Tag Archives: Christmas

AUTMEAL – the perfect oatmeal for the season

26 Nov

Another one of those oatmeal posts have made their appearance. Especially with the new wintery/autumn season.

I present to you the cinnamon-tangerine oatmeal.

It’s that mixture of smells that combines the strong aroma of the herbs as well as the tangerine which makes you want to snuggle up and count the days down for christmas.

Ingredients:
40g oats (i use a mixture of jumbo oats and barley)
1 grated carrot
Zest of tangerine
Tangerine (optional) for decoration.
3 walnuts chopped
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
3 chopped dates

Start by cooking your oats in water, and adding the carrots and orange zest and herbs. As water is absorbed, add the chopped dates and mix.

Pour in a bowl and top off with crushed walnuts and tangerine.

**instead of grating the tangerine zest; i finely chopped pieces, giving that extra chewiness just like candy. Exactly what you want to perfect your morning oatmeal.

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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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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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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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.

Healthy toasted teacake

10 Dec

This is a really cute quick and simple way to enjoy that muffiny texture for your breakfast with a small piece of something soft and crispy at the same time which you can top up with your favourate healthy spread and enjoy munching with a warm cuppa and a fireplace. Utopia!

Ingredients:
Makes 4 peices

1 1/2 cup quaker oats
2/3 cup soya milk
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Raisins (be generous)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 egg white
(Optional: natural sweetner – stevia/fructose/honey)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, place in a baking pan with some sandpaper and pop into the oven for about under 20 minuets.

You can store in the fridge and place in toaster just before eating.

(Cut vertically in half and spread with some of your favourate nut butter)

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Quinoa and apple breakfast

8 Dec

Its always been stuck in my head that quinoa is what you eat for lunch or dinner or with your salad but when i realized that you can have this awesome bundle of goodness as a sweet breakfast to start your day with a boost, i got a little over excited.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 boiled apple
Cinnamon
1 tbsp peanut butter

Start off by cooking the quinoa, once ready add the chopped apples to the pot, with a little bit of extra water and boil adding in the cinnamon. Take off the heat and finally add the peanutbuter when still hot so it can slightly melt.
Mix and pour in a bowl.

Yummmmmmerz!!! Im always going to have some already cooked quinoa int he fridge which i can just heat and enjoy for a quicker version of this awesome breakfast!! So filling, warm and tasty!

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Spinach and cauliflower

22 Nov

The winter season has finally shown up and there’s nothing better to really put us into that wintery spirit than a good old warm bowl of soup.
This was sooo delicious i cant beleive i have never tried it before and has such a rich green colour that screams out “nutrition!” It has only 2 ingredients.

Cauliflower
Spinach

THATS ALL!!!

About 1 cup of each raw.
Boil for around 20 minuets in the same boiling pan and keep stirring (chop cauliflower in small peices for this process to be faster)
Blend with a hand blender and its ready!!

If there’s excess water through away before blending, but keep around the same level of water as vegetables.

Top it off with some black pepper or cayenne pepper if you’re feeling adventurous.

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ADVENT CALENDAR – to stay fit and healthy for the holidays!

21 Nov

It’s nearly december, and that means we’re going to be starting to use the C word aloooot!

I don’t know what it is about the christmas season, it may be the warm weather or the celebratory feeling or just our idea of christmas we seem to always think of food, sweets and chocolate!

first signs of that are going to start on the 1st of december, when everyone is going to get they’re advent calendars and start to eat each treat day after day wether its chocolates, biscuits, or anything else that sounds tempting and delicious.

what to do then? while everyone is running around trying to find the best advent calendars with the most mouth-watering chocolates.

i sat down and made my own calendar.

sorry for the lack of creativity or artistic skills, but with lack of time and plenty of school art work to do piling up, the main aim of making this advent calendar was for the concept so feel free to make it look prettier and more christmasy 🙂

i don’t know how i got the idea, but instead of eating a chocolate each day, you will have a work out exercise to do; wether its crutches, squats or sit-ups. while everyone else is stuffing their face before the holidays we will be doing the exact opposite. It’s going to be like our own motivation and count down to loose even more weight till the holidays and then we won’t regret having that piece of mince pie that we’ve been looking forward to because after all it is christmas. Then, let’s see who’s going to feel happier on christmas and new year’s day. 🙂