My street in Groningen

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Streetsign

It seems like no time has past in my street since it was build. I have been living here nearly two years and every time it strikes me with it’s beauty. It feels like you go back in time. When the weather is nice I like to take a moment to appreciate it.

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View from the bridge

This street was the first harbor of the city Groningen. The street name is ‘Lage der A'(low side of the A), the other side is the ‘Hoge der A'(high side of the A). The water in between is the ‘A’. One side is higher than the other which they got their names from.When the water was high, supplies would be delivered at the high side and when the tides were low on the lower side. There’re a lot of monumental building in this street: 28 national and 11 of the region. Some of the buildings are from the medieval times others are from the early 20th century. Big boats still lay here and tourist vessels go through the canals.  Rowing is a very popular sport among the students in Groningen. In the summer period you’ll find a lot of rowers going through these canals, enjoying the view and waving to people who are enjoying a beer at a terrace.

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Lage der A 12-13

This building is build in 1885. It was used to stores supplies but now it’s an building full with condo’s. Some of them are used by students like mine but some are owned by one person. It makes a funny mixture of people in one street. There’re a vew bars like café ‘the sigar’ and restaurants like ‘the pipe’ but most of the buildings are used for living. All though it’s a street at the edge of the centre, it’s always very peacefull and quiet. If you ever happen to visit the city Groningen in the Netherlands,  I would recommend to look for this street and see the beauty for yourself.

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Cheap healthy lunch idea(PCOS)

The end of the month is here. Here in the Netherlands student loans get paid around the 20th of the month. I don’t know about you but I always spend way more money at the beginning than at the end of it. So today I had the challenge to make a lunch under 2 euro but wanted it to be healthy and tasteful. I wanted to share what I got up with for today. I decided to make some rice cakes with quacamole on top.

The ingrediënts I used are: half a avocado, some lemonjuice, half a tomato, garlic, pepper, salt and coriander and a quarter of a red onion.

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Put the avocado in the bowl and mash it with a fork. Slice the tomato and onion in small pieces and add it to the bowl. Put the herbs in as many as you like. I just taste in between if it’s right. As the finishing touch add the lemon juice!

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Mixing

When everything is mixed devide the quacamole on the rice cakes. The taste is great and low in sugar. It’s a PCOS proof lunch you can enjoy and keep your blood sugar level steady. This is always beneficial, also without PCOS. I definitely recommend trying it out yourself!

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Enjoy!

PCOS Proof Smoothie Challenge 2

For the month February I took the challenge to drink one PCOS proof smoothie a day. So far the smoothies have been delicious! I was pretty scared that, because they are filled with vegatables, the taste wouldn’t be great. So that was a big relief. But on the other side has been drinking one a day very difficult. Out of the 7 days I have only succeeded to drink one at 4 of them. The days I didn’t accomplish to drink them, were the days I had to leave house very early and was gone for the whole day or I stayed at someone else their house.

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Last post I talked about the benefits of drinking these PCOS proof smoothies. I have been diagnosed with PCOS in 2012 and luckily don’t have all the negative effects of it. But the ones I do have, I wanted to be minimalized. It is so difficult for woman with PCOS to lose weight because of so many reasons. Try to imagine being hungry all day, I mean really hungry. So shaking of it, feeling faint and craving sweet. PCOS is a hormonal disease and because of this disbalans of the hormones, the insulin levels in the blood get disrupted too. This causes this extreme hunger because the bloodsugar levels get to low and the insulin level too high.

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This hunger is one of the reasons it makes it very difficult to stay on track with a diet which includes sugar. A second reason is because of the high level of insulin in the blood, fat is more difficult to burn for the body. As you can see, it’s a negative spiral that has to be broken. Beginning the day with a PCOS smoothie can help keep the bloodsugar level stable.

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For today I wanted to share a recipe of this week. The taste is simple, smooth and soft. The ingrediënts are simple: 2 hands of andive lettuce, half a banana, half an avocado and 400 ml of water. If it is still to thick, you can just add some more water.

Thank you for reading and questions can be asked in the comment section below!

Amsterdam(short visit)

Today my boyfriend and I visited Amsterdam. It’s about 2.5 hour drive so I don’t often come there. But today I had the chance to take some pictures of the beautiful canals and streets. The name Amsterdam is well known everywhere I have dropped it around the world. Even though I lived in the Netherlands all my life I feel like a foreigner in Amsterdam. It’s a big deal to live there. Personally I have never felt connected to a big city like that but I love the old city centre. It tells a story about the wealth of Holland. It shows how water always has been important to the Netherlands.

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Canals and ‘Grachtenpanden’

There is so much to tell about Amsterdam and I am planning to go here more often. Today I only had the opportunity to go here for about an hour. I really want to visit the ‘Rijksmuseum’ and ‘Anne Frank’ house soon. The city is also known for the artists like Rembrandt and van Gogh. I would really like to see more of their art and stories.

