Archive | October, 2012

Chicken with black beans and cashew nuts

29 Oct

This weekend, i decided to get some weight off my mum’s shoulder and cook lunch. obviously, i had to do something that would defeanately be edible as it would not only mean me starving but my family, and we don’t want that (they wouldn’t make me enter the kitchen ever again)

so i decided to go for a simple, healthy, chicken recipe.

it’s sort of like a stir-fry. but its just not fried…completely.

 

1.boil some noodles.

2.boil some black beans or get canned ones.

3.cut chicken breasts in small pieces and cook (i used 1 tablespoon of olive oil)

4.add any herbs (i used nutmeg and black pepper)

5.add chopped peppers and mushrooms and beans with the chicken.

6.when everything is ready and cooked pour the chicken and vegetables on the noodles and sprinkle some cashew nuts.

 

the best thing about it, was you only had to eat a small portion to really fill you up. it had carbohydrates, protein and vegetables so is really well balances and everyone can make it!

 

i just love mixing some healthy veggies with chicken and always end up with a revolutionary plate. it can never go wrong, ad you can make it your own by adding your favorite vegetables! 

A healthy snack.

25 Oct

so yesterday, my mum decided to put me in suffering again and made a delicious (or at least it smelt like it was) lava cake. LAVA CAKE?! who can resist that.

sometimes, when something smells so good, you just feel like you want to give up on the whole healthy eating and curl up in a bowl and eat everything chocolaty that life has to offer, then be neglected by the whole society but you don’t care because you have food. that’s how i felt for like 2 seconds then i came back to my senses and decided to experiment again to make my taste buds happy!

and they were more than happy!

it’s so simple but so delicious, i really didn’t expect to love it so much!

 

1 peach

1 banana

1 tablespoon yogurt

water if you feel it needs to be watered down a bit.

 

mix all in blender.

sprinkle some oats on top!

i really did enjoy it, and went back to the fridge where the lava cake was sitting looking all pretty and laughed in its face.

how oats became my best friend…

22 Oct

 

The first thing that comes to people’s heads whenever i say “oatmeal” is that disgusting soggy thing that people are forced to eat in bootcamp. There’s just this negative picture stuck in people’s head of oats, and i think, as soon as you stop that myth from blinding you; then you will love oatmeal as much as i do!

 

eating oatmeal, is like an art in its own. there’s so many things you can mix or do it’s just fun to experiment and come up with new ideas every day.

 

but first, why eat oatmeal?

1. full of fibre – fibre lowers cholesterol and can reduce heart disease by 50%, fibre also improves your immune system and quickly fight off bacteria.

2.help stabilize your blood sugar if you have it in the morning, and so lowers risk of diabetes s it slows down the digestion of starch.

3.gluten friendly.

4.contain vitamin E, iron, magnesium, zinc.

 

and now for the fun bit. how to eat oatmeal without wanting to spit it out?

1. make it with milk and add honey.

 

2.put it in oven for 10 minuets with a bit of honey and raisins, if you like to nibble on something crispy.

 

3.quaker oats mixed with 0%fat greek yogurt, you don’t even have to cook it, just mix it together and you have yourself an awesome breakfast!

 

4.greek yogurt, oats, and fruits. if you feel your taste buds need a bit more sweetness add some fruits to spice things up!

 

5.oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies.  

Pizza with no regrets.

19 Oct

When you come up with something healthy to eat it makes you happy; but there’s an extra thrill that you get when you come transform a junk food full of fat to a healthy meal instead. Personally, first thing i associate pizza with is unhealthy junk food. and whenever i don’t have enough strength to resist it and do scoff down a piece or two of this delicious invention i have to live with the regret for the rest of the week.

I love pizza too much to give it up completely and so i had no other choice but to come up with a healthy version, that tasted just as delicious.

One slice of these to-die-for pizzas is seriously not enough; but with no flour, butter, oil and whatever else they use to make their pizzas in the restaurants (i don’t even want to know) you can eat them with no heartache.

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs

low fat edam cheese

mortadela (with no fat)

tomato

tomato sauce. (ketchup or canned)

1.)scramble the eggs.

2.)add tomato sauce as a bade and then pieces of tomato, mortadella and grated cheese. (other ideas: olives, mushrooms, ham, peppers)

3.)cover pan. wait till cheese melts. and eat.

Different ideas to have your weetabix!

17 Oct

once i’v eaten the same thing more than three times in the same week, i can’t have it again even if it was my favorite food in the world. Food is all about new ideas, (usually, the weirder the better) it’s an art. so, it leads me to do some awesome experimentation. i haven’t come up with anything completely inedible and hopefully it will stay that way.

I absolutely adore weetabix, and usually have it with milk, especially when i don’t have enough time to make anything else for breakfast. its quick, easy, nutrition and delicious. but, eventually i got bored so here’s what i had instead.

WEETABIX WITH YOGURT, POMEGRANATE AND APPLE.

2 tablespoons yogurt

1 weetabix

1/2 apple sliced in cubes.

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds.

i think its a perfect breakfast idea as you get your protein, carbohydrates and fruit 😀

 

WEETABIX WITH PEANUT BUTTER – JAM. PEANUT BUTTER – BANANA

if you’re a sucker for peanut butter like me then you can try these bad boys.

cut the weetabix in half (it actually works if you do it slowly without getting all crumbly, shocking!!)

spread peanut butter on each side.

and then spread jam or some bananas on top.

simple as that. 

