Swirled Raspberry Chia Almond Overnight Oats

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On Wednesdays Tuesdays we wear eat pink (oatmeal)…

IMG_1631For some reason I am always craving food as soon as the clock strikes 5 – especially when I am at my desk at work. I don’t really understand why my body decides that 5 pm is prime time for a nutritious meal, because we generally eat lunch here around 1 and I almost always need have some kind of snack (fruit) 2-3 hours after that… but the body wants what it wants… and it seems to want to eat dinner at 5 right now (I call it dinner as I don’t really eat much after the gym)

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Which is actually quite smart of my body, as I generally try to eat a nutrition-dense snack 1-2 hours before my workout (which is super strenuous most Tuesdays)

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After plenty of experimenting last year, I have learned that I do quite well with the oatmeal/nut butter/fruit combo before an intense cardio session, mainly because it isn’t as voluminous a snack as say bananas and nut butter (Yes, sometimes I need more than 1 banana as it doesn’t really satiate me at all anymore, even with a few hard-boiled eggs on the side).

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Another great thing about oatmeal as a snack is that it slowly releases energy, which really keeps me going during the 2 hours. Sports suppresses my hunger, so the idea of needing to eat during a workout makes me slightly queasy…. as do 2 bananas and nut butter before a workout but I will just have to deal with that today…(I kind of didn’t make oatmeal for today’s snack because I ran out of nut butter at the apartment and hadn’t brought more for my last week here)

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This was my first time experimenting with frozen berries – and it was purely because I had frozen berries to use up in the freezer as I will be moving back to Zürich this weekend! The resulting overnight oats were delicious, so I will definitely be incorporating frozen berries more often… or frozen banana, as I think I might still have some lurking in my freezer (I’ve gone off my protein smoothie habit in Munich as the vegan powders I used to love don’t fill me up enough anymore.. it’s a really weird development but I seem to be craving more whey powder and fish with all the extra sports I’ve been doing, thus haven’t been needing the frozen bananas much!)

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I kinda sorta love the fact that these oats are PINK…don’t you?

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Swirled Raspberry Chia Almond Overnight Oats

(serves 1)

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • enough almond milk to mix
  • as many frozen raspberries as will fit

Directions:

  1. Place all your ingredients into a container (I used an old nut butter jar – I’ve become a MEGA fan of re-purposing jars) and shake it like crazy. (I added my berries after shaking because they weren’t thawed)
  2. Place in jar overnight
  3. Stir to swirl the oats with the (now melting) raspberries on top
  4. Enjoy!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Funky Fitness Friday

The countdown has started: One more week until I finish my internship, leave Munich and return home, one more week until I get to go to my favourite dance classes, and slightly over 3 weeks until University starts.

Exciting times people, exciting times :)

Now since I haven’t been able to go to any dance classes in the time I spent here (I couldn’t find any schools near the office and any classes after 7 pm), I really upped my workouts and discovered a new-found passion for weight-lifting and Les Mills. I also set a goal to join CrossFit in September, which I am currently not sure about as it is making me feel slightly overwhelmed.

Every single time I have mentioned my fitness journey on here, I told myself I would write a more substantial, weekly workout post and mention how my body, strength and endurance have changed… but I kept on pushing it back. Weekends were cherished with time spent with my friends and less devotion to the blog, and before I knew it, it was Manicure Monday again and I still hadn’t shared my excitement for Body Step or Body Pump (let alone actually posting my manicure on Monday ;) ).

Well, now is the time that will change. Better late than never, right? And I figured, while I am still not spending time twirling away at dance class, I would revamp “Funky Friday” and change it to “Fitness Friday” for the time being. (And seeing as I have fallen in LUUURV with the gym, you will probably be seeing a few posts along with dance posts when I am back in Zürich as well, with emphasis on university/fitness/life balance.)

