Tag Archives: Cooking

Summer holidays and a big bowl of rice

13 Sep

A new post was long overdue and after the summer holidays are officially over, i think its time to go back on track and share my – what i hope to be – inspirational and creative ways to healthify your kitchen.

My aim is to show that eating healthy really doesn’t have to be boring and is definitely easy and super simple. With a busy timetable like my own, school and mountains of studying everyday i need the most efficient and fast foods that still fill me up with the energy i need to get on with all my activities.

So, i will celebrate the re-appearance of my blog with this huge rice and veggie bowl.

The taste of brown rice makes it very tempting to eat with the least amount of other ingredients, and sometimes its easier for your stomach to digest without an extra load of chicken or meat. A mountainfull of your favourate veggies is all you need to mix with your rice, as well as my favourate secret to cooking anything….spices and herbs –> dill!!! Mix it all together after boiling and enjoy in a big bowl.

Yes a big bowl of rice is listed under a healthy meal, just make sure you always choose the whole wheat and pair it up with those nutritious vegetables that can only do you good. This is a perfect meal to have especially before a long workout or run, to fuel your body with a long source of energy.

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No butter, no flour – toasted teacakes

9 Apr

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I’m one of the strongest beleivers that “baked goods” are not enhanced by the use of the magical ingredient you see i all recipes –> all purpose flour.

Highly processed and with no taste whatsoever, its just adding the “base” to your recipe and ultimately being the source for lots of unneeded and empty calories. There’s so kany other choices you can use rather than flower which have extra benefits as well as extra taste, it’s absolutely absurd why someone wouldn’t want their baked good to taste better and healthier at the same time.

On my recent trip to finland i brought back home with me bags of rye bread which i was absolutely obbsessed about there, its just so full of flavour! I also brought some rye flour, which can also be found at any local supermarket – so go buy some now its a great kind of flour-substitute which you can experiment with.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons rye flour
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely grated cauliflower
1 egg white
1 tablespoon goat’s cheese
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix the ingredients and pour into cupcake ‘pockets’ (i should really know what their real name is) and leave in oven for 30 minuets.

Leave to cool and cut each teacake horizontally in the middle, place in toaster before you eat 🙂

Get creative and add extra toppings:
1.cooked spinach
2.mushrooms
3.raisins and honey
4.black pepper
5.poppyseeds and honey

Cant wait to try all these, its really such a successful base ingredient for when you’re craving a fresh out of the oven treat with your tea or lunch.

Frozen avocado shells

27 Mar

This is a cute little idea if you want to get creative when you are plating up, especially when you’re serving avocado or guacamole as part of your dish.

I used this with the:
Cold avocado and veggie soup which i posted about earlier.
Avocado and cottage cheese dip with lemon and black pepper.

After cutting your avo in half, empty out using a spoon and freeze the two outer shells overnight, the’ll “magically” turn into lovely hard shells which you can fill with either your avocado invention or even any other type of dip.

Its always great to use nature even when we dish our food 🙂 use your imagination and don’t ever think something is too impossible or ridiculous.

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Chocolate and Carob SINLESS cookies!

3 Aug

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These little bad boys are something i will DEFINITELY bake again, they were so easy, just need one bowl to mix everything together and all you have to do is just pop them in the oven and you are DONE!

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups quaker oats

1 cup raisins

2 tablespoons carob

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

handful of dried coconut flakes

3 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons natural fruit sugar

 

just mix it all together, place in oven for 15 minuets on 180 degrees.

They’re the perfect thing when you’re craving something chocolaty, and a chewy and sweet 🙂

Healthy Salmon and Quinoa Salad

30 Jul

woohooo! i finally finally finally used quinoa!

I can’t believe i have lived 16 years without tasting this amazing natural beacon of awesomeness; but i’v finally joined the club and i am 100% obsessed about quinoa, and i will probably be using it in a few of my following “healthy lunch ideas” posts.

It’s just such a better substitute to rice or any form of carbohydrate, and naturally a substitute should be something a little less delicious but still give you the same taste, but quinoa is just so much better than anything ever made.

 

This salmon salad has such simple ingredients, doesn’t need any dressing because it tastes great on its own and just full of vegetables, and omega-3 from the fish.

