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Vegan orange and ginger veggie winter blast!

20 Feb

My fellow healthaholics,

I am back, after an extremely long overdue post. This year – final year in high school – really has been a true roller-coaster and although it’s truly scary to know that every decision i make will ultimately be effecting my life path, and not forgetting the extreme stress, all-nighter and never-ending deadlines – it is absolutely exciting to know that everything we have worked for is finally going to pay off, and this one feeling is big enough to overcome all the negatives of final year.

I may write a few cheesy posts about my experiences this year but for now I owe you all a good healthy recipe and I’ll start the -hopefully one of many- posts of this season with a orange and ginger soya madness bowl!

Today was one of the coldest days here in cyprus – it was one of the first times it had ever snowed in my town (you can imagine the spams of facebook statuses) so a nice warm-salad really suited the atmosphere. Perfect for all those people who either -like me – eat too much soup and want a bit of a change; or those who happen to just not like soup and prefer something a little more crunchy or chewy.

Purple cabbage grated
Green cabbage grated
Leek – chopped
Grated carrots
Ginger (as much as you can handle)
Cayenne pepper (same as above)
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 teaspoon tahini
2 tablespoons soya sauce
2 slices of orange
1/2 seaweed paper

Add cabbage, carrots and leek and orange in a pan with a little bit of water. When the vegetables soften a little, add the spinach and spices.

In a separate bowl mix the tahini and soya sauce.
Chop seaweed.
Remove vegetables from heat and mix in the seaweed, pine nuts and the tahini dressing.
Enjoy with chopsticks 🙂



Tuna apple nutty salad

23 Nov


Healthy fat overdose. Check
Apple a day. Check
Crunch factor. Check
Juiciness. Check.

If there was a “most all rounded” salad competition, i think this one would win.
The, what may seem to be like a strange mixture of ingredients, really complement each other to make this salad be exactly what you need when you’re indecisive and in need of something that is also….everything.

Its a great quick recipe to prepare, especially since tuna is available nearly in everyone’s cupboards, for that urgent meal you must prepare but also enjoy.

I usually link tuna to thise boring meals, a normal tuna salad sandwhich with corn, or simple tuna with some toast and eggs. And while these are good healthy choices to introduce in your family, the trick with leading a healthy lifestyle is consistency, and consistency will not magically remain if you’re eating un-exciting meals. Food is naturally a factor contributing to kur enjoyment and something people find interesting, therefore, make it just that…INTERESTING!

Sweet onions
100gr tuna
1/2 avocado
Shredded cabbage
Chopped lettuce
1 cucumber
Chopped red apple
Lemon juice
Lemon zest
Chopped lemon pieces (if you want that extra tinge)
Cashew nuts
Olive oil

You know what i’m going to say next. A simple recipe calls for simple instructions:


White beans and pumpkin salad

4 Oct


My last post was about the simplicity of a plate that can give you just the right amount of satisfaction. Today I’m going to talk about the complete contrasting end of the spectrum, having those juice and versatile salads with a mixture of different yet complementing flavours.

white beans for me are a great ingredient to experiment with and get creative, they’re a nutritious basic food which has just the right amount of starchy-chewyiness one likes to enjoy for lunch but at the same time, it needs something more!

1 cup cooked white beans
1/2 cup chopped pumpkin
40gr feta cheese
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1 chopped tomato
Handful lettuce (mixed greens)

The advantages of having such a range of ingredients in your salad is the didferent benefits you get from eqch one, as well as the perfect balances meal which includes healthy carbs, protein as well as those healthy fats and most importantly vegetables. It really is important to make sure you give your body a range of what it needs, always sticking to the same foods – no matter how healthy these are – can shockingly cause you to later realize you have been missing out on some vital vitamins and minerals. Having a balanced meal will allow easy digestion and keep you full for linger, benefiting the most from your meal and making your body feel completely satisfied!

So, don’t be afraid of trying new things, changing up your normal recipes, adding new ingredients and you’ll notice your body responding.

Anari cheese and soya salad

27 Sep

As much as I absolutely ADORE huge salad bowls, sometimes its nice to just keep it small, simple but dense.

I feel like sometimes having a smaller varety of veggies in a meal makes your digestion more comfortable and allows you to really appreciate what you’re eating rather than just a jumble of flavours and textures.

The nice thing about smaller plates is the denser flavours, each ‘bitefull’ may have an explosion of the flavour you wanted to put through and that makes one satisfied more quickly.

So here’s the recipe for this 2 minuet anari salad:

1/2 cup roquet leaves
60gr unsalted anari cheese
1 tablespoon low-sodium soya sauce
Chopped tomato

Mix your leaves with the soya sauce to give it a softer texture and break up the anari on top, add the tomatoes and You can even drizzle with some olive oil.

