Real Housewife Nermina Pieters-Mekic’s nutritious recipes
PUBLISHED: 06:14 21 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 21 May 2020
Healthy eating during lockdown can be a bit of a challenge (we’ve lost count of the number of chocolate bars we’ve eaten), but here Real Housewife Nermina Pieters-Mekic and her husband, Premier League footballer Erik Pieters, share their nutritious recipes for some inspiration
I’ve always been obsessed with nutrition and healthy food. Luckily I found a partner to share this obsession with! Erik and I love cooking and we can spend hours in the kitchen together making our favourite meals. Because I’m so active I see food as fuel for my body - I like to use the right nutrition based on my activities. I feel better when I eat healthily, and I enjoy a little cheat meal more because I feel like I’ve earned it.
We always start our day with a shake. I change the ingredients around most of the time, but if I fancy something sweet and filling, I’ll always make this one.
• 250ml almond milk
• 2 dates
• Table spoon organic cacao powder
• 20g oats
I love to use nut butter in my shakes and frozen fruits like blueberries. I don’t have dairy products, so I’ll go for a plant-based milk such as almond milk or coconut milk. On days that I’m training, I’ll also add a scoop of plant-based protein powder.
Energising juice: Green juice
Besides shakes I’m addicted to fresh juices. If I want a refreshing juice in the morning, I’ll make this one:
• Green apple
• Lemon juice
• 250ml water
It’s super healthy and refreshing!
Lunch: Beetroot soup
Erik and I love making nice soups. This is a year-round favourite and the ingredients are few and easy to find:
• 2 red onions
• 1kg cooked beetroot
• 3 potatoes
• 2l vegetable stock
• Greek yoghurt (optional)
It’s really quick and simple. Add some olive oil in the pan and fry the onions. Chop the potatoes and beetroot in small pieces and add that to the onions. Add 2l of vegetable stock and simmer for 20min. Season and blend. When serving the soup add a spoon of Greek yoghurt, if you eat dairy, with some fresh dill seasoning.
Dinner: vegan curry
Our signature dish would probably be a vegan curry. It’s so easy and healthy and we make it with different vegetables each time.
• Coconut milk
• Red curry paste
• Fresh coriander
• Basmati rice
Fry the onions with the garlic. I love spicy food, so I like to add a chilli pepper just before I add the other ingredients. Chop the vegetables and add them. Then I add the chickpeas, beans and curry paste and fry for a few minutes. Add the coconut milk and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Add some fresh coriander and salt and pepper. Cook the rice, and your vegan curry is done! I will add some tofu to the curry from time to time for more protein.
Dessert: Beetroot chocolate brownie
When I fancy something sweet, but not too processed, I always make my signature beetroot brownies.
• 200g 70% dark chocolate
• 150g cooked beetroot
• 3 tbsp agave syrup
Blend the beetroot so it becomes a mash. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl above hot water. When the chocolate is melted and the beetroot is a mash, you add and mix everything together with the agave syrup. Spread the mix in a flat tin and put it in the fridge for two hours. After that you can slice it in square pieces and enjoy it as a little snack.
Erik and I try to have a good routine with our food, and we try different things all the time. We don’t eat meat and we barely use dairy products. Just like everyone else we have a cheat meal from time to time, but I believe that you need that to reset your body and mind. Being healthy is important, but enjoying life is even more important. We have an 80% rule, which means that we are healthy for 80% of the time, but we allow ourselves to be unhealthy for 20% of the time.
Discover more recipes and workout with Nermina on her instagram page @nerminapietersmekic