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Eat to Nguyen

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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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Disney is known for their over the top, decadent desserts and Main Street Confectionery is one of the places that serves them. I walked into the store, browsed for a little bit, then walked right back out. Saying no to all those treats took a lot of self control.

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#dessert  #disney  #disney world  #food  #mickey mouse  #candy  #Main street confectionery 

I hope everyone got the chance to spend time with their loved ones on Christmas day. Prior to my family gathering, I had time to make popcorn using my new jar of coconut oil. I was expecting the oil to taste sweet; however, I was let down. It smells fantastic, but it has absolutely no taste. I am alright though because the other ingredients made up for it. Now many of you might be thinking that coconut oil is horrible for your health because of its high saturated fat content, but this white ingredient offers wonderful benefits. It can aid in weight loss, boost metabolism, and maintain healthy skin and hair! Who wouldn’t want those things? Anyway, the popcorn was delicious. It tasted nutty and semi-sweet. I am going to try out different flavor combinations this week. Stay tuned!

  • 2/3 cup kernels
  • 2 1/2 tbsps coconut oil
  • 4-5 tbsps carob powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 Ghiradelli Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao Bar (It may seem like a lot, but there is a lot of surface area on the popcorn!)
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • cane sugar to taste
  1. Pour the oil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil has melted, add in half of the kernels to form a single layer. Cover the pot with a lid and wait for the kernels to pop. After a few of the kernels have begun to pop, shake the pot often to prevent the popcorn from burning. When the popping has ceased, carefully remove the popcorn from the heat and pour into a bowl. Repeat the process for the remaining kernels. Turn the heat off when finished.
  3. While the pot is still warm, add in the honey and chocolate bar. Stir until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the carob powder and cinnamon, then the melted chocolate mixture over the popcorn. Toss the popcorn to make sure everything is coated.
  5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 5 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Sprinkle sugar over the popcorn, then place the bowl back in the refrigerator for an additional 3 minutes. Sprinkle more sugar if necessary. 
— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#Popcorn  #Dessert  #Food  #Coconut  #Chocolate 
One birthday cake mini doughnut from Starbucks has 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

One birthday cake mini doughnut from Starbucks has 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

(via cho51ate)

— 2 years ago with 13 notes
#doughnut  #starbucks  #food  #dessert  #sugar 
One double chocolate brownie from Starbucks has 410 calories, 24 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 30 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

One double chocolate brownie from Starbucks has 410 calories, 24 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 30 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#brownie  #starbucks  #dessert  #food  #chocolate 
I can’t think of a better distraction from homework than making dark chocolate covered strawberries.

I can’t think of a better distraction from homework than making dark chocolate covered strawberries.

— 2 years ago with 7 notes
#strawberries  #fruit  #dessert  #chocolate  #food  #chocolate covered strawberries 

Normally, I drench the kiwi only in chocolate, but this time I added some Greek yogurt for extra protein and espresso powder to enhance the taste!

Servings: 4 

  • 1 kiwi
  • 4-5 tbsps Fage 0%
  • 1 1/2 squares Lindt Excellence 90%
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder
  • chopped pistachios
  1. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  2. Peel off the skin of the kiwi.
  3. Cut thick slices of kiwi. I was able to get four. 
  4. Over a double broiler, melt the chocolate square. Once melted, stir in the espresso powder.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate over the yogurt and mix.
  6. Insert a popsicle stick or chopstick into the slices. 
  7. Coat each kiwi with the chocolate yogurt and cover with the chopped pistachios.
  8. Lay the covered kiwi slices on the parchment paper and place it in the freezer for 1 hour. When you remove the tray from the freezer, you might have to let the popsicles thaw out. 
— 2 years ago with 13 notes
#dessert  #food  #healthy  #kiwi  #pistachios  #fruit 

Some people are just so creative. While watching Foodcrafters, I saw an unbelievable recipe for cheesecake. Instead of containing cheese, it has blended cashews, which has a wonderful, creamy texture. Neat, right? Interested in this raw food creation, I typed the words “cashew cheescake” into a search engine and stumbled upon this recipe. I wished that I had some coconut oil to add to my filling, but unfortunately I did not have any. The filling still turned out nicely! Be sure to adjust it to your taste level. Also, if you have fruits on hand, top the cashew cakes with them to make a fruit tart.

