Healthy Eats On Instagram : My Top Picks

They say that an imagine is worth a thousand words! I tend to agree. In today’s busy world eating healthy is definitely a lifestyle. It’s a choice that takes effort in terms of selecting the right foods and preparing them the right way, but it comes with Oh So Many rewards.

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While most people know how to chop up a salad or boil a pot of pasta, we don’t always know which combinations go best together, we might not be aware of the nutritional benefits of certain foods, or simply lack inspiration when it comes to cooking on certain days.

Sometimes all it takes is a little help from your friends!  For me, it literally takes 30 seconds browsing my Instagram news feed for instant inspiration and often a bit of involuntary drooling. Watching mouthwatering dishes prepared by people I follow based on their healthy choices not only awakens my creativity but also fuels my passion and motivates me to keep spicing things up. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also a wonderful way to connect and exchange tips & recipes with fellow clean eaters.

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Today I’m sharing the love by introducing you to some of the profiles that have inspired me the most when it comes to home cooked healthy meals. People from all over the world that share in the belief that Food Matters!

Hope you enjoy the list and that you will be as inspired as I am 🙂Read More »

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A Healthy Time Out

As you might have noticed, it’s been a little while since my last post. This is not due to lack of inspiration or writer’s block. On the contrary, this is due to a voluntary time out. Regardless of our life situations, we all spend way too much time online these days connected to cyberspace as opposed to being connected to the land and each other. We’re online at work, at home and via mobile on the go. I truly believe that once in a while we need to just disconnect and replenish the old fashion way!

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Cool As A Cucumber

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Now that Summer is just around the corner and that the temperature is rising (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), I find myself craving hydration and looking for lighter dishes to prepare. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely ecstatic about the prolonged hours of sun and all the happiness that comes along with beautiful warm weather. I just need a lot more freshness than usual and I’m assuming that you might as well. What better occasion to introduce you to one of my favorite Summer Salads?

It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and can be an amazing side dish to pretty much any meal as much as a healthy snack you can turn to at the first sign of cravings or dehydration 🙂 Read More »

Easy Kitchen Hack To Save You Cooking Time

Whether you’re a homemaker or a working gal (or fella), one thing is certain; if you eat healthy, if you have little ones to feed or if you simply just eat 3+ times a day, you must spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen. And wouldn’t you agree that every time you get your mind set on a recipe or decide to just wing it and create something original, there’s at least 10-20 minutes prep time for washing and cutting veggies, preparing seasoning, etc.?

Now what if I told you that by adopting a simple habit you could save that time or at least cut it by half every time you cook. Doesn’t that sound appealing?Read More »

Kelp Noodles: How To Prepare & Enjoy This Super Food

I’m crazy about all things “Noodle”. Asian cuisine has long been at the top of my culinary inspiration. I absolutely adore noodle dishes, exotic vegetables, different textures and colors as well as the decadent spices present in most Asian meals. However, since I began avoiding MSG at all cost, my repertoire of Asian restaurants where I used to be a regular  diminished significantly. I truly believe in clean eating so I set out to find healthy alternatives to my favorites.

A couple of years back I tasted Korean Kelp Noodles for the first time and instantly fell in love. Since then, I’ve found local supplies and experimented with a variety of dishes featuring this tasty super food. Everything from fresh noodle salads to elaborate Kelp Noodle Stir Fries. I have to admit that I prefer them cooked so I most often use them in my Asian Fusion soups, stir fries and sautées.

What I’ve made so far 🙂

Along with being a great gluten-free substitute for pasta, Kelp Noodles are also Fat Free! One of my favorite Alkaline foods, kelp provides many health benefits in both supplement and comestible forms. Check out Kelp Benefits: Health From The Sea for more details on all it has to offer.Read More »

Eat Once, Regrow For Ever

People often ask me if buying Organic and mostly clean healthy food costs me an arm and a leg. And while at regular supermarkets Organic food does cost more, it is not necessarily the case in specialty stores or giants like Costco. Remember, the more demand there is for a product the more supply there will be. Same goes for Organic and healthy food. As people continue to shift towards what’s good for them, the industry will have no choice but to follow and adjust. This means better prices as well.

In the meantime, there are definitely steps you can take to save money while improving your health & well-being, which you might actually greatly enjoy! I know I do.

The Beauty Of Regrowing Your Fruits & Veggies

Last year I was stunned when my mom showed me all the vegetables she grew on her terrace. It was literally a garden full of fresh produce such as cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, celery, carrots, delicious herbs, etc. Pretty much a small grocery store section worth of delicious organic produce ready for the picking.Read More »

Dinner & The Golden Ratio

Dinnertime is probably when I have my most sustainable meal of the day. At this stage “all you can eat” applies so I make sure to pack my bowl with nutritious contents that feed every cell in my body. Over the years, I’ve figured out a golden ratio that seems to have the most positive effect on my digestion, weight, energy levels and overall satisfaction! Read More »

The Purrfect Breakfast

For many years breakfast was something I regularly skipped, even though many experts suggest it’s the most important meal of the day. That only worked for so long and over time I would be crashing at work long before lunch time. So I started experimenting with breakfast.

A lot of people go the traditional way when it comes to morning eating… Cereals, toast, fruits, eggs & bacon and sandwiches tend to be on the menu. For me, carbs equal instant snooze button! I don’t follow a gluten free diet, however, one thing is certain: if I have pasta or bread, a couple of minutes later I’m only good for a nap. Forget about feeling energetic or focused.

I tried different combinations of food until I figured out the one best suited for me. One that actually boosts my metabolism and allows me to tackle each day’s challenges head on. Read More »

Can’t live without my coconut

On top of using it as a skin and hair moisturizer, I solely cook with organic coconut oil. Baking, frying, slow cooking, , you name it. In my household it’s the only thing that goes. I use a small amount of extra virgin olive oil to season salads and cooked vegetables but other than that, coconut oil is my healthy cooking partner in crime.

Considered a super food, Coconut Oil tastes amazing with everything and offers so many benefits!  Check out this article for A List of Reasons Why You Need Coconut Oil In Your Life.

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Coconut Oil is easy to find and readily available in all natural health stores, with more and more conventional supermarkets starting to integrate it into stock.

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Make sure to buy Organic to reap all the benefits!

On top of it’s antibacterial properties, coconut oil is known to help balance hormones, aid in weight loss and increase energy. I have personally experienced these benefits when I made the switch a few years back.

Have you tried it?

 

You are what you eat

I’m not really big on diets, I merely prefer to live a healthy lifestyle and to fill my bowl with real, nutritious and colorful foods that bring me joy on a daily basis!

As a rule of thumb, I avoid processed foods as much as possible. I avoid GMOs, MSG, Aspartame, most conventional oils except Olive Oil and try to maintain my meals balanced between acid and alkaline, always leaning more towards alkaline.

I buy local and organic as much as possible and enjoy fresh produce from my mom’s urban balcony permaculture experiments.

Healthy food makes me happy and I’m here to share the contents of my bowl with everyone, hoping it will offer inspiration 🙂

Cheers!

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