10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants

I love eating healthy food and I prefer to visit affordable restaurants! This is the list of my 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants in 2019, where you can go and find healthy food any time of the day. I have stated which ones have good gluten-free options, and all restaurants are in different price categories as well as locations on Manhattan (where I live) My first choice would always going for an organic restaurant, and most of them in my list do focus on offering organic food, except for a few. These are easy going restaurants the bring-your-friends-or-family kind ( no reason to overdress), with a good take-out and delivery selections.

MY Top 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants of the moment:

  1. le Pain Quotidien (LPQ): This is a staple place to visit whenever you need a good breakfast or lunch. As a true dutchie, I love bread. Since I stick to a gluten-free diet, I am so happy that they have THE BEST GLUTENFREE BREAD IN THE WORLD! There, I said it. LPQ also has great salads, breakfast items, many vegan and vegetarian options (a leaf sign on the menu means the dish is plant based), and most of what they serve is organic. This also counts for their coffee and decaf coffee. My favorites are the different tartines, the chia seed pudding, the lentil avocado salad. LPQ is take out and sit down. Multiple locations around the city. $ www.lepainquotidien.com 
  2. HU Kitchen: This is a great place with paleo dishes and take out treats and juices. That means everything is gluten-free, no dairy, and organic. They serve organic meat, chicken and vegetarian plates.  My favorite is the chicken burger. Every weekday they have a special, sometimes that is a vegan and gluten-free pizza (love it!) One location on 5th avenue between 13th and 14th $$ www.hukitchen.com 

    HU Kitchen NYC
    The Paleo Chicken Burger at HU Kitchen
  3. Dr. Smood: a chain with restaurants all over the city, this place calls itself "probably the healthiest cafe in town. They have a philosophy that people should spend their money on organic healthy food (the real healthcare as they say) and not on doctors. I love getting chocolate treats here, and the strawberry shake is delicious. www.drsmood.com
  4. Caravan of Dreams: A hole in the wall, this eclectic restaurant is dark and cosy, and a perfect place to take your friends for a vegan meal. Everything is vegan, organic and even kosher. They also serve a lot of raw food dishes. They have live music almost every night of the week. Favorites: all salads are amazing! I like the house salad dressing a lot, and the mediterranean salad. I love their seitan. Also the smoothies are great, and i like the ravioli of the day with sautéed greens, garlic tomato sauce and avocado. The raw brownie for desert is delicious. $   www.CaravanofDreams.net
  5. Spring Natural: Formerly Spring Street Natural restaurant, I order from here a lot as well, as they have daily changing menus, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. On top of that they try to get organic and local ingredients where they can. Think of this place as an American healthy diner. The salads are huge and their stir fry with veggies and rice can never go wrong. After 40+ years they moved from Spring street to a location just around the corner on Kenmare street. $    www.SpringStreetNatural.com
  6. Bare Burger: Yes it is an organic restaurant and serve juicy and calorie-rich burgers and milkshakes, they also have a big selection of tasty salads and even many vegan and vegetarian options for a burger. I LOVE the black bean burger, and the fava bean falafel. $ www.bareburger.com

    Bare Burger dinner
    turkey burger with gluten free bun and sweet potato fries at Bare Burger
  7. Cafe Clover: This restaurant has a very beautiful look, and I love their out-of-the-box healthy salads and dishes. Sometimes a bit small, and maybe sometimes pricey, it is a nice place to have a nice date with a friend or lover. You can sit outside on the nice terrace too! By the way if you go here, also check out the Clover Grocery next door, as it has delicious organic treats! $$ www.CafeClover.comCafe Clover Salad
  8. Eataly: This inside market across the street from Madison Park gives you a chance to eat the most delicious local dishes. Everything is divided in categories. Of course I like to sit in the vegetable section, and sometimes in the fish section. It is worth a visit even if you don't sit down for food. $$ www.eataly.com
  9. Candle Cafe: I am always amazed by the warm filling nurturing delicious dishes they come up with. Full of many veggies, they are a treat and I keep coming back. The restaurants are completely vegan restaurants and located uptown in the Upper East and Upper West side.  Favorites: anything really. I am drooling just thinking about it. And especially the dishes with seitan. $$ www.Candlecafe.com .
    Candle Cafe
    2 of the yummy vegan Candle Cafe dishes that change daily.

     

  10. Westville. Probably not organic, but they have the biggest selection of vegetables. I love to order the market vegetables plate with a choice of four vegetables on the market vegetable list. they also have other nice options, I also like the veggie burger. Nice ambiance to hang out with friends.  Multiple locations $ www.westvillenyc.com

Love, Lonneke

All pictures by Organice Your Life®

Curious to know what changed in my list of 10 best healthy NYC restaurants since my last top 10 list? Check out my previous 10 favorite restaurants HERE!

Last tip: If you suffer from celiac disease you should be careful with these restaurants even if I state they have gluten-free options. There is no guarantee that there is no cross-contamination.


That time I did an 1 day juice cleanse

I once did an one day juice cleanse. All the way with the cheesy "I kiss my juice" pictures as proof.  I had a bit hangover from just drinking 2 bellinis at the Operation Smile Ball the day before. So when you don't feel so great, what do you do? Exactly you take care of yourself! Eating really healthy is your own medicine. So I decided to visit Organic Avenue.

About Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue was a vegan and rawfood chain in New York City. It was founded by Denise Mari, and back in the day I did an interview with her. There were so many new Organic Avenue Locations popping up around town at one point. To me it seemed they had a lot of success, but they also seemed to grow too fast. After a few years Denise sold the company, and from what I've read, she came back on board to run the company.  OA incorporated different foods into the menu besides cleanses (the vegan chicken and waffles was great!) but eventually they went out of business :( . Sad story of a vegan health food store I enjoyed so much in NYC! I notice many of my favorite restaurants have gone out of business, it is just part of doing business in New York City.

Organic Avenue Soho location
Organic Avenue Soho location before it closed

Now back to the juice cleanse story: There used to be an Organic Avenue Location in Soho, close to where I live, and I decided to do their one day cleanses.

The 1 day juice cleanse

I received 7 bottles of juice. 1 small one to start the day with chlorophyll, and 6 juices.  You were told to drink water in between..

