Therapy for the Conceal-a-Holic

Obsession Alert

This eyeliner by Guerlain in Brun Cendré. It’s soooo preeeeetty!

Artliner by Lancome. Yes, I have (yet another) problem with a beauty product. But I also have an excuse: I’m running out of liquid eyeliner!

Summer = Bronzer = Glitter = Yaay!

Caramel scented perfume? Don’t mind if I do…

Nut butter, again. I’m nuts for nuts! But this isn’t just any kind of nut butter…It’s cookie dough nut butter! YUUMM!

Vegan Homemade White Chocolate Chips… need I say more?

OPI. Liquid. Sand. Nail polish! One even in the same color as my most recent Manicure Monday Post! Me = Trend. Setter 😉

A major round of awwwwwww. These pups are cute, but not as cute as my two doggies. Seeing the video did bring back old memories of when the two were puppies though 🙂

As you can see I have more than one obsession.. I’m a girl with many issues favorite things, and will often share with you what I am currently obsessing about 😀

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Weekly snackatude

Ok, so you know how some people say it’s better to graze, not gorge..? And you know how some other people say it’s better to have 3 big, substantial meals and no snacking in between?

We’ve all heard various two cents worth on “proper” eating habits. Some useful, some not so much, while many more make you find healthy nutrition atrociously limiting so you lash out wanting eat all the cookies you can find.

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Yes, we’ve all been there. Don’t deny it. Each and every one of us has had their moment of junk food attacks. Like one minute we hear Kate Moss’ infamous quote, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, and the next we find ourselves thinking, “ok, whatever dude”, and start rummaging through our well-hidden stash of junk food, knee-deep in a jar of peanut butter, dreaming of cupcakes and cookie dough. She probably did the same later on in the day too!

Source: instagram

Source: instagram

We all have those days, no, we should have those days! Cause guess what… It’s fine!

I live with a nutritionist, (my mom), who one day might live off of fruit and nuts, while the next turns in to the polar opposite, devouring chocolate for dinner and swapping cucumbers and berries for Froyo with sprinkles…

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With my heavy dance schedule I cannot let myself get tired; I cut out all food that might give you instant power, but leave you in an energy slump soon thereafter (the more it’s processed the bigger the sugar rush). I tend to stick to “healthy” foods and snacks full of whole grains and complete proteins for when I need sufficient power and NO energy lows.
But I can’t keep up the whole health– nut-thing all the time… sometimes I just need a chocolate bar or some highly processed white bread with Nutella. But that’s just the point I am trying to make.. every single human being is different, and while it is great to follow certain guidelines, one should first and foremost listen to one’s own body… even when that body is telling you to occasionally eat some cake 😉

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Sprüngli – Pariser Konfekt

I know for a fact, that if I don’t eat “clean” before my dance classes in the evening, I will not perform as well as I could. It then became a goal of mine to find snacks that will give me energy, and not make me feel stuffed and thus incapable of moving (I bet you’ve all been there too… the ‘eat-so-much-I-want-to-be-rolled-home’ feeling..). My snacks also had to be more or less balanced, part good carbohydrates, part protein, part good fats; in slightly more technical terms, I wanted my carbs to be slow-releasing and low glycemic (by this I mean their effect on blood-sugar), for when I needed constant, steady energy levels and no sudden hunger pangs. High-glycemic carbohydrates would cause sudden spikes in blood sugar i.e. a quick rise and a similarly sudden fall, leaving me suddenly powerless and in need of another snack..!

Persimmons

Persimmons

Have you ever felt chock full of life after eating, but soon weak and in desperate need of a nap? Do you then tend to eat something sugary to replenish your ‘empty’ stores? That ravenous while sluggish feeling was probably caused by a highly processed food with fast-releasing carbs..

Below you can find the snacks I tested before my dance classes this past week. Along with each snack I mentioned how long the class was and how my energy levels were during the class. Feel free to try any of these following snacks out and let me know how you felt!

Greek yoghurt with fruit; 1 h hiphop, not completely satiated, but enough power for dance.

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Cookie dough oatmeal with millet instead of oats, just right, 2 hour dance, hungry afterwards

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Grapes, a nectarine and a package of blueberries, 1.25 h ballet, full of energy until late in the night
Greek yoghurt, some quark and some yoghurt covered nuts, eaten throughout an afternoon, full, 1 h dance

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The PBfingers’ Peanut butter oatmeal with oats and millet flakes, 2 h dance, enough energy

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Question of the day:

Do you have any specific foods you eat before sports?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

..of oats and ‘fondu’: Creamy Cookie Dough Oats

Who doesn’t love cookies? And I’m not talking about a love for eating them – although eating them (specifically the moist, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth kind) is great and all…
But we all know where the actual passion and joy really lies, when we talk about cookies. Just in case you aren’t familiar with and can’t think of enjoying anything more than an actual cookie, then let me share with you, the love… of eating raw cookie dough!

