The secret ingredient is Ginger

Hi Guys, lately I have making loads of juices, part of me wants to create the ultimate healthy combination and another part wants to become self-employed. So I have been doing a lot slow-juicing and I have to tell you the secret ingredient is Ginger. This root is more important than the entire family of superfoods together. Want to know why? Keep on reading.

Ginger to ease my throat.

The past days I have been really tired and I did not sleep well. The airconditioning at my job is really killing me. I am cold all the time and the air is so dry. This morning I woke up and barely could enjoy a morning juice. I decided to go for a quick fix. Boil water, take 2,5 cm of ginger, let it rest for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. When it was a bit colder I added some lemon-juice and I drank it as my breakfast-tea.

Ginger to empower the body.

Another great thing about ginger is that it speeds up the metabolism, so adding it to your favorite juice is actually losing weight while drinking. It helps you when you have digestion problems and decreases the blood pressure. Next it is ideal to beat menstrual cramps and fights the flu.

How to increase your ginger intake

I guess you already know why you have to eat ginger. I admit, the taste might pull you off and that is the exact reason why I add it in so many of my juices. Just because when you combine it with the right fruits and vegetables it taste perfect. I really found ginger not the most tasteful thing until I combined it. After this you can start drinking ginger tea. Another way of eating ginger is by adding it in soup. Carrot soup, pumpkin soup or a thai soap will taste delicious if you add some ginger.

Best combinations are: Ginger and pumpkin, ginger and carrots, ginger and apples.
If you think about it if you can combine ginger with a sweet-taste it will be great.

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Foodies are getting Hoeked.

Hi guys, so last month a new hotspot openend in Antwerp and all foodies are actually hooked. Think I made a typo, no the place is called Hoeked Doughnuts and everybody is loving it!

Hoeked doughnuts is locate in the city of Antwerp just at the crossing of the Kammenstraat and the Oudaan. You can easily spot the shop because it has a funny bike parked outside with square wheels. Part of this already describes the name “hoeked” doughnuts. The doughnuts are not round as you would expect but square. Not that it makes them less jummy.

The first doughnut I tried was the “milli vanilli”. It was a vanille glazed doughnut with pistachios. The taste is much better than a regular doughnut from any other store. The owners have made these babies more fluffy, soft and healthy than a regular doughnut. If you take just one bite you will understand what I try to explain here!

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I went back to have another taste. Not the same day. Running would be a complete waste if I ate two. Second time I took the doughnut with custard aka the ” hoeked on Berlin”. It is a brioche with powdered sugar and nothing but custard. Delicious! I absolutely wanted to try this one because I believe that great custard is rather rare. This one is perfect!

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My friend went for the pink cute option. The name escapes me but I do know that she absolutely loved it. The fact that is has this huge instagram-power is also a big plus for all the influencers out there. I mean… how cute is this fucker?

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Hoeked doughnuts are here to stay. They are the answere to anybody who is tired of eating cupcakes. Anybody who wants a real jummy soft doughnut and they offer a big range of flavours. Matcha, raspberry, saturday specials, cinnamon,… yes you have to pass several times in order to try them all.

For more details go to the website here!

DIY healthy Ice Tea

Hi freaky people that make the beauty of the world… today I like to present the most easy way to make a healthy soda! It’s time for a diy healthy homemade ice tea!

Summer means that your hair gets lighter, skin gets darker.. and you need a refreshing drink. After a long day or hard work out your have this craving. You want something like a soda. A sprite would feel so good. But I know a better solution. A more healthy solution! No sugar,no coloring. All natural ingredients! The more diy, the better sometimes. Actually this is so easy it does not feel like DIY at all!!!!

Healthy ice tea

All you need is the following:
A large can
A lemon or 2
Tea (fresh is the best option)
Water

So it is already easy and you don’t need loads of ingredients.
The amount of tea you will need is around 7 grams for 1 liter of water. I always use green tea. The name of the tea is ” china gun powder”. Sometimes I add a bit of other tea.

Add water and lemons and leave overnight. I love the fresh taste and it is really refreshing. Believe it or not this will wake you up even better than a great coffee.

Even after a hard workout this is the best rehydration drink. Make sure you keep it in the fridge.

If you want you can add mint to make it really refreshing! Perfect to serve guests. Just add mint and a piece of orange. You can actually add all fruits you like.

Did you already tried this yourself? Most bars of caffees will add sugar. I actually believe this is not necessary. If you take the right tea it will taste great. The lemon makes it less bitter. So sugar is absolutely not needed.

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Vegan Nice cream

Because this weather screams ice, because I want to avoid dairy products, because animals are our friends… I preseny to you Nice cream.

A refreshing dessert to snack any time of the day! Nice cream has the refreshing effect of real ice cream but is made from fruit. No bad calories, just loads of vitamines! Oh and it’s diary free so it’s veganproof! Guess what it’s even great for breakfast, just add granola or muesli and your breakfast will be a refreshing moment.

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All you need:
– a blender
– frozen fruit
– soy yoghurt or other plantbased yoghurt
– coconut flakes

How do you make nice cream:
– first you add the yoghurt in the blender
– next up you add frozen fruit. I absolutely love a combination of blue berries, mango and peach.
– mix it all until you have smooth mass

I never measure this dessert, I just add things. Sometimes I add rice milk, when it’s too heavy. Other times I add more fruit when it’s too liquid!
Trial and error.

Optional:
Add different toppings such as chiaseeds, cocoanibs or frozen fruits.
Do you really like it sweet? Add agave sirup.

Other great combinations are:
– frozen bananas and raspberries.
– frozen bananas, cocoapowder and a table spoon of peanut butter
– if you like matcha you can always add it. If you combine it with bananas it is not that bad.

