Consciously Eating – Ohne Handy, Netflix oder Arbeit Aufmerksam Essen + vollwertiges herbstliches Salat-Rezept

„Nur“ zu Essen, ohne nebenbei YouTube, Insta Stories oder Netflix zu gucken, auf Nachrichten zu antworten, durch den Feed zu scrollen, zu lesen, Hausaufgaben zu machen oder ähnliches fühlt sich richtig unproduktiv, langweilig und einsam an, oder?

Solange man nicht seine Familie oder Freunde da hat, mit denen man gemeinsam Essen und erzählen kann (und selbst da liegt bei vielen ja leider sogar das Handy neben dem Teller – man will ja nichts überlebenswichtiges verpassen). Und selbst wen: dann konzentriert man sich auch nicht ausschließlich aufs Essen sondern man hört, denkt, spricht und ist in Gedanken nur kurz wirklich bei „Oh, das schmeckt aber richtig lecker!“

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Stille, nur eine Tätigkeit auf einmal ausführen und den Kopf mal ganz langsam, nur das wesentliche Denken lassen gehört heute zu einer richtig schwierigen Aufgabe – schließlich sind wir tagtäglich von so vielen Eindrücken, Informationen, Bildern und Gedanken umgeben, die durch unser Hirn rasen.

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Wenn ich ein neues Rezept ausprobiere oder mir richtig Mühe gebe meine Wochenend-Pancakes zuzubereiten, dann nehme ich mir gerne auch danach bewusst Zeit das Gezauberte zu essen, wirklich zu schmecken, über das Rezept und eventuelle Verbesserungen nachzudenken usw. Aber im Alltag ist dann oft nur „nebenbei“ Zeit für Essen.

In der Uni: während man bereits die nächste Vorlesung vorbereitet oder mit seinen Freunden über den gestrigen Nachmittag quatscht, beim Mittag während man schon wieder über Hausaufgaben, Emails oder Artikeln sitzt und Abends wenn man ganz entspannt nebenbei durch Instagram scrollt.

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Ist das bei euch auch der Fall? Esst ihr auch viel zu oft vor jeglicher Technik und konzentriert euch auf alles, aber nicht euer Essen?

Dann will ich euch hiermit dazu aufrufen endlich wieder mehr BEWUSST ZU ESSEN. Sich alleine an den Küchentisch oder vors offene Fenster in welches die Sonne rein scheint zu setzen, wirklich zu kauen, schmecken, genießen, langsam zu essen und seine Gedanken einfach mal kreisen zu lassen.

Inspiriert bzw. erinnert wurde ich dadurch erst wieder von @melinaophelia die sich daran ebenfalls übt öfter bewusst zu Essen und davon in ihrer Story berichtet.

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Das ist so viel gesünder weil:

  • du richtig kaust und damit auch besser verdaust
  • du langsamer isst und dadurch oft auch weniger, weil du genau merkst wann du satt bist
  • du deinem Kopf und Körper Ruhe und eine Pause gibst, denn das sollte Essen sein
  • du wirklich wahrnimmst wie dein Essen schmeckt

Probier es einfach mal aus und merk den Unterschied! Du wirst dich danach viel besser fühlen als sonst nach dem Essen!

Zumindest hin und wieder, vielleicht einmal am Tag? Oder zu jeder Mahlzeit bei der du zu Hause bist? Wenn du merkst, wie viel besser du dich dadurch fühlst, wirst du dir automatisch öfter die Zeit dafür bewusst nehmen.

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To keep it real: Nein, ich mach das nicht immer. Auch ich muss mich dazu bewusst selbst auffordern, mich daran erinnern mein Handy wegzupacken und manchmal ist es einfach auch viel zu praktisch und zeitsparend…leider.

