The Food and Fitness Diary’s: What I ate today #11

I’m not really sure what my excuse for not posting yesterdays food and fitness diary was… I can’t even blame being rushed off my feet! Although I do normally kickstart these posts on my lunch breaks and finish them off once I’ve had my dinner and yesterday I didn’t really have a chance to have a lunch as I was in and out of meetings all day at work. So I guess I kind of was rushed off my feet…

Anyway here’s the Food and Fitness Diary number 11!

 

Snack – 12:30pm

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Pink Lady Apple: 71 calories

1.5 Tablespoons of peanut butter: 201 calories

x1 homemade peanut butter protein ball: 116 calories

TOTAL: 388 calories

 

In the morning I was at my local Argos doing store support which is great for me as it gives me a bit of a lie in but it also means I completely forgot to eat breakfast. So by the time I finished store support I was super hungry and ended up grabbing one of my post gym work out snacks and then having an apple with some more peanut butter. So calorific but so good too. No regrets.

This is a really great post gym workout dish too – give it a go if you haven’t tried it before, it’s really Delicious!

 

LUNCH – 1:45pm

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Gem lettice leaf with pearl barly and spinahc risotto, cucumber, feta cheese and half a veggie burger: approx 250 Calories

Diet coke: 1 calorie

Freddo chocolate bar: 97 calories

 

This is the ultimate left over meal dish! two leftover dinners in one – I’m pretty proud of my making meals stretch this week. Plus I’ve realized that every meal we’ve had has been meat free and pretty much all have been vegan! I was so surprised to realize I didn’t miss meat whatsoever. Plus I feel better about eating leftovers when there’s no meat in it as I guess the risk of getting ill is slightly less…

 

DINNER – 8pm

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x1 slice of Rye bread: 87 calories

x2 egg: 66 calories

x2 tablespoons of weight watchers creme fresh: 24 calories

100g baby button mushrooms: 16 calories

100g baby spinach: 15 calories

 

x2 squares of fudge: 340 calories

TOTAL: 548 calories

 

OH MY GOD THIS DINNER WAS AMAZING! I had a bit of a stomach ache so I skipped the gym and I also decided I wanted a light dinner. Plus we had mushrooms and spinach to use up and I wanted to get some rye bread for breakfast at the weekend so we came up with this dish and it was super nice. We had something similar for brunch last weekend where we had smoked ham in place of the mushrooms – so good. Laurence brought me some smoked salt for Christmas and we put a pinch of this on the top (it’s really strong so you only need a little) and it made the whole dish blow up with amazing flavor!

If you’re a big fan of salt like I am then you need to get yourself some smoked salt – it will change your life.

 

TOTAL DAILY CALORIES: 1033

 

The Food and Fitness Diary: What I ate today #10

ALL HAIL THE NON FAST DAYS!

It really works well for me doing my two fast days at the beginning of the week. I know that some people think it’s bad to do them in a row as when you’re done you could possibly over eat on the non fast days… that hasn’t been an issue with me so far. Obviously if it was up to me I would eat all the time anyway as I just bloody love to eat, but it’s just about self control, right?

 

BREAKFAST: 9:30am

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Quaker Oats So Simple Golden Syrup flavor – 186 calories

90ml Almond Milk – 14 calories

Total: 200 calories

 

SNACK: 11:45pm

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x2 Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes (47 calories each): 94 Calories

50g cucumber (approx): 5 Calories

50g carrot (approx): 20 Calories

15g Soft Cheese (approx): 17 Calories

x1 tablespoon garlic and herb dip: 30 Calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 166

 

I was really feeling like a little snack in between breakfast and lunch so I decided to have some rice cakes as a little snack. Don’t be fooled, these salt and vinegar rice cakes are pretty tasty, especially with some soft cheese and cucumber on top. Not to mention a filling but low calorie snack.

