What I eat in a Day #2 (Pics)

Breakfast, 10:00 a.m.

IMG_20160831_100954For breakfast, I had some homemade delicious and nutritious muesli (which was made with roasted almonds, toasted rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, all sorts of dried berries, raisins, coconut and medjool dates) with a cup of semi-skimmed milk, half sliced banana and a dash of cinnamon – you cannot forget cinnamon! 🙂

The recipe for the muesli is coming up on my blog!

On the side, I had a cappuccino – made with a teaspoon of sugar and semi-skimmed milk! I always need my caffeine in the morning!

Lunch, 2.00 p.m.

IMG_20160831_143124For lunch today, I had a tuna sandwich with tomato and onion salad on the side.

To make the tuna salad I used a small can of tuna packed in brine (drained), 1 teaspoon of light mayo, 1-2 teaspoons of corn, salt, pepper and lemon.

 

 

Dinner, 6 p.m.

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Dinner today was delicious and, definitely, not nutritious! Ahaha… but that is ok, because I really do not have this dinner regularly! Ok, the salad was nutritious! :p

I had a piece of pastitsio (which is the Greek version of the Italian meat lasagna)!! The ingredients are similar to the lasagna recipe, but the layering is different. So, there is a layer of boiled pasta and cheese on the bottom, then a layer of meat sauce in the middle and, finally, bechamel sauce on top! Yum! Recipe for pastitsio is coming up soon, as well.

On the side I had a cup of kale salad and a sliced tomato! To make myself feel better! :p

Dessert, 7:00 p.m.

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Can’t forget about dessert!

I had two medium crepes, with a Tablespoon of peach jam, a dash of cinnamon – of course- and the other half of my morning banana! You can find the recipe for the crepes here.

 

 

SOO, that’s it for today!

Hugs, Mariana xx

Date: 31 August 2016

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“I care so much about everything that I care about nothing” ― William Saroyan

How many times are we overthinking? How many times have we tried to find solutions to our future imaginary problems? We’ve all done it! We isolate ourselves, even when we are around others, in an attempt to figure out all the “problems” and “solutions”.

In life, most of the times, there is a waiting period – there is that period when we cannot do anything, but be patient and wait. For example, the period before the exams, the period before that awesome trip, the period before that stupid project deadline, the period before the last day of school and so on… you get what I mean; the process – the LIFE- before the “big event”!

Come on, be realistic! You CANNOT do anything about the future; you cannot shrink the days! Why are you thinking what is going to happen, then? Think of what is happening now – enjoy now! Take care of now! If you have an actual problem now – something you do not like – change it now! Stop thinking about it! You know what makes you happy, so you know the solution!

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I know it sound simple, but it is not easy! I am also failing most of the times, but now I know how to face it, and how to come back quickly!  I do not what to sound like a pro, and like I know everything, because I DO NOT! In these posts the first person I address is me.

Stop thinking so much of every single thing, stop making plans of what might happen, stop concentrating only on the negative possibilities, stop guessing the solution, stop torturing your mind! At the end of the day, all these concerns will get you nowhere, because these are not “real” problems! They do not exist in the actual world – these problems exist only in your brain!

Most of the times, the answer to the problem is way too simple. I am not saying that everything will be great, all the time! But what is meant to happen will happen! Why think too much about it! Life is about doing! You just have to wait, “do” life (not “think” life), and things will happen! 🙂

Salted Caramel Banana Sauce | Recipe Box

IMG_20160830_144219Sweet crepe filling #1: Salted Caramel Banana Sauce

You can find the crepes recipe on the blog!

Ingredients:

1 cup of banana, thickly sliced

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp rum

1/4 cup caramel sauce

1/4 tsp cinammon

1/4 tsp salt

 

Instructions:

1. Set a pan on medium high heat and put the butter in, to melt.

2. While the butter is heating up, slice the bananas.

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3. Throw the sliced bananas in the pan and stir for s few minutes or until they develop deep brown color.

4. Pour the rum in, stir and let it evaporate.

5. Then, add the caramel, the cinnamon, salt and continue to stir for a few minutes.

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6. Salted Caramel Banana Sauce is ready!

