Out Of The Woods

Today was a day to pack in some excellent nutrition.  Recently I have worked very hard, travelled, had a few too many wee drams and not eaten as well as I could.

I worked from home which makes it easier to prepare healthy meals.  I was very busy though so they had to be straightforward and quick.

A well planed smoothie is quick and nutritious.  I had a cup of frozen blackcurrants, 1/3 of a cup of mixed hemp and sesame seeds and 1 tbsp coconut for sweetness.blackcurrants, seeds and coconut Placed in the blender with about a 50:50 blend of almond milk and coconut water.almond milk and coconut water PLus some protein powder and Out of the Woods.protein powder and in to the woods Out of the Woods is my new super food.out of the woods tbsp It contains a very impressive sounding range of ingredients.Out of the woods back panel I blended for about 5 minutes so it was super smooth.  Super nutritious and super smooth.smoothie 29-11-13 2 Not for the faint hearted but for me it was very drinkable.  In to the Woods was much easier to consume than some of the other green super foods I have tried in the past and which sit, untemptingly in the fridge.  This tasted fine.  Not great but fine.  The coconut was quite a life saver.smoothie 29-11-13 Lunch was very late.  I had a large portion of thin green beans.thin beans Which I steamed with a chicken breast I had left over from Sunday.  Really quick and easy to prepare.  It took about 10 – 15 minutes from thinking about it to eating it.  Yum.chicken and beans 29-11-13 Before it got dark I popped out to dig up some potatoes, and pick some bay leaves and leeks for a chicken stock I wanted to make.potatoes, bay leaves and leeks I hate to waste a good chicken carcass so it went in to a pot with onions, leeks, bay leaf, celery and peppercorns.  I left it simmering for about 3 hours.Making chicken stockThat is now set aside for making soup.

Supper was very simple.  I bought this lovely fresh Red Snapper from Cranbrook Fishmongers.

Red Snapper I parboiled my home grown potatoes for 10 minutes and then fried them in coconut oil.  In a separate pan I fried the Snapper, also in coconut oil.Red Snapper and potato

I should have done some veggies but to be honest, I wasn’t in the mood for veggies which is unusual.  So it was my version of fish and chips and it was absolutely delicious.  3 empty plates proved that out.

Snapper and potatoHave a happy Friday :-)

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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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5 Responses to Out Of The Woods

  1. laura1952 says:

    What a great day you had.

    I am frying my “free from” chicken breast in coconut oil tonight. I breaded it with Panko and ground up Mary’s GF crackers and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Warm spinach salad made with coconut oil too with I cup of organic red peppers, 1 teaspoon/1 large clove of organic garlic, 1 teaspoon of organic lemon juice and 3 cups of organic babyspinach. So simple and so tasty and left over mashed potatoes from when I made Shepard’s pie individuals for Bob and I Monday night.

    • That sounds really good. What do you do with the salad ingredients?

      • laura1952 says:

        Warm Spinach and Pepper Salad

        A delightful low carb salad with a beautiful blend of spinach, bell peppers and feta
        Ingredients

        1 tsp garlic
        1 tsp lemon juice
        1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil
        2 tbsps feta cheese
        3 cups spinach
        1 cup chopped red bell pepper

        Directions
        1.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
        2.Add peppers and sauté for 1 minute, turn heat down to medium and continue sautéing for 3 minutes.
        3.Add garlic and lemon juice sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
        4.Add spinach. Sauté until all the spinach has wilted.
        5.Off heat and stir in feta. Serve immediately.

        Sometimes I add the feta, sometimes I don’t.

      • Thank you Laura, I think I will try that tomorrow

      • laura1952 says:

        It is a great meal and so quick. Add some Shrimp or Chicken or left-over meat you have and you have a quick meal for sure. I personally like mine cooked with Breaded Chicken I make with Panko and ground Mary’s Gluten Free Cracker and Cayenne or Chipotle Pepper, but I have just quick fried the organic chicken breast and cut it into chunks and it is a hit too for evening when time is short. I would have Shrimp/Prawns but I have an allergy to seafood.

        Let me know how you enjoy it.

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