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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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Sick Days

So it seems I’ve caught a cold on the weekend. Last night I felt so poorly that I decided to call in sick at work today.

The problem is, whenever I’m sick, my cravings are out of control and my willpower is at zero. So I totally busted my No Sweets Challenge. After only three days! We had some guests over, so we made some apple pie and stocked up on chocolate. I ate a lot of both.

Oh well. Despite this major slip-up, I will continue with my challenge. Today I did much better! No pie, no chocolate, just lots of fruit and smoothies. Yeah!

Due to my current condition, I haven’t worked out in the past few days. I guess I’ll take a few more rest days, just to be sure. But I can’t wait to be fit and sweating again.

What are your favorite natural remedies for the common cold?

I try to sleep a lot, drink lots of hot lemon water and tea, and do some camomile inhalations.

See you!

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No Sweets Challenge

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been struggling with my motivation to workout. But unfortunately, that’s not all. Lately my eating habits have been really bad. While I usually do well on the weekends, I tend to snack mindlessly all day long when I’m at work. I’m basically eating my emotions, and even though I’m not an expert in nutrition, I’m sure this is not healthy. So I’ve decided to change my habits.

No ChocolateAfter some more poor food choices on Tuesday, I spontaneously decided to go on a No Sweets Challenge. This means no cookies, chocolate, desserts, or any other sweet treats. That also includes my beloved chocolate covered rice cakes and all home-made baked goods. I only make an exception for chocolate soy milk. This cocoa addicted girl can’t go completely cold turkey. Also, it’s all about “progress, not perfection”, right? 😉

Whenever my sugar cravings are getting unbearable, I have some fresh fruit, like an apple or a banana. Or said chocolate soy milk, but not more than one small box per day, and I will try to phase that out, too.

Honestly, this is HARD!! I don’t know how long I can keep this up, I’m just trying to stick with it as long as I can.

Dang, I so need a smoothie right now!

How do you deal with sugar cravings? Do you ignore them? Or do you give in sometimes?

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