Recipe: Healthy Carrot Cake Energy Balls

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Easter is just around the corner, and after taking a little break from posting, I finally have a new recipe for you: Carrot Cake Energy Balls! I had initially intended to bake a healthy carrot cake, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d…

Recipe: DIY Falafel Ready-Mix (Meal Prep)

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After posting a pic of my falafel salad on Instagram, I asked you all if you wanted the recipe. The answer was a resounding yes! I have to admit that I usually don’t make falafel in the classic way, especially when it involves starting off…

One-Pot Pumpkin Curry

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This warming winter One-Pot Pumpkin Curry is super special: it was developed in collaboration with the members of the Project: Sugar-Free Facebook group. Enjoy! [recipe] Made the recipe? Share with me and the community! Post your…

“Bag the Sunshine” with California Almonds – the Nourishing, Delicious, and Versatile Snack for On-the-Go

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Toasted Vanilla Almonds with Fresh Mango and Lime PROMOTION Three weeks ago, at California Almonds’s California Dreaming event – which sought to bring the coastal vibe of the sunny state to chilly Hamburg – I prepared three snacks along…

Recipe: Porridge with Sautéed Cinnamon Bananas and Coconut Yogurt

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Hello my dears! I have a delicious and nourishing new breakfast recipe for you – one that’s perfect for winter! I topped a classic porridge with sautéed bananas sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut yogurt, almond butter, and almond slices.…

Recipe: Millet Porridge with Kiwi Berries

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Hello my dears! Some of you may be familiar with the millet porridge from my books, or the Ayurvedic Porridge that I published here on the blog some time ago. I personally love millet porridge and am super excited to share this recipe with you…

Apple Rose Cake (No Refined Sugar)

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Hello my dears! Before I start inundating you with Christmas recipes (!), I’d like to share one last autumn recipe with you: Apple Rose Cake (No Refined Sugar). The sweetness comes from the apples, almonds, and just three tablespoons of coconut…

Healthy Homemade Bounty + Mounds Bars (Chocolate Coconut)

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Hello my dears! How many of you love Bounty Bars (or for our friends in the U.S., Mounds and Almond Joy)? :-) I’ve been wanting to post my own (healthier) version on the blog for some time now, but there’s been so much going on over the…

Recipe: Beetroot Pumpkin Baguettes

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Hello my dears! After a short break, I’m back on the blog with a new recipe for all of you: Beetroot Pumpkin Baguettes! Wonderful for autumn, these twisted loaves are a bit more elaborate than “normal” bread – yet the actual prep doesn’t…

Recipe: Super Quick Middle East-Inspired Millet Stir-Fry (Just 30 Minutes!)

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Hello my dears! As regular readers may know, I recently posted pics of a few new recipes and asked all of you on my Facebook page and in my Facebook groups (the Project: Gesund leben community and my Sugar-Free Challenge group) which recipe…

RECIPE: ONE-POT PASTA WITH SPINACH AND GORGONZOLA (JUST 20 MINUTES!)

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My dear, last week I asked again on my Facebook page and in my Facebook groups (the Projekt: Gesund leben and Sugar-Free Facebook groups) which of my newly developed recipes you wanted me to post first – and, once again, you all surprised…

30+ Healthy Autumn Recipes – Recipe Collection

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Hello my dears! I’m currently on holiday in Mallorca, but before I came down here, I had a chance to try the first figs, local apples and pears, cranberries, pumpkin, and other wonderful fruits and vegetables of the season! And I’m already…

Recipe: Mushroom Stir-Fry with Quinoa and String Beans

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There’s a recipe that I look forward to every time autumn comes rolling back around, and I just have to share it with you! Three years ago I posted my recipe for Quinoa Stir-Fry with Chanterelles, Green Beans, and Pears, but I figured it was…

MY “PROJECT: SUGAR-FREE”: INTERVIEW WITH PHILIPP (HERR BEUTEL)

