Happy WIAW! This is my last Wednesday at home before I move to Munich so I intend to make the best of the last few days with my family. I actually wanted to post a workout today and even though I made it to the gym on Monday a great post-worthy workout just didn’t happen…more on that later!
My Monday began like most others with a big bowl of oats. We had two very ripe bananas that were waiting to be consumed so I decided to make Bircher Muesli for my brother and myself. On the side I had a grapefruit.
This is a very simple recipe involving oats, yoghurt, nuts, orange and lemon juice, apple and bananas with fresh berries, flax seeds and a drizzle of honey.
Since this is a very filling breakfast (even more filling than overnight oats) and we had an early lunch planned I didn’t eat a morning snack. I spent most of the morning doing organizational things for Munich, trying to cross things off my to-do list and when lunch rolled around I made fish (plaice) served on a cauliflower and herb bed. I vaguely followed this recipe for the vegetables. I loved how the cauliflower really resembled rice after pulsing it in the food processor and it makes a light summer alternative to grains.
Lunch was followed by dessert: banana cake. This is one of my favorite cakes and I’m sad that I haven’t quite figured out how to make it. We buy it at our local grocery store where cakes are baked freshly every morning. We’ve tried re-creating it many times but it just always different than the original version. It consists of a layer of a simple sponge cake, followed by a thin layer of jam, topped with bananas, a layer of vanilla pudding (or something with a very similar consistency) and a simple chocolate ganache on top.
In the afternoon it was time for my workout. My brother, Mo, and I decided to go to the not-so-local gym. Instead of driving we were eco-friendly and cycled to the gym (I was glad that Mo carried our backpack, but that’s what younger brothers are for, right?!) I had a vague idea of where we were going but distances somehow seem a lot shorter when you take your car.
About an hour later we finally arrived at the gym. Luckily we both have road bikes otherwise it would have taken even longer! We did our respective workouts before slipping back into our cycling gear and heading back home, another hour or so. When we got home Mo said that we were gone for 3 hours, cycling slightly more than 2 hours and working out 40 minutes. Estimated distance traveled: about 45km. Needless to say, we were a bit tired when we got home and it’s also why I didn’t really manage to do a proper workout that I could post.
After our workout we were really hungry but because we both totally underestimated how far away the gym was we forgot to pack a snack. Luckily Mo found a old cereal bar in his bag that we probably forgot to unpack after our hike last year….or the year before that. It was still edible and did a great job of refueling us.
When we got home I immediately began preparing dinner. I made Mediterranean oven-vegetables baked with mozzarella and served with fresh bread.
A very simple yet satisfying dinner after a killer workout afternoon. I had seconds and thirds because I was staaarving!!!!!
Dessert was enjoyed while reading blogs, of course!
A very good night’s sleep followed! Summer sunsets are one of the most beautiful things to observe.
HAPPY WIAW! I hope you’re enjoying the summer wherever you are!