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 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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