As part of the current Sugar-Free Challenge, I’ve been speaking with various past participants – most recently, Anne – about their experiences reducing sugar or going sugar-free. Today I got to speak with Phil, the second guy we’ve interviewed…

My First Spice Mix for Spicebar

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PROMOTION Hello my dears! I’ve already announced it on my social media channels, but I’ll say it again here: thank you so much for all the positive feedback on my new culinary startup, the Pure Food Store, which was relaunched earlier this…

10 Workout Motivators – with Sustainable Athletic Wear from Tchibo

PROMOTION Not in the mood, the weather sucks, no free time … we all have plenty of excuses for why we don’t exercise more often. I know it all too well! Even though I’ve gotten tremendous benefit from strength training – as I’ve explained…

Recipe: Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese and Watermelon Kebabs | Healthy BBQ

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Hello my dears! Here in Hamburg it’s currently 36˚C (that’s 97˚ F to those of you across the pond!) – I can’t remember the last time we had such a hot summer! If I weren’t working on my upcoming books and other projects that involve…

Recipe: Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Sage Leaves | Healthy BBQ

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Today I’m excited to share the first recipe from my Healthy BBQ Series: Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Sage Leaves! The recipe comes from Melanie and Sönke’s Vollwert-Blog and suggests using either tahini or almond butter; I made the almond-butter…

DIY Homemade Coconut Yogurt

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Do you guys love vegan coconut-milk yogurt as much as I do?! You’ve probably noticed that I’ve used it in several of the recipes on the blog, including my Strawberry Lime Overnight Oats with Coconut Yogurt, my Mango Lassi, and the Roasted…

Recipe: Raw Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake with California Dried Plums

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PROMOTION During my trip to California two months ago, I visited the Sunsweet plum growers’ cooperative as well as a plum farm in Yuba City, which was super exciting for me! On site, I had the opportunity to watch the production and patented…

My Take on Dietary Supplements | Nutrient Deficiencies

Just a couple days ago, I posted a story on Instagram asking what you guys thought about dietary supplements, if you wanted to learn more about them or hear about my personal experiences with them. My inbox was flooded shortly thereafter! What…

My 10 Favorite Summer Recipes

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Hello my dears! For today’s post, I’ve gathered together my 10 Favorite Summer Recipes – mostly sweet treats, but there’s some breakfast items in there, too. Enjoy! :-) Creamy Salted Caramel Cashew Ice Cream Bars in Chocolate Shell I…

California Roadtrip: Visit to Sunsweet (California Prunes)

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PROMOTION Dried plums make a great alternative sweetener, especially when baking – and what’s notable is they have a low glycemic index (29) and thus help stabilize blood sugar. California dried plums sponsor my Sugar-Free Baking Workshops,…

Recipe: Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter

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As those of you who’ve been keeping up with the blog are aware, I recently took a road trip through California. For a few years now, I’ve known about the giant nut butter machines at Whole Foods, where you can fill a tub with warm, freshly…

Live Well, Travel Well: California Road Trip (San Francisco to Los Angeles)

A couple of posts back, I shared the details of Part 1 (Canada and the Pacific Northwest) of our recent trip to North America – and today I’m going to tell you all about Part 2, where we explored Highway 1 along the Californian coast! After…

RECIPE: BANANA-FREE AÇAÍ BOWLS

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I initially posted my Basic Recipe for Açaí Bowls two-and-a-half years ago, right after I got back from my trip to the USA (specifically, our honeymoon through California and Hawaii). Açai Bowls were huge back then! And guess what, they’re…

Live Well, Travel Well: Vancouver and Seattle

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Hello my dears! After spending three unforgettable weeks in Canada and the USA with my husband, I’m back on the blog. You have may followed our trip on Instagram (@projekt_gesund_leben), and since many of you have been asking questions, I…

Recipe: Granola Bars (No Sugar)

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I love granola bars! But they’re often loaded with sugar – and many different kinds of sugar at that. If you’re not into super-sweet bars, or are looking to reduce your sugar intake overall, it’s great to try making your own. This…

