Today’s Breakfast is a tribute to my backpacking days. I spent a year and a half in Europe in my early 20′s, studying, working, and traveling. It was one of the most amazing periods in my life, and those months spent traveling taught me more than I would ever learn in school. I could go and on, but instead I’ll just show you my breakfast.
If you’ve ever stayed in a youth hostel or an inexpensive pension, your stay may have included a continental breakfast. Usually, this consisted of a hard roll, butter, jam, and coffee…but, sometimes if you were lucky, there were a few more options. If hard boiled eggs were available, I grabbed them – great source of protein. My favorite were the little packages of full fat cheese (this would never be printed on a cheese label in America!). My 2 servings of Laughing Cow Light this morning were not quite full fat…but close enough. Last but not least, I treated myself to my favorite Parisian cafe delicacy…a pain au chocolat. Hey, isn’t that a Flatout wrap with almond butter and carob chips? Well, yeah…use your imagination people! No visit to the UK this morning as I was not in the mood for fried bread, sausage, and baked beans.
This breakfast lasted me about 3.5 hours and then I started getting hungry. The stats: 453 calories. 27 grams of fat (51%), 28 grams of carbs (23%), and 30 grams of protein (26%). This breakfast was much higher in fat and protein compared to what I’ve been eating, but it didn’t quite keep me going for as long as I’d hope. A backpacking traveling kind of girl needs more fuel! Maybe that’s why I ate so much gelato in Italy…oh, and then there were all those Nutella filled crepes in France…the Belgium waffles…the Swiss chocolate…Let’s just say I indulged. Oops.
Guess what I had for lunch?
A number of people have been asking about all these blended puddings I’ve been eating. Following is the recipe for the barley pudding I made today.
Into the mix:
That’s it – so easy. If you like rice pudding, this is a great alternative. I meant to put cinnamon in it but totally forgot. The possibilities are endless. Chocolate Covered Vegan, my pudding inspiration, recommends adding a melted banana or cocoa powder. For a savory bowl, I’ll add a little water and some Smart Balance Light. Also, a Vita-Mix isn’t necessary as I think any blender would do. Just don’t forget the key ingredient…nut butter! Definitely a necessity.
I desperately want to do a chin-up…and I can’t. The assisted chin-up machine at my Y has really helped me progress, but I want to do one on my own. People at the gym make it look so easy, but I just hang from the bar whenever I try. Any tips or certain strengthening exercises I should be doing? Thanks!