Living on my own in Europe is a challenge. I worry – especially about food. I know it’s not normal, but I spend every day making sure I’m eating enough, while being careful not to spend too much money. And it’s not easy! I still can’t quite do the currency conversion in my head, and I have to talk to myself out loud to determine what I truly need.
What I really need is a distraction! Thank goodness I’m doing some more traveling in the future. First trip – Copenhagen for a weekend, next weekend! I’m so excited, it’s ridiculous. If anyone has been there, I’d love some sightseeing suggestions!
Well, that’s the end of my little rant, now for some eye candy. Jenn has put a little twist on this month’s What I Ate Wednesday posts. Since February is supposed to be all about love (oh boy), WIAW is all about loving your veggies. Which I certainly do, but I’m taking the challenge to verify meals, full-on.
So, here are Tuesday’s eats!
I had a 9am class that takes an hour to get to. Unless I have time to sit, 7:30am is too early for breakfast. So I packed up a sandwich with banana, tahini butter (here it’s cheaper than PB), chia seeds and cinnamon. Inhaled it when I got to class.
I got out of class later than I had expected to, and was starving. I thought long and hard about whether to stick it out or grab a snack – then I remember the night before I really wanted a chocolate cookie. I stopped at a coffee shop and grabbed bite sized biskvi. It’s a Swedish cookie made with almond paste, a dab of buttercream and dipped in chocolate – and it wasn’t too sweet. That’s one thing I love about buying pastries here, they don’t seem overly sweetened like those in the states.
Once I got home, I warmed up some lunch. On Sunday I made a big pot of Chelsey’s White Bean and Artichoke Chili, which I made a bit more liquid-y (like soup) to stretch it. There’s no way to make soup look pretty – but seriously, go make this. It’s delicious.
Washed down with two pieces of knäckebröd – known to most as Wasa crackers! But, Wasa is just one major manufacturer of knäckebröd, a ‘hard bread’ that has been a Swedish staple for hundreds of years. They recommend eating at least one serving of these high-fiber crackers per day for good digestion. There’s your Swedish fun fact for the day 😉
Dinner was, of course, a salad beast. Not as pretty as before, but just as tasty. I find that I like to throw dinner together really quickly, and what better way than with a giant salad?
I hadn’t eaten much throughout the day, so while I ate my salad I cooked up some baked sweet potato ‘fries’. Cut up sweet potatoes, with a touch of olive oil, cayenne pepper (a healthy kick!), and salt, baked at 400F for about 20-30 minutes. With cinnamon yogurt for dipping.
About two hours later I was hungry again, so I dug into a cereal/yogurt mess, that sadly went un-pictured. It wasn’t pretty anyway.
Without knowing about the veggie challenge ahead of time, I’d say I did pretty well veg-wise. What do you think?
What’s the best veg you’ve eaten today?
HELP! Any recommendations for where I should go in Copenhagen??