Blueberry Oatmeal Supershake

I’ve never in the past posted any recipes to my style blog but I want to make an exception. I tried to think of ways I could connect the 2 together (food and fashion) so as to make it feasible to incorporate into my blog and this is what I came up with – Eating healthy and enjoying delicious food in life only makes us (or most of us) happier; therefore, healthier bodies = healthier mind – and I can’t think of anything more stylish than that.

Moving on, this morning I decided to try one of my breakfast shake recipes that I got from Pinterest. I’m in love with this website and so far, all of the recipes I’ve made that I’ve gotten from Pinterest have worked out great and are delicious! So this morning I pulled out my blender, my ingredients around the house and voilà!

I made my first Blueberry Oatmeal Supershake!  I try to eat healthy most of the time but have found myself slipping especially around the holidays! This is helping me get back on track. If you want to try this at home (and I suggest you do) just do as follows:

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup ice cubes

2 very ripe bananas

4 ounces fresh blueberries, or as many as you’d like

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/3 cup instant oatmeal/rolled oats

1-1 ½ cups milk

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

2 scoops Blueberry ice cream

INSTRUCTIONS

1)      Place everything in a blender and blitz on high until blended.

That’s it! Simple, right? Well, I made a couple changes to mine. I prefer to drink Almond milk as opposed to cow’s milk. The unsweetened version contains only 35 calories per serving and has double to amount of calcium! I also skipped on the blueberry ice cream because I found it unnecessary and added more blueberries than it called for because I love blueberries! I did add about a tablespoon of honey which as you can see is optional.

Overall, I rate this 4 stars out of 5! It’s quite a substantial breakfast, makes a good 2 servings, and you can definitely taste the oatmeal and peanut butter in it.

Enjoy! If you try it, let me know what you think!

 

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Seattle Style

When you hear the location, Seattle, you might automatically think of rain, rain, and well…more rain; however, spending my short Christmas this year in the commonly known wet city opened my eyes to new perspective on what Seattleites do, their ways of life, and how they dress for the occasion.

It’s easy to relate Seattle fashion to grunge, easy-going Birkenstock sandals, and comfort clothing. Many businesses, organizations, and people ooze a surrounding environment of eco-friendly living and outdoor adventures.  It’s quite obvious that Seattle is nowhere close to becoming the fashion capitol of the world, United States, or merely the West coast competing against cities such as New York and Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean the city, which is home to Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks and more, hasn’t put their own twist on fashion and brought a unique edge to it.

Walking through Pike Place market, I witnessed one of the greatest calamities of fashion I’ve ever seen. It was as if Seattle held no rules on styles and trends and everyone had agreed to dress to their own accord. The streets around the market were a mosh-pit of different looks inspired from numerous places.  Through my eyes, it seemed to be a mixture of European invention, New York posh, and Western ease. Forget the fact that Seattle is a large tourist city and would therefore attract many different looks. Forget the fact that almost everyone out there owns a flannel shirt and companies like Pendleton and Woolrich are commonly known brands to own. Forget the fact that every man I saw was sporting some type of facial hair! Everyone from the age of 5 to 85 had a different and unique sense of style.

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One of my favorite looks was a boy no older than 12, walking down Pike Place Market alongside the original Starbucks store, wearing a long camel colored dress coat and newsboy cap with a pair of Converse chucks. It appeared as though he had just stepped out of the 1920’s and slipped into some new kicks.

Deciding to walk around the area and see where these Seattle hipsters get their inspiration, my sister and I chose to walk through some stores throughout her local Ballard shops.  Of course Seattle has shopping malls just the rest of the country but it’s not as common to shop there. More and more people shop consignment, older re-sale shops, and thrift stores. I could spend hours walking through stores like Buffalo Exchange in Seattle where top notch, unique pieces are offered from Christian Louboutin pumps to Dooney and Burke vintage handbags. For me, it’s like one big adventure to see what treasures can be found hidden in-between the packed racks of goodies.

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For those who can’t stand digging through racks of older finds, there is a plethora of chic boutiques along Ballard Avenue, downtown. These moderately upscale boutiques offer unique pieces of clothing not commonly found at your local mall. Some offered fashionable yet funky pieces while many stores supplied comfort wear from top yoga lines for those super Moms who trek around their kids all day while still managing to stay fit to Seattle’s very own Kavu outdoor clothing line.

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Overall, this city has so much more to offer than a place to wear your rainboots. The culturally diverse city brings spectacular views from every angle you look out, a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound, and mountains and mountains galore. The people are friendly, warm, and more than willing to welcome you to their fashionable city.  I encourage everyone to visit Seattle. Just remember to pack your rainboots, a trench, and comfy pair of Toms!

Ilsa Jacobson