Mar 25, 2013

Delicious and healthy 'chocolate' !



Hey everyone!

I have to admit, I'm a chocolate addict. But I don't want to eat all the crap of chocolate they sell in the stores, so this is my second time of making my own chocolate oat 'bars'. They are super delicious, and 'healthy'. And they kinda taste like snickers, definitely a win win situation for me. and they are at least healthier than chocolate from the stores!

Things you need:
- cacao (2 tblsp)
- syrup (instead of sugar!) (2 tblsp)
- milk (I use low fat milk) (half cup)
- oats (one cup)
(- muesli if you want to variate a little) (if you use muesli 0.5cup muesli 0.5cup oats)
- peanut butter

the amount of peanut butter you can decide for youself. If you want it more 'snicker-like' use more peanutbutter (like 3 or 4 tbsp).


How to make it:

use a little saucepan. put the milk in it, add the cacao when the milk warms up. stirr ir with a spoon, till all the cacao is mixed with the milk.
Put off the fire and add the peanutbutter, mix this all until it has a smooth mixture. Then pour the oats/ muesli and the peanutbutter-milk-cacao mix together. Make sure all oats mix with the milk, then put some syrup in it. and keep mixing. When you think you've mixed enough (It has to become a hard texture, because of the oats), put it in a plastic box (which you use for food). and push it in the box until there are no empty places in the box. (choose a box which will fit the amount of your mix perfectly). Then put it in the freezer, let it stay in there for a night.

In the morning it will be all harden up, then you can cut it in little pieces (like me), or you can cut it like bars.

Enjoy your healthy chocolate bars!

xoxo Es



Mar 23, 2013

Breakfast

Hey everyone,

In the mornings I'm always really hungry, so breakfast is the most important meal for me. And it shouldn't be only important for me, but for everyone! Because having a good breakfast is a great help to get your metabolism work better. Skipping breakfast is like driving a car with no fuel. (IMPOSSIBLE ;) ) I love to have big breakfasts with lots of lovely food. A breakfast which keeps me full for a couple hours, is a perfect one to me. Since I have to go late to class, I also wake up kinda late. (around 10 o'clock in the morning). I know it's better to wake up early (rise and shine), but I have never been a morning person..
Anyhow, I wanted to share some of my breakfasts. Just so you can see what they look like, and maybe you have good alternatives or suggestions to try next time..?

I usually eat one or two eggs every morning. They are full of protein and you can variate so much with them. I love them boiled, scrambled and cooked! With a little salt and pepper. Jummm
Zero fat yoghurt is also one of my favorites. It fills, it is really low in calories, and you can eat it in so many variations. With fruits, with muesli, with tahinpekmez (that's some turkish healthy syrup). With basically anything.
Earlier I ate like 6 maybe 8 slices of bread a day. Now I reduced that to 2 and max 4 slices. (ofcourse multigrain bread!)

Enough talky talky, here are some pics!

Learn to love your breakfast!
xoxo Es





Mar 20, 2013

negative and positive

Hi everyone,

As I told you earlier today, I'm trying to eat clean and try not to overeat. Now there's a problem, that when I stay home, I crave a lot. (And it seems like my mom likes it when I gain weight and get more curves, so she's making the most delicious food ever, which I mostly can't resist (VERY FRUSTRATING)).
Anyhow, so today turned into one of those days.
Even though I started with good hope and a good mood; today was not a good day. My mom's friends came over so she prepared lots of food (like: little breads made with white flour, milk, butter and cookies full of sugar, flour, butter). After eating them I felt like I ruined my whole diet plan, so I ate lots of m&m's and other chocolates too.
I know it's not a good thing to think you ruined your day, so you can just ruin it a lot more by eating other unhealthy things. (It's like dropping your phone, picking it up and smashing it down till it is totally broken). But I just couldn't help it.
I also felt a little demotivated because I haven't been able to go to the gym lately. Makes me feel so weak.

So, this was all the negative of today.
Let's talk about some better news!

I didn't want to end my day all negative, so I gave it a positive switch!
After doing some research on the internet about home workouts (since going to the gym isn't working for me) I found the Insanity workout. It's a 60 days workout which helps you to get stronger and fitter. Made by Shaun T.
First I thought starting on monday would be ok. But why waist 5 days with waiting? So I decided to start today!
And hell yes, this workout really gave me back my positive mood. I'm really motivated to push harder and dig deeper to get the dream body I want.
60 days will exactly work for me, because that's what's almost left until summer.

Summer here I come!

xoxo Es


PS: here is a short video introducing the insanity workout.

How is it going?

Hi everyone!

Today is the third day of my clean-eating challenge. I haven't cheated at all (until now), so that feels great! I drink lots of water, like a minimum of 2L a day! Water is a big help to drop weight. Your body needs water to function. And drinking water will help fuel your body's fat burning processes.  I don't drink any other drinks except for water and green tea (with no sugar).
When I have cravings, I just take a tablespoon of peanut-butter (100 cal per tablespoon). It tastes great plus it helps prevent belly bloating. Further I snack on apples and carrots, they are super healthy, low in calories and fulfill my need for something sweet.
Don't forget to eat enough proteins (peanut butter contains proteins), I prefer to eat scrambled eggs. One of my favorite meals is scrambled eggs with half a pack noodles. So jummy!

Unfortunately my toes are injured so I can't go to the gym (it's been a week now). It's so horrible, because I feel like all I trained for is now disappearing. And that I have to start with baby steps again.
I really hope that it will be cured as soon as possible!

Love your body,

xoxo Es


Mar 17, 2013

A fresh start!

Hello everyone!

When I was younger I could eat what I want without gaining any weight. I seriously had the baddest diet ever. Drank half a bottle coke, ate a whole bag of chips and tons of chocolate. Every freaking day (!!)  But now I'm not a little girl anymore, and the things I eat have their consequences. I actually gain weight, and believe me losing that weight is so much harder than gaining it.
So a while ago I decided that I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle.I wanted to get fit. So I started going to the gym. But why work so hard in the gym, just to waste it on a bad diet? That's why I started this blog. Because I want to eat clean (and train mean! ;-) ) and live a healthy lifestyle.
From tomorrow on I'm starting to eat clean to the fullest! No snacks, no chocolate, no chips, no sweets. Just fruits, vegetables, oats, milk, yoghurt, soups, chicken, fish.

In the upcoming posts I will keep you guys updated about my experiences with this new lifestyle. I will post about my workouts, my food tips and a lot more!

Till then,
keep believing in yourself!

Xoxo Es


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