Always wanted to know what a backpacker eats during travelling? Well, here’s my food diary from my time in Asia. Even I’m not the typical backpacker living on noodles, rice and cheap ass beers, I think it’s still good to show you what I ate in a day. Hopefully I’ll inspire you to eat healthy during travelling as well.

During my trip I never knew where I was going to eat next. It could be an Indian restaurant, a Chinese hawker stall or maybe a local food market. I’ve tried to eat as healthy as possible, but I have to say it was quite tricky sometimes. Especially when you’re in Bali and they have delicious raw cakes everywhere. So I did the 80/20 rule and kept it 80% healthy and 20% of the time I enjoyed a yummy snack.

A day at Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia 

For breakfast I went to a cafe where I ordered some fresh fruit with yogurt. They served me a bowl of watermelon, pineapple and banana, all very fresh and juicy. Plus a little bowl of yogurt on the side to get my protein in, perfect. Also, I ordered a large bottle of water which I drank throughout the day.

After a few hours on the beach it was time for my lunch. I ordered an omelette with mixed vegetables. On this island the food was quite basic, so I was happy with my veggie omelette.

A few hours later my tummy was rambling so I looked around for a healthy snack. I found a shop were they sold almonds, I took two handfuls of them as a snack. A little later I got an ice cream as well, because ice cream is always a good idea. Especially when it’s 30 degrees outside and you’re in paradise. Never skip ice creams on days like that.

My dinner was always quite late in Asia, most times around 9.30 PM. I ordered grilled tuna which came with rice, peanut sauce, vegetables, watermelon and a slice of banana bread. A weird combination right, banana bread with grilled tuna?  So I ate the banana bread lastly, like a little dessert. It was delicious.

A day in Canggu, Bali  


I started my day with a yoga session and afterwards I ordered a big smoothie bowl for breakfast. This bowl was made of dragonfruit mixed with banana, crunchy granola, coconut chips, chia seeds and different fruits. On the side I had a fresh coconut, the best refreshing drink there is.

After a few hours on the beach it was time for lunch. I ordered a tempeh bowl with different veggies (cucumber, beets, rocket, tomatoes, pickled ginger), homemade Balinese crackers, noodles and a spicy lime-ginger dressing. On the side I had a green juice. As you can see it wasn’t very hard to get my greens in at Bali.

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I enjoyed my dinner together with some friends. We were quite hungry so we shared a nacho plate with homemade guacamole and salsa as starter. My main course was a tempeh curry, yes I love tempeh and eat it a lot as you can see. The curry was amazingly good and came with brown rice, spinach, green beans and crunchy cashew nuts. For dessert I had a raw chocolate orange cake.

As you  can see it’s still possible to eat healthy during backpacking. For me it works to have one yummy snack a day, because you’re on holiday to enjoy it and not to restrict yourself. What do you eat if you’re on holiday, do you have a lot of cheat meals or do you keep it healthy?



Yesterday I had a delicious dinner with some other foodie friends. We decided to all bring our own tapas and ended up with a table full of food. Veggie pizza, gado gado, salmon rolls.. I also made this sun-dried tomato hummus as a side dish. Very easy to make, so great for evenings like this.

Hummus is usually made of chickpeas, but by adding a bit of sun-dried tomatoes it has a little red pesto flavour as well, gorgeous!  This spread is not too bad for you, its full of healthy fats, fibre and protein. Put it on your sandwich to your work or use it as a dip when friends are coming over. Create your own cucumber sticks for the dip or spread the hummus on a cracker.


(Makes one bowl)

1 can organic chickpeas (215 grams)
150 grams sun-dried tomatoes
1 large garlic clove
Juice of 1 lemon
75 ml olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika powder
1 tablespoon tahin (sesame paste)
A few pinches of salt

Food processor

Put all the ingredients together in the food processor. Let it mix for a few minutes until you’ve created a smooth hummus. Taste it and add some extra salt or olive oil if you need to. Serve with a dash of olive oil and paprika powder on top. Enjoy!


