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

 

Salted Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Oatmeal

You guys…

Remember that one time I went totally crazy and put avocado in to my smoothie? Well…

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Oops I did it again… only this time I put it into Oatmeal!

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.52 #2I got the inspiration for this rad oatmeal from none other than the Oatmeal Artist herself. Her version is baked, but that didn’t stop me from using similar ingredients and cooking them in a pot!

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.51I’ve always loved the combination of nut butter and raspberry. I’ve also always loved chocolate and raspberry. Did you know that when you combine cocoa with almond butter it tastes sort of like a brownie? And then you throw some raspberry jam in there and you get an oatmeal so spectacular that it reminds you of these brownies I made a few years ago for Valentine’s day…

Speaking of which, I might just have to make those again this year and eat the whole pan myself while watching Bridget Jones (#foreveralone)

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.39 #3Anyhoo, these oats were great! I ate them before going to Barre à Terre and Jazz. That’s right, I went back to dance! It’s been a month since I’ve danced, and a few months since I’ve gone to my favourite studio, but the old me is back! I’ve gone to dance a couple of times since last Friday and am hooked again… sadly however, I’ve been neglecting the gym…

Stay tuned for this weeks Funky Friday where I will be giving a recap 🙂

Salted Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Oatmeal 

(serves 1, inspired by the Oatmeal Artist)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 1 cup water or milk (or half/half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup to sweeten, if necessary
  1. Bring the milk with vanilla extract to a boil and then add in the oats
  2. Once the milk has settled slightly stir in the almond butter, avocado and cocoa powder
  3. Cook until oatmeal has reached a creamy consistency
  4. Add in the raspberry jam
  5. Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Earl Grey Oats Variation

Oatmeal.

IMG_1088Definitely a favourite food. It’s fast and easy to prepare, requires only one pot and is more or less fool-proof (just always keep an eye on the boiling milk!)

IMG_1091Nut Butter. Also a favourite. No wonder I always pair the two.

IMG_1090Cashew nut butter. The absolute favourite of them all. I’ve written about adding it into my oatmeal more than enough times to prove that it is a delicious combination.

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To keep things interesting, I subbed millet flakes for the rolled oats. If I dare say so myself, I believe the Earl Grey Tea + Cashew Nut Butter combo is even more scrumptious this way. 🙂

You can find the recipe here, just swap millet flakes for the oats.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

High Protein Flight and stressful College Life

After my eventful weekend in Zürich, it was time for me to return to New York. To make sure I continued in my regained healthy ways back at college, I decided to have an ultra high protein day and packed things like tofu, egg white omelette, Quest Bars and Greek yoghurt for the trip.

Breakfast was quark with Apricot jam, no sugar added

IMG_0245IMG_0594At the airport I stopped to purchase some chocolates for my friends, and came across a massive tub of Nutella

IMG_0813I also bought myself some Rivella while waiting for my flight. Rivella is a very Swiss drink, and I really missed it in the States

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IMG_0814My plan to eat well worked out more or less, but I found myself constantly snacking on the foods I took along, and not really waiting for hunger to kick in, which then resulted in me having no more food relatively soon into the 8 hour flight…

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Tofu

 
IMG_0778Chocolate was the only thing I had left available…

Once back in New York, my college life recommenced. Stress built, healthy eating decreased… I did however manage to keep up with my workout schedule!

IMG_0824I also started to eat oatmeal nearly every day for breakfast!

IMG_0839PB and J oatmeal

IMG_0830Pumpkin Spice oatmeal made with Coconut Milk

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IMG_0856Creamy Earl Grey Oatmeal with Cashew Nut Butter

IMG_0821More Earl Grey Oats (it’s my favourite! I just adore Cashew Nut Butter, plus I was trying to finish everything off before leaving on Monday!)

