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Finally, here’s another recipe of the German Classics series I’ve wanted to share with you, the legendary Toast Hawaii. This used to be one of my absolute favourite dishes when I was a kid, and my mom loved it, too, as these toasts are an incredibly quick and easy lunch or dinner option. Just perfect for time-pressed working moms with hungry children. 😉

This recipe was invented, or at least made popular, by the German TV cook Clemens Wilmenrod and is considered typical for West Germany in the 1950s. (Source: Wikipedia)

Toast Hawaii

Classic Toast Hawaii

A quick and easy lunch or dinner option, that is also highly customizable. The original recipe uses ham, but if you’re a vegetarian like me, you can replace it with Tofurky slices, smoked tofu, or extra cheese.  I normally use Emmental cheese, but you can of course choose any kind of cheese you like. Vegan cheese substitutes, like Daiya, should work, too.  

To make this a slightly healthier meal, serve the toasts with a side salad.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

8 slices of sandwich bread (white or whole wheat)

4 tsp butter

8 slices of pineapple (fresh or canned)

8 large slices of ham (or Tofurky slices or smoked tofu)

8 slices of cheese (Emmental/swiss cheese or whichever you prefer)

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Slightly toast the bread and spread with butter. If you are using canned pineapple slices, drain them thoroughly.

Place the toasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Layer on ham, pineapple, and finally cheese.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges are slightly browned. Serve hot.

Drown the toasts in a cup of tomato ketchup and dig in! Oh wait, that’s just me. 😉

Enjoy!

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Today’s Lunch Break Run was just fantastic! Can anybody explain to me, why running on the treadmill is so hard, while running outdoors is so much fun? I don’t get it. Maybe it’s because chatting with my co-workers distracts me from any discomfort and motivates me to keep going?

Whatever it was, I’m very thankful for today’s run. It was sunny but a bit chilly when we set out, about 40°F (4°C), but I was prepared and had packed my warm running gear. Sadly, I had forgotten to pack a towel, though, so no shower for this sweaty girl. Sorry, guys!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3.85 miles (6,2 km)
  • Time: 44:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:25 min/mile
  • Feeling: Talkative

This weekend we’re having a guest, so I’m going to spend the rest of the night in the kitchen. Here we go!

Have a great weekend!

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Just Move

As the temperatures are getting colder – it was freezing this morning – it’s time to move my workouts back to the gym. I think I haven’t been to the gym in months! Being back actually felt great, just like coming home … and that’s coming from a former gym hater! So I hopped on the treadmill today, to get a few miles in.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.0 miles (3,2 km)
  • Time: 23:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:45 min/mile
  • Feeling: Sweaty

Short and slow. That was a tough run. Looks like my body has forgotten how to run and sweat? Whatever. After being literally obsessing with getting faster the past few months, which totally took all the fun out of running, I’ve decided that I won’t care about my pace and mileage anymore. I’m currently not training for any races, so I’ll just try to keep moving and having fun.

What’s your favorite way to move your body?

Mine are currently running, Pilates, and biking. In that order.

See you!

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It’s been a week since I renewed my pledge to have no sweet treats, after a not-so-good weekend. I went without a single piece of chocolate for five days! On friday I had a few chunks of chocolate covered marzipan,  and a small square of dark chocolate yesterday and today. I call that a success.

I realised that I can’t live without sweets forever, so I need to find an approach that works on a longer term. So this is my new strategy:

  • No sweets at work. Only fruit and chocolate soy milk.
  • Avoid processed foods. Home-made baked goods and dark chocolate are fine.

Quite a simple plan. But sometimes simple is better, right? No need to make life even more complicated.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Walnut Muffins

Questions of the day: Could you live without chocolate? Or peanut butter, chips, cake? What’s your ‘food weakness’?

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Blog Anniversary #1

Exactly one year ago, I started this blog. What?! It’s already been an entire year?!

When I started this blog, I had no idea where I was going with this thing. I’m kind of surprised that I’m still writing new posts. And that I’m still running! Not as frequently as I’d like to, but I’m still trying to move and sweat as often as possible.

Does anyone remember my first post? I went on a run/walk after work, got lost, and had to run an extra mile. Yeah, brilliant!

A lot has happened since I started blogging. I (virtually) met some really nice ladies, participated in a few fun challenges, finished not only a 5k race, but also a 6 miler … oh, and I got married. 😉

Looking back at all that awesome stuff, I realise how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown as a person. This new active life style is not just a fad, it’s here to stay. And I’m sure, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this amazing healthy living blog world.

So, thank you so much, my dear readers! I can’t find the words to express how much I appreciate your support! I’d like to send a virtual hug to everyone who has ever commented on my blog. I hope you don’t mind. 😉

Please keep reading, as I keep writing. Ok?

See you!

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