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WIAW – I like big Pumpkins and I cannot lie – Recipes included

What I Ate Wednesdays

Happy WIAW fellow foodies!

It’s been crazy busy here and lots of new things happening with my nutrition practice :) about to do some great collaboration work — fingers crossed :D

How have you been? Making any new awesome recipes lately?

I haven’t had much time to experiment, however I have been in the mood for homemade sweets like winegums and Jello #afterallitsnearlyhalloween!! :D

For my Candida Diet friendly lemony Jello click on the picture below!

Gelatin Dessert

I’ve been going to the gym more regularly to practice my form.. Fitness trainer exam is getting closer and I want to look and perform my best :) I’m pretty scared though! The demands you have to meet are high! Which in one way is a good thing… not anyone passes the test just like that… but on the other hand… OK enough anxiety raising thoughts, on with the food!

Happy Halloween - Pumpkin all around - Sonny Angle Vampire!

♥I like big pumpkins and I cannot lie♥ I don’t know about you, but I LOVEEEE pumpkins! And I’m always so excited for this fall food season! I’m not just saying ’cause I’m an autumn-kid.. but I truly believe fall is my fave season of the year! For sure when it comes to food. Cold enough for pumpkiny goodness and stews, but still warm enough to enjoy fresh fruits for breakfast and frozen smoothies for dessert ♥

SIDE NOTE: I’ve been looking through my recipes on my blog… and I totally forgot about my pumpkin pie creation I made last year! I haven’t been remaking it yet, BUT I do have the ingredients in the house so I think I’ll be making this baby tomorrow! Winner with all my friends >> that says something, lol! ;)

I used a very sweet - green - pumpkin I got from a friend. Note; this does turn your pumpkin pie filling GREEN ;-)

Kabocha squash turns your pumpkin pie filling GREEN ;-)

I also found an old picture on my laptop which is my inspiration for dinner tonight! I’ve bought the scallops, I’ve made coconut milk and I’m roasting a pumpkin as we speak write :D

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I’m rambling aren’t I?! Sorry! I’m doing too many things at once.. I blame it on my lack of multitasking abilities, lol.

So breakfast today was:

Banana Chia Cinnamon PuddingBreakfast was a banana shake (not super Anti Candida friendly, however I’m not following a super strict diet >> I simply do what works for me after years of trials & tribulations :)I added 2 tbsp chia into the mix and topped it with almonds and cinnamon. Delicious pudding kinda meal :D

It's either sweet potato or pumpkin ... or both ;)Lunch was a pound of sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil. I added fresh rosemary after this picture was made. And I sprinkled some garlic salt on top. I toasted some pumpkin seeds to go on top. Super simple, but I needed a carb loading feast! I’ve been on a carb craze lately >> not a carb binge-out-of-control like I’ve been familiar with in the past (can you say Candida???!! OMG) however I’ve been studying AND been very active, so my body & brain needs the glucose to function and I can tell FOR SURE!

Roasted pumpkin

I know… I know… How can one want roasted pumpkin AFTER eating all that sweet potato… I don’t know either :o haha! However, I just heard a *ping* from my oven.. and I decided I had to give my yummy pumpkin a taste test ;) Cinnamon Galore!! DELICIOUS!

This happened between lunch & the pumpkin >> so we’re kinda out of chronological order here… I made an egg scramble post WO and added LOTS of Indian spice + chopped baby portobello mushrooms. YUM!

I think I might have to use the pumpkin-scallop recipe for another night.. I bet my skin will turn orange if I keep up this paste ;) Oh well.. just in time for Halloween! :D I’ll go as an Oompa Loompa! No dress-up required ;)

Are you celebrating Halloween? And if so.. what are your plans? Have a great HOLIDAY! Enjoy every freaky moment of it :D

P.S. this will be dessert today :-) Almond Tuilles! They’re absolutely amazing and remind me of my childhood when we used to get fresh baked tuilles at the bakery close to home. These however are sugar free (duh!) and totally good for you! I will share the recipe soon :) I think it’s a must try!

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My lovely friend & fellow Witch - we went to High School & Hogwards together :)

A Happy Halloween from the past. My lovely friend & fellow Witch – we went to High School & Hogwards together :)

What I Ate When – WIAW – Coffee & School

 

 

 

 >>OMG RANT ALERT IN THIS ONE!! << BE WARNED ;)

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Time for another WIAW FOOD PARTY! It seems like the craziness around here never stops.. one day I’ll catch y’all up (uhm.. is that proper English grammar?) I think I mean that one day I’ll catch up with you guys?! *Brainfog*… just woke up… don’t mind me getting ready for my internship at the local gym (I’m still a little nervous with ALL I have to learn..) OKAY Lianne.. stop talking.. start showing FOOD :D

FIRST things first… I want coffee!! :D

Night owl needs coffee

Much better…

Some of my eats yesterday
(“What I Ate When” should become a bloggers game.. I feel it’s gonna be a hit since I don’t think many of us are actually taking Wednesday as our example WIAW mealday… right?! ;) )

Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut for lunch >> Do you like Butternut? I kinda don’t to be honest… I do eat them whenever I can’t get Hokido pumpkin around here, but I just don’t like their flavor… I do think they’re perfect for soup though!

However yesterday was a Butternut day, so I roasted these with garlic oil and served them with a scrambled egg & mackerel mayo based paté >> Kinda odd you’d think, but this was definitely a #strangebutgood combination! (I should share with Laura.. & not to self: I should make finished product pictures BEFORE eating the stuff…*oops*)

Pumpkin seeds

Who roasts their own pumpkin seeds? I mean really… from the pumpkin… roasting and cutting the skins to find the green treasures?

I sure don’t! It’s too much work for too little profit in my opinion, howeverrrr I hate wasting the seeds! I know some foodies eat the skins too… but that just seems kinda wrong ;) Can you actually eat the skins? I mean.. not only from a nutritional standpoint (’cause I know one could do so) but from a culinary standpoint ;) Do the skins taste good too?

Today I just roasted a bunch of raw pepitas for topping on… well pretty much anything & everything! I eat at least 1/2 cup a day. Love ‘m!!

Vanilla Extract in the making

 

Uhm… this is not what you think it is! It’s not what it looks like… I swear! I’m not turning into an alcoholic :o … I just have a huge love for vanilla extract ;) ♥

I’ve been making my own for 3 years now and I’d never go back! It’s the easiest and most rewarding thing to do! Just buy a cheep Vodka (or flavorless high alcoholic beverage – like the Organic Jenever I’ve got here > made from the juniper berry < do you have this in the States or elsewhere? I’m not sure if it’s typical Dutch/Belgium or not… could very well be ;) )

Take your liter of Vodka and place about half a pound of vanilla pods in the bottle (up to a pound if you like it extremely potent!). Shake it all around, and place in the dark (kitchen cabinet will do!) for at least 6 months. Shaking regularly; like every other day or so.. Vanilla Extract ready to use! DELICIOUS! Especially in hot chocolate… maybe I will turn into an alcoholic after all :o ;)

Since I dont have any more pictures to show…
How ’bout a recipe; ‘n Oldy but Goody:

Protein bars - gluten free and sugar free - high in protein - delicious!

I think I’m gonna make these again this weekend! I’ve missed these fluffy protein bars! They’re absolutely heavenly if I may say so myself. A recipe created out of a necessity for bars with not too many ingredients in the house.. et voila… success! ♥ Please check them out if you have a chance, I bet you’d like ‘m ;-)

Discipline - what you want most

Side note: I was just cleaning my laptop as I found this quote in my image file… It hasn’t lost it’s magic yet! Great reminder to keep me motivated to keep my priorities straight. There is SO MUCH in life I want to do and accomplish, yet we all need to make decisions on what we want MOST.

