Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake

As a girl one of my favorite things was a cold vanilla milkshake. Usually made with lots of sugar, dairy milk, ice-cream. Definitely not a healthy way to get re-energized, in my opinion. Throughout summer I like to make each member of my family a juice daily, & a smoothie or 'mylkshake' (the truefood alkalizing energizing mylkshake you have when you are NOT having a milkshake!). Here's today's simple & delicious recipe!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Vanilla-Chiaseed Mylkshake
The truefood alkalising energizing mylkshake you have when your NOT having a milkshake!

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Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 young green coconuts, water & pulp
  • 1-2 tablespoons soaked chiaseeds (at least 15 min but best overnight) + more to stir through later if desired
  • 1-2 tablespoons light agave, more if you want it really sweet
  • The scraped seeds from an organic vanilla pod OR natural vanilla extract
  • 10 icecubes (optional but really good!)

Instructions
  1. BLEND coconut water, pulp, chia, agave & vanilla together until very smooth & creamy, adding the ice last & blend again.
  2. If you love chia seeds as much as I do, stir through another spoonful of whole soaked chia seeds for texture. Divide into 2 tall glasses & enjoy!

Notes
A Bonus: Coconut water is PACKED with super-hydrating goodness (means - a facial, for your cells) PLUS it's naturally high in lauric acid which actually BURNS fat for me as I sit here sipping & typing ;)


Supplements

Supplement Vitamins and Minerals?

Although we are healthier than ever before, the World population's general health is deteriorating. There are more and more "Lifestyle Diseases"  and almost half the western population suffers from some kind of chronic illness. The human population has been advancing and our life expectancy has increased year after year. But for the first time in decades we see that the life expectancy of newborns is lower than that of their parents. These days you easily get sick and it is very hard to stay healthy. But I believe that we can have a great influence on our health by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Are vitamin and mineral supplements essential for good health?

Is it good to supplement vitamins and minerals? Today, the debate flares up on the use of vitamins and minerals. It especially focuses on the high-dose supplements. Scientists claim that if you eat healthy and varied you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. According to them, high-dose supplements are unnecessary and even dangerous to your health. Many studies have shown time and again the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements, because nutritional deficiencies are very common nowadays .

Nutritional supplements have been used safely for decades and Europe and the US are very strict on safety regulations. Studies shows that only 2% of Westerners eat according to the nutritional guidelines. So what is a good balance between nutrition and supplements?

I believe that modern day diets contain too few nutrients. Therefore, I am advocating the use of high-dose supplements in conjunction with a healthy diet. Even a 100% organic diet does not prevent a lack of nutrients. This defect is easy to overcome by supplementing. But it is very important that you go for high quality supplements.

Supplements are sold everywhere, but unfortunately the quality is not always up to par. A lot of famous vitamin brands that advertise on TV and in magazines, and various private label brands do not match the vitamin structure of your body and are often filled with bad additives (in Europe E-numbers). These products are often cheaper but the compounds are poorly absorbed by the body. When it comes to supplements you are be better off spending a little more money on a multivitamin that your body can utilize for 100%.

Good quality brands that I believe in include Solgar, Vitals, Aov, Bonusan, Ortholon and Orthica . These brands are available at specialty health & wellness stores or drugstores. Some are organic and some are not. All brands have a special focus, and their own vitamins & minerals composition.

Most of all, just like with any food you eat, you need to read the labels on the package of vitamins and research what is in it. Ask someone who specializes in vitamins on what vitamins you should use, instead of deciding yourself what vitamins to take. That way you have a better chance to avoid error or overdosing. You will get the right dose of the right vitamins and hopefully it will help to feel great!

Best, Daan Kelderhuis

First published on January 20th 2014, updated in 2019


A healthy Lifestyle for Reebok magazine

Hello my dear friends!

I'm so happy to announce that this month of June, Reebok magazine featured Organiceyourlife.com allowing many Brazilians to know more about our healthy lifestyle. Fabio and I got the opportunity to show this through a beautiful photoshoot that took place at one of our favorite places anywhere in the world :  the Gym . LOL

There's nothing better than doing what you love , with the the ONE  you love , plus at a place you spend lots of time doing great things to your body and soul. This all benefits a healthy lifestyle.

