Juice top 5 for hot weather

When the weather is hot, you need to cool down! Below is my simple Juice top 5 for any hot Summer day. (no sugar added)

fruits

1. Fruit flavored water /ice tea

Add slices of lemon, lime & mint to your cold water with ice cubes. Any other fruit like fresh berries is delicious too! You can also make this an ice tea version by making hot tea and letting it cool off and adding it to the water.
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Coconut Water

2. Coconut water

This is my nr. 1 favorite cooling down drink. It's delicious, but coconut water is also a great sports drink and rehydrates your body like no other drink (the PH values of coconut water are the same as of your blood!)
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3. Cucumber juice

Yes try it: juice 2 or 3 cucumbers and cool this drink for an hour. It is so simple and delicious!
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Watermelon Juice Gui Valente 2

4. Water melon juice

This is sooo good! Also, juice half a melon and you have a delicious, nutritious juice!

Gui Valente (black belt Jiu-Jitsu) loves watermelon juice too!
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5. Mint & pear juice cocktail

Blend a juicy pear,mint with crushed ice. don't forget a (glass) straw! It is so refreshing

 

Stay cool!

Love, Lonneke


Delicious fast food recipe

vegetarian gyros

This is a great dinner if you are craving something delicious but fast!

First of all, I don't like to cook for hours, so all my dishes are made in a short amount of time.

Shopping list for 1 (try to buy organic and local when possible):

- 1 Sweet potato, medium to large

- Cottage cheese (hüttekäse organic  by Latois)

- Half a cucumber

- 1 Tomatoes

- 2  Onions or scallions

- 2 Garlic cloves

- Aoïli (you can make this yourself too, Jamie Oliver has a delicious recipe on his site)

- Salt/pepper

- Mild olive oil to stir fry with (or another healthy oil to stir fry with to your liking, like tea oil)

- Vegetarian gyro (gyros) from a health food store. I love the one from Healthy Planet that I buy at Ekoplaza. But there are other brands too, just google it online!  ( for this dish you can also use seitan or other stir fry vegetarian pieces, to stir fry too with some of your favorite spices, or if you eat meat, go find organic lean gyro(s) or other lean meat to stir fry with. Ask your local organic butcher. I still believe vegetarian is better for you and the environment so that is my preference)

Total price: less than €9  per person for this dish. The vegetarian gyro(s) by Healthy Planet I bought was €3.39 (good for 2 people or if you are hungry you can eat the whole thing), the cottage cheese by Latois €1.69, Aoili by Florentin for one package costs €3,19 (you can use this one for a long time as you only need a large spoon or so, so per portion it is under a Euro) The rest of the 3 Euros is for a tomato, a cucumber,sweet potato, garlic and onions. I think everything you can buy a version in the regular supermarket, but this type of Gyro(s) I only find in a health food store as Ekoplaza. You can use other stir fry products that are vegetarian at most supermarkets worldwide though!

How to make:

Cook the sweet potatoes in their skin in water with a pinch of salt, until they soften a bit. Take them out, dry them, put a cut in the middle.

While the sweet potatoes cook, you cut the tomatoes, onions or scallions and the garlic cloves and stir fry it with the gyro(s) in a bit of olive oil. If your gyro is seasoned you don't have to add seasoning. But if you use seitan you have to add a bit of salt, pepper and herbs to your liking. Add the stir fried gyro(s) on your plate.

Cut the cucumber and place on also your plate. Add a spoon of aioli.

Fill up the sweet potato with cottage cheese (hüttekäse), add a bit of salt and pepper on top. Add on your plate.This dish takes about as long as the potatoes have to cook. Because in the period they cook you prepare the rest of your food!

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 

 

 

 

 

 


Quinoa with vegetables recipe

quinoa with vegetables

Great recipe for lunch or light dinner! (eating heavier in the middle of the day and lighter at night is better for your digestion anyway!)

