Month: January 2015

Everyday bits & pieces

1. Little guys getting excited after someone threw some bread. They are beautiful! 2. Some color on a grey day. Chai soy latte from the Coffee Company and a graffiti wall (and an orange coat!). 3. New shirt. 4. My little guy who keeps me company while I’m busy studying. 5. Pretty Amsterdam, who never disappoints me with it’s lovely sights. 6. A gift from the lovely new shop Gathershop, in the Van Woustraat. Love the wrapping! 7. A healthy detox juice to give me energy. I’m having a busy week. Lots of stuff to do and actually I’m having a little bit of a flu which makes it all a bird extra tiring. Looking forward to the weekend and posting some new recipes and food inspiration ❀ Advertisements

Liquid meals: Yes or no? Food inspiration!

Geez, it is cold outside! This week I spent a lot of time at home because of several reasons. I have to study a lot because of exams, I needed to save some money and I don’t really enjoy cycling through the city much when it’s freezing outside. Pretty good reasons to spend a little more time indoors and prepare some delicious meals at home. If you are wondering what to eat for breakfast or lunch this week, try some of these easy meals! Also, a little something that I have experienced lately. Sometimes, when I feel like I need a little detox or cleanse I like to drink smoothies a lot. I’ll have a smoothie for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch and a normal dinner (because I dine with my boyfriend and cook for him). I have noticed that this, although it might feel nice at the moment, does not work for me. Because when my body gets liquid food all day, by the time I get dinner my body is craving for food …

Coffee tour: Amsterdam east.

I am a huge coffee fan. I love a good flat white, strong black coffee or a quick and powerful espresso. One of my favorite things to do is visit new coffeeshops and I always get so excited when a new place opens in town. I usually head there as soon as I can, often on the opening day. Since the coffee culture is getting more and more popular every day and goes way beyond just being a hipster trend now, a lot of new places keep popping up throughout the city. I think I have tried all of them by now and I obviously have some favorites. Today I will tell you about my favorite coffee spots in Amsterdam east, and more specifically: the neighborhood around Oosterpark and behind the Wibautstraat. A great place to get a delicious cup of coffee is Roost. This corner coffeeshop just behind the Wibautstraat is a real find. I feel like a lot of people don’t know about this place yet because it is still quite ‘new’ but …

The best version of me

Days pass by so quickly lately. Being busy makes time go really fast. The Christmas holidays seem like a really long time ago already and I spend most of my days these weeks studying for my law exams next week. Luckily I don’t sit inside all day and also make time to go outside, discover the city, meet up with some great people and to enjoy nice food. I also thought about some things. I’ve decided that in 2015 I want to be the best version of myself, more happy, relaxed and healthy. Last year was pretty stressful and can’t say it was my best year so I want to make 2015 a great one! To achieve all this I have to make sure to take enough time to relax, and do the things I love even though I am busy. Here are a few goals that I’ve written for myself to help me achieve being this best version: -Do sports, even in busy times. Like Pilates at home. You’ll be so much happier if …

Weekly food inspiration

Hi guys! Here is what I ate this week. I actually only notice now that I had so much smoothies! I had even more but I did not photograph all of them because that would have been a little boring. I really love smoothies! A while ago my blender broke and then I bought a cheap new one and it wasn’t very good. It couldn’t handle big pieces of fruit or nuts and did not blend everything very smooth. It wasn’t fun anymore to experiment with smoothies Now I have a new one with a lot of power and I really enjoy making myself smoothies again! All the meals in this post are vegan, healthy, delicious and easy to prepare! Above: Delish mango. smoothie with mango, raw cocoa nibs, kiwi, pear and rice milk. Topped with chia seeds. I love the raw cocoa and mango combination! Avocado toast. Toasted bread with hummus and avocado. I usually only eat a little bread during the weekend because I really get a ‘bread belly’. Fruity mix smoothie. A …

Vegan breakfast muffins recipe

Today I will share my recipe for my vegan breakfast muffins. They are sugar-free and very healthy. I often make them in busy periods because they are such an easy and quick meal and perfect to take with you to work/school. I like to eat them just plain and basic but sometimes I also like them with jam or a yoghurt sauce and some fruits. They are quite a filling meal as well! Vegan breakfast muffins ( 3-4 muffins) – 2,5 cups oats – almond milk (enough to cover the oats) – 3 tea spoons baking powder – your favorite superfoods – cinnamon – vanilla extract – sunflower oil – muffin tin Preheat the oven at 220 degrees celsius. Put the oats in a bowl. Add almond milk, enough to cover the oats. Leave the bowl and let it stand for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes drain the oats from the almond milk and add 3 teaspoons of baking powder to the oats mixture. Then add your favorite superfoods. I like to use goji berries …

Diamonds are forever

My boyfriend John and I bought our apartment about 2,5 years ago. When we were searching for a place we knew exactly what we wanted: a bath, a spacious living room and the ‘Diamantbuurt’ as the location of our new home. In the end we didn’t get the bath but the more important part, the diamond neighborhood was successful. The reason we wanted to live there was that it was cheap, quite a central location and the ‘Van Woustraat ‘ was very upcoming. Today we still love our hood. It was a great choice to come here and many new cool businesses open near our place every month. John is always a bit obsessed with everything that has a diamond on it because ‘it matches with our neighborhood!’ That’s why he bought me this sweater and forced me to wear it. It’s actually pretty cool. And it really does match with our neighborhood and our love for it. The ‘Diamantstraat’ and a view of the old Diamond factory.

Food inspiration: healthy and quick.

Every week from now on I will post meals that I had during that week. I like to make myself beautiful, healthy and delicious food. Unfortunately during the day I am often in a rush so I need to keep it simple. These yummy dishes I will show you are all very easy to prepare but still look pretty and taste great! Above: ‘Strawberry yogurt soup with melon mix’. Strawberry soy yoghurt mixed with hazelnut milk to make it thinner, like soup. The soup is filled with mixed types of melon and topped with granola and puffed quinoa. ‘Creamy bell pepper with nuts’. Slighty oil the bell peppers and bake them in the oven for 20 min at 220 C. (Optional with some cheese inside). Afterwards fill the peppers with a spoon of hummus, some green olive tapenade and add some pepper/salt. Eat together with unsalted mixed nuts. ‘Pink breakfast smoothie’. Blend a banana, a handful of (frozen) strawberries, a pear, a teaspoon of chia seeds and almond milk (enough to cover the fruits in …