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12 affirmations for growth, magic & purpose

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Our thoughts impact our energy, and our energy creates our reality. What we think we become… For me, my birthday feels like the perfect moment for reflection and goal setting. Each year I set new intentions for my new birth year, so I can start manifesting my wishes. If you are not into New Year’s resolutions (like me) you could consider birthday affirmations.  To provide a little inspiration, I’m happy to share mine here with you.

1. I practice SELFLOVE for I am whole and complete. Regardless of what I have or don’t have; regardless of how I look or don’t look and regardless of my successes or failures.

2. I radiate and attract love, trust and AUTHENTICITY.

3. I am ACCEPTING of what is and trust in the greater plan.

4. I open up my business Happy Earth by Spring 2017.

5. I always make ethical choices and run my business with INTEGRITY.

6.  I generate more income than before, simply by following my PURPOSE.

7. I help others where I can and GIVE selflessly.

8.  I connect to my tribe and have more meaningful, uplifting and EMPOWERING relationships than ever before.

9. I am FOCUSED and I complete my tasks effortlessly.

10.  I am clear and STRAIGHTFORWARD in my communication. I pay attention to my gut feeling and set boundaries when needed.

11. My main purpose is always NOURISHMENT when feeding my body and my soul. Whether it’s the food I eat, the books I read, or the people I surround myself with.

13.  Yoga (including meditation and deep breathing) is my daily PRACTICE.

14.  I OVERCOME my pcos, just as I overcame many other health issues in the past and become healthier, stronger and sparklier than ever before!

May your upcoming birthday bring you a year of magic, miracles and purpose.

Love, Yonca ~ manifested into this world on Jan 24, 1981


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Chia Parfait: with Pumpkin-Whip & Persimmons

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Happy New Year!

The festive season is slowly coming to an end, 2017 is just within reach. For me it’s going to be a year of change, challenge and manifesting my dreams. I just signed the lease for my food shop & restaurant space. I’m stoked and terrified at the same time. Anyway, I thought pumpkin would be appropriate for celebrating the ending of Holiday Season and the beginning of new beginnings. This chia parfait with pumpkin whip and persimmons just hit the spot.

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Ingredients (2 portions)

  • 3 cups rice milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Vanilla extract
  • Half a pumpkin
  • 1 persimmon
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • Cinnamon
  • Walnut


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C (360 F)
  • Remove the skin and seeds from the pumpkin and cut in cubes.
  • Place on a tray or baking dish, sprinkle some cinnamon and maple syrup on top.
  • Bake approximately 30 minutes (pumpkin should be soft. Depending on the size it can be a little more or less than 30 minutes)
  • Remove the tray from the oven and let the pumpkin cool down.
  • Puree the pumpkin with a fork or blender, slowly adding rice milk until you get a whip cream like consistency.
  • Add maple syrup to taste.
  • Puree a peeled (ripe) persimmon and place at the bottom of a glass.
  • In a separate bowl whisk 2 cups of rice milk with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
  • Gently pour on top of the persimmon layer, till just a few inches below the rim.
  • Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours, giving the chia seeds time to swell.
  • Top the parfait off with the pumpkin mousse and sprinkle some walnuts on top.

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Warming Persimmon Holiday Juice

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Keep Juicing, but stay warm

The proof that juices are not just for Summer is in this recipe. Winterfruits persimmon and tangerines, raw sweet potato and warming cinnamon makes this recipe a wonderful choice for the Holiday Season. I’m totally hooked on this one and I think it might end up on our Christmas Breakfast menu. If you have a good quality juicer, you will get a beautiful thick juice, which almost has that latte feel. Sweet Potato Juice is a good source of Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin E, Iron, Copper and Folate Acid. The cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar levels (hence reducing sugar cravings) and persimmons are just persimmons… the loveliest, juiciest, sexiest winter fruit I know.

I made a juice video the other day with 3 different juice recipes, including this one.
Enjoy watching and find the recipe below.


Recipe (500 ml / 2 servings)

  • 6 tangerines peeled
  • 1 sweet potato raw
  • 1 or 2 persimmon
  • Cinnamon powder and/or a cinnamon stick

Run everything through a juicer and serve with cinnamon.


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Tangerine Oats

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It’s tangerine season. I bought them for one euro a kilo and I couldn’t stop at one kilo. They looked so fresh with those green leaves still on the stem. So I wanted to figure a way out to work through the kilos of tangerines I brought home. Juicing is always a good idea, but since the cold winter weather we are experiencing here in The Netherlands the past couple of days, I thought something warm, spicy and ‘oathy’ would be appropriate. I am a big advocate of eating plenty of whole raw foods, so cooking (especially) fruits is not really my thing. But since I’m running a food blog and since we have plenty of tangerines laying around, I thought, why not step out of my comfort zone a bit and give this one a try.

