Taking a Breather in Bali

Hello from Bali, Indonesia! Can you see my glow? I started the morning off with a Insanity workout, wheatgrass shots, and then the most fantastic massage right on the beach to the sound of big ocean waves here in Seminyak.

My writers mind has left me…probably because I am completely mesmerized by the places we’ve been so far and are still experiencing! I really can’t wait to share all the adventures we are having in detail. I was hoping to write an exciting post on the plane yesterday, but I slept. My body needed some serious rest after our incredible Mt. Fuji Hike and exploring Tokyo on foot for over 12 hours a day.

In the meantime – Fortunately, I’m able to post updates, tips, and pics on three different social media avenues pretty easily from my phone and without pulling out my laptop :)

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Can’t wait to see who’s facebooking, following, and tweeting with me!

I absolutely love the energy I get from all of you. It’s what got me to the top of Mt. Fuji!

XOXO,
Food Babe

The Perfect Parfait Porridge

If you have been following Everyday Eats here on Food Babe….you’ve probably seen something to the likes of this for my afternoon snack….

 

I’m happy to finally share the recipe for this concoction. I call it “Parfait Porridge.” That’s because it contains layers of several different items and tastes just like a parfait minus the yogurt. The best part of this breakfast or snack, is the raw oat groats. Oat groats are the truest form of oats and contain more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than processed steel cut, rolled or instant oats. If you haven’t tried oat groats yet – go get them now! They are available in most health food stores in the bulk section.  Here’s what they look like….

It’s very important to know that you must first soak your oat groats before eating or cooking them. Soaking them softens them a bit so they are more digestible. The texture is amazing, very chewy and hearty. Unfortunately to cook oat groats, it takes forever (sometimes up to an hour!), this why I like to eat them soaked and raw.

This recipe is fool proof and ridiculously satisfying and delicious.

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Food Babe's Parfait Porridge
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup oat groats rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup ezekiel cereal, muesli, or ¼ cup steel or rolled oats (for texture)
  • 1 tsp of currants
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of your choice
Instructions
  1. In a "to go" glass container of your choice: Place oat groats, ezekiel cereal/oats, cinnamon, currants, chia seeds, and almond milk in the container and stir
  2. Top mixture with fresh or frozen fruit
  3. Let mixture sit in fridge overnight or up to three days in fridge
Notes

Enjoy for a breakfast or snack - cold right out of the fridge, room temperature or warmed in the oven for 10-15 mins at 300 degrees.

*Please choose all organic ingredients if possible*

 

I measure out my portions and always give a little extra to my husband…

Parfait Porridge goes great with a cup of tea or morning coffee! 

Top your Parfait Porridge with whatever fruit you like.  My favorites are organic fresh mixed berries like this one below.  I also like to use frozen fruit – especially organic pineapple and blueberries mixed.  When the pineapple and blueberries softens overnight they release their juices into the porridge – YUM!

Remember you can make this up to three days in advance. This is incredible for a healthy on the go breakfast or snack.

Last week, I was so busy I forgot to make porridge one night and my husband came home from work and said “I missed my porridge today….” AWE!

Don’t miss out – Start your week off right and make this now.

If you know someone who could benefit from any easy make ahead breakfast like this – please share this recipe with them! I’m sure they will be forever grateful.

Have a fantastic day!

Food Babe

P.S.

Watch me make this on live TV in a NBC Charlotte Today appearance:




8/20 Saturday ~ 1500 calories

Good Evening! Today has been CRAAAAZY Long… I am going to hit the hay as soon as I finish this post!  This will be the last day of “Everyday Eats” for the next couple of weeks. Taking a hiatus to travel the world! I am hoping to bring blog posts from my travels real time…you can be sure I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook Fan Page. Like me to stay updated!

Morning:

Hot water with lemon and cayenne

Craving a banana so bad this morning (this happens to me if I drink wine the night before…It’s really nuts how in tune I am with my body’s needs for potassium!) I cut a 1/3 of one and combined it with some blueberries…Then I added a cup of Larry’s BeansBefore I left for the gym in the morning, I made some breakfast for the boys who were still asleep! A bowl of cherries, blueberries, banana and a few slices of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Toast, organic butter and fig preservesMy gym session today was incredible – Check out my results. My calorie burn is so much higher when I eat a big meal the night before, I am able to work extra hard from all the energy in my body…I had my usual after workout meal – a Hari Shake and Jay Robb – Whey Vanilla Protein
Then I ran some serious errands and ran back home in between to grab a quick salad – I have eat EVERYTHING in my fridge before Tuesday!  I combined 3 cups of arugula, a few tbsp of beet sweetened hummus, and a half of an avocado and tossed with some balsamic vinegar.  Also I had some buckwheat crackers with almond butter… FYI – I am FINALLY out of my hummus. I made a double batch on Monday morning and it lasted 5.5 days for me and my husband.  Not bad.I was still really hungry, so I grabbed a piece of left over Ezekiel toast from the morning.  Didn’t need any toppings, this bread is that GOOD!After lunch I went to Southpark and ran around like an chicken with my head cut off!  I had so many things to get/return/look at before starting to pack this afternoon….  On the way home I headed to Earth Fare to pick up some shelf stable probiotics for my trip (the kind you don’t have to refrigerate) and a few other necessities (i.e. LOTS OF KALE) to get me through Tuesday eating and feeling good!   There were so many samples today – I had raw goji chocolate and a couple of samplings of soup :) This was a nice snack after my rampage in the mall.  I seriously think I burned more calories in the mall running around with all my heavy bags, than in my workout this morning! A friend from work said she saw me at the mall today… no wonder she didn’t say Hi – I probably ran right past her like the roadrunner! beep beep!

