Happy New Year Everyone! 

It was a great year and wish you the best and better for 2016! 

   

  

 
xxSerena 

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Slimming workout 

Using new moves in your workout routine keeps the body strong since you’re not used to them, shock your body into getting stronger. 

  
Do you think you will use these new exercises in your home work out? Do you already do these exercises?

xxSerena

How to make delicious baked sweet potato fries 

They tend to get soggy or burnt, but I found a great simple way to bake delicious sweet potato fries. 

Here’s some nutritional facts before we begin:

  
Firstly, I like to either wash my sweet potato I didn’t advance or find a sweet potato that it is clean because you will not wash your sweet potato. This is a trick to allowing the olive oil and spices to stick.

  
Next is cut your sweet potato in half first and then in disks before slicing into fries. Preheat your oven to 450°. 

   
 
Then drizzle enough olive oil to coat all sides of your fries. I do this directly on my foil-lined cookie sheet. Then add spices. I used salt, pepper, garlic pepper and dried oregano.

  
You will cook your sweet potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes. In between cooking time take out the sweet potatoes and turn them. 

  
Serve your baked sweet potato fries with condiments of your choice. I chose a tahini lemon sauce. You can use garlic mayo or a red pepper aoli or cucumber garlic yogurt.

  
What’s your favourite way to eat sweet potatoes? 

xxSerena

Use your own body weight booty workout 

Your glutes are a large important muscle that support your back and hips, and directly impact your ability to hold good posture. 

These are great exercises you can do at home without any weights. Use your own bodyweight to make yourself stronger. To increase difficulty go slower and maintain good alignment.

  

Do you exercise regularly ? 

xxSerena 

 

Chicken split pea soup recipe

This warm winter soup recipe is great for so many reasons: health-wise it’s high in protein and low in fat. It’s even got vitamins, minerals and fiber. It’s very easy to make, if you don’t mind letting a soup simmer on the stove for a few hours while you do other things, stirring ever hour or so. It’s also so delicious. You have a great mingling of spices, spinach, butternut squash, chicken, onions and of course the star of the dish – what gives it the thick wonderful consistency of a stew – yellow split peas.

Yellow split peas are low in fat and high in fibre & protein.

Here are some basic nutritional facts for yellow split peas:


Here’s a great winter recipe that I learned from my cousin’s wife. She uses chicken on the bone. To keep mine lowfat I use rotisserie chicken breast.

Ingredients:

450 grams yellow split peas (half the bag)
2 cups diced butternut squash
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic purée
1 teaspoon ginger purée
2 cup spinach or 1/2 package frozen spinach
2 pieces rotisserie chicken breast, diced
Salt, pepper, 2 teaspoons dal spice mix (tumeric, Red chili, black pepper, cumin, coriander, brown Cardiman, green cardamom, dehydrated dill, citric acid)

Directions:

  1. Fry diced onions in olive oil with salt, pepper and dried spice mix. Cook under medium heat for about 6-8 minutes and you can smell the aroma.
  2. Add rinsed yellow split peas, garlic and ginger. Stir to mix.
  3. Add butternut squash and spinach. Stir.
  4. Add stock and cooked chicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer for four hours, stirring once an hour, until squash and lentils almost dissolve.

 

I used a mixture of diced red and yellow onion because that’s what I had. I fried the onions in the mixture of spices and olive oil. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
Add pureed ginger and garlic. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
Add the yellow split peas and stir to blend flavors. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
After adding other ingredients including water, butternut squash and spinach. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
After a few hours of simmering, about 3-4, the yellow split peas and squash will dissolve and create a very thick delicious and healthy soup. After adding other ingredients including water, butternut squash and spinach. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

It was very delicious by the way! Plus nutrient dense so a great weight loss dish.

Have you ever cooked with yellow split peas? Do you enjoy lentils?

xxSerena

 

 

Eat a bowl of pomegranate seeds

They’re like little ruby jewels; packed with nutritional benefits and flavour. These red little soldiers fight against disease in the body.

 In the middle of each Golden Nugget is an edible seed filled with antioxidants and dietary medicine.

Pomegranate in a bowl. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Gorgeous little ruby jewels packed with good nutrition. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Fruit breakfast spread. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
They say eat the rainbow, and these ruby red juicy pearls are no exception. Pomegranates are packed with good things healthy for you. There are so many benefits:


Do you like pomegranates? I like to just eat them with a spoon from a bowl. How do you eat pomegranate?
xxSerena

Cellulite blasting work out

Thick or thin, big or small, cellulite doesn’t discriminate. As for your diet, drink lots of water, fruit and healthy fats like avocado and nuts.

But what will really blast the cellulite is exercise. Here are some for you to try:

  
Do you get cellulite? Do you try and prevent it? Through exercise or through food?

xxSerena 

Individual veggie egg pies with crispy potato crust 

There was another work potluck! This time, it was breakfast. And short notice. And I’m still in vegetarian week for the most part.

So I did some research and made my own recipe for individual vegetarian quiche with real russet potato hashbrown crust. 

You will need a 12 cup muffin or cupcake tin. Here’s the recipe, it turned out great:

Ingredients:

Four russet potatoes

Butter for greasing pan

One small tomato, chopped

One green spring onion, chopped

Four button mushrooms, chopped finely

Four eggs

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoon garlic herb seasoning

Ground fresh pepper

1/4 teaspoon turmeric 

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Wash and Pierce potatoes with work. Microwave on high for one minute. Turn potatoes. Microwave on high for one more minute. Remove and wash with cold water.
  2. Peel potatoes and grate with large setting.
  3. Season potatoes with half dried oregano, half garlic and herb seasoning.
  4. Press potato mixture into greased muffin pan all the way up to the edges. Bake in 375° oven for ten minutes to crisp up. 
  5. Mix eggs, vegetables and remaining seasonings.
  6. Fill hashbrown crust with egg mixture and bake for 15 more minutes.

 

Season grated potatoes. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

 
Push potato mixture into muffin tray. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
  

Push potatoes all the way up besides, they will shrink as they cook. photography by Serena Alibhai
     
 
   
 
  
  
  

Eight minute bikini abs workout

I do love working out in the winter; it keep me warm, strong and allows me to eat more without guilt! 

Of course legs, arms back and shoulders need to be strong but the abdominals need extra attention.

The abdominals and back is what stabilizes us; helps with our balance, preventing dangerous injuries after, let’s say, slipping on ice.

  
Do you work out? Do you exercise your abdominal muscles? If so, what are your favorite exercises?

xxSerena