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I just finished this wonderful life-changing book by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, called “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children“, and I exctracted some of the quotes I like in the book. I warmly recommend reading this book if you’re a parent or if you’re planning to be. 

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
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“Conscious parenting means that in our interactions with our children, we ask: Am I dealing with my child in an aware manner or am I being triggered by my past?”

“When you’re able to respect the unfolding of your child’s particular journey, you teach them to nurture their own inner voice and simultaneously honor the voice of others.”

“Our ability to accept our children is directly linked to our ability to accept ourselves – both as we are presently, and for what we have the potential to become.”

“If our relationship, house, job, car, and other externals are what we rely on to make us happy, we are enslaved to ego.”

“Emotional reactivity is a reason to go inward, focusing on your own growth. Once you realize there are no enemies, only guides to inner growth, all who play a part in your life become mirrors of your forgotten self.”

“Life challenges become emotionally regenerative opportunities. When you encounter a roadblock in your life, whether a person or a situation, instead of seeing it as an enemy to be reacted against, you pause and ask yourself: What do I perceive I’m lacking?”

“When our children are permitted to feel their feelings, they are able to release them amazingly quickly. They come out of the pain understanding that pain is just another sensation. The anticipation of the pain is often more intolerable than the actual pain. When our children experience their pain in its pure form, without fueling it with resistance or coloring it with a reaction, the pain transforms itself into wisdom and perspective.”

“I expect to be triggered, entangled, overwhelmed, and to engage in egoic parenting at times. However, I will use the lessons embedded in these occasions to evolve as a person and to help my children evolve as well.”

“Life happens, pure and simple. No matter how we try to manage it, it has a force beyond logic or coherence. When we swim in the ocean, we allow the water to move our body. We don’t protest: ‘How dare this wave be so high? It should be low.’  We accept that we have no dominion over the ocean. Indeed, we find the unpredictability of the waves exhilarating.”

By modeling an attitude of trust, and approaching life with gracious ease based on this trust, we teach our children to draw wisdom from all of their circumstances, instead of viewing some aspects of life as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’.”

“We promote trust whenever we encourage our children to speak up and be heard. They learn to trust themselves as we tell them, ‘I admire the way you put your thoughts together,’ and assure them, ‘I trust you to do the right thing.’ Should they happen to make an unwise choice, we don’t allow this to cause us to indicate a lack of trust in them, but simply tell them in a matter of fact manner, ‘You made this decision and now you are learning from it.’ Lack of trust doesn’t enter the equation.”

“How can I use this struggle for higher evolvement? It’s a matter of not allowing our identity to be defined by the events in our life. Instead, we understand that it’s how we either respond creatively or react negatively that defines our fate.”

“When we either experience a compulsion to change another’s mind, or allow them to trigger us into a state of overwhelming emotion, we are no longer conscious but in ego.”

“Who we were before becoming a parent doesn’t and cannot exist with the same ferocity. Once children enter our life, their impact is indelible, and we are required to reinvent ourselves in response.”

“In this stage, it’s as if our being were saying to that of our child: ‘I no longer know where you begin and I end. Days and nights blend into a haze of brilliance and fatigue. I am elastic, rubber, and wax. I bend to your will with no resistance, no boundary, transparent like glass. Even when you aren’t with me, I am with you, imagining you. There is no moment in which I exist separate from you.’”

I’m not here to judge or approve my child’s natural state. I’m not here to determine what course my child’s life should take. I’m here as my child’s spiritual partner. My child’s spirit is infinitely wise and will manifest itself in exactly the way it’s meant to. My child’s spirit will reflect the manner in which I am invited to respond to my own essence.”

“Worrying gives us a reassuring sense we are ‘doing’ something, fooling us into imagining we somehow have some control over things.”

“When we teach our children that their success in life is dependent on their performance, childhood becomes geared toward the future instead of being experienced simply as childhood. Children learn that who they are, as they are, isn’t enough in the adult world.”

“When we aren’t solidly grounded in our own essence, we tend to compensate by creating an external life in which just about everything becomes a ‘big deal’. Lacking an adequate sense of our intrinsic value, we feel a need to exaggerate, bend over backwards, and overanalyze.”

“When you foster your children’s creativity on a daily basis in the same way you supply them with the right nutrition, you teach them one of the most valuable lessons of all: to rely on their inner being to solve life’s problems. They have an intrinsic ability to think outside the box, and only your anxiety causes them to doubt their inner voice.”

“How wonderful if every parent would convey to their child: ‘You are a creative person. Be free with your imagination. Take me to places in your imagination so I can visit and revel. Imagine all you want, and express yourself without fear. How else will you know your limits? You have the capacity to place your unique imprint on the universe. At the same time, there’s a sense in which you are at once many beings in a single being, so don’t marry yourself toa single way of expressing yourself too soon. All you need to be is you, and you can express who you are in any way you choose as you develop. Don’t worry so much about the ‘logic’ of a project. If you believe in it, do it. Life isn’t about the money you make, but is a matter of engaging in things for the sheer joy of it.”

“Some children are mature for their age, while others mature more slowly. So caught up do we get in sticking to traditional notions of age and maturity that we fail to recognize the unique temperament of each child. Pushing a child to ‘grow up’ simply because their chronological age is more advanced is a fruitless exercise that can only destroy the child’s sense of worth. When we feel ourselves becoming frustrated because our child can’t ‘be like others their age’, we are wise to remind ourselves that age is simply a construct – and illusion that, if we buy into it, can curtail our child’s spirit.”

“No one can cause us to feel a particular way. No matter how it may appear on the surface, at a more elemental level no one has this power. If the seeds of irritation, helplessness, frustration, or tension weren’t already within us, they couldn’t bloom.”

“Everyone around me is a reflection of me.”

“Your unconsciousness isn’t your children’s to inherit; it is yours to excavate.”

“Matching our emotional energy to that of our children is far more effective than asking them to match their energy to ours.”

Be Your Best Self!

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30 Days With Louise Hay

These delicious, healthy pancakes are made with rice flour, coconut sugar and homemade pumpkin puree. Perfect for this fall/winter season. They are perfect for breakfast or dessert. If you want to make them healthier, you can add some fruit (like blueberries, lingonberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.) in the batter, instead of the chocolate chips. 

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Vegan Apple and Forest Fruit Crumble

Easy Breakfast Egg Recipes 

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Gluten free pumpkin pancakes, made with rice flour and chocolate chips
Gluten free pumpkin pancakes, made with rice flour and chocolate chips

Ingredients:

225 g rice flour
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
300 ml milk
2 tsp vegetable oil
170 g pumpkin puree
50 g dark chocolate chips 

Directions:

  1. In a deep mixing bowl combine rice flour, coconut sugar and baking powder
  2. Add 1 egg, milk, vegetable oil, and pumpkin puree (I made homemade puree by blending roasted pumpkin). Mix well with a  wire whisk until you get a smooth batter. If the batter is too thick, add more milk. If the batter is too thin add more of the rice flour
  3. Add the chocolate chips in the end and continue whisking. Also you can substitute the chocolate chips with fruit (like blueberries, blackberries,  raspberries, strawberries, etc.), or nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashwes, etc.). Or you can combine the chocolate chips, fruits and nuts, all in the batter
  4. Heat a non-stick pan or a griddle over medium heat and wipe over with a little bit of butter or vegetable oil
  5. Drop batter by large spoonfuls and cook until bubbles form. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter
  6. Put the pancakes on a plate and serve with maple suryp or honey, and fruit by your choice.
Gluten free pumpkin pancakes

Bon Appétit

 

In the last few years, all Christmas cookies I was making were with honey and molasses. They are delicious and rich in flavor, and I would recommend to everyone to try making them. I tried many recipes until I found one I really liked. You can see that recipe HERE!

