Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pina Colada Oatmeal


After making pina colada popsicles I thought I should try the same for oatmeal. This is similar to my Tropical Oatmeal I made last year.

Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 1/3 cup pineapple
  • raw cashews or chopped walnuts
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp yacon syrup or maple syrup
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • raisins
Directions
  1. Bring milk to boil on the stove. Then add the the oats and reduce heat. Simmer for 8 minutes.
  2. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon and chia seeds.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add the yacon syrup and top with pineapple, nuts, raisins, and coconut.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Spicy Yellow Lentil Hummus


I'm not a big hummus person, I'll eat it but I don't buy it. But I came across this yellow lentil hummus at my local Giant and thought I'd give it a try. It's delicious! And true to the name it is very spicy! I've been dipping baby carrots into, it's a great snack, you should check it out! 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Gladiator Heels

So what do you think about the gladiator style shoe trend? I never liked the lace up flat sandals or the knee high boots but when I saw these short heels I thought I'd give it a try. All of these shoes come in black, but that's so boring I wanted to show you a different shade. What do you think, would you rock these?

Gladiator Heels



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weekend in New York

Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) [Radio Edit] by Va - www.musicasparabaixar.org on Grooveshark

I spent the weekend in NYC with my cousin and we had a blast! I was lucky enough to score one of the elusive $1 Bolt Bus fares. I was reading a riveting book on my kindle  and the ride went by really fast. I was worried because the forecast was supposed to be 60% rain all day but we only had two 5-minute downpours. I have never been to NYC in the summertime even though I went to college there but always went home in the summertime. Since then I've gone back once a year to visit but it's always either spring, fall or Christmastime so it was a lot different to see the city in hot humid weather. The sun was shining and I saw so many people riding bikes and walking around with yoga mats.  

I walked through Union Square and they had a farmers market with a rainbow of colors! Carrots, beets and tomatoes in orange, yellow and purple; white eggplant, sweet corn and lots of flowers. 

A couple weeks ago on the cover of the Wall Street Journal I read an article on street art so we checked out some pieces in Little Italy as well as had some cannoli. In fact we walked all day long, so hopefully we burned off those calories! We were constantly buying water bottles and seeking out the shady side of the street. We went to Central Park and I saw a section I had never seen before and got lost on the way out walking in circles. lol We walked past the zoo, to the Bethesda Fountain with its beautiful water lilies and lotus, and the crowds watching the famed street performer Throth who has been performing under the Angel Tunnel for years. Coincidentally this video was filmed the day we were there but we didn't see this incident but it gives you an idea of his art if you watch the whole short video. I enjoyed sitting at the boat house watching the turtles pop their heads out the water and people paddle boats. On the way out we passed tons of cyclists and the Guitar Man in Central Park which had a number of people sitting in the grass in front of him listening. We ended the day at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a gorgeous view of the city. Of course we went to a couple clubs with table service and danced the night away!


I had a green tea facial at a Japanese spa which was so relaxing and my skin looked vibrant afterwards. I didn't get much sleep the night before because we stayed up late to chat so that morning I rushed out without eating breakfast. But I remember reading in Cameron Diaz's book that her makeup artist can tell by looking at her skin if she's eaten yet and won't touch her face until she does. So I stopped by Liquiteria which is the original chain of juice bars in NYC going back almost 20 years. I was totally overwhelmed by the menu and it was packed with people. They offered samples of their delicious new fall smoothie the Applecrisp which I will have to replicate at home. I ended up getting a brown juice called the Skin Trip which has Parsley, Spinach, Cucumber, Carrots, Liver Kidney Lymph Detox, and Aloe Vera. My neighbor told me she drinks aloe vera juice daily and it's done wonders for the elasticity for her skin. I have aloe vera juice in my fridge but I've only ever used it for my hair. After I had my juice I just happen to walk by the vegan food truck the Cinnamon Snail which I've wanting to try forever but not living in the city never had time to chase down a food truck. I was so excited to see it and got the tempeh reuben sandwich which was so delicious! 


