Sunday Blues

Have you ever had days where you wake up and think: This day needs peanut butter? Yes, you heard me.. it’s a thing. Or at least it is for me when I get woken up in the middle of the morning for an impromptu fire drill. (Actually I was just told that it was set off by someone making breakfast…)

Picture happily and peacefully dozing away, counting Z’s and sheep, when suddenly this computerized voice is penetrating your happy place.. warning of danger, emergencies and evacuations. You roll out of bed, not really knowing what is going on, notice your suite-mate running out the door and the flashing lights all over the apartment. Forgetting you are dressed in your dad’s old t-shirt and a pair of shorts too short for public (and with another school’s logo on it!), you grab your phone, keys and shoes and run out the door…

IMG_0416Only to not be able to run far because everyone is walking slowly like zombies, barely awake and not at all amused…

We stood around outside until we realized there was no emergency and it was just a drill; “slightly faster zombie walk back to bed…”

The unpleasant wake-up and inability to fall back asleep got me into surfing the web, where I for some weird and inexplicable reason found out that it was national peanut day on Friday the 13th!

Why didn’t I know this? I am known to my roommates as the girl who eats PB for breakfast and snacks and dinner, emptying a jar a week, purchasing a food processor in order to make my own.. This was big news for me. Huge! So I had to eat some ASAP! And I had just the butter to indulge in: Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter and Co. Loving every bite, I decided to check the web for other flavours by that brand, and I came across this student pack with different peanut butters, oats and oatmeal mug! Perfection.. 🙂

In other news, I went into Manhattan yesterday!

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I also managed to get lost on the subway trying to get to Soho.

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Where I ate goat’s milk froyo, had a Persian feast of Adas Polo and bought a sweater because it was slightly chillier than expected…

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IMG_0413The day seemed to revolve around food because at night I was introduced to Canolli:

IMG_0398Thank god I have daily dance lessons 😉

Week two of classes begin tomorrow, but I am going into the city tomorrow night for a “compulsory” dance performance and hopefully a new cosmetics purchase 😀

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Peanut Butter, Essays and late-night Discoveries

Ashamed and very much out of character I must admit that I have no manicure to show you today. I also didn’t have one to show you last week… weird.. I did however finally manage to remove the pink liquid sand from last time and for the first time in a while I’m rocking naked nails. Acting so unlike myself makes me think: What is the issue, dude?! 

Is my super-cute, pink bed spread in the pinkish room I share with an amazing roommate enough girly-girl-ness, removing the need for all things glitter and gold?

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Nawwww.. that can’t be it.. I’m pink and girly no matter what..

Was this mega cute cookie they served at the Alice in Wonderland themed orientation enough to keep my girly-ness satisfied?

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I didn’t eat it.. 

Frustratingly walking through my room trying to find the solution to this otherwise unquestionable hypothesis I think I stumbled upon a new-found revelation.. 

IMG_0375I didn’t bring enough nail polish! 

Back home I was rolling in enjoying the choice of an abundance of colors and textures, brands and brush sizes and revelled in the weekly selection of polish I believed to be the right fit for that week, day, hour and feeling. I had the ability to choose, and barely ran out of options. In retrospect, the polish-overload probably helped motivate me to get through the colors and to present them on this blog, but for some reason I did not consider that fact when packing for college. Rewind 2 weeks and I believe I told myself I would purchase a plethora of varnishes once I was here, as the good-quality stuff is much cheaper in the States…

Uhm.. 

Reality-Check.

I am now at college, where late-night cramming sessions, snacking at odd hours – I have already devoured a jar of Peanut Butter – and time-management issues are actually a THING. Not even during the more or less light-scheduled orientation and registration week did I manage to head into the main part of this area for much more than a bag of grapes and some awesomely colored Fanta…

IMG_0369So when will I manage to do my nails? That is left to be defined. 

Will I ever update the dance part of the blog? Yes, as soon as I have a moment to snap a pic or two of me “Owning the Awkward” and dancing around free-spiritedly on campus.

But until those two moments are a more constant figure in my life again, and I find time to scout the city for the next best make-up deal, let me bring you up to speed with what has happened here..

I moved in last Saturday and basically refurbished the place. Pink mini-fridge, extra clothes rack and of course a tempurpedic mattress-pad were all unpacked and put away. Monday and Tuesday the task of scheduling interviews for possible classes of interest began, and we had to track around campus in search of professors and their respective offices. By Thursday we had to register for the classes we had found most appealing and by Saturday we knew if we got them or not. Administration-work aside, there were also a few student-run events like parties with giant twister, Mad-Hatter tea-parties and outdoor barbecues keeping “fun” in our vocabulary.

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I also rediscovered my love for the swings.

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Tomorrow day two of classes start. I will try to update more often and hope to return to my normal schedule soon!

Until then, with attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Snacks this Week

Dance came slightly short this week. It’s the summer holidays, so classes aren’t very regular anymore. Also it was the last week of my internship, so leaving earlier for dance wasn’t a priority. Next week I will be taking stretch classes daily while also trying to catch up on my ballet.

Before the couple of classes I did take this past week  (Ballet on Wednesday and Kickbox Cardio on Thursday) I made sure to keep up my snacking 🙂

IMG_0035FroYo and Green Power juice.

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Peanut Butter Oats made in an almost empty peanut butter jar.

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IMG_0041Another green power juice to keep my vitamin intake high after a ‘cheat day’.

IMG_0040Chocolate Brioche and blueberries

IMG_0042Sour Cherry Crumb cake

I also ate some carrots, with two dogs watching every bite..

IMG_0038Next week I’m going back on my clean eating schedule.. but I did very much enjoy the yummy food I ate on the cheat day. Especially this salted caramel truffle:

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macadamia Nut Butter

The nut butter craze continues. And after successfully polishing off yet another jar of nutty goodness within 3 short days, I have begun to see my problem. Nut butter, without all the additives and palm oil, is not cheap. My craze is a pricey one, that could easily be budgeted lower….

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By making my own!

And I’m not talking about peanut or almond butter. No, I am talking about the more decadent butters with added cocoa named ‘creams’. So smooth, so melt-in-your-mouth delish that they are worth every penny; until you don’t have that penny to spend 😉

Nut butter craze

Nut butter craze

Over the years I’ve warmed up to many different variations of these creams. The organic store only ever sold one made with almonds, but it wasn’t vegan. That affair was very short-lived. New butters popped up on the market, with a cashew, macadamia or even a hazelnut base; all had to be tested, all are passionately loved, with my current favorite being a mixture of almond, vanilla and tonka bean. Divine!

Recently though, I realized they are not very clean-eating. Organic, yes, but still full of palm oil and dark brown sugar…

I haven’t given up on my bought almond tonka cream yet (I can’t find a tonka bean anywhere…), but the others I am trying to replace with a more budget friendly home-made variety.

Buying nuts

Buying nuts

Basing my recipe on the one I found on 84th and 3rd, I decided to try to make a macadamia cocoa butter without using any oil. The macadamia flavor in my homemade nut butter is quite profound and powerful, and wasn’t quite the same as the slightly unhealthy version I bought at the store, but the butter is still a good, healthy alternative for when you don’t feel like the usual almond or peanut!

Macadamia Cocoa Butter

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a blender and blend for a long time until smooth

Be patient! It takes a long time to create nut butter. Do not be tempted into adding oil!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

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: