Hello and welcome to my place! Here is where I love to write and share my daily experiments with healthy food and my passion for natural light photography. I think we live in an awesome place where one can find inspiration in every little detail: a rain drop on an autumn apple, the fabulous texture of tiny chia seeds or little wheat berries that awaken to life by sprouting. This is why I’m fascinated by everything that’s natural – from colors, light, and ingredients to a caring way of living.

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I invite you to discover my simple and nourishing recipes that are vegetarian, vegan or raw, as I only use natural ingredients: whole grains, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Eating whole ingredients makes you feel energized and gives you vitality and clarity to enjoy this life adventure to your fullest potential.

After 14 years of being a vegetarian I understood there are two things to completely trust:

–Β  your body signals, telling you what is right and what is wrong for your health, and its capacity to heal when correctly nourished

– the kicking energy, the nutritional load of fresh, organic ingredients, and their fantastic effects on your health

 

Who am I?

I am Ana, a full time food photographer and soon-to-be a certified nutritionist, living in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a charming city with beautiful architecture, cozy bistros and coffee shops, and lovely autumns – just take a look here if you don’t know where to go on your next holiday – I’m sure you’ll love it.

I’m not a native English speaker so I hope you’ll be indulgent if you find some strange expressions while reading my blog πŸ™‚

Photography and healthy food are closely related in my life and I find my inspiration in capturing the authentic, vibrant splendor of whole ingredients by using natural light.

 

The Green Philosophy

I made the decision to give up meat because I have a deep respect for any form of life and I believe that living in harmony with everything that surrounds us, be it plant, animal, or human, is a great achievement in our spiritual journey.

 

After I gave up meat I fed myself horribly. Meat was out but dairy, fat, sugar and eggs were constantly in. My body reacted to this with hormone imbalances and benign cysts in my breasts because my liver was completely overwhelmed by the chaotic diet and couldn’t handle it.. This was the time when I knew something was wrong and I decided to switch to a natural way of living.

 

Step-by-step, I learned about how different ingredients affect or heal our bodies and which foods really nourish with nutrients for balanced cellular activity. I learned that food is energy and fresh ingredients are the key to a healthy diet. I discovered the joy of going to farmers’ markets and the pleasure of picking fresh ingredients myself. I eliminated white sugar, little by little gave up dairy products and I

only eat organic eggs. I discovered alternative sources of proteins and magnesium and I learned to make them part of my daily diet. With each meal I’m having I include something fresh: a salad, veggies, fruits or sprouts.

 

Now, every meal is a joy. I learned to love my food and cooking is always fun because I like easy-made and unsophisticated recipes: smoothies, salads, curries, soups and healthy desserts. I like to search and play with new ingredients packed with nutrients so I’m never bored in the kitchen and never eat the same meals every day. I grow sprouts, bake healthy bread, prepare fermented goods, use dry herbs for tea, eat seasonally and try to keep my diet as close to natural as possible.

 

Eating healthy doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen, searching for complicated recipes, running for superfoods nor giving up the things you like. It means listening to your inner self and your body signals, nourish it with varied and colorful ingredients, choosing raw every time you get the chance, loving your food and being grateful. Switching to the best version of yourself is a matter of choice!

 

41 Comments
  • Abbey
    November 9, 2014

    Wow! What a great bio. You seem like a fascinating person. I just love all your recipes. I’m guilty of a squash obsession too…we should be proud of it!

    with vegan to vegan love-
    abbey

    • Ana
      November 10, 2014

      Thanks Abbey, my life is as fascinating as any others, just living it with eyes wide open. Big hugs!

  • Sharon
    November 17, 2014

    Firstly, I’ve been to Bucharest, and you’re right, it’s a great place and I’d love to visit again. πŸ™‚

    Your bio is wonderful and I can relate so much to it myself. I’ve been a vegetarian my entire life (I simply don’t like meat), but only the past 10-12 years have I drastically changed my diet as you have, and I’ll just say…I will never go back! Thank you so much for this blog, I’ll definitely be coming back for more recipes!

    • Ana
      November 18, 2014

      Proud to hear you liked Bucharest – the city is in a constant metamorphosis and I’m sure you’ll love it even more when you’ll come back next time!
      I’m so happy when I hear similar stories of diet change – it was very hard when I first gave up meat because there wasn’t so much information nor ingredients available like there are today, and it was quite a struggle. It’s much more easier nowadays to start a healthy diet, but you can get confused by the high amount of information. I really appreciate all the feedback from someone experienced and I hope you’ll visit my blog again soon πŸ™‚

  • christine
    December 15, 2014

    How lovely to read about you:) When I became vegetarian 30 years ago it was very difficult to find any pre-prepared foods, and it seemed that cheese was all made with animal rennet to set it. However, I’ve always loved cooking and baking, so just made my own food.