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Enjoying the view

Also Amsterdam is known for their bicycles and cyclists who rule the city. There’re about 1.2 million bicycles in the city alone and 400 km (249 miles) of special bike paths which is more than the length from the top north to the bottom south of the Netherlands. The bicycles unite the people. It’s a transportation used by every ‘class’ of people.

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Bicycle

This brings us to the end of this blog. Unfortunately my time in Amsterdam was short for today but I wanted to share some pictures. Thank you for reading!

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‘Amsterdammertje’

 

Aimlessly

Yesterday I decided to take a walk through the city centre. I feel at home in Groningen even though I have only lived here for 6 years. As I walked aimlessly through the streets I looked around and thought to myself. What makes me feel at home here? The big buildings, the grand cafés or stores? No it’s the small things. The little suprises you’ll find if you take a look around. When I think of Groningen I think of the huge amount of students on their bicycles who rule the city. There’re bikes everywhere and used for almost anything. Nurses go from patient to patient on their bikes and students even move their furniture on their bikes.

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Bikes everywhere

I love how the city still shows it’s little houses that have been here for years. Small houses in the centre are surrounded by big companies but keep their character. The houses are crooked and have aged but they make the city for what it is. It feels like a big small villages when I walk around. I love how traditions are still here. The market on tuesday is my favorite. I feel at home as I walk through it and pick my fruits and vegatables with care. I look at the amazing colours of the tulips and listen how people make small talk with each other. Even though it’s a rather big city, the market men know their customers who have been coming here for years. They talk about the weather which is never good enough. Either to wet, to dry, to hot or to cold. Dutch people like to complain, that doesnt mean they’re unhappy with things, it’s just the culture I guess.

I will be sharing more of my city in the future. But for now I wanted to share the thoughts  I had during a aimless walk.

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Small houses in a big city
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Tulips never disappoint me

Good Coffee to start the day

This afternoon I will give the presentation of my thesis at the company I researched. It’s going to be an exciting yet thrilling day. After my oatmeal breakfast I decided to start the day with coffee. Here in Groningen my absolute favorite coffeeshop is Black&Bloom. No not that kind of coffeeshop the Netherlands is famous of, they just serve coffee.

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The Menu

Today I picked the Kenya Nyeri Kii. This coffee is from Caffènation in Antwerpen. It’s lightly roasted coffee made with an aeropress. The taste notes are fruity, clean aroma, chocolate and spicy notes. The coffee is served at 80-90 degrees celcius but the taste gets better and fruitier after it cools down a bit.

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Kenya Nyeri Kii Filter Coffee

Black and Bloom is the first artisan espressobar in Groningen. They serve coffee from all over the world, roasted by the best roasters in Europe. I really like the laid back atmosphere in Black and Bloom. You can lounge on the couch, work on school projects at a table or have business meetings.

Fun fact! All the baking goods are home made by the owners wife and even though I haven’t tried all of them yet, the ones I tried are delicious and so original. They vary from brownies to peanutbutter’n’jelly amazeballs. A peanut butter cake with jelly inside. If you’re ever planning to visit Groningen I definitaly recommend to try this coffeeshop.  My favorite the ‘Malteser cheesecake’ and favorite drink besides coffee? Absolutely the ‘Cold drip ‘n’ Ginger Ale’. This cold drip is a coffee elixer made in the Yama coffee dripper. It takes about 10 hours to make an elixer from filter coffee. It’s mixed with Ginger Ale, ice and fresh mint leaves. I can’t think of a better way to start a busy day!

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The Cakes of today
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Chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate brownies

 

PCOS proof smoothie challenge

Voor de maand februari ben ik de uitdaging aangegaan om elke dag een pcos proof smoothie te drinken. Deze smoothies bestaan voor een deel uit groente, zijn gluten en koemelk-vrij en zouden moeten bijdragen aan makkelijk groente en goede voedingstoffen binnen krijgen. Daarnaast zouden ze moeten helpen bij:

  • Langer een voldaan gevoel
  • Minder last van suikerpieken en -dalen
  • Je voorkomt suiker cravings
  • Verlies (als dit nodig is) gemakkelijk gewicht
  • Je hebt langer meer energie
  • Voel je fitter en gezonder
  • Krijg een mooiere, rustige huid
  • Voorkom vreetbuien

Vandaag ben ik begonnen met de Amandel-Sinaasappel smoothie:

De ingrediënten zijn: 150 ml amandelmelk, 250 ml water, halve banaan, 1 sinaasappel en 5 blokjes spinazie. Normaal hou ik niet zo van groentesmoothies maar de smaak was verrassend fris! Dus waar wacht je nog op… Zeker het proberen waard.