LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 3 : APPLE, BANANA & AVOCADO

Week 3 of my Losing Weight with Smoothies!! Half way there! Yay!!Week 3 Losing weight with smoothies - banana, avocado & apple @ OrganisingChaosBlogI have to admit that I am looking forward to finishing this challenge. It’s not so much fun having the same thing for lunch every day but knowing that is working, that I am loosing weight in a healthy and natural way is keeping me going.

This week I have lost around 1 kg! Although it was my weekly set target at the beginning of the challenge, it was not as good as last week but considering that there was no smoothie in sight yesterday, it is pretty good, I think.

This week’s smoothie is still delicious, still nutritious and still green although a lighter shade of green this week. Week 3 Losing weight with smoothies - banana, avocado & apple @ OrganisingChaosBlog

WEEK 3 : APPLE, BANANA & AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

100 ml of coconut milk or you can also use unsweetened almond milk
1/2 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
1 green apple
1/2 large or 1 small stalk celery, chopped
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
10 mint leaves
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
Week 3 Losing weight with smoothies - banana, avocado & apple @ OrganisingChaosBlogWeek 3 Losing weight with smoothies - banana, avocado & apple @ OrganisingChaosBlogIf I was describing the smoothie like a wine I would say that this smoothie has a very gentle taste with a subtle hint of mint that makes it refreshing.

I have to say that I was worried about the celery because I don’t like celery at all but you can’t taste it once blended with the rest of the ingredients! Just delish!

Nearly there.

Chaotic Itzi

TIP : NO MORE MESSY SANDWICHES

Today I want to share with you a little tip that will help you keep sandwiches closed on the go, will make them easier to eat and there will be less mess! Am I promising too much? Not at all!

We all make sandwiches at some point in our life. Whether is office or school lunch, a weekend picnic, to eat in the train…. sandwiches, pita bread pockets, wraps, baguettes… food sandwiched between an edible top and bottom, is usually our go-to-food to eat “on the go”.
Tips - no more Messy Sandwiches @ OrganisingChaosBlogI tend to get a bit creative when I am making sandwiches. I mean, just because I am eating a sandwich it doesn’t mean that it has to be plain and boring, right? The problem is that the more ingredients you put in, the harder will be to keep it closed.

The boys used to come home from school frustrated because their sandwiches were very messy by lunch time. From all the rattling inside the lunch box, the sandwich was pretty much deconstructed by the time they went to eat it making it difficult to pick them up or do anything with it.

In order to keep all your ingredients inside the sandwich and avoid mess is to wrap it in cling film or tin foil. That will certainly keep your sandwich neat. But, if you are like me and you are not a great fan of cling film, and/or you have run out of it, and/or if you like reusing your containers, there is a very simple solution for you.

NO MORE MESSY SANDWICHES – HOW TO

  1. Make your sandwich. Put all the ingredients you want in it. Yes, as many as you wantTips - no more Messy Sandwiches @ OrganisingChaosBlog
  2. Cut your sandwich in half if required.
  3. Get a sheet of kitchen paper and cut 2 strips from it. The width of the strip will depend on how big your sandwich is. The bigger the sandwich, the thicker the kitchen roll strip should be.
  4. Fold the strips lengthwise to make them more resistant.
  5. Wrap the folded kitchen paper strip around your sandwich.
  6. Secure with some tape.Tips - no more Messy Sandwiches @ OrganisingChaosBlog
  7. Ta dah!
  8. Repeat procedure for other sandwiches.

This tip works perfectly well with baguettes, wraps, burritos, pita bread… anything that needs to be contained, some kitchen roll and tape will contain it! So no more messy sandwiches, lunch boxes or picnics, just wrap it and enjoy it!
Will you try it?
Tips - no more Messy Sandwiches @ OrganisingChaosBlog

Happy Friday lovely people!
Have an amazing weekend

Chaotic Itzi

HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : SAUSAGE ROLLS & SALAD ON A STICK

Trying to come up with healthy and varied school lunches is a bit of pain, don’t you find? We are nearly half way through the school year and I am already bored with our usual ones (like this one and this one),and I am not even the one eating them!!

I don’t mind making the school lunches. It is trying to make them interesting while keeping them balanced and healthy that I find challenging.  The brain has to work and, most of the time, the brain does not like that!!!

I have recently introduced this new lunch into our school lunch menu and it is working out a treat.
Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI have to say that I have never been a big fan of sausage rolls, mainly because usually the sausages were very poor quality and the pastry was too heavy and fatty.  However, I recently found small sausage rolls made with 80% meat sausages (when it comes to sausages, always try to buy the ones with the highest percentage of meat in them for minimum fat and maximum flavor) so I gave them a go –  lovely!

You could also try to make your own sausage rolls. I have made them before using this recipe and they are surprisingly easy to make and so much juicier! You can make a big batch, freeze and take them out as needed.

HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : Sausage Rolls & Salad on a Stick

Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI tend to vary the ingredients on the salad.
Some of our favorite ingredients are : tomatoes, avocado, peppers, cucumber, olives, carrots, spinach leaves, cheese
Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI sometimes include a tiny little container with some tomato ketchup or relish to dip the sausage rolls into. They love it!

Do you find school lunches challenging? What is your favorite school lunch?
Share with us!

Chaotic Itzi

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LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 2 : SPINACH & KIWI

This week’s smoothie for my personal challenge of Losing Weight with Smoothies is (drums roll for dramatic effect…)  a Spinach & Kiwi Smoothie!!!

I am already in my second week of my personal challenge for February and I am delighted to say that I have lost 1.5 kg last week (3,30 lbs), 50% more of what I was planning, so feeling pretty good about myself, I have to say. And all thanks to smoothies! who would have thought?
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogI have to admit that the first week was easier than anticipated. In all honesty, I was worried that I would get bored with effectively having the same lunch every day but I didn’t. The kale & pineapple smoothie kept me full until dinner and I didn’t even feel like snacking between meals. I think that also knowing that in every smoothie I was getting plenty of nutrients, vitamins and all sort of goodness helped me stay strong until dinner.

The dinners were had with my family. The same dinner as everyone so no extra work. On Tuesday I even shared a brownie with Mr B after dinner! And I still have managed to lose weight, so I am truly delighted and very much fired up for the second week!
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogAs predicted, the weekend was the most difficult time to fit the smoothie into my diet but with a bit of thinking ahead I made it work. It’s all about being prepared. I have been making the smoothie in the morning and I take it with me if I am going out so there is no chance of being tempted while out shopping, or if you feeling hungry earlier than usual – there smoothie is right there with me

This week smoothie is another nutritional delight full of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium, and also delicious, because there is not point in drinking something super healthy if it tastes yucky, right?
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogWEEK 2 : SPINACH & KIWI SMOOTHIE

100 ml of coconut milk
1/2 cucumber
1 banana
1 kiwi fruit
2 cups spinach
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

The cucumber and the kiwi make this smoothie so fresh!
Lose weigh with smoothies - Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogThe original recipe of this smoothie does not include chia seeds or the protein powder so feel free to leave out. I like adding chia seeds to any smoothies as they are high in omega 3 and healthy, and the protein powder bulks it up and helps me stay full until dinner.

I am so ready for this week’s challenge. What about you?

Chaotic Itzi

LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

I have been wanting to lose some weight for a while. I usually start the week full of good intentions but, as it happens,  the week rarely goes according to plan and on average the diet goes out the window by Thursday. Now, I have never nor I will ever be a person enslaved to diets or food plans. Life is too short for that. But I would like to shed some weight so…

I decided that the best way for me to stick to some sort of plan is to set myself a public challenge so there is so backing down. Name and shame, people, it’s the only way forward for me…

My goal is to lose 4 kg in a month (or 8.81 pounds). I believe that 1 kg a week is an achievable target and it can be managed with healthy diet and without starvation, which is very important in family life and to guarantee the survival of the rest of the family, if you know what I mean… As smoothies are easy to make, quick, versatile and delicious,(see previous recipes here, here and here) I decided I would go with green smoothies for this challenge.

So the plan is: substitute my daily lunch for super healthy, protein filled and delicious smoothie that will fill me with plenty of nutrients and enough energy to keep me going until dinner where I will be able to enjoy it with my family. Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlog

I am thinking that Monday to Friday will be easy enough to follow the plan and drink the smoothies at lunchtime. However, I’d imagine the weekend will be harder. I will be enlisting Mr B and friends to support me and to help me stay strong through the challenge.

If you want to join me, I will be posting one smoothie recipe a week and I will keep you updated during the week by twitter and Facebook with a more in-depth report (I know you like those ones) every Monday this month. I will not, however, be posting my before and after weight. Nope. Too embarrassed.

My personal challenge - Week 1 @ OrganisingChaosBlog

GREEN FEBRUARY 
WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

2 cups of chopped kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
1 banana (frozen if you want)
1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
2 slices of pineapple
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (not in the photo)
Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogKKale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogBlitz and enjoy. It is delicious. 2 pieces of fruit, 1 serving of vegetables, omega 3, calcium and good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium,potassium and vitamin E. And, I know you are wondering, the taste of kale is not at all dominant in it, but it works so well with the rest of the ingredients.

Well, are you coming to the green side with me? Come on! It’s only a month! and it’s the shortest month!

I love to hear  your comments so please feel free to comment below and share the post with your friends to help us create a community.
Much appreciated. Thank you!