I packed a snack of almonds, gojis and golden raisins but totally forgot about it.  I did find a honey sweetened peppermint patty while I searched for my keys between stops and ate that.  I ate it so fast that I didn’t take a picture!  I also grabbed a handful of Mary’s Gone Crackers Curry Sticks & Twigs right out of my grocery cart - Can I say they are just amazing. I didn’t take a picture of that either. Sorry.

Dinner:

Finally got home and made some fresh juice to help me energize before packing… I started this juice with a big head of cabbage.  Cabbage juice acts as a cleaning agent for your digestive system. I love it, especially after a day of eating random things…

Ahhhhhh…. I didn’t have any juice yesterday, 1 day without it, is all I need as a reminder of how good fresh juice makes you feel.  I was instantly energized…
Then I cooked up the fastest delicious meal of all time. A frittata with red onion, red pepper and lots of savory spices.  I always enjoy my frittata with some kind of greens – I finished off some more of the arugula in the fridge… Recipe will be coming soon!Frittata up close….Dessert:

Gojis, coconut and chocolate chipsA few squares of this white chocolate.  If you have never tried Green and Black’s Organic White Chocolate. Go.Buy.Some.Now. There are tiny little vanilla bean specks in it. To die for.
The packing begins!!!!  Prepping my tolietries and treats….
Taking two suitcases…. one to carry on and one to check…..Got my soap ready!  Cut my Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap into travel sizes to use in multiple hotels for the next few weeks!

8/19 Friday ~ Can you guess my calories? :)

Today has been awesome. I was in a great relaxed mood, despite the laundry list of things we need to do this weekend… I did nothing on the list tonight I was suppose to do – besides picking up my dry cleaning after work.  It feels good sometimes to ignore your to do’s and just have a good time.

My husband’s cousin is in town. I love that he has started to read Food Babe! He told me a hilarious story about how he was in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot to get a 100+ ingredient chemical laden sandwich and got into a car wreck!

Was God trying to tell him something?

The guy who hit him got out of the car and said “Now that was f&*^ing dumb!”

I agree – That was f&^%ing dumb :)  Not that he got into a car wreck but the fact that he was about to get a Chick-Fil-A sandwich!

If you haven’t read my Chick-Fil-A article – please do. And then if you are sad that you have to give up Chick-Fil-A, don’t worry, you can make this organic version instead.

Morning:

Hot water with lemon and cayenne – at least 10 ounces, and then another 8 ounces of water taken with my probiotics.
We grind fresh organic Larry’s Beans Fair Trade coffee beans every morning. Seriously, there is no other way to drink coffee. I had a small cup before my trip to the gym…
Off to the gym… My shoes are worn down, I need to order some new ones really bad, but I have been seriously lazy about it.My Hari Shake was made with an additional fruit this morning – an organic pear, so delicious.
Then I packed the rest of my goods and headed to work… 

Jay Robb -Whey Vanilla Protein at my desk

Mid-Morning:

I had my raw veggie bag that I packed and these almonds.  I keep a couple of containers of almonds in my desk cabinet at work, so I am always prepared.  No reason to pack these every day… Lunch:

Stopped by my patio for a super quick lunch – I threw a few cups of arugula in a bowl, topped it with 1/4 of an avocado, 1/2 cup of beet sweetened hummus, red onions and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

I had some buckwheat crackers with almond butter too…

Mid-Afternoon:

Couldn’t decide which tea to have, so did eeny meeny miny mo… ended up with green again… Enjoyed my hot tea with one of these… And a cup of these cherries… Dinner:

My husband, brother in law, and I took the cousin to Halcyon Flavors of the Earth Had a couple of glasses of Biodynamic wine…It’s been a while…. I enjoyed every sip! I love all of their interesting butters – unfortunately I did not try this blueberry butter because I am refraining from dairy for a few days.  I got treated for a dairy allergy at Acupuncture last night!  I had no idea I had a sensitivity….

First Course:

We ordered the white bean puree dip which is vegan, I asked for veggies instead of all flat bread to dip.  Most restaurants will do this substitution for you if you ask.  I also poured out the oil on top onto the plate to make the dip lighter… Second course:

This was the BOMB.COM!  Spicy squash vegan soup was the special appetizer of the night.  It was absolutely divine!

Third Course:

Since I was avoiding dairy, the chef made me a special farm salad with duck confit topped with fresh strawberry preserves… it was amazing, I am considering getting this dish instead of the duck confit crepes that I normally get going forward…This free range natural duck is from a farm in long island.  Duck is a hugely sustainable meat and I feel alright eating a little bit of it from time to time… there was about 2 ounces on this salad.  The perfect amount.This is what the boys got….all three of them!  Grass fed filet topped with gorgonzola, roasted potatoes and asparagus. Did you know that Dr. Mercola is a big fan of grass fed filet?


Finished the night off with some hot ginger tea for digestion.  I definitely ate a lot more food than I normally eat tonight…but this is quite alright once in a while :)  I also happened to find some vegan chocolate and goji berries in my purse.  And, yes of course I ate them – the restaurant sadly didn’t have any vegan options for dessert….
We sat on the patio for another hour after our meal telling stories and catching up.  The weather was perfect, an absolutely gorgeous night.

I’d love to hear about a recent healthy choice you made at a restaurant, do you ever make special requests? Facebook me or leave a comment below!