Sometimes in our lives and careers we come across people who just inspire us, whether it be through what they do in their job, what they have achieved or maybe just their personalities. As a blogger I often look for inspiration from other like minded people within the health industry from all over the world. I find that there are so many incredible people out there who share the same passions and goals as I do and it can be a really amazing experience to be able to talk to the people who inspired me to start what I am doing today and hear about their wonderful journeys.
Rens Kroes is one of the many wonderful people who have inspired me along the way, I have followed her story through her website and social media for such a long time now, way before I started The Nutritionista and always loved her approach to healthy eating. So I recently got to chat to Rens to discover a bit more about her background, what started her love for health and nutrition her job and much much more.
Firstly let me say that Rens is the most lovely person, I feel as though we could of spoken for hours about all things health and wellness. Which is what I love so much about being in this industry, its the people you meet and being able to share the same interests and passions.
So firstly we chatted about her background, for Rens her journey into health came from a very young age. Surrounded by a family where health and nutrition was of paramount importance. Her grandmother was actually a herbalist, her mother a nutritionist and grandfather was the first organic farmer from the north part of the Netherlands which I am pretty impressed about! Then along with her sister Doutzen Kroes the Victoria Secret model I would say they are one healthy family right? Rens explained that her mother always taught her the importance of healthy eating as a child. It seemed like the passion for teaching about health has passed down the generations.
So what exactly does Rens do? Rens is herself a health coach, she also blogs about healthy eating for Glamour and shares her wisdom through her website. Then on top of all that Rens has released a book called Power Food which is a best seller, which unfortunately not yet available in the UK but is something that Rens is working on, fingers crossed ey. You see what I mean about inspiring, if I was to look at my long term plan for myself and The Nutritionista I would want to follow a similar route too Rens. Nothing like some good long term goals!
We then moved onto to talking about her views toward healthy living and Rens mantra is a great one, she described it as ‘The Triangle’ and the three corners of the triangle are healthy food, exercising and relaxing, Rens stressed to me that for her its all about balance. If someone is too focused on one corner of that triangle its not healthy, if you are really pushing the healthy eating but not exercising and taking time to stop and relax that isn’t a healthy lifestyle. Life is all about balance and this is something that I strongly agree with, you need to be able to strike a healthy balance between all these elements to lead a healthy and happy life and sustain this lifestyle. I am a big fan of the triangle way of thinking and think that we all should focus on making sure we are balanced in our approach to a healthy lifestyle.
So talking of balance how does Rens workout? A combination of hit training, yoga and weight lifting, we spent a while discussing how much we love lifting weights. I am such a convert to lifting weights its my new favourite exercise! So its nice to find another woman with a similar view. Girls go lift some iron, trust me it will change how you exercise!
So finally I asked Rens if she had any advice for young working women who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. And she had some good advice,
- Healthy eating takes time its a whole lifestyle, its no quick fix
- Make a schedule and plan your meals
So there you have it, my wonderful chat with the equally wonderful Rens Kroes. Hopefully this will give you an idea of exactly why I find her so inspiring. Below are two recipes from Rens, they look delicious and I can’t wait to try them.
Power Food by Rens Kroes
Recipes by Rens Kroes for The Nutritionista
This is probably the tastiest and healthiest breakfast ever! It’s very filling and is deliciously creamy. It’s a perfect pre-workout breakfast, a quick snack to give you a boost or a kick start for a long, busy day.
Total preparation time
4 hours or overnight
Active preparation time
Ingredients (serves 4)
130 grams whole oats
100 grams raw cashews
80 grams dates, pitted
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons dried coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla powder, unsweetened
Soak the oats and cashews in a bowl of water for at least four hours or over night. Then drain the remaining water and put everything in the blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. You can garnish this breakfast with some berries, if you’d like.
The finish product looks so fantastic, which makes it even nicer to eat! How food looks matters. If something looks good, you’re likely to eat more of it. And that’s no problem here since we’re so healthy!
Ingredients (serves 2)
200 grams organic chicken breast
coconut oil, for baking
100 grams brown rice
2 large or 4 small zucchinis
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onions
8 large mushrooms
handful of parsley
handful of basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
50 ml pre-made, organic tomato sauce
leaves of 4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of laos powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse the chicken with water, cut into small pieces and cook in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan at low heat. Stir well occasionally. Rinse the rice and cook it in water in a small pot with a stock cube. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half, length-wise, spoon out the flesh and set aside and brush the four zucchini halves with olive oil. Put them in an ovenproof dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. Next, chop the onion, mushrooms, parsley and basil and put them in a bowl with the zucchini flesh. Then add the chicken, spices, tomato sauce, sea salt and black pepper. Finally, press the garlic into the mixture using a garlic press. Toss the mixture to combine and ensure that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed. Remove the zucchini boats from the oven and fill them with the filling. Put the boats back in the oven at the same temperature for another 10 minutes. Then, remove them from the oven and sprinkle four tablespoons of rice over each of the boats.