Außerdem hat es auch nicht nur Nachteile: Manchmal fühle ich mich, jetzt wo ich nicht mehr zu Hause wohne auch ein bisschen einsam beim Essen. Ich war es von früher gewohnt fast jede Mahlzeit mit meiner Familie gemeinsam zu essen und jetzt bin ich oft auch alleine, da sich die Essenszeiten mit meinen Mitbewohnerinnen nicht immer überschneiden. Und da schaue ich einfach gerne ein YouTube Video oder höre einen Podcast zur Unterhaltung. Dann habe ich nicht das Gefühl alleine essen zu müssen. Manchmal braucht man das.

Fun Fact: Als ich auf meiner Reise manchmal alleine im Restaurant essen war, habe ich dabei einfach einen Podcast gehört und hatte das Gefühl ich sitze mit guten Freunden gemeinsam am Tisch und rede mit ihnen – das war wirklich schön und so hilfreich!

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Herbstlicher warmer Salat mit Ofen-Gemüse und Obst

Wer heute noch denkt Salat wäre langweilig, der hat einfach bloß keine Ahnung :D Salate können so cool, vielseitig, interessant, saisonal und mit den verschiedensten Geschmacksrichtungen sein.

Frisches Gemüse ist unheimlich gesund, aber vor allem im Winter kann ich davon keine riesigen Portionen essen da meine Verdauung das nicht verträgt und ich warmes Essen brauche. Deshalb ist die Kombi aus warm und frisch so gut!

Ihr könnt so viele verschiedenen Variationen euch ausdenken. Das wichtigste ist, dass ihr ein gutes geschmackvolles Dressing habt, Proteine und Kohlenhydrate enthalten sind damit es eine vollwertige Mahlzeit ist und ihr crunchy, süße, fruchtige oder nussige Extras einbaut, damit es interessant bleibt.

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Zutaten

  • frischer Babyspinat, gemischter Feldsalat, Rucola
  • Tomaten, Avocado
  • Kürbis, frische Rote Beete, Pastinake
  • Walnüsse, Granatapfelkerne, halber Apfel, Sprossen
  • Sauce: Tahini, Senf, Apfelessig, Leinöl, Salz & Pfeffer, Kurkuma, Dattelsirup

So wird’s gemacht

  • für das warme Ofengemüse habe ich einfach eine halbe frische Rote Beete, 2 Pastinaken und ein Viertel Hokkaido Kürbis abgewaschen, nicht geschält und in kleinen Stücken auf einem Backblech verteilt, mit Salz gewürzt und bei ca. 180°C für 30-40 Minuten gebacken
  • den frischen Salat habe ich abgewaschen und die Salatsauce (von jedem einen kleinen Schwaps bzw. einen halben TL ca.) einmassiert und dann noch frische Tomaten und etwas übrige Avocado dazugetan
  • als das Ofengemüse fertig war, habe ich es über dem Salat verteilt und dann noch meine Toppings aus Walnüssen, Granatapfelkernen und Apfelscheiben, sowie ein paar Brokkolisprossen darüber verteilt

Super lecker, nährhaft, voller Vitamine, Micro- und Macro-Nährstoffe!

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Ich liebe solche Salate und habe noch einige andere Varianten davon in petto. Würdet ihr gerne noch mehr von meinen Salat-Variationen sehen? Dann mache ich noch einen extra Rezept-Sammelpost mit weiteren Ideen und Rezepten!

Wie oft esst ihr wirklich bewusst? Wollt ihr darauf ebenfalls mehr achten?

Food Porn in SYDNEY – mostly VEGAN Food Guide

Sydney is the best place to eat vegan that I have ever been to. So many health food cafés, restaurants and so many completely vegan places.

I already wrote a general Travel Guide for Sydney with all my tips on where to go, what to do and also some important things to know. So this post is supposed to be the addition to that, talking about all the food hotspots, cafés and restaurants that I tested and loved and recommend to you!

I hope you are ready for some serious mostly vegan + mostly healthy food porn!

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But before I start with the restaurants & cafés, you definitely need to check if the SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET is on! They host it once a month and it’s a paradise for vegans and foodies (and vegan foodies obviously). Unfortunately, I never made it there, but I would do everything to go there next time.

