Archive | December, 2013

Sweet omelette breakfast

31 Dec

The last breakfast of 2013. Wow! Its been an eventful year just like any other with lots of highs and lows, its always exciting to think of what new things you will learn from the year to come and even though you always end up wishing your loved ones “a happy new year, better than the one before” i think that is a little shallow and cliche, i think each year should be filled with the happy moments but also the difficult times, that is what will build you up as a person and that is what will make you reflect more on your life and really look at things from different perspectives.

So i wish you guys an eventful new year, one where you can have enough motivation and courage and lots of opportunities to look at your life in different ways, to be able to make changes and also grow up as a person, to be able to affect both yourself and the people around you. There will definitely be hard times and you just have to make the best of them.

My last ever breakfast of 2013 was a great cloudy and soft sweet omelete.

Ingredients:
2 egg whites
1 small banana
Cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut milk

Mash the bananas and whisk in the rest of the ingredients, slightly spray a pan with some olive oil and wa-la!

It’s probably the first year i don’t have an actual new years resolution which i can name, but its also the first year which i feel there will be the most changes, maybe gradual but in pretty sure i will learn a lot of things this year. Wether its spiritual or about friends and family or even bout health and my life, nobody can ever be perfect and i think thats what makes us humans great, we can ALWAYS seize to improve!

I’ll stop with my cheesy ramble now and have a great night guys 🙂 it’s always okay to have a day off and treat yourself, but tomorrow is a new start for new goals 😀

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Honey and spice oats – christmas in a bowl

29 Dec

With thunderstorms setting an atmosphere outside the house, a good old bowl of porridge was the only thing that could satisfy me.

Being quite ill for the past few days i just wanted to make something simple to soothe my stomach and this was just the right thing, it was also so simple and easy to make i can have it everyday!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup quaker oats
1 tbsp honey
Plenty of cinnamon
2 whole cloves
Hint of nutmeg

Now as i always say you can tweak the amount of spices used to satisfy your own tastebuds, I’m quite a cinnamon lover if you haven’t noticed, but i do seem to be getting a soft spot for the occasional clove or two since the christmas season.

So just cook the oats and gradually add in the spices, pour in a bowl and add the honey! Yummers!

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Christmas, boxing day and a great healthy meal! – healthy pizza with caramelized onions and blue cheese

26 Dec

Merry christmas to all my lovely readers! This christmas was really great to get to spend time with family, it was sort of my christmas aim to make it as traditional as possible and really feel the christmas season!
So christmas eve? Whats better than a good old cheese and wine, with a few side dishes and a lovely christmas movie with the family (arthur christmas) followed by a warm mug of hot cocoa! So how can we make this healthy? Now i know some people are moaning about christmas should be about indulgence and not health, but i’v said it over and over again, healthy food is just as indulgent and ofcourse you can always add a hint of those guilty pleasures 🙂 and i even got my family to love these amazing healthy treats, so i think my mission was accomplished!!

5 minuet Healthy pizza:
Crust= whole wheat tortilla.

Tomato sauce:
4 Boiled tomatoes – with peel.Interqct club:
a Seasoned with basil, salt and pepper.

Caramelized onions:
Chop one onion with 2 teaspoons of honey and a tablespoon of brown sugar in a pan on high heat. Spray pan with some olive oil then add onions.

Chopped mushrooms
Fresh baby spinach
Blue cheese.

Pop into the oven for 7 minuets and enjoy these crispy treats, ahhh theyre so amazing with a glass of red wine!

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The simplest twist to enjoy your toast!

23 Dec

Sometimes i have periods where i an completely against toast, too many carbs and i just feel like it’s not natural enough, its too proccessed and your body wont benefit in any way.
Thats where – i beleive- i made a mistake , by choosing whole wheat bread s and toast, yore giving yourself the energy it needs from carbs as well as that fullness and satisfaction, sometimes having too much vegetables can cause you to be bloated and you need something to relax your stomach, its also a great carb- food that you can have warm and crunchy which can easily substitute things like waffles and cakes in the morning or afternoon with only 70 calories!!
So just one more thing is left, how to give your toast that extra taste if you dont like it plane,

1.peanut butter
2. Honey
3. Carob
4. Some warmed raisins

But the absolute best with hardly any extra calories but a hugee difference in flavour

5. Sprinkle some cinammon on the toast!! Its great and delicious, whole wheat toast with cinammon sprinkle, you wont be buying any 400 calorie cinnabuns anytime soon.

