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  • Welcome to Simone Olivia

    I have been interested in clean eating and creating healthy recipes for as long as I can remember. After lots of questions from friends and family I finally decided to make my own little space on the internet.

    Welcome to Simone Olivia; I'm so very glad you stopped by.

    I started this blog as a way to highlight some of the problems I face with gluten and the ways in which I try to keep my lifestyle healthy. I have a background in nutritional therapy and I believe that we all face the same struggles with today's heavily processed food products.

    I started to "eat clean" three years ago, and noticed the increase in my energy levels and my happiness almost immediately. I know that there is a direct connection between the food I eat and the way I feel. I want to share what I have learned and give you some ideas for a more healthy and happy you.

    So please, take a look around and let's explore some ideas for a healthy lifestyle together.

    xSimone

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Yesterday morning I got overwhelmed by all the positive reactions about my sunny golden breakfast bowl. For some reason breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And as much as I love to start the day with a big bowl of overnight oats with sliced banana, a drizzle of maple syrup and a spoonful of homemade nut butter I always try to add some veggies into my breakfast. One of my favorite ingredients to add to my breakfast ( or acturally ANY meal) is pumpkin. But because it’s off season now,  I make sure that there’s aways a bag full of grilled cinnamon seasoned chunks in the freezer. In summer I prefer making ice-cream but on a cold and rainy day I like my bowl hot, steamy and full of spices.

The guilt free ice-cream I often start my day with, is extremely easy to make and requires just three basic ingredients: milk, protein powder, and frozen veggies or fruit. Pretty much the same stuff you’d use in a protein shake or smoothie. Like I said I prefer making it with pumpkin but when I’m craving ice-cream in the evening I make it with a frozen banana and nut butter, frozen berries or sweet mango chunks.

I use my favorite FITSHE vegan protein powder with vanilla flavor. But you can use any protein powder. The reason why I like this product is because it’s 100% natural, organic, has no artificial sweeteners or flavourings and the protein (made of mung bean, hemp and pumpkin seed protein) supports the recovery of your muscles after exercise.

First things first, let’s get this pumpkin roasted…
1 pumpkin
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp  melted coco oil

– Heat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Save the seeds for roasting. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut slices of pumpkin, 1-inch thick.
– Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet. Drizzle with coconut oil and add season with salt, cinnamon and ginger. Roast for 18-20 minutes, depending on thickness of pumpkin slices (check at 15 minute mark).
– Let the pumpkin cool down and store in the freezer.

For one big bowl of golden goodness (which will keep you going for hours)

– A handful of frozen pumpkin chunks
– 4 ice cubes
– 150 ml plant based milk ( I prefer unsweetened roasted almond or oat milk)
– 1 scoop whey ( vegan doesn’t fluff as well als regular whey, but it does taste lovely)
– 1 tsp cinnamon ( and another one)
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– 1/2 tsp ginger
– 1/2 tsp cardamom

  1. Crush the icecubes and pumpkin in a blender
  2. Add the protein powder and the milk
  3. Mix for 5 minutes until it gains volume.
  4. Top with whatever you want and eat immediately.

Ice-cream for breakfast, can it be better?

 

 

 

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And suddenly you know, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.

And so I jump…

Jump and let go of the fear of Uncertainty …

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Today I am moving, I am packing up my little apartment in the most beautiful street of Maastricht and move to the city of Amsterdam. Tomorrow I am starting my new job, and I cannot explain how excited I am.

After a rough year, I am ready. Ready to build my new home, to put even more passion into my work and ready to meet new people.  But it’s tough too, especially for me, control freak first class. Am I making the right choice? How will it be? Did I pack everything? What I have learned in the last couple of years is that everything WILL be okay in the end. You have to jump to make a step forward. Faith is the key that opens doors.

And while I am thinking about this during my morning run, the white butterfly that is following me for five days in a row, now passes me.

Thank you daddy, thank you for telling me that everything will be okay….

x SimoneOlivia

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Hello dear followers,

Last week I posted my all time favorite noodle bowl ( AGAIN ).  I cannot get enough of this dish; don’t tell anyone but I make this at least once a week when I snuggle up on the couch.  It is healthy, nourishing and satisfying with a little kick.  If I’m feeling particularly lazy I buy a prepared Thai vegetable mix, but in this recipe I combine my favourite greens from scratch.  It all depends how much time you have or how long you want to spend in the kitchen 😉

What you’ll need for 1 big bowl (serves one hungry person, like me):

