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WIAW — Quinoa Craze — Quick and tasty quinoa recipe with salmon

Wednesday is almost over > *hurry* > just in time to join the foodparty ;)

Thanks Jenn for hosting! :-) Hope you and the baby are doing well ♥ doctors issues are never a nice thing to go through :-(

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I’ve been lucky enough to find a good healthcare practitioner to work with along with my personal findings and studies on food (+ mindfulness! >> works wonders! The mind & body truly are ONE)… so I’m pleased to say my leaky gut and candida issues are starting to get under control :D I feel amazing and I’m thrilled with the healing process and the positive changes so far :)

BONUS I can eat more grains again and more frequently. I’ve been on a rice and quinoa craze! But also millet and buckwheat.. yum! I’m eating grains at 3 meals a day now… whereas a few months ago I could only tolerate a few meals a week, and def. NO rice! :D hooray for progress!

My eats today:

  • Grapefruits galore (3 big juicy pink grapefruits)
  • 3 plantain pancakes with eggs and coconut flour, topped with a few nubs of butter
  • Tall glass freshly made almond milk
  • Small bowl of almonds – 1 oz approx.
  • Sweet potato puree, carrots, cauliflower mash with olive oil and garlic, fried fish and sunflower seeds + 1 whole avocado
  • 2 cups cooked wild & white rice mixed + veggies + 1 oz walnuts + 1 oz sunflower seeds + some olive oil
  • Hot chocolate made with almond milk, raw cacao, coconut sugar, coconut cream and cinnamon

All way super satisfying and yummy…unfortunately I didn’t make ANY pictures! So…I’m showing you some pictures of my recent food addictions:

 

quinoa met groenten en zalm

Quinoa with Salmon… My go-to recipe concoction for a quick and healthy meal that’s a winner with all my friends so far :D >> try it!! Recipe below…

quinoa galore

The leftover quinoa I used a few days ago to make stuffed mushroom – quinoa – egg pies with a creamy mayo-carrot sauce :) YUMMMMMM!!

Kastanje salade super simpel. Kastanjes, pijnboompitten, rauwe courgette, olijfolie, zout en peper (2)

 

Chestnuts… I love (understatement of the year! HA!) chestnuts and I’m so excited it’s this time of the year again ;) I often eat them plain with some pine nuts and/or walnuts + a neutral veggie like zucchini. Amazeballs if you ask me ;)

I haven’t had pumpkin yet… but it’s on top of my “to buy” list for this week! So I hope by this time next week I’ll be joining in on the pumpkin craze that’s starting all over the world ;) ♥ Happy WIAW for now! And read on if you wanna make yourself some tasty quinoa dinner (or lunch… or snack…!)

↓ RECIPE ↓

A simple, quick and delicious meal for an everyday night (or served as a yummy lunch..) for two! If you double the portion of quinoa you’re making, it’ll save you time the next day and the taste + texture will be equally as good! It’ll last for up to 3 day (at least!) in your fridge..

So on with the ingredients you’ll need:
- 250 gram wild caught salmon, tinned
- 100 gram quinoa
- 30 gram slivered almonds (optional)
- 2 big tomatoes, cubed
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cubed
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 handfull fresh (Thai) basil leaves, torn into smaller pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin if possible
- ½ tsp curcuma
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp paprika powder (mild)
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- Dash of sea salt

Start by preparing the quinoa as directed on the label. Halfway through the cooking time you want to add in your veggies and spices. Stir very well to combine and let the quinoa absorb all the liquid (and flavors!). Stir and leave the lid on so it’ll stay nice and warm.

In the meantime, dice a small onion and mince your garlic clove. Add the onion into a frying pan with the olive oil and saute until nice and glossy. Now add the minced garlic and the salmon. Stir together to combine all the flavors and heat up the salmon.
Taste and adjust to your liking by adding a pinch of sea salt and/or pepper.

Mix the basil with the salmon or use as garnish on top.. plate the quinoa, add the salmon, top with the (optional) slivered almonds and/or basil. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top and voila! You’re done in under 20 minutes! A delicious and nutritious dinner for 2  ♥ Enjoy!

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WIAW – I fell of the wagon… now what?!

The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power

This is my mantra at the moment: my health has been anything but great and it’s totally my own fault. I’m currently working with a doctor to get my leaky gut in check by sorting out my allergies & getting rid of a Candida overgrowth I’ve been battling for ages (on & off).

However, being pressed for time AND not getting enough sleep or relaxation makes me crave sweets like an ant. I’ve got dozens hundreds of tricks & tips on how to combat sweet craving and the urge to overeat (or under eat for that matter), but when it comes to me.. I’m like: “Meh.. I’ll eat better tomorrow” or “I’m tired/stressed/fill in the blanks so I deserve a treat” and whilst I’m all for self-love: this is NO self loving relationship I’m creating here ;)

So…. I’ve decided to work together with a friend who’s also on a path for optimal health: we’re both nutritionists and very passionate, however as with many things: sometimes you need someone else to guide you even though you’re familiar with the road to take! 

