More Than 5 A Day

Today’s objective was to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Oh yes, and to do loads of housework – boring!

I started with a smoothie which I made with:

About 1/3 of a large pot of fat free vanilla yogurt
½ a banana
1 passionfruit
1 nectacot
1 tbsp sunflower butter

I really enjoyed it, although it was a bit sweet which I guess is from the vanilla yogurt.  I should stick with natural yogurt.  It was a tasty breakfast though and it kept me going until lunchtime.  Oh no it didn’t.  I had an apple and a coffee mid morning.

Lunch was a large salad but I did not really like the dressing.  I made up a salad base with lamb’s lettuce, cherry tomatoes and celery.  I added the falafel I had saved from lunch on Monday.

I made a dressing by blitzing about a third of a cucumber with 2 tbsp sunflower seeds in the small blender until pureed.  Plus I added some potted ham.

The potted ham was delicious and I preferred eating it in a salad to on toast because I could enjoy the flavour more.  So good to know I was enjoying a pork product from a happy pig and that didn’t have any rubbish added.

I adapted the dressing from a recipe I had seen in a book but I really didn’t like it much.  I also realised I particularly dislike this brand of falafels and will not eat them again.  I will try and make my own next time.  But apart from the dressing and the falafel, this was a good lunch.

Harvey’s friend Lucas was round for the day and they had a great time together.  We all walked in the woods together but apart from that, they amused each other so I got my chores done.

Supper was a red kidney bean chili with brown basmati rice.

Red Kidney Bean Chili.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 yellow pepper, cored, desseded and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 stick of celery, diced
  • ½ a red chili (more or less, according to spice preference)
  • 1 large jar of passata
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 2 ripe apricots
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 level tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat oil in large pan which has a lid.
  • Add onion, garlic, pepper, carrots and celery and fry gently for approximately 10 minutes until the vegetables are beginning to soften.
  • Stir in the chili, passata, red kidney beans, apricots, thyme and paprika.

  • Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 20 – 30 minutes until all the vegetables are soft. Season to taste and serve.  I served this with brown basmati rice and Gruyere.

It was tasty.  Not amazing but good enough and we both ate it.  Harvey had seconds which I could have done but I am trying to eat smaller portions.  I hope you noticed how modest the portion was.  In case you missed it, here’s another photo, of my half empty bowl 🙂

This would have been a brilliant day for healthy eating, if only I hadn’t snacked on dried fruit and pecans while I cooked supper.  Even so, it wasn’t a disaster and I am pleased I ate such a variety of fruits and vegetables.  14 to be precise.  14 different fruits and vegetables.  And that is not including the kidney beans.  Not so hard is it, to eat a minimum of only 5 a day?

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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