My photoshoot in Aspen

Working as a model has brought me so many opportunities, and one of the most challenging is to deal with the constant change of weather.

Dealing with the weather as a model

As for now I'm enjoying a great warm Brazilian summer, but a month ago I was in NYC with the blizzard invading the American sky, I was freezing! This past November I got to work at a photoshoot in Aspen, Colorado. It was my first time visiting a place with ski stations in the mountains. I got really excited as soon as my cold feet stepped into the city so I went straight to exploring this different kind of city that was all new to me!

Exploring

I couldn't help but noticing that I wasn't prepared at all for the low temperatures, and after 15 minutes walking and taking pictures, I could barely feel my fingertips anymore and it only got worse... So I took my strong Brazilian body back to the hotel, but only after finding my supplies for the night: fresh pressed beet,carrot,ginger, lemon juice and a yogurt parfait with organic berries - I was lucky to find a nice café house opened out of season.

Getting ready to shoot in the cold weather
Getting ready to shoot in the cold weather

What I ate during this photo shoot

I ended up eating my homemade bowl of food for dinner and the juice and yogurt parfait in the morning. As you guys know, I always carry some food with me for unpredictable moments. I wrote an article about in the past read it HERE .

Nothing better than my own food made with love
Nothing better than my own food made with love

Basically it was made of organic veggies such as brussel sprouts, aspargus, carrots and a fish fillet with organic quinoa, SO Yummy !!! I ate half of portion in the airplane and the rest of it comfortably chilling in my hotel room. Next day I was ready to work hard whenever they needed me at my photoshoot in Aspen... I got lucky we shoot most of the pictures inside a beautiful location house in the middle of the mountains.  So inspiring!

The other "model" for the day and I . Feeling happy!
The other "model" for the day and I . Feeling happy!

Aspen seemed to be a nice warm and cozy little place despite the white mountain tops covered in ice...I really like to come back another day to enjoy some ski fun and hot cocoa with friends ;)

Will share more stories of my shoots and healthy foods I take with me with you in the future!

Love, Carol


Pear mint smoothie

 This is a recipe for a delicious easy pear mint smoothie!

Pear smoothie
a refreshing smoothie for any time of the day!

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Recipe type: smoothies
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 4 juicy pears
  • 1½ cup of rice milk
  • a handful of organic mint leaves

Instructions
  1. Cut the pear into cubes without the skin and the seeds.
  2. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend.

Notes
If you think the texture is too thick you can add more rice milk.
You can also use almond milk, regular milk or coconut water.

pear mint smoothie


Raw Mini Christmas Puddings

Hi everyone at OYL!!! Well here it is. Last minute post of the year for me! I was in the kitchen this afternoon making up a raw non-chocolate version of my 'Choka-fruit Puddin' (recipe in my book) and of course posted a pic to Instagram promising to share the recipe. So here it is. These tiny puddings are the most simple, delicious Xmas treats you'll ever make, and so good, that when people find out they're healthy as well, they will probably beg you for the recipe.

Raw Mini Christmas Puddings
The most simple and delicious tiny raw puddings.The most delicious Xmas treats you’ll ever make!

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Cuisine: Raw
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup organic dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup organic pitted dried prunes, diced
  • ¾ cup mixed organic sultanas and currants
  • 1 Tablespoon organic goji berries
  • ½ cup dried Kiwi Fruit, optional – for colour, diced
  • 8 large pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Zest of 1 organic orange
  • Fresh juice of 1 orange
  • 1 dessertspoon rum (for flavour only, optional!)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 cups almond meal (OR to make nut free – you may use ground coconut instead)

Instructions
  1. Mix together all dried fruits, spices, freshly squeezed juice, hot water and rum if using.
  2. Place this mixture at room temperature for 12 – 24hours, 2 of those hours may have mixture placed into the sunlight or in a warmer place. To be honest I didn’t have time, so only sat the fruity mixture in the sun for 1 hour then continued on with the recipe.
  3. Add in the almond meal and mix well. Form mixture into mini puddings with your hands, and decorate with goji berries or anything you fancy. Sit them in little muffin-tin liners and chill until Xmas day!
  4. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed, with freshly made raw coconut cream, raw banana or mango ice-cream (made by simply whizzing up frozen fruit in a food processor) ‘The Dreamcrème’ (again, in my book) your favourite vegan ice-cream, or yogurt such as Co-Yo.


