Freshly pressed juices to-go & a boost of vitamins

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Good morning and happy October already! Time flies so fast I am struggling to keep up with it. How did we manage to get into autumn so quickly already? It’s getting colder by the day I feel and I am ready to take out my winter jackets soon. With the cold approaching rapidly, I have the feeling my body is in extra need of vitamins and all things healthy a little more than usual. I notice my skin looking duller by the day – and I ain’t liking it at all. So I decided to start  my mornings these days with an extra boost of healthy fruits and mostly vegetable juices and get in those greatly needed vitamins.

Yesterday I spent almost an hour in the kitchen only to grind through those vegetables and fruit into the juicer. And I am proud to say I am rather satisfied with the outcome – the colors of the different juices are just as I had hoped they would be. A grassy-green that makes you feel healthy by looking at it (includes mostly apples, cucumber, spinach, one orange and ginger), a wake-you-up orange (consisting mostly of oranges, carrots, ginger and apple) and a deep-loving-red (made up of oranges, carrots, apples, ginger and beet root).

I am also thinking about doing a few days of juices only and find this a great way to getting used to the tastes already. I have never really done a full juice cleanse and thought that now with autumn having kicked in and winter approaching, this may be a good time to clean up inside of myself after this wonderful summer and lots of glasses of wine. I will, probably though, order juices, as making freshly pressed juices on the daily really is a bit time consuming (don’t forget buying the groceries first). Do any of you have experiences with juice cleanses and are there any you can recommend?

With that I am wishing everyone a great Monday and kick-start into the new week! xo

Fueling Food

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Oh, the past weeks have been emotional – devastating! It’s when suddenly all seems to pile on top of each other and no matter what you do and how hard you try, some things are just not under your control. I felt helpless and a bit left alone – and by no means was I actually left alone. It’s times like these I am so, so thankful for having my lovely family and best-est friends around me and supporting me no matter what. As the saying goes, its important to value those not only supporting you in times of happiness and fame, but those catching you when you fall, feel deprived and when things are not going as straight as planned.

One thing that I learned, and a lot of thanks goes to my mother here, is to fuel the body especially during those times when the energy is really needed. It goes without saying that food is super important and that we are what we eat – we want to try and do our best everyday. So: stay focused even when you feel your worst! Of course, I am nowhere near perfect nor the healthiest eater. Looking back a few years, I remember stuffing myself with the most unneeded foods ever when in a sad or bad position in life. I have learnt from that and try, as soon as I notice I am not on top of my own game anymore (and that happens to everyone once in a while) to fuel my body with extra vitamins and nutrients. I make sure to eat fruit and vegetables everyday, go rather for a salad or quinoa base with chicken rather than the unhealthy fries. I started working out again at the gym, and in combination with the food I am finally finding my balance again – emotional and as well as in general. That is not to say I’ve found the perfect way to eating healthy my life long, but it sure put me back on track. And let’s not lie, I did steel some fries from my friends plate the other night and do enjoy my one (or two, or three) glass of wine on the weekend – in the end, we only live once.

Now I am sitting in my hotel room in London after having landed only a couple of hours ago. My dinner wasn’t quite as pretty on a plate but very delicious indeed. I got myself a quinoa salad with chicken from around the corner as I didn’t quite feel that I wanted to go outside. Instead I am working on some more emails tonight, trying to catch up on work, and going to bed early. Tomorrow my 2-day conference starts and I can already see myself arriving back in Zurich exhausted Wednesday night – though I am looking forward to these days. Another reason to try an fuel myself a bit better than usual! Other than that my week ahead is not all too spectacular, it’s really about work most of these days. I will try to catch up on my studies again and get into the routine to finally finish off my thesis which is due this summer. Yet, I am definitely looking forward to the weekend – lots of fun activities are planned; including yummy dinners!

*salad with egg, chicken, avocado and a vinegar and oil dressing

Banana Bread Breakfasts

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Happy Friday! Ahh… the week has gone by so fast – almost too fast! I still have so many things on my agenda to finish and it doesn’t look like I’ll finish by tonight. In fact,  I am packed until Sunday evening. Only to start off to a new week on Monday. Especially on busy days like these I am a true believer in having great breakfasts. In the morning I always have the feeling I need to get as many vitamins and nutritions as possible to kick-start the day off in the best way possible.

This morning I started my day with some workouts – it feels so good! I admit I am not the biggest fan of working out in the morning right after waking up. In general, I am not the biggest morning person until I have had my breakfast – then it’s all fine again. :-) If I don’t do my workouts in the morning though, I don’t do it at all it seems. I don’t really have the time over lunch (especially if lunch meetings intervene) and in the evening I normally am too exhausted to work out and if I do workout, then I can’t sleep for ages. So I’ve started doing workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – finishing my third week now. Wohoo – let’s keep the motivation going (yes, clearly trying to motivate myself)!

Back to my favorite topic though: my breakfasts. I am still in love with this banana bread – especially in combination with one of my favorites, avocado, and here, an actual banana. I eat one fruit every morning, usually banana or an apple – sometimes even both. I have posted the recipe for this gluten and dairy free banana bread recently here.