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Raisin and grated carrot salad

22 Dec

As christmas is the time mostly spend with your family, wether its just you sister Brother and parents or wether its you great aunty and 4th cousins which you only see once a year, after all family is family.

So me and my friends decided to have a pre-christmas dinner, to celebrate together before we take a week of pure family time. So yes! Were a bunch of teenage girls pretending we have great cooking skills and each bringing a dish to form a great banquet in one of my friends houses in the mountains – the perfect atmosphere!

As i AM the health freak of the group i was ofcourse responsible of the salad! The best way to preach to my sisters about healthy eating right?

So i really had to impress them by proving tha salads are NOT..
1.) tomatoes lettuce and cucumber only and always
2.) a bunch of vegetables filllled with fatenning dressing.

So my salad was. Seasoned with only fresh lemon juice. Refreshing and nutritious!

Ingredients:
Rocket
Lettuce
Cucumber (2)
2 grated carrots
Handful raisins
Handful walnuts
1 cup chopped celery sticks

Just look at alll those colours!!!

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Fruit and date smoothie

21 Dec

Its been a really long time since i’v enjoyed a luscious fresh smoothie, mainly because its winter but i really missed having that boost of energy you can get only from fruits and veggies so i decided to fight the cold and enjoy a smoothie.

Id forgotten how awake and energetic you get after just one glass of fruits, its like this glassfull of empowerment, followed by the best 1 hour at the gym i’d ever had. Smoothies are an awesome way to start your day!

Ingredients:
Strawberries
Pineapple
1/2 banana
Flaxseed
About 1/5 cup water
1 date

Blend and enjoy, the thickness of the smoothie makes it really tempting to just get a spoon and enjoy it like soup, so why not?

It’s also a good idea to add some veggies t your smoothie, some celery would have added a great extra touch to this smoothie i think, it also keeps you more full with just a few calories!

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Green is the colour for christmas! – What NOT to-do before a big christmas dinner party

20 Dec

Its the week before christmas and you can see the change in people’s expression, everyone being more jolly and more relaxed as the holidays approach. Mothers and grandmothers getting prepared in the kitchen, stacking up groceries as if its before a world war and the never-ending santa costumes littered around the city wether its a little boy with a santa hat or a great big ho-ho-ho-er.

But with christmas and the festivity that follows with it, everyone knows what is waiting for them at that christmas dinner wether its with family or friends, what piles of food they have prepared and how creative they have come to make those dishes.

Only last night did we have our first “christmas dinner” with some friends and now waiting for the big finale which is the family lunch on the 25th.

Knowing that tonight you will be going to devour hundreds of dishes that are not certainly categorized as healthy most people naturally beleive that if they dont eat all day, they will be allowed to eat anything and everything that night, in the end one will substitute for the other right?

No no and NO!!! This myth is so common and people dont see the sense of it, i’m guilty of believing this myth and it has only caused disaster! By starving yourself throughout the whole day you decrease your metabolism and put your body into starvation mode, then as soon as that first piece of grandma’s roast potatoes goes into your mouth, your body starts to crave food to receive back all the calories it was neglected all day, and some people do this a few days in advance only heightening this problem. Your mind doesn’t really realize that and gobbles up all the starters, main course and even everything served for desert, and thats excluding the mini chocolates you got in your stocking, in the end, you have actually taken in so much more calories than normal, your body will take a lot longer to digest and metabolize them, and you will go to bed with a huge painful stomach that will ruin your christmas!

