Acai berry protein smoothie bowl || vegan 🌱|| sugar free ||gluten free ||

Macronutrients

 C 37.5g F 4g P 12g Fiber 11.9g – 235 kcal/serving without toppings

 

Like I promised on my social media, I’ve made for you guys an amazing protein smoothie  bowl recipe. It is sooooo simple and easy to make, but at the same time so creamy and fluffy delicious that after eating it, you may rethink about getting an ice cream. In order to make this deliciousness all you need is a food processor (or a big blender) and a some basic ingredients as following:

  • 1 big frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries – I really love raspberries so I used them
  • coconut milk – for a super creamy consistency you can use canned coconut milk, but if you are calorie conscious like me use Alpro Coconut
  • 20 g Organic hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp Organic acai berry powder – the powders we got from MyProtein

Asa cum v-am promis pe social media, v-am pregatit o reteta de smoothie proteic ce se serveste in bol. Este atat de simplu de facut si in acelasi timp atat de cremos si delicios incat dupa ce il mananci s-ar putea sa-l preferi in favoarea unei inghetate. Pentru a-l prepara tot ce ai nevoie este de un robot de bucatarie sau un blender mare si de cateva ingrediente de baza:

  • 1 banana mare congelata
  • 1/2 cana de fructe de padre congelate, eu prefer zmeura asa ca am folosit-o pe aceasta, dar e la fel de delicios in ambele versiuni.
  • 50 ml lapte de cocos – pentru un produs final super cremos sugerez pe cel la conserva, pentru cei ca si mine care se uita la cate calorii consuma se poate folosi bautura de cocos gen Alpro Coconut.
  • 20 g praf proteic din seminte de canepa organic
  • 1 lingurita de praf de acai organic – eu am ales aceste produse de la MyProtein

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Simple, right?

Next just throw in the ingredients, like the frozen fruit and the powders…and

Simplu nu?

Acum punem toate ingredientele in robot, fructele congelate si prafurile si….

then blitz….and add your coconut to get it going to a smooth consistency (don’t add to much because you will make it to thin and then you will need a straw, which is fine…it will taste just as good 😊)

pornim….adaugand cate putin din laptele de cocos pentru a obtine un continut cremos (avand grija sa nu punem prea mult, deoarece il transformam intr-o bautura si vom avea nevoie de un pai, iar noi urmarim o cosistenta unei creme…oricum va fi super gustos 😊)

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After it is all well combined into a yummy cream pour it into a bowl, top it with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds and enjoy a super heathy breakfast, desert, or snack!

Dupa ce e combinat bine intr-o crema delicioasa, o punem intr-un bol si adaugam topingurile favorite, cum ar fi nuci, alune, seminte, granola, fructe proaspete sau uscate si savuram un mic dejun sanatos, sau un desert sau chiar un snack!

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Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna!

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Spaghetti bolognese – vegan 🌱 soy free – gluten free 

Macronutrients 

C 65g F11g P 14g F 10.6g – 412 kcal/serving with the wholewheat pasta

Ingrediente 

  • spaghete integrale Barilla/ fara gluten pentru cei cu intoleranta
  • 2 cepe roșii medii
  • 2 morcovi
  • 2 bete de apio
  • 100 g ciuperci champinion sau salbatice pentru o savoare mai puternica
  • 1 cățel de usturoi
  • 1/2 cub instant supa legume
  • 1 pahar de vin roșu
  • 1 cutie de roșii cuburi
  • 1 lingura de pasta de roșii
  • 1/2 mana de pătrunjel verde
  • 1 băț rozmarin verde sau 1 lingurița de uscat
  • Busuioc verde pentru plating
  • Ulei de măsline extravirgin si presat la rece
  • Sare si piper dupa gust

Ingredients

  • – Barilla spaghetti / gluten free spaghetti for those with intolerance
  • – 2 medium red onions
  • – 2 carrots
  • – 2 sticks of celery
  • – 100 g chestnut mushrooms or wild mushrooms for a stronger flavor
  • – 1 clove of garlic
  • – 1/2 cubed instant vegetable soup
  • – 1 glass of red wine
  • – 1 can of tomatoes
  • – 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • – 1/2 hand green parsley
  • – 1 green rosemary stick or 1 teaspoon dried
  • – Green basil for plating
  • – Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • – Salt and pepper to taste

