Monday, May 23, 2016

Quick & easy green pea dip/spread

Sometimes, you want to give an old classic a little twist. Hummus is something which is so wonderfully easy to make, and even easier to upgrade. I've made beetroot hummus before, but thought it was a little too sweet for my taste, so I decided to make a green version. I used peas and some herbs to give it that beautiful bright green colour and fresh flavour. You only need 6 ingredients to make this and you might have them all lying around already. Super quick and easy! Easy green pea hummus recipe
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

10 travel instagram accounts you should follow

It's been a while since I've shared some of my favourite Instagram accounts so I thought it was time for an update. Since I've been traveling quite a bit lately, I thought it would be nice to share my favourite travel Instagram accounts. Looking through the photos on these accounts not only takes my mind elsewhere for just a moment, it also makes me dream of actually going to these places one day. You probably know the quote "travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" and I think we can all agree. Here are my top 10 favourite travel accounts, perfect for dreaming away on a Sunday & adding places on your bucket list.
the best 10 travel instagram accounts

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Friday, May 20, 2016

New Zealand's best hikes | Waipoua Forest, Urupukapuka Island & Cathedral Cove Walk

Since I know I'll get asked for New Zealand tips a lot, I'm doing a series of posts about the best hikes, trails and walks you can do in this amazing country. New Zealand is world famous for its beautiful nature and scenery, and getting to see those stunning views usually requires hiking/walking. I saw the most incredible things during those hikes, so I wanted to share the ones that you should definitely do when you're in New Zealand. In this post I'll walk you through (pun intended..hah) three hikes I did on the North Island, and in the next post I'll tell you about three more before I move on to the South Island hikes. They're all very different and each one of them is truly unique. I hope you'll enjoy this little 'series'!
New Zealand's best hikes | Waipoua Forest, Urupukapuka Island & Cathedral Cove Walk

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rainbow salad bowl

Sometimes I like to play around a bit with my food. Making pretty looking and tasty breakfast is my thing, so I decided to do the same with my lunch. Now that it's spring, I like eating big fresh salads for lunch. Instead of tossing all the vegetables together, you can also arrange them by colour like a rainbow! (slightly OCD-style but hey) I got this idea from Rens Kroes, who says that the more colour you have on your plate, the more variation in nutrients you're getting. So this rainbow salad doesn't only look great, it's very nutritious too. Win-win. I like it!
Rainbow salad bowl - vegan & raw

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mini guide to Auckland + hotspots

Our first stop in New Zealand was Auckland, on the North Island. Most people start their trip in Christchurch in the South, but we started in Auckland where we got a sun-boost right away! I was really looking forward to visiting this city, since I had no idea what it would be like. Before going, I asked an Auckland local for some tips so I had a whole list before even arriving. In this post I'll tell you about some hotspots in New Zealand's largest city (32% of NZ's population lives here!) Auckland is very walkable so we strapped on our trainers and went out to explore the city! 
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

S S 1 6 playlist

As you know I like to share my playlists from time to time, so today I've got a fresh new playlist for you. I constantly update my playlists on Soundcloud (especially my workout playlists) so make sure to check them out if you're looking for some new tunes. People often ask me why I don't use Spotify but I'm a remix-kinda-girl and Spotify simply doesn't satisfy my music-needs ;) So Soundcloud it is! 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vegan recipes you should try + my best advice

Since I notice that more and more people are trying to eat vegan for a week/month/forever, I thought I'd share some of my favourite vegan posts I wrote. Ever since starting my own 21 day vegan challenge last year, it's been quite a journey experimenting with vegan food and the vegan lifestyle. I eat plant-based for about 90% (especially since getting back from my travels, where it was a bit harder.. but tips for eating vegan while traveling are coming soon!) and I feel great knowing that I'm consuming mostly unprocessed food while not harming any animals in the process. I can only spread the word about this lifestyle and hope to inspire other people! Try a recipe or two, give it a go for a day/week/month. I'm pretty sure you'll be pleasantly surprised :) 

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Why Dutch braids are the best hairstyle for travelling

I've never been good at braiding, up until a few months ago. I decided that I had to learn how to make Dutch braids (or boxer braids) before I would leave on my trip. Partly because it's a really convenient hairstyle and partly because it looks cute! Now I can braid my hair with my eyes closed so to speak. I wore my hair like this nearly every day for two months, and I'll tell you why these braids are the best possible hairstyle for traveling! 
Why Dutch braids are the best hairstyle for travelling
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What to pack for a New Zealand road trip

One of the hardest parts of organising a long trip is deciding what to pack. Since I was traveling to countries with different climates, I had to be very strict and only pack things I thought I'd be using a lot. Today I wanted to tell you a bit about what to pack when you're backpacking/traveling through New Zealand. Known for its changeable weather, it's not the easiest country to pack for, and you really need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. But after three weeks in New Zealand I knew exactly which items were useful and which weren't. Since I wish someone had created a list like this while I was packing, I've made one for all of you who also wish to travel to one of the world's most beautiful countries one day!
What to pack for a New Zealand road trip
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Friday, May 6, 2016

12 hours in Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots

On my way to New Zealand, I had a long layover in Hong Kong which allowed me to explore the city from early morning until my connecting flight to Auckland at 9 pm. It was my first time in Hong Kong so I did a little bit of research beforehand to use my time the best way possible. I don't think I've ever walked so much in one day! Although I did a lot of things, I'm only sharing the things I think are worthwhile. There's so much to do in this exciting city, and I can only hope to return one day to explore some more. I've you got more tips for me, please share in the comments!
12 hours in Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots
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