Quick Pasta

This recipe is a more tasty and still healthier twist on the typical student -meal: white pasta with tomato sauce!It literally takes like 15 minutes and is perfect for midweek dinners or simple lunches.As I explain in this article chickpea pasta is a great substitute for regular pasta adding more proteins, vitamins and fiber to…

Breakfast Smoothie

Usually I’m not a fan of having a smoothie for breakfast and do not think it is a very healthy way to start the day as I explain in this article.Recently I got my wisdom teeth removed and I could not eat anything solid for a week so I created a sweet and filling breakfast…

Huckleberry Bakery & Café

Huckleberry Café is a well deserved famous restaurant in Santa Monica and one of my favorite breakfast / brunch / lunch spots. It is quite well known for its delicious pastries, salads and cooked breakfasts and therefore always pretty crowded on the weekends, but during the week you are likely to get a table.Be sure…

Road biking

As a cardio exercise there are many wonderful options and I tried out a lot: dancing, running, horseback riding but I would have never thought I would start road biking one day.  Now it is one of my favorite (summer) activities!  A couple of years ago I started to have knee problems from running to…

Brentwood Farmers’ Market

Brentwood Farmers’ Market is a great place to spend your Sunday morning and have breakfast and coffee. It is located just south of San Vicente Boulevard and offers a great variety of products: seasonal fruit and veggies, beautiful fresh flowers, baked goods from Röckenwagner (a German bakery), local honey, freshly made pasta and many more!…

ROC Kitchen

ROC Kitchen is a Chinese restaurant in West Los Angeles and one of my favorite Asian restaurants in the L.A. area.Their menu offers a great variety of vegetarian options and they serve the best dumplings I have ever had (steamed vegetable dumplings).Also their scallion pancakes and string beans are to die for. Make sure to…

Red beet hummus

Hummus is a healthy oriental side that goes with many dishes. Originally, hummus is made out of chickpeas only (recipe here) and in this variation we add red beet roots.  The taste becomes sweeter, beetroot hummus has a lovely pink color, is packed with extra vitamins and slightly lighter which is perfect for summer!  I…

Macronutrient diets

Low Carb – High Carb? Food consists of the three macronutrients fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Each food consists of a different ratio of these macronutrients.  Examples: Banana (100g): 22 g carbohydrates,  1.1 g proteins, 0.3 g fats Red Lentils (100 g): 49 g carbohydrates, 26 g proteins, 1.4 g fats Walnuts (100 g): 11 g…

Pasta Possibilities

Pasta is one of the most popular dishes around the world and basically Italy’s national dish besides pizza. Traditional Italian pasta is made from wheat flour with water or eggs and therefore has a very light color which isn’t unhealthy per se but “normal“ pasta mainly contains simple carbohydrates, a low amount of complex carbohydrates…

Spring Breakfast Bowl

As spring has arrived I would like to share my new go to sweet breakfast. I’m totally obsessed with this food combination at the moment – it literally tastes like summer to me, is very easily put together and very satisfying! The base to this bowl are mixed oats, I like to create a mixture…