Diets simply don’t work

eb8a8126639aadbfe252e93ec2c3092fDiets are destined for failure. Everyone should know that. They might work on a short-term basis, but then what?

The ‘egg diet’, the Atkins diet, the ‘carrot diet’, the ‘low-carb diet’, the ‘I only eating in the morning diet’, the ‘500 calories a day diet’; none of them work because none of them are sustainable. Of course you’ll lose weight, but you’ll regain it really fast if you don’t make a real life change. Let’s see why. Continue reading

The Quinoa and Lentil Stuffed Peppers

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Some would think that you can only make stuffed food with minced meat but they’re actually mistaken. Stuffed tomatoes, courgettes or aubergines work very well with plant-based filling. And you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy them!

I usually make batches of whole grains and legumes for the week so I have them on hand when it comes to preparing quick lunches or dinners. I used quinoa, cashew nuts and lentils in this preparation.

Keep in mind that:

  • whole grain + legumes = complete protein  (brown rice + beans)
  • nuts/seeds + legumes = complete protein (whole-grain bread with nuts and seeds + hummus)

This recipe is therefore high in protein as there is a combination of cashew nuts, lentils and quinoa!

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Food, stress and depression

dessert backStress, anxiety, memory loss, depression… These conditions are all linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and a bad diet. It’s well-known that junk food is bad for the body and the heart, and it has been proven to have a disastrous effect on the brain.

By junk food, I don’t necessarily mean McDonald’s or Pizza Hut. In the same category you’ll find chocolate bars, ready meals, industrial bread, white pasta, salad dressing, everything that is labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘sugar free’, industrial fruit juices, margarine, sports drinks, processed so-called organic food, breakfast cereal, cake, …. the list is endless! Continue reading

The Power Green Smoothie

IMG_6427-1Call me crazy (or totally hooked), but  I need to drink my greens even on holiday! I would normally juice but since I can’t take my super slow juicer with me everywhere I go, I had to make smoothies – with a blender then. They are also very good and quite filling I must say. (Read the difference between a juice and a smoothie.)

If you’re still wondering why you should drink green juices & smoothies, read more about their health benefits below.  Continue reading

The Colourful ‘n Easy Lunch Plate

FullSizeRenderSome would argue that healthy meals are time-consuming and hard work, but I beg to differ. All you need is a bunch of colourful vegetables, some seeds, grains, and herbs; and just a little bit of prep’. Healthy doesn’t mean fancy, it can be very simple and affordable.

It took me about 15 minutes to prepare this lunch plate, and it’s so beautiful (and delicious) that I wanted to share it with you.

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The Chili Sin Carne (and the power of beans)

A Chili Con Carne – Sin Carne, I could have just named it Vegan Chili, but some people are often skeptical when something is labelled vegan (I’ll come back to that in a further post).

Despite their bad reputation for making people gassy, beans are actually super duper healthy (see below). They’re also a proof that eating healthy isn’t necessarily expensive as they are really affordable and versatile.  You can be really creative when you have for example kidney beans, cannelloni beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, split (green) peas and/or lentils in your pantry.; you can incorporate them in many different dishes such as chilies, dips, soups or salads.

This recipe is easy enough but will take you about an hour; it serves 4 people. You can combine it with some whole rice and quinoa to have complete protein.

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