5 Top Foods to Maintain Gut Health


Hey guys!
Here is another little post about healthy food. And more precisely, about gut health!
I must confess that I do like superfoods, and I try to incorporate them in my diet as much as possible. But even though they are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, today I want to talk about 5 green foods that will help us maintain gut health. Gut health is absolutely crucial for keeping our immune systems healthy and fully functioning. Gut health also keeps us feeling great and looking good! So keep reading if you want to know 5 top foods to maintain gut health.

1. Matcha

I’m a huge fan of matcha. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and in B complex, it’s a super antioxidant. This means that it will stimulate immune function, promotes healthy bowel movements, boosts the metabolism, and has anti-cancer, alkaline and anti-ageing properties. Not bad for a single teaspoon of this delicious tea! I like to make matcha lattes by mixing:
1 cup of oat milk (or any other plant milk)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp agave
a pinch of vanilla powder
In a saucepan, heat oat milk gently. In a glass, mix matcha powder, with a  little bit of hot water. With an electric whisk, mix until combined. Then, pour the green mixture into the hot milk, and add the agave and vanilla powder. Strain while you serve it (you don’t want those little lumps of matcha) and voilà!

2. Kiwi Fruit

It’s high in vitamin C, potassium and is rich in fibre, too. This particular food is amazing for your gut, as it contains a digestive enzyme that is great for you. You will also find it in other exotic fruits such as mango, pineapples and papayas! This enzyme regulates gut function, aids with the absorption of nutrients during digestion, and is a great probiotic.

3. Leafy Greens
Don’t be surprised if I mention this one in this list. I always buy leafy greens when I do groceries, and I feel weird if I leave the supermarket without some kale or spinach. I absolutely love dino kale actually! Leafy greens are an amazing source of vitamins C, K, B complex, folic acid (great for pregnancy), iron, calcium and potassium. So if you’re deficient in any of these, just amp up your kale! These vitamins will nourish and heal your body, as well as the lining of the digestive tract. This is also important for supporting a healthy kidney and liver function.

4. Avocados


My favourite! Avocados are no only good source of heart-promoting fats, but that also maintain a healthy gut lining and strong immune system. Think about this the next time you eat an avocado on toast! Avocados are also great for assisting recovery from sickness or illness, and also prevents from muscle wastage. So this is perfect for a post-workout snack too.

5. Wheatgrass
Super-rich in chlorophyll, which is what gives fruits and veggies their colour, wheatgrass is rich in magnesium, is naturally anti-inflammatory, alkalising and is super-cleansing. It helps eliminate toxins from your body and helps prevent the growth of pathogens.
Keep in mind that this list is non-exhaustive and there are so many other great gut-friendly foods such as basil, berries, beetroot, chia seeds, carrots, garlic, lemon… Not everything has to be green! The point is, that plant-based foods are a great source of phytochemicals that will help your body fight diseases, and fibre-rich foods will support weight loss and a healthy functioning metabolism. I’ve listed my top super foods that help your body support optimal digestive health, so enjoy a cup of matcha or some garlic spinach as a side dish, and tell me you you feel about it later on!
With love,

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How to make an açaí bowl

Hey guys!

I have another recipe blogpost for you.
I recently placed an order from http://www.realfoods.co.uk, which has become my number one destination for buying healthy food.

I don’t have access to Planet Organic nor Whole Foods up here, so not only this website offers a great deal of health foods, but you really can’t beat the prices either. I tend to order things to come to my office, and voilà! It’s super easy and you get most things you need in a vegan diet.

This morning, I decided to make an açaí bowl. Açaí is considered to be a superfood because it’s packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It’s originally from South America, and although they make açaí bowls with the actual frozen berry, it’s a bit hard to get hold of that here in the UK. As long as your açaí powder is not mixed with any other ingredients, will get a bowl that will taste just as delicious as the ones in Brazil. Not that I have ever been there, but my Brazilian boyfriend approves of this one, which is quite a thing!
To make this açaí bowl you’ll need (for 2 people):
– 3 frozen bananas
– 1 cup frozen berries
– 2 Tbsp açaí powder. I used this one
– 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
– 1 Tbsp almond butter
– 1/2 almond milk
Blend everything in the food processor for a few minutes, and add toppings of your choice! Today I went for more almond butter, fresh raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and some nuts and seeds for crunch.
Enjoy!
Lots of love,

5 Foods That Will Make You Feel Amazing

1. Kale

I go on and on about it, I know! But seriously, broccoli’s little brother is a rich source of Vitamin A, C and iron. It is on of the most nutrient-dense foods in the planet, and it may also help fight off infections. Cooking your kale or eating it raw has no big difference in the production of antibodies in your body, so go ahead, and stir-fry it with garlic and ginger (picture above), or add it into your smoothie and you won’t even notice it’s here. Promise.

2. Raw nuts

Although I used pistachios for this recipe of pistachio and cranberry energy balls, nuts are sure to keep your heart healthy and cravings at bay. Because they’re also packed with protein, energy balls are a great way to keep you going until lunch or dinner time. Make you sure you buy raw nuts, and not the salted ones, nor the pre-made trail mixes. Those are not really good for you because they have additives. If you are looking for a snack that will keep you full without giving you a spike of sugar, nuts are your friends!

