28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 2

What a powerful start to my day!  I discovered a wonderful new blog called Healthy Happy Life 100% Vegan and a very lively cup of tea.  I have previously tried hot water and lemon (boring) or hot water, lemon and cayenne (yuck) but neither worked as my first drink of the day.  So for a long time I have stuck with a traditional cuppa.  However, that doesn’t work without milk so what could I have?  Luckily I came across Kathy’s Goji Berry Tea.

Lemon and Goji Tea

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 tea bag, black or green
  • 1 tbsp Goji berries
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkling of cayenne pepper

ingredients for Goji tea

Method

Place tea bag in mug, pour over boiling water, mix in lemon juice, Goji berries, maple syrup and cayenne.
Leave tea bag to steep for required strength.

1 tbsp dried Goji berries

I enjoy chewing dried Goji berries but have never had them in water.  This tea was fantastic.  It was sweet and spicy and the little Goji berries soon plumped up and added extra sweetness.Goji and lemon tea

Fat and juicy Goji berries are tasty too :-)1 tbsp Goji berries

A while later I was ready for breakfast.  Again inspired by Healthy Happy Life I added matcha to the green smoothie I was making.

Green Matcha Smoothie

 Ingredients (serves 1-2)

  • large handful of kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1/2 tub mixed berry Co Yo (coconut milk yogurt)
  • Soya milk (approx 150 ml)
  • Coconut water (approx 150 ml)

Method

Add all ingredients to blender and blitz until very smooth.

The Co Yo, which is made with coconut milk, is a delicious dairy free alternative to soya yogurts and is not sweetened so also good for those of you trying to cut down on sugar.

Co Yo mixed berry

Matcha comes as a very fine powder and is a beautiful bright green colour.1 tsp matcha

Look at the colour of that!

Matcha green smoothie

This came out runnier than I usually make smoothies so I may add less liquid next time.  On the other hand it was delicious so very easy to drink and I am sure I benefitted from the extra hydration.Matcha green smoothie close up

The amarylis is in full and glorious bloom.Amarylis

I made lunch ahead as I was making the tabboule from Tabkhet el Yom.  Nina confirmed for me that her recipe uses uncooked Bulgar wheat so I gave it a go.  I was a bit apprehensive because other recipes I looked at cook the Bulgar wheat first.  You can relax.  I didn’t cook it and t turned out very well.1 cup of bulgar wheat

I soaked 1 cup of Bulgar wheat in the juice of 1 lemon and 1 tbsp olive oil.  I mixed the wheat, juice and oil together and then seasoned with pepper.bulgar wheat, lemon juice and oil

I added fresh parsley and corianderparsley and coriander

plus celery, red pepper, sugar snap peas and 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for protein.  I didn’t stir to combine ingredients as I wanted the wheat to absorb the lemon juice and olive oil.  I set the dish aside for 2 – 3 hours and when it was time to eat it I enjoyed it very much.  The Bulgar wheat was chewy and dense and the vegetables crisp and crunchy.  It was most enjoyable, despite being eaten in the car as we ran errands locally!lunch 2-2-13

In the afternoon I snacked on some black grapes and watermelon.water melon and black grapes

So did the little fella.H with watermelon

Supper turned out really well.  I bought a block of tofu which I pressed between kitchen roll and chopping boards with the watermelon on top as a weight.  I pressed the tofu for about an hour.  I chopped up an onion, carrot, leek, red pepper, handful of curly kale and baby button mushrooms.veggies for stir fryThese were stir fried together.  When they were nearly cooked I added the tofu and a sachet of spicy Scezhuan sauce

Scechuan tofu close upServed with a modest portion of rice.  I made twice the amount of tofu and vegetables as you can see on my plate and I did eat the other serving too but without any extra rice.

Szcechuan tofu and rice

So another successful day of vegan eating.  I also fitted in my mile of walking and have had nothing else to eat that has not been photographed i.e. if you can’t see a picture of it on today’s blog, I didn’t eat it.  I drank a black coffee, about 3 mugs of herbal tea and glasses of water.  Job done :-)

 

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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9 Responses to 28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 2

  1. laura1952 says:

    You are doing so well.
    I can’t wait to get back to The Healthy Planet where I buy my Organic Goji Berries and Golden Berries. I will have to look for the Matcha as well. I ♥ my Green Smoothies for breakfast. I think I will give the morning tea a boost tomorrow with the Organic Golden Berries, since you know I already drink the Hot Tea lemon and cayenne minus the Maple Syrup. I will stick in a bag of Organic Green Tea and give it a shot. :)

  2. ninabaydoun says:

    Thank you Zoe for trying the tabboule from my blog :) I am glad you enjoy it, but I think The bulgur I use is finer and darker, I wonder if you can find it there.

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