1 day cleanse from Organic Avenue
1 day cleanse by Organic Avenue

8.30 am

Let's start this juice cleanse! I woke up tired and had my first juice at this time. A chlorophyll shot that made my tongue green! It has a specific taste, but it is not bad. Chlorophyll comes from plants and is an "extremely important bio molecule, critical in photosynthesis, which allows plants to absorb energy from light."- Quote from Wikipedia  

chlorophyll shot
chlorophyll shot

10 am

My first real juice is a nice simple orange juice. A great way to start a morning with some sweet citrus fruit juice.

orange juice
orange juice

12 pm

Green Love juice. Cucumber, celery, chard, spinach, pear, collard greens, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon juice. This one is a bit hard to drink due to the large amount of greens in this juice. So it took me a bit longer to drink this juice!

Green Love juice
Green Love juice

2.30 pm

Turmeric Tonic,  lemon juice, ginger juice, purified alkaline water, coconut sugar, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cardamom, himalayan salt. This one was spicy but I actually liked this juice! It tasted a bit like something from the Middle East because of the spices. I drank it quite fast.

Turmeric Tonic
Turmeric Tonic
Lonneke & Turmeric Tonic
Lonneke & Turmeric Tonic

4.30pm

Veggie Vibe: carrot, cucumber, beet, celery, chard, spinach, ginger, parsley, lemon. This one is hard again! Took me longer time to drink. But you feel really healthy drinking it.

At this point I felt really energized and fit! Getting so many minerals and vitamins in, plus water is really doing good for your body, right?

6.30 pm

Spicy Avocado Soup: avocado, purified alkaline water, spinach, lime juice, celery, cilantro, garlic, Himalayan salt, jalapeño, cumin. This is my least favorite. maybe because of the garlic and that it is thicker. It took me some effort to drink it.

Lonneke & Spicy Avocado Soup
Lonneke & Spicy Avocado Soup

8pm

Last juice of the day! Fresh, sweet coconut juice. I love ending a day like this with something super yummy!

Although some people do cleanses a few days in a row, I think it was nice to just do a one day cleanse. This way it does not "shock" your body while still replenishing your body with the essential nutrients. It is also a great that for that day you have a plan, and the 7 juices keep you on track. You don't have to think what you are gonna eat or what's for dinner at night. The cleanse is telling you that already so it relieves stress that way as well!

Why a one day juice cleanse might be good for you

Because you drink the whole day so you are very much hydrated.  And you don't have much time to feel hungry. Right when you feel hungry, you have the thicker Spicy Avocado soup that is filling. I think anyone can do a 1 day cleanse to just feel better and get rid of toxins or indigestion, if you don't get tempted by any food! So do this during a rainy day when you are likely to stay at home, or if you are stuck at the office with no food in sight, that's my recommendation.

You start to appreciate food more while on a cleanse, that is for sure!

Why juicing might not so good for you

You notice there is a lot of parsley added to the juices. This is because parsley contains lots of Vitamin K, a lot of antioxidants, which helps our bones and strengthens our nervous system.(that's good!) But I only learnt later that Parsley, other green leafy vegetables and beets contain a lot of oxalates and goitrogens. I will go into that some other time why that is actually not so good for some people like myself (oxalates can form crystals in your body and can cause kidney stones, goitrogens slow down a thyroid). Not to mention the high sugar intake which research suggests due to the lack of fiber that helps release sugar slowly into the blood system, a juice is causing a sugar spike. And juices that are not pasteurized, can bring harmful bacteria to your gut which can cause a whole other range of issues.

Maybe, just maybe, juice cleansing was a hype from 2006-2016, and now people just have one juice once a while and are onto another fad, like Keto or Paleo?

Related: Why no one does juice cleanses anymore

Organic Avenue used to offer their juices in glass bottles, but they were more expensive as there was a fee for returning the bottles. Now they serve the juices in BPA- free plastic, I thought that was a nice thing! Of course with the demise of Organic Avenue, their bottles are gone too. (I just kept one as a souvenir).

If you want to do a cleanse, there are many places in New York City and beyond to get a juice from, including Juice Press, Pressed Juicery ,Blueprint and Juice Generation

Related: 5 cleanses that get delivered to your door in the USA

p.s. for my readers in the Netherlands: you can order from Sapmeesters.

Final thought on cleanses: You should decide yourself what works for you! I will now enjoy a small juice once a while!

Love, Lonneke

First Published on May 6th 2012, Updated with new insights in 2019

 


Managing Your High Performance Life

Work, and your own daily life are demanding a high performance that seems to increase every year. But longer days at the office don’t work because time is a limited resource. Did you know that personal energy is renewable by fostering simple rituals that help you regularly replenish your energy? That way you can manage your high performance life a bit better. If executives were to perform at high levels over a long period of time, they would have to train in the same systematic, multi-level way that World class athletes do. To sustained high performance you must consider the person as a whole, your body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Failure to address any one of them compromises your performance.

The Ideal Performance State (IPS)

To reach your Ideal Performance State means to bring your specific talents and skills to full ignition and to sustain height performance over time. To do this you have to build your capacity for what might be called supportive or secondary competencies. Among them are endurance strength, flexibility, self control, and focus. The foundation of the Ideal Performance State is the capacity to mobilize energy on demand, Effective energy management, and consists out of two key components:

  1. Rhythmic movement between energy expenditures (stress) and energy renewal (recovery), which we term “oscillation” and;
  2. Rituals that promote oscillation, rhythmic stress recovery.

Physical Capacity

In this context your energy can be defined as the capacity to do work. Effective energy management begins at the physical level because the body is our fundamental source of energy, the foundation. The main problem on this level is not stress as most people think, but it is linearity - the failure to oscillate between energy expenditure and recovery. Here are some basic strategies for building a strong physical foundation and renewing energy at the physical level:

  • Food - Eat well and on time, preferably smaller meals every 3 hours, and drink enough of water;
  • Workout - Build regular workouts into you schedule. For instance: three to four 20- to 30-minute cardiovascular including at least two sessions of interval, and at least two weight training workouts a week; Walking , swimming or cycling daily is a good workout too to increase your stamina.
  • Sleep - Going to bed early, waking up early, and sleeping for at least 8 hours helps you dealing with the demands of today’s business world. Maintaining a consistent bedtime and wake-up time help regulate your biological clock; Good sleep is essential for high performance during the day.
  • Recovery - Seek recovery(take a break) every 90 to 120 minutes while working, consistent with the body’s natural stress-rest cycle.

