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Welcome to my blog about a subject I am very passionate about: food.

Growing up in a health conscious family, I constantly heard my parents telling me to shed some pounds. I never listened to them because I didn't think that there was anything wrong with my weight. During my 16 year physical check up, the doctor told me I was becoming overweight. That was the wake up call that I desperately needed. For the first time, I looked in the mirror and saw my body. Seeing my reflection, I vowed to reach a healthy weight, which I accomplished through exercising and changing my diet. Along my weight loss journey, I learned many things about food, which I hope to pass onto my readers and inspire them to lead a healthy life.

How do I come up with my recipes?
Let's get this straight: I have no experience in the kitchen whatsoever. I just cook for fun because I love seeing how food takes on different tastes and textures when combined with different ingredients. Now on to the question. I like to take popular foods such as pancakes and pizza and make the healthiest version possible, using fresh and nutritionally packed ingredients. My goal is to create food that I will not regret eating once the plate is clean. Provided that I have some of my favorites food such as cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and oatmeal always stocked up in my house, you will most likely see at least one of these ingredients in my recipes. I will admit that it does take a while to come up with recipes because I try to eliminate butter, which is found in almost all recipes especially desserts! Foodgawker is definitely the website where the whole thinking process begins.

What does Eat to Nguyen mean?
My friends tease me about being healthy. They always tell me that my lunches are "foreign" to them because they consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Since my last name is Nguyen, which sounds like the word win, one of my close friends came up with the title Eat to Nguyen for a future cookbook. Because I cannot cook a decent meal, I just decided to use it for the name of my blog.

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Who needs ice cream when you can have frozen bananas? My family enjoyed these delicious treats for desserts!
2 bananas
Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
chopped almonds
cinnamon
Line a tray with parchment paper.
Mix the Greek yogurt and cinnamon together.
Peel the bananas.
Cut off an end from each banana, then insert the popsicle sticks.
Coat the bananas in Greek yogurt and almonds.
Lay the bananas on the parchment paper and freeze for 45-55 minutes. The bananas will be creamy and firm, but not completely frozen.

Who needs ice cream when you can have frozen bananas? My family enjoyed these delicious treats for desserts!

  • 2 bananas
  • Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
  • chopped almonds
  • cinnamon
  1. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the Greek yogurt and cinnamon together.
  3. Peel the bananas.
  4. Cut off an end from each banana, then insert the popsicle sticks.
  5. Coat the bananas in Greek yogurt and almonds.
  6. Lay the bananas on the parchment paper and freeze for 45-55 minutes. The bananas will be creamy and firm, but not completely frozen.
— 2 years ago with 6787 notes
#almonds  #bananas  #dessert  #food  #frozen bananas  #greek yogurt  #healthy  #popsicles  #fruit 

My family has been using our new dehydrator like crazy! We bought one because we were tired of seeing dried fruits at the grocery store with added sugar and preservatives. Even though it took more than a day for the moisture in the fruits to be removed, the wait was worth it. The dried fruits might not be as filling as regular fruit due to the water loss, but they make the perfect travel snack. I can throw a bag of dried fruits in my purse without worrying if my wallet is going to squish them and make a mess. It has happened before when I packed a bag of grapes. Anyway, my whole family agreed that the bananas and apples dipped in lemon juice and sprinkled with cinnamon were the best ones. I can’t wait to dehydrate other fruits and vegetables! Maybe meat to make a jerky?

— 3 years ago with 16 notes
#dried fruit  #healthy  #snack  #fruit  #food  #mango  #strawberries  #bananas  #kiwi  #apples 
No, I did not burn the toast. On this sunny morning, I made chocolate french toast! I think I have found the perfect egg to milk ratio or at least a very close one. The french toast was moist and had a nice chocolate taste. The fruits complimented the chocolate goodness of the breads. Today is a going to be a good day.
2 slices of whole wheat bread
5 tbsp egg whites
1 tbsp + a splash more soymilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
1/4 tsp espresso powder
Heat skillet to medium heat.
Whisk the egg whites in a shallow bowl.
Add in the soymilk, vanilla extract, then whisk again.
Add in the cacao powder and espresso powder, then stir until they become become well incorporated into the mix. The batter will become rich and chocolaty.  
Take one slice of bread and soak both sides thoroughly in the liquid mixture.
Pour a little oil on the skillet and cook the bread. I used grape seed oil.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other slice.
Top with your choice of fresh fruit and/or powdered sugar.

