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EASY AND DELICIOUS OATMEAL RECIPE

This delicious and super easy to make oatmeal recipe has become my absolute favorite breakfast. And it is very Instagrammable also. ūüėČ

I would separate this recipe into three parts: the oatmeal, the homemade (no added sugar) berries jam and the topping.

THE OATMEAL

Here are the ingredients for the oatmeal (2 servings):

  • Oats – 10¬†tbsp
  • Water – just¬†enough¬†to¬†cover¬†the¬†oats;¬†adjust¬†along¬†the¬†way.
  • Salt – a¬†pinch¬†(they¬†say¬†it¬†enhances¬†the¬†flavor)
  • Chia seeds – 2¬†tsp
  • Flax seeds – 2¬†tsp
  • Cocoa – 1¬†tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1¬†tsp
  • Banana – 1,¬†diced

How to make:

Add the oats, water and a pinch of salt to a saucepan and start stirring. Be very careful, because the mixture tends to stick to the pan. The good thing is that the oats absorb the water really fast, so it does not take long to prepare. Then add the chia seeds, the flax seeds, cocoa, cinnamon, and mix well. Cut a banana in small pieces and add it to the mixture, in order for it to caramelize and provide a creamier texture. After the oats have cooked (they should look soft, creamy and homogeneous), your base for the oatmeal recipe is ready.

THE BERRIES JAM

For the berries jam I got inspired by this video from Pick Up Limes, it features other cool recipes, so make sure to also check that out. Here are the three ingredients:

  • Frozen berries – 1¬†cup
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Chia seeds – 1¬†tbsp

How to make:

I prepare this jam in a frying pan. All you have to do is add frozen berries of choice in the frying pan over medium heat, let them cook for a while, add the juice of a lemon or half a lemon, depending on how much jam you want to prepare. I would say half a lemon is enough, since the berries will also release a lot of moisture. After the berries are not frozen anymore, add a tablespoon of chia seeds. The seeds will absorb the liquid, become gooey and will give the jam a thicker, more homogeneous consistency. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then serve hot or cold.

THE TOPPING

This is my favorite part. ūüėĄ As you can see in the picture, here are the things I use for decorating the oatmeal, plus some additional ideas:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Banana slices
  • The homemade berries jam
  • Peanut butter
  • A drizzle of honey (optional)
  • Seeds
  • A dash of cinnamon or cocoa

This recipe is super healthy and delicious, high in fiber and protein, it features natural and very accessible ingredients, and it has roughly 350 calories (oatmeal + jam + coconut flakes topping). The oats will keep you full for a long time, and the seeds will provide the Omega-3 fatty acids you need for a healthy heart. The berries chia jam is a lot healthier than a regular jam, made with white sugar, and it still tastes absolutely delicious. Also, both the seeds and the jam are high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and help slowing down the aging process.

If you want to have this oatmeal recipe to-go, or if you don’t have time to prepare it right before you go to work or school, I have an equally delicious alternative. In my 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 2 article you can find my overnight chocolate oatmeal recipe. All you have to do is prepare it before going to bed, leave it in the fridge overnight, open and serve the next day.

I guarantee you guys will enjoy this amazing breakfast / desert / best meal ever, so make sure to try it out and send me your pics! I would love to see your creations and get inspired from your ideas. ūüôā

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PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

BACK WITH A DELICIOUS PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE!

Since so many of you guys appreciated my delicious Mojito smoothie recipe, I have decided to also share with you my new pina colada smoothie recipe!

I have always been a huge fan of pineapple. ūüėĀ I love adding it to fruit salads or even eating it straight out of the can. Therefore, in order to keep things interesting, I have decided to also add it to my smoothies. This is how this recipe was born, and believe me guys, I was simply mind blown by how delicious it is!

Without further ado, here is the recipe for two (big) servings:

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Alpro coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • Dole pineapple, half a can
  • Chia seeds, about 1tbsp
  • Oats, 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Coconut shreds, 1 tbsp

Blend and enjoy!

You can adjust the texture to your liking. Add more bananas or oats in order to make it thicker, and more coconut milk or even filtered water to make it more fluid. As far as I am concerned, I prefer a thicker, creamier version. You can have it for desert or as a snack whenever you feel the need for something sweet.

I have specified the exact brands that I have used (Alpro and Dole) because I want to make sure that you will get the exact same taste if you try the recipe. I once used a different pineapple brand in one of my recipes, and the taste was noticeably different. But feel free to adjust the ingredients however you like. ūüôā

Benefits:

  • Bananas, pineapple, chia seeds and oats are all high in antioxidants
  • The potassium in the banana helps keep your heart and brain healthy
  • The pineapple is known to help reduce bloating
  • Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent heart disease
  • Oats help reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels

Now, guys, you must try this pina colada smoothie recipe, it is just MIND BLOWING! If you love the pineapple flavor, then you will simply adore this exotic, creamy deliciousness. And don’t forget about all the added health benefits! Make sure to try it out, and if you do, send me your pictures and tag me at @alexandra_bulac! It would make me really excited to know that you are enjoying this healthy and delicious desert!

