Gemberbolletjes

Gisteravond heb ik dus geëxperimenteerd met gember bolletjes. Reden was dat deze al een tijd in de kast stonden en ik niet zo goed wist waarvoor ik ze moest gebruiken, dus toen heb ik er maar recepten bij gezocht.

Ik heb kipsaté gemaakt, en bij de satésaus gember gebruikt. Daarnaast heb ik witlof gemaakt met gember, ik dacht dat dit een goede tegenhanger zou zijn voor het bittere van de witlof.

De satésaus was echt heerlijk, die kan ik echt aan iedereen aanraden. Ik heb het recept gevonden op Smulweb (hier te vinden). De witlof combinatie met gember was O.K., maar daar is dan ook alles mee gezegd. Ik denk dat ik gemberbolletjes in de toekomst toch eerder gebruik bij bakken dan bij koken, uitgezonderd satésaus dan 😉

Kleine E. heeft haricot verts en aardappeltjes gegeten, met ook een beetje kip met satésaus, waar ze direct erg fan van was. Als ik aardappels voor haar maak, kies ik altijd voor kleine krieltjes. Deze hebben zoveel meer smaak dan grote aardappels, en E. eet ze met schil, waar veel vitamines inzitten. De satésaus was dus een kleine hit, wat ook niet zo gek is aangezien het erg zoet is. Het feit dat er suiker in zit (2 eetlepels bruine basterdsuiker), zorgt er toch voor dat ik dit niet heel regelmatig aan haar zou voorschotelen.

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Sindskort krijgt ze ook een toetje na, aangezien ze zo’n eetlust heeft dat ze vaak honger houdt na t eten. Vanavond had ik griekse yoghurt met gepureerde aardbeien en daarnaast nog stukjes aardbei en granaatappel.

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2014, cheers to peace and quiet!

2014… Wow. I am so excited for this year to begin. I love new beginnings, always have. It gives me the feeling of a clean slate, a fresh start, new chances for new beginnings.

And that’s why I always have tons of New Years resolutions, of which most usually fail, but hey! It’s better than having none and don’t try at all, right?

This year I only have one. Getting peace and rest in my head. Work is so busy, life is crazy hectic, I’m going to marry the love of my life in July and the wedding planning causes quite some stress. The pressure of having to perform and the pressure I put on myself to use every second of the day efficiently and wisely, puts an enormous amount of stress on my body and my mind. I have constant headaches and sometimes don’t know where to get my energy from.

That’s why I’m gonna try to get peace in my head. I believe it starts there, and then the rest will follow. So as of this weekend I will pick up yoga again. There’s this nice little yoga school around the corner of my house, yogay yoga, and they offer various classes from intense to relax and energized. I think I will start with the relaxation class and then maybe after a while pick up the more intense classes.

I have tried yoga before and I remember that it brought me a lot of peace and serenity. I hope it will again.

My New Years resolutions never start of January 1 as I’m usually too tired from the night before to function properly and alter my lifestyle. So from tomorrow on I will focus on peace and rest.

Today I am just as lazy as my cat, see picture.

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Green smoothie challenge

As you might have noticed I am very fond of challenges. One of the Instagram accounts I follow, simplegreensmoothies, starts a new challenge in October. One green smoothie a day for a month, and as you might guess I have decided to join.

As the portions in the recipes add up to two glasses, I asked my fiancé to join. He is never much into sudden change of behaviour or my health quests, but to my surprise he agreed to join!

To warm up I made a really yummy green smoothie this morning, which I will share you. The recipe comes from simplegreensmoothies.

2 cups of spinach
2 cups or fresh orange juice
1 apricot
1 cup of frozen mango
1 banana
1/2 cup of carrots (grated)

On top I added some chia seeds. The result was much better that I expected! Even my fiancé was surprised.

I will try to keep you posted on our October challenge. If you have any delicious recipes I should try please share below

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Nutrition home study

A year ago I started a home study on healthy food and nutrition. Because I got so busy with work and a wedding coming up (yay!), I never really got around to it, but today I picked it up again!

Chapter for today: fats. I might spend another blogpost on it later, as it is very interesting to learn the function of fats in the body.

Did you know, for example, that only fats have the ability to transport vitamin A,D,E, and K through the body?

Enjoy your Sunday!

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A new test: Beetroot juice

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Today I will start with a new health test: beetroot juice. Books and websites claim that it has many health benefits. I will drink it mainly to benefit my skin.

My skin condition has been poor in the last year, and I have no idea what’s causing it.

I will keep you posted on the results. I would love to hear your experiences with beetroot juice. 🙂

The power of Chlorella

Although Chlorella sounds more like a detergent than like a food, I can tell you it is one of the most powerful superfoods out there.

Chlorella is a genus of single-cell green algae that was originally found in the rivers and lakes of East Asia. Chlorella exists for over two billion years but was first discovered by a Dutch microbiologist Martinus Willem Beijerinck in 1890. Its name derives from the greek word ‘chloros’, meaning green, after the color it gives the rivers and lakes in Asia. Nowadays an average of 5 million people worldwide have included chlorella into their daily diet.

Chlorella contains all vitamins (except D), minerals, fibres, enzymes, proteins and much more. Unique about chlorella is a substance which makes that the algae can reproduce itself within 10 hours only. This substance can help the reproduction of cells in the human body as well. Chlorella also contains DNA and RNA, which makes it an essential superfood because it helps to prevent the ageing process of the body. On top of that Chlorella is also known to be a great detoxer. It attracts toxins in our body and ‘gently escorts’ them out.

How to include chlorella in your daily diet

Chlorella can be bought in several forms. You can take it as a powder and mix it through your daily smoothie, or you can take it as a capsule or tablet in the morning with a glass of lukewarm water. Your pick.

Enjoy!

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A new challenge ahead!

Before my first challenge ends I decided to use the month of May for another challenge: 30 days of no cowmilk products.

My mum is convinced it gives me bad skin and a sore stomach, so I might as well give it a try.

I finished my first week now and I must say it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. Loads of products contain cowmilk!

I must say after a week I do see results, my skin looks and feels much better. Could be other causes for that too, but it’s a good incentive to continue.

One thing I really miss: morning lattes! Let’s be honest here, a latte with soy or almond milk just isn’t that good. 🙂

Ps – this is also picture 14 of my picture 30dc. 15-19 will follow soon!

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