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Speedos Café, Bondi Beach

Goals for every food blogger and photographer. This place is not just heaven for the mouth but also for the eyes. Vegan banana pancake stack, different avocado toast options, amazing juices & smoothies, and a berry-licious breakfast pannacotta. Sounds like a dream? It is. I’ve been there twice and even though it’s pretty loud and squishy, the food is just 100% worth it.

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Bodhi, Asian Vegan Restaurant

Located near Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral this restaurant overlooks into Cook + Phillip Park and has a wonderfully quiet location. The menu is completely vegan and offers so many different meals and little dishes that it is hard to choose. It is a bit more pricy but soo delicious and great to order different things and share with friends and family.

I remember the Japanese taco, cauliflower chicken, spring rolls, mushroom dumplings and „nachos“ as super delicious.

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Café in Westfield Shopping Centre Burwood

For my last breakfast with my parents, we found this little surprise in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Burwood. We didn’t expect to find something that delicious and pretty in a shopping centre, but we got surprised.

Avocado and poached egg on black sourdough with beet hummus, fruity honey crunchy muesli on yogurt and I also had a great Acai bowl. Super photogenic and great taste – we did not expect that at all! Only the juices where disappointing because they weren’t fresh pressed and super watery…

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Shift Eatery, Surry Hills

I saw them on Instagram and immediately knew that I had to try one of their toasties. 100% vegan, fresh sourdough, tofu ham, creamy „cheese“, garlic aioli and tomato – so freaking delicious and they had so many more options. Vegan bacon, sauerkraut on toast, breakfast toasties and other deliciousnesses. Perfect snack or lunch when walking around in the city all day.

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Preach Café, Bondi Beach

At daytime an epic breakfast and lunch spot. In the evening an 100% vegan restaurant. Unfortunately, I only tried their dinner and not one of their healthy buddha bowls, vegan pancakes or acai bowls, but I can really recommend their vegan mac’n cheese, burger and nacho bowl.

Cali Press, Bondi Beach

Famous for acai bowls, sandwiches and toasts, juices and smoothies. They offer many different options and everything I had was really good. They also make all their juices themselves and you can order juice cleanses with them.

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Lentils as Anything, Newtown

I discovered this amazing chain in Melbourne. They have a daily changing menu with three different all vegan meals and you pay as much as you want/can in the end. I like the vibe & food in Melbourne better, but it was still a super delicious vegan health lunch.

Toast Café, Surry Hills

Australians just love their breakfast. That’s why they have so many cafés that do amazing all day breakfast and so we had no struggles finding a new place to eat every day (and for ever meal).

And even if their Avo toast contains fetta or poached egg, it’s never a problem to ask for vegan options!

Max and Co, Manly

I love good Mexican food, but I think it can be boring and similar everywhere you go. It’s always Burrito, Nachos, Tacos, Enchiladas and Quesadillas. But if a restaurant really knows how to do it nicely, it’s so delicious. And this place in Manly really did it great! But still not as good as the Mexican restaurant I went to in Byron Bay.

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The Sandwich Shop, Haymarket

Between all the big skyscrapers and offices you find amazing bistros to eat lunch or have a snack. Because that’s what the Sydneyaner and business people do in their break as well. At lunchtime, you see so many of them meeting for a quick lunch or coffee with friends, business partners or just to eat and be outside.

At The Sandwich Shop, you get super healthy sandwichs, wraps or salads and mine, with avocado and hummus was really good!

Umu Vegetarian, Bondi Beach

Breakfast heaven, snack bar, lunch spot and daily dinner menu – all vegetarian. Me and my friend shared a dream of a breakfast. Vegan avocado toast, sweet potato zucchini breakfast stack with beetroot hummus and vegan cheese and a berry ricotta pancake. Everything was so so good!

