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Healthier Rainbow Pizza

Are you ready for a fun and nutritious vegetarian recipe with the beautiful Michele from @deficalbym 💕⁣

Here’s our RAINBOW VEGGIE PIZZA!⁣ ⁣

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Ingredients Needed

For the dough: ⁣⁣⁣
– 1 cup oat flour⁣⁣⁣
– 2 bakes sweet potatos⁣
– 1 egg⁣⁣⁣
– 1 tsp salt, pepper, oregano, basil⁣

To be added to the dough later on:⁣
-Tomato sauce ⁣
-Mozzarella Cheese ⁣

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Vegetable Toppings 

⁣For the toppings:⁣⁣⁣
-Bell peppers⁣
-Tomato⁣
-Cauliflower⁣
-Broccoli⁣
-Corn ⁣
Or anything you have left in the fridge 🥦🍅🌽🥕⁣⁣⁣

 

Instructions:
If you do not have oat flour, make sure to blend rolled oats in the processor first to create oat flour and then mix it with the sweet potato, the egg, and the spices to create the dough.
Bake the dough first for 10 min then top it with the veggies and bake for an extra 20min! ⁣⁣
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And finally… Enjoy 😋🤤

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For the recipe video – click here.

Don’t forget to tag in your photos!

 
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Creamy Avocado Pasta Recipe

During my last trip to Qatar, I had some fun cooking with Nancy from Food Glamour.

We created a healthier pasta, a creamy avocado pasta.

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Ingredients needed:
1 /2 pack of pasta
3 small avocados
1/2 cup of coconut cream
Fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
Pesto sauce 2 tablespoons
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of mixed spices
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
Chicken breast marinated over night (yogurt , soy sauce ,Basil leaves black pepper)
Roasted pine nuts (optional )

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Directions:

  1. Start off my boiling the water and cooking the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the avocado sauce
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    – Peel the avocados
    – Add all the spices, the basil and garlic
    – Add 1/2 cup of water
    – Mix everything in the blender until smooth
    – Slowly add the coconut cream, the pesto, the lemon juice and mix again until you get a creamy texture.
  3. Grill the marinated chicken in a pan with olive oil
  4. Finally, in another pan , add the cooked pasta with a bit of olive oil and mix it with the creamy avocado sauce on top , mix delicately until covered properly with the sauce.

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  5. Plate and Serve!
    and don’t forget to tag us when you try the recipe…

     

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    Much Love,
    Christine

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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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Avocado Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients Needed:
– 2 bags of medium sized shrimp
– 4 avocados
– 6 cucumbers
– 2 cups of water
– 3 tomatoes
– 3 onions
– 2 lemons
– cilantro
– olive oil
– salt

Start with cooking the shrimp:
1. Cut a tomato into 4 pieces
2. Cut an onion into 4 pieces
3. Place the tomato and the onion in a pot with 2 cups of water
4. Add salt
5. Add a handful of cilantro to the pot
6. Once everything starts to boil, add the shrimp for a few minutes until the shrimp is pink

Once the shrimp is cooked, remove them from the pot and keep 1/2 a cup of the water from the pot aside. Chop the shrimp into 2-3 pieces and place them in a bowl to cool.

Moving on to the next steps, dice 2 onions and place them in a bowl of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), some salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Forget about the onions for around 30 min so they can absorb the lemon.

In the meantime, prepare a large bowl: chop the 4 avocados (make sure they are ripe but not too ripe), the 6 cucumbers, and the 2 tomatoes into small cubes.
Add the shrimp to the mixture along with the onions that were soaked in lemon juice and the juice that we had put aside from the pot.

Mix everything together, place it in the fridge for a while et voila!

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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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Recipes

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.

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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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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Events Fit Fashion

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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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
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This summer: Be the Happiest Version of You

Hello Monday! February is coming to and end and the sun has been shining more often and I can’t be happier! Here are some ideas I was thinking about over the weekend that I’d like to share with you:

As soon as spring begins, you suddenly see everyone worrying about their bodies and wanting to achieve the so called “summer body” but what does this actually mean? I believe that the term “summer body” is a socially constructed term that the society and media have created in order to make people feel uncomfortable with their own body so they consume services and products that “claim” to aid in losing weight/re-shaping the body.

However, reshaping the body, toning, and losing weight is not something that happens over night or in couple of weeks. I’m sure you’ve heard of so many people who have suddenly lost weight, or look better but these quick and easy alternatives and methods are usually not sustainable.

Personally, I do not believe in something called “A summer body”. Day by day, new trends emerge; we’ve been constantly bombarded, in the past couple of months, with the trend of big butts, for example, and more. These trends create pressure on many people and may lead to extreme measures being taken in order to feel accepted and “fit-in”.

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I haven’t been blogging or working out as much as before since the beginning of the year. It’s my last semester at University; I’m finishing up a double major in Economics and Media and Communications as well as working on a very exciting project for the blog that I can’t wait to reveal (I will be revealing clues soon, but full Revelation will be around May hopefully). My schedule includes long hours and breaks that are exhausting.. I won’t lie, I do feel weaker; I’ve stopped private boxing session (and it’s so frustrating); I’ve been doing Power Stretch class once a week as well as Pulse class, mainly weights; 2 to 3 times a week and from time to time some aerial yoga.

Being fit and healthy is not only about having abs! I don’t have abs; but I’m totally OK with that.

Be happy with your body, your curves, and most importantly LOVE YOURSELF. Don’t let the media make you question how beautiful you are!

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PS: All of these photos are taken in Mar Mikhael – Beirut 🙂

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Travel

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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