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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Top Carrot in Sint Maarten

Being on a holiday on The BEAUTIFUL island of Sint Maarten I thought it would be a good opportunity to recommend one of the best places I’ve been to on this island.

Sint Maarten is a small island. Still it’s really hard to find your way around it without a car. When you drive away from the airport and follow airport road into the interior of the island, you will cross a small bridge which separates the yacht marina from the open sea. After about 300 meters on your left there is a place called Top Carrot.

Turn left! You will be sorry if you don’t. Top carrot is probably one of the healthiest food and drink establishments on the island. Whereas most of the dishes on the island contain greasy meat and rice and beans, top carrot is the place to get your daily fruit and veggie intake.

It has all the fruit juices and smoothies you can imagine, blended fresh right in front of you. The salads and sandwiches are delightful too. Try the lentil soup, or the courgette and cauliflower quiche, both equally yummy.

Inside is nice and air conditioned, and the place also has plenty of books on healthy living, yoga etc. besides they sell cute jewelry and soaps. A bit of everything really.

The staff is patient and friendly, which cannot be said of many other places in Sint Maarten.

Please don’t miss this gem when you visit the island, it’s truly an absolute happy and health boost.

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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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it’s smoothie time!

Yesterday I finally ordered a blender. I was planning to buy one for a while, as it fits perfectly into my plan to live a little healthier. Although I eat plenty of veggies, I notice that besides the office fruit that is delivered once a week, I barely eat any fruit.

Hence the blender. My plan is to start the day with a smoothie at least twice a week to begin with. I have been following Dutch top model Lonneke Engel on twitter and instagram for a while now, and she has a great website, together with several other top models, on healthy and organic food and living (www.organiceyourlife.com). This website has several recipes for smoothies, mixing fruit with veggies into very healthy and apparently delicious smoothies.

So! My blender will be delivered tomorrow, and that’s when my healthy smoothie life kicks off! To be continued.

If you have any good smoothie recipes, please share below!