What I Eat on a Hot Summer Day #19

Summer is the best time for fresh healthy food. So much variety, lots of garden produce and local produce, the prices are affordable and because of the heat you just want to eat fresh food.

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Right now I am soo addicted to watermelon. I could literally eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as a snack. I mean, what can I say – it’s sweet, fruity and so refreshing!

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In Portugal, I fell in love with grapefruit because they taste so sour-sweet and fresh.

Peaches, Nectarines, Mangoes and all kinds of Berries are some more favorites that I can’t get enough of! Fruit is all I crave at the moment and I can not understand how people do a keto or low carb diet and not eat fruit in summer. I would not be okay with that. I love fruit just way too much!

How about you? Do you eat lots of fruit at the moment or do you try to get away from all the fruit sugar? 

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The last few weeks after our trip to Portugal I tried to eat very clean, vegan and healthy because I didn’t eat that well on vacation (lots of white bread and cheese) and I did okay. Not as I hoped, but I ate out with friends a lot (basically all vegan at least) but still bread and cheese here and there and the last days I also craved chocolate every night… But I also tell myself that I won’t have access to a lot of the food I can eat now when I am in Australia cause I need to buy cheap – so I let myself have it all now :D

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My breakfast still looks pretty much the same: some porridge, lots of fruit and sometimes a bit vegan lupin mango yogurt. I often have an extra bowl of watermelon or other fruit on the side as well.

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Then for lunchtime, I sometimes have more fruit, a big salad with garden tomatoes and cucumbers or a wrap depending on how late I ate breakfast and how hungry I am. I really like to have cold food for lunch because at 36°C it’s just too much to cook something or eat warm food and wraps and salads are a great way to get some greens in as well!

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Now that we super many tomatoes from our garden we love to roast thick slices in a pan on both sides an then put it on a bread with hummus. Or you can also put some feta cheese on top and wait one more minute until it gets warm as well. Tastes freaking amazing and I can highly recommend making these hot tomatoes to top your bread.

Sometimes we have some tofu with it or some fresh cucumber and chives from the garden.

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As I already mentioned I craved chocolate after dinner and I let myself enjoy some vegan chocolate. It’s not healthy and clean at all, but I still want to be honest with you.

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Luckily I bought silken tofu today at the Asia market and now I can make my healthy vegan chocolate dessert mousse again to have something chocolaty but still healthy when I crave it.

Two Days in Lisbon

Now it’s time to finally talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon. As you already know from my previous blog posts we stayed in Portugal at the Algarve coast for two weeks and in between, we drove the three hours north to visit the capital city for two days.

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Previous Portugal blog posts:
- number one including general information & recommendations for your own Algarve 
vacation as well as our favorite towns to scroll through and the yummiest food places 
- the second posts talks about our favorite beaches and breathtaking views you should 
not miss

We didn’t want to arrive and leave from different cities/airports and instead booked a cheap hostel for one night to stay in Lisbon in between our time at the Algarve because this was much cheaper.

We rented a car for our whole trip which I highly suggest you if you want to see more than your local beach and drove the 300 km to Lisbon early in the morning and left the next day in the afternoon.

It takes about three hours to get to Lisbon but for the way out you will need more time especially at evening rush hour.

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To get to the city from the south you will pass the red bridge „Port 25 de Abril“ which slightly looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco :D and you will see the impressive statue of Christ.

Our hostel „Pensoa Praca da Figueira“ was located very centrally. It wasn’t luxury at all but super clean, cheap and everything we needed for the night. The breakfast was alright for that price, but I would rather go to a bakery next time.

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Sightseeing

We haven’t had enough time to really fully visit the city and do proper sightseeing. Also, we didn’t go to a museum which usually is a must in Lisbon because it has plenty of them.

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We rather focused on walking through the streets and experiencing a bit of the typical Lisbon instead of the touristic attractions. Bairro Alto and Alfama are beautiful districts we scrolled through. We walked past several beautiful buildings such as Terreiro do Paco, Belém, Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Castelo de Sao Jorge.

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We searched for the most popular picture spot in Lisbon with the old Tram…

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And enjoyed the view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

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We walked along the Tajo Bay to see the Porte 25 de Abril from closer and took a Tuck Tuck to get back to our hostel.

