They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I always loved breakfast so it was never hard for me to sit down and eat a couple bites before starting my day but I know that not everyone feels the same way. Drinking a shake in the morning is not as overwhelming as eating a 10 egg omelette, 3 bacon strips and some hash-browns, but on the other hand it is very healthy and helps you start your day off right.
When I eat breakfast, I eat less the rest of the day and I also have more energy. Find out what works for you, a bigger meal, a cereal bar, a shake or whatever it might be, but make sure to not skip breakfast.
Here is a shake recipe I like to drink after my morning workouts:
I am not a big Valentine’s day gal, never been, never will. Ben and I don’t give each other presents, don’t buy anything, but we go on a walk together, a hike, go and grab dinner or watch a movie. So nothing fancy, mostly just like any other day and I like that a lot.
All day Saturday I was on a training event, left at 6 am and didn’t get home until 10-ish pm. So I was tired and very very hungry when I got home. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well…that is true for me too. 🙂
I got home exhausted from the event and driving for hours and when I stepped into the house, all I could smell was something delicious. Had no idea what could it be, but I knew I was going to eat a lot from it. 😀
Ben knew I was going to be tired and hungry, so he surprised me with dinner. I asked him what he was making but all he said was that it is a surprise and that since tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, I can look at it as him giving me 12 roses…
Wait…what? Did you bake some roses for dinner? He goes: yupp! You will love it…
But I was not so sure about that. However, I was kind of loving the fact that after a long day of work, all I had to do was just sit on the couch, cuddling Echo, waiting for dinner…and to be honest, at that point, I would have eaten some real roses too without blinking an eye.
So he goes to the kitchen, disappears for a couple minutes and comes back with a plate full of pizza muffins, that are rose shaped. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT???????
I was so incredibly impressed and hungry that I could not find any words. What an amazing gesture????!!!! I honestly don’t care about getting expensive gifts or receiving 500 red roses in front of the door, but having dinner made for me after a tough day and having dinner made for me with this cute little surprise???! That is all I need! After dinner he did the dishes and just when I thought it was the best dinner surprise EVER, he showed up with some chocolate dipped fruit…
He made chocolate dipped strawberries, apples and Cuties. They were so delicious!!!!!!! Our favorites were the Cuties, you must try them! I will write a post on how to make them…not because it is so complicated or because you would not be able to figure it out on your own, but mostly because I MUST make them again…SOON….very very soon. 😀
Just like we did with the pizza haha…I lasted for a whole day before I really wanted to make them again, so this is what we had for dinner Monday night!
Here is the recipe:
2 rolls of pizza crust dough
Salami (We used turkey salami)
Preheat oven for 350 degrees
Open up the pizza dough and put the pizza sauce, salami, and cheese on top of it
2. Roll them up and place them into a muffin pan
3. Place them into the oven and leave them there for about 20 minutes
4. Serve them with salad on the side and/or with KETCHUP because I am a true Hungarian and we put ketchup on pizza
How about some delicious and healthy snacks for the weekend?
I was trying to find a dessert recipe online that could ease my cravings and it wouldn’t take too long to make either. If laziness hurt…
I found this recipe on the My Fitness Pal blog via Kim’s Cravings and it was love at first sight. Yes, I ended up making “muffins” again haha but before you would judge me, hear me out: I like muffin recipes …obviously…I think they are great because it is easy to play around with the ingredients, mix them up, take stuff away and/or add more to it if needed and then all I need to do is just throw them into a bowl, mix them up, pour into the pan and taaaaddaaaaaaam….dessert.
This is exactly how it happened this time too and the result was amazing!
INGREDIENTS 2 cups of rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons apple pie spice* (I did not have this so I skipped it)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 medium apple, grated (nom nom nom)
1 large egg white
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup dried cranberries
I also added 1/2 a banana and cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Throw everything into a gigantic bowl and mix them together! 😀 I don’t like to use muffin paper so I usually put a little coconut oil into the muffin pan and rub it around the spots so the muffins won’t get stuck.