OK, so how were am I going with this?… AAH, I know: the mantra I showed you! I definitely know I’m capable of doing more than I’m able to at the moment because my health is holding me back whist my mind wants to do all sorts of great things! So…a healthy body that can keep up with my ambitious mind would be a blessing ;-) 

My body is my temple & even though I might get stressed out, overwhelmed, pressed for time, stuck in a place without healthy food options… I’m gonna make a conscious effort to heal my gut and be the best version of me I can be!

∞ sign here please ∞

Who wants to join? Do you have a health related goal you want to achieve but you just can’t seem to keep your motivation to do so? Leave me a comment and we’ll figure something out on how to all motivate each other :D

*@Madison: 5 out of 7 nights were 8 hours of sleep … getting better ;)*

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Now, on to the food party hosted by our lovely Jenn :)

This is me eating like a crazy person on a late shift yesterday night at work… I overslept, had to run way too much errands in a short period of time and get my ass to work. I worked over-hours and got home incredibly late uhm.. early & instead of going straight to bed I got my second, third, forth wind for the day, so I stayed up crazing on every sweet treat in the house before rolling into my bed after dusk – AKA – NOT THE BEST EXAMPLE OF A HEALTHY DIET GIRLS (& guys ;))…
This is NOT me showing a nutritious well balanced day of food… however it’s showing you we’re all human and fall of the wagon: The great thing about falling of the wagon, is the chance it gives you to evaluate the road you were taking and deciding you might want to find yourself another wagon to hop onto… ♥♣

#1

Red smoothie morning berry blast

Breakfast started sensibly with a very-berry smoothie with rice protein, seeds & fresh berries – nothing beats a good smoothie in my opinion!

#2

Cashew butter on toast - homemade recipe

If it wouldn’t be for the “you recently found out you’re sensitive to cashews – so until your gut is healed you need to stay away from them” — this meal would have been perfectly fine! However… It’s homemade cashew butter with honey and lemon zest… Honey = big NO-GO at the moment because of the Candida + Cashews… #ouch! Stomach ache galore an hour after eating this, and that was before my shift started at work: not so handy eh?! :o ;)
I didn’t even notice how much I was munching away until the jar was empty >> that’s what happens when you’re eating mindlessly, in my experience. I normally try to practice mindful eating, but at crazy busy & stressful (work-related stress) times, I tend to purposely forget about mindfulness.

*So note to self: Never Forget The Importance Of Consciousness & Mindful Eating*  There’s a little voice in my head saying “yes mummy” at the moment, haha! I feel like a naughty kid or something! OK, moving on.. and no… I don’t really hear voices in my head ;)

#3

Snacks

Somewhere yesterday this happened…

#4

Not so sensible when you're allergic to gluten

And this too….

They might look yummy & innocent: but these little buggers are normal gluten & sugar loaded cookies. I haven’t had gluten in years! I’m falling of many wagons at the moment, but I’m never falling of the no-gluten & no-dairy wagon… until now hungry, tired, feeling sad and stressed: can you say emotional eating?! #oopsIdiditagain… I’m NEVER doing that again! Lesson learned: diarrhea & vomiting a few hours later. I know I can’t tolerate ANY gluten, so I’m really staying away from it for good now!

SIDE NOTE: I’m not making myself look good on this WIAW blog-post :o ;) I think honesty is important though and if you’re learning to figure out the best lifestyle that makes you feel on top of the world, these “bad-days” happen… I hope to inspire some of you to not be to harsh on yourself afterwards and seek the next best road to take to get you to your goals!

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Arenga Palm Sugar

ANDDDDD… then THIS happened as well… OMG… do I even have to explain?!

I had a very sensible smoked mackerel meal before this & actually once I got home I was feeling satisfied (full) & tired from work: ready for bed.
I also felt like someone had ran over me with a truck — all kinds of pains like you wouldn’t believe from all the junk I had eaten >> instead of going to bed. This really did happen… I so had hoped it was just a bad dream…

I ate a bowl of avocado chocolate pudding (totally sensible) with 1/3 cup of palm sugar… like who even eats 1/3 cup of sugar in one sitting? OK, well I’ve actually done worse myself before too..so I know who eats sugar by the cup full in one sitting: that’s usually how I recognize I’m dealing with another Candida overgrowth flare up: it makes me respond to sugars like a cocaine addict to it’s drugs! …sigh…Very annoying to say the least!  It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore :o LOL at least I can laugh at myself :D!

So inevitably I rolled into bed a few hours later feeling completely stuffed, sick and still being tired and feeling overwhelmed & stressed with work — cause that’s the thing with emotional eating… it doesn’t do you any good in the long run! Which I know AND preach about ALL THE TIME… gets us back to the “sometimes you need a little guidance from someone else, even though you perfectly well know which road to choose and follow yourself!

