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Recipes

Shrimp Quinoa Salad

Ingredients needed:
1/2 bag frozen shrimp
1/2 cup of white quinoa
1/2 avocado
2 cucumbers
1/4 Green pepper
1/4 red pepper
1/4 Yellow pepper
Green onion
Handful of mixed greens
1/8 cup of sunflower seeds
1/8 cup of pumpkin seeds

Shrimp Marination:
2 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
3 small garnished Garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
Black pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Dash of cumin
Dash of Salt

Start off by marinating the shrimp with the ingredients listed above.
Wait for the pan to be warm, then add the the olive oil. This way you ensure not burning the oil. After adding the oil immediately place the shrimp in the pan. If the shrimp are small they will need around 5 minutes. If you are using medium sized shrimp, it will take around 7-8 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the shrimp so you don’t overcook them and they become too hard.

At the same time, cook the quinoa. Add 1/2 cup of white quinoa with 3/4 cup of water in a pot. Once the water is warm it will start to get absorbed by with quinoa. Cook for around 10 min and leave it to rest for a couple of minutes.

Get a big salad bowl, chop all the vegetables into small cubes (peppers, green onions, avocado). Add the mixed greens, sprinkle the seeds, pour the shrimp, place the quinoa and mix all together.

Add the lemon oil dressing (you can use vinaigrette instead) and you’re set for lunch/dinner.

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NOTE: you can easily use chicken instead of shrimp and use the same marination.
You can add any vegetable of your choice such as tomato, lettuce, mint leaves, parsley, coriander…
For a sweet touch, you can add dried cranberries, mango slices, green apples…

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Et Voila!

Here is it, a delicious, simple, and nutritious salad.
Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me (@beirutfitness) when you try it!

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LifeStyle Reviews

My #HHU21days Experience

Around 2 months ago, I teamed up with beautiful ladies from Healthy Happy Us to try out their 21 day program.
If you’re already following me on Instagram, then you will remember that I was spamming you with my daily life throughout the challenge: what i was having for breakfast, snacks, lunch, when i was working out, when i was feeling down …
Please note that it is not a DIET! I did the challenge in order to focus more on what I eat,exercise more, and most importantly feel positive and happy because I am doing this for my body and for myself.
My main goals included:
– Feeling stronger and more energetic
– Decreasing my body fat
– Looking leaner
The full program includes, 5 juicing days that are spread throughout the 3 weeks,  weekly supermarket lists, recipes, and workout videos that can be done from the comfort of your home with the use of just dumbbells. It also includes weekly follow up sessions.
PS: You are capable of taking on the challenge with or without the juicing days. It’s up to you!
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I wanted to try the full experience, so I did the program that also included the detox juicing days provided by Fitness Bar Lebanon.
To know more details about the program, check out the link HERE.
(you can even book an online appointment with them).
Prior to the program, Rola took my body fat and weight and discussed my eating and exercise habits.
I generally lead a healthy lifestyle, however at the time I hadn’t been working out much and wanted to loose some belly fat.
I actually enjoyed the challenge more than I expected. I was worried about what I was going to eat when I went out especially since I love eating out and trying new restaurants.
Also, in the 3 weeks of the challenge, it is recommended not to consume alcohol, so I decided that I wanted to strictly refrain from having alcohol and that was easy for me.
Here are my favorite parts of the challenge:
– I loved meal prepping, especially since one of my latest obsessions has been cooking and experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.
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– The idea of planning my meals ahead of time and knowing what I was going to eat made life so simple.
– Drinking more water:
Although I always remind people to drink water, I’m the type of person that tends to forget to drink water. So, I started making it a habit to never leave the house without a bottle of water and always tried keeping a bottle of water at sight.
– I learned a lot about my body, such as trying to more easily understanding the signals it was giving me.
For example, sometimes my body would be thirsty however it would give me a signal as if I were hungry, I would then sit and think about the last time I drank water in order to analyze if I was actually hungry or just thirsty.
Another example is the idea of snacks. I’ve always had fruits for a snack or a quest bar. I then discovered that 1 fruit is not enough, I would still stay hungry. I never imagined the huge impact a small portion of nuts had along with a fruit. 6 almonds really did make an immense difference.
– My favorite recipes included the chia seed pudding, you can find my recipe here. I also had the chance to attend HHU’s halloween edition – healthy deserts workshop that was super fun. I learned a lot of simple and easy recipes.
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I highly recommend this challenge if you are looking to learn about yourself and your body. Get introduced into the healthy living style of life and the idea of cooking and preparing your own meals. The program helps you grow in so many different ways!
On a different note, I just get so frustrated when people say that eating healthy is so boring, difficult to cook, and has weird ingredients. All the recipes that were provided took a maximum of 30 minutes to make, included well known ingredients that we are already familiar, looked pretty and colorful, and most importantly tasted delicious!
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Finally, I just wanted to let you guys know that they’ve recently launched a longer program : the #HHUgimmefive which is a 5 weeks program somehow similar to the 21 day challenge. I can’t wait to try it soon and give you my feedback about it.
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LifeStyle

