February 5, 2016
Nutella lovers, rejoice! Today is World Nutella day, which means you can eat all the Nutella you want and not feel (that) guilty afterwords. Of course, your body wont’t mind a little extra activity to put things back in balance 🙂
We’ve put together an almost guilt-free recipe for Nutella granola – this way, you can eat all the Nutella you want and still tell yourself you’re eating healthy-ish 🙂
You will need:
3 cups of oats
1 cup Hazelnuts (roasted & peeled)
½-1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Nutella
2 tablespoons olive oil (melted coconut oil is fine, too)
Got it? Let’s make delicious things!
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone baking mats, then set aside.
In a large bowl, stir to combine oats and chopped hazelnuts.
Place Nutella and oil in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 20-40 seconds, until warm enough to easily stir well to combine. Mixture should be thin.
Pour Nutella mixture over oat mixture, and stir well until all ingredients are combined and everything is coated with the Nutella.
Say yum yum yum!
Pour half of the mixture onto each baking sheet, and spread mixture into an even layer.
Bake granola for 38-42 minutes, until golden brown, stirring halfway through baking time.
After removing pans from oven, DO NOT touch granola for at least 20 minutes. Allow granola to cool on the pan for 20-30 minutes – this will help your granola become crunchy and form clusters.
That’s it, you’re done!
Store granola in a tightly sealed container, at room temperature for up to 3 weeks (or eat it all in one day, because it’s delicious).
Recipe idea: Anna Bradley
November 5, 2015
When it comes to good, healthy food, bananas are one of the smartest choices you can make. They’re rich in potassium, they’re an effective prebiotic that helps your body absorb calcium and they help you fight depression by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels. Oh, and they’re rich in resistant starch, which helps you feel full for longer and burn more calories because it prompts your body to use fat for energy. If you’re not the breakfast type or just looking for an afternoon snack that will tide you over until dinner time, this smoothie is just the thing you’re looking for:
You will need:
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup prepared quick-cooking oats
1/2 plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 large banana, sliced
Got it? Let’s mix!
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, then pulse until smooth. That’s it!
Enjoy your banana-oat smoothie!
November 5, 2015
Want a dessert that will make your mouth water and keep you healthy at the same time? You’re in the right place! Apples are an awesome fruit – they make your teeth whiter, they reduce cholesterol and they full of fibre. Cinnamon, on the other hand, is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Put them together and you get a lovely, delicious dessert you can eat without feeling any guilt:
You will need:
1 apple (make it sweet, not sour)
½ tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
Small Glass Bowl
Plastic Wrap or Lid for the Bowl
Got it? Let’s make dessert!
Peel the apple, then cut it into wedges. You can cut the wedges in half if you like them better that way.
Put the coconut oil in the small bowl and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds until it’s melted.
Place apples and all other ingredients into the glass bowl. Mix it around to get the oil and spices on all the apples.
Place the lid or plastic wrap on the top of the bowl. Leave a small vent open for steam to escape.
Microwave on HIGH for 2 and a half minutes.
Be very careful removing the bowl from the microwave. It will be extremely hot and there will be steam.
Stir everything, and that’s it! Enjoy your healthy, delicious dessert!
November 4, 2015
When it comes to losing weight and/or keeping fit, the math is pretty simple. You need to exercise more and eat less (calories). Creating a caloric deficit is the way to go, but that is easier said than done, especially when you start thinking about dessert. We’re not saying exercise isn’t important – what we are saying is you can burn up to 500 calories a day just by doing these things:
We’re serious. People who fidget burn around 350 more calories than those who are still all day. This includes tapping your foot, walking around while you’re on the phone and of course – taking the stairs.
Don’t eat in front of the TV
You’ll eat up to 288 calories more, research says. Eat at the table and you’ll ingest less calories. Oh, and one more thing – trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that’s 527 calories burned with practically no effort.
Eat from a smaller plate
The bigger the plate, the bigger the serving, so if you eat from a smaller plate, you will eat 20 to 25% less. That alone should save up to 500 calories. Oh, and you won’t feel any less full.
Get more sleep
Wait, what? It’s true – if you’re not getting enough sleep, you might end up eating more. If you do get enough sleep, you can save about 1,087 calories.
Skip the soda
Here we go again with the simple math – a 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you drink two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories. You know what also quenches your thirst and has no calories? Water. Drink that.
November 3, 2015
Have you ever decided to just skip breakfast in order to cut some calories? Seems like a good idea, but unfortunately, this is not a good strategy because your body will find a way to outsmart you. Eating breakfast will actually make you less prone to cravings during the day, so if you eat it, there’s a smaller chance you’ll end up having ice cream for dinner. Here are some breakfast rules that are good to know:
Eat as soon as possible
Eating breakfast helps keep your metabolism revved, and if you want to make the most of your body’s fat-burning potential, be sure to eat within 30-60 minutes of waking up. Eating first thing in the morning will ensure you don’t feel so starved later in the day. It’s when we feel starved that we make bad food choices. What if you’re not a breakfast person and the very thought of eating in the morning makes your stomach turn? Try drinking a nice, refreshing smoothie. It will keep you full and reduce the cravings later in the day.
Don’t skip the protein
Eggs, greek yogurt, oats… all of these protein-packed foods can help keep hunger away and ultimately, eat less and ultimately, lose weight. A recent study shows that women who ate egg breakfasts lost twice as much weight as women who started their days with bagels. The proteins give you energy as well, so it’s a win-win.
Add a banana
Bananas are high in resistant starch, which helps you feel full for longer and burn more calories because it prompts your body to use fat for energy. Resistant starch is also found in oats, so if you have a banana oatmeal breakfast, you will get the most out of your breakfast!