Emotional Capacity

Emotional capacity is the internal climate that supports peak performance. Positive emotions ignite the energy that drives performance, where negative emotions drain energy and can lead to other mental and physical problems. To manage your emotional capacity you need to be able to transform your inner experience of stress, into one of challenge. You can regulate this by burning of tension during a workout or by becoming more aware of your body’s signals when you are on the edge - physical tension, a racing heart, tightness in the chest - so you can steer yourself in another direction.

Your body language also influences emotions. Manipulation of your emotions by body language is very easy because your body can not make any distinction between spontaneous body language or you consciously creating the look on the outside that you want to feel inside. Above all others, close relationships are perhaps the most powerful means for prompting positive emotions and effective recovery. Close relationships can induce a profound sense of safety and security.

Mental Capacity

The cognitive level is where most traditional performance-enhancement training is aimed at. The usual approach is to focus on improving competencies, while the most notable areas of improvement lie in your focus, time management, and positive critical thinking skills. Focus simply means energy concentrated in service of a particular goal. Meditation, although mostly viewed as a spiritual practice, can serve as highly practical means of training attention and promoting recovery. Time management is crucial if you want to renew consistently with your body’s need for breaks every 90 tot 120 minutes. So try to build in some renewal time in the form of 15 minute breaks.

The last tool you can use to increase your mental capacity is visualization. Visualization produces positive energy and has palpable performance results. It can literally reprogram the neural circuitry of the brain, directly improving performance.

Spiritual Capacity

Spiritual capacity is the energy that is unleashed by tapping into one’s deepest values and defining a strong sense of purpose. This capacity serves as sustenance in the face of adversity and as a powerful source of motivation, focus, determination, and resilience. The inclination for most people is to live in a perpetual state of triage, doing whatever seems most immediately pressing while losing sight of any bigger picture. Working hard under stress, using more than 100% of your capacity, thinking that sleep and rest you will do sometime later. Many people who do this end up in a burn-out that lasts usually months or even years to get back to their previous state of activity.

Burn-Out

Rituals

Rituals that give people the opportunity to pause and look inside include meditation, journal writing, prayer, and service to others. Each of these activities can also serve as a source of recovery - a way to break the linearity of relentless goal-orientated activity. In an environment that is changing at warp speed, performing consistently at high levels is more difficult and more necessary than ever. Narrow interventions simply aren’t sufficient any- more. We can’t afford to address our cognitive capacity while ignoring our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. When you feel strong and resilient – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – you perform better, with more passion, for longer. You win and your family wins.

The idea in Practice

Physical Energy

  • Enhance your sleep by setting an earlier bedtime and reducing alcohol use.
  • Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least three times a week and strength training at least once.
  • Eat small meals and light snacks every three hours.
  • Learn to notice signs of imminent energy flagging, including restlessness, yawning, hunger, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Take brief but regular breaks, away from your desk, at 90- to 120-minute intervals throughout the day.

Emotional Energy

  • Defuse negative emotions—irritability, impatience, anxiety, insecurity—through deep abdominal breathing.
  • Fuel positive emotions in yourself and others by regularly expressing appreciation to others in detailed, specific terms through notes, e-mails, calls, or conversations.
  • Look at upsetting situations through new lenses. Adopt a “reverse lens” to ask, “What would the other person in this conflict say, and how might he be right?” Use a “long lens” to ask, “How will I likely view this situation in six months?” Employ a “wide lens” to ask, “How can I grow and learn from this situation?”

Mental Energy

  • Reduce interruptions by performing high concentration tasks away from phones and e-mail.
  • Respond to voice mails and e-mails at designated times during the day.
  • Every night, identify the most important challenge for the next day. Then make it your first priority when you arrive at work in the morning.

Spiritual Energy

  • Identify your “sweet spot” activities—those that give you feelings of effectiveness, effortless absorption, and fulfillment. Find ways to do more of these. One executive who hated doing sales reports delegated them to someone who loved that activity.
  • Allocate time and energy to what you consider most important. For example, spend the last 20 minutes of your evening commute relaxing, so you can connect with your family once you’re home.
  • Live your core values. For instance, if consideration is important to you but you’re perpetually late for meetings, practice intentionally showing up five minutes early for meetings.

If you want to go further into this subject I would advise you to buy and read "The Power of Full Engagement". This book contains a load of tools to help you on your way to a more energized and balanced life.

 

References

  • Loeht, J. & Schwartz, T. - The Making of a Corporate Athlete - Harvard Business Review, January 2001
  • Schwartz, T. & McCarthy, C. - Manage your Energy, not your Time - Harvard Business Review, Oktober 2007

First published on July 19th 2013, updated in 2019


Balsamic Goji Beets

DELICIOUS beetroot recipe with a subtle spice & vibrant colour for winter or summer :-) You have to try out this Balsamic Goji beets recipe!

 

Balsamic Goji Beets
A delicious side dish for any meal!

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: BALSAMIC GOJI BEETS
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 4 medium organic beets, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • ½ cup rapadura sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic goji berries
  • Pinch crushed chilli flakes

Instructions
  1. Bring to the boil & cook rapidly for 5 minutes before lowering heat.
  2. Simmer until tender.
  3. Keep in a glass container/jar in the fridge.
  4. Use on cold on sandwiches, or tasty with almost any meal (we even had it as a side dish with vege curry last night)...
  5. REALLY good served warm with organic goats cheese, rocket leaves & walnuts.

 

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Love & chocolate xxx Abigail O'Neill

First published on December 17th 2011, updated in 2019


Start the New Year right!

Organice Your Life is wishing everyone a wonderful New Year with lots of love and good health! May all your wishes come true the coming year! Let's talk about how you can start the new year right:

How to start the New Year right

We can't wait to bring you much more inspiration the coming year. More tips and insights on how to organize your life in an organic and nice way aka "Organice" your life. Let's start the New Year with a good detox of your body and soul. But remember always that every day is a new day to start the rest of your life! So even if you go off-track one day. Don't worry! The next day you can start over and be the best YOU!

READ MORE: How to survive the Holidays

Watch more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUgqvK1b_3s&t=70s

Happy Holidays: Your 5 good intentions in the New Year using the Circle of Five

  • Make your house your home and get a habit of organizing and cleaning regularly for a healthier YOU.
  • Try every day to spend a bit of time to organize your agenda, finances and career.
  • Eat healthy foods, drink water. Move and Appreciate your body.
  • Spend time with people (or animals) you love and who love you.
  • Give back to your Community.

