Getting A Good Night’s Rest Before All Else

so.. i’ve sort of realized that my blog (although not many viewers anyway) is basically just recipes.

but honestly, i want to be able to write here about anything that is not just food. this includes some personal stuff, but hey, i’ll try not to bore you to death (and of course, you don’t have to read if you don’t want to).

and if i start feeling uncomfortable i’ll probably delete this.

today’s topic: getting a good nights rest. 

i honestly haven’t slept very well these past couple of months… maybe it is just me trying to get accustomed to school after having a six month holiday when i first moved to singapore, or maybe it’s the actual stress of school itself. i don’t know. but it’s been hard and consequently, my health has suffered.

i am definitely at least somewhat sleep deprived.

sleep deprivation also leads to many other terrible consequences, among them is even more stress. since lack of sleep can cause you to not think clearly, you’ll eventually get stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle… and it’s time for me to break this cycle.

at the beginning of the school year, i was excited for school; i slept at 9pm every night… woke up at 5:30 to exercise every morning… i did my homework immediately when i got home… after around a month, i started staying up too late, started waking up late and since then i haven’t exercised as much, leading to even more stress (exercise helps relieve stress!!)

so i guess you can see how this is a problem.

also, a couple weeks ago i got a huge blister on my foot and it tore open during a soccer match :( this made me not able to exercise for a few days which really made me lose my “momentum” ( ? ) with my exercise routine, leading to me losing momentum with my eating habits.

ahhh. it’s been really stressing me out.

but now i’m trying so much harder to get back on track, and i know i will. because i won’t give up until i do.

starting with a good night’s rest.

followed by a good work out.

followed by healthy, whole, nutrient-rich foods to fuel me with enough energy to think clearly once again.

Apologies + Healthy Cranberry Cheese Cake Cookies

hey guys… though i’m convinced nobody really reads this, i want to apologize anyway. these past couple of weeks have been not one, but multiple emotional roller coasters for a variety of reasons. luckily, i’ve made new friends that always help me feel better, support me and care for me :-) anyway, without further ado, healthy cranberry cheesecake cookies! 

like stated on my instagram, this isn’t the best recipe and i definitely need to work on it, however, here it is! 

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ingredients 

•50g low fat philadelphia cream cheese 

•50mL (around 0.2 cup/17g) stevia cup-for-cup granulated sugar 

•1 tbsp brown sugar 

•1 tsp vanilla extract 

•1 egg 

•150g wholemeal flour + extra for dusting 

•30g dried cranberries 

directions 

1. preheat oven to 175C (350F) 

2. beat together cream cheese and sugars until really soft and fluffly 

3. add in the vanilla and egg and slowly incorporate. fold in the flour and cranberries to get a soft dough. 

4. dust tabletop with flour to avoid dough to stick to surface. roll out the dough to around 1/2cm thickness. using a small cookie cutter, cut out your cookies and place on a lined baking paper/cookie sheet.

5. bake for 12 minutes. let cool on a wire rack when finished.

6. enjoy!  

Healthy Vanilla Pancakes + Nectarine Compote

so, this is going to be a quick post because i have a TON of homework to finish by tomorrow u.u

let’s get right to it! 

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healthy vanilla pancakes & nectarine compote 

looks good, huh? they are low-fat pancakes with no-sugar added compote. mmm. 

for the pancakes:

ingredients

dry

•4 tbsp wholemeal flour 

•1/4 tsp baking powder

•1/4 tsp baking soda 

•2 packages of stevia/sweetener of choice

wet

•1 egg

•5 tbsp low-fat yogurt (i used paul’s 99.8% fat free because it has a thicker consistency) ~100g

•1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

directions

1. combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. make sure there are no baking soda lumps/balls or anything

2. in a separate bowl, beat egg, yogurt and vanilla extract. mix with dry ingredients until just incorporated, but do not over mix. let it sit for 5 minutes while you heat up and grease a pan over medium heat. 

3. dollop around 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into the pan, and spread out a little bit to give it some shape. if you want, you can fit multiple pancakes onto the pan. wait 3 minutes, flip the pancake and let it cook for an additional 3 minutes. while you wait, you can start making the nectarine compote. 
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for the compote:

ingredients

•2 white flesh nectarines, peeled and cut into squares 

•2 packages of stevia or sweetener of choice 

•2 tbsp water 

•cinnamon

directions

1. in a small saucepan, combine and mix nectarines and water with a wooden spoon. heat up and wait until it starts to simmer/boil a little bit. add in sweetener and cinnamon and continue mixing until cinnamon is fragrant and the consistency of the liquid is a bit like syrup. turn off heat and let it cool down. 

•••• when you finish cooking your pancakes, serve them in any way you wish, and top with compote. 

and of course, enjoy (-: 

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Healthy Banana Bread

over the weekend, i had a massive… “brainstorm explosion.” i just sat in my living room trying to think up of new recipes that i’ve been itching to try for ages now. starting with banana bread. i’ve made healthy banana bread before, but it was so complicated and i had to make applesauce and all that jazz and i just didn’t want to do that. 

all of this led me to think of a new one. a simpler one. a better one. 

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healthy banana bread 

click here for healthy banana bread nutrition facts

the end result came out better than expected. it was moist, fluffy, and, what i would call, pure banana bread bliss. the best part? it’s low fat and super healthy!

*please note that this is a mini loaf, approximately 15cm long (6inches)

okay, are you ready? 

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ingredients

dry 

•1/2 cup + 1 tbsp wholemeal flour (80g)

•1/2 tsp cinnamon

•1/4 tsp nutmeg 

•1/2 tsp baking powder 

•1/4 tsp baking soda 

•4 packages of stevia or sweetener of choice 

•1/8 tsp salt

wet

•1/2 cup very well mashed ripe banana (you can also blend/process the banana to make sure that there are not as many huge lumps)

•2 eggs at room temperature 

•2 tbsp low fat yogurt (i used paul’s 99.8% fat free yogurt because it has a thicker consistency than other yogurts)

•2 tbsp skim milk 

•¾ tsp vanilla extract 

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directions 

1. preheat oven to 175ºC(350ºF)

2. in a medium-large bowl, combine all of dry ingredients. make sure that there are no big lumps made up of baking soda and what not. 

3. in a separate, smaller bowl, mix together all of wet ingredients. mix, mix, mix very well. 

4. pour wet ingredients into the dry, while mixing until just incorporated. do not over mix!!!! 

5. line a mini loaf dish or pan with PAM cooking spray or a little bit of oil. transfer batter into pan and carefully place on the center of the middle rack of your oven. bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out completely clean. 

6. let it cool down a little bit and enjoy it with some coffee, some tea, or anything else your heart desires. yum.

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Healthy Vanilla-Strawberry & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

well, happy chinese/lunar new year for those who celebrate this holiday! i didn’t have school yesterday nor today so today feels like a sunday! and every few minutes i literally forget it’s not…

so, in the spirit of “i think it’s sunday even when it’s actually not” i decided to make some pancakes for breakfast.

i was getting a bit tired of chocolate (jk, i can never get tired of chocolate), so i decided to try something new. i made some healthy vanilla pancakes with strawberry yogurt and chocolate chips inside and they came out so fluffy and moist, you can’t even tell that they are unhealthy! :o

when i first started making pancakes, they always came out so dense and flat and tasted mushy and gross. but, practice makes perfect (or near it at least) and i’m now making pancakes that my dad won’t call “bird food”.

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healthy vanilla-strawberry & chocolate chips pancakes (with more yogurt and granola) 

click here for nutrition facts

ingredients

dry

•4 tbsp wholemeal flour (35g)

•1/4 tsp baking powder

•1/8 tsp baking soda

wet 

•1 egg at room temperature

•60g strawberry yogurt (~4 tbsp)

•1 tbsp skim-milk

•1/2 tsp vanilla extract

stir-ins

•10g semi-sweet chocolate chips

directions
1. mix dry ingredients well in a medium bowl. in a separate bowl, beat egg, yogurt, milk and vanilla extract well together.
2. fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, while adding chocolate chips. do not over mix and do not worry about small lumps.
3. lightly grease pan/pancake griddle with PAM cooking spray or a little bit of olive oil/coconut oil, and let the pan heat up. when it’s hot enough (test by splashing a little bit of water and if it sizzles and evaporates quickly, then it’s hot enough), decrease heat to medium-low, and pour 1 heaping tbsp of batter. you can fit multiple pancakes onto one pan.
4. wait 3 minutes for pancakes to cook on one side, flip and let it cook for another 3 minutes.
5. serve warm with some light maple syrup or more chocolate chips! even though personally, i think they’re good enough to eat alone :)
6. brag to family members that you got to eat really delicious pancakes for breakfast and they didn’t (.. perhaps not..?)