No, I did not burn the toast. On this sunny morning, I made chocolate french toast! I think I have found the perfect egg to milk ratio or at least a very close one. The french toast was moist and had a nice chocolate taste. The fruits complimented the chocolate goodness of the breads. Today is a going to be a good day.

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 5 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 tbsp + a splash more soymilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder
  1. Heat skillet to medium heat.
  2. Whisk the egg whites in a shallow bowl.
  3. Add in the soymilk, vanilla extract, then whisk again.
  4. Add in the cacao powder and espresso powder, then stir until they become become well incorporated into the mix. The batter will become rich and chocolaty.  
  5. Take one slice of bread and soak both sides thoroughly in the liquid mixture.
  6. Pour a little oil on the skillet and cook the bread. I used grape seed oil.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other slice.
  8. Top with your choice of fresh fruit and/or powdered sugar.

— 3 years ago with 150 notes
#chocolate  #french toast  #breakfast  #food  #healthy  #bread  #fruit  #bananas  #strawberries 
I’m going through one of my crazy food phases again. They started with pancakes, which slowly transitioned to pizza. Now I am obsessed with french toast. This recipe is not the best, but I am still working on it. Don’t get me wrong. Breakfast was good. However, I still need to find the perfect egg to milk ratio. 
I give you healthy stuffed banana and peanut butter french toast.
Ingredients:
2 slices of whole wheat bread
4 tbsp egg whites
2 tbsp soymilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp organic cane sugar
sliced bananas
Heat up your pan.
Whisk the egg whites together.
Combine the milk, vanilla extract, and some cinnamon with the egg whites and whisk again. Set aside.
Spread the peanut butter on one slice, then top with sliced bananas. 
Press the other bread on top of the other one.
Dip both sides of the bread into the liquid mixture. Allow them to soak for a couple of seconds. Be careful not to let them soak for too long or the breads will become soggy.
Sprinkle extra cinnamon and organic cane sugar on top of each bread.
Place the sandwich on the heated pan and cook. 

I’m going through one of my crazy food phases again. They started with pancakes, which slowly transitioned to pizza. Now I am obsessed with french toast. This recipe is not the best, but I am still working on it. Don’t get me wrong. Breakfast was good. However, I still need to find the perfect egg to milk ratio. 

I give you healthy stuffed banana and peanut butter french toast.

Ingredients:

2 slices of whole wheat bread

4 tbsp egg whites

2 tbsp soymilk

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp organic cane sugar

sliced bananas

  1. Heat up your pan.
  2. Whisk the egg whites together.
  3. Combine the milk, vanilla extract, and some cinnamon with the egg whites and whisk again. Set aside.
  4. Spread the peanut butter on one slice, then top with sliced bananas. 
  5. Press the other bread on top of the other one.
  6. Dip both sides of the bread into the liquid mixture. Allow them to soak for a couple of seconds. Be careful not to let them soak for too long or the breads will become soggy.
  7. Sprinkle extra cinnamon and organic cane sugar on top of each bread.
  8. Place the sandwich on the heated pan and cook. 

— 3 years ago with 11 notes
#bananas  #bread  #breakfast  #cinnamon  #food  #french toast  #healthy  #peanut butter 
I am a HUGE chocolate lover. Call me a chocoholic really. I  just cannot fathom life without one of life’s greatest pleasures. As I looked up at the clock, I noticed that it was time for my mid-day snack and thought it was the perfect opportunity to build a recipe around chocolate. I peered through my refrigerator and stared at an avocado that needed to be eaten. An idea struck me all of  sudden. How about chocolate and avocados? I did a quick research and was relieved to be met with the sight of recipes focusing on those two ingredients. I knew that I was not out of my mind for wanting to put those two unusual ingredients together! Unable to wait any longer to taste chocolate, I threw a couple of ingredients into a blender and waited until everything was well mixed. Hmmm hmm tasty. It tasted like a creamy pudding, thanks to the avocado. From the way that the pudding tastes, you would never know that it was good for you! I just wished I had some raspberries to go along with this dessert. Now what do I call this recipe? Chovocado or chocomole?
Ingredients:
1 medium sized and overriped banana, frozen
1/4 cup vanilla soymilk plus a splash more
1/2 medium sized avocado
2 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 tsp espresso powder 
walnuts
honey or agave nectar (optional)
vanilla extract (optional)
Put the first five ingredients into a blender and blend well.
Pour the mixture in a serving bowl and top with walnuts.

