My Favorite Breakfast – Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Here’s a hearty breakfast treat to try at home for those who have the luxury of preparing a meal in the morning. You’ll need about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on how fast you are with the blade – I’m slow when it comes to chopping up the fruits…-_-) to get all the ingredients ready and to cook this delicious peanut butter oatmeal.

I’m a sucker for anything with peanut butter. Gotta have it everyday. What better way to indulge in one of my favorite foods than first thing in the morning? BREAKFAST – my favorite meal of the day. The importance of the morning meal can be found in the word itself — it “breaks the fast” and replenishes your body with energy and nutrients after a long night’s sleep. Oats, peanut butter and berries. Healthy, rich and delicious…. what’s not to love?

This recipe serves two. Sharing is caring :)
This recipe serves two. Sharing is caring 🙂

peanut butter oatmeal recipe

Ingredients

  1. One teaspoon of chia seed
  2. One cup of rolled oats
  3. One cup almond milk
  4. One cup water
  5. One tablespoon (or more if you like!) of peanut butter
  6. Salt to taste (totally optional)
  7. One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  8. One teaspoon of raw honey
  9. One sliced banana
  10. One apple (chopped)
  11. A handful of blueberries (for topping)

 

I recently added chia seed to my food after watching the documentary ‘Hungry For Change’ and learning about all the healthy benefits it can do for you. This superfood helps to sustain blood sugar levels throughout the day as well as keep you from snacking in between meals.The little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour — also has a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. You can get it at any organic store or online from The Organic Grocer.

8 GOOD REASONS TO START ADDING CHIA SEED TO YOUR FOOD.

1. Lose weight without starving – Chia seed keep you feeling full. When the chia seed is exposed to water or other liquids it begins to hydrate. When you eat this seed/gel combination, your body treats it like a big piece of food. It’s their ability to absorb 9 TIMES their own weight in water that keeps you feeling full. This means you can use even 1 teaspoon of seeds to get rid of hunger whenever you want.

2. Stabilize blood sugar – Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for Type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids can also prevent blood sugar spikes. Blood sugar stabilization is important for health, energy and releasing body fat. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy food or sweets. Chai seed has unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.

3. Improved energy & performance – You don’t need a red bull for an extra energy. You need to add only chia seeds to your diet. The seeds have this handy way of slowing down the time it takes to convert carbohydrates into sugar. As a result your body benefits from a steady flow of energy. Chia seeds don’t contain any food colorings or preservatives; you’re getting a pure shot of energy, right where you need it. Many runners and athletes know this only too well.

4. Improved Mental Focus and Concentration – Chia’s Balanced Essential Fats (Omega-3 and Omega-6) Can Significantly Boost Brain Power…and Brighten Mood (EFAs are known for their anti depressive effects). Essential fats make cell membranes more flexible, and enable more efficient membrane function, including better nerve transmission and nutrient transport into cells. A healthy nervous system supports more efficient brain function. In fact, the essential fats in chia are well-known for helping improve brain function!

5. Get full faster! – Trytophan, an amino acid found in turkey is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

6. Chia Seeds Are Nutritious – On top of the fact that chia seeds have more omega-3 than any other natural source, they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins & minerals.

7. Gluten-Free – Unlike Typical Grain-Source Proteins, Chia Protein Contains No Gluten. Chia thereby is an ideal food for individuals having gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or for anyone wishing to avoid common gluten-containing grains like corn, barley, and wheat. (Moreover, simple carbohydrates—including high-gluten foods—are implicated in obesity and blood glucose instability, and generally provide poor nutrient-density.) Chia is a gluten-free, nutrient-dense alternative to grain-source proteins.

8. Chia Contains 20% or More Protein – a higher percentage than found in other grains, such as wheat, corn, rice, or oats. Plus, chia is high in natural antioxidants (unlike flax), which means it stays fresh far longer and supplies powerful dietary antioxidants.

The best part about this superfood is that you can add it to anything and just about everything. The seeds are tasteless so they won’t affect the flavour profile of your food, which makes them easy to integrate into your meals. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added milled to smoothies.

I also recently discovered Adam’s peanut butter from Ritual since they use it in their shakes. This delectable creamy peanut butter is made with 99% fresh roasted peanuts with just a dash of salt and contains NO artificial colors, flavors, preservative, NO added sugar and zero grams of trans fatty acids. It’s pretty much the healthiest peanut butter you’ll find in a jar. I tossed out my ol’ Jif after buying a couple jars of Adam’s from NTUC Finest.

Anyway, back to the recipe.

1) Stir in 1 cup of rolled oats with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water.

