What I eat in a day #7

I haven’t done one of this in a really long time! Disclaimeeer… this is not how i eat everyday, of course! You caught me on a bad day! I could have not uploaded it, but i figured that it is good to see that no one is perfect and that there are days when you, simply, do not eat healthy balanced meals.

Breakfast 7:30 a.m. 

I eyeball everything, so I cannot give you precise measurement, but i will try to be as accurate as possible. So, I had a bowl of cereal made with 1/2 a cup of granola, 1/2 a cup of milk and a medium sliced banana. That brekkie was pretty balanced!

The granola was Lizi’s Belgian Chocolate granola (it is a UK brand, if i am not mistaken) and the milk was 1,5%.

On the side, I had my coffee with a splash of milk! Now that it is summer I make my coffee in advance! I add a tablespoon of coffee (for each cup) in my french press, hot water and I let it steep for 4 minutes, then I press it! I let it cool down and then I put it in the fridge, so I end up with iced latte. ***Sometimes i add cinnamon in my coffee before I brew it! It is delicious too!

Snack, 10:00 a.m.

I had chocolate milk (250ml)! Don’t ask!  

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch 2:00 p.m.

I had leftover spinach and kale mac and cheese with feta and cheddar.

It was a small piece… but still!

 

 

Snack/Dessert 5:00 p.m.

 I went out to meet a friend at a coffee shop. We ended up at this amazing cafe which serves Greek desserts and coffee! I had “bougatsa”, a buttery pastry filled with custard or pastry cream, however you call it! So good!

On the side, I had Greek “frappe” coffee, with a splash of milk, no sugar! For those of you who do not know, Frappe is the Greek version of iced coffee.

Late night snack, 10: 00 p.m.

Honestly, after all these sugary stuff, I was not hungry for hours, so I skipped dinner!

I only had a snack really late, because this was when I was hungry! I did not want to eat dinner that late so I decided to have a toast with a slice of toasted whole wheat bread, lightly buttered, with one of this laughing cow cheese singles. On the side I had a cold lemonade!

I am pretty sure that lemonade does not go with toast but I had it anyway!

That’s it!

Pretty bad day, I know, and I do not even feel guilty! hahaha… These days happen and they will keep happening… That’s life!

Whatever! Hope you enjoyed!

Bye for now! xxx Mariana 🙂

What I Eat in a Day #6

Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. 

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I had one multi grain roll cut in half. I got it from Lidl. The sunflower and poppy seeds of the bread is a great combo, with the avo mash.

I mashed 1/2 an avocado, I spread it on the bread and sprinkled salt and pepper over it. On the side I had a sunny side up egg. This is how American call it, right? I fried it in a non-stick pan, so i literally added the tiniest amount of olive oil. And of course, my American coffee with a splash of milk.

Lunch, 12:00 p.m.

lunchI had a Greek dish, called “giouvetsi”. It is orzo pasta and pork cooked with tomato, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. I would say that it has got the texture of risotto!

I also had a tablespoon of sheep’s yogurt, on the side. I like its sourness!

 

Snack, 18:00 p.m.

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Snack for today was a small nana!!

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner, 20:30 p.m.

dinnerLastly, for dinner today I had a Greek soup called “augolemono”. Augolemono is a lemon – broth soup with meatballs. The meatballs contain spices and rice. We form them and throw them in the broth to cook. Once the rice is cooked, we make an egg-lemon mixture and pour it over the soup to thicken it up.

Date: 7/2/2017

I hope you try some of the recipes!

Hugs, Mariana xx

 

Grocery Haul | Food Diary

I got these groceries a few days ago… khm khm… correction…a lot of days ago but I still think is a good idea to share! Anyways, this is what I get on a regular basis, so let’s pretend that I bought everything yesterday! :p

Pantry Stables: 

  • 16466573_10212296402515314_524727349_o Porridge oats with wheat bran, cause I need that extra fiber! (1kg)
  • Risotto rice (1kg)
  • “Carolina”, medium grain rice (1kg)
  • Spaghetti (400g)
  • Vermicelli pasta (500g)

 

16492347_10212296400955275_333870120_o12 eggs, they are free range only because I like them soft boiled…

 

 

Dairy:

  • 16492533_10212296399995251_921250780_o Cottage Cheese (400g), for snacking
  • Semi – skimmed milk (2L), YES, we like milk in this household.
  • Margarine (250g) … it is a Greek Company that’s why you do not know it!!
  • Goat’s Yogurt (400g), I like that one better because it is kinda sour!

