All posts tagged: nutrition

Happy Food – Seminar in Haarlem 10/6

Welcome to the second seminar by Yummy, Fun And Healthy Living in our Sweet Life Series. This time we will dig in to Happy Food. What food actually makes us happy and why…? Do you want to discover why you crave specific food? What is behind the comfort food idea? Would you like to gain a better understanding of all these strange words like omega, serotonin, vitamins or tryptophan? And what are the foods that actually do make us Happy? Let Cecilia guide you and help you to understand the nutritional and physiological reasons behind our cravings and find the healthiest choices making you feel even happier! Stephanie will give you some practical cooking tips and recipes ideas to help you apply it in your daily cooking and living without stress. All this in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere with coffee, tea and snacks. The purpose of this is fun get together is to gather you people who´d like to take better care of your body, to live a healthier life, without dropping the fun and …

Super healthy, yummy crackers in no time

Being allergic to gluten means it is not that easy to just grab something when it´s snack time. Which might feel sligth annoying at times , yet is is a true blessing for your health as you get in to using more and more pure foods – cooking and creating from scratch. I found the base of this recipe in one of those free magazines you get at your supermarket, some months ago. As usual I did not have all the ingredients in the house as I got to test this recipe yesterday , but I did have quite some things I could supplement with. Imagine my surprise when these were not just super easy and mega fast to make, but actually tasted divine :-). Go ahead and try for yourself! Ingredients; 150 grams almond flour 70 grams seeds – I used a mix of flaxseed, pumpkinseed and sunflower seeds this time 1,5 tbspn olive oil 1 sligtly whisked egg 2 tspns of dried herbs Heat your oven to 180 degrees C. Mix all the …

Workshop Yoga & Nutrition – Sweet Surrender

Eva´z Yoga & Pilates, Herenweg 89, Heemstede Sunday 13/12 , 13.00 – 16.30 Mid December, and we find ourselves halfway towards Christmas – most likely already clogged up by great-fun-but-maybe-not-so-great-for-our-overall-health “kerst-borrels”, Christmas get-togethers in the shape of brunches, lunches, dinners and more next to stress building up for the holidays. The feeling of neither having enough time nor energy to fill up our energy-reserves with closing off the old year, planning the new year and fitting Christmas celebrations in between those two up ahead quite often leaves us feeling overwhelmed. There is no better occasion or reason than this to take a small time out, to step on the yoga mat, surrender to what your body and mind truly needs to charge, to re set and to step in to the light which the holiday season actually truly does bring! In this workshop with the theme “Sweet Surrender” we will be guided to approach all the practices of yoga (meditation, breath, postures, relaxation) with openness. We will explore what it means to completely surrender the …

More Bliss Balls….

I know the word “bliss balls” is most likely worn out or “outdated” already, but I just lovelovelove it as I feel it so serves it´s purpose. The original recipe is not mine, even though it is scribbled down on a piece of paper on my kitchen table right now. I must have gotten it off Instagram or somewhere else in cyberspace originally and true to my cooking hero Stephanie Mazier from Appetite Voyage´s teachings I tweaked whatever the original was a bit to fit the taste and texture of what tasted and felt good today. Which is something I would not have dared to do some years ago 🙂 – but thank´s largely to all the cooking and nutritional events, workshops and course Stephi and I have given together I have ventured out of my comfort zone in many places. I would like to dedicate this particular recipe to Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati, whom I love hanging out in the kitchen with – where she with just as much humour and complete fearlessness as …

Healthy pancakes, yeah!

Another favourite in cyber space, which has totally become both a hit and a favourite in the household here. We´ve had a lot of visitors the past year since we moved up to Sweden. With us now living quite a way away from the supermarket it means our guests have kind of had to eat whatever this gluten allergic nutritionist whips up for herself every morning. Thank G – or thank Cyberspace – for these pancakes is the word I have gotten from basically all of them this past winter ;-).So I guess it is time to share my own pimped version of what was initially called the “2 ingredient pancake” :-), with thanks to all our dear friends who keep popping by with SAS and SJ; Ingredients (per person); 1 banana 2 eggs cinnamon baking soda (if you´d like, leaving it out is fine too and does not affect the taste) 1 tbsp buckwheat flakes or kernels 1 tbspn oat flakes 1 teaspoon each of all superfood berries and seeds you have in the …