Chaotic Itzi

RECIPE : CARAMELIZED ONION

We are great fans of caramelized onion in our house. We always have a jar of it at home to have with cheese,  meat,  in soups, pizzas, sandwiches.. it is delicious with anything.
OrganisingChaos - Delicious Caramelized Onions
I find something very therapeutically about slowly cooking the onions, the process, the smells… very relaxing and homely.

Onions are naturally sweet and that sweetness gets released by slowly cooking the onions over an extended period of time. The natural sugars in the onions caramelize and they make the most delicious and wholesome flavor.

How? Easy. You will need:
4 onions – I prefer to use red onions as they are sweeter but you can use white onions if you’d prefer.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar.
Caramelized Onions / Step 1 - chop the onions and add them to the panHeat the oil in a heavy based pan. Peel and chop the onions in thin slices and add them to the oil. Stir the onions making sure that every single slice gets covered in oil. Leave the onions to saute on a low-medium heat (every hob is different-  just make sure that the onions are not going to burn, it’s about slow cooking). Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally.
Caramelized Onions / Step 2 - slow cook your onionsAfter 10 minutes or so, season them with salt, make sure they are not burning, and leave them on the hob for another 10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
Caramelized Onions - Step 3 - Add the sugarAfter another 10 minutes, add the tablespoon of sugar and make sure that it gets to all the corners of the pan. If the onions are a bit too dry and they are sticking to the pan, add a little bit of water. Cook for further 10-15 minutes keeping an eye on it to make sure they don’t burn.
When the onions are all brown and sticky, transfer them into an air tight container and keep in the fridge once cooled.
OrganisingChaos - Delicious Caramelized Onions
Try adding them to your normal hummus recipe or add them to your steak and let me know your thoughts, I think I can already read them!

Enjoy it!
Chaotic Itzi

RECIPE: BREADED CAMEMBERT SALAD WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE

If you like cheese, you are in for a treat.
Fried camembert salad with cranberry sauce - delish
This recipe makes the loveliest starter for a dinner party. It is nice, it is tasty and it is light – all the things you want in a starter. Camembert is a delicious creamy cheese in its own right and by coating it with breadcrumbs and frying it, you get a lovely crusty outside and a soft and creamy inside… just yum!

To make a starter for 4 people, you will need:
4 people (ha! I know, I am hilarious!)
1 big  cake of Camembert cheese cut into wedges
1 beaten egg
breadcrumbs
For the sauce:
190 g Jar of cranberry sauce
Zest and juice of ½ orange
Approximately 1 pint or 500ml of vegetable oil, heated to 180C in a heavy bottomed pan.
Fried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
How to:
Cut the Camembert cheese into wedges. Dip each piece into a bowl with the beaten egg and straight onto to the bread crumbs making sure they are all coated evenly. Let them rest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
To make the sauce, mix the cranberry sauce, orange juice and zest in a bowl. You can have the sauce warm by warming it slightly in a saucepan while frying the cheese but cold is also works a treat.

Heat the vegetable oil to 180C and deep fry the Camembert for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and delicious. Remove it and place it in a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
My favorite starter - Organising ChaosFried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
Serve the breaded cheese with the sauce and a side leafy salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.

This is the kind of starter that you can prepare in advance and just fry as your guests are just sitting at the table.  You’re guest will love it. And if the don’t, they don’t deserve to be your friends… get better ones, you totally deserve it… I am only joking… not really

Fried camembert with cranberry sauce - delish . Organising Chaos

Invite friends and see what they think and if they deserve to be your friends…;-)
Chaotic Itzi

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RECIPE: ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS

RECIPE: ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS

We are big into nuts in my house: almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts… any kind of nut. All but peanuts as Mr Chaotic Monkeys is allergic to them. Almonds in particular are a staple in our snack bag, together with fruit and rice-cakes.

Almonds are an amazing food. They are high in vitamin E, high in healthy (monounsaturated) fats, magnesium, potassium and protein, which makes them the perfect healthy snack to have when you are feeling peckish.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Rosemary Roasted Almonds - a healthy snack
ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS
2 cups of whole almonds
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
dash of ground pepper
OrganisingChaosBlog - Rosemary Roasted Almonds - a healthy snack
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl making sure they are all properly coated.
Put the nuts in a roasting tray in a preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes shaking them slightly half way. Take them out and let them cool.
The rosemary gives the almonds a delicious fragrance that together with the roasting brings the almonds to a whole different level.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Rosemary Roasted Almonds - a healthy snack
OrganisingChaosBlog - ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS
The boys have always liked almonds, but now they LOVE them!
OrganisingChaosBlog - Rosemary Roasted Almonds - a healthy snack
The rosemary gives the almonds a delicious fragrance that together with the roasting brings the almonds to a whole different level.
What is your favorite snack?
Don’t be shy, share!
Chaotic Itzi

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