Recipe: Chocolate & Vanilla Belgian Waffles (Sugar-Free and Vegan)

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Happy Easter! Do you guys love waffles as much as I do? I think they’re the perfect breakfast item for holidays or lazy Sunday mornings! When time is tight during the week, I usually make something quick and easy like Oatmeal or Overnight…

Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spinach & Roasted Chickpeas

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I’m pleased to share another recipe with you today for Phase 2 of the Sugar-Free Challenge! (My Indian Chickpea Curry, which I posted the day before yesterday, is also Phase 2-compliant.) My book Zuckerfrei: Die 40-Tage Challenge also includes…

MY “PROJECT: SUGAR-FREE”: INTERVIEW WITH KATINKA

Hello my dears! Continuing with our series interviewing past participants of the Sugar-Free Challenge (Bianca being the most recent), we’re excited to share our recent conversation with Katinka as she discusses her experiences with her own…

Why You Should Do Strength Training Instead of Cardio

Some time ago I asked on Instagram if you’d all like to hear about my experiences with strength training. For almost two years, I’ve been doing strength training almost exclusively and my body has undergone an incredible transformation.…

Recipe: Chocolate Buckwheat Porridge with Sautéed Pears {Sugar-Free Challenge Phase 1}

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Hello my dears! Things are a bit more relaxed around here today, since I just finished up a wonderful workshop and retreat. Last weekend, after giving my Clean Eating Workshops in Berlin, I hurried back to Hamburg to catch an early-morning flight…

Recipe: Raspberry Coconut Millet Porridge {Sugar-Free Challenge Phase 1}

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You may have noticed that things were a bit quieter here on the blog last week – I was busy prepping for my upcoming holistic retreat (which starts tomorrow) and also held my Clean Eating Basics and Clean Eating to Go workshops in Berlin over…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Bianca

Next up in our Sugar-Free Challenge interview series is Bianca (27), who completed the 40-Day Challenge back in September 2017. Prior to start the Challenge, Bianca was regularly plagued by headaches – but during those transformative 40 days,…

Morning Routine: Tips for a Relaxed yet Powerful Start to the Day

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Good morning! ;-) Four years ago, I shared a post about my morning routine here on the blog – and I figured it was time for an update!  How I start my day determines how the rest of the day will go: if I wake up in a bad mood, the negativity…

Going Sugar-Free: 7 Tips

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This year’s Sugar-Free Challenge has begun – and the response so far has been incredible! Tons of you are participating, there’s been loads of engagement in the Facebook group and on Instagram, and my mailboxes are overflowing. Since I…

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – WHY IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU AND HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of nature’s most potent superfoods: it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties; fuels the fat-burning process; promotes clear, glowing skin; and is even said to reduce cellulite.…

Recipe: Baked Pumpkin with Red Onions and Rosemary

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Today is already the second-to-last day of Phase 2 of the current Sugar-Free Challenge – and thus the second-to-last day overall! To celebrate, I’ve got a new autumn pumpkin recipe for you. Pumpkin, sweet potato, banana, and dried fruit…

Recipe: Chocolate Buckwheat Porridge with Sautéed Cinnamon Bananas

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Today I have a real comfort food recipe for you that’s also compliant with Phase 2 of the Sugar-Free Challenge, which is just winding down. I think it makes for a perfect autumn breakfast! It’s very filling and crazy good. I mean, who can…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Deborah

Ihr Lieben! Nachdem ich im Rahmen der aktuellen "Zuckerfrei"-Challenge schon Angeli interviewt habe, berichtet uns heute Deborah von ihren Erfahrungen mit ihrem persönlichen „Projekt: Zuckerfrei“. Deborah ist 26 Jahre alt, lebt in…

Recipe: Roasted Eggplant with Date Almond Quinoa and Minted Coconut-Milk Yogurt {Sugar-free Challenge Phase 2}

