What I Ate as an AuPair + Get Healthy with Me

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.

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9.15am Breakfast

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!

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1pm Lunch

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.

Recipe

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.

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6.30pm Dinner

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

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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!

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Might not be super unhealthy, but soo delicious! Ricotta-Spinach Canneloni in Tomato Sauce with Salad.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Fruit with coconut yogurt and cream cheese toast with tomato and cucumber. Yummy brekkie!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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A very healthy Avo Smash Toast with broccoli kale salad. Very delicious, but the waffle with berries in the background was great too!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 :)

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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 memoryTURQ5691.JPG

With that being said: It’s all about the Balance and enjoying your time!

 

 

 

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What I Eat in Perth – Jackfruit Toasty, Easy Selfmade Sushi + Healthy Vegan Brownie Recipe

Once more I am impressed by how many great vegan options there are in Australia. Food shopping and eating out is so fun here because nearly everyone has vegan or at least vegetarian options on their menu.

As I had a very nice kitchen most of my time in Western Australia (I stayed at the City Perth Backpackers), I really enjoyed cooking something for dinner every day. I also got to enjoy some yummy food at the market in Fremantle and I am planning to go to ‚The Lord of the Fries‘ before I leave.

In my hostel, I also met two other veggie girls (one is completely vegan, the other mostly) and I had two lovely vegan picnics with Eugene from Korea which was so much fun!

My breakfast usually looked something like this. If you want to know how I make my healthy filling and delicious oats, head to this blog post!

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But some days I also can’t resist just getting the free breakfast from the hostel, even though it isn’t a very healthy option – it just tastes very good… Peanut butter and strawberry jam on warm toast with a cup of tea. It’s also super delicious to mash some banana on a peanut butter toast :P

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Right next to the market in Fremantle there is a vegan café called ‚Chick pea – vegan café‘ that sells some awesome vegan food. I think their menu changes, but when I was there they had lasagne, pumpkin gnocchi, different quiches, wraps and some sweets & treats and these amazing turmeric waffle toasts with tomato and cashew cheese. Super cheesy, flavourful and delicious!

I really try to get a lot of vitamins in each day, while still staying on a budget. But sometimes you just crave some freshly pressed juice and in comparison to fresh smoothie/juice prices in Germany, they are fairly cheap (around 7$ = 4,50€).

The left one is a green apple & celery juice and the right is carrot, beetroot, celery and kale.

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Every Friday evening there is a Food Market in the city centre with many food stalls to choose from. I got some vegan Marroccanean tajine with lots of veggies and rice underneath and it tasted so so good!

Healthy Vegan Protein-rich Brownie

I really miss baking and testing yummy healthy recipes, but one day me and some friends had nothing to do, so I decided to bake some healthy black bean brownies with them. They turned out super yummy and because there is a bulk food store in the city, we could only buy however much we needed which was great (otherwise it just doesn’t make sense to buy huge amounts that you will never need).

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans
  • a lot of soaked dates (we probably had about 25 because we only had the cheap ones that aren’t that sweet)
  • 3/4 cup of plant-based milk
  • 1/3 cup of flour (we used self-raising flour to skip the baking powder/soda, otherwise just add 1/2 tsp of each)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • optional: 1/2 cup crushed almonds & 3/4 cup of dark choc chips

How to

  1. Soak the dates in hot water
  2. If you have a blender mix everything (besides the almonds and choc chips) very well and add the almonds and choc chips afterwards and stir them into the dough
  3. If you don’t have a blender (like us) mash the soaked dates & mash the beans very well with a fork and then add everything else and mix to a dough
  4. Bake at around 170 degrees for around 20 minutes, let it cool a bit and then cut and eat (they taste amazing when still warm)

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I found 3 packages of this gluten free cacao porridge in the free food shelve and had that mixed into my normal oats (as one package would never be enough for me :D ). Also, the oranges here taste amazing – so sweet and juicy! So I had one before my oats for a few days.

This jackfruit sandwich was heavenly! Toasted so perfectly (how is this even possible?!) and seasoned very well. Props to Milk Belly Café in Fremantle for this amazing vegan option!

When you have leftover rice and walk into an Asian store to find nori paper – you make sushi! Even though this was just normal rice and I didn’t have a bamboo mat to help me roll, they turned out so so good! I filled them with warm tofu in soy sauce, avocado (of course) and some fresh baby spinach for the greens.

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As I only had a little bit of rice and still some nori left, I just used couscous instead to make sushi and it was still pretty good.

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Eugene and I took our food to the Kings Park to have a lovely picnic with the best view you can have in Perth. Besides the couscous sushi, we also had some mango, naan bread with hummus and tomato and rice with veggies and tofu.

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In Perth, there is a vegetarian Indian all-you-can-eat restaurant called ‚Annalakshmi‘ which is located at Victoria Quay where you pay however much you want. I’ve been there twice and their food is super good. A little bit spicy, but healthy and so so filling.

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I found a fairly cheap pineapple at the Golden Choice Market in Subiaco and it was amazing with my porridge. Super sweet, juicy and delicious when it gets warm in your oats.

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Another evening, Eugene and I met at Monger Lake for another picnic. There was a summer festival going on that day as well, so we had our own food first and got some dessert afterwards at the food stalls (which also had a lot of vegan options).

We had an amazing fruit salad with cherries, mango, strawberries, orange and blackberries, some spring rolls, pasta with veggies and tomato sauce and fried rice with tofu sausage.

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And later I got a strawberry-passionfruit popsicle while we listened to Christmas music at the summer festival.


