Monday, February 6, 2017

[HEALTHY EATING] GREEN SMOOTHIE

Hi loves!

So today I'm back with another one of my recent staples in my diet: the dreaded green vegetable smoothie!

For me, living away from home and before embarking on this health journey, I have found it hard to get in greens into my diet. Usually, eating out, it's either the vegetables are oily or I have to order salad (which I don't lol).

So vegetable juices / green smoothies are a great way to incorporate as much raw vegetables into your diet as possible. And because I usually blend them with fruits, it's so much easier and tastier to take it in.

Vegetables are so so sooo important. It really clears your skin and trust me, consistent intake of dark, green leafy vegetables does wonders to your complexion! It brightens your skin by giving it that healthy glow.

Here's the basic building blocks of what you need:
  • A blender (you don't say)
  • 2 kinds of dark green leafy vegetables
  • 2-3 kinds of fruits
 So here's my take on my current favorite green smoothie concoction :

GREEN VEGETABLE SMOOTHIE:

  • A handful of baby spinach
  • 5-6 leaves of Kailan
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Half a chilled mango
  • Few cut up pieces of pineapple

Blend them all in together in the blender with 1/4 cup of water or 2-3 ice cubes, depending on how thick or diluted you want your smoothie to be. And there you have it! A power-packed smoothie perfect for breakfast or anytime of the day that you need a pick-me-up. I'm challenging myself to have a glass of this everyday or every alternate day. 

How I do this is by planning my grocery list a week before so I make sure buy all the essential vegetables and fruits. So when I know I have these ingredients in my fridge, I feel like I need to use them up before they start rotting.

Hope you guys give this smoothie a try! Trust me, once you get used to the taste, you'll start loving it ;)

Till' then xx

Saturday, February 4, 2017

[HEALTHY RECIPE] CHOCOLATE BANANA PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Happy February!!!

Oh my, 2017 is already into its 2nd month. Just goes to show that time is so precious and I want to make the best out of each day.

So here's another smoothie recipe that I've been loving recently. I've been working out pretty often nowadays (let's hope it continues lah) and I need my protein and carbs fix. As of now, I don't take any protein shakes. So I'm trying different ways to incorporate proteins and also good carbs into my diet as much as possible.

CHOCOLATE BANANA PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE



Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp of pure cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened, organic peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup of fresh milk/almond milk
Blend all of the above together in a blender and pour it into a mason jar. The mason jar I bought above is from Jaya Grocer. And ta-dah! You're done! Simple right? Best served chilled :) You can make this for your breakfast or also as a pre/post-workout smoothie. 

Bananas are high in potassium which is an essential mineral for maintaining blood pressure, heart health and bone strength. It's also sweet and filling and keeps me contented in the morning. Peanut butter on the other hand is big on protein and protein is so important to build muscle. I'm gonna make myself a big jug of this smoothie tonight!

Hope you guys enjoy this! By the way, I post daily updates on my instagram so be sure to follow me there @missymiyen aite? :D

Till' then!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

[HEALTHY RECIPE] BREAKFAST: OVERNIGHT OATS

Hi loves!

I've been embarking on a healthier diet for the past 2 weeks and I've decided to share my journey and tips for you fitness and health junkies!

The "New Year, New Me" syndrome has been quite effective and also the fact that I'm actually seeing results have kept me pretty much on track so far.

I have been having breakouts for the past few months and I hope by the end of February, my skin would be completely cleared. I can already see results so I'm pretty pumped up!

Anywayyy, let's start with breakfast!

So recently I've been making my own overnight oats. Previously, my breakfast consisted of either nasi lemak, thick milo + biscuits or simply nothing at all. Not surprisingly, my skin suffered. I did some research on ideas for really hearty yet healthy and simple breakfast and overnight oats is up there on my list.

It's so easy to make and so good. Here's the recipe for a basic overnight oat variant:

Overnight Oats


  • 4 tbsps of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • Unsweetened soy milk


Mix them altogether in a mason jar and leave it in the fridge overnight. And ta-dah! Your very own jar of goodness in the morning.

I usually prefer to eat a lot in the morning because... well, because I can. So rolled oats is a good source of energy and keeps me satisfied until lunch.

I switch between milk + greek yogurt and unsweetened soy milk. I prefer unsweetened soy milk rather than cow's milk because its dairy-free. But it is more expensive so I alternate between them. I think one of the most important things to cut out from my diet (at least for now) is dairy food because anything dairy-based tends to cause acne.

Also, chia seeds are really something new I've been incorporating because it has so many goodness. It's a super food. It's a beast.

Grocery list:



So above is typically the ingredients you should buy for a basic variant of overnight oats. I forgot to include honey in the picture but yeah, buy honey. Later on, you can build up on the above and get fancy with other stuff like peanut butter.

Basically the only stuff you would need to replenish weekly is the milk/soymilk/greek yogurt. Other than that, the rest can last you a pretty long time. And because its so easy to make, I have been making overnight oats for at least 3 out of 5 days a work week.

If you like, you can shred some dark chocolates into your overnight oats or add some blueberries or slices of banana for that finishing touch.

So that's it for today. I hope you guys give it a try because I feel having a good, healthy breakfast is a great way to start a day :)

 I've been posting a lot of what I eat on my Insta story so do follow my Instagram for daily updates! My Instagram handle is @missymiyen

See y'all in my next post! Till then, stay awesome :)