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I was having a craving for eggplant, quinoa, pomegranate, and dates – so I brought them all together for a Middle Eastern-inspired recipe that fits perfectly into Phase 2 of the Sugar-Free Challenge: Roasted Eggplant with Date Almond Quinoa…

Overcoming Sugar Addiction – 7 Tips | Project: Sugar-Free

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Breaking a sugar addiction isn’t easy: temptations are lurking everywhere, and you’ll have to check ingredients lists pretty often, especially at the beginning. You’ll also have to cook a lot of your own food to avoid added sugar, but…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pasta with Almond Basil Pesto

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Hello my dears! The first half of the current Sugar-Free Challenge is now behind us, and one question I’ve been getting asked over and over again is about pasta – namely “what should we do when we want pasta?” I’ll admit I had no idea…

Do We Really Need Sugar? | Project: Sugar-Free

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Recently, I asked the Sugar-Free Facebook group if they’d ever faced the problem of not getting support from the people around them – or had their choice to give up sugar viewed with suspicion or disbelief (“But we need sugar to live!).…

Food Diary – Project: Sugar-free, the 40-day Challenge {Phase 1}

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The current Sugar-Free Challenge is in full swing – hopefully you’ve checked out the active communities we’ve got going on Instagram and Facebook! There, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with other participants and share your meal…

Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats with Chia Jam

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Recently I post the recipe for my Strawberry Lime Overnight Oats with Coconut Yogurt, and today I’ve got yet another Overnight Oats recipe for you: Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats! For me, summer is all about the plump fresh cherries –…

Recipe: Strawberry Lime Overnight Oats with Coconut Yogurt

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You all know how much I love strawberries – right?! I can’t imagine anyone not taking full advantage of strawberry season. And it’s no secret that I’m also a big fan of coconut – my book Coconut Cooking,* which was was published at…

Recipe: Strawberry Cashew Energy Balls

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Strawberry season is upon us, and I have to admit, I’ve got some serious strawberry fever. I’m sure most of you are feeling the same! At the moment, these summer berries are showing up on my menu every single day, whether unadorned, puréed…

Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal {Breakfast Bowl}

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Just this week I tried out a Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal breakfast bowl – and it was so good that I just had to share the recipe! My husband also adores this oatmeal. It’s super easy to make and wonderfully summery. Ever since I started…

Recipe: Avocado Raspberry Breakfast Parfait {Breakfast Bowl}

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Wow, there’s really a lot going on at the moment! This past week I was in Salzburg, among other places, where I gave a blogger workshop for BWT, my cooperation partner in the Clean Eating Basics workshops. At the blogger workshop, we all…

RECIPE: SAVORY BREAKFAST SALAD

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A few months ago, my dear friend Franzi posted a recipe on Gemüseregal that I just had to make: a Savory Breakfast Salad! I know it might sound a little odd, but you wouldn’t believe how many letters I get asking for savory breakfast recipes.…

Recipe: Two-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies {No Added Sugar}

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Today I have a super simple basic recipe for you: Banana Oatmeal Cookies! For a second there, I was actually wondering if it’s too simple – but I decided to share it anyway. :-) Because not only is it quick and easy to make, it’s also…

RECIPE: KLITSCHKUCHEN WITH A TWIST: HALF-BAKED CHILI CHOCOLATE BROWNIES {NO REFINED SUGAR}

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Don’t ask why, but I’m in a major brownie phase right now. Just last week I posted my recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies, I’ve been snacking on Brownie Energy Balls (one of my faves!), and today I’ve got yet another brownie recipe for…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Carina

Twenty-eight-year-old Carina (Instagram handle @copacarina), who’s been sugar-free for three months, is excited to share her experiences with us today as part of the Project: Sugar-Free interview series (which also includes chats with Linda,…

Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Breakfast Bowl

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The lighter the coffee, the more delicate the aroma, and light-roasted coffee is the star of this Coffee Breakfast Bowl, which – like my Coffee Banana Smoothie – transforms your coffee jolt into a nourishing, filling breakfast. By the…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Rebekka