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2) Add the chopped apple and banana slices. You could even use old bananas for this since it’s meant to turn soft and squishy. Continue to stir. My mouth starts to water right around this point – where I take a heap of peanut butter (about 1 tablespoon, or more if you like) and add it to the mix. Don’t waste a drop. Lick the spoon clean!

3) Add a teaspoon of chia seed in there, and a few swirls of honey.

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4) For extra flavor, use a bit of salt in your oatmeal. I use Stephen James Organics deep pink Himalayan salt. just a pinch will do, this step is entirely optional.

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Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of ground cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte? I just love the smell. It’s also just one of those spices that tastes fantastic. Taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon. This super spice also provides health benefits similar to the chia seed.

Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike. That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol. Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5) Sprinkle a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the oatmeal and continue to stir until you find the consistency you like.

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Making me hungry.
Making me hungry.

6) Top it off with another swirl of honey and berries. I added some strawberries to give it some color. Sometimes I’d skip the berries and top with chopped almonds instead. Love the crunch.

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Go ahead. Give this recipe a try.

Go ahead. Give this one a try.

Let Me See You Twerk

I can’t believe how many people think I’m good at twerking—which is dope—like my life goal has been accomplished.‘ – Miley Cyrus

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Now that’s something I wanna see – Hannah Montana AKA Miley Cyrus twerking to that song HANNAH MONTANA by Migos.

Miley’s racy VMA performance raised some eyebrows and didn’t earn her a lot of praise. Cutting off her hair, getting some ink, stripping off her clothes, twerking and speaking on drugs, smoking marijuana and gay rights, it’s clear that Miley has come a long way from her Disney days. She’s probably going through some sort of a rebellious phase so no need to get overly worked up about it; it’s all for entertainment. Like any other girl her age, she’ll grow out of it. Eventually.

Meanwhile, quit hatin’ cuz homeboi DJ KAKU just dropped an infectious new mix called ‘TWERK’. Will somebody get this to Miley?

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Download mp3

A Day With Stretch City

Last month was a busy time for both Charlie and I as we’ve both decided to leave KL and move back to Singapore after 3 years. We loved KL and it was especially hard to part from the quality group of friends we met there and of course, the awesome local food (mmm, Sarawak laksa & banana leaf rice). But alas, new opportunities came up in Singapore and we knew that in order to achieve our dreams and goals, we had to leave our comfort zone. So a week after his last day at work, we packed our bags and moved to the Lion City.

It’s nice to be back in a familiar place although I must admit that a lot has changed in 3 years!

There’s so much going on in Singapore – the skyline has changed with new architecture, MORE streets are busy with fresh bars and restaurants popping up as soon as one closes down, and train lines have extended for more convenience to the masses. It’s amazing how fast this city is changing.

It’s even more diverse now, with foreigners from all over the world covering about a third of the population. How much you’ve grown, Singapore! I’m so happy to be back.

After settling in to our new apartment, I decided to explore what else was new in town. So I called up Liv, who had moved here from Japan last year and started up a website called StretchCity.com to help yoga enthusiasts and active people like me find yoga studios and fun things to do around town. If you check out the website, you’ll find a map where you can type in your location to get a fast and easy list of yoga studios, shops, healthy restaurants and events in the area. A super useful new portal for the healthy minded!

how to use stretchcitydotcom

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Totally useful for someone like me who’s “somewhat new” in town and wants to explore fun and healthy activities I can do for the day nearby. So we planned a day out together for a bit of fitness, fresh eating, and catching up around Bukit Timah.

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We started off with breakfast at The Living Cafe (located at 779 Bukit Timah Road). With a bounty full of healthy entrées, raw treats and organic fruit and vegetables on the menu, we found ourselves in dire need of self-restraint! However, since we were headed for a hot yoga session afterwards, we decided to keep breakfast light.

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I decided to try one of their ‘Superfood Elixirs’ called the Immune Booster, which is simply a wholesome blend of acerola, ginger, orange juice and raw agave. Since I wanted something light but satisfying enough to keep me full and give me energy for the workout later, Evan, the manager at TLC, recommended the Açaí Bowl. Açaí berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is known as a super food, which means it is exceptionally beneficial for your health and packed with essential vitamins and nutrition!

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Açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Each berry is jammed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. I absolutely loved the Açaí Bowl. What a perfect start to the day! However, eat with caution as it may stain your lips! My lips turned purplish brown after finishing the whole bowl. It was delicious though! *licks lips*

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I uploaded a quick snapshot for Instagram while Liv showed me how to leave a review for TLC on StretchCity. What I love about the website is that you’ll not only find a listing of all the yoga studios, shops and healthy restaurants, you can also give a rating and write a review so that you can share what you love with others.

