Thursday, 30 January 2014

Crispy Shrimp. It's like fish fingers - only better!

Who doesn't love shrimp? I know I do. They are extremely delicious and low in calories. Today I will show you a super easy way to pimp your shrimp for a party or maybe to put on top of a salad.

Crispy Shrimp:

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Kale Curry Chips. What are you waiting for? You should try it. ... Now!

TV-Evening tonight - and I'm a bit of a snack addict.
I won't lie. This is basically the exact same recipe as the Brussels sprout chips - but I'm gonna take these in a different direction.

So how about some Kale Curry Chips?

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Weighloss explained. Buckle up.

We all want to lose weight. But what's the most effective  way to do so? To understand weight loss we first need do understand weight gain.  So let's talk about our body as if it was a car.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Porridge with Hot Apples. Not only for kids.

This turned out to be a humongous portion - I always underestimate oats, don't you too? Oh well. It's still a delicious start into the day. Consider this a meal for two people.

So here we go: Porridge with hot apples

Monday, 20 January 2014

Diet, casually- Sparkling water. Fuzzy and with a kick.

A thing I learned years ago was that it's never a good idea to drink your calories. I'm not talking about your store-bought smoothies or Venti White Chocolate Mochas today. I'm also not talking about the healthy exception of self-made breakfast smoothies or juices that both serve as a whole meal. I'm talking about soda.

I too must confess that I enjoy soda and ice tea. There were times where I drank at least one bottle of diet soda or diet ice tea a day. All to willingly did I ignore the signs that my body did not like that chemical stuff - because it just tasted so good. But at some point in time I started changing that habit, reducing my soda intake to one bottle a week, sometimes even less.

Soda: Sparkling water with lemon or lime juice
We Germans sure love our fizzy mineral water. It's not that widespread outside Germany I heard, but we can't live without its bubbly freshness. Back when I was in school our American exchange students didn't like it and described the taste as "salty" - but I encourage you to give it a try. But here's the twist: Use the juice of half a lime or lemon, orange or grapefruit to give it a fruity taste. It won't be as sweet as soda but we're not trying to recreate soda, are we?
Should you have a lime or lemon that's organic and not treated with chemicals, you can also cut it into pieces and put those into your bottle.

Your body will thank you!

Enjoy and be sexy,

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Folded Zucchini Bites. I bet you never had Zucchini like this!

I must admit I started preparing this dish with no plan whatsoever. I had to make some adjustments here and there to save it (I actually wanted to do it with eggplant but unfortunately it had already gone bad.) The result was pretty good though - and even more satisfying than I expected ;)

So here we go: Folded Zucchini Bites!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Diet, casually - Tomato puree

One thing I finally understood since I started my dietary change is that diet is not only about "restricting" but most of all about "changing". Little changes can take you far in a long run.

This is why I welcome you to the first installment of "Diet - casually." where I talk to you on how to improve your every day diet by simply switching one food product for another. Those things helped me along the way of losing weight and I want to share them with you. Hopefully these tips can be helpful for you too.

Let's start today's post with something I bet a lot of you will find weird. But trust me: It's awesome.

Bread Spread: Tomato puree
I bet none of you tried this before. It's been years since I started using tomato puree as a bread spread instead of butter or margarine. The main reason was that it has 0 points on Weight Watchers, but it stuck with me because I learned to love it.

There are many variations of tomato puree to chose from, some of them containing herbs, chilli or even onion. Alternatively, in case you're not a tomato-fan, you can try something like bell pepper puree. But be warned that it's more expensive. Something I can't stress enough is that in no way is ketchup an alternative to tomato puree.  Not only is it completely differend in taste, it's also full of sugar.

Should neither tomato puree nor bell pepper puree be to your liking try using mustard or horseradish as a bread spread instead.

All of these spreads are just so full of flavor compared to butter. They're fruity and delicious, plus, if you don't like it as a bread spread you still have a base for different sauces.

Enjoy and be sexy,

Monday, 13 January 2014

Vegetable Casserole. Anything but boring!

Come on, honestly, who doesn't love casserole?

I enjoy every kind of casserole so I made some on Sunday. Once you get the hang of it you'll see that it's so easy to make and requires no sauces that come pre-made in glasses or in bags. So today we're gonna be making some awesome vegetable casserole.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Brussels sprout chips. So gooood!!

Oh yes. You heard me right. Brussels sprout chips. It may sound crazy but it's actually very delicious. They take a little bit of preparation time but, obviously, are way lower in calories than potato chips. I personally find them to be even more satisfying than potato chips because they have this savory taste that my head connects with "Dinner" - witch is pretty cool.
So, maybe I can encourage you to try them.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Sunday Breakfast - A little bit of everything

When I'm on my own on a Sunday, I like to start off my day with a delicious, healthy breakfast, full of goodness.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Mango Buttermilk Shake

January first. Majorly hungover. Drinking always seems like such a good idea at the time, doesn't it ;)?

Anyway. I was craving something small but delicious for breakfast to get me going after a night of NYE celebration. And I had just the thing: A Mango Buttermilk Shake. Before I start though, let me explain something about my diet:

I usually try to balance my meals out. Since I'm open to everything and willing to try a lot to see if it helps my body I tried completely skipping certain kinds of foods, like fats or sugars/carbs. But it just never felt natural. I feel that proteins, carbs/sugars and fat are all part of what your body needs. It's all just about balance.

Ok, as for the shake:

Not only is the sour buttermilk so refreshing but it's also full of vitamins and minerals! Raw sesame, like other seeds, is a nice source of natural fat and the mango provides you with vitamins and the sugars/carbs that fuel your inner engine.

Let's get things going ... again.

Well, how about that? Another weight loss blog. Another 200 pound person trying to get in shape, motivated by the beginning of the new year? Well, yeah. That‘s exactly what this is.

Let me just tell you that the beginning of that whole "weight loss thing" for me has been in Summer 2012, at the glorious age of 25, so I‘m not exactly new to this. In the 12 months between July 2012 and 2013 I‘ve lost 40 pounds. Sadly I hit a plateau after that. My weight stayed the same for 6 months. It took me a long time to figure out what was going wrong in my diet.