As part of the Sugar-Free Challenge interview series (check out the chats with Linda and Benjamin), I had a chance to speak with Rebekka about her experiences. On her blog momentchenmal, Rebekka (31) posts about her (family) life and the…

Cranberry Macadamia Energy Balls with Mochi Rice

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Are you guys familiar with mochi rice? It’s a short-grain rice variety that’s extra chewy and used in a lot of East Asian desserts. Because it’s slightly sweet, it fits perfectly into this awesome Macadamia Cranberry Energy Ball recip…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Benjamin

As part of the Project: Sugar-Free interview series (check out my interview with Linda last week), we have the pleasure of speaking with Benjamin today about his experiences. Benjamin Wagner (24) lives in Bamberg and began the 40-Day Sugar-Free…

My “Project: Sugar-Free”: Interview with Linda

Hi all! Over the past few years, I’ve been posting regularly about my personal experiences with Project: Sugar-Free. But this year I’ve decided to hand over the mic to the other Challenge participants, since there’s nothing really new…

Recipe: Beetroot Bolognese with Quinoa

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We’re now two weeks into the Sugar-Free Challenge, and I keep getting asked by all of you: “What kinds of pasta can we eat during Phase 1?!” I didn’t realize how many of you would be missing pasta! Since Phase 1 is based around a…

Reading Labels: Ingredients Lists + Nutrition Facts | Project: Sugar-Free

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A question that often comes up in the “Project: Sugar-Free” Facebook group (and that I also get asked personally): “This product says ‘Carbohydrates, 57.4 g’ and then underneath it says ‘Sugars, 2.8 g’ – so we shouldn’t eat…

Recipe: Savory Breakfast Granola with Yogurt | Project: Sugar-Free {Phase 1}

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There are already plenty of breakfast recipes here on the blog – but almost all of them are sweet (and sweetened with fruit!). At the same time, I’m always being asked for savory breakfast options! One good choice is my Gluten-Free Coconut…

Recipe: Baked Pumpkin Soup with Apple

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There are doubtless thousands of recipes for pumpkin soup floating around the Internet – nevertheless, I want to share this new recipe for Baked Pumpkin Soup with Apple. I just love it! I should mention that despite the “fruitiness,” this…

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

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I just have to share this new breakfast recipe with you – it’s amazing! I’m going through a serious bowl phase at the moment: a few days ago I posted the recipe for my beautiful Persimmon Breakfast Bowl, and over the past few weeks, I’ve…

Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Ayurvedic Millet Porridge with Sautéed Apricot and Banana

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Today I’ve got another Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast for all of you: Ayurvedic Porridge! To find out more about the basic principles behind Ayurvedic diets, as well as explanations of the three doshas, check out this post. Breakfast…

Yoga at the Airport: Frankfurt, San Francisco …

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For our vacation in the USA this year, my husband and I flew from Frankfurt to San Francisco and back again. In 2012, San Francisco Airport (SFO) became the very first airport to offer a yoga room that every traveler can use free of charge before,…

A Visit to the Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (San Diego, California)

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On our recent road trip through California, Arizona, and Nevada we made a stop in Encinitas, California a small coastal city between Los Angeles and San Diego that counts as one of the best surf spots on the planet. And right in the middle…

Clean Eating in California, Arizona, and Nevada

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In meinem ersten Blogbeitrag über unseren Roadtrip durch Kalifornien, Arizona und Nevada habe ich schon angekündigt, dass ich noch vom Essen auf unserer Reise berichten werde - und irgendwie ist auch klar, dass ich da nicht drum herum komme,…

Eating Well on a Budget: Seven Tips

Being strapped for cash doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy food – eating well doesn’t have to be expensive! Below, my seven tips for nourishing your body when you don’t have lot of to spend (not just for students!): Buy…