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Another thing I want to mention is that the houses in Lisbon are pretty old and not in a very good condition which is super sad because they could be made very pretty. But sadly there is not enough money to do so.

We had two great days in Portugal but I have to say that I feel like I haven’t seen anything of the city :D So I am for sure coming back to explore Lisbon some more and test their amazing vegan food places – if you didn’t know, Lisbon has many vegan places to offer but sadly I didn’t manage to go to any of them…

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Have you already been to Lisbon? How do you like it? Would you want to go soon?

Doing Me | July Favorites 2018

Since there was no Favorites Post for June, this blog post is going to be full of all my beloved ones from the last two month covering many different topics.

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I completely fell in love with this caricature when I saw it on Pinterest. This is how I want my relationships to be. With my boyfriend/husband, my friends and my family. This is how every good relationship should be like in my opinion.

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I really am, and I love it! So many opportunities, chances, new beginnings, a lot of time and even more things to do. But everything is my choice!

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Shopping

I want to start with something that is very close to my heart and that I want to get into even more myself which is sustainability. I have always been very nature-friendly and the health of our earth was always important to me but just for the last year, I started getting into it more, learning, trying, failing and giving my best.

I would never ever say that I am suuper eco-friendly and sustainable because I still do so much that could be improved and I know that, but not everything is possible when you live at home with your family and don’t have a lot of money. But I don’t want to procrastinate at all – I try my best and I will slowly but surely get better and better.

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You can buy these products at Rossmann and they are much more eco-friendly!

I have already shared some things that I swapped in our household to make it more eco-friendly in this post and last month I have been to a Zero Waste Shop that sell plastic free products and food that you can fill up in your own container. It was so much fun and I was super impressed by how many things they have, that you could easily buy instead of the regular, in plastic covered stuff.

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I can highly recommend to everybody to go into a Zero Waste store and bring your own container or mason jars to fill up all kinds of grains, oats, muesli or flour. They also had washing powder, vegan spread, milk products and syrups or oils in large containers.

You can also buy soap bars, deodorant, body butter and other sustainable beauty products without plastic and most of their stuff is organic too.

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If you are also interested in learning more about an eco-friendly lifestyle, sustainability and zero waste check out Pia Kraftfutter and Corinna Fee (both German) as well as Sarah Lemkus and Ellen Fisher


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Photography

I have been very inspired by @theocarow and @vivi_koenig because I really like their photography style and how authentic and real their pictures look like.

Books

I have already talked about my favorite books from the last few months but I still wanted to mention two of them – my absolute favorites – in this post which are „Die Bücherdiebin“ and „Die Welt wie wir sie kannten“

Lightroom

For your vacation in Portugal, I downloaded the 30-day free trial of Lightroom to edit my pictures more professional and I completely fell in love with this program. I know that it’s nothing new or special and everyone is already using it, but I just discovered how amazing it is and now I need to pay for it every month… but it’s so worth it!

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I already told you about the amazing food I ate the last weeks in my review for July
Food

I didn’t eat very good at the beginning of July because we were on vacation and white bread and cheese couldn’t be avoided completely. Back home I tried to eat completely vegan and very healthy which was pretty successful besides the fact that I ate out a lot (but still mostly healthy and vegan).

And I have been eating my beloved blackberries in huge amounts cause I found many blackberry bushes near my home and picked them every day.

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Also, I made my favorite Banana Bread again. Usually, the recipe is made with raspberries but this time I tried it with frozen blueberries and it was super delicious. Very soft and mushy at the same time – just how I love my Banana Bread!

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Phone case

Werbung / Ad //  After my last phone case broke I needed a new one, that protects my phone better, especially for my adventures in Australia. That’s why I was super happy to be able to cooperate with handyhuellen.de and got a new case for my iphone 6 that covers the glass sides and still isn’t too think. I decided to go for a basic grey one with a sea through back so I could but my own pictures in there and change it when I feel like it, but there are so many different phone cases available on their side. Thank you Handyhüllen!

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What are your favorites this month? Do you like blueberries as well? How do you feel about the relationship caricature?