Healthy Chia & Oat Pudding

I will start saying this again: if you don’t fancy complicated recipes, but you do like to eat healthy, than this post is definitely for you. Here is today’s deal: the other day I came across a “chia pudding” and I got marvelled with the fact that you can do a pudding with healthy ingredients and with zero preparation struggle.

I found this to be very exciting, because I come from a family to whom pudding is more or less like the king of desserts. However, recipes always include eggs and complicated tricks in the kitchen. Once I tried to do something we call “pudim flan” with caramel to a boyfriend of mine and the result was that I completely screw up the pan to a point that we could no longer use it. Can you imagine such thing?

So, going to what really matters here: I made a slight twist to the recipe I found and came up with a chia and oat pudding. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • chia seeds
  • oats
  • milk (I used almond milk; the original recipe used coconut milk)
  • honey (the original recipe used brown sugar)
  • cinnamon

Now you might be marvelled as I got when I tell you the steps. Here they are:

  1. in a bowl, put two thirds of a cup of milk and add a tea spoon of honey
  2. add some chia seeds and oats (half a cup with both, maybe… you know I’m the worse with dosing)
  3. mix everything altogether and make sure the honey, the seeds and oats are blending
  4. add cinnamon to your mixture, mix it up once again and…
  5. put the bowl in the fridge for two hours

The seeds and oats will absorb the milk. The honey and cinnamon will give a nice flavour to your pudding. Once your pudding became consistent, you can top it up with some fruits. This time I chose black-forest fruits, but I imagine that some peach would work really well too.

Honey Oats: Another delicious breakfast!

Breakfast is by far my favourite meal! And today I opted for something a little bit different from what I have been having (egg on toast).

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • rolled oats
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • chia seeds
  • strawberries

How to do it:

  • place the oats in a  bowl and add some water (until they are covered)
  • microwave your oats for 2.5 minutes (mine is set to its highest power level)
  • remove your bowl from the microwave and drizzle your oats with honey
  • sprinkle some cinnamon over the honey
  • cut a couple of strawberries (I cut them in a round shape, but you can be as much creative as you want!) and place them in the blow
  • add some chia seeds to decorate

And eat it all with great pleasure! 😉

Healthy Snack: Baked Chickpeas

I love this snack since the moment I heard about it. It’s super easy to do and it’s ideal to substitute all those crunchy snacks we like to have while watching series or catching up with friends after a long working week.

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Take note of what you will need:

  • a can of chickpeas
  • seasme oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ginger powder

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How to do it:

  • pre-heat the oven at 180C
  • rinse the chickpeas and place them in a bowl
  • add some sesame oil to your chickpeas and a pinch of salt, pepper, and ginger
  • mix everything altogether
  • place some kitchen foil on a oven tray
  • distribute your chickpeas evenly throughout the tray and put them to bake
  • let it bake for an hour or until they turn golden crispy

And voi lá, there is your healthy snack ready to be shared with your loved ones over some nice weekend program!

 

Crustless Green & Red Quiche

I accidentally came up with this recipe. The first time it worked “ok” and I gave it a second try this past Sunday while making a few changes to it as well. It is a recipe that is super easy to follow and do – you know I like to keep it simple in the kitchen, I wonder when will I apply the same principle to all my other life sectors (haha)! Plus, you can enjoy it guilty free because you will not have the extra calories that regular quiches have due to its crust.

Here is what you will need:

  • a generous portion of baby spinach leafs (when I say generous… it’s maybe 3 cups)
  • a generous portion of green beans (again, by generous I mean that I used half of a fresh green beans bag from Aldi)
  • a pack of plum tomatoes
  • one can of sliced mushrooms
  • ten eggs
  • pepper and salt

How to do: 

  • mix 6 eggs altogether and add some pepper and salt
  • cut the spinach leafs in three and involve them in the eggs mixture
  • cut the green beans in small chunks and add them to the mixture as well
  • mix and add the other four eggs to your mixture
  • put the mixture in a round or rectangular pyrex (preferably with a lid)
  • cut the plum tomatoes in halves and spread them in the surface of the mixture
  • add the sliced mushrooms on top and
  • take everything to the oven

I am not sure how much time it took to get it done in my oven, since it is an odd one, but I would say 60 minutes at a 180C temperature. And because it’s always to remember – all the ingredients I used are from Aldi UK.

 

Healthy Kitchen: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I don’t know anyone who does not like fries! If you don’t, give us a shout out in the comments below! And if you do like them, share with us what is your favourite way to have them? I can’t lie, I like mine with ketchup!

However, traditional “french fries” is not the healthiest option, especially if we eat them all of the time. So in this post I am bringing you one of my favourite healthy kitchen secrets: baked sweet potato fries!

Sweet potatoes are awesome: they are indeed sweet but they are also a great source of Vitamins A, C, and B6. Plus, they usually have fewer calories than regular potatoes – funny, right?

So here’s my recipe for doing some tasty baked sweet potato fries at home:

  • one third of a sweet potato (the ones I buy at Aldi are very big)
  • sesame oil
  • parsley
  • sea salt

 

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All the ingredients I used were from Aldi UK

 

How to do:

  • Pre-heat the oven at 220 degrees
  • Cut the portion you need from a sweet potato
  • Wash your sweet potato piece thoroughly
  • Cut your sweet potato in “french fries” style
  • Season your raw sweet potato fries with a little bit of sesame oil, sea salt & parsley
  • Make sure your fries are well coated (but don’t put either too much oil nor salt)
  • Put some kitchen foil in a tray and spread your fries evenly
  • Let it bake for 20-30 minutes

 

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And there you go – sweet potato “french fries” ready to surprise your senses!

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300-calorie Lunch/Dinner: Vegetarian Bowl

A plant-based lunch / dinner suggestion with only 300 calories!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 can of baked beans
  • aromatic herbs

 

How to:

  • Heat the chickpeas and the beans in the microwave for 2-3 minutes
  • Cut the tomato and the spinach
  • Mix all the ingredients in the bowl and sprinkle everything with a little bit of aromatic herbs

 

 

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Eating Healthy With Aldi: Mediterranean Bowl

Food choices shape our overall wellbeing and physical health. I can’t stress enough how much changing what I used to eat improved my energy level, mood and body shape. However, even though we all know we should follow a diverse and healthy diet, few of us know how to proceed when the right time comes.

The best thing you can do is to be prepared and this includes mastering some easy and healthy recipes and buying the ingredients you will need beforehand. That said, now it’s the right time for you to grab a pen and take note of what we are going to need to make this super easy mediterranean bowl:

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Mediterranean Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 cup of microwave mediterranean rice
  • a dozen of olives
  • a dozen of plum tomatoes
  • crunchy salad

You can easily find all these ingredients at Aldi’s, where I do all my food shopping. To prepare your bowl, make sure the salad, tomatoes, and olives are properly washed and cut as you like.

After boiling the egg, let it cool down, so you can peel and cut it easily. While you wait, you can put the rice in the microwave (Aldi’s package comes with two portions, you just need one per person), which takes between 3 to 5 minutes to be ready. Now the best part: I personally like to place all my ingredients separately in the bowl. Some people prefer to mix the ingredients altogether. As you know the kitchen’s rules, there is no right or wrong way to do anything so feel free to use your imagination and personal taste when finishing up your bowl of food.

I hope you enjoy this suggestion. I will love to see your replication of it – just tag me on instagram (@work.life.fitness) and I will surely like and comment on your bowl! 😉