Winter

Frozen Water. Winter. That is what frozen water often represents to us. We see the crystal-covered, uneven surface of the ice taking shape as the temperatures drop and the mix of cold air and sparkling sunshine are working its magic. While the surface might be frozen, underneath it the water still flows, the fish are still swimming, the rocks on the bottom are still being shaped by the underwater currents. There is a stillness. A stillness which, when we sit down to listen to it, tells us to slow down, to embrace the darkness which comes in a little earlier every day, to light our candles and allow our attention to turn inwards. There is a yearning for warming, nurturing and nourishing foods. Foods which represents the holidays and festivities already present in our calendars this very season; pumpkin, squash, (sweet) potatoes, leafy greens such as kale and green cabbage, mushrooms, apples, pears… While I lived in The Netherlands I fell in love with one of the staple national foods available there at this time …

Jonas´post -squat smoothie

Pretty much on a daily basis I make smoothies from whatever I have at home, taking care to use enough proteins and heart healthy fats in the form of nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, avocado as well as healthy carbohydrates in the form of berries, fruit and for the green smoothies also veggies. To most of them I also add some “superfood powders” like chlorella, spirulina, acai, maca, rosehip and/ or some cacao nibs. Plus some protein powder sourced from either rice, soy, pea or hemp. And to be honest most of my mixes look and taste like crap. But like with everything in life, if you don´t practice and keep trying things out you´ll never get there or even anywhere . So, to my surprise, there was one which was actually good a few days ago! There is nothing in the whole world that can make me miss my weekly Trojan Workout sessions I follow at Trainingscentrum Helena in Haarlem, and I knew I had a crazy busy day ahead of me where I first …

Salmon, on a bed of asparagus

It does not get a lot easier than this! Make a small portion for an entrée, or a larger portion for a main course. Filled to the brim with heart healthy Omega 3 fats, stacked with fibres, B vitamins, anti oxidants,quick, easy to make and yummy to taste all all words suited for this dish. Let´s get on with it! Ingredients for 4 people (entrée size); 600 gr of smoked or gravad salmon, in thin slices 300 gr fresh, green asparagus 75 gr parmesan cheese – if you are lactose intolerant , leave the parmesan out and substitute with roasted pine nuts fresh dill coarse black pepper lemon Allow the asparagus to boil in lightly salted water for about 3-4 minutes. Drape the salmon over the asparagus, squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice atop, add some freshly grated parmesan or roasted pine nuts, dress with the dill and black pepper. Enjoy!

Quinotto

What? Spelling mistake? Quinoa what? Well, it is kind of like a risotto but with quinoa. For those of you new to quinoa it is a grain native of Central and South America, Low GI and containing a large portion of protein. Next to that I would of course not be featuring it here if it weren´t yummy as well as healthy :-). This is a really quick and easy recipe. Lunch, dinner, side dish for the BBQ or for the buffet, for the lunch box, for the picknick – very versatile as you can see. You can use any quinoa – white, red, black or a mix of them all. This recipe is for 4 people. Ingredients: 3 tbspns olive oil 1 small red onion 1 garlic clove 150 gr chickpeas 2,5 dl cooked quinoa 1 dl parmesan –  if you are lactose intolerant, use goat cheese Unless you already have, start with boling the quinoa according to the information on the  package so that you have your boiled quinoa mentioned in the list above …

Pumpkin Soup with ginger and leek

Yes it is January, and yes, Halloween is very far away. But, we still have pumpking lying around in the veggiebowl and it´s still good. So if you are in the same situation as us, don´t let it sit around much longer – try this easy, yummy, slightly spicy and of course very healthy soup! The reciepe is for 2 people. Ingredients 1 small pumpkin 2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped a piece of fresh ginger, about thumbsize soy or oat milk or cream vegetable bouillon salt ´n pepper honey 1 thin leek, sliced in tiny little rings Here we go; Clean the pumpkin, slice it in half and remove the seeds. Cut the pumpkin in slices, peeling it as well if you´d like (it´s not necessary if you have given it a good scrub). Then you take the slices and cut these into small pieces. Peel and grate the ginger. Put the pumpkin, the ginger, the finely chopped garlic, bouillon and a pinch of salt in the pan. Add the soy or oat …