The other option?
Wake up and eat your normal breakfast, make it something christmasy to get into the spirit, make sure its healthy, full of fibre and protein to keep you full and energized!
Then continue the day with a low calorie lunch, maybe a salad with no dressing and a little bit of protein, keeping you full and your body working but still not adding up too many calories.
And when it’s dinner time, you wont be starving, you can eat with your mind and not your stomach, tasting everything in moderation and choosing more salads and veggies and some good protein – turkey! And keeping away from the carbohydrates and fried foods. Of course its christmas and you can help yourself to a piece of cake, but being full and satisfied anyway you will only feel the need to enjoy a small piece as a treat. Outcome? You’ve consumed the right amount of calories, you sleep better and your body is happier digesting the food so much quicker than before!

I hope everyone can see the sense in this because after all it is our body and we should understand how it works, we should treat it with care and feed it when its hungry but not overfeed it till its bloated. Although its christmas i do not believe stuffing your face makes the season, you do have to enjoy those chocolates, mince pies and gingerbread men with a warm glass of hot chocolate but remember, moderation actually makes you appreciate everything more, wont you enjoy one cookie so much if its a treat on christmas day rather than if you eat a whole packet everyday?

Have fun preparing for your christmas dinners and make sure there’s plenty of veggies to serve, after all green is the colour for christmas!

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Warm pear and pomegranate

19 Dec

I always enjoy fruits when they are cold, juicy and fresh but whenever it gets chilly and you want something warm and caramelized, its so tempting to reqch for that warm cake with some melted chocolate syrup, thats the time to reach for the fruit and say “no excuses” you can enjoy a winderful warmed and caramelized pear as a great desert which you can add to your 5-a-day.

All you need is 1 pear, pomegranate seeds and some dark chocolate (optional)

Boil the pears in some water (about an inch) until soft and then add to a pan and warm till slightly brown on low heat.
Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with some pomegranate seeds.
(Optional) melt some organic dark chocolate with no added sugar and drizzle on top for an even sweeter way to celebrate the cold christmas season.

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Japanease salad

16 Dec

I’v always been a fan of the unique cuisine of the Japanese and although you can never really quite make the exact luscious dishes served in the Japanese restaurants which i love, there’s always a way to get that similar taste whenever you’re craving those mixture of tastes that asian cuisine offers you.

The thing i love about asian food is that they really make the best of all the lovely gifts of nature, the different combinations of ingredients which some people may believe to be merely inedible are transformed to amazing Japanese dishes which people secretly love till they face the truth of what they’re made of. Thats something that really annoys me about stereotyping, foods that are given to us by nature FULL of so many benefits are being categorized with things that they just are not and that just leads to people leading unhealthier lifestyles each day!

The salad i made today doesn’t really include any of these “crazy” ingredients mostly because i wanted to make something simple that everyone and anyone can prepare and eat wether on a budget or simply because those kinds of foods are just not available everywhere.

Ingredients:
3tbsp Brown rice
1 cup Celery
1 Cucumber
Handful Lettuce
1 Lemon
Black pepper
Salt
Cayenne pepper
3 small Beef pieces
Hoi sin sauce

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Soup of the day:

14 Dec

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With the festivity levels being sky high and a cold wave reaching the meditteranean making the temperature outside even colder than Scotland and Ireland (something we’re defenetly not prepared for) the best solution to our problem is to make sure we keep ourselves wrapped in as many layers as we can possibly find and drink as much tea as we possibly can. And what’s the only thing left to add to the picture? A warm bowl of freshly made soup.

It’s sort of becoming a tradition to buy different vegetables each day and experiment to find the best combination of nutritious soups made only by using fresh vegetables, no preservatives, no extra oil or butter. The more natural it is, the better it tastes and the more nutrients you get from each spoonfull keeping you protected from all the viruses roaming around.

Last nights soup was a favourate of mine mainly because of the hint of sweetness.

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini
1 carrot
1/2 cup cabbage

Boil everything in a pot then pulse until smooth, if you want a thicker texture make sure you don’t leave too much water before pulsing.

Spices:
Salt
Black peppers

I liked to keep this one simple and enjoy the real sweet taste of the zucchini rather than the spices.