Organic Food In Ibiza

Dear Organic Lovers,

A week ago, I came back from my amazing trip in Ibiza. I discovered beautiful beaches such as Platja De Ses Illetes in Formentera, Ses Salines and Cala Comte in Ibiza. As for the beach clubs, I went to Nikki Beach, Destino (part of the Pacha group) and Cotton Beach Club. My craziest night was at Lio (club, restaurant and cabaret). To see some pictures, check out my personal profile at Instagram: @marleen_vonk 😉

During my stay, I was really curious if there were restaurants/ cafés nearby that offer organic food. I checked on Foursquare and noticed “Caos Slow Organic Food & Wine” and “La Paloma” (very high score!). I had to try out both places!!!

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Rejuvenation Water With Amino Acids

Rejuvenation Water is naturally flavored Derbyshire spring water enriched with amino acids.

Rejuvenation Water

Are you searching for healthier alternatives for traditional soft drinks? Than you should definitely try them out! They are available in three refreshing flavors; Apple & Mint, Ginger & Lime and Spanish Orange. My favorite taste is “Apple & mint”! I love the unique flavor. Ginger lovers will looove the “Ginger & lime” taste!

It addition, Rejuvenation Water is not sweet at all. It  only contains 2 grams amount of natural sugar from the fruit juices. Naturally sweetened with the finest Stevia, the leaf extract.

What Are Amino Acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and the L-Glutamine within Rejuvenation Water is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. Each 500ml serving contains 5g of L-Glutamine. I love to workout and I used to take L-Glutamine to build and maintain my muscle mass. Proteins promote health at a cellular level, making up the structure of all cells and tissues in the human body.

Therefore, drinking Rejuvenation Water:

  • Fuels the immune system
  • Builds a natural support to stress, depression and anxiety
  • Aids digestion and the body’s absorption of proteins.

Check out Rejuvenation Water’s site to learn more about the brand.

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Organic Veggie Café in London

Hi Organic Lovers,

I’m back!

I recently moved to my new home in Belgium and didn’t have much time to spend on my blog. But I’m finally settled and found time to share my experience of my organic journey in London a few weeks ago.

As mentioned earlier in one of my posts, I lived in London for two years. I see it, after Belgium and NYC, as my 3rd home. London is super close to Belgium (approx. 2 hours from Brussels and via Eurostar). As a result, I go there often to combine business with pleasure hehe.

 

Wild Food Café Covent Garden

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at one of my favorite places in beautiful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden: Wild Food Café. WFC is a raw and wholefood veggie café. Every time I go there, I have the feeling I’m in exotic Cuba! If you go there, you know what I mean! 🙂 The food is really fresh and from local independent suppliers and organic producers!

Wild Food Cafe Covent Garden

Wild Food Cafe Inside

Wild Food Cafe London

Wild Food Cafe London

If you love raw, vegan and nutrient-packed food you should definitely try out Wild Food Café!

Next week I will write about the health and skincare shop: Neal’s Yard Remedies. One of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands!

Stay tuned!

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Dragon Fruit: The Surprising Health Benefits

The Dragon Fruit (also called “pitaya”) is the fruit of the cactus genus Hylocereus. I believe it is an extremely beautiful fruit. It has its origins in Mexico, South America, and Central America. According to organicfacts.net, New World settlers probably brought it to Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where it remains an important part of the dietary fruit intake.

Dragon FruitWhen you open the fruit, the texture is like a kiwi, and the meat is filled with small black seeds which must be chewed if they are to be digested. The leaves of dragon fruit can be steeped for a very healthy form of tea. The rough outer skin has little nutritional value and is rarely eaten.

Health benefits:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10% of the daily value)
  • Polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids
  • B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism
  • Carotene
  • Protein

There are no health risks associated with dragon fruits, and studies have even shown that pregnant women and breast-feeding women are safe to eat dragon fruits without any worry of risks.

Check out DailyBurn for some healthy and creative dragon fruit recipes!

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Hemp Seeds & The Cannabis Plant

I recently discovered the amazing health benefits of hemp seeds!

Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa L. While hemp is commonly confused with marijuana, as it belongs to the same family, the two plants are quite different. Most notably is the level of THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive drug while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.

Hemp Plant

I love the organic hulled raw seeds of Vitanza HQ.  A couple of spoonfuls of the hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients! They have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. I often sprinkle the seeds into salads, smoothies, yoghurt, cereal or oats!!! Very yummy & healthy!!

Organic Hemp Seeds

Health benefits of raw hemp seeds:

  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar
  • There are no known allergies to hemp foods.
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Oranges: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Happy Tuesday Organic Lovers!

It’s finally March and winter is almost over! This year spring begins March 20th!