 

LUNCH: 1:45pm

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Mushroom and Chickpea Stew: 246 Calories

Diet Coke: 1 Calorie

x2 table spoons of creme fresh: 24 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 271

Good old left overs for lunch today, which were just as good, if not better, then last night. Anything with curry spices in always get better the next day as the flavors really come out. I think I put slightly too much chilli in the mix last night as it was pretty hot (and I can handle hot food) so I added a little creme fresh to go with it, that little bit of coolness was just right.

It was all going so well… then this happened. To be honest I don’t regret it, it tasted pretty amazing and it’s one of the great reasons I’m on the 5:2 diet, you can afford to have a little treat now and then.

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Jam Doughnut: 242 Calories

WORKOUT: 6pm – 7pm

I felt really guilty for not going to the gym yesterday, so I decided to make it up today with a double class. I started with circuits – which wasn’t half as hard as last week, yet it was still pretty hard core. I had booked myself into spinning straight after circuits and I had spent the whole time in circuits plucking up the courage to go. I’ve never been so scared of a gym class so I was gutted when I turned up and it was cancelled as the instructor was stuck in traffic – not cool.

DINNER: 1:45pm

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Spinach Pearl Barley Risotto: 420 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 420

I saw this recipe on the Honestly Healthy blog and as we have pearl barley and spinach in the house, it seemed like a no brainer to give it a go. Plus I love risotto! This was really delicious and didn’t feel too heavy which was a nice change to how you feel after risotto. I would have thought that the calories would have been lower as there’s not really anything bad in this but I guess the carbs are “good carbs” so it isn’t so bad.

If you want to give this recipe a go then here’s the link: http://honestlyhealthyfood.com/2014/10/11/beetroot-or-spinach-pearl-barley-risotto-2/

Check out some of their other recipes, there’s some really great ones to try. They also have a book out that I will defiantly be purchasing.

TOTAL DAILY CALORIES: 1,299

The Food and Fitness Diary: What I ate today #9

Day number two of fasting this week. I find it easier to do them both at the beginning of the week and get it over and done with. Plus I’m a big lover of making the most of your dinners and taking them for lunch the next day – you really do get more for your money, plus it helps you stick to your calorie controlled diet.

As usual I didn’t have breakfast on my fast day and I think its the first time since starting the diet that I’ve been really hungry and to be honest I don’t mind it too much. I quite like the feeling that I’ve got strong will power by not caving in (especially when everyone in the office love a good snack! There’s currently cupcakes on our communal table which could be deadly if I let it get to me).

 

Lunch – 1:15pm

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Veggie Bean Burgers with Gem Lettuce Salad and Creamy Mango Sauce: 237 Calories

Diet Coke: 1 Calorie

Hartley’s No Added Sugar Strawberry Jelly Pot: 5 calories

 

TOTAL: 243 calories

You can tell I’m such a creature of habit right? I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t have something sweet after lunch so these jelly pots are just perfect for that sweet hit but within my calorie limits. As usual I had my trusty diet coke on the side and my left overs from last night. Overall it was a pretty successful lunch!

 

No workout today unfortunately – I had all good intentions, I was even booked into boxercise and planning to attend with my best friend after work, however she’s ill today and another friend text me to see if I wanted to meet her for a catch up after work. I’m going to make up for it with an hour of circuits tomorrow followed by an hour spin class – eep!

 

Dinner – 8:30pm

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Mushroom and Chickpea Stew: 246 Calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 246

Credit for this Delicious meal goes to the blog Deliciously Ella. Click here for the recipe: http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/mushroom-chickpea-stew/

I was looking through the hairy dieters cookbooks for inspiration for tonight’s dinner and I really wanted to use up things I had at home instead of going out to buy stuff. I came across this recipe and I had just brought a load of chickpeas and mushrooms the other day, plus we always have cans of chopped tomatoes in the house so it seemed like fate to make this! Laurence was not overly-keen on the idea when I presented it to him, he has a bit of an issue with having stews without meat and I think he doesn’t like the idea of having a vegan meal however after last nights veggie burgers, I managed to convince him to give it a go as he really liked them! I’m slowly trying to convince him that vegan meals are pretty tasty and super good for you.

