What I ate Wednesday on Tuesday


I have a busy day planned for Wednesday this week so I decided to document my eats on Tuesday instead! I’ve rediscovered one of my favourite foods this week, chia seeds – in particular, chia pudding! So after mixing together a couple of servings of chia seeds and almond milk, this morning I tucked into this amazing bowl for breakfast:
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Chia pudding, Greek yogurt, blueberries and vanilla flavoured seeds. This is what I call a way to start the day! I felt like a goddess when I ate this!

I planned a trip to the gym at lunch, so I wanted something a little substantial as my morning snack, as lunch wouldn’t be until 2pm. So I made up some protein pancakes the night before and ate one an hour before my workout.
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Filled with blueberries and coconut flakes. I never liked protein pancakes, but I’ve just started using a different protein powder and they are amazing!

When lunch came around I wasn’t too hungry and didn’t finish this, but it was a tasty throw together lunch I packed the night before:
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Lettuce, roasted tomatoes, green beans and yellow peppers. Topped with quinoa, chicken pieces and balsamic glaze. I wasn’t expecting much from this but it was amazing!
Before my cycle home I tucked into pancake número deux!

Dinner was a quick throw together of things I needed to use up. A half mouldy red onion, bean mash that was living in my fridge for about a week. And lots of green beans. So this is what I came up with!
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Onion & haricot bean patty, with roasted green beans and a strawberry omelet. Yes. A strawberry omelet. I have been craving a strawberry omelet for days, and it was amazing. We have hundreds of strawberries growing in our garden at the moment so I have been compiling a list of recipes to try, and I thought mmm eggs and strawberries, and ever since I found a recipe I haven’t stopped thinking about it! I will post up my 10 strawberry recipes I must make tomorrow.

After a weekend of cider, I am pleased to be eating well again and nourishing myself properly. I spent an hour or so on Sunday roasting veggies, boiling eggs, cooking chicken and quinoa, and it has made life much easier! There’s always something healthy for me to throw together in a hurry!

Apologies for the instagram photos I didn’t have my camera with me today!
Do you like instagram?
I’ve gotten more obsessed with it lately and am instagramming everything! Probably annoying my followers in the process. Pancakes and salad photos aren’t exciting for everyone else!

Sweaty Betty & Protein Cookie Balls

This week has been so slow, I was so ready for the weekend by Wednesday! I’ve had a great week of eats though! Really stuck to eating clean, snacking on healthy foods and no ‘oh just one wont hurt’s. I feel fantastic for it though, I am a ball of energy and positivity! Amazing what some good food and a lack of sugar can do!

I also gave up my no gym for the summer. I joined the gym near my work, and boyyy oh boy was it good to get away from my desk for an hour and sweat it out. It made the day go much quicker too, and I was a lot more productive in the afternoon! I was short on time after the guy showed me around the gym, so I just did 10 mins elliptical, 10 mins cycling both HIIT, I then did some work on my legs and butt – dumbbell squats, squats with dumbbell between legs, leg curls and lunges with dumbbells all with no rest in between. I was pretty schweaty. I usually rest between sets but really wanted to get this out quick so didn’t.

As I was feeling so productive on Friday I whipped up some snacks for the week. I already had a load of muffins in the freezer from last weekend – so  I made some protein balls. Cinnamon and raisin cookie dough protein balls!

Protein Cookie Dough Balls

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Ingredients
Makes 25 1 inch balls

1 cup oats (quick cook oats or oatmeal work best)
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup honey
1/5 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1.5 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk (more or less)

Add 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 cup raisins for cinnamon & raisin flavour – or 1/4 cup choc chips for choc chip ones!

Melt honey and peanut butter in microwave for approx 30 secs. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, and then add the melted peanut butter and honey mixture. Add the almond milk a couple of tbsp at a time, until all the dry ingredients are well combined. Then roll into balls! I made 25… it probably would’ve made more but I may or may not of spooned a lot of the mixture into my mouth..
Store in the fridge, and then grab when you need a snack to attack!
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Hey mr juicy raisin!
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Magical chewy goodness! I persuaded Pete to try one. He bit into it.. looked happy, looked at me weirdly, asked me what was in it.. I told him peanut butter.. and he spat it out. Pete hates peanut butter. I swear he was enjoying it before he knew though!

Tonight I am drinking barcadi and saying farewell to a friend of mine who is off to Italy for a few months!

WIAW Successful snacking!

 

A rather good day of grub today I must say! I resisted the 3pm biscuitfest at work, and had a cup of tea instead. What a difference it makes when I eat well and don’t give in to the munchies!