7. Serve a tablespoon or two of the sauce with two medium crepes, and a scoop of ice cream, if you have! #todiefor

Enjoy!! 🙂

Serves 2 people

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

 

BERLIN: East Side Gallery; a wall full of statements

The East Side Gallery is long piece of the old Berlin Wall painted by a lot of artists after the demolition of the Wall in 1989.   The Gallery is located in the city center of Berlin, Germany, and it attracts a lot of people. BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME! 🙂

I loved that gallery, not only because it is a sign of freedom, but because it made me feel free myself and because it motivated me to see the world from another perspective! What I mean is that, there I could see ideas, thoughts, concerns, fear, and all the emotions that humans feel deep inside, expressed from an artistic point of view! The East Side Gallery definitely makes a lot of statements!

For me, art is freedom and a powerful statement all by itself!

NO MORE WORDS….  a beautiful canvas of expression! I loved it!

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Basic Crepes Recipe | Recipe Box

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Crepes! Yum! Who doesn’t like crepes!

This is my basic recipe for sweet crepes! I make it for years, and it never failed me! You can also make savory crepes with the same ingredients, but remember to reduce the sugar quantity from 1 Tablespoon to 1 teaspoon.

Sweet version: You can put whatever your heart desires in your crepe… fruit, crushed graham cracker or digestives (here, in Europe), spread peanut butter, jam, nutella, add roasted nuts, ice cream or simply drizzle with maple syrup… It is your choice…! 🙂 Either way it is yummy!

Soon, I am planning to post savory and sweet crepe filling ideas, sooo…. be around!

 

 Ingredients:

1 – 1/4 cups milk

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla granules or vanilla extract

1 Tbsp sunflower oil, or any other flavorless oil

 

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, beat the sugar and the egg, using a whisk, for a few seconds.

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2. Then, add the milk, the vanilla granules and salt. Whisk!

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3. Add the flour and stir to combine.

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4. Finally, pour the the oil in and mix until smooth! Your batter is almost ready!

5. At this point it will seem thin, but do not worry! You have to let the batter sit for about 10 minutes before you start making your crepes. After 10 minutes the mixture will thicken and set.

To cook:

6. Grab a medium-sized crepe pan or a regular pan, put it on high heat and add a teaspoon of butter. Let the butter melt and the pan heat up. It is very important to wait until the pan heats up, otherwise your crepes won’t turn out nice.

7. Lower the heat to medium high and start making the crepes.

8. Pour about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the crepe batter in the pan. Once you add the mixture, immediately, tilt the pan in a circle motion to distribute the batter evenly.

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9. Let the crepe, cook, brown and crisp up on the edges, before flipping it on the other side to continue cooking.

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10. Place the crepe in a dish, grease the pan with an oiled kitchen paper towel,  and continue until you finish with your batter. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Enjoy!! 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

Kale, Potato and Tuna Salad | Recipe Box

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Today’s recipe is an easy-to-make, nutritious and delicious salad.

I usually make is as a lunch, but you can definitely use it as a side dish!

Hope you like it!

Ingredients:

1 medium bag of kale salad mix (about 5 cups)

1 cup tomatoes, cut in chunks

1 cup tuna packed in oil, drained

About 1/2 cup white onion, sliced

1 1/3 cup boiled potatoes, cut in chunks

1/3 cup feta, crumbled

Dressing:

3-4 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt & pepper

Instructions:

1. Start with the potatoes, wash them very well, fill a pot with water and boil them, with the skin on, until they get tender. (I used only one potato because it was quit big!)

2. Meanwhile, cut the tomato in chunks and slice the onion.

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3. Once the potatoes are cooked, let them cool a little bit, so that you do not burn yourself! Then peel and cut them into chucks, as well.

4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the mustard, the olive oil, the vinegar, salt and pepper.

5. In a large bowl, place the kale salad mix, the tomatoes, the potatoes, the onions, and the tuna! Pour the dressing over and mix, until all the leaves and vegetables are coated with the dressing!

6. Transfer the salad in a large salad bowl or serve on the plates. Finally, sprinkle the crumbled feta on top of the salad!
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Serves 2-4 people

Enjoy!! 🙂

“I am trying!”, BUT “Are you trying the right way?”

What does the phrase “I am trying” mean? I cannot count the times I used this phrase, just to avoid thinking of an alternative, better, way to achieve my life goals.  For years, I was stuck into this mindset without even realizing it!

