Looking at these photos, one might think I’m in LA, walking around the beach, and soaking up the sunshine. Oh no, don’t let the words “refreshing smoothie” in the title fool you. I’m not in LA, I’m not even in the US. I’m all the way in Europe, in the Czech Republic to be exact, freezing my ass off because it’s currently almost 0°C and I’m drinking this smoothie wishing I was lying on a beach in Bali.
I love drinking smoothies in the summer when it’s boiling hot and you actually need something to cool you down. That being said, a bad weather’s never stopped me from making cold smoothies. I’ll gladly eat spoonfuls of my favorite chocolate berry banana ice cream while it’s it’s snowing outside. Granted, it usually feels like it’s snowing in my throat too afterward but believe me — banana ice cream is always worth it.
This smoothie is far less intense on the brain-freeze scale than banana ice cream so you can happily sip on it wherever you are in the world. Unless you’re somewhere really cold – think North Pole cold (say hi to Santa for me pls) – in that case, you should make this bowl of oatmeal instead.
Fries are something I’ve always loved. Especially those really salty fast food ones. But ever since I started eating healthily, I stopped going to all those fast food chains and stopped eating those oily fries and frankly, I don’t crave them at all anymore. What I crave are oven roasted sweet potato fries. And here I present to you these show stopping Tandoori Masala Sweet Potato Wedges (which are essentially just thicker and not so symmetrical fries). I’ve been putting tandoori masala seasoning on everything lately ( hello Curry Oatmeal with Tandoori Masala Roasted Zucchini) so it was only a matter of time before I made sweet potato fries with these spices too.
These are really easy to make, you essentially just dust the chopped sweet potatoes with the spices and roast them in the oven for 40-50 minutes checking on them only once or twice and then they’re done! What could be easier, right?
I’m actually making a similar version to this for my meal prep for work lunches for the next few days. I just dice the sweet potatoes into small pieces instead of slicing them into wedges and add them to my salads. So tasty!
Oh hey, I’m here with yet another oatmeal recipe. What else is new, right? I just can’t help it, you guys. Oatmeal is what I eat almost every single day so I can’t help but create more and more new recipes. I love this Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal! I wanted to call it “Pina Colada Oats” at first but that just didn’t seem right so I decided on Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal instead which perfectly describes this bowl of creaminess. There are basically no other hidden ingredients, it’s just oats, pineapple, vanilla powder, and some almond milk.
What can I say? I love a good bowl of creamy oatmeal — in every flavor possible. I lost count of how many oatmeal recipes I’ve shared with you so far but my guess is a lot. To tell you a secret, I actually make the same flavor of oatmeal every morning which is blueberries, raspberries, acai, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and sometimes I also add maca, yacon, mesquite, lucuma, or even chlorella. Yep, really – chlorella, you read that right! But from time to time, I try new flavors and this one has been my favorite lately so I wanted to share it with you. I wanted to make plum poppy seed muffins with lemon zest for the longest time but in the end, I didn’t want to bother with all the testing and measurements so I just make this Plum Poppy Seed Oatmeal with Lemon Zest instead and oh boy is it good. It’s the perfect flavor for this time of the year when it’s getting warmer (finally!!) and we’re almost in Spring.
If you’re looking for more oatmeal recipes, here are three of my favorites:
We’re at the end of February and even though Spring doesn’t technically start until March 20, the sun is shining and it’s almost 15°C so that almost counts as the beginning of Spring. I can’t help but feel like every change of season is a new beginning, the same way New Year is for most people. And especially spring. I mean, the snow starts disappearing, flowers start blooming, while the mornings are still cold but somehow warmer and more optimistic with the sun shining and morning dew on the grass.
Side note: while writing this I’m listening to the Mellow Workflow playlist on Spotify and it’s giving me major “relaxed but very productive and inspired Monday” vibes. Also, I’m snacking on a GF seed bread with hummus, goat cheese, and arugula which has been my obsession and go-to lately. So delicious.
I’m feeling especially positively charged, creative, inspired, and ready to start new things and move ahead with both my personal life and my business aka my blog. I’m so happy to say that because I’ve been in such a funk these past few weeks, I’ve been unproductive, and overall not in a good place. But hopefully, I’m able to turn things around and take control of my life again, basically.
