Whole30 after transplantation ‚Äď Week 4

End of the 4th week is here, awesome! Just two more days to go and I will be able to start adding the restricted food! First of all dairy products. On Wednesday I will be allowed to eat yogurt, cream or drink milk! That’s so amazing! I believe it will be the best yogurt I ever had in my life ūüėÄ I am literally counting minutes!

Oh well, I have to calm down now and write something about the 4th week. To be honest, on Monday I still felt like apathetic, without a taste for any food and just determined to finish it with whatever food but somehow it changed on Tuesday and I decided that I will enjoy the last remaining days and will try to cook unusual meals, meals that I never cooked before or at least those I cook very rarely.

I had to stay at home with my daughter as she got ill (yes, again) and so I had enough time for my experiments. The first meal I tried was Shepard’s pie which I never tried cooking before (However I ate it few times while working in London and I loved it). I was cooking it around 2.5 hours and I have to say it is really labor intensive meal! And what was the best – my daughter didn’t like it so I had to eat the whole pie myself ūüėÄ

The other meals I tried were borsc or pumpkin soup. My daughter didn’t like any of them ūüėÄ She just doesn’t like healthy meals, what can I do? At least my friend who came for a visit had a piece of the pie and my ex-husband and his family had some borsc¬†so helped me a bit. And they liked it, phew! ūüėÄ

In this week I should be already used to eat 3 times per day (Yeah, don’t have any issues with it), I should sleep better (Yup, I sleep like a baby, around 6-7 hours), I should be resistant to smells from the bakery (are you kidding me? I had a dream about the fresh bread smell few days ago and can’t wait to bite some!) and I shouldn’t have munchies (Hahaha…it happened to me that I was dreaming about biting Bounty, chocolate cake or Lindt pralines and woke up in shock that it was only a dream).

But to be honest I am very happy that I (almost) managed to go through this challenge. First, for the whole program I didn’t use my diabetes pills and my sugar was almost perfect (except the morning sugar in the first two weeks, after that it was perfect as well). Second, I can feel I lost some weight and I am very curious about how much. However, I am already wearing clothes that were forgotten in my drawer for some time and it feels realy good. And third, I found out that I can have a very strong will when I decide to achieve something. One example for all – on Saturday I went with my daughter to see the lighting of Christmas tree on the Old Town Square and she¬†wanted me to buy her Trdelnik, which I love. So I did..it smelled like cinnamon-vanilla heaven and I could hear the crispy caramelized sugar when she was biting it. And at the end, she gave the rest of it to me that she can’ anymore. So I was holding it in my hands the whole way home, smelling it and still didn’t taste it! Omg, I am so buying it as soon as this challenge ends!

So, that was my last whole week of the Whole30 challenge. I am so excited about next week!

Day 22

 

Breakfast: Mixed 1/2 avocado with 1/2 banana and blueberries, cashew nuts, walnut

Lunch: Baked turkey breasts with potatoes, roasted vegetables (onion, red and orange pepper, beetroot, green beans)

Dinner: Caraway soup (lots of caraway seeds, ghee, carrot, potatoes, egg)

Day 23

 

Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, piece of fresh kohlrabi, carrot and cucumber

Lunch: Shepard’s pie (baked minced pork and beef meat and a piece of baked turkey meat from the previous day, onion, carrot,¬† beetroot, garlic, thyme, rosemary, the mash was made from 1/2 baked Hokkaido pumpkin, 1/2 boiled sweet potato, 1 boiled potato, 2 eggs), cherry tomatoes, carrot, cucumber

Dinner: Apple (I ate the lunch pretty late and wasn’t able to eat for dinner anything else than this)

Day 24

Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, blueberries, various nuts

Lunch: Baked chicken leg with grilled potatoes, zucchini, sweet potato, fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumber (I know there are not many vegetables but I invited my friend for lunch and as we were talking, I managed to burn most of the grilled vegetables ūüėÄ oh well, at least we had a good talk :D)

Dinner: Shepard’s pie from yesterday

Day 25

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with ghee, fresh carrot, cucumber and cherry tomatoes (I tried scrambled eggs after some time hoping it would taste better to me but nope, the same suffering as before ūüė¶ )

Lunch: Shepard’s pie again (Well, I made lots of it and I am the only one eating so what! :D)

Dinner: Pumpkin soup (rest of the baked pumpkin from the Shepard’s pie, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onion,

Day 26

Breakfast: Porkpie, vinegar, fresh cucumber, cherry tomatoes (I love this meal! It’s traditional food in Czech mostly people eat it on New Year with vinegar, fresh onion and slice of bread)

Lunch: Kebab with a vegetable salad (My second meal in a restaurant, it was very very yummy!)

