Healthy S’mores Cupcakes

Ingredients

For Chocolate Cupcake (Makes 10 Cupcakes)

  • s'mores 1115 gr of Dark Sugar-Free Chocolate
  • 15 gr of Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 50 gr of Brown Sugar, Stevia, or Sweetener of Choice
  • 25 gr of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil or Oil or Choice
  • 60 gr Oats Flour
  • 30 gr of Cacao Powder
  • 1 gr Salt
  • 1 gr Baking Soda
  • 2 gr Baking Powder
  • Preheat oven at 170 C.

s'mores 3For Marshmallows

  • 40 gr Water
  • 100 gr White Sugar 
  • 20 gr of Gelatin Sheets
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • Stick Vanilla

 For Crushed Biscuit Topping

s'mores 2For Those of you who don’t know, This is a S’more, a traditional campfire treat that is really popular in the United States. One of my personal favorite decadent Treats. This new twist to the recipe kind of came about when I had a special request for work; Someone requested a children’s bday cake that was healthy but yet appealing to kids…So, I made Healthy S’mores Cake and from what I heard, the kids loved it!

I decided to make a healthy Cupcake version just because cupcakes are way cuter and its easier for “portion control”…so here is my version of Healthy S’mores Cupcakes!

Here’s what to do:

Make Cupcakes

  • Melt the Chocolate and butter either in the microwave or in a double-broiler (bain-marie).
  • In a bowl beat together the Sugar and Eggs until you get a light and fluffy mixture.
  • Add the olive oil and beat until incorporated.
  • Using a spatula, mix in the melted chocolate and butter. Once incorporated mix in the powders (oat flour, salt, cacao, baking soda and baking powder).
  • Finally, mix in the greek yogurt.
  • Serve the cupcake mix into your cupcake tins (fill up about 1/2 to 3/4 of the tin) and bake in hot oven for 20 mins approximately.

s'mores 5For the Marshmallows

  • Place the water and sugar in a pot, stir it to incorporate and then place over medium-high heat and allow to boil without stirring at all. Allow this mix to come to 120 C.
  • Meanwhile, place the gelatin sheets into really cold water until they soften ( 5-10 mins).
  • Beat the egg whites until they form light, fluffy, solid white peaks.
  • When the sugar and water reach 120 C, remove from heat and stir in the gelatin sheets until they dissolve and immediately pour the mix into the fluffy egg white peaks and beat constantly with an electric mixer until the mixture cools (about 4-5 mins).
  • Place into an icing bag and either serve directly into cupcakes decorating them however you like, or make different shapes marshmallows on a sheet of baking paper covered with 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut.
  • Allow for the marshmallows to set / dry (about 30 mins) before serving.

If you own a gas torch, brown your marshmallows a bit before serving and top with some crushed sugar-free biscuits, you can try my Healthy Sugar-Free Short Bread Cookie Recipe or any other sugar-free biscuit you like.

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s'mores 6P.S: Not including the crushed biscuits topping, each of these cupcakes only yields to about 20g of Carbs and about 9g of Fats!! So enjoy it Guilt-Free!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

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Healthy Chocolate Quinoa “Risotto”

Quinoa Chocolate Risotto 1Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup of  Cooked Quinoa or Brown Rice 
  • 3/4 Cup of Almond Milk 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Sweetener or Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cacao Powder
  • 30 Grams of Sugar-Free Chocolate (Dark, Milk, whatever you prefer)
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Chopped Walnuts 

 

Quinoa Chocolate Risotto 2A couple years ago when I still lived in Venezuela, I used to go to this restaurant that served the most amazing chocolate Risotto! It had rice (of course), Nutella Chocolate sauce, chopped bananas and walnuts…it was served warm. YUM!! One of the yummiest desserts I’ve ever had!

So, to satisfy my sweet tooth but keep my fitness goals in check, I decided to come up with this Clean version of the Chocolate Risotto.

The preparation is pretty similar to that of the Healthy Rice Pudding Recipe I shared with you!

Here’s what to do

  • Quinoa Chocolate Risotto 3In a small sauce pan, place the 1/3 cup of cooked quinoa or brown rice, sweetener, cacao and milk. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-high temperature.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and stir it in. Allow the mix to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Stir in the banana and walnuts, and allow to simmer for 1 more minute. Turn off the heat and allow the risotto to set for 3-4 minutes.
  • Top with nuts or melted chocolate if you prefer and serve warm!

Enjoy!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Healthy “Rice Pudding or Ριζόγαλο” with Quinoa!

Healthy Rice Pudding 2Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup of Cooked Quinoa (or Brown Rice if you prefer)
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoon of Sweetener (or Brown Sugar)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Wondering what you can do with Almond Milk??? This is a super easy, quick-to-make, sweet treat! I am such a lover of Rice Pudding! My Mom made the best rice pudding when I was growing up…so here’s is my healthy version that I think tastes just as good as the real deal!!