50 grams of Buckwheat soba noodles (check the label, lots of brands cheat and make their noodles with 50% regular flour and 50% buckwheat flour, go for the 100 % buckwheat )

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4 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp honey
1 cm fresh grated ginger
garlic ( as much as you like)
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp tahini

150 grams tempeh
2 tbsp tamari
0.5 tbsp honey

100 grams sugar snaps
100 grams of green asparugus
100 grams paksoi

A handful of spring onions
A handful of sprouts

Cilantro/Coriander (as much as you prefer, to garnish)
Half a chili pepper

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Cooking instructions:

Cook your noodles and let them cool, then steam all your veggies and set them aside.
Mix all your dressing ingredients.
Cut the tempeh into pieces, heat coconut oil in a grill pan and grill your tempeh until it gets crispy. When it’s done, add 2 tbsp of tamari and 0.5 tbsp honey and bake for another minute until caramelized.
Mix your noodles with the dressing, add your greens and top it up with tempeh, chilipepper, spring onion, sprouts and as much cilantro as you like.

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Yum, I’m hungry now!

Simone Olivia x

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Dear runners… Are you running with your phone, keys, coins, gym membership cards etc? All the things we need to carry with us while working out makes excercising more complicated and cumbersome. Finding a solution that fits all your items but doesn’t impede your workout is a real struggle.  I’ve tried many variations in my quest for the perfect solution: running belts; phone tucked in my sports-bra; keys wrapped around a shoe string; phone in my hand; even coins in my underwear. If you’re a runner, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Finally, after much searching and a few lost coins, I came across the solution we’ve all been looking for.  I’m talking about the FlipBelt.

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Light, soft and most importantly, tight.  The FlipBelt is a sleek way to carry your phone, keys, cards & cash! This amazing belt fits everything, including an iPhone 6 and stays flat on your waist without without riding up or chaffing. With this simple accessory you can comfortably do your jumping jacks, climb that mountain or ride your bike, all as free as a bird!

My FlipBelt was a 30th birthday gift, and one that I use daily with a big smile on my face.

Perhaps the only downside to this fantastic little belt, is when I forget to pack it the night before a run.  Imagine my struggle as I woke early to do a 15K run in the countryside close to my Mom’s house. I packed my bags in a rush the day before, and yikes….I forgot my FlipBelt.   Luckily enough I found an old running belt in my Mom’s closet and headed out into the countryside.  But after only a short distance, I was already uncomfortable and distracted by the old running belt as it bumped around on my hips.  No amount of tightening or adjusting made the old belt stay in place, and the coins rattled loudly distracting me even more.  My 15k run was a long one, much longer and less enjoyable than I hoped it would be, and all because I forgot my beloved FlipBelt.

 

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Have a lovely run,

Simone Olivia x

p.s. I’m not endorsed by FlipBelt but I do love their product.  You can get yours here!

 

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Yes! On a daily basis? NO!

People often ask me, Simone, why are you not drinking? So, let me address this for you in my first and last blog post about alcohol. I certainly do enjoy a good glass of wine or champagne, with the emphasis on good. I’m the kind of person who prefers one good glass over an entire bottle of mediocre wine. Besides that, my healthy lifestyle doesn’t match with consuming alcohol on a daily basis. Does that make me a boring person? Haha, I don’t think so, but there will always those who see it differently. It’s all a matter of perspective so, please enjoy your nice glass of chardonnay or well brewed craft beer.  After all, life is to be lived however,  let me  also enjoy my sparkling water with a slice of lemon or ginger (which makes it a bit more sexy).

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I get up to workout around 7 am each morning, sometimes an hour earlier, sometimes an hour later. I just can’t do that after a night of drinking because I need to get a good night of sleep.

My lifestyle is not only about eating clean and working out, it’s about getting enough rest, drinking a lot of water and living life. In these summer months especially, this involves bbq’s, wine, gin & tonics and other summery drinks. My solution is to get a glass, ask for ice, sparkling water and a slice of lemon or some mint. It looks like I’m consuming alcohol?

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That being said, if you’re serving my all time favourite Chardonnay from Bernardus Winery, California, then I’ll take more than one glass right now. Two years ago I visited their winery, which itself was a little dissapointing since the tasting room is situated on the roadside instead of the lovely fields of NAPA/SONOMA. However, their Chardonnay is delicious as so many wines are from this area.  And, while I’m talking about California wines, let me share my favorite red: Petit Syrah from Jeff Runquist. It’s not easy to find, but all I can say is…….YES PLEASE!

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Now you know what to bring, to make me happy and to make me drink…

Cheers!

parc

Simone Oliviax

 

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