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

 

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

Thinking out Loud Thursday

1. FINALLY I have figured out an (albeit excruciatingly time-consuming) way to upload my longish party videos from the 2 nights in Ibiza that were monumentally worth documenting. Now that’s a sentence. WOW. But I digress.. you wanted Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris – not me and my random babbling…But Thursdays are for random babbling and out-loud thinking, so, well, uhm… I give you both 😉

This was CREAM at Amnesia (Calvin Harris)

I have too many videos. I filmed the whole night. Yup. And you wanna know why I stood there with my phone in the air waving it like I just don’t care?  (Sidenote: I very much did care…). Well there were sooooooooo many people there, my friend and I could barely move! It was terrible… I couldn’t dance. I was devastated. At least all the videos enabled a rocking dance session away at home…#notthesame

 

And here is Steve Aoki (by the way I keep on wanting to write Aoiki. Annoying!) Both parties were fantastic and our clubs at home are nothing in comparison. I did feel slightly less “safe” at the big club Amnesia, but mainly because it was full of drugged up drunks and you never know what they might decide to do… I generally stay away from clubs with that reputation in Zürich, but in Ibiza you can’t avoid it everywhere. I ended up not indulging in cocktails to make sure I could safely enjoy my evening (my parents should be proud ;))

2. Can we take a minute to talk about the weather? One minute it is warm, the next it starts to rain, and then it gets so hot I want to stick my head out of a moving vehicle on the highway to cool myself down. Very frustrating.. especially since this weekend should be full of parties that are meant to be held outside (but more on that next week 😉 )

3. You know how I was on a roll, and didn’t purchase any new things for a while? Well I caved… IMG_1417 I needed eye make-up remover for back home in Zürich, as I had run out of my favourite, and while I was there I picked up some chapsticks for good measure. I have gone so long without, I am so happy to have my favourite colour back in my life 🙂

4.  This napkin is from my favourite bar in Zürich IMG_1930 Dante makes the BEST amaretto sour. The first time I went there was for my best friend’s birthday, and I asked the waiter to surprise me. He mixed up an amaretto sour WITH almond oil, and it is now the only thing I will ever drink there. Oh and, the waiters are super cute! They wear bow ties and could easily be models. My best friend may or may not have pushed me into the one I wanted to inconspicuously flirt with…(I was so embarrassed by it, that I for once in my life could not utter a single word – yup, fail!) IMG_1931 5.   Can we talk about my new favourite snack for a minute? IMG_1407Medjool dates smothered in homemade almond butter are seriously my new go to EVERYTHING. Pre-workout snack when I am not too hungry? Have a few. Need a dessert? Have a few. Don’t know what you want for breakfast? Have a few. IMG_1415 I even have a stash at the office… you know for those times you really need a date, but can’t seem to get asked out on one. (Pun intended 😉 they are a wiser choice than ice cream as comfort food and go well with Sex and the City reruns. )

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6. I got in trouble at Body Pump last week. IMG_1933 I was building up my warm-up weight of 8.5 kg when the trainer said that if I started that heavy, I would need to go up to 20 kg for my squats, which lasts 5 + minutes. Errrrrrrm, no – not gonna happen. I know I want to start CrossFit, and you squat heavy there, but you don’t squat in a cardio-ish way like in Body Pump, i.e. so much more doable with heavier weights. So, lesson learned: I now warm up with 4.5 kg

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7. I have 2 new favourite songs that I am listening to on repeat:

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I love Ed Sheeran. I adore his entire new album – cannot wait to see him in concert!!

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Klangkarussel – always awesome

8. Check out my new screen saver at work

IMG_1441I got it here, and LOVE looking at it every morning when I start up my computer. Thank you Catherine, for the beautiful wallpaper 🙂

9.  I’ve got a new favourite pre-workout snack, and the recipe will be coming your way veeeeeeery soon. For now, here is a picture to drool over:

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I’ve actually also got a post-workout recipe to share with you soon too!

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Do you sense a pattern? 😉

10. Hope you all had as fabulous a Thursday as I had. I went to my favourite Les Mills Bodystep class and had so much energy from my snack that I was jumping for joy 🙂 I’m also finally seeing some results in terms of fitness and strength, so stay tuned to find out more about my pursuit of health and eternal happiness!

Thank you Amanda for hosting!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

What I ate Wednesday – Rest Day

I was STARVING yesterday.. all day! Every two hours I felt the need to eat.. I don’t really think the feeling was hunger, but I was receiving queues that I needed to consume food. And not just any food: I wanted CARBS! All the carbs!

I have heard of people generally being more hunger the day after a long run (marathon), but I didn’t run. I did however burn all that I had eaten the day before in my Les Mills classes, which could explain the extreme hunger leading me to eat twice as much as I did the day before. But I embraced it (you are so right, Arman!), despite trying to generally leave more hours between my meals lately…

Today I am feeling a bit “meh”. I’m craving fresh fruit and movement. I’m so grateful I’ve come to a point where I can rely on my “gut” to tell me what I need and what is good for me when it comes to food…

I wish it were more reliable when it comes to people though.. that’s where my “gut feeling” is still letting me down a little, but you live and learn (And that’s another story for another time anyways! 😉 )

So this WIAW is dedicated to finally listening to my cravings, and being proud of being able to do so 😀

Thank you Jenn for hosting this fun weekly link-up!

