September 16, 2014

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: PART II

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VoilĂ , the second batch of pictures of Cartagena. Nothing to say, I hope the pictures speak for themselves.
See pictures in Part I.
And that ends all the pictures of Colombia taken this summer. Even though I'm already back in Massachusetts for my last semester of college, you can expect a feeeew more pictures of Paris from this summer. I've just been super behind with the posts... I do hope to get all Boston, DC and Northampton posts done in the next four months. DC... you know, when I went back in March. And Boston, where I went in –ahem– October 2013. I have a few restaurants and places I'd like to recommend! So look forward to that, eh.

September 14, 2014

SUNDAY LINKS: SEPTEMBER 14

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September 10, 2014

BEST FRUIT SALAD

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I'm trying to be healthy. Maybe all the "dégustation de patisseries" posts are fooling you into thinking that I go all the time, but I don't. I was a terrible blogger in may, june & july. Most of those pastries, I actually ate in May and are only on the blog now because I finally got mad at myself and said "Lazy girl, start writing. NOW". I'm here, I'm here!
I'm being good. And part of being good means - to me - not giving into every single craving. Too much sugar just makes me unhappy. I know it now. Good, wholesome, healthy food makes me happy... which is all that matters. But since I might have a slight sugar addiction, I've tried to find healthy desserts. I had a variation of this fruit salad three nights in a row. So good I'm calling it the Best Fruit Salad. 

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BEST FRUIT SALAD

nectarine
plum
apple
banana
cinnamon (or even pumpkin pie spices!)
vanilla extract
rolled oats
crushed pistachio
rice or almond milk
chia seeds
optional if you're vegan - bee pollen
optional - chocolate or cocoa nibs

First take some rolled oats and sprinkle onto the plate – just a tiny bit! For the look and the texture. Cut up a nectarine all pretty and nice and place in a circle. If you want. That won't actually change the taste at all in the end. In a separate bowl, cut up a plum and an apple into very small little pieces and toss with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a drizzle of almond or rice milk and a few drops of vanilla extract. Place in the middle of the plate. I added 1/3 of a banana and sprinkled it over the other fruit. Then I crushed some pistachios and sprinkled that over everything as well as a teaspoon of chia seeds and some bee pollen. The pistachios are an absolute must in my opinion. It's delicious! At the end, I wanted to make it even more of a treat and I added a tiiiiiny bit of chocolate. It was good but next time I won't, just to keep it even healthier. 

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September 8, 2014

BREAKFAST: 300 CALORIES

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I ate this on a lazy Sunday. I had thought of going out for brunch but I'd been going out so often that I just needed to cut down on the spending! In my head 'brunch' is always a big deal. In fact, often I look at brunch menus and cringe because I know that I'd be full just eating 1/3 of what they offer! 'Brunch' also makes me think of sweet + salty. Pancakes and eggs, or something like that. So I decided to make something big and fancy at home! Not pictured is of course the gallon of coffee I drank. 

This is roughly 150 kcal per plate. 

The fruit salad was 1/3 of a medium apple, 1/3 of a medium banana, a fig, 1/2 a nectarine, 2 teaspoons of crushed pistachio, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. 

The other was composed of 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese, a few slices of zucchini and some caramelized onions, basil, 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds and 4 cherry tomatoes. 

Everything was delicious and I was more than full by the end! I'd say that with this as breakfast and 5 to 10 almonds as a mid-morning snack, I could make it to lunch no problem. With coffee. Always coffee.


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