Salud organic juice bar NYC review

I love exploring New York City and finding great neighborhood gems! This time I discovered Salud, a family owned juice bar business with 2 locations in Brooklyn and NYC.

We went to the NYC location, located on Thompson street in Soho, NYC. Salud Organic juice bar NYC is a small place with lots of turquoise color and many artsy decoration. Which I can understand once I read on the website the juice bar is a creation by a brother and sister, who are a chef and an artist.

Salud organic juice bar 2

The menu is healthy with a latin twist. They have a daily homemade soup ( I had the lentil soup it was delicious)  and a daily special. The regular menu is a mix of smoothies, juices, sandwiches, wraps, tortillas and brunch items including eggs. They serve chicken, but also "Un"chicken sandwiches. But most things on the menu are vegetarian and all is ... organic!

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We ordered the E-Detox-O ( a detox juice with cayenne pepper) and the Purple Haze, which is now my favorite smoothie! It has homemade roasted amaranth, banana, blueberries and hemp milk. For brunch they have easy organic egg dishes and I love the wrap with eggs, kale and avocado.

I will definitely go back sometime! Very happy it is close by to where we live!

Salud organic juice bar NYC 1

Salud Latin organic juice bar

107 Thompson street NYC

Love, Lonneke


Bare Burger NYC review

In NYC we can find a lot of restaurants. A lot of fast-food restaurants, as well as high-end cuisine. Any kind of cuisine you can find here as well. And organic versions of these fast food & high end restaurants are here too. I really like Bare Burger NYC.

Bare Burger NYC started with I believe just one place downtown NYC close to the NYU area, and quickly expanded, maybe also because of their franchise system. Loved by students and locals who appreciate good, simple comfort food with a low price tag, this place becomes such a success fast that new Bare Burger NYC restaurants are opening all over town. There are over 15 restaurants also outside of NYC.

We go quite a lot as it is easy and very close to where we live. And the choices of salads and burgers give you plenty of different choices to choose from each time! Their menu includes big healthy salads, healthier versions of burgers with organic ingredients, organic fries, organic milkshakes & beer: Check their MENU.

I have been going here from the beginning. Their restaurant has a nice vibe and the terrace as well. Bare Burger NYC now has made 50% of the menu all vegan and even offer gluten-free options!

George & DavidBareburger La Guardia place Terrace ( usually the terrace is full of tables) with my best friends George & David

Lonneke eating Portabella mushroom burger

Love a burger? Bare Burger has a great system for you to choose your ideal burger! Pick your bun, patty, toppings, sauces and sides. Ever heard of an elk or bison burger? or a black bean burger? They got them here! And all organic of course.

Veggie quinoa burger

Love fries? I love the sweet potato fries! And they fry them in peanut oil (they say it is healthier) And they come with 4 Bare Burger original dips.. still deciding which one is my favorite....

Love a milkshake? They got a milkshake made for you from scratch! Fresh ice cream, organic fruits, a bit of organic cane sugar and shake it baby!

Oh, and if you really want to eat healthy: they have a few nice salads and you can add just a patty without the bun to it. Problem solved.

Mexican SaladThe Mexican Salad at Bare Burger

Bare Burger LogoEven the interior is from reclaimed materials, and the ambiance is relaxed, cosy and a great place to bring your friends, or go to with people who are difficult eaters. (hey, everyone likes fries and burgers right?)

Click the Button for all Bare Burger locations in NYC  and enjoy the food!

Love, Lonneke


quinoa stuffed bell peppers

It is a known fact I love to use the oven for cooking! So here I have another delicious recipe for you to try. I am sure you will love it!

quinoa stuffed bell peppers
Stuffed bell peppers from the oven are so delicious!

