Superfood Oatmeal ~ Recipe

Ahhhh Oatmeal 🙂 My favorite breakfast (well to be honest I will eat it for any time of day…) for the Autumn and Winter months! It is soooo delicious, filling, healthy and warm! I have so many different recipes I like to try but today I thought I would share one of my recent favorites!

 

Ingredients: Serves 1

  • 50 grams rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fruit jam (I used a no added sugar raspberry jam)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

 

Steps:

  1. In a medium pot on low to medium heat mix the rolled oats and unsweetened milk together until a thick and porridgy consistency forms.
  2. Once thick, turn off the heat and mix in the teaspoon of honey (you may add more depending on how sweet your jam is or how sweet you like it).
  3. Pour the oatmeal mixture into a bowl so the next step may commence! The superfood toppings!!
  4. Add the tablespoon of jam and then sprinkle the cacao nibs and chia seeds on top the oatmeal.
  5. Curl up on the couch with some tea or coffee some netflix and off course your warm and cozy superfood oatmeal!
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

Let me know your current favorite oatmeal recipe!

 

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

 

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Why I love Autumn

Ahhhh Autumn, easily my favorite season. I am quite the cozy and homey person so when the trees turn warm colors, sweater and scarves become all the range, candles are lit and hot beverages are sipped on… it is what I live for.

I thought for this mid-week post I would share a few of the things I absolutely love about Autumn… and hopefully you guys can relate as well!

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Let the list begin…

  • Pumpkins… need I say more?
  • Sweater and Scarf season
  • Hot drinks: Tea, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate
  • The leaves changing
  • The warm colors
  • Baking apple and pumpkin goodies
  • Boots
  • Spices in everything
  • Halloween
  • Talking about holidays…Christmas is around the corner 😉
  • Leather Jackets and Coats
  • Berry and Red Lipstick colors
  • Apple picking

 

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There is so much more to love about this season! I can’t wait to share all my autumnal baking and fashion posts that are to come this season! I hope you guys can relate to some of these things I love!

 

Also… how do we feel about two posts a week?

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

 

 

 

My Skincare Favorites ~ Part 2.

Skincare is so important, and since my skin has vastly improved over the last month I thought I would share my tips and tricks and favorite skincare products!

The last skincare post went down really well so I figured a part 2 could be helpful!

 

Let’s start off with my base… my cleanser and moisturizer! I recently purchased the Neutrogena Acne set!

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The set includes a Cleanser, Acne Control Lotion and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF.

The set has worked really well for me in the morning I use all three of the products but at night I skip on the Oil-Free Moisturizer and just use my next product… My Scar Removal Gel. 

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The only problem I have with my skin now is with my acne scars, I don’t really break out any more but the scarring makes my skin look worse than it is. This is how this Pureauty Naturals product comes into play, easily purchased off of Amazon and it works very well. I use it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night 🙂

The next product I use – if I do get a breakout- is my Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream, this is a simple drugstore purchase that really does work on spots!

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This following product is something I use once a week, to give my skin a fresh feeling and clear up any dirt on my skin! It is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. 

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My last favorite skincare product this month is from Trader Joes- it is the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. Though I am not positive if the cream works it definitely wakes me up in the morning, which is why I recommend it 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you on your skincare adventures!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Travel: Hiking in Santiago, Chile

YAY! Another travel post! I decided to expand on my travels in Santiago, Chile by talking about one of my favorite adventures there… a hike in Lo Barnochea!

 

My favorite way to do travel posts is to explain through pictures… which is what I will do this time as well 🙂

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Views from the top… This hike is from our hike of Lo Barnochea, which is a 6 mile total walk. Online it says it is a moderate hike but depending on the path you take it can definitely be a difficult (and very steep hike). Would not recommend if you don’t have heavy duty hiking shoes!

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Though the hike was a visible challenge ^^^ it was very enjoyable and was an adventure I won’t be forgetting anytime soon 🙂

Quick Tip: Follow the locals… they know the best routes 😉

The hike may feel difficult but it may truly be one of the best ways to really see Santiago, Chile. You get a beautiful overview of the entire suburb of Lo Barnochea, and what better way to visit Chile than among the mountains that surround Santiago.

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

Would you like to see more Santiago, Chile travel posts?

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Style- Shoes

I have recently learned a valuable fashion tip, shoes can really make an outfit. And due to this advice and the two shoes that I wear all the time I thought I would share my insights!

The first shoes I am going to discuss should really be a basic in everyone’s wardrobe- and those are white tennis shoes.

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These specific ones are by Cole Haan and they are beyond comfortable. They are easily wearable in any outfit and can be worn through out the day with ease. These are for sure one of my go-to shoes (and they handle rain very well by the way).

 

The next shoes I will discuss are also some of my favorites and though they are from Zara similar ones can be found in most places. Loafers and mules have definitely taken over this season and I am loving the look! They can easily dress up an outfit or make it look like you put a little more effort into your look -without really trying.

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I especially love these loafers because they are a unique wine glossy color which really stands out and are perfect for the fall season.

 

Hope this post helps you out in all your shoe purchases and adventures!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Tea + Oat no-bake Balls ~ Recipe

I was recently stuck in a situation in which I didn’t have an oven! And me being me – obsessed with baking- I took it in my hands to create a no-bake recipe! And that is how these Tea + Oat no-bake Balls came to be 🙂

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Ingredients: Makes 20

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp rice flour (or any other gluten free flour)
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Spiced tea bags – I used an orange spice flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 tbsp heaped coconut flakes

 

Steps: 

  1. First step is to take a big bowl and then add all the ingredients into it- you are going to have to rip a tea bag so the tea leaves are mixed into your dough. All you need to leave out of this step is one of the tea bags and the coconut flakes.
  2. You are going to mix the ingredients until a doughy texture forms. (If very dry you may add a few teaspoons almond milk).
  3. Then you are going to want to set up your rolling station. On one plate pour out the contents of the last tea bag and coconut flakes. Mix them together. This is what you will be rolling your dough balls into.
  4. Then you may begin to roll. I made these balls about a tablespoon big. After you make the ball you roll it into the tea and coconut mixture and set it aside. Repeat this step until all the dough balls are done.
  5. Set in the freezer or fridge for a few minutes to stiffen.
  6. Then Enjoy!

 

I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy recipe! It can be used as a snack or when in my case you miss baking and are stuck with no oven 😦

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I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend!

 

*Nutritional Information: Around 84 calories per ball.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

 

 

New York Eats: Foodie Paradise

Ahhhh New York City. Paradise for fashion, innovation, technology and off course FOOD!

I stopped by a few delicious restaurants in New York City and I thought I would share them with you!

 

Ellary’s Greens: 

I tried out this restaurant on my first night here. Having heard a lot about this Soho hotspot for healthy eating I was ecstatic to get to try it.

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The restaurant is quaint and cute and sells “Local, organic, sexy, healthy” food, and let me tell you it was delicious.

What I ordered:  We shared the hummus and pita as appetizer. And I had the Tuscan Kale salad as entree – which is made with faro-tabouleh, feta and hummus vinaigrette. It was possibly the best kale I have ever had… it was delicious! Highly recommend the salad and Ellary’s greens.

Hu Kitchen: 

I had heard SO much about Hu Kitchen (specifically their chocolate) so I knew I had to try it and I am so glad I did. Again it’s another healthy option for those looking for paleo, vegan or gluten-free food.

 

I LOVED Hu Kitchen- it met all expectations (and they were high). The restaurant itself is very down to earth, many of the customers had come straight from the gym. It was perfectly casual eating.

What I ordered:  I had the Vegetarian White Bean Chili, it was very warm and comforting and of course- delicious! I also shared a side of roasted sweet potatoes and they were AMAZING a definite must try (I am a sweet potato fanatic and I think these are some of the best!). What I recommend most is their chocolate, though it may be a little pricey, it is DELICIOUS! I tried the Hazelnut Butter and Dark Chocolate – it was spectacular and definitely did not taste vegan or paleo!

Spring Street Natural:

 

This was the only place I had researched on my own and wasn’t recommended by anyone- and it was SO good!

 

This place is a little bigger than both Ellary’s Greens and Hu Kitchen so you get a little more elbow room. We ate outside- and out of all the other restaurants this was the only one where you could! The spot is super cute with metal chairs and fairy lights and a blue tile facade!

What I Ordered: We had the pita and hummus (yet again) as appetizer. And as entree I had the Mahi-Mahi Fish tacos and shared a side of sweet potato fries and the ginger lemonade. IT WAS SO DELICIOUS. I highly recommend both the place and the food I ate- yet again! What we really noticed here was how big the portions are- I only ate one of the tacos and highly recommend sharing!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Let me know in the comments any other places I should check out and if you are planning to try these out!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

 

-Phi ❤