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An ongoing series in which we talk to trusted people in the wellness industry (or simply those we know have their wellness shit together).

In short, Rens knows good food! Raised in the Netherlands by progressive nutrition oriented parents and grandparents – before it was trendy and we were all wellness obsessed  – Rens is a nutritionist by trade, a recipe maker by heart and an arbiter of wellbeing having built a career on making people feel good.

True to form, this wellness buff  is one busy lady! With 3 cookbooks under her belt, Rens is preparing to launch her first English version cookbook later this year Power Food – I have it, love it, you need it and luckily it’s available for preorder below! 🙂

Therefore, after insta-obsessing over life well lived we got to wondering, what exactly this health guru is eating and how we can implement better food habits into our daily lives. Join us as Rens shares her crazy morning detox, remedies for her biggest wellness stuggle plus after watching her sister Doutzen have two babies, she breaks down the top powerfods for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas! @renskroes

powerfood-new-york-rens-kroesOn the ability for food to heal ailments of the body: It’s all connected. If you eat healthy then you have more energy, feel like working out and therefore feel better about yourself which in turn makes you happy – it’s holistic! However I always stress that food, while a big part of the whole is still only part – you need to eat well, sleep enough, get fresh air, workout and laugh with your friends too! Basically, it’s important to be conscience of how you eat but also conscience of the other aspects of your life. We can’t be too obsessed with just the food piece and instead need to find balance everyday.

Having watched your sister have 2 babies – healing foods for pregnant or breastfeeding women: If you’re breast feeding the really important thing is to mainly eat a lot of fresh veggies and fresh foods. Try to keep spices and garlic to a minimum and think about consuming foods with Omega 3 such as flaxseed oil, fish oil, chia seeds, walnuts, fatty fish, seafood, and spinach and Magnesium include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas, dried fruit and dark chocolate.screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-21-24-amOn how you eat: I don’t define how I eat but rather focus on eating unprocessed whole foods – or powerfoods – that are healthy, tasty and make your body happy. I rarely use gluten in my recipes or cow dairy. If I incorporate dairy it’s either goat milk (which is less processed than cow dairy), coconut milk, yogurt milk or oat milk. I tend to eat mainly veggies and fruit but will eat chicken from time to time if it’s hormone free/organic and fish if it’s wild but I don’t eat red meat.

A simple way to detox: From time to time I will do ‘Oil Pulling’. Which basically means I put a spoonful of cold pressed coconut oil in my mouth and swish it around for 15 minutes – this works to improve my sleep, make my skin glow and my teeth less sensitive, plus it helps to keep my hormones balanced. In other words, it’s another way of detoxifying my body each morning. 

On the start and end to your day: Oil pulling (as mentioned from time to time), followed immediately by a lemon water or vinegar water, then I head to my workout, after which I have a green juice with a yummy breakfast. Once I’m at the office I will have my first coffee while I sit and answer emails. At night I have a feel good tea, chia good night drink or a yogi tea before bed. dsc_8112Foods that encourage clear line-free glowing skin: What really helps me to achieve glowing skin is a 2 or 3 day juice cleanse to completely detox and flush out my system. Plus, I regularly drink green juices and try to stay away from white bread, sugar and processed food.

Foods that eliminate bloating: Make sure to regularly incorporate a lot of greens into your diet, as well as water with lemon in the morning, watermelon, celery and turmeric in your smoothies.

Pre-workout and post workout energy boosting foods: Personally I don’t eat before my workout because I meet my trainer so early in the morning – unless I’m starving in which case I would have a handful of nuts. This is a personal thing for me, I would say that if you prefer to eat before exercising then you should try something light like a protein smoothie.

From your book Power Food – 3 recipes you make the most often for yourself: For breakfast I often make the Breakfast Cake (recipe below) – on Sundays I will make 3 of them at a time to freeze, as I make an effort to have good food options ready and on hand as I believe this aids in making good food choices. For lunch I make the Quinoa Salad all the time and dinner I make the Zucchini Boats.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-6-20-10-pmSimple ingredient swaps for healthier eating and cooking: I think this is the hardest question that I’ve ever been asked 🙂 One swap could be to use coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. Just be sure to remember thats it’s still sugar and to treat it as such. Often times people make the mistake of consuming more of something like this because they think that it’s “healthy”.

We hear the word wellness a lot – what does the word mean to you? I always think about a triangle, in which the three points consist of healthy food, relaxation/sleep/laughter and fitness – you need to remain in the middle of the triangle to be in balance. It’s a state of being in which the body and mind need to connect with each other.

Fitness routine: I have a trainer 3-4 times a week – we do high intensity circuit training and boxing – and then I go to yoga a few days a week.

Your biggest wellness struggle: Sleep – I don’t like to sleep. I love my life, I love to be awake and doing things! I’m too excited! So I force myself to go to sleep. I need to be in balance but it’s definitely my struggle.rens-kroes-powerfoodSome personal tips for staying motivated to workout and eat well: Push yourself, enlist a friend to be your workout buddy or hire a trainer (if you have the money). Be aware of what you eat, how you feel and make sure to listen to your body. Make healthy choices and focus on feeling good but don’t count calories!

3 healthy places to eat in NY and Amsterdam: Amsterdam:Lavinia Good Food, Vinnies (*healthy lunch) and The Meet Eatery.

NY: Butchers Daughter, Hu Kitchen, Beyond Sushi, Blossom on Carmine

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want? MIND! For sure.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-6-17-40-pm

Recipe for Power Food Cookbook: Breakfast Cake

Prep Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

4 Eggs

1 Large Banana

1 1/2 Cups Whole Oats

2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Small Handful of Dried Mulberries

Small Handful of Dried Goji Berries

Supplies:

Blender, 12″ Cake Pan

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the cake pan with coconut oil. Add all the ingredients, with the exception of the berries to the blender and mix until thick and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the dried fruit. Stir to combine. Add the mixture to the cake pan and place in the oven. 25 minutes and y our cake is done!


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