Protein Cookies

A few weeks back I realized that I lacked on protein in my diet. I bought a protein powder to make shakes after working out. I discovered that you can do way more with this powder than only using it to make a shake. You can also include protein powder in a baked good.

10965919_10200408366609741_1684740649_n-2Cutting out refined sugar is hard but very manageable. I try to avoid sweet foods as much as I can. For example I try to not sweeten my oatmeal anymore with stevia or I don’t eat prepackaged foods that often anymore.

However I’m a human and I would never restrict myself of something. Today I was craving a vanilla flavored cookie so I made it!

Here’s the recipe that I made up myself:

You’ll need (6 cookies):
60gr butter, softened – 1 small egg – 60gr protein powder (I used Smart protein – cookies & cream) – 60gr spelt flour – a pinch of salt – 1 tsp to 1 tbsp cookie herbs – stevia (to taste)

All you need to do, is combine all the ingredients and make 6 cookies out of the dough. Bake them for 10 minutes at 190° C.

The cookie itself tasted just like I wanted it to be. The inside was still goey and even a bit sandy. I think that was because of the protein powder. I almost didn’t use stevia because the protein powder was already sweetened.

I hope you give this recipe a try too!

New Year, New Goals

I’m so thrilled that 2015 has finally started. Not that I didn’t like 2014 but there’s something about a new year. It’s like starting a new chapter in your life.

In 2014 I did lots of fun stuff. The most memorial thing I did was going to LA. I wrote a few posts about it on my blog but then I stopped though. For me, it was the best trip I’ve ever made in my life. I visited so many places and met so many people. Also, I finally had the chance to visit my sister Julie who’s living near Redondo Beach. I still think about this vacation every day and I know that one day I’ll definitely be going back.




To afford this trip, I had to make money so I got a job in a restaurant in my town. It definitely isn’t my dream job but it’s nice to have left some money at the end of the month.

This summer I went to Albufeira with my boyfriend Francis and his friends. I had a great time but I wouldn’t do it again. It couldn’t beat my road trip in the United States. I rather save my money and go to a more exciting place. Don’t get me wrong, I found it so cool to go with my friends but they’re boys and they like to party a lot which is totally not my thing.



In 2014, I also made some great friends. My best friends are called Felien en Elien and we did lots of fun stuff this year, like going to the gym together and meet up for our dinner dates. We had this idea to every now and then cook for each other which is the best. I’ll insert some pictures here in which you can see what we created.

6tag_160814-235856 6tag_080814-183431     We also went to a friend of ours to enjoy a fun jacuzzi night with some drinks.


In July, I met up with some girls of high school. I really don’t drink that often, in fact I almost never drink but that night, they got me drunk! I think I had more mojito’s than I should… ;-)


Fitness-related, not a whole lot has changed. I still work out 5 times a week (or at least I try to). However this year I started weight training. I always got a little bit scared when seeing all those machines and big guys in the gym but now I know that I don’t need to feel like that. I’m very disciplined and in September (when I really started focussing on weights) I started to notice some muscle definition. I’m so pleased with the results!


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One of my goals for 2014 was to make videos again. A few years ago, making videos was my passion. I started filming again a few weeks back. If you would like to see some of my videos, you can go to my Youtube channel!


Something else that I really enjoyed doing was taking cooking classes. Every Thursday we made a 3-course menu. Although a lot of times I didn’t really like the food we made, I found it very relaxing to actually take the time to cook a whole meal.

10811543_10200111918518724_1613609265_n2014 was a great year but not the best. In December I struggled a bit with myself. I had exams, didn’t feel good about myself; the weather has been bad (I hate winter) and I worried a lot about all the changes that I’m going through.  Maybe I’ll write a post about this topic in the future.

Here are some pictures (taken in 2014) that make me happy:









10349021_4455729729362_389739734124925024_nI hope you enjoyed this rather long post! Cheers to a happy 2015 with lots of love, happiness, fun and joy!


