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3 types of Oatmeal breakfast prep 

Oatmeal is one of those super foods when you want to slim down the belly fat. 


So on Sunday I made three servings of organic slow rolled oats, which I cooked in water with half a teaspoon of turmeric and salt. 


Why Tumeric?


I added a psyllium husk and flax seed mixture to this, about 1 tablespoon. I also added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and one ripe banana while it cooked. 


No sugar. No milk. I cooked about a cup of oats in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes under medium heat.

Why cinnamon?


I have to say it tasted pretty great. To the first warm bowl I added 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.


I used the rest of the cooked oatmeal to prepare breakfast for work in advance. 

Added one nectarine:


Added pear:


Preparing the rolled oats this way allowed me to keep my breakfast clean with no added sugar.

I’ll warm these batches up in the microwave and the natural sugars from the fruit will be good enough for me!

xxSerena

A beautiful and nutritious yogurt bowl

Food should look as good as it is nutritious for your body. Choosing the beautiful ripe fruit to add to your yogurt bowl can help make breakfast, snack or any meal more enjoyable.

Yogurt is nutritious on it’s own:

  
Think about eating a rainbow of colors.

 

Eat the rainbow for breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Choose fruit instead of simple white sugar.

 

Yogurt bowl with fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
The more colorful the more antioxidants, the more nutritious. And consequently, the more delicious.

 

Kiwi fruit. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
How do you make your favorite yogurt bowl?

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

Watermelon, orange and grapefruit breakfast with nutritional benefits

It’s such a beautiful trifecta. The colors look beautiful together, don’t they?

 

Watermelon, orange and grapefruit breakfast. photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
This combination of fruit not only tastes great. There are so many nutritional benefits to eating fruit, particularly these three. 

   
   
Which of these fruits are your favorite? 

xxSerena 

Sloppy Joe eggs with avocado, another eggcelent post workout meal

There are minimal carbs in this post workout meal. We start by cooking the eggs with tomatoes and onions. Then we top with feta and ripe avocado. You can eat this with toast or leave it carb free.

Begin by prepping your vegetables. You can use anything you’d like here, mushrooms or peppers. We used tomatoes and onions.

 

Wash and prep your ingredients. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
   
Season your eggs with salt, pepper or fancy salt-and-pepper!

   
    
   
Pour your eggs over your cooked tomatoes and onions.

   
   
Now for the sloppy Joe part! Stir your eggs gently to create a scramble. Top with feta & avocado.

   
   
Choose your favorite hot sauce and enjoy this delicious meal. You earned it! It’s packed with healthy protein and fats.

  
 
What do you think? 

xxSerena 

 

Belly fat burning healthy weight loss breakfast

Oatmeal is one of those foods that will help you lose weight, especially that stubborn belly fat. 

This breakfast features oatmeal, blueberries, nuts and peanut butter. All three of these super foods are on this handy chart:

 

 
Start with oatmeal. Then add slivered almonds, blueberries and peanut butter.

 

Add slivered almonds and peanut butter to your blueberry oatmeal. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

  
Use natural peanut butter for less preservatives. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

  
Peanut butter add healthy fats to your oatmeal. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

  
Put healthy fats in your breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

  
Weight loss oatmeal breakfast. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

 
This slow releasing carbohydrate is complex and high in fiber. This is ideal if you want to lose fat since this will keep you full for longer.

What you love to put into your oatmeal?

xxSerena 

Egg veggie skillet for dinner

Ever since I ate what was called a “garden skillet” at a small restaurant that doesn’t exist anymore, I’ve been making my own skillets. 

Depending on where I am in my fitness journey, I make the skillet with more or less fat.

This time I left out the cheese. You can add meat if you like, I have done that in the past, but today I kept it vegetarian.

I started with olive oil in a hot pan. Then I added frozen hashbrowns, and chopped fresh red cabbage I got at the farmers market.

 

Photography by Serena Alibhai

I then season this with lemon, Braggs amino acid’s, and a garlic and herb sodium free spice mixture. 
Next I add a powder soup stock, I used a Japanese one with sesame seeds, to 2 eggs.

 

Photography by Serena Alibhai

Then I spread out the potato cabbage mixture evenly, beat the eggs with a tablespoon of cold water, and pour the egg mixture over the potato cabbage mixture. 
The cold water ensures that the eggs are light and fluffy.

Then I move the pan so the egg mixture spreads to the edges evenly. Then I turn off the heat and cover for at least five minutes.

The steam will cook the eggs.

 

Spread beat egg over cooked potatoes and cabbage. Photography by Serena Alibhai
  
Eggs will cook by steam. Photography by Serena Alibhai
  
Steam until eggs are cooked the way you like it. Photography by Serena Alibhai

If calories are not an issue, now is the time to top with sour cream, cheese or salsa. When I want to cut out extra fat I will top this with Greek yogurt, Tabasco and fresh salsa. Just as delicious!

Have you ever made a skillet with eggs like this one?
xxSerena 

 

Coconut and brown sugar oatmeal

This tastes delicious and is a great take on simple oatmeal.

The coconut along with the complex carbohydrates in the oatmeal will release sugars slowly into your bloodstream throughout the day. This will help to minimize hunger. Important if you want to lose weight.

Start by cooking your oatmeal.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
 
Prepare your toppings. These are coconut, raisins, chopped nuts and brown sugar. Allow your guests or family to put as many toppings as they wish. They get to dress their own oatmeal, according to their tastes. 

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
  
Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
 

Try using cinnamon to season your breakfast. Remember all the benefits cinnamon has on your health? 

Here’s a reminder:

  

Enjoy!

xxSerena 

Why you should be eating yogurt regularly

I like Greek no fat yogurt, but I’m not choosy about the fat content as much as I am about the flavour.

And my flavor has always been plain. I don’t know what it is but that cold sour taste of yogurt has always been a treat for me.

Cold, thick, plain Greek yogurt is one of my favorite things to eat. And I feel blessed I don’t have any dietary constraints when it comes to yogurt. I am not lactose intolerant, my stomach can handle yogurt perfectly fine. In fact I feel it does my body really good!

I like my yogurt plain but I have no problem stopping it with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, granola or any other delicious fruit.

What are your feelings on yogurt? Do you eat it? How do you eat it?

xxSerena

Easy peasy egg and feta omelette

Sometimes simple is best. With a teaspoon of butter, your favourite spices, two eggs and a sprinkle of feta you get an easy post workout meal full of a spectrum of protein. Your body will use this to build muscle as you sleep.

Easy Peasy egg feta omelette ingredients:

Two eggs

1 teaspoon butter

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste

2 tablespoons feta

Here’s what you do:

Mix spices into eggs. Whisk.

Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Pour the omelette into a buttered pan and cook on low heat til bottom is semi firm:

Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Butter in pan. Photography  and original recipe by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Egg in pan. Photography and original recipe by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Sprinkle feta onto omelette and then flip sides over onto the middle:

Add feta. Photography  and original recipe by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Fold over gently. Photography and original recipe by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Fold both sides into the middle. Photography and original recipe by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Enjoy!

Delicious and healthy. Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Delicious breakfast. Photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

xxSerena