Oats and Walnuts Cookies

OVERVIEW:

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes

Cooking: 15 minutes

Difficulty: easy

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon oatmeal (in flakes)

1 tablespoon chia flour or chia seeds

1 tablespoon of flax flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 egg

12 halves of walnuts

1/2 tablespoon coconut to sprinkle

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Stevia (sweetener)

METHOD:

Mix in a bowl the dry ingredients: oats, chia flour, flax flour, baking powder and sweetener. Add the egg and the vanilla essence and mix until the ingredients are well blended. Then add walnuts and blend.

Make small buns on a baking sheet with baking paper. Crush the rolls and sprinkle the grated coconut evenly over each cookie.

Bake in the oven (180 °) for 15 minutes or until golden. Once baked, remove from the oven to cool down for 15-20 minutes before eating.

 

Designers: MARIE-CHANTAL OF GREECE

Businesswoman, heiress, Princess, blogger, mother, wife and also successful designer.

Marie-Chantal of Greece is a multifaceted woman, with American and Ecuadorian origin, who has managed to create and expand her luxury brand.

In 2000 she began Marie-Chantal, designed to cover a market niche unexplored as was the luxury clothing brand for children.

With simple lines and sober colors, her clothing line gives a lot of attention to details. Fabrics, designs and manufacture are controlled to detail to bring the consumer a differentiated product.

With competitors like Chloe, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Missoni and Burberry, the luxury market has been extended in this area and continues to grow.

And in this context Marie-Chantal has opened new physical stores, sell through intermediaries as Sacks and Barneys, and created an online store.

With the posibility to open new stores in Europe and expand its network of strategic partners, the brand continues its evolution.

The personal style of Marie-Chantal on her brand is the competitive advantage that customers are identified with and whay they choose her products.

We love everything she sells in her store, and what she writes on her blog. Her instagram account is almost like a postcard. Follow her!

Our favorites items are the dresses and the wings on babies designs.

 

Photo courtesy of Marie-Chantal

The perfect breakfast: porridge

Much has been heard of the famous porridge, not only by blogs but also of celebrities known for their healthy lifestyle, including Elsa Pataky and her husband Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

The health benefits are many but what interested me most was that according to a study by Harvard University there is a relationship between the consumption of whole grains and increased life expectancy.

I leave you my version that it´s a bit more limited in terms of calories. If, like me, you got a few extra pounds, I recommend you to use this recipe.

As Anthony Bourdain says, you have to try it 3 times first ;)

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup oatmeal (which comes raw with big flakes)

3/4 cup water (you can use also milk)

1/2 tablespoon of honey

Stevia (or some natural sweetener)

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Blueberries (you can also use fruit, homemade jam, nuts)

PREPARATION:

Combine oats, water and stevia in a container. Bring to medium heat and stir until the porridge becomes soft and creamy.

Remove from heat and add the egg whites, stirring vigorously with a fork.

Once again mix well and cook 1 more minute.

Remove from heat and put in a bowl.

Add cranberries and honey above. Bathe with chia seeds.

Enjoy it!

A

Pic courtesy from pinterest: bbcgoodfood

Where to go on vacations?

There comes that time of year where we go on vacation.
The question is where are we going?
The truth is that we can not afford to go anywhere like if we are millionaires.
My suggestion, something I did and I worked for me, is to make a small list of things that can help you with your decision.


The steps:
1. Make a list of 5 places you like to visit. If you do not know View places in Google Maps, or look up in a travel agency. Ex .: Riviera Maya (you got several cities here), Rio de Janeiro, Miami, London, París…
2. Think how many days to have for the trip. I got 14 days :)
3. Now calculate the cost of each: tickets, hotel, car and food. In my experience you should not buy packages as they are much more expensive than organize the trip by yourself. For the accommodation you got several places in each country where apartments are rented (in Brazil View aluguetemporada.com.br) or hotels (http://www.booking.com/).
4. Assign a score to each city according to your likes. I put: Miami 10 Riviera Maya 9 Rio de Janeiro 10 London 20! haha….
5. Make the choice! This is the most difficult step. The idea is that you see in the balance the cost and the desire that you got to go there!
5. And this is very important: once made a decision Do Not hesitate !! Making the decision is as important as taking action.


And once you reach your destination rid of everything and have a good time! And remember that it will take you a few days to relax.
Good holiday and you enjoy it! :)