'Living The Healthy Choice' Interview
When/ Why did you start your blog?
I only started blogging in June 2014, after I had gained a large audience on Instagram. So many people were asking me for the recipes to go with my daily food photos, that I decided to open up a space where I share high quality photos and exact recipes.
In your wildest dreams, where is your blog going to take you as it develops?
I try to take one day at a time, but I love the idea of running a pretty website that people turn to when they want to get inspired in the kitchen! I want to show how easy it is to cook healthy and delicious food and really everyone can do it.
You feature a lot of healthy recipes, can you tell us more about your healthy approach to food?
I haven't always lived that healthy. It all began when I moved out and started living on my own. A lot changed and one thing was food. All of the sudden I was the one responsible for what ended up on my kitchen table and stomach. I started doing research and experimenting in the kitchen, integrating more vegetables, whole grain and fruit to my diet. I feel more aware now. Not only of my body, but of my surroundings. It has been an amazing journey so far.
Living healthy doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, a good portion of effort and an open mind. Over time I have made some drastic changes in my diet, experimented with ingredients and have now found a good nutritional balance.
My recipes are made of natural ingredients only! I cook without meat, sugar, any processed foods and (mostly) without wheat + diary. Instead I use whole grains, nuts and seeds, natural sweeteners, vegetables and fruits.
What is your secret weapon in the kitchen?
My secret weapon in the kitchen would totally be my blender. I use it daily, sometimes even a couple times a day. In the morning it will mix my (green) smoothie, later I will use it to make pesto, dip or spread and at night my blender will help to mix a pie crust made of seeds, nuts and dates that I can serve for dessert. Definitely my secret weapon.
What dish or menu could you not live without?
I could not live without my morning porridge! It has become my standard breakfast choice that I change and adjust daily, depending on the saison. I also would have a hard time without carrots, my number one snack and addition, followed by avocado. Oh and spinach and kale, my green power food, as well as almonds, zucchini, mango, beetroot and all sorts of berries.. I just can't limit myself there!
What is your earliest memory involving food?
Food has always been a big part of my life. On my first birthday I was happily eating mussels and everything else that I got served. Not always healthy, but never picky!
Which recipe would you recommend?
My favourite recipe at the moment are my vegan banana buckwheat pancakes! They are so simple, yet so delicious! They are gluten-free, as they are made of buckwheat flour. Only sweetened with banana, which gives the pancakes a mild and sweet flavour. Topping possibilities are endless, use whatever you fruits you can find in your fridge!
For the batter:
120g buckwheat flour
1 1/2 banana (the other half for topping)
50ml plant milk
1 tbsp melted coconut oil (+ some more for frying)
For (one possible) topping:
handful of blueberries
a bit agave or maple syrup
handful of almonds
1 tbsp of cacao nibs (optional)
Mash the banana with a fork or very shortly with the immersion blender. In a bowl mix buckwheat flour, mashed banana, melted coconut oil, milk and water to a homogenous mixture. Add more water, if the batter is too thick. In a pan heat a bit of coconut oil and fry the pancakes on medium heat until they are gold brown on both sides. Be creative when it comes to the topping! I personally love the combination of banana, blueberries and almonds.
I hope you love it!
Any last words or message for our readers?
You don't have to wake up one day and be a complete health nut! What I do advise you is to be open minded about it. Browse online and read about sugar, milk and wheat alternatives, slowly adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet - trying out something new! Get your friends and family on board and prepare a meal of plant based foods once a week.
You do not have to be a skilled cook to have a balanced and healthy diet – I am not! An open mind and willingness to try out something new everyday shall be enough.
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