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Give yourself a boost of energy with flowers!

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Did you know that flowers are healthy for you? I collect a lot of flower photographs and every time I buy flowers or receive them, it makes me so happy. So is it just me, or is it scientifically proven that they are good for you? Well, I did a little research and found out that flowers do have a positive effect on your health! According to an Harvard study, there are three main findings discovered.  First of all, flowers feed compassion. They also chase away anxieties and worries at home. And last but not least, living with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm at work. How great is that you can achieve those effects with just one bouquet of flowers in your house!? Get inspired!

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The best Japanese Noodle soup at Cocolo Ramen.

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At Inspire me photograph we are always looking for the newest trends and best inspirations. But we missed one section at our website and that is one about the hotspots of the biggest cities. It is also the reason why we didn’t post a thing, because we were on a quest for the hippest hotspots in Berlin this weekend!

And this day I want to start with a restaurant that has the best Noodle soup in town! For sure I am not lying and you can ask every Japanese that lives here in Berlin. The name of the restaurant is Cocolo Ramen and they have a tiny restaurant in Mitte and a bigger one in Kreuzberg where you also can eat lunch. Their food is very delicious and contains freshly made noodles in a tasty soup, topped with vegetables, wakame and eggs. Beside of that, you can choose more toppings in vegan, meat of fish. They also offer a little menu with typical Japanese starters.  But be aware: every Berliner knows this place, so be patient while you wait for a table. It’s more than worth it!

Your golden bike

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At Inspire me photograph we love to be inspired by food, travels, lifestyle and more creative things. This day it is all about your golden bike. Back in Amsterdam the bike is a gadget that everybody has. It is easy, gets you everywhere quick and keeps you active. It is the perfect sport without even noticing that you are doing your daily workout. Here in Berlin a bike is not a must have, but I see more bikes pop up everyday. To stay true to my roots in Amsterdam, I bought a bike right a way and coloured it gold, because with this colour I can find my bike easily anywhere. But the most important reason is that my bike is my daily workout without even noticing. It keeps me healthy and that counts as golden. So why not ride a bike instead of taking your car? It is less expensive and keeps you healthy and fit. Get inspired!

 

Fresh and healthy: Homemade hummus

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It is time for a new food recipe and this time I choose for Hummus! It is very healthy and it can serve as a good protein.  And for the veggies between us, it is also a healthy alternative for animal protein. You can eat hummus like a dip, but you can also eat it as a sandwich spread. I prefer hummus as well as a sandwich spread on a cracker topped with avocados. And for an alternation to avocados eat it with fresh spinach and pine nuts. That is also real good! So for today I will give you the basics for a simple natural hummus and you can add all the ingredients you like! Think of a hummus dip with sun dried tomatoes, curry or coriander. It is easy to make, but you need a mixer/blender to mix it. The main ingredients are:

– 1 Can of Cooked chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans
– 4 tablespoons of Citrus juice
– 2 Tablespoons of Tahini pasta
– 2 Tablespoon of olive oil
– 1 Clove garlic chopped
– Salt and pepper to taste it

How to make it? First cook the beans and put them in a mixer. Blend it to create a smooth paste. When the mixing is done, leave the paste so it can cool down. After 10 minutes, put the rest of the ingredients in it and mix it again to a smooth paste. And of course if you prefer extra ingredients, put them in the mix with the other ingredients. Get inspired!

When life gives you lemons

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Every day I hear people talk about health. It is the trend of being healthy and super fit. The only problem is lack of discipline and motivation. But with this simple solution you can make your day already very healthy! I am talking about a glass of water with fresh lemon juice squeezed in it. I can give you many reasons why you should drink it but the most important ones are:

1. It gives you an energy boost.
2. It promotes good digestion.
3. It stimulates elimination.
4. It gives your immune system a boost.
5. It helps detoxify the liver.
6. It helps you lose weight.
7. Better skin.
8. Hydration.

Convinced already?  Here is how you make a lemon juice yourself: Take one lemon and slice it in half, squeeze the juice into a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. And start breakfast after 20/30 minutes. If you are trying this for the first time, maybe begin with a quarter of a lemon and over several days, work your way up to half a lemon. And of course, you can also use a lime juice if that is your preference!

