LOW CALORIE PANCAKES

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Seeing as last time my pancakes were a little on the high calorie side… This is a low calorie version of pancakes!! It’s so yummy and filling I assure that you won’t be disappointed. ūüôā

Apple pancakes! (This time under 300 calories)

Ingredients:
I/3 cup oats
1 grated apple (I used Fuji)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg (or two egg whites)
Pinch of baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

Greek yogurt, cinnamon and chia seeds to serve

Method:
1. Blend together the oats and cinnamon
2. Add the apple, egg and almond milk. Blend
3. Heat the pan to a medium heat
4. Spray with olive oil
5. Cook Le pancakes… You might have to spray before flipping over as well.
6. Voila! Guilt free pancakes!

HEALTH POST | PANCAKES FOR THE HEALTH NUT

¬† ¬† ¬†After seeing a post on Cassey Ho’s blog I had to try out her two ingredient pancakes!¬†Everyone knows that pancakes are delicious but I do know a few haters out there. Here’s a way to satisfy your pancake craving without compromising health. This recipe isn’t really low calorie but I’m sure you can make it so! I always have a breakfast which is generally higher in calories than my other meals just because I do Insanity straight after breakfast!¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†I was experimenting when I made these pancakes so there’s no set recipe but I’ll try and estimate what the measurements were because I pretty much eyeballed it. Changes in the measurements aren’t going to make a huge amount of difference.¬†

BLUEBERRY & BANANA PANCAKES

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (30g)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon¬†
  • 1 tbs of Philadelphia cream cheese for cooking (could be ricotta, greek yogurt or other creamy goodness)
  • Pinch of baking powder (I didn’t use this but I think it will make them fluffier)
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Greek yogurt and extra blueberries (to serve)

Method:

  1. Put the banana, oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and any other flavours (peanut butter maybe?) that you want in a blender or something similar. (I used a bowl and a soup blending tool)
  2. Add the cream cheese and blend. 
  3. Add milk slowly until the desired consistency is reached. 
  4. Blend blend blend!
  5. Heat up your pan to about a medium heat. 
  6. Spray with olive oil or any other oil/butter etc. 
  7. Spoon some mixture onto the pan (make sure it’s a bit bigger than your spatula) and let it cook until a number of big bubbles form.
  8. It’s pretty sticky but try to get the pancake onto the spatula, while it’s off the pan re-spray the surface and then flip over the pancake.¬†
  9. Cook until… I don’t know 2-3 minutes? Then pop them on a plate!
  10. Place the remaining berries for sauce in a microwave for about 40 seconds to 1 minutes
  11. Stack up your pancakes and add greek yogurt and the berries
  12. Voila! You’re done!

 

It’s about 522 calories+ without the sauce. I ate about 2/3 of the pancakes for breakfast this morning. So delish!¬†

So tell me if this recipe works! 

ily a trilly!

xx

Mariah

INSANITY PROGRESS | WEEK 2 ISH

¬† ¬† ¬†I’ve been so slack with uploading blog posts about my INSANITY! progress.¬†That’s how much it’s tired me out. I can’t believe I’ve already done three weeks of this crazy program. Last week was week two and I came to the day where you do cardio abs as well as pure cardio and I’m pretty sure my face was the spitting image of grumpy cat.¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†These photos were taken close to the start of week 2. Yeah it’s not really at consistent intervals but oh well. At least I took photos okay! I’ll take more tomorrow and that can count as the next week. The title is probably more appropriate as the end of week 1. As you can see there are no photos because upon reflection I realized in the ones that I took I was wearing uniform as well as the fact all my sh*t was sprawled all over the floor. Tomorrow for sure! Now off to write a post about pancakes!

 

PANCAKES!!!!!

FASHION/PERSONAL POST | TATTOOS

¬† ¬† ¬†Today I wanted to talk to you all about tattoos.¬†I know that there will be people out there who don’t like tattoos but I don’t think the point of tattoos is to please others… I love art and consider myself, at least a semi-artist. And if I’m going to have my body for the rest of my life, I’d rather it truly represent me. I love the way which tattoos can tell stories but I don’t think that all tattoos have to have a meaning- it can be purely aesthetic! I haven’t got any tattoos yet despite being 18… the reason why? a) I ain’t got enough money. b) I can’t decide what to get first!¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†I have a couple of tattoos which I am considering getting so I’ll post photos of examples of each and then a little explanation as to why I like them and blah blah blah.¬†

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The first one which was my first idea for a tattoo is this cross. I actually would like it on the other side of the same finger as in the photo. I do believe in God so I guess that’s part of it and it’s also a large part of what I believe in in terms of morals etc. There are a lot of bad stereotypes surrounding Christians so I hope that this alone hasn’t swayed your opinion of me.¬†

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I absolutely love this arrow tattoo! I think that I would only get one if I did. It doesn’t really have a meaning. It’s loosely about achieving your goals. You can do anything you aim for you know?¬†

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The next tattoo which I am considering is a compass. After seeing Dani (Who is Sammi from BeautyCrush’s sister) and her compass tattoo and its meaning I fell in love. I think we’ve all had struggles with who we are and things like that. The compass is a symbol of finding who you are. I’d actually prefer a more simple design. Maybe an upwards pointing arrow with an ‘N’, representing true North, which is for me, a symbol of who you are, True North is always True North, and you are always you!¬†

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Yay you can see the source! This is another tattoo which I love. I lied before… This is the first tattoo that I ever wanted. It has little to no meaning… I just think it looks beautiful and feminine. I love it behind the ear as a little detail.¬†

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I’m sure most of you have probably seen this tattoo and I’m not even planning on getting it. It’s just an example of a Disney tattoo. Like most girls Disney was a big part of my childhood and I was in love with Aladdin! I would love to get an Aladdin tattoo but It’d have to be simple… So I’m not sure about that.¬†

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Firstly… I love finger tattoos. And I love all of the ones above but I’d like to draw your attention to the triforce. The triforce is incredibly close to my heart as it was a huge part of my childhood… like massive! I wouldn’t call myself a hardcore Zelda fan but my grandpa introduced my siblings and I to Zelda and I don’t know who I’d be without it. It seems so stupid but it’s a huge part of me. The three components of the triforce also represent my brother, sister and me. Zelda was something that united us… even if we fought over the controller! When we played Zelda it was mostly me and my younger brother so it’s more about him because my sister was very very young. From the length of this paragraph you can tell how much I love this tattoo! I LOVE IT.¬†

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SO CUTE! Yes I want a panda carved into my body with a needle filled with ink. I don’t think I want one this cutesy but I think the general concept is aligned with me. I just want the black facial features. The reason for this is that I love animals and as you probably know, the WWF has a panda as their logo. I’m so passionate about conservation etc. but also human rights so I’d like to find a tattoo to embody that as well. I hope to become a vet some day so I think that reflects this.¬†

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Dear whoever took this photo… it’s terrible quality. I also wanted to get a tattoo of the Egyptian hieroglyphic owl. It’s the letter for ‘M’… which is my initial. I was inspired after my friend got a tattoo of the reed ¬†for her name on her ribs. Also the owl is a symbol of wisdom which relates to my Chinese name as it means ‘poetry and wisdom’. So this tattoo relates to my identity in terms of my name.¬†

I couldn’t find a photo of this but I would also consider getting a tattoo of the sign or constellation of Gemini. I am a gemini and even though I don’t really ‘believe’ in astrology I think it’s a good symbol. Besides the fact I can be very varying in personality, it’s also about choice. I think that Gemini is a good symbol for the choices we make and the choices I’ve made in the past, a reminder I’ve made good and bad decisions.¬†

 

This has been an incredibly long post! Comment which one you like best (if you made it through this post without falling asleep) 

 

ily a trillyyyy

x

 

HEALTH POST | NUT BUTTER

¬† ¬† ¬†Okay… so you want to know how to make nut butters?¬†With the whole social world going on a health craze it’s only natural that you will want to try a few trends that are making their way around the n-e-t. This includes nut butters! You’ve probably heard of peanut butter and you can make that using this method! It’s also an opportunity to start experimenting with other nuts and flavours. I wanted to make a Nutella-inspired spread but I had no hazelnuts and seeing as I was lazy¬† I did not have any of those, I decided to use almonds since almond butter is a pretty popular choice.

Whoops sorry… I’m done rambling…Now onto the method!

You’re going to need:

  • Nuts of your choice
  • Food processor (I use one with an S-blade)
  • Other flavourings (e.g. cocoa powder, coconut etc.)
  • Also you don’t need¬†coconut butter¬†and I didn’t have it but It can help improve the texture if it’s too thick.
  • Butter knife for scraping the sides

Method + Photos

1. Measure out the desired amount of nuts into your food processor, you can blend more than one kind of nut together so get creative!

almonds in!

almonds in

2. Start blending! This take a while so you have to be really patient. It starts off looking just like almond meal but you will start to see oils after a while. Every minute or so you should open the blender not only to let the food processor have a little break but to scrape down the sides and allow those parts to get blended. Here’s some photos of how the nut butter should look like as it progresses!

3. Each time you open up the food processor to check on the butter you should use your butter knife to chop it up and spread it around the bowl so that when you turn the blade back on it will chop up those bits!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Alright when we're done it should look like this! All smooth.

Alright when we’re done it should look like this! All smooth.

4. In previous nut butters I’ve made, sometimes when you’re at the dough consistency the nut butter will roll up into a ball as if it were dough. You just have to be patient and open up the food processor and use your butter knife to cut it up and spread it out again. It will eventually stop balling up.

5, Add extra thingies. You can add these at the beginning but for this one I added it at the end. I don’t think it will really matter when you add things. For this butter I added honey, cocoa powder, coconut and cinnamon!

6. Aaand you’re done! You can store these in the fridge (actually you’ll probably want to seeing as there’s no preservatives!). You can now enjoy your very own homemade nut butter in a sandwich or with fruit! Other ways to include it into your meals could be in a smoothie or some sort of stir-fry. Maybe you could even gift it to your friends!

the finished product!

the finished product!

This is a great¬†recipe as it is so easy and nut butters are so good for you! It’s a new and (to me) much tastier way of enjoying the benefits of nuts. The ones I’ve made so far have not been perfect but that means I’ll be trying hard to perfect them! Try it out some time and let me know any combinations you came up with! I’d love to hear them/try them out!

ily a trilly

Mariah

x

NUT BUTTER

NUT BUTTER

Here’s a photo of my first ever nut butter making experience! It’s cashew, pecan and coconut flavour and so yum. I’ll be writing a proper post about it next time I make it seeing as I didn’t document the whole process!

FASHION/HEALTH/BEAUTY POST | OOTD (+ RAMBLINGS)

Hey all!¬†Today I’m just going to give you a run down of my OOTD for last weekend. I went with my Mum and sister to go and watch my sister compete in dance competitions as she is in a tap trio. The girls won which was awesome but I whipped up a sweet outfit (I actually whipped up two but I forgot to photograph it) so here it goes!

LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS (note the Mulan reference)

This photo is very strangely cropped due to the fact that my sister was in it and I wasn’t really sure if she’d want her face broadcasted to the world. I just went for the usual casual/grunge/typical look today.

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Headband-¬†No idea (Mum’s)

Boots- Novo

Blue/green pleather skirt- Glassons

T- Local Thrift Store

Coat- Sportsgirl

Bag- Thrifted

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close up of le bag

MAKE UP

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don’t mind the nose piercing retainer

¬† ¬† ¬†Yeah not gonna lie my nose piercing retainer is highly seductive in this picture. Just thought I’d let y’all see what’s on my face! Just your basic brown toned eyeshadow with winged liner, bronzer for contour as well as a nice bright blush. For lips (kinda looks yuck in this photo) it’s a nude lipstick on the outer edges with a coral gloss in the center!¬†

HEALTH (more like food) 

¬† ¬† ¬†I went to a cafe called¬†Rebecca’s¬†at Port Fairy which was awesome! I ordered this lentil burger which is actually more like a falafel. There was also a pumpkin and cous cous burger available which I decided against just because I wasn’t sure how much cous cous there would be in the burger.

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¬† ¬† ¬†This little beauty here was actually deep fried- which I was not a fan of and the burger wasn’t actually that tasty. However, the salad was so yummy and it was served with this warm, home-made sweet chilli sauce which is soo good. It also came with avocado- one of my true loves. So I was pretty happy. The bread is sourdough but I didn’t eat it so… let’s assume it was yummy.

Hope you enjoyed reading this!

ily a trilly x

STOP POSTING

I knoww. I should stop posting but I feel like I need to introduce myself to y’all properly and just give the low down about who I am before I start jumping all over the deep-end of the net. I wasn’t sure how to do this but the caption thingymapoop on my blog says health beauty and fashion. I think that’s a pretty clear mission statement but maybe I’ll expand on each. Later on I’ll probably post some facts about me thingy.

BEAUTY 

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BIG BIRD TIMES

This is a big one. It’s not really about beauty per se- as in aesthetic beauty. It’s more about makeup. I am a big lover of makeup and expression of myself in that way. I love to create new looks and try new makeup trends but I’m also really interested in stage make-up and character makeup. I’m very inspired by people like Promise Phan who do transformation videos. My philosophy has always been that the face is a canvas and your makeup is art- it’s not a way to ‘cover up’ your face which may be you know… like a side effect but you should love makeup first and foremost. LOVE IT. Above is a casual photo of me being big bird at my school formal- or getting ready to be big bird more like. I love love dressing up too! I don’t know how to end this paragraph.¬†fine¬†

FASHION

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beanie time

Well my second big love is fashion! I’m so materialistic and I love clothes, shoes and fashion all together. I’m all for thrifting and cheap fashion, being the Asian that I am. I do however, appreciate the few pieces of fashion which I will dig into my savings for but I’m not big on buying clothes for the label on them. I don’t have a very crazy fashion sense- I wish I did. It’s actually pretty generic. It’s a weird mix of femininity and grunge and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I hope you all will like my perspective on fashion. Also I love beanies-¬†especially¬†in summer.

HEALTH

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classic fitspo photo

Health is more of a recent obsession but I am in love with it! In the past 3 months I’ve been doing cycle class as well as cross fit- each once a week. And even more recently (last month) I’ve been running like crazy! And even more more recently- Insanity. I’m loving my new lifestyle and I’m finding myself feeling a lot better a lot more of the time. I want to write about my experience in this just to encourage those around me and other people looking to make a lifestyle change- It’s well worth it in the long run (no pun intended). As you can see I am not over weight so the purpose of this change is not to lose weight. It is to become stronger. I’ve found that I can do things now I never thought I could and I’m stronger than what I believe I am so I can push harder. It’s a great feeling and I just want to spread it!

ANYWAY

May this be a warning to anyone who’s following my blog- this is what you’re in for.

ily a trilly

x

HEALTH POST | SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIES

what’s in today’s smoothie: grape, berries, celery and spinach

¬† ¬† ¬†Hey y’all today I want to talk about a website I found called Simple Green Smoothies.¬†It’s exactly what you think it is: a website about simple green smoothies! It’s run by two women Jadah and Jen who I believe reside in America. It’s a fantastic websites and if you’re interested in health or just love yummy drinks I can highly recommend their website for great tips and tricks for making delicious and healthy smoothies. Click here¬†to go there!

¬† ¬† ¬†I subscribed to their mailing service and got a free booklet in PDF form which tells you a few recipes (it’s just a small collection of what’s on their website) as well as a few tips for creating your own flavour. To me, that was the most helpful part because you probably don’t have the exact ingredients listed in any of their recipes. The ingredient I’ve had the most struggles with is kale- what even is it? It’s related to silverbeet but it’s not readily available in Australia yet a lot of American healthy recipes rely on it such as kale chips so until I find kale or a suitable substitute- we will have to do without. That was really off topic. Oops.

Green smoothies are great for a number of things but for me, it’s mainly:

  • They are super easy to make and take a matter of minutes
  • They are yummy and you don’t feel bad drinking it as you would a milkshake
  • Good source of fibre and plant material (so lots of vitamins!)
  • But¬†you don’t feel like you’re just eating a handful of leaves to get these

I think that it’s a really good way to start your day which will leave you feeling inspired and fresh. I usually do Insanity in the mornings but I would not recommend drinking just¬†a smoothie before working out vigorously as it doesn’t contain many carbohydrates so you may get sick. We don’t want that! Today’s my rest day before I re-start Insanity so I’m having a nice relax and a super duper healthy day.

So what they recommend in making your own flavour is to use the following formula:

(Serves 1) 1.5 cups of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens and 1 cup of liquid

¬† ¬† ¬†How easy is that?! You can go to their website to find out more about the recommended ingredients and the benefits of each one but I’ll tell you what I made today. I used a cup of spinach, half a cup each of grapes, frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries and cold water from the fridge as my liquid (as per the photo above). I’ve never added much liquid in my smoothies before but now that I’ve added water I have to say it’s a lot better and easier to drink. You don’t have to have a special smoothie blender- I usually just use a bar-mix-type thing but you can use whatever appliance you see fit. Please give green smoothies a try!

     Are you into the green smoothie movement like I am? Or is it just a fad? Tell me your recipes and other things in the comments!

ily a trilly,

Mariah

xx

INSANITY PROGRESS | WEEK (-1)

Woo! These are my starting photos for INSANITY.¬†It’s really fun even though it’s so… you know…¬†insane. I imagine it’ll only get harder which is a-ok with me! Yeah it does say minus one up there because if you read my previous post… I accidentally will have to do a week of insanity before I start actual insanity. All will be explained in that post if you go read it.

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haters gonna hate…. dayum gurl.. dat mess.

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So these were taken on my first day of insanity after the fit test. Just to clarify.

ily a trilly. x