Fun fact: I told my favourite Les Mills instructor that I was leaving in 4 weeks, and he said he can’t believe the “happy sunshine girl” was not going to be there every Monday and Thursday motivating the class with smiles despite the intense cardio hour…. #sadface, yet it gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Going to the gym 3 times a week and staying true to your favourite classes really gives you that “home away from home” feel… I mean even the frequent class-goers are talking to me and asking me about my weekend now, and have invited me to their post-BodyPump hangout with protein shakes and Prosecco (too much fun by the way.. these people are a hoot and a half and have the best stories)!! It took 4 months for friendships to form and now I have to leave… :( But it’s nice to know that my happy and smiley personality doesn’t go unnoticed and that most of them are planning on visiting my fav gym in Zürich soon too :)

Mmmkay, lengthy, explanatory intro is down.. so without further ado, here is this week’s workouts:

Monday

Fueled by a banana and peanut butter I powered through two amazing workouts: First I found my “chi” in Body Balance before pumping my heart rate up in the Athletic version of Les Mills Body Step.

The athletic version is shorter and has 3 High Intensity “athletic” full-body circuit tracks instead of the more dancey “party” tracks of the usual class. I actually really prefer the athletic version of the latest release and hope I get to do it again before I leave.

I opted out of the Body Pump class after because I managed to make it to the early-ish Balance class. In lieu of the weight-training based class I decided to quickly work my inner- and outer thigh muscles, shoulders, biceps and back on the machines. I chose the machines that trained as many muscle groups as possible, so only had to switch 3 times! :)

Sidenote: my heart rate monitor died on me during the class :( But I think this could be a great experiment for me to learn to work out “just for fun” and to meet my goals – not for “burning calories”!

Tuesday

Les Mills CX Works, followed by the last 30 minutes of Body Attack (both classes start at the same time, but I like the extra emphasis CX Works puts on core and lower-back strength).

If I am really feeling dedicated, I use the 30 minutes before the next class (see below) to do a HIIT run on the treadmill. This would normally involve a very short warm-up jog, as I had just done an intense class and wouldn’t need much more, followed by intervals of extremely fast sprints and recovery jogs. Sometimes I also throw in a steep walk in between the sprints. Since I only mildly enjoy treadmill work, I always search for an excuse not to do it… so when a workout buddy asked me to join her for the last part of Body Attack I was all in :)

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Then I did Body Pump. I love the trainer on Tuesdays – he is so much fun and pushes me to work harder each and every time because I am there quite frequently. This means he will sometimes give me this look when we are putting weights on the bar, as if to say: “You can do better than that”. This time for example he came up next to me during the squat track and laughed at my attempt to attach as many 2.5 kg plates to my bar. He suggested to just go for 20 kg next time… yeah right, since when does 5 + 2.5 + 1 + 1 add up to 20? I might get there eventually, but squatting for 5 minutes with 20 kilos on both shoulders is definitely no joke, so I am currently happy with my “total” of 20 kg (FYI you are meant to increase your weight to double or triple of your warm-up weight)

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This time I also increased chest, shoulders and triceps by 1.5 kg :) Slowly making progress!

I also increased the squat weight to 12.5 kg on both sides, but immediately regretted that because our trainer mixed up the songs…so it wasn’t the track I had been doing for the last 6 weeks (which I totally knew I could increase on because 10 kg were getting too easy). Nope, it was a really tough track with quite a few ultra-low squats… my legs were on FIRE! FYI: Trainers might start mixing the tracks after 6 weeks because new training plans are only released every three months! This keeps things more interesting, but also slightly tricky from a weight-selecting point of view…

After class one of the girls who always takes the same classes with me on Tuesday asked if I wanted to do some CX Works Core with her, as she had missed the class.. I was more or less dead, but was honored she asked me to be her “trainer”. I knew most of the moves, as I seemed to have picked them up quickly after years and years of learning choreography as a dancer, and used fun songs on my phone. She said I was really motivational and INTENSE and that I should definitely look into teaching because she would without a doubt take my courses… so I had yet another “warm fuzzy feeling” moment… question is: when should I train to become a teacher and when would I teach…? decisions… decisions…