As this blog post is already super long, I am going to make another post sharing some healthy one-pot meals with you that are cheap, vegan and easy to make. Check out my first one here!

 

 

Eating out Vegan in Melbourne // What I Eat #2

In my first What I Eat in a day from Melbourne, I showed you a lot of very cheap, quick and easy meals I made in my first few days in Melbourne.

I really want to stay healthy, fit, mostly plant-based and eat on a budget while I travel, but I also want to try the amazing vegan food spots, enjoy my time and go out with friends.

That’s why you will find some restaurant recommendations for Melbourne in this post, as I went out for food quite a few times with my friends – and it was worth it!

Now I try to still keep on track with my money, but also enjoy the amazing (vegan) food they have here without any regrets!

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Saturday 29/9

On Saturday I had to leave my first hostel and move to Sabrina’s hostel in Fitzroy, so I enjoyed the free pancakes for the last time for breakfast.

I really wish they would not have them in most hostels for breakfast for free, because they aren’t vegan and pretty unhealthy but free – so it’s hard to resist :D

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For lunch, I had some leftover pasta with my go-to sauce at the moment that I keep repeating. You can find the recipe in my last What I Eat post!

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IMG_6176 After watching the Football game in a pub, I was super stoked for some unhealthy burger (as many people ate them in the pub) and so we went to ‚Lord of the Fries‘ an all vegan fast-food burger chain. It tasted unhealthy, but awesome at the same time! I had a ‚fish-burger‘ and sweet potato fries with vegan aioli and only spend 20$ for that.


Sunday 30/10

For breakfast, I met again with my AuPair mom in a wonderful, small and calm café called ’slowpoke‘ on Brunswick Street.

This time I ordered buckwheat chocolate granola with coconut yogurt, almond milk and pears which was super delicious and very filling. Luckily, I didn’t got the Avo Toast this time, as it could have never topped the one I had two days ago with her!

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As a snack, I had some bread with hummus as well as carrots to dip.

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Sadly, I forgot to take a picture from our actual dinner.

We had an oven roast with sweet potato, broccoli and capsicum with tomato chutney.

As a dessert, we got these funny Asian rice balls with peanut butter from the Asian supermarket.

They taste weird but okay and it was cool to try them.

 

 

 

More Meals…

As I had pretty much the same for breakfast most days / it didn’t look that great / I just forgot to take pictures I will only show you a few more meals I had in Melbourne.

My breakfast was either free pancakes with maple syrup, rice-porridge (that I showed you in part one) or toast and chocolate spread/strawberry jam at the free breakfast in my 2nd hostel.

Sadly it wasn’t as healthy as I imagined it, but it’s hard to decide between being cheap or healthy…

 

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My last week in Melbourne was a little less tourist-y and more enjoying time with the friends I met. We went to the market to go food shopping and had a late breakfast / early brunch there. I bought a falafel wrap for 4$ (2,50€) at the food court which was very good as well as another slice of banana bread.

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Even though the banana bread from Aldi is packed individually in plastic which sucks, it is so practical to take with you and not eat everything at once. And it also keeps it moist and yummy!

And if you wonder: yes! They have Aldi here :D

 

 

 

 

 

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The day we went to Brighton Beach, I had olive ciabatta with olive hummus for lunch in the sunshine and the same for dinner with another slice of banana bread.

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Another day Sabrina and me slept in and then made this amazing vegan pasta bolognese for lunch. Super easy, quick and delicious!

Quick Vegan Pasta Bolognese

You need: pasta, carrots, onion, tofu, tomato sauce, salt, some spices and a little bit of oil and soy sauce

How to: Boil pasta with salt. Fry chopped onion with a little bit of oil in a pan. Add chopped carrots and a bit of water and steam for a while. Mash firm tofu with a fork and sprinkle with soy sauce, add into the pan. Spice with salt, pepper, veggie broth, Italian herbs (whatever you have/like). Add tomato sauce and the cooked pasta.

If you like you can add cheese or nutritional yeast as well as fresh spinach & tomatoes to make it even more nutritious.

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The next night we ate some leftover tofu fried with onion, capsicum and carrots in a wrap with hummus, tomato chutney and lots of spinach. I really like wraps and eat them a lot here because they are healthy, easy, variable and delicious!

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Soy, mushroom and tomato noodles with fried tofu, broccoli, salad and fried onion.

One night we went to ‚Lentils as Anything‘ and it was a feast! We tried all the dished they had that evening and everything was just AWESOME! I am for sure going there in Sydney as well. Oh and everything is VEGAN by the way!

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Savoury Japanese pancake with tomato relish, vegan aioli, firm tofu and nori. Extremely delicious and something I never ate before.
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Veggie Ratatouille with mashed potato, salad and nutritional yeast. My favourite dish!

Cauliflower and something soup and dried fruit chocolate brownie for dessert.

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You can see that I couldn’t really resist eating out on my second week in Melbourne :D That’s just how it is when you meet people and want to enjoy your time with them and for me, that’s totally okay! I rather sleep in a 12-bed-dorm and live cheap as much as I can, but spend a little bit more on dining out with friends and having a wonderful time! Especially when it’s healthy and vegan food!

At ‚Madam Saigon‘ I had this amazing vegan noodle salad bowl for only 11$ (7€) which is amazingly cheap for eating out here!

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My second hostel had a free soup night every Tuesday, so I had vegan carrot soup with bread and some more fresh carrots with hummus for dinner that night.


That’s more or less everything I ate in Melbourne! Besides my Breakfast mostly healthy and besides eating out mostly cheap :D

How do you like my Backpacking What I Eat in a Day’s? Is it interesting? What would you like to see and hear more of?