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Recipes

Palestinian Lentils with Rice

This dish is one of my family's favorite Middle Eastern recipes. It is a traditional Arabic dish, typical for the lands of Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. In fact, I am a huge fan of the Arab kitchen, since it is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world! This dish, a combination of lentils, rice and some amazing seasonings, is very flavorful, and really nutritious. You can actually adapt it to your local region just by changing the seasoning (for instance, in Bulgaria, I use mostly savory and mint). The recipe is also very healthy since it is a perfect blend of carbs and protein, and is filled with fiber. The most important thing is to keep the proportion of water to lentils (1:1) and water to rice (2:1)....

The Most Delicious Potato Salad

When it comes to carbs, we kind of feel a little scared. It is true that we should control the amount of carbohydrate foods that we consume, since at the end every carb turns into sugar, which impacts the body’s blood sugar level. That is why it is very important to choose the right types of carbohydrates. Potatoes are among the healthiest high-carb vegetables when cooked properly (I am not talking about frying, as you can guess). If you haven’t tried cooking a salad from potatoes, you have the chance to try the most delicious potato salad… The recipe below is SUPER EASY, SUPER TASTY and SUPER HEALTHY! Ingredients /4 servings/: Potatoes 0,5 kg 2 onions 4 tbsp. olive oil 1 handful of fresh dill leaves ...

Strawberry Protein Shake for Weight Loss

Okay, it is definitely time to get back on track. Christmas is gone, summer is coming sooner than we think… Of course, you can always find an excuse that will stop you from achieving your goals, but if you really, really want to feel at your best, you need to nourish yourself the proper way. And that doesn’t necessarily mean starving! Here is a super delicious, low-calorie shake for you to start your health journey. Ingredients /1 serving/: 1 cup almond milk (or water) 1 scoop strawberry protein powder* 1 egg white 1 tsp. peanut butter 3-4 strawberries (fresh or frozen) Method: Blend all ingredients. Serve straightaway! Nutrition: This strawberry smoothie is the perfect breakfast for a weight loss plan, since it is very low in calories, but...

Healthy Banana Bread

One of the things I love is transforming traditional cakes into healthier versions. Not only I feel less guilty eating them, but they’re also more delicious! For instance, this banana cake has become one of my family’s favorite sweet treats. On top of that, it is so super easy to cook. Basically, you just need to mix all the ingredients, which takes no more than 10-15 minutes and then put it in the oven for an hour or so. If you have been following me so far, you know that I don’t use complicated recipes. Life is busy, time is precious, and we should know how to make the best of it. Still, nourishing your body with home-cooked, nutritious food is an integral part of a healthy,...

Pumpkin Slices

Pumpkin is my number one favorite autumn/winter food. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just use it as a snack at work or at uni. Not only is it super healthy, but it’s also very satiating and sweet. So, if you have a sweet tooth and constantly crave for sugar, some pumpkin slices will satisfy your taste buds! In fact, did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit? Botanists consider fruit as “the part of the plant that develops from a flower” (Nelson et al., 2012). However, from a culinary point of view, pumpkin can be seen as a vegetable, since it is less sweet and served as part of the main dish. Actually, this doesn’t really matter much, since both fruits...

Whole-Wheat Pancakes

What a better way to start the weekend than with some super nutritional, healthy pancakes? Boost your mood and energy from the very morning with these whole-wheat pancakes: high in fiber and free of sugar, they are so sweet and delicious! The beauty of these pancakes is that you can make a bunch of those during the weekend and then eat them for a couple more days. This breakfast is a great way to crowd out the usual morning bagels or donuts – the whole-wheat pancakes are still flour-based, but are a much healthier option and are really easy to make. I start by mixing all dry ingredients: the flour and raising agents. Then I add the wet ingredients, mix everything with a fork and my batter is ready!...

Fruity Cinnamon Cake

Secret cake revealed: this is the easiest and most delicious cake you’ll ever make! In just 20 min. you can create a nutritional cake that will surprise your taste buds: made as healthy as possible (for a cake I mean), it is exactly what you need if you have guests coming and you are running out of time. Or if you just want a healthier treat for breakfast/snack. We all associate cakes with tons of sugar, chocolate, cream and so much guilt after that. Yet with this easy recipe, you can actually enjoy the taste without feeling conscious about it. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 cup Yogurt (Greek; Bulgarian) 2 cups whole-wheat flour ½ cup olive oil 1 cup brown cane sugar 1 tsp. soda 1 cinnamon 3 peaches Method: Pour the...