Long time, no see! I haven't forgotten this little blog, I've just been busy (aren't we all?). Anyways, I'm glad I took the time to write this post and share this super simple recipe. Apple cookies!
Ok, probably the name "cookies" is not appropriate because it's hard to beat the real mix of flour and chocolate chips in real cookies. But who cares, I didn't really know what other name to give them.
I got this idea from our wonderful friend Pinterest. I made a few changes and they turned out delicious. It's a healthy snack combing vitamins, fibre and yumminess. I hope you enjoy them!
Serves 1, read in 10 minutes
-1 tablespoon of peanut butter (no added salt, oil or sugar)
-2 teaspoons of raisins
-1 teaspoon shredded almonds
1. Remove the center part from the apple
2. Cut in circles and top with peanut butter, raisins and almonds.
It’s Recipe Redux time again :) The only complain I have about the Recipe Redux is that it’s making me realize how FAST one month goes by. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sharing the watermelon-feta-mint skewers but here I am, preparing July's theme. WHERE IS TIME GOING?
The only positive thing about time going by so fast is that in one more month I’ll be heading to California for a 10-day vacation! If you follow me on Instagram this is old news, if not, let me share my excitement since le boyfriend and I are road-tripping California at the end of August! We’ve been saving most of our summer salary from the summer camp where we’ve been working at and we already booked flight tickets and rented a car. I will share all our adventures over here when it happens.
Going back to Redux, this month’s theme was about showing how we like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. I’m not an alcohol fan, but when I found out wine actually has some benefits if drank in moderation (150ml a day for women, 300ml a day for men) I decided it was time to take advantage of le French boyfriend. He’s not a wine expert, but we are determined to accomplish the mission of teaching me to drink wine. So far we haven’t made much progress, but I'll keep you posted ;)
The only way I can actually drink alcohol is when it’s mixed in fruity drinks. Let’s say, I have no problems with drinking a strawberry daiquiri or a light sangria. So, I decided to mix a bunch of phytochemicals and create this delicious and healthy Strawberry Wine Daiquiri.
Serves 5, ready in 5 minutes
-3 cups of frozen strawberries
-3/4 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 cup of red wine
-Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 to 2 minutes. Add a bit of water if it's not coming together.
-Serve immediately and enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I decided to go to a well known vegan restaurant here in Montreal. I ordered the special of the day which included a huge salad, falafels and hummus. Those falafels were heaven on earth, I couldn’t believe how good they were! At that moment I gave myself the mission of doing some at home.
Serves 35 falafels. Time: 15 minute preparation + 25 minute bake + 1 hour wait while the mixture sits in the refrigerator
-1 small/medium onion
-5 garlic cloves (about 2 teaspoons chopped garlic)
-1/4 cup fresh parsley
-1/4 cup fresh cilantro
-1/2 teaspoons salt
-1 teaspoons baking powder
-1/3 cup whole wheat flour
-Sprinkle of black pepper
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 cup of 0% plain greek yogurt
-1/2 cucumber, chopped in small cubes
-1/2 teaspoons of mixed herbs
-1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
2. Add this mixture into a large bowl and add the salt, baking powder, flour and pepper. Sir well until throughly combined and cover with plastic paper.
3. Let it stand on the freezer for about 1 hour.
4. In the meantime, make your dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients together. Then let it rest on the fridge until serving time.
5. Preheat oven to 375*F and line a baking tray with parchment paper
6. After the 1 hour rest period, make small balls of the falafel mixture and add them to the lined baking tray
7. Add the olive oil into a small cup or bowl, and with the hep of a brush, lightly cover the falafel balls in oil.
8. Bake for 10 minutes and then flip them and cook for 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown on the outside
9. Serve with whole grain pita bread, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts and the previously made creamy dressing. Bon appétit!
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-3/4 cup shrimps, tails removed
-1/3 cup corn
-1/4 ripe avocado, cut
-1/3 cup cubed light feta cheese
-3 cups of salad greens
-1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
-1/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
-1/3 cup plain 0% Greek Yogurt
-1 lime, juice
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I used a raspberry one)
-Pinch of salt
2. Add the shrimps and cook stirring occasionally until they have reduced in size and are lightly golden
3. In a big plate add the salad greens at the bottom and top with the rest of the ingredients
1. In a medium bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well
2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing on top of the salad.
Dressing adapted from Immaeatthat
This is what I ate that day 3 hours pre-run:
I hope next week is better (in terms of running!), I’ll keep you posted ;)
Recipe Redux Time!
-100g low-fat feta cheese
-1/2 a watermelon
-Balsamic vinegar for dressing
1. Cube the watermelon and feta into small cubes
2. Assemble with skewers into layers of watermelon, feta and mint (in your preferred order)
3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar
Adapted from Bites of Bri
-Distance: 3km and 4km
-Time: around 20 minutes for the 3km and 21 minutes for the 4km
-How: run the entire distance!
-Where: near my house
-What I ate:
*pre-run: I had some of this tart as a snack and run about 2 hours after eating it. On saturday I had my usual breakfast and went running about 3 hours after eating it.
*post-run: lots of water! About 40 minutes post run I had lunch one day and on another day I had these amazing apple "cookies".
I’m glad I got to run 1 more km this week. I’m slowly increasing the distance and it feels great so far!
The awesome discovery this week was a free app called Strava which I highly recommend! It calculates the distance you run, your pace, your time, among other things and then you can save your run and look back at it whenever you want.
Something I love about it is that instead of comparing yourself to other runners you can compare each run with yourself. I think it’s super important that when it comes to training we do it for ourselves! You can try to run faster or further than you did last time. There’s a saying in spanish that says “the mountaintop is not reached by overcoming other people but by overcoming yourself” (I just translated that and doesn't sound as good as it does in spanish, but you get the idea). This also applies to life in general; we often think we’re suppose to be doing better than our friends or someone we know, when really the competition should be with ourselves.
Have an amazing, active, healthy and happy week!