My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Breakfast – Day 49

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Another thing that all healthy eating and fitness bloggers post all the time is protein pancakes. I’ve been quite reluctant to make them myself, as even though I really like all kinds of pancakes, I thought it would be a bit of a hassle.

But somehow finally I got convinced that I should try those out! Especially that the recipes didn’t seem extremely complicated. To make this stack of pancakes, I just blend 1/3 cup ground oats, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1/4 cup plain yoghurt, 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1 scoop whey protein with vanilla flavour, 1 egg, half small banana, one teaspoon vanilla extract and half teaspoon cinnamon and cooked the pancakes over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes on each side. I was really worried that the pancakes would get an ugly shape, but it turns out that pouring the batter from a cup, holding it low above the pan, really helps to make them nice and round!

I’m having the pancakes with peanut butter and banana, and also some orange chunks and a cup of americano.

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Breakfast – Day 42

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More overnight oats today! I found this recipe called Nutella Overnight Oats and was really excited to try. Only I made some  modifications to it, the first of which was that I used another hazelnut-chocolate spread instead of Nutella. I got this one from my trip to Italy, from the Venchi chocolate shop – and it is way better than Nutella: it has more hazelnuts, less sugar and olive oil instead of palm oil, even though it is not significantly lower in calories (they had a ligher version, but it had sweetener instead of sugar, and for some reason I am very cautious about sweeteners)!

So the night before I mixed half cup oats, half cup milk, a tablespoon of oatbran, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of hazelnut butter and two tablespoons of the Venchi spread. This morning I added some roasted hazelnuts and also some chopped strawberries, as I prefer having my oats with fruits or berries. It turns out amazing: the taste is so rich, creamy and nutty, more like an indulging dessert than a breakfast. Continuing to experiment with my lovely coffee machine, I am having an Americano coffee with the oats.

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Breakfast – Day 41

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I haven’t had overnight oats for a long while now, and I’ve missed it a bit, so today’s breakfast is Black Forest overnight oats. Very simple to make, as usual – yesterday evening I mixed half cup porridge oats with half cup almond milk, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, a tablespoon of oatbran, a tablespoon of chia seeds and a tablespoon of honey and left the mixture in the fridge.

This morning I only had to stir in a cup of chopped black sweet cherries and add some chunks of Lindt Excellence Dark Cherry Intense chocolate. The oats are accompanied with a cup of cappuccino – I just bought a coffee machine and am extremely happy about this!

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Breakfast – Day 29

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On a lovely spring day like this I magically wake up at 6am without an alarm clock and head out to the gym for a metabolic training class. Naturally, after the workout I am hungry as a wolf and want a hearty filling breakfast. So I get some oat porridge with milk sultanas at the office canteen, but, knowing that a porridge doesn’t usually keep me full for very long, I add a tablespoon of sultanas and a scoop of protein powder with cookies & cream flavour to it. It tastes divine, I have to say, especially that I’m having it outdoors!

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Завтрак – День 28

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Обычно я воспринимаю кашу, как завтрак для будних дней, и никогда не ем ее на выходные, но сегодня очень уж захотелось овсянки со вкусом яблочного пирога, и я делаю исключение!

Готовится это очень быстро: я помещаю полстакана овсяных хлопьев вместе с 3/4 стакана молока в кастрюлю, довожу до кипения, варю на маленьком огне минут 4-5 и отставляю кашу еще минут на 5, чтобы овсянка впитала больше жидкости. В это же самое время, в другой кастрюле или сковородке я растапливаю немного сливочного масла, добавляю одно очищенное и нарезанное кубиками яблоко сорта голден делишес и обжариваю до мягкости несколько минут. Сняв яблоки с огня, добавляю в них полстоловой ложки коричневого сахара, позволяю ему впитаться, затем добавляю четверть столовой ложки корицы. И наконец, я вмешиваю яблоки в кашу, сверху посыпаю еще корицей и наслаждаюсь замечательным вкусом!

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Breakfast – Day 20

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Today I am having a creamy oat porridge with blueberry compote. It’s really simple to make. First I cook some rolled oats with water and once they are done stir in some Greek yoghurt. For the compote I mix some blueberries with a teaspoon of honey in a ramekin and microwave for 30 seconds – easy! Then I top the porridge with more Greek yoghurt and the compote, and it’s ready to eat.

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Breakfast – Day 14

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Overnight oats again today! But the recipe is slightly different. Once again I mix up 1/2 cup of rolled oats with a tablespoon of flaxseed and chia seeds each, add 2/3 cup of coconut milk and a teaspoon of honey, but this time also in go some raspberries, a mashed banana and a tablespoon of unsweeted cocoa powder.

In the morning the oats are topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries and are ready to eat!

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Breakfast – Day 11

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Here is my new discovery – overnight oats. It’s really great on a weekday, when you don’t have a lot of time in the morning.

It’s very easy to make as well – the night before I just take half a cup of rolled oats (not quick oats though!), add a tablespoon of chia seeds (this is a must – it gives my oats a proper texture) and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed and mix all the dry ingredients well in a jar before adding the liquids: 2/3 cup of coconut milk (anything else can be used instead – cow milk, almond milk, soy milk, yoghurt, fruit juice) and a teaspoon of honey. I mix everything up, add a pinch of cinnamon and put the jar into the fridge.

The only thing left to be done in the morning is making the banana & mango cream: basically mixing 1/3 cup of plain yoghurt with a banana and some mango chunks in a blender. I then try to put the cream and the oats in layers, which apparently doesn’t work extremely well. By the way, needless to say, the oats can be topped with absolutely anything you wish: fruits, berries, nuts, granola, chocolate – you name it!

I totally loved this one, it tasted heavenly!

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Breakfast – Day 8

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Today I’m having a very simple, but tasty and filling breakfast – oatmeal porridge cooked in coconut milk, topped with chopped walnuts, raspberries and blueberries and sprinkled with chia seeds!

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