Christine’s Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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Break out from the traditional breakfast and try some chia seed pudding; it’s simple and easy to make and it is a great nutritious breakfast option.

Ingredients Used:

(Creates 2 servings)

  • 1 cup of your choice of milk (I use Almond Milk)
  • 1/3 cup of Black Chia Seeds
  • 5 or 2 tsp Honey
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw cacao powder

Toppings Suggestions:

  • Banana
  • Crushed almonds
  • Coconut
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Pureed avocado
  • Mango
  • walnuts

Procedure:

  • Mix the milk and the chia seeds together in a bowl
  • Add the honey, the cinnamon, and the vanilla extract and mix everything together
  • Place in the fridge overnight (Some people say that 5-8 hours is enough; I prefer keeping it overnight for better results)
  • The next morning the mixture would have hardened up
  • Add the raw cacao powder and the cinnamon onto the mixture and then pour into x cups in order to add the toppings.

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The best part about chia seed pudding is the topping; you can get as creative as possible with the toppings. You can choose two fruits and a nut in order to have a wide variety; you can even keep it simple and only have one fruit; it all depends on the ingredients you have and on your taste.

I’ve tried out half a sliced banana with some crushed almonds and walnuts.

Another good combo is pureed avocado with banana and mango.

And lastly, a classic combination is banana, strawberries and some crushed almonds or coconut.

Don’t be afraid of experimenting, you might be amazed with the variety of different flavors you can create with the toppings.

Finally, Don’t forget to share your pictures with us!

PS: Please not that this recipe is inspired by Healthy Happy Us’s chia seed pudding recipe.

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Weekend Stay At Raouche Arjaan by Rotana

IMG_4986There is nothing better than packing your bags, getting a breath of fresh air, and just focusing on yourself for a couple days!

My mom and I started the month on a positive note with a relaxing weekend stay at the Raouche Arjaan Hotel.

Raouche Arjaan is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Beirut overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea and the raouche rocks (also known as the Pigeon Rocks). It is a short distance from Hamra, downtown Beirut, Beirut Souks, as well as the airport.

We were given the suite up on the 10th floor. It had a large space that included a living room, dining table, a small kitchen and a bedroom. The suite included two bathrooms, a guest bathroom near the entrance and a large bathroom inside the room that included both a bath tub and a standing shower.IMG_5181Depending on what you are looking for, you can choose from a wide category of rooms and apartments (You can check all the categories here)

We were welcomed with some refreshing rose water drinks as we checked in on Saturday around noon. The team was so kind to have prepared for us a nice journey to discover the hotel and spend some quality mother-daughter time away from home.

Upon our arrival to our suite we were surprised with the cutest gesture! Two personalized towels were placed on our bed with a letter. The letter explained the activities that were going to take place throughout the weekend.

We started off with a relaxing massage at the spa where we were surprised with some dark chocolate with nuts snack.

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Post – Massage happiness!
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Breathtaking view of the Raouche Rocks from our suite

We spent our afternoon on the roof enjoying the breathtaking view with some sunset drinks.  We then had a light international dinner under the stars with the October breeze. During dinner, they sent over a special selection of healthy snacks that included quinoa on toast, smoked salmon on toast, labne and more, as an appetizer.

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Enjoying the sunset with some wine and some healthy appetizers (Chef’s choice)

After dinner, it was very nice of them to surprise my mom with a birthday cake; knowing that her birthday was coming soon. (PS: The cake was simply DELICIOUS!)

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Quality time with my mommy

One of my favorite things about staying at a hotel is the breakfast buffet! For those of you who still don’t know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

We woke up the next morning, had a small photoshoot in our beautiful suite, enjoyed the view from our balcony and although we were soo tempted to order room service, I was super excited about the breakfast buffet downstairs!

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The breakfast buffet had a rich variety of items that included the typical continental breakfast, items from the Lebanese breakfast (foul & hummus), a variety of eggs, some pastries, and a selection of fruits.

During breakfast, another letter was sent to us along with some pouched eggs (which are to be ordered a la carte) on whole wheat bread with a side of veggies.

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In house guests as well as the public can enjoy the breakfast buffet everyday starting 6:30 am till 11:00 am for $22/person.

After a few hours we passed by the gym for a bit,

and then enjoyed the rest of the day taking advantage of the sunny weather and tanning by the pool on the roof.