On day 3, Bas and I started our actual road trip. We first went to Trader Joe’s to buy some healthy snacks. Of course, I had to get something with peanut butter too. What I really noticed was the huge amount of bars they offered. I liked cliff bars the most, in particular the one with peanut butter and chocolate. We got fresh fruit and veggies, humus and guacamole, salads, bars and seaweed. Time to leave LA! 10603434_10152225281761008_4765736955555835419_n This day we went to Joshua Tree, our first national park. It struck to me how lonely it was there. I thought national parks would be much more crowded. By the time we got there, it was lunch-time already. We had a picknick at one of the picknick-areas and ate our delicious quinoa salad. 10690220_4785191405698_7804781186615510446_n Later on, we walked for almost one hour through the park. There was a pathway that we could follow but Bas wanted to walk his own path. Suddenly we saw a turtle. How cool is that?! We also made some pictures on the rocks because there are lots of these in the park.

When we got back in the car, Bas told me he saw the skin of a snake on the pathway. That’s why he wanted to walk his own path! He knew I’m extremely afraid of worms (I’m sure you can call it a fobia…) so you could imagine how my relation with snakes would be.

We then drove to Kingman, a town on route 66. I thought driving on route 66 was absolutely legendary. That night we slept in a motel that had the biggest bed EVER…

To be continued…

September & October Goals

I haven’t done one of these in a while but since making goals are my life, I wanted to share a few new ones that I want to achieve at the end of October.

  1. Make an aftermovie: I went on a road trip to the West (coast) of the USA and I filmed a lot with Francis’ Gopro. Since I haven’t made that much pictures, I want to make an aftermovie as a memory of this incredible trip.
  2. Read ‘The Little Book of Mindfulness’: I bought this book in Urban Outfitters. It immediately got my attention because I love being mindful about things. It helps me to get relaxed instead of stressed. I would even like to write about things that I’ve read and that I use or do in my daily life routine.
  3. Train for ‘my’ half marathon: A few weeks ago I ran 15K for the first time. I did it in 1h27min which I feel is a great time. Afterwards I felt so excited about the distance I ran. I felt like my body was capable to run even more so I set a new goal. At the end of November I want to run 21k or half of a marathon. I’ll keep you updated every now and then.
  4. Cut out soda: When I was in America, I didn’t drink any soda at all. I hope I keep on remaining this good habit.
  5. Buy new clothes for my autumn/winter wardrobe: I literally don’t have autumn or winter clothes. I’m thinking about going for a lot of dresses this year because I love how easy it is to put on. Also, I want to get a new pair of long leather boots. What about writing a post with styles I like?

Enjoy your Sunday



September has been crazy. The 1st September, Francis and I were two years together. We went swimming in a tropical indoor swimming pool. Afterwards, we decided to go out for dinner. We really enjoyed that day a lot. That night he stayed at my house because the next day he would drive me to the airport. That’s because my cousin, Bas, and I were going to the USA to go on a road trip to the West (coast) of the USA.

Our first stay would be LA. After arriving in LAX, we first had to get our rental car. We chose the jeep which we thought was pretty big. However, our car was nothing like compared to all the cars LA people were driving.


I was very tired after being on a plane the whole day so the only thing I wished for at that point was a bed. We had booked a room in the Samesun hostel in Venice. This was my first experience with hostels. I liked it for one night but I wouldn’t recommend it because the bathroom was kind of dirty, in particular the shower.

Anyway, the next day we wandered around at the beach. We met a black guy who wanted us to listen to ‘his’ music. We liked the guy so we bought his CD for 5 dollars. Little did we know that we would listen to that CD the whole trip.

After seeing Venice Beach, we decided to get a green juice at Kreation, an awesome place at Abbot Kinney if you enjoy food but still want to keep it clean. After visiting some shops at Abbot Kinney, we headed to Hollywood where we saw Beverly Hills and the Walk of Fame. We thought this was a little bit of faded glory. To eat, we went to this awesome Mexican place where we ate the best fish tacos.

We ended our day in USA hostels in Hollywood. We met an Asian guy who was pretty cool too. This hostel was way nicer because everything was better organized; the kitchen was bigger and the bathroom was very clean.


The next day, we decided to get our work out done. We hiked all the way up at Runyon Canyon. In the end, we got a view over the valley and we could even see the Hollywood sign. Then, we met Bas’ friend Zoe in Koreatown. They first met in Israel and Bas contacted her again because back then, she said that if he would ever go to LA, he should come to visit her. He sent her an email and we could couch surf at her place. Actually it wasn’t hers but the house of her two moms. They lived in Venice and were the coolest parents ever (after mine… DUH).

