Thursday, 27 May 2010

Weekend at last!

Well it will be in 45 minutes anyway! It's my flex Friday week so I have tomorrow off!

Yesterday didn't turn out to be too productive, I was exhauted and grumpy by the time I got home. I watched some more Vitamix on shopping TV and fantasised about how wonderful life could be... then made some jambalaya for dinner





Can't get enough of this! My boyfriend left about one third of him, I ate every bit of mine nad could have easily finished off his bowl too! I resisted though - it's the rice, it's one of those things that takes a while to make me feel full so I could go on and on stuffing my face then end up having to spend the night lying down with my trousers undone ;)

After dinner I made my boyfriend take me out and buy me another Reece's Nutrageous bar because he broke my mug *angry glare in boyfriends direction* I'm not really mad, I just have a peanut butter addiction that needs feeding.

After that we watched, well he watched, I did a lot of shouting at the telly to Junior Apprentice, followed by me giving in and going to bed early. I didn't get any exercise done so I *must* make up for it tonight.

I must say, I'm quite impressed with myself this week - have managed to stick to my calorie allowance every day and have eaten really well - just the two Reece's bars and a hot chocolate this afternoon that haven't been healthy - but peanuts are good and there's calcium in milky hot chocolate...

Breakfast today was greek yogurt with cinnamon, haxelnut butter, goji berrie snad chopped apple (added at work)



This was a lot more filling than I expected - adding nut butters to breakfast makes such a big difference for me.

Photographed on top of my list of quantities for filling out my food diary!

I snacked on some strawberries a few hours later



Lunch was exactly the same as yesterday, but in a different order! :D



Orange pepper, spring onion and courgette



Carrots and mixed leaves



Topped with a tin of tuna with some balsamic viniagrette added before nomming. See yesterdays post for the dressing.

This afternoon I had a hot chocolate to warm me up - I think our summer is over, there was that one week of nice weather and now it's back to rain and cold - like really cold!

I also finally got round to eating my mange tout, carrot and hummus



After work (only 30 mins now!) I'm heading to the gym then coming home to some burger action - can't wait! There's going to be some goats cheese getting involved too!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Is it bedtime yet?

Nope. Still got half an hour of work left! Well, there will be by the time this post, I wrote it in my lunch break, honest. ;)

I started off with a really big breakfast today as I was planning a lunchtime run, butI'm just so sore from yesterday I decided it wouldn't really be worthwhile so I will go tomorrow instead. Still, i really enjoyed my porridge cooked with half hazelnut and almond rice milk, half water, a small chopped banana and a large Tsp of rainforest nut butter - topped with 1tsp ground flaxseed, toasted hazelnuts and pecans. Washed down with amaretto coffee.





I didn't bother with a snack since I wasnt running at lunch and I was still pretty full from breakfast!

lunch was a big salad made with mixed leaves, carrot, courgette, orange pepper and spring onion with a tine of tuna and a homemade viniagrette dressing - in a teeny tiny little jam jar for easy transportation with no spills!











To make 2 servings of the viniagrette:
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Crushed

  • 1 Tsp Whole Grain Mustard

  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

  • ½ Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

  • ½ Tsp Honey

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper



























  • Nutrition Data Per Serving
    Calories (kcal)61.7
    Carbohydrate (g)5.4
    Protein (g)0.6
    Fat (g)4.0
    Fibre (g)0.5

     

    And I've not long finished some greek yogurt with raspberries and pumpkin seeds which will hopefully do until dinner time...

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    This was supposed to be a dinner post...

    ...but I don't think 4 rice cakes with brussels pate makes for very interesting posting unfortunately.

    When I got home from work today I had a really awful pounding headache, I felt it come on after lunch and figured it was from running in the sun and being a bit de-hydrated but I didn't manage to get enough water in so I had myself a lovely chilled glass of coconut water with pomegranate. I normally like to save these for straight after longer runs but figured water just wasn't going to help me tonight, plus the taste good!



    Shortly after I snacked on a Cocoa Orange Nakd bar



    Before leaving for Starbucks where my lovely friend treated me to a delicious (skinny) caramel macchiato - medicinal purposes ;) caffeine  always helps when I have a headache. We started off making plans to go to the gym together at the weekend, but ended up planning on drinking wine instead :D

    By the time I got home I wasn't really feeling dinner, I had considered a goat cheese omelette or pitta bread pizza with goat cheese... but settled on rice cakes and pate for some reason, was good, really like the rice cake-y texture with pate.