This year I made one recipe from an old Christmas book I have in my library. I made some modifications, and they turned out better than I expected. I’m sharing with you my favorite Christmas cookies for this year:

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, decorated with royal icing
Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, decorated with royal icing

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Ingredients:

Gingerbread Cookies:

100 g golden syrup
100 g brown sugar
50 g butter
300 g self raising flour
2 tsp mixed spices (powdered ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, black pepper, cardamom, etc.)
2 egg yolks

Royal Icing:

2 egg whites
1 tsp lemon juice
Food colorings

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper
  2. In a pan heat syrup with brown sugar and butter. Heat gently until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved
  3. In another bowl mix self raising flour and spices and add them gradually in the syrup mixture. Add the egg yolks and stir the mixture with a spoon. Start kneading until you get a nice smooth dough
  4. Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, around 4 mm thin. With a cookie cutter cut any shapes you like. Line the cookies on the baking trays and bake them around 10 minutes, depending on their size. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely
  5. To prepare the royal icing, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until frothy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you get thick mass. If there is a need add more sugar until you get the right consistency. If you’re using food colorings divide the mixture, add the food colorings and mix it until the icing is homogenous. Pour it in a piping bag and start decorating.
How to make Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

For this challenge, you will need one quote from Louise Hay every day, a notebook and a pen. It doesn’t matter which day of the month you will start this challenge. You can start it anytime and anywhere. Think of this as a sign from the Universe and whenever you see this post you can start the challenge, either 1st or 31st of the month. 

Louise Hay was a motivational author of several self – help books that I am sure you will love them. She is one of my favorite authors and woman that I really admire. Louise Hay is famous for her affirmations and if you are on a personal development journey, suffering from psychosomatic illnesses or want to change our life, make sure you read at least one of her books.

Every morning read one quote. If you are not a morning person or don’t have plenty of time in the morning, try this challenge at any time of the day when you can. But, I would recommend doing it in the morning before your day start.

Sit in a quiet and peaceful place and be in touch with what you read. Read the quote for the day. You can say it out loud if you prefer to. Did it provoke something in you? Does it remind you of something? Is there anything you want to do? Did you learn something new about yourself? If not, what did this quote means? Do you agree?

Perhaps every quote won’t awake too many emotions every day, but I believe that you will have a new motivation each day. After 30 days, read the notebook and all the stuff you wrote. I am sure that you will learn many new things about yourself.

You can do this exercise with your morning coffee or tea, on the road to work, or somewhere in between. It will not take you more than 5 minutes a day, but I am sure you will feel empowered afterward.

It’s great if you’re not a type that wants to meditate, but I believe that each of these quotes can be seen as a sign from the Universe to you, help you raise your awareness, and motivate you.

You can do this exercise with other authors and quotes. It is not necessary to use these, but this is my choice and I am sure you will like it. 

If one or several quotes provoke in you something big and you can’t deal with it alone, please consult with a therapist.

What To Do If You Can’t Afford Therapy

If you are interested in other mental exercises, check these posts:

The Mental Exercise That Completely Changed My Life

How To Forgive Yourself And Live The Life You Deserve

Thich Nhat Hanh – Personal Development Challenge

Deepak Chopra – Personal Development Challenge

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Sit in a quiet and peaceful place and be in touch with what you read. Did it provoke something in you? Does it remind you of something? Is there anything you want to do? Did you learn something new about yourself? If not, what did this quote means? Do you agree with it?

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Stay Positive!

Choosing the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be a very demanding task. Before online shopping started to bloom, I had to wander all around the city to find something that I like.  Now, it’s a hell lot easier to find something interesting, original and with a reasonable price on the Internet. I made a list of some of the things I find interesting for my next gift giving occasion. I hope I will be of help for some of you who don’t have a clue what to buy for your partners, friends or family.  

1. Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger

2. Friendship Lamp

3. Family Long Distance (Miles Apart Close To Heart) Coffee Mugs

4. Survival Claw: Small First Aid Kit + Emergency Survival Kit and Gear for Car Bug out Bag Hiking or Camping

5. Cooking Mat Non-Stick High Temperature Resistance Practical Camping Cookware Tool

6. Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Wireless Eye Mask

7. Custom Printed and Personalized Socks with Your Text 

8. Scratch Off Map of The World

9. Fun Conversation Cards Game for Couples

10. Love Book: Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal

11. Pursuit Goal Journal – A Unique, Down-to-Earth Method for Productivity, Motivation, Mindfulness, and Goal Planning

12. Electronic Organizer

13. Coloring Book For Adults: Relax, Recharge, and Refresh Yourself (Color Therapy)

14. Board Game: Game of Thrones Monopoly

15. Brain Games: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day 

16. Jigsaw Puzzles For Adults

17. Book: Daily Mindfulness

18. Belgian Chocolates

19. Organic Skincare Gift Basket

20. Mini Foldable Drone

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For other great ideas for your partner, check out this post:

Let’s celebrate Love – Unique Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Perfect Gifts for your loved ones

Enjoy your shopping!

