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Seriously the HEALTHIEST and Most DELICIOUS Brownies in the World!

Dear all, Yes, it is true. These brownies are proof that a dessert can be sweet, healthy and super delicious at […]

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Yoga, Breathing, Coding and Risotto

Dear all, This morning, we all got up a few minutes earlier than usual (which is hardly a challenge given […]

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Special Post: Exam Food for my Students

Dear Students, You are having a busy time ahead of yourselves with tons of exams, late night studying and high stress […]

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Sip Turmeric Latte and Snack on Black Forest Cake Balls while checking out our NEW KIDS´ WEBSITE !!!!

Dear all, First, I have to apologize to my subscribers for the amount of posts you have received within the […]

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Recipe of the Day

Dear all, As you may have noticed, my website has undergone a significant makeover during the last few weeks and I am […]

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The Story of Lysine

Dear all, Our dear friend Geoff, artisan baker and former hotshot manager, is taking great pleasure in throwing smart and […]

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Natural Remedies to Help You Fight Colds and Flu

Dear all, I was working on a post on yet another delicious cake recipe that I had made last weekend, but all […]

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Aquafaba and Cherry Clafoutis

Dear all, Last week, I stumbled upon something I had never heard of…Aquafaba. Does this name ring a bell? Have […]

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OMG Best Salad Ever!

Dear all, Oh My Goodness, we had THE best salad ever! So good, that we had it two evenings in […]

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Might phytic acid cause iron deficiencies?

Dear all, Have you ever wondered why so many of us suffer from chronic iron deficiencies? It’s so widespread nowadays that everybody […]

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South Tyrolean Red Beet Dumplings

Dear all, In my last post about our European trip I mentioned the outstanding South Tyrolean Cuisine, especially the mouth […]

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Back again

Dear all, I have to apologize for my recent absence and lack of posting. We spent the last weeks with […]

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Breakfast and Sweet Potatoes

Dear all, What comes to YOUR mind if I ask you to associate sweet potatoes with breakfast? Most likely, sweet potato hash browns, […]

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Raspberry Birthday Cake

Dear all, One of our children’s favorite recipes from my cookbook is the one for the birthday cupcakes on page […]

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A South American Experience

I am excited to present to you something very new (at least it was new to me) and extremely tasty- […]

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MUST DOs THIS WEEKEND

Dear all, We were lucky to have just enjoyed a beautiful, long weekend. But the best news is that another long weekend is […]

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Another Surprise!

Dear all, My next good news after the announcement of the interactive children’s book is the launch of my VERY FIRST COOKBOOK! It […]

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Time for a Book Launch! Woohoo!

Dear all, As promised in my last post, I will share some truly exciting news with you today. NOT a […]

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The Most Beautiful Fresh Beans- Borlotti Beans

Dear all, For those who haven’t tried Borlotti, they are nature’s most beautiful beans and have to be the ones […]

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Homemade Plant-Based Delicious & Easy Cream Cheese

Dear all, Are you looking for a healthy alternative for traditional dairy-based cream cheese? Would you like to switch to […]

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Mouth Watering French Galettes and Millet Week

Dear all, Last week, I flooded you with a ton of information about making yogurt and keeping bacteria alive and […]

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Homemade Soy Yogurt

Dear all, Last week, I went to a pet shop to buy a fish tank heater. Not that I intended […]

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The Magic of Activating Foods- Soaking 101

Dear all, Activating foods is really a magical process that transforms ordinary foods like grains, nuts and seeds into amazingly […]

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I Did It, I Finally Did It!! Yay!!

Dear all, Today is one of THE most exciting days for me! Hitting the “enter” button a couple of minutes […]

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The Whole-Food Plant-Based Answer To "What Do I Send to School???"

Dear all, Frankly, I was not too fond of getting back into the whole school routine. Neither were my kids. […]

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Time

Dear all, Time is a funny thing. Or rather, how we perceive time is intriguing. Sometimes, time seems to fly […]

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Waffles versus Pancakes

Dear all, A few days ago, my husband surprised us with a waffle iron. We used to own one while in […]

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Too Hot To Cook...

Dear all, It’s not really too hot to cook… It’s too hot to do ANYTHING!!! Seriously, you can’t do anything. […]

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Hooked On Fermented Super Foods

Dear all, For most of my life, the only association with fermented foods were German “Gurkerln“, gherkins in English, which […]

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In need for a post-holiday nutritional boost?