This meal was great though, a real success! All the spices and flavor combinations worked brilliantly and you honestly couldn’t tell there was no meat involved. To be honest I think a lot of the time meat get’s lost in stews as you end up putting so much other stuff in it so I think we’ll be giving a few more like this a go in the future.

DAILY CALORIE COUNT: 489

Here’s to the start of more vegan and gluten free meals!

H x

My top 5 healthy foodie bloggers

If you follow my blog you will know that I am getting into health and fitness this year and there’s a big contributing factor to weightloss… and that is what food you put into your body. They say that when loosing weight, it’s 20% exercise and a whooping 70% food! My goal is to loose 2 stone (at the start of my ventures I was 11 stone and for my 5ft 5 frame it put me at the very highest that your BMI should be. You should have a BMI of 18.5-24.9 and I was nearly going over the 24.9 mark – not good). Don’t get me wrong I don’t exactly look overweight, I’m a size 10 and look in proportion, however I was just leading a really unhealthy lifestyle and it needed to stop.

Seeming as food is a big part of weight loss, I wanted to tackle this head on and start eating cleaner. As I’m a huge lover of baking also, I wanted to find some healthier alternatives to baking.

I could go on all day about cookbooks and blogs full of amazing healthy recipes that I’m loving on right now. However for now I’m just going to give you the run down of my top 5…

 

DELICIOUSLY ELLA

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Deliciously Ella is a blog focused around natural, healthy food. If you are gluten intolerant or just looking to cut out some of the processed foods in your diet I would give some of her recipes a go. She also has her own book and mobile app out so she must be doing something right! I have given her raw brownies a go though and I do have to say I was not a massive fan of these… maybe stay clear of those.

 

OH SHE GLOWS

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Oh She Glows celebrates Angelas love for vegan food. She also labels her recipes according to diet (gluten free, vegan etc.) Most of her recipes are free of gluten, soy and processed foods – great for a clean diet!

She’s also where I got my inspiration to start the food and fitness diary!

 

HONESTLY HEALTHY

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This one is packed with practical advice and in-depth, but well explained, science behind the theory of eating an alkaline diet to improve health. The recipes are fantastic and are full of power foods that will boost your energy levels. When healthy food is this good it really makes you wonder if you could ever go back to putting processed food into your body. This blog also gives you beauty, fitness and love tips!

 

A COUPLE COOKS

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Sonja and Alex are a writer and photographer husband and wife team. This blog is a project they started in 2010 to document their growing love for food and cooking. They started with the belief that anyone can learn to cook and that eating whole foods can change your life.

 

SUNDAY MORNING BANANA PANCAKES

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If you’ve ever considered going vegan — or follow a vegan diet and need new recipes — Heather of Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes is the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

On a final note… If you’re looking to shed some weight, I can not stress to you enough how important it is to firstly do it healthily (hit the gym, eat cleaner, don’t stop what you’re eating). Secondly to do it for yourself! Do it because you want to be healthier, because you want to feel strong, not because you want to impress anyone or look like Kim Kardashian. Do it for you.

H x

 

The Food and Fitness Diary: What I ate today #8

Happy Monday everyone!

I spent the weekend trying out some healthy bakes using things like avocados and I’m really excited to share with you how they went. I’ll be editing the videos of the baking and sharing with you real soon so hold tight for that 🙂

I’m really starting to get into this healthier lifestyle and I’m really enjoying trying to find some healthy bakes that are just as good as the indulgent high calorie originals. I bloody love baking and more importantly, eating my bakes, which doesn’t go down too well when you’re trying to be healthy. So I will be sharing with you my success and unsuccessful bakes over the next few weeks. Anyway, back on track to this post.

