My AuPair time was definitely not the healthiest. I enjoyed a lot, tried to not feel guilty and just appreciate to be in great company and surrounded by great food. And I am totally okay about that. I don’t regret anything or wish to change it at all. But I am still excited to get back into a healthy routine, eat plant-based and not all day every day.
So in this blog post, I want to show you What I Eat when I’m back to a healthier lifestyle. Right now I am living with the grandparents of my AuPair family because they offered me to stay with them until I start my job and move into the work accommodation.
Luckily they have a big understanding of health and eat mostly vegan themselves which I think is super cool and we talk a lot about it. They started their vegan journey after facing health problems themselves and are now very passionate about this way of eating.
Because I woke up with a cold and a sore throat I started my day a bit later than I was used to from the last week with the kids (Even on weekends you usually get waken at 8am by loud Mamma Mia music or screaming :D).
I had a lot of fresh Ginger Tee over the whole day and some Oatmeal.
Recipe: 3tbsp of rolled oats, 1tsp chia seeds, 1tsp flaxseed flour, cinnamon, turmeric, frozen blueberries, half a banana and lots of oat-milk mixed in a bowl and heated in the microwave for 2 minutes, topped with half a pear, some grapes, walnuts, almonds and lots of pumpkin seeds. Super yummy, quick and nourishing!
For lunch, we had an incredibly delicious dish that I’ve never had or seen before but I completely fell for it! Spicy tomato chickpea stew with „cheesy“ potatoes and garden salad. Besides soaking the chickpeas (what the grandparents do with all their beans and you can really taste a difference and also feel it, because they make you lett bloated) it is also very quick, super healthy and easy to make in bigger portions eat several days.
Spicy Tomato Chickpea Stew: soak chickpeas overnight or take canned ones and wash them well. Cut onion in slices, and tomato chunks and let them simmer in vegetable broth. Add lots of Italian spices, turmeric, paprika powder, salt, pepper and lots of herbs. Add chickpeas and let everything cook to a nice stew.
„Cheesy“ Potatoes: Boil peeled potatoes in salt water. Make a cashew-cheese with 2 cups of cashews (can be soaked for around 2 hours when your food processor is not that strong), 1,5-2 cups of vegetable broth, around 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, lemon juice, 2-3 cloves of garlic, paprika powder, turmeric, salt & pepper for taste. Mix sauce through the drained potatoes.
(This cashew sauce is also great with falafel, veggie-fitters, on sandwiches, in wraps, as a dip, cheesy pasta sauce and more)
The Salad consists of romanesco lettuce, tomato, carrot and olives in a lemon, salt&pepper, veggie broth sauce.
I also had an apple at around 4pm as a snack.
For dinner, the grandparents love to do so-called „open salad sandwiches“. Super delicious and very filling. Pumpkinseed-rye-bread with avocado, „cheesy“-sauce (same we had for lunch), sesame seed tofu and lots of veggies (tomato, cucumber, carrot, olives, fresh spinach).
Sesame seed tofu: freeze and defrost a block of tofu (gives the tofu a very different consistency), slice it an press all the liquid you can out of the tofu. Mix tahini, curry, chilli, turmeric, paprika, salt, pepper, soy sauce, lemon juice and maple syrup in a bowl and surround the tofu stripes with it and some sesame seeds, then fry in a non-stick pan without oil until crispy.
This was a very idealistic and very good day of eating. Clean, vegan, nutritious. But sadly that’s not how my everyday life looks like. Maybe the one weeks that I’ll be living with the grandparents and hopefully I can continue with that when I start working and live on my own (in a shared apartment) again.
But the last five weeks have not been like that. I had a lot of treats, way too much food in general, lots of animal products, lots of processed food and all that even though my family is generally aware of healthy food. They are vegetarian and I cooked with my mom something good every night. But we also ate out a lot, had a lot of treats etc.
I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel guilty and I don’t regret anything. That’s just how it was and I had a blast, we had the best time ever and luckily the kids kept us moving as well :P
Hot cross buns were definitely my weakness. I ate so many chocolate or apple & cinnamon buns. They are so fluffy, sweet, delicious…
For my birthday I got some yummy vegan banana pancakes and some extra coconut yogurt. I was so happy!
Might not be super unhealthy, but soo delicious! Ricotta-Spinach Canneloni in Tomato Sauce with Salad.
One of my favourite cafés on the Sunshine Coast. This Avo Smash is heavenly, but also full of animal products and not to talk about this French Toast, but really yummy!
Definitely a healthy Avo and Pumpkin Smash Toast, vegan and the bread was the best I’ve ever had. The french toast was made with the same bread and just so so good! Filled with white chocolate and raspberries.
Homemade Ricotta Gnoccis with veggie bolognese. So cheesy and delicious! You can tell that I ate a lot more cheese and eggs with my family and it was delicious, but normally I don’t really want to eat that regularly…
Fruit with coconut yogurt and cream cheese toast with tomato and cucumber. Yummy brekkie!
That’s how my breakfast looked like most days when we didn’t went out for breakfast. 2-3 slices of sourdough with avo smash, feta, tomato and greens.
But we also loved to make the pumpkin smash on toast ourselves (inspired by the café) – I would say it’s just as delicious as avo smash, and that means a lot!
The kids love baking so I made a loaf of vegan banana bread with pears and pecans. If you want to try out the recipe, you can find it in the Highlight ‚recipes‘ on my Instagram @mind.wanderer. It was really moist and fruit-nutty!
A very healthy Avo Smash Toast with broccoli kale salad. Very delicious, but the waffle with berries in the background was great too!
Another healthy meal we loved is rice paper rolls. Something that I never liked in restaurants, but homemade is so delicious! With fried tofu, capsicum, cucumber, carrot, sprouts, avocado, spinach, rice noodles and a sauce of soy sauce, peanut butter, lemon, maple syrup and spices.
A very frequently made dish that I love so so much is ‚haystacks‘. Corn chips (blue or normal), with mexican bean, fake meat, tomato stew, mixed salad and lots of guacamole.
For the kids‘ school lunches, I made my easy and beloved banana-muffins. Healthy, naturally sweet and the kids loved them! You can find the recipes here!
Another great snack. Store bought, but just as amazing ingredients as if you made them yourself. No processed sugar, all natural, local from the Sunshine Coast and vegan. The chocolate one is the best! Tastes like a chocolate milkshake.
Probably my favourite dish was this Indian curry with pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, peas, spinach and vegan chicken filet pieces (from Quorn – so so amazing!). I hope to share the recipe with you soon :)
At night (while watching Outlander) we also had a lot of chocolate, sweet potato or vegetable chips, rice pudding with applesauce or coconut treats.
I know it could be much worse and we still ate healthy maybe 50%, but for me that was probably the unhealthiest I ate in years (besides Christmas maybe :D ) and that’s fine. It will always be a great memory
With that being said: It’s all about the Balance and enjoying your time!