Easter is in one week, so I started decorating my home with all the decorations I have from the previous years, and of course, I always buy something new to make me feel better. I made a post with all my Easter essentials; if you’re interested, you can check here: Easter Shopping List

If you read my other articles, you can see that I make royal icing sugar cookies for almost every occasion. I’ve never made Easter cookies over the years, so this year I decided to give it a try. In the basic recipe for sugar cutout cookies, I added a little bit of poppy seed, because poppy seed reminds me of Easter (my mother always makes poppy seed desserts this time of the year). It is a very small modification, but it makes all the difference in taste and also in presentation.

Baking Poppy Seed Easter Cookies
Easter Poppy Seed Cookies
Easter Poppy Seed Cookies
Poppy seed easter cookies
Easter Poppy Seed Cookies
Easter Poppy Seed Cookies

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Ingredients:

Poppy Seed Cookies:

170 g butter (softened)
150 g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
370 g all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
20 g poppy seeds
2 tsp lemon zest (optional)

Royal Icing:

1 egg white
150 g powdered sugar
Food colorings

Directions:

1. In a large bowl beat butter with sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue mixing

2. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest (if using). Add this mixture in the butter mixture and mix on low speed. Continue by kneading the dough by hand until it’s all combined

3. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to chill or 20 minutes in the freezer

4. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 F. Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper

5. Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, around 6 mm thick (I use this adjustable rolling pin, with removable multi-sized discs to ensure getting the desired thickness of the rolled dough). With a cookie cutter cut any shapes you like. Line the cookies on the baking trays and bake them around 10 minutes, depending on their size. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely

Adjustable Rolling Pin
Adjustable Rolling Pin

6. For the royal icing beat the egg white until frothy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you get thick mass. If the frosting is not enough thick add more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. If you’re using food colorings divide the mixture, add the food colorings and mix it until the icing is homogenous. Pour it in a piping bag and start decorating.

Edible Pen
Edible Pen

Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Happy Easter!

Celebrating Easter, Easter Poppy Seed Cookies
Celebrating Easter, Easter Poppy Seed Cookies

Every culture and family have different traditions for celebrating Easter. I want to make the most that I can to have a perfect holiday, trying to bond with family and friends, and also, to make everyone happy and satisfied. I try to make tasty food, decorate the home, set the table with Easter decorations, etc.

This is my shopping list with all the essentials for celebrating Easter. I hope it will be of great help to you to have a perfect celebration this year.

Egg Dye

This item is the most important thing you need for this Holiday. Purchasing good quality colors is essential, so the eggs will look good, even if you don’t continue with extra decorating.

Egg Dye
Egg Dye

There a lot’s of painting kits for decorating eggs, so that you can include your children in all the work. It will be fun for every member of the family. Also, you can organize egg dying and painting party with friends so you can make this holiday to be a fun way to bond with everyone.

Decorative Egg Painting Kit
Decorative Egg Painting Kit

Egg Baskets

After dying and decorating the eggs, put them in beautiful baskets, filled with artificial grass filler (or you can grow your own grass by sprouting wheat seeds).

Egg baskets
Nesting Baskets
Easter Grass
Easter Grass

Chocolate Bunnies and Eggs

What’s Easter without chocolate eggs and bunnies? I just love them. This year I’m very ambitious, and I will try to make homemade chocolate eggs and bunnies. I have polycarbonate molds, and I already bought three types of couverture chocolate for tempering: dark, white and ruby. If they turn out ok, I will gladly share the process of making them with you.

