Last Sunday I participated in my very first CX race ever in Lieshout in The Netherlands! I bought a CX bike the week before and I only made a ride on the bike once. Therefore I was very curious how the race would go.
Arrived in Lieshout, I first explored the track and tried to get used to the bike a bit. I was only able to make one lap on the course, which was not really enough to get complete control over the bike. But that did not spoil the fun, because the track was great and I was very excited about the race.
Unfortunately I had to start totally in the back, due to the lack of points in the general classifications. I was one of the last women that went into the single track part of the course, After a short time a was able to overtake some women, untill I was part of a crash at the end of the first round. I had to start in the back all over again, but I was still motivated and my legs felt great. I was able to move up positions each lap and I was feeling better and better on the …

Healthy Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures that I can't get enough of. Only it is too bad that there is so much sugar in it. So for a while one of my to-do list items was to make a healthier version of the traditional carrot cake. And so I did this week. It is an easy and healthy carrot cake recipe that you will love for sure! It is tasty and moist and only a few simple ingredients make it light and low-calorie. It is ideal for making it ahead in the weekend and freeze it for a quick breakfast or snack during the week.

What do you need?
A food processor, baking (loaf) tin, oven
250 grams of carrots120 grams of dates75 grams of walnuts (roughly chopped)150 grams of oats100 grams of raisins (soaked in warm water for around 15 minutes)2 bananas2 eggs1 teaspoon of baking soda1 teaspoon of lemon juice3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice or "koekkruiden"1 teaspoon of cinnamonCoconut oil to grease the baking tin
How to make it? Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.Grate the carrots. Yo…

Natural Blue Food Coloring with Red Cabbage

Most colors can be created relatively easy with veggies and fruits, but blue always seems to be a problem. When searching on the internet for some solutions I read something about making a natural blue color with red cabbage and baking soda. To me this sounded a bit weird and it did not seem credible to me. But it made me curious so I gave it a shot this week! 

So I have done it this week and it is actually not that hard at all. The lead time for making this blue coloring is somewhat long, but most of this time consists of waiting while your pot is boiling.  Furthermore, for this recipe you only have to use two very cheap ingredients - red cabbage abd baking soda - which gives you about 1/2 cup of blue coloring that you can use for days when you keep it in the fridge!

Step-by-step instruction Chop up a complete red cabbage. Put the cabbage in a large pot with enough water to cover it. Boil the cabbage 15 mintues and strain it out. Save the purple water and put it back in the pot. Reduc…
Finding rice cakes boring? Not at all! Rices cakes are one of my favorite lunch items to eat. They are not only healthy, gluten-free and low in calories, but also very versatile.

You can eat them with all different kinds of toppings - depending on what you like to eat  or the ingredients you have in your fridge and kitchen cabinets at that moment. Therefore they are not only suitable for lunch, but each moment of the day when you want to have a snack.

In this post I give you 4 different kinds of toppings (2 richly topped, 2 simple ones) that I had for lunch the last two days. I bet that after seeing these variants, the rices cakes suddenly are not that boring anymore?

1. Rice cake with cottage cheese and cucumber

What ingredients do you need?
1 rice cake50 grams of cottage cheese3 slices of cucumberSome pieces of sundried tomatoSome lettuce PepperSaltInstructions: Cover your rice cake with the cottage cheese and season with pepper and salt.Put the cucumber slices on top of the cottage ch…
On a rainy Autumn day like this, one of my favourite meals to start the day is an Apple Pie Oatmeal with a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Here's how to make the Apple Pie Oatmeal and the Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's so easy, and you'll have enough to get you through the morning. 

For 1 person

Ingredients Apple Pie Oatmeal 
45 grams of oat flakes
200 ml of unsweetened almond milk or some ohter milk you like to use
1 apple, peeled and chopped (save 3 thin slices for decorating if you like)
30 grams of raisins
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Some honey to taste

1. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, whisk together the oats, apple, cinnamon, milk and some honey if you like until combined.
2. Cook over medium heat for about 9 to 15 minutes, stirring often. When the mixture thickens and the oats soften, it is ready.
3. Pour into a dish and serve with the slices of apple with some cinnamon to top it of.

Ingredients Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 cup of coffee
¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk or some oth…
Hi all, I am back! 
After a long period of silence I will start blogging again. I will not focus only on cycling anymore, but also on healthy and nutritious food and finding the right balance between my full-time job and practicing sports. 
I will post my first blog soon.
Stay tuned!


Voor sommige zal het een verrassing zijn, voor andere wellicht al bekend, maar ik ga na 14 jaar stoppen met de actieve wedstrijdsport. Vanaf mijn 10e heb ik met veel plezier en voldoening de mountainbikesport beoefend, maar nu is het voor mij tijd voor een nieuwe fase in mijn leven. De uitdaging, het nastreven van mijn doelen en het vervullen van mijn ambities hoop ik nu terug te gaan vinden in een baan binnen het Young Talent Program van KPN in Den Haag. Nu dus niet als talent binnen de mountainbikesport, maar binnen een mooi en dynamisch bedrijf die bereid zijn mij optimaal te ondersteunen in de verdere ontwikkeling van mijn professionele carrière! Toch neem ik met veel pijn in mijn hart afscheid van deze mooie sport, de wedstrijden en de lieve en behulpzame mensen in de wereld! En daarvoor nog graag een woordje van dank:) Ten eerste wil ik het Merida Bassa Biking Team, en in het bijzonder Patrick Bassa en Jan Bassa, bedanken voor het feit dat ik het vertrouwen en de mogelijkheden …