    I became vegan about 20 years ago, then found out I was wheat intolerant about 10 years ago, so preparing food became more interesting still:) ~And eating in restaurants almost impossible!!!! I seem to have survived, though:) I love food, and since it’s my choice to eat the way I do, I love feeding myself well, too.

    Good luck with the change to veganism, and with your blog and photography.

    Bye the way, your English is brilliant:)
    Christine

    • Ana
      December 16, 2014

      Thank you so much, Christine! It was very interesting to read your vegan story – I noticed that I also have problems digesting wheat – it creates acidity and gives me a big discomfort (especially the white wheat flour products, which I eat in holidays only, when I have no options). I believe our bodies react to a healthy diet, and their signals when feeding them wrong become more powerful. It’s always so inspiring to read experienced vegans and vegetarians stories, thank you very much for writing me! Hugs and kisses, Ana

  • jerry
    December 20, 2014

    I have read your blog and appreciate your desire for optimal health. I am myself looking for the direction you have to stay on a consistent path of eating healthy and all other aspects of my life,

    • Ana
      December 23, 2014

      Hi Jerry, I hope you’ll find here some inspiration for a healthier lifestyle! Thanks for your visit, Ana πŸ™‚

  • Nikki @ Active Vegetarian
    January 6, 2015

    Your site is beautiful! πŸ™‚

    • Ana
      January 6, 2015

      Thank you, Nikki!

  • TBirdsMomma
    January 7, 2015

    Hi Ana,
    I just discovered your site and it is beautiful in every way. It is already on my favourites list.
    Also, I am a high school English teacher in Canada, and your English is excellent! I never would have known it is not your first language.
    Thanks for taking the time to put hope and wisdom and beauty out into the world.
    With love,
    Kirsten

    • Ana
      January 8, 2015

      Hi Kristen, thank you so much for your kind words, they are the biggest reward for all the good things I’m trying to make with this blog. With love, Ana

  • Teri Ten-Napel
    January 7, 2015

    Great ideas!!

    • Ana
      January 8, 2015

      Thank you, Teri!

  • Josefine
    January 31, 2015

    Hi Ana

    I just discovered your blog through pinterest and I absolutely dig it!
    I live in Copenhagen, Denmark and I’m always on the lookout for inspiration in terms of healthy recipes and nutrition in general.
    I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I eat according to what some people would name the “flexitarian” principle; apart from greens, nuts and grains I eat fish and then only organic meat and dairy products. Because I care about the animals and as well because I want to avoid add-ons from the production process that meat produced the conventional way has gone through.

    Anyways, I’ve already found so much inspiration from your recipes and not least your stunning pictures! Especially I can’t wait to try out the chocolate-quinoa breakfast. My lord, it looks amazing!

    I just wanted to say thank you and please keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

    /Josefine

    • Ana
      February 2, 2015

      Hi Josephine! Thank you for your nice words, I’m always happy to inspire people for a healthier lifestyle! Your flexitarian diet sounds really healthy, and I’m sure there will come a time to consider becoming a vegetarian ;). I also love your Pinterest account, especially the Interior board. You Danish guys have a great aesthetic sense, there are a lot of beautifully designed places and shops out there that inspire me. Thanks for your visit and let me know how the quinoa bowl turned out πŸ™‚

  • MiScheme
    March 16, 2015

    This recipe looks wonderful! I’m allergic to mango ( and papaya). Could you suggest a substitute?

    Thanks!

    • Ana
      March 17, 2015

      Thank you! You can replace mango with peach or nectarine, I’m sure the general taste will be very similar. Let me know if this works!

  • Joanne
    March 18, 2015

    Hi Ana:

    I just came across your website as I was searching for liver detox recipes. After having my gallbladder out last year and still having pain, I was sent for blood work by my doctor and further tests and have been told that I have a “fatty” liver and fibrosis of the liver. Very overwhelming to hear this as I felt lost as to where to start to correct my eating habits and take off 50 pounds that I have gained over the last several years. I feel like I have come upon your website at the right time…love your website and the variety of your recipes. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

    • Ana
      March 19, 2015

      Joanne, I’m really happy that you found here some inspiration for a healthier diet! I’m really sure that with faith, a correct diet and a strong will to change things for yourself you will manage quickly to lose all those pounds and detox your liver! Just believe in yourself and the amazing natural power of your body to heal itself!

  • Angie
    April 13, 2015

    Hi Ana,

    I just stumbled across your blog today and love it.

    I wanted to make a comment about your feelings on the Wellness Warrior. You can eat all the right foods and still be sick. Human beings are tri-dimensional. You are a spirit that has a soul that lives in a body. The real you is a spirit. All sickness comes through the spirit. Divine health is dependent on so many things. Are you thankful? Do you walk in forgiveness? Do you speak words of death or life over yourself? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

    A lot of these health blogs just focus on nutrition. That, my friend, is a small aspect to true health.