Jet Café & Restaurant, Townhall

I’ve been there 4 times, I know, crazy. Never to eat lunch because it’s pretty expensive, but to have cake. Because their carrot cake is heavenly, so moist, creamy and with pecans on top and it’s only 5$ (3€).

Lord of the Fries

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Surfers Paradise. This chain is slowly taking over Australia (and hopefully the world soon) with their completely vegan menu of burgers, hot dogs, nuggets and fries. Not healthy and definitely fast food, but you can find all those „cheese burger“, „bacon and egg breakfast burger“, „fish burger“ and more made vegan – how amazing is that! No need to mention that it tastes amazing.

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Two Daughters, Surry Hills

Super cute hippie café that offers amazing vegan options. I had a tofu scramble avocado toast and their juices were really good too.

 


Oh and by the way… it’s not just Sydney that is amazing when it comes to healthy food places, vegan meals and beautiful cafés and restaurants. Australia in general is so so good when it comes to amazing food!

Melbourne is probably Nr. 2 on the vegan heaven! Here are my tips. And I also made a ‚Eating out vegan – What I Eat‚ blog post.

Byron Bay – Acai bowls, fresh coconuts and raw vegan treats everywhere you look around. I tested many places and still haven’t tried them all, but here you find my top tips for you.

Perth also has many great places and I love seeing vegan options everywhere. Here are my tested places.


And there are more blog posts and food guides in planning. One for the whole East Coast and general (vegan) food tips for Australia. A Sunshine Coast food guide because they just know how to make the best breakfast. And I am also freaking excited to eat out in Bali soon!

Which Cities can you recommend for great (healthy & vegan) food? Have you tried a few of these places in Sydney? What are your favourite meals when eating out?

Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget (in Australia)

You might know that living costs in Australia are pretty high and grocery shopping can get a bit difficult when you don’t want to spend too much but still want to eat healthy.

First of all you should know two things: 1. Your body is a gift and you should care very well for it, to make you thrive and feel amazing – that’s worth a bit more money and 2. Food in Germany is very inexpensive so it’s kinda unfair to compare it.

But luckily it is possible to eat very healthy and wholesome here in Australia without spending a lot because there are a few tricks, tips and specials to look for!

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If you are interested in my go-to cheap, quick and healthy dinner meals I eat a lot here, check out this blog post!

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Prices

To give you an idea of what price range we are talking about, I wrote down how much I spend on what at the grocery store. When you see the prices you will realise that not everything is extremely expensive here, but some things are – that’s why you need to shop wisely and I will give you tips on how to do so.

I obviously always tried to find the cheapest deals and best offers. Usually, that are the brands that are owned by the grocery store itself, but it also happens quite often that you find great deals like half price or 25% off and most grocery stores also reduce the prices when the food is about to pass the best-before date.

Also, the prices change during the season, depending on where in Australia you are and if you shop in the city centre, in a suburb or in the Outback. My prices list is just there to give you an idea.

  • Kilogram of peas: 2,90$ – 4,50$ (1,90 – 2,90€)
  • Kilogram of apples: 4,50$ – 6$ (2,90 – 3,80€)
  • Can of any beans/lentils: 0,80$ (0,50€)
  • Corn cakes: 1,80$ (1,20€)
  • 200g of hummus: 2$ (1,30€)
  • 4 small whole wheat buns: 2,50$ (1,60€)
  • Green/red pesto: 4$ (2,50€)
  • sourdough bread: 5$ (3,30€)
  • 120g of fresh baby spinach: 3$ (2€)
  • Kilogram of carrots: 1$ (0,65€)
  • 500g frozen veggies (broccoli, carrot, cauliflower): 5$ (3,30€)
  • Kilogramm of frozen veggies (carrot, peas): 1,60$ (1€)

Now that I am actually converting the prices into Euro, I am realising once more that the food isn’t really that much more expensive. I would say overall it’s the same or only slightly more expensive because some products are actually cheaper and some are pricier. But it also depends on what products you are up for (see below for meat and dairy part).

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12$ for this huge box of 2nd choice strawberries that tasted amazing!