To make these energy balls, you’ll need:

1 cup of pitted medjool dates (8-10 dates)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 Tbsp almond flour (optional)

Start by pulsing the dates in a food processor, until a big ball forms. Add the rest of the ingredients, and pulse until a thick paste forms. Then make little balls with your hands. This recipe will yield 7 energy balls, which you can keep in your freezer until you need one! Yummy stuff.

3. Blueberries
I always tend to have blueberries in my fridge, and you should do! Berries have come up has champions lately, as their anticancer and antioxidant properties – which are the particles that fight oxidative stress and free radicals – place them as superfoods. Studies have also shown that eating blueberries can reduce the manifestation of Alzheimer’s and promote cognitive function. So scatter those blueberries in your morning pancakes, and not only will you help you brain, but your sweet cravings will be satisfied too.
4. Beetroots
Dear friends, it’s time to accept it: beetroots may not be the tastiest, but they are goddamn good for us. I have never been a fan of beetroot until very recently: I’ve put it into soup, roasted it with brussels sprouts, made beautiful pink hummus… And I can’t stop craving it. I guess that’s a good thing, because beetroots have scientifically proved to lower blood sugar levels.
5. Miso
Miso is a fermented soya bean paste. I started using it when I was living in Japan, and I haven’t stopped since. This thick paste is usually mixed with bonito flake broth to make a delicious soup called ‘miso soup’ in Japanese cuisine. Miso contains probiotic bacteria, meaning that it’ll help your gut with digestion, will help you have healthy bowel movements, as well as being anti-hypertensive.
Hope you enjoyed this little read, and I’ll see you all very soon.
With love,

My favourite overnight oats recipe

So the other day Kenzo asked me if he could have my overnight oats when he’d come to visit me in Manchester (read previous post to understand why I’m moving!). He also said that he needs the recipe, but because I know men, I also know he won’t remember it.
Let’s say this post is dedicated to him, so he can always come see it whenever he feels like making it. I’m sharing it also with all of you today, because it’s that good. Not only does it taste great, but you won’t be feeling hungry for between 3 or 4 hours! It’s the perfect breakfast for busy, on-the-go people like myself. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve eaten this jar in a bus or in the Eurostar with some stranger beside me. I could not care what they think, my breakfast certainly will taste better than those sainsbury’s doughnuts (hem hem). 
Finally, for those of you who don’t know, I’ve been on a plant-based diet for 8 months now. So all the recipes that I’ll be showing you are all vegan. I do consume soy products and gluten, but this recipe also happens to be soy and gluten-free. Keep reading!

For this recipe, you will need some lovely oats, oat milk or milk of choice (if I feel like I’ll be having a long day, I’ll prepare it with soy milk, which has more protein), peanut butter (feel free to replace it for almond or cashew butter, all delicious), cinnamon, salt and agave. For non-vegans, you can also use honey, or even maple syrup.

In the jar, put the dry ingredients first: the oats, cinnamon and salt. Do not put too much salt. But I do recommend you put a dash of it, as it will make the sweetness stand out even more. More sweet and salt recipes coming soon!

Finally, add your wet ingredients: milk, agave, and peanut butter. Stir it all up, and let it sit in the fridge overnight or for at least 4-5 hours. The next day, take it out of the fridge first, drink your glass of lemon water or take your shower, and enjoy after 5 min. Trust me, it makes all the difference. From freezing cold to creamy and delicious.
If you’re a man, I’d advise to go for 1 cup of oats and 1 cup of milk. Usually I always put 2/3 cup, but sometimes 3/4 of a cup too. This is perfect with some side fruit such as mango or raspberries, and once you try it, you’ll be addicted to it!
This jar will give you over 90g of long-lasting and energy-releasing carbs, 14g of fibre, 17,6g of protein (of which 2g from the PB), along with blood-regulating effects from the cinnamon.
Let me know if you try this, and if you want to see more vegan recipes!
With love,

Vegan Cuisine Series: Redemption

Hello friends!
Today I have a new blog post for you. I really enjoy writing these, so I am going to try to write at least one a week this year! Let’s see how that goes 🙂
So Kenzo (my boyfriend) and I went for dinner last night. We did not have a chance to celebrate Valentine’s because I was in Brussels working on the clothing sale and my endless essay deadlines. So finally we had the chance to have some time for ourselves after a week apart.
I had been to this vegan restaurant called Redemption (how cool is the name) in Notting Hill a few weeks ago and I had loved it! So I really wanted to go to the one in Shoreditch, which is closer from mine.

We took these baked sweet potato wedges with coconut yoghurt, pomegranate and green onion for starters. It wasn’t bad, though I did expect them to be a bit crunchier ! Amazing colours and flavour combinations though.

As for the mains, I suggested Kenzo to take the shiitake and truffle borlotti, it’s amazing! He’s not vegan and still enjoyed it, so I think that says a lot!

As for myself, I went for the pumpkin with wasabi and avocado dressing, with cashews and spicy salad. It was delicious!

Here is a sneak peak of what I was wearing (forgive my tired eyes, I had woken up at 6 and travelled from Belgium, had class and did many other things haha)

The atmosphere is the best part of the restaurant I think. The quick service, the presentation and the friendliness of of the waitresses was definitely a 10 for me. As a waitress myself I do have high expectations from other restaurants! But I will definitely come back with anyone who’d like to try this amazing cuisine that I follow on my everyday life 🙂
I was wearing:
MANGO STRIPED TOP
FOREVER 21 TULLE SKIRT
H&M BLAZER (my favourite!)
With love,