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Several cute letters were sent to us throughout the day. Every time I went to a different location of the hotel, I was anxiously waiting to see the next surprise.

Before our checkout, the team had booked us an appointment at the hairdresser to finish our pampering weekend on a good note!

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All the cute letters I received from the Rotana Team throughout the weekend !

Thank you Rotana for the superbe hospitality and for hosting my mom and I. We can’t wait to be back!

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Christine’s Granola Recipe

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I used to be the type of person who bought ready made granola from the supermarket. However, they were usually super sweet and/or included some ingredients such as nuts that were not my favorite. I always saw many bloggers making their own homemade granola and so I decided to give it a try since they all claimed it to be super easy.
A month back, I googled “easy granola recipes” and found so many options to follow. After several attempts, I’ve come up with my own combination of ingredients to create what I call “Christine’s granola recipe”.

Ingredients needed:
4 cups of old fashioned oats
1 cup crushed almonds & walnuts
1/2 cup of chia seeds, flax seeds & pumpkin seeds combined
1/2 cup of coconut oil (I use Power Goodness coconut oil)
1/2 cup of honey (I use Atelier Du Miel‘s Montagne honey)
Some Raw cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

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Procedure:
Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius
Combine the oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl
Pour in the coconut oil and the honey
Mix all the ingredients in the bowl
Add the cinnamon, the raw cacao, and the salt and mix again

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Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet
Place the pan in the oven for around 45 min

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Keep the oats in the oven until they become a golden color, don’t forget to remove the pan and stir it a few times so that all the oats are exposed to the heat. After 40-45 min have passed, remove the pan and allow the granola the cool down slowly (you might think that they are not crunchy however they will become more crunchy after they cool down). After an hour or so, transfer the granola into an airtight container or zip lock for storage.

Don’t forget to send us/tag us in your pictures after you try the recipe. Trust me once you make your own granola you will never buy ready made granola again !

Enjoy 🙂

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Launching of Shop Beirut Fitness

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One of my favorite things is discovering new active wear brands. People always ask me where I get my leggings and workout clothes from. I’m known for wearing daring colors, prints and more; regardless of their brand and color.

So many people focus on only one brand and they miss out on all the amazing sportswear clothes out there.

Last week I finally revealed what I have been working on and teasing you guys all along. On Tuesday June 20, I launched #ShopBeirutFitness , a pop up concept that includes a collection of handpicked limited quantities of a few of my favorit US sportswear brands such as 90 degrees and Danskin, aromatic candles, and more.

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The launching took place at Le gym By Robert Maalouf. The guests got the chance to explore the full collection and enjoy a complimentary workout class by Elie Chidiac, courtesy of Le gym by Robert Maalouf. Cold pressed juices and post workout snacks were offered by Succo Beirut.

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Yummy snacks from Succo

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Competition!

Two lucky winners enjoyed two surprises. The first won an open back athleisure t-shirt while the other one won a Beirut Fitness mug with a combination of aromatic candles.

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Congrats Sandrine and Megan!

The first pop-up took place for a period of 4 days at Le gym by Robert Maalouf and ended on Friday. Stay on the look out for future pop ups!

For now, orders are accepted via DM on Instagram, messenger on Facebook and/or via Whatsapp on +961 3 445613.

Hopefully soon, the online shop will be ready!

Happy Shopping Xx

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Thank you all for coming and for making the launching of #ShopBeirutFitness unforgettable!

PS: Don’t forget to check out the full album of pictures on Beirut Fitness’s Facebook Page!

 

Online Grocery Shopping with Spinneys

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Ever since I started driving, almost 4 years ago, I have been in charge of the grocery shopping. I love going to the super market and taking my time to choose the items I want to add to the cart and discover new brands; however some days you feel lazy, sick, or simply overwhelmed with work and you have no time to go to the supermarket and get stuck in traffic.

With Spinneys’ latest service, their online delivery, your groceries come to you. Simply open the Spinneys website, choose the items you need from the different sections available such as but not limited to, the bakery, veggies & fruits, dairy, snacks, health & beauty, meat, chicken, & fish and Shop!

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The website, in general, is fairly easy to use. Start off by creating an account on the website or simply log in with your Facebook account, if you do not want to create an account from scratch.

A good variety of options are available and if you are unable to find the product you are looking for, you can search for it by typing the product name in the search box.

