How to make organic coffee at home

It is hard to not like coffee! And while you can get really nice (and expensive) coffee to go in fancy coffeeshops, nothing beats a delicious cup of organic coffee at home.

How we make my favorite cup of coffee

This Organice Your Life clip shows you how we make the best organic coffee at home in New York City! This time it was a Latte macchiato, made with my favorite organic coffee by Antica Tostatura Triestina, an Italian coffee company of my friend Alessandro Hausbrandt. Antica has many kinds and flavors of coffee. My husband likes the regular beans, and I like the decaf beans.

READ MORE: Antica Tostatura Triestina

Organic coffee

Why we prefer organic coffee? Because this way the beans are produced and grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides. Also, especially for decaf coffee it is important to know how the caffeine is extracted from the beans, as many companies do it with lots of bad chemicals.

Homemade coffee

For your homemade coffee, all you need next to the delicious organic ground coffee is a little stovetop espresso maker, a milk frother and organic (vegan) milk. if you have whole beans you also need a grinder.

Just an FYI when you watch the clip: the milk that gets frothed is heated in a skillet until warm.

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

Antica Tostatura Triestina coffee

Att cafe organic

 

 


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: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

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)

 


My grandma's Banana Cake

I love food and all that is involved with it : searching for the nicest ingredients , prepping  and cooking. In my opinion there is no better reason to gather your loved ones than for a good homemade meal. This delicious banana cake is a good choice for that!

My grandmother's recipe for banana cake

When I was living by myself working as a model in France, one way I found to stay connected to my dear ones, specially with my grandma in this case, was to work on some family recipes. My beloved grandma used to make some delicious food in her humble kitchen and my favorite of all times dessert was the banana cake she did with the simplest ingredients.

I took her handwritten recipe note everywhere I went even though I knew the recipe by heart. I liked the way she wrote things down so she would never forget. I was in love withe her recipe books and how disorganized in an organized way they were.

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My friend Elle and I in a picnic reunion in Paris few years ago: we were the queen of cakes

Modeling and baking

Throughout my years modeling around the World, I have made many tummies very happy. My friends used to invite me in so I would bake the cake for birthdays, gatherings and reunions. I was pretty happy to make such a simple task into an event. So I was well known by my grandma's banana cake and now I'm trilled to share it's recipe with all of you.

Like I said, I like to use the simplest ingredients. And the most important one is LOVE.

Enjoy this banana cake!

XoXo Carol

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As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavour!
As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavor!

 

The Infamous Banana Cake
A delicious banana cake ( unfortunately not suitable for those of you that are lactose or gluten intolerant.)

Author:
Recipe type: bakery
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( of your preference any kind works well - Demerara is a good option)
  • 2 cups of White Wheat Flour ( if your not feeling too evil for the day, you can try the whole wheat version )
  • 1 and a half cups of whole milk
  • 4oz Butter ( 113 grams )
  • Cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 bananas depending on their size.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven at 380 degrees F ( 240 Celsius ) before starting. Grease a round baking pan with butter. Cut thick rounds of bananas to glue them around the edges and at the bottom of the baking pan.Cover the perfectly placed bananas with cinnamon powder and make sure they are all covered with a thin layer of the spice. After that in a separate bowl, mix in the flour , milk , butter ( it can be melted or cut it in big numbs ) , baking powder and sugar. There's no need of mixer machines to make this mixture, you can air it out with a simple hand tool. If you opted to not melting the butter, don't bother if the mix doesn't look perfectly smooth and you can still see the numbs of butter, that's one of my grandma's secrets! Pour this tick mixture on top of your bananas and cover the top with cinnamon again and the same amount of sugar, so it gets a little crunchy skin. Put in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. Check if it's baked sticking a toothpick in the center if it's not, let it in the oven for another 5 minutes os so.