We Dutchies love to celebrate Sinterklaas, which is our own kind of Christmas. Already since the beginning of September you can find our supermarkets full of treats to do with this holiday. One of my favourites is ‘gevulde speculaas’, which is a soft spiced biscuit with almonds on the inside. I made my raw version of this treat, which is healthier for your body and very delicious too. You don’t need much ingredients to make this and it’s so simple even a child could make it.

In Holland we’re known with the koek en speculaas spices, which is almost the same as the internationally known pumpkin pie spices mix. It’s a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and allspice. This combination of spices are great for raw bars and cookies. Did you know cinnamon keeps your blood sugar levels stable? Because of the cinnamon in these bars you’ll not have a sugar rush after eating them. Moreover, the nuts in the bars give you an energy boost, which makes them a great 4PM snack. Try this recipe and let me know what you think about it!

(Makes 4 bars)

100 grams medjoul dates
100 grams mixed nuts (unsalted)
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spices (koek & speculaas kruiden)
A pinch of salt

Food processor
Silicon cake mold

Put all the ingredients together in the food processor and mix it for a few minutes so everything get chopped into little pieces. The best dates for these bars are medjoul dates because they’re very soft. If you have other dates it could be handy to add a bit of honey to make it more soft.

Divide the mixture over half of the cake mold and press it firmly with your hands. Make sure it’s about 2 cm thick. Put it in the fridge for 20 minutes so it can get a little more hard. Afterwards, cut it into four bars with a big knife and enjoy.

Tip: Make a batch of these bars and save them in the fridge.



Since the days are getting colder I’m wearing big knitted sweaters and craving warm dishes all day long. It feels like the salad season is definitely over and the soup season has started. Soup is the ideal winter dish for me. It’s easy to make and share with others plus it warms you up from the inside as well. This soup is perfect for people who don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen. In 20 minutes it’s ready and you can start your dinner.

The main ingredient of this soup are red lentils. Lentils are a source of protein, fibre and iron. Because of the high amount of fibre your blood sugar levels remains stable and you’ll feel satisfied very quickly. I’ve added a bit of ras el hanout spices to this soup, a mixture of Moroccan spices which are known as the ‘best spices the seller has to offer’. You can find them in a Moroccan supermarket, but many normal supermarkets have them too nowadays. Furthermore, I like to add some chili flakes to this dish because they’re great for your health. Spicy food boosts your metabolism, works anti-inflammatory and it’s good for your heart. So spice up your food, your body loves it!

(For 2 persons)

150 grams red lentils
750 ml water
1,5 cube vegetable broth
1 red onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons ras el hanout spices
1 teaspoon pul biber (Turkish red chili flakes)
Dash of olive oil

To garnish
1 large tablespoon Greek yogurt
Few red chili flakes
Little handful coriander

Soup pan
Stick blender

Start with chopping the onion and garlic. Drizzle a dash of olive oil in the pan and add the onion and garlic. Bake them until they’ve turned golden brown. Next, add the lentils, water, ras el hanout, vegetable broth and chili flakes to the pan. Cook it for about 15 minutes, until the lentils are soft enough. Make sure you stir it occasionally. Lastly blend the soup into a thick mass with a stick blender.

Put the soup in a bowl and garnish every bowl with some Greek yogurt, a few chili flakes and some fresh coriander. Serve it with a few slices of bread.



You all know I’m addicted to oatmeal. Every morning I’m having a big bowl of oats with fruit and nuts, it’s the perfect start of the day for me. But did you know you can also eat oatmeal for dinner? It’s absolutely delicious! Moreover, you don’t need that much ingredients and it’s done in five minutes. That makes this curry the easiest ‘fast food’ ever.

Korma curry is a dish from India and usually it’s made with chicken. But you don’t really need chicken for a good dish, this vegetarian one proves you that. Furthermore, by adding a little dollop of Greek yogurt it’s very fresh and lovely in combination with coriander. You can also eat this for breakfast if you’re fan of a savoury breakfast.