Breakfast: 2 spelt pancakes, with half a pear and PB2
spelt pancakes and pb2

AM Snack: 3/4 cup greek yogurt and a nectarine
WIAW greek yogurt nectarine

Lunch: Pesto chicken, roasted veggies & hummus lettuce wraps. With some funny looking baby carrots & hummus. PM snack of dried apricots, raisins and almonds.chicken and veggie wraps WIAW

Dinner: Italian fish stew. Yum yum yum!fish stew wiaw

PM Snack: No bake choc chip flapjacks. Three of these accidentally fell in my mouth.No bake flapjack WIAWThese flapjacks were amazing. I can see some experimenting up ahead!

One thing I haven’t been successful in however is my exercise since I quit the gym. All it has done here is rain! So I’ve decided to join a gym 2 minutes away from my office, so instead of sitting on my butt during my lunch hour, I can gym it up once again.

Does anyone else go to the gym in their lunch hour? Or have an office job where they sit for most of the day? How do you make sure you don’t turn into a flab ball?

I get so cross when my lunch hour is up and I realise I have just sat down for the whole hour! I’m looking forward to getting out of the office and getting in at least 45 mins of exercise.

Carob and Coffee Pancakes

I have a secret.. and it means I may have to change the name of my blog. I think I’ve found something I prefer to chocolate.. carob! When I was experimenting with raw food I had a bad experience with carob. I ordered some off of a popular auction website… and well, what I got was very strange. It smelt like pet shops. And it was very bitty. I thought I had bought carob flour. But I think I actually bought pet food. I made these carob ‘brownies’ made up of raisins and coconut and carob flour and they looked AMAZING. But they tasted like a pet shop. I really tried to like it, I added it to smoothies but it just had this odd, grainy texture and pet shop aftertaste that I could not enjoy.
At the weekend my mum and I went to a health food shop and I saw a box of carob powder, so I bought it and hoped maybe I just got a dodgy batch last time.

And I obviously did. Because this box of flour was just like cocoa powder. It smelt like the carob bars I have been devouring, not like pet shops. So I did what all good ladies do on a Sunday, I made pancakes.FRIGGIN, CAROB AND COFFEE PANCAKES. AND THEY TASTED GOOD.

Carob and Coffee Pancakes

carob and coffee pancakes

Ingredients
1 serving

2 tbsp spelt flour (any wholemeal flour of your choice)
1 tbsp flax (optional – add 1 more tbsp of flour if you take the flax out)
1 tbsp carob flour
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp sugar/splenda
1 egg white
1/2 cup almond milk/milk of your choice

Whisk together all ingredients, and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a small drizzle of olive oil, or cooking spray. When the pan is hot, add in approx 2 tbsp of the mixture. When the top begins to bubble, flip pancake and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.

carob coffee pancakes
Top with your favourite toppings, I had crushed strawberries that I picked from the garden

no fat carob coffee pancakes I have eaten carob every day so far this week, and abandoned the cocoa. What is going on?

Have you ever tried carob? Share your favourite recipes and favourite ways to eat it! I made some delicious muffins this weekend!

 

No Fat Banana Muffins

This week has been stressful. It has rained every day. I heard some bad news. And I haven’t exercised at all. Aside from a few miles walking, and a bike ride, that is about it. I’ve been going to bed past midnight too which makes me even more of a grump. If I don’t get to sleep before 11am I turn into the hulk. So on Saturday, when I woke up to sunshine I was super chuffed. I spent the morning with my mum, Pete and I took Ralph for a nice long walk into town, then I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking up some treats for the week. Starting with my new favourite thing in the world. Banana muffins. They are low in calories, high in fibre and low in fat and sugar. They are dense and squishy and doughy and delicious. Yum. I’ve been chomping on these bad boys for the last two weeks.

low fat banana muffins

Makes 9 muffins
You will need:
1 cup rye flour (or other wholemeal flour)
1/2 cup of ground flax
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
2 mashed bananas
1/4 cup sugar/splenda
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 cup of almond milk

Directions:
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Combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder & soda, flax, sugar and salt)

low fat banana muffins recipe
Mash the shit out of your bananas! I don’t know about you, but I could eat mashed bananas all day long. The best narnas to use are the ones that are starting to go black, they are sweeter and more mashable.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Mix your banana, egg whites, cinnamon and chia seeds. Hello sneaky sock.

no fat banana muffin recipe
Add the wet ingredients to dry, I usually add in one half, then add the second half. This is too dry, so add in some almond milk.

low fat banana muffin recipe
That’s better! You want it to be sloppy enough to drop off the spoon. I added the almond milk 1/4 cup at a time, and used about 1 cup.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Add to a lined muffin tin, then top with chia seeds if you wish. I like to add a little extra nutritional boost! Then bake in a preheated oven at 175c for about 15 mins. Or until the tops are nicely browned.