Wednesday

After eating my dinner of peas, carrots and kidney beans at my desk at work, I head to my dance class. The first hour was an open class, where you could work on anything you found needed more attention. The second hour was a strength class, specifically created for dancers – it was tough, despite my improvements in BodyPump. This just goes to show that dancers don’t really need to go to the gym… they’ve got enough strength training in their daily routine. It also showed me that it is time to return to the dance studio and start cross training more ;)

Thursday

I took a rest day for 3 reasons. 1) my monthly membership had just expired and I didn’t see a point in renewing it for 1.5 weeks. 2) I absolutely had to go to town one last time before leaving Munich. This led me to find a Froyo place 5 minutes from my apartment… I am kind of glad I only just discovered that ;) 3) I finally wanted to actually get some sleep (didn’t work…at all.. ended up watching Weeds and getting hungry at around 10.30)

Friday

A sort of forced rest day, as I will be spending the afternoon in the train back to Zurich munching on my favourite Mango Curry one last time…

(last) Saturday

Stretching class designed for dancers. I am making MEGA improvements with my splits and back bends! Must remember to take progress pics! I am now using a block to get >180 degree angle in the splits… crazy, but doable and not as painful as I thought!

(last) Sunday

Rest day. Loads of much-needed sleep and replenishing my rice-cravings :)

This weekend I will be going to the stretching class again, a body weight strength class and Body Pump!

Have a great Friday! I’m just about to leave the office and schlepp my über-heavy, laundry-filled suitcase to the train station. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Mondays

2 posts in one day after weeks and weeks of abandoning you beauties seems to have become a thing. Do not get accustomed to it though, because as mentioned earlier today, in two more weeks my life will start to be more organised again, which also means my blog-posting should attain more regularity. At least until school starts….

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So it’s Monday and I did my nails. I actually always do my nails, but often forget to take a picture of my manicure before it starts to chip – which is like immediately! …and being me I then get annoyed at a basically “wasted” manicure, so put off doing my nails again until the next week, where the whole cycle starts anew…

On some especially rare, productive Mondays where I have the office to myself, I use a few minutes of my lunch break to freshen up my nails and photograph them. I get all smug and feel accomplished thinking I will FINALLY get to post on time, only to notice I am in Germany which means I can’t upload the pictures until I am back at home, where more often than not, I just want to curl into bed with my laptop and post-workout protein smoothie…

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Tonight was not any different per se, but I did manage to gather all the motivational energy in me to apply another face mask. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately, read: I have wasted countless hours sitting in front of the mirror agitating my otherwise always perfect skin because I have issues and cannot stand clogged pores or zits… so I need to squeeze them all out, which generally makes skin looks worse. Multiple face masks to the rescue! I hope…

I was waiting for my mask  to dry, so I pulled up this is post and started typing away…

So let’s move on to the colour that will cause you Chills & Thrills

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I really like the deep blue of this polish. It’s very MOD, and not at all shiny, yet it isn’t matte either. Fascinating stuff going on with this varnish, my friends..

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I will never, ever, in a million years get over my love affair with Essie. Sure, Catrice might make me side-step every now and then, but after proving its amazingness time and time again, it’s going to be hard to leave it… boy am I going to miss the convenience of working at a magazine and being able to test the newest collections for free…

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It’s going to be the end of an era…

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Never doubt the power of a beautiful colour, a fun name or ergonomic brush. Nail polish can always cheer you up, is always a great present and is something I look forward to using every single “Monday”. Nothing rounds off an outfit better than manicured nails… and heels.. and a nice bag.. oh and lip gloss, don’t ever forget the lip gloss… or the winged eyeliner. EVER.