(For one person)

70 grams oats
350 ml soy milk
3,5 teaspoons korma curry herbs
1 garlic clove
Few pinches salt

To garnish
1/2 red pepper
Few coriander leaves
2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt


Put a pan on the stove and add the oats, soy milk, korma curry herbs and few pinches of salt. Use a garlic press and add the garlic too. Stir it a little and put the gas on. Cook this together for about three minutes, after that you’ve created your oatmeal curry. Cook a little longer if you want to have a more thick curry.

Pur the curry in a bowl, cut the red pepper into little cubes and add them on top. Garnish with Greek yogurt and fresh coriander leaves.



Last month I’ve been on Holiday to Malaysia and Bali. The plan was to do Malaysia for a month, but I missed Bali too much and decided to go there as well. I started my trip in Kuala Lumpur. In my imagination this would be a busy city just like Bangkok, but it wasn’t that busy at all. Kuala Lumpur has many little districts such as China Town and Little India. I loved them both, it felt like I was in another country. My favourite restaurant in Kuala Lumpur was Betel Leaf, at this place they had the best curries and garlic naan breads ever. So yummy! I kept coming back to this place, just to try their entire menu. Also, I found a salad bar called Salad Atelier, here you can create your own healthy salads. Perfect on a warm day.

After Kuala Lumpur I went to Georgetown, Penang. It’s known as foodie town because there’s a big abundance in good restaurants. I tried many of them and had Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Nonya food. Especially the Nonya cuisine was great to try, it comes from Chinese people settled in Penang. So a mix of Chinese and Malaysian food with the main ingredients sea food, coconut milk, ginger, lemon grass and galangal. The Nonya restaurant I liked the most was My Nonya Favourites. Georgetown is also known of its street art, so don’t forget to do a street art walk and try to find the coolest creations.

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Fresh coconuts in Georgetown, Penang

The Cameron Highlands were my next stop after Georgetown. I expected a lot from this beautiful area with its tea plantations but I didn’t like it that much. I guess it was the weather, we had a lot of rain and it was very cold. Also, it was hard to find a good restaurant here and my inner foodie doesn’t like a place when there’s no good food. Maybe I just need to go back another time.

My last stop in Malaysia was Perhentian Kecil. This is a relaxed island with nothing much more to do as diving and tanning on the beach. Actually, this was perfect to end my time in Malaysia with. As I don’t dive I just spend my days with sunbathing and relaxing. It was very sunny, I’ve met some nice people to hang out with and every evening we enjoyed our dinner together. I had to say the food on Perhentians was quite basic, so we mostly went to Ombak resort because they had great grilled dishes and yummy desserts.

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Breakfast bowls at Little Flinders

Instead of going to Borneo, I decided to go to Bali. Why? Because I’m just in love with Bali. The food is amazing, the people are incredibly friendly and it has such a relaxed vibe. I started in Canggu, which is known as surfers town. It changed so much in a years time, many new restaurants were opened. It was hard to choose where to go, almost every restaurant in Canggu serves smoothie bowls, fresh salads, raw cakes and vegan burgers. I loved The Shady Shack, many days I went to this place for lunch.Especially their tempeh bowl is to die for. For breakfast Little Flinders was my favourite, it’s located the middle of the main street and has a lot of healthy options as well. Don’t forget Betelnut either, they do the best (raw) cakes of Canggu. I was almost living on a cake diet, just because they were too delicious.

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Tempeh and halloumi bowls at The Shady Shack

After Canggu I went to Ubud for some yoga and more healthy food. My favourite yoga spot in Ubud was Radiantly Alive, a yoga center in the heart of Ubud. For food I went mostly to Kafe, Taksu and Alchemy. Everything they serve at Alchemy is raw and vegan, with the best courgetti I’ve ever tasted in my life. I really need to improve my own courgetti skills now. Also Taksu has a lot of raw food, their raw lasagna is one of my faves.

If you have plans to go to Malaysia or Bali don’t hesitate to email me for more tips, I’d love to tell you more about it. Check out this blog post for more restaurants in Bali.