Ok so yesterday Jonas and I went to see our first apartment. It was HUGE! 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets, a livingroom the size of a football field, a fully equipped kitchen and a little cozy terrace. There just isn’t a bigger and more beautiful place out there…seriously I checked :). The good news is we can sign the contract Saturday! One month and the dream Apartment/house is ours! So happy. We wanted something big enough to keep our own space. To me having some time to oneself is important. The idea is to stay together for life so giving each other enough space is a must. And if there is something that this place has got enough of it’s space. More good news, I got up at 5 today for a workout! I must admit it was hard to jump out of my cozy and warm bed into my sports gear…but once I got started I felt great. I read some tips on how to make a morning workout easier :p. So I prepared everything, layed out my clothes, water, just had to get out of bed and ready to go. Also didn’t hit the snooze button! Must say I had energy for two afterwards. For breakfast I had yesterday’s fruity oatmeal bowl again. I think these are my favorites now.
For lunch I had a simple turkey sandwish a kiwi and a carrot. Everyone else had kebabs and chocolate bars for lunch…I will not cave! :p I had my dose of chocolate after dinner, had some oatmeal with dark chocolate chips.
For dinner I made salmon with grilled veggies and some fruit and feta sprinkels. DELECIOUS! I love combining salty savoury and sweet.
I woke u this morning without a breakfast plan! normally I have everything worked out in my mind or at least some overnight oats in the fridge…This morning I had to improvise. Must say it was rather early to start thinking :). I came up with this:
Fruity Mix Oats
- 1/2 cup Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond millk
- 1/2 apple cubed
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 6 almonds
- Cinnamon powder and Stevia to taste
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Mix everything together and microwave for 3min
- let sit for a few minutes before you devour them!
Lots of colours and tasted great! The softness and thinkness of the oats and banana combined with the crunch of the apple and nuts where a perfect combo!
Tonight we are visiting our first apartment! So excited! It’s a really big one. Jonas doesn’t like the floor and framework though…But it’s a huge place with 3 bedrooms and 2 floors and not even one of our more expensive choices. I would like at least 2 bedrooms. This one has 3, one to turn into a fitness area, one chill out/guest room and our bedroom. High demands for a childless couple looking to find there first apartment :p. As long as it stays affordable why not.
I had to work solo again this morning. Not that I mind. I like the freedom and not to be watched constantly. Of course my work took a bit longer having to work everything out on my own. I was glad lunchtime had arrived! The Dutch freelancer was back at the office today and he kind of makes lunch a bit more vibrant, I guess thats what Dutch people tend to do. I enjoyed my Fruity Tuna Salad with a whole wheat bagel.
When I got home I couldn’t workout because of the apartment visit so I made a quick dinner first. Veggie burger and mixed salad…nothing special. Tomorrow morning I’m going to get up at 5 for a workout. I know…I’ve already made myself the promise to become a morning workout person but tomorrow I’m really going to try. If it works out (see what I did there;)) and I get to work in time and stay productive I will probably try to do it for real. I need more time after work to commit to making real dinners and spend more time with the loved ones :).
Here’s my lame and simpel dinner…
Off to see the apartment! Alla prossima volta ragazzi!
I mother bought some instant coffee yesterday, mainly because she’s to lazy to start making a fresh pot of coffee in the evening. I must admit that normally I’m not a fan of instant coffee but this brand tasted ok. Funny thing is it was the cheapest she could find! This morning I got an idee in my head to use the instant coffee to make my bowl of oats. Success! I also drank a big cup of coffee with almond milk. This was a coffee themed breakfast for sure!
Instant Coffee Oats
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee
- 1 ripe banana
- some stevia to taste
Heat everything on the stovetop.
For toppings I used some chocolate chips, nut mix and a spoonful of nonfat yogurt. Definately making these again.
I had to work on my own the whole morning because my trainer had to be somewhere and wasn’t going to be back until noon. I did great! For lunch I made a salad including all sorts of veggies and mini falafel burgers. They looked adorable! Wish I could have taken a picture…The afternoon consisted of checking the work I did in the morning to correct any mistakes. Some minor mistakes but all in all I did ok.
When I got home I did my steady state cardio of the week. 60min on the stationary bike..so boring! I hate steady state cardio…But it had to be done. Also I had some delicious home made cake with frosting at work. It’s not polite to say no so with minor guilt I ate the peace ;).
For Dinner I had scrambled eggs with Hummus and baby carrots on the side.
My second week on the job! I’m starting to get the hang of it. Today I worked on my own and the trainer verified afterwards. I did ok. For breakfast I had cocoa overnight oatmeal and a banana.
Yesterday before I went to bed I made some Tzatziki to take with me for lunch today. I love tzatziki! I have been to Greece countless times and got to know This creamy delight over there. Mine doesn’t quite taste the same as over there but it’s close;).
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt (0%)
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of half a lemon and half a lime
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
Grate the cucumber and squeeze out all the water, then add the other ingredients and combine.
I ate this with a whole wheat bagel for lunch and an apple on the side. It tasted great! Only downside was the garlic…I think my breath smelled a little :). No one said anything but I could smell my own breath…
Yesterday was a day off from working out so today had to be a good one! I jumped on the stationary bike as soon as I got home for 20min of HIIT. After that I lifted some weights.
