300 Words Per Day
Although I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions because they are often forgotten or superficial, this is the year I am going to make a real resolution and stick with it.
The Resolution: create a blog and write at least 300 words, 3 times per week, about absolutely anything.
This is an opportunity to finally make a little sense of the billions of thoughts running through my head at any moment and maybe entertain some people along the way.
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About MeMy name is unimportant. My age is only a number. Where I was born and where I currently live don’t define me. All you need to know is that I spend my time trying to fit too many things in one day, hanging out with my friends, working hard, playing harder, and making lots of mistakes along the way. But life is about learning and I am learning a lot… so even though I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing or where I’m going, I’m hopefully doing something right. If I am, then maybe you can learn something from me. And if not, I’m going to share it with you anyways so someone will learn from my mistakes.
I finished the last bite of my breakfast just moments ago and I’m so excited about it that I have to share immediately! After a long week of school, work, and your average Monday through Friday of running around like a madwoman, Saturday mornings were made for a little personal time. As a self-diagnosed health nut, I tend to spend my Saturday mornings sitting down for a good breakfast – an almost impossible feat when you have to leave the house at 7:35am for school.
Today was the day – I was finally going to try this new craze: the two-ingredient pancake! Banana and egg whites. That’s it. This perfect pair of ingredients has been taking over my Pinterest feed for a while now. And since I ran out of protein powder to make my regular protein pancakes, (or my favorite banana cinnamon version) the day had finally arrived for me to jump on the bandwagon.
This has been one of the best life decision I may have ever made. No joke. My world has been turned upside down. And then when I calculated that the ingredients add up to only 300 calories, I got thrown for another loop!
Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
1 large banana
2 egg whites
1/2 cup natural yogurt, unsweetened
8 strawberries, sliced
6 drops of liquid stevia
Thoroughly mash the banana in a bowl. Add the two egg whites and mix until completely combined. Spray a medium sized frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium-low heat. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the pan and cook until the edges start to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden. Repeat this process to make the other 2 pancakes. Meanwhile, sweeten your yogurt with stevia and slice your strawberries. Once all three pancakes are cooked, create a stack alternating between pancake, yogurt, and strawberries. Enjoy the extra yogurt and strawberries on the side!
This recipe is TIU approved for M1 & M2
It’s true! I didn’t know it either, but when you send yourself to a new country you learn to adapt. Since my oven doesn’t have temperature (in degrees or Celsius… yes, I’m 1000% serious), I wasn’t very keen on attempting to cook with it. But as a pescaterian (most days), I was seriously missing seafood! And as a college student, I was seriously lacking time! So I started doing research and talking to people and Grandma emailed me back a recipe for microwaving fish! And it goes like this:
4-6oz Fish of your choice
Salt, pepper, other desired spices
Place your filet of fish on a microwave safe plate. Rub the lemon onto the fish, cover, and microwave for 1.5 minutes. Remove fish from microwave and flip. Rub the new side with lemon. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and other desired spices. (I rubbed curry powder on this piece of cod.) Cover and microwave for another 1-1.5 minutes or until cooked through.
That’s it! Delicious, flakey, moist fish in less than 5 minutes plus no clean-up!
This recipe is TIU approved as one serving of protein at any meal!
If you live in Spain, hummus can be pretty difficult to find. It literally took me months and when I did find it, the price made me temporarily decide that I’m really not a big fan of hummus. But that’s a lie because I LOVE hummus! I can happily dip raw veggies in hummus all day, every day. Another problem with living in Spain, since I’m only here for a few more months, I didn’t want to invest in a food processor or blender, so making traditional hummus from scratch was out of the question. Instead I decided to combine chickpeas, my obsession with mustard, and a little elbow grease to create wannabe hummus! The result is simple, flavorful, healthy, and sits perfectly on raw veggies! If you’re missing the healthy fat olive oil in hummus offers, feel free to add a layer of avocado to your snack.
1/4 cup chickpeas
2 Tbs. mustard
Rinse the chickpeas. Place in between two paper towels, rolling to dry them and remove the outer skin. Once all the skins are removed, mash completely with a fork. Add mustard and combine. Add more mustard if the mixture is too thick for your liking. Place on a large slice of red pepper or raw veggie of your choice, adding a layer of avocado if desired.
This recipe is TIU approved for M2 & M4
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my European travels, but we will resume the adventure with my stop in Venice – an amazing city I had been to before but was very excited to return to.
Venice sits on the the largest lagoon in the Mediterranean and is made up of 118 islands connected by 465 bridges. Water-filled canals take the place of conventional roads which limits transportation to by boat or on foot since even bikes are forbidden. To get to this secluded paradise, a ferry ride is required. But once there you can hop on a Gondola, a long boat typical of Venice, to maze through the thin alleys (although your gondolier most likely won’t sing for you like they do in the movies). But the real way to see the city is wandering on foot through the countless tiny alleys and over the many bridges.
Our first stop was St. Mark’s Square. Most people are only familiar with St. Mark’s Basilica which is incredible because it doesn’t have a drop of paint decorating it. Instead all the decorations are made completely of mosaics. But the giant plaza also is home Doge Palace, the 1st ever public library, and Caffe Florian which is the oldest coffee shop in the world. A tour guide picked up our group and led us through the maze which is Venice, feeding us history and fun facts. We passed plenty of shops featuring the famous Venetian masks and learned that the masks with the beaks were originally exclusively for doctors, protecting them when treating patients with the plague.
After the tour was lunch, gelato, an incredible glass blowing demonstration, souvenir shopping, and a picture-taking extravaganza before the sun set and we headed to the biggest feast of our entire trip. A huge antipasto platter along with endless bottles of wine were on the table upon our arrival. That was replaced by a vegetable platter and then a risotto. Those were just the appetizers to prep us for the pasta fiasco about to occur. We were warned that it was going to be a lot of food, but I was still shocked when they brought out first carbonara, then gnocchi, and then pesto pasta. And these weren’t small servings – each plate could easily be it’s own meal! Everyone was so full that when the ice cream came out at the end, many people were barely able to get down a bite, let alone the whole thing.
With very full stomachs, we ended the Italy leg of our trip. And thanks to the severe food coma, everyone was able to pass out and get a good night’s sleep in preparation for the for the day of traveling to come.
Next Stop: Vienna