Moved to a new SITE.

Hi guys,

I thought I’d mention that stressed baker has moved to a new site. please head on over to stressedbaker.com ; I would very much appreciate it if you guys subscribed to the new site.

New recipes, tips and life ups and downs coming to the new site.

I will no longer be posting on wordpress.

 

Take care,

Mariann.

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~Low fat~ Mixed Berries Yogurt Muffins

Yogurts are one of my favourite things, especially topped with loads of different fruits. However, I can’t have dairy too much because dairy is one of my IBS triggers. I tend to push the limits with my triggers, I try and find different ways to eat what I want with minimal effect on my GI tract. I have never baked with yogurt but was very intrigued by the idea. I decided to make a low fat version of a muffin. My brother walked in on me while I was mixing all the ingredients and with a shocked expression says “yogurt in muffins!?” … I just laughed but at the same time I was crossing my fingers , hoping my recipe would work out the way I wanted it to.

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** pictures in this post are for tripled the recipe.

Mixed Berries Yogurt Muffins 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 & 3/4 cup gluten free self rising flour (or regular all purpose flour).
  • 1/3 cup sugar.
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • 1/2 tsp salt.
  • 2 small low fat mixed berry yogurt. (each yogurt is 120g, you need total of 240g of yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 & 1/2 cup mixed berries or strawberries. (fresh or frozen)

Methods: ( one dozen muffins )

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg, yogurts and oil.. until well mixed.IMG_4665
  4. Add yogurt mix to dry ingredients and mix together until well incorporated.
  5. Blitz berries in food processor.. do not over blitz, need the berries with a slight bite.
  6. Add berries to batter and mix.IMG_4664
  7. Line muffin pan with paper cups.
  8. Spoon in batter to paper cups until 2/3 full.IMG_4668
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes; Until slightly browned & toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of muffin.IMG_4674

Best served warm.

These muffins tasted like you are eating a bowl full of yogurt & mixed berries.

Live life to the fullest flavours.

Mariann, xo.

Beetroot Feta Salad.

Over the last few years I have noticed that I have been falling in love with… SALADS! Yes, I said salad! In the past , I used to be the kind of girl that would have a salad every once in a while or just have a tiny portion as a side. Now, I find myself having a salad at least a couple of times a week & I could have a salad as a main dish.
Today, I’m going to share with you one of my favourite salads that I could have as a main dish; Beetroot Feta salad. This salad has an earthy taste to it that is to die for; the beetroot & feta compliment each other very well. Every component of this salad brings something to the overall flavour. I would not replace any ingredient … it’s one of those salads that I would not want to change … EVER !!! Most salads need to have a dressing; this one does not need any at all. Trust me.

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Ingredients:

  • Lettuce.
  • Spinach.
  • Purple cabbage.
  • Steamed Beetroot.
  • Feta.
  • Chopped walnuts.

*Amounts of ingredients will depend on your preference and how many people you want to serve.

Method: Nothing to it; Just chop all ingredients and toss it together.

Live life to the fullest flavours.

Mariann, xo.

Oat Cinnamon cookies

Today, I’ll share one of those recipes that just “happened”.
I found cinnamon chips in the store the one day and wanted to make something with it but had  too many ideas that I actually couldn’t decide which one I wanted to try. I call this “Baker’s block” where you just have too many ideas and can’t be decisive on what to bake. IMG_4395
So one morning I woke up and was craving cookies; I took this opportunity to try out a new recipe.
Turned out better than I expected. Wish I came up with recipe during the fall when I was in Canada, because it would go perfectly with a soy pumpkin latte. MMmm

Definitely a Fall recipe & one for the cinnamon lovers. IMG_4403
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (If you can’t find oat flour just grind up oats until fine), There is GF oat flour on the market if you wanted to make them GF.
  • 1 cup all purpose flour. (or self rising GF flour)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  • 1 Tsp baking soda.
  • 1/2 Tsp salt.
  • 1/2 cup softened butter. (not melted)
  • 2 Small eggs.
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract.
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips (I used Hershey’s, if you can’t find it in stores, I would try searching for it online)
  • Crushed walnuts (optional)

Method: (makes 24 cookies)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
  2. Beat (for 1 minute) together butter, eggs & vanilla extract. IMG_4390 IMG_4391
  3. Add in all dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add in cinnamon chips. IMG_4398
  5. Chill in fridge for 5-10minutes, makes forming the cookie balls easier.
  6. Form cookie balls by scooping batter with tablespoon.
  7. Place cookie ball on a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from each other.
  8. Sprinkle on crushed nuts if you choose this option.IMG_4405
  9. Bake for 7-8 minutes.

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Live life to the fullest flavours.