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These are pretty dense muffins  and filling muffins. I’ve been eating 2 for a quick breakfast some mornings, or one muffin with 1/4 cup of oatmeal.
They also freeze really well, just take one or two out the night before, and they’ll be perfect in the morning. Oh they are also amazing topped with some chocolate PB2.

What are your favourite grab and go breakfasts? I always used to make overnight oats but I am loving the convenience of muffins lately.

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This weeks Wednesday eats are a little sad looking. After this weekends shenanigans I’ve lost my organised mojo and my meals look a little sad because of it.

Breakfast was a banana chia seed muffin, crumbled onto ¼ cup oats. All topped with 1 tbsp chocolate PB2. This was friggin delish. I made the perfect no fat banana muffin on Friday!banana bread muffin oats
AM snack was a cup of greek yogurt and an amazing pear. Perfectly ripe and juicy – question, how does one eat a pear without getting juice everywhere?  I thought about bringing a knife with me to work to chop it up but.. well, I don’t know. I don’t feel comfortable branding a knife at my desk haha.
pear greek yogurt

Lunch was a tuna salad, with chopped tommys, carrots and onion. With some red pepper strips and caramelised onion hummus, and a baby bel.
tuna salad

PM snack was an apple and a cup of strong coffee. I spent most of the day tackling spreadsheets and I needed this!
coffee and apple

Dinner was a tasty surprise, I had planned on just having some eggs and spinach, but I went to see my mum and she had bought me an edamame salad. The dressing with it was divine! Garlic, ginger, chilli and soy sauce. And it went perfectly with my omelet (1 whole egg, 3 egg white).
edamame salad, omelet

Then for dessert I had a slice of cake. This is my treat/cheat for the week. I was going to save my treat for the weekend, but my brother came round with some of the cake I made for my sister in laws birthday, so I had to try a slice of my handywork.

This WIAW has come at a perfect time for me as lately I have had a serious snacking problem. Particularly at weekends, I seem to go into a crazy eyed trance where I stuff my face and laugh when I realise what I’ve done ‘BUT IT’S THE WEEKEND HAAAHSAHDHJFHDS WHO CARES, I EAT GOOD ALL WEEK’ but really, the weekend is half of the week (I go into weekend mode on Fridays) so weekends account for HALF OF MY LIFE. So in theory, I only eat well half of the time! How have I only suddenly realised this? My meals are always well balanced and nutritious; it’s mostly my evening snacks.
My problem is I absolutely adore food. I am always thinking about food, and about tasty combinations and recipes I could try. And I just can’t stop myself. Like the time I made black bean brownies. I am not even going to continue, but those bad boys did not last long at all.

So, this month I am on a goal making, healthy snack eating, keep-myself-in-check-at-weekends mission. Looking forward to checking out the other WIAWers snacks for some ideas!
I’m going to write down everything that passes my chops for the next few weeks to try and keep myself accountable.

Foodies, how do you stop yourself from over indulging too often? One thing I’ve been doing when making banana bread is chopping it into individual servings and then freezing them so I’m not tempted to eat a whole batch.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

I am back from our camping adventure feeling more tired than before we left! We didn’t stay long because it rained on us, but it was nice to get away together and spend some quality time without distractions.

Bank  holiday weekend rain!

The long weekend has been full of beer, which has led to a lot of unhealthy food choices! One being a massive scone with jam, cream and butter at 11pm last night. A scone that was covered in mold, which I desperately scraped off. Apparently after a few too many beers I will eat anything! So this morning I was determined to have a tasty, but healthy breakfast. After overindulging in unhealthy food I always find it hard to go back to plainer, less sugary foods and I need to wean myself off of it. So I made some dessert inspired oats.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

Ingredients
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup water + more when cooking
dash of salt
2 tsp truvia/sweetener of choice
1/4 cup of frozen black forest fruits (cherries, blackberries, blueberries, red grapes)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (optional)
sprinkle chia seeds (optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in a saucepan until well combined. Then add the water and heat on the stove at a low temperature. When the oats have nearly cooked (this will depend on the type of oats you use, I used quick cook oats so this only took 2-3 minutes) add in your fruit – leave some spare to top your oats (heat these in microwave for 30 – 50 secs). Then assemble your oats!

I added some greek yogurt, then topped with the rest of the warm fruit, drizzled the fruit juices over, then topped with chia seeds. It tastes just like black forest gateau!

For the rest of the day I am going to list a majority of my belongings on eBay, make something magical with a butternut squash, and rest my legs because I am walking like I’ve pooped myself after the long bike ride we had yesterday.

Am I the only one who finds cats super relaxing on rainy days?