Enjoy the images shot by photographer Lucas Fonseca , make up by Alex Origuella and style by Cesar Cortinove. Special thanks goes to Dinho Batista my super agent!

xo Carol ;)

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"Couple Carol Fontaneti and Fabio Nunes shows their quemistry goes beyond the catwalk, fans of a healthy life style, they're photografed together for this exclusive spread"
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Ready to fight!
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Top model Carol Fontaneti, contributes to Organiceyourlife.com where she share with fellow model Lonneke Engel , gold tips on how to live an organic and nice life! 
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All kind of "fights" , like martial arts are ideal for those looking for dynamic activities - wrote the magazine.

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Skinny Bitch book

 I love good books that are easy reads! Here is another one:

Skinny Bitch book

Years ago, I mean like 10 years or so, I came across this book Skinny Bitch. It is a very fun and easy-to-read book. Skinny Bitch tells you why it is better to eat a mostly vegan diet, and be hip and hot at the same time too! The authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin cut to the chase, and tell you like it is. But they are sometimes so funny too! The Skinny Bitch Series also got cookbooks and more. So If you really want to know the truth about how some of your (fast) food is made, please take time to read this easy book. Also try out the other books in this series: Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Skinny Bitch: A Bun in the Oven and more!

 

Lonneke bookshelf

A part of my bookshelf with books on healthy food and living and if you look closely: Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.

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 $6 per person.

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

 


Macrobiotic lunch

While a lot of people all over the World eat a sandwich for lunch, I decided to eat a macrobiotic lunch. A nutritious meal that is delicious and satiates the tastebuds. A very satisfying meal. It will take a bit longer than just the 2 minutes it takes to make a sandwich, but you can make more if you want to, and eat leftovers for days after. I made a mix of foods and you can make your own mix too with different foods.

My secret formula

What my lunch needs to include is: different nourishing foods of different colors that go well together, like rice or quinoa, a type of bean, a salad, some kind of seaweed, avocado, and optional: a kind of fish.

My lunch today:

Rice & lentils

I cooked the rice and lentils seperately. The rice with a pinch of salt, I drained both and mixed them together. Yummy and you don't need seasoning.

A salad

A salad made of watercress, little gem & sprouts, with a dressing made of a bit of olive oil, seasalt & 2 teaspoons of premade organic pesto. Mix it all up! add tomato (this is not Macrobiotic, because in a Macrobiotic diet tomatoes are seen as a "no go". Read my article on what is a macriobiotic diet HERE>)

Avocado

Sliced avocado

A seaweed salad

Hijiki salad. I soaked dried hijiki ( a kind of seaweed rich in dietary fiber and  a high amount of essential minerals as calcium, magnesium & iron) of  for 15 minutes. Then I cooked it for 15 minutes. I drained it, cut it up and stir fried it a bit with  fresh ginger, Mirin (a Japanese sweet rice wine) and Tamari (a kind of soy sauce). All these ingredients are for sale at any healthfood store, or at Wholefoods.

Fish

2 tiny slices of smoked salmon (you can skip if you want it vegetarian) with dried dill herbs.

You put it all on a plate and when eating take a bit of each on a fork and eat it so all the flavors mix. Healthy lunch, yummy and I wasn't feeling hungry for a long time! Win-win situation!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


Running in the cold

Minus six degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) on a sunny Wednesday morning. Let's go for a run! Covered like an onion in many layers I walk out, and I don't think I've ever started running so quickly, partly to warm up, partly to try to get away from the cold. I was unsuccessful in the latter. Some moments it felt good, I almost felt warm, until the wind came by and cut through everything I was wearing and made me feel like a running naked dude in a park.

People walking their dogs stared at their dogs when I came by, as if to say 'At least I have a reason' and with the three other runners I saw there was an eye contact that said 'no clue why we're doing this, but it's kinda nice, isn't it?'.

Cold running, I don't think it should be an Olympic sport. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to curl around my heater in foetus position and defrost.

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on December 27th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Food that will make you glow

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food“ -

as Hippocrates quoted. And I strongly believe in this! I believe that nature has all the answers. You can find better solution for your acne or dull skin at farmers market and fresh produce stand in supermarket, then at you doctor office or pharmacy.