Well, to say this post is long overdue would honestly be an understatement. I initially wanted to post this salad recipe in January but then I didn’t have the pictures ready so I put it off, then I couldn’t get myself to write the actual post… Anywayyy, long story short — life happened, still is happening, and although my thoughts are still partly elsewhere, I decided to finally get myself to write this post.Yay!! (though it’s 11:30PM right now and I’m super sleepy so I can’t be held responsible what I talk about)
This French Lentil Broccoli Salad is totally incredible so I’m happy I finally pushed myself to publish it.
The combination of fresh mint, parsley, marjoram, and toasted hazelnuts is absolutely incredible! And when you add the feta cheese to it (if you’re not vegan), it’s even more amazing, I’m not even kidding.
I’m SO excited to be taking to you today!! Why? Well, today, I’m sharing with you my first YouTube video ever! After a year of talking about it, I finally filmed one. I decided to start slow so it’s a short one with the recipe for this Sour Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal. In my last post I told you I might buy a new mirrorless camera and well, I actually went out that evening and bought a Sony one. I just couldn’t wait, it had to happen and I’m so happy I got it!
The reason I bought a small camera when I already have my DSLR is because I really wanted to start vlogging. I have been meaning to start for over a year but I never had the guts to do it. Filming yourself and putting it on the internet for everyone to see is a scary thing and it’s a test of your confidence. Especially when your confidence is basically nonexistent and you’re a very shy, self-conscious person.
I’m going to film more cooking videos like the one I’m sharing with you today BUT I also want to make different kinds of videos for a separate channel. Videos about what I eat, about travel, restaurants, and anything else I may want to talk about. Most of all, I want to vlog my move to Toronto and I simply just needed a smaller camera for all that — I’m no Casey Neistat to drag a heavy DSLR everywhere I go.
I’ll update you on how those more personal videos are coming along later this month or next month so stay tuned! ;)
Orange zest and chocolate is a match made in heaven, I swear. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before I made another recipe featuring these two flavors. A smoothie maybe? A cake? Brownies? Cookies? I already made a chocolate orange zest flavored oatmeal (oh look! just when you thought I wouldn’t talk about oatmeal in this post. lol ops) and it’s one of my absolute favorites! If you’re not a fan of the bitter flavor or dark chocolate or orange zest, this granola probably isn’t for you but if you’re anything like me and love dark chocolate, you’ll love this recipe! The orange zest and chocolate go so well together ity§s crazy. I actually used cacao paste instead of melted bar of chocolate which makes this even better. Cacao paste are cacao beans ground into paste at low temperatures to preserve all the nutrients and then cooled which makes the chocolate harden up into chunks. I chopped the chocolate, sprinkled over the hot granola and let it melt. You could also gently melt the chocolate yourself and pour it over the granola. Then just wait until it hardens and it’s done, ready for snacking!
Oh hi there! Long time no see. I feel like I haven’t posted on here in ages! So much for my “post twice a week” resolution, right? But life happens and I’m back. I can’t wait to share this salted caramel nut butter with you as well other recipes I’ve been loving lately. There aren’t so many, though. Mostly because I don’t have the time to actually test any as I’m at work 24/7. Okay, I’m obviously not but it totally feels like it. Working in retail is crazy tiring. It depends on how busy the shop you work at is but it’s generally more demanding than you might think. Especially when your management wants you to go above and beyond without any benefits. That’s why I’m really excited to be working part-time starting today!! With only spending a little over half the time at work, I’ll hopefully have more time for the blog. I actually plan on shooting about 2-3 months worth of recipes ahead (crazy? definitely! doable? hopefully!) because as you probably already know, I’m moving to Toronto in May (yay!!) and I’m not sure about my living situation there so I want to be prepared for not being able to shoot for the first couple of months. I have a busy couple of months ahead of me and as crazy and challenging it might be, I’m still super excited and can’t wait to update you on everything that happens!
Oh look I’m drinking smoothies again!! JK I actually already tested two oatmeal recipes this morning which I’ll be posting sometime in the near future. I don’t know what it is about oatmeal but I just can’t help myself but make it every single morning. I came up with two AMAZING flavors and can’t wait to share them with you guys ;) Seriously, though, how is it I always end up talking about oatmeal on every single post?? lol Anyways, enough about oats, let’s talk about smoothies! I love love love this flavor! It’s ridiculously easy to make and you need only a handful of ingredients! At first, this was supposed to be a nectarine smoothie but then I found out the fruit in my freezer is actually peaches so it turned into a Peach Ginger Smoothie and I’m definitely not complaining about that. So GOOD.