B-Day Weekend!

bday napkinsHey, Hey, Hey!

So, I’ve been M.I.A the past couple of days because it was my bf’s bday this weekend…as well as Sheldon the boo-boo’s bday, my precious bulldog turned 3 yrs old! Due to this..I spent the last couple of days just baking some of mine and my bf’s favorite treats for us and our friends to enjoy at a small get-together we had at our place.

I will be sharing a lot of these decadent recipes with your in the next few weeks! So stay tuned!!

For now, let me give you a little preview of what I baked this weekend! It may seem like a lot of food specially since it was a small gathering..about 10 people or so….but my mom always says “es mejor que sobre, a que falte..”, which roughly translates to “…its better to have too much food, than too little..”

For the sweets I made some of the few desserts my bf likes; he is quite picky with his sweets, so I made: Sweet Palmier Biscuits; Venezuelan Style “Millefeuille” with vanilla & chocolate cream; New York Style Cheesecake; and my bf’s mom was kind enough to make some of his favorite “choux”, or mini profiteroles:

Venezuelan Style Millefeuille/Mil Hojas

Choux or Mini Profiteroles

bday palmiers 2

bday cheesecake 3

 

 

 

 

 

For the salty treats, I went traditional venezuelan and made some finger-food: mini traditional Cachitos de Jamon & Queso (Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls) and Mini Saladitos de Ricotta (something like Ricotta Cheese Pies).

bday fingerfoodbday saladitos

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In occasions like this, in which I myself have made so many of the decadent foods I love to eat, its really easy to loose control and over eat. I definitely ate more than I wanted this weekend, but I didn’t loose control of the situation to the point of binge eating, I tried as much as possible to Balance my decadent intake. Basically what I do in parties, restaurants or even when we order, is that I try to fill up with healthier options and I apply my never-fail rule of “sharing is caring”; I share all of my foods with whomever will have it. For this particular dinner party what I did was have a light salad before the party so I wouldn’t be too hungry, and then tried to share whatever I ate during the actual party! If I ate a decadent venezuelan cachito, I shared half with my bf, I shared the cake with one of my friends, tried to only have a few bite-sized “saladitos”, and I skipped the rest for that night. I knew I would have leftovers so I figured I could have the rest another day, which I did the next day. I gave a lot of the leftovers to our friends to take home if they wanted and so there was very little left in my fridge by the next day.

 

My weekend ended with the first testings for making my song-workout videos!! As I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts, I recently became a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor and so I’ve been trying to make short videos to post in the blog with the choreographies and songs I usually work out with! This weekend we tested out different sporty outfits and looks for the first video! Here’s a little preview of the outfits I tried out for the workout video!!

look 1 timberlook 2zumba outfit

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The song I’ve been working out to lately is Pitbull’s and Kesha’s Timber!!!  I absolutely LOVE this song and the beat is perfect to break a sweat!!!

So..this was my weekend! I hope you are as excited as I am for what’s to come this next month!!

Happy start t your week!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Traditional Pancakes – the Bf Pancakes

Ingredientsbf pancakes

  • ¾ cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup of Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tbs of Butter
  • 1 tbs of Sugar
  • 1tbs of Vanilla Extract
  • Maple Syrup for Topping
  • 1 tbs of Cinnamon (Optional)
  • 1 Banana (for topping, Optional)
  • Chopped Nuts (Optional)
  • Olive Oil for cooking

 

Here’s what we do:

All of the ingredients must be at room temperature.

  • In a plate Mix together the powders: flour, sugar and cinnamon.
  • In a bowl whisk the milk, vanilla extract and butter (it should be super soft or slightly melted).
  • Add the egg and whisk.
  • Add the powder mixture and keep whisking until you end up with a homogenous mixture.
  • Add enough olive oil to slightly grease the pan (I like to do this using a brush) and heat the pan over medium heat.
  • Add about ¼ cup of batter to the pan or however much you need to make it to your desired size.
  • When you notice the top of the batter bubbling and kind of drying out, that’s when its time to flip them over. Cook until slightly browned and repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • When serving, my BF like to top the pancakes with sliced bananas, sometimes he will add some walnuts and finish with quite some real maple syrup!

I’ve made these pancakes for friends when we do Brunch at someone’s house and it’s always a hit!! Sometimes I like to add some mashed banana or any other fruit to the batter before cooking it, people love it!!!!

If you are like me and you don’t want to miss out on the fun of Pancake Sunday, but you would still prefer to eat something healthier, then do what I do…make a badge of My Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes for yourself!!! They are easy and quick to make and super tasty!!!

Give them a try and let me know how you like them!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Oat’s Series 6: My Healthy Banana & Oats Pancakes

Ingredientsbanana oats pancakes

  • ½ Banana Smashed
  • ¼ cup of Oats Flour
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 tbs of Cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbs of Water

Toppings

  • ½ Banana Sliced
  • 3 Tbs of Sugar-free Jam (Optional)
  • 1 tbs of Maple Syrup (Optional)
  • Nuts for decoration (Optional)

Another healthy option of the Oats Series!!