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Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Handful of Raisins
  • Quinoa
  • Sliced King Oyster mushrooms (or any other kind you like, like chanterelle)
  • Collard greens (or kale)
  • Crushed almonds
  • Olive oil
  • truffle oil (optional, I use oil of real truffles and not truffle flavored oil)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices of cheese (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa as recipe indicates on the label. (usually 10 minutes on medium heat until the quinoa becomes clear and you can see the seed softened)
  2. Drain quinoa & mix with raisins and put aside
  3. Slice the bell pepper in half and clean inside and remove seeds.
  4. Fill bell pepper with quinoa mix
  5. In a pan stir fry the King Oyster mushrooms with olive oil until soft.
  6. Drizzle a bit of truffle oil on them at the end.
  7. Take mushrooms out and put aside
  8. In a pan stir fry the collard greens in a bit of oil and mix with crushed almonds.
  9. In a casserole place mushrooms & collard greens on bottom.
  10. Place the stuffed bell peppers on top
  11. For a nice topping add a slice of cheese.
  12. Put in oven on 350F until the pepper has become soft and cheese melted (for about 30-40 minutes.)
  13. Enjoy!

Notes
If you want to make it totally vegan, you can use vegan cheese, or no cheese and just add a mix of olive oil and breadcrumbs on top of bell peppers so it gets a goldenbrown crust in oven.

quinoa stuffed bell peppersLove, Lonneke


Raw Chocolate Fondue

It is always time to celebrate, for instance with a delicious raw chocolate fondue!

[threecol_one]CELEBRATE:
*Love
*Life
*Connections
*Acceptance
*Beauty
*Antioxidants (LOL - seriously)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]REFRESH:
*Time out - recreation
*Hydrotherapy
*Massage - touch
*Nature
*Film, music or art
*Lovemaking (if applicable)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]RENEW:
*Commitments/vows
*Faith in yourself and others
*Your body, mind, soul[/threecol_one_last]

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Abigail in her 'Garden of Eden'

Below is a fondue idea from my book Model Chocolate which I love to enjoy during a big essential oil bath with my husband, sharing a pot of green tea if it's cold or a spicy exotic herbal/fruity drink such as 'Celtica' mmm!

Celtica
Celtica
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

Suitable for all kinds of love; take the opportunity to share a healthy raw chocolate experience with your single friends or couple besties, love of your life or soulmate.

RAW CHOCOLATE FONDUE idea

Fruit suggestions ~
Mango, cut into chunks
Strawberries, halved
Starfruit, sliced into stars
Fresh nectarines, pitted, quartered
Cherries, grapes or lychees, whole
Banana, sliced

OR any seasonal organic fruits of your choice - express yourself!

Fondue Dipping Chocolate

I love a plain raw chocolate recipe such as my Classic Dark (in the book) for dipping, or simply use any of your favourite raw chocolate recipes!

Prepare raw chocolate of your choice. While cacao or coconut butters are melting you can start chopping your favourite fresh fruits and making up a beautifully arranged platter. Place a couple of small forks on the side. Finish mixing up chocolate and serve in a small bowl at the centre of the fruit plate. No need to keep warm. Enjoy! The raw chocolate should thicken naturally as it stands depending on the weather. <3

Enjoy!

xxx Abigail


Strawberry oatmeal

Another twist to my favorite breakfast to start the day: Strawberry oatmeal! Perfect when organic strawberries are in season. Oatmeal is great for breakfast always, and making sure you change it up a bit every day will give you a whole other breakfast to eat!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Strawberry oatmeal
A delicious twist to the old fashioned oatmeal breakfast dish.

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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 cups of water
  • pinch of salt
  • strawberries
  • stevia (maple syrup or honey)
  • shaved almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions
  1. Cook 1 cup of oats with 2 cups of water until you get oatmeal, you can add just a little bit of salt for flavoring.
  2. Stir the strawberries in a hot pan until they get warm and soft.
  3. Add some stevia or honey to the strawberries to make them taste sweeter.
  4. Serve the oatmeal mixed with the pumpkin seeds and topped with the warm strawberries.
  5. Sprinkle on top chia seeds, the shaved almonds and top with 1 strawberry.
  6. FYI: when using a lot of chia seeds in a dish, they should be soaked first, as they absorb a lot of water and can expand otherwise in your stomach.
  7. Enjoy!


healthy living is easy: 5 tips

Healthy Living quoteA healthy living is not difficult! As long as you know a few simple rules to live by:

Whatever you put in your body or on your body makes you the way you are, and makes you feel the way you feel.