First published on October 29th 2015, updated on May 18th 2020

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Great for kids birthday parties, the little ones really enjoyed this yummy treat

Tasty Hempy Homemade Dressing

It's so tasty!... I've been eating some of my tasty hempy homemade dressing for lunch so feeling extra good as I type this post.

Tasty Hempy Homemade Dressing
Tasty Hempy DRESSING Recipe Type : dressing Cuisine: vegan Author: Lonneke Engel Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: 4 A delicious dressing for your salad, veggies or anything else!

Author:
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup hempy goodness (cold pressed hemp oil)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic red wine vinegar
  • 1 dessertspoon organic yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celtic salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave or raw honey
  • 1 clove organic garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shakes cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions
  1. Simply shake ingredients all up together in a large dressing bottle.

 

YUM!

Vegan and Raw recipes

Check out more of my delicious recipes:

Savoury Sprinkles seasoning

Coriander Chelation Pesto

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

Published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on December 17th 2011 , updated in 2020


Avocado on bread

More Bread Please.. or not?

I  love to get fresh baked, organic bread.  Eating it with some fresh organic butter, yum! Many people say it is not so good for your body ( think bloating, gaining weight etc.), and some say it is especially a bad idea when you suffer from an autoimmune disease like Celiac disease or Hashimoto's disease. Scientists think people who have an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto's disease like I have, have a body that sees gluten as an foreign invader and want to fight it, but accidentally mistake thyroid cells for gluten therefore also attacking the thyroid, oops! But I LOVE bread! How can I live without bread? Is that even possible? It is! I have been gluten-free and eating no bread for almost 10 months now on the AutoImmune Protocol diet, and it is hard, but my bloodwork does come back better with 35% less inflammation if I strictly stick to this AIP Diet. But I still crave bread every day. I think I always will have a bread addiction, even if I don't eat it. Let's explore my love of bread a little more!

Different kinds of bread that I love

The famous Italian ciabatta, the French baguette, the multi-grain breads that you can find in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden to name a few countries with great heave multi-grain breads. Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods in the world. Nothing gives a house a nicer smell in my opinion, than a loaf of fresh baked bread.

Lonneke at a farmers market looking at organic bre
Lonneke at a farmers market looking at organic bread

A few fun facts on bread

  • *Bread is usually made with simple ingredients, love & attention. You only need (wheat) flour, water, yeast and salt to make the bread. An oven to bake it, and some time to spend to make it. Bread is usually eaten the day it is baked.
  • *You know the French bread goes stale pretty quickly, as they are not allowed by law to use preservatives. That's why some French people buy fresh bread twice, in morning, and afternoon for dinner time (imagine the image of a French person on a bike with baguettes in the front basket or on the back of the bike under the carrier straps) You can revive stale baguettes by spraying it lightly with cold water, wrap it in a towel, and then put in a preheated oven on 350F for 5 minutes. You can also use stale baguettes by chopping it, spraying it with olive oil, and putting it in a preheated oven on 350F until the pieces get a brown color and become crunchy. Great addition for soups or salads. Talking about recycling!
  • French toast, a worldwide favorite sweet dish, is made with leftover bread slices. (another great way to recycle bread) Dipped in a mixture of lightly beaten eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon and then baked in a bit of butter. In my home country it is called "Wentelteefjes". Adding a bit of maple syrup, agave syrup or anything else sweet you like, it is a great Sunday Morning breakfast. There are so many different varieties in the world!.

    French Toast
    French toast
  • Another great thing is bread machines, if you are not that great of a baker. You can add all the ingredients and after about 4 hours you have fresh baked bread. There is a timer so you can time it. You can wake up in the morning with a great smelling house and warm bread! I can also add flaxseeds, raisins, cinnamon, nuts. Or olives, dried tomatoes for savory bread. The shape is not really like what you are used to for a loaf of bread, but it does taste good!

Abigail O'Neill shared a great recipe to make your own sourdough bread.

