Grapefruit Juice Mix

I’ve mentioned in another post that I’m recently into grapefruits which is why I’d like to share a juice combination with you that I just tried last week. I mean, I’m a pro grapefruit-devourer now, I enjoy every bitter-sour juicy piece of it. But especially for those of you who are not fond of sour citrus fruits, this is a really easy mixture that makes the first grapefruit experience more relishable:

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1 grapefruit
1 orange
10 strawberries
a few ice cubes

Yeah, I know, very complicated. But just try it! If you are lucky enough to get some sweet strawberries during this season, you’ll definitely enjoy this.
It’s a perfect vitamin cocktail to start the day!

Is fancy muesli worth the price?

Good morning potato fellows,

I’m having muesli this morning and I just wonder, what kind of cereal brands you prefer having. Recently I’ve run out of my Dr. Oetker Vitalis, so I decided to buy some new fancy muesli. (because payday and stuff)

mymuesli has caught my eye for quite some time, because as you can see they have pretty boxes that you can actually reuse, but it was always the price that had kept me away (7.90€/box).

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Anyhow I got chocolate banana (for my soul) and figurefit (for my body) and I tend to mix both for breakfast (for body & soul of course). I really like the fact that they put lots of dried fruits and seeds in it, because I’m the kind of person who can’t eat much oat unless it is mixed with other interesting ingredients. And again, I love the boxes.
So far, my favorite flavor is blaubeer (blueberry), and I’m probably going to rebuy it soon, despite it being twice the price I pay for Dr. Oetker…

So to be honest, I do think you can also find good muesli for a lower price. In my experience 3€-muelis are usually fine, and I will definitely try some other brands too, to be able to make a full comparison. (Any recommendations?)

BUT, if you think about it, how much do we pay for fun on average? I mean, a cocktail  (even non-alcoholic) is already about 6-8 €, in a bar even a coke costs 3€. The money we spend on a friday night could probably buy us cereals for half a year. I paid 23€ for Beauty and the Beast (popcorn + drink included) without blinking an eye. And don’t we all (don’t lie!) buy random stuff we don’t really need? We spend fortunes on all kinds of things daily, so why should we hesitate when it comes to our well-being?

So, if it’s not the end of the month (even then payday is around the corner, so don’t be thrifty) don’t think about 7.90€ and buy the muesli with the fancy box, if that’s your motivation for eating healthier 🙂

 

 

Smoothie Season

I’ve started to make some smoothies again, because it’s the season when fruits are getting cheaper, hallelujah!

And also it’s time to get rid of some Winterspeck. So here’s my first spring smoothie:

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1 banana
2 oranges
strawberries
physalis

During this time of the year strawberries are usually not very sweet yet, so I just added a handful of them, plus a couple of physalis to get a nice scent for the smoothie.

I was in Barcelona (again) a couple of weeks ago, and if you have been there, you’ve definitely visited the Mercado de La Boqueria market (you should if you haven’t!):

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They have amazing fruit stands there (try the papayas!) and as you can see, they also offer lots of fresh juice cocktails.

My advise, have lots of fruits and juices in mediterranean countries!

I’m going to upload some more pictures of my trip in another post sometime 🙂

 

 

I’m a grapefruit person now

I had a grapefruit today. And I liked it. I think it’s the beginning of the end (of youth).

When I think of it, it is pretty scary how fast everything is going. This year I am actually going to be 27 . . (can you imagine?)
When I was 14 I used to imagine how my life is going to be – 18 first boyfriend, 20 graduate from high school, 23 meet future husband, 24 get a job (well-payed of course), 26 married.
(Yes I used to think things ended after marriage.)
But well, turns out everything except graduating from high school didn’t go as planned!
I honestly still feel like I’m 21 (when I’m standing under the shower and think about life, I might be 40 though.)

And I do feel like 2017 will bring some changes. It actually already did: I’m officially a German citizen now (yay!), I got a new job (yay!) and I got a new cell phone haha.

So yeah, that’s my short update, I’m sorry I don’t have a new smoothie that I can present to you (fruits are so expensive and rare during this season). I do have fruits everyday, but I think I’m too old now for posting everything I eat :))
Stay healthy and age gracefully!

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(Summer 2014 – one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona.
Where would you go, if you could right now?)

 

 

Book season! and a green smoothie

So when’s your book season?

