rolled oats
50 g almonds, roughly chopped
40 g cashews, roughly chopped
100 g pistachios
40 g pumpkin seeds
25 g sunflower seeds
200 g dried figs, diced
4 tbsp flax seed
60 g coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
A pinch of salt
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Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 150°.

Step 2:
Take a large bowl and add the rolled oats, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and a pinch of salt. Mix it all together.
Place the coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on a low heat and gently melt them together. When melted, pour over the oats and nuts and stir ensuring all dry ingredients are coated.

Step 3:
Pour this mixture onto a baking tray and pop this in the oven (150°) for about 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Make sure that you stir the mixture every now and then to get a nice, even, and golden brown colour. Nomnom ...

Step 4:
When your granola has become golden brown, remove from the oven and leave it to cool. Don't transfer your granola to jars yet as the condensation on the cooling granola might make it go soggy.

Step 5:
When it's cool, add the flax seeds and your dried figs.
And then you're done!

Pour your granola into an airtight container. This way you can keep it at room temperature for up to two months!

Do you love granola? Have you ever tried to make it at home?

Previous granolas: Super crunchy granola with banana & cranberries
                   Homemade granola with dried figs

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bloody good smoothie: Beetroot & raspberries

Last week, I didn't have time to make a smoothie ... or errm, basically I just forgot to buy fruits and vegetables to make one (you ALWAYS have time to make a smoothie, that's no excuse). But this week, I'm happy to share a new smoothie with you ☺ 

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(5 glasses)

2 beetroots
4 hands of frozen raspberries
500 ml rice drink

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Clean the beetroots. Cut them into pieces. Put all ingredients together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done!

Besides giving everything (including kitchen cupboards) a beautiful pink colour, beetroots are very healthy as well. They detoxify the liver and purify the blood.

I decorated my smoothie with some homemade granola of which you may expect the recipe one of these days.

Oh, and after cutting the beetroot, my hand looked like this:

I actually thought this smoothie would taste a little sweeter than it did. But the taste was pretty good after all!

Have you ever tried beetroot in your smoothies?