What I Eat in a Day in Melbourne as a Backpacker on a Budget #1

Now that I am travelling I want to show you what I eat as a (mostly) healthy, (mostly) vegan Backpacker on a budget in Australia!

I hope you are excited for some super easy, cheap and quick recipes and meals as I don’t want to spend too much time or money cooking (and I also don’t have the nicest kitchens in the hostels). But I still try to mostly eat homemade food as eating out is crazily expensive. If I do eat out, I like to go to cute little healthy cafés that offer vegan food and I’m okay spending more money there, rather than finding the cheapest takeaway pizza in town :D

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The prices

The first hostel I stayed in offered free tea, coffee, rice and pasta as well as free pancakes in the morning, so I tried to use that to save money.

Besides what I was thinking, the food in the supermarket isn’t that much more expensive than in Germany. Some things obviously are, especially produce that have to get shipped from far away. I tried to mostly shop my produce at the market (for example the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne) as they offer cheaper products that aren’t as fresh anymore or at the end of the day.

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Here is a list of the food I bought and how much I spend on them:
  • 12 tomatoes                                2 $         1,30 €                 market
  • 2 red bell peppers                     2 $         1,30 €                 market
  • 5 bananas                                   1 $         0,70 €                 market
  • Hummus                                     3 $         1,80€                  market
  • Salt                                               2 $         1,50 €                 Coles
  • Olive ciabatta                             4 $         2,50 €                Coles
  • Olive Hummus                          5 $          3 €                     Coles
  • Canned Kidney Beans           0,75$        0,50 €                Coles
  • Soy sauce                                    4 $         2,50 €                 Coles

Next time I definitely should buy my soy sauce as well as tofu for example at an Asian supermarket. They are very popular here (because there are also a lot of Asian people living in Australia) and it’s a lot cheaper there.

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Some prices look crazy at first, but 12$ are actually 7,50€ which is the same price as in Germany for the vegan B&J… but I’m for sure going to try all the flavours when my parents visit me :P

Day 1

This wasn’t actually my first day in Melbourne, but the first day that I took pictures of my food – just to clarify that!

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As I already said, my first hostel offered free pancakes with maple syrup every morning. I wasn’t really happy about that on one hand, because I planned on trying to eat completely vegan, but on the other hand, they were yummy, free and quick to eat before leaving the hostel to explore…

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At the market, I bought this amazing self-made hummus and 4 little loaves of bread (there is no English name for „Brötchen“! :D ) and I dipped two into the hummus for lunch.

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The first meal that I cooked at the hostel was this easy rice & veggie dish. I cooked rice with some salt, mixed the veggies under after the rice was nearly finished and added some veggie broth. That’s it! Not super great, but cheap, healthy and easy.

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Day 2

Another day I slept in until 10:30am and there were no more pancakes. I cooked rice with more water than usual and „overcooked“ it to make it very creamy and sticky rice/porridge texture. Then I added lots of cinnamon, mashed banana, apple, raisins and some nuts.

It might seem weird to try to save money on something inexpensive like oats, but as cheaper you eat on most days, as more often you can spend more money on going out! :D

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Because I had a late breakfast, I just had two oranges as a snack and ate dinner early.

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A combination I just recently discovered is pasta with a hummus sauce and veggies. That’s what happens when you are a backpacker: you can’t buy a large variety of food otherwise it will go bad and you have to use it up before you leave a place – so you have to get creative and buy food that works in many meals.

So I just cooked some free pasta from the hostel, mashed some kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, olive hummus, fresh baby spinach and veggie broth and heated it up.

Throwing different ingredients together and making it a delicious meal!

 

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Day 3

I was very lucky, that my AuPair family that I’m going to stay with in May came to visit Melbourne and we were able to meet each other.

And I was even more lucky, that we went to a café to have breakfast that probably has the best ever Avo smash toast in whole Australia! Only ate this one until now, but I can’t imagine that it can get any better (and my AuPair mom agrees in that and she has already eaten many Avo toasts!)

Sadly I forgot to ask for a vegan version as I was a bit nervous that morning, but it was so yummy and so much variety in one dish – lots of mashed avo, good bread, tomatoes, cucumber, balsamic vinegar, mozzarella cheese & poached egg.

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That day I got gifted Kombucha on the streets as a sample. It wasn’t really a great flavour, but in general, I really like Kombucha.