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Cuisine, Places

BEST SUSHI IN BUCHAREST

ARGENTINE STEAK & SUSHI – THE BEST SUSHI IN BUCHAREST

This is one of the best places that I have ever been to, so I just have to review it here on the blog.
If you are following me on Instagram, then you probably already know that I have visited the restaurant on Friday. And the first thing that I can tell you is that they have the best sushi in Bucharest, at least from what I have tasted so far.

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BEST QUINOA WITH VEGGIES RECIPE

I am back with this DELICIOUS quinoa with veggies recipe!
Yesterday was the first time I tried it, and I was amazed at how delicious it is. All I did was: open my fridge, see what’s in there, and start cooking! Some tomatoes, zucchini, lots of onions, some quinoa… Let’s see what we can make out of these. ūüôā

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Mojito Smoothie
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DELICIOUS MOJITO SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Yesterday I have created / tested something new: a delicious Mojito Smoothie recipe!

I was inspired by this article about immune boosting smoothies. I have never used lemon in a smoothie, and I was really intrigued by the idea, so I decided to give it a try! And this is how I ended up with my new favorite Mojito Smoothie!

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR – DAY 5

Here we are, at the end of another 5 DAYS CHALLENGE!

You may be surprised to find out that this one was actually easier than the 5 DAYS OF FASHION CHALLENGE, a lot less exhausting. Obviously, that is because I got to live my normal life and not struggle to go out every evening after work.¬†ūüėÖ

I wanted 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR to be a chiller¬†challenge, with less vlogging and more straightforward information, no fancy pictures and daily updates about how to eat healthy. (But don’t worry, vlogging will be back really soon.)

Impressions

In the first day of the 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR challenge I wrote that I am not sure if I am going to be able to complete it. Today, I can only say that it was unbelievably easy!

I may be a sugar addict. I was. Maybe I still am. Many of us definitely are, without even noticing it. I have tried to quit sugar for good several times, and only succeeded to do it for 3 consecutive days at most. But after that I would start to feel an actual, physical need for something sweet. Smokers may relate to this.

I am still surprised at how easy it was for me to stay away from sugar for 5 days. It was so easy that I can’t even feel proud of myself, haha.¬†ūüėÜ Now I dare you to take on this challenge! And even try to surpass me, if you can. Keep me posted on your progress and I’m always here to help and provide tips and support!

Today’s menu:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 4

I’ll admit, I felt a bit of a sugar craving during DAY 4, but I got myself an orange juice and fixed it. Let me share with you some secrets on how to avoid snacking on unhealthy stuff:

  1. Eat enough on your main meals, so that you don’t feel the need to snack later.
  2. Always have healthy snacks with you (fruits, nuts, delicious homemade chocolate oatmeal) so that you don’t turn to the vending machine whenever the cravings strike.
  3. Research delicious healthy snacks (oatmeal, smoothies, fruit salads) – be creative! Knowing that, after the lunch break at work, I get to eat my oatmeal, makes me super, super excited! Find healthy alternatives that get you excited, and you won’t even have the time for other unhealthy stuff!

 

Here’s what I ate during DAY 4:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 3

Who would have thought that it can be so easy to avoid sugar, and that there are so many food options out there? I am really having a lot of fun experimenting with so many delicious, processed sugar free meals and snacks, and I totally recommend you to also try this out, at least for 2-3 days!¬†ūüėÉ

If you want more food inspo, make sure to check out what I ate during DAY 1 and DAY 2 of the 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR CHALLENGE!

Here’s my DAY 3 menu:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 2

Wow, this is going a lot better than I expected! It’s already the third day of the challenge and I don’t have any noticeable sugar cravings so far – which is pretty unusual for me, I have to admit.

I have found out that one of the secrets is to eat a lot on your main meals, so that you feel full and don’t feel the need to snack on unhealthy stuff later.

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 1

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, Day 1 went incredibly well, without noticeable sugar cravings, and delicious sugar-free meals and snacks. Here’s a short recap of yesterday’s menu:

*I do intermittent fasting, so I don’t eat anything before 12:00 at noon. That is why you won’t find any “BREAKFAST” section below.

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5 Days Experiment by Alexandra Bulac, Cuisine, Health

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR CHALLENGE

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, STARTING TODAY!

This makes me pretty nervous, because it is the first challenge where I’m not actually sure if I’m gonna succeed or not. But I do have high expectations.

I’m gonna make it.

As you have probably seen if you are following me on Instagram, this weekend I went on a short trip and I have broken many of my culinary rules (no sugar, no pasta ARRIBA bring it all).

So I have decided I need a detox. And by “detox” I don’t mean drinking fancy expensive juices which promise to turn me into a vegetable. I mean eating healthy and giving up on things which affect me in a negative way (sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy snacks). Continue reading

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