Fashion Picks: Summer Handbag

Hey, hey, hey!

It may sound absolutely “Geeky” to say, but the truth of the matter is that I get most of my “High Fashion Advice” from my MOM! When you start seeing her fashion picks you will understand why….but in all honesty, my mom is a real Fashionista! I believe she could have easily been a stylist to the stars or something because she really has impeccable taste!

My mom lives in Venezuela whereas I live in Greece, so every so often she will send me cute “care packages” with cute outfits for the coming season!

This week I got my “Summer Care Package” and here’s my mom’s pick for a Cute and Classy Summer Handbag:

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I feel Hot Pink is really “in” this season…though Pink has always been one of my favorite colors, so it may just be my impression! lol

I think this bag is absolutely gorgeous!! What do you think??

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

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Homemade Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal Bars 81 Cup of Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Flour
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey or Agave Nectar,
  • or 3-4 tbs of Sugar or Sweetener
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Filling: 

You can use anything you want as a filling! I personally decided to make a few different ones: Regular Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam; Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam (both sugar-free); and Chocolate and Peanut Butter (also both sugar-free)

  • Preheat oven at 200 C

Oatmeal Bars 6I got the idea to make these bad boys when I asked my mom to send my from Venezuela some Protein Granola Bars or Quest Bars if she found (they don’t sell those in Greece). Anyways, my mom did not really have ANY CLUE of what I was asking her for…but she still said she would find them! In the end, she sent me a care package with these Quaker Oatmeal Bars (not even close to what I wanted) that weren’t bad, but weren’t really tasty either….

When I tried them I thought: I like the crunchiness and taste of the actual bar, but the strawberry filling is Terrible!! So I kept trying to mask the bad flavor by adding my own sugar-free strawberry jam on top and peanut butter and what not…..Finally, one day I decided to just go for it and make my own version of these Oatmeal bars….

Here’s how I did them:

  • oatmeal bars 1I make both the Oat Flour and Almond Flour by placing the required amount in a blender and blend it until it has a flour-like texture.
  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon, fork or your hands until it becomes a dough ball.
  • Divide the dough in 5 equal pieces and place on a flat, clean surface so that you can stretch the dough using a rolling pin. Basically we want to end up with 5 square pieces of dough.
  • Using a knife or cookie cutters, feel free to make some cute design on the one side of your dough.
  • Oatmeal Bars 3Choose your fillings! You don’t need very much of it, only about 1 tablespoon or 2 per bar. If you choose Sugar-Free Jam, just add it directly to the bar, however, if you choose chocolate or peanut butter, make sure you melt them a bit in the microwave so that they become easier to spread. If you do a Peanut Butter and Jam, mix one tablespoon of each before spreading it on the granola bar…this way you get a much fuller mixture of tastes in each bite!
  • Oatmeal Bars 4Add the fillings in each one of your squares, only on one half of your dough; take the half of dough and cover the filling with it, like a sandwich.
  • Using your fingers or a fork, press the edges of the oatmeal bars to close them up properly and so the filling doesn’t come out.
  • Place in prepared tray and in preheated oven at 200 C for 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown in the edges.

And they are ready to eat!! This can easily be a snack you can carry on the go, post-workout or when you are in a hurry. Because of the almond flour and honey, plus the peanut butter and chocolate filling, to me, it tastes like a really clean version of Snickers!!

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As you can see from the picture, these Homemade Oatmeal Bars are about twice the size of the store-bought ones but the Oatmeal Bars 13same calories and carbs! Meaning that each bar contains about 15 grams of Carbs, but all healthy carbs and it only has the healthy fats from the Almond Flour; this does not include the filling, since it depends on what you decide to add….But so that you have a guideline: the Total carbs in the PB&J (Peanut Butter & Jam) Oatmeal Bar is 23 carbs, whereas the store bought Oatmeal bar has 24 grams of Carbs per bar.

Oatmeal Bars 11Oatmeal Bars 9Enjoy!!!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Full Fat vs Full Fit: Mashed Potatoes

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Full Fat vs Full Fit

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Cauliflower Puree 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In today’s post I want to share what a regular weeknight dinner looks like in my house! If you have been reading my posts, you know that for most days, I try to eat as healthy as I can…but the same cannot be said for my Boyfriend. So what I do is I make the “base dinner” or proteins the same for the both of us, but different side dishes to go with it for each!

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For Tonight’s dinner I made Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets with Mashed Potatoes. Since the nuggets are oven fried, I consider them pretty healthy, the label said that per 100g of product it contained 12 carbs and 8 fats, which I consider acceptable since throughout the day I eat minimal amounts of fats and carbs, so it balances out for me, and it’s nuggets….my bf loves them!; to go with these nuggets I made Traditional Mashed Potatoes for my Boyfriend, and Healthy Low-Carb, Low-Fat Cauliflower Puree or Low Carb Mashed Potatoes!

Let’s do a quick Overview:

Cauliflower Puree 2Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

Full Fat: Traditional Mashed Potatoes vs Full Fit: CauliFlower Mashed Potatoes

700 grams of Potatoes (120g Carbs) vs 700 grams of Cauliflower (35g Carbs)

50 grams of Butter (40g Fat) vs 2 tbs of Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese (4g Fat)

4 tbs of Heavy Cream (22g Fat) vs 2 tbs Mozzarella Cheese (5g Fat)

+ 2 tbs of Parmesan Cheese (3g Fat)

Both recipes yield two servings, for the Full Fat Traditional Mashed Potatoes we have aprox. 60g of Carbs and 31g of Fat per serving; and for the Full Fit Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” aprox. 17g of Carbs and 6g of Fats per serving.