Today is one of my fast days, so I will be limiting my daily calorie intake to 500 calories. Which causes for quite a bit of planning and a lot of precision when cooking dinners. I really hate having to weigh out how many potatos I’m putting in something but Its the only way to track your calorie intake well. It’s pretty much impossible to do 500 calories and eat 3 meals in a day (if you can do this then I salute you and I NEED to know what you’re eating!), so you pretty much need to decide on one meal you’re going to miss on your fast days. Because of where I work, everyone takes an hour lunch and the office is filled with lovely smelling foods, so skipping lunch is a big no no. I’m also still going to the gym on my fast days which means I’m pretty hungry when I get home so it leaves me with skipping breakfast which I’m fine with.

 

Lunch – 1:45pm

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Smoked Salmon Sushi pack: 120 calories

Sweet Chilli Smoked Salmon pack: 107 calories

Diet Coke: 1 calorie

Hartley’s No Added Sugar Strawberry Jelly Pot: 5 calories

TOTAL: 233

I actually remembered to take a photo of my lunch today! It almost didn’t happen, but I managed to stop myself mid opening of my sushi. We can all breath a sigh of relief. I love sushi so much and these little packs are two for £2 in Tesco so it’s not hard on the purse strings either.

 

Workout – 5:45pm-7pm

I’m such a creature of habit with my work outs and I love a good class, so Monday’s are circuits class. One of my favorite classes, I really feel you get the best work out in these classes. You get a really good mix of HIT and lots of exercises done target specific areas so you really know what you’re working on. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these classes then I would totally recommend it.

 

Dinner – 8pm

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Veggie Bean Burgers with Gem Lettuce Salad and Creamy Mango Sauce: 237 Calories

TOTAL: 237 calories

 

I saw this recipe in the Hairy Dieters book and wanted to give it a go, not just because it fit in well with my diet but because I’m really intrigued about trying to cut down on the amount of meat I eat. Not that I eat lots of meat, but I’ve heard really good things about eating like a vegan and making sure you get your source of protein from things like beans, so I decided to give this one a go.

 

 

TOTAL DAILY CALORIES: 471

The Food and Fitness Diary: What I ate today #7

It’s Friday and I could not be happier to see the weekend!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I’m not one of those people who are constantly wishing each workday was Friday by any stretch of the imagination (okay, so there may be the odd day where I dream of my Saturday, but that’s pretty rare). I’m so looking forward to the weekend because I am super shattered. I just can’t wait to not hear my alarm tomorrow morning, although, my kitten always wakes me up at 6am so I’ll have to get out’ve bed to feed her, but I will be heading straight back to bed.

I’ve been trying to get to bed for 10pm each week night so I’m not as tired, however last night Laurence and I sat in bed and couldn’t stop talking for about 2 hours. We’ve just brought a house and most of our conversations consist of what amazing things we will be doing with the house. Not so great for my early nights. Plus I am so sore and achy from my gym sessions this week and all I want to do is sit on the sofa and not move.

Anyway, to the point of the post, food and fitness diary post  number 7! I’m really enjoying doing these posts. It’s helping me keep track of what I’m eating and forcing me to go to the gym and so no to that slice of cake. I hope you’re all enjoying them too and I’m giving you some inspiration for meals or work outs or even how to keep track of what you’re eating. Let me know 🙂

 

BREAKFAST – 9:45am

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Oats So Simple Original sachet – 100 calories

x2 teaspoons of sugar – 20 calories

90ml semi skimmed milk – 45 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 165

 

If you read yesterday’s diary post, you will know that the worst has happened and I have run out of almond milk – devastating. We have semi skimmed milk delivered to work for everyone to use for cereal and hot drinks so not all was lost. Because I would be consuming more calories in my milk, I decided to go for the original oats so simple sachet instead of my usual golden syrup one as it’s 80 calories less. However I have to add a little sweetness to it otherwise it just tastes of cardboard in my eyes, so I added two teaspoons of sugar to the mix. Just the right amount to take the cardboard edge off.