Avocado toast is my favorite

Check out this earlier article I wrote about Avocado Toast

Avocado on bread by Cafe Gitane
The famous Cafe Gitane avocado toast!

Going gluten-free

I was very sad when I found out I should not eat gluten anymore. I now only look and sniff at organic breads at farmers markets and bakeries. But luckily, more bakeries bake gluten-free bread, which is a great idea! You can also bake it at home, and I will go into gluten-free baking more on organiceyourlife.com in the future.

Le Pain Quotidien has their own loaf of bread made of seeds and gluten-free grains.

In Memory of Bread

To get over my mourning over bread, I read this great book called "In Memory of Bread" by a guy who was just like me obsessed with bread (and he was also obsessed with beer) until he found out that was exactly what was making him sick. (He suffers from a serious wheat allergy). His book shows him mourning over the loss of bread, his memories of eating freshly baked bread, brewing beer and his road back to health. While sharing reasons why he got to suffer from a serious wheat allergy, he is also finding solace in his gluten-free food future.

book in Memory of Bread by Paul Graham
Book in Memory of Bread by Paul Graham

I will always love bread, and if you can still eat it, please enjoy it as much as I always did!

Love, Lonneke

 


Coriander Chelation Pesto

I've just finished making the most easy cilantro, or 'coriander' as we call it, PESTO! Best thing about this coriander chelation recipe is that it is not only simple to make but really YUMMY.

Nourishing yourself with pesto

It's also a 'natural medicine' concoction which helps to remove heavy metals from the body I was told :) BRILLIANT for anyone with high mercury levels in the blood, hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites, etc etc. this could help the process. I obtained the recipe from my sister-in-law years ago, who runs a renowned Health Retreat in Australia. Apparently one lady had such high blood pressure due to severe mercury poisoning, had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detox your body from heavy metals or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to feel the benefits.

Coriander Chelation Pesto
A healing pesto made with coriander.

Author:
Cuisine: vegan kitchen
Recipe type: healing
Serves: 10

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ⅓ cup brazil nuts (selenium)
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
  • 2-3 cups packed fresh coriander (Vitamin A)
  • ⅔ cup flaxseed oil (omega rich fats) (I used hemp oil today)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C) (I replaced 1 Tbsp with apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon celtic or himalayan salt (pink salt) (may use Japanese Miso)

Instructions
  1. Pile everything into a blender & BLEND until fairly smooth.
  2. Add more salt if you want to & blend again.
  3. Otherwise simply store your delicious pesto in glass jars (dark glass is best), in the fridge.
  4. It freezes well, so you can buy plenty of coriander in season & freeze it for up to six months.

 

You could eat it this pesto three times a year, for a week at a time, to cleanse your body of heavy metals. Tastes soo good on toast, with baked potatoes or pasta, with poached eggs, I even love it as a serving addition to bowls of soup!

 

 

 

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

p.s. check out my many recipes and stories on this organiceyourlife.com!

This recipe was first published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on February 21st 2012, and was updated in 2020.


organic home cooked dog food

In the beginning of 2013 we adopted a senior shelter dog, a bullterrier named Vito. Little did we know back then that he would turn out to become a local celebrity in New York City. He had his own popular Instagram page on which I shared his life with followers. He even had a page article in the New York Post! I was working on a book about his life but when he passed I couldn't get myself to finish it, it was too hard.  I had cared a lot about Vito, he was in my life for 3 of the hardest years of my life. I felt it was my responsibility to make sure he would get the best care and love possible! I would like to share with you a bit about what organic home cooked dog food I fed him.