Since I was little I’ve always love Pancakes!! My mom used to make them for us during the weekends, back then. Now, most weekends, I like to have pancakes for breakfast! However, I make my clean version of pancakes, a protein-carb meal, that is a great substitute for the regular, full-fat pancakes!

Here’s what I do:

  • Whisk the Egg Whites with the cinnamon.
  • Add the Oat Flour and whisk to incorporate.
  • Mash the banana and add to the mix.
  • Add a little bit of water to dilute a bit the mixture and whisk together.
  • Choose and prepare the pan. If you have a small sized one it will be easier to flip and handle. If you have a non-stick pan, you don’t need to do the following step: dip a cooking brush into a little bit of olive oil and “paint” the pan with it, with just enough so that the olive oil is covering the surface of the pan.
  • Add ¼ of the mix into the pan over medium heat, or however much you need to make the pancake your preferred size. You want the pan to be warm to hot before you pour the pancake mix.
  • You will know its time to flip the pancake when you see the mix drying up on top and little bubbles start to pop up. Flip and repeat until batter is finished.

For the Toppings, I sliced the other half of the banana, over some sugar-free strawberry Jam and “sprinkled” a tbs of real maple syrup to get a bit of the taste.

I honestly like these pancakes a lot! They are light and very tasty, a great choice for a healthy, “good for the soul” breakfast!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Healthy Living Tip: When Opposites Attract

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My Healthy Pancakes vs His Traditional Pancakes My Healthy Peanut butter, dark choco Banana Snack vs his Nutella & Biscuits Banana Snack

My Healthy Pancakes vs His Traditional Pancakes
My Healthy Peanut butter, dark choco Banana Snack vs His Nutella & Biscuits Banana Snack

Today I wanted to share what I consider a Healthy Living Tip.

From talking to my girlfriends, I have realized that something that a lot of us have dealt within our relationships with our significant others is that, when it comes to FOOD, we are in “opposites-attract” type of relationships. What I mean is, that I would describe my relationship with my bf as  opposites as far as food preferences go, and to be honest, at first I didn’t really how to balance this, which caused me to gain weight. But with time I found my way of healthy living and found a happy balance to the situation.

As you may have noticed, I enjoy eating healthy and colorful foods and I try to eat as clean as possible as much as possible; when I feel like having something decadent I do and don’t worry about it because I feel like the decadent treat will balance itself out with all the clean, healthy meals I generally have. I consider me a 70-30 person, I eat clean probably 70% of the time and the rest…I indulge, I do have the biggest sweet tooth ever after all!

My bf on the other hand, he couldn’t be more opposite in that sense! He doesn’t really eat fruits or veggies, but then again he doesn’t really eat sweets either; there are very few desserts he will actually eat…probably less than 10 overall! When we met, I remember I was quite surprised by his eating habits: he would have the European breakfast (cigarets and coffee); the nearest fast-food chain for lunch; and the nearest kebab place for dinner. Even though it’s not the healthiest way of eating, he DOES eat in a very “naturally thin” way…so he doesn’t have a weight or health issue at all!

Now, it wasn’t the easiest thing to find a happy compromise when it came to food with us, it took some time…since we like such different things. This may sound cheese, but I believe that it is true when they say “we are all in our own fitness journey”, so I don’t push the healthy foods on anyone who doesn’t want to try it! I let my bf eat whatever he wants to eat, but do try to “clean up” the recipe/meal a bit and he gives it a try; if he doesn’t like it then I step back the “healthiness”. Sometimes he actually likes some of the super healthy meals I make and other times he wants his food as greasy and as junky as possible.

So our happy compromise is that I make for me a clean version and the regular version for him. For the most part, this doesn’t way of cooking doesn’t really require any extra effort from me, for example, if we are having pasta, I will make whole-wheat pasta for both of us, neither can really taste the difference in between lets say normal spaghetti vs the whole wheat one! I’ll make a healthy tomato sauce with veggies for me, I’ll try and sneak some veggies in my bf plate, and done, both are happy with our dinner.

If we are having chicken on the Grill, which is a healthy, clean protein and that my bf likes eating as well (I mean, who doesn’t like grilled chicken, right???), all I’ll do is make two different side dishes. My bf loves french fries, so I will make him french fries in the oven (I still need to keep it healthy somehow, right??) or mashed potatoes, and for me I will make some quinoa and a salad or steamed veggies, etc.

And Other times like on “Pancake Sunday”, I will make two different recipes. We both love pancakes but I prefer my clean version made with Oat Flour and he loves the full-fat version (although I have made it with whole-wheat flour a couple of times and he has liked it too)!