Currently my study to become a personal trainer gets most of my attention as well as my personal practice as a (sports)nutritionist and lifestyle coach. I love what I do so I purposely choose to be single for a while and I don’t date. Period. I’m focusing my attention on my passion for food & fitness as well as my precious friends & mummy. I feel happy the way I live my life and yesterday when someone asked me “don’t you miss having a boyfriend?” & “don’t you miss not going out every Friday night?” >> Well quite frankly no! << I love to be social and I love going out… but what I want MOST is to pursue my dreams… and that’s exactly what I’m doing :)

What get’s your priority at the moment? Or what’s your favorite motivational quote?? Please share! I’d love to read :)

NOW… I’m late for the gym!! TTYL – MUCH LOVE!!

WIAW – from Duck to Pumpkin to Chocolate to French Fries with Basil Mayo – I love food!

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Happy WIAW my favorite fellow foodies! ;) :D How have you been?

Has anything new and exciting happened with you? Any fun food-discoveries? ;) My main food discovery this week has been a returned love for duck.. I feel a little guilty eating duck, but if I’m gonna eat misses cow, I might as well eat mister duck too!

I’ve eaten it only twice before in my life: the first time a few years ago I ate confit de canard a famously fatty classic (south-west) French dish. DELICIOSO! Fried potatoes, fresh green salad and duck confit… I thought I magically got zapped to a little bistro near Paris.

The second time I ate duck was a more Asian version of duck: marinated duck breast in a spicy soy sauce, crispy baked skin with a side of stir-fried veggies galore.  Totally different experience but equally as tasty!

I feel like duck is easier to digest than pork or beef for some reason… it might just be my imagination but eating duck feels lighter on my system than beef or pork does. For that reason I don’t eat pork – makes me bloated like you wouldn’t believe! So as an alternative, I think I’m gonna enjoy duck more often! Not too often though… ’cause I still feel a little guilty *blushing* *it’s the vegan in me speaking* :) :)

I’m talkative today: bare with me please :D Or feel free to skip my rant and go straight to the foodporn below ;)

So what’s been going on with me personally?

Mainly studying for my upcoming entrance examination: you may or may not know I’ve finally chosen ME and I’m chasing my dream of becoming a fitness instructor :) I miss giving dance classes & motivating people to move! I love being a nutritionist, but I’d like to bring the whole package, so…. if all goes well on the 29th of August I can start college again to help me reach my dream goal! ♣ I’m stocked and I’m sure gonna keep you updated on everything I learn :D 

Also… it’s time to go back to school & work right? So I figured I’d write about lunch prepping!

Click on the button below if you want to read my latest article for the Indie Chicks online magazine! I took a break from writing in general, not just from my blog, but as with my blog… I’m back 100% ;-) Writing on FB, blog & for the badass Indie Chicks :D

In this article I write about “MAKE LUNCH PREPPING FUN: EASY TO PACK LUNCHES FOR YOU & YOUR KIDS” — it’s a very handy guide to meal prepping & lunch packing if I may say so myself ;-) So please check it out and let me know what you think!

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FINALLY…. my food journal of lovely eats from yesterday!

Pumpkin I Love Thee... Roasted Pumpkin with Chocolate Sauce for Breakfast... I Say YES

Not your typical breakfast, but it’s a great easy to digest – pre workout – meal to get in before you go to the gym! I seem to run really well on either fruit or pumpkin in the gym… This morning I had leftover roasted (in butter) organic pumpkin with a sauce made from extra virgin coconut oil, cacao powder, carob powder and coconut sugar … My oh my: don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! :D

Marinated Turkey Steak as a perfect Post Workout Meal

Post WO a.k.a. Lunch was marinaded turkey steak with roasted carrots & a tall glass of beetroot juice.

I prept a huge (600 grams) juicy turkey steak, marinated in curcuma, paprika, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin & fenugreek. It’s a big enough portion to last me 3 days easily :)😉Mealprep is where it’s at! ;)

I’ve picked up some new fun spices at the market, like: nigella, fennel seeds & horseradish powder. Do you like cooking with spices? If so… What’s your fave?