Dear all, I hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did. Santa has always been very generous and in […]

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Gingerbread Men and Eggnog for Santa

Dear all, Decorating the house and setting up our amazing fake Xmas tree finally helped getting me into the holiday […]

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Hot, hot summer and very little Xmas feeling

Dear all, This goes out to everyone on the Northern hemisphere: Enjoy the cold weather! I am not kidding, neither […]

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Racing Extinction

Dear all, Yesterday was the long anticipated launch of the documentary “Racing Extinction” on Discovery channel. Discovery’s executive vice president for […]

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Celebrating Thanksgiving?

Dear all, Last week was an extraordinary busy week- I had to prepare for an important job interview, send off my cookbook draft […]

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Three Ultimate Whole-Food Plant-Based Burgers

Dear all, A large number of people mistakenly think that veggie burgers taste boring and mostly try to copy traditional burgers. Looking at the […]

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Trick-or-Treat? Give me something healthy to eat...

Hi everyone, Got all your spooky decorations and costumes ready? Carved your pumpkins and organised trick or treating with friends? […]

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European Treats

Dear all, My husband just got back from a business trip to Munich, Germany, and brought home loads of goodies […]

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Buckwheat Heaven

Dear all, Buckwheat is an amazing food that I have just discovered within the last two years. It is super versatile and adds […]

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Ear Infections and Food- Is There a Connection?

Over the last years, I have noticed that quite a few children we knew suffered from recurrent ear infections. That struck me […]

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RAWlicious PLANT SUSHI

Dear all, If you are wondering how to add more raw foods to your diet and cannot seem to warm […]

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Pinkalicious Beets

Dear all, Our daughter is a big fan of all the “Pinkalicious” books. Pinkalicious is a girl who loves the […]

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Weekend Tapas including Rosemary Polenta Fries with Plant-Based Aioli

Dear all, Lately, I have found myself fixing the most beautiful tapas for Saturday lunches. Well, honestly, I kind of threw […]

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Frozen Strawberry Cookies

Dear all, Who doesn’t like fluffy, moist and sweet cookies? We definitely do!! This week I brought home a CRATE of […]

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Ever Used Coconut Flour Before?

Dear all, Coconut is one of my favourite fruits- whether it’s a fresh Thai coconut, dried coconut, coconut water or […]

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Rice, Rice, Rice... Flakes, Milk and Grains

Dear all, BROWN RICE is such a great and versatile grain, which still includes the side hull and bran. The side hulls […]

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Happy Birthday Cake- of course eggless, sugar free and dairy free

Dear all, I have to admit that I don’t enjoy decorating cakes. I love to bake but not to spend […]

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Gluten Free- Necessary or Trendy?

Dear all, If you’re going to swear off of a food, other people are going to expect that you actually […]

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Sweet Almond Butter Addiction

Dear all, You might remember that I wrote a post about almond butter several months ago. I just had to […]

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The Perfect Whole Food Plant-Based Sandwich

Dear all, One of the things we are eating on a daily basis are sandwiches. Sandwiches can be as boring […]

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Want to Crunch Up Your Life?

Dear all, I am always on the lookout for new ideas to add a new twist to my recipes. Especially […]

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Amazing Greek Soup with Lemon, Peas and Dill

A couple of months ago, we were invited for a late lunch/ early dinner at Greek friends of ours. Back […]

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Newest Member of The Family

Dear all, Last weekend we welcomed a new member to our family… our pancake family, that is! It was Saturday morning […]

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Magical Miso

Miso paste is an Asian seasoning made by fermenting a mixture of soybeans, barley, brown rice and several other grains […]

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FREEZING!!!

People on the Northern hemisphere, I ENVY you at the moment. You are enjoying the warmths of summer while we […]

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Eat Fish, It's Good For You! Or Not So Much Anymore?

The first answer you hear when people are asked why they eat- or should eat- fish is usually “because of the omega-3 fatty acids.” […]

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The Third Aspect of Italy's Food Trinity: Polenta

For Italians, it always seems both pasta and pizza are the cornerstones of what makes Italian food “Italian”. However, there […]

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What Difference Can One Individual Possibly Make?

Dear all, While driving  on the freeway away from our secluded mountain retreat in Austria towards Munich, Germany, I was […]

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Retreat Heaven with Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies

Dear all, Have you ever been to a couples- only retreat, completely detached from your daily routine? Well, my husband and […]

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Is Spinach Not As Healthy As We Think It Is??

I just stumbled upon a very interesting fact about spinach that may surprise you too- cooking spinach actually increases its […]

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Baking Powder versus Baking Soda- When To Use What... Or Both??

