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Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait

As you may already know, skipping a dessert might not always be good for your health as there are plenty of reasons we all crave for it; the point is to find the right way to replace all the unhealthy ingredients with natural alternatives that can nourish both your body and mind.
Time to present these top-listed jars full of deliciousness! A healthier and no-bake version of your favourite dessert, extra low in fat that maintains the magical “cheesecake feeling”.
In less than 15 minutes you’ll have this “red and white beauty” ready to enjoy with no guilt! Cause a light snack during the day can instantly change your mood and boost up your energy! 😎

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Total time: 15′

Ingredients: (serves 4)

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup 0% thick greek yogurt
1/2 cup 0% cream cheese
1 cup granola (low fat & sugarfree)
8 brazilian nuts
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp honey

2 tsp salt

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Method: (Super easy..!)

1.  Blend the granola and add the crumbs to the bottom of the jar (use a spoon to pack it down firmly)

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2.  For the cheesy mixture, add in to a food processor the yogurt, nuts, lemon, honey and salt and blend till smooth; then place it over the crumbs

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3.  Finally, compress the raspberries and top them at the last layer of the jar

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* Garnish with all kinds of berries; blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries etc., some fresh leaves of mint and coconut chips! *

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Lighter; but still tastes like the real thing!

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Enjoy! 😉

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XX Niki

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Already tired of eating every single day your typical and in fact basic whole wheat bread? Spice up your life with this alternative “bread” recipe that’s filled with fresh blueberries and, trust me, you won’t be disappointed! The replacement of oil to bananas allows you to cut back on the fat and enjoy your snack with no guilt! Keep in mind that it’s naturally sweetened with fruit and honey but the moist is still there due to the consistency of juicy blueberries. Perfect for an energy-filled breakfast or even for a light and on-the-go snack during the day. Give it a try; delicious but in the same time healthy and super-easy to make..! 😉

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Prep time: 5′
Cook time: 40′

Ingredients: (makes a loaf)

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup wild blueberries
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt
1 egg (optional)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

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Method:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 160°C
  2.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
  3.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  4.  Stir in the mashed bananas, yogurt and honey
  5.  Add your new mixture in the flour-bowl and stir until incorporated
  6.  Gently fold the blueberries into the batter, and the mixture is now ready!

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7.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 160°C for 40′

*Fingers crossed*

😇

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Bon Appétit!

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P.S. Serve with frozen blueberries on the side!

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XX Niki

Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia’s capital and its largest city at the same time successfully achieved to recover in a really small time after the various and tough disasters of the Second World War. Spread along the River of Sava, the reborn city of Belgrade offers an outstanding nightlife, proven to be one of the most intense and alive in all Balkans! The magical sceneries of the river and the diversity of all the vibrant places will definitely convince you to visit this city once in a while. Get out of the ordinary and explore the city on foot! There are a lot of attractions to discover behind the hustle and bustle of the busy roads; sights, fortresses, museums, green parks and many interesting churches.
Check out the ‘musts’ and indisputably plan your trip to Belgrade! 😉

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✌ Must-Visit: Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan Park, Nikola Tesla Museum, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art

✌ Must-Dine: Sakura, Casa Nova, Toro Latin Gastrobar, and of course,

✌ Must-Party at: Club 94, Club Lasta, Shake ’n’ Shake, Dragstor Play Club

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Post of Serbia

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Traditional Serbian Bread Sticks

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Karlja Milana Street

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Wandering around the Old City

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Rosé hour @Azbuka Jazz Club

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Belgrade from above

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River view from Shake ‘n’ Shake

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SAKURA (Asian Cuisine)

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Maceo Plex @EXIT! Festival in Novi Sad

XX Niki

Saint-Tropez

Located on the French Riviera and best known for its crazy beach parties, St. Tropez is still ranked as one of the top visited jet-setter destinations.

There’s a glamour in this charming little old town. A class that’s still there, that still remains ever since the early ’60s. Its picturesque pastel-colored houses and its narrow cobbled lanes will definitely make you fall in love.❤️ This place has a unique atmosphere which is indeed filled with good vibes. The beach clubs will leave you speechless and the nightlife plus the restaurants are absolutely going to amaze you!

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Highlights: The Saturday evening parties at Nikki Beach, the sunset views from the port with pink cotton skies & some glasses of rosé wine at Café de Paris, the walks around the area of Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard – a.k.a. “The Golden Triangle” (local markets and chic shopping streets), the dinner events at L’Opéra club-restaurant and the midnight dance parties at VIP Room!

Must Visit: Café Sénéquier, Café de Paris, Le Club 55, Nikki Beach, L’Opéra, VIP Room.

Welcome to St-Tropez..!!!

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Ladurée

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Port de Saint-Tropez

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Dior des Lices

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Party time @Nikki Beach

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Nikki Beach

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Plage de Pampelonne

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The Old Port

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Pink skies

XX Niki

Açaí Bowl

Welcoming June with these delicious & refreshing tropical Αçaí Βowls…! Wild-harvested from the heart of the Amazon, açaí berries (pronounced “ah-sa-ee”), are considered to be one of the top ranked superfoods, due to their incredible antioxidant properties. This is basically the alternative South American recipe for a more special and interesting thick berry smoothie, enjoyed with a spoon and topped with a whole host of nutritious ingredients. And here’s where the real fun begins! The options for your toppings can be only limited by your own imagination!…
You find it crazy? Don’t be skeptical! This superfood açaí bowl will give you the absolute boost to get you going through the day. Just give it a try; I guess there must be a good reason for them becoming nowadays so trendy and gaining a notable popularity worldwide!!