Soooo the moral of today’s WIAW

If you’re making changes in your lifestyle, you’re most likely gonna fall of the wagon >> that is OK << reevaluate the road you’re taking to see if that’s really the road that will lead you to your goals. If not? Switch roads and hop on the next bus! Life is a journey and so is achieving healthy & happiness!

Also: don’t be afraid to be a little selfish! You are worthy of living a happy & healthy life. You are worthy of achieving your goals. You are worthy of both giving and receiving love. You are loved. Love yourself a little bit more and act like it. If this doesn’t come natural to you: fake it until you make it! Eventually you’ll start to love yourself again I’m saying again because self-love is a birthright we tend to lose when growing up… nurture your inner child and you’ll get that precious feeling of self-love: cherish that :)

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Emotional (over)eating will only make your problems worse in the long run… it’s simple as that. There’s a difference in emotional eating & emotional overeating though! If you’re eating a piece of chocolate or you’re enjoying a glass of wine to calm your nerves a little bit and enjoy a moment of relaxation: that’s perfectly sensible and I highly recommend you do so! If emotional eating get’s out of control however and you’re just stuffing your face with whatever you shouldn’t have: that’s getting kinda problematic.

Emotional Eating

EAT better, FEEL better! I really do feel sooooooooooooo much better if I stay away from my symptom causing foods & eat plenty of whole (raw) foods. It makes me feel energetic and alive! If I feel mentally overwhelmed and stressed out, that shouldn’t be an impulse for me to make my body match those feelings… because that’s initially what I do by overeating on allergy-triggering foods. If I make a conscious decision to eat sensibly and mindfully I feel myself grounding more and I can handle stressful situations WAY better! So this works both ways and is a winner every time! EAT better; you’ll FEEL so much better!Food Inc: Eat better, Feel better

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever…ever… forget to plan ahead! If you know it’s gonna be a busy and challenging day: try to get an adequate amount of sleep the night before, pack meals or snacks if needed and be extra kind to yourself.
Plan a moment of zen as well: do a few sun salutations, breath deep, hum your favorite song or jump up and down on a trampoline.. whatever floats your boat and makes you forget about the “I must” and gets you back into the moment. It really makes you more efficient and helps you cope just a little bit better with whatever stressful situation.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail  

Yesterday or actually today early morning before bed *cough**sorry my dearest body I’m neglecting you too much**cough* I said tomorrow! That day is NOW >> You live NOW >> So be the best version of YOU, NOW! >> Life is too short to wait for a never coming tomorrow :)

Having said that, I’m gonna go back to my study NOW, haha. Tomorrow is my intake exam for fitness school :D Wish me luck please!! I really wanna make the cut & get my diploma as a fitness trainer ♥

If you’ve read through my major rant, props to you ;) thank you for the support & if there’s anything you’d like to chat about… please leave me a comment!

Happy WIAW I’m totally detoxing today with veggies galore! ;)

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WIAW – from Duck to Pumpkin to Chocolate to French Fries with Basil Mayo – I love food!

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Happy WIAW my favorite fellow foodies! ;) :D How have you been?

Has anything new and exciting happened with you? Any fun food-discoveries? ;) My main food discovery this week has been a returned love for duck.. I feel a little guilty eating duck, but if I’m gonna eat misses cow, I might as well eat mister duck too!

I’ve eaten it only twice before in my life: the first time a few years ago I ate confit de canard a famously fatty classic (south-west) French dish. DELICIOSO! Fried potatoes, fresh green salad and duck confit… I thought I magically got zapped to a little bistro near Paris.

The second time I ate duck was a more Asian version of duck: marinated duck breast in a spicy soy sauce, crispy baked skin with a side of stir-fried veggies galore.  Totally different experience but equally as tasty!

I feel like duck is easier to digest than pork or beef for some reason… it might just be my imagination but eating duck feels lighter on my system than beef or pork does. For that reason I don’t eat pork – makes me bloated like you wouldn’t believe! So as an alternative, I think I’m gonna enjoy duck more often! Not too often though… ’cause I still feel a little guilty *blushing* *it’s the vegan in me speaking* :) :)

I’m talkative today: bare with me please :D Or feel free to skip my rant and go straight to the foodporn below ;)

So what’s been going on with me personally?

Mainly studying for my upcoming entrance examination: you may or may not know I’ve finally chosen ME and I’m chasing my dream of becoming a fitness instructor :) I miss giving dance classes & motivating people to move! I love being a nutritionist, but I’d like to bring the whole package, so…. if all goes well on the 29th of August I can start college again to help me reach my dream goal! ♣ I’m stocked and I’m sure gonna keep you updated on everything I learn :D 

Also… it’s time to go back to school & work right? So I figured I’d write about lunch prepping!

