My 30 (or more!) days challenges

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 51

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Chilled breakfasts are always a preference in summer, especially when it’s hot. So last night I quite felt like having a chia pudding this morning. So I made some very easy preparations: soaked six tablespoons of chia seeds in a cup of skimmed milk and also blended four tablespoons plain yoghurt with some sour cherries and raspberries, and put everything in the fridge separately.

In the morning I just distribute the pudding and the yogurt cream into two servings and enjoy the dessert-like breakfast!

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Smoothie – Day 28 – Cottage Cheese and Fruits

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Here is a great and simple protein-packed smoothie without the necessity to add artificially synthesised protein powders. Just blend the following in a blender:

  • Half cup 0% fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 1 sour plum
  • 1/2 peach

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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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Breakfast – Day 48

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I quite like porridges, especially topped with nice stuff of all kinds, but the problem I have with them is that they don’t keep me full for long. In fact, I get extremely hungry in just about 1.5-2 hours after having them.

Today I decided to make oatbran porridge, as oatbran is said to be very filling, compared to rolled oats or oatmeal. So I just cook 1/4 cup oatbran in a cup of water, adding some cinnamon and vanilla extract and then top the porridge with fresh raspberries, a knob of butter and a drizzle of honey.

My drink this morning is green tea latte, to make which I mix 1.5 teaspoons of matcha powder with 3 tablespoons of boiling hot water until smooth, add some hot milk and top with frothed milk and a sprinkle of matcha powder. I am taking my latte unsweetened.

UPD: I had my breakfast at about 7:15 this morning, it is now almost 10am, and I am already feeling quite hungry, even though not completely starving yet, like I would after having regular oats.

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Smoothie – Day 21 – Simple Açaí Smoothie

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Açaí smoothies are definitely not to be only consumed in the form of breakfast bowls, they are great to drink as well! This one is more or less the same as the base for my breakfast bowls, consisting of:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon with a heap açaí powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Half cup frozen raspberries and strawberries

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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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Smoothies – Day 7 – Very Berry with Greens

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This is basically a variation of the Very Berry smoothie that I made yesterday, the only difference being that this one also has a cup of baby spinach + kale added.

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Smoothies – Day 6 – Very Berry

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Here is a simple and very refreshing smoothie. For 2 servings I’m using:

  • One cup coconut water
  • 1-1.5 cup mixed berries (I use strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry)

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Smoothies – Day 1- Watermelon and Raspberry

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I’m starting the 30 Smoothies challenge with this simple yet delicious Watermelon & Raspberry smoothie. To make it I chop up and de-seed 1-1.5 cups of watermelon and freeze it for an hour, along with half a cup of raspberries.

Once frozen, I just pop the watermelon and the raspberries in the blender. You may also wish to add a little bit of watermelon juice, or coconut water, or plain water (go easy with the water though, otherwise your drink will taste somewhat bland) if the mixture is too thick. By freezing the ingredients I obtain a nice slushy texture, but if you actually want it to be a proper smoothie rather than a slushie, just skip the freezing part!

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