I am a HUGE chocolate lover. Call me a chocoholic really. I  just cannot fathom life without one of life’s greatest pleasures. As I looked up at the clock, I noticed that it was time for my mid-day snack and thought it was the perfect opportunity to build a recipe around chocolate. I peered through my refrigerator and stared at an avocado that needed to be eaten. An idea struck me all of  sudden. How about chocolate and avocados? I did a quick research and was relieved to be met with the sight of recipes focusing on those two ingredients. I knew that I was not out of my mind for wanting to put those two unusual ingredients together! Unable to wait any longer to taste chocolate, I threw a couple of ingredients into a blender and waited until everything was well mixed. Hmmm hmm tasty. It tasted like a creamy pudding, thanks to the avocado. From the way that the pudding tastes, you would never know that it was good for you! I just wished I had some raspberries to go along with this dessert. Now what do I call this recipe? Chovocado or chocomole?

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized and overriped banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cup vanilla soymilk plus a splash more
  • 1/2 medium sized avocado
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder 
  • walnuts
  • honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Put the first five ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Pour the mixture in a serving bowl and top with walnuts.
— 3 years ago with 8 notes
#chocolate  #pudding  #avocado  #walnuts  #bananas  #healthy  #food  #dessert  #cacao 
After reading about how chia seeds elevated a bowl of overnight oats from a basic meal to an extraordinary one, I asked my mom to stop by Sprouts and purchase some for me. That has got to be one decisions I have ever made because chia seeds are life changing. Seriously. After soaking in the milk overnight, the chia seeds expanded and took on a gelatinous texture. I will admit it was so strange to see the seeds this morning, considering that they were small and crunchy yesterday night. Because of having this additional ingredient in my oatmeal, I have never been more excited for future breakfasts. The combination of oats, bananas, blueberries, and chia seeds was just so insanely good. Ch-ch-ch-chia!
Ingredients:
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 tsps chia seeds
1 cup vanilla soymilk
slices of banana and handful of blueberries
Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl.
Cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and stir. 
Top with fruit.

After reading about how chia seeds elevated a bowl of overnight oats from a basic meal to an extraordinary one, I asked my mom to stop by Sprouts and purchase some for me. That has got to be one decisions I have ever made because chia seeds are life changing. Seriously. After soaking in the milk overnight, the chia seeds expanded and took on a gelatinous texture. I will admit it was so strange to see the seeds this morning, considering that they were small and crunchy yesterday night. Because of having this additional ingredient in my oatmeal, I have never been more excited for future breakfasts. The combination of oats, bananas, blueberries, and chia seeds was just so insanely good. Ch-ch-ch-chia!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsps chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk
  • slices of banana and handful of blueberries
  1. Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and stir. 
  4. Top with fruit.

— 3 years ago with 7 notes
#oatmeal  #chia seeds  #healthy  #breakfast  #food  #milk  #blueberries  #fruit  #bananas 
Packed with protein, carbohydrates, and fiber, these pancakes are by far the best ones I have ever made. So what if this is the third time that I have ever made pancakes? Anyways, the pancakes did not have an overpowering taste. They had a subtle hint of banana and chocolate, which makes them the perfect base for additional toppings such as yogurt, fruits, or nuts. Since I used cacao powder, which has a bitter taste, I would recommend dousing these pancakes in sugar free syrup, honey, etc. I would have really liked to put raspberries into the batter and on top of the pancakes, but I unfortunately did not have any on hand. My parents suggested that even if we did have some stocked in our refrigerator to not put it in. They said that raspberries were not meant to be in pancakes. Well next time I am going to add them into my batter just to prove my parents wrong. Any fruit in pancakes is a match made in heaven right? Furthermore, I was surprised at how ridiculously moist the pancakes were. They did not have the usual pancake texture. Maybe it was the cottage cheese that did the trick? This recipe made six pancakes, so my parents and I each had two to eat.
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Stay tuned for round four of my pancake adventure.
Chocolate Banana Pancakes 
Yields 6 pancakes
Ingredients
1/2 cup of cottage cheese
3/4 cup of oat bran
2 tbsp of cacao powder
1 tsp of espresso powder
3 egg whites
1/4 cup of soymilk
1/2 cup of mashed over-riped bananas
1 tsp of vanilla extract
powder sugar for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. 
Spray a pan with oil.
Pour the batter onto the pan.
Wait for bubbles to form before flipping.
Enjoy :)
I had my pancakes with a glass of milk. It was certainly a wonderful breakfast this fine morning. 