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In this article I write about “MAKE LUNCH PREPPING FUN: EASY TO PACK LUNCHES FOR YOU & YOUR KIDS” — it’s a very handy guide to meal prepping & lunch packing if I may say so myself ;-) So please check it out and let me know what you think!

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FINALLY…. my food journal of lovely eats from yesterday!

Pumpkin I Love Thee... Roasted Pumpkin with Chocolate Sauce for Breakfast... I Say YES

Not your typical breakfast, but it’s a great easy to digest – pre workout – meal to get in before you go to the gym! I seem to run really well on either fruit or pumpkin in the gym… This morning I had leftover roasted (in butter) organic pumpkin with a sauce made from extra virgin coconut oil, cacao powder, carob powder and coconut sugar … My oh my: don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! :D

Marinated Turkey Steak as a perfect Post Workout Meal

Post WO a.k.a. Lunch was marinaded turkey steak with roasted carrots & a tall glass of beetroot juice.

I prept a huge (600 grams) juicy turkey steak, marinated in curcuma, paprika, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin & fenugreek. It’s a big enough portion to last me 3 days easily :)😉Mealprep is where it’s at! ;)

I’ve picked up some new fun spices at the market, like: nigella, fennel seeds & horseradish powder. Do you like cooking with spices? If so… What’s your fave?

  Dutch Shrimp Croquettes with Horseradish DressingFrench Fries with Basil MayoCrispy Duck Breast Salad

Me & my mum went out for dinner and it was amazingly tasty! She had Dutch shrimp croquettes with a large salad in horseradish dressing. I had crispy pan-fried duck with a large salad in basil oil dressing. The fries came with basil mayonnaise: what a few basil leaves can do to make a random mayo into a flavorful superstar is admirable :o ;)

Avocado's

Dessert was another ACC (avocado-coconut milk-chocolate mousse) yumbowl, like I’ve featured on WIAW-posts before and I have the recipe on my blog! This time I added another C to the mix by sweetening with coconut sugar — heaven!

Side note: I’ve been adding coconut sugar to my diet – not the best thing to do when battling with a Candida overgrowth and it definitely gives me gas & cramps… but it’s soooooo good! I’m finishing this container and then I’m not gonna buy it for a while, until my Candida clears up again *deal**promise*!

OK that’s it for now! Enjoy the rest of today!

I’m off to the gym with my mommy: we’ve been spending a lot of time together these past few days since it was the 4th year anniversary of my dad’s death-day on the 17th of August. Today is the 4th year anniversary of this cremation-day… :( Sad and emotional days for the both of us, but we’re talking a lot to each other about him and everything that has happened which helps us both ♥ Life is both hard and precious… ♥

Much love from me to you :)

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WIAW – Hungry Lady – Heavenly Meals – Meet My Lovers….

Happy WIAW fellow foodies!

I’m a bit late but I just got back from work… I’m exhausted! AND HUNGRY haha!! I’m eating a massive cookie-dough pudding with macadamia nuts, carob and chocolate drops (kinda like my dessert yesterday)… Delicious! I just need energy & comfort food… sounds familiar? ;) I bet y’all know what I’m talking ’bout!

Unfortunately my phone doesn’t make the best pictures at nighttime.. and I couldn’t make a photo of my meals at work either, so instead: I’m showing you my day of yesterday’s eats > my day free from work :)

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Happy Eating ♥

Forest Fruit Heaven (4)

Breakfast Dilemma: Having Candida issues… however I love (!) Fruit, especially in the morning. Solution = Eat a pound of summer fruit in the morning to satisfy my fruity needs and letting it fully digest before eating another meal. Seems to work rather well for me personally! I have less cravings for fruit & sugar later in the day 😄:)
If I don’t have enough time in the morning I skip this “pre-breakfast” and have porridge instead … no raisins >the best part!< (Candida you suck!) But sweetened with stevia or xylitol and I add chopped nuts and/or chestnuts.👌It’s delicious like that as well :)

Making Indian Veggie Shrimp Curry - recipe in my journal

Leftover shrimp stir-fry ♥ Shrimp marinated with Indian spices & sauteed with veggies in lots of coconut oil. Need I say more?!… ;)

Rauwkostsalade met olijfolieSavory Quinoapap, recept in mijn Skinny Bitch journal (4)

A side salad and a savory quinoa porridge was next on my menu :) I love porridge, however I can’t do oats (oatmeal) so I opt for quinoa or millet instead. I actually love the taste of those flaky grains! I like a savory porridge more than a bowl of cooked grains, so often times I make a large pot with multiple servings of porridge that I can use both sweetened and savory. Major time-safer AND makes it easy to have a healthy snack/meal ready at all times :)

Wortel en Avocado soep van wortelsap met avocado, zout en tuinkruiden

I’ve got a few lovers in my life.. one of them is called avocado and another favorite of mine listens to the name carrot.