Shopping list for 1 (buy organic and local when possible)

-Quinoa

-2 tomatoes

- 1cucumber

- handful of cashews

-  handful of dried apricots

- a bit of parsley

-salt/pepper

-extra virgin olive oil

Costs of my dish: Less than €5 per person. the quinoa you find between €2 and €3.69 per package depending on the brand, which I use to serve 4 people. The vegetables are about 2 euros for all the pieces together, organic cashews by Horizon €3,09  for 150g (only a handful you need). Dried organic apricots by Horizon € 2,40 for 250 g ( only a handful you need) All foods are available at regular supermarkets, although I prefer buying them at specialized organic food stores.

How to make:

Rinse the quinoa with water. Boil for 15 minutes in a stockpot with water and a pinch of salt.  Take of fire, drain and cool of with cold water. drain again.

Wash and cut in pieces (organic) tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Mix into the quinoa with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper.

Top off with cut dried apricots, cashews and parsley and you are ready!

You can add any vegetable, seed or fruit you like. Avocado tastes great with it too!

If you start cooking the quinoa and in mean time prepare the other food, you really only need about 16 minutes to make this meal! Woohoo!

 

Love Lonneke

 


Immunity Booster - Juice with cucumber, oranges, celery, pepper

Made this juice the other day, and it tasted so good! I called it “immunity booster” cause this juice is full of vitamin C, which helps us to fight colds and flu. Drink this when u feel a little “off”. No medicine ever tasted as good as this recipe :)

  • *1 large cucumber
  • *3 oranges
  • *3 stalks of celery
  • *1 red bell pepper

yamm!

LOVE, VAL


Carrot-Orange-Cucumber juice

When I opened the fridge this morning I found a bag of carrots, oranges and a lonely cucumber laying inside. So, I made a healthy yummy juice for myself! It got me thinking, that you can always come up with a great and tasty meals using what's left in you fridge. Don't waste! If you have to travel for a few days, make a soup of all the veggies the night before. You can always freeze it and eat later.

Love, Val


5 Foods That I Eat Every Day

1. Cucumber

I juice it every morning with other vegetables. It is so hydrating for the skin. Cucumber will make your skin look young and fresh.

2.Kale

I use kale in my salads as a green base; I add other veggies as well. Or I use it in my green smoothies (banana, apple 1 cup of water and kale). The other way to use kale is to juice it with other veggies and fruits. Kale contains lots of fiber, vitamins K and C, calcium.

3.Himalayan Pink Salt

Your body needs 1 teaspoon a day of a high quality salt. I love Pink salt, it is full of minerals and it makes everything tastes better! I add a pinch of Pink Salt at the very end, so I don’t destroy vitamins and minerals in a cooking process.

4. Olive Oil

Our bodies need a good fat to keep us healthy and slim. Choose Organic Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Toss it in your salad instead of mayonnaise or any other commercial dressings. I use 2 – 4 Tablespoons a day.

5.Lemon.

Every morning I squeeze a fresh lemon in a glass of water for an extra detox. Contains Vitamin C for immune system, but the best quality of a lemon is that it keeps our body alkaline.

This is not the only food that I eat! Those 5 foods I include in my diet every single day TOGETHER with other whole foods: fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, dark chocolate, green tea, organic coffee and last but not least – pure clean water!

LOVE, VAL


Raw food recipe: Cucumber Watercress Soup

I know, i know, you might think this combination sounds little... weird.  But wait to try it! I made this zillion times before and its always delicious. Oh, and do i have to tell you about health benefits of this soup?!  If you don't want to be bothered with the nutritional facts,  you can just scroll down to the pictures and recipe, but if you wnat to know benefits, read on.

Cucumber: kidney cleanser, prevet bloating, hydrate cells from inside, contains silicon for beautiful skin and hair, good sours of vitamins E and C

Watercress: contains minerals and trace minerals that help heal anemia, endocrine imbalances, osteoporosis, eczema,  and acne.. Contains sulfur, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. Neutralize acidic waste products throughout the blood and lymphatic system.

Garlic: powerful natural antibiotic

(recipe adopted from  "RawVolution" by Matt Amsden)

Cucumber Watercress Soup
Raw food recipe - Cucumber Watercress Soup

Recipe type: Soup

Ingredients
  • 3½ cups cucumber juice
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½bunch fresh watercress
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 TS olive oil
  • 2 tea spoon sea salt

Instructions
  1. Juice the cucumbers. In a high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with basil leaf, sea salt, pepper and olive oil.