Nah, there shouldn’t be a book season, because all seasons are book seasons!
But you know, when it’s starting to get really cold outside, and you get all comfy in your warm bed with a good book (or lots of books) and a cup of tea… yeah, that’s the season right now.
I must confess it’s really hard for me to make some smoothies during winter. I don’t know about you, healthy-tanned-people living in L.A., but I find it really difficult to drink cold things when it’s freezing. I always put some ice in my smoothies and refrigerate them for later, because I like them cool and fresh. But during winter, I really prefer some hot tea.

So here’s the last smoothie I made a couple of weeks ago:

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It’s a really really green smoothie, because I put lots of healthy green stuff in it.

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Granny Smiths, green pear, lime juice and yes, brocoli. And I think some cale and rucola, too. The rucola was a bit too much, because it has a really strong smell. But the brocoli was fine actually! It was a little bit sour because of the green apples (my favorites) and the limes, but I like it sour, so it was really nice.

But yeah, since then I haven’t had any smoothies, I just have fruits now and then, and lots of tea, well, oh this is so off-topic now.

Back to the books! If you are interested in what I’m currently reading, just follow me on Goodreads!

 

Homemade Chia Bubble Tea

Hey guys!

Have you ever tried to make bubble tea with chia seeds? Yeah I thought so.

Well, I really felt like having a bubble tea the other day, but I didn’t want to go downtown to get it and I was thinking about the amount of sugar that’s usually in it, so… I had the crazy idea of making my one healthy bubble tea..ish.

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So first I had to make my own flavor, and I wanted it to be a littly fruity and peachy, so I just threw a bunch of fruits in a pot and boiled them. I used honey to sweeten it, since it was a little sour because of the oranges and lemon slices.

And because I didn’t have any tapioca at home I put some chia seeds in a glass of water for a couple of hours to make them a little jelly-like. Then I just made some jasmine tea and combined everything, and voilà:

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Well, it’s not really like the bubble-teas you get at the store, naturally. But I believe it’s healthier and I actually like jelly-chia-seeds in a cup of tea, so why not 🙂

Oh and happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it 🙂

Low-carb meals during busy days

Hi guys,

I haven’t been able to post anything lately (again) because I have some exams coming up and some other things going on – work and social stuff, like help planning a charity event – feel free to check it out: Taste of Asia )

Anyway, I’m still sticking to my diet most of the time (there are exceptions of course) and I’ve already reached my goal to reduce my weight by 2,8 pounds, but I’ve decided to keep going on with the diet anyway. I feel healthier having more veggie meals and low-carb days.

So here is a tuna-salad bowl I had for lunch:

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I used canned tuna and spiced it up with some apple and cashews nuts. Add some corn salad, cherry tomatoes and rucola and a few drops of balsamic vinegar & olive oil and you’re done! It’s really quick and simple 🙂

It’s time for a little diet

Hi guys!

Summer is almost over and it’s time for a diet! I’ve been eating some junk food lately, which is okay, as long as I’m not doing it constantly, because I believe that my body should be able to deal with everything once in a while.

So here’s the deal. I’m intending to lose 1,3 kg (~2,8 pound) and I’m not sure yet when I will reach that goal. But I will make a post once I get there 🙂

For today, as the first day of my diet, I’m going to have a smoothie bowl for lunch (I skipped breakfast because of waking up late) and between lunch and dinner I will allow myself to have a small snack in case of low blood sugar (no junk food though): either a hard boiled egg or half an avocado or a small slice of dark whole-grain bread with cheese etc.

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(the smoothie bowl contains 1 banana, 1 apple and 1 tbsp Acai powder)

For dinner I intend to go with the flow and have whatever is planned for tonight, but I will make sure to keep it as much low-carb as it can be.

And the last rule is: no more night snacks 😦

I love eating at night somehow, which is very bad for the body, I know. It’s just I often stay up very late because I’m working at home and don’t have to be somewhere in the morning, and then of course I get hungry  . . .

But no more!

I’m not overweight (or not yet ^^), but getting rid of some extra pounds will make me feel more comfortable – which means, that I occasionally can have my random junk food sessions again 🙂

Banana-Physalis Smoothie

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I just made a creamy smoothie with the following ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 100g physalis
  • 4 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 100 ml water

(use a sieve to get rid of the physalis-seeds)

If you are getting bored by the taste of normal banana smoothies this is a great alternative!

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And did you know that physalis also has a great nutritional value?
It actually supplies you with vitamin B2, B3, B1, A, C, iron, phosphorus and calcium!