Avocado & Carrot go together like a horse and carriage! Match made in culinary heaven (that’s where I met both of them to be precise ♥)! Since both veggies (yes, avocado is a fruit… I know ;) ) can be used in savory AND sweet dishes.. the possibilities when combining these two ingredients are endless! I’ve got a great sweet smoothie recipe, avocado-carrot cake, cookies.. you name it! Yup I think I’m obsessed and I’m not afraid to admit it :D :D :D 

FYI: I ate this bowl of soup with a couple of slices of toast & salted butter ♥ *nomnomnom* :D

Zoete aardappel - kokosmeel, notenboter, stevia.. blend super smooth.. yum (7)

 

This is heaven in a ramekin. I know I use the term heaven a lot… but it’s true! A pudding made with baked sweet potato, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flour, stevia, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maca powder, vanilla extract, vanilla protein powder, spicy red pepper, raw cacao nibs & macadamia nuts… I think it’s legit to say heaven right? ;)  

OK, it’s late and I need to get my 8 hours of sleep in tonight >> I just made a pact with Madison << and I just really… really… am lacking in sleep = not good!

Soooooo I’m wishing you a happy next meal & good night ;)

~Much love XOX~

WIAW: A random day of healthy & delicious eats on my day off

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It’s that special day of the week again!! What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday :D

My day of (actually quite lovely!) eats went as follows…

I woke up and didn’t have my usual fruit breakfast since I’m trying to cut down on ALL sugars (Candida overgrowth) … sigh… I miss my fruit! I eat fruit every other morning and another carb source on the other mornings.
This was a great alternative breakfast:

Avocado-Chocolate Mousse on Rice Cakes

Avocado-Chocolate paste sweetened with stevia: spread on rice cakes… might sound a bit odd, but it’s good… really, really good!

After eating a few rice cakes with choco-paste & drinking a cup of coffee I went on with my day. I had the day off, so it was time to do some grocery shopping (favorite chore of the week ;) ) Who else loves grocery shopping? Many of my friends think I’m crazy.. but I simply love to venture through the aisles looking for new things to try or to create of new recipe ideas in my head.

I think the reason I love grocery shopping so much isn’t just because of the food it involves… but also it gives me time to think of nothing else. Just simple doing the groceries. It’s something that has to be done so I can feel good about procrastinating in the shop, because ‘ey.. it has to get done ;) So it’s a legitimate time for me to procrastinate… which is my second most fave thing to do… *oops*! Same goes for baking & cooking. We all have to eat so we all have to bake and/or cook (at least to some extent…) >> pottering around in the kitchen for hours seems like a valuable thing to do, even though there might be many more important things to get done.
Do I make any sense at all? Sorry it’s really late where I live and I need to go to bed, it shows in my writing ;)

OK, moving on!

Muffin making, chocolade coconut flour and banana bread (15)

Speaking of baking: I’ve been baking miniature cupcakes/muffins and enjoying them as the perfect snack with my mid-morning cup of tea :)

I made coconut flour chocolate muffins & banana-bread muffins.
I think I prefer the decadent flavor of the chocolate one, but the banana-bread is a great pre workout snack because it offers LOT’S of simple (but healthy!) carbs, so it’s great gym fuel! :D

I think I need to give you the recipe so you can see for yourself what I’m rambling about ;)

Muffin making, chocolade coconut flour and banana bread (20)

I try to eat at least one salad a day (keeps the doctor away).
Unfortunately, some days you just don’t feel like eating a salad (right?)… so today I opted for a simple side salad to go with my oven roasted pumpkin – roasted in coconut oil – & pan fried turkey strips. It made a delicious and satisfying post workout meal :-)

Side salad (2)

After my post-workout meal I had dinner which was:

Tartaar

Pan fried steak tartar with pan fried onion & carrots. Half an avocado & some tomato on the side. For seasoning I kept it really simple: sea salt, black pepper and some paprika & a turmeric-cayenne mixture (on top of the carrots).

Turmeric has many health benefits, but it’s quite difficult for our body to absorb. Nature, being the brilliant mastermind it is, has a solution for this! Add a dash of cayenne pepper to your ground turmeric and the nutrients in turmeric get up to 3000 times better absorbed & utilized!
Flavor wise they complement each other very well, so I keep a small container with 3 parts turmeric to 1 part cayenne on deck at all times :)

Avocado - Coconut milk - Raw chocolate Mousse = TO DIE FOR

Time for dessert!!! To stay in the theme with which I started my day, I ended today with a delicious raw chocolate mousse. A creamy blend of avocado, raw cacao, sweetener of choice and plenty of fresh coconut milk *recipe for coconut milk coming soon! Promise! >> This is TO DIE FOR!

Note: Click here or on the picture to see the recipe for this chocolate mousse!! 

That’s it for today – I’m off to bed now, it’s way past bedtime….again…
Who else would like more hours in a day? I think we need to start a petition!

