Bite Obsession

Every year probably every other person in his new year resolutions says that he/she will eat healthier, drink more water and so on.

I’m actually good at my ‘diet’ – I don’t eat junk food, I hate soda and I love my veggies. I’m not saying it  to brag or say ‘look at me I eat healthy’ I’m saying it to inspire other people cause you definitely feel different when you eat better. I’m fond of snacking – there are so many healthy options – veggies, dips, dried foods and energy bars…my favs. They are easy and fast on the go. If you don’t have time for a proper meal it doesn’t mean to cannot eat healthy.

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My Morning

Mornings are my favorite. I always get up early and never understood people who lie in bed doing nothing. I find mornings the most productive time – I’m full of energy, I can have my morning cup of coffee and can treat myself with some healthy sweet snacks. Can it become any better?

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Usually I get up at around 8 a.m. and start my day with a glass of water (sometimes I add a bit of lemon juice). I developed this habit over the years – it’s beneficial for you body, it fires your metabolism, it provides fuel for your brains and helps you body to get rid of toxins. So while I take a shower this water has plenty of time to absorb into my body system.

After the shower and teeth brushing I follow up with my current skincare routine – it pretty simple, doesn’t take long time. Cleanser (yes, I do cleanse in the morning with regular cleanser) – toner – eye cream – serum – moisturizer. Pretty simple.

Now for the fun part – breakfast. The best meal for me. I never skip breakfast – another habit I’ve tried to develop. And my advice for you as well: if you don’t have breakfast – do, if you do have it – gimme five, bro! I start with coffee – I know not the best choice, but I love coffee – the smell, the taste, cannot help myself. For actual meal I go for either yogurt with fruits or oatmeals with fruits again or sometimes just a huge bowl of fruits. As you can see I love fruits.

Another crucial part of my morning is emails&bloglovin. I check my email, respond to urgent ones and try to read a couple of my favorite blog on Bloglovin. Thus I get a bit of inspiration, positive emotions, helpful advices and just a pleasure of ‘reading’ lovely and interesting people.

Do you like early mornings?

-S

The Recipe: BAKED APPLES

As I promised the ‘Baked Apples’ recipe is going live.

The perfect dessert – easy to make, to serve, to spice up, to eat and the most important thing – you stay healthy since there are no additional sugar, no extra fat, all natural and low in calories. Am I dreaming? Low-calory sweet treat.

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You will need:

  • apples (as many as you like)
  • raisins
  • nuts
  • honey
  • dry fruit of your choice

There are tons of variations as far as filling is concerned. You may put only nuts or only raisins, you can even leave then ‘naked’ (as on the picture)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Cut out the cores with a knife or a special cutter – I’ve used knife,  there is not point in being fancy with this recipe – it is that easy as it can be. Place your apples into any the baking tin they’ll fit in. Then be creative – chop some nuts (hazelnuts and almonds taste incredible together) and some dry fruits (raisins and some prunes) and cover the holes in the apples with that mixture. On the top pour about a tablespoon of honey and for spices I love to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg on top and into the oven for 20-30 minutes or until they ‘get wrinkles’.

TIP: If it an adult treat you may add a bit of rum there to spice it up a bit.

You may serve them plain if you filled them already or if you have ‘naked’ ones or you have guests that are fond of ice-cream you can place a little scoop of vanilla ice-cream by the apple side. Those flavors compliment each other so nicely – just so yummy!

Hope you try this recipe and happy friday everyone!

-S

Cookie cooking

If there is a lover of unsweetened drinks – coffee or tea, that’s definitely me. I prefer more to have something sweet accompanying the drink – cookie, dry fruits, nuts or honey. I’m really concerned about what I drink or eat (but I still cannot give up coffee just yet), so if I’m eating pastry, I make sure it’s wither contains only healthy ingredients or I bake everything myself.IMG_3170

I would like to share with you my favorite oatmeal cookies recipe. Doesn’t matter how many cookies I make, in 2 days there isn’t a crumb left.

So, you will need:

  • 225g of softened butter
  • cup of sugar (~200g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 210g of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tea spoon of baking powder
  • 1 tea spoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea spoon of salt
  • 250g of oatmeals (I put all 300-350g*)
  • handful of desired dry fruit – raisins, cranberries, nuts – but my favorite filling is dry cherries.

Beat the softened butter with the sugar until the mixture gets lighter. Then beat eggs into the the bowl and whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients and sift them into the oil-egg mass. Then add oats and desired berries.

*I prefer to add more oats, so that the cookies are stiffer and will be crunchier

Preheat the oven to 180C and cover the baking sheet with a baking paper. Form even balls either using spoons or by hands slightly flattening them on the top. Spread them on a baking sheet at a distance of 4 cm from each other. It should fit 12-16 cookies. Bake them 10-15 minutes until golden-brown and the toothpick inserted into the center come all clean.

IMG_3240Pour yourself some tea or coffee (or almond milk – my pick), grab a cookie and enjoy the delicious snack!

What are your favorite cookies or you are not a baking person?

-S