My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Breakfast – Day 56

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I don’t make a lot of breakfast posts these days, as my breakfasts have become somewhat routine. But today I made something very special, which turned out absolutely delicious – so I definitely have to share this! These, my friends, are pumpkin and blueberry protein pancakes.

This is how I make the pancakes: I mix 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, 3 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 scoop vanilla-flavoured protein powder, 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree (I made it beforehand, baking a small pumpkin and blending the flesh), 1 egg, 2 tablespoons quinoa flour, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice) in the blender. Then I take a handful of blueberries, cut them into halves and mix into the batter. Finally I cook the pancakes on a pre-heated pan, buttered with coconut oil.

In the meantime I make the sauce in the blender, using 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon dulce de leche.

My pancakes are served with the sauce, some figs and pecans and a cup of unsweetened cappuccino.

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Breakfast – Day 55

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I am getting more and more addicted to bowl cakes, since they are so simple to make and so delicious. And of course I am trying to keep mine as healthy as possible. So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome the middle-melting chocolate protein bowl cake!

As usual, I start with buttering a bowl with coconut oil, and then mix the following in that bowl: 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, 3 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 egg, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1 tablespoon quinoa flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Then I sink two squares of 90% dark chocolate into the mixture and put it in the microwave. My cake takes 5-6 minutes in total (in 1-minute increments).

Then I take the cake out of the bowl. The molten chocolate has come out on the surface, and I mix it with a teaspoon of dulce de leche and spread this mixture over the surface. Some fruits and berries (namely figs, raspberries and blueberries) and a cup of cappuccino accompany my bowl cake, which turned out delicious – and quite beautiful finally!

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Breakfast – Day 53

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Today’s breakfast doesn’t look extremely beautiful in the picture, yet it’s one of the most delicious breakfasts ever! What it essentially is, is protein bowl cake with tart cherries in chocolate-banana sauce.

For the cake I grease a bowl with olive oil and mix in it 2 tablespoons yogurt, 3 tablespoons full-fat milk, 1 scoop vanilla-flavoured whey protein, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, 1 tablespoon raisins and 1.5 squares chopped 99% cocoa Lindt Excellence chocolate. Then I microwave the bowl in 4 45-second increments, and in the meantime I make the sauce, simply by mixing 3 tablespoons milk with a banana and a tablespoon of cocoa powder in the blender.

Finally I serve the bowl cake with a dollop of heavy cream and mix some pitted sour cherries with the sauce to serve them on the side. Tastes heavenly!

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Breakfast – Day 50

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If I want to have cake for breakfast, I prefer it to be healthy, just as my today’s protein bowl cake is. It is quick and easy to make as well, unlike your usual cake.

I simply take a small bowl, grease it with coconut oil (so that the cake easily comes out later) and mix in it 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1 tablespoon vanilla-flavoured whey protein, 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt, 2 tablespoons almond milk, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Then I microwave the bowl in one minute increments (3 minutes in total). In the meantime, I prepare the sauce, mixing 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder. By the way, all the amounts given are for 1 person, so just double them if you are serving 2.

The bowl cake makes a great breakfast together with some fresh berries and unsweetened cappuccino.

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Smoothie – Day 27 – Nutty Banana

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This is my post-workout dinner replacement smoothie, so I want it to be really filling. Plus it tastes delicious! Check out the ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen is better, but mine is fresh, as I forgot to freeze it!)
  • 1 scoop vanilla-flavoured whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon cashew butter
  • Half teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend everything well, sprinkle with cinnamon aaaand indulge! The mixture of four different nut butters is simply amazing!

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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 43

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Those who follow healthy eating blogs and Instagram pages have probably been seeing a lot of açaí bowls lately, which are apparently the new breakfast trend. I didn’t pay too much attention to them first, but then did a little research and decided to give it a try too.

So what is an açaí bowl? Basically, it is a thick smoothie made of açaí berry puree with various toppings. Due to the numerous health benefits of açaí berries, these smoothies have gained a huge popularity.

It’s not really possible to find açaí berries outside Brazil, the best thing you can get at the best whole foods supermarkets or online is a frozen berry puree pack. I wasn’t lucky enough to get one at Whole Foods – they had run out of stock – so I got some freeze-dried açaí berry powder, which I guess is not bad either.

To make the smoothie I mix half cup almond milk, a frozen banana, 10 frozen strawberries, 10 frozen raspberries, a tablespoon of açaí berry powder and a sachet of Fruitein Açaí shake in the blender. Then I pour it into a bowl and top it with various fruits and berries and chia seeds. The topping possibilities are endless by the way, people often add granola, muesli, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, bee pollen, etc., etc.

The smoothie bowl tastes great, it’s almost like having ice cream for breakfast, which is great on a summer day!

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Smoothie – Day 17 – Straberry Grape Protein

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I tried a new taste combination today – strawberry + grapes. Not my favourite, I have to say as a result. But worth trying indeed, here is the ingredient list:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • Two handful strawberries
  • One handful seedless grapes
  • One scoop whey protein with chocolate flavour
  • Two teaspons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder (optional)
  • A splash of vanilla extract

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Smoothie – Day 16 – Blueberry Protein

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The easiest smoothie ever – it is only made of a cup of coconut milk, two handfuls of blueberry and a scoop of whey protein powder with chocolate flavour. C’est tout!

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Smoothies – Day 14 – Mint Chocolate

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I think I might have dreamt about After Eight chocolates, because I literally woke up craving them this morning. Clearly, I didn’t have them at home, that is why I decided to fix up a smoothie that would taste similar. Which it did! Here’s what I used:

  • Half cup mint infusion
  • Half cup almond milk
  • One banana
  • One scoop chocolate-flavoured whey protein powder
  • Two teaspons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder (optional)
  • 1.5 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • One teaspoon peppermint extract

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