I wasn’t honest with myself! I was not trying the right way! The word “try” embodies the idea of multiple attempts… but it does not necessarily imply the repetition of the exact same thing, on the exact same area with the exact same way. Your goal is always the same, but the attempts should vary every time, otherwise you do not really try! For example, you enroll to the gym, you go for a month and then you stop! After a few months you do the exact same thing! Why? TRY something different, obviously gym does not work! Try dancing classes! 🙂befunky-design5

If you have tried numerous times and you seem to be stuck in a try-failure loop, then think of an alternative way to get where you want. You will be surprised! Sometimes the answer is simple and it is right before our eyes, but we cannot see it, just because we are trapped in bad habitual behavior!  Other example… I was trying to lose weight by doing things that I knew will never work!

You might say… “well, it worked before!” I agree! It might have worked before, but NOW it does not work! That is absolutely normal! We are humans, and as the years go by, we change both physically and mentally. Thus, we approach things differently, we have different tolerance level and less patience!

Be honest are you really trying or are you afraid to see other options! Life is beautiful! You can achieve your dreams in another way; MORE CREATIVE, MORE APPROACHABLE, MORE FUN AND MORE INTERESTING. The possibilities are endless!

What I eat in a Day #1 (Pics)

Breakfast time, 10:00 a.m.

One of my go-to breakfast options is eggs with bread. This morning I had two soft-boiled eggs, with a slice of bread and a cup of cold freddo! I know that there are people who hate soft-boiled eggs and people who believe that runny egg-yolks have bacteria. Well, I am “careful” with my eggs, for this reason I prefer the organic ones!

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Lunch time, 2:00 p.m.

I love Sunday lunches! I had chicken pilaf with sauteed chicken, rice and caramelized onion & carrots. Did I mention that it was delicious! 🙂

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Snack time, 5 p.m.

I usually prefer to have some sort of fruit for snack. Today I chose a pear!

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Dinner time, 8:00  p.m.

For dinner, I was not feeling like cooking, so I just made an open-faced sandwich with a big piece of bread, crumbled feta, chopped tomato and oregano! … and I sprinkled some parsley on top to decorate it!

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Dessert time, 8:20 p.m

To complete my meals, for today, I had half of a baked apple, topped with some dried blueberries. I made this yesterday! You can find the recipe for the baked apples on my blog.

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I forgot to mention that through out the day I drink a lot of water!

That’s about it! Did you enjoy your meals today?

Date: 28 August 2016, Sunday

Why do I have a food diary?

Why does this section exist on my blog? Why not! I just like the process so much; decide what to eat, prepare it, make it presentable, take the picture from every possible angle and then edit it. I think I enjoy the process more than the actual eating. Also, I really enjoy watching the “What I ate today” videos on YouTube, so I decided to make a blog version of it…

Besides, one of my goals for this year is to achieve a better relationship with food and become more conscious of what I put in my body! I think that this process of taking pictures, is a very interesting and creative way to document what I consume, without counting the boring calories! A picture always shows the quantity. Through a picture you can really understand if you have the right quantity, and usually the right quantity equals to the right amount of calories… So it is a win win situation! No need for stress, no need for calorie-counting applications and scales. Plus, if you decide that you will eat only what you put in your plate, then you will also avoid picking food from here and there… Extra bonus!

Some people may find it ridiculous… but I really enjoy doing it! It is fun!  🙂

Ahaha… Keep in mind, I am not crazy! 😛 I do not do this everyday, I only do it when I have time, usually during the weekends! But the idea of eating what is on my plate becomes a habit; a good habit, like drinking plenty of water or walking in the evening, that can be used on an everyday basis! 😉

 

Yesterdays: Past!

125We have all done it! I do not know why we humans do this! But, I assume that it has to do with the fully formed actions of the past. Let me explain… I guess is just a thing in our brain! We always focus on the things we did, and we never think of the things we are doing at the moment because we cannot see them… The past, involves actions that are completed and thus, are more visible. The past actions have a beginning, a middle and an end, so we think that we can judge them better. Well, at some extend, this is true! The problem is that we give way too much attention to the past! Judging, evaluating, criticizing, reevaluating, and we never give an ending.

A key is to realize that the present is also an action; a valuable action in progress! In fact, this action in progress is more important because it has the potential to be changed or corrected.

I used to “lock” myself in the past, feeling sad that I cannot change it! Thinking about yesterday’s regrets and mistakes is never healthy! GET OVER IT! You cannot change the actions of yesterday! Why stress about it!

The only thing you can do is, is find what YOU would like to do differently, what YOU think is wrong and TRY not to do the same mistake!

One day, you will comprehend that “past” is past and over! Only “now” matter, the most because now has the potential to make you happier than yesterday!