Metoda/Method 

Totul începe prin pregătirea legumelor si anume tăierea acestora in cubulețe mici, cu cat mai mărunt cu atât mai bine. Un hack ar fi trecerea acestora prin răzătoare, asta nefiind valabilă pentru ciuperci pentru care trebuie totuși folosit cuțitul 😊 dar nu disperați e acestea nu trebuie extrem de mărunt fiind ca odată ce se călesc in tigaie si pierd apa, pierd si drastic din dimensiune.

It all begins with preparing the vegetables, mainly cutting them into small cubes, the finer the better. A hack would be getting them through graters, which is not applicable for mushrooms for which the knife must still be used, but do not despair. You don’t need to chop them to fine, as once they shrink  in the skillet, with the loss of water, they lose drastically size.

 

 

Pune o oala la foc mare si odată ce asta s-a încins adăugăm circa 2-3 linguri de ulei de măsline, eu am folosit de sâmburi de struguri de data asta, dupa care adăugăm trio-ul de legume tăiate cubuleț.

Put a pot on the big fire and once this is spiking hot, add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, I used grape seed because I ran out of olive oil, then add the trio of chopped vegetables.

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Le lăsam la călit amestecând din cand in cand pentru ca acestea sa nu se prindă de oala pentru circa 8-10 minute, la foc mediu.

 

Intre timp intr-o tigaie tot așa dupa ce aceasta e încinsă adăugăm ciupercile fara ulei si le prajim. In felul acesta scoatem toată aroma pe care acestea sunt capabile sa o ofere.

Let them cook by stirring occasionally so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pot for about 8-10 minutes, on medium fire.

Meanwhile in a pan, just after it’s hot, add the mushrooms without oil and fry them. In this way we get out of them all the flavour they are able to offer.

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Peste cubuletul instant de legume punem circa 1 l de apa fiarta pentru a face supa de legume. Daca aveți supa făcută de casa o recomand cu drag pe aceea, variata aceasta este una rapida si utila celor pentru care timpul este limitat.

Pour about 1 l of boiled water over the instant vegetable cube to make the vegetable stock. If you have a house-made stock, I highly recommend it, this is a quick and useful one for those who have limited amount of time.

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Dupa ce vedeți ca ciupercile au scăzut considerabil si încep sa se prindă de fundul tigăii adăugați putina supa pentru a le desprinde iar apoi opriți focul si le puneți deoparte.

After you see that the mushrooms are considerably reduced and caramelised on the bottom of the pan, add a little stock to remove any of the mushrooms that are stuck to the pan (deglazing), then turn off the fire and set them aside.

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Revenim la legumele noastre care ar trebui sa fie bine călite acum si adăugăm cam o lingura de pasta de roșii, un cățel de usturi razalit si rozmarinul tocat fin si amestecam câteva minute.

We turn our attention back to our vegetables which should be well cooked by now and add a tablespoon of tomato paste, the minced garlic and finely chopped rosemary and mix for a few minutes.

 

 

Dupa ce am incorporat bine si aceste ingrediente vine si momentul cel mai frumos. Luați acel pahar de vin si dupa ce l-ați gustat sa vedeți daca e bun 😁 adăugați-l peste. Nu va faceți griji in privința alcoolului deoarece acesta se va evapora si tot ce va rămâne este aroma unui vin de buna calitate. Eu cand gătesc cu vin mereu ajung sa beau un pahar si sa pun o muzica buna pentru a crea o ambianta plăcuta.

After incorporating well these ingredients comes the most beautiful moment. Take that glass of wine and after tasting it to see if it’s good 😁 add it in. Do not worry about alcohol because it will evaporate and everything that remains will be the flavour of a good quality wine. When I cook with wine I always drink a glass and put on some good music to create a pleasant atmosphere.