Here’s what to do

  • Healthy Rice Pudding 3Cook the quinoa (or brown rice) according to instructions (usually it should be 1/2 cup of quinoa with a 1 1/2 cups of water – bring to a boil and simmer until water has dried up).
  • Place the cooked quinoa, sweetener and milk in a small sauce pan; feel free to add a cinnamon stick for flavor. Bring the mix to a boil, stirring occasionally, and allow it to simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the fire and allow mix to set for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon before serving. You can keep it in the fridge or eat it at room temperature!

The texture is just like that of the real Rice Pudding! And overall, it’s a pretty satisfying healthy dessert alternative! I keep healthy treats like this handy! So that I can eat a little something sweet almost every day! (big sweet tooth, you guys..)

Hope you like it!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Homemade Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • almond milk 51 Cup of Almonds (soaked in cold water over night)
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sweetener (optional)

 Here’s what to do:

  • Soak the almonds over night or for 8 hours.
  • Rinse the almonds and throw away the water.
  • Place almonds in blender and add 3 cups of cold water. Blend until you get a white “milky” solution.
  • almond milk 3Using a cheese-cloth, strain the milk (I used the instrument on the picture, this is what we use in Venezuela to filter coffee..it works just fine!); place cloth over a deep bowl and pour the almond milk; the liquid should go through and the cloth should retain the leftover shredded almonds. Squeeze out as much milk as possible.
  • Place in sealed container and refrigerate!

With the leftover shredded almonds you can make Almond Flour:

  • Place the shredded almonds in the oven at 180 C for about 20 minutes, until dry and toasted.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
  • Place in blender and shred for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until flour consistency is achieved!

Compared to cow milk, almond milk is a much healthier choice! Give it a try and introduce it in your everyday diet!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

About: Almond Milk!

almond milk 1One question I get asked all the time is “if I drink almond milk?” The answer is YES! Most of the time I prefer drinking almond milk just because of it’s overall nutritional value! It’s something I consider to be a really Healthy Switch. Almond Milk is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, among others, while at the same time being low on calories! A cup of almond milk contains about 40 calories, only 3 grams of (healthy) fats (vs 8 grams in regular milk), and about 3 grams of carbs. Until Recently, I had NOT found almond milk at the supermarkets. I had found Almond DRINKS, which when looking at the nutritional value, you could almond milk 4easily see that each cup, though it was only about 50 calories, it had almost 10 grams of carbs/sugars! This is NOT a healthier option than regular milk….You want the nutritional info to look like that in the picture! So if, you are in Greece, look out for this brand of Almond Milk. When you check the Nutritional Info in the back you will see that it is low calorie, low carb and low fat…in other words, Almond Milk! If you prefer to make your own at some, it is super easy! Just Click here!

xoxo, Yoggi B.

An Easty Introduction of Running in your Workouts!

IMG_8667Hi you guys, how are you?

I’m Gaby and i’m new at this blogging thing!!

My sister in-law, Yoggi, convinced me to join-in the healthy blogging team, and to share my experiences with u!

Well,  I love exercising, it makes you feel good and it makes you look good so it’s a win-win, isn’t ?

When I first started this fitness/healthy life style I was kinda lost about what to do, and how to do it!  So I went looking for help with trainers; at first, it was horrible!! No one would pay attention to me because I was chubby and unfit, and that made me feel a little bad about myself…but I knew I had to keep my head up and push throug, so  I continued to search  for someone with the knowledge and experience that I needed and wanted!

When I finally found the right trainer, stared loosing weight  and seeing changes in my body, I became motivated to do more and more! But I knew I had to start little by little, and slowly introduce new activities my workout rutines; so I tried running first, it was something different  and challenging, and let me tell you something, I LOVED IT!!!

When u finish the feeling the adrenaline that sensation that you can do anything and conquer the world (lol)!!!

IMG_8671So, if you want to try and add running into your fitness or workout routines, but you’ve never done it and don’t really know how to start,  here are some tips that helped me get started and even prepared me to run my first 10k!

Week 1: To start out and get some cardio progress going I recommend intervals of 5 mins walking  and 1-2 mins running; so walk for 5 mins, then run for 1-2 mins, walk and run, walk and run….do it for about 20 min or 30 mins.

Week 2:  Start walking 3 mins and then run for 2 mins, again in intervals for 2o mins.

Week 3:  By this time, hopefully, after all that training your body will ask you for more, your resistance will have increased and you will have to challenge yourself more. So, walk 1 min and run 5 mins, in intervals for 20 mins.

IMG_8672Week 4: Time to see what we’ve got! Run for the entire 20 min; after this week, simply start pushing yourself and try to run a couple mins more each day!

I stared that abut a year ago and today I can run 10k or run on a treadmill at the gym for 45-60 min!! Seeing my Progress is the best reward!

I hope I can help some of you through your own fitness and health journey!

Ps: if you live near some park o some place nice with view, Run There!!! It’s so good to clear your head and play some good tracks too, these little tricks help you stay motived during your runs!! I live in Venezuela and this is one of parks I like to run in…check out the scenery!!

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Gaby.

 

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