You will have great days, and bad days. You will win some and lose some. You will make it or you will fail. It can all happen this new year, but the thing is: DO NOT STOP! You just need to keep on going if you are passionated about it and really want to achieve something. No one achieved big things by quitting. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. So let's do it and make this New Year one for the books!

Happy Holidays Artwork by Haus of Joey for Organice Your Life


Dirk, Lonneke and Bane

My top 10 charities to give to this year

If you don't know to which charities you should give money, here is my top 10 charities to give to this year. Charities that, some big and some small, give focused help. Therefore you get more "use" out of the money you spend on these charities. While there are many organizations that do good, I have listed charities I have experience with/donated to in the past/or have been to their charity events.  Either I have seen it with my own eyes or I just really trust these organizations, these are my favorite 10 charities of 2013/2014:

My top 10 charities to give to this year

1. Animal Haven

Category dogs and cats in NYC, USA. This is a boutique no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. They don't have a big budget, but seem to really be efficient with their funds, and they help a lot of dogs! Many come from the NYCACC kill shelter, but they also take dogs in need from all over the World. My dog BANE came from Animal Haven and we adopted him from there a few years ago! They took care of him for 10 months before he came into our lives. The dogs are extremely happy and well-behaved who come from this shelter. Volunteers and employees really do everything to make their short-term stay (hopefully) as comfortable as possible. Their new location even has airconditioning in the rooms that are spacious for the dogs and cats! My dog Bane loves to visit them. I think that says a lot if a dog likes to return to a shelter!

Dirk, Lonneke and Bane
Dirk, Lonneke and Bane

 

2. Stichting Dimarte

Category: horses, the Netherlands.

Stichting Dimarte is a dutch charity that gives a home to abused and injured horses. Dimarte, led by Hester and her team, rehabilitate the horses both emotionally and physically. Most horses have so much trauma that they can't be ridden ever again, so they stay there until their last breath. Volunteers help with the daily care. This charity is also doing a lot on the social level, helping young kids and teenager who are having troubles rehabilitate too. There is a lot of emphasis on education of care for horses. I had been looking for a nice place for my 2 horses for years (as many of you know my horses were unfortunately abused by the people I paid to care for them, and I am still in a court case about it after almost 6 years!). I was happy when Dimarte helped me find that place. Regularly I receive pictures and videos of U2 and Cooper having a good time. All the other horses seem to be doing well too. If you want to support this cause too, you can go to their website or Facebook page to get more info on how to donate. I know each Euro or dollar will really do a lot of good here at this small charity! www.stichtingdimarte.nl 

horses U2 and Cooper with Hester

U2 (dark bay color) on the left, and Cooper (chestnut color) on the right, with Hester.

3. ASPCA (USA)

Category: dogs, cats, horses USA - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I have been supporting, donating and going to their charity events for years now. Why? I think the way you treat your animals says a lot about you. In most cases when people find animal abuse, there are other problems in place. Finding animal abuse ism besides helping animals, sometimes also the first step to help the people who own them. I have seen with my own eyes how they take in dogs & cats that are abused, neglected or malnourished, or are on the list to be euthanized in other shelters. They will bring them back to health, and find new forever homes for them. People who can't afford it, can get free veterinary care for their pets. Also, the ASPCA has been doing the same for horses all across the United States. In 1866, this charity was founded by Henry Bergh to primarily help sick, injured or abused horses. in 1902 they were the first to have an ambulance in NYC to take carriage horses of the streets that were injured. (Read more ASPCA history HERE)

lonneke aspcaAttending an ASPCA charity event in NYC, photo by Sonia Moskowitz (?) for ASPCA

3. NYCLASS (USA)

nyclass logoCategory: workhorses NYC - New Yorkers for Clean, Livable And Safe Streets. Although some people think the horse drawn carriages in NYC are so very romantic, the fact is that this is true case of horse abuse. There are many reasons why the 220 carriage horses of NYC should be taken of the streets. First of all: horses don't belong in heavy and loud traffic of one of the busiest metropoles of the World. Horses get into accidents, and every year it seems to be more and more. The horses work too long hours, in extreme cold and extreme heat, 7 days a week. Sometimes doing double shifts if the owner wants to make an extra buck (that's over 16 hour days then) They are never turned out or walked without a carriage so they can just stretch and be a horse. Their living conditions? Appalling. Some horses are stabled even on the second floor of buildings that were obviously not meant to have horses reside there. Ever seen a horse walk up the stairs? Well, some do it every day. Not to mention the small spaces they stay in. Some horses can't even turn around. During Sandy in November 2012, These horses were not allowed to be on the streets. Where were they? Suddenly, after working every day, they stayed INSIDE their stables for the full week! If that is not bad for a horse, I don't know what is! To make a long story short: NYCLASS already has a loving and forever place for each of the 220 NY Carriage horses once the bill is in place to take the horses of the streets of NYC.  There is even a great alternative I wrote about earlier:  the horseless electric carriage. How Smart! These days they focus also on more animal-related issues. Attending a NYCLASS charity event in NYC

4. Pencils of Promise. (USA)

Pencils of Promise logoCategory: children/education/worldwide - Founded by the manager of Justin Bieber, Adam Braun, this charity builds schools worldwide in places where kids otherwise would not go to school. It is that simple. Every penny goes to the schools. They have projects in countries like Laos, Guatamala & Ghana They have a goal of 100 schools by the end of 2012. They already finished about 75 of them. This year I attended the PoP gala where Usher was being honored, and also bid 12000 dollars on a cute labradoodle puppy he called "Poppy". This way more and more is raised for education for kids! So join the movement!

lonneke Pencils of PromiseAttending a Pencils of Promise event in NYC in 2012

5. Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Fund.

Category breast cancer/cancer /research/women's health - A charitable organization originated by Ralph Lauren, which supports breast cancer research and prevention all around the World. You can donate directly, or buy one of their Pink Pony products to show your support and that way donate to this good cause. I also posed for Ralph Lauren Pink Pony once.

Lonneke Pink Pony

6. Washington Square Park Conservancy

Category: parks & recreation

This is my favorite park in NYC, and a favorite of many New Yorkers and tourists alike.  Creative and musical people find this place inspiring. Every day I walk here I feel like I am on vacation. A Mix of all kinds of people are enjoying themselves. My father figure George Vellonakis redesigned the park a few years ago and is now working for the Washington Square Park Conservancy to upkeep the park and it's beautiful plants, trees, history, famous arch and famous fountain. The Conservancy hires many homeless people to do the landscaping of the park. That way they help them get work experience and get them back on their feet.

Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park

7. WSPA International.

Category factory animal welfare/food safety

Helping factory farm animals around the World who are raised for consumption. The WSPA protects and helps all animals around the World where help is needed. They bought agree that animals should not be raised in a factory as this is a situation of prolonged suffering for the animals. The practices used to raise these animals are upsetting and make you not want to eat meat again if you see it. Unfortunately a lot of people are closing their eyes for these practices, and keep buying these products, to which the industry continues to use these practices. As the consumer is King, if they would refuse to buy these animal products, the industry would have to change their practice. it is that simple. So you can help these organizations by buying animal friendly products consciously to show your support. Only consumers can truly change the system by asking for better living quality for the food they eat, and not let a few cents make the decision of what animal products you eat or not. The money you save this way short-term will get back to you in health problems the long way, as these animals are treated with hormones, cruel feeding methods, lots of medication, and are just unhappy. You eat that energy and bad energy is never good for you. Think about helping these organizations and think when you buy your food next time in the grocery store. You are what you eat.

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8. The Non-GMO project.

non gmoCategory food safety. While most people are becoming more aware of the reasons to choose and eat organic food, just buying products that say "Organic" on it, is not good enough anymore to assure what you eat is truly as nature intended. Big corporations are making "organic" a business and are trying to sit on the fine lines of what is organic and not. A product can get an "organic" seal even if the product is not 100% organic. You can't be totally sure anymore unless you investigate yourself some more of what you and your family eat. It is important to investigate even further what you eat, on a molecular level. Since a few decades some big corporations have invented "GMO" , and they are selling it and you are buying it. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, and means that the food that you consume, is genetically altered. (You should read my article on GMO to understand what it is.) There are many reasons why one should not consume GMO, and this non profit organization is showing you all the facts. But it is a personal choice if you want to know or not. Now the Non-GMO project is labeling food that is without GMO, it has become much easier to know what is in the food products you buy. I appreciate their work so much! Now I know what to buy or not in the store. As food, together with clean water and clean air are the essentials to live, I think this is something that is important for all people. Your support will help them bring more awareness and better food to you. Keep an eye out for this label!

9. Food & Water Watch, Category air/water/food safety

This organization covers many issues we have these days. Issues that come from water pollution to fracking, from factory fish farming to bottled water and many more that affect everyone. this website is a great resource already to get your info on what's going on in the World these days, so you can make the right decisions on what to support when it comes to the knowning what food you eat and protecting the water you drink.

food water watch

10. Justgiving

Category charity website.  And to conclude my 10 favorite charities to give to this year, I added a website to which you can browse yourself to find your preferred charity to give to. You can search on Just Giving for or a charity you like and donate online. Over 10.000 charities, big and small, are waiting for your donation!

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I hope these 10 great organizations have helped you to find out whom you are going to support this year!

Other charities that were brought to my attention on Twitter when I asked my followers which charities should add, but did not make my top 10 are: Net4KidsLendahandGive Directly, Reporters without Borders,  Stichting Vluchteling Artsen zonder grenzen; Warchild; Human Rights Watch; Amnesty International; Greenpeace; Bits of Freedom; Wikileaks; Tess Unlimited, Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij KNMR,  World Wildlife Fund WWF. Plan Nederland, Terre des HommesStichting Hulphond Nederland, ,Inloophuis de Eik ,De Snoezelbus in Rotterdam ,Even a charity to make cannabis legal named VOC  .Thank you followers for sharing these with us!

Forbes also made a list of the top 50 largest USA charities, which can help you make a decision on what charity to support this year too!

What is your top 10 of favorite charities to give to?

Love, Lonneke

all photos courtesy of myself or the charities mentioned.

(if you are a photographer featured please let me know so I can credit you accordingly :) )


My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

OYL Ambassador in Paris,Barbara Kiskovski, is on the hunt for the best organic & green finds in her city and during all of her travels around the World. This time she has listed  her favorite organic restaurants in Paris!

My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

French cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world! But with all the butter, cream and meat it can be hard for those who prefer an organic or vegan lifestyle to find suitable restaurants in Paris. Here are 5 of the best organic and super healthy and delicious spots in Paris. Bon Appétit!

Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du Marais

One of the most famous vegan restaurants in Paris. It is located in the trendy Marais district and is perfect for a healthy lunch break while shopping in the neighborhood! All dishes are vegan and use mostly organic ingredients. The quinoa burger is just one of their delicious signatures and their vegan cheese rolled in eggplants is a must-try. If you are a seitan fan, you can find it here as it is used to create vegan version of traditional French dishes. It also happens to be Lonneke’s favoriteorganic/vegan Parisian restaurant! Below is the Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon I had at my last visit.

Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon.

Le Potager du Marais  24 rue Rambuteau • 75003 Paris Le Grenier de Notre-Dame: Just off Notre-Dame Cathedral and in front of the oldest Parisian tree (planted in 1601!), this restaurant is the perfect hideaway after a long day of sightseeing or before venturing out to the neighboring bars. There is a huge choice of delicious dishes, all organic and mostly vegan. Additionally, their teas, such as the rose tea (with real roses inside!) are fantastic!

Le Grenier de Notre Dame  18, rue de la bûcherie 75005 Paris

 Pousse Pousse

 All organic, all raw, all amazing. The originality of the dishes and their presentations are truly impressive. Pousse Pousse, is also a juice bar and a specialist of wheatgrass juice! They home-make “living’’ crackers using germinated seeds which you can buy along with many different seeds in the boutique part of the restaurant.

Pousse Pousse 7 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 75009 Paris (unfortunately closed)

Sol Semilla (previously known as Voy Alimento)

There is no other restaurant like this one in Paris and probably even in France! Voy Alimento’s kitchen is based on Superfoods, such as purple corn, Klamath or spirulina, which you can buy separately along with soups mixes and other healthy foods in the shop section.  The cool atmosphere with communal wooden tables and open kitchen make it the perfect place for a casual and super healthy lunch. Everyday is offered an “assiette du jour” (plate of the day), which is usually made up of multipleamazing tasting small dishes. It is 100% organic and vegan. (A must for allOld Lucky Duck or Caravan of Dreams addicts in NYC!)

