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.

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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

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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).

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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!!

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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.

Healthy Living Tip: When Opposites Attract

Hey, hey, hey!

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.