  Dutch Shrimp Croquettes with Horseradish DressingFrench Fries with Basil MayoCrispy Duck Breast Salad

Me & my mum went out for dinner and it was amazingly tasty! She had Dutch shrimp croquettes with a large salad in horseradish dressing. I had crispy pan-fried duck with a large salad in basil oil dressing. The fries came with basil mayonnaise: what a few basil leaves can do to make a random mayo into a flavorful superstar is admirable :o ;)

Avocado's

Dessert was another ACC (avocado-coconut milk-chocolate mousse) yumbowl, like I’ve featured on WIAW-posts before and I have the recipe on my blog! This time I added another C to the mix by sweetening with coconut sugar — heaven!

Side note: I’ve been adding coconut sugar to my diet – not the best thing to do when battling with a Candida overgrowth and it definitely gives me gas & cramps… but it’s soooooo good! I’m finishing this container and then I’m not gonna buy it for a while, until my Candida clears up again *deal**promise*!

OK that’s it for now! Enjoy the rest of today!

I’m off to the gym with my mommy: we’ve been spending a lot of time together these past few days since it was the 4th year anniversary of my dad’s death-day on the 17th of August. Today is the 4th year anniversary of this cremation-day… :( Sad and emotional days for the both of us, but we’re talking a lot to each other about him and everything that has happened which helps us both ♥ Life is both hard and precious… ♥

Much love from me to you :)

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WIAW – Hungry Lady – Heavenly Meals – Meet My Lovers….

Happy WIAW fellow foodies!

I’m a bit late but I just got back from work… I’m exhausted! AND HUNGRY haha!! I’m eating a massive cookie-dough pudding with macadamia nuts, carob and chocolate drops (kinda like my dessert yesterday)… Delicious! I just need energy & comfort food… sounds familiar? ;) I bet y’all know what I’m talking ’bout!

Unfortunately my phone doesn’t make the best pictures at nighttime.. and I couldn’t make a photo of my meals at work either, so instead: I’m showing you my day of yesterday’s eats > my day free from work :)

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Happy Eating ♥

Forest Fruit Heaven (4)

Breakfast Dilemma: Having Candida issues… however I love (!) Fruit, especially in the morning. Solution = Eat a pound of summer fruit in the morning to satisfy my fruity needs and letting it fully digest before eating another meal. Seems to work rather well for me personally! I have less cravings for fruit & sugar later in the day 😄:)
If I don’t have enough time in the morning I skip this “pre-breakfast” and have porridge instead … no raisins >the best part!< (Candida you suck!) But sweetened with stevia or xylitol and I add chopped nuts and/or chestnuts.👌It’s delicious like that as well :)

Making Indian Veggie Shrimp Curry - recipe in my journal

Leftover shrimp stir-fry ♥ Shrimp marinated with Indian spices & sauteed with veggies in lots of coconut oil. Need I say more?!… ;)

Rauwkostsalade met olijfolieSavory Quinoapap, recept in mijn Skinny Bitch journal (4)

A side salad and a savory quinoa porridge was next on my menu :) I love porridge, however I can’t do oats (oatmeal) so I opt for quinoa or millet instead. I actually love the taste of those flaky grains! I like a savory porridge more than a bowl of cooked grains, so often times I make a large pot with multiple servings of porridge that I can use both sweetened and savory. Major time-safer AND makes it easy to have a healthy snack/meal ready at all times :)

Wortel en Avocado soep van wortelsap met avocado, zout en tuinkruiden

I’ve got a few lovers in my life.. one of them is called avocado and another favorite of mine listens to the name carrot.

