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Hi! I’m just popping in to say hello and share some pictures with you.

Here are a few of my favorite eats at the moment:

1. Apples with peanut butter/almond paste – I saw a picture here and had to try them! Really nice and also kind of weird!

2. Quinoa flakes for breakfast – I’ve been eating oats and such for breakfast for many weeks now, and it was time to try something new. The flakes taste very nutty and look like cute little springs 😀 I cook mine for about 5 minutes (1/3 cup flakes, 1 cup milk) and add honey for sweetness.

3. Watermelon!!! – one of my favorite fruit. I can imagine being able to eat a whole watermelon at one sitting. But here I had to make do with a quarter.

4. Home grown herbs remember my little “garden”? Some of the herbs are growing like crazy (parsley), some are very slow (oregano)… plus they’re baby herbs and there aren’t that many of them. But it’s so nice to be able to grab a few and put them in a salad. I’m planning on buying big plants though, especially basil and chives!

What are your favorites at the moment?

Holy muffin (and self made pizza)!

Hey guys! I don’t know if anybody’s even reading me anymore, but if you are, thank you!

Yesterday Chris has left for San Francisco for Google I/O conference and has left me alone for the whole week! On a positive note, he might drop by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s for me and get me something yummy!

He also took our big camera so I have to use an old digital one that’s crappy as hale… but it will have to do for now!

First thing I did in the morning was to get my notepad and make a list of all the things I want to do within the next week. It’s important, because normally I would always become a really bad girl while Chris was away – finally I could eat pizza for dinner without him telling me I shouldn’t; I could snack on Jelly Beans and Twix; I could make a dozen of muffins and eat them all without sharing. But not this time! This time I’m going to stay fit and healthy!

…although judging by my snack I’m not so sure of it… kidding! It’s all good stuff – a banana with almond paste (rememeber how I said here I didn’t know how to use this bitter paste? It perfectly balances the sweetness of the banana!), a self-made muesli bar (recipe here) and a glass of almond milk/drink.

Oh, and I DID make muffins. But the healthy kind! Used whole wheat flour, and bananas instead of oil!

Omnomnom.

Want the recipe? MMMkay!

WHOLE WHEAT MUFFINS

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

salt

any other dry additions like nuts, chocolate chips etc.

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1 cup of milk

3 mashed bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Pour the wet into the dry and mix together, but only until everything’s wet, don’t overmix it. Bake at 200C for 15 minutes (but my oven is crazy fast, so you might need even up to 25 minutes). They DO come out a little wet, but it’s always the case with banana muffins.

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Before Chris went away to the US, I made a dinner using tofu. I just bought it for the first time a couple of days ago and had to try it. I made a stir fry with sweet soy sauce and noodles. Honestly? I couldn’t care less for it. It’s not about the taste (which it has none obviously), but the texture… nah. Not for me. PLUS I shouldn’t even have soy stuff with my hypothyroidism.

And yesterday I made a pizza!

I know, it’s not perfectly round, but whatever, it was good anyway! Here’s how I make my dough:

PIZZA DOUGH

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 dkg yeast (I use powdered)

3/4 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp oil

salt

sugar

Solve the yeast in the water with a little sugar. Put the flour, oil and salt in a large bowl and add the yeast. Form dough with your hand until it’s not wet anymore. It should resemble plasticine 😛 I had mine in the oven for only 15 minutes at 180C, but again, my oven is super fast.

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When it comes to exercising, I’ve been doing the 30 DAY SHRED for 5 days now and it’s going well! I really enjoy it! However, I checked Level 1 and Level 2 today, just to see what they’re like… errr, I’m already scared! A lot of plank positions which always kill my wrists :/ Well, I’ll see how it goes, for now I’m still planning on staying at Level 1 for a dew more days.

What are your favorite workout DVD’s right now? 

Have you ever tried doing the 30 day shred?

Eco shopping and yummy food

Good afternoon! How are you doing today?

Lately I’ve been full of energy and very inspired and motivated! Yesterday I decided to try Jillian Michael’s 30-DAY SHRED and I must say, I got hooked! Today I did another workout of level 1 and it’s been great!