Dinner: Pumpkin soup

Day 27

Breakfast: Porkpie again

Lunch: Borsc (beef meat, pork meat, sauerkraut, beetroot, potatoes, onion, carrot, tomato purée)

Dinner: And guess what – the pumpkin soup

Day 28

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, cucumber, radish, cherry tomatoes, carrot

Lunch: Turkey minced meat, grilled potatoes, onion, sweet potato, yellow pepper, fresh salad (various green and red salads)

Dinner: Sauerkraut soup (sauerkraut, potatoes, carrot, sweet paprika, onion, smoked pork meat)

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Whole30 after transplantation ‚Äď Week 3

So the challenge is getting worse. Mentally, physically, overall. I started the week with illness as I wrote last time. As I got, even more, herpeses on my lips than the last time, I decided to call my doctor in IKEM and discuss the situation with him. He told me to go for a blood test and we would see. So I went on Wednesday when I was already able to leave the flat and went for the tests.

The tests had fortunately good results, creatinine being 93, CRP 0.7 and other results were good as well. The only issue was that they found an increased amount of uric acid which might cause gout, kidney stones, joints stones and even kidney failure. I got very scared and asked the doctor what it meant. Fortunately, I was told that the level is not too high and that if it is not long-term it should not be dangerous. But I immediately started to think about how to reduce the food that is affecting the uric acid level, mostly red meat.

So I am now trying to eat meat only once a day, usually for lunch and I am focusing mostly on white meat or fish. It is not 100% but I am more thinking about what I eat. And can’t wait for this challenge to be over. Not only because of this uric acid issue but also I am somehow losing my appetite. In the past, I always woke up and couldn’t wait to eat breakfast. Now I wake up and my first thought is “Omg, I will have to eat again…” Also, I don’t care much what I eat, I just combine food that I have at home to create some meal and complete the task. Sometimes I have to force myself after like 5 or 6 hours to eat just because I should. It is so not me! I was always passionate about food! Food was so important to me! Basically, I was thinking about food million times a day and now it is only¬†a duty for me. I am losing appetite and I am shrinking my portions as I just can’t eat more.

I am more and more thinking about interrupting the challenge and even some of my friends advised me to do so when I told them about these changes in my behavior and my thoughts but on the other side, I have finished 21 days and there is only so little left to achieve the goal! I don’t know….I don’t know what to do. I still continue with the challenge but there is a high probability that I might quit any time. Let’s see what I will write next week…

Here is my meals’ diary for the third week:

Day 15

Breakfast: 3 slices of Schwarzwald ham, mango and raspberries (I know it is very small breakfast but as I already wrote, I just cannot eat more)

Lunch: Fried turkey breasts, onion, orange pepper fried with olive oil with boiled broccoli and fresh vegetable salad (rucola, red chard, beetroot)

Dinner: Scrambled eggs with boiled cauliflower, fresh vegetable salad (rucola, red chard, beetroot, cherry tomatoes), boiled broccoli, 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham

Day 16

Breakfast: 1 apple, almonds

Lunch: Chicken leg baked on Sauerkraut, boiled potatoes

Dinner: Chicken broth

Day 17

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs. 5 cherry tomatoes, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, 1/2 pear (I went to a doctor in the morning to give blood for tests, so I had to take the breakfast with me and eat it after)

Lunch: Chicken leg baked on Sauerkraut, boiled potatoes

Dinner: Chicken broth

Day 18

Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, fresh spinach, cucumber, 3 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 pear

Lunch: Baked minced pork meet with grilled potatoes and vegetables (zucchini, beetroot, sweet potato, carrot, yellow and red pepper and fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumber and spinach

Dinner: Goulash (boiled pork meat with onion, peppers, mushrooms and sweet paprika)

Day 19

Breakfast: 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, fresh spinach, tomato, mango, blueberries

Lunch: Baked minced pork meet with grilled potatoes and vegetables (zucchini, beetroot, sweet potato, carrot, yellow and red pepper and fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumber and spinach

