My 30 (or more!) days challenges

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 47

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I am continuing to exploit the endless possibilities of Nutella breakfasts and making them with my Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread instead!

Today I am making wholewheat French toast roll-ups. First I take four slices of wholewheat toast bread, cut the crusts off and flatten out the slices with a rolling pin. Then I spread some Venchi on one side of each slice, top with chopped strawberries, roll the toasts up, dip them in a beaten egg mixed with come cinnamon and finally fry them on a pan until golden brown. Et voilà, the French toasts are ready to be served with a cup of cappuccino!

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Smoothie – Day 22 – Creamy Berries and Cherries

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It’s virtually impossible to find fresh sour cherries (which I love!) in London, but at least today I managed to get my hands on frozen ones. And what’s the best way to use frozen fruits and berries? Make a smoothie out of them, of course! So here’s what goes into this lovely smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons fromage frais
  • 100 g frozen strawberries
  • 100 g frozen sour cherries
  • 100 g fresh blackberries
  • 100 g fresh blueberries
  • A handful of spinach

And blend it all away!

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Breakfast – Day 45

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On weekends I often try to make fancy (more or less!) and hearty breakfasts, as opposed to the quick on-the-go ones that I opt for on weekdays.

So the first thing I do is grate some Sorrento lemon zest, mix it with fromage frais and spread the mixture onto two wholewheat toasts. Then I top the toasts with smoked salmon, 2 soft scrambled eggs (adding some fromage frais to beaten eggs before scrambling) and diced feta cheese, sprinkling everything with fines herbes. The toasts are served with fresh spinach leaves, strawberries and caffè latte.

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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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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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Smoothie – Day 19 – Mango-Peach-Strawberry

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This is a simple and refreshing summery smoothie consisting of:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • Three tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • One small mango fruit
  • One small peach
  • A big handful of strawberries

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Breakfast – Day 39

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I know I have posted scones with cream and jam already on Day 32. But today I’ve made a small modification to this breakfast.

Obviously, neither scones nor cream are very healthy to start with. But adding highly-processed sugar-packed jam from the supermarket makes the whole thing even less so. So I thought, why not make the jam myself, given that there are plenty of sweet fragrant fresh strawberries everywhere this time of the year! The jam is very easy to make, I just mix a cup of strawberries with one teaspoon honey in a microwaveable bowl and microwave the mixture for about 20 minutes, taking it out every 1.5-2 minutes to stir. It turns out delicious and not very sweet, just as I like!

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Smoothie -Day 18 – Summer Fruits

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Today I had to force myself out of the fruit department in the grocery store – after buying more that I could possibly carry away. The result of today’s grocery shopping is this lovely smoothie:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • A handful of yellow (rainier) sweet cherries (pitted)
  • A handful of red sweet cherries (pitted)
  • A handful of strawberries
  • A handful of gooseberries
  • Half large mango
  • One teaspoon oatbran

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