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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My Everyday Breakfast – Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Vegan & Delicious

Today I want to show you my go-to breakfast that I have almost every day here in Australia because it is healthy, cheap, quick & easy to make, super delicious and keeps you full for long.

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Sometimes I have the unhealthy (but also delicious) free breakfast at the hostels like pancakes or toast with peanut butter and jam, but I try to stay away from it and make my own healthy bowl of oats.

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This recipe is nothing special, I just want to share how I make it with you as you were super interested in my cheap, easy and healthy dinner recipes for backpackers. This time it’s all about the breakfast porridge, but I still hope you enjoy it and I’ll for sure share more cheap but healthy recipes with you soon!

 

Some days, when I sleep in and work out afterwards this oatmeal is my breakfast and lunch that I have at around noon. Other days, I eat this and still have lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner (for example when I traveled with my cousin).

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I don’t exactly measure the amount that I eat. It depends on how hungry I am, what time it is and what my plans for the day are, so this recipe is more about the idea and not the exact amounts that I have as it varies daily.

Ingredients

  • quick oats (around 1 cup)
  • water (around 2 cups)
  • flax seed flour (around 1 tsp)
  • cinnamon (around 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple/pear
  • nuts, seeds, raisins, (granola)

What to do

  1. mix the oats with water, the flax seed flour and cinnamon in a pot and cut the banana in thick slices into it
  2. Slowly bring to a boil and stir often
  3. Let it simmer and soak up the water on low heat until it has the consistency that you like (I like it very thin, so sometimes I even add more water)
  4. Pour into a bowl, cut the apple on top and add your nuts, seeds, raisins (or other toppings you like/have)

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Nuts are very expensive here in Australia. That’s why I buy these nut and fruit mixtures with raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts. Still very expensive (500g for around 6$) but it’s worth it in my opinion because it is super delicious and very healthy and nutritious.

I also don’t cook with oil here and my only other resource of healthy fat is Avocado (and the fat I have when I eat out/ buy food), so the nuts are great to get the good fat in.

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Until 2 weeks ago I haven’t had to buy oats at all because I always find packages in the free food shelve which is super handy. They are not very expensive, but it’s still better to get them for free :D The flax seed flour is also from the free food shelve (I know! I am so lucky with that!) and I wouldn’t have bought it otherwise.

At home, I usually used half water, half plant milk for my oatmeal but it is cheaper that way and it still tastes very creamy. When you let your oats allow to sit in the water for long and take your time to cook the porridge, the water will kind of turn into oatmilk anyways.

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The banana is the key to this recipe as it gives the porridge the sweetness and without it, it is not even half as delicious! The apple or pear is not as important but still gives the cold freshness, crunchyness, fruityness and deliciousness to the bowl. You can also have other fruit instead obviously, but usually apples or pears are the cheapest here.

 

Once I found Chrunchy Peanut Granola on Sale at Woolworths which was super delicious to have as a topping, but usually, it is very expensive when you don’t want to have the unhealthy ones with a lot of sugar.

 

 

So this is all you need to know about my daily backpacker breakfast in Australia! It obviously varies sometimes with what I get cheap at the store/market, but that’s the usual – very simple, but delicious and healthy!

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What is your go-to Breakfast?

Cheap, Healthy, Vegan – Dinner Recipes for Healthy Backpackers on a Budget

Back home it was my goal to stay healthy and fit while still enjoying myself on my travels. I also wanted to go completely vegan when I am solo travelling through Australia because I knew I would have to cook for myself anyway and there wouldn’t be cheese or any cooked meals by my mom that could disturb me from staying vegan…

In reality, it sometimes is a bit hard, because some hostels offer free breakfast like pancakes or you want to try something new, but I managed to be mostly vegan and cook only vegan myself.

In this blog post, I want to share a few recipes that I have been loving and re-cooking a lot in the past two months of travelling as they are healthy, nutritious, quick to make, vegan and still very cheap. I hope you like the inspiration of some yummy meals that are not just great for backpackers, but for everyone who wants to have some quick and easy wholesome meals!

Cheesy Vegan Pasta

What you need: pasta of your choice, classic hummus, garlic, onion, salt, broccoli (or other veggies of your liking), nutritional yeast (*optional, I was lucky to find that in the free food shelve of a hostel, I wouldn’t have bought it as it is pretty expensive)

How to: boil the pasta with added salt in the water, simmer your broccoli florets in lightly salted water, chop the onion and garlic into small pieces and let them boil in a bit of pasta water, then add two big scoops of hummus and make a creamy sauce, then add the pasta and broccoli and nutritional yeast to make it even more cheesy – but it also tastes great without it.

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I also made that sauce with spinach and chopped tomatoes instead of the broccoli and that’s delicious as well!

Wraps à la whatever you fancy

Wraps were the go-to meal for me and my travel buddy Meike that I met on the Great Ocean Road Tour. We literally had them every day when we didn’t eat out. Super healthy, quick, easy to prepare for several days and you can fill them with whatever you love.

We always bought the green spinach wraps (they have them everywhere here) and always added hummus and fresh spinach. Everything else varied from what we wanted / what was on sale in the stores: tofu fried with soy sauce, veggie pan with onion, zucchini, mushrooms, paprika, sweet corn, beans, chickpeas… sometimes we added fresh tomatoes or paprika, as well as avocado.

There are so many options! We always looked what we could get cheap and made a big batch of the filling and stored it in food boxes for several days to heat up every night and just add some of the fresh ingredients… eh voilà! Quick & easy dinner or lunch.

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Veggies & Beans in Tomato Sauce

Another dish that I frequently eat because it is super healthy, easy, quick and cheap is frozen veggies (I love the mix of carrot, broccoli, cauliflower and peas) with mixed beans, just kidney beans or even baked beans (they already have the tomato sauce which is handy), I chop up some onion and season everything with whatever I find in the hostel or just salt and I love adding nutritional yeast to it as well.

This is a yummy dish with fewer carbs which is great, but I oftentimes eat avocado toast/corn cakes with it or it also tastes amazing to add some baked potatoes (or rice) to keep you full for longer.

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A great snack that I love to have on hand is carrots with hummus. I snack on them all the time! Hummus is only 2$ for 200g and you get 1kg of carrots for around 1$ so it’s super cheap.

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Vegan Bolognese

Another great pasta dish is Bolognese but made with lots of onion, carrot and scrambled tofu. The cheapest way to get tofu is at the Asian market. You can either use already seasoned tomato sauce or spice it yourself if you have herbs like basil, oregano and paprika on hand.

Ingredients: pasta of your choice, onion and garlic, salt & pepper, carrot, tofu, soy sauce and tomato sauce, olive oil and other herbs (*optional)

Instruction: boil the pasta in salt water, chop up the onion and garlic and fry it with olive oil in a pan, add the carrots and a splash of water and let it simmer until slightly soft, cut the tofu into small pieces and drizzle soy sauce to give it taste, add the tofu and tomato sauce (+ a little more water if needed) and taste with salt, pepper and other herbs

Super delicious and great to prepare for several meals in advance. You can also add bell pepper, fresh tomatoes or spinach to make it even healthier!

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We also used leftover „pasta sauce“ as a wrap filling with capsicum, fresh spinach, hummus and tomato chutney.


What do you think about these kinds of blog posts? Do you prefer fancy food posts with pretty pictures or these easy going quick & easy recipes? Do you have ideas for me what to eat that is cheap and still healthy?