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Fun Day at Work!

This morning I tested a recipe I found on pinterest. Oatless oats. I knew today I was going to have a carb filled lunch so I looked around for a low carb breakfast last night. I wanted something else than pancakes and found this. I was a bit sceptic at first but it turned out pretty good! Ok, It can’t replace real oats but it passed the test. I’m definitely making these again.

Oatless Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Some blueberries
  • Stevia to taste

Directions:

  • Whisk together egg whites and coconut milk and then stir in almonds, ground flax, banana, Stevia and cinnamon,blend well.
  • In a medium saucepan, warm the mixture on the stove, stirring frequently, until the “oatmeal” reaches the desired consistency, this should only take a few minutes.
  • Top with some blueberries.

oatless oats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t get out of bed for a workout! I was sooo tired. I needed to catch up on some sleep…Insomnia is back and I just can’t seem to fall asleep. I’m glad I did it though I was a lot more energized today. Today we had a big meeting. The fun thing about it was the end, we ended the meeting with a quiz! Who does that…Today was the how well do you know our sales team quiz. I got 6 out of 15 questions right, which isn’t all that bad considering I just started working there. After work we all went to a kebab bar for lunch. The kebab bar was really nicely decorated and it was a cozy place with couches. Our table was ready when we arrived which was pretty nice. I had a chicken veggies and ketshup kebab.

When I got home I did my workout. 50min of cardio (intervals and steady state) and a lower body lifting workout. Hit the spot!

For dinner I had Quorn steak strips with all sorts of veggies and some nuts. Delish!

quorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to hit the couch 😉 Later!

 

 

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Appartment Number One!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Direcetions:

  • 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!

Oats with fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

Veggie Burger salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off to see the apartment! Alla prossima volta ragazzi!

Roses and Pancakes

This morning I tested the Brinta my mother bought yesterday. It was amazing! Kind of like the porridge they eat in England. I recently started following Emily’s blog. She eats a lot of porridge instead of oatmeal so I’m glad to have tested this porridge. It’s sooo good! Maybe even better than oats…It kept me full for hours. I also used  Emily’s Cherry Bakewell Porridge recipe, but I used dates instead of cherries, almond milk instead of soy milk and walnuts instead of almonds cause I didn’t have any of the ingredients needed for the original recipe. Tasted Awesome!

porridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just recently got a job and they invited me to come have a drink at their New Year’s reception this afternoon. This meant I had to do my workout before lunch again. I started with a 15min interval on the stationary bike, then 1 round of yesterday’s circuit and to end my workout I did a plank workout from the Purelytwins blog.

For lunch I made a blueberry proteine smoothie. I took a shower and left for the New Year’s reception. I had a great time! No better way to get to know people than over a nice glass of champagne and some pancakes! I even recieved a bouquet of pink roses and some more pancakes to take home with me. Can’t wait to start working next week!

For dinner…well I kind of stuffed myself with pancakes and champagne so I guess you can call that my dinner :). I’m going to take another shower now cause I’m feeling a little buzzed due to a champagne overdose…

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

The Job is Mine!

This morning I woke up in a smoothie mood. I put on some nice wake up music and got started. This is a good song to wake up to! I felt the warmth of hot Cuba even though everything was covered in snow outside.

I blended together some frozen blueberries, half a frozen banana, a cup of non fat Greek yogurt, a scoop of vanilla proteine powder and a spalsh of almond milk. Yum!

purplesmoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to do my workout before lunch today. I had to go to the company I’m applying at to ‘work’ for a couple of hours in the afternoon. My workout was a mixture of circuit and lifting.

Circuit Lifting Combo

Circuit:

  • 1min Jumping jacks
  • 1min Burpees
  • 1min Jump rope
  • 1min High knees
  • 1min Shadow boxing
  • 1min Sprint in place
  • 1min Burpees
  • 1min Jumping jacks
  • 1min Over the river hops
  • 1min Scissor jumps
  • 1min High knees
  • 1min Mummy kicks
  • 1min But kickers
  • 1min jog in place

Lifting:

Arms

  • 15 bicep curls
  • 15 Lateral Raise
  • 15 Tricep Kick Backs

Legs

  • 15 Squats
  • 15 Plié Squats
  • 15 Stationary Lunges

Use weights that are heavy enough, after 15 reps you should’nt be able to do another rep.

Repeat the circuit 2 or 3 times and the lifting 3 rounds. You can also split cardio en lifting. Cardio in the morning and strength in the afternoon or evening. I wanted to be able to chill out in the eveing ;).

For lunch I made a Fruity Tuna Salad! It was the best tuna salad I had ever made!

Fruity Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Can tuna (in water)
  • 1 Tbsp Light dressing
  • 1 Tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 10 Grapes sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Stevia
  • 1/2 Celery stick chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped green onion

Directions:

I think you know what to do here 😉

Seved on toasted whole wheat bread.

tuna-salad-sandwich-300x200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch I went to the company I was applying and I spent the afternoon learning about the job. After a couple of hours they told me that the job was mine! I was so happy! I’m now an Audit Administrator at a company called Management Information. I got to know some more colleagues and they were all super nice and funny. They even invited me to the New Year’s drink tomorrow.

When I got home I wasn’t in the mood to make a fancy dinner. I just ate a hummus and goat cheese sandwich and an apple.

hummus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom bought something new I’m going to try as a snack tonight in front of the telly. It’s called Brinta and looks a bit like Oatmeal.

brinta ontbijt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With some dark chocolate chips of course! I think I’m struggling with a little chocolate chip addiction lately…

Haha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the rest of your evening guys!

