This recipe is one of my favorites to make during the summer. It’s everything you want in a few bites. Salty, sweet, bitter, sour. All you need are some good figs, honey, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Read more down below to find out how to make this super easy yet delicious summer dish. Enjoy!
- Wash your figs lightly and then cut them in half, longways.
- Brush the inside of the halves with a little bit of honey, just enough to cover it all.
- Put the figs in a pan with a little bit of butter and cook on medium for about 8 minutes, or until the honey begins to caramelize.
- Once the figs are cooked, let them cool for about 10 minutes then wrap each half in one piece of prosciutto.
- Right before serving, drizzle a tad of balsamic and crack a bit of pepper over the top and your summer appetizer is all good to go.
In honor of the Beach Bum Lifestyle Program and beach bum season, here’s a super healthy and protein-packed peanut butter cookie recipe, using the Usana chocolate protein powder. Links below!
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Usana chocolate protein powder
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1. Cream peanut butter, coconut palm sugar, vanilla and coconut oil together until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one by one and continue to beat for one minute on medium speed.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the baking soda, protein powder, flour and oats.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture in 3 batches and continuously beat on medium speed until fully mixed.
4. Add cacao nibs and fold into cookie mixture with a rubber spatula.
5. Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, cool and enjoy your healthy treats!!
My Usana Website: http://aimefukada.usana.com/
My Usana code: aime10
The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program: http://www.beachbumlifestyleprogram.com/
One of the reasons I love the morning (I am such a morning person, haha) is because breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day (with brunch coming in a very close second). I love waking up after a good nights sleep and walking into the kitchen to see what we have. One of my favorite breakfast foods are waffles (with eggs, yum!), but I always find that regular waffles always weigh me down throughout the morning and don’t make me feel as nourished. After getting our waffle maker about a year and a half ago, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes, trying to find one that worked the best. In the end, the recipe that I fell in love with was one that mixed a bunch of different recipes together, and used coconut oil instead of any other oils or butter. My favorite breakfast at home would consist of these waffles, an over easy egg, some fresh fruit and an iced coffee. If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it in the comments below! Happy eating:)
1 1/2 cup low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional; this depends on whether you want your waffles more sweet or savory)
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the milk, and coconut oil (and vanilla if you choose) to the eggs and continue to beat for another 2 minutes.
- Gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt to the wet mixture while continuously beating.
- Cook waffles in waffle maker according to instructions (each waffle maker works a little differently).
- Serve warm with a little bit of maple syrup and fruit or with an egg for a delicious breakfast!
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup zero calorie sugar substitute
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, smash the avocado and banana. Add the sugar substitute, sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium for 1 more minute.
- In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, flour and whole wheat flour.
- Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in three batches while continually beating until fully incorporated.
- Pour batter into a lined square tin and bake at 180 c for 22-25 minutes (brownies will be stickier than normal).
- Serve warm (maybe even add a little Halo Top ice cream if you’re feeling special:).
Avocado brownies on the bottom (the darker ones) and regular brownies on the top.
For today’s post, I thought I would just share the list of food items that I always have in my dorm room. One of the scariest things about coming to college (at least for me) was that I was going to get sucked in to the late night pizza orders and junk food eating habits of college life. To combat this, I always make sure I have these items on hand to grab whenever I want a healthy snack (at any time of the day). I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any other ideas/staples, share them in the comments below! I’ll try to find links to as many of these as I can.
- Trader Joe’s crunchy, no-stir peanut butter (I could put good old PB on almost anything)
- Justin’s nut butter packets
- Snyder’s pretzels
- Chobani yoghurt (I like making yoghurt bowls using yoghurt, bananas and granola)
- Chobani yoghurt flips (peach cobbler is my favorite!)
- Simply Balanced organic honey almond granola
- Some sort of flavored sparkling water, no calories (I like the grapefruit Ice and La Croix)
- Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
- 3 different types of chili sauce, including sambal for the Singaporean inside of me (I LOVE my spicy)
- Either milk or almond milk (usually unsweetened, vanilla almond milk)
- Instant iced tea and iced coffee mixes (these come in super handy when I’m in a rush to run to class)
- Protein bars (I always have some combination of Cliff bars, Luna bars and the Health Warrior Chia Seed bars on hand)
- Premier chocolate protein shakes (individually packaged)
One of my biggest fears going into college was food. Not necessarily how good it was going to be (though that was something this foodie worried about), but how hard it was going to be to eat healthy. I had heard so much about “freshman 15” and seen so many friends come back from their first year having gained a lot of weight. Once I got to college, I scoped out the food situation and quickly figured out how to eat healthy and clean. I wrote down everything I ate for 3 days, and have it all down below for you to reference. Please keep in mind that on all three of these days, I had 3- 3 1/2 hours of hard workouts, so the calories (though I don’t count them) and quantity may seem a little high. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas about how to eat healthy in college!
2 hour swim
2 eggs over easy with Sriracha
Bagel with cream cheese
Half a cup of coffee w/milk
1 rice cracker
1 banana with peanut butter
1 bag Skinny Pop (100 kcal)
1 hour weights
1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha
Celery and peanut butter
1 grilled chicken breast with grilled asparagus and zucchini
2 hour swim
1/2 avocado and 2 eggs on 1 English muffin with Sriracha
1 cup coffee w/ milk
1 rice cake
1/4 cup granola
1 1/2 hour weights
Tomato and veggie soup (from Pacific)
Hummus and pita
2 eggs over easy on 1 piece of rye toast with Sriracha
1/2 cup coffee
Egg salad sandwich
1 hour weights
Small chia seed bar
1 packet of Trader Joe’s peanut trail mix
2 hour swim
1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha
Grilled chicken with whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and kale
1 rice cake
This recipe is all the goodness of gyoza, with no carbs!