Roadtrip Through California, Arizona, and Nevada

Wow! So schnell vergeht die Zeit! Ich war im September drei Wochen im USA-Urlaub und bin nun schon seit zwei Wochen wieder zurück in Deutschland. Der Jetlag ist überwunden, die liegengebliebene Arbeit "abgearbeitet" und nun kann es hier auf…

Recipe: DIY Autumn Vegetable Stock Powder with Pumpkin

Making your own instant veggie stock powder ­– free from all the gunk and additives you’ll usually find in the store-bought stuff – is so much easier than you’d think. A few months ago I posted a how-to for DIY Sugar- and Yeast-Free…

Recipe: Quick and Easy Mediterranean Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Recently, I paid a visit to Hamburg’s Isemarkt and came home with a basket full of beautiful fruits and vegetables. I love it there! It’s just so much fun strolling through Eppendorf. The next time you visit Hamburg, be sure to visit the…

Superfoods: Papaya

I hadn’t really given much thought to papayas until I tried one fresh from the tree when visiting Hawaii last year. I didn’t need much convincing after that! Versatile, flavorful, and bursting with vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin…

My Top 10 Breakfast Trends {Clean Eating}

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I think you all know how much I love breakfast at this point – right?! You may also be aware that I’m a huge fan of food trends. In today’s post, I’m combining both loves to present my Top 10 Clean Eating Breakfast Trends! Given…

Clean Eating: DIY Convenience Foods with No Added Sugar

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Recently, I’ve become much more aware of how important healthy alternatives to your favorite foods and dishes are to all of you. The good news? Most of what you can buy at the supermarket can easily be made at home – and you’ll be able…

Avocado Special Part 3: How to Prep Avocados + Recipe

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PROMOTION For the third and final post in my Avocado Special Series, I get a little deeper into how to use avocados – and at the end of the post, I’ve included recipe for a summery and refreshing avocado-based dessert! © Franzi Schädel First,…

Avocado Special Part 2: Buying and Storing Avocados + Recipe

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PROMOTION Welcome to Part 2 of my Avocado Special Series! Today I’ll tell you more about selecting and storing avocados. For a long time, it wasn’t so easy for me to tell when a Hass avocado was ripe, and I wasn’t sure what to look for…

Avocado Special Part 1: Avocado the Superfood + Recipe

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PROMOTION Avocados are everywhere! On Instagram you’ll find avocado roses (find them at #avocadorose, #avocadoflower, and #avocadolove), avocado on (sweet potato) toast (often with a poached egg), and then all over newspapers, magazines,…

Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal / Porridge

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By now, you’re all well aware of my love of breakfast – right? :-) Well, as much as I enjoy taking the time to put together a beautiful breakfast, I also enjoy wandering down the breakfast aisle at the health food store and checking out…

Cooking Quinoa: 5 Tips

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I’ve been cooking with the pseudograin quinoa for several years now, and I’ve noticed it’s been showing up more and more in restaurants and cafés – and is also being hailed as a superfood. But cooking quinoa is a bit different from…

HEALTHY EATING AT THE OFFICE: CLEAN EATING INSTANT RAMEN NOODLES (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)

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I’m sure you’re all already familiar with instant ramen noodles. I’ve never actually eaten them, but it always raised my hackles whenever my classmates at school or university used to make them. Why? Because the “classic” instant noodles…

Energy Balls for Valentine’s Day: Coconut Date Energy Balls with Raspberries

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Hello my dears! Though I’m not really a Valentine’s Day kinda person, I decided to spontaneously whip up a little V-Day recipe yesterday. The result: Coconut Date Pralines with Raspberries. This recipe is as easy as it gets, since it only…

Eat More Fruit! 7 Tips

When I posted “Eating More Vegetables – 7 Tips” a few months ago, I didn’t expect they’d resonate so much with all of you – they even got picked up by the online edition of a major food magazine! (I’m not linking them here…

Seven Tips for Healthier Living, Starting Today

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The New Year opens up all kinds of possibilities for change. Exercise more, eat better, stress less – all good intentions!   Last year, I gave you some tips for turning intentions into habits; this year, I’m excited to share…

