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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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. 🙂

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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day 5 and 6

 

Continuing my picture challenge. Day 5 is a picture of the recently re-opened Rijksmuseum. I haven’t been yet, but I hope to visit very soon. IMG_6519

Below is a picture of my morning coffee as I get it every morning. At the cafe in my work building works a guy that is very devoted to decorate the coffee with smileys and hearts, it makes my morning every day! Maybe it’ll make yours too? 🙂

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picture day 2 and 3

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Day 2: This picture was taken at bar Brandstof in Amsterdam, I was having friday afternoon drinks with my dear friend Welmoed (www.thirstforfood.org) Very cool wall art I might add. Roarr…

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day 3: This is a viola flower in one of my mum’s flower pots. It was taken with a zoom lens added to my iphone camera.

Challenge again!

To keep challenging myself I will spend the next 30 days on yet another 30 day challenge. A little different from the last time, this 30 day challenge will consist of 1 challenge that I will keep up with for 30 days. My inspiration came after I watched a TED-speech from Matt Cutts, a google engineer. For inspiration, check it out here.

Matt’s advice is to start simple, so I will save the ‘no coffee’, ‘ no sugar’ and ‘no alcohol’ for somewhere in the foreseeable future 😉 I will start with something that I will do, instead of something that I will not.

My first challenge will consist of taking at least one picture every day, and showing it here. Seems doable, no? To get it started, I selected some pics from the past few months that will serve as a start, as I prepare myself for this challenge.

Here they are, ENJOY.

p.s. – It had been a while since I last wrote. I was inspired to post again since my dear friend Welmoed started a food blog. Check it out here, its pretty sweet! and very mouthwatering I might add 🙂

 

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the always lovely Amsterdam, at sunset
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During our skiing holiday in Konigsleiten, Austria
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Lovely food at the seafood bar, BEST seaafood bar in Amsterdam
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the loves of my life, our cats
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Visiting a primary school during work, I saw these lovely colorful parrots on the wall
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Sunset in the Vondelpark last week
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Last month I bought a tiny macro lens for my iphone. I tried the lens on one of my parrot tulips, beautiful eh?

 

30 day challenge: day 1

As I would like to push myself a little more to actually write on my blog, I committed myself to a 30 day blog challenge. In the hectics of daily life, I decided that writing one blog a day is not realistic for me, but I will try to write one blog every two days, with subjects ranging from favourite food to pictures of things I like.

I will extract challenges from different lists I collected, as I did not manage to find one list that has all the subjects I would like to write about.  I also created some of my own daily challenges. So welcome to the my very own 30 day challenge 🙂

Feel free to join the challenge if you’d like. I will tag my 30 day challenge posts with ‘Roseyschallenge’, so if you’d like to join, please tag your posts with this tag, so we can read along and share. Good luck!

Day 1: write down 10 random bits about yourself

This can be anything, weird or funny things, personal aspects. Feel free to share whatever you’d like.

1. I believe one person can make a difference. In anything. I have a huge admiration for people like Nelson Mandela, Russian and Chinese human rights activists, and other pioneers who try to make this world a better place. Websites like www.onemen.org encourage the power of the individual. Don’t ever think you are too small or insignificant to make a difference, this quote reminds me often: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

2. I am a firm believer of Karma. What goes around, comes around. If it works for Justin Timberlake, it works for me. And remember: Karma is only a bitch if you are.

3.  I’m in love with my city, Amsterdam. Being born and raised here I grew up to love this city and everything about it. I love the freedom here, the relaxed atmosphere, the variety of people, the canals, the poshness of the south, the multicultural west, the bikes, the small town feeling and above all Queensday. I do believe Amsterdam is one of the most tolerant cities in the world, if not the most tolerant. I feel very lucky to have been born here, and wonder if I could ever settle anywhere else.

4. I love waking up in the morning not knowing what the day is going to bring.

5. I don’t like it when people enter my personal space, especially on public transport. It makes me really uncomfortable when people come and sit next to me when there are loads of other free seats.

6. I admire people who can just leave everything behind, pack their backpack and travel the world without worrying about the future. I wish I could be more like that. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in a life I cannot leave behind, with responsibilities I can’t escape. It’s a good life, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I miss the real adventure.

7. I’d love to visit Cambodia and Bolivia.

8. I don’t like it when someone reads my newspaper or magazines before me, i like them fresh and new.

9. I refuse to let fear get in my way of life. I have many fears, and I feel they have become a little stronger the past year, after my dad died, but I refuse to let fear get the overhand. Example, I am not too fond of flying, but I just drink two glasses of wine before I enter the plane, and another one on board, lol. Fear is not rational, and it definitely is a bad advisor.

10. I have no idea if the career path I have chosen is the career I want to pursue. I still expect that one day I will ‘see the light’ and just know what I want to do with my life. I also expect this moment will never come.