Damn! This video below inspired me to go to the gym pronto, I want flat abs!! BUT I get really bored easily, especially on the treadmill and I can’t watch the TV screen they have at the gym, I get all dizzy running, panting and trying to look at the screen… AND those tv shows have arabic subtitles! (imagine going to a gym in china and trying to watch TV with no sounds but chinese subtitles, unless your super smart and you know chinese! then you’ll get my drift…) I always wonder how the people next to me running, can manage to read those arabic subtitles, its like trying to read a book while running! This is pretty much the thoughts I have on the treadmill, to stop me looking at the time and going ‘ AWWW ITS ONLY BEEN 7MINUTES??!! DAMNIT!’ I gotta think of Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and those damn Victoria Secrets model and their perfect body to keep me going at the gym!

I think I’m gonna try out some of these workouts from this video from bodybuilding.com, some of them look totally doable, they said no rest between exercises….yeh we’ll see about that. Also I might skip the hanging raise (let’s not kid myself here, but I cant do a proper hanging raise as skillfully as a monkey so I might alternate for another workout)

Are you gonna give this a try??

Fish may not be to everyone’s liking, but it really depends on how you cook it. Sometimes I feel I got to be in the mood to eat fish, the same applies to sushi, its not something I can eat randomly. Its like I gotta prepare my mind for it, hah weird I know but that’s just me. What I love about fish is how light it is and how its so HEALTHY for you with many benefits!!!

Eating fish can provide an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that benefit your general health. At least two servings of fish per week to help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Annnnnnnnnddddd its high in protein content and low in fat! Perfect for those who are working out hard, protein helps to build muscles! Fried fish does not count !!

If you loved fish fingers when you were a kid, then you will love the grown up grilled healthy version of this. It doesn’t need a lot of time to cook and sooooo easy to do.

 

Ingredients

2 eggs

2 cups of kaak breadcrumbs (I used moulin d’or kaak breadcrumbs)  or any good very fine dried breadcrumbs

sea salt & black pepper

Olive oil

4 or 5 Bar fillet strips (known in Lebanon) or Cod fish fillet (as known as in London)

 

1.First wash the fish fillet with water and clean with lemon juice then pat the fish try with towel paper.

 

2. On a chopping board, cut the whole fish fillet into steak strips or you can ask the fishmonger to cut them for you.

 

3. In a bowl, whisk 2 eggs and add a little sea salt and pepper, but not too much as we will also add it in the breadcrumbs.

 

4. In a separate bowl, pour in about 2 or 3 cups of dried bread crumbs, add in some sea salt and black pepper.

 

5. Cover the wire rack with foil paper. Then dip the fish strips one by one into the whisked egg bowl and then dip into the breadcrumbs bowl and make sure the fish is fully covered.

 

6. Place them onto the foiled wire rack and drizzle olive oil on top of each fillet strips then place under the grill until the bread crumbs has turned golden brown, take the rack out, flip the fillet to cook the other side and place back until the grill until its golden brown. This should take around half an hour in all.

 

Serve with rosemary over baked potatoes, avocado salad, and tahina. Sa7tein and enjoy 🙂

Leave a comment if you want to know how to cook the rosemary potatoes or tahina and I’ll get back to you

 

A great post by my friend at M&M Fitness

“What is a weight burning food?” Contrary to peoples believe, weight burning nutriment is not food that burns fat. The idea is, food that burns more calories than it provides. Consuming the so called ‘fat-burning-foods’ can be the important keys to lose weight.

A good way to lose weight is to eat food with high fibers and low calorie.

Below is the list of 5 weight burning nutrition.

Fat burning food #1: Garlic. The reason why garlic is a weight burning diet lies on a compound called allicin. This bacterial like compound helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Fat burning food #2: Spinach. Spinach contains a lot of iron and is an exceptional nutritious food and is a good cancer preventer.

Fat burning food #3: Eggs. Eggs contain a high portion of protein and therefore a really good weight reducing food. The reason why eggs are not recommended is because a couple of eggs will put you over the recommended daily amount of cholesterol. Hence the solution is to remove the yolk and you will still benefit from the high proteins.

Fat burning food #4: Oatmeal. True, it is not the tastiest things that you will ever eat. But oatmeal is highly nutritious and contains soluble fibers that helps reduces blood cholesterol by flushing out those bad digestive acids out of systems. The best oatmeal is the unflavored and unsweetened. While it is tempting to select other flavors and add sugar or butter into it, you will lose out on all the health benefit. If you must sweeten your oatmeal, do so with honey which is much healthier than sugar.