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Medjool dates…which are very expesive, by the way!

I got like 200g and I paid like 3 euro! Crazy!

 

Fresh Produce:

16523663_10212296399835247_1070504778_oThis is probably how my produce looks every week during winter… not much fruit to play with!

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 3 peppers
  • 4 avocados
  • 3 onions
  • A package of baby spinach
  • 1 kg of potatoes
  • 1 kg of bananas, they are local bananas that’s why they are small.

Bathroom Stables:

  • 16466138_10212296403075328_986591656_oToothpaste
  • Shampoo, head and shoulders cause my hair is falling apart
  • Body shower gel, it is by “Le petit Marsalles” and is the pistachio & chestnut kind! I do not know how they are doing, but this smells like heaven… wow
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Boost Mousse

That’s about it! The total cost was 44 euro! Not bad, at all!

Hugs, Mariana xx

What I eat in a Day #5 (Pics)

Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.

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So for breakfast today I had cereal! It was the Kellogg’s corn flakes! I like this brand because it is not sugary… I think is the healthiest you can get, when it comes to cereal! and I am talking cereal texture, not the very healthy tasteless ones… You know what I am mean!

I also added two tablespoons of homemade muesli, to add some nutritious value to my meal.

ohh, I chopped up a small banana and I added the milk!

On the side, I had my coffee with a splash of milk! The uze!  :p

Snack, 13:00 p.m.

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I know it is lunch time but I was at the Christmas Market, here in Nicosia, so I decided to have some grilled corn on the cob! It is the traditional Cypriot street food and it is yummy!

Lunch, 4:00 p.m.

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For lunch today I had a sandwich…. made with whole wheat and seed bun, pesto spread, mozzarella, tomato and rocket! I did not eat the fries…

And I also had a cappuccino…

Dinner, 9:30 p.m.

img_20161211_215442After lunch I was full for hours! When I finally wanted to eat something it was already too late… I was also very lazy to cook! So my dinner/ late-night snack was a whole wheat rusk with a slice of halloumi cheese and a cut out tomato… very simple and quick!

 

 

 

That’s about it!

Hugs, Mariana! xx

Date: 11/12/2016

 

What I eat in a Day #4 (Pics)

Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.

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This morning, I had scrambled eggs made with two organic eggs, a splash of milk and the tiniest amount of butter. That green thing is jalapeno hot sauce! #tasty

I aslo had a slice of bread, and some halloumi cheese! I mean, I live in Cyprus! Halloumi cheese is a star here!

On the side I have my americano with a splash of semi-skimmed milk! I know, I used to use a teaspoon of sugar, but I decided to cut back on the sugar, all together!

What else? hmmm… oh yeah! The fruit… it just one plum sliced.

Lunch, 1:00 p.m.

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Lunch time, and I am hungryy!! For my protein today, I had some leftover pan-roasted chicken. My mum made it… but I think she used olive oil, salt and pepper – very simple… I squeezed some lemon on my chicken, as well! On the side, I had wilted cabbage cooked with olive oil, carrots, onion, garlic, tomato and red bell pepper or paprika!

To finish it up, I had some Cypriot green olives called “tsakistes”, which literally means crushed, as the name alludes to the preparation process! The olives are seasoned with dried coriander seeds, garlic and lemon juice. They are delish! If halloumi is the star in Cypriot cuisine, olives are the queens! These green olives will also co-star in my dishes these days because I am in “tsakistes” kick! :p

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Right after my lunch I needed something sweet, so I had some orange juice! I knooow… it is not good for you! But this one contains stevia, no sugaaaar!

Come on, is not too bad… right?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snack, 5:30 p.m.

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It does not need an explanation, pretty basic snack… sliced orangeee…

It was not very sweet though! FYI :p

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner, 7:00 p.m.

img_20161210_185804For dinner I had some chicken pilaf made with chopped onion, rice, chicken and some oilve oil.

I seasoned it with salt, pepper and turmeric, hence the yellowish colour!

 

 

 

 

I feel like today was not very healthy day! But it was not unhealthy, either. What do you think?

That’s about it! 😀

Hugs, Mariana xx

Date: 10/12/2016

What I eat in a Day #3 (Pics)

Breakfast, 9:10 a.m.

breakfastHey there! What I eat in a day is baack!

For breakfast today I had two whole wheat rusks with halloumi cheese and chopped tomato! I also drizzled the tomato with some olive oil and a dash, a sprinkle… a dash of oregano. Anyway, I topped it with oregano! :p

On the side I had my americano with a splash of semi-skimmed milk. #cantforgetthecaffeine

Oh yeah, I had some fruit as well; grapefruit slices in particular!