The Final Stop on Our Honeymoon: Seattle

Today I’m excited to tell you all about our time in Seattle! Just for some context: for our honeymoon, we flew from Hamburg to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to San Francisco (a flight on the A380, and that alone was an incredible start to our…

Healthy Snacks: Christmas Energy Balls

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Okay, so we all (over)indulge during the holidays – but it’s worth getting a few healthy snacks in there as well! My husband and I are both fans of these date-based Christmas Energy Balls, which get their seasonal cred from the gingerbread…

Live Well, Travel Well: Clean Eating in Hawaii (O’ahu)

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After finishing up our road trip through California, we flew out to Hawaii to spend another week on Oahu, the main island of the Hawaiian archipelago and home to Honolulu, the state capital. We wanted to relax a bit after our incredible but…

Live Well, Travel Well: Clean Eating in California

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As many of you know, my husband and I recently spent our honeymoon in the USA – you can read more about our itinerary here. I also give a little insight into our trip in the post detailing my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, that ubiquitous…

Kitchen Timesavers: 7 Tips

As regular readers of this blog know, my meals must be nourishing and delicious – and also quick and easy to make! On a normal day, I can’t (and don’t want to) spend more than 30 minutes making food. Typically, I cook daily, and mostly…

Recipe: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Added Sugar)

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We had an absolutely wonderful autumn vacation in the USA! All the pumpkin patches along California’s Highway 1 were just teeming with pumpkins, and every store was selling pumpkin something-or-other. Heaven for all pumpkin lovers! Pumpkin…

Recipe: Panzanella (Tuscan Bread-and-Tomato Salad)

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A few weeks ago I was invited to a bread tasting at the family-run Hamburg company Steinmetz, which is the oldest bread maker in Germany! I got to try all kinds of bread and ended up making a Panzanella, a hearty and satisfying Mediterranean…

Eat More Veggies! 7 Tips

Ever find it hard to get in enough greens? While most of us can easily eat tons of fruit, salads and veggies often fall by the wayside. Although I’ve always eaten lots of fruits and vegetables, I’ve gravitated more toward fruit. That’s…

Recipe: Quinoa Stir-Fry with Chanterelles and String Beans

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Woohooo! Guys, as I announced in my most recent post, things are (probably) going to be calming down around here in the next few months. After a very demanding spell that required a lot of overtime and weekend work, I’ve finally made it through…

Almonds On-the-Go + Recipe: Caramelized Almonds with Lime

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PROMOTION Some of you may remember that two-and-a-half years ago, on our first road trip through California, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit an almond farm in the Central Valley. During this year’s vacation, back in April, we…

Overnight Oats: Three Recipes for Spring

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A new season, a new collection of Overnight Oats recipes! For the past year, I’ve been posting sets of seasonal Overnight Oats recipes with four or five recipes per post: Overnight Oats: Vier sommerliche Rezepte Overnight Oats: Fünf…

Colorful Veggie Stir-Fry with Swiss Chard from the Alnatura Cookbook

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While shopping at Alnatura – one of Germany’s biggest organic supermarket chains – a while back, I came across the Alnatura cookbook, where I found a beautiful recipe for Swiss Chard and Carrot Stir-Fry with Hemp Seeds. I modified the…

RECIPE: MAKE-YOUR-OWN ALMOND MILK

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Whether it’s in my Overnight Oats, Porridge, or for baking, I use a lot of almond milk and other nut milks, since they make great alternatives to dairy milk. Here in Germany, however, milk alternatives are not allowed to officially be called…

Superfoods: Hemp Seeds

Today I’m excite to present one of my favorite superfoods: hemp seeds! Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, with evidence that it was grown in Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. Hemp’s high levels of iron and magnesium…

Autumn is Pumpkin & Squash Season – Regional Superfoods + Recipes

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After returning to gray and chilly Germany last week after my sunny trip to Ibiza, I have to admit that I’m not quite ready for autumn. The leaves may be changing, the weather is cooling down, the days are getting shorter … yet I’m still…