Yummyness on the go

Yummyness on the go

It starts as a small enjoyment during our childhood, receiving a spoon to lick when someone bakes the occasional batch of cookies. This later develops into licking the bowl clean (in addition to eating a spoonful), which gradually evolves to eating half the batch and feeling woozy as a teenager (where’s the self-control; …not in my vocab!). Finally this occasional pleasure graduates in to what we now recognize as a comfort food, making a batch to pig out on to indulge in (not bake!), whenever we, or any of our friends, are suffering from a broken heart, having a terrible day, or just need some sort of cheering up. In most cases, only cookie dough can help heal the pain, as the affiliation with the happy times we’ve had – eating raw dough growing up – brings comfort (I have however heard that ice cream and/or wine might have similar healing powers…maybe a combo of all three will turn us into super women?!)

Enjoy by the spoonful!

Enjoy by the spoonful!

But eating raw cookie dough can have it’s consequences. While being delicious, raw cookie dough (unless it’s vegan) will also mean that it contains raw eggs, i.e. there is an increased chance of salmonella infection. Also, in it’s raw, scrumptious form, it’s very hard to practice portion control, resulting in eating too much sugar and fat (butter), all in one go. (Which is fine when you’re in your teens and have an amazing metabolism, but after a certain age you’ll start growing sideways…).

So how do we solve this predicament? We clearly can’t just go cold turkey!

Well, I can think of two ways around this. The first is making one of these guilt-free cookie dough recipes, created specifically for eating purposes: Cookie dough , Cookie Dough.

The other option is to make an oatmeal-based cookie-dough-like breakfast or snack (see my recipe below) to enjoy as a healthy, balanced meal.

Mhhhhhhm :)

Mhhhhhhm 🙂

I first came across cookie dough oatmeal on both Lauren‘s and Julie‘s blogs, and after making their cookie-porridge recipes for breakfast, and never knowing what to eat before dance, I wanted to see if it could also double as a sustainable snack. I decided the overnight oats option might be more practical to transport, and ate the oats on my way to the studio nearly every day last week. It was a success! Their recipes offer a perfect combo of energy, protein and carbs, to help me excel and perform, without feeling weak, tired or hungry once during my two-hour sessions! I felt like I was on top of the world 🙂

So this recipe is inspired by their awesome ideas, and tweaked a tiny bit to boost protein content and increase creamyness…

Oat heaven!

Oat heaven!

Creamy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (serves 1)

(inspired by the Oatmeal Artist, Peanut Butter Fingers and the Cooking Actress)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (you can use any other kind of nut butter, just remember this will change the flavour), I used two different kinds of almond butter, one was made with white almonds and the other with plain (the white one is sweeter and thicker!)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (do not omit, these magical seeds help thicken the oatmeal)
  • up to 1 tablespoon of plain quark or Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon molasses (I used black-strap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder (optional)
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon carob chips (or chocolate chips, or bits of nuts,or…) (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except for a tiny bit of the milk (need for easy stirring) and the add-ins, in a mason jar or Tupperware
  2. Stir well until combined
  3. Add in rest of milk
  4. Cover with lid and shake well
  5. Store in the fridge overnight (or for several hours)
  6. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe makes a very dense, filling oatmeal..also, I think I added a bit more than a tablespoon of almond butter, and found it tasted a bit too much like marzipan (so relatively sweet!)

Kept me going..

Kept me going..

Overnight oats are my current recommendation for a pre-dance snack(or even just before any cardiovascular activity), as it has just the right ratio of carbs to protein to fat to keep my blood sugar levels steady, energy levels high and my hunger at bay…!

With an extra “oompf” of attitude (thank you oats 😉 ) and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Question of the day:

What is the comfort food, you know you can always rely on, to cheer you up? Are you also a raw cookie dough eater?

I have to admit, I love Swiss cookie dough. Whenever Christmas is around the corner, we bake a ton of cookies, and eat plenty of dough. My favorite is probably Mailänderli – best described as lemony, buttery, sweet heaven (and I honestly prefer the dough to the actual cookie!) As to comfort food, I don’t generally eat to cheer myself up, (I dance instead 🙂 ), but have always loved Macaroni and Cheese (homemade), Peanut butter curry with tofu and spinach over brown rice (yes, I find this very comforting), and, of course, the occasional cookie dough…:)

THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough!

THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough! 🙂