2017: You were Great !

Hello, so I know I’ve been away for a while but I wanted to start the year by sharing with you the things I’ve learned and the memories that were created in 2017 instead of sharing with you the typical New Year solutions post.

I’m so thankful for the new people I have met in this journey, the experiences I have been exposed to and I can’t wait to share with you more and more fun times!

  1. Let’s start off by mentioning that I graduated from AUB with a bachelor’s of Arts in Media and Communication and a minor in Economics. “Shit got real!”

I have been slowly trying to understand and learn how I am going to build my career. I was exposed to different internships, working freelance and I am constantly on the lookout for opportunities and experiences.

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  1. Discovering my passion for Food Styling

I’ve always enjoyed sharing with you pretty pictures of my meals and especially my breakfasts, since it is my favorite meal of the day. As I create more and more pictures, mainly for Instagram, I’ve discovered my passion for food styling: trying out different layouts, combos, and colors that work together in order to deliver the best picture, mood, and story. It is because of this that I decided to enroll in a photography course that starts in February in order to further explore this field.

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  1. Love for Cooking

I’ve always loved food! However, I recently enjoy discovering new flavors and trying out recipes even more than before. Learning the techniques and experimenting with food is so much fun especially when the meal turns out perfect, it just gives me so much self-satisfaction. My favorite ingredients include lemon, black pepper, and garlic!

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  1. Camping for the first time

I would always look at my friends’ pictures in nature, camping, and say to myself “Wow, that looks amazing”. However, I never had the courage to take the decision and pack my bags to join them. The idea of sleeping in a tent didn’t sound very comfortable. I was worried about where I was going to pii and I simply was over thinking everything until one day I decided that “khalas” it was time to try it!

My first camping experience was with a large group of people, we camped by the sea in Chekka and my favorite part was waking up the next morning to the sound of the waves.

My second camping experience was a month or so afterwards, it was in Baskinta. A totally different setup, in the woods, between the trees. I was so worried about flies and insects so my bags were filled with bug spray and everyone kept making fun of me. Luckily, there were not any flies and insects that night!

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Photo by my friend @Freakgmb

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  1. Traveling to new places

Last year I had the chance to visit a new country on my list, Romania, during the month of August. We went for 2 weeks and had the privilege to have a local Romanian friend to tour us around. The trip was Amazing!

Remember how I kept bombarding you with beautiful pictures on Instagram?

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My favorite location in Romania – Vidraru Lake

I then travelled to Dubai for a week in November! Although it was my 3rd time in Dubai, this was one of my favorite trips. I spent the first couple of days alone, meeting Instagram friends and working on some collaborations. My close friend then joined me a few days later, I had organized our entire journey and thankfully everything turned out to our advantage! I was even able to attend the Dubai Fitness Expo and meet so many interesting people.