The cooking of the tangerines takes some time, about 60 min, so you can choose to prepare it in advance and add to your oatmeal the minute you feel like having breakfast. Cooking the tangerines is really the best part. The scent will make your house smell cozy and citrusy. If you’re not a fan of oatmeal you can always mix it up a little by serving the tangerine jam on coconut yoghurt, dress it up with some granola and you’re good to go.

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Recipe (2 persons)


For the tangerine jam

– 1 kg tangerines (peeled and sliced or pureed in the blender)
– 1 cup of water
– Coconut sugar (the amount is up to you)
– 2 teaspoons allspice

For the oatmeal

– 8 tablespoons oatmeal
– Couple of walnuts and / or other toppings
– 1 Fresh tangerine

– Put all the ingredients for the jam in a pot
– Simmer with lid on for about 60 minutes. Check in between, you want it to be still nice and moisty.
– In the second part you’re going to add the oatmeal. You can either add the oatmeal straight in the pot, mix en cook it for 2-3 more minutes. Or you can prepare a plain oatmeal the way you like and use the jam as a topping.
– Transfer in a bowl or glass and top off with some nuts, seeds and fresh tangerines.


With Love From The Happy Earth Kitchen

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Roasted Tomato & Black Lentil Soup

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A duo of red and black

Years ago I was struggling with IBS so bad that I tried almost every single diet and theory out there in order to manage my symptoms. One of the things I discovered was that my digestion was very slow and if I’d eat late(r) at night, I would experience terrible bloat and pain, up to 16 hours after eating. So somewhere around 2002 I heard someone (It might have been Oprah J) talking about not eating after 7pm. I gave it a shot and experienced great relief (and the additional bonus of weight loss) in just a couple of weeks. Later in life I would learn that this is called intermittent fasting and has many more benefits than just helping me with my IBS.

So up until this day I try to eat early dinners in order to give my digestive system a chance to process all the food. Because of this, a little craving sometimes happens by the time I lay in bed. The upside is that along with the craving, lots of inspiration for new recipes comes. So imagine me laying in bed, fantasizing about food, having my recipe notebook ready on my nightstand so I can take notes whenever a good idea pops up.

This very recipe was born at one of those moments. Although I had then black quinoa in mind (better for digestion I must admit) I switched to black lentils when I found out I was out of quinoa and saw an unopened pack of black lentils sitting in the cabinet. And I’m glad I didn’t rush to the market to buy some quinoa, because the thick and rich texture of the lentils combined with the light and fresh taste of the tomatoes is a game changer. The recipe below makes a very dense, rich soup (almost a stew). If you prefer your soup more liquid, simply use more water or broth when boiling the lentils.

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– 1 cup black lentils
– 2 cups water or vegetable broth
– 1 kg tomatoes
– 2 red onions
– 2 sprigs rosemary
– fresh lemon juice
– black pepper
– pinch of salt
– coconut milk (optional)

– Roast 1 kg tomatoes with 2 onions and 2 sprigs rosemary on 180 C for 90 min (or until caramelized).
– Cook 1 cup lentils in 2 cups water or vegetable broth in 30 minutes.
– Set half of the lentils aside and puree the rest of it with a blender.
– Add some fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
– Puree the roasted tomatoes in a blender.
– Serve the mashed lentils on one side of a bowl, add the pureed tomato roast on the other side.
– Serve 2 or 3 tablespoons of the whole cooked lentils on top for extra texture.
– Season it with any herbs of your liking and drizzle a bit of coconut milk on top to make it look fancy.

With Love From the Happy Earth Kitchen



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Spiced Hot Snickers Smoothie

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Vegan hot chocolate, smoothie style.

As someone who loves smoothies, but also as someone whose lips and fingers turn purple of eating smoothiebowls in winter, I decided to create a winter-friendly recipe that will bring you in the Holiday mood in no time. The recipe is simple, nutritious and tastes like an adult version of a Snickers bar. It’s high in magnesium, contains plant protein, good carbs and fiber. The spices stimulate your metabolism and blood flow. So yes, this recipe is not only a great after-outdoors-workout-snack, but is also a wonderful breakfast in bed option. Pick a chilly Sunday morning, put up some old crackling vinyl records and spoil your loved one with a good glass of Spiced Hot Snickers Smoothie.

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  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup warm plantmilk ( I used unsweetened organic almondmilk)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 soaked date or 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon winter spices of choice (I used a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and star anise)
  • As much as cayenne pepper as you can handle (a natural aphrodisiac)
  • Pinch of salt


  • Warm up the almond milk.
  • Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass
  • If you have a milk frother, you can top it off with foam and more spices.

With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen…


10-17 juni 2017: Summer Yoga Retreat


•• Deze retreat is volgeboekt•• 

Opgeladen, fris en met een glow de zomer in.

Van 10 t/m 17 juni 2017 slaan Puur Jij En Happy Earth Kitchen de handen ineen voor een luxe droom yoga retreat op een prachtige plek aan de rand van Narbonne in Zuid Frankrijk.