I enjoyed it with a piece of toasted rye bread which was just the perfect balance between my protein, fats and carbohydrates for a meal!


Summer tuna salad

19 Jul

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Tuna salads are usually very traditional, mixed with lots of parsley, onions and a whole lot of mayonnaise and if you know whats good for you, this really doesn’t fit into that category. Apart from the mayonnaise which adds a lot of extra fat and unneeded calories to your salad, you may eventually get bored of having the same boring ingredients, so always try something new and more colourful!
I made this salad the night before we were going on vacation, our fridge was empty and there was nothing fresh in the house, i needed a quick and cheap fix which i can easily mix up after a quick trip to the grocery store, only a few ingredients chopped up and mixed in a bowl and there you have it!

Yellow Pepper
Baby spinach
Balsamic vinegar
100 gr tuna in water
Cayenne pepper

Crunchy summer salad

29 May

The more variety and mixture of different ingredients and tastes you get out of your salad the more super and awesome and exciting it gets as each spoonful is a new exciting experience in your mouth. Maybe i should stop being so emotive when describing food and eating but fresh salads are the best and i cant seem to express my enthusiasm any other way! Especially with summer approaching and so many fruits and vegetables to choose from – each day can be a new experiment in your huge salad bowl!

Grated cabbage
Grated carrots
Grated cucumber
Baby spinach
30gr crumbled goat cheese
8 crushed hazlenuts
3 chopped dried figs
1/2 chopped date
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey

Yes. I know. Yumyumyum!

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Apple and hummus salad

8 May

Adding fruits to salad gives it that sweet taste which no one can say no to, but the need for a healthy protein source is vital, to keep you full for longer.

Hummus, a plant based protein which can be enjoyed by vegans and vegetarians, is a great addition to any salad. It goes perfectly with the sweet apple taste and with just the addition of some lemon juice, creates the perfect “dressing” to this simple salad.

Shredded lettuce
Chopped apple
1 tbsp hummus
Juice of 1 lemon

Shredded rommaine lettuce
1 chopped apple
1 tablespoon hummus
Juice of 1 lemon

I enjoyed this is a post workout snack, getting my protein from the hummus and carbs from the apple.

Remember, its never only about calories, its the perfect balance of healthy fats/carbs/protein to keep you full and satisfied, for correct and easy digestion. Its where you get these

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Zuchinni and carrot strips

28 Apr

Filling your salads with colourful strips of vegetables really gives it a more exciting twist, that way you can enjoy both the idea of having a pasta-like dish but in a much more healthy and colourful way!

Zucchini ribbons
Carrot ribbons
Red lentils

Adding lentils to salads is a great option, they are prepared really easily and quickly and also provide you with a lot of protein, also they are not a full source of protein you can mix some nuts or barley with lentils to get the full range of amino acids you need.

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Coconut pumpkin and orange salad

2 Apr

Ahh soo many amazing flavours in one dish! This started out as me cutting some oranges to have as a snack before my dinner and then transformed into being my dinner because of too much inspiration around me.

This is exact proof why you should fill your fridge and cupboards with healthy foods that are good for you, you’ll just always know that they’re there and will come up with a new way to add them to your meals. This salad is a great way especially with summer approaching, to have a good meal to freshen you up and fill you with energy as well as secretly working inside of you a tonne of more goodness!

1 cup shredded lettuce
1 chopped orange
1/4 cup chopped pumpkin
Handful raisins
Coconut flakes
Pumpkin seeds

That is all my friends, so simple yet so so so so devourable!

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Lettuce bowl bean mix

21 Mar

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I love lettuce! But sometimes i get sick of eating it constantly chopped up in salads.

There’s so many different kinds of lettuce that its a shame to not try each different texture and taste, the soft for salads, the crunchy as a dip or a snack and the huge soft leafs as roll ups and finally those big round, globular shaped leafs that can be used as a perfect “bowl” substitute!

So inadded a few big lettuce leafes as a base and filled them with a delicious bean mix from waitrose – this really was the answer to all my hopes and dreams – i love love love beans and can never decide what beans to have, well this was just what i needed, a little bot of everything including some beans i’v never seen or tasted before, different colours and sizes.

Beans are a great protein source especially for you vegetarians out there and you’re so lucky it tastes to amazing. It also is complemented so well with vegetables and so it gives you an opportunity to mount up on these veggies. I love beans with finely chopped parsley and tomatoes, for a change i squeezed some orange which tasted lush and added a great difference to the taste.

The same ingredients just set up in a different way can make you feel like youre having a completely different dish.