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 🙂

#whenChristinecooks

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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! 😀

6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

Many people, including myself, are concerned about gaining weight while traveling. I spent most of my winter break in the US and the first couple of days we kept eating out almost every day! Since it was not my first time visiting Virginia, I had already chosen the favorite fast food chain restaurants that I wanted to enjoy such as Chipotle and Five Guys and surprisingly I felt satisfied after only eating at these restaurants once.

Here are some tips that I thought I would share with you to help you on your next trip:

  1. Never skip breakfast

I was not staying at a hotel so my breakfasts were either scrambled eggs with cucumber, Greek yogurt and fruits, or Greek yogurt on multi-cereal bread with different toppings such as fruits and veggies.

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  1. Commit to at least one healthy meal a day

When on vacation, we tend to eat out almost every day and personally, I got exhausted. I do enjoy eating out however, repetitively eating out especially more than once a day was annoying. Most of the food was too salty or included heavy sauces so I always ordered the sauce on the side or simply asked for lemon oil dressing for the salads and asked for less salt.

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Make your own Salad bowls at SweetGreen
  1. As much as possible, make your own meals

The days that we were going to have dinner with some friends, we would try to eat lunch at home. We would make quick and easy meals such as grilled salmon or chicken breasts in the oven with a huge salad bowl: healthy, simple, fulfilling, and delicious (such meals could also be ordered at restaurants).

  1. Carry snacks with you

Snacks on the go are one of the best things to have with you on long tour/shopping days. You are unaware of when lunch or dinner is going to take place therefore having a good breakfast before you go as well as healthy snacks such as raw nuts, protein bars, and/or fruits will give you the energy you need to keep enjoying your day.

  1. Drink lots of water

When it’s cold, I sometimes tend to forget to drink water. Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.

  1. Walk

Even if you are not working out as much as before because you are on vacation you can stay active by walking as much as possible, taking the stairs, not using much public transportation… Many beautiful places are discovered when you just walk around a city that you are not familiar with.

 

I hope you will find these tips useful! I believe that it’s all about the balance; indulge in the foods you love from time to time but also stay active and healthy.

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BeirutFitnessXLornaJane

Australia’s leading active wear brand and one of my favorite brands has finally landed in Beirut!

I’ve known this brand for a couple of years and I would always look for it every time I travel. What I love about Lorna Jane is that every single item has something special and unique; no matter how simple it is. They are known for having fashionably fit unique items that make you feel fabulous. Whether it is the integration of mesh, net, or cut outs the flattering and durable fit is what makes this brand stand out.

For those of you looking for a last minute Christmas gift, you can now shop my look or any other Lorna Jane outfits at Zahar Lingerie stores across Lebanon! Any woman would definitely love to receive a comfortable and fashionable outfit to add to her “athleisure” wardrobe 🙂

Check out their fun and trendy collection of black and printed leggings and add a twist to this everyday MUST-HAVE.

Happy Shopping!

In the pictures I’m wearing the black and mesh leggings from their new collection paired with electric orange sports bra and a vest lined with fur.

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Finishing the photo shoot with my favorite pose!

PS: Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram account @Beirutfitness for more photos and fashion tips!

Guacamole Recipe

Whether as an appetizer with some crackers, or as a side dish with your main course, this super quick, easy, and delicious Guacamole recipe is a MUST-HAVE on your Christmas dining table this Christmas eve.

Ingredients Needed:

4 ripe Avocados

½  large tomato

¼  white onion

1 tbsp of chopped Cilantro

1 Lemon

Salt

1 Jalapeno pepper

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Procedure:

[The quantity used is for about 6-8 people]

Choose 4 ripe avocadoes, peel them and cut them into small cubes

Dice ½ a tomato, ¼ of an onion and the Jalapeno pepper into small cubes and mix all together in a bowl

Add 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro to the bowl

Squeeze one lemon and add the juice to the mix

Finally, add some salt to taste and mix all together

The amount of jalapeno used varies depending on your choice; I usually cut a small piece from the edge and chop it into tiny pieces. Start with a small amount and then keep adding until you reach your desired level of hotness.

Remember that this recipe is very flexible; it all depends on your taste. If you like a lot of onions, lemon, or more spices like black or cayenne pepper. I suggest starting with this recipe as a base and then adjusting it to meet your taste.

Personally, I love this recipe, it’s simple and savory and you can literally just add it as a side dish with anything!

Sahtein Xx

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EMS workout with Voltfit

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I love trying new things! New year’s eve is right around the corner, have you started thinking about your new year’s resolutions? I’ll be telling you more about my long list and another blog post, soon 🙂

So, I’ve recently tried out a relatively new  type of workout called EMS. After trying 2 sessions of EMS and interviewing Elie, Owner of Voltfit, in order to know more about how the workout works; I am sharing with you my experience below:

EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a type of workout that involves the transmission of electrical impulses, in the form of electrodes, directly to the muscle.

For those of you who claim to not have time to work out, I have found a solution for you. Shut the excuses away and say “Yes I can make time for myself and my body!” The EMS workout is ONLY a 20 minutes workout so I’m sure you can make time for 20 minutes 😉

The EMS workout is thus equivalent to about 3-4 hours of regular gym training because you are using almost all (95%) your fiber muscles at the same time.  Around 440 contractions are made in 20 min!

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At first, I did not know what to expect, I had not tried anything of this sort before. The electrodes feel like vibrations across your body. In order to feel the vibrations properly, you are advised to wear the special leggings and top that they provide to you. The machine is then attached to a vest that you wear on top of the top in order for the electrodes to flow.

So, how does it work? The machine is made up of 3 currents:

Each current has a specific frequency, intensity, and period.

  • Current for fat loss:

Continuous current

Fast Frequency

Lower Intensity

Involves Cardio

  • Intermittent Current:

4 seconds on and 4 seconds off

Mainly used for toning, shaping and muscle building

  • Relaxation/ Recovery Current:

Fast intermittent (the impulse comes and goes)

Throughout your 20 min workout, all the 3 different currents are being used (not at the same time).

According to Elie, 2 EMS workouts per week along with some regular PT sessions is recommended.

So, are you ready to get shocked?

Book your first FREE session now by contacting Voltfit at +961 76 109 409 and check out their website for any additional information: www.voltfit.com

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Post EMS workout selfie with Elie, Owner & Trainer at Voltfit