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Marinated chicken with potatoes 

In accordance with my marination series I will now announce my second marinade! 

It is garlic herb seasoning and extra virgin olive oil. 


It wasn’t bad. I could definitely taste the marinade because I left it on overnight and it was very garlicky.

This time I decided to boil some diced red potatoes to eat with the chicken.


I decided to cook some diced onions, add the chicken and then eat over the boiled potatoes. I did need to add some mustard and sweet chili sauce for chicken. 

I diced the chicken too: 


Turned out pretty good. In the middle of my cooking, I got a very exciting package from FedEx, delivered priority overnight:


But that’s a tale for another day. Let’s get back to that chicken, shall we?!?


So filling. Totally boring compared with all the yummy stuff out there but it’s lean, helps muscle growth and aids fat loss! 

xxSerena 

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And illustrated guide on how to get healthier skin

Healthy glowing skin is a thing of beauty. And it’s not what you pile on top of your skin, hiding it, that makes it glow. Beauty does radiate from the insides.

Here are some tips:

  
What are your favorite tips for healthy skin?

xxSerena 

8 DIY face masks that will do wonders for your skin

I love a good face mask, especially done at home.
Facials over makeup for me, any day of the week! But even when I’m wearing makeup, a good base of healthy skin makes everything work smoother, more beautiful, more vibrant.

Here are a few homemade do-it-yourself face masks. Try the one that calms what ails you!


  
  
  

Would you ever try these at home? Have you ever tried a recipe like this?

xxSerena

Easy Chia seed pudding recipe and why you should be eating it at least once a week

Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. They are loaded with antioxidants, high in quality protein and help control hunger while enhancing your diet.

Chia seeds are easy to get and a simple raw Chia seed pudding takes minutes to make. I use two table spoons of Chia seeds for this recipe. Here’s some nutritional information:

chia seeds

The soaked Chia seed is jellylike. This outer layer of the seed swells when mixed with liquids to form a gel. This can be used in place of eggs to lower cholesterol and increase the nutrient content of food. In baked goods you can substitute Chia seeds for eggs. One egg is the equivalent of mixing 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and letting sit for 15 minutes.

Here is how I make my chia seed cinnamon pudding ..

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Chia seeds
2 tablespoons milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash Of salt

Optional: raisins, apricots, berries, banana, apple, avocado, nut butters, chocolate chips, coconut, hempseed hearts, etc.

Directions:

Mix ingredients in container. Stir well. Refrigerate for half an hour. Stir again. Enjoy.

It’s that simple!

Add cinnimon to chia seeds. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Add the milk of your choice. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Adding coconut sugar. Photography by Serena Alibhai

 

I decided to add hemp hearts to my pudding. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
Stir well. Photography by Serena Alibhai

Now you put in the fridge for at least 30 min. The Chia seeds will soak up the liquid and the jelly layer will form.

After the pudding forms you can add raisins, coconut, banana, berries, nut butter, toasted almonds, or any other treat to make your chia seed pudding taste the way you like. I added raisins.

After resting in the fridge, the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid. Add more if you want. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Add extra toppings if you wish, like raisins. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Mix well and it’s ready to eat. Photography by Serena Alibhai

And there you have it! Make your Chia seed pudding base with vanilla, cinnamon, coconut sugar and the milk of your choice. Whenever I put sugar in something I usually add a pinch of salt to balance out the flavors.

Would you make chia seed pudding? If you are already familiar with Chia seeds, how do you eat them?

xxSerena

The antiaging benefits of sprouted mung beans!

Mung beans have always been a major weight loss tool for me. I soak them after cleaning them and then make into a delicious soup.

  
I was happy and surprised to see sprouted mung beans at the farmers market last weekend.

They tasted sweet with a soft delicious texture.

  
When you sprout beans they are easier to digest and contain a different set of health benefits.

  
Have you ever tried sprouted lentils or beans? Have you ever made them yourself? What are some good ways to eat sprouted mung beans?

xxSerena 

Balance hormones with a carrot a day 

Carrots are high in beta-carotene, fiber and taste clean and healthy. 

   
   
But they also help to detox hormone levels ?!? 

  
Does anyone know about this? Do you think this is true?

xxSerena 

12 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about skin aging

We all age, but depending on our behaviours, some age more gracefully than others. 

Some say it has to do with genetics. Others say inner happiness. Some say attitude. 

Here is an interesting info graphic that discusses 12 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about skin aging.

  
What do you think? 

xxSerena 

21 ways to eat your water

Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.

Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.

Vegetables. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Eat your water. Eat fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

Eat yourself into hydration!

Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?

xxSerena

How exactly is your body a reflection of what is going on inside?

Do you want to know what’s going on inside of you in five seconds flat?
Sometimes examining what’s happening on the outside of your body give you clues to what nutrient deficiencies might be occurring on the inside.

  
Do you find this is true for you?

xxSerena 

Beauty secret: A visual guide to how men’s suits should fit

What’s better than a man in a great suit? I enjoy chocolate, popcorn, a good quality cheese and cracker… But fashion wise… What is better than a man in a perfectly tailored suit?

There are other fashion options but a man wearing a suit that fits well can be exquisite. But fit is important. 

Not too small you guys. We don’t want to see you splitting the seat of your pants. And not too big and baggy either, we don’t want your pants to fall down.

  
You are welcome, men of the world.

xxSerena