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As you navigate around the website and add items to you cart, you will see your cart and bill adding up to the right of the page; this feature helps you keep track of the items, price, and quantities you are choosing.

When your shopping cart is complete, click proceed and move to the checkout.

In the checkout, you will find another feature that I found useful, the notes section. Write down the items that you did not find and if they are available, Spinneys would send them to you with the rest of your order.

Concerning the customer service, I was impressed! When I placed my order, around a week ago, I did not find cherries on the website, so I wrote it down in the notes. The next day, my personal shopper contacted me to inform me that there was a small quantity of cherries left that were not very good. So she immediately suggested alternatives.

The best part is that you can choose a specific date and time period and schedule the delivery in advance.

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Your first online shopping experience may take you some time, but once you’re familiar with the website you’ll be able to use your time efficiently and spend that time wasted in traffic doing more enjoyable things.

Don’t forget to check out the little video I created on my Instagram and Facebook page!

Yoga Media Gathering at StayBridge Hotel

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On Thursday May 11, StayBridge Suites,located in the heart of Verdun, invited media personalities and bloggers for a relaxing morning yoga session on their rooftop, located on the 23rd floor. The view of Beirut from the rooftop is simply breathtaking, I won’t talk about it much; I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The yoga session was not an ordinary vinyasa or hatha yoga class. It was a Qigung class lead by Mrs. Gini Ghaziri from Soul Spa yoga center. Let me start off by telling you that Mrs. Ghaziri has been teaching yoga for the past 40 years. Her energy, experience, and attitude towards life made the class extraordinary.

The class included a lot of breathing techniques, light movements, guided meditation, and most importantly lots and lots of positive energy.

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For those of you wondering what Qigong actually means. Qigong comes from the words qi, meaning energy, and gong, meaning work or effort. Qigong, like yoga, incorporates postures, movement, meditation, and breath-work. However, it adds a component of visualization and refined energy awareness, trying to understand your body, the flow of energy and the breath.

I’ve always had trouble when it comes to focusing on my breathing while in a yoga class, or even in a fitness class. I tend to forget to breathe properly when I’m focused or trying to get the move right however, breathing is, in most of the cases, even more important than actually getting the move right.

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Ending the class with guided meditation and breathing

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Qigong movements are also generally more fluid, more subtle, and typically easier for people with physical limitations. In order to know more about Qigong, click here

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Group Picture!!!

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This unique yoga session was then followed by a healthy homemade breakfast, refreshments, and some networking.

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Thank you Stay Bridge Hotel for this beautiful morning spent with lovely people. There is nothing better than taking some time away from reality, finding your inner peace, and re-energizing.

PS: I’m definitely coming back to this rooftop for more pictures! 😀

Gapfit launches its SS17 Collection in Lebanon

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On Thursday April 6th, Gap Lebanon organized an event at their Beirut Souks branch where they invited bloggers and media to discover the launch of their latest sportswear line, Gapfit.

With the rising trend of fit-fashion and ath-leisure, looking fashionably fit and comfortable is what most of us want. I’m the type of person that spends most of their time in sportswear. I used to be a “jeans” type of person up until I started working out, a couple of years ago. Leggings then suddenly became my favorite day to day pick. Whether I am going to my friend’s house, grocery shopping, or even to university; you will always see me wearing my colorful leggings.

Since summer is right around the corner; many people start to think about how they can improve their body and health just before bikini season starts. So, the event included an interactive workshop on “How to follow a healthy diet at Work and at Home” given by dietitian and food blogger, Nicole Maftoum (@Eatlikenicole). Nicole gave the attendees some practical tips and tricks that will help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and boosting your mood. It is very important to know that exercise and nutrition work hand in hand. (Check out my previous blog post for some useful tips on how to start your fitness journey: here)

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Nutritional Tips given by Nicole

The event was also catered by Qi Juices who offered a variety of healthy treats and snacks as well as fresh cold pressed juices to boost our energy in preparation for the outdoor yoga session.

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Colorful and Yummy food set up by Qi Juices
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I had the Green detox juice, which one would you choose?

After exploring the collection, the event ended with a beautiful outdoor power yoga given by Sara Moubarak (@sara_sutra) and some giveaways!

 

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Happy Yogis after an energizing outdoor yoga session

So, here are a few pictures of the collection; don’t forget to pass by Beirut Souks and check out the full collection!

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With the beautiful @arwatmofficial