Dinner: Goulash (boiled pork meat with onion, peppers, mushrooms and sweet paprika), mixed potatoes with boiled cauliflower, fresh cucumber, radish and cherry tomato

Day 20

Breakfast: 2 Scrambled eggs, cucumber, Mangold, cherry tomato and blueberries

Lunch: Roasted pork neck with green beans, boiled potatoes, fresh cucumber and cherry tomatoes

Dinner: Goulash (boiled pork meat with onion, peppers, mushrooms and sweet paprika), mixed potatoes with boiled cauliflower, boiled spinach, fresh cucumber, radish and cherry tomato

Day 21

Breakfast: Mixed avocado with 1/2 banana, mango, juice of 1/2 lemon, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, walnut, blueberries (As I cannot eat eggs anymore, I am trying to eat something else…not that it tasted better but at least I don’t feel like throw up)

Lunch: Baked cod with rosemary, roasted green beans, boiled potatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes

Dinner: Roasted vegetables (onion, beetroot, yellow and red pepper, green beans, cauliflower) with olive oil, 1 slice of Schwarzwald ham, 1 kiwi, 1/2 orange (Not sure if this is correct according to whole30 but I had huge taste for fruits) – I wasn’t able to finish the meal so I left some kiwi and oranges for the following morning

Whole30 after transplantation – Week 2

This week was weird. It started well as I was finally able to go to work after the illness last week but on Wednesday I was feeling very bad again. Both mentally and physically. I felt cold, depressed, had a headache and also my stomach was somehow not well. Later that day I found out that I got my period so at least I knew where the problems were coming from, however, it didn’t make me feel any better. So I went home earlier and was resting.

On Friday I felt better but I had terrible nightmares so for a change I slept very bad. One of my dreams was about eating a piece of chocolate. Yeah, you read it correctly – nightmare about chocolate! I know it may sound funny but I woke up really stressed and confused. It took me a while to come back to reality but then it was a huge relief to find out that I actually didn’t eat it ūüėÄ After this I fell asleep again and woke up after another bad dream – this time it was about going to doctor where all my kidney and diabetes test results were very bad. I woke up with shock and wasn’t able to sleep again.

On Saturday, I found out that I had some new herpes on my lips and also started to feel unwell. I wasn’t sure if it was from the stress from the bad dreams or if I was getting ill again. On Sunday I got a headache, higher (and then very low) temperature and felt very weak. I have never measured myself temperature of 34,5 degrees which I did have today. Yes, 34,5…I measured it twice and was looking for any signs of zombie transformation. So, here I come, ill again.

My feelings from this week are very contradictory. Following the Whole30 regime and food restrictions are not hard for me, make me feel very good and have many good effects on me. Mostly I am full of energy, need to sleep less, have a good mood, I am also way less nervous and grumpy and last but not least I feel that some clothes fit me better.

On the other hand, I am¬†almost constantly feeling cold and I also think that this regime¬†stresses me without me even realizing it. So I am thinking about if the cold together with the stress¬†negatively affect my immunity and that is the reason why my illness keeps coming back? I haven’t been ill for a long time and I even don’t remember when it was the last time when some illness returned in less than a week.¬†I am really curious about what the third week will bring.

Here is my meals’ diary for the second week:

Day 8

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms (it was supposed to be omelet but it kind of failed to keep the desired shape :D), cherry tomatoes, raspberries

Lunch: Baked pork chop with bone with Ghee and mushrooms, vegetable salad (fresh spinach, lettuce salad, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olive oil

Dinner: Soup made with duck meat and vegetables (carrot, cauliflower, celery, green beans ‚Äď most of the vegetables mixed)

Day 9

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, 1/4 pear

Lunch: Baked pork chop with bone with Ghee and mushrooms, vegetable salad (fresh spinach, lettuce salad, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olive oil

Dinner: Garlic onion soup made with Ghee, 1 carrot, 1 potato, marjoram, chive (I felt very cold during the whole day so I made me this soup to help me warm up. It’s also very good in this cold and rainy weather to boost the immunity)

Day 10

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs made with Ghee, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and raspberries

Lunch: Baked minced pork meat with garlic, baked potatoes, grilled zucchini, beetroot, sweet potato, carrot, yellow pepper and fresh salad, cherry tomatoes and pear (This was a super awesome meal. The best so far!)

