Breakfast to Get Up for: Protein Crêpes

 

unnamed-1Autumn is here and it is becoming more and more painful to get up in the morning. Soft warm duvet, quiet bedroom – why would anyone ever want to leave that? Oh well, here is some morning foodies’ motivation for you.

This Protein Crêpes is my latest obsession and after making them for 5 days in a row in the morning I thought that may be I should finally spread the joy – share their super easy recipe with you! If you tried my delicious  Pancakes  you now know what the real pleasure tastes like: pure deliciousness with a sprinkle of indulgence and 0% guilty feelings.

This Protein Crêpes are even easier to make, it will literally take you 5 minutes once you’ve tried them. I make them with cinnamon and maple syrup to remind myself that there actually are things to love autumn for and that very soon we will be enjoying eggnogs and malt wines from the Christmas market, and this time of yellow leaves and spicy pumpkins is so fleeting.

So let’s celebrate it then! 

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1 tbsp of Cinnamon Roll flavour Protein Powder (feel free to use any other flavour you prefer)

1 tbsp Oats Flour ( I suggest this amazing oats flour as it is so light and easy to use, Great flour replacement) *See my code below to get a discount

1 tbsp of skimmed milk

1tsp coconut oil for greasing

Toppings : nuts, cinnamon, maple/agave syrup or honey

 

  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork or in a blender. Use blender if you are using simple oats instead of oats flour (use around 1,5 tbsp of oats) . Make sure you blend it well. The batter you get should be slightly runny, like for usual pancakes. You may want to add more or less milk to achieve that result.
  2. Pre-heat well and grease your pan with coconut oil
  3. Once you pan is well heated, take 1/3 of soup ladle of Crêpes batter and place it like usual crêpes. Cover pan with a lid to make sure your crêpes do not get burned on one side and raw on the other.
  4. Once your crêpes are cooked and golden from both sides, cover them with cinnamon and nuts, top with honey or syrup.

 

Enjoy!

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Dessert Sunday: Tarte aux Pommes 🍎

I am finally back from 15 days holiday. Yes, finally… I am a brutal workaholic thus by the third day, if there is no possibility to use wifi and work on a laptop by the pool, I am literally going crazy. Therefore I came back fool of unused energy, few extra kg’s to work on in the gym and unlimited inspiration.

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I must say my ‘beloved ones’ do not mind, as this amazing Tarte aux Pommes was eaten within …10 minutes after I finished it! Fair enough, it was absolutely delicious, and I promise, really easy to make! Even though I did make shortcrust pastry myself (and not ready-to-roll one) and I recommend you do the same.

Pastry:

200 grammes all-purpose flour

100 grammes unsalted butter (pre-cut in squares, very cold from the fridge)

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of sugar

water

1 egg yolk

Filling: 

3 tbsp of apricot or any other jam (I used raspberry)

2-3 big apples (or more, depending on their size)

1 tablespoon of sugar

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  1. Place flour and butter in a blender, pulse few times until butter is fully incorporated into flour and you can feel tiny pieces of cold butter with your fingers. By the way, you may want to use hands to mix batter for the pastry, however, I urge you to use a blender as it will prevent butter melting from warm hands.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and sugar to the mix.
  3. Mix in a bowl yolk and a tablespoon of water. Add half of it to the blender and mix. Add the other half and mix again. Now, you should try the batter and see if you can make a little ball with your hand of it. If you can, place mixture on your surface and start mixing with hands. Add a tiny amount of water and keep mixing,add again and keep mixing – until you can actually shape your pastry into a ball.
  4. Place pastry ball into wrap film, wrap it and leave in a fridge for 30-60 minutes.

 

5. Now wash and peel apples, cut each apple into halves and remove the ‘heart. Cut each half from ‘top’ to the bottom into thin slices

6. Pre-heat oven to 190 C. And take your pastry from the fridge.

7. Roll the pastry and place into the tart oven dish. I recommend using the one with a removable bottom if possible.

8. Put 2 tablespoons of jam on the bottom of your pastry and start placing apples. Move consistently in one direction, take you time and do to rush if you want your tart to look good.

9. When you finish, top it with a tablespoon of sugar and few little pieces of butter around your tart.

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10. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and place 1 tablespoon of jam all over your apples to give it that golden crust (mine was pink and reminded a flower, as I have used raspberry jam).

11. Bake for another 5-10 minutes on 200C. Keep an eye on your Tarte but do not be scared if you have few black ‘burns’ like you can see on my tart – this was, in fact, sugar and not burned apple, and it was my favourite pieces of the tart -crispy and delicious!

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Leave your tart to rest and Enjoy!

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It is truly delicious with a cup of tea or coffee. xoxo

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What to Eat to Get Lean for Life 🍴

As requested, this will be the one that will have THE MOST IMPORTANT SECRET REVEALED! Here I am giving out what nutritionists earn on, for you to take, use and get lean fo life! The easiest way to be lean for life, it does not get any easier and if you believe in ‘Magic Beans’ -well, I guess, here they are!

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Getting Lean is easier than you this! 

 

 

Food that you can eat as much as you want without putting on any fat! Experiment, combine, try new recipes – work with this foods and you will not believe how they will work for you. Are you ready? Here are 7 groups of food for you to be lean for life and never to worry about your diet again!

1.Meat 

This includes – Lean Beef, Chicken Breasts, Turkey

N/B: This may not be an exhaustive list, the tip is: lean meat, which has no fat, skinless). Watch out what you cook it with, frying chicken in lots of oil and having it with ketchup may not be the best idea, instead, bake it.

2.Fish, Seafoodseafood_fish_shrimps_oysters_45288_2048x1152

This includes – Any white fish (cod, sea bass, haddock etc), salmon, tuna, prawns, mussels, scallops etc.

N/B: Any seafood or fish is good, it is full of proteins and good fat. Again, watch out what you make it with, baking, steaming, making a soup – best idea. And as much as we love mussels in white wine and cream sauce – those two will turn your perfectly diet meal into a fat+callories bomb.

3.Green Vegetables 

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This includes – Cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, celery, celeriac, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini

N/B: Not an exhaustive list, again. There are so many green/white veggies out there and they are all so delicious. Boil, steam, bake, combine, mash (no, potatoes are not in this list, even sweet one), make salads, sides, mains.

4.Low Sugar Berries and Fruits

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This includes – Strawberry, Grapefruit, Raspberry, Blackberry, Green Apple, Kiwi, Pineapple

N/B: the only group from the list where I would recommend to not go over the top. Make fruit salads, smoothies, eat as a snack – fruits need no further instructions, we all love them.

5.Dairy&Co 

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This includes – Low Fat Plain/Greek Yoghurt, Cottage Cheese, Kefir, Tofu, Eggs

N/B: Lesson learned by me over and over again when doing people’s meal plans – brits do not like cottage cheese 🙂 Which is a shame cause you can make lean cheesecakes with it and even just adding it to your smoothie or protein shake blend will boost your protein intake to the sky! I would also suggest choosing Eastern European cottage cheese called Tworog , it has more protein and you can still mix it with plain yoghurt to give it a smooth texture. Kefir, also hated by brits, is another Easter European product, it is great to have before bed, helps digestion. Maybe that is why Eastern European girls are mostly skinny 😉 Finally, tofu – firm tofu usually has more protein…that’s all you need to know.

6.Taste Buds Satisfiers 

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This includes – Spices like paprika, curry etc. Chilli ,Dill, Parsley, Coriander and so on.

N/B: Watch out for salt; Spicy food is good for boosting metabolism.