- 15 Squats
- 15 Lunges (each leg)
- 15 Plié squats
- 15 Bicep Curls
- 15 Tricep Kickbacks
- 15 Push ups
I ended my workout with 10min of rope skipping.
For dinner I made Salmon en Papillote.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 4-oz boneless salmon fillets
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- Half a diced zucchini
- 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp crumbled low-fat feta cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 425ºF. Cut a 14-inch square of foil and mist top of with cooking spray. Place piece of salmon on foil. (NOTE: If using skin-on fillets, arrange skin side down.) Season salmon with salt and pepper.
- In a medium bowl, combine garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, onion and lemon juice. Spoon mixture over salmon. Bring all sides together over top of salmon and fold over to form a sealed packet.
- Transfer packet to a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before opening. Carefully open packet. To serve, sprinkle with feta and basil.
Yesterday was great! We went to De Zogeraa, my favorite restaurant. We stayed until closing time and were the last ones to leave the place :p. As always the food and ambiance were fantastic.
I had a shrimp salad. I adore shrimps and at De Zogeraa they make the best shrimp salad!
Jonas had ribs and green pepper sauce. He recieved two strings of ribs! He was able to eat everything but it was a huge challange.
This morning I woke up a little hungover…Luckily I made appel fritter pancakes yesterday so breakfast was ready in no time.
We spent the rest of the day being lazy and watching some football. Lazy sunday! For lunch and dinner I made a greek salad wich I ate with some whole wheat bread.
- 2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped
- 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- salt and pepper
In a good sized bowl, toss all of the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. If you have time, cover and store in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the flavors blend.
Enjothe rest of you evening guys!
We woke up today and again it was snowing…I’ve had it with these freezing temperatures and snow! Every morning walking to the bus stop and waiting for the bus while my toes and fingers freeze to the point of almost falling of. The weather man promised us that next week temperatures are going up and the snow will start to melt. Thank god! I wanted to go for a run but that’s not going to happen. Instead we went for some apartment stuff shopping. Cutlery, cups, mugs… the works.
For breakfast I made some Creamy Chocolate Chip Oats.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
Mix oats and water and cook in the microwave for 2min. Poor in almond milk to create creamyness and stir in chocolate chips.
When we got home I had lunch. Something light as tonight where going out for dinner. At De Zogeraa the portions are enormous! I had to make sure to leave enough room;). I just ate some rice cakes with some laughing cow cheese and figs.
I also made tomorrow’s breakfast already! Time management;). Apple Ring Pancakes, they look and smell amazing! I had to refrain myself from devouring them all at once. look at these babies!
Apple Ring Pancakes
- 1/3 cup Whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp Old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Baking powder
- Dash of salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 packet vanilla stevia
- 1/3 cup Almond milk
- 1 medium/large Apple
- Coconut oil for baking
Heat a flat pan over medium-low heat.
- Mix together the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Peel the apple (if you want).
- Core and thinly slice the apple. Thinner slices will result in a softer apple pancake, whereas, thicker slices will stay more crunchy. ( I ended up with about 7 rings, which I found to be a bit thick in the end).
- Add the vanilla, stevia, and milk to the dry pancake mix. Stir until combined, but do not over mix.
- Dip one apple slice in the pancake batter at a time and place on the pan.
- Cook like a normal pancake and enjoy!
I’m going to get ready for my workout. Probably a circuit and a plank workout. After that it’s almost restaurant time!
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday people!
Last day of the week! So much to process this last week. I think I need a weekend to get everything organized inside my brain…After work I’m going to take a relaxing bath and just soak a little. I had another great night sleep! This last week has been the best week of sleep in months! Tomorrow we’re also going to one of my favorite restaurants for my father-in-law’s birthday! The Zogeraa it’s called. Real good food! Looking forward to it. Hope I don’t forget to take some pictures.
Breakfast was one of my old time favorites.
Blueberry Overnight Oats!
The morning was pretty calm as my trainer had a meeting. I had to do 1 file start-up and answer the phone. I looked for some more potential apartments because 2 of the apartments we wanted to visit were already taken :(. I found some new ones, hope we get there in time! For lunch I had another veggieburger with some spinach mashed potatoes my mom made yesterday. I’m sure gonna miss my mother when I move out. She always made the dinner I requested so I could eat after my workout and shower without having to cook first…
Today I came home craving pancakes so I decided to make them for dinner :). I was also craving chocolate so I made Brownie Batter Pancakes. The best!
Brownie Batter Pancakes
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 packets nunaturals stevia or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar (you can use less if you’re planning to top with syrup and don’t want the actual pancakes to taste sweet)
- pinch of salt (optional)
- 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 5 1/2 tbsp almond milk
Mix dry ingredients very well, then add wet. Make pancakes! There are only 130 calories in this entire recipe. To make them more substantial, feel free to make a bigger serving and/or go crazy with the toppings!! Who knew such decadence could be healthy?!
Breakfast for dinner is the best invention ever!
Enjoy your Friday night people!