Avocado & Carrot go together like a horse and carriage! Match made in culinary heaven (that’s where I met both of them to be precise ♥)! Since both veggies (yes, avocado is a fruit… I know ;) ) can be used in savory AND sweet dishes.. the possibilities when combining these two ingredients are endless! I’ve got a great sweet smoothie recipe, avocado-carrot cake, cookies.. you name it! Yup I think I’m obsessed and I’m not afraid to admit it :D :D :D 

FYI: I ate this bowl of soup with a couple of slices of toast & salted butter ♥ *nomnomnom* :D

Zoete aardappel - kokosmeel, notenboter, stevia.. blend super smooth.. yum (7)

 

This is heaven in a ramekin. I know I use the term heaven a lot… but it’s true! A pudding made with baked sweet potato, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flour, stevia, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maca powder, vanilla extract, vanilla protein powder, spicy red pepper, raw cacao nibs & macadamia nuts… I think it’s legit to say heaven right? ;)  

OK, it’s late and I need to get my 8 hours of sleep in tonight >> I just made a pact with Madison << and I just really… really… am lacking in sleep = not good!

Soooooo I’m wishing you a happy next meal & good night ;)

~Much love XOX~

WIAW: A random day of healthy & delicious eats on my day off

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It’s that special day of the week again!! What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday :D

My day of (actually quite lovely!) eats went as follows…

I woke up and didn’t have my usual fruit breakfast since I’m trying to cut down on ALL sugars (Candida overgrowth) … sigh… I miss my fruit! I eat fruit every other morning and another carb source on the other mornings.
This was a great alternative breakfast:

Avocado-Chocolate Mousse on Rice Cakes

Avocado-Chocolate paste sweetened with stevia: spread on rice cakes… might sound a bit odd, but it’s good… really, really good!

After eating a few rice cakes with choco-paste & drinking a cup of coffee I went on with my day. I had the day off, so it was time to do some grocery shopping (favorite chore of the week ;) ) Who else loves grocery shopping? Many of my friends think I’m crazy.. but I simply love to venture through the aisles looking for new things to try or to create of new recipe ideas in my head.

I think the reason I love grocery shopping so much isn’t just because of the food it involves… but also it gives me time to think of nothing else. Just simple doing the groceries. It’s something that has to be done so I can feel good about procrastinating in the shop, because ‘ey.. it has to get done ;) So it’s a legitimate time for me to procrastinate… which is my second most fave thing to do… *oops*! Same goes for baking & cooking. We all have to eat so we all have to bake and/or cook (at least to some extent…) >> pottering around in the kitchen for hours seems like a valuable thing to do, even though there might be many more important things to get done.
Do I make any sense at all? Sorry it’s really late where I live and I need to go to bed, it shows in my writing ;)

OK, moving on!

Muffin making, chocolade coconut flour and banana bread (15)

Speaking of baking: I’ve been baking miniature cupcakes/muffins and enjoying them as the perfect snack with my mid-morning cup of tea :)

I made coconut flour chocolate muffins & banana-bread muffins.
I think I prefer the decadent flavor of the chocolate one, but the banana-bread is a great pre workout snack because it offers LOT’S of simple (but healthy!) carbs, so it’s great gym fuel! :D

I think I need to give you the recipe so you can see for yourself what I’m rambling about ;)

Muffin making, chocolade coconut flour and banana bread (20)

I try to eat at least one salad a day (keeps the doctor away).
Unfortunately, some days you just don’t feel like eating a salad (right?)… so today I opted for a simple side salad to go with my oven roasted pumpkin – roasted in coconut oil – & pan fried turkey strips. It made a delicious and satisfying post workout meal :-)

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After my post-workout meal I had dinner which was:

Tartaar

Pan fried steak tartar with pan fried onion & carrots. Half an avocado & some tomato on the side. For seasoning I kept it really simple: sea salt, black pepper and some paprika & a turmeric-cayenne mixture (on top of the carrots).

