Wanna join me on a Plant-based Diet Journey?

Happy New Month Everyone!!! I know I’ve been MIA for a while but sometimes it’s good to take breaks and focus on your own well-being, and that’s exactly what I’ve focused on lately. As a result, I’m thinking about going on a plant-based diet. I am motivated by being healthy overall. I was once able to do a junk food fast that started as a 30-day challenge and before I knew it, I was able to stretch the challenge for six months and I dropped 25 pounds.

I think I should be okay with this diet. I have refrained from drinking soda, sugary drinks, and red meat for about 5 years. I know it’s easier said than done so I’ll be sure to report my day to day meal choices and how I feel in general throughout the challenge.

Right now my diet consists of the following:

Carbs: Brown Rice, Whole grain bread and bagel, whole grain pasta, sweet and regular potatoes, Whole Grain Cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats), Plantain

Protein: Chicken, Ground Turkey, Beans (Black-eye peas), Eggs

Veggies: Broccoli, Steamed Carrots, Spinach, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Cucumbers, Avocados?, Tomatoes

Fruits: Strawberry, Cantaloupe, Banana, Pear, Apple, mangoes, etc

Snack options: Sweet potato chips, yogurt, fruit, (I’ll add more as they come to mind)

Execution Plan: I think the most important aspect of starting and sticking to a diet is to PLAN AHEAD. What I mean by this is to prep your food ahead of time. It’s easier to get off track when you don’t have a healthy meal and snack on hand with you. When hunger strikes, you’ll be more like to just grab an unhealthy or non-plant-based snack or meal that is in reach.

For the whole of October, I will cut out the nonplant-based items from my current menu, e.g chicken, eggs, and we’ll see what happens next. My understanding is that protein is present in plant-based foods also, so I really won’t be missing much.

Empty out your refrigerator and come with me on this journey!

Thanks for stopping by,

Abi

 

 

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Have you been Sexercising?

So I was browsing the internet the other day and I came across an article that shared information about exercises sexercises women can do to improve their sex life. I was curious enough to scan the article and I was not surprised that doing squats was the number exercise one sexercise on the list.

Apparently, I’ve been sexercising and didn’t even know it.

15 Exercises Every Woman Should Do to Improve Her Sex Life

In addition to squats were

Bridge pose

Pelvic Tilt Pulses

Kegels 

Stability-Ball Pull-Ins

Plank Pose

Open-Leg Rocker

Seated Leg Extensions

And so much more. Read the rest of the article here.

Don’t forget ladies, these sexercises help you lose weight, get toned and increase the release of the feel-good hormones.

Make a decision to get fit and stay fit!

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How to make Overnight Strawberry Peanut Butter Oats


So we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but are you all ready for a little secret about making breakfast the night before?

Here it is –  overnight oats! It’s that simple. Save yourself some time and pop a half-cup of oatmeal and milk in your refrigerator overnight and wake up to ready-to-eat breakfast.

Overnight oatmeal. Easy breakfast ideas
Here are the ingredients I used in my overnight oats: 2% milk, old fashioned oats, bananas, peanut butter, and strawberries. I didn’t use any sweetener but feel free to add honey or sugar.

Overnight Oats
This is the recipe I followed. I strawberries instead because I don’t like blueberries.

 

Mason Jar overnight oats.
Photo of my overnight oats in a Mason Jar. I used this mason jar container so I can just grab-and-go in the morning. The jar also fits in my cup holder, which is a huge plus.


Notes:

  • This recipe is customizable. You don’t have to stick to bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Customize it with your favorite fruits and have it your way.
  • The first time I make overnight oats, it was late Winter and I prepared it in a small storage bowl with a lid. I was able to warm it in the microwave oven before I headed out in the morning. This was perfect because it was cold out. So, you can definitely switch things up based on your preference. You can also use a soup mug with a lid. I’m sure it’ll work well.
  • Also, you can be flexible with milk based on your preference and diet. Options are soy milk, almond milk, whole milk, 1 or 2% milk, and so on.
  • Get more recipes here.

 

I want to hear from you. 

Are you open to trying overnight oats? If yes, what ingredients would you use?

 

 

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How to Cook Spicy Curry Chicken for Dinner Tonight


Ok, I’m back to talk about food again. Who else enjoys food that is creative? I get bored very easily with the same old same old. I like spice, I like spontaneity, I like variety, I like things that are different. It’s all about the little things, especially when it comes to food. I’m still trying to get my kiddos used to different tastes. They just want to eat the same things with the same taste. Whereas, one day I want curry, another day coconut, avocados, jalapeños, etc. So what usually happens is I cook food the way they would eat it and then add some extra stuff to my plate. Hubby is not a fan of spicy food either. Although he would eat anything I cook and then complain after he’s done eating it, and say things like “That was very spicy, I have heartburn. Me: rolls eyes and think to myself, “nobody asked you to eat it”. Hehe

The last time I cooked curry chicken, I cooked a small quantity and didn’t even bother offering it to the kiddos. It was soo good and I tried to make it last longer than it did but who am I fooling? It’ll still got eaten up within 24 hours.

Curious about how I made it? Keep reading…

I’m only sharing the ingredients, not the quantity of each because I’m Nigerian and Nigerians do not measure ingredients when cooking. Yep! No measuring cups, spoons, or forks 😜. We just eyeball quantities and throw the ingredients in the pot, then add more to balance taste.
I used curry powder, paprika, garlic salt, sundried tomatoes, sweet pepper, coconut oil, sriracha hot sauce and some Mrs. Dash original blend seasoning.

Browning the chicken in a drizzle of coconut oil.

At this point, I’ve added paprika and garlic salt.
I added sliced sweet peppers after the all the pieces of chicken had browned evenly.
At this point, I added one heaping table spoon of curry powder, water and all the other seasoning.
I added a little bit of white flour at the end of cooking to thicken up the sauce. Tomato paste was my first option but I ran out.

 

Cooking is done! Sauce served on wheat noodles.

 

I really enjoyed making this dish. I know there’s nothing new about curry chicken but this experience was fun because I made it on the whim. I craved a different taste and was able to throw ingredients together and it was good! Plus, I was able to make it super spicy as I liked knowing I would hear no complaints from my kiddos and hubby.

PS: I made it for myself. Eat at your own expense 😜.

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Who says you can’t spread peanut butter on waffles?

Hello y’all! This is my first post of the new year. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Anyway, enough goofing around. Let me tell you all about my love for peanut butter. I consider myself unique, yes unique, when it comes to peanut butter. I eat it with sliced apples, celery sticks, in smoothies, straight from the jar, on toasted bread, in oatmeal, on pancakes and waffles. Yes ma’am, you heard right, waffles and pancakes!

The first time I put peanut butter on my breakfast waffles,  my kiddos were like…really mom? (jaws dropped and everything) My response? Why not!!! I’ve never really liked maple syrup or any type of syrup for that matter. I just can’t stand the taste, so I usually use honey. However, on this particular day, I craved peanut butter and just went with the flow.

 

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Peanut butter on waffles with fresh cut cantaloupe

 

So what do you guys think? Is it strange to spread peanut butter on waffles? Try it! I bet you’ll like it. Share your take.

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