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And if you can match them all, then you really have your life together..which is also a great argument speaking for beautiful manicures ;) Although I wonder what one could match with this striking blue…

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Which brings me to another importance of polish: Individuality, whether in colour preference, style or design. A colour can really help you express yourself, without needing to use words. Your mere manicured presence has the ability to boost your confidence (because you never have to think about how your nails look, a manicure lasts a lot longer than makeup and can help you feel put together in the morning) and is fluent in languages you aren’t even familiar with. Most people match their nails to their outfit, but why not use your polish as inspiration for makeup, jeans or lipstick? Give a girl the right shoes, and she can rule the world. Give a girl a nail polish for beautiful nails, and she will never need to give up her throne.. I hope that catches on, because I definitely believe in its truth ;)

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There are no written rules in the realm of beauty… express yourself, be true to you, and the rest will fall in to place. Do not chase an ideal you can not uphold, for that will no longer represent you. If you enjoy a colour your mom (cough cough, hint hint) despises, so what, if you like it, why not wear it, if it expresses YOU?

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all”, Robin Williams (1951-2014)

IMG_1602Have a beautiful rest of your day.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Street Parade Zürich

Confession:

My life has been overwhelming lately. So overwhelming, that I have a never-ending, ever-growing to do list that gives me the creeps with every quick check… and I also have an increasingly chaotic room back home that should have been tackled and cleaned-out long ago (like before I even thought of leaving for New York last YEAR (I also still haven’t changed my light-bulb….)).

The fact that I put all the “important” things off to be dealt with when in Zürich does not help either. I mean, the things I have to do are all things I could easily complete in Munich from the safety of my own (similarly messy) bedroom. But Munich has become this “non-real” place to me, a place I will be leaving in 2 short weeks, and where I never really attempted to settle in let alone get stuff done because I know I will be returning to my actual life and to “normal me” (as my best friend put it when I spoke to her on the phone on Friday) immediately after my internship.

“Munich me” survives off of peanut butter at my desk, eggs with spinach (green eggs?) and curries, goes to the gym nearly every night and often forgets to use body lotion or a face serum simply due to lack of discipline and energy (the horror, I know). She doesn’t blog often enough, or take frequent pictures, and is constantly overwhelmed by the amount of stuff she technically wants to get done, so she continuously writes a reminder for “Zürich me” to do when back in the real world, i.e. home, i.e where my actual life is.

But you see, what happens when I enter “real world Zürich me” is, I finally get to see my friends, spend too much time cooking because I can’t really do that in Munich and basically get nothing done because I am either: food shopping, eating, out with friends, at my favourite dance class or enjoying the comfort of having a big bed with plenty of wiggle room (if I rolled over in Munich I would land on the floor, on top of shoes and my lap-top).

Problem here: Knowing I only have 2 days to organize things I had been putting off for the rest of the week, I enter a state of even more desperation to get things done and ultimately get NOTHING done because I end up diving deeper under my covers and binge watching Dharma and Greg (which I sadly just finished, so of course immediately began with Weeds). It is a vicious circle I can’t seem to break out of…I mean, I am generally such an organized, do things immediately kind of person, that this “vacation” from needing to use my brain has been kinda nice, but also very tormenting… wish me luck that I can actually get back to “normal” and resume “Zürich me” characteristics ASAP!

Now, having pounced a rather lengthy intro on you, I am finally getting to the point. That being: I haven’t blogged about enough things lately (mainly fun weekend adventures) and will now attempt to cram as much info in to as little words as possible, all of which will be making this long overdue post an absolutely marvelous one!

MiMM

 

A few weekends ago, the Swiss celebrated a national holiday on August 1. I had a late dinner by the lake with my dad and friends and scoffed at the basically non-existent display of fireworks before heading home to catch enough rest for Saturday.

