French toast, gypsy toast or eggy bread

gypsy toastFrench toast, gyspy toast or eggy bread. Whatever you call them they taste great! They make a good sturdy breakfast or a filling snack. Some add sugar in the mix, but it’s not necessary.
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Green pea soup with horseradish cream

Green pea soupGreen pea soup is a completely different experience from yellow pea soup. With frozen peas it can be cooked all year.
It is a very filling soup. If there is anything left over it can be kept in the fridge for freezer for another day.
Cooking time: 25 minutes, including a 5 minutes break.
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Scrambled eggs in the microwave oven – a quick post training snack

Scrambled eggs in the microwave ovenScrambled egg are nice and a good source of protein. Cooking scrambled egg in the microwave oven is very fast.
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Protein in vegetarian food – how to get enough from different kinds of food

energy percentage protein in foodThe first thing people usually ask when you say you are eating is “But where do you get proteins from? “. As a vegetarian, it’s not that hard actually; you can eat egg, cottage cheese, beans, quorn, lentils and cheese. For vegans, it is a little worse; they may opt out of egg and cheese, but can instead choose tofu and soybeans. NFA recommends a daily intake of 10-20% protein, it is not that difficult to achieve if you add some protein-rich foods in each meal.

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Pot barley porridge – a real Scandinavian Christmas treat

barley porridgePot barley is the unrefined, whole grain of barley, as opposed to pearl barley, where the barley’s bran covering has been removed. Barley is used in traditional Scandinavian meat dishes as filler in sausages and haggis. Barley can be boiled and used instead of rice. Pot barley was used for Christmas porridge before the rice pudding was introduced. The pot barley porridge gives a real Christmas feeling with the cinnamon and soft warmth.
The porridge is best eaten the same day it’s cooked, but it will keep in the fridge for a day or two.

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Aubergine moussaka with red lentils and feta cheese

Moussaka with aubergine lentils and feta cheeseThis moussaka both looks fantastic and tastes fantastic. The flavours are quite mild but full. As many oven bakes there are a few steps, but all are easy to follow.
Serve this moussaka with a fresh salad or a couple of green leaves on the side. This dish is perfect for your lunchbox the next day and to deep freeze for emergency dinners.
Cooking time: 1 hour: 20 minutes preparation and 40 minutes in the oven.
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American pancakes – without egg

American pancakes without eggThese egg free pancakes work both for those not eating egg, or if the cupboard shelves are a little empty, and for those allergic to egg.
If there are leftovers, stick them in the fridge and heat them up in the microwave or in the toaster at a later date. This dish is quite low in protein, so make sure you add a little in your next meal.
Portions: 2 or 4 pancakes.
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Savoury cheesecake in snack portions

Cheesecake LCHF styleThis cheesecake is great to make in small mini-portions, to use for a snack, for the picnic or after a workout.
You can of course also make the cheesecake in a larger dish, but then it will be harder to bring somewhere. This snack is actually perfect, both for a picnic, a snack and to have in your bag after a workout. There is just 1 g of carbohydrates in each portion, so it’s also perfect for those on a LCHF diet. Stick some in the freezer too, for a future date.
20 snack portions. Cooking time: 50 minutes, 15 minutes preparation and 35 minutes in the oven.
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Lose a few kilo with Allevo. No, wait a minute. Smoothies!

I’ve got a few kilo to lose and put myself on an Allevo diet. The ad said “High protein low calorie” and that sounded good to me. I can add that it’s nothing for LCHF-dieters or GI people since a portion contains 26 g carbohydrates, and that is about a weeks worth of carbs for a LCHF dieter and a days worth for a GI person. In any case I switched a few meals a week for a chocolate shake that is mixed with milk. It felt a bit so-so when i saw the long list of ingredients. Quite a few unknowns and sweeteners! Nothing that sounded particularly healthy.

After a few days I also tired of the chocolate flavour, there are indeed also a strawberry flavour, but synthetically tasting strawberry is something I dislike. I thought “I can do better than this myself!”. I often make smoothies for a snack, since it’s both quick, lovely tasting and healthy and though I can make a protein smoothie that is just as good. Here is the comparison:

Allevo chocolateAllevo chocolate flavour contains:

220 kcal
19 g protein
26 g carbohydrates
3.5 g fat

Smoothie using quark, blueberries and banana contains:

214 kcal
16 g protein
42 g carbohydrates
3 g fat

Smoothie using quark, raspberries and apple contains:

222 kcal
17 g protein
36 g carbohydrates
3 g fat

If you are a calorie counter and want to save 18 calories (!!!) you can use skimmed milk instead, then the figures look like this for the banana smoothie:

Smoothie using quark, blueberries and banana (made with skimmed milk) contains:

196 kcal
16 g protein
43 g carbohydrates
1 g fat

If someone reading this is new to making smoothies, all you need to do is put it all in a mixing bowl, and mix it all together, that’s it. It’s ready to drink. Here are the recipes for which I made the calorie, carbohydrate, fat and protein counts above:

Recipe for Smootie with quark, blueberry and banana

Milk, 1.5 % fat, 150 ml / 3/4 cup
Quark, light 1%, 75 ml / 2 1/2 oz
Bluberries, 2 tbsp
Banana, 1 medium

Recipe for Smoothie with quark, raspberry and apple

Milk, 1.5 % fat, 150 ml / 3/4 cup
Quark, light 1%, 75 ml / 2 1/2 oz
Raspberries, 100 ml / 3 1/2 oz
Apple, 1 medium sized

The natural option contains fewer calories, and will keep you full longer – in my opinion, and more natural ingredients, and you lose the sweeteners in the Allevo drink. You can also vary the taste, which means you won’t give in as easily. Take any fruit and spice it up with finely grated ginger, or cinnamon. Don’t be afraid to experiment, you can’t really go wrong. The smoothie is in my opinion a clear winner!

But, what do you choose?


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