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This feature on Stretch City makes it so much easier to sort and assess places, finding recommendations which can be very useful when you’re looking to check out a new spot for the first time. I’m also following Stretch City on Instagram for daily inspirational quotes and poses. The more you see, the more you’ll do. That’s how I find motivation.

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We headed to Updog Studio next (located at the South GrandStand of Turf City) for a hot yoga session with our instructor, Nicole.

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As it was a non-peak hour, Liv and I got more one-on-one time with Nicole. She guided us through almost the entire class vocally while making sure we had the correct form through her descriptive instructions. Her voice was calm and relaxing, which made me feel at ease. Some of the poses were still pretty challenging but I powered through all of them!

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It’s a shame that you can’t see the beautiful greenery that was outside the window due to the back-light in these photos; the natural view was definitely a relaxing sight for the eyes and a sweet escape from the busy city center.

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Our photographer, Soon, had to leave the room just after 10 minutes because he was sweating so much even though he wasn’t the one doing yoga! It was also his first time stepping inside a yoga studio, though I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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Thanks for having us, Updog Studio! Feeling super tired yet revitalized after our class, we realized it was almost lunch time and our tummies were starting to grumble a bit. Luckily, there were plenty of good food options at Turf City. We decided to check out PasarBella to see what they had to offer.

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Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, organic food or simply somewhere to eat, the options are endless here! I love the old school marketplace vibe at PasarBella; reminds me of childhood visits to the local wet market with Mom.

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I was so happy we also stumbled upon The Organic Grocer. They have just about every organic product I wanted to get and more. The best part is, they even do home delivery so you can shop online and not worry about carrying heavy grocery bags.

The hunt for food continues…

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We were spoiled for choice when it came to deciding what to eat. I finally settled with a slice of thin crust pizza and chicken salad from Da Paolo Gastronomia while Liv had a beetroot feta cheese take away salad from Rabbit Carrot Gun.

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I don’t mean to spoil your healthy diet but have you heard of cronuts? It’s basically a croissant + donut created by Chef Dominique Ansel from New York. People go crazy over it these hybrid pastries; there’s always a line outside the bakery because it’s so exclusive there that they even trademarked the name! I was so surprised to find something similar to cronuts at Da Paolo Gastronomia. Only this time, due to the trademark of the name, they called it a crodo (croissant + donut) instead. We contemplated whether to try it or not, but since it was pretty exclusive and new, we couldn’t resist a bite. Even Soon bought a couple for his girlfriend… how sweet, literally 😉

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So that was it for our active day out guided by StretchCity.com ! I hope this inspires you to explore all the fun activities you can do in Singapore and to find healthy eats a bit easier.

It’s not difficult to plan a day out in Singapore, but with a bit of research nowadays especially you can really find some hidden gems.

Journey To Success

Let’s face it – as much as we want to be healthy, sometimes circumstances may get in the way of our active pursuits. It’s called Life.

It happens.

As Henry Ford once said,

“Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Life flows.”

 

The road to good health is a journey. You shouldn’t always have to feel guilty for enjoying yourself or not having the time to put exercise, or your diet, at the top of your priority list on any given day. Listen to your body. Being active and moving daily means more vibrant energy but give yourself permission to exercise in a way that makes you feel good. Find out what you really enjoy doing as that’s the best kind of exercise that works wonderfully for your body. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, you’ll find it that much more difficult to keep at it.

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Keep climbing. Being active with friends and family can be a fun way to get moving. Change your lifestyle one step at a time and inspire others along the way. The key is to DO your best to be consistent and focus on making progress however small; you will develop discipline if you stay committed. Discipline comes hand in hand with willpower and determination. It’s important re-evaluate your goals every so often to make sure you’re still challenging yourself and taking note of any improvement or deficiency in your performance.

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There is no room for complacency in terms of goal setting – when you achieve one, it’s time to make another. It’s also just as important to have short-term practical goals to keep you realistically motivated as it is to have “dream” long-term goals to aspire towards. Real success is not built overnight or without adversity. Nothing great is achieved without perseverance and enthusiasm.

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“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.”

Sometimes you gotta cut loose and not put too much pressure on yourself. I proudly pig out on one of my favorite foods every Saturday because you know what, it makes me a little more happy. It’s all about keeping the right balance between working hard to be active and enjoying the journey.

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With perseverance and the right attitude, you can achieve your goals as did Henry Ford. Investors pulled out of his business twice before he finally made a breakthrough in the Henry Ford Motor Company that revolutionized the car industry. So, if you suffer a setback or fall down, what’s most important is how you get up again.

“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”


– Henry Ford

Read the full advertorial post for Ford Fiesta here.