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Nu e un ingredient absolut obligatoriu, cei cărora nu le place sau nu il au, il pot exclude dar nu indic acest lucru deoarece aportul la aroma si gust e foarte mare. Odată redus…

It is not an absolutely mandatory ingredient, those who do not like it, can exclude it, but do not recommend it because the flavour and taste is great. Once reduced …

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Adăugăm conserva de roșii cuburi, pe care o reumple cu supa de legum si o adăugăm si pe aceasta.

Add the canned tomato cubes, then refill it with vegetable soup and add it in.

 

 

Iar pentru următoarea jumătate de ora lasati  preparatul sa fiarbă la foc mic, timp in care puteti sa savurati acel pahar vin, verificati rețelele de socializare, poate faceti niște poze sau insta stories in care va mândriti ca ați făcut un preparat foarte gustos si imi dați si mie un tag sau folosiți hashtag-ul #lcgfood 👊🏼

And for the next half hour, let your simmer over small fire, while you can enjoy that glass of wine, check out social networks, make some pictures or insta stories to show everyone how proud you are of what you have made add the hashtag #lcgfood so I can see your creation too. 👊🏼

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Nu va relaxați prea mult ca am uitat de paste 🤦🏽‍♂️

Puneți intr-o alta oala câte un litru de apa pentru fiecare 100 g de pasta la fiert cu o lingurița de sare si doar dupa ce aceasta fierbe adăugați spaghetele pe care le lăsați conform instrucțiunilor de pe pachet.

Dupa ce sosul s-a redus substanțial adăugați o mâna de pătrunjel si daca morcovii nu sunt inca moi adăugați si restul supei si mai fierbeți.

Do not relax too much because I forgot pasta 🤦🏽‍♂️

Put in another pot a litre of water for each 100 g of the paste to boil with a teaspoon of salt and just after it get to the boiling point add the spaghetti. You leave it to cook according to the instructions on the package.

After the sauce is substantially reduced add a handful of parsley and if the carrots are still not soft add the rest of the soup and reduce it again.

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Cand ajungeți la consistenta aceasta pot sa va felicit pentru ca ați realizat primul vostru ragu vegan! Booom 💥

When you get to the right consistency, I can congratulate you for having made your first vegan ragu! Booom 💥

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Amestecați spaghetele cu sosul ragu si puțin apa de la paste, presărați câteva frunze de busuioc iar apoi indopati-va gurile, glumesc! Trebuie sa mâncam frumos, sa mestecam fiecare gura de mâncare cat mai mult si mai bine, sa socializam cu familia sau cu cine luam masa, sau cel puțin sa incercam! 😂

Pofta buna! Bon appetit! Enjoy!

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Mix spaghetti with ragu sauce and some pasta water, sprinkle a few basil leaves and then stuff your mouth, jokes! We have to eat nicely, chew every mouthful of food, socialise with the family or eat, or at least try! 😂

Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna! Enjoy!

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Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx

Genius Nutrition Protein- why it’s so Genius!

PROTEIN – Many of you may know various brand names of protein powders, may know many people who consume them for many different reasons, you may consume protein yourself, which is great! Once you enter the ‘fitness world’ the word protein becomes a very important word to you…whatever your goals may be.

In the Life of a Chocolate Girl we have me (the sceptic), my husband (the supplement consumer), our little bear cub (Baby Ayan – 18 months old, still breastfeeds), Oh and Cliffy the Spitz. I state this to you because, in this case the relevance of QUALITY of protein plays a massive role in the dynamics. My husband has been a gym goer for years now, and has always taken protein to aid him with muscle growth, repair and recovery – so over the years I’ve seen all the different brands he’s tried and have always had protein in our home at my disposal if I’d ever wanted to take it – well, he looks pretty good if I don’t say so myself. However, I never really took any protein despite having intense workouts and needing the extra protein being also a vegetarian and a breastfeeding mother with a super active lifestyle. I used to say to my husband all the time that the ingredients just didn’t seem natural or healthy and that I simply wasn’t ready to put unknown sourced ingredients into my body simply for aesthetic reasons whilst in the meantime possibly ruining the health of both, me and my baby. That is, until I came across GENIUS NUTRITION! 