Bake it for about 30 minutes or until the middle of the muffins are solid. It took us a little shorter, about 23 minutes. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before eating…yes that will be the longest 10 minutes of your life but it is worth the wait!
I put them in the fridge for the night in a closed container and cut them in half in the morning and put peanut butter and mango jelly in the middle…it was a perfect energy bite in the morning and it is great after work out too!!!!
Even Echo approves, with a little wink….Go ahead and try, I promise it is amazing!
Today’s blog post is going to be a little more serious. I just got done with college and cafeteria food not that long ago. Since then I am trying to take advantage of having my own kitchen, cooking at home and buying healthier food options. (Which is not that hard, compared to the cafeteria meal, they didn’t really raise the bar high) I am still new to the whole ‘organic grocery list and checking out the food label’ thing, but I am learning something new every day.
As I am learning, I am realizing more and more how important it is to take care of our bodies, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. We pay attention to look good on the outside, we put make up on, fix our hair, wear nice clothes, but then forget to pamper our bodies on the inside.
I know! It is a tragedy that if we wanna buy organic food it costs us a lot more and sometimes I get into a pickle myself thinking it is okay to pick the cheaper, maybe even chemical filled option because I am young, reckless and YOLO…
But my friend once told me after she got tired of me whining about the prices: You know, I get it. Your grocery bill gets higher…but you know what? You pay now, or you pay later. Your choice…and she walked away.
I kind of wish she had a microphone to drop because it would have been even more dramatic that way haha But putting the joke aside: OUCH. But I get it…whatever I save on grocery bills today, might be spending on doctor’s visits in the future.
But but but…how do I know if I am doing it right? If this is worth it? The conclusion I came to is this:
The world is a dangerous place and most of the happenings are out of our control. Health is unfortunately not guaranteed to anyone and why not try our best to maintain it or regain it and give ourselves the best chances possible? Spending on healthier groceries and home cleaning products isn’t my concern anymore. There are plenty other ways to save that extra couple bucks on every month.
Here is an article that a fantastic young lady, Yvette, shared on her social media site. This article is about telling the difference between farmed salmon that is possibly filled with antibiotics, grow hormones and mercury as opposed to wild salmon that is a safer choice to eat!
Also, if you got a little more time, check out Yvette’s blog about her path, healing, and the fantastic miracle that she has accomplished by changing to a healthier lifestyle and a different way of thinking. She is very motivational and shows you how much is possible if you really want to make something happen.
I love sushi. I haven’t always loved sushi but around age 17 something changed and since then sushi and I are inseparable. Well, except that we don’t get sushi all the time so in a sense let’s just say sushi and I are inseparable like once every two to three months…but then…that one time…that beautiful 10 minutes while I eat both rolls of sushi that I carefully picked out from the menu hoping it would last longer this time but no…but it is okay. I guess I made peace with it…just like I made peace with the fact that I will pay more than I want to for that dinner and I will be hungry by the time I get home so I will have to start cooking dinner…I made peace. I did.
The other day we went to get sushi and we didn’t even leave the restaurant yet, we were already craving it again. So we realized it is time to start making our own sushi.
The other day Ben said he was going to check our mail box and then showed up 20 minutes later with a bunch of ingredients for sushi making. What an amazing surprise 🙂
While Ben was looking up instructions on his phone we tried to figure out how to roll the sushi up. We don’t have a bamboo mat so we used a towel and a cling wrap.
Cut up some delicious ingredients such as cucumbers, avocados, mangos, salmon and some cream cheese.
Unfortunately, I messed up one roll because I put too much ingredients in it and the seaweed broke in the middle but Ben did really well.