No bake. oats, raisins and yogurt bars!

16 Oct

 

Most cereal bars you can get from the supermarket are ‘dipped in chocolate’, so i thought why try something a little bit more healthy.  what would happen if i dipped it in some yogurt instead…?

ingredients:

quaker oats 
raisins 
honey 
yogurt

There’s really no amount on how much you should put and that’s the best thing i like about using these ingredients. i prefer not putting too much honey as to decrease the calories but hey, honey’s still good for you! 🙂

mis everything except for the yogurt.

flatten the mixture out in a flat bowl with edges and then spread the yogurt on top. (the layer of yogurt should be around 5-10mm thick)

put in fridge for around 2 hours. and cut in rectangles.

i wasn’t sure if the yogurt was going to freeze well and stick to the mixture but it turned out perfect; only bad thing is you can’t take it with you on picnics, or school as the yogurt will start to melt, but its a perfect snack to have at home 😀

NO FLOUR banana pancakes!

15 Oct

I think this is a revolution! 

When you go to one of these huuuuuge shops that have everything you don’t actually need but you want to buy as soon as you see it. so i got this mini-pan today and felt like i needed to make pancakes the first time i used it. 

so i used my favorite source to get awesome recipes – pinterest! 

when i saw this recipe i didn’t actually think they would come out so good, but they were soooo delicious, i think I’m probably going to be making them everyday! 

so it has 2 ingredients 

2 eggs 

1 banana. 

thats it! 

(second time i made them, i put 1 egg, 1 banana, and a bit of milk and they turned out just as good)  

when they’re done sprinkle with cinnamon and honey! and enjoy with no regrets! 

 

This is why i love being healthy!

14 Oct

 This just made my day! its unbelievable…well, unbelievably awesome actually! And i wanted to share it with all you guys.

so whenever you’re craving a snicker’s chocolate bar think about what i’m about to tell you. 

 

snickers bars have 280 calories 1090 kjs, 14g fat. 

instead you can have: 

1/2 a grapefruit

2 nectarines 

1 peach

1 kiwi

1 apricot

1 apple

1/2 cup blueberries

3 cherries = 258 calories 1085kjs. 

 

so if anyone tells you to stop starving yourself from that ‘stupid diet’ show them this 🙂 

choose wisely.

i think there’s no more that needs to be said.

Front Load Your Day!

13 Oct

You have to start your day right, and having a balanced breakfast is the best way to do it! You may think that if you skip breakfast you’re daily calorie intake is less so you loose more weight. That’s a lie. You should consume the most calories in the morning and that way your body will be satisfied throughout the whole day, you won’t even be that hungry for lunch or dinner and so naturally eat less.

Your body is not dumb! when you don’t feed it a proper breakfast, your body will think there’s a short supply of food and will feel the need to hold on to all the nutritions it gets and so will not burn calories as easily! So having breakfast really kicks in your metabolism for the rest of the day! 

I always wake up late and have literally 10 minutes to prepare my breakfast, but there’s many quick and easy things you can prepare that will give you the nutrition you need. The most important thing is to get plenty of proteins, dairy and fibre. 

PROTEINS take the longest to be broken down and so it will stay in your body throughout the whole day, preventing you from feeling hungry. 

EGGS are awesome! they just have it all! carbs, fat, protein. 2 eggs in the morning is absolute heaven for your body! 

FIBRE (e.g pears) helps the food be stored in your stomach for longer, so when it’s lunch time; instead of scoffing two burgers and stay hungry, you will find yourself satisfied after just one. 

I usually stand there for 10 minutes sometimes thinking of WHAT to have for breakfast. There’s just so much choice. if you’re always in a rush in the mornings like me, plan your breakfast the night before. And enjoy every bite of it! 

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RESIST IT!!

12 Oct

Having a mum who loves to bake is the best and worst thing that could have happened to me. I love baking with her, from brownies to cupcakes to anything really. She really loves following what she calls ‘proper recipes’ to get the perfect results, and i must say she makes delicious desert. But, here’s why it’s also the worst thing, when you have red velvet cupcakes sitting in front of you for a week and then Banoffee pie sitting in the fridge waiting for you to scoff it down and then victoria sponge cupcakes the week after. that’s when it gets a bit out of hand and i really had to work on my self control this past month. I actually did not try any of them and instead made my own recipes to satisfy my craving.

Oats, Peanut butter and Raisins are my absolute favorite healthy substitutes. i can literally mix them randomly and come up with a new recipe that i fall in love with every week.

here’s what i made last night instead of revising for my physics exam.

(sorry but i got tired after 7 chapters, i needed something to energize me)

1 cup of quaker oats (processed into powder)

1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or a bit more if you like)

1 egg

chocolate chips*

milk/almond milk

*you can use raisins instead of the chocolate chips, but i used dark chocolate. it’d been so long since i’d tasted chocolate i actually forgot how good it was. it was my ‘treat of the week’ 

just mix everything together, put in a non-stick pan (you can use an ice-cream scooper to get the same size for each cookie)

and place in oven (190 Celsius) for around 20 minutes.

And they’re ready! 😀