Breakfast

Two Days!

I can’t believe how fast time flies. My parents bought their tickets to Japan 8 months ago! I remember texting my mother and saying  I couldn’t wait that long! Now they’re arriving in just 2 days! I literally cannot wait to share my life in Japan with them and our time in Japan, with you!

Here are some pics from the past few days… First, yours truly, all dressed up for the end of year staff party wearing the necklace my student gifted me. Next, the dinner set up.. isn’t it adorable? It’s sakura themed. That night, we ate many things which I didn’t photograph because 1. I wanted to enjoy the moment and 2. It was really bad lighting. Okay, mostly 2 hehehe. Anyways, we ate sashimi (raw fish), salad, rice balls, fried chicken, fried squid, fried octopus, fries and okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake). Third picture is a perfect example of how unhealthy some Japanese eat, an entire basket of ramen. Second last, banana and cacao nib muffins rising… Last but not least, pics of today’s stove-top granola, made for my parents. If you’ve read my bio then you’ll know my mum is the healthiest eater in our family. This granola is basically all she eats hehe. Recipe HERE.

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Fancy Bananas

Today is White Day, a Japanese FEMALE exclusive Valentine’s Day, if you will. So to celebrate myself, I took the time to assemble these fancy bananas for my breakfast. Self love 101!

All natural nut butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, slivered almonds, raisins and unsweetened dedicated coconut! Surprisingly filling ^.^
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SIX Breakfasts To Keep You Full An Entire Day

Yipee! I have officially completed my first day of the fast and currently eating everything. Just kidding! Not really… Seriously though, it wasn’t that bad and I reckon it’s because I had a really good breakfast. So, without further adieu, the following are my top 5 breakfasts to keep you full an entire day, fasting or not, either way.

1. Bircher muesli (Oats are probably the most filling breakfast food ever. Top with raw nuts and fresh fruit for extra oomph! If you’re feeling adventurous, try my peanut butter and banana variety, HERE.)
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2. Chocolate chia-seed pudding (Excuse me while I drool into my keyboard…but in all seriousness, this breakfast is super nutritious and super filling because both chia seeds and raw cacao are incredible SUPERfoods (see what I did there?). Alternatively, for a simple chia pudding, click HERE.
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3. A Persian breakfast (Good bread, walnuts for omega 3, good-fat vegetables like avocado, healing herbs like mint and basil and good quality cheese ok maybe not the cheese but shhh! What else could your tumtum wish for?!) Watermelon! Yes, it could wish for watermelon.
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4. Banana and blueberry baked oats (Oats, eggs, walnuts, bananas and if you can, blackcurrants over blueberries but all in all, allllllll good!)
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5. Black rice pudding (There’s a reason black rice or “forbidden rice” was solely reserved for the emperor back in the day. Tis good shizz. Combine with plant-based “milk”, raw nuts and/or seeds and fresh fruit and I guarantee you’ll stay full). Don’t like black? Rather brown? Das cool, das cool. It’s ok to think like that when it comes to food. Click HERE for a brown rice pudding recipe.
image156. Savory oats (a high fiber oatmeal packed with extra protein: a free-range egg, healthy fats: avocado and sunflower seeds, and lots of metabolism kicking chili!)
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Turmeric Smoothie

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Turmeric is the new Acai. Seriously.

Okay, so it just happens to be trending but it’s also yellow and not only is yellow my favourite color it’s proven by science to make you happy so I made a turmeric smoothie-bowl and I was happy and it was YUM.

But in other, more serious, less children’s-book wording, Turmeric AKA “Indian saffron” is a proven powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, colic and more.

To make this, simply blitz together the following in a blender or food processor:

3/4 cup of milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
3/4 cup of mango chunks, fresh or frozen (I used frozen)
1/2 banana
1 tsp turmeric

favourite toppings: (optional)

Healthy wholewheat waffles

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Remember the “Sister Visit”? Well, my lovely lovely sister, who always likes and shares my blog-posts, brought over, all the way from NZ, my very abandoned yet dearly missed baby, Mr Waffle. Mr. Waffle Maker. Who this morning kindly provided me with healthy wholewheat waffles.

If you’re reading this Delaram, thank you! They were delicious and I highly recommend you (and everyone else) invest in one too (waffle maker and waffles).

1 free range egg
1 1/2 cups of your favorite milk
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour (or any GF flour of choice)
1/2 cup ground almonds (or other nut or seeds)
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of cinnamon

In a large bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.

Next, stir in everything else.

Cook waffle according to waffle-maker instructions.

Serve with yogurt, fruit, maple syrup and peanut butter! OR BACON. Oh no I didn’t.

Gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free French toast

I had forgotten just how GOOD French toast tastes! This is what happens when you get stuck into a routine people! This recipe is naturally free from gluten, dairy and refined-sugar.
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1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 free range egg
pinch of cinnamon
2 slices of good quality GF bread

2 tsp coconut oil
handful of raw walnuts
pure maple syrup (optional)
fresh fruit

Beat the egg milk and cinnamon together.

Soak bread in egg/milk mixture.

Melt coconut oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Once hot, add bread.

Cook for 2 minutes then flip.

Add walnuts to pan and fry alongside.

When toast is golden on both sides, serve with maple syrup (optional but necessary in my opinion) and fresh fruit of choice.

The best smoothie bowl in a long time.

I was so blessed to receive an ample supply of ViBERi blackcurrant products (all organic) from my auntie and uncle in NZ, as souvenirs via my brother-in-law and sister and this morning I whizzed some into the best smoothie bowl in a long time. SO MUCH GOODNESS.

1/2 cup freeze-dried (or frozen) blackcurrants
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup plain yoghurt (use coyo if dairy free or vegan)
1 frozen banana

Simply whizz all ingredients in a food-processor or blender and top with desired toppings. I used organic kiwifruit, homemade granola and more freeze-dried blackcurrants which are crunchy and delicious!
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Anisa sensei (chef Anisa in disguise) strikes again

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First off, I want to say that I’m in the wrong country for food art. Seriously guys, how can anything I make shine, when my neighbor, the supermom, is making Tottoros from seaweed and rice?!

Next, that for the first time in my 23 years of life, I am actually feeling the festive side of Christmas. No, I’m not the Grinch in disguise, I was just born in Iran. Growing up, I had learnt of Christianity during Baha’i Children’s Class but I’d never encountered the festive side of the Birth of Christ. That is, until we arrived in NZ and witnessed everyone becoming super excited over a day which we knew nothing about and I always always felt left out. It seemed to me that everyone was decorating trees, baking gingerbread houses and filling out Christmas cards and I was not. In fact, I think about 13 Christmases came and passed where my family simply treated the day as an inconvenient one where everything was shut.

Later, when I started dating a Kiwi and later again, when my sister became married to one, we experienced the festive side of Christmas through them and their families, for the very first time.

This year, not only am I going to have a white Christmas in JAPON but I’ll be spending it with my dear dear sister and brother-in-law who are coming to visit in exactly five days, FIVE! If there’s anything I’ve learnt from living this crazy difficult adventurous life in rural Japan, it’s that the most important thing in life is being with loved ones.

Christmas Oats:
1/2 cup oats, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp pure maple syrup. Stir on low until ready. To serve, top with fresh Christmas themed fruit and natural peanut butter.

Kinako (soybean powder) Cookies:
I used this (For Diets! Super Easy Kinako Cookies), cookie recipe and simply added raisins to one batch and sesame seeds to the other for variety.

Barley Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I used Erin’s cookie recipe and added macadamia nuts, too.