Breakfast:

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When I woke up I was craving carbs. I didn’t want to open up a new almond milk because I would be back in Zürich for the long weekend, so I didn’t make overnight oats. Big mistake.. I need to get my priorities straight…

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I was REALLY craving oat clusters (sadly still haven’t made your delicious-looking recipe (or yours come to think of it)… so I was having an oat-cluster-emergency 😉 )

I ran into the organic store on my way to work and picked up some “KRUNCHY PUR” Oat clusters, chocolate soy milk and cashew nut butter, and happily munched away at my desk. Craving: satisfied!

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I later also drank this Carrot Mango juice (my fav combo!)

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Lunch:

After my “higher-carb” breakfast, my body was honestly telling my I needed some protein.. and I was craving goat’s cheese! I only get that craving once every few weeks – as I do tend to eat mostly vegan – but when I do really want some goat’s cheese, I generally enjoy every last bit of it 🙂

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I was also craving fresh vegetables and tofu so I made a big salad out of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, mini peppers, fresh goat’s cheese (Chavroux) and Taifun Curry Mango Tofu. I topped it all with Creme of Balsamico and EVOO. YUMM!

Snack:

My salad held me over for about 2 hours before it had me longing for something sweet. I had a few apricots in my bag which I was grateful to find and also finished off the leftover cherry tomatoes.

About an hour later I still wanted more and polished off the rest of the goat’s cheese with some unsweetened, whole grain, spelt animal crackers that I had also bought in the morning. I really needed carbs…

Right before leaving the office I also had 2 handfuls of honey roasted cashew nuts.. my sweet tooth hit again 🙂

(and yes I appear to have snacked every hour of the afternoon… something I’ve been trying to stop, but embraced as necessary yesterday)

Dinner:

After a PR meeting in the evening I met up with a co-worker for froyo. I wasn’t really hungry anymore and was (for the first time ever) happy that my favorite froyo place was closed… shocker I know.

So we went to my favorite café instead.. where they were out of matcha! In protest I ordered a SMALL (not large) rooibos latte with soy milk.

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It was ok, and the cute barista (he was there again 🙂 ) agreed with me that matcha tasted better…

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See we are meant to be 😉

I was slightly peckish after and got a small vegetable curry with some avocado on top for dinner and finished off the evening with two squares of Lindt Salted chocolate and some Kamut Crackers. Again with the carbs!

As mentioned before I am super happy to be able to say that I had a successful day of intuitive eating, even though I ate way more than I normally would on a rest day (I generally try to keep those high protein, but that’s not how my body wanted to roll yesterday apparently) 🙂

Now let’s just see what happens today, as 4.5 hours on a train always mean I NEED food. Funny how being trapped in a train makes you think you will starve…!

Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

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

 

Monday Ballet Lesson

Good evening citizens of the world! I hope your Monday was eventful and enjoyable – mine sure was! After waking up shortly before 7.00 a.m, I packed my Ballet bag, got ready and head to work.

My ballet bag!

My ballet bag!

I remained at my desk until shortly after 6.00 p.m. I then left the office promptly, anxious to try my massive portion of Voluminous Oats, which I tried to turn into a gigantic portion of peanut butter overnight oats, but failed miserably. I think I should just stick to either the one or the other…

Gooppy mes, but amazing pre-dance snack.

Goopy mess, but would be an amazing pre-dance snack.

Anyhow, I managed to somehow eat the goopy, tasteless oats (maybe I should add more peanut butter next time? mmmmhhhhh, yes more peanut butter…) and got ready for my Ballet class with one of my favorite teachers! I tied my hair up in a somewhat unconventional bun, put on my leotard and t-shirt my best friend got me in London, and head into the training room.

My 'attitude' (still trying to achieve perfection..you should see the other girls! OMG!) and my unconventional bun (I think I could double for a Sumo...) ;)

My ‘attitude’ (still trying to achieve perfection..you should see the other girls! OMG!) and my unconventional bun (I think I could double for a Sumo…) 😉

As usual, the Ballet class started with exercises at the Barre, followed by Center, then Diagonal and finally Jumps. (I will explain the various parts of a class in a next post. )

Once class was over, I head to the changing room and was suddenly inspired to show off some of my moves…but was lacking: a) a photographer and b) a reasonably sized mirror to photograph myself, which I needed due to a missing available photographer…So I did what any other blogging dancer would do: I took a few amateur pictures with my iPhone!

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I decided to ‘perform’ for the pictures in my clothes, as that would then also show you what I wore today 😉 But in case you were wondering, this is the outfit I wore to the class:

My best friend gave me this shirt!! :)

My best friend gave me this shirt!! 🙂

After my private photo session (more pictures to follow), I came home and took the munchkins out for their evening walk.

Beautiful sky...

Beautiful sky…

Now I will proceed to remove my make-up and get ready for bed, but more about that in the upcoming beauty post!

Have a good one!

Anoushé xoxo

Question of the evening:
Have you gone to ballet class before? What was your first impression?