♥ Thanks for visiting my blog & Happy WIAW ♥

WIAW – pumpkin pie taste testing day! I’m not complaining!

 

Morning! Hope you’re all doing well. Cold season is coming and everyone is starting to sneeze.. tomorrow I’ll upload a blog-post on staying healthy and fit throughout the fall season :) If you’re interested, stay tuned! As for now… FOOD is needed for my WIAW post ↓ Here we go!

Breakfast with yogurt, apple, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and coffee on the side ~ can’t go wrong with that right?!

Let the taste testing begin… I made 3 variations on a traditional pumpkin pie. I needed a healthy, nutritious – yet super delicious – recipe for my EAT and get FIT project. So I had to make a few pies, muffins, cheesecakes to create the best of the best ;) Of course I had to try them all, so I ate approx. 2 lbs of pumpkin today :D

First up are pumpkin muffins. They don’t look nearly as good as they did taste… yet I thought the texture was a little too dense so I have to work on that before sharing the recipe with you or on my website :) They are however fabulous with some Greek yogurt frosting!

Time for lunch, which was breakfast all over again.. I wanted something light and I wasn’t in the mood for something salty, so I decided to make millet porridge with a lot of cinnamon and another cup of coffee :)

Post WO protein pancake: 1 scoop protein, 2 tbsp flour, 1 whole egg and some water. Stir it up and bake on the griddle / in a pan with some olive oil ~ YUM ~

So, I wasn’t really hungry, but I figured I needed some veggies today so I made a spicy Indian curry with lots of veggies, coconut milk, wild rice and …. I believe I’m missing an important ingredient here but I can’t think of anything else I added in there… anyway, it was lovely (and filling…)

My miniature pumpkin! This is the only pumpkin that survived in my yard. Unfortunately the sun isn’t strong enough to make this little guy grow into a bigger version, so I thought I’d see if I could eat is as it is… and yes you can (I’m still alive) it however doesn’t taste like pumpkin AT ALL, it tastes like zucchini :D You can really tell they’re in the same veggie family :)

I had some leftover batter from making my pumpkin pie so I ate it by the spoon full with some mulberries and raisins ~ yummy! BTW, I’ve been eating a lot of dried fruit and my Candida symptoms are worsening rapidly :( So I think I need to back down a bit!

Variation number 2! Pumpkin pie cheesecake made with Greek yogurt. I did like the texture and I did like the taste… yet I don’t think many people will like it (too “healthy” tasting), so I’m still working on it.

I added some extra ginger which was a great addition :)

The real deal (sorta) – this pumpkin pie resembles a traditional pumpkin pie the best – I also thought this recipe was the best one to share on my website / with my clients. So I did, and everyone (up till now) loves it :) If you wanna give this a go, click on the picture to see the recipe!

After eating this slice of pie I felt like I became a pumpkin myself! I was stuffed to the core and ready to call it a day, lol!

Have you done some baking with pumpkin yet?!

♥ Have a tasty WIAW! ♥

WIAW – Summer foods to keep you in shape?! My summer staple = yogurt and zucchini!

It’s time to show you my food journal for what i ate wednesday. hope to give you some ideas :)

Talking about summer staples… I’ve written an article for the Indie Chicks website about what summer foods will keep you in shape during (and after) summer — so go check that out if you’re interested @ The Indie Chicks   :D

I’ve been eating an Anti Candida Diet for a while now (on and off). Lately I’ve been finding it harder to keep to my diet. I love fruit so I’ve been adding fruit to my yogurt this week and I also ate a few pieces of Gluten free (high carb) bread.

Last Sunday I cheated my diet by drinking a large glass of fresh OJ. And let me tell you… I felt horrible after! It’s far worse than eating a piece of fruit – which makes me bloated, but that’s it. I of course knew the fructose in the OJ (and lack of fiber) would mess with my condition, but now I’ve felt the consequences and I’m sure to never to this again EVER!  Note to self: Never drink fruit juice when battling with Candida overgrowth + Insulin Resistance!

As for the food… this is what I’ve been eating today :)

Breakfast = Yogurt with banana, berries and lots of sunflower seeds = I could just eat this all day long and be a very happy lady :)

All mixed up.. So delicious and extremely good for you! Full of fiber, probiotics (Greek yogurt) vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, essential fatty-acids and amino-acids!

 

 

 

 

Talking about summer foods – zucchini is one of my all time favorites! Very hydrating and it makes a great combination with almost everything!
Here, I made a bowl of cooling soup made with onion, zucchini, daikon, basil, avocado, salt and pepper. Easy to make, delicious to eat.

Click on the picture to get the recipe
I’ve made this bread before. It was a lovely compliment to the soup!