Een week vol met yoga, meditatie, food, rust, activiteit, detox, energie en inspiratie.

In de ochtend en begin van de avond zijn er yoga lessen gegeven door Jan en Cynthia, zijn er meditatielessen waar je bij kunt aansluiten en sta ik als plantbased chef in de keuken om jou 3 keer per dag te verwennen met heerlijke en gezonde gerechten. Ook verzorg ik een food workshop waar je kosteloos aan kunt deelnemen. De rest van de dag kun je doorbrengen bij het privé zwembad, relaxen in de tuin van 10 ha, één van de stranden in de buurt opzoeken of het centrum van Narbonne verkennen.

Er zijn slechts 4×2 plaatsen beschikbaar. Reageer dus snel en maak gebruik van de eenmalige actieprijs.


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Je verblijft in een huis met 4 luxe slaapkamers met elk een 2-persoonsbed, een eigen badkamer en toilet, een flatscreen tv, airco en gratis wifi. Daarnaast is er een gezamenlijke woonkamer, een 10 hectare tuin met een vijver, loungeplekken en een privé zwembad.

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De normale kosten zijn €1250,- p.p, MAAR de eerste vier koppels die zich vóór 1 december aanmelden betalen slechts de speciale Early Bird prijs van €747,-. Een korting van ruim 500 euro!

De prijs per persoon is op basis van een tweepersoonskamer. Aanmelden voor deze retreat is daarom alleen mogelijk op basis van 2 personen waarbij je bereid bent een tweepersoonsbed met elkaar te delen (bijvoorbeeld als partners, goede vrienden of familie).

Wat krijg je?

  • 7 overnachtingen in een zeer luxe accommodatie, een ruime en serene (gedeelde) tweepersoonskamer met ensuite badkamer en apart toilet, flatscreen televisie, airco en wifi;
  • 2 yogalessen van anderhalf uur per dag vanaf zondagochtend tot en met vrijdagavond, waarvan onder andere partneryogales en een les yoga nidra (zeer ontspannend!);
  • 3 meditatielessen;
  • 3 Happy Earth Kitchen maaltijden per dag (op woensdag vervalt de avondmaaltijd)
  • Onbeperkt fruit, water, thee, koffie en tussendoortjes;
  • Welkomstdrankje, gezonde snack en diner bij aankomst;
  • Handdoeken en beddengoed zijn aanwezig;
  • Gebruik van de tuin van 10 hectare en de twee zwembaden;
  • Voor degenen zonder yoga ervaring is er op zondagochtend een introductieles waarin de beginselen van yoga en ademhalingsoefeningen worden uitgelegd, zodat de lessen de rest van de week goed te volgen zijn.
  • Gratis gebruik van yogamatten en meditatiekussens;
  • Een excursie naar een nabijgelegen mineralenexpositie en amethistenhuis;
  • Een gratis food workshop door Happy Earth Kitchen;
  • Indien gewenst en in overleg vervoer naar het centrum van Narbonne en strand;
  • Gebruik van de fietsen (er zijn er drie beschikbaar);
  • Uitgebreid ontbijt op de dag van vertrek;
  • Transfer van en naar het vliegveld.

Niet inbegrepen
Reiskosten, reis- en annuleringsverzekering

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Retreat datum: 7 juni t/m 17 juni 2017
De actieprijs is geldig tot 1 december
Slechts 2×4 plekken beschikbaar, first come first served. 
Organisatie: Puur Jij i.s.m. Happy Earth Kitchen.

Klik hier voor meer informatie en/of aanmelding.

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Creamy Raw Kale Salad

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Biodynamic autumn veggies 

When I promised myself the other day to get out of my comfort zone and drive my way to a biodynamic farm to get the ingredients for my kale salad, I must admit, I was a bit resistant and my mind came up with all kinds of excuses to keep me in that zone of zones. Why not go to a whole foods market just around the corner of my house. Hmm it might start raining in a minute and also I have lots of things on my to do list, is it wise to spend all this time for a few groceries? Regardless of this murmuring, I just kept my promise and headed over to this wonderful farm about 24km from my house. When I got there, saw the farmersshop, touched the produce, stroke the animals and spoke to the farmer, my only regret was that I didn’t take the bike instead of the car. Quality always pays off and just like that I gathered beautiful autumn veggies for lunch and once back home, I made myself a nourishing kale salad with heirloom tomatoes, yucon, red onion, yellow beet, kalamata olives and a beautiful creamy tahini dressing and spent the afternoon with my husband watching movies, snuggling and ignoring the rest of my to do list.


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Green and purple kale
Tomatoes (preferably mixed varieties)
Yellow beet
Red onion
Kalamata olives
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt
Sesame seeds

2 tbsp Tahini
2 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp water
Black pepper


  • Chop kale and massage with lemon juice and seasalt (and if desired some olive oil) for a couple of minutes until the leaves become tender.
  • Add tomato, beet, onion and olives.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients and add to the salad.
  • Serve with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.


With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen

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