    Well I'm off for the night, got some trash TV to watch and a Reece's Nutrageous bar to eat, and I still have three calories to spare!

    Want.



    I'm watching the Ideal World shopping channel and they have Vita-Mix. I want it so badly. £450 plus postage though :(  but my life would be complete if I had one....

    One day....

    So I managed to stay within my calories yesterday and even managed to have some of this before bed



    Dark Chocolate Dreams - how did I live without you?

    This morning I was getting a lift to work so could leave a little later and had time for a proper coffee in my new Bodum travel press







    I used two scoops of ground coffee beans, a good dollop of milk and 1tsp amaretto syrup



    Perfection! I do love my espresso machine, but when I'm leaving the house at 6:40am I do find the espresso a bit time consuming, with this I just boil the, add coffee, milk and syrup to my cup, feed the cat, pour on hot water and grab the cup on my way out the door.

    Oh god, I'm going to struggle not to buy the Vita-Mix. It's amazing! It goes at 240 mph!

    Breakfast today was yogurt based



    Yeah, doesn't look very pretty! When I got into work I added a (free!) apple to Easiyo greek yogurt, cinnamon, hazelnut butter and vanilla pumpkin seeds



    Love these pumpkin seeds, they are from Munchy Seeds, which are also on Ideal World along with my the Vita-Mix...

    I snacked on a satsuma around 10:30am and a small banana at 11:30am to fuel my lunchtime run - I walked for 2 mins to warm up then ran for 10 mins, walked a bit and then ran back to work interval-style, walking for 1 min then running for 1 min. I was exhausted and very much looking forward to my lunch





    I had chicken, which means I needed some Nando's :D





    Delicious salad with courgette, carrot, spring onion, orange pepper, chicken and Katie's Summer Roll Marinade after seeing Heather's version the other day. I had no rice paper so just had mine as salad. Wish I'd thrown in some cashew nuts now though - next time, it was delicious!

    I wasn't feeling too hungry this afternoon since I ate so much later so just snacked on some strawberries and raspberries



    Apparently, "you're not buying a product, you're buying a lifestyle". I need it.

    Monday, 24 May 2010

    Eh... Hello!

    I'm somewhat out of the habit of blogging! I'll go back to basics and do a quick post of today's food to help me get back into the swing of things. I guess sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it?

    Sadly after such a glorious weekend enjoying the sun it was back to work and back to the grey miserable Aberdeen weather! It's meant to be like this all week so I'm crossing my fingers for another great weekend! So..work... I had to get the bus this morning so was out the house at 6:30am, I hate these early starts but getting home before 4:30pm makes it all worthwhile, plus it's only a 4 day week this week!

    I started with a much needed caffeine hit - I've discovered the machines at work do a really nice black coffee that's just perfect with a little milk and much lighter than a latte or cappuccino. By 9am I was ready for some breakfast in my new favourite bowl





    It's a baby bowl from Mothercare! It's perfect for taking porridge to work. It doesn't leak so I can add my rice milk and keep the toppings separate to add once the oats are cooked. And it's microwaveable. The lid and handle are perfect for my health and safety obsessed office as I need to have it covered going up stairs and I'm not allowed to walk up any stairs without a hand free for holding the handrail. And yeah, I used the baby spoon! I normally eat breakfast with a teaspoon and this one is even better as it's flexible and gets every last drop out of the bowl! I love it!

    Today's porridge was made with rice milk, a small sliced banana and a pack of flaxseed, cocoa and berries which was a free sample with  new fitness magazine - Body Fit, which looks pretty good though I'm not very far through it yet.





    No picture of it mixed in as it looked a big gross! Tasted great though, I might just have to buy a bag of this stuff, I imagine it would be good mixed into some greek yogurt.

    I did have a latte with my breakfast and managed to spill in the bowl! (as well as all over my desk) fortunately it tasted really good!

    Before lunch I snacked on an apple which I sliced up and dipped in hazelnut butter





    Lunch was an enormous and incredibly boring salad! I had mountains of mixed leaves with spring onion and king prawns which had been cooked in a lime and coriander Nando's marinade - the prawns were great but the salad was just crap. I didn't put much effort into it because I also had some hummus with raw carrot and mange tout but I spent so long eating the worlds dullest salad that I was too full for them.





