Thursday, April 23, 2015

Candy Plum and Banana Smoothie (Sugar-free)

Hidden among some apples, I found a few pretty ugly and overly ripe plums that had to be eaten right away. The best option was definitely to blend them into a smoothie, of course. Those plums together with the banana made the sweetest smoothie I have ever eaten, hence the title of this post. Honestly, it tasted just like candy, amusing even for the most demanding sweet tooth. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Luscious Strawberry and Peach Smoothie

One of the worst things of being a foodie is that I am always hungry. Being hungry is not a bad thing itself, but it means is that I have to cook pretty often, especially if I want to eat healthily and watch my pocket. That's why I love smoothies so much because you just throw a bunch of stuff together and the blender makes all the work. In the snap of a finger, you have a nutritious and satisfying meal. Moreover, since I discovered the wonderful section of frozen fruits at the supermarket, I've become a sucker for smoothies. I'm literally mixing everything and always trying new combos. Today's smoothie was a winner! I mean, what can go wrong with strawberries and peaches? 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kiwi and Lemon Oatmeal - Vegan

This oatmeal is sincerely addictive. I'm lately quite addicted to adding lemon everywhere: to my smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal, and I'm even considering adding it to pasta (I've seen a recipe on Instagram which I really have to try!). Believe it or not, when I was a kid, I disliked lemon and anything with lemon on it like ice-creams, cakes, drinks and any other food. Fortunately, over the years, I have learned to experiment with new foods and flavors, what has led me to new and fascinating food discoveries, and also to some epic failures! Lemon oatmeal is one of those positive findings, and I'm not lying when I say I ate these three days in a row and still not getting tired of them. If you follow me on Instagram you will provably have seen this countless of times!
Kiwi and Lemon Oatmeal

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut butter and dark chocolate, let me repeat it, peanut butter and dark chocolate! How come I hadn't thought about this combination before? When I first baked Lemon Ginger Granola I thought I had found my favorite granola recipe. It was refreshing and quite an innovative granola recipe for my novice taste buds. However, I've lately rediscovered my delight for primary food combinations and some days ago I came with this decadent peanut butter and dark chocolate granola. At home, we love this granola so much that I baked two batches in a week, and you guys who follow me on Instagram have also showed much love and interest for this recipe, so here you have. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Escalivada - Mediterranean Roasted Veggies

Escalivada is a traditional Catalan dish consisting of smoky grilled vegetables. Traditionally, it was prepared in the embers of a wood fire, but today we also prepare it on the grill, the stove or in the oven. During barbecue season, I love preparing this dish by placing the vegetables directly on a grate over the grill or even directly on the glowing coals. However, using a grill takes a lot of time and makes a lot of dirt. Therefore, I usually grill escalivada in the oven. Although this way is cleaner and faster, I still recommend using real fire when possible. I love eating escalivada served with rice.
Mediterranean Roasted Veggies

Friday, January 16, 2015

Piña Colada Smoothie

Piña Colada Smoothie Alcohol Free
Do you know “the piña colada song”? Ever since I watched the film Guardians of the Galaxy, this song got completely stuck in my head. I went to the grocery store and I even got awkwardly happy to see that pineapples were on sale, so I decided I would buy one and make my own piña colada smoothie. I am really glad with the outcome, and it's the perfect smoothie for a girls’ night. It tastes heavenly, has only 3 ingredients, and it is completely guilt-free.
Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pre-Workout Beetroot Smoothie

In the previous post, we learned 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroots. This vegetable isn't very popular for its flavor, though, and many people struggle to find a way to include beets in their diets. This smoothie is sweet, creamy, and the perfect way to incorporate beetroots into your daily intake, even if you are not such a big fan. Moreover, it is a perfect pre-workout smoothie due to the kick of energy coming from the beetroot and banana in it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroots

Beetroots, commonly known for their health and athletic performance benefits, have gained popularity among the health and fitness communities. Beets are often called superfoods due to their countless beneficial properties. Beets are low in calories and fat, and are a great source of energy. They are a rich source of vitamins A, B, and the immune-boosting vitamin C, magnesium, iron, manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas), fiber, phosphorus, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function), zinc, beta-carotene and bety-cyanine, among other nutrients and minerals.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Imagine A World Made Of Food

Today, I came across a brilliant photographer who combines my passion for both food and photography into beautiful pieces of art. The artist is the Brazilian photographer William Kass. One of his most well-known series is entitled Minimize. The most extraordinary distinctive of this series is his exploration of everyday situations from an unusual point of view, featuring miniature little people in regular sized backgrounds.

As Katie Homser wrote in My Modern Met, "The lighthearted compositions feature the artist's clever and imaginative way of seeing the world. A group of men goes fishing for large sashimi, an ear of corn becomes an obstacle to climb, and a bunch of green grapes are transformed into a glamorous stage fro dramatic performers. Other objects Kass transforms into fictional adventures include an iPhone, a candy bar, noodles, pickles, and a box of matches." 
Source here

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Motivation

Source Etsy - chARiTyelise

"In a 2007, Laura Kubzansky, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health, found that emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviors as not smoking and regular exercise"

Read the entire article on Harvard School of Public Health here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Are we, Women, our Worst Enemies?

Top 10 Celebrities Who Are Not Safe From Stretch Marks. Stars Caught Without Make-up. The 20 Most Shocking Celebrity Plastic Surgery Transformations.

Are you familiar with those headlines? I am sure you are, they are everywhere, yet none of us would admit that we ever enjoyed reading such articles. I must confess, I used to read articles like that. I used to scrutinize their pictures in search of the slightest imperfection, and then I would treacherously criticize the model with a certain feeling of satisfaction. Shameful, huh? Magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, or the prestigious Vanity Fair, depend on women's addiction to gossip for their sustainability. This behavior is intolerable. As women in a male dominated society, we need to stand together in support of each other instead of being another headache to deal with. 
Strong women come in all shapes and sizes. Source Blogger
Nowadays, more women refuse to accept unhealthily thin body types as a female body prototype. Promoting unrealistic perfect bodies retouched by Photoshop, Social Media contributes to depression and negative body image in women and young girls. Campaigns spreading positive body image awareness among young women are growing in number. For instance, the controversial campaign led by the Italian fashion brand Lolita portraying the anorexic model Isabelle Caro. Unfortunately, what seemed to be the light at the end of the tunnel has lately turned against us. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Banana Bread Granola

I love baking my own granola, especially because it makes my home smell heavenly! Granola basically consists of rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruits. It's coated in syrup and it's then baked. We are free to create our own granola by adding almost any ingredient that we wish chocolate chips, shredded coconut, raisins, dried figs, pumping seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried apples, smashed bananas, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and a long etcetera.  

Rolled oats are high in protein and provide lots of fiber, which is important for good digestion. Dried fruits are an excellent source of vitamins and certain antioxidants. Nuts and seeds are high in magnesium and healthy fats. In short, Granola is a healthy source of fuel for an active lifestyle and it's copiously packed with necessary nutrients for your body.  
homemade banana bread granola

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