Lunch, 1:30 p.m.

lunch The breakfast was very filling so it kept me full for a very long time!

For lunch, I had some leftover bolognese pasta from yesterday.

It was delicious!

 

 

 

 

Dinner, 7:00 p.m.

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Because I had no idea what to eat for dinner, I made breakfast for dinner, kind of! It was good and quick! I am not sure how it looks, though! :p Do not let the picture deceive you! xixixi :p

I prepared scrambled eggs using two eggs, a splash of milk and the tiniest amount of butter. On the side I decided to make a simple salad with some halloumi cheese, red bell peppers, lettuce and tomato – very easy! I also added some oil, salt and lemon juice in the salad.

To top it all of, I decided to have one orange!

I do not know what is happening with me these days, but I really crave juicy fruits.

I am in vitamin deficiency, I guess!  :/

Late Night – Tea Time, 8:40 p.m.

teatimeBefore bedtime I decided to have a tea in my #AWESOME mug.

It was the reason I had that teaaaa! Just kidding…

Well, I had the Clippers night night tea bag, and it was very soothing! It was an infusion of cinnamon, chamomile, valerian and other herbs… It was exactly what I needed! 🙂

 

 

 

That’s about it for today!

Hugs, Mariana xx

Date: 08/12/2016

Breakfast Ideas (Pics)

There is no doubt that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! and dinner and lunch… I like food! Ok?!

Breakfast is the queen of all meals! I love waking up, getting ready and preparing it! Here are my breakfasts for this week! I hope you get inspired and, maybe, recreate some of them (Oh, i hope you make some of them! :)). If you do make any of them, please comment to let me know if you liked them/ it! 🙂

Monday, 10:30 a.m.
1AMonday morning breakfast!

See, it is Monday, and I am excited! I promise, is the breakfast that makes me happy! :p
I had two organic soft-boiled eggs, with a big slice of lightly buttered bread. The bread was the regular white bread! I know there are healthier options, but, hey, I really like the white one!

I also had a cup of americano (wanna-be cappuccino) with “frothed” semi-skimmed milk and a teaspoon of sugar.

 

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.
2ASo this morning I had half a banana, a boiled egg and a big slice of lightly buttered bread, cut into four pieces. I also spread some peach jam on the two pieces because why not?

I had an americano coffee with a teaspoon of sugar, on the side! I gave up on that cappuccino!

Noooo, just kidding! I not gonna go down that easy… :p I will try again tomorrow!

 

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.

3OK, this morning I had 1/2 cup of homemade muesli, 1/2 sliced banana, 1 cup of semi-skimmed milk and a cappuccino with a teaspoon of sugar. Oh, yeah! I also added some cinnamon in my muesli, because cinnamon is love. You can also find this breakfast on my What I eat in a Day.

Yeeees, the milk froth worked today! Oh yeah, oh yeah! :p

 

Thursday, 8:00 a.m.

4AGuess what? Yeap, “eggs and bread” is happening again! I love, LOVE, that breakfast and it keeps me full for long! So, I made it again.

It is similar to Monday’s breakfast! Soft-boiled eggs, lightly buttered bread, except this time there is an actual cappuccino!  I drizzled some caramel on top of my coffee because I was feeling fancy and wanted to decorate it! 🙂

Friday, 8:15 a.m.

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I woke up not feeling hungry today! 😮 I know, I was also surprised! so the breakfast was pretty simple!

A slice of bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter! Do not even ask! It is CRUNCHY! and a cappuccino – made the same way as yesterday and the day before! And a nectarine, cut in slices!

 

Saturday, 8:45 a.m.

6AToday is Saturday! You know I had to try something fancy and new! Yesterday, I searched all over pinterest to find something cool to introduce!

I decided to try the healthy banana pancakes! People go craaazy about them.

The “batter” is literally made with a banana and two eggs, blended until smooth. Very easy! I prepared the batter, cooked them, like regular pancakes and then drizzled honey all over them.

I am gonna be honest here! They are not bad, but they are not good either. They tasted like…. they tasted like banana flavoured omelette… with honey on top! And the texture was very omelettoy!

Yes, that on the side is my cappuccino, cappuccino, of course!

 

 

That is about it, readers! Oh God, I loved working on this post all week! It was fun!

Hugs, Mariana xx

 

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

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!

Breakfast

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! 😉