Dinner: Grilled salmon with 1/2 potato, beetroot, onion, cherry tomatoes, yellow pepper, fresh spinach, cucumber and few almonds

Day 11

Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham, fresh salad, carrot, cucumber, few almonds, and raspberries

Lunch: Baked minced pork meat with garlic, baked potatoes, grilled beetroot, sweet potato, yellow pepper, mushroom and fresh salad and cherry tomatoes

Dinner:¬†Baked minced pork meat with garlic, baked potatoes, grilled beetroot, sweet potato, yellow pepper, mushroom and fresh salad, radish, kohlrabi, and kaki (This dinner was too much, I wasn’t able to finish it so I left some radish and kaki for the breakfast next day)

Day 12

Breakfast: 1/2 avocado mixed with 1/4 pear and juice of 1/2 lemon (This was so far my biggest challenge as I hate the taste of avocado, so I had to hide its taste into something else. Each bite was a fight for me but I managed to eat the whole bowl! The rest of the avocado is still in the fridge though…)

Lunch:¬†Baked minced pork meat with garlic, grilled orange pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, boiled potatoes with caraway seeds, fresh cucumber, radish and carrot (again, I wasn’t able to finish the whole meal so I left some boiled potatoes for dinner)

Dinner: Scrambled eggs with boiled cauliflower, boiled potatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes and cucumber

Today I got a bit hungry later in the evening so I had one small red apple before I went to sleep.

Day 13

Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, 2 cherry tomatoes (Today I woke late and didn’t feel well, so I had only very little breakfast)

Lunch: Baked chicken leg, boiled vegetables (red and yellow carrot, broccoli, green beans), boiled potatoes (My first lunch in a restaurant in this challenge – well, “restaurant” is not the exact word, more like a buffet in a shopping center. I was afraid of it,¬†but it was not such challenge as I thought and the food was very good and cheap :D)

Dinner: Vegetable salad (rucola, red chard, radish, beetroot, kohlrabi, coriander, cherry tomato, olive oil), baked beef meat

Day 14

Breakfast: 1/2 avocado mixed with berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currant), 1/4 mango

Lunch: Fried turkey breasts, onion, orange pepper fried with olive oil with boiled broccoli and fresh vegetable salad (rucola, red chard, beetroot)

Dinner: Scrambled eggs with boiled cauliflower, fresh vegetable salad (rucola, red chard, beetroot, cherry tomatoes), boiled broccoli, 2 slices of Schwarzwald ham

Whole30 after transplantation

Is going through the Whole30 program after transplantation safe or not? When I started to think about taking this challenge, I did a huge research on this theme. Well, huge might be a too strong word as I didn’t find much information about this specific theme. I found some concerns that eating too much protein might be dangerous for people who have some kidney illness (well I knew this already as I went through this stage in the past) but no evidence of eating a lot of protein after transplantation being dangerous for the patients. Just warning that eating too much fat might be dangerous for their figure as they are taking corticoids which increase taste.

In the last two years I gained almost 7 kilos and lately I was almost constantly feeling tired but couldn’t sleep at night, often had some digestion problems, diarrhea or felt bloated and very bad mood swings. Almost all the symptoms that the creators of the Whole30 program claim might be caused by eating food that is not healthy for you, you are allergic to or sensitive to. I read the whole program to see what rules you have to follow and I decided to give it a try.

Today I have finished the first week so I can already tell what changes I feel. So far I have more energy than I had before I started and also I sleep way better. One of the rules of the program is that you should eat only three times per day which I wasn’t able to follow in the first few days. I had to have two fruity snacks – one between breakfast and lunch and the other between lunch and dinner. From the third day I needed only one snack and from the fifth, I am fine with three meals per day. Interesting is that I don’t feel hungry the whole day and I don’t have any cravings for sweets (and I was used to having something sweet every day) unless it is right in front of me directly attacking my nose with its smell (so preparing snacks for my daughter is kind of self-torturing process).

However, I would be lying if I said that I am not afraid if the program can’t somehow hurt my kidney. I am trying not to eat too much protein but protein and fat are the basics of this program as they keep you feeling full for a long time. So for the next week, I am considering lowering the amount of meat and protein overall and maybe contacting my doctor and asking for a special check.

During the first week I tried to measure my sugar the whole day (before and two hours after each meal) without taking the regular pills reducing the amount of sugar which the blood absorb from the food. I found out that my sugar level was almost normal and so I decided to try to go without them. Will measure my sugar more often now though. Just in case.