 

Romainne lettuce

Cucumber

Carrot

250g cooked salmon (i used olive oil and also added lots of lemon)

2 tablespoons of quinoa

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Chicken Breast with Mashed carrots

23 Jun

This was absolutely amazing!

Full of vegetables and protein and so low in calorie!

The thing i love about having meals that are full of veggies is that you can help yourself AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE and you don’t even have to feel bad!

The carrot mash was something i wanted to try to replace mashed potatoes, its simply boiled carrots and then mashed, with no added butter. They taste absolutely amazing, even better than mashed potatoes if i dare say! All of you have to try them next time you have your sunday roast meal! you can season with some black and cayenne pepper!

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cottage cheese ideas

21 Jun

I was never really a big fan of cottage cheese, not because I didn’t like the taste, but simply because we never buy it at home and i never thought to go out of my way to get some.

But i finally decided that i MUST try it, after reading so many good things about it, and so, here’s a few ideas on how you can have your cottage cheese!

I love the fact that it’s quite thick, sort of creamy, so it keeps you full really easily and i always have a maximum of 2 tablespoons without feeling the need to have anymore.

Baked apple with cottage cheese and cinnamon:

 

 

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Homemade HEALTHY nutella!

3 Jun

IMG_9371IMG_9368Whoever of you who are still at school will know what i mean when I say, you get really happy when you realize someone else in your school is also a “healthaholic” and you’re not the only one who feels like you’re in a completely strange planet.

And so, this recipe was inspired by a friend of mine, you should follow her tumblr for more amazing healthy recipes and fitness motivation —>

http://swimmerholic.tumblr.com/foodrecipes

When i read the recipe and saw the pictures, i couldn’t wait another day to try it, and the results were even better than i expected! So, my advice is go do this like NOW! you won’t regret it, and you’ll NEVER ever crave nutella again! dvjgnbgwe.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups raw hazelnuts (I made two the other recipe with walnuts and it tasted just as good)

1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup skimmed milk

Put the nuts in a food processor and pulse for about 10 minuets until it becomes butter-like texture, add the cocoa powder, honey and vanilla and mix again, add the milk in, slowly while mixing it through and keep in the fridge!

you can enjoy it as a healthy breakfast with some toast, or a snack with some low fat whole wheat crackers. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!

HEALTHY BANANA ICE LOLIES!

15 Feb

Frozen banana is one of my favorite snacks, i feel like whenever something is frozen it makes you want to eat it slower and truly enjoy every bite of it.

But with a little extra twist, there’s even more to enjoy with these banana ice lolies.

Cut banana in half, and place in a barbecue stick.

spread some fat-free greek yogurt on a plate and cover banana with yogurt.

Crush some almonds and chopped dates in small pieces, sprinkle some on the banana, it will stick on the yogurt. IMG_8424

Place in the fridge for about an hour!

But don’t forget to get creative and add any of your own favorite healthy additions. for example:

raisins

walnuts

coconut

oats

 

Healthy Cinammon, Banana and Oat cookies!

29 Jan

I can NEVER give up the feeling of having nice, crispy cookies with my tea in the afternoons, but instead of feeling the guilt of all these empty calories and fat going into my body, there’s no better way than to make your own cookies, so you know exactly what they have inside, and there’s nothing better than using our good friend oats, and a bit of cinnamon to give it that awesome flavor, with some banana and honey to make our sweet tooth happy too!

When i usually make cookies, i try to cut back on honey as i know it is quite high in calories, but this time I did add a tablespoon, because in the end, it’s worth it, as you really feel like you have eaten a “real” cookie, and don’t feel like you’ve been deprived from anything, but…just the healthy way 🙂

I love cinnamon, it has to much taste, and its benefits are actually endless, I might post an article on the benefits of cinnamon alone in the future, it’s flavor really satisfies me all the time, and I think it’s one of the reasons i fell in love with these cookies, so if you’re a fan of cinnamon like me, then make sure you ADD PLENTY!

 

2 cups oatmeal

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup crushed walnuts

1 tbsp honey

1 mashed banana

1 tbsp cinammon

handfull raisins

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Mix all together, scoop into a non-stick pan, make sure they are all the same size so they bake evenly,

bake for 20 minuets on 180 degrees.