Vito the Dog and Lonneke Engel in the New York Post
Vito the Dog and Lonneke Engel in the New York Post

What is in your dog's food

As most humans like to eat healthy food, it is also good to look at what you feed your dog. Have you ever looked at the ingredient lists on the dog food labels? Well, if you want to get a grip on your dog's diet, I recommend that is the first thing you should do. get familiar with the foods you give your dog, and its ingredients. Ask yourself what they are, and find out by online searching if it is good for your dog. Curiosity is always the first step.
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So many options for dog food

Just like with human food, in the dog world there are many options and opinions on dog food. Some dog food brands are healthier than others. Some swear by giving a raw food diet to their dog, others only give dry food, and others only cook for their dog. It depends on each dog individually what is good and what is not, and it is always wise to discuss this with your veterinarian at your next checkup. Basically it is also trial and error you find out what diet is best for your dog.

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Vito in the Shelter before we adopted him.

The story of Vito the Dog

When we got Vito, he was a bit overweight. He weighed in at over 70 pounds. I switched him immediately from regular dry food to organic dry food. In the USA I gave him the grain free dry food by Organix . We also gave him a can of wet food once a while he really enjoyed. I even tried at one point frozen raw meat that you thaw first before you feed it to your dog, but Vito became an "espresso machine" as my husband calls it politely. So we found out after trying a few times, that raw/frozen food was not so good for him, he was too sensitive to it. And my research continued. Vito turned out to become an espresso machine when he ate something bad, or when things were raw. Since he is a bullterrier and that breed is known for eating everything that they find along the way, it was hard to make sure he would only eat what we fed him.

Vito's feeding schedule

After our trial and error period with Vito, we discovered what diet worked best for him. As we work from home, Vito was always with us. So we started to give him food spread over a day,  instead of giving him once a day a lot of food. When he wakes up, he would get a bit of dry food, because otherwise he gets acid reflux during a walk. Then throughout the day we would give him food after exercise, like after a brisk walk. Basically when we would eat, Vito would get food too. He knew that he can expect food after we have eaten, so he always waits without a fuzz, and never begged for food. He ate the food we would give him when he wanted to, sometimes leaving a bit for later. At the end of the day he ate just as much food as he would have if we fed him once, but now it was spread over the day, which we thought is better for his digestion. and it gave him something to do all day. This has made him to be a wonderful well-behaved dog as well, who knew what to expect. He never chewed on or broke things. His days were all about sleep, walks, playtime and food, and he was in excellent shape (until he got sick because of a vaccination, which is a different story).

Vito and his bullterrier puppy friend Darwyn
Vito and his bullterrier puppy friend Darwyn, November 2015

During the time of getting to know Vito we would feed him only organic and simple snacks once a while: He enjoyed raw carrots, bananas, apple parts, melon parts, cooked eggs.

Home cooked dog food

After a while I was convinced I wanted to try to cook for him. But where to start? What is good for a dog, and in what ratio do I give it to him? My first step was to search online and see what are good foods for my dog. In the beginning I only dared to cook organic chicken and rice for him, as they vet always advises that when a dog has an upset stomach. In the beginning I would only give it once a week, but later on I started incorporating more foods to his diet and gave it to him more regularly. Vito was over the Moon when he smelled the food I was cooking, and would sit next to me in the kitchen.

This article on whole-dog-journal.com I used to decide what I wanted to cook for my dog

Vito the Dog in the kitchen waiting for his food
Vito the Dog in the kitchen waiting for his food

Home cooked dog food options

Foods I now use in cooking are: organic chicken incl. skin, organic chicken livers and hearts (organ meat not more than 5% of total food I give him), organic rice, organic sweet potato, organic squash, organic carrots, organic broccoli, organic string beans, organic coconut oil. I noticed if I cook low-fat for Vito, he doesn't have enough energy. So I add a bit of chicken fat that comes from boiling a whole chicken, and coconut oil. Also, when the veggies and carbs are cooked, Vito digests them well, compared to raw vegetables that come out the same way they went in.