Another rule also is that you are not allowed to weigh yourself or measure in any way. Hah, kind of tough for someone who is used to weighing herself each second day. Oh well, a challenge is a challenge with all it takes. So, in the morning of the first day, I did my last measuring. I started with weight of 57.7 kg,

Overall I don’t have any bigger issues with following the meals rules, the biggest challenge is the breakfast though. I am having eggs every day in different variations but I am a bit afraid that soon I won’t be able to eat them anymore. And what would I do then? No idea. Well so far I am still able to eat them so will see what the next week brings.

The only complication was that on the third day I became ill. Nothing serious just some cold with a bit higher temperature and about 15 little but terribly painful herpeses on my lips (the usual thing in my case, unfortunately). So I was staying home (and had more time to prepare all the meals). Tomorrow I am going to work again.

Not sure if it is connected to the food or to the illness (or the terrible weather outside lately) but I am feeling colder. I am wearing more clothes than I usually do and need an extra blanket at night. On the other hand, I see a big improvement in my mood. I am almost constantly in a good mood (might be connected to the better sleep) and sometimes I don’t even believe my reactions. It happened few times that something didn’t go as I wanted or expected and normally I would get angry or started to yell or argue but I didn’t (and I honestly asked myself: “Did you really just say/do this instead of freaking out?”). That’s more than positive!

Here is my meals diary for the first week:

Day 1

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, cucumber, tomato

Snack 1: White grapes

Lunch: Stewed turkey meat in carrot with boiled potatoes.

Snack 2: Banana

Dinner: Beef soup with vegetables

Day 2

Exactly the same as on Day 1

Day 3

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with onion made with Ghee, tomato, cucumber, carrot

Lunch: Roasted onions, peppers, tomatoes, and eggs ( in Czech we call it “Leńćo”) with potatoes cooked in the skin

Snack: Apple

Dinner: Vegetable salad (few types of green salad, cabbage, carrot) with salmon grilled with dill and garlic

Day 4

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with spinach (they may not seem good, but they were awesome!), cucumber, and carrot

Lunch:¬†Roasted onions, peppers, tomatoes, and eggs ( in Czech we call it “Leńćo”) with potatoes cooked in the skin

Snack: Pear

Dinner: Baked chicken leg (without skin), grilled vegetable (zucchini, eggplant, red and yellow pepper, onion), grilled potatoes

Day 5

Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, 3 slices of Schwarzwald ham, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, small bowl of raspberries

Lunch: Baked chicken leg (without skin), grilled vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, red and yellow pepper, onion), grilled potatoes

Dinner: Vegetable salad (few types of green salad, cabbage, carrot, cherry tomatoes) with shrimps and salmon grilled with dill and garlic

Day 6

Breakfast: Scrambled 3 eggs with onion and Ghee, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes, 1/2 red apple

Lunch: Grilled salmon with steamed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot), cherry tomatoes and boiled potatoes

Dinner: Baked duck (I have to admit I had a small piece of the skin as well), grilled vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, red and yellow pepper, onion, sweet potato), boiled potatoes

Day 7

Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, kohlrabi, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes (woke up in a creative mood – this is supposed to be butterfly :D)

Lunch: Soup made with duck meat and vegetables (carrot, cauliflower, celery, green beans – most of the vegetables mixed)

Dinner: Vegetable salad (few types of green salad, cabbage, carrot, cherry tomatoes), baked chicken and duck meat (aka leftovers from previous days), small bowl of raspberries

 

Salmon with mustard crust

I love salmon. In fact I love all kinds of fish. I could eat it daily. This is one of my favorites salmon recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Salmon (I had 200 grams which was for two meals)
  • Mustard (I use special Czech one called “Kremzska”, probably the closest one to it would be dijon)
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Salt

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At first wash and dry the salmon and put salt on it. Then cut the garlic into smaller pieces and mix it with parsley and mustard. Using your hands to rub the mixture into the salmon. Then put it in the oven to 200¬įC for 10-15 minutes till it is fully baked.

As a side dish I love potatoes baked with cottage cheese. Simply wash the potatoes, cut them to halves, put some salt on it, cottage cheese and parsley. Wrap the stuffed potatoes to kitchen foil and put them to oven for around 30 minutes.meals 013

And the result is here:

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Enjoy!

