Hey you, welcome to RensKroes.com! This platform is all about health. You’ll find the tastiest Power Food recipes, blog posts on food and exercise, (cooking) videos and lots and lots of tips on how to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.
This website didn’t just pop up out of thin air. My love of all things healthy goes way back! As far back as my pake and beppe (grandpa and grandma in Frisian), in fact. Beppe was an herbalist. She kept an enormous herb garden and knew all there was to know about the healing properties of plants and how best to combine them. And Pake was the first organic farmer in Friesland. In their own way, they were very progressive in terms of nutrition. Whenever I was with them, I would pick herbs in the garden with my grandmother or help my grandfather, who taught me about how to grow crops. My parents have also always been into food. My mother is a nutritionist, and things like tahini, sourdough bread, bee pollen and whole oats were staples in our home. In our village, we were known as the food-conscious family. Our garden was home to a variety of vegetables and I even claimed my own little corner for growing strawberries. All of this provided a fantastic, and rich, foundation for my own lifestyle and health philosophy, and goes a long way to explain my love of food.
As a result, food, cooking and creating healthy recipes have always been hobbies of mine. But four years ago, I realized that I could turn my hobbies into my work. I lived and went to school in New York at that time, which is an amazing city… especially for those who love (healthy) eating. New York’s healthy lifestyle inspired me to start creating healthy recipes and to share them with the people I knew. When I went to the library to study, I’d take my own salads and snacks.
When I returned to the Netherlands, I started working at an obesity clinic where I learned about the psychological aspects associated with eating. Slowly but surely, I came up with the idea of starting my own food-coaching practice, which I ran with a small team for two very enjoyable years. Many of my clients suffered from low energy or poor eating habits. Through my coaching practice, I helped them learn how to make healthier choices. It was amazing to see how my nutritional advice directly contributed to making someone feel better. Seeing their progress gave me so much satisfaction!
In the meantime, I’ve written four (oh my!) cookbooks: Power Food, Power Food – From Friesland to New York On the Go, and Power Food – The Party Edition. All four have been incredibly successful in the Netherlands, a point of great pride for me! My first book sold more than 170,000 copies, and books two and three shot to the top of the Top-60 Bestsellers list. And… Ta daa! As of November 2016, my first book and my 3rd book ‘On the Go‘ are now available in English. So exciting! The amazing response to my books, and the beautiful photos posted by Power Foodies who have made my dishes, keeps me inspired and drives my enthusiasm and commitment to creating new recipes. So if it’s up to me, you’ll definitely see more of my books in the future… Stay tuned! 😉
I prefer to eat mostly plant-based food, but when I do eat animal products, I choose poultry, wild fish, and goat milk and cheese. This is due to my body’s response, but also because it’s better for the environment. I believe in free-range and cruelty-free production; and, prefer to buy animal products from local producers or farmers whom I trust. This way I know exactly where the products come from and I can be assured that the animals were treated with respect. Generally speaking, I eat meat once or twice a week. Some weeks, however, I don’t eat meat at all. It’s really just a matter of what I feel my body needs. Most importantly, I make sure to flex! Have a look at my recipe page and you’ll find tons of power-recipes for vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as dishes with meat.
Many of my recipes are gluten-free. Gluten refers to a group of proteins that are found in grains, such as wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Like many people, I’m a bit sensitive to gluten. Recognizing that some individuals are gluten intolerant, I usually indicate when a recipe is gluten-free. Do be aware that some grains, like oats, can come in contact with gluten-containing grains during processing.
This website allows you a peek into my lifestyle. Healthy eating, relaxation and exercise: these three pillars make up a ‘triangle’ that applies to everyone. For me, healthy eating plays the starring role. I am a big proponent of unprocessed, whole foods – power food, as I call it. All of my Power Food recipes are based on whole, unprocessed products that are 100% nutritious. In other words, healthy and tasty food that makes your body happy! In addition to nutrition, it’s important to take other factors into consideration – for example, your metabolism, the amount you exercise, your current lifestyle, and your history with food on a mental, emotional and social level. And, you should consider how sleep, stress, work and your relationships with others affect how you feel. Everything is connected. And every person is different. But in the end, what we all strive for is the same goal: finding the right balance that works for you.
A healthy lifestyle can help you get in shape and make you feel happier. It’s as simple as it sounds, but it can be difficult to fully embrace. The many changes and discoveries in the realm of food can cause confusion and, if you are unsure of where or how to start and need some guidelines, this platform can help. Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t force yourself to do anything. It’s important to love and care for your body by making conscious choices that you are 100% behind. I hope that my site inspires you, motivates you and, above all, provides some joy! Because, as you know, that’s what it’s all about.