Mariann, xo.

Avocado Cocoa Banana smoothie.

Keeping with my chocolate theme for the past week or so. I decided to have a healthy chocolate treat.
Smoothie are a great healthy treat when done correctly; you don’t want a ton of sugary stuff in your smoothie… smoothies are all about balance.
The good thing about this 
recipe is the avocado; avocado in smoothie create a creamy velvety texture and it helps balance out the sweetness in everything else. Plus, they just taste good.
Don’t be afraid to try avocados in smoothies or juices… I tried it months ago and now whenever I have avocados I have to use one in a smoothie or juice. 

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 large banana.
  • 1 ripe avocado.
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder.
  • 1 tsp cocoa nibs + some to sprinkle on top.
  • 1/2 cup rice coconut milk. (or your preferred milk)
  • 1-2 tsp honey or sugar.

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Directions: 

  1. Add all ingredients together and blend well.
  2. Add honey or sugar to your desired sweetness.

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Enjoy life to the fullest flavours.

Mariann, xo

Chocolate Brownie cookies

If you are here, I will assume you are a chocolate lover or you are trying to be nice to someone who loves chocolate. Either way, you are in for a treat or they are hehe.

I have been on this weird chocolate crave … hmm then again I’m not sure if it’s weird as I have always been a chocolate lover. Anyways, I have been thinking about chocolate more often the last few days/week so I decided to create a new chocolate cookie recipe.

Everyone needs a really good fudge-y brownie cookie in their arsenal. So here it is.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies:

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Ingredients: (Makes ~24 cookies; all depends on how big you make your cookie)

  • 1 cup flour (regular all purpose flour or gluten free self rising flour)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • 1/2 tsp salt.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1 Tbsp warm water.
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips.

Directions: 

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cane sugar, granulated sugar and coconut oil until well combined.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Add in all dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon) and the Tbsp water. Mix until fudge-y brownie batter forms.
  4. Add in chocolate chips.
    * the batter doesn’t look like it would make 24 cookies, but trust me it does. Unless you make each cookie huge then you wouldn’t end up with 24 cookies out of this batter. IMG_4241
  5. Place batter in fridge for 10-15 minutes. Makes forming cookie balls so much easier.
  6. While the batter is in the fridge, pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  7. Form cookie balls by scooping batter with tablespoon.
  8. Place cookie ball on a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from each other.
  9. Bake for 7-8 minutes. IMG_4244
  10. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookies sheet before removing or they will completely fall apart on you.

These are best served soon after they cool as they break with an oozy gooey centre. Mmm who doesn’t love a warm cookie with a cold glass of milk or a scoop of ice-cream.

Live life to the fullest flavours.

Mariann, xo.

Confessions.

Hi there, it’s been a while since I posted anything on here.

My family and I have been going through one hell of a rough patch lately; we have unexpectedly lost a my dear father.

That is the major reason why I couldn’t face my computer, as  I knew if I wrote anything… I’d end up in tears!

Besides us having to learn to live without my father, I have been going through a struggle of my own. I have been in a “don’t give a ****” mood when it comes to food. I haven’t been caring about what I put in my body; trigger foods were welcomed with no hesitation. I’m talking about deep fried food, fast food, tomato based items, sodas and junk food. However, I didn’t give up on the fruits, veggies and the healthy meals during that time. It just became as if anything was “okay” for me to it. I have no idea if that makes sense!

This mood started before my dad passed away and I can’t figure out why!

You would think I’d go back to eating healthy after he passed… nope, It got worse. I was in a dark hole of lack of caring about what I ate; as long as it was some sort of food item that sustained me, I was good.

Don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was doing but just didn’t care. I knew the consequences will catch up with me fast and I was waiting for it.
I can’t remember a day that I didn’t have a weird bowl movement or cramp.
I slept with a heat pad every night, hoping to calm things down.

I think I hit rock bottom with this mood when I had to go the ER last sunday due to having bad bowel movements for 4 days along with vomiting and severe cramps. NONE of my medications were effective, hence the visit to the ER. I was so out of it that I don’t quite know if the Dr said I have a slight case of the stomach flu or just really really bad case of IBS. Either way, it was bad.. I couldn’t go into work, I could barely eat for days or keep anything down for that matter.

I have been slowly regaining my appetite and positive outlook on life. I am breaking the vicious “I don’t give a ****” cycle and getting back to my healthy self.

My advice to myself and anyone going through something similar: Listen to your body, stop ignoring it…you are what you eat!

Hope everyone is doing better than I am.

Live life to the fullest flavours,

Mariann xo

A technique for reducing stress. 18.01.2015

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Bonne Bay ~ One of the most peaceful places in Atlantic Canada.