I mix all of these cooked ingredients together in different combos, and it became like 40% of Vito's daily diet. In a cooked meal Vito ate about 75% animal protein, and 25% cooked rice and veggies. Again, there are many opinions on what diet is good for your dog, and what ratio is good, but we discovered this worked for us. He would still get dry food, but of course less than before. This way I knew he would get all the nutrients he needs, while I perfect my home cooked dog food cooking skills. I know that if I feed him only home cooked food, I need to add a supplement into the mix to get the right calcium - phosphorous ratio in his meals. I still need to learn more about a balanced diet before I can transition fully to a home cooked dog food meal. but the first steps are made!

Vito the Dog and his food
Vito is looking forward to his dinner tonight!

My husband was in charge of the vitamins we gave to Vito. Since he was older, he would get a daily mix of vitamins that were customized to his needs. To support his joints, kidneys, immune system and overall health. People are amazed when they saw how good he looked!

Vito is regularly checked by a vet, and his bloodwork has come back better than before. He is now on a healthy weight of 65 pounds, and still very active. which is good for an almost 13 year bullterrier.

Be a responsible dog owner

What I want to say to you is that, as a responsible owner you need to research what food works for your dog. Some things I said may be great for your dog, and some things are not so great. Every dog is different, and different times and events force you to make changes to the diet. Again, check with your veterinarian what diet and supplements are best for your beloved dog. But your dog will love you for it!

LOVE, LONNEKE (& Vito)

UPDATE: Vito died after a short illness (after receiving a vaccination) on March 10th 2016. He enjoyed a wonderful life with us and we will never forget him!

Lonneke Engel & Vito the Dog

 

First published on November 10th 2015, updated in 2020


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.

 

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES BY Abigail O'Neill:

Vanilla Mylkshake by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity by Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie by Abigail O'Neill

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail O'Neill

First published on December 17th 2011, updated in 2019


Black Bean Brownies by Lonneke for Vogue Nederland

One Christmas, Vogue Nederland gathered 5 women who are food experts to share a recipe that would together make up that year's "Vogue NL Christmas Dinner" (or in Dutch: Vogue Kerst Diner.  For some reason they have removed the page on their website, but we still have this delicious treat for you!

I was asked to submit the dessert.

Here you can find the recipe in English for the vegan Black Bean Brownies by Lonneke for Vogue Nederland:

Vogue NL Christmas Dinner
A simple and delicious chocolate dessert that is a bit healthier due to the use of black beans. Also great as an in between snack if you need some extra energy.

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: black bean brownies Christmas edition
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • a can of black beans, rinsed and cooked for 1 hour. (about 240 gr of black beans after draining them)
  • 2 teaspoons broken flaxseeds
  • 4 tsp water
  • 10 gr raw cocoa powder
  • 40 gr oatmeal flakes
  • ⅙ tsp salt
  • 75 gr sweetness (I used a mix of 40 gr of maple syrup and 35 gr of agave syrup)
  • 20 gr coconut oil
  • 20 gr cacao butter
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 130 gr chocolate chips or small pieces of chocolate of your choice
  • 4 table spoons of shredded coconut
  • decoration:
  • mint leaves
  • frozen blue berries
  • half a cup of beet juice

Instructions
  1. Heat oven at 180C (about 350F)
  2. Mix the broken flaxseeds with the water until it becomes a jelly
  3. Mix all other products in a mixer except the chocolate chips.
  4. Afterwards mix in the chocolate chips in the dough with a spoon
  5. Pour the dough into a non stick or buttered up baking pan and preferably make a ½ inch thick layer of dough.
  6. Bake it in 15-18 minutes.
  7. Let it cool a bit and cut the brownie into squares.
  8. Pour a bit of coconut flakes on top, which will make it look a bit like Winter.
  9. For the sauce in the picture I mixed a bit of beet juice and frozen blueberries and warmed it for a second so it mixes. I poured it on the plate with a spoon in a pattern.
  10. For decoration you can use a small mint leaf.
  11. Serve with a scoop of organic ice cream, like vanilla ice cream.
  12. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

Model Chocolate

Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

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2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

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3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity Chocolate
Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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