Archive | June, 2011

Fried brains

30 Jun

OMG. I can’t sit behind the computer any longer. I have my drivers theory exam tomorrow and I’m making these practice exams on the computer. They go on and on and on…. and I failed more than once 😦 hopefully I’ll pass the test tomorrow! Fingers crossed.

I didn’t sit behind the computer all day, because I did my usual thursday morning step class. Loved it! My legs were fresh because of my unplanned rest day yesterday. I took two back to back classes on thurday evening – one bodyshape and one step class – so that was a wise decision. I don’t want to overtrain!

My breakfast was GIAT. Say what? We all know what OIAJ means and GIAT is granola in a tub. Muhaha.

This particular breakfast packed a Chopped peach, quark (some sort of greek yoghurt), maca powder, vanilla protein powder, raw muesli, popped amaranth, flax seeds and Elises granola. You really have to make this! Its delish. With my daily soy cappuccino on the side.

For lunch I had a Spinach salad with leftover grilled chicken, vegetables and couscous from last night (got so mucho leftovers), with some extra pepitas, olive oil, balsamic glaze and apple cider vinegar. On the side I had a slice of sourdough bread with homemade red pepper hummus. (recipe comming soon) And an unpictured peach.

I also downed a bottle of aquarius after lunch. I was so thirsty! I has been very hot in Holland for the last few days and I haven’t been hydrating properly. Oops. I’m actually very bad at drinking water. I somehow can’t seem to get it down. I do drink a lot of tea, but since the temperatures went up, I obviously didn’t.

Have to get back to studying for my test tomorrow. Ugh. 😦 Wish me luck!

 

Serving sizes and movement

29 Jun

That didn’t last long, did it. I couldn’t stay away!

I already have TWO faithful readers, but since I didn’t tell anyone about my blog and my two readers are mum and dad, it still doesn’t really count. I’m seeking new readers!

There are a few reasons why I started this blog. First and foremost I’m very passionate about eating real food. As a future RD student (beginning in September), I get very passionate about things other people are definitely not interested in. I can go on and on about “how great this salad is” or I get frustrated about the lack of healthy and innovative restaurants in Holland.

The funny thing is that people in Europe are generally not that obsessed with healthy living. I think that has its advantages and disadvantages. Because let’s be honest; are people in Europe fat? The answer is a big NO.

They help themselves to lots of cheese, bread and French fries (especially in Holland and France), and still they stay slim. How is that possible, you might ask?

Serving sizes and movement, people!

Serving sizes in Europe are considerably smaller in comparison with the U.S. If I order a cheese sandwich (tosti in Dutch) in a café just around the corner, I’ll get two decent sized slices of –preferably- wholegrain bread with in between a few slices of real cheese, all toasted to melty perfection. It might come with a small miniature side salad and some ketchup. And that’s it. This meal will leave you satisfied, but probably hungry in three hours prox. And that’s fine, because than you can eat another small snack. In between, Dutch people use their bikes like Americans use their cars. And if we don’t bike, we walk.

However, in the U.S. it’s a whole other story. I’m not a U.S. hater who likes to talk trash about your lovely country. NOT AT ALL. In fact, I’m a lover of America and I’m stoked to visit my dad, who loves is Irvine, California, every now and then.

I’m just mostly concerned about the serving sizes. I just got back a few months ago from a vacation to Aruba. Me and my mum stayed at an American hotel chain and we had lunch there almost every day. We were reminded that Americans don’t skimp on serving sizes. The salads were literally the size of my head (which I didn’t mind at all. I make my own salad beasts), the sandwiches were thrice the size of my normal sized sandwiches and everything came with fries. Why on earth does everything have to come with fries? Like a sandwich the size of a small truck doesn’t pack enough carbs? Unless you’re a bodybuilder or training for a marathon, it’s just too much.

I have to admit I got a little sick of all the overweight people around me eating hamburgers, fries and sandwiches. I have to add that I just finished 6 months of intense therapy for an eating disorder, so maybe I was overreacting a bit, but sometimes it drove me crazy. I really had to learn eating intuitively and not too stuff myself crazy. I will get into that subject later sometime.

Enough rambling for now. I love food and I love to share. So here’s my dinner and evening snack.

Grilled chicken breast marinated in honey/soy sauce/garlic marinade. Grilled fennel & bell pepper. Steamed green beans. Sauteed eggplant with homemade hummus and Couscous with dried fruit, pepitas, bell pepper, corn, capers, EVOO, garlic and parsley.

Nonfat greek yoghurt with nuked raspberries, frozen blueberries, flax seeds and mixed nuts.

I’m off to enjoy some quality time with my book before heading to bed. It’s 08.30 PM in Holland, so don’t think I have some weird sleep schedule. 😉

See you later!

 

Hello and hummus

29 Jun

So here it is.

My first blog post on Food Fashion & Boats. I will make sure to update my about page very soon, so you have more background information about this very interesting person behind this blog. Cough.

I am sure you will notice my lack of spelling, but please bare with me. I’m a Dutch girl, trying to do her best writing in English, so this blog can be universally read by lots and lots of people all over the world. I actually prefer writing in English, because some words you just cannot say in Dutch. Words such as smorgasm, to die for and holy cow just don’t sound that good in Dutch. In translation this would be smorgasme, om dood te gaan en heilige koe. I’m guessing my Dutch readers are laughing hysterically about right now.

I got addicted at reading healthy living blog and that’s why I decided to start my own blog. Unfortunately I can’t wow you with very professional drool worthy pictures (it is a food blog after all), because I don’t own a Canon SLR or some other fancy shmanzy camera. I have to make due with a Samsung ST550 camera. Oh yes, you heard right. But I’m saving money for a Canon camera and my birthday happens to be very soon. Hint, hint.

My goodness, I just started blogging and this post is already all over the place. I guess that’s what you get when English isn’t your first language and you have to dig deep for the right words. Blogging is going to take me forreeeever. Oh well.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and say “HI!” before entering the blog world with a lengthy post.

I made roasted red peper hummus yesterday and here’s a tease of what’s to come.

To die for.

Be back soon!