All posts filed under: Natural Living

Liver Flush Detox Drink with Orange, Lemon, Garlic, Turmeric, Cayenne, Ginger

Ultimate Liver Flush Detox Drink

There are all sorts of things that can leave us feeling in need of a recharge, especially this time of year after weeks of festive indulgence. Guilty! There is no denying it, tis the season for overindulgence! Visits to the Christmas markets for mugs of warm Glühwein and Bratwurst sausages, baked homemade sweets, alcohol-fueled parties, […]

Umami Powered Shiitake Mushrooms

Umami: The Fifth Taste Sensation

Have you ever eaten something totally delicious but have a hard time describing what or why exactly it tastes so good? You may just have had an umami moment. What is umami and why is everyone talking about it? A new taste sensation? The fifth taste element? Iused to think it was because various sensations […]

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living, Market Vegetables, Grains and Fruit

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living

Nowadays, with endless information and countless opinions, the concept of clean eating and trying to live healthily can be a little confusing. Here are my top six clean eating principles: 1Minimize or eliminate processed foods from your diet. These are foods that come in boxes, bags, cans or packages with long list of ingredients (such […]

Raw Maca Powder, Vegan, Organic, Natural Energy Powder

Maca Magic – A Superfood to Embrace

If you haven’t already been introduced to raw maca root powder, you may want to get acquainted. For centuries, maca has been referred to as “the Food of the Gods, Nature’s Viagra, and Peruvian Ginseng”. Grown in the glaciated slopes of the Peruvian Andes, it is the highest growing food plant in the world. WHAT […]

Thyme Tips - Superstar of the Herb Garden

Thyme – Superstar of the Herb Garden

As superstar of the herb garden, thyme is one of the most important herbs in the European kitchen. In the Mediterranean world, thyme was once believed to be a symbol for courage, with Roman soldiers bathing in thyme infused water in the belief that they would gain vitality, strength and courage. It was also believed […]

To Chill or Not to Chill? Storing Fruits and Vegetables: Tips from the Farmer's Market

To Chill or Not to Chill? Storing Fruits and Vegetables: Tips from the Farmer’s Market

I shop regularly, actually daily, but it’s sticky hot this summer in Hamburg and so I’m finding it hard to keep things like tomatoes fresh. Despite the inordinate indoor temperature, there are a few food items that we should avoid exposing to frigid temperatures. Many think, food should be kept well chilled to increase its […]

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), get ready to have your mind blown. Originating from the South America Andes, quinoa has been referred to by the Incas as being the “mother of all grains” (though, technically quinoa isn’t a grain at all, but the seed of the Goosefoot plant, […]

Antioxidant rich berries, blueberries, strawberries

Antioxidants vs Free Radicals

The science is clear: plant-based foods are good for you — the dietary superstars. But what’s all this talk about antioxidants? I think we have all heard claims on how important they are for maintaining youth, vitality, and health and so on. But what does it all mean? WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? Antioxidants are compounds that […]

Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Pescatarian, and Pollotarian Explained

I recently discovered that there is actually a term for people who follow a vegetarian diet 90% of the time (give or take) – it’s called “flexitarian”. Technically, flexitarian doesn’t actually even fall into any of the many “levels” of vegetarianism, or types of vegetarian diets, but it get an honorable mention — a “very […]

Ground Sumac Spice

Getting To Know: Ground Sumac Spice

Sumac has long been used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (most notably as a key ingredients in za’atar) and there’s good reason that it’s gaining increased popularity and is becoming a welcome addition to any spice cupboard. Just a sprinkle of this Middle Eastern spice instantly improves any dish, making it […]

Benefits of Lemon Water

Benefits of Lemon Water

Not only does freshly squeezed lemon juice instantly transform any dish by brightening it up with a delicious tangy essence, but lemons are, believe it or not, incredibly alkaline. This means they help balance your pH levels, which is important for keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best. And when it comes to […]

Hazelnuts - how to toast nuts

Roasted Nuts (So Easy, So Good)

I especially love roasted nuts. And one benefit of roasting them is clear — if you think roasted nuts taste better — then roasting will encourage you to include them in your diet. My kitchen is always stocked with some kind of nuts. With so much variety they literally work with anything and add a […]

Green Spring Detox Smoothies

Spring Cleaning Your Body

With spring around the corner, our bodies naturally start to cleanse themselves by releasing toxins and cleaning the body from excess oils, fats, salt, carbohydrates, and animal proteins. Many of us experience this in the form of a cold or flu. We can aid this natural cleansing process by eating lighter meals and indulging ourselves […]

Sardines vs. Anchovies

Little Fish: Sardines vs Anchovies

Ever wonder what the difference between a sardine and an anchovy is? Although many people think that sardine is just another name for anchovy, guess what? It’s actually not the case. Anchovies and sardines are two different fish species, from two different fish families. Though, they do share some similar traits — both are small, […]

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger – Simply Good For You

Not only is ginger a versatile spice in the culinary world, it’s also one of the oldest and oh so popular natural remedies around. One I always kept on hand. Ginger has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and is said to help a number of common ailments, whether it be upset […]

Butter in Coffee? Bulletproof Coffee – a Cultishly-Weird Trend

What’s all this talk about butter in coffee? Yes, butter in coffee. I recently read an article in the Huffington Post that “Bulletproof” coffee, a cultishly-weird following of so-called “Upgraded Coffee” (upgraded in the form of butter being added to your coffee) is all the trend in the United States. Stars such as Ed Sheeran […]

Olives: a Staple of Mediterranean Cuisine

There are mainly two types of olives; black and green olives. The rest are the further varieties of the these two types. Raw olives are incredibly bitter, so once harvested they are cured and then usually preserved in salt or brine. They can be harvested at any stage – the young, immature fruit is green […]

Celery – The Sex Boosting Veggie

People triumphantly write about so many things that can positively affect fertility. Well, guess what? Celery is among them—and definitely not for its phallic form. Truth be told, celery actually stimulates the mucus glands, which is key to the production of sex hormones. On top of that, there is also evidence that the smell of […]