For glowing skin eat lots of orange fruits and vegetables: melons, apricots, and yams.

If you have dry skin (especially in winter time) include healthy oils like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil.

If you worry about protein (I, personally, think that we should worry about getting TOO MUCH protein, especially animal protein) there is plant base protein available in kingdom of seeds: sesame seeds and hemp seeds are excellent source of bio available proteins.

If you have puffy eyes include diuretics like asparagus and parsley, also circulation boosters like cayenne pepper and ginger.

For wrinkles eat a lot of fruits that are rich in colors such as berries. And remember to include all type of different colors, among the fruits and vegetables, in your diet EACH day.

Exercise, fresh air and morning sunlight – are all very beneficial to your health!

Avoid at all costs:

  • soda
  • regular table salt (substitute it to Celtic sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt)
  • non-organic dairy and other animal products
  • tap water
  • processed food
  • microwave dinners
  • commercially fried food
  • fast food restaurants
  • coffee and black tea (if you can avoid it –great, if not – try to limited as much as possible)
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • bad thoughts and aggressive behavior.

Think positive and surround yourself with good energy and love!

Love, Val


Macrobiotic-ish

The word "macrobiotic" comes from Greek roots and it means "long life". The macrobiotic diet is a low-fat, high fiber diet that is a predominantly vegetarian diet, emphasizing whole grains and vegetables. In addition, the macrobiotic diet is rich in phytoestrogens from soy products (which can be omitted or kept to a minimum).

What are the Guidelines of the Macrobiotic Diet?

Here a few simple steps that you can take to incorporate these meals into your schedule. Their simplicity and ease of preparation, make them ideal for quick dinners, packed lunches and having a pot luck with friends! (You cook a heaping portion of Brown Rice or Millet, and everyone else brings a Vegetable and Bean. SO FUN!)

  • Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60% of each meal (brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, corn, wheat berries)
  • Soup. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day. Miso and shoyu, which are made from fermented soybeans, are commonly used or any light veggie broth soup
  • Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30% of the daily food intake (I always add more!) Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, and sauteed
  • Beans make up 10% of the daily food intake (chickpeas, black, pinto, black-eyed, pinto, butter,etc...)

  • Animal products. A small amount of fish or seafood is typically consumed several times per week. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided but do not have to be eliminated
  • Seeds and nuts in moderation
  • Fruit. dessert, condiments also echo the same sentiment as the diet itself, moderate and simple

Let's cook something

My plate above was SUPER easy and quick to make. I already had left over beans (dry beans soaked over night or salt-free/organic canned beans) as well as left over brown rice (2 huge staples for me)

I then lightly steamed both cauliflower and broccoli tossed in a little lemon juice and organic balsamic (something new I just found out, that you can eat the stocks of broccoli! You simply cut off the hard exterior and you are left with a yummy center that tastes like a root veggie.No more throwing away of stocks=less waste)

Lightly steamed green  beans tossed in fresh lime juice and pink himalayan salt

Finally I sauteed spinach in a little bit of EVOO and chopped garlic

It took merely minutes and it was so comforting and filling. I love incorporating this way of eating into my life, because I truly do have a passion for simple, healthy and unprocessed foods.

You don't have to follow a macrobiotic diet to enjoy its benefits, a few simple steps and preparations and you have a healthy dinner right before your eyes.

Enjoy!


Cranberries

UTI & Cranberries

You may not see a connection between these two right away so let me explain!

Cranberries

Cranberries have a very wintery image. They are used in compotes for the Thanksgiving meals, and in other winter warming dishes. But did you know the juice of the cranberry is very good for you not only for the high antioxidants? The pure juice is very sour and bitter if not sweetened. But this juice has special properties and that's why doctor's recommend it sometimes to take it, as a preventive supplement, or in liquid form of a juice.

Why?

Cranberries are supposed to help you prevent getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) or help you get rid of it.

What is an UTI ( Urinary Tract Infection)?

This is an infection in the bladder, caused by bacteria. You feel like you have to pee the whole time, and when you do, you get a burning, very uncomfortable sensation "down there". There are many ways you can get it, not only from being "Unclean". For more information on Urinary Tract Infection go here.

