In this section, I will share my favorite foods & healthy recipes from all around the world 🙂
First of all, let’s start with some of my favorites:
My super healthy & very easy Breakfast Cookies
This is really one of the easiest & also quickest recipes to make healthy & delicious cookies! I make them every weekend and if you stick them in the fridge they stay fresh & yummy all week long 🙂 The perfect pre-workout snack to kick-start your day! Also, feel free to experiment with the ingredients…
2 cups of Regular Oats
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
2 ripe Bananas
1/2 cup of Organic Apple Sauce
1 spoon of Coconut Oil
1 spoon of Brown Sugar
(I use Blackstrap Molasses as an Alternative)
1 spoon of Honey
1 spoon of Vanilla Extract
(I use ‘Tahitian Vanilla’ from a local company)
(Blueberries or Cranberries will also do)
(you can also use Almonds or Peanuts if you prefer)
(for the extra touch)
Pre-heat the oven to 350° F and prepare a cookie sheet with a little bit of coconut oil. If you have a Kitchen Aid, perfect! You can throw all ingredients in there and have it mix it for you. Use a large spoon to scoop out small ball-sized portions of the mixture and place them evenly on your baking sheet. You can use the spoon to flatten and form them into cookie shapes. Ideally, you will end up with 9-10 of them. Place the sheet in the oven and set the timer for 15-20 minutes. When they are ready, take them out and use a spatula to transfer them to a cooling rack where you let them cool down for a few minutes. Et voilà – cookies are ready, enjoy 🙂
When I first started making these I used eggs in my recipe, but over time and with more experimenting and food awareness I slowly phased them out realizing that you absolutely don’t need them. In most of my recipes, I eliminated sugar replacing it with brown sugar, honey or blackstrap molasses, which is a thick syrup extracted from raw sugar cane with a lot of nutritional benefits such as vitamins and minerals. Try and avoid consuming refined sugar, as it is just empty calories with zero nutritional value. Please also feel free to be creative with the extra ingredients, as there is many different options and tastes are known to be very different. If you like it a little sweeter, you may also throw in some yogurt drops or chocolate chips.
~ Aloha Açai Bowl ~
Living on the beautiful island of Hawaii, Acai bowls are a popular local treat and also one of my most favorite brekkie options 🙂 Known to be a super-food from Brazil that is packed with many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, I absolutely love Acai! But like with many other recipes on my blog, feel free to experiment and spice it up a little. This bowl is really super easy to prepare and full of nutritious benefits that will provide you with enough energy to start your day!
1 Packet of Açai
(alternatively, you can also use frozen Berries)
Macadamia Nut Milk
(you can also use Almond or Hempseed milk)
(I use Hemp Seed Granola)
Plain Greek Yogurt
Fruit of choice
(Banana, Papaya or Coconut)
Place all wet ingredients in a blender (I use my Nutribullet for this task) and shake it, baby! Make sure you will end up with a slightly frozen consistency (if needed add milk or frozen berries). Pour the mixture into a bowl (I use my coconut bowls) and top it up with granola, yogurt, fruits, and honey.
Be creative with the toppings and also experiment with the Açai. Unfortunately, most stores on the Island sell it only in single packed portions and since it is so much plastic I decided to use frozen berries and Açai Juice instead. I also drizzle Spirulina into the mixture and add some Hempseeds.
Homemade guilt-free Chocolate
This absolutely guilt-free chocolate is super easy to make and will allow you to indulge in something sweet without having to worry whether you still fit into your uniform or not 😉 Feel free to add any kind of flavor to it or make it a little sweeter if you wish…
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coconut oil
1 spoon of Vanilla Extract
1 spoon of Blackstrap Molasses
First, heat the coconut oil. Once it’s completely melted add cocoa powder, vanilla, and all other ingredients. Make sure everything is blended nice and smooth and be careful to not get your mixture in contact with water, as this will ruin its consistency. Now is your time to be creative, so feel free to add anything you like, e.g. nuts, coconut, mint extract or sea salt. After mixing everything together, pour the chocolate cream inside an ice cube tray (of your choice) and stick it into the freezer. I usually keep them there, as I like to eat them nice&cold but alternatively, you can also keep the chocolates in the fridge. Enjoy!