Ta-da! C’est moi. Wow, I look pretty slim here, but don’t be fooled, there’s a huge blob of fat around my waist and I mean HUGE. 

Obviously, hydrating is the key. It’s always a struggle for me because I can go hours without feeling thirsty so I have to constantly remind myself to drink. I dug out my gym bottle (previously mainly used to bring our own water when we were going to the cinema so that we wouldn’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on drinks there) and I’m planning on having it by my side all the time.

Anyway, I’d like to share with you some of my eats from today and yesterday!

First we have a lovely banana smoothie (vanilla yoghurt+banana) with some choco chips, flax seeds, wheat germs and whatnot. Soooo good and sooooo filling!

Yesterday I also tried the intriguing snack I saw over at Anastasia’s  if I’m not mistaken. Really nice!

In the evening I made this colorful pot of awesomeness – vegetarian chilli. The recipe is here.

Pretty good! I really liked it, but Chris didn’t seem especially excited about it… well too bad for him, cause we’ll be eating it again today (and there’s even more!) 😀

I also have to share another awesome breakfast with you! I saw it over at Ashley‘s and I just HAD TO make it! It’s a banana scramble – she put it on bread, I ate it as a pancake. The recipe is here.

Today I decided to finally go to our local Eco shop. Wait, no. I’ve already been there a couple of times. I decided to go there and BUY something.

Yay! I had to grab almond milk, almond butter, tofu, quinoa and mango chocolate. You have to know that I’ve never tried any of these and also, some of these things seemed super expensive. But oh well, I had to try them! My thoughts?

QUINOA – haven’t tried it yet. They only had quinoa flakes, so I’ll try breakfasts with them. No trace of regular quinoa, I have to look somewhere else.

ALMOND BUTTER – holy moly, I thought it’d be heaven for my tongue and it turned out to be quite… bitter I guess? Actually it’s an almond paste, so maybe that’s the difference.

ALMOND MILK – not sure if it’s actually the same kind of drink you all guys buy. It actually says ‘almond drink’ and not milk. It’s sweetened with agave. There wasn’t anything else of this sort so I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Yum! I can’t wait to make overnight oats with it tomorrow!

ORGANIC MANGO CHOCOLATE – actually I didn’t notice it said ‘white chocolate’ when I was buying it, I probably wouldn’t get it at all! But I’m glad I did, it’s so good and fruity!

TOFU – I know, I know, it’s weird I’ve never had it. I’ll definitely incorporate it into some stir-fry soon enough and will let you know how I liked it. To be honest, I had no idea what tofu to choose, there were so many of them!

Wow, have I flooded you with pictures and words today! Thanks for visiting my blog and thank you for all the comments!

Oh happy day!

Good evening (on this side of the globe)!

How I like days like today – a bit of errands, a bit of little pleasures (Gossip Girl!), a bit of socializing! Most days I really cannot make myself do anything and end up sitting in front of my laptop for hours. Of course, I make lists of what I should do for the day (I am obsessed with lists to be honest!), but I never actually do EVERYTHING I should. Well, not today! I did everything I planned and more!

I’m proud of myself because I started my day with a workout!

Unfortunately, I am still struggling with this part of my metamorphosis into a healthy and skinny goddess… but step by step, I’m getting used to working out, even if it hurts, even if I can’t do everything the lovely Jillian Michaels tells me to do.

I had to grab some groceries today but I had promised myself to buy only products I REALLY needed. I tend to buy too much, in bulk, buy “because I might need it” etc. And to be honest, I can’t afford it. Nor do I have space for it. My cupboards are literally overflowing with pastas, rice, seeds, oats, tins and such. One more thing and I might start to be considered a hoarder!

What I bought: Red Marconi peppers, yellow pepper, champignions, salad mix, courgette, bananas, kiwi’s, mozzarella, feta cheese, watercress, tuna in water, flax seeds, creme fraiche, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and… liquorice allsorts – not for me though!!!

I also got these beauties on my way out of the supermarket:


Ahwwwww!

For dinner we had Chris’s brother and I made quiche with ham, mushrooms and ham. Sooo good! First there was no salad on the side, so while the guys were talking and eating, I quickly fixed a salad with lettuce mix, tomatoes, peppers, watercress, cucumber and sunflower seeds.