Dear all, I have been recently asked on what grounds I decide whether to use baking soda and baking powder and whether […]

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Tuscan Memories- White Bean Mash with Silver Beet

Dear all, I found a huge, beautiful bunch of silver beets (also called chard, but the word silverbeet sounds way more appealing […]

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TOFU & Flavourful Lemony Silken Tofu Cream with Roasted Pineapple

Dear all, I am always interested of creating and finding delicious healthy foods that can be prepared quickly and with […]

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Plant- Based Burger Heaven

Who can resistent a delicious, veggie filled burger? My all time favorite is still the classic portobello burger- topped with caramelized […]

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"No Filter" & The Benefit of Food Diaries

Dear all, This morning I was listening to my favorite radio station in the car on the way home after […]

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Oh Boy, Not Again!!

Dear all, The last thing I wanted to write about again was… SUGAR! I have already reviewed “That Sugar Film” in […]

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Grocer & Grind Inspired Juice

Dear all, Once again, I am sitting on the floor at our daughter’s ballet school, using her one hour “body conditioning” class […]

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Happy Plant- Based Mother's Day

Dear all, I know, I know… it is odd for a mom (or mum, as they say here in Australia […]

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Happy Plant- Based Birthday!

Dear all, My husband’s birthday is coming up and we can’t wait to celebrate with him.  We are all excited […]

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Boost Your Energy With Iron Rich Chocolate Chia Pudding

Dear all, I am having a pretty tough week with my husband away overseas. I really wonder how single moms […]

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THE FOOD REVOLUTION

Dear all, For the last tow days, I have been running around with my headphones on. I had them on […]

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Foods Under 30 Minutes- for Students and Everyone Else

Dear all, Yesterday was a workday for me and I taught dental students at the University. Somehow, I ended up talking […]

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Food and Behaviour- A Must Read

Dear all, What a weekend! Our children had the most fun weekend and my husband and I… well, we were […]

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"That Sugar Film"

Yesterday, we took our children to watch the documentary “That Sugar Film“ at the Arts Center. Before the movie, when […]

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Complete Loss of Energy... And Some Surprising Facts

Dear all, Usually people are completely energy depleted after a long work out, a long exhausting work day or because […]

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Cookies, cookies, cookies

Dear all, Here we are, just three days past Easter Sunday and I am presenting yet another type of sweet […]

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Plant Based Easter- All About Eggs

Dear all, Easter is all about eggs. No matter whether you are a religious person or not, vegan or plant- […]

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Mediterranean Goodness- Oven Baked Vegetable Casseroles

 Dear all, What three things do you associate with the word  “Mediterranean“? I myself immediately think of a bottle of olive oil, […]

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The Week Is Over - And It's Pizza Friday!

Dear all, We did it! We survived another busy and somewhat stressful week and it’s finally weekend! We love Friday […]

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The Small Print You Might Not Know About Atkins, Paleo and Other Trendy Diets

Dear all, While I was riding my bike yesterday (and secretly cursing myself for not working out more frequently), I […]

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Plant- Based Baking 101

Dear all, Today, finally,  I will share my SECRETS about plant- based baking. Quite a lot of people think that it requires a […]

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New and Trendy- Cold Pressed Juices

Dear all, While I was writing my upcoming post about plant- based cooking I was sipping on one of my […]

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"Tris di Fragole"- Strawberry Variations

In Italy, you can find the main dish “Tris di pasta“ quite often on restaurant menus. “Tris” means “a combination […]

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Creamy Plant-Based Pasta Recipes

This post has been on my list of to-do-posts way too long, especially since Noodles are one of the most […]

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All About Dates And The Secret Of Date Paste

DATES are exceptionally delicious, they are one of my favorite foods. They’re wonderfully sweet and chewy with an awesome caramel-like […]

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"NO Soup For You..."

Hi All, “No soup for you” is a famous line from one of the episodes of Seinfeld. Every time I […]

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Mardi Gras- Let The Good Times Roll

Hi Y’All, February was our absolute favorite month of the year during our 3 year stay in Louisiana. Not because […]

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Ever Heard Of Orthorexia?

Dear All, Up until yesterday, I had never heard of Orthorexia before. And still, there was a whole report about […]

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Plant-Based Sweet Trilogy

Dear All, It just hit me that I haven’t done a post on sweets in a long time. It’s definitely […]

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THE Most Delicious Plant-Based French Toast Ever...Like Ever!!

Dear All, Up to this Sunday morning, I thought that I had already been in the possession of THE best […]

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Need Milk?