My cousin spent the day being a vegetarian with me! lol We went to a the vegan sushi bar Beyond Sushi which my carnivore cousin said was absolutely amazing. I never get sushi because veggie roles are boring and don't fill me up, so this was a really unique and exiting experience for me! We had the Mighty Mushroom roll which tastes like fresh mushrooms with a delicious cream on top, unlike anything I've ever had before. The roll in back of the picture is the Spicy Mang which is mango/avocado and spicy veggies. The rolls looked immaculate, I was so impressed with the assortment. They demonstrated that sushi without fish can be amazing. For dinner we went to my favorite vegan restaurant in NYC, that I go to every time I'm in the city - Blossom.

A few of the apps I used while there was the Charmin Sit or Squat (bathroom finder), Central Park app which had a useful map locating me on it, and something I should have invented myself the Exit Strategy NYC Subway Map which saves you valuable time by telling you where to stand to make your next connection. 







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Monday, September 8, 2014

Balsamic Strawberry Popsicles


I know this combination might seem odd but I've been to Italy a few times and they pour balsamic vinegar over strawberries for dessert. With this special ingredient you don't taste the vinegar, but it makes the strawberries taste more vibrant so it's a perfect combination. The vinegar adds a sweet and sour twinge, you won't believe how sweet these strawberries taste, it's unbelievable! Strawberries also benefit from a touch of lemon juice to prop up their weak natural acidity. I am sure you will love theses brightly flavored popsicles too! I bought the white balsamic vinegar from Trader Joe's and also used it in this recipe.


Ingredients 

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2TB white balsamic vinegar
  • 2TB Ideal Sugar
  • 1 TB freshly squeeze lemon juce
Directions
  1. Wash and dry the strawberries.
  2. Place the strawberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse just until the mixture is finely chopped  but still chunky; you don't want a smooth purée. 
  3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 6 hours of overnight.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Boozy Apricot Pops


I absolutely love this flavor combination!  I love Indian food and the spice cardamom. A local gelato place sells cardamom ice cream and that quickly became my favorite flavor! Apricots are an ignored fruit I think. I enjoy eating them when they're in season, it's a mix of peach and melon. I've used them in a smoothie recipe in the past because in the blender they become a smooth thick texture. Make sure you're using soft to the touch apricots that are fully ripe. You can use bourbon or whisky interchangeable. The coconut milk make these very creamy! I use a no calorie sugar, but if you sub it for honey or maple syrup this will be a little higher in calories and will have a lot more sugar in it.

Apricots to me are a delicacy of a fruit. It has a short season, just in the summer. Dried they are also delicious, but you can’t eat too many or else you end up with gas pains. lol Apricots are rich in carotenoids which are good for protecting your eyesight. Originally they come from China but now the top producers of it are Turkey, Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece, U.S.A. and France. When I think of how to consume apricots I envision either Moroccan couscous or apricot jam in cookies. I’m trying new ways to consume it with these popsicles and an oatmeal recipe coming soon.

This recipe can also be made with plain yogurt instead of coconut milk. You can make this recipe with fresh apricots, however the flavor of apricots really blossoms when cooked because the heat intensifies their flavor and their sweetness is released.  You have two options to do make them from good to amazing:

Cook over medium- low heat for 5 minutes with some sugar, stirring often. Once the sugar has melted and the apricots are soft you can pureed it. 

Alternatively you can roast them at 400F drizzled with some honey and cardamom pods for 15 min.  Then flip over for another 5 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they are completely soft and their juices are bubbles up around the edges of the pan.

Ingredients
3 apricots, halved, pits removed
3 TB Ideal sugar
½ can of full fat coconut milk
½ ts ground cardamom
2 TB Whisky

Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in your blender and pour into your molds. 
  2. Twirl the sticks in your mold around to get rid of the air bubbles.
  3. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight. 
Nutritional Analysis
Makes 5 popsicles
109 cal, 7g fat, 3g of sugar

Recipe adapted from tasty-yummies
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles


Did you know that kiwi has more potassium than a banana, one kiwi has more Vitamin C than an orange, contains tons of fiber, and enhances energy levels too. Kiwis are my mother's favorite fruit so I grew up eating them often. You can add a little white rum to recipe to make watermelon mojitos, but not too much because liquor doesn't freeze well. You could also put gummy bears inside the popsicles. 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1 ts fresh lime juice
  • 1 TB Ideal sugar
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Taste to adjust sweetness.
  2. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Recipe Source: yummyhealthyeasy



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