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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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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Smoothie – Day 25 – Carrot Cake

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Usually I can’t be bothered to eat carrots. But since carrots are so good and healthy, I decided to incorporate them into my smoothie and make one that would taste like a carrot cake! Here is what I put in my blender:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • Half cup plain yoghurt
  • Two medium carrots, grated (I have to grate them as my blender is not strong enough to process chunks)
  • One frozen banana
  • One pitted Medjool date
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half teaspoon cinnamon
  • Half teaspoon ground ginger
  • Half teaspoon ground nutmeg.

And it only remains to pour the smoothie into a tall glass, decorate it with grated carrot and desiccated coconut and enjoy the utter deliciousness!

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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 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 23 – Sour Cherry Chocolate

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I think sour cherry + chocolate combination is one of the best ever! So still having a pack of frozen sour cherries, I just couldn’t help making this one. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, here is what you need:

  • Half cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • One medium banana, fresh or frozen
  • Half cup frozen sour cherries
  • One tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Two teaspoons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder (optional)
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract

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Smoothies – Day 15 – Strawberry Ice Cream (DairyFree)

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Yesterday I noticed that my strawberries were about to start going bad, so I froze them. This morning they were perfectly ready to go into my smoothie. Here is my short list of ingredients:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • 200g frozen strawberries
  • Half ripe avocado
  • Half teaspoon vanilla extract

The smoothie ended up being more like a dairy-free ice cream! It wasn’t too sweet, so I added a bit of condensed milk (any sweetener would do though) and some chocolate chunks!

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Smoothies – Day 12 – Spicy Creamy Shake

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I would call this one a shake rather than a smoothie, as it doesn’t really have any solid ingredients, only liquids and powders. I’ve had it after a workout and it feels great!

Here is what goes in the blender:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • Half cup black coffee (americano)
  • One scoop protein powder with chocolate flavour
  • Two teaspoons Bioglan Superfoods Supergreens Cacao Boost powder
  • One tablespoon flaxseed
  • Half teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon matcha powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of clove
  • A pinch of ginger
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Half tablespoon clotted Cornish cream (the unhealthy bit 🙂 )

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