Sugar Alternatives: A Closer Look at Agave Syrup, Coconut Blossom Sugar, Stevia, Xylitol, and More

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Most of the white sugar here in Germany is produced from domestic sugar beets. The manufacturing process – which requires that the sugar be refined multiple times – removes all nutrients from the original product other than the energy content…

Worth the Hype? Low-Carb Pasta Made from Green Lentils

Since low-carb alternatives to pasta like zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles) began gaining in popularity, I’ve been seeing – and reading more and more about – pasta made from lentils. My curiosity ultimately got the best of me on my…

Hibiscus: A Floral Summer Favorite for Smoothies and Breakfast

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All summer long, I’ve been experimenting with hibiscus: blending it up in all of my smoothies, sprinkling it over porridge, and more! Hibiscus, which has a floral and fruity yet refreshingly tart flavor, is a member of the malva family. The…

Recipe: One-Pot Pasta

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“One-Pan Pasta” or “One-Pot Pasta,” which is often attributed to Martha Stewart, has been haunting the Internet for some time now and has even started making it into offline cookbooks and food magazines. One-pot dishes are a massive…

Recipe: Thai Green Curry with Cashews

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Last week I made two Thai curries, as you could see in my Immer wieder sonntags post and on Instagram. In both instances, I was cooking with people I love, which I highly recommend! :-) I cooked the first stir-fry with friends, and then the…

Recipes: Quinoa Sushi and Buckwheat Noodle (Soba) Salad

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In 2013, I discovered sushi anew: up until that point, I’d only had it in restaurants (and from the freezer). But this past spring, my sister, boyfriend, and a friend headed over to Hanover for a sushi-making class at World of Kitchen. It…

Clean Eating On-the-Go: Easy Snacks to Take Along

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Snacks have a special status within the Clean Eating concept: In addition to the three main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), it’s good to try to get in 2–3 snacks per day. Here, I’ve compiled some healthy snack ideas for when you’re…

SKINNY BITCH: THOUGHTS ON COW’S MILK

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Back in high school, I read Skinny Bitch (2005) by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (I get that the title works from a marketing perspective, but these days it kinda turns me off!). The book was what started me thinking about my diet…

Kale in Green Smoothies – and Enjoying the Occasional Frozen Pizza

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Ever add kale to a smoothie? Kale season is about to begin and I’m looking forward to incorporating fresh kale into my meals again this winter! At the moment, however, I’m only having kale in smoothies in the form of dried and powdered kale.…

How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate

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Have you ever wondered how to get the seeds out of a pomegranate without your kitchen looking like a crime scene afterwards? I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it lately – my sister actually just called to ask me a few days ago!…

Recipe: Whole-Grain Tarte Flambée (Flammkuchen) with Pumpkin Carpaccio

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I recently came across a recipe for a whole-grain tarte flambée, or Flammkuchen, as we call it here in Germany. Flammkuchen – a rectangular, thinly rolled dough covered with cheese and other topics – comes to us from the Alsace region,…

Recipe: Autumn Pumpkin Risotto

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Although this Autumn Pumpkin Risotto looks kinda complicated (to me, at least), it’s really quick to make. It’s also delicious: rich and flavorful and perfect for the cooler months. It’s not a classic risotto made with white wine, but…

Superfoods: A Look at the “Miracle” Claims Behind the Goji Berry

Lately, I’ve been reading more and more about the “miracle berry of Asia”: the goji berry. Claims abound that goji berries preserve youth, strengthen immunity, improve vision, contribute to glowing skin, fight stress, stimulate fat burning,…

Lemon Water: A Fresh Start to the Day

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Whenever I got sick as a kid, I would drink tons of lemon water – that is, water with freshly squeezed lemon juice – to reap all the many curative benefits of vitamin C. I used to drink lemon water hot, but since this destroys the vitamin…