The Bagel factory

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I love to eat bagels each day, every day, all day. The problem is that I was not sure if bagels could also be healthy. I love to sport, eat healthy and bagels just seemed like a no go. Fortunately, the opposite is true! Bagels can be healthy but it depends on which you choose. So start with a little history. Bagels were first introduced in 1693 as tribute to a Polish king. Since then they have crossed continents and become a mainstay in America.  Although bagels are good eats, the nutrition of bagels isn’t thought about unless you’re counting calories. Here is a rundown on this tasty treat and what it’s made of. A bagel has zero to very low fat content, but it does contain between 70 and 380 calories. The size of the bagel determines how many calories it has. Bagels are a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, protein and fiber. Although they aren’t considered the healthiest of foods to eat, they do provide high amounts of fiber to keep you regular. What means that if you eat them for breakfast, they will keep you filled until  lunch. And for me that is just perfect! On the photograph you will see four bagels that are healthy and real tasteful. For each bagel I will write down the recipe below. Get inspired!

Bagel 1:  Multigrain bagel with freshly made humus, avocado slices, cucumber and basil. Finish it with salt and pepper.
Bagel 2: Multigrain bagel with low fat cream cheese (Philadelphia for example) and top it with fresh raspberries.
Bagel 3: Multigrain bagel with low fat cream cheese (Philadelphia for example) and little yellow tomatoes. Slice them in two, so they will stick on your bagel. For taste you can put a little fresh mint on top of it.
Bagel 4: Multigrain bagel with freshly made humus and brown beans. For taste you can put coriander on top of it.

Fingerfood: a simple bruscetta

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A friend of mine is coming over and therefore I want to make a little dish that is easy to eat, healthy and taste good. With a lot of conversations going on I need some finger food! That is why I choose this day for some bread, tomato and mozzarella. Those three ingredients will suit perfect with a glass of wine and a little afternoon sun on the balcony.

I love the mix of the well-known tomato, mozzarella and basilicum, but I need more food to fill my belly today. That is why I make this bruscetta. The recipe is easy and the taste is great. Just find some spelt bread or quinoa bread and toast it for 4/5 minutes. The bread must be crunchy when you eat it. On top of the bread, you put a thin slice of mozzarella and thin slices of fresh tomato. To finish this dish, put some oil on top of it and place a few basilicum leaves on the bruscetta’s for the taste. Finish this meal with a little salt and pepper. If you do it right, it will also look very pretty on your plate. Enjoy the taste of Italy!

 

Your new breakfast

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Goodmorning! It is Wednesday, so time for some food inspiration! This time I already start with a breakfast recipe, because the first meal of the day is the most important one.  The only problem is that most people do not like to eat in the mornings, but it is necessary to eat something. If you find it hard to eat bread or yoghurt for breakfast, I got a solution that is fresh, light and full of vitamins! Make a fresh smoothie for yourself. It isn’t that hard to make and it taste great.  The recipe is simple: You need the ingredients of the photo and mix them in a blender. So next time you don’t need an excuse to miss breakfast, because this is your healthy and simple solution. Get inspired!

Sunday Run-day

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What to do on Sunday? Even though Sunday is lovely as a lazy day, I do also like to get at least a little activity going on! And that means also a good workout. Sometimes fitness, other days I run through the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Running outdoor for me is not only a good exercise, also a way to explore the city while being active. So when I am done with my workout, I can go for some drinks with friends at a new bar I just spotted. That makes this workout even more fun! And of course the benefits of running are very important for me. I feel energetic, my head will be clear of difficult thoughts and I am happy that I did get out for a run. I can tell you, sometimes you don’t have the energy to run as far as you wish, but at the end of the day: you did exercise that day and that feels great. Get inspired!

The Aesop stores

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Already familiar with this amazing brand Aesop? This brand exists since 1987 and is known for his focus on natural ingredients and efficient anti-oxidants as ingredients for their products. They also refuse to test on animals, because they are convinced that they are doing the right thing by  not trading their values for money. You can find a large product variety of beauty products for skin and more. The products are for both men and female.

Over the years they have built up signature stores in London, Hong Kong, Australia, Tokyo, Paris, Zurich, Singapore and Taiwan. And that is why we post Aesop on Inspire me photograph. We are inspired by the amazing looks of each Aesop store. The stores all have a well-considered design and a nice mix of materials, textures, colors and history. Aesop is convinced that ‘good design can improve your life’. And we agree on that one. We would strongly recommend  to visit one of these stores to get inspired by their design. Have fun with exploring!