Lindt Chocolate Bunnies
Lindt Chocolate Bunnies
Fine Belgian Lindt Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Egg Selection
Fine Belgian Chocolate Easter Bunnies and Egg Selection
Polycarbonate Easter Eggs Mold
Polycarbonate Easter Eggs Mold
Easter Bunny Mold
Easter Bunny Mold

Easter Home/Garden Decorations

Few weeks before Easter, I decorate my home with spring and Easter themed stuffs, like pillows, little rabbit ornaments, garden decorations, etc., and keep them until the summer starts.

Easter Pillow Case
Easter Pillow Case
Easter Wood Hanging Plaque
Easter Wood Hanging Plaque 
Easter Balloons
Easter Balloons
Rabbit Garden Statue
Rabbit Garden Statue 

Easter Mugs

I have themed mugs for every occasion: Christmas, Valentine, birthday, spring, summer, autumn, motherhood, etc. Some of them are handmade (I use special colors for ceramics), some are store brought. Easter mugs can be fun to make at home; there are endless designs you can draw and paint. But if you’re not that into handmade crafts, or if you’re don’t have time for such activities, it’s best to buy few already decorated mugs, and enjoy your morning coffee or tea.

Easter Themed Mugs
Easter Themed Mugs

Easter Table Decor

For the Easter Sunday Lunch, the whole family is gathered, and traditionally we cook lamb every year. I want to give accent to the table decor; I put Easter or Spring themed tablecloth, use Easter themed plates and napkins. Also, I put some decorations, like small baskets with eggs, flowers, bunny shaped napkin holder, bunny shaped salt&pepper shakers, and everything else that is suitable for the occasion.

Easter Themed Tablecloth
Easter Themed Tablecloth
Easter Themed Plates
Easter Themed Plates

Easter Clothes and Jewelry

I’m all into holidays, so buying themed Easter clothes sounds like an enjoyable thing to do, especially if you have kids. There are lots of choices on internet stores, for an adult and children sizes too.

Easter Apron
Easter Apron
Custom Name Baby's First Easter: Infant Bodysuit
Custom Name Baby’s First Easter: Infant Bodysuit
Easter Eggs Men Tie
Easter Eggs Men Tie

Easter Jewelry

For me, as a woman, I think it is inevitable to have some piece of jewelry for this holiday. Necklace and earrings in a bunny shape are my favorite.

Bunny Heart Pendant Necklace Adorned with Swarovski Crystals
Bunny Heart Pendant Necklace Adorned with Swarovski Crystals
Easter Bunny Earrings
Easter Bunny Earrings

Easter Children Books

You can buy thousands of Easter children books with wonderful illustrations the kids will love. Make your kids happy, read to them Easter books this time of the year. It will be fun for you too.

Easter Egg 
Children Book
Easter Egg
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Children Book
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Minnie Easter Bonnet Parade, Children Book
Minnie Easter Bonnet Parade

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Wishing you and all your loved ones a very Happy Easter!

Perfect Easter Celebration
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In the morning we don’t have that much time or creativity to cook a nice meal, which is contradictory to the fact that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. That’s why it would be nice if you have all the ingredients prepared the night before, so when you get up in the morning, you will need no more than 10 minutes to prepare a healthy meal that will keep you full until lunch. Make a plan ahead: Make grocery shopping for the weekend; Prewash the green salads, so you will have enough for few days; Bake/boil the meat if you’re using some for preparing salads or some other dishes; Boil eggs and keep them in the fridge; Make homemade spreads that can sit in the fridge for longer time, so anytime you need a quick meal, you will have the preps.

Here are some ideas I recommend for making quick, easy and healthy breakfasts:

1. Egg recipes

Eggs are full of high-quality proteins (they contain all of the essential amino acids), and proteins give your stomach satiety for a longer time, rather than high carbohydrate meals. So if you want to feel full for a longer time, just add an egg in the recipe, and it will change the whole experience. You can check these egg recipes for more ideas:

2. Homemade Buckwheat Bread

Try making this healthy bread, full of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and minerals the night before, so when you get up in the morning you will have fresh bread, so you can combine it with whatever you want. You can make avocado toast with vegetables and/or eggs; You can put different spreads (like peanut butter, nut butter, hummus, olive paste, sour cream, cottage cheese spread), and combine it with vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumber, radish, peppers, etc. Also, you can make a sandwich and take it with you at work. It’s a time saver.