    • Ana
      April 16, 2015

      Angie, you are right, positive energy is divine health! We all miss Jess and her wisdom and deeply regret her passing!

  • Patricia
    May 3, 2015

    Hi Ana!
    I juts discover your blog and it’s amazing!!!
    I’m goig to start with yours recipes as soon as possible!

    • Ana
      May 5, 2015

      Hi Patricia, I’m so happy you found inspiration on my blog! I can’t wait to see your feedback for the recipes you try!

  • Connie Eldrup
    May 27, 2015

    Hello, Ana.

    Greetings from Denmark!

    What a lovely and beautiful blog you have! Very inspiring, delicious recipes and ideas and very beautiful photos πŸ™‚

    Allways nice with inspiration and appetizing pictures.

    And your English is really good πŸ˜‰

    Best wishes

    • Ana
      May 29, 2015

      Connie, thank you so much for your beautiful words, you made my morning! πŸ™‚

  • jo
    July 22, 2015

    hi, love your website I’ve added you to my favourites, great recipes

    • Ana
      July 23, 2015

      Thanks so much, Jo! πŸ™‚

  • Ray
    February 11, 2016

    Great blog Ana! I have been conscious of eating healthy food. I will be trying your healthy mix food. Thought of using this for my future cafe menu. There are a few cafe’s that serve healthy food. I currently do the spinach shake mix with strawberry, banana, avocado and top with pure honey. It keeps me active all day.

    Thanks for your blog! Hoping to see more of your healthy concoctions:)

    Note: Been to Buda & Pesh, nice city with great history.

    • Ana
      February 15, 2016

      Hey Ray, sounds great, I’d love to see some of my creations in a cafe menu, so keep up the good work and let me know when it’s opened :)! I really hope you’ve visited Bucharest too, the two areas you mentioned are part of the Hungarian capital, Budapest! Thanks for your interest in my blog!

      • Ray
        February 15, 2016

        Thanks, I will. I will be visiting Lyon and Lugano this year, maybe Bucharest, who knows. Best.

        Ray

  • Celine
    March 21, 2016

    Dear Ana,
    I heard about your blog thanks to a French website recommending your ”Ultimate veggie burger”.
    I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time now and I’m interested in all the recipes you are publishing.
    All the pictures are extremely beautiful and make me want to eat right away!
    Thanks a lot for this great blog and you can be sure I will visit it as often as I can.
    Best,
    Celine

    • Ana
      March 22, 2016

      Dear Celine, you made my day! Thank you so much for lovely words, messages like yours give me strength and inspiration in my work! πŸ™‚

  • ADOLFO
    May 19, 2016

    Dear Ana,

    Stumbled over your blog, what a great fall.
    Writing you from a very busy kitchen in New York.
    Being Italian and from Florence, Italy, I, many times flew to beautiful Bucharest.

    In good taste
    Adolfo

    • Ana
      May 20, 2016

      Dear Adolfo, thank you so much for your wonderful message! A busy kitchen in New York sounds like the movies, I can imagine all of the nice moments out there πŸ™‚ I traveled a lot to Italy, it’s my favorite country where I dream to have a place one day! I hope you enjoyed Bucharest too πŸ˜‰

  • Linda Solomon
    May 20, 2016

    Ana, I have long had the desire to be more of a vegetarian. Your colorful and healthy creations cause me to really want to follow that thought that I haven’t been able to so far. What you’re putting together looks and sounds so great, so thank you for all of these ideas I’ve just seen today. πŸ™‚

    • Ana
      May 23, 2016

      Linda, words like yours justify my work and make my day! You can’t imagine how happy I feel reading that you hear your inner voice telling to go through a healthy change after being inspired by my recipes. I am sure this transition will become reality very soon, with small steps, open heart and a bit of discipline. Let me know if you need any advice! πŸ™‚

  • Don Urban
    July 5, 2016

    I really love your recipes. Being vegan, I have used many of your recipes over the past year. (Tonight I am making the Non-chicken noodle soup-it is smelling great!)

    Thank you for sharing.

    Your photography is beautiful.

    • Ana
      July 7, 2016

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  • Ruxandra
    July 9, 2016

    Dear Ana, I stumbled upon your website last night and it was love at first sight! It’s fresh, it’s beautiful, the recipes are original and fun! I’m not a vegetarian but I’m always looking for new recipes for fruits and vegetables. So many possibilities (and so much more photogenic than meat dishes!) Lastly, I am also a Romanian from my beloved Bucharest, and although I’ve lived in Canada for most of my life, I’m extremely proud of my people and their talent! Succes si la mai multe retete delicioase si sanatoase!

    • Ana
      July 12, 2016

      Thank you so much Ruxandra, your words made my day! And I’m so, so happy to meet here a dear Romanian of mine. Iti multumesc mult pentru vizita si ma bucur ca ai gasit inspiratie pe blogul meu! Cu drag, Ana πŸ™‚

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