 

The amazing breakfast kept me full for long, so I had another early and big dinner. Leftover rice with veggies where I only added some pak choi and soy sauce as well as fresh capsicum on the side. As a dessert, I had some sweet rice with applesauce and raisins.


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Another part of what I eat in Melbourne will follow soon! Including another great breakfast with my AuPair mom and way to much eating out as there are so many awesome vegan places here in Melbourne! :D

 

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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.

What I Eat in a Day #18 | Sushi Dates & Healthy Breakfasts

Der Sommer läd mit seinem ganzen frischen Obst und Gemüse – saftig, aromatisch, süß und wirklich reif – einfach dazu ein sich gesund zu ernähren. Denn auf Süßkram und Fettiges kann man bei diesen Temperaturen getrost verzichten und sich lieber auf eine leckere Wassermelone stürzen. Wem geht das auch so wie mir?

Aus diesem Grund wollte ich mal wieder ein What I Eat in a Day im Sommer mit euch teilen. Allerdings wird es hierbei nicht nur um einen Tag gehen, sondern ich möchte euch zeigen, was ich eigentlich täglich esse und wie ich mich einfach gesund und größtenteils vegan ernähre.

In meinen Instagram Stories könnt ihr fast täglich mitverfolgen, was ich esse und euch vielleicht auch ein paar Ideen und Inspirationen mitnehmen – genau wie in diesem Beitrag!

Frühstück

Meine erste Malzeit des Tages nehme ich oft erst recht spät zu mir, da ich vorher Sport mache. Das ist zu einer richtigen Routine geworden und ich fühle mich damit so gut!

Danach gibt es dann ein ausgibiges und wirklich riesiges Frühstück. Meist bestehend aus einer großen Schüssel Porridge mit Haferflocken, Buchweizenflocken, Flohsamenschalen, Chia- und Leinsamen, Proteinpulver, heißem Wasser aufgekipt und dann noch Pflanzenmilch. Darüber kommt ganz ganz viel Obst, wofür ich meist noch eine 2. Schüssel brauch, weil gar nicht alles in eine passt :D und evtl. noch Mango-Lupinenjoghurt und mein selbstgemachtes gesundes crunchy Müsli darüber.

Dazu esse ich frische Wassermelone und trinke Kokoswasser oder Wasser mit Limette und Minze aus dem Garten.

Nach viel zu langer Zeit habe ich auch mal wieder meine klassischen veganen Pancakes gemacht und mich buchstäblich neu in sie verliebt! Nach dem Urlaub werde ich auf jeden Fall wieder öfter welche machen.

Und auch einen grünen Smoothie mit gefrorener Banane, Spinat und Grünkohl aus dem Garten, Apfel, Gerstengraspulver, Moringa-Pulver und Kokoswasser mache ich mir gerne für den Vormittag während meiner Schreibtischarbeit.

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Im Sommer gibt es keine besseren Snacks als frisches Obst und genau deshalb bin ich der Meinung, dass diese Jahreszeit ideal ist um eine gesunde Lebens- und Essweise zur Routine zu machen. Denn wer zieht diesen süßen, fruchtigen frischen Bonbons schon richtige Bonbons vor?

Bei dem ausgibigen Frühstück reicht mir zum Mittag dann etwas Leichtes. Gerne auch kalt, wie zum Beispiel frischer Salat aus dem Garten mit Tomate, Paprika und Gurke mit einem Dressing aus Hummus und Leinöl und dazu ein Wrap gefüllt mit Rote-Beete Hummus, Gemüse und Kidney Bohnen oder auch einfach nur zwei Brote mit Aufstrich und Salat. So bekommt man viele Vitamine über frisches Grün!

Zum Abendessen gab es bei mir in letzter Zeit unheimlich oft Sushi und ich kann mich nicht beschweren! Bei Sushi-Freunde gibt es über die WM nämlich ein Special Preis von 14€ für All you can Eat und dieses gibt es auch zum Mitnehmen. Witziger Weise bekommt man dabei eine Platte auf die so viel passt, dass man das im Restaurant niemals essen könnte und so habe ich mir mit meinen Freundinnen zu dritt zwei Platten geteilt und wir haben nicht mal alles geschafft :D

Auch mit meinen Eltern habe ich diesen Monat dort zwei Mal gegessen und wir waren zum Zeugnisessen beim Asiaten, wo es ebenfalls Sushi gab.


Was sind eure Sommer Gerichte? Wovon bekommt ihr nicht genug und was gibt es bei euch an heißen Tagen zu essen?