I’m back!

Ok, so I took a break from blogging for a while. Kind of a holliday break let’s say. I was also having a rough time not finding a job and all…I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I STILL haven’t found a job…but I have been invited after a first job interview to come and work for an hour at an audit company to show me what the job is like. I guess that’s a good sign! It’s this Wednesday morning. With a little luck I’ll be employed by the end of this month!(need to stop getting my hopes up). But enough whining for today ;). I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I kept it fairly healthy (except for all the wine, oeps). It’s understandable that my new year’s resolution this year was no alcohol for 1 month and less alcohol overall. My last year’s resolution was to quit smoking and now, one year later, I am still smoke free!

Now, let’s talk food! I have always been an oatmeal person but the last few weeks I wanted a change. Don’t get me wrong I still love oats, but I started loving pancakes in the morning! I need to lose some weight and maybe by changing my carb loaded breakfast into a proteine one is going to get me the results I need. Initially I thought I was going to miss my sweet little oats but I must admit I’m loving the pancakes!

Proteine Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla proteine powder
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal

Directions:

blend everything in a blender or by hand:

  • Mash the banana and wisk in egg whites.
  • Add the other ingredienst and mix well.
  • Turn your frying pan on medium-high (not too hot!)
  • Pour 1/2 the batter onto frying pan.
  • Cook each side until golden brown.

Top with fruit, almond or peanut butter. I topped mine with greek yogurt and blueberries.

Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast I watched the new epi of Californication and Girls. Girls on HBO is THE best tv show ever!  Lena Dunham is my new favorite actress! Before lunch I went for a 5 mile run. Everything was covered in snow and the scenery was breathtaking! For lunch I had a turkey sandwich and some almonds on the side. Dinner was a winner! I first wanted to eat what my mother had prepared, spaghetti bolognese. Sadly enough her sauce failed once again (I didn’t say anything though :p). After one bite I decided not to continue and make myself a dinner smoothie.

Medjool Date and Blueberry Smoothie

smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Medjool dates, torn in half, pits removed
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon flax meal
  • 1 scoop vanilla proteine powder
  • some frozen blueberries

Directions:

Blend away!

Medjool dates rock!

Enjoy your evening everyone!!

 

 

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Howdy mates! So I have decided to go from 2 to 1 post a day (unless I have something urgent to tell you guys 😉 ). So I’ll be posting in the evening from now on. Today my brother asked me to go see The Hobbit with him and his friends in the cinema tonight! Sooo excited! I’m a huge fan 🙂 I also read the books and I’m curious to see how P. J. has translated the story of The Hobbit on screen. It’s a 3 hour movie so it’s going to be a late one. Totally worth it though :).  Jonas isn’t a fan so I couldn’t convince him to come with us.

This morning I opted for pancakes. Apple Pie Pancakes to be precise!

Apple Pie Pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped apple
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add wet. Mix and make pancakes on medium heat. Top with some maple syrup or fruit.

I did some cardio before lunch. 40min on the stationary bike while listening to some oldies! I wasn’t feeling it today. I think I’m in need of a little break from working out :(. Maybe it was  just a bad day.

For lunch I ate the rest of my stuffed bell peppers from yesterday and some almond flour cookies. I also had a Blueberry Chia Smoothie in the afternoon.

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredienst:

  • handful of blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Directions:

Blend away!

Dinner was also a quick fix. I made Tuna Salad and ate it with some whole wheat bread.

Tuna Sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to get ready for the movies! Popcorn baby!

Enjoy your evening everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Muffin!

This morning I was in the mood for some experimenting. I didn’t make any overnight oats and I didn’t want to spend time behind the stove. Instead I took out a big mug and threw together some ingredients, put it in the microwave for 1min30 and BAM! Mug Muffin. It looks a bit strange but trust me it’s delish :). It’s portable, flavorful and so easy that even my 16 year old brother could make it. This muffin is packed with fiber and protein with the bonus of cinnamon. It’s also perfect for people who don’t have much time in the morning but stil want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Blueberry Mugmuffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Mug Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • handful of blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Coate mug with some oil (I used coconut).
  2. Add the oats, egg, stevia, milk, and cinnamon to the mug and mix well.
  3. Stir in the blueberries.
  4. Microwave on high 1min30 (longer if it’s not firm yet).
  5. Let cool and enjoy with some fruit.

After lunch I did some cleaning and baked the best cookies ever!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

almond flour cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They tasted soooo good! Light and a fluffy texture. No flour needed, so for all you gluten free people out there, get your cookie baking gloves on ;).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

* I bought my almond flour at Bio Planet. You can make your own by grinding almonds in a food processor until it looks like flour.

Directions:

  • stir everything together in a bowl.
  • scoop cookie dough batter onto cookie tray. using your fingers gently pat cookies flat or till desired thickness.
  • bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
  • let cool before eating as they are a bit fragile at first.

My brother came home early today to study for the next exam. Physics! Also one of my least favorite subjects…I gave him a cookie to get his spirits up 🙂 it worked!

While my brother was slaving away behind his books I decided to do my workout before lunch. Upper body blast!.

For lunch I made myself a Blueberry Protein Smoothie. 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder an some spinach leaves.

Blueberry protein smoothie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For dinner I’m making Chickpea and Feta Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Enjoy the rest of your day guys!