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This was taken on my way home from Munich, #nofilter

Once a year Zürich hosts one of the largest techno parties similar to the love parade along the lake. It is called the Street Parade, and it is a time where you spend an afternoon in the city barely dressed/in costume, dancing away to electro music blaring from one of the many floats driving by. It is definitely a scene, and I started going when I was 16, and have been 3 times since (in 2 year intervals, funny). As a child I remember being able to hear the base all the way to our home, so I am glad my parents kept me from going sooner. Also, I tend to belong to the more “overdressed” people when I go… yes I know “everyone” is basically naked, and you are meant to wear a costume, but I still don’t feel comfortable exposing too much skin in the city and among large crowds of people. It’s just kind of weird… and brings out my inner conservative prude ;)

I sadly didn’t put any effort at all into my costume this year. I didn’t want to be the Cheshire Cat again and didn’t think anyone would get the joke of my Halloween costume

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…so I opted for a cool “cargo pant and tight leather shirt with my Cheshire Cat ears look” that I could’ve also worn out to the club later, if I ended up staying in town that late (people also showed up at Plaza, my fav club, in ridiculous costumes though!). What’s more, it was meant to rain, and I didn’t want to get cold… gee I am starting to sound old!

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I borrowed my friends water gun for this pic. Her military costume was amazing!

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Since my outfit was “boring” in comparison to others, I tried to go for dramatic eye makeup: dark smokey eyes with a long wing
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While looking through these pictures, I realized I wore something similar the very first time I went to the Street Parade 4 years ago with one of my closest guy friends

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And it also rained! How much fun is that picture? I really need to learn to be a bit more “fun and care-free” again…

I found a few old pictures from that first parade experience, so bear with me while I take a fun walk down memory lane and start to miss Zürich and my friends again ;)

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We met this FABULOUS person

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2 years later, I braved the festival again, this time with my bestest friend and in costume!

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Check out my yellow lashes! I was a bumble bee, she was a dead ballerina with face makeup inspired by the “Day of the Dead”. She always goes all out with outfits and will not set food anywhere unless she has achieved the flawless look she had in mind.. very admirable, but I tend to be more of the “ain’t nobody got time for that” type!

Fun Fact: I wore the same costume as on my last day of school before finals week. It is a tradition in Swiss high schools for the graduating class to dress up, which we actually ended up doing twice: once before our exams, and once after officially graduating.

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Back to the future, erm I mean now…. I spent most of the afternoon in town, but wasn’t really feeling it this year. It was as if for the first time I actually noticed the whole drug consumption and was disgusted by how drunk people behaved.. I must really be getting old… don’t get me wrong, the party really isn’t dangerous and can (and should) be enjoyed without consuming anything, I just seemed to notice the excessiveness much more now that I am older. We also lost one of the girls from our group which annoyed us all because we spent a good part of an hour attempting the impossible by trying to find her in the unruly crowd… put us all in a weird mood… When we decided to finally give up the search, we danced for a few hours before walking to Bellevue to regroup. On our way there I spotted these two idiots dancing on a lamp-post on the bridge

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I used the word idiots because a) the drop from those lamps is dangerous and could either end on the concrete floor, railings or in the lake b) there is no way they would safely be able to return down to the bridge because most people would need copious amounts to drink before attempting such a daredevil climb. Up is always easier…

I left town around 7 and head home. I wanted to leave enough time to eat dinner and find an outfit for the after-party at Plaza, as one of my favourite parties from Ibiza was going to be there…

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Defected in the House!

I was glad I went with full makeup for the parade, as I ended up losing track of time while stressing over what I wanted to wear (as always..)

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It was a great Saturday. I seriously don’t know where I got the energy to party all day, all night and get up the next morning and go to BodyPump but I did. It must be all the dates and nut butter I am eating lately (fantastic combo by the way!)

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Obviously, if I put my mind to something, I can do anything, so for some reason I must subconsciously not want to organize my life just yet, because I know I should technically be able to do it…

Oh well…

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Thank you Katie for hosting this marvelous weekend recap!

Have a great start to the week!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Paris, Je T’aime

Over a year ago was the last time I set foot in my favourite city.