My day today is packed with work, meetings, coffee (meeting too), and some personal projects in the evening after work, which I will update you about in the next days! So I don’t think I’ll come home anytime before 10 or 11pm tonight it seems. Another reason to have a great breakfast (and lunch, as I might not be able to squeeze in dinner today)! Wishing you all a great Friday for now and a great weekend to come! xo

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado-Egg and Salade

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Happy Wednesday! The time goes by so fast again – though especially this week it’s been super busy. I am running from meeting to meeting on a daily basis and tomorrow till Friday I’ll be in Geneva for meetings. I have meetings planned all day tomorrow, though a lovely dinner in the evening that I am quite looking forward to. I’ll then sleep over at my best friends place, whom I still haven’t visited there – shame! Now it’s last minute because she will be moving in with her boyfriend in March – so cute, so cool! Then Friday I will be exploring the city with a friend – really excited about that one as well. He knows Geneva much better than me, so will be able to show me around a bit. I would bet though that I will be getting stuck at some Café, if the weather continues to be snowy and cold. Some calm time after all these meetings is always a good idea, though I’m afraid my inbox will be packed everytime I check it.

Now, here’s another post to what I like calling: Eating in Style. My obsession with avocado and all one can do with it still has not ended. Tonight I made dinner for dad and myself: avocado-egg topped off with smoked salmon, salade and apple pieces as well as slices (for decoration purposes, of course). He is leaving again tomorrow evening, so I thought I would treat him with an extra “pretty” dinner – and myself!

The avocado-egg mixture is not a new recipe, and to be honest one of the most simple things to do. It takes absolutely no time whatsoever, yet is absolutely delicious – I have made it previously so you can find it here. Recently I have not only been obsessed with avocados but also with salades again. I ate salades almost daily in summer – I don’t know, but due to the weather it seemed to fit perfectly. With the start of autumn and therefore the cooler temperatures I felt as if I wanted warm dinners and switched over to soups and vegetables mostly (given that I have chicken or other meat almost for every lunch – big, big meat lover here!). Since the beginning of the year however, I have gotten the need for salade again. It might be because of the daily chicken and vegetables for lunch (during the week), so I enjoy something lighter and cooler in the evening. And there are so many variations one can make with salades!

I love having a little fruit with it – I always have the feeling it gives me the right amount of vitamins for a little boost towards the evening and for my body to use during the night. For these two plates I used one apple. I try including proteins every evening too: Here I added 2 eggs into the avocado-egg mixture and half an egg on the salade for both plates. On other nights I sometimes snack on a few almonds after dinner. And salmon – well, I love salmon in general and since I was super hungry after work I decided to treat us with a rather large dinner tonight. Top it off with some olive oil and vinegar et voila: Dinner is ready!

Now I’ll start packing my small suitcase for Geneva, might need to write one or two more emails for work, prepare my Chia-pudding for breakfast and then I’ll try getting an early nights sleep. I haven’t been sleeping all too well the past nights – thoughts kept me up a lot, however tomorrow I need to be in the car by 7am. Therefore I should probably awaken at around 6am – way too early for my taste! I hope you’re all having a great evening. xo

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Sorry if the quality isn’t at it’s best: I did these all with my iPhone, because I was too hungry to wait and take “professional” photos. :-) 

Baked Egg in Avocado

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Good morning! It’s monday again – it always goes so quick! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend, I had a fabulous time. Two of my friends visited Zurich and surprised me with their visit. It was great seeing them again – reminded me though, that I really need to find time again to fly over to Hamburg to visit the rest of my lovelies. I would say I’ll just quickly book, but I have so many things coming up in the next weeks and especially a lot on the weekends. Maybe I’ll find a weekend later in February for a spontaneous flight.

Yesterday, it being my favorite lazy day: Sunday, I enjoyed the free-time to make a rather big breakfast again. I am the biggest avocado lover, as some of you might already know. In the past weeks I’ve baked my egg quite often in the half of an avocado. It’s super delicious and I love the avocado warm almost more than cold right now! Together with this protein packed two-ingredient piece, I had a banana, an apple and some almonds. I enjoy breakfasts so much and I absolutely love decorating the food I eat. I’m not even sure how this started, but I can’t cook and just “throw” something onto the plate. It always has to look semi-“pretty” for me to enjoy it. Is it just me or does the food taste almost even better, when placed all pretty? It’s probably me just being weird there!

For all those interested in trying the baked egg in an avocado: all you need is an egg and, avocado! (Big surprise I know haha) Depending on the size of the avocado it’s important scoop a little more of the flesh out – otherwise the eggwhite will not fit. For this rather small avocado I scooped out about 2 teaspoons before adding the raw egg into it. The oven should be pre-heated to 220°C (celsius degrees). Once the oven is hot, place the avocado in it for about 15 minutes. Although the top looks slighty “dry”, the inside was still soft – just perfect. Add some pepper and salt and voila, there you have the perfect add-on to a great breakfast.

Small hint: the avocado easily falls to the side and for you to avoid spilling the raw egg all over, I used a small bowl that can be put into the oven. I placed the avocado into the bowl before adding the egg, to make sure it stays in place. Bon appetit! xo

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