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Prep time: 5′

Ingredients: (makes 1 bowl)

1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp of açaí berry powder

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Plus our toppings

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Açaí Berry Powder

Method: (suuuper easy!)
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl
  3. Top with desired ingredients
  4. Serve and Enjoy! 😀

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My toppings:
Chia seeds
Goji berries
Raspberries
Coconut
Banana
Kiwi, and…

I would highly recommend these #truly, #madly and “Cereously Healthy” organic cereals by Joice Foods.

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You can also double your ingredients for an extra large bowl! 😜

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Definitely more than a smoothie!

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xxx N

Soufflé au Chocolat!

Nutella lover? Soufflé lover? The perfect combo: introducing the heavenly Soufflé de Nutella!

Be sure that a hot and well-risen soufflé, fresh from the oven, will always delight your guests. But in this case, when Nutella shows up, trust me, everybody’s gonna truuuly fall for it!!

Remember: It’s ALL about timing! You have to take them out of the oven just at the right moment. The center should be still molten and gooey, though the texture fluffy and airy. When ready, sprinkle them with a dusting of powdered sugar and of course serve them à la minute!

P.S. Despite its reputation, this dessert is actually quick & easy to make! It always works.

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Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 tsp sugar
Butter
Cocoa powder

1/2 cup of Nutella

Just give it a try. . . !

 

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Method:

  1.   Preheat the oven to 190C

  2.   You will need 2 bowls.
          Bowl 1: Mix the Nutella with egg yolks
          Bowl 2: Beat egg whites with sugar till stiff

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Bowl 1 & 2

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3.  Combine the 2 mixtures using a spatula

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4.  Grease the ramequins with butter and lightly dust them with some cocoa powder

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5.  Evenly distribute the mixture into the ramequins

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6.  Finally, bake for 15 to 17 minutes and SERVE IMMEDIATELY!!!

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Seriously, it’s delicious!!!

“Le souffle n’attend pas, on attend le soufflé.” 

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Who wants a bite?

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Yuuuummm…!

xxx N

A Weekend in Munich

It’s all about beer, pretzels and wursts! We were lucky enough to visit this lovely city over a sunny weekend and get the chance to wander around Marienplatz, this pretty medieval square in the heart of Munich. There are always new things to discover behind the hustle and bustle of the busy roads…!

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It’s said that nearly under every City Hall of Germany it’s possible that you’ll find a hot-spot restaurant that serves traditional bavarian food and of course LOTS of beer! In this case we’re talking about “Ratskeller” which, trust me, is a must!

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“Fischbrunnen” in Marienplatz

Talking about beer, don’t forget to have a fresh pretzel with a typical cold 1litre beer-mug in the world’s most famous beer hall, “Hofbräuhaus”. Touristy Bavarian experience: loud german live music & plenty of beer!

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Hofbräuhaus

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Golden Ferrari F430 @Maximilian Strasse

When the sun goes down, the perfect place for a truly satisfying cocktail experience is at Zephyrs bar in Baader Strasse. If you’re into dancing you should definitely go to the famous P1 Club (late at night). The pizza is amazing, too! 😝🍕

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Zephyrs Bar

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Perfect coffee spot for a sunny day @Overpollinger Rooftop, which offers a stunning view over Marienplatz

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The New Town Hall

Science and technology enthusiast? Then be sure to pay a visit to the Deutsches Museum which features an impressive collection of S&T exhibits.

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Deutsches Museum

I would also highly recommend a visit to the BMW Museum and BMW Welt –if you’re into cars of course– where you can explore the history of the famed car manufacturer and get a glimpse into its future.

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BMW Museum

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HIRMER @Marienplatz

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Walking around MP

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World clocks

 

The Hallstatt Dream

When we arrived, I thought it was just an illusion. I’ve been dreaming for so long to visit this small peace of heaven on earth. And finally, I caught my dream to Hallstatt, by sensing the unique atmosphere of the town! Located in Upper Austria, on a narrow stretch of land between mountain and shore.

Maybe one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been to!! The glassy waters of the Lake make this village look like it’s been taken out of a fairytale. Best known for its surreal views and its small yet magical lake-houses.

Follow me to my Dream Land…!

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The “postcard”

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The Alpine Lake-view from above

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Exploring the Old Town

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Uninterrupted views to the Lake

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Straight from the Hallsatt Salt Mine

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@Maislinger Bakery for a big variety of typical Austrian desserts & coffees

 

Avocado Toast

To all the avocado lovers, here’s a really simple yet delicious recipe that can easily satisfy your hunger, no matter what time of the day it strikes. It might have gone mainstream these days but it still maintains its rich taste just like a simple & delicious buttered toast.

Representing the Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs! It’s technically just smashed avocado on crusty bread, but trust me, it really is worth it! You should make that toast count, just spice it up and enjoy it!

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Total time: 10′

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 slices of toasted bread
2 eggs
1 avocado, smashed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes

What you’ll need . . .  

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Method:

1.  Scoop the avocado flesh into a small bowl

2.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt & black pepper

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3.  Mash the mixture until it’s mixed well

4.  Add the red pepper flakes and continue mixing

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Avocado mixture: done!

5.  Toast the bread while you poach the eggs (the yolks should be runny)

6.  Spread the avocado mixture over the bread

7.  Place on top the runny poached eggs

8.  Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and of course ground black pepper on top!

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Cut in half and serve.

Bon appétit! 🙂

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