Recipe... Quinoa bread cake with banana and dates


I found this amazing recipe on a Dutch cooking/baking website micook.nl . I changed a few small things and translated it to English for the non-Dutchies :)


You'll need:

  • 120 grams dates, chopped
  • 100 grams quinoa flour
  • 40 grams cooked quinoa
  • 15 grams almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 30 milliliters of olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 10 grams of flax seed
  • 1 handful of nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamia nut, pistachios)
  • Baking paper
  • Cake tin

All you have to do is:


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F , grease the cake tin and place a sheet of baking paper with overhanging edges in the cake tin.
  • Mix the flax seed with 20 milliliters of water, stir with a fork and let rest (about ten minutes)
  • Cut the dates (deseeded) into small pieces, put in a bowl and pour 50 milliliters of boiling water and drain it after a few minutes.
  • Mix the quinoa flour with the cooked quinoa, almond flour and cinnamon. Stir.
  • Mash the bananas, put them in a bowl and mix them with the flaxseed mixture, the dates and the olive oil, stir well.
  • Add the banana mixture to the quinoa mixture, stir carefully until you see no more dry parts.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, smooth the top and sprinkle with the nuts.
  • Bake the bread cake about 40 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Remove the bread cake after 5 minutes out of the cake tin by using the baking paper and let it cool off.
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!




Recipe... Spinach quinoa cakes

I found this recipe at http://www.muffintinmania.com and I love it! It's super easy to make and it's great as a healthy snack!

You'll need:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 85 gram spinach thinly sliced
  • 1 leek, white and some of the green part, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 100 gram soft goat cheese (optional to my opinion)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


All you have to do is:

  • Cook the quinoa and let it cool off
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  • Mix everything in a large bowl
  • Divide mixture among 10 medium sized muffin cups
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes





Quinoa salads

I love quinoa! Especially to use it in a salat. But what is quinoa? Quinoa looks like a grain, but it officially belongs to the vegetable. However, it is generally eaten as a grain. Quinoa is native to the Andes Mountains in South America. The seeds of the plant leaves are eaten for years by the Incas because it is a cheap source of food.

Quinoa can serve as a substitute for rice or couscous. Quinoa is rich in protein, vitamin B2 and E and minerals like iron, copper and magnesium. Quinoa is great for people who want to lose weight. It prevents craving snacks and stimulates your metabolism. It also contains no gluten and it can also be used for vegetarian meals.

How to cook quinoa

Click here for a clear video on how to cook quinoa

My favorite quinoa salads

Quinoa fruit salad



You'll need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 persimmons/kakis
  • 2 hands of blueberries
  • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 banana


All you have to do is:

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Let it cool off
  • Slice the banana and persimmons into small pieces
  • Mix everything in one bowl
Enjoy!


Quinoa lunch salad



You'll need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 100 gram green and red leaf lettuce 
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 paprika
  • Handful of small pieces cheddar cheese
  • 1 boiled egg


All you have to do is:

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Let it cool off
  • Slice the onion, tomatoes and paprika into small pieces
  • Mix everything in one bowl

Enjoy!


Recipe... Oatmeal cookies


I love these cookies as a quick snack! You can make them with different ingredients. I've written down my 2 favorites:

Ingredients oatmeal banana cookies:
  • 4 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Handful raisins 

Ingredients peanut butter oatmeal cookies:
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • Handful raisins (optional)


Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the ingredients into a creamy consistency in a large bowl.
  • Place rounded, heaping tablespoon-sized balls of the batter on the parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.







Healthy... Green Juices


Green juices, they have become intense popular this year. But what is so special about these juices?
A green juice is a combination of fruits and vegetables. I recommend to use fresh vegetables, because they contain more vitamins and minerals than cooked vegetables. 
Besides the vitamins, green juices also contain lots of fiber. Fiber is important for proper bowel function and provide a feeling of fullness. For people who want to lose weight,  fibers are very important in the diet. Especially vegetables like broccoli, red cabbage and green beans are high in fiber. 
Green leafy vegetables provide protein, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. They contain substances that can not be found in any other type of vegetable. Because the leafy vegetables will be finely blended, your body can adapt the vitamins immediately so you will get a real boost. And that is very good for you: your skin will become more beautiful, you will lose fat, it reduces the tendency to overeating and it helps you to sleep better. Just try it if you haven't already!

3-day Green Juice Detox

  • Drink between 4 and six juices and four glasses of filtered water each day.
  • Avoid all solid food and do a low to moderate rate of exercise, like walking the dog, 20 minutes on the cross trainer or Yoga.
  • On the fourth day, don't jump straight back into solid food. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean protein and brown rice, combined with juices until you're system feels back to normal. 

Celebs love green juice

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves her green juice.

Megan Fox is also living the healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Oz and Oprah approve!

My favorite green juice of this week:

- 1 cup spinache
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 2 kiwis
- 1 Gala apple


Recipe... Banana pancakes!

We all love pancakes! Healthy ones? Even better!

Ingredients:
2 whole eggs
1 ripe banana
2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)

Nutrition info:
Calories:  ± 250
Fat: 6 gram
Protein: 6 gram

Tip: Add some more fruit! Strawberries, pomegranates, blueberries or apples for example!








First post

Hi everyone!

My name is Tanja, welcome to my new blog. I started it because I'm always busy with healthy eating, working out, fashion trends and hair, skin and nail care. And I would love to share all of that information with you! My goal is to give people the motivation to start eating healthy, to stop the negative way we all look at ourselves and to start being positive. 

Stop being negative, start being the best version of you.

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Tanja