It was my first solo girl’s trip and it was memorable.

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  1. Getting featured in several publications

I feel so honored and happy to see Beirut Fitness growing and reaching more people day by day. I was featured in 3 publications last year: Step FEED, Al Bayan magazine, and as a guest blogger on the beautiful Jetsetter Diaries website.

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Check the full article HERE
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Check the full article HERE
  1. Becoming a tea lover

I never thought I would say this, but for the past couple of months I’ve been drinking at least one cup of tea daily and it feels great! I am slowly entering “the tea world” and enjoy trying new flavors and combos.

  1. Launching shop Beirut fitness

I took a risk and decided to share my love for fitness with the public. People always ask me where I usually get my leggings from and I always find that question super hard because I never stick to one specific brand of type of leggings. I enjoy experimenting, trying different brands, and simply just buying the legging if the print is cool. So I decided to launch Shop Beirut Fitness, in which I got a small selection of sportswear (handpicked) that reflect my personal style and was selling them through social media and pop-ups.

You can read more about this here!

Selling was not as easy as I thought it would be, however I believe that many things in life are learned through trial and error. I will go back to advertising about Shop Beirut Fitness very soon so stay tuned!

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I hope 2018 will be filled with lovely experiences and memories for all of you.

Don’t forget to follow me on social media for more personal and day-to-day activities.

Instagram: @beirutfitness

Facebook: Beirut Fitness

 

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Recipes

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.

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 🙂

#whenChristinecooks

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Recipes

Whole Grain Mango Muffins

As part of the Blog du Jour challenge by Spinneys, I was challenged to create a recipe using a few products I received that are exclusively sold at Spinneys. One of the main products I received is Bob’s Red Mill 7 grain Hot Cereal that contains Flaxseed.

I have never baked muffins before, so I took the recipe found on the back of the bag as a base and adjusted it a little. Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients needed:

2 cups of oats

2 cups All Purpose Flour

½ cup of Brown Sugar

1/3 cup of Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain Cereal

2 Tbsp Baking Powder

2 Eggs

1½ cup of almond milk

½ cup coconut oil

1 banana

1 can of Admiral sliced mango (containing natural juice)

1/3 cup natural mango juice found in the Admiral sliced mango can

Cinnamon (optional – I didn’t end up using it)

Procedure:

[The quantity used makes 24 muffins]

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, sugar, Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain Cereal, and baking powder. Add the 2 eggs and the almond milk to the bowl.

Place the mango slices along with the banana, the coconut oil, and the natural mango juice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixed juice into the large mixing bowl and mix everything together.

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Line muffin trays and add spray pan onto it so the muffins don’t stick (you can also use paper baking cups). Fill the trays and place in the oven.

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Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes!

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TARAAAA! Here’s the end result

Last but not least, I challenge @pearlmaalouf !

#SpinneysChallenge

 

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Events

Yaduna Cook off

Did you know that Heart disease is the number one killer of women? Well I did not know this fact up until Thursday.

Yaduna Women’s Heart Health Center is a medical center founded the former First Lady of Lebanon, HE Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman. It is dedicated for screening and preventing heart disease.

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Although I am actively a part of an NGO; I believe that the world is connected and we live in a place where everything is interrelated and dependent; therefore helping people, supporting NGOs and spreading awareness is one of the simplest forms in which we can help one another.

So, you always hear people talking about a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition is one of the fundamental factors that prevents not only heart disease but also many other diseases.

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Therefore, Yaduna organized a very innovative event on June 2nd that involved a healthy cooking session held at Kitchen Lab – Gemmayzeh.

Lead by a chef, we were split into two teams. We cooked a full quick meal that was made up of a salad, 2 main dish (chicken and fish), and a light desert. After all the mess we made in the kitchen, we ended our fun activity by tasting our master pieces.

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