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…

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…

California Road Trip: 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,…

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: 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…

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.…

GINGER & TURMERIC SHOTS – IMMUNE BOOSTER FOR AUTUMN AND BEYOND

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Back in summer, I introduced you all to Switchel, a wonderfully spicy warm-weather refreshment – but now, with things cooling down and our immune systems a bit more susceptible, it’s a great time for immune-boosting Ginger & Turmeric…

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…

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!).…

Almonds: The Perfect Summer Snack {Clean Eating}

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PROMOTION Snacks are an essential part of the Clean Eating Concept, and today I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorites: almonds! Almonds are practical and packed with nutrients, not to mention flavorful – a perfect Clean Eating…

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…

Eating Well in the Long Run {Clean Eating}

Year after year, “exercise more” and “eat better” are at the top of virtually everyone’s list of good intentions (as detailed in my recent post). Now the first week of the New Year is behind us – and so many of our ambitious New…

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…

READING LABELS: INGREDIENTS LISTS + NUTRITIONAL VALUES | PROJECT: SUGAR-FREE

Von Zeit zu Zeit gibt es immer mal wieder größere oder kleinere „Lebensmittelskandale“. Im letzten Jahr standen die Billig-Brötchen und -Brote, die in den Backstationen von Supermärkten und Discountern vor Ort aufgebacken werden, unter…

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…

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…

Clean Eating with Kneipp in Tyrol, Austria

PROMOTION You may have already noticed if you follow me on social media, but this past Friday and Saturday I was in Austria to hold a workshop with German natural body products brand Kneipp. Specifically, we were at the Green Spa Resort Stanglwirt…

DIY Fermented Vegetables – Directions + Recipe: Lamb’s Lettuce with Ricotta, Fermented Beetroot, and Walnuts

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Fermentation is one of the oldest methods of preserving vegetables. Fermented veggies retain all nutrients (since they’re never heated) and also support a healthy gut biome due to the presence of lactic acid bacteria.     The…

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…

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…

Baking Without Wheat Flour or Sugar

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At first, baking according to the Clean Eating concept (Clean Baking) was a real challenge. I wanted to bake without white flour (and now and then, without any flour at all), baking powder, butter, eggs, milk, or sugar – in other words, all…

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…

Healthy Sweets Plate for Santa + Spiced Cardamom Rose Water Energy Balls Recipe

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When I was a kid, we used to leave out colorful plates of sweets for Santa to nibble on when he showed up (I know in the USA, they do this with milk and cookies). I’ve always loved these assortments of (mostly) sweets, and for several years…

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…

Green Smoothies: Five Beginner Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

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When I read the article „Trendgetränk Grüne Smoothies: Neues vom Mixer” (“Trendy Green Smoothies: Fresh from the Blender”) in the German daily paper Tagesspiegel a few years ago, I identified heavily with the authors: back then, I…

2013 – The International Year of Quinoa

The year is slowly drawing to a close, and I’ve only just noticed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has declared 2013 “The International Year of Quinoa.” Quinoa is easy to grow, nutrient-dense, and filling, but most importantly, it…

Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal / Porridge

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When I first shared my Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Overnight Oats a while back, I never would have guessed that it would become one of the most popular posts on the blog! Since you’re all obviously very interested in healthy breakfast…

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…

Basic Recipe for a Power Breakfast: Overnight Oats

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In spring and summer, I don’t mind getting up early to prepare a healthy breakfast for myself. But as soon as autumn rolls around and it starts getting darker and colder, I’d much rather spend that extra time curled up in bed. This all makes…

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!…