Superfoods soup, drinks and plate at Voy Alimento

SOL Semilla, bar et cantine vegan, boutique de super aliments  23 rue des Vinaigriers - 75010 Paris - Tél : +33 (0)1 42 01 03 44

Bio Sphère Café

This little café might have the only lactose and gluten free French macarons in the World! And believe it or not they are absolutely amazing and entirely natural.  In addition, it offers some of the most original flavors I have ever seen or tasted such as quince & strawberry (made with beet juice for coloring!), chestnut, dark chocolate, pumpkin or apple tatin (think Tart Tatin but healthier and all natural!) See my juice and the macarons I bought at this cafe below!

A juice at Biosphere cafe

Bio Macarons at Bio Sphere

The café is 100% organic and gluten free and is the go-to spot for gluten free savory crepes and French desserts such as chocolate éclair or tarte au citron.

Bio Sphère Café 47 Rue de Laborde 75008 PARIS

I hope you enjoy these choices if you live in Paris or are visiting sometime on a trip!

kisses, Barbara

Barbara Kiskovski

 

First published on June 26th 2013, updated in 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Healthy cats

I want to talk about our furry friends and what we feed them every day.

Cats

I am a big cat lover. Since I was little, I always had a cat. My parents didn't have money for "fancy cat food" - prepackaged dry crackers or canned chicken. So, my mom had to feed our cats with raw meat or fish - which is a natural diet for cats in the wild.

New York City

I moved to New York in 2003 . After being here for a while, I got one cat and after a year another one. At first I didn't care what I feed my cats - I never read the labels, I never Googled the company... But once I became conscious of what I eat, I became aware of my cats' diet as well.

My healthy cats' diet

Now their diet consist of 50% organic raw chicken and 50% of high quality canned food. And never tap water! They drink same fresh filtered water as I do. My cats loved " Blue Buffalo" and "Wellness" - these two companies use only real meat and fresh fruits and vegetables in their products.

How to feed your cats the best food

When you shop for pet food, always read labels. Stay away from companies that use bad animal by-products - like " animal carcasses, parts of animal carcasses, products of animal origin which are not intended for human consumption, includes catering waste - all waste food from restaurants, catering facilities, central kitchens, slaughterhouses (!) and household kitchen ' - according to online information. If this information doesn't make you think twice about what you feed your cats, I don't know what will.

When I see my healthy cats, happy, full of energy and with shiny coat - it makes me smile!

Love, Valentina Zelyaeva

First published By Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on September 26th 2010, updated in 2019 


Orthorexia: An obsession with healthy eating

When you are obsessed with eating healthy, and your daily life has become all about the decisions and thoughts about healthy food, it can eventually make you sick. Obsessing over healthy eating has a name: Orthorexia Nervosa.

About Orthorexia Nervosa

Next to Bulimia and Anorexia, Orthorexia Nervosa is a (unrecognized) disease that is upcoming, according to a British study. The people that have orthorexia, want to be in charge of everything that gets into their mouth, and it has to be the purest and healthiest form. If not, they feel poisoned. Sometimes they even become scared of eating. This obsession has taken over their life.

RELATED: A story of a woman suffering from Orthorexia.

Social Media

Social Media has also fueled this phenomenon. People following a certain diet, whether it is raw food, plant-based, gluten-free, Paleo, Green juice or even carnivore diet have millions of followers. Some say that elimination diets are part of orthorexia and social media like Instagram are helping this extreme clean eating obsession.

Just realize that you do not know what goes on with all those social media influencers when they are not posting content to their instagram pages. They might still binge late at night, or not be so healthy than what they are appearing to be. (For instance, autoimmune diseases like Diabetes are not easily visible on the outside.) They are not monitored 24/7 and you do not know how their vitals and bloodwork are at that moment. That's why you can only decide how you want to live your life, and what your relationship with food is going to be. You should definitely do the research, but you also need to consciously reflect regularly to make sure you do not go overboard. Every person is different, and every person can tolerate different foods in different ways.

The more places that offer healthy food, the choices for healthy eating will be growing for us people. The people that I know that are into healthy eating, are young, athletic, successful men and women, who say that because of this lifestyle, they have more energy and get more work done. They also say they don't have mood swings as often, as they feel fine most of the time. They are also less likely to drink coffee, alcohol or use drugs to get an "upper". The spirit of life is a natural upper for them! Of course these testimonies help more and more people to go into that "healthy living" direction, and sometimes they all take it to the extremes.

Still, I believe that eating healthy foods IS good for you, but obsessing over it IS NOT.

I believe eating organic and natural foods is the best for your body. And I do also believe you can prevent diseases, and improve quality of life. Just don't go over the top. But thinking about what you put in your mouth every day, is a good thing. People should be more aware of things they eat. But you have to have a balance between eating good, and staying grounded and being social with others instead of living in your own World. It should improve your joy of life and not become a struggle or an obsession!

My experience with bulimia

I am very into healthy eating, but what that is exactly has changed enormously over the years. I might have been going into the orthorexia direction at some point. It happened after I went into the direction of bulimia during Paris Fashion Week in 2006. I was exhausted from the castings and fashion shows of the past weeks, as wel as rejections and not knowing if I would get booked for shows. When I would get home after a show there was no dinner, and there was only chocolate in the room's minibar. I ate the whole bar when I was hungry, but would feel shame that I ate it all, so I would throw up. I realized right away that that was going into the Bulimia direction so I canceled the rest of Fashion Week (I only walked the Isabel Marant Show then) to stop the enormous stress and I went home to NYC to relax. My life was crazy already with people taking advantage of me, like bad financial advisors and my birth mother who thought she was entitled to everything I earned, an eating disorder was the last thing I needed.  I was relieved my amazing booker at IMG Paris understood. I still had a good relationship with clients like Ralph Lauren, and I wanted to focus on that modeling work as it was obviously a better fit for me than walking on the catwalk. Because the reality was that I am a horrible walker in real life, let alone on the catwalk, so this was more stressful for me than other work. On top of that I am not as tall as all the other amazing catwalk models, so I felt like a midget with hips at castings! That's where I got the idea that you just have to focus on things you are good at to avoid stress!

My experience with Orthorexia

After that experience with Bulimia and no dinner available while working, I became more and more interested in healthy eating and being prepared for travel and jobs. I would prepare foods and do research what foods would give me the most energy and what was the most healthy. I have always had low blood pressure so eating foods at certain times was important. At one point I ate healthy foods, cooked healthy foods, thought about healthy eating 24/7, had discussions with my friends about healthy eating, my whole life was about healthy eating. I learned a lot in this period, but it was sometimes a bit obsessed. Like refusing to go to certain restaurants that were considered "unhealthy" and therefore missing out on a nice night out with friends. I was taking it to the extreme.