For women:

My tips to prevent/help get rid of an UTI:

  • Pee right after sex to make sure all bacteria stay out of the urinary tract.
  • Shower right after sex (and peeing)
  • Drink enough water during the day to flush out toxins and bacteria.
  • Take a rest when you get an UTI so your body can fight the infection.

To me a UTI is the most annoying and painful thing I have (so far) ever experienced. I probably experienced a bad one I must say, but I have broken bones in my life and nothing beats the pain I had from an UTI. So I like to believe eating cranberries can help prevent it from ever happening again.

There is a study that I found on Oxfordjournals.org now that says there is actually no difference in people taking cranberry juice compared to women with a bladder infection taking a placebo, you can read it here. This study also states:

"Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most commonly acquired bacterial infections in ambulatory and hospitalized populations. Approximately 11% of all women aged ≥18 years in the United States have a UTI each year. The incidence of UTI is highest among women aged 18–24 years, approaching 1 of 5 infections per year [1]. Although the risk of bladder UTI (cystitis) progression to pyelonephritis is negligible among otherwise healthy women, cystitis has a propensity to recur. Among otherwise healthy women aged 18–39, the 6-month risk of recurrence following a first UTI is 24% [2]. Approximately 5% of women with an initial UTI have multiple episodes within a year. Major risk factors for UTI among women aged 18–39 years are engaging in sexual intercourse and having a history of UTI."

And men don't feel left out: You also have a chance of getting an UTI. Even though you have a smaller chance getting an UTI than a woman, you still have a chance, and the same thing: preventing it is better than treating it. I found a nice article on drugs.com with a picture showing how and where this UTI develops. Also if you know your partner frequently gets UTI's, you can do little things to help this from happening. This article also states those tips.

I really think cranberry juice helps me though. I feel really good when I eat them! But if you are lucky to not get UTI's, there are other ways to incorporate cranberries in your life:

Cranberries, when sweetened are a nice additive to salads and in other recipes to add a bit of sweetness and a nice taste. Try it yourself!  And what about a Vodka-Cranberry like a Cosmopolitan?

So I think that Cranberries can save your day (or Night!)

Love, Lonneke


Indian lentil soup

Indian lentil soup

Indian lentil soup
Indian lentil soup

I love cooking when the weather changes. I make simple stews, soups and casseroles mostly vegetarian, with the best organic ingredients!

This is one of my favorite simple recipes:

Lentils in stockpot
Lentils in stock pot
carrots
carrots
onion
onion
Indian lentil soup
A simple delicious warming soup

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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • 5 small chopped carrots
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 5 bay leaves
  • spoon of curry powder
  • parsley
  • seasalt
  • pepper
  • food grade argan oil or mild olive oil or any other oil you prefer.
  • 2 organic vegetarian bouillon cubes
  • water

Instructions
  1. For best results soak the lentils 12 hours in water, for better cooking and digestion.
  2. Rinse lentils.
  3. Put stock pot on stove, medium heat.
  4. Add 5 cups of water for 1 cup of lentils.
  5. Add the chopped carrots too.
  6. In another pan sauté the onions with a bit of food grade argan oil, or any other oil you prefer.
  7. Add the onions to stock pot when ready.
  8. Add the bay leaves, bouillon cubes and curry powder.
  9. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  10. Have soup on medium heat for an hour.
  11. Try the lentils to see if they are soft (if you have soaked them before they will be ready faster)
  12. Add parsley to garnish.


Easy vegetarian lasagna

Easy vegetarian lasagna

Easy vegetarian lasagna
Easy lasagna for vegetarians

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Recipe type: dinner

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Ingredients
  • organic canned diced tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • mozzarella
  • pine nuts
  • cheese
  • basil
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
  1. Slice all vegetables and mozzarella.
  2. Layer all in a casserole sprayed with olive oil, with in between layers of the diced tomatoes in sauce, pine nuts, salt, pepper and basil.
  3. Top it off with a layer of vegetarian cheese.
  4. Put in oven for 30 min or longer until the eggplant is soft.
  5. Enjoy!

 

When I don't have much time but want to eat something simple and delicious, I make this lasagna.

try it yourself and enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 

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easy vegetarian lasagna step 1

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Easy vegetarian lasagna
Easy vegetarian lasagna