I am now a protein drinker, I still breastfeed, have much more efficent muscle recovery, therefore less tiredness, more intense workouts and increased daily muscle progress. I’ve truly converted! Okay, so now you’re wondering what is it about the Genius Nutrition product that converted me? What makes it different to all the other supplement/protein companies I have come across until date? Well, let me bullet point you why…

  • Genius Nutrition has bought out one of the most innovate whey proteins until date
  • They provide only the purest, highest quality whey protein available
  • The whey is sourced only from cows that graze on natural grass pastures
  • Sourced from cows that have not had any antibiotics or hormone influence 
  • Protein is produced without GMO’s, pesticides and artifical flavours 
  • Protein from the macronutrients are calculated (no Amino Spiking on the label) 
  • Made in Belgium – Chocolate Dreams is so delicious and tastes exactly like belgian chocolate (always a bonus if you’re a chocolate lover like me). 

See, what more could you want? Perfect for the vegetarian! Keeps the protein requirements up, is healthy and pure as can. Most importantly the quality that is obtained from happy AND healthy cows is simply not comparible. Need I expand more? You may be wondering why the quality and purity mean so much to me, well here’s the thing…In my opinion, life isn’t just about aesthaetic quality, but just as or even more importantly – true quality. What’s the point in looking great if you’re feeding yourself all types of unknown substances and chemicals on the inside? The effects may not show now, but down the line, you never know what damage you may have been causing yourself all this time. Ask yourself, will the aesthetics or the health matter to you in 30 years time? It’s your choice, opt for Genius Nutrition today, get that kick-ass workout, look good, feel good & guarantee yourself a healthier, happier tomorrow!

🔴⚫️ Oh and guys, as a little present from me, any order you make from www.geniusnutrition.ro just insert code -> LCG at checkout for a 12% discount. Let me know what you think of their products, I can be contacted by mail at lifeofachocolategirl@outlook.com ⚫️🔴

I wish you happy workouts & a wonderful week!

Reema ⭕️❌⭕️❌

My 5 fave fat burning foods. 

Before listing my all time favorite fat burning foods, let’s just quickly remind ourselves of what exactly is a ‘fat burning food’. Fat burning food doesn’t mean that you can sit there eating those foods all day and the fat somehow will burn and melt off you, no, fat burning foods accompanied by a fairly balanced and moderated diet alongside a healthy lifestyle can aid in efficient and faster weight loss.

What are we really speaking about here? Thermogenic effects and metabolic boosters! 

Without getting too science-sy, this basically means that certain foods have a higher energy  expenditure above the resting metabolic rate due to the cost of processing the food for both it’s uses and storage. In other words, it takes more energy for your body to process and break down these foods, resulting in energy usage of the body and fat loss! Yes, that’s right! Foods that make our bodies work hard in order to break them down, resulting in calorie usage (energy expenditure) a.k.a fat loss.

So, in no particular preferential order, these are My five fave fat burning foods! 

  1. KEFIR

A fermented hybrid of milk and yoghurt, super high in probiotics and protein, it has become my alternative to yoghurt! (Oh and by the way due to the beneficial bacteria that pre-digests the lactose, it is also 99% lactose free, so lactose-intolerant people, this way please)

2. AVOCADOS

High in mono-saturated fats (the healthy kind), avocados are such a versatile ingredient present in my kitchen, you can literally do anything with them! On their own, with fish, in omelettes, in quinoa recipes, the options are endless!

3. WILD SALMON

Rich in Omega-3, so a brain food as well as a burning food, salmon is included in my diet every week without fail!

4. COCONUT OIL

Rich in medium-chained-triglycerides, which our bodies prefer to use for energy, coconut oil is an ingredient I always have in my kitchen and one which I use everyday. I use it in desserts, a teaspoon on my oatmeal in the morning, for frying, sauteing, baking, you name it, I use coconut oil. Cold pressed coco – the best!

5. OATMEAL

One of the tastiest, quickest and versatile breakfast ingredients, 90% of the time my breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal (with almond and coconut milk) topped with whatever I can find in my kitchen e.g. honey, nuts, fruit (see, told you it’s versatile). Oatmeal is a whole food, using a bigger amount of calories to break it down and giving me enough energy to kick-start my day!

 

What are your favourite fat burning foods? Any new ones out there that I should try? Let me know! 

 

Burn that fat like a furnace! R x

 

 

Zucchini & Mozzarella Fritters 🍴

Zucchini’s, Courgettes, whatever you like to call them, are one of my FAVE ingredients, they’re simply so versatile and absorb the taste of their surrounding ingredients so well that it truly counts as a supercool food. 
If you’re a cheesy cheese lover like me then you’ll love this recipe, quick, simple & so easy to make from just 4 ingredients + a lil bit of olive oil. Have  a go and send me pics of how yours turn out! 

I N G R E D I E N T S 

  • 1 zucchini – grated 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella 
  • 1 Tbsp. chilli powder 

R E C I P E  

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your hand 
  2. Heat a pan on medium fire (my preference is a non-stick tefal pancake pan)
  3. Place small balls of the mixture onto the hot pan and pat out into ‘fritter’ or ‘burger’ shapes (yep, I eat these as burgers too)
  4. When golden and crispy on one side, then simply flip onto to the other side and cook them through. 
  5. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt for taste and either eat them as they are or use them as burgers, or eat them exactly as you prefer, enjoy them! 

                       – Bon Appetite! – 


Ps. Told you they were simple 


A Berry Breakfast Cookie (No Bake) 🍓🍪

I am literally the Cookie Monster, I love cookies in any shape or form. 

  

At the point I made this cookie I’d been awake all night with a whingy five month old baby (growth spurt I think it was). I woke up the morning after that night hungry, tired, sleepy and just needing something warm and fulfilling in my belly! 

 
I wasn’t in the mood for eggs, I wasn’t in the mood for cereal, I wasn’t in the mood for boring oatmeal, but I was in the mood for some kind of sweet, glorious junk that would make me wake up again! 

I had Pop Tarts in my cupboard, but I decided against them as I knew I’d only get a sugar rush just to be double tired afterwards, but from the Pop tarts came this ingenious idea. A breakfast cookie! 

Here’s the thing, nearly ALL breakfast cookie recipes I see online either require baking, or bananas. I didn’t have any bananas. And using the oven after an all nighter? Are you kidding me? 

  
So I just put all this stuff in a mug instead and Voila! My amazing, sweet, warm, delicious and fulfilling breakfast cookie. 

I N G R E D I E N T S – everything as per preference (I made mine in a mug so you can imagine the quantities are not so large). 

  • Frozen berries 
  • Oats 
  • Peanut butter 
  • Honey for sweetness + decoration 


C O O K I E    T I M E! 

  • Grab a mug put about a tablespoon of berries or more in the mug. 
  • Warm them in the microwave for about a minute. (They’ll release water from being frozen) 
  • One scoop of oats into the mug, mix it all up so that it’s like one big berry mush. 
  • Heat again in the microwave until it turns into some type of red oatmeal mess (just keep checking on it) 
  • Add in two teaspoons of peanut butter, heat in microwave for about 30 seconds just in order to melt the peanut butter. 
  • Mix it all up again ensuring everything is mixed in nicely. 
  • Then heat in the microwave until mixture is thick and you have that ‘baked’ texture -> this is all dependent on personal preference. Just keep checking on it! 
  • Scoop it all out onto a plate, pat it with a spoon to give it a cookie shape (or just leave it in the mug). Top it with some nuts, coconut flakes, honey, agave syrup, whatever you wish. 
  • Enjoy your amazing sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, antioxidant breakfast cookie! 

  

Strawberry Sundae inspired breakfast – under 100 calories! 

Who likes strawberry sundaes for breakfast? – I do! 

Who likes caring about their health? – Oh wait, that would be me too! 

Who is obsessed with making dessert for breakfast? Yep, of course only me! 

After a total sleepless night (my baby has decided to never sleep again since the past 3 nights) I reaaaally needed something to sweeten up my day! A quick simple tasty sweet breakfast, delicious and under 100 calories! 
My ‘Strawberry Sundae‘.

  • 100 grams of 0% fat cottage cheese 60 calories 
  • 2 medium strawberries – 6 calories 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey30 calories 

T O T A L = 96 calories! 

Double, triple the amount if you’re hungrier because it’s just that guilt free!! 

* I also added a pinch of oats to mine for some texture!