Super Salad Saturday

Today’s mission was to eat ultra healthily and do some exercise. I am rather pleased with how well I did.

I started with tea, made from loose leaf tea and brewed in my tea pot.  I used my Audrey Hepburn cup which is perfect for tea.

Hubby bought it for me because I am a fan of Audrey Hepburn.  I love ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and enjoyed visiting her home in Switzerland.  It is also a very practical cup as the saucer doubles up as a lid, making it east to carry upstairs, as I did today, or to take outside.  It prevents insects etc flying in to your tea when you are gardening.

I had prepared breakfast the previous evening so it could soften up overnight in a similar way to a Bircher muesli.  I mixed together 1/2 a cup of oats with the same quantity of almond milk, Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree.  I then added 1 tbsp of Chia seeds, 1/2 a tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning.  I left this on the side (i.e. not in the fridge) overnight.  All I had to do this morning was eat it and it was lovely.

The flavour is of mild pumpkin pie, due to the spices.  As the oats have soaked all night, they are very soft.  This is a great diet breakfast as it keeps me feeling full for hours.

First exercise for the day was a dog walk, in the sunshine, through the woods.

Home for a cup of green Rooibos tea which is light and refreshing.

Super Salad time 🙂

Whenever I want a salad, I go and see what I can find in the garden.  Today’s foraging provided lettuce, rocket, spinach, pink radishes and 3 baby carrots.

I added a beefsteak tomato and another of Mel’s yellow tomatoes.

To go on the salad I made an avocado dressing which I found on a blog I read regularly;  Live Avocado Goddess Sauce from Peas and Thank You.

I made up half the recipe quantity using:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 a small sweet onion
  • pinch of parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • water to make desired consistency

I put all the ingredients in a blender and blitzed it until it was really smooth.  The avocado was wonderful.  It was a perfect avocado, with no blemishes and I could have eaten it with a spoon.  But I am glad I put it in the dressing.  There is a general perception that one should not eat avocado as they are “fattening”.  They are quite high in calories/points but very nutritious, containing vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, Lutein, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.  They also contain monounsaturated fats which help with satiety.

I added 3 heaped tbsp to the salad and topped it with sunflower seed sprouts.  That left more than half the dressing which I have put in the fridge for another day.

This was a delicious and very nutritious salad.  I really enjoyed every mouthful and look forward to another serving of that wonderful dressing.

In the afternoon the little fella and I went to our local tennis club which has been closed for ages as the courts were resurfaced.  It has been frustrating but the club re-opened this week so I was keen to go and play on them.  They look really good and we had a happy hour there, running round and hitting balls.

When we got home I snacked on an apple and a clementine and then prepared supper.

I made chilli con carne with brown basmati rice.  When I made the tacos last night, I had seasoned and fried a 500g pack of beef mince with a chopped onion.  I used 1/3 of the mince to make the tacos and I put the other 2/3 of the cooked mince in to a saucepan and added a can of chopped tomatoes and a slug of red wine.   When it had cooked properly and cooled down, I put it in the fridge for today.  The boys had some of the mix, with some pureed pumpkin stirred in,  as bolognese with pasta for lunch.  The remainder I used to make the chilli.

I added a can of red kidney beans and 1 tsp of sweet smoked paprika.  So I probably had 50 g beef mince, 1/3 of a can of red kidney beans which I served with 100 g cooked brown basmati rice, a large tbsp half fat soured cream and broccoli.  I grated some dried chili on my meat to give it some heat.  It tasted really good and I was hungry by the evening so enjoyed a substantial meal.

I was focused on eating healthily and exercising today.  I did it and really enjoyed it.  I hope I can be as disciplined tomorrow.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Super Salad Saturday

  1. Hi Zoe

    I found your blog! Great to meet you today. I like the photo-dense storytelling style of your blog. I recognise that little boy in the woodland photos!

    Ann x

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