    These pasta sauce tubs are great for taking veggies and dip to work in! I had a couple of them when I got home but I'm saving the rest for tomorrow.

    I went for my usual afternoon snack of greek yogurt and frozen cherries and I added a couple of teaspoons of chilli mixed seeds. I wasn't sure about mixing the chilli with cherries but knew that just the yogurt and cherries wouldn't keep me full for very long, I'm glad I tried it, brilliant combination - the yogurt stopped the chilli blowing my head of :)



    I added the yogurt in the morning as it was still "cooking" or whatever it does when I prepared my lunch.

    Dinner was what is becoming a weekly feature - chicken in lemon wrapped in parma ham! I'll never get sick of this, it's so tasty!





    With mange tout, baby corn and asparagus cooked in fajita seasoning!



    After dinner I had a Pulsin Maple and peanut protein bar... I wasn't too impressed, it has a nice flavour but looked very unappealing and tasted quite dry and chalky, shame because I did really like the flavour!

    Well, I'm off to make lunch for tomorrow before I decide I'm too tired!

    Sunday, 16 May 2010

    Perfect Oats

    Thanks to Kath and this little video here at KathEats I copied her method and toppings and my god it was good! I've got into such a routine with porridge that I'd forgotten just how good something so simple can be!



    I cooked 1/3 cup of oats (about 30g) with 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup Lactofree whole milk (about 75ml of each) and I roughly chopped half a banana into the pot.

    Left to cook for around 3-5mins while I toasted 30g of pecan nuts (1 in 30 secs in the microwave, thanks for the tip Kath!) and made my coffee

    Once it was almost ready I stirred quite vigorously to break up the banana a bit more and stirred in a bit too much almond extract

    For toppings I added the toasted pecan nuts, 1 tsp ground flax and about 10g vanilla pumpkin seeds



    Perfection!

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    Mmm-mmmm. That is a tasty burger.



    Mine was better ;)

    Today was a good food and exercise day!

    Breakfast was porridge with rice milk and spiced maple pecan butter, much better than yesterday's porridge! I do love the spicy maple pecan butter stuff in porridge, not so keen on it otherwise - well it was great when it was still whole pecans before I blended them, but they were just too addictive and sticky!

    For my mid-morning snack i had a pear, but they're still not ripe! I bought the bag when it was reduced to 10p thinking I'd have to use them all in the next day or two! Think ripe for me please! I really want a pear...



    Lunch I had  big pot of yogurt with mostly defrosted morello cherries and homemade granola (I made my lunch during an ad break in Glee so it was a bit rushed!)

    In the afternoon I had a cashew cookie Nakd bar, a banana and a pumpkin seed Ryvita with Philidelphia before heading to the gym.

    Back to the weights today which felt good! Though I got off to a rubbish start on a dodgy cross trainer - I was on level 1 and could barely move my legs! I put the resistance up and it got incredibly easy, for about 20 seconds, then it stiffened up again and this repeated until I gave up! I was relieved to see someone else had the same issue and I wasn't just doing it wrong! After full body weights I had an easy ride on the bike for 15 minutes.

    I was starving when I got home so I had a Sculptress protein shake while I cooked my dinner.



    Now that was a tasty burger!

    I chucked a small red onion and 120g beef mince into my food processor and mooshed. Then fried in  a little oil* for around 5 mins each side. For the last few minutes I added some mange tout and spring onion with garlic salt to the pan, followed by two slices of parma ham.

    I topped my burger with goats cheese (naturally!) and the crisp parma ham, served with the mange tout and spring onion.

    *this isn't quite true, my boyfriend had made an omelette when I was at the gym and I I just re-used the same (unwashed) pan :D







    Nom.

    I've got another Sculptress protein shake to have now and then my stats will look like this:






























    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1361
    + Exercise Cals:386
    Total Cal Quota:1747
    Calories Consumed:1710
    Calories Left:38
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1861































    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1710
    Protein (g)105.8
    Carbohydrate (g)151.8
    Fat (g)78.1
    Fibre (g)16.1
    Fruit & Veg4.4

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