Servings: 13 mini cashew cakes

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups dried dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cups raw almonds, soaked for 2 hours

Filling

  • 1 1/3 cups cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 3-4 tbsps lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsps honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 tbsps unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Rinse and drain the cashews and almonds. 
  2. Pulse the almonds with the pitted dates.
  3. Line the mini muffin tray with parchment paper and press the mixture into each cup. The recipe that I found did not require any parchment paper, but I just used it to be safe.
  4. Pour the cashews, honey, lemon juice, and water into a blender. Blend until a smooth consistency is reached.  Add in the coconut flakes and blend for a few seconds. 
  5. Pour the mixture into each mini muffin cup.
  6. Place the tray in the freezer for about 2 hours. When ready to serve, allow the tray to thaw. 
— 2 years ago with 20 notes
#cashews  #dates  #almonds  #cashew cheesecake  #dessert  #food 
1/2 cup of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream has 270 calories, 14 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

1/2 cup of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream has 270 calories, 14 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

(Source: xcindaays)

— 3 years ago with 24 notes
#cookie dough  #food  #dessert  #chocolate  #ice cream  #cookie  #ben and jerrys 
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.
— 3 years ago with 6797 notes
#almonds  #bananas  #dessert  #food  #frozen bananas  #greek yogurt  #healthy  #popsicles  #fruit 
I can’t believe that I had enough time in the morning to prepare breakfast! This is the second day in the row. Well, if you are a fan of rice pudding like me, then you will love this recipe.
2 1/4 cups brown rice, cooked
1 3/4 cups unsweetened soymilk
5 tbsps dates, pitted and chopped (7 dates for me)
1 tsp cinnamon
Pour all of the ingredients into a pot.
Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer for 35-50 minutes. Stir often. When the mixture becomes rich and creamy, remove from heat. Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. During this time, the mixture will thicken up some more. Scoop out contents for serving, then refrigerate the rest.

I can’t believe that I had enough time in the morning to prepare breakfast! This is the second day in the row. Well, if you are a fan of rice pudding like me, then you will love this recipe.

  • 2 1/4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened soymilk
  • 5 tbsps dates, pitted and chopped (7 dates for me)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a pot.
  2. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer for 35-50 minutes. Stir often. When the mixture becomes rich and creamy, remove from heat. Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. During this time, the mixture will thicken up some more. Scoop out contents for serving, then refrigerate the rest.
— 3 years ago with 16 notes
#breakfast  #brown rice  #cinnamon  #dates  #dessert  #food  #healthy 

If you haven’t baked a banana before, then you are in for a treat! It is pure goodness, especially with cinnamon, honey, and almonds. 

  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp almonds, chopped
  1. Preheat toaster oven to 350F.
  2. Make a slit in the middle of the peel. Be careful not to pierce the banana inside.
  3. Cut the banana into thirds, then remove the pieces from the peel.
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 cinnamon and drizzle 1/4 tsp honey into the peel.
  5. Coat the banana pieces with the rest the of the cinnamon.
  6. Put the pieces pack into the peel.
  7. Drizzle the rest of the honey into the sides of the peel.
  8. Stuff the almonds into the peel.
  9. Wrap the banana in aluminum foil.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
— 3 years ago with 155 notes
#banana  #healthy  #fruit  #food  #dessert  #almonds  #cinnamon  #honey 
A chocolate overload cake from Jack in the Box has 302 calories, 7 grams of fat, 57 grams of carbohydrates, 34 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

A chocolate overload cake from Jack in the Box has 302 calories, 7 grams of fat, 57 grams of carbohydrates, 34 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

(Source: myybabyyy)

— 3 years ago with 6 notes
#Chocolate Overload  #Jack In The Box  #dessert  #chocolate