Diet and sweet pancakes

A weekend is a great opportunity to slow the time down, not be in a rush and do what you like. I really enjoy cooking. At the same time, I never spend in the kitchen for more than forty minutes. Because healthy meals do not require a lot of time.

In the morning, I slowly crawled out of bed on an exercise mat. A little more than half an hour of yoga, and I my body is grateful to me. This afternoon, I play tennis which is an intense cardiovascular workout. So 30 minutes of yoga is enough to warm-up joints and muscles. After yoga – a green smoothie, shower and cooking breakfast. As always this happens with different recipes in my case, Russian pancakes recipe was converted into a one without gluten and sugar.

Ingredients for eight medium pancakes:

  • bananas instead of sugar – 2 pieces;
  • baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon;
  • eggs – 2 pieces;
  • coconut milk – 3 tablespoons;
  • cup of quinoa flour (can be substituted for rice flour, if you need gluten-free option, or wheat, if you eat gluten);
  • glass of water;
  • a pinch of salt.

Bananas I mash in a blender, then mixed with all the ingredients. And I leave the dough for 30 minutes to infuse. Then I stirred and still about a quarter cup of water. I fry pancakes quickly with a little olive oil.

In the evening I made a variant of dietary jam. Just mashed in the blender two mango pulp (you can use any other fruit). I added five teaspoons of chia seeds in a mango puree, and put in the refrigerator overnight. The seeds swell and make the mass like a jam. It served as a topping for pancakes with strawberries.

The great compliment for this breakfast is a green tea with lemon and a little clove. It is not only a tasty and healthy meal, but also a way to hear one more time that I am the best wife in the world! 🙂

Dietary muffins

I don’t remember why and how I decided to cook dietary muffins this year. But recently I cook them quite often for our nice family weekends. I have tried different options of recipe. Firstly, I added a homemade cottage cheese, but I don’t eat dairy products for half a year now. So I created the different recipes and the taste is even much better. And now this is definitely dietary muffins without gluten, sugar, dairy products and butter.

Ingredients and proportions for six muffins:

  • 2 small organic eggs + 1 egg white;
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia (or teaspoon of honey);
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon;
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil;
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda;
  • 4 tablespoons of buckwheat flour;
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut or brown rice flour;
  • 6 pieces of mashed dates;
  •  2 mashed bananas with 1 teaspoon of organic cacao;
  • dried apricots or raisins to your taste.

I put dried apricots into hot water for 10 minutes. They swell up and the taste becomes very tender.

While dried apricots are soaking I’m mixing all the ingredients adding one after another. Then I put paste in baking cups filling them half and then bake for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

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I cooked such muffins several times. You’ll have the tenderest taste if you add soaked apricots 🙂

One more nice option is to mash a carrot instead of dates with bananas and cacao.

Bon appetite!

Morning notes and fruit salad with cinnamon

Morning is my favorite time of the day. In the morning I love to do the most pleasant things: practice yoga, cook delicious breakfast, read a book, work out or just go for a walk. Recently I began to write morning notes. They say it helps to disclose the creativity. You wake up in the morning; you take a pen and write everything you have in your head (use a pen, not the keyboard or touch screen). The main thing is to write everything, even some funny and crazy thoughts!

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This morning I wrote my notes and made bright fruit salad for breakfast.

Fruit salad (for two):

  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ pineapple
  •  ¼ watermelon
  • Cinnamon to your taste
  • Home-made yoghurt or non-fat cottage cheese to your taste (optional)

Let this day be also bright and rich!

Fruits and nuts smoothie for breakfast

A multilayer smoothie! Beautiful, healthy and nutritious!

I rescheduled my workout in order to make it and take some pictures of it.

Multilayer smoothies look really beautiful in transparent glass. I also enjoy the richness of taste when I eat different layers with the small spoon and occasionally mix them.

Fruit and nut smoothie (for two):

  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 kiwi
  • Fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • About 20 Hazelnuts
  • 100 g of homemade yoghurt (or non-fat cottage cheese)
  •  8 walnuts

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Blend the mango and pour the first layer into the glasses. Wash the blender. Then blend avocado, kiwi, mint and cinnamon. Pour a second layer. Put hazelnuts on the top. Then pour homemade yoghurt or non-fat cottage cheese. Decorate your smoothie with walnuts, hazelnuts and mint leaves.

Enjoy the taste of this wonderful breakfast!

Breakfast: cottage cheese pancakes with strawberry

Recently I’ve cooked our favorite cottage cheese pancakes. That time I added more eggs and flour so portions were bigger than usual. I had them for breakfast and I wasn’t hungry for several hours till lunch. Time of cooking: 10 minutes to prepare paste, 10 minutes for frying and making strawberry mix at the same time. Total: 20 minutes.

I always put the meal into the separate plates for each of us. We don’t have additional plates or salad bowls with food on the table lest you want to eat more. In fact, a plate of food is quite enough to satiate the stomach.

The recipe of my pancakes:

  • 2 small eggs;
  • 2 small white eggs;
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia;
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon;
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla;
  • 3 spoons of rice flour;
  • 3 spoons of coconut flour;
  • 200 grams of cottage cheese.

I mixed all ingredients in a blender, then I fried pancakes in a pan with olive oil. At the same time I put washed strawberries in a blender, added one teaspoon of stevia and two spoons of coconut milk. Then I put three pancakes with strawberry “jam” in the middle of plate. I also put some berries to the pancakes and poured blended strawberries into the glasses to use it as a jam.

Bon appetite!

Healthy, sweet and energy snack

This Saturday night I decided to cook some healthy snacks to eat during the tomorrow’s journey. I chose one of the energy snacks, which are energy balls. I tasted them in Bali at Desa Seni resort. I was sitting outside after yoga, enjoying fresh air and sipping ginger tea. One ball supplies you with energy for two hours.

Recipes can differ but all of them include crushed nuts and dried fruits, sometimes honey, dried coconut and cottage cheese. The best thing is that you can cook them in 15 minutes, of course, if you have all the ingredients. For example I always have some almond flour at home.

I put 100 grams of raisins to the blender, then mixed it with the almond flour (about 100 grams) and added 3 teaspoons of honey. Then I rolled it up with my wet palms into bite-size balls and put an almond nut into the center of every ball. Then I rolled them in cacao and sesame and put into the fridge for the whole night.

The next morning we took them with us to our journey to Dalat, Vietnam. Energy balls can be an excellent snack before or after workout. Also you can use them as a healthy replacement for candies or as a dessert.