What helped was that when I fell ill because of a burnout, that obsession for only eating pure and healthy foods luckily faded away. I was just too exhausted and tired to care anymore. All stress, even the stress about healthy eating, added up and caused me to break down. Now years later, eating consciously is important to me though. For me it is fun to eat at and support restaurants and chefs that have good standards. I like to learn about organic farming, and cooking nutritious meals. It makes the World a bit better. But it is not that I think about every bite I eat, or weigh my food. I do sometimes go out of my way if I crave a certain food item, I will go travel to get to that place to eat it. And If I go out to dinner with friends in a social setting, I am relaxed with the foods that are served and enjoy my food. Feeling no stress about food is the most important!

Getting help

If you think you are suffering from orthorexia, don't beat yourself up. If you watch the videos below, you see even dietitians are susceptible to orthorexia! Men and women equally are susceptible to orthorexia, children and elderly are susceptible to orthorexia. It is truly a disease of all ages. There are many ways to get help for this! I will share more stories on OrganiceYourLife.com. There are even places that offer in-house treatments. Also many psycho therapists and dietitians know that orthorexia is on the rise. So don't feel bad, there are more people like us!

Love, Lonneke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uotg530Aa7Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3inpdB0J9c


Me with Betty & Jerry

A day at the beach with friends

A spontaneous trip to the beach is a great thing to do to unwind!

A day at the Beach

Let me take you down memory lane again, as this lovely memory just popped in my head: Once upon a time many years ago when I was visiting the Netherlands for work, I went to meet top model Dewi Driegen right after the job finished. So we decided to take her dogs to the beach! This beach in Wijk aan Zee was about 35 minutes from Amsterdam, and it is famous for kite surfing. So we saw many of these kite surfers on the beach. (you can see the many kites in the air if you look closely). The dogs enjoyed it a lot, and therefore we did too!

Beach Wijk aan Zee

 

I don't have a picture of me and fellow-Dutchie Dewi unfortunately ( I do have many with her dogs Betty & Jerry). Dewi and I were just there having a good time unwinding and relaxing with the Sun on our faces while catching up. I met her through modeling (during fashion week in Milan in 2006 I believe), so we both knew what our crazy modeling lives felt like, so it was always nice to catch up.

 

Me and JerryMe with Betty & Jerry

Beach club

I am always very pleased when I go to new places and restaurants that implement organic in a very natural way. Just like beach club Aloha. The food was delicious and all organic and many healthy options. And a great mindset also:

 

Pumpkin soup at Aloha

(Ok, I did have a slice of the delicious Apple pie. but sssst, don't tell anyone!)

Eating apple pie

We had a great day!

I always loved doing spontaneous things. When your life is "organiced", you have the time to do just that. I still get stressed out when my week is planned ahead. I prefer to just go with the flow. And spontaneously visiting the beach with friends to just relax and unwind, is one of those great things that bring joy to my life! I love to visit the beaches in New York State, especially in the Fall. Because I am not a bikini-beach person, I am more of a windy-Fall-bring-your-dogs- kind of beach person :) The beaches in New York State remind me of beaches on Texel, the island in the Netherlands that we visited yearly with my family when I was a child. So I hope to visit the NY coastline here with my love, family, friends and my own dog sometime soon!

Love, Lonneke

First published on August 10th 2012, updated in 2019


Maruja Nutella

Maruja's Awesome Sugarless Diet

My start of a sugarless diet started something like this:  I broke up with my boyfriend Nutella some time ago. For a while I was heartbroken, but most of all, I was ‘hangry’ (a weird combination between ‘hungry’ and ‘angry’… A term I was convinced I had coined, but apparently has been around for ages), but now I am drowning my sorrow in healthy food.

And... it is amazing!! I feel more energized than ever. The first 3 days were not so fun (sugar rehab sucks, I’m not gonna lie), but I think I found a way of eating that really works for me when I want to lose a little weight. I usually do a strict version for 30 days, and then transition into a more lenient version to stay in good shape (and still have a life). Maybe my sugarless diet works for you as well!

Maruja by Gijs

Sugarless diet menu example

Breakfast:

  • 1 big glass of water, with a little lemon if you like (*side note: I still don’t know for sure if lemon water is a good idea, some people say it’s really healthy for you because it is alkalizing, others say it is bad for your teeth… what do you think, lovely readers?)
  • something hearty with lots of protein, e.g. 2 boiled eggs, or a protein shake if you are craving something sweet
  • in the morning you can get away with a little more than the rest of the day, so IF you have an intense craving for something not super healthy (like something fried), this is the moment to indulge. But try not to! ;)

Lunch:

  • this is usually the biggest meal of my day!
  • something hearty and filling, but preferably only veggies. I like to have a warm lunch, that fills me up more. My favorite is a nice thick veggie soup or an oven roast of lots of different veggies, like red bell pepper, zucchini and broccoli.
  • if you are really hungry, add something protein rich with slow carbs, like brown rice, quinoa or chick peas

Dinner:

  • healthy carbs with proteins, e.g. quinoa with veggies and shrimp, or spelt pasta with artichokes, or brown rice and beans etc,
  • put about half of what you would normally have on your plate, on a bed (as much as you want) of leafy greens like kale, arugula, baby spinach etc.
  • season with olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper, lemon and / or a home made sauce (keep it light, nothing too buttery or cheesy)
  • if you are still are hungry, have more! Just always make sure it’s at least 50% leafy greens

Sugarless diet tips and tricks

TRY TO AVOID  SUBSITUTE IF YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOURSELF
 Sugar in ALL forms: cookies, candy, and yes, even fruit that has a lot of sugar (bananas, mangos). Honey, maple syrup etc. are slightly better for you, especially when raw, but it’s STILL sugar, just so you know…  - Fruit that does not contain too much sugar (preferably in the morning), like: grapefruit, granny smith apples, etc. No more than pieces per day!- Carrots (especially those baby ones, mainly because they are adorable)

- A pot of tea (I like white and green tea)

- Eat a little more than usual, when you’re full you’re less likely to get a sweet craving