1. Your diet should consist of mostly fruits, vegetables,beans, grains & seeds, and from local suppliers when possible. (yes, that means focus on your vegetables as the main item in your breakfast, lunch or dinner, not as a side dish.) Buy your produce as much organic as possible. If you think that organic is too expensive, choose the fruits & vegetables that have the thinnest skin (and will probably absorb the pesticides the most) or are known to have the largest amount of pesticides on them organic, and the others non-organic. This way you save 50% or more of your daily chemicals-intake. (you can check the list of fruits and vegetables that are considered the "dirty dozen" by the Enviromental Group, keep checking this list as it changes a lot. And follow this Group as they have a lot of interesting information for a healthy living for you and your family). Local food is just fresher and has less carbon foot print due to less travel.

healthy living quote

2. Eat less meat and fish. And if you do, eat organic meat, and eat sustainable fish with a low mercury level. I am not saying never eat it (although for some people it would be better for their health) But there are some serious environmental problems going on with meat production and fisheries. But make sure you replace with vegetable proteins if you decide to avoid meat and fish at all. Us beings need protein to live. There are many great vegetarian proteins on the market like hemp, brown rice, pea, alfalfa, spirulina, soy to name a few. Pick the one you like the best.

Meat issues: bad living conditions cattle, too much use of growth hormones and medication.

Fish issues: Overfishing (taking all marine life out of one spot at once by using big nets with a lot of by catch), fish farming where fish get additives in their diet (like corn and other things they don't really eat)  + too much metal & plastic pollution which the fish eat, like mercury. Remember: the bigger the fish, the higher their mercury levels probably are.

 Too much animal protein is considered to be bad for cardiovascular & heart health, as well as cholesterol, and other unpleasant illnesses. It does not hurt to eat it a little less, and the money you save with that, use to buy organic meat and/or other animal products. And on top of that, meat production has a huge carbon foot print compared to the production of organic vegetable crops. So it is better for you, and for the environment.

3. Remove chemicals from your life. Be conscious of what you put on and in your body! My rule:  Read. What. you. put. in. and. on. your. body! All those amazing make up and skincare products like shampoos and deodorants,  and vitamins you see on the shelves of your supermarkets, drugstore or pharmacies... but that it is for sale there doesn't mean it is that good for you in the long run. Meaning: it might make you look and feel great now, but the ingredients maybe can harm you later on. Read labels and ingredients on the back. A lot of names you can't pronounce and chemicals means: a lot of bad stuff in or on your body. Use medication and vitamins only when your doctor told you to do so, and use organic only products on your body. Because remember: what you put on your face or body can be absorbed by the skin and get into your bloodstream and organs. So be wise what you put on it. This also counts for clothing. These days a lot of clothing and shoes are made with many chemicals, and if it can get on your skin, it can get in your skin.  I also use filtered my water to avoid as many chemicals in my life.

I buy as much as possible organic shampoos, skincare, deodorants, skincare, makeup, food, clothing, water to avoid unwanted toxins and chemicals in my life.

4. Consume less, live more: choose to buy products you really need only. It is better for the environment and for your wallet. If you want to have more, it costs more and you have more responsibilities and worries. But if you don't buy stuff, and only buy quality products if you need to, you will likely be exposed to less chemicals (see above why that is so important), own something that lasts longer,  but also you will have more time to spend with loved ones!

Consume less live more

And try to find vintage and antique stuff. It is made better usually and already has proven itself.

5. Be fit. Don't sit behind a computer all day! Get up and walk, and exercise daily. Relax and enjoy. We don't believe in intense strenuous exercise, but daily moderate exercise like walking, biking, running, yoga, fitness, pilates all work! I even like jumping on a trampoline. The places in the World where people live the longest, the so-called "Blue Zones" are all areas where people are moving all day, and mostly just around the house doing daily tasks like cleaning, cooking and growing food to eat. It doesn't need to be intense, just move your body!