Turmeric has many health benefits, but it’s quite difficult for our body to absorb. Nature, being the brilliant mastermind it is, has a solution for this! Add a dash of cayenne pepper to your ground turmeric and the nutrients in turmeric get up to 3000 times better absorbed & utilized!
Flavor wise they complement each other very well, so I keep a small container with 3 parts turmeric to 1 part cayenne on deck at all times :)

Avocado - Coconut milk - Raw chocolate Mousse = TO DIE FOR

Time for dessert!!! To stay in the theme with which I started my day, I ended today with a delicious raw chocolate mousse. A creamy blend of avocado, raw cacao, sweetener of choice and plenty of fresh coconut milk *recipe for coconut milk coming soon! Promise! >> This is TO DIE FOR!

Note: Click here or on the picture to see the recipe for this chocolate mousse!! 

That’s it for today – I’m off to bed now, it’s way past bedtime….again…
Who else would like more hours in a day? I think we need to start a petition!

♥ Thanks for visiting my blog & Happy WIAW ♥

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake – experimental recipe!

Laura from Sprint2thetable thought my Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from lasts WIAW sounds rather good, and I’ve had more positive feedback (♥ very much appreciated!♥)  So, I’ve decided to just upload the recipe to my blog!

I must warn you, the pie is a little “healthy” tasting! It’s not a replacement for a traditional cheesecake, it’s more like a fun way of eating a super healthy, protein rich and low calorie, snack or meal made with Greek yogurt and Pumpkin ;)

So, let’s cut to the chase and give you the recipe – I will give you the ingredients and I’ll add my thoughts on the ingredients and what I’d change next time I’m gonna experiment with this recipe!

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    (I made my own from a small orange pumpkin with the skin on)
  • 1 cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup or stevia
    (I used some stevia, probably not enough to balance the tartness of the yogurt – so if you’re not using 1/2 cup of maple syrup and you use stevia like I did – make sure you use enough! Taste the batter and know the sweetness of the final product will be LESS then the batter! That’s where I went wrong… the batter was DELICIOUS; ! But when it was done baking the sweetness wasn’t all that anymore :( …)
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    (I would probably omit this next time I’m gonna make the recipe)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt

Mix it all together with an electric mixer or whisk and add to a glass or ceramic pie-dish, no tin please – it will cause the cheesecake to oxidize.

I made my pie crust-less  but you can of course use this as the filling for a pre-baked pie crust! That would probably be a good idea if you want this recipe to resemble a “regular” pie ;)

Preheat your oven to 350 °F and bake this pie for 40-50 minutes WITH a water bath underneath — this means adding a small bowl of water into the oven (on the bottom of the oven) underneath the rack where the pie-dish is situated.

The pie should be firm to the touch but moist on the inside.

I’ll show you some pictures below because the texture of this pie was spot on… just the flavor… so experiment and enjoy!! If you give this a go let me know how you like it! Maybe I’ve been a little to harsh on this recipe and you like it nonetheless ;)

Love

~Pumpkin puree~

~Add the Greek yogurt~

~Add the rest~

~Mix, mix, mix~

~Mix, mix, mix some more~

Add to a non tin pie-dish (I used a brownie dish) OR add to a pre-cooked pie crust to make this more like a regular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake!

~baking the pie with a water bath (little white ceramic bowl underneath)~

~DONE and it smells like heaven to me~

~shot from the side~

~I think this looks like an epic cheesecake!~

Thanks for watching / reading – I’d love to hear your feedback so please leave me a comment below! :D

 

 

 

WIAW – Falling into good habits with What I Ate Wednesday – Happy Eats!

Hey Guys :D 

I’ve been posting quite a lot lately, guess I have a lot to share :)

Did you read my last post yet? So how much push-ups were you able to do ;)? 