Check out my two recipes for hummus:

Fava Beans Hummus Recipe

Easy Hummus Recipe

3. Buckwheat with probiotic

This meal is magic if you want to lose weight fast. But why Buckwheat? Because it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and also buckwheat helps you feel full longer, so that is one reason why it is great for losing weight. If you combine it with homemade kefir or yogurt, you get the perfect combination. Kefir is one of the most probiotic-rich foods that support the detoxification process, and also is rich in calcium, magnesium, biotin, vitamin B12, and many other nutrients. It is low in calories and rich in protein, so it will keep you full longer.

How to maintain weight after a weight loss diet

4. Rice cakes

Rice cakes are low calorie, gluten-free substitute for bread. Everything you combine with bread, you can make with rice cakes. You can make them savory or sweet. Use all the spreads I mentioned above (avocado, hummus, sour cream, peanut butter, nut butter, olive paste, etc.), and add protein (eggs, cheese, tofu, tuna, etc.), so you will feel full longer. For the sweet version, you can use mashed banana or avocado, tahini, peanut butter, nut butter, and add fresh fruits or fruit jams and preserves, dark chocolate chips, seeds, shredded coconut, etc. Combinations are endless.

Low-Calorie Breakfast, Rice Cake with eggs
Low-Calorie Breakfast, rice cake with avocado

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5. Smoothies

Depending on the ingredients that are used to make the smoothie, you can make this type of meal to be filling. If you add enough ingredients that are high in fiber, protein and fats, I believe that the smoothie will satisfy your satiety until lunch. The most common base for the smoothies I make is banana, oatmeal and milk/yogurt. After that, you can make any combination you like. Add fruits and/or vegetables, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, dried fruits, coconut, protein powder, etc. I don’t add additional sweeteners in my smoothies because the banana and the extra fruit I use, have enough sugars.

6. High protein salads

It’s best if you have your green leafy vegetables washed the day before, so in the morning you can just add the other ingredients and get a nice, nutrient-dense meal. You can combine lots of stuff with green leafy vegetables: Chicken (cooked the day before), fish (canned or cooked the day before), vegetables (frozen or canned for time-saving), nuts, seeds, fruit (fresh or dried), cheese, etc. I rarely follow recipes for making a salad; I usually use ingredients I have in my fridge and storage, so I always make up some new and interesting combinations.

Bon Appétit

Healthy Breakfast Ideas that Will Keep You Full Until Lunch
Low Calorie Breakfast Ideas that Will Keep You Full Until Lunch

These peanut butter cookies are a healthier version of the classic chocolate chip cookies. Instead of wheat flour I substituted oatmeal, honey instead of sugar, peanut butter instead of dairy butter. So, if you’re aiming for gluten free, dairy free diet, this dessert is a perfect choice for you.

They have very strong peanut taste, so if you’re a peanut lover (I know I am), I’m sure you will make these cookies more than once.

These peanut butter cookies are a high-calorie snack, so try not to eat the whole batch on the same day, leave some for the next days 😛

If you’re in interested in making homemade healthy desserts and snacks, check these recipes:

Almond Energy Balls

Pumpkin Cheesecake Granola Parfait

Fresh Apples Dessert

Orange Juice Chia Pudding

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies - Preparations
Gluten free peanut butter cookies
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

250 g peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 g honey
135 g oatmeal
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
150 g dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C/350 F
  • Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper
  • If you don’t use chocolate chips, chop a dark chocolate bar in little squares
  • In a deep bowl put the peanut butter, egg, vanilla extract, and honey and mix with an electric mixer until everything is well combined
  • Add the oatmeal, baking soda and salt in the bowl and continue mixing. At the end add the chocolate chips and mix with a spoon
  • Form balls from the dough with your hand (30 grams each), and line them on the trays lined with parchment paper. If you want you can press them with a fork
  • Put the trays in the preheated oven and bake them around 10 minutes
  • Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Bon Appétit

Flourless peanut butter cookies