Fat burning food #5: Whole grains. Your body need carbohydrates and will start craving for carbohydrates once you decided not to include it to your daily diets. The truth is, it’s the processed carbohydrates that are really bad for you. Examples for processed carbohydrates are white breads, pasta, and rice just to name a few. The key is to eat whole grain because they haven’t bee processed and still contains fibers and minerals.

Fat burning food #6: Beans. Beans are very good sources of protein fiber and iron. Some of the best kinds of beans to eat are Navy beans, White beans, Kidney beans, and Lima beans. A word of warning, make sure to cook your beans thoroughly as they contain some proteins that our digestive tracts are unable to break down.

I seriously love nachos, with the full works!! Guac and sour cream piled with everything. Every time we order it out, I literally hoover the whole thing into my stomach! But now I’m on a health kick, trying to be careful about what goes into my body, i know its easier said than done but seriously if you’re eating good on the inside, it will reflect that on that outside. Last week my skin was literally glowing, i was shocked…rarely this ever happens, as I always have to battle with dull skin that can only be temporarily saved with glowing creams. I realized i was eating a lot more walnuts, oatmeal (it’s high in iron, fiber,  phosphorous, manganese, calcium, silicon and vitamins B and E. which is great for the skin), avocados and strawberries! and taking multivitamins daily which all contributed to glowing skin!

This week I had a craving for nachos, so I decided to make my own healthy nachos at home, by using whole wheat tortilla wrap and grilling them in the oven, it tastes just as good as the ones you order out but half the fat and god knows what they put in it. This what scares me about eating out, not knowing how my food is being handled!

This recipe is great for movie nights or having a mexican feast at home, so healthy and easy to prepare.

Healthy Nachos

1 small onion
2 garlic cloves smashed
a small bowl of chopped cherry tomato
handful of chopped red kidney beans
1 spring onion chopped
handful chopped coriander
cumin
chili powder

1. Use about 3 to 4 layers of wholewheat flat tortilla wrap (I found mine in TSC Hazmieh), and using a pizza roll cutter cut them into nachos triangle shape.

2. Place foil paper on a wire rack and then place the nachos onto the foil, lay them out separately. spray with cooking spray and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on them and place them under the grill until its crisp and very light brown. Remember we are going to cook them again when we fill them later in with tomatoes and grated cheese, its important not to cook them too much otherwise u’l have burnt tortillas at a later stage (trust me, been there and learnt from it!)

Chop one small onion and smash up 2 garlic cloves and cook them on the stove medium fire, with a small spoonfull of olive oil, then add a handful of chopped cherry tomatoes onto the same pan. Chop up a handful of red kidney beans in half (I find kidney beans a bit heavy so i like to chop them up) you can use black beans as well if you like, mix them into pan, stirring constantly. then add a teaspoon of cumin and chili power (you can take out chili if you don’t like them, I find it gives it a kick) and some sea salt. Cook for about 8 mins til it resembles the picture below.

Pile them onto the lightly grilled nachos, and grate lots of Cheddar Cheese all over it, and pop back into the grill until the cheese has melted to your liking. Afterwards sprinkle chopped coriander and chopped spring onions! you can also add chopped Avocado but I’m going to give you my guacamole recipe below.

Guacamole

1 ripe avocado chopped,

1 big tablespoon of sour cream (if you didn’t find you can use low fat labneh)

very small handful of chopped coriander

a squeeze of lime (those who live in lebanon, lime is hard to find so its ok to use lemon) and a sprinkle of sea salt.

then mix it all up using a potato masher.

you can slightly see the guacamole bowl in the pic above! Its soooooooooo good! and gone in seconds!

Everything in this nachos is super healthy and benefits your health, well apart from the cheese hehe. It has tomatoes, avaocados, kidney beans, garlic, coriander and low fat fibre tortillas. Enjoy it guilt free!

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I am sooo keeping my eyes out for the new Essie spring 2011 ‘French affair’ collection, inspired by 1960’s glamour. I’m getting bored of the dark vamp nail polish; it’s affecting my mood blah!

Every time I try on flirty feminine colors, they always appear to be sheer, which I really don’t like, as it makes me feel like I’m 12 with those transparent Barbie color nails! But this French affair splashes offers opaque coverage yuppiii!  My favorite would have to be Sand Tropez and Topless and Barefoot…I haven’t got the guts to try on the baby blue Coat Azure for the fear of feeling like an avatar! It suits Katy Perry a lot but unfortunately not for me…Also I discovered that Essie is ‘3-free’ which means it contains no formaldehyde, DBP or toluene!

