I’ve lived in Stockholm for one week now. My sense of time is completely off – it feels like I just got here, but that was probably the longest week of my life.
I mentioned in my last post that my appetite was way out of whack the past week. After a few days, and some real sleep, I finally feel more like myself. As far as meals go, I’ve kept it simple and basic. But of course – still healthy and delicious!
Banana oats with chia, topped with cinnamon and peanut butter. Cup of home-brewed (read: cheap!) coffee with soy milk. Always satisfies. Speaking of coffee…
I finally have a way to make coffee at home! Plus some cheap measuring cups/spoons. Plastic is not ideal for me, but I’m trying to save a little money, and I’m planning to leave some things I buy here at the end of the semester.
Salad beast – the ultimate staple meal. Bed of spinach, with chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, hidden tomatoes), cooked red lentils, hummus, herbs, a bit of EVOO and ACV (you follow me there? ha.) and mustard. I’m on a serious mustard kick. No shame.
Egg-rito, a staple light lunch/ mini meal. I love having one of these after an afternoon or evening workout. Steam-fried veggies, 2 eggs, mustard, wholemeal tortilla.
They don’t have Starbucks here. Honestly, I’m kind of relieved – the temptation of having an extra-sugary espresso drink is pretty much gone. We do have very similar cafés like Wayne’s Coffee, but I can’t understand the descriptions of most of the fancy drinks. Again – no temptation. Sticking to the classics – soy latte.
Speaking of staples, I finally did a major grocery shop to stock up on staples. Soymilk, eggs, peppermint tea (this is a good one!), coffee, brown rice, herb mix, vanilla extract, oats, seeded bread, peanut butter, tomatoes. I also got a bunch of produce and hummus and things, but didn’t feel like photographing it all. It came out under $50!
I’m sacrificing organic for some things here, because groceries are definitely more expensive here. Sad day. I don’t think I’ll be doing much experimenting with new ingredients or baking. Time for meals on a budget!
What are your favorite staple meals?
Any tips for cooking/eating healthy on a budget?