IMG_0655Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal made with almond butter

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More Earl Grey OatsPhoto on 23-11-13 at 09.59And a massive smoothie bowl 🙂

To balance out the stress, I’ve been going out with my friends a lot so that we don’t go mad on this campus

IMG_0443I went to a basketball game

IMG_0441Made Vegan Edible Cookie Dough as seen at Chocolate Covered Katie

IMG_0615Went out and ordered in Sushi

IMG_0700Found amazing Ben and Jerry’s Flavours (didn’t buy any of these though…)

Got into a few snowball fights because it has snowed here

IMG_0835IMG_0844IMG_0825Went to see the Nutcracker

IMG_0823Got freaked out over Christmas chocolate

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IMG_0826Went out for Pizza

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IMG_0874Worked on a performance

IMG_0875Read a few fortunes

IMG_0871Got my nails done

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Went to Sephora for Xmas shopping

IMG_0889(became a VIB ROUGE MEMBER!)

IMG_0886Found some new amazing products that I need to purchase in the future

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IMG_0883(love the Concealer Names!)

IMG_0885Xmas decorations

IMG_0884Hotel Empire in the distance 😉

IMG_0869A few trips to Whole Foods

IMG_0848And continued to work on my Chocolate Calendar

While constantly missing these two

IMG_0802Wow these last two weeks have really flown by, my semester and New York experience is coming to a close, and will be returning to Zurich on Monday! Time flies…

IMG_0699Especially when you spend your time snap chatting 😉

IMG_0435and eating madeleines that your teacher brings you

IMG_0418Or obsessing over products you want/need/can’t have

IMG_0614Or just eating too much peanut butter

994633_10151990951215731_1948602882_n..and other things

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IMG_0702Time flies way too fast…

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fail and Earl Grey Oats Win

A few months ago I shared with you some of my favourite overnight oats recipes. My two most loved ones were Peanut Butter Oats and Earl Grey Oats. I tried recreating them here with steel-cut oats, but failed miserably as the soaking period is longer than for quick oats and I ended up needing to chew much more than was enjoyable. Not letting my disappointment get to me, I decided to get up early instead and cook up some oatmeal in the morning.

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My first breakfast oatmeal attempt were my Fudge Oats, and I fell in love with the fluffy yet creaminess that the steel-cut oats attained. That being said, you can imagine how excited I was for my next steel-cut-oat experience!

IMG_0635In the form of Peanut Butter Oats.

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IMG_0651The texture was good, but I should not have added PB 2 to the mix at the end, as it gave off a weird artificial aftertaste.

IMG_0649The texture and creaminess were great though, so I decided to eat half before dance and doctor the rest up later before going to the gym.

This “doctoring up” came in the form of almond butter with chia seeds, cocoa powder and more chocolate chips.

IMG_0652The result: brownie batter oats without the nasty after taste! Absolute win.

IMG_0655It became very sticky due to the added almond butter and also super chocolatey with the cocoa. Needless to say, I enjoyed every last bite and did not crave any unhealthy cookies or cake afterwards!

IMG_0667My next attempt at a stove-top version of my overnight oats was more successful than the PB2 drama as I stayed as close to my original recipe as possible, with only the slightest tweak: a tablespoon of honey drizzled on top.

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IMG_0768These earl grey oats were perfect. I was surprised that steeping the tea bag in the boiling coconut milk actually worked! It was scrumptiously delicious!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fudge Oatmeal

Steel-cut oats, oh why don’t you soften overnight?! Probably because it’s winter and they are telling me to eat them in a massive, hot, steaming bowl before dance instead!

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This is exactly what happened with this bowl when my plans went rogue. I wanted to eat my oats during my Dance History class after Contemporary and before the gym, but my tummy was expecting a proper breakfast that morning instead.

So, I cast my conference book on the Cockney school aside and ran to the kitchen to heat up the oats I had prepared a few nights earlier. I also decided to go a little crazy and add some banana, which reminded me of the Oatmeal Artist and how she uses banana in chocolate flavoured oatmeal to add fudge-like flavour; and voilà, an oatmeal star is born!