As you all know, colds and flus are most common in the winter or rainy seasons. And to boost my immune system, I often drink freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning.

Fresh Orange Juice

Health benefits of freshly pressed orange juice:

  • Ability to boost immune system function
  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Protects against cancer
  • Boosts cellular repair and metabolism
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

The skin & pulp in oranges have considerable health benefits!

Can vitamin C cure colds?
The answer is NO. According to MedlinePlus, despite the popular belief that vitamin C can cure the common cold, research about this claim is conflicting. Large doses of vitamin C may help reduce how long a cold lasts, but they do not appear to protect against getting a cold.

Natural cold and flu remedies
In addition to orange juice, I drink plenty of water; warm water with lemon juice and honey (is known to be antimicrobial and helps the immune system fight infection; teas (clears the nasal passages); soups and I add lots of RAW garlic (powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties) and onion to my food (no kissing :P). Medical professionals also recommend that you should spend about 10 to 15 minutes in a steam shower, up to three times per day.

Fresh orange juice during pregnancy?
According to babycenter.com, most unpasteurized juice is not safe, because your immune system is suppressed when you’re pregnant. You should drink only pasteurized juice products unless the fruit is freshly washed and squeezed immediately before you drink it (as fresh orange juice often is).

If fruit juice is not pasteurized during pregnancy, e.g. if you buy it freshly pressed, that means it has not been heated enough to kill the bacteria in the juice. This can be harmful to the baby or mom.

Not only is orange juice high in vitamin C and folic acid, it’s also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, a particular danger during pregnancy.

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The Organic Label in London

First of all, I  hope you had a great holiday and I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year filled with new hope, new joy and new beginnings.

During Christmas time,  I went to London. I love the city in that time of the year (the Christmas lights and decorations on Regent Street were really beautiful!) and I always look forward to catch up with my friends and discover/buy new interesting green products.

My two favorite “Organic” stores in Covent Garden are Lab Organic and The Organic Pharmacy:

Lab Organic
They serve organic cold pressed juices and healthy plant-based food recipes. All dairy, gluten and sugar free and sooo delicious! I also love the fact that everything is eco-friendly. When I was working in London, you could find me there often during lunch time :).

Lab Organic London

Lab Organic Sweets

Lab Organic Juices

Lab Organic Food

Lab Organic Decoration

Lab Organic Bottles

 

The Organic Pharmacy
The Organic Pharmacy’s skin care is based on homeopathic and (organic) herbal medicine. The first store opened in 2002 in London and today they have stores and distribution all over the world. I bought supplements and skin care products of the brand and I’m very happy with the results. I love The Organic Pharmacy’s products.

The Organic Pharmacy Covent Garden London

The Organic Pharmacy Window

The Organic Pharmacy Inside

I hope you will have the chance to visit both stores. When you are in London, they are must-sees for every Organic Lover 🙂

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Organic Paleo Bars and Porridge

Nowadays, more and more people are following a paleo, vegan or pegan(= paleo + vegan) diet. Vegan diet studies show they help with weight loss, reverse diabetes and lower cholesterol.  Paleo diets seem to do the same thing. I see myself as a “cheating pegan” :).

At the BioXpo in Brussels VitaSana I noticed two interesting brands that I wanted to try out: Turtle and Wild Thing.

Organic Paleo Bars and Organic Porridge

I really love the Turtle’s organic “Porridge Seedy” (one of my fav. porridges so far). I never ate porridge with so much seeds. The Porridge Seedy includes fine oat bran, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, buckwheat, flax seeds, poppy seeds and chia seeds rich in omega 3.

Furthermore, I tried Wild Things’ organic paleo raw bar with coconut and chia (off course I chose again the coconut taste :/) . I could really taste the blend of the dates, cashews, coconut and chia seeds. Yummy.

Here are 3 interesting articles to learn more about the paleo and vegan diets:

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! 🙂

 

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Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

At VitaSana I also noticed the organic brand “Lovechock”:

Loveshock Raw Chocolate

I discovered this Dutch raw chocolate brand in a health/fitness store in London, very close to where I worked (dangerous!). In the store, I only noticed the basic Pure/Nibs bars (the full bodied pure bar with crunchy pieces of cacao beans). At VitaSana, I saw ALL the flavours; and off course I tried them all 😀 ! My favourite flavour is the Mulberry/Vanilla one. I can really taste the toffee, vanilla and warm after tones. Yummy. I love the quotes inside the packages too!

Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

According to Lovechock , the brand’s products are:

  • 100% organic cacao from Ecuador
  • Suitable for Vegan Diet
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Contains flavonoids (antioxidants)
  • Sweetened with coconut blossom nectar

Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

And yes, I took some home :D!!!

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