‘Apple Pie’ Oatmeal

The first time I created this recipe I ate this for breakfast 8 days in a row… excessive, I know. I was just so surprised that something I was used to having for dessert and felt guilty afterwards could be turned into a nutritious breakfast meal.

This breakfast option is great on the go, you could make it from the night before and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat it. I personally like to make it the morning I decide to have it for breakfast just so my house is filled with apple pie aroma.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple (any apple of your choice, I used a gala apple but if you have a granny smith it will make it even more ‘apple pie’ like.
  • 1/2 cup of Oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 1/2-1 cup of Water or almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp of Flax seed (optional)
  • Brown sugar or agave (optional)
  • Craisins (optional)
  • Chopped Walnuts (optional)

You’ll notice that most of the optional ingredients I listed is merely based on taste preference. So if you’re not a fan of craisins or walnuts then opt for something else to add a bit of crunch. I sometimes add a bit of my homemade (oil free) vegan granola if I have it on hand. I do recommend to add a bit of flax seed, chia seed, or some additional source of health since this is a breakfast food.

Directions:

  1. Place a bit of water into a small pot and turn the stove top on medium heat
  2. When the water starts to heat up (almost evaporating) add 3/4 of the chopped up apple pieces
  3. Add more water if needed.
  4. Let the apples sit in the water until it gets a bit cooked down
  5. Add the cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg to the mix
  6. Continue to stir/ watch the pot until the water becomes a sticky consistency from the cinnamon
  7. Add the oats and flaxseed to the pot and add almond milk or water as needed
  8. Stir until the oats are cooked and the apples are mixed in
  9. Pour oats into a bowl or to-go container
  10. Add the rest of the chopped apples, chopped walnuts, craisins or granola on top.
  11. Enjoy 🙂

This recipe takes about 5-7 minutes and typically keeps me full throughout the morning, I find myself snacking less when I have oatmeal for breakfast. You could also make this for a desert and add a bit of non-dairy ice cream on the side.

UntilNextTime

 

 

“What the Health” reaction

“What the Health” is a documentary about the U.S food industry educating people on what they’re really consuming. I noticed it was recently added to Netflix so I figured why not educate myself more on the industry billions of people have faith in.

Truthfully, if you’ve never watched this documentary, I highly recommend just sitting down and taking the time to learn what goes on behind the doors of the packaged meat, dairy products, and eggs industry. NOT only that, but the documentary also covers the hidden figures who take part in convincing America that we need to eat meat and drink milk to survive.

How many of you have seen these charts?

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Uhm… so I’m Vegan Now

vegan

veg·an

noun

A person who does not eat meat nor any animal byproducts.

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Abroad in London

In less than a year I was able to cross off two destinations off of my travel bucket list. First being California, now I can say that I went to London! I was given an amazing opportunity to travel and live in London for three weeks with thirteen other students.  We stayed in the center of London, a 5 minute walk from Hyde Park and Oxford Street. Upon our arrival there were a few bumps in the road with communication, lack of wifi, an excessive about of sunlight in the morning; however, by the end of the trip none of that mattered. Without having wifi 24/7 it allowed me to put my phone away and take in the area around me. Our flats were not the best accommodation but it was realistic given our location.

There were six girls in one flat… and I absolutely loved it! Everyday was something new. We didn’t know each other much before the trip and within the first 24 hours we became a squad. Not only did I learn a lot about London’s geographies but also about myself. It’s no cliche when people say that studying abroad changes your life. It does. It changes your perception on the things you do and why you do them.

London Hacks:

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Instantly Softer 4c Curls

I had to share my new hair regimen. There are so many different websites, videos and articles about hacks to softer hair, but I decided to find what works well with my hair. Honestly, the best decision I’ve made since getting the big chop to go natural about four years ago. Everyone’s hair is different, sure you can categorize some similarities but, it is pivotal that you know what works with your hair and does not work well with your hair.

After I took out my sew in, I decided to give my hair a treatment since it’s been braided for a little over a month. The treatment I went with was the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. If you’d like to see other people’s response to this product it’s all over Youtube, many different hair textures have tried this product and love or don’t care for it. Like I said, it’s all about what your hair likes and if it’s high or low porosity. I ordered my clay off of Amazon, two pounds was about $15. This clay is also really good for your skin too!

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When using the clay in my hair I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar you can get this for $4-$8 at your local grocery store. The clay and ACV mix bubbles at first but stir it until it’s a good consistency. Section your hair and apply the mix throughout. Running your fingers on each section, you’ll start to feel the curls forming and detangling.

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Keep the mix in for 20-30minutes and wash it out with warm water. After it’s all out then get your favorite conditioner, I used the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner. Section your hair into 4 or 6 twist when applying the conditioner make sure you finger detangle or use a wide comb. When your hair is saturated in the conditioner put on a plastic cap or bag over your hair and sit for 20-30 under a dryer or an hour not under a dryer. After, wash it out and you’ll see the beautiful curls without any product in your hair!

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Welcome 2017

Is it just me or are odd numbered years seemingly better than even? Don’t get me wrong, 2016 was a good year but for some reason I have faith in odd numbers. Jesus rose on the third day, God finished creating the world in seven days and I was born in the ninth month on the twenty third day in 1997… odd numbers are lit. Although, Donald Trump will be going into office this year, aside from that, I think it will be a good year… *cheers for my optimism*

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Any who, I have big plans for this year. No, not a “New Year Resolution”. I’m not necessarily against New Year Resolutions but I do feel like maybe 20% of people stick to them or let alone remember what their goal was by mid March. I just feel as though New Year Resolutions have a bad connotation to them so I’d like to call this my list of “Prolonged To-Do’s” (I’m extra… I know).

10 Prolonged To-Do’s:

  1. Smile more
  2. Meet new people/ network
  3. Travel  (whether a road trip and air bnb with friends; GO SOMEWHERE)
  4. Intern in the fashion, media or entertainment industry
  5. Eliminate self doubt and excuses and ‘shoot your shot’, there will be people down the road to doubt you,  you can’t be one of them
  6. Stop being so indecisive!
  7. Treat yourself and your family
  8. Healthy eating, lose weight and tone body (such a cliche, I had to add it)
  9. Buy clothes that express your style
  10. Document your life. In photos, writing, videos, etc.

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Victoria’s Secrets are out! VS Fashion Show 2016

The Victorias Secret Fashion Show

It’s that time of year again, the VS Fashion Show premieres tonight. Although I’m sure most of us have seen photos from the show on our Instagram feed. Kendall Jenner wearing her first pair of wings, three African-American girls wearing their natural hair and Jasmine Tookes wearing the $3 million dollar 450-carat Fantasy Bra. Not to mention the performances from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. Though I know basically everything that happens at the fashion show, there’s something about watching it anyway.

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I’m so excited. It’s been a tradition for years. My friends and I watch the show and rave about the models, outfits and performances. This year VS Pink will be hosting give aways and a watch party on campus!

 

UntilNextTime