Here’s what Essie Weingarten has to say about her new collection “I think every woman has a little Brigitte Bardot in her, and this palette coaxes her out,”

Eva Chen Bannister, Beauty Director (and blogger!) for Teen Vogue, uploaded via twitter an Essie new Spring 2011 Collection breakfast event that she luckily attended.

Image credits: Eva Chen Bannister

 

Before going over to my best friend’s house to do her make up for an engagement party… I started dreaming about cupcakes in the car…(yes I daydream about food…dont judge!) I specifically wanted a carrot cupcake with cream cheese mmmmmm! so I told myself after doing her make up…I’l stop by sugar daddys cupcake bakery for my cream cheese fix! After confessing to my bestie abt my cupcake craving, she dragged me to her salon…where I found a peanut butter chocolate cupcake waiting for me!!! (I love you even more now bestie) From Cupcakery in Jean D’ Arc street, Hamra.

It is sooooo much better than Sugar Daddy’s and less sugary and not so heavy! Im in love!! and definitely going back for more! who wants to join me?

Check out their website and their menu  http://cupcakery.org/

UPDATED: The chocolate ones are the best ones, choc orange or choc peanut buter

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Targets: Lower back, Gluteus Maximus and Hamstrings (and Arms if done with dumbbells)

This is one of the best exercise for shaping your entire lower body. If you want hot legs and lower backside and good posture, do stability ball squats with dumbbells. Make sure you do it right! Your knees should not go over your toes when you lower your body. Do with dumbbells in each hand for challenging workout! This really works! Incorporate this into your workout 3 times a week.

Watch the video link below for a full demonstration. Within 2/3 weeks (depending how much you worked out), you’ll notice a sleek, sculpted lower body. Do you know any good workouts? Please share and leave a comment.

Stability Ball Exercises: Squat & Hammer Curls | eHow.co.uk.

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Finding good skincare can be really difficult..I have probably wasted so much money on trying different products and most of the time it never really makes a big difference. Its really important to have a skin routine on a daiy basis, cleanse tone and moisturise….I know that sounds boring and blah but its important! especially if you want to slow down our ageing process…lets face it we cant stay young and wrinkle free forever. Few years ago I went through an acne phase, which took a toll on my skin, red marks and scars..I didnt really have a skin routine at the time. Then I remember seeing those clinique 3 steps products adverts….once I tried it, I never looked back and I’m still using it til now…the face wash, the clarifying lotion then the moisturiser. The best product from the line is the Clarifying lotion. Its so much more than a lotion

Helps clear away pollution, dulling flakes for smooth, glowing skin. Helps pores look their smallest. Skin accepts moisture better. Grows more resistant to impurities. Stays healthier, younger. Dermatologist-reformulated to be comfortable, non-drying.

Even though I wash off my make up, using the clarifying lotion after,shows just how much make up and dirt is left behind on the skin even after we wash it. It really shocks me even til now. The lotion is great for cleaning the skin deep and helps to prevent spots breakout. Use it once or twice a day after washing ur face and before moisturising, onto a cotton ball and sweep around your face and neck and jawline.  Girls this is a must have lotion in your skin care regime and has great reviews worldwide!  I definitely also recommend the whole 3 steps products.

I am looooving this M.A.C. mineralize skinfinish natural powder, I’m currently using Medium Dark, but check with your M.A.C store for one suitable for your skin tone. It imparts a great,luminous finish and gives your skin a color boost and glow! It’s also very light on your skin! I recommend using this after your foundation or you can use alone. For normal skin type girls, use a big loose blush brush, for the oily skinned type, its best to use a puff to set powder. Seriously a must buy!!

Winter time! which means dry skin and dry patches!! I don’t know about you but i definitely suffer from those! I went to Mazen pharmacy recently and came across the vaseline cocoa butter range, now for those of you who don’t know much about cocoa butter, it helps the skin in so many ways, it lubricates and protects the skin and also helps to fade scars!

Now the secret to using this vaseline body oil, is to use it in the SHOWER while your skin is still damp and then towel dry. Your skin will feel SUPER SOFT! I also dry brush (using Body Shop body brush) in the shower, this helps to remove dead skin layers, improve circulation and then I apply the vaseline oil gel for extra smoothness! It’s also great in the summer, making your tan glow! Has anyone ever tried it? What did you think?