After dinner I had one of these:

… Polish apple beer. I abhor beer and basically any alcohol (everyone is always shocked when I say I’ve never even tried vodka – “Polish and not drinking? Riiiight!”), but I like how Redd’s is sweet and almost doesn’t taste like beer. It makes me tipsy pretty fast, though! It has only 4,5% of alcohol, but when you’re not used to drinking… it makes you feel fuuunnnyyyyy!

How about you, are you a list maker?

Do you drink/like alcohol?

Hazelnut butter fail

For the past week I’ve had my parents here with me and it was so busy that I had no time to even go online. The time was filled with nice and not always healthy  food, but also lots and lots of walking, thanks to which I didn’t gain any weight 😉

Some time ago I saw Heather’s post about making your own peanut butter and it made me think – when I eat my nuts, the hazelnuts are always left untouched, so why not make a hazelnut butter!

So I took a bunch of hazelnuts and put them in my blender. I turned it on. And off. And on. And off. It started smelling, as if the engine got hot… and the hazelnuts were still not shredded.

… so I took my little crappy mortar and pestle and tried to make the nuts smaller, so that the blender has it easier…

… back in the blender, and the nuts were getting shredded a bit, but the whole thing would get stuck to the walls after a few seconds and there was nothing to shred then…

… so I added a little bit honey, put the shreds in a plastic container and decided to use it in some other way.

After a few days I suddenly felt like making a little parfait and the shredded hazelnuts were a perfect topping!

I have no idea what I did wrong – either my blender isn’t strong enough, or I wasn’t pushing it hard enough (I was afraid it would explode!), or maybe hazelnuts aren’t as easy to blend as peanuts? All in all, it ended well, except… I have no self-made hazelnut butter 😦

Any ideas/advice?

My own little herb garden

The last days have been really busy for me and I had no time (nor strenght!) to post here. This time of the year always brings a lot of changes, plus it makes me kind of slow and sleepy. Do you also have it?

Some time ago I found a cool thing – ‘herb crate’. I’ve always wanted to have fresh herbs at home but I thought it was a difficult task to grow them and take care of them everyday. But turns out it’s nothing complicated!

I got a crate with chives, oregano, basil and parsley.

First they weren’t growing at all and I wasn’t sure how much and how often I should water them. You can imagine how happy I was when I saw this little green baby one morning!

Now I have a lot of babies!

I can’t wait for them to be big enough so that I can eat them, mwahahaha!

In other news, I made this salad the other day and it was so good!

It’s corn salad (apparently also called Lewiston cornsalad, lamb’s lettuce, fetticus, field salad, mâche, feldsalat, nut lettuce and rapunzel… TMI, Wiki!) with mozzarella, strawberries and sesame seeds, plus balsamic vinegar.

How have you been doing lately?

Colors, nuts and saved yoga mats

Hi everybody! It’s been so warm and sunny lately, it makes me smile! And colorful breakfasts are a great way to start the day!

Fresh strawberries are still quite expensive, but I had to buy some and put them on my bread with vanilla sugar!

Today I had to go to ALDI again to stock up on some nuts! The one I’ve been to before had many more Trader Joe’s nut mixes to choose from it seems, but I have to be happy with what I got 🙂 Look how sad my nut tin looked before, with all these lonely hazelnuts:

And now: om nom nom! (I have to be careful though, I tend to snack too much on nuts!)


Yesterday we went to the cinema to see ‘Barney’s Version’. On the way there, we were passing a couple of dumpsters, where some guy was throwing away some bigger stuff. I saw that he was holding a thick mat and I swear, he was already dropping it when I gave out a series of weird noises (something like ‘eeh-eeh-eeh-eyyy’ probably!) and caught his attention. I asked him if I could have it and he said sure, and that it was brand new but he didn’t have space for it. So, I have a thick mat now for exercising at home! I bought a yoga mat a long time ago (not that I do yoga, haha!) but it’s so thin it hurts! I can’t wait to try this one out! Although it’s probably just a sleeping mat, not an exercise one 😉

This week I’m planning on doing some exercising at home and maybe go to the gym for some cardio (I have some terrible nerve pain in between my ribs so I’m afraid to do any strength work out). I hope it works out!

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