For this Sunday , I would like to talk about one of the best methods of reducing stress. As most chronic pain sufferers would say , stress makes every symptom so much worse. I can definitely state that stress is a huge trigger of mine; stress worsens my IBS symptoms and IBS symptoms worsen my stress .. it’s a vicious cycle that no one should be experience!

My stress level didn’t get really bad until I was in university; STRESS is your middle name in university.  I can not tell you how many times I couldn’t go to class because of stress induced IBS symptoms. I had to learn how to roll things off my shoulder and not to care too much about something. I know you are all saying how the hell can anyone just roll things off without caring too much… I’ll tell you what I did and still so to this day, mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness by definition (stated by http://www.mindfulnessinstitute.ca) “refers to a state of being fully present in the present moment, accepting each moment as it arises. It is a practice and a way of approaching life that encompasses certain attitudes such as acceptance, patience, non-judgement, and compassion for others and for ourselves.”

I found that sitting down for a minimum of 5 minutes in silence and practicing deep breathing was the best thing in reducing my stress. If you can’t sit still , try to do this in the morning or night while laying in bed. Avoid thinking of daily stressors. In addition, if you find yourself drifting off in thought or that you don’t know how to meditate, I recommend trying out guided mediation. Guided meditation is exactly as it sounds, you are guided through it all .. you do not have to think about what’s the next step.
There are plenty of websites, podcasts and youtube videos dedicated to guided mindfulness meditation. Here is one website that I would recommend you to try http://www.chopra.com/ccl/guided-meditations

Meditation has many benefits besides reducing stress. Some of the known (studied) benefits include

  • help relieve stress.
  • lower risk of heart disease.
  • lower blood pressure.
  • reduce chronic pain.
  • improve sleep.
  • alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

Meditation may sound stupid or useless to some people, but you will never know how much relief you get out of it until you try it for a few weeks. However, you can not cheat while doing it .. you can not say “oh, I’ll just check my phone or my email” or think about things like that when meditating .. that defeats the purpose!
First when you try meditating, you will find yourself drifting and thinking about those things .. with practice that will go away, I can vouch for that!

Hope you all , have a stress free week.

Enjoy life to the fullest flavours,

Stressed Baker.

Beating food cravings. 11.01.2015

I’m the type of person that craves many different & random things day in and day out. I’ve always thought that I was just weird that way until I really started taking my bowels seriously with regards to IBS. When I was researching things about IBS and health in general, I happened to come across many articles that hinted this “what you are craving isn’t necessarily what you’re body is screaming for”. That got me thinking .. geez my body must be tired of screaming ! My top cravings are ice cream, chocolate and we can’t forget about the munchies (anything crunchy and salty).

When you are craving something, your body isn’t looking for that specific thing. It is looking for what it is missing (deficient in). For example, if you are craving chocolate, your body is looking for magnesium; It is running low on magnesium NOT chocolate!

I have a feeling I’m going to be the worst pregnant lady when it comes to craving ! OH Boy .. good luck to my husband.

I did more research and came across the below table from Naturopathyworks . I found it to be a great resource to have.

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Next time you think you are craving something please listen more closely to your body and think about what it actually wants.
Talking about cravings .. I’m craving ice cream really badly at the moment. Bad time to write this post .. lol .. I better not give in to this craving!

Enjoy life to the fullest flavours.

Stressed Baker.

How to drink more water. 04.01.2015

I used to find it hard to drink a lot of water during the span of 24hrs or sometimes I would just forget to drink water and I would just drink juice or something else.
With IBS I find that you need to be hydrated enough so that your bowels don’t go on strike (bloating and cramps).
I’d promise myself to drink more water during the day but then I forget to do so. So, on one of those “I promise” days , I decided to put lemon slices in my water bottle. I think I drank 3 bottles of water infused with lemon by early afternoon that day. It’s crazy that adding a little lemon to your drinking water can make you drink more water.

Here are some of the scientific reasons why you should put lemon in your water :

1. Lemon is an alkalizing agent thus it helps balance your ph levels.
Bacteria and disease thrives in an acidic environment so any alkalizing food is great to your diet.

2. Lemon’s acidic taste is because of citric acid. Citric acid constitutes up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids in smooth digestion, and helps dissolve kidney stones.

3. Lemon juice hydrates your body.

4. It is rich in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. In addition it contains a healthy amount of iron, copper and much more.

5. Lemon water in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism, digestive system, and helps your kidneys flush out toxins from your body.

Give it a try , at first don’t be discouraged because it tastes a little bitter. You will get used to the flavour and will start to enjoy it.

Enjoy life to the fullest flavours.

Stressed baker. Xo