Homemade Berry Compote

fruit compote

This speedy berry compote is full of wonderful flavors and equally delicious served with yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, french toast, and pancakes.

All you need is fresh or frozen berries and sugar.

fruit compote

This Berry Compote is so easy to make. Just take fresh some berries and sugar, and cook them until the berries soften and their juices become wonderfully thick and syrupy (about 10 -15 minutes). You can also add a splash of orange juice for a fresh citrus touch. I like to mash the berries with the back of my spoon while they’re cooking.

The compote is more of a method than a recipe, and the sky is the limit in terms of what fruit combinations you can come up with.

It can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed up as needed.

fruit compote

I love this compote with my plain whole milk yogurt. It’s my go-to snack and I pack it in my lunch.  So much better and cheaper than store-bought fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts, which are usually full of sugar. Some have as much as 20 grams of sugar and lots of artificial this and that.  With the homemade version, you can control the sweetness and save some money.

How about some creamy steel-cut oats topped with this berry compote? It’s all I’ve been eating for breakfast lately. Helps me start the day on a great note. This breakfast is the perfect combination of warm, fruity, sweet, simple, nutritious and good for me.

Give this berry compote a try. It barely takes any effort and you’re going to feel so good about knowing exactly what’s in it and save some money in the process.

The compote is more of a method than a recipe, and the sky is the limit in terms of what fruit combinations you can come up with.

 

 

100 Squats A Day – Do It With Me!

Squats are great! There are numerous studies out there explaining how squats will help any person.

They activate almost every muscle in the body, including butt, thigh and core.  It really is a wonderful daily exercise for people of all ages.

Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. We need to be able to squat to pick up things off the floor, to play with our toddlers, or to garden. We all want to stay mobile for as long as we can and this exercise will help us keep moving.

Squats  also help prevent injury by improving your flexibility. They help you burn more fat, as one of the best ways to burn more calories continually is by developing more muscle. And don’t get me started on what they can do for your butt!

I decided to commit to a challenge:

                                     100 squats a day for 30 days

Who wants to squat with me?

I usually  do 40-50 squats in the morning, the rest in the evening. If you’re new to squats, repeat 20 times in several sets. Start slowly and do not overdo it. To make this exercise more challenging, add weights.

Here are some more benefits of this exercise:

  • Good for digestion
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves bowel movements
  • Low impact, and therefore doesn’t put strain on one’s back
  • Can be done without any equipment
  • Can be done anywhere, indoors or out
  • Improves posture

 

Having great form and technique when doing a squat is important in avoiding injury and achieving maximum benefit.

Do you squat? If not, give it a try. Come join me and let me know in the comments below.

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

My grandmother (Oma) was an amazing cook. Everything this woman prepared, was delicious. She cooked with all her heart and fed anyone that came through her door.  Oma didn’t own a single cook book, instead, she cherished a few handwritten recipes from her mother. She prepared simple dishes with simple ingredients. We never had a fancy meal. Roasted chicken, oven potatoes and carrots was our Sunday meal. Occasionally, we had apple strudel or plum cake for dessert. Frosting was reserved for birthday cakes, and she never sweetened whipping cream.

My grandmother’s grocery shopping looked very different than what’s in the typical grocery cart today.  Once a month, Oma and Opa did their “big” shopping. Their cart was filled with sugar, flour, olive oil, lettuce, apples, dry beans, fresh carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs,  fresh bread and fresh meats.  Today’s grocery shelves are packed with all kinds of boxes and bags, pouches and cans.  I’m not judging here, just noticing the changes.

Olive Oil Cake

This olive oil cake reminds me of the simple cakes my grandma used to bake. It’s quick and easy to make, without any “fancy” ingredients. The cake is so moist and delicious and tastes even better the second or third day. I love it with a cup of coffee. Never say no to cake for breakfast, right?!

You could frost it or add things like chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, etc., but to me,  this cake is pretty in its own simple way.

Olive Oil Cake

Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tsp grated orange zest

Juice of one orange (about 1/4 cup)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch springform pan (or a regular 9-inch bake pan) with a thin layer of olive oil. Line  the bottom with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix sugar and eggs until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add olive oil, milk, orange zest, and juice.

Fold in flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Olive Oil Cake