Fresh salad with lot’s of veggies, herbs, flowers and organic beef. You can’t really tell there’s beef in there on this picture… but really; there is.
My stomach was very pleased with me eating beef again (after not having had beef for a while). I wish I could live vegetarian, but at the moment it’s just not realistic, so eating organic beef every now and then is a good compromise.

Later I also made some zucchini pasta because I had more zucchini left over from making soup (usually it’s the other way around – people make soup from leftover veggies – but this time soup came before the noodles ;))
I roasted the pine nuts and added them on top later.
This huge bowl served two people!

That’s all for today!

In the near future I’d like to talk to you more about Insulin Resistance and Candida Overgrowth because I think a lot of people struggle with this but aren’t sure how to deal with it. That was me for the longest time as well. I’m still not following a “perfect” diet for these conditions, but at least I know what I can do to keep myself as healthy as possible. Sometimes I just choose to be bloated and I will eat carbs. That’s fine with me, as long as I understand where my symptoms are coming from.

So if you have any questions please let me know!

Before you go, I want to share this picture with you! I think the food looks so pretty!
I went out to dinner with a friend and I got this fish-dish as my main course. Smoked salmon, tuna tartar, Scallops and Lobster. Best thing I’ve had in weeks!

How to overcome Candida & a recipe for Chocolates – Anti Candida Diet PROOF!

I’m gonna give you (and me for that matter – I can use a little reminder sometimes ;) – it’s easy to slack off) a simple list of Dos and Don’ts when having a Candida overgrowth. Note: I’m not a medical doctor – this is not medical advice! 

I’m currently on and off following an Anti Candida Diet (ACD). On an Anti Candida Diet the most important thing is to NOT eat any (simple) carbohydrates; no sugar, starches, refinded flours. So that means NO FRUIT either :( I’m a fruit addict so it’s a tough habit to break. Sometimes I’m able to eat fruit on an empty stomach. However some days I feel worse than others and on those days I get sick from even one piece of fruit! It’s all one big experiment. You’re the only person who knows how you feel and react to certain foods – never forget to listen to your own body!

To cut to the chase… What do I do in order to cope with a Candida overgrowth?

Do:

  1. Drink green juice everyday!  Green juice helps to create a much healthier alkaline internal balance, one that does not allow the yeast the flourish. Fresh green juice can be a powerful healing tool! Preferably on an empty stomach in the morning. I’m not doing this myself (yet) because I don’t have a juicer and I’m lazy ;). However I do know the benefits can be awesome! So try it out if you want to!
  2. I personally take supplements such as: Oregano Oil, Candida Clear (NOW), Caprylic acid, Guduchi  & Pau d’arco. I take a multi vitamin/mineral complex to boost my immune system. I don’t use all these products at the same time. I’m experimenting with different types to see what works best for me. Candida Clear and Guduchi seem to help me the best at the moment, but my mother for instance loves what Caprylic acid does during her on and off battles with Candida overgrowth.
  3. I love Probiotics! Just google probiotics ;) if you haven’t yet heard of the benefits.
  4. I love to add Magnesium Citrate to my cultured (Greek) yogurt. Candida die off can cause constipation and this helps to keep things moving ;)
  5. I really need to start soaking my raw nuts & seeds in lemon or lime juice! That will help with digestion and get rid of any small mold particles. You don’t want any mold particles in your food if you have a Candida problem.
  6. Eat organic unprocessed meat, lot’s of veggies & wild caught fish. I’m an on and off vegetarian, but since I’m allergic to lentils, soy, some nuts, all beans and legumes… and now I can’t have grains and fruit either?! I compensate the lack of variety by eating organic meat and wild caught fish more often. At least for the time being. Also, I eat a lot more organic eggs. Almost every morning for breakfast :) I’m actually starting to love a hardy breakfast!
  7. Eat lots of freshly minced garlic, onions & extra virgin coconut oil. All great anti-fungals!
  8. Drink water & herbal teas!
  9. Sleep at least 8 hours a night! And meditate, do yoga, or whatever it takes to calm your mind. Keeping your adrenals balanced is crucial in overcoming Candida. One can cause the other and on top of that… they can make each other worse!
  10. Fight your way through the die off period. It can be intense, and you may feel like you have the flu. But it means you are heading in the right direction. So don’t get discouraged when you’re doing everything you’re supposed to and yet you feel terrible. This is normal, and it won’t (shouldn’t) last forever, if it does, something else might be going on. This feeling can return though! Sometimes it takes years to get rid of a severe Candida overgrowth and you will experience periods like these every once in a while.
  11. Be patient and resilient! It may get worse before it gets better! Keep up the hard work and you will make progress.
  12. Take the time to learn what works best for you! We are all different, and understanding which foods trigger the yeast to grow is the most important tool you have in overcoming the infection.

 Don’t:

  1. Don’t consume ANY sugar. Even low glycemic fruit- especially in the early stages of trying to get the infection under control.
  2. Don’t consume grains and starchy foods (so no bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and so forth). This includes the avoidance of Carrots, Parsnips and other starchy veggies. The Paleo Diet has worked best for me.
  3. Don’t consume (lots of) Coconut Water. Though coconut is anti fungal the water contains sugars and will feed the yeast beast!
  4. Don’t drink coffee if you know it bothers you. I can tolerate coffee really well, but I know some can’t! It can worsen your symptoms.
  5. Avoid ALL foods that you are intolerant to like the plague!! Something I need to improve on ;)
  6. Don’t eat moldy nuts such as peanuts & pistachios. Also, don’t eat cashews… sorry I know they’re SOOOO GOOD!! But for me it makes my symptoms 100% worse.
  7. Don’t use vinegar except for raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
  8. Don’t skip doses of your medication or supplements.
  9. Don’t cheat on your diet. One starchy, sugary treat can set your progress 10 steps backwards. You may find that you have extreme cravings for sugar and carbs! Don’t give in! Note: This advice I don’t follow myself - I’d rather cheat my diet a little once or twice a week than going hardcore and having to pay attention to ALL that I’m eating. It might take (much) longer to get the problem under control, but I’m willing to sacrifice - so do what you think is best for you!

These lists aren’t complete, but they’re some of the most important factors in order to keep an Candida overgrowth under control and start the healing process!

♥ Much love to you and leave me a comment with any tips and advice on this subject! What did I forget to mention? What are your experiences? I’d love to know.

Bonus: Homemade Chocolate Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 10 Tbsp xylitol or the equivalent of 8 tbsp sugar in stevia; powder or drops 
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder (preferebaly raw cacao powder)
  • Optional = adding 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or coffee extract or some finely chopped fresh hot pepper to taste, finely chopped fresh mint leaves, orange, lemon or lime zest…. Experiment! :D

Additional topping ideas

  • Flaked almonds
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Coconut flakes
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a pot on low heat. Stir in the xylitol or stevia and cacao powder until it’s smooth. If you’re using a flavoring, stir that in as well.
    NOTE: don’t try to dissolve the sweetener and cacao all at once. Add one ingredient first and add the other as soon as the first ingredient is completely dissolved.
  2. Get out a silicon bonbon tray if you’ve got one. You can also use a (silicon) ice cube tray. Fill the tray with the chocolate mixture. If you’re using toppings, sprinkle them on top (or stir them through the chocolate – I’ve done that before too).
  3. Put the tray in the fridge to set, which takes 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature in your fridge. 
  4. I have NO IDEA how much this makes because it all depends on which tray you use. I got 12 ice cube sized bonbons with this recipe (and a little leftover in the bowl I didn’t mind licking clean – don’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same ;))

Sugar free, Anti Candida, easy to make granola recipe (#2)

Hi everyone!

I’m here to give you a Candida-friendly version of my previously posted granola recipe.

I’ve followed a very strict Candida Diet from October 2011 – January 2012. I love baked goods, and I have a major sweet tooth, so following a Candida Diet was tough at first.. but after the first two weeks my sugar* cravings disappeared and I was quite content with my tweaked Candida-proof recipes :)
(* I mean ALL forms of sugar, also the natural kinds like honey, fruits, dried fruits, maple syrup, rice syrup, coconut sugar… the lot!

Here’s the recipe in it’s simplest form. Feel free to add whatever you want to the mix, but make sure it’s sugar-free or low in sugar if you want this to stay Anti-Candida friendly!

For about 4 cups of granola you’ll need:

2 cups rice flakes (or certified gluten-free oats)
1 cup millet flakes
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup UNsweetened desiccated coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (or use a mixture of seeds of your choice)
~ You can add 1/2 cup chopped up nuts if you’d like. I wasn’t feeling like adding too many nuts or seeds, so I didn’t :) ~

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
tbsp vanilla extract
2 droppers full of stevia
3/4 cup warm water
pinch of salt

(Side note: both coconut oil and pumpkin seeds are known for their anti-fungal, and thus candida killing, properties!!)

Combine all the dry ingredient, and combine all the wet ingredients. Than add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir thoroughly to combine.

Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray) and bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour at 150 degrees Celsius.

It’s quite a low temperature to bake this at, but since I added the pumpkin seeds before baking instead of after it gets baked, I didn’t want to turn up the heat too much (they tend to burn easily).
~ I let it bake for 45 minutes, stirred every so often, and let it sit in a warm oven for 15 minutes before taking it out of the oven to eat ;-) ~

The granola gets really crunchy, so if you feel like “it’s causing you your teeth” (that’s how we’d say this in Dutch. I don’t know if this is propper English though…) add some milk and let it soften just a little bit before eating ;-). I like it best with (almond)milk and nowadays with some berries on top (during my Candida Diet regime I didn’t do any fruits!). Either way, it’s delicious!

Eetsmakelijk! (enjoy /Bon Appétit)