The rolls turned out nice and even though they were not perfect shape, they still tasted good 🙂
Sushi sushi sushi lots of lots of sushi….YUUUMMMMM ♥
You know how they say you should keep your blog posts between 250 and 1000 words to make it readable and enjoyable? Well I am about to run the blog marathon here and I am challenging everyone to keep up with me haha I thought that our long and productive weekend deserves a long and detailed post…or something like that at least…
Ben and I were excited to spend the weekend home since the past three weekends we spent on the road, either together or separately, but what I am trying to say with this is that pretty much, nothing got done. This weekend was a perfect time to catch up with everything we had to get done and still enjoy a little rest.
FRIDAY night we started talking about our plans and quickly realized that we have more on our plates than we thought. We have a chalk board in the kitchen/entrance area where we usually put up important/or fun messages for each other…we cleaned the board and started writing…and writing…and writing and the list just kept going and going…and going. Well the board filled up, which left me in sheer terror that we won’t have enough time this weekend to do everything and even worse…we won’t have enough time to do ANYTHING. Horrid thought…well it was kind of true, but we got lots of things done…aaaaaand then Ben got sick 😦
But back to Friday night when we knocked out the easy ones on the list. We caught up with our happy jar (we try to write a good thing every day and drop it in the jar. Something good that happens to us throughout the day, makes us smile and happy), cut Echo’s hair (he started looking like a crazy maniac and his puppy behavior just supports that image, so at least the outer self of him should look somewhat organized) and got our tickets for the next trip ahead (yay).
Dinner time came pretty soon and it was time to get creative. I decided to make some Hungarian dish, called rakott krumpli…stacked potatoes in English I guess.. I promise it is more exciting than it sounds. I have been craving it for a while and Friday night seemed to be a good night for it.
Stacked Potatoes – Recipe
4 -5 Medium Boiled Potatoes
Sausage…don’t know…1 sausage I guess (chorizo or Hungarian sausage (duh:)) work best, but anything with a little spice will do)
Bacon (optional, I skipped it)
3 – 4 cups Sour cream
4 Hardboiled Eggs
Salt and Pepper
Boil the potatoes and the eggs. Grab a casserole dish and butter it up. Turn the oven on at 350. Cut up the potatoes, sausage, and eggs in circles and stack them up in this order:
1/3 of your ingredients
first layer: potatoes
second layer: eggs
third layer: sausage
fourth layer: sour cream
fifth layer: salt and pepper
2/3 of your ingredients:
first layer: potatoes
second layer: eggs
third layer: sausage
fourth layer: sour cream
fifth layer: salt and pepper
and repeat with the last third.
To be honest, I don’t think the order of the layers matter, I kinda already forgot which order I put them in. I put salt and pepper on the sour cream but I love salt, so if you know you like things a little less salty, you can skip that and just add salt and pepper at the very end. When you are done with your layers, just put some cheese on top. Put it in the oven for about 30 minutes covered, and for an additional 10 minutes uncovered so it gets a little color on top. ENJOY!
I never made this dish before alone but it turned out pretty well. We made two dishes so we can have some the next day as well and it was a big hit between Ben and I haha Don’t be afraid to try it out, I promise it is delicious!
SATURDAY we had a slow morning. We woke up around 9:30, I got up and made some breakfast burritos and hot tea so we can start the day with a good meal. Ben had to go teach tennis later and while he was gone, I cleaned and organized the apartment. He took Echo with him, it is wonderful what a difference it makes when I clean without Echo trying to “help” me out. I felt like I was unstoppable, everything got cleaned, the floors, the kitchen, the closet, the bathroom in just an hour. It felt amazing, then I even had time to Skype Edit and my parents. When Ben got home we made some sandwiches and got on the bedroom decoration project. We have been living in this place since August and all of our walls were still empty and every poster and picture we wanted to put up on the walls were on the floor… by the walls at least, but on the floor…next to all the books we don’t have a shelf for yet and next to some other stuff that should go into boxes and containers. Let’s just say, it was an organized chaos.
But after an hour and a half of hanging things up on the wall and lining up things we put up most of our pictures up, so at least now the floors are empty. We still have a world map to go up on the wall above the bed but leeet’s just do that the next weekend.
After the “hard” work I was in a dessert making mood, but unfortunately this month has its restrictions on my sugar consumption so I had to find something that can be sweet but also has no chocolate or sugar in it…
I found a recipe for wheat and sugar free muffins…sounds super exciting, doesn’t it? In a bowl I had to mix up 2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, cinnamon, 1/2 of teaspoon baking powder, honey, I added peach pieces, chia seeds, and a little yoghurt. Mixed it and put them in the oven for 20 minutes….they turned out pretty weird looking, but tasted great.
So there was no added sugar to it, which is good (well, except for the honey, but that I am okay with) and guess they turned out to be “low calorie” muffins…but when you eat 10 of something, I guess “low calorie” just kind of loses its meaning.
At night we were all pretty tired and lazy so we decided to watch a movie. We watched Spotlight, which is nominated for best picture at the Oscars…and has like another six nominations but I can’t remember what those are. It was a great movie with wonderful actors in it, and it definitely brought up some interesting topics that worth thinking about. If you haven’t seen it or heard about it yet, you should check it out, it is based on a true story.
Sunday morning we slept in again, even Echo did, who is usually up and running around 8 am and ready to take over the world. Little dude was clearly tired…and he also clearly has no idea how to use a pillow…
I went to work out, which I haven’t done in a while. I never thought I would say this…ever… but it felt amazing to feel exhausted, sore, sweaty and gross. I took a picture as a proof that I did it…
Then I realized that this picture only proves one thing, that I am sitting on the floor, doing nothing but taking pictures of myself, so I guess that did not work out in my favor…also my socks don’t match.
The rest of the day was about doing laundry, vacuuming, and mopping and cooking food for dinner and Monday lunch. Unfortunately, Ben got pretty sick by the afternoon so he was out. (Luckily he is feeling a lot better now) I had some work to do, so before I started cooking, I sat down and worked for a couple hours. For dinner I made couscous with chicken sautéed in mushrooms, bell-pepper, onions and some hot paprika. I poured myself some white wine in a decent sized glass and put on some Gilmore Girls in the background (My new thing haha).
So this was our busy weekend, we got lots done, but the bedroom still needs some decorating and work…It was nice to spend the weekend home, even though we love going to places on the weekends, we just needed this quiet-ish time for ourselves…now that I reached almost 1500 words, I think it is time to say goodbye!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, got lots done and still had time to rest! Until next time!!
I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I am absolutely “desserted-out”…I can’t even look at chocolate, cookies or any kind of sweets anymore. There were just way too many delicious cookies around me this Christmas and my willpower failed me big time. I am not saying this state of my life will last long, but right now my body is craving ONLY healthy food.
So the other day I made my mom’s fruit salad as a late night snack. She used to make this all the time and I can’t believe I forgot about it. It is a pretty simple recipe but such an interesting combo of flavors and also a very-super-amazingly healthy way of snacking…oh aaand on top of that it is delicious over the summer, when it is burning hot outside and you can cool yourself down with an ice-cold bowl of fruit salad…ours was not ice-cold this time…because it is ice-cold outside…those two don’t match.
Prep time is about…hmmm.. 5 minutes 😀
Optional: kiwi and/or mangoes
(yes, I did completely forgot about the bananas, even though they were sitting on the table next to me 😀 )
Grab a large bowl, cut up all the fruit into smaller pieces and then toss them into that large bowl that you just grabbed. Put the orange juice in the bowl until it covers up all the fruit…aaaand you are done. Let it sit for a while so the tastes combine and enjoy your healthy dessert.
(the amount depends on how much of it you really wanna make, I cut up 2 apples and 2 oranges and that was enough for two people)