🔥 Giu’s Killer Pad Thai 🔥
This recipe comes directly from the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, where I learned how to cook traditional Thai Food in Silom Thai Cooking School during A summer to remember… Check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed…
(extra firm or deep fried)
Sweet pickled radish
(as many as you like)
Chinese Garlic Chives
(alternatively, you can also use green onion)
1/4 cup Coconut oil
(instead of sugar)
First of all, please don’t get too overwhelmed with the long list of all ingredients. Thai Food is known to be very flavorful and again, feel free to be creative with the spices. The first step is to prepare the noodles. Cover and soak them in warm water for about 45 minutes until they become soft. It is important you prepare all ingredients before (chop spices and vegetables) and set them aside, as it will help you with the cooking process. For the sauce simply mix a little Tamarind and Fish Oil together with the Blackstrap Molasses, which I use as a healthy sugar substitute. After preparations are done, you can start with the shrimps by placing them over medium heat in a separate pan together with a little bit of coconut oil. Feel free to also add some onion and garlic for some additional flavor. Next, you will need a wok to heat some coconut oil with garlic and mix in the chopped tofu over medium heat. After, you can add chopped shallots and finely chopped sweet pickled radish. After a few minutes, add noodles and the sauce you prepared earlier and stir everything together. At this point, depending on the consistency of the noodles, you can also add some more oil and water. Once everything is mixed together, place the noodles on the side of the wok and add a little extra oil to scramble the egg(s) into the other side. Then mix the eggs with the noodles and add sprouts, chives, chili flakes and crushed peanuts into the wok and keep swinging around until ready. Serve and plate the noodles with the shrimps on top and use cilantro as a garnish.
I did not specify any quantities in my recipe because I want you to feel free and experiment a little on your own with the different spices and flavors. As a garnish, you can also place some chives along with half a lime on the side of the plate and sprinkle some extra peanuts and more chili flakes (especially if you like it spicy like me!) on top for decoration. ทานให้อร่อย
🍝 Giu’s Homemade Pasta 🍝
This recipe will teach you how to make real Italian Pasta at home fresh from scratch! Growing up, this was a big part of our tradition when cooking with the family and always involved a lot of fun 🙂 I highly recommend to invest in a nice Pasta machine instead of purchasing industrial and pre-packaged Spaghetti, as this will make you happy for the rest of your life. You will be surprised how easy it is and how little you actually need to make it. Hope you will enjoy it!
2 cups Flour
(I use wholewheat flour)
As you can see, apart from the machine itself, you really don’t need much in order to make fresh Pasta. First, mix the flour with the salt and prepare a large kitchen counter where you can build what I call the flour crater. You basically create a well in the center of the flour pile that is big enough to hold the eggs. While whisking them inside the hole, gradually start combining the flour with the eggs until a dough will form. Then, start kneading the Pasta for 5-10 minutes. If you have a Kitchen Aid handy, you may also use your kneading tool for this step. Ideally, you will end up with a smooth texture that can also be achieved by either adding some water or more flour, depending on the consistency. After preparing the dough, cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for approximately 45 minutes. Once the resting period is over, you can divide your dough into 4 portions and start by rolling them out. Make sure you fold and run each part several times through the different settings of the rolling section of your Pasta Machine before picking the type of Pasta you are actually going to make. Only after achieving the perfect sheet of pasta you can start by running it through whichever cutter you chose. I usually keep a baking sheet covered with a little bit of flour ready in order to lay out my Pasta and prevent it from sticking all together. You can either cook it straight away (5 minutes) or let it dry for later. I usually like my Pasta very simple with only a little bit of Olive or – even better – Truffle Oil, garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano. Buon appetito👌