 

TREAT – 11am

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Quality Street Toffee Finger: 47 calories

 

For the past week at work there has been a young guy in the office on work experience and today was his last day. He was extremely clever and brought us all around a box of quality streets to say thank you for his time there (this went down very well in the office). I wish he had left them on the table, because I can then ignore them and resist taking one. However when someone comes up to you offering you a chocolate, it’s pretty hard to say no… plus it’s Friday so a little mid-morning snack is allowed.

 

LUNCH – 1:30pm

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Pesto pasta with falafel, greek cheese and garlic and herb dip

Pestso, spinach and pine nut pasta: 260 calories

x4 Falafel balls: 268 calories

Greek cheese: 80 calories

Garlic and herb dip: 40 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 685

I had all intentions bringing in some left over minestrone soup and saving the pennies by not buying lunch today. However Laurence decided he wanted to take it for lunch so I had no option but to go buy lunch today – such a shame. One of the downsides of having to buy lunch is that I’m always so indecisive, I end up standing in the isles of Tescos staring blankly trying to work out what I feel like eating. I’m always in the mood for sushi but when I got to Tescos the pack I normally get was sold out so it took me a good 20 minutes to work out what I wanted was falafel. We got there in the end.

This was one of my most calorific meals I’ve had since being on the 5:2 diet (with the acception of Wagamamas last Friday) and although it was nice, I’m not sure it was worth the calorie content… I will make sure I continue to plan my lunches so I’m not in this predicament again.

 

DINNER – 7:30pm

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Tortilini pasta: 550 calories

 

Dinner tonight was tortilini pasta and I think it’s the first time I’ve had a carb heavy lunch and dinner in about 2 weeks. I’m so full it’s ridiculous and I’m not sure if it’s the kind of full I like. The 5:2 diet is definitely working on the food portion front, I get full a lot quicker which I really like as it stops me from over eating and helping myself to seconds. We were planning on having paella for dinner but I wasn’t feeling very well and wanted something simple to eat so pasta it was.

Not an extremely healthy day but sometimes you just have to have the things that make you feel better.

 

 

DAILY TOTAL OF CALORIES: 1447

Honey, Chilli and Ginger Salmon Recipe

If you follow my blog you may have seen on Thursday’s “What I ate today” blog, I had an open sandwich for lunch which had the night before’s salmon as the topping with salad and cucumber. It was AMAZING. Seriously. If you’re a big fan of Chinese flavors I would definitely give this recipe a go.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to post a recipe for this, however, a lovely reader (nochefhere) asked if I could following Thursdays blog and of course I am more then happy to share the dish.

It’s worth pointing out that it was my boyfriend, Laurence, who made this dish and he really doesn’t stick to recipes so apologies for the rubbish measurements on this dish. It’s more about the combination of flavors, these ingredients all go so well together so it honestly doesn’t matter if you have more then one or the other. I will also make sure Laurence keeps better track of what he cooks in future as it’s pretty tough to blog about it!

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Ingredients

– 4 pieces of salmon

– Slosh of Soy Sauce (approx 4 tablespoons)

– 2 tablespoons of Runny Honey

– 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

– 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

– 1 finely sliced thumb sized piece of ginger

– 2 spring onions finely chopped

– 1 fresh chilli finely chopped

– approx 3 grinds of black pepper

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– Combine all the ingredients besides the salmon in a bowl and mix together until combined. Remember that you will be eating this sauce as it is so make sure you finely chop the chilli ginger and spring onions

Place the salmon in the bowl with the combined ingredients (insuring the salmon is covered with the sauce) and place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum for 2 hours (if you leave to marinate over night it’s even better).

– Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5

– Remove the salmon from the fridge and place in a baking tray along with all the sauce you’ve been marinating it in and place in the oven to cook for around 30 mins or until the fish is slightly pink on the inside.

And there you have it – a super simple and delicious meal that is great served with rice, noodles, Chinese veg such as pac choi or even on rye bread with gem lettuce and cucumber for an open sandwich like I did (100% recommend this!).

Enjoy!

H x