Before I start to rave about the wonders of nice cream, I want to talk about my love for apricots
I’m a big fan of seasonal produce. When I was living in Hong Kong I got really tired of eating imported fruits and vegetables that tasted like plastic. Since I moved to Egypt I’ve started to appreciate seasonality…even if this means I can’t have avocado for a few week. But when there is avocado available it tastes like nothing else. And I guess that compensates for the few weeks each year when I have to plan my meals without it.
Same thing for apricots. Saying that I love apricots is an understatement. Once they are in season I eat as much as I can hoping I might get sick of them at one point to survive the upcoming months without them. That usually doesn’t work. But again it makes me appreciate apricots even more. I’m currently loving apricots in my daily breakfast bowl. As it’s super warm in Cairo at the moment I usually make it with some nice cream.
Have you heard of nice cream yet? It’s a creamy and sweet snack, treat or dessert and only made of one ingredient, frozen banana. It’s vegan, it’s raw and really delicious. If you add a few more ingredients, it’s a happy and healthy breakfast. Read more
Classic overnight chia pudding has become a constant breakfast stable in my life but today I would like to share with you a new twist on chia seeds: A recipe for a nutty quinoa chia seed pudding.
Fun facts about chia seeds: When the chia seeds are placed in liquid, they expand up to 10 times their original size. The result is that you stay hydrated, it fills you up and your body is able to absorb all the good nutrients. It is even believed that Aztec warriors have sustained themselves from just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds per day.
Fun facts about quinoa: Quinoa isn’t a grain but actually a relative of spinach, beets and chard. Because it is mineral rich, gluten-free and contains all essential amino acids, NASA researched declared it the perfect inflight food for astronauts 20 years ago.
Quinoa and chia seeds are considered superfoods and mixing both provides a high-protein and nutrient-dense base. But don’t be fooled. Just because it’s super healthy doesn’t mean that it tastes bland. Quinoa and chia seeds combined ticks all the flavour boxes: Its nutty, slightly crunchy yet creamy and depending on your topping it can also be fruity and juicy. Convinced? Here is an easy and quick recipe… Read more
If you have ever been to Cairo in Egypt you know that it can be quite overwhelming and at times even stressful. Cairo is known for being a bustling and energetic city which I love as there is always so much to explore and discover. But sometimes I feel the need to unwind and relax. So, no matter if you come to visit Egypt’s capital for a few days or if you live here, there are some laid-back ways to make most of the city. Read more
I recently re-discovered the beauty of oat milk.
It’s been years that I turned my back on cow’s milk. It all started in High School when my mum decided to cut out diary products. I couldn’t bother to buy my own food so I just ate whatever she put in the fridge. And at that time this was soy milk.
Honestly, I have never looked back to ‘normal’ milk and when I tried to drink an original cappuccino in Rome a couple of years ago (because that’s what you have to do when in Italy) I disliked its taste.
So soy milk and I were friends for a long time until I realised that I just consumed to0 many soy products. Soy yoghurt, tofu, soy cream, soy-based protein powder. There are plenty of articles that say that the intake of too much soy is bad for your body. I just think that eating too much of one thing is never a good idea because it’s all about keeping a good balance.
Nowadays it’s super easy to find alternatives like almond, hemp or rice milk in a supermarket. Even here in Cairo. This all depends on where you live but I personally made the experience that either these alternatives are too expensive or have too much sugar content.
Lucky me, I recently got a powerful blender and a slow juicer, two amazing kitchen machines that make making your own vegan milk so much easier. If you are looking for a low-cost and nut-free as well as gluten-free milk, oat milk is really easy and quick to make. Read more
Let me get right to the point: Soma Bay is the best place to stay in Egypt. Considering that you like the beach, some sun, crystal clear water and relaxation, there is no finer destination at the Red Sea. Soma Bay is surrounded on all sides by the sea and thus perfect for all kinds of water activities. The best part, it’s an exclusive holiday resort destination in Egypt and not as overrun by tourist groups like Sharm El Sheik or Hurghada. And even though Soma Bay is located on a remote peninsula there is not reason to get bored . Read more
Don’t say I didn’t warn you but once you created your first healthy granola recipe you probably won’t like the store-bought version anymore. Before I started making my own granola I thought that it was time consuming and that I would spend lots of money to buy the right ingredients. But granola is such a versatile food that it’s your decision if you want to add fancy ingredients. Another great thing about granola is that you can take it with you wherever you go. If you want to avoid the sweet and often artificial hotel granola, just store some of your homemade granola in an airtight container and pack it in your luggage. Or you can take a jar with you to work.
I love to eat my granola for breakfast with fresh fruits and almond milk or coconut yoghurt. It’s also amazing as a topping for an afternoon smoothie or ice cream. This granola recipe is so good that I have to make a new batch every other day because we literally inhale it at home. And of course it’s really healthy, too. The mix is made without refined sugar and lots of nutritious seeds and oats. Give it a try! Read more
I just got back from an 8-day trip to Iran and this is the first time that I write a post about my latest travels so quickly. I’m really excited to share my impressions about Iran here and now and in some upcoming posts.
Iran has been on my bucket list for quite some time as I have a few friends who visited it and only had the best to say about this country and its people. That made me curious especially since the media seemed to tell a different story. When I told family and friends about my travel plans most were concerned about my safety. I was only concerned about the dress code which eventually was easy to apply. So let me tell you with all my heart, I have never so felt so safe and welcomed anywhere in Europe and North America. And I have never met friendlier and curiouser people than in Iran. Read more
Move over spaghetti with tomato sauce, here comes the soba noodle bowl, a healthier and (in my opinion) tastier version of yours. Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat and so they are gluten-free. They work well as a base for salads, soups or stir fries. I love having soba noodles in my buddha bowl and I like them best when chilled. I first discovered soba noodles in South Korea during a 2 months summer trip. The weather was hot and humid when I fell in love with a dish known to me back then as Korean cold buckwheat noodles with spicy dipping sauce. Despite the warm temperatures, (because spicy in Korea is above and beyond all spicy food you ever tasted – trust me) this became my favorite Korean meal (sorry Kimchi and Jeon). When I went back to Europe I somehow forgot about soba noodles and only recently found them in an Egyptian supermarket. And they are still so good! Read more
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” Jack Kerouac
They say climbing a mountain makes you humble, makes you appreciate your limits, makes you more confident. Really? By just hiking up a steep hill? The answer is ‘yes’! And it doesn’t need to be Mt. Everest to feel a sense of accomplishment or connected to nature. Just a few weeks ago, mid of March, my mum and I went up Mount Sinai in Egypt. The climb itself wasn’t the most difficult that I have ever done. It was actually fairly easy but reaching the peak was one of the most rewarding moments I have ever experienced.
We started our ascent at around midnight with no source of light other than from the moon and stars. It still fascinates me that the luminary of the night have such a strong power that no flashlight was needed to find the way up. But there are many more reasons why everyone should climb Mt. Sinai. Click below for my visual story
10 Reasons Why You Should Climb Mount Sinai For Sunrise
“I’m on vacation” is a sentence I hear often when friends and family excuse their full plates at the hotel breakfast buffet. Overindulge is a common behaviour when people go on vacation and often they have the tendency to choose really unhealthy items from the breakfast selection: croissants, muffins, sausages and sweet juices. However every hotel breakfast buffet offers some good-for-you options that are nourishing, nutritious and filling. Having a healthy and refreshing breakfast provides you with energy and a mental boost. Apart from that it is so much easier coming home from a wonderful vacation and not going on a diet immediately to fight your holiday weight gain.
Travelling a lot I am often faced with the breakfast buffet dilemma. At home I usually have a breakfast smoothie with oats (check out my Instagram for some recipe inspiration) but finding maca powder, chia seeds or even non-diary milk at a hotel breakfast buffet is nearly impossible. So, it took me some time to find my favorite holiday breakfast foods that would would be healthy on the one side but also satisfy my taste buds and soul.
When I am having breakfast at a hotel I am ideally looking for various food combinations, low-carb fruits and slow-digesting carbs, fat + proteins and low-carb vegetables or proteins and high-carb fruits. This sounds all more scientific than it actually is and these are only my ideas of understanding healthy food (I’m not a nutritionist) but with some common sense and inspiration you’ll find an energising and healthy breakfast. So here are my preferred vegan and vegetarian hotel breakfast choices.