Hi All, School has started a couple of days ago and I am finally settling into my usual routine after […]

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Smoothie Special

Dear All, Visiting our families and friends in Europe just flew by in a blink of an eye. We had […]

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Love You For Trying...

Hi All, Let me tell you, we have tried everything, but sometimes you have to settle for less… Well, let […]

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Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nuts, Apples and More...

Hi All, This week we rediscovered the heavenly smell and taste of oven- baked stuffed apples! Traditionally, I use marzipan, […]

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Austrian Plant- Based Special

Hi All, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. It finally started to snow in Vienna last night and the […]

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I Am So Not Ready!!

Hi All, I would love to tell you, that I am done with all my Christmas shopping, that I have […]

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Winter Weather, Here We Come!

Hi All, I am in the process of getting our warm winter clothes out of the closets where they have […]

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Delicious Sprouts- Maybe One of the Riskiest Foods in the World?

Hi All, Let me start my post today with a story of a woman, who had a love for sandwiches- the […]

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Gojis, Corn and Pumpkin

Hi All, What do Goji berries, corn and pumpkin have in common? Well, this week I let my family choose […]

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The Holiday Baking Season Has Finally Arrived!

Halloween…check. Thanksgiving…check. Next: HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKE OFF!!! Last weekend we were busy taking down the Thanksgiving decoration and replacing it with […]

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All Things Pumpkin

Apples and pears are the big favourites every fall at the Farmer’s markets, but pumpkins seem to always steal the […]

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Plant- Based Thanksgiving Menu

Finally, here is my this year’s Thanksgiving dinner menu… it feels kind of funny to decorate the house with pumpkins, corn […]

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Countdown for Thanksgiving... Only 6 More Days

Dear All, Thanksgiving is coming closer and I am in the process of putting together a wonderful mouth watering Thanksgiving dinner […]

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Reading Food Labels- A Necessity or a Nuisance?

Ever been to the supermarket and picked up an “organic”, “healthy”, “whole” product like a box of crackers or cereal? […]

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Cold Winter Or Hot Summer?

Hi Everyone, I have been sweating a lot in my kitchen this week! Here, on the southern hemisphere, summer will […]

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Debunking Food Myths. Chapter Two: Meat

MEAT IS GREAT! We need it to get enough of our daily protein, it provides us with nutrients and it is […]

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Friday Night Means...New Uploaded Recipes, New Weekly Meal Plan, New Shopping List!

 Hi All, Still catching your breath from my last long and intense post? Hope you had a chance to read […]

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Our Food And Our Climate- How Does That Go Together?

In light of recent events, I am interrupting my current series on “Debunking Food Myths”. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has invited world leaders, from […]

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Check Out a Bunch of New Recipes and My Weekly Meal Plan

This week I spotted this huge pile of yummy looking coconuts at the supermarket and couldn’t resist buying a brown […]

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Debunking Food Myths. Chapter One: Milk

Debunking food myths is as sensitive of a topic as discussing religion with a stranger. Often, people get emotional and […]

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It's Simply Not Fair!

Before I give you the newest weekly meal plan (see bottom of page) I have to let off some steam! […]

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Halloween Special

 Beautiful scary spooky Halloween is just around the corner… … and we love to party, go trick-or treating and carve […]

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The Newest Recipes and Weekly Meal Plan Are Ready

It’s Friday night and time for the release of my new recipes and the weekly meal plan. WeeklyMealplan4 ShoppingList4 Shopping […]

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Organic Or Non- Organic? That's The Question...

Sometimes organic is better… TOP 5 PESTICIDE LADEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES These days, pesticides are everywhere, especially as big agriculture […]

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Newest Weekly Meal Plan Is Out!

Hi Everyone, I hope are having an equally great start into the weekend! Mine could not have been better: lovely […]

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My Top Ten TED Talks

For everyone who is not familiar with it, TED is a global set of conferences owned by a private non-profit Foundation. […]

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New Weekly Meal Plan- Just In Time For The Weekend

Hi everyone, Last week was very busy and very exciting for me with the launch of my blog. Things have […]

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How To Transition Into a Plant Based Diet?

Congratulations! If you are reading this post, you either follow a plant based diet already or you would like to […]

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Welcome to my first weekly meal plan!

I am so excited! Here is my first weekly meal plan! WeeklyMealplan1 ShoppingList1 It has been quite a challenge for […]

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Why whole food plant- based?

The reason is simple: We want to live a long, healthy life and and we want to watch our kids […]

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