Fresh fruits and veggies

If you want to find amazing and fairly cheap fresh produce, you need to go to the markets. Usually there is a market every Saturday/Sunday in most cities and towns and some, like Melbourne the Queen Victoria Market or Sydney the Peddy’s Market, even have a daily/almost daily market.

When you are on a hunt for super cheap deals, you will even find food bags with “not so pretty/not so fresh” produce at some market stalls that are even cheaper and some stalls also do deals like 3 bags of different products of your choice for 5$ and 5 bags for 7$ etc.

It’s also a great idea to go to the market at around 1 hour before they close because then they oftentimes lower the prices or do special deals.

Especially in Brisbane, the market prices were so much cheaper than at the supermarket. A kilogram of bananas at Woolworth or Coles was 4,50$ and on the market, we got them for 2$ per kilo and they were actually ripe which makes it even nicer.

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When you stay in Hostels, you can also be lucky to find some good stuff in the Free Food Shelve that someone left behind – like these amazing blueberries!

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Meat and Dairy

Meat and dairy products like cheese or yogurt are super expensive here in Australia. As I don’t buy that, I didn’t realise it at first but my cousin visited me and complained about the prices a lot :D

  • 1kg of plain Greek style yogurt: 9$ (5,50€)
  • 500g mince meat: 6,50$ (4,20€)
  • 125g ham: 3$ (2€)
  • 250g cheddar: 4,20$ (2,70€)

Of course you can find some cheap deals but usually, the prices are really crazy – so it’s better to eat vegan guys!

I always don’t understand how (and why) the people in the hostel afford all that meat and dairy they eat… but probably they just got to the point where they don’t care because they just want to eat it :D Very glad that I don’t have these cravings and now that I shop for myself and only have the food I want to buy, I eat so much healthier and so much cleaner (more wholefoods instead of processed food) because I don’t want to afford the vegan substitutes (even tho I crave them sometimes :D )

Also, it’s crazy that the Aussie’s just looove to BBQ and do it all the time even though the prices are so high…

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Vegan substitutes

In the supermarket, you can find a lot of great vegan options like cheese, burger patties, a lot of different almond or coconut yogurts, many kinds of vegan milk, ice cream and even complete meals.

I would say the prices are pretty similar to Germany. Products like that are always a bit pricier, but not like crazy.

  • 4 vegan sausages: 6$ (3,80€)
  • 500g coconut yoghurt: 6$ – 8$ (3,80€ – 5€)
  • 4 burger patties: 3,50$ (2,20€)
  • 300g tofu: 3$ (it’s cheaper at the Asian market! – 4$ for 800g)
  • 500g coconut Ice Cream: 6$ (at Aldi! or around 10$ at Coles)
  • 500g falafel: 5$ (3,20€)
  • 1l almond milk: 1,50$ (0.90€)

I think especially the price for the coconut yoghurt is extremely good! Cheaper than in Germany and they also have so many more options, brands and flavours. Even Coles has their own one now, but the other brands taste better :P

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Eating out

Is another great thing as a vegan here in Australia! There are so many options, most places offer vegan meals and especially in the bigger cities and towns, you find a ton of awesome restaurants/bistros/cafés that have vegan and healthy (or not healthy) food. So many things I want to try, so many options, so much great stuff and the best: it is not more expensive than eating out in general as eating out is pretty expensive anyways :D

But! It doesn’t has to be suuuper expensive if you look for good lunch deals, go to bistros instead of real restaurants or take the takeaway option (it’s only sometimes cheaper).

In the beginning, I was very afraid of going out and spending a lot of money on eating out and I tried to avoid it, but I know that it makes me happy, I want to enjoy my time here and for me good food is worth it!

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If you want to see more of What I Eat here in Australia, head to my Melbourne or Perth What I Eat in a Day blog post! Or follow me on Instagram and watch my stories :)


What food-related blog posts or videos would you be interested in? Please tell me in the comments!