Back to Koreatown! Zoe wanted us to guide through LA but she didn’t want to show us the most obvious touristic attractions. In Koreatown we got a Chinese foot- and body massage. I even fell asleep. Then we went to this all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurant. Sadly enough, I can’t remember its name anymore. I was so stuffed after that meal that I couldn’t eat anything else that day.


After eating, we wanted to chill for quite a bit. We wandered around and saw a golf court above a parking lot. We also went to Union Station, Grand Central Market and the oldest street of  LA. To end the day, we went to this arty district of the city. We met camera men who were filming a documentary for National Geographic. They needed two persons for a scene. Bas and I wanted to be in NG of course so we did our first acting job ever there. This was so cool.

We only went to the house when it was already 10pm. I was so tired because we had done so much that day. I knew I had to sleep well because the next day we would start our actual road trip…

To be continued.

My Week On Instagram #18

Hello Reader

This week has been so much fun although it has been raining all week. Come take a look at my highlights of the week :

IMG_2262On Tuesday, I had to work as a promo girl for Soyjoy. This is a healthy bar made of soy, nuts and dried fruit. It’s famous in Japan, the land of origin. I had to work with another girl and two boys. We had a lot of fun that day. Our outfits that we had to wear, were from the sports collection of H&M. Who doesn’t like to work in sports gear?

First, we had to sample on the Meir in Antwerp. Afterwards, there was this big yoga event and we had to make the goodiebags, welcome the guests, … I got a lot of bars myself which is awesome. IMG_2285On Wednesday my boyfriend surprised me. He drove me home after school and later that day we went out for dinner. We drank a mojito to start and then had a ‘Mac Marrakech’, a burger with lamb and a side of couscous and a Greek salad. Dedicated as we are, we went to the gym afterwards because we love working out together. Surprises as this make me extremely happy.

IMG_2276On Thursday I’ve donated blood for the second time. I filled a bag with blood in 5 minutes and 12 seconds which is really good because you get 12 minutes in total. It didn’t hurt at all and Febe accompanied me again.

IMG_2291The last picture is really important to me. This is a little book in where you can read things that make you happy, thankful,… As you all know by now, I’m a really mindful person. I try to make the best out of every day and most of the times, this works. I set goals because I want to have productive days but I’m realistic. If something doesn’t work out than I try to discover why it didn’t work out. I try to learn from my faults and I know my imperfections. I try to be a good girlfriend and student but most of all, I try to be me. I don’t want to change myself for other people and I think that’s what people like about me. I’m real and I earn what I have.


My Week On Instagram #17

Happy Monday dear reader

I figured to share my highlights of the week rather than sharing my whole week. Let’s take a closer look…

IMG_2136On Tuesday I had one class of Spanish and afterwards, I returned the shorts I bought in H&M earlier that month. They weren’t the right size. Instead I bought a really flattering top in a minty color. I love it because I can combine it with a lot of other clothes I already have.

On Wednesday my boyfriend came over and he stayed the night. He could stay because on Thursday my weekend started already. The next day we studied together and it really worked out. I did a morning run while he made himself ready for the day and served breakfast in bed. I wish we could do this every day. That night, I had to work in the restaurant.

On Saturday, my mom and I went shopping. We never do this and after weeks of asking her to go shopping with me, she finally did it. I got a new jeans jacket and a pair of beautiful sandals. I think I haven’t worn sandals in years. I can’t get over them especially when I wear them in combination with a dress and my jeans jacket. I should ask my dad if he wants to take a picture when I wear an outfit like this.

IMG_2203In the afternoon I sneaked out of the house to have a gym session with my boyfriend. I’m still sore but I’m not complaining because my hard work pays off. I’m getting stronger every day. That night I worked again. Basically I worked three days in a row which is totally fine for me because I need the money. I’m saving so that I’ll have the best vacation ever.

On Sunday I went to Francis’ house to study. We studied the whole day and I did a lot for school. I’m even amazed myself.

Oh and to finish I’d like to share my awesome food/drink favorites of the week.

IMG_2173Homemade lemonade with fresh mint

IMG_2204yogurt with strawberries and a couple of cashew nuts

Have a great week you all!