Packed with protein, carbohydrates, and fiber, these pancakes are by far the best ones I have ever made. So what if this is the third time that I have ever made pancakes? Anyways, the pancakes did not have an overpowering taste. They had a subtle hint of banana and chocolate, which makes them the perfect base for additional toppings such as yogurt, fruits, or nuts. Since I used cacao powder, which has a bitter taste, I would recommend dousing these pancakes in sugar free syrup, honey, etc. I would have really liked to put raspberries into the batter and on top of the pancakes, but I unfortunately did not have any on hand. My parents suggested that even if we did have some stocked in our refrigerator to not put it in. They said that raspberries were not meant to be in pancakes. Well next time I am going to add them into my batter just to prove my parents wrong. Any fruit in pancakes is a match made in heaven right? Furthermore, I was surprised at how ridiculously moist the pancakes were. They did not have the usual pancake texture. Maybe it was the cottage cheese that did the trick? This recipe made six pancakes, so my parents and I each had two to eat.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Stay tuned for round four of my pancake adventure.

Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Yields 6 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup of oat bran
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of espresso powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of soymilk
  • 1/2 cup of mashed over-riped bananas
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • powder sugar for garnish
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. 
  2. Spray a pan with oil.
  3. Pour the batter onto the pan.
  4. Wait for bubbles to form before flipping.
  5. Enjoy :)

I had my pancakes with a glass of milk. It was certainly a wonderful breakfast this fine morning. 

— 3 years ago with 22 notes
#bananas  #breakfast  #cacao powder  #chocolate  #chocolate pancakes  #cottage cheese  #healthy  #healthy  #oat bran  #pancakes  #powdered sugar 
Breakfast: oatmeal topped with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas

I loaded on a lot of fruit this morning because I definitely need the sugar boost!

Breakfast: oatmeal topped with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas

I loaded on a lot of fruit this morning because I definitely need the sugar boost!

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#fruits  #healthy  #oatmeal  #strawberries  #blueberries  #bananas  #food  #breakfast 
Yesterday I baked some blueberry and banana muffins for my friend’s birthday. I scoured the internet, looking for a healthy recipe that would satisfy me. Finally, I came across this recipe, which did not require any butter and used two of my favorite fruits. It fit the bill perfectly. Since the ingredient list was simple, the preparation and baking time was short. After waiting an agonizing 15 minutes, I pulled out the muffins and had to wait even longer for them to cool down. The wait was worth it because the end result was fantastic! The muffins had a subtle sweetness from the bananas and blueberries that won’t lead to a sugar high. I was pleased with how they turned out and will be making it again in the future.

Yesterday I baked some blueberry and banana muffins for my friend’s birthday. I scoured the internet, looking for a healthy recipe that would satisfy me. Finally, I came across this recipe, which did not require any butter and used two of my favorite fruits. It fit the bill perfectly. Since the ingredient list was simple, the preparation and baking time was short. After waiting an agonizing 15 minutes, I pulled out the muffins and had to wait even longer for them to cool down. The wait was worth it because the end result was fantastic! The muffins had a subtle sweetness from the bananas and blueberries that won’t lead to a sugar high. I was pleased with how they turned out and will be making it again in the future.

— 3 years ago with 13 notes
#blueberries  #bananas  #muffins  #blueberry muffins  #healthy  #dessert  #treat  #muffins  #food 
Craving a frozen treat? Move over ice cream and hello bananas. Try putting a whole banana in the freezer for about an hour and afterwards covering the now frozen treat with chocolate.

Craving a frozen treat? Move over ice cream and hello bananas. Try putting a whole banana in the freezer for about an hour and afterwards covering the now frozen treat with chocolate.

— 3 years ago with 5 notes
#healthy  #bananas  #chocolate  #dessert  #food