Ingredients: (serves 6)
600 grams minced pork
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 knob ginger, grated
3/4 cup chives, chopped
4 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. yakitori sauce
2 tsp. chili oil
garlic salt, to taste
1 tbsp. sesame oil + 2 tbsp. for frying
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Form meatballs.
- Fry with sesame oil on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
- Eat and be happy:)
One of the things I’m asked a lot is how I snack. People tend to think of snacking as a bad thing; chips, chocolate bars and cookies. However, I think snacking is the key to eating clean. If you cut back your main meal portions, you can fill up with healthy snacks between instead. This keeps you from overeating and from limiting spikes in your sugar level. Snacks don’t have to be unhealthy, in fact there are so many ways that you can make snacking healthy and fun! Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:
- Cuckoo for Coconuts Trail Mix (Trader Joe’s): This trail mix is my current favorite snack. It comes in small snack sized bags, so it’s already portioned for you. It has toasted almonds, coconut praline cashews, coconut dark chocolate cups and toasted coconut. It really satisfies a sweet tooth and is super filling for such a small amount. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Cuckoo-Coconut-Individual/dp/B01N1UFCKN)
- Mamma Chia: These chia squeeze drinks come in all sorts of flavors and are super easy to grab on the go. They will fill you up and can even go in place of breakfast (especially if you’re in a rush). (https://www.amazon.com/Mamma-Chia-Squeeze-Vitality-Blackberry/dp/B00DOO7AY8/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189084&sr=1-3&keywords=mamma%2Bchia&th=1)
- Fresh popcorn: For some reason it took me 17 years to realize that instead of buying super salty popcorn from a box, I can buy a bag of kernels (which is cheaper btw) and pop them myself. My favorite flavorings are coconut oil and a little bit of honey, or chili powder, garlic powder and a little bit of salt. (https://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Time-Yellow-Popcorn-Kernels/dp/B0077USTMM/ref=sr_1_14_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189159&sr=1-14&keywords=popcorn+kernels)
- Peanut butter on… EVERYTHING: Peanut butter is one of those foods that seem to go with literally anything. Carrot sticks, crackers, apple slices, rice crackers, everything! Peanut butter is super filling and also filled with tons of protein, so I usually just have 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with one of the things listed above and I’m set for a good 2 hours. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Unsalted-Unblanched-Peanuts/dp/B00I4FAPPS/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189192&sr=1-1&keywords=trader+joe%27s+peanut+butter)
- Leftovers: Believe it or not, sometimes leftovers make the best snacks. We usually always have some leftover pasta, chicken, rice or beef, so I just go to the fridge to portion out a little to eat as a snack. You don’t need a big amount, you just need a little to go a long way.
What are your healthy snacks? Comment them down below to share:)
One of this year’s hottest food trends is the Buddha Bowl. It’s basically like an Acai Bowl, but for dinner. The idea is to pack a bowl full of complex carbs, healthy fats, proteins, and tons of veggies. Last night I made this Asian inspired Buddha Bowl, and I have to say it was quite a hit!
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
1 1/2 cups brown rice, cooked
4 chicken breasts
1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, cut into chunks
1 onion, cut into chunks
1 cup green beans, cut into thirds
8 cloves of garlic, halved
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
herbs, to taste
spring onion, to garnish
sesame seeds, to garnish
For the sauce:
1 tbsp. miso paste
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. dashi
1 tbsp. water
- Heat the oven to 200 celsius and boil water to cook your brown rice.
- With a mortar and pestle, grind the miso paste, spring onions, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce and ginger to make a paste. Spread on top of chicken breasts and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Cut up all of your veggies and put in on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes
- For the sauce, put the peanut butter and miso paste in a heat-proof bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, dashi and water and mix thoroughly.
- Grill the chicken over medium heat until cooked, then cut into chunks.
- Now it’s time to prepare your bowl. Start by putting the rice on the bottom. Then top one half with the grilled chicken and the other half with the veggies. Use the spring onion, sesame seeds and halved garlic as garnish. Drizzle with the sauce and it’s ready to serve.
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Don’t forget to comment a picture of your own Buddha Bowl:)
Last weekend, I ventured out to a new, funky brunch place with one of my friends. Haakon Superfoods was a place I had heard about before and had been dying to try. Known for their Acai bowls and smoothies using superfoods, this seemed right up my alley. We walked in to this tiny, yet vibrant little corner of a shop and immediately gushed about how cute it was. With only about 6-7 wooden tables, it had a super cozy feel. We sat down at a table and spent about 10 minutes looking at the menu trying to figure out what we wanted to order (it was hard!!). I finally decided on the Sunrise Magic smoothie and the waffles with coconut ice cream. My friend ordered one of their Christmas drinks, the gingerbread latte, and the avocado on toast. Everything was amazing! The smoothie was light and healthy. It only had fruit and a little bit of yoghurt which was just what I wanted. And my waffles were so light and fluffy, yet perfectly crispy. And my favorite, duh!, was the coconut ice cream. I love love love coconut ice cream, so when I saw this on the menu, I knew I had to order it. It was super light but also amazingly creamy. Highly highly recommend Haakon Superfoods if you’re looking for a healthier brunch option!
Check them out!
Address: 118 Holland Ave, #01-03 Raffles Holland V, 278997
Phone number: +65 8399 2450
haakon superfoods menu
smashed avocado & feta on toast ($14.90)
plus, they’re environmentally friendly!
nordic vafler (waffles) with coconut ice cream ($7.90)
gingerbread latte ($6.90) and the sunrise magic smoothie ($6.90 for large)