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For me, cooking is an art. I really enjoy cooking! I love creating new dishes, trying different ingredients and flavor combinations. I like to help people with cooking, I’m always open and ready to give advice. Cooking has become a way for me to calm my thoughts, to listen to myself. For some, it’s yoga or meditation, but for me, cooking is the easiest way to reset.

I understand that any product that we eat has a direct effect on our body. We are all different and each body needs to find its own approach. Our body is a whole system that needs help. Eating plenty of plant-based foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins, will allow our body to do what it should do naturally – heal itself. Therefore, I pay special attention to the products that I use in the cooking process: in the store, I carefully study the composition of the product so that there are no artificial additives, preservatives, sugar and dyes among the ingredients. For example, here is a list of versatile and healthy products that can always be found in my kitchen.

Vegetables and greens

Most of the space in the refrigerator is occupied by broccoli, avocado, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, arugula, green peas, green beans, arugula, cilantro, basil, green onions and, of course, basil. I very rarely include potatoes in my diet, due to the fact that they have an increased glycemic index (there will be an article about this). 

Avocado

This is my favorite product and deserves a separate shelf in the refrigerator. It must be included in your diet. Avocados are high in potassium, which helps reduce the risk of stroke and blood pressure. One avocado contains 30% more potassium than a banana.

Fruits

I really love it when there is a beautiful vase with apples, bananas, mangoes, kiwis, oranges, tangerines on the table! Take a beautiful fruit bowl, fill it with your favorite fruits and put it on the table so that the fruit is always in front of you. Studies have shown that we only eat what we have in plain sight. Therefore, no chips and crackers, chocolates and sweets.

Salmon, Fish

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have shown that eating one serving (100 g) of salmon fish reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This causes a high content of omega-3 fatty acids.

Nuts

Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, macadamia, cashews, pine nuts – they are all rich in protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, B vitamins. Moreover, nuts are a healthy and very satisfying snack. Eating nuts helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes.

Cereals, beans

In my kitchen you can always find a good supply of cereals such as: quinoa, black and white beans, brown/black/white rice, lentils, peas, bulgur, chickpeas, buckwheat. Every day, be sure to include cereals in your diet, as this is a very important source of protein for the body.

Whole-wheat or rye bread (especially sourdough bread)

Wholemeal black bread, sourdough bread, sprouted grain bread, and whole grain bread are high in fiber, minimizing the need for snacks that are not very healthy.

Vegetable milk

My favorite plant-based milk is almond and oat milk without added sugar, stabilizers or emulsifiers. Sometimes I include soy milk and even cow’s milk in my diet for a change. Milk of plant origin contains a lot of protein and little fat. In addition, soy milk contains phytoestrogens that protect against certain cancers.

Green tea

Try to drink as much green tea as possible, as it contains 25% caffeine and antioxidants. Drink a variety of herbal teas such as rosemary, oregano, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, and sage. Never buy sugary sparkling water.

Oils

In my kitchen you can always find olive oil for frying and olive oil for salads and sauces. For salads, I always use cold-pressed oil, which reduces the level of bad cholesterol and increases the level of good. Also, grape seed oil and peanut oil have a high degree of combustion, which is very important while maintaining the beneficial properties of the ingredients during heat treatment.

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