  Jenn has got us thinking about what good habit we want to create for ourselves this fall. For me it’s exercise. Getting serious about exercising on a regular basis :) My mum was so kind to give me a gym membership a month (or two..) ago and I want to use this year to do some serious training! Shape up and get fit. I’m a nutritionist with a passion for working out and I’d love to get my diploma as a fitness instructor OR get back into teaching dance and maybe add Zumba to my repertoire ;) Something I can help others with to get in shape too. I love to motivate people! So yeah… that’s my goal for this fall ;) I will keep you updated! OHHHHHHH ONE MORE THING; I just got my textbooks for the study I’m following to get a degree in sports nutrition :D I LOVE IT. I’ll be able to coach athletes and sports fanatics with their meal plans along with coaching people to gain or lose weight like I’m doing now (mainly at least..) :D :D :D EXCITING!

As for my What I Ate Wednesday Monday — I had a major sweet tooth that day so there’s a lot of sweet meals going on :o ;)

Simple breakfast right when I woke up. I had some Greek yogurt (250 grams) + 2 hands full of macadamia nuts, 1 scoop hemp protein, 1 tsp cinnamon and some stevia. YUMMMMMMM I love this, it’s like eating cookie dough because the hemp protein makes the yogurt even thicker and the macadamia nuts add a lot of creaminess and crunch… I love to eat this any time of day!

Experimenting in the kitchen – taste testing! I still have a lot of zucchinis so I’m (not) ashamed to admit, there ARE zucchinis in this as well ;) Lol. It’s a spiced muffin with a hint of chocolate, but not in a sweet way. Great flavor combination! Great to eat like this, but also to combine with savory or sweet toppings :)

I also ate another banana before working out ~ no picture taken so I thought I’d share this cutie instead ;)

Millet flake porridge for Lunch :) I made the porridge with coconut milk instead of water, I mashed up a banana, added some extra stevia (I know I’m addicted, I need to cut down a little?! What’s your thought on using stevia???) I added ginger, cinnamon and half a scoop of hemp protein too.

Dinner with one of those chocolatey spiced zucchini muffins, coconut oil and Japanese flavored Tempeh.

A slice of non sweet Zucchini bread (I’m gonna turn into a Zucchini, I know :o) with coconut oil and Xylitol + a cup of tea :) Oh BTW for the recipe of this bread; click on this picture!

Another fall resolution = start baking with pumpkin, sweet potato and carrots ;) My fall staples ♥ I think it’s time to let go of the zucchini before I’m flooding you with recipes (sorry :$)

I’ve been loving these muffins so I ate one more with Greek yogurt frosting, right before going to bed… YUM

Have a HAPPY WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!!! ♥ With Love!

Any thoughts to share about this WIAW post? I’d love to hear from you! :)

~ Leanne

Liebster award!

I love receiving comments, so I was happy to notice I had another comment on my “about me” blog-post. I was pleasantly surprised to read in this comment that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award!

 “A Liebster is an award passed on by a fellow blogger. When you nominate someone, it’s because you believe they are an up and coming blogger with under 200 followers.”

I feel honored that I got nominated by http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/! We both have a passion for health with a similar background. So if you enjoy my blog, definitely go check out hers as well!

It’s a great feeling to know that you (and hopefully others ;-)) enjoy reading my blog! 

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This next part is just copied and pasted from http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/liebster-award/:

If you receive the award, you should:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

 4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

So these are my 5 picks!:

-          http://alexiaku.wordpress.com/; because she’s a lovely person and a self said ‘health food freak’ (just like me ;-)) – she’s a great inspiration to anyone who enjoys yoga!

-          http://domesticdivamd.com/; because I love to read her blog-posts. Her writing is awesome, and her recipes are great. I admire her for following her heart by going to Med school!

-          http://iheartvegetables.com/; have you read the name of this blog?! I mean…how can someone who hearts veggies be anything else but cool?!

-          http://cookeveryday1.wordpress.com/; because I love how she combines culinary school with nutrition and food sciences! Best of both worlds if you’d ask me!!

-          http://tiarefitness.com/; with her bubbly personality she keeps others motivated to work out. I love health, food and fitness… so I can relate to her :)!

Here you have it… my top 5 at the moment! So, check out those blogs as well as http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/!

Thanks everyone for reading my blog and for the great community here on wordpress.com!
XO, Leanne