Healthy living is no trend, it is a way of life.

Love Lonneke


Breakfast: babyfood grows up!

When I was young I always loved a "fruithapje". A dish made out of fruits and other delicious things for breakfast or as a snack.

Organice Your Life team member Dirk Verest and I played with the ingredients and came up with the following modern version of my preferred baby food!

Remember: the eye wants something too, so think of a fun way to display your food, like in a recycled glass jar! Dirk used a 400ml jar. Which he thought was the right size for the right amount of food for a full feeling during the rest of the morning.

Breakfast jar

Shopping list for 1:  (buy organic and local whenever possible)

- organic (Greek) yoghurt

-  1 Apple

-  1 Kiwi

- 1 Mango

- 1 Grapefruit

- About 2 tablespoons of Teff. a type of grain from Africa that is healthy & gluten free, which is Dirk's favorite grain, and which one spoon helps to keep the shredded fruits form a cohesive mass. (It has to soak up the fruitjuices) You can also try it without Teff, or try another dry breakfast product like oatmeal, Brinta, or Liga, but from our experience this works the best.

- handful of your preferred muesli.

How to make:

Add layers of yoghurt, muesli & shaved fruits in a jar.

This one has layers of:

fruits: * Shaved organic apple & mango, * Cut Kiwis in cubes between. *Mixed with Teff for fibers and essential minerals, * Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Yoghurt: Greek organic yoghurt.

Crunch: organic crunchy muesli.

Costs: Less than a few dollars per person, maybe even less. It all depends on what fruits you put in that make the price go up. The more local and in season fruits you buy, the cheaper it is! Everything is for sale at a regular supermarket, the teff is only available in specialized organic food stores or for sale online.

breakfast jar 2

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke 

 


a quick vegetarian meal!

Hello,

I like to eat delicious foods, but don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Sounds like a dilemma? I tell you: you can do both!

One dish we made the other day was vegetarian and Indonesian inspired. It took me only 20 minutes!

A delicious Indonesian inspired feast!

We  took vegetarian chicken by the Vegaslager, which is delicious and can compete with the flavor and bite of real chicken. But if you want to eat chicken, choose organic, that's very important. (you don't want to eat meat that has hormones, medication so the chicken can grow rapidly from being born to a full grown chicken in sometimes less than 50 days! Not healthy, so choose wisely, always  choose organic meat) I grilled it on an electric grill in 10 minutes.

Vegetarian chicken satay

We cooked organic brown rice that was quick to cook, within 10 minutes. You can take regular rice that takes usually a bit longer, around 25 minutes.

We baked organic eggs sunny side up.

We added a bit of warmed up, pre-made organic satay sauce (a sauce made of mostly peanuts) by the brand Yakso.

Yakso satesaus

 

 

The salad was simple and so delicious! Shred a big carrot. Add a whole avocado cut into pieces. Add herbs/plants like parsley and garden cress cut up. Add pine nuts. For dressing: a bit of lemon juice mixed with blood orange juice. Yummy!

 

Eating fast and delicious foods is all about having simple, fresh ingredients. It is also fun to play with colors. Delicious foods are a feast for the tastebuds, but should also be that  for the eyes!

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


Food, Inc. - a great documentary!

Food, Inc. is not a new movie (from 2008), but it is documentary that everybody should see. In short it is an unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

After seeing this movie, you will look differently at the meat and other foods you eat.

The makers of this film did a good job making the movie interesting to watch, show the abused animals ( but not too much so that we don't want to watch the rest of the movie) Show what really happens in , food "plants", slaughterhouses, factories. What is really in your food. What your food labels really mean. How people are treated in this business. How animals are treated in this business. Which is the terrible truth.

But what's great is, that they also show us that there is a possible way to do it all different, to grow food and raise animals with respect to nature, people and those animals.

  • Organic is better.
  • Treating the animals, people and the environment better, is better.
  • And everytime you buy or eat food, you can make a change.
  • Because big corporations follow your every spending.
  • More organic? They will produce it.
  • Anything to make more profit.
  • The consumer is king, and makes the difference.
  • The consumer is you.

Go see it for yourself and buy it HERE>
www.foodincmovie.com