In the next posts I will share some of the pancake recipes I love to make! I LOVE pancakes so there are a few of them…I try to switch it up so we don’t get bored with our food…..PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! Lol!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Choco-Peanut Butter Banana

Ingredientshealthy choco banana main

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 tbs of Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 square of Sugar Free Chocolate

This mouth-watering treat can be made in only 15 minutes!!
It may look like its decadent, but its made with all healthy ingredients and small quantities of them!! Check it out:

  • I melted some of my homemade, all natural, sugar-free peanut butter in the microwave, about 30 seconds. (I’ll share how I make my own peanut butter in another post!)
  • Placed half of a banana on some baking paper and poured the melted peanut butter until completely covering the half banana.
  • Place in freezer for 5 mins.
  • In the same cup I melted the peanut butter, I melted the sugar free chocolate square, about 40 seconds in a microwave, stoping at intervals of 10 seconds to stir with a spoon and mix with whatever peanut butter may have been still stuck to the cup.
  • Take the peanut butter banana out of the freezer and pour the melted chocolate until completely covering the banana.
  • I sprinkled some shredded coconut for decoration and placed back in the freezer for another 5 mins.

I am the biggest peanut butter lover…so I think this is heaven!!! It very fulfilling even though it was only half of a banana, and I used what I consider to be moderate amounts of healthy peanut butter and chocolate!

Super quick, easy and indulging!!

healthy choco banana 1

healthy choco banana main

healthy choco banana

 

* FYI: I used about 60 gr of banana which yields to aprox 60 cals; 1 tbs of peanut butter (homemade, sugar free, no additives) that has aprox 100 cals; 1 square of dark, sugar free chocolate (8 gr), having aprox 50 cals; and I usd 1/2 tbs of shredded coconut (unsweetened), aprox 20 cals.
So, in total this sweet snack has only about 230 cals!!!

Enjoy!

xoxo, 

Yoggi B. 

 

 

Anti-Gravity Yoga Part 2

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aerial yoga part 2Ok, so I went for the very first time to a class of Anti-Gravity or Aerial Yoga, and I had planned to go to the “Fitness Aerial Yoga” class, but I happened to be fully booked so I didn’t manage. Since I was really sore this past week….I’ve been working really hard on putting some choreographies together to make up a zumba class video! Hopefully I’ll have the first video ready in the next couple of days!!!… Anyways, for this reason, I’ve been really sore everywhere so I decided to go back to the same Anti-Gravity Yoga I had tried and stretch out my muscles a bit.

I mentioned in my previous Antigravito Yoga post that I was pretty terrified for most of the moves and that I didn’t really break much of a sweat. Well, I don’t know if the weather was warmer this time, if this is just the natural progression of these classes or if the teacher read my blog, but I definitely broke a sweat this time!! LOL

I was also much, much comfortable doing the moves and just playing around in the “hammock-ropes thingies”! Maybe it was because a lot of the moves had some sort of monkey name (the hanging monkey, the swinging monkey, etc) that I was just sooo comfortable with it!! LOL The pose in the picture, I don’t remember what it’s actually called,….but I named it in my head as “the chilling monkey”.

It may sound weird, but I feel this second class brought back memories from when I was a kid back in Venezuela and playing around with my friends climbing on anything we could find!! I remember in elementary school there was sort of a “Maze” made of bricks for kids to play hide and seek (totally unsafe btw)…which we used to do was climb on top of the bricks and walk on them; There were also some giant ball-shaped structure made out of old monkey bars, which we used to run out to as fast as we could during the breaks because soon enough it would be PACKED with other kids and we wouldn’t be able to fit anymore; and my personal favorite place for chilling and hanging out with my girlfriends, the tallest, biggest Mango Tree at my childhood bff’s house…Needless to say, I really felt a little like a kid this second time around…it was great! I was in a great mood and had a great vibe all day long!! Do you feel this way too when you do a fun workout?

I still wanna try the Fitness Anti-Gravity Yoga class, just to see how it would be! Have any of you tried any of these type of classes?? Do you like trying different things when you workout??

slowly, slowly getting more comfortable with the ropes!

slowly, slowly getting more comfortable with the ropes!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Oat’s Series 5: My Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie!

IngredientsTROPICAL OATMEAL SMOOTHIE

  • 1 handful of Spinach
  • 1 handful of Kale
  • ½ Banana
  • ½ Cucumber (Juiced)
  • ½ cup of Pineapple (Juiced)
  • 1 Cheek of a Mango
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 4 tbs of My Mom’s Oatmeal
  • 2 tbs of Chia Seeds (Optional)

After such a colorful day yesterday, I really felt inspired to start today by having something colorful and healthy for breakfast…and this smoothie I came up with reminds me of the colors of the tropic!! So…my Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie!

Here’s what I did:

  • I juiced the pineapple and mixed it in a blender with the mango and 2 tbs of oatmeal. I blended until I got a thick, bright yellow mix. I served it.
  • Rinsed the blender. Juiced the cucumber and added it to the blender together with most of the banana, spinach and kale. Mixed until smooth but still a thick mix. Served on glass carefully over the mango mix.
  • Rinsed the blender and mixed in the rest of the banana, strawberries and other 2 tbs of Oatmeal. Blend until smooth. Serve on top.

To be honest I was hoping the strawberry layer would come up a lot thicker, but I was a bit too liquid and it went through the spinach. The taste was still amazing and the pink in the green gives it a nice colorful touch, in my opinion! But maybe next time I will try adding some more banana or just some greek yogurt to ensure the texture is as I want it!

I think I am getting closer to literally making a Rainbow Drink as much as I do! LOL

I hope you enjoy drinking the rainbow!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.