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Paris

IMG_0195For some inexplicable reason, I have always felt at home in this beautiful city, despite never actually having lived there… Must be a hopeless romantic thing..Paris is the “romantic” mecca after all so I’m probably just drawn to its aura and vibe ;)

IMG_0187The last two times I visited the city of luuuurv I started establishing traditions, of which the following first two were based on the trips I took with my mom:

  1. Spend the first few minutes driving into the city from the airport trying to spot La Tour EiffelIMG_0158
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  3. Eat as many omelettes and frites as possibleIMG_0224IMG_0225
  4. Walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower (not necessarily a must, but I do love the view from the top)IMG_0159
  5. Discover the city on foot. IMG_0149
  6. Go to the 6 arrondissement for lunch at Café de Flore
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  7. Enjoy Paris’ beauty. I love majestic, royal cities, full of grand buildings, statues and gardens… again my inner-romantic speaking ;) IMG_0160IMG_0173IMG_0168
  8. And last but not least: Go to la Champs Élysées, window shop at Guerlain and Louis Vuitton and ALWAYS visit Sephora, because we don’t have one in Switzerland ;) IMG_0139IMG_0201

In three weeks I will be returning to Zürich to start University. I really hope I will get to visit Paris for a short weekend before though!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Swirled Cashew and Cocoa Cheesecake Protein Overnight Oats

I’m not sure if you can handle this.

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It tasted like cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake. *gasp*

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It was just the right amount of sweetness and a whopping 25 g of protein without using protein powder.

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It’s über-healthy, but you wouldn’t think it at all.

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It contains a swirl of my favourite nut butter.

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And most importantly:  It kept me going through my 1.5 h workout (and beyond – really filling!) without weighing me down or making me feel sick during cardio Body Step like my beloved dates and almond butter did.

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O.M.G. #foodporn

…It really was that good.

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This amazing breakfast or snack was inspired by Deryn’s recipe over at Running on Real Food. I absolutely love her inspirational food philosophy and have bookmarked half of her blog already… it’s awesome – she’s awesome – my recipe here is awesome too ;) (if I dare say so myself)

Swirled Cashew and Cocoa Cheesecake Protein Overnight Oats

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats (up to 5 if serving as breakfast)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 100 g low-fat quark (or Greek yoghurt)
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • up to 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • dash of milk to make it mixable (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • optional: 1/2 tablespoon cashew nut butter to serve

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a mason jar (or almost empty nut butter jar), except for the extra cashew nut butter, and stir until well mixed
  2. Store your jar overnight in the fridge
  3. Stir in extra cashew nut butter for extra swirls (not an easy task due to cheesecake-like consistency, but totally worth it)
  4. Enjoy :)

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Yuuuuuuuuumm!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday – Tart Deco

Hello hello, did you miss me?

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I was quite busy this weekend and slept all the way from Zürich to Munich because my phone had barely any battery and I had forgotten my charger at home, so I couldn’t start drafting a post from my phone :( .. problems of last-minute hectic packing…But at least I got to catch up on some Z’s!

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I luckily made it onto the train with minutes to spare, and had time to pick up some food for the journey – because you all know I cannot travel without food, especially my recent favourite: cherries! Yumm

Anyhoo, I have loads to tell you about my weekend, but I’m still editing the pictures so will hopefully have that post up later today. Until then, here’s Manicure Monday (finally) :)

IMG_1427An ode to Essie. Their names are getting more and more creative and unique with each new collection. I could barely contain my excitement when I read this polish’s name…

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Isn’t it fun?

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The colour is pretty swell too, dontcha think? Awesome name and colour? Yup, I was sold… almost immediately.

Essie definitely has the whole summer nail polish thing down to a “t”. I love all of their pastels, corals and bright colours. They match any summer outfit, event or even mood and are perfectly long-lasting – even without a proper top coat!

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Tart Deco. Maybe I should try to do something slightly wilder with this polish, like a pattern or something, so that the manicure can live up to the polish’s name :)

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I am, as always, very pleased. Also, with our weather being slightly more on the rainy side, a little pop of summery coral on my nails keeps me in a good mood  when the sun fails to shine :) When all else fails, nail polish (and a really nice mascara, and ohhh also a pweeeetty eyeliner) always manages to brighten my day. It’s the little things…

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Have a beautiful, hopefully non-rainy day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo