Pumpkin + Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

Fall has finally arrived and it’s time to experiment in the kitchen with typical flavors such as pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and more! I was craving a cake recently and I decided to make a cake that was healthy yet delicious and that reminded me of fall. So here is the recipe for this yummy piece of heaven πŸ™‚

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Ingredients:

for the crust:

-1/2 cup of wheat flour

-2 tbsp of cocoa powder

-2 tbsp of pumpkin puree

-3 tbsp of almond milk

-2 tbsp of coconut sugar

-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

for the filling:

-3 tbsp of almond milk

-2 cups of Greek Yogurt

-1 can of pumpkin puree

-1/4 cup of coconut sugar

-1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey

-2 eggs

-1 tbsp of arrowroot starch flour

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp nutmeg

Method:

Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Combine all ingredients for the crust in a bowl and mix. Pour mixture into a greased springform pan and put in the oven for 15 min.
Meanwhile combine all ingredients for the filling in a food processor until the texture is creamy. Pour into the pan when the crust is done and put back in the oven for 1 hour. When it’s done cooking, leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours. You can melt some dark chocolate and drizzle it on top of the cheesecake if you’d like a sweeter taste.

Hope you’ll enjoy it ❀

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How To Get Back On Track

A lot of you have been asking me where I find my motivation, how do I get back on track after binging or after going on holidays for a few days or even weeks. Truth is, there is no magic answer. But I can give you a few tips:

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  1. Don’t beat yourself up.Β 

So what if you didn’t workout or eat clean for quite some time ? It’s a lifestyle, you can’t live your whole life without taking any days off to enjoy yourself and stop worrying about wether this food will make you fat or will ruin your progress. You know that you will get back on track, so just be happy that you got to enjoy relaxing and eating whatever you wanted. Life’s all about balance!

2. Β One step at a time

It might be hard at the beginning but don’t wake up one day and tell yourself “I’m gonna eat clean and workout today and this whole week” Just do your best. One meal at a time, one workout at a time. Live in the moment and try to be the healthiest version of yourself every time you get the chance.

3. Β Eat fruits when you’re craving something sweet.

It might be hard to get rid of your cravings for unhealthy food after getting used to eating muffins/ chocolate/ ice cream, etc. Try having a piece of fruit instead. You could also have a square of dark chocolate and you won’t feel deprived but you’ll still be healthy.

4. Don’t skip breakfast or any other meal

Many people tend to think that they will lose weight faster by skipping meals. This is so wrong. First of all, eating breakfast when you wake up kick start your metabolism and can actually help you be healthier throughout the day, people who don’t eat breakfast every day are more likely to get cravings throughout the day. Make sure your breakfast includes proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats. Eating small meals throughout the day will help you lose weight as it will keep your metabolism going. On the other hand, skipping meals will slow it down and your body will store fat instead of getting rid of it. Food is fuel, so don’t be afraid of it.

5. Don’t spend hours at the gym

Hitting the gym for 2-3 hours every day, going from cardio to weight training to cardio again is not the solution. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get back on track. 30-60 minutes a day is enough! If you workout too much, your body will get exhausted and once again this will prevent you from losing weight instead of helping you.

6. Don’t cut out carbs

Guys. Carbs are good for you. YOUR BODY NEEDS IT! Try to eat wholewheat pastas, bread, brown rice, quinoa, oats…They will give you the energy you need to workout properly.

7. Don’t stress about it

Just know that you can do this. Maybe it will take time but there’s no need to stress about it. Be happy, be confident and be patient.

Hope this helps πŸ™‚ ❀

Healthy Crepes

Anybody here loves crepes as much as I do ? Probably not because I really love them. Like, really really love them. This recipe is one of my favorite because it allows me to eat what I love without feeling guilty about it πŸ˜€

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No more talking, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

-2 eggs

-1 cup of wholewheat flour

-3/4 cup of almond milk

-1/2 cup of water

-1/2 banana

-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Method:

Mash the banana and put it with all of the other ingredients in a blender

and blend on high for 30-45 seconds.

In a non stick frying pan, heat a little bit of coconut oil and add

a dollop of the batter. Cook for 1 minute or until bubbles start to

appear and then flip it and cook it for another minute.

Repeat with the rest of the batter.

Add your favorite toppings (mine included greek yogurt, cookie butter, raspberries,

banana, shredded coconut, coconut flakes and maqui powder)

Enjoy πŸ™‚

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Protein French Toast + Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce

If you’re like me, and you truly, madly, deeply LOVE anything sweet then you’re gonna love this as much as I did πŸ˜€

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Ingredients:

– 2 slices or wholewheat bread

– 2 egg whites

– 1/2 scoop of protein powder (15g)

– 60 ml of almond milk

– 1 tbsp of peanut butter

– 1 tsp of cacao powder

Method:

Mix the egg whites, protein powder and almond milk in a bowl.
Soak the bread in the mixture (make sure both sides are soaked)

Heat a little bit of coconut oil in a frying pan and cook your toast on each side for 2-3 min

To make the sauce, melt peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Add the cacao powder and mix well πŸ™‚

You can also add some fruits as well, I added 1/2 banana and it was delicious!

ENJOY because it’s so damn good πŸ˜€

Be Gentle with Yourself

When I first started my fitness journey, I wanted to get results fast. Therefore, I was way too strict with myself and every time I would have a little “unhealthy” treat, I would feel bad and guilty about it. So I made sure to eat clean 99% of the time during the first 3 months. Did I get results ? Yes. But was I happy? Mostly but not fully. This summer, I decided I wanted to be more gentle and kind with myself. I decided it was okay to treat myself from time to time because this is my lifestyle and it has no expiration date and I know that I can’t live my whole life without treating myself from time to time. I’m gonna have an ice cream, or a burger, or a pizza in the future and that’s okay. Being fit and healthy is not eating healthy foods all the time for the rest of your life, it’s finding YOUR balance. You have to eat healthy and exercise most of the time but you also have to treat yourself or be lazy and do nothing every now and then. This is your life, you only have one, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t forget to enjoy life in the process of having a nice and toned body.

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This week, I’ve been treating myself a little bit too much (but who cares, it was so good πŸ˜€ ) and guess what ? I still have abs. When I look in the mirror, I see the same person I saw 2 weeks ago. I didn’t lose all my progress, I still look strong and fit, and I’m still happy. This is balance. I guess it really hit me this week that feeling guilty because I ate an ice cream or because I didn’t exercise for one day, was stupid and pointless. I’m still dedicated to eating healthy and working out, and I know that I’m still making progress every day so why should I beat myself up over a small treat? Going out to a restaurant at night, enjoying a nice meal with friends and family is also what makes life enjoyable so don’t forget to live those moments. Just go and have fun.

Maybe you don’t have the body of your dreams yet, maybe you still think you could have a bigger butt or smaller thighs but guess what ? You’re doing the best you can, and that’s all that matters. You try and you don’t give up, and when you think about it, you’ve already accomplished so much. So be proud of yourself instead of beating yourself up over the small things that don’t matter in the long run. BE PROUD. BE CONFIDENT. BE YOU.

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Salmon tartare

GUYYYYYS! You HAVE to try this recipe!! Seriously!! It’s one of the best recipes I’ve made until now I think! It’s so fresh, light, healthy and refreshing! Perfect for the summer! No more talking, here’s the recipe πŸ™‚ :

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Ingredients:

– 110g of raw salmon

-1 tbsp of soy sauce

– 1 tbsp of coriander leaves, sliced.

– 1 tsp of lemon juice

– 1 small tomato

– 1/2 onion

– 1/4 of a cucumber

– 2 tbsp of greek yogurt

– handful of spinach, sliced

– 1 tbsp of crushed garlic

– 1,5 tbsp of olive oil

– splash of vinegar

– big handful of basil leaves

– 1 tsp pine nuts

Method:

for the bottom layer:

Slice the tomato, onion, cucumber and spinach and mix in a bowl with the greek yogurt.

Add a little bit of saltΒ and pepper (only if you’d like, I didn’t add any personally).

for the salmon:

cut your salmon in small cubes and mix it with the soy sauce,

coriander, and lemon juice. Let it marinate for 10-15 min

for the sauce:

In a food processor, mix the basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil, vinegar

and garlic (you can also add a little bit of spinach to make it greener).

Put the bottom layer in a cup, then add the salmon mixture on top.

Grab a plate and put it on top of your cup, then turn the whole thing upside down

to get the tartare on your plate (see picture). Add a little bit of sauce around your tartare

and VoilΓ ! Enjoyyyy πŸ˜€ ❀

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Cinnamon oats

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Ingredients:

– 1 cup of water

– Couple splashes of almond milk

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp of cinnamon

– 40g of quick oats

Method:

Mix the water and the almond milk in a saucepan.

Heat on medium

Add oats, vanilla and cinnamon.

Cook 4 to 5 min or until you reach the consistency you’d like

Serve in a bowl and add your favorite toppings

I added banana coins, granola, quinoa puffs, shredded coconut and

a little bit of honey and it tastes amazing πŸ™‚

❀

Protein Pancakes

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If you are like me and you are truly, madly, deeply in love with pancakes but you still want to look fit and healthy then this recipe is for you! It tastes just as good as regular pancakes but it’s completely healthy, and to top it all, they’re packed with protein.

Ingredients:

– 2 eggs

– 1 banana

– 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

– 70g of wholewheat flour

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp of baking powder or baking soda

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until you get a smooth batter (30 to 45 seconds)

Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat.

Add 1 to 2 dollops of the batter depending on the size you’d like your pancake to be

Wait 1 minute or until bubbles start to appear and flip it to the other side.

Wait another minute and repeat with the rest of the batter

Add your favorite toppings (nutella and strawberries for me this morning ❀ )

ENJOY πŸ™‚

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How to poach an egg

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I have been asked so many times how to make poached eggs so here are my two favorites, super easy methods πŸ™‚

Method 1:

Fill 3/4 of a saucepan and heat it on high.

Add a little bit of white wine vinegar.

Crack an egg into a bowl and drop it into the water just before it’s boiling

(some people recommend that you create a swirl in the water before dropping it

but I don’t do it and it works perfectly)

Wait 3 minutes and your egg should be cooked!

Method 2:

When I’m back home in France, I can’t make poached eggs using the previous method

when I drop my egg in the water, the yolk separate from the white and is cooked in 30 seconds

even if I try to cook it on low or medium heat. So, if this has happened to you,

this method will change your life.

Fill 3/4 of a saucepan with water and heat it on high.

Take a small bowl and cover it with plastic

add a little bit of olive oil and spices then crack your egg

inside the bowl (therefore, in the plastic paper)

close the plastic to make sure the egg is “trapped” inside

and put it in the water for 3 minutes.

When the egg is cooked, simply remove the plastic and enjoy

with your favorite foods (I looooove it with rye toast, spinach and sometimes salmon)

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Overnight Oats

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Ingredients:

-1/2 cup of almond milk

– Β 1/2 cup of rolled oats

– Β  2 tbsp of chia seeds

– 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder

– 1 tbsp of peanut butter

– 1 square of dark chocolate

– handful of granola

-1 tsp of quinoa puffs

-1 banana

Method:

Mix almond milk, oats, protein powder and chia seeds in a bowl and leave in fridge overnight.

The next morning, mix again and transfer into a bowl.

Put peanut butter and dark chocolate in a bowl and put in microwave for 30

seconds and stir until the chocolate peanut butter sauce forms.

Top overnight oats with banana coins, granola, quinoa puffs and drizzle

chocolate peanut butter sauce.

Enjoy this piece of heaven ❀ πŸ™‚