Healthy and awesome carrot cake

Because I am currently dealing with my blood sugar riding on a roller coaster (from 3 to 25), I have to be careful about what I eat. I always liked carrot cakes but I had to find a version without sugar and without flour if possible.

As I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I put together two recipes and added my own improvements. The result is here!

So, how to do it? You will need:

For the cake

  • 2-3 large carrots (approx 250 g)
  • 4 tbl spoons of oat flakes
  • 2 tbl spoons of agave syrup (or any other you like)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tea spoon of baking powder
  • 1 tea spoon of cinnamon
  • dried dates and other fruits and nuts as you like

For the cream

  • 100 g of cashew nuts (put them to water 24 hours in advance)
  • 3 table spoons of lemon sauce
  • 3 table spoons of agave syrup
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil

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First, you need to chop the carrots finely and grind the oat flakes to a flour. Then separate yolks and  the egg white. Whip the egg whites and mix the yolks with cinnamon.

meals 006As a next step mix the chopped carrots with the oat flakes flour, baking powder and cinnamon egg yolks. Add the dried fruits and syrup and in the end gently insert the whipped egg whites. Do not stir too much so the whipped egg whites don’t lose the volume. And that’s it! Put the dough to a baking form and bake on 180¬įC for 40 mins.

meals 010.JPGIt’s yummy like this but to make it even better, I put a sour cream on top. For the cream you just need mix the cashew nuts together with the lemon sauce, agave syrup and coconut oil.

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Enjoy!

Easy peasy pasta recipe

Today I made my beloved pasta with chicken, spinach, dried tomatoes and cottage cheese. Super easy, super fast, super delicious.

What you gonna need (amount on the picture is for one big portion or two pretty small ones):

  • Chicken meat (I used thigh fillet)
  • Fresh spinach
  • Dried tomatoes (I like those in sunflower or olive oil)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Pasta (I love wholegrain or corn pasta)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Oil (this time I used the one from the dried tomatoes, it adds to the meal special taste)

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1st step: Boil some water with salt and put the pasta into it. Set the timer so you know when it’s ready (a.k.a. “al dente”) to decant it.

2nd step:¬†In the meanwhile¬†you will manage to finish the rest of the meal. So, heat the oil and when it’s ready, put the meat in, add salt and pepper and cook it well.

3rd step: When the meat is done, add dried tomatoes and spinach. Watch out the water that comes from the spinach, you might want to reduce the amount of it.

4th step: When the spinach reduces its volume about ten times (just few minutes, really), you can add the cottage cheese. ¬†Then just wait until the cheese melts and that’s it! In the end it will look something like this:

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 Enjoy!

My beloved breakfast recipe

Abs are made in the kitchen and muscles are build in the bedroom some people say. For me breakfast is the most important meal from the whole day as no matter what dinner I had the previous evening, I am always very hungry in the morning. To be honest I don’t understand people who don’t breakfast. How can they?

I try to switch regularly what I eat for breakfast but this yogurt with oat flakes, chia seeds and tons of other stuff is my favorite. It¬†is easy, has thousands of variations and cooks itself over night. Ideal, isn’t it? So what you gonna need is:

  • Empty jar with cover
  • 2-3 tbl spoons of milk
  • White yogurt
  • 2-3 tbl spoons of oat flakes (or oat, rye, spelt…)
  • 1/2 tbl spoon of seeds chia and hemp seeds (or sesame, linseed…)
  • Dried fruits & nuts – I used goji berries, pine nuts, dried cranberries, cut cashew nuts and hazelnuts
  • Fresh fruits – I didn’t use this time but especially in summer I use it a lots
  • Optional: Sweetener – mostly I don’t add any but if I do, I like dates syrup

So! At first, take the empty jar and put the milk in it. Add flakes and chia seeds, cover the jar and shake well.

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Milk, oat flakes, chia seeds

When mixed properly, add the dried fruits, nuts and the rest of the seeds you want to use. Cover the jar and shake again.

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Goji berries, pine nuts, dried cranberries, cut cashew nuts and hazelnuts

The last ingredients are yogurt and sweetener if you want. So put them to the jar and guess what…cover it and shake again ūüėČ

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White yogurt, dates syrup

And that’s it! Almost. Now you need to put it to the fridge and leave it there till the morning. It’s supposed to look like this:

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Then go to bed to make your muscles (means while sleeping ;)) and when you wake up in the morning, your breakfast is already prepared. Enjoy!