The benefits of doing this, for me are obvious: On the one hand I cut down on fats and calories by not frying the nuggets, but I am aware that they do contain carbs…so I balance these carbs out in my dinner by having “mashed potatoes” made of veggies, Cauliflower.

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In other words, For me, I make this “Clean Version of Nuggets & Mashed Potatoes”, a well balanced Protein-Carb dinner that is tasty, satisfying and easy to make; And for my Boyfriend a less healthy, full carb, slight variation of what I eat. For us, this is a healthy and happy compromise!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes 1Ingredients

  • 3 Medium Size Potatoes (about 700 grams)
  • 50 grams of Butter
  • Heavy Cream or Full Fat Milk
  • Chives to Taste
  • Salt, Pepper and Nutmeg (or any other spices you might want)

I have mentioned before that since me and my bf have different tastes in food (I love healthy veggies, he does not), so I a healthy compromise for Dinner time for us, is making the same protein for both, but different side dishes. In this case, while he will have this traditional Mashed Potatoes as a side, I will have my Healthy Cauliflower Puree as a side.

Here’s how I make the traditional Full Fat Mashed Potatoes:

  • Mashed PotatoesPeal the potatoes and place them in a pot filled with water over high heat in the stove. Allow for the water to boil and the potatoes to become very, very soft. I generally think that when making mashed potatoes, there is no such a thing as “over-cooking” the potatoes, the softer they are, the easier to mash!
  • Once the potatoes are ready, rinse out the water and place them back in the pot.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree your potatoes; I actually don’t have an immersion blender so I do it manually, with a hand tool for mashing potatoes.
  • Place the mashed potatoes over medium to low heat and add the butter, the chives, salt and spices.
  • Keep mashing and mixing the potatoes, either with the immersion blender or a wooden spoon.
  • If you find the mixture to be too thick, add a tablespoon of milk or cream until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Top with more chives for decoration and it’s ready!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Yoggi B. 

Cauliflower Puree/ Healthy “Mashed Potatoes”

Cauliflower Puree 2Ingredients

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Mozzarella 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Light Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chives to taste

I must admit that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mashed Potatoes!! So naturally, it was a Necessity to find a way to make healthy mashed potatoes! I found this recipe in the Foodnetwork.com, tried it and I loved it! As usual I twitched the recipe just a bit….

Here’s what I did:

  • Bring a pot of water to Boil
  • cauliflower pureeMeanwhile, cut the Cauliflower to get rid of the stem and keeping only the very top, the florets. Once the water is boiling Add the florets to it and allow to cook for about 6-7 mins or until tender.
  • When the cauliflower is ready, rinse it out and place it in a fat surface; take some paper towels or napkins to try and dry the florets, getting rid of as much water as possible.
  • Cut the Chives into tiny pieces.
  • Place cauliflower in a blender and add the cheeses, chives, salt and pepper, and blend until smooth, for about 2 mins. If necessary, stop the blender, move everything around with a spoon and then blend for another minute or so.
  • Cauliflower Puree 1Top the puree with some chives for decoration and its ready to serve!

It has the same texture of real Mashed potatoes and this recipe seemed to be really forgiving, for example: I didn’t have cream cheese so I used 2 “La Vache qui Rit Cheeses” (non-fat “Laughing Cow Cheese”) and I didn’t have mozzarella so I only added the parmesan and it still turned out great! I think it is a perfect and different way to eat your veggies!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

The Spinach Juice: Pop-eye’s Breakfast Juice!

popeyes drink 2Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Spinach
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 small Orange or Mandarin (juiced)
  • 1 large slice of Pineapple (juiced about ¼ to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 very small chunk of Fresh Ginger (Optional)
  • 2 tbs Chia Seeds (Optional)
  • 1 tbs of Plain Greek Yogurt (Optional)

 

What I did:

Juiced the pineapple, mandarin and ginger and put it in the blender together with the spinach, greek yogurt, chia seeds and banana and blended until smooth. Serve with loads of ice.

I have been drinking spinach juices before and after my workouts for quite some time now, and just recently found out how beneficial it is to eat spinach on a daily basis!! Apparently, it helps your eyes look brighter, your skin healthier-looking complexion, can boost strength and increase muscle growth!!! Read more about it in my Food Tips post, About Spinach!

xoxo,

Yoggi B

Healthy Homemade Frozen Greek Yogurt

banana yogurt 1Ingredients

  • 300 grams of Plain Greek Yogurt 2%
  • 30 grams of Honey
  • 30 grams of Milk (2% or any other kind you prefer)
  • Vanilla Extract or Cinnamon 
  • 1 Banana (Optional)

It was my birthday recently and as one of my presents I got an Ice Cream Maker! To be honest it is super easy to use and the texture of the Frozen Yogurt is so much more creamier than I expected it! But if you don’t have an Ice Cream Maker, you can try my recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Frozen Yogurt  and replace the strawberries for banana!

This is not be easier to make:

  • In a blender add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Add to Ice Cream Maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Chill in Freezer another 30 mins for better consistency.

Easy, Breezy…..I told ya!!

Enjoy this Ice Cream on top of some healthy Fruits on Wine!!

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banana yogurt 2xoxo,

Yoggi B.