• Yummy Recipes

    Dark Chocolate & Strawberries Overnight Oats

    Oatmeal has been a staple in my diet my entire life, yet it wasn’t until last week that I ventured into the world of “overnight oats.” I am aware that I am late to this fabulous trend, but I am here now and I’m also now on time for work because I’m not making oatmeal in the morning. I love meal prepping.

    I also love bitter, dark chocolate and strawberries, which are the predominant flavors of this recipe that I’ve been making daily. It’s cheap and easy to make, delicious, and nutritious! Let’s get started.

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    Ingredients (serves 1):

    • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
    • 1 cup of water or nondairy milk
    • Sea salt to taste
    • Turmeric to taste
    • Cinnamon to taste
    • 1 tbs. cocoa powder
    • 1 tbs. cocoa nibs
    • 3 tbs. chia seeds
    • 3-6 fresh strawberries, sliced

    Combine all of the ingredients, except for the strawberries, into a bowl and stir. Refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to eat, top it off with fresh strawberries and enjoy!

    If you tried this recipe, let me know what you think! Also, if you have other suggestions for overnight oat recipes, please send them my way ūüôā

    xx Vic

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    Sugar-free & Dairy-free Cinnamon Dark Hot Chocolate

    It only makes sense to offer a sugar and dairy-free beverage recipe after criticizing Starbucks for its lack of options. Ironically, I’m writing this while sitting in Starbucks drinking a black blond roast that unfortunately kept me up all last night. The solution to my exhaustion due to the four hours of broken sleep I got? Drink another black blond roast from Starbucks, of course.

    Anyway…this recipe is very simple and you can modify it as much as you want!

    Ingredients for one serving:

    • A mug of 3/4 water and 1/4 nondairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
    • A generous tablespoon of unsweetened baking cocoa powder
    • Dashes of cinnamon
    • Coconut whipped cream (I didn’t know this was a thing until recently, but it changed my life!!)

    Directions:

    Pour the mug of water/nondairy milk into a small pot. Set to medium heat and allow it to heat up.

    Once it’s hot, but before it starts to boil, take it off of the stove. Add the baking cocoa powder and as much cinnamon as you’d like. Stir.

    Then pour the hot cocoa into your mug and top with coconut whipped cream and more cinnamon.

    That’s it!

    You can use sweetened nondairy milk and/or natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or coconut sugar.

    If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it!

    xx Vic

  • Speaking My Mind

    Plant-Based and Sugar-Free Living

    I’ve changed my diet a bit more since my last post,¬†so I thought it was about time to update y’all! I have now¬†excluded all sugar from my diet, including honey. I’ve also been eating plant-based as much as possible, with the goal of one plant-based meal per day. Usually, I eat some sort of animal protein for dinner.

    Cutting out sugar has been harder than reducing my meat intake. Sugar is addictive, so the difficulty can probably be attributed mostly to that, although I do love sweets in general. Now, when I crave chocolate (yes, I’ve even reduced my chocolate intake. When I do eat chocolate, I eat 85% cacao because there is less sugar), I opt for fruit. My go-to fruits lately have been apples and grapes. I like to pair my apples with grocery store-made almond butter. They make the almond butter there for you and it’s delicious!

    Overall, I enjoy eating a more plant-based diet. It feels better in my body and I get to support local farmers because I buy most of my produce from them! I’ve been using Sahara Rose’s new Ayurvedic cookbook to make plant-based meals, and they’ve been so tasty. I can talk about recipes I’ve been trying from her book another time, but I highly recommend you check out her book.

    One day, I would like to be vegetarian, but I’m hesitant to do so now because over the summer I lost a couple of pounds…which isn’t bad necessarily, my weight does fluctuate a little bit, but I’m afraid I’d lose more weight by becoming vegetarian. I’m also afraid of having vitamin deficiencies. Plus I don’t want to have such a prohibitive diet because cutting out dairy and sugar are difficult enough…to exclude animal protein would be even harder. So for now, I’m just doing the best that I can to eat lots of veggies and plant-protein while avoiding sugar and dairy.

    xx Vic

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    Becoming a Food Network Star

    This is the first self-care post!

    If you’ve read any of the three posts I’ve written since I returned from my hiatus, you would understand that I’ve been overwhelmed by heavy emotions and that I’ve been taking measures to improve my mood and well-being. ¬†I’m currently on summer break and although I’m working two part-time jobs, they are jobs I can do from home and I have flexible hours so I have been able to ensure that I’m making self-care my priority!

    Methods that I’ve taken to improve my well-being include working out, writing, and cooking.

    I won’t be delving too much into my workout because I’m still trying to consistently go to the gym. ¬†For two weeks I went twice a week and last week I went three times, so now I’m trying to go three times this week too. ¬†I go for about 20-30 minutes…I want to eventually increase the sessions. ¬†Otherwise, there’s nothing noteworthy about my workout (yet).

    I’m not going to explore the writing method because I share all my publishable writing on here; therefore, I will solely be exploring cooking in these posts! ¬†If I start getting into another type of self-care habit, I will definitely share it with y’all¬†but in the meantime…I’ll only be talking about food.

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