IMG_0430I was extremely pleased with the flavour and dreamy creaminess. Steel-cut oats are definitely more fun to use than regular rolled oats!

Pre-dance Fudge Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • up to 1 cup of chocolate almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of Decadent Blend: Chia and Flaxseed with cocoa and coconut
  • 1/3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 banana

Directions:

  1. Place milk in a pot and bring to a simmer
  2. add in oats
  3. add in the rest of the ingredients
  4. stir and cook until banana has melted into the oats
  5. serve and enjoy!

 

 

Peanut Butter Oats

To peanut, or not to peanut…that is the question!

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Too fattening! Too calorie dense! Too allergic!

All this prejudice rests on the shoulders of a little nut. Uneaten, it remains a food group many people are afraid of. Ok, your allergic I get it. You have my personal consent to avoid peanuts. But please, give other nuts a break (if you aren’t allergic to them too!) Nuts aren’t bad. They’re good! Really good actually. Forget all the mambo jumbo poisoning your brain about how nuts are your enemy..
Because they are honestly your bestest friend!

It is time to end the low-fat myth! Our bodies need fats to maintain warmth in the body, keep skin and hair healthy,, and to store energy. Also in the right combination with carbs and protein it can help retain nutrients and keep you fuller for longer.
Nuts are filled with good fats, mono- and polyunsaturated fats to be exact. Yes, I just used good to describe fat! Don’t start thinking I’ve lost my mind..fat can be good, depending on the kind of fat you consume. Trans- and saturated fats are less advantageous and unsaturated ones more beneficial. Let me tell you why..

Source: instagram

Source: instagram

According to the Harvard school of public health, healthy fats, like the ones found in nuts, can benefit the heart, meaning stabilized heart rhythms and higher protection against heart disease and strokes. Although the research process is still undergo, it is definitely recommended to restrict the consumption of saturated and trans fats, as they have been linked to higher disease risks, like high cholesterol and coronary heart disease (bad fats; saturated means that their chemical make-up makes them solid at room temperature. Molecular: carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms). The majority of these fats are found in animal products, and dairy. Trans fats are found in processed foods with partially hydrogenated oil.) Unsaturated fats found in fish, plants, nuts and seeds have been shown to do the opposite; they lower blood cholesterol and lessen risks for cardiovascular disease.
So eating fats wont directly make you gain weight – they will even help with weight loss, as long as you stick to the good kind.

source: thehealthyapron.com

source: thehealthyapron.com

Now that you’ve learned how good fats are great for you, and how nuts contain good fats (and other great nutrients like Vitamin E, protein and potassium), don’t over-do too much of that good thing.. Despite being awesome powerhouses, nuts are higher in calories, so the more you add in your diet, the less you should eat of other foods like cookies and chips, because otherwise your scales will tip towards weight gain, tipping again towards heart disease possibilities. Watch out also for nuts fried in oil! Those should set off an alarm (TRANS FATS!). Try and stick to raw nuts, and roast them yourself if you want a flavor boost (will keep you posted with some great recipes when I find some :)).

So in keeping with all this new-found knowledge on nuts, forget your prejudices and embrace the amazing little things called nuts! Eat them pure, add them to salads or even roast ‘em. Enjoy them in nut butters like almond, hazelnut and pecan, either by the spoon, with your finger or in this delish overnight oats recipe..

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Overnight Peanut Butter Oats (serves 1)

adapted from peanutbutterfingers

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats (or millet flakes, buckwheat flakes, quinoa flakes..)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (i.e no added fats)
  • 1 tablespoon quark or Greek yoghurt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Up to half a cup of milk (I used soy, sometimes with vanilla)
  • 1.5 teaspoons maple syrup or brown sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in Tupperware or mason jar
  2. Add nut butter and quark
  3. Stir well until combined
  4. Add milk
  5. C0ver with lid and shake well
  6. Store in fridge for a few hours or overnight
  7. Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Of possible interest on fats: