Month: August 2017

How do you measure your life?

The experience has taught me many things, one of which is this: there is no right answer to what success is. Because happiness is subjective, it isn’t rational to have a one-size-fits-all measuring stick for life. We get to decide how we measure the quality of the lives we live. Forget everyone else’s notion of success, happiness and fulfilment. The most accurate life compass you can rely on lies in your heart and the depths of your gut. 

Sweet potato almond date fudge (vegan)

To many people I’ve met in Europe, sweet potatoes (patate douce in French) are exotic, strange or something they just ignore in the supermarket. In Asia, this root crop is a widely available and cheap staple food, perhaps not appreciated enough for its true nutritional value. But ever since it got more popular in health-conscious circles, a gamut of recipes have surfaced using the humble sweet potato.

Lentil spinach chilli bowl

Two of my close girl friends and I have a good laugh whenever any of us makes this recipe. The saying goes that there are people who come into our lives simply to teach us something, after which they inevitably leave. Well, a few of my friend’s ex-boyfriends have each left a recipe we all love and this one is from one of them. 

Vegan, gluten-free (banana) muffins

For lovers of muffins, cupcakes and any cake for that matter, it’s really not possible to avoid them without feeling restricted. I believe in balance, moderation and common sense, so if removing them from my diet is not an option, the best thing to do is to make healthier versions. Unsweetened apple compote or applesauce is one of the best alternatives to butter, eggs and even sugar especially if you make your own from sweet apples. Here’s the basic recipe I use for muffins and cakes, and you can add whatever other flavours you like. Enjoy!

Why I was wrong about yoga

In the last 10 to 15 years, yoga hit the mainstream and to a large extent, became a trend, a fashion statement, a social signature, or worse, something rich skinny girls did. I cringed at anything that seemed to be a result of ‘sheep mentality’ in order to prove one’s belonging to a social group, and that’s what I felt about yoga. I couldn’t understand the hype around it or the sometimes faux spirituality people had when talking about it. I was a kick-boxing, body-pumping, high-intensity exercise type of girl. Yoga was too slow, unchallenging, and was for those who wanted to “exercise” without putting in too much effort.

Well, if you’re a yogi, you might have been shaking your head from the first sentence. Clearly, I was so very wrong.

Goodbye lower belly pooch

For many women, it’s the hardest thing to lose. At some point, I told myself it’s genetic and I just have to accept that I’ll always have a bloated lower belly. While I’m all for acceptance, my reasoning was flawed because I knew I hadn’t put in the effort to do something about it. That’s the good news: we actually can help our bodies torch the unwanted fat gathering around our lower bellies.

Cottage cheese oat pancakes

One of the things I’ve cut down on eating is bread—warm, soft, fresh bread. But breakfast without a bit of bread, butter and jam can sometimes feel incomplete, and that’s where pancakes come in. Pancakes aren’t mere replacements for bread, they occupy a special place in the hierarchy of best breakfast foods. When you’re trying to increase your protein intake to complement your workout routine, packing a plateful of pancakes with protein-rich ingredients is the perfect way to do so.