Handful of dried fruit, tea with some honey, a little bit of chocolate (as dark as possible, e.g. 72%)
 Everything ‘white’: pasta, cake, potatoes, white rice, bread Brown rice, quinoa, lentils, chick peas, beans  Choose the ‘healthy variation’, so spelt, wholewheat , sourdough etc.
 Alcohol  Glass of red wine (is even healthy for you!)  Another glass of red wine :D (no more than 2 per day) (but you can have it every day, AWESOME!)
 Meat  Chick peas, lentils, beans, eggs  Lean meats like chicken or healthy fish like salmon or mackerel,
Dairy  Protein shake, hummus  Mozzarella or feta, greek yogurt

Lentil Soup

I find it best to eat little portions throughout the day, about 6x times a day. This way you don’t get any cravings. I will either take breaks between my meals, or have a snack in between meals. Good snacks are, for instance:

  • handful of cashews or almonds
  • green apple
  • raw veggies: carrots, cucumber, tomato etc. (if this feels too boring, add some balsamic or apple cider vinegar, a few drops of a quality oil and a sprinkle of quality salt)
  • a light soup
  • protein shake (I like them with cocoa powder, natural peanut butter and chia seeds)

Sugarless diet rules

  • you really should never be very hungry, that makes you grumpy (you guessed it: hangry :D) but also you will be more likely to make unhealthy decisions. Be kind to your body!
  • eat mindfully (no tv) and enjoy it. This will make you chew your food better, making it easier for your body to process it. Also, if you remember eating it will make you eat less (did you know that people with amnesia eat more frequently?)
  • drink 1,5 liter of water per day, and a pot of green tea, no other beverages (except maybe for that glass of red wine, yay!)
  • I am still not convinced green juices are that great for you (don’t kick me off OYL, Lonneke, let me explain) I believe when you eat anything, it is best to have it in its purest form. Juicing is already processing fruit and veggies, and I think you get rid of the fiber that makes it so healthy for you. But I could be wrong, please correct me if I am. I do LOVE juices, they are like little (healthier for sure) energy drinks, so I drink them anyway if I feel like it (#rebel)
  • try not to eat too much late in the evening. I usually have 1 after dinner snack and most of the time when I think I’m still hungry, I’m actually thirsty (don’t laugh, it’s a very common mistake). So first have a big glass of water or a cup of green tea. If you’re really still hungry, have a light protein rich snack. No need to go to bed feeling miserable ;)
  • only eat when your body needs food aka do not fall into the trap of emotional eating. Sometimes you just need a hug, or a good laugh, or a good cry or to go out dancing. Learn to read your body’s signs.
  • very important rule: plan 1 cheat day a week! On this day you can eat ANYTHING you want… this is incredibly effective, because it keeps you strong in those moments when you are like: ‘ok, fine, I’ll have just this 1 cookie…how bad can 1 cookie be??’ It is in THESE moments that you have to control yourself, that one cookie is a gateway drug, I’m telling you. Just say NO.
  • really get to know your own pitfalls, and try to find substitutions for all of them. For instance, I have a sweet tooth as it is, but especially when my man and I are watching a movie in the evening. So now I make some tea and maybe have some dried fruit or popcorn with a little salt. Another pitfall is when I hang out with friends and/or go out for drinks, but I just try to stick to red wine. Sometimes a little more than 2, but hey… A girl’s gotta live too, right? ;)
  • when you do fall off the wagon: ENJOY it and get over it… But I know you can do this!

If you are one of those people that can eat anything… first of all, I don’t like you anymore (I’m kidding, I love you!). Second of all, this might be a little too extreme for you. I am unfortunately not one of those people :D so I need to be kind of strict with my diet to stay in shape (*sad trombone*). The first time I tried this way of eating, I lost those last 7 pounds that were always bothering me. I STILL look more toned than ever, even after Christmas (don’t even ask), Easter and the so-good-but-so-bad reunion with my ex (Nutella, in case you forgot the intro). Feels good to be back in the saddle though, and seriously, if I can do it, you can… So my dear readers, do you have anything to add to this diet? Any comments? What works for you, and what doesn’t ? I’ll share some recipes soon, and of course there are tons of good ones already on Organice Your Life! Good luck!

Maruja Video

Love, Maruja Retana

p.s. Read more of my articles on Organice Your Life, like How to Schedule Your Week, or Banana Protein Pancakes.

And... You might also like to follow my work @ Vocal Psychology!

Disclaimer:

This sugarless diet is based on personal experience. IF you make any dietary changes, ALWAYS make them from the perspective of loving your body, and the desire to make your body healthier and stronger.

Before starting any diet (including this one), and/or if you have ANY concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read on this site. The use of any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk. Always listen to and trust your own body.

First published on April 26th 2015, updated in 2019


Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe

If you crave a pasta dish, but you don't want to go for a heavy wheat pasta, than this Spaghetti Squash pasta is a yummy alternative!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Spaghetti Squash is a kind of squash that is yellow on the outside, and the inside is made out of yellow "strings" of squash. If you cut your squash in half and take out the seeds, and cook it in its skin, you will be able to to carefully scrape out the insides. You will see the strings, and the texture is a bit crunchier than normal squash. Add your favorite pasta toppings, and enjoy! I was so surprised how tasty and light this dish was, a definite delight for the vegetable lovers out there.

(This recipe has added smoked salmon, but of course you can make a vegan version as well.)

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe
A delicious light version of a pasta by using spaghetti squash instead of real spaghetti

Author:
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped and drained peeled tomatoes.
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 table spoon bouillon powder, cube or paste.
  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • 1 whole spaghetti squash (4 cups of squash after cooking)
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • Handful of roasted pinenuts
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions
  1. Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half.
  2. Take out the seeds
  3. Cook the spaghetti squash until tender
  4. For sauce:
  5. in a saucepan add cold pressed olive oil for cooking and put on stove on medium heat
  6. Add the garlic.
  7. Add the onion once garlic is browned
  8. Add the tomato sauce
  9. Add the bouillon and stir
  10. Taste the sauce, and add salt to your liking
  11. In meantime, in a pan roast the pine nuts quickly until light brown.
  12. At end add the basil and pine nuts and stir for 2 minutes.
  13. Serve the squash with the sauce.
  14. On top add the smoked salmon (which will get cooked a bit due to the heat)
  15. Add parsley, and black pepper to garnish.
  16. Enjoy!

Notes
You can make this pasta with pa pre-made pasta sauce you like.
You can make this pasta vegan by leaving out the smoked salmon
(remember the smoked salmon will add a bit of salt to the dish)