Have you ever tried making nice cream? It’s is really easy and refreshing! Want to impress guests? Just simple add eatable flowers!

Culinaire toppers 1

Budgetvriendelijk en gastronomisch, deze week stel ik jullie 2 van mijn persoonlijke topadresjes voor. Welkom in mijn nieuwe rubriek culinaire toppers. Wie mij kent weet dat ik naast mode ook een voorliefde heb voor heerlijk eten. Mijn leukste ervaringen deel ik graag met jullie.

Budgetvriendelijke burgers.
Onlangs is mijn thuisstadje Geel een heerlijk restaurant rijker. Eskobar in de stationstraat doet je watertanden wanneer je de kaart bekijkt. Hamburgers, anders dan gewoon, in combinatie met verse frietjes, een ovenaardappel of koolsla! Ook vegetariers kunnen hier hun hart ophalen. De halumi-burger is mijn favoriet. Wat er trouwens ook mag zijn is de dessertkaart.

Verwacht je aan een no-nonsens zaak, producten uit de lokale omgeving en een zachte prijs. Ideaal voor die dagen dat je zelf niet wil koken en toch voor “het betere fastfood” wil kiezen.

De burger was binnen voor ik kon fotograferen. Het dessertje heb ik wel voor jullie. Naast burgers heb je hier ook fish&chips, thaise curry of chilli!

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Heerlijke groenten
Als vegetariër stond het volgende restaurant al lang op mijn verlanglijstje. Graanmarkt 13 met chefkok Seppe Nobels is gekend voor zijn groentencreaties. Dit gezellige pand in het hart van Antwerpen is een mustvisit voor elke foodlover. Verwacht je aan de lekkerste groentengerechtjes, heerlijke wijn en topbediening.

Graanmarkt 13 brengt je een culinair pallet voor 43€. Ga op ontdekking door de wereld van vergeten groenten in dit leuke restaurant.

Hier kan je niet à la carte eten, maar krijg je een hele menu. Deze wisselt wekelijks. Boven het restaurant is trouwens een prachtige kledingwinkel!

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Culinaire toppers

Waarom deze 2 restaurants bezoeken? Simpel, beide hebben een topbediening, losse sfeer en super eten. Daarnaast is prijs/kwaliteit hier echt van hoog niveau! Lokale producten, verrassende combinaties en dat voor een aangename prijs, wat wil je nog meer.

Wil je zeker zijn van een tafeltje? In beide zaken kan je best reserveren.
Hierbij nog even de websites:
eskobar
Graanmarkt 13

French? Ah oui

So the last few days I already had some French vibes and it reflected in my outfits. Stripes? Check! And even a hat. Curious about the latest looks, keep on reading.

How to dress french

What you actually need is stripes, great basics and something special. Special always means a nice bag, sneakers or a hat. Don’t overdo it on the colors. Parisians keep it simple, blue, black, white and grey always work. Avoid pink. Pink is for girls and Parisians are ladies. My favorite item is this French Connection long sleeve. Combine it with a blazer, jeans and sneakers and you are cityproof. Skip the blazer and go for a cardigan if you want to dress down.

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A hat a day
If you might think that a normal french look is boring, just add a hat. It gives this updated look. It’s a bit rock’n’roll. This look might even be too boring without a nice accessory but a striped shirt is something you really need. This striped shirt is from Springfield. Not to expensive but it has great fit! If you don’t want to spend a lot, look at the quality of the fabric and the fitting. Never buy a size too tiny.. that’s not french! French ladies do not look cheap. They look classy!

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What do you think about the looks?? Got a bit inspired! What’s your favorite why to dress french? Do you have musthaves?

How to eat healthy on a budget

Since a couple of weeks I tried to eat less processed food and go for better options. What I noticed was that the more grains, the less fat a product contained the higher the price. I did managed to discover some tips to stay on a budget.


Breakfast first

My breakfast contains blueberries, bananas, strawberries, vegan yoghurt and some grains. When you change fresh food with frozen alternatives you will be able the exact amount without being left with rotten parts! I take out the amount I need every single day out of my freezer and blend it directly. Less vitamines? Not true. Make sure to watch the price! Last week I bought 500 grams
Of fresh blueberries and frozen them.Another thing I do is buy unsweetened soy yoghurt instead of the one with vanilla flavor. Less calories and even a bit better for my budget. Grains are bought from unknown brands. You will see, often you only pay for the name of brand.

Lunch
Veggies? Try to go for seasonal products. You will see the once who are the less expensive are the seasonal once! I often go for the freezed-option. Spinach is even better frozen because it contains even more vitamines. Meat is one of those things I do not eat but it can costs a lot. So become vegetarien and save money! Vegan/vegetarien products are often expensive. I often buy more products when they are in sale and keep them in the freezer. Chickpeas are ideal for vegetarians and very cheap. Buying bulk is often cheaper, learn how to keep and store products and you will save money.

Tap water
Instead of buying bottles of water you could be drinking tapped water. It is safe and will save you money.

Compare stores

Often stores will provide weekly discounts. Keep an eye on the coupons and deals! Buy one get one for free is ideal. Don’t be tricked into buy 3 get one… do you really need 3?

Buy your superfoods online

These products cost a lot, do you need them? Depending on what you think. If you want them check out online deals or become a member of a store. Often you can receive discounts on certain products. I also keep an eye on the discount-corner. You never known what you might find.

Build a budget and plan your meals
When you plan your meals you will be less tempted to buy without using the products. Keep an eye on the amount of money your planning to spend each time you go shopping. Vegan options are often expensive so look online for alternatives. Did you know that meat does not need to be replaced? Build your meal out on grains and veggies!

Do you have budget tips available?share them!

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