Final Friday

Guess what I made my breakfast with today.

Perhaps this helps.

Angela at Oh She Glows posted a brilliant blog this week about top vegan snacks.  I would like to try them all but one I had to try immediately was her recipe for Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie.  I read that last night so was able to peel, chop and freeze the clementines, avocado and bananas for breakfast today.

Harvey enjoyed his breakfast – “is it ice-cream?” he asked.  Nope, but it tastes like it and is all healthy ingredients.  I did add some maple syrup to his as I omitted the date and it was not quite sweet enough for him.  I wanted him to have a boost of nutrients as he has a bad cough and a sore throat so this was a perfect breakfast for a poorly boy.  And I loved it too.

When I made an orange smoothie earlier in the week, I used fresh oranges and the blender left bits of orange.  But by freezing the clementines (and I used 1 orange too), it enabled the blender to make it completely smooth.  No lumps at all.

When it came to making it, I did not have a tin of coconut milk.  I thought I did but it was a tin of young coconut meat in syrup which is not a product you will find in your average supermarket.

I drained the syrup and added some extra almond milk to get the desired consistency.  But I have given Angela’s recipe so you can have a go at making this.  And I think you should.

Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

Ingredients (serves 1 or 2)

  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1/2 small avocado, flesh scooped out, and frozen
  • 2-3 Clementines, peeled and broken into segments and frozen
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (the cream from top of can)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (watery part) OR 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice


Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Mmmmmm, this was so good.  Thanks Angela!

I confess I did shed a tear singing along to ‘Candyman’ in the car this morning.  Every Friday Chris Evans plays Candyman as we leave the house to take Harvey to school.  And we sing along.  I use the term “singing” loosely to describe my caterwauling but I enjoy a sing song.  I was sad to think this was my last chance to take the little fella to school for a long time.  I think he was relieved to be at the end of my singing.  Then Chris Evans dedicated the Candyman to everyone who works at the company I am starting to work for on Monday – how bizarre is that?

I had a coffee in The George hotel in Cranbrook with Julie today which was a lovely way to spend the morning.

I grabbed 40 g Brie for lunch, packed up, collected Kath and headed to Ramsgate.

Part of Kath’s farewell includes a weekend in Ramsgate with myself and 6 other wonderful ladies who all used to work together.  Sorry Marie but I took the photos before you got here!

These wonderful women are so dear to me and it is a real treat to spend the whole weekend together.

I had forgotten the fact that we all think we are right, all at the same time.  Most of us are very assertive and have loads of opinions so the volume in the room is very loud and excitable.  Absolutely marvellous:-)

We gave Kath a necklace and a kitchen vase from Doris and Co that said “Old friends are best”.  She was very pleased with them.

We had boeuf bourgignon, mashed potato and steamed vegetables,

followed by a cinnamon crust flan which was pastry made with cinnamon and a filling of mixed red berries. Alison made some lovely sugar covered shapes with the leftover pastry.

I have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time 🙂

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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4 Responses to Final Friday

  1. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    We’re all humming Candyman along here too as we read (well David and me!). Well done Zoe on your extremely productive sabbatical year. Not many people will have done sooo much socialising, lost sooo much weight and written sooo beautifully and compellingly about it all. Not to mention the amazing, top notch photos. I think you’ll be definitely wasted in some technical role in a bank, but it’s certainly their gain. Looking forward to the occasional (?) blog when you have time and energy. All my love xxxx

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    I have a question for you – Loads of your smoothie recipes include coconut milk which I can’t eat. This one looks amazing and I’d love to try it (next time I have access to a freezer!) but what do you think would give the same consistency and richness as the coconut milk gives? Good luck tomorrow and try not to undo all the hard work you’ve put into losing so much weight now your routine changes. I’m looking forwards to lots of healthy lunchbox posts please. xx

    • For consistency you can use any milk you enjoy and can tolerate. This one is amazing but what gives it the consistency is to use frozen fruits. Somehow they make the smoothie thick and smooth. The avocado adds richness. So just swap the coconut for avocado and a milk you like. And frozen fruits! I am hoping I can keep going with the blog and determined to keep going with the diet x

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