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The benefits of quinoa for the skin

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Apart from being an excellent alternative to starchy foods, quinoa is our partner for beautiful skin. This plant is not only a favourite with vegetarians and vegans; it’s also known for its healing qualities, its anti-aging effect, and as a food that helps resist spots and acne. Quinoa, a grain with real benefits for your skin Consisting of 70% carbohydrates and 15% proteins, quinoa is ideal for people with gluten…

Pollen, the unsung hero of beehive products

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Pollen: A little grain with big benefits Used since time immemorial, beehive products never cease to surprise with the sheer variety of their benefits. We know about honey and royal jelly, but we hear less about pollen. However, with its toning, energising and anti-aging properties, now is more than ever the time to use it! What is pollen? Pollen consists of little yellow, gold and orange spheres, collected by bees…

Healthy, practical, tasty snacks

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So you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle and decided to keep it up? You don’t want to carry on nibbling just anything that comes along, but you’re even less keen to pay inflated prices for healthy snacks. Let me pass on some healthy recipes that are easy to make. Energy Balls Half a cup of stoned dates Half a cup of sliced almonds A quarter cup (15g) of cocoa powder 1…

The Ayurvedic diet – it’s a whole lifestyle

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Far from the cliché that too often bundles it in with Indian cuisine, the Ayurvedic diet is based on a set of principles that focus on the individual and his or her particular physical and mental characteristics. Here is a summary of its central principles: Another way of looking at nutrition and digestion The principle of Ayurvedic diet is not to put foods together in categories but to concentrate on…

Istanbul: 3 good places for excellent food in luxury surroundings

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I’m opening my address book to share my choices for fine dining in luxurious surroundings, in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. I don’t know if it’s Istanbul’s palette of colours that inspires me the most, or the secrets of its past, but its atmosphere is unique. The first bit of good news is that Istanbul is a wonderful place for food. The second is that the views are…

Belgium’s H2O Challenge – in February, Belgians drink water for their Tournée Minérale

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A month without drinking alcohol – that’s the challenge set by the Belgian Foundation Against Cancer for their “Tournée Minérale”. Starting on February 1st, 100,000 people committed themselves to giving up alcohol for one month, and to making a donation for research. Live well without alcohol Last year, the first such event attracted 120,000 participants. By combining activism with fun, it showed many of them that they can survive without…

Splendid weekend in Budapest

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For me, “the Pearl of the Danube” has always had a certain fascination. I imagined it as vibrant, mysterious, romantic and elegant. What’s more, I recently gave in to my desires and visited the city. So, you know the must-see landmarks but you’d like to add a touch of chic to your stay? Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration amongst the things I discovered. Love at first sight, over brunch I…

Cuba – like stepping into a picture postcard

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If you’re looking for the exotic and a complete change of pace and scene, Cuba will not disappoint. But don’t leave it too long before you go. I spent 10 days there, and the island still has its “picture postcard” allure. Cuba the magical, Cuba the enchanting – the words may be a cliché, but they’re a perfect definition for this big island with its tormented history. Staying with the…

My delicious recipe for home-made almond milk

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More and more people are turning away from milks of animal origin, with their high levels of lactose and casein, containing fats and antibiotic residues, either because of allergies or just from feeling queasy after consuming it. However another question immediately presents itself – what to replace them with? The answer is not far to seek when you remember there are various vegetable- based milks that are an excellent replacement…

Slimming: 3 drinks that are more effective than lemon water

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At the risk of disappointing anybody who believes in miracle diets, we have to look at the facts. No drink can miraculously make you lose weight. However, there are drinks that, as part of a balanced diet and with a healthy lifestyle, make a contribution to slimming. Coffee When drunk before a sports session, caffeine can extend your stamina and increase the calories burnt. Please note, obviously we’re talking about…