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 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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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 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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Smoothie – Day 24 – Sunny Yellow

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The weather in London has been pretty dull and gloomy the whole week and, longing for some sunshine, I decided to make a smoothie that would look all summery and sunny. Here’s what goes in my blender:

  • Half cup almond milk
  • One tablespoon plain yoghurt
  • Half cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • Half cup mango chunks
  • One small orange
  • A thumb of fresh peeled ginger
  • One teaspoon turmeric

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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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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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