Panini Person

Breakfast was nearly ready when I came downstairs this morning.  The buckwheat and chia seeds I had soaked in water the night before had swelled up.

So they were ready to go in to the blender, along with a small banana and almond milk.  Hey presto – a smoothie.  It took seconds to make and I sipped it while I made Harvey’s which took ages, thanks to him wanting fresh cherries, which left my fingers stained all day!  My smoothie was thick and tasty.  50 g buckwheat groats, 1 tsp chia seeds, 200ml almond milk = 8 WW points.

Work continues to go well and I am loving my location.  The ease of a 10 minute walk from the station is appreciated but I also love the views and being so close to Borough Market.  If I walk out of my office and look left, I can see St.Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Bridge.

If I look right I can see the bridge taking the trains to Cannon Street station.

And immediately outside the office is a pub!

I wandered in to Borough Market and was tempted by Gastronomica, an Italian foodie stall which is inside the covered part of the market.

I ordered a ham, mozarella and green leaf panini which they heated for me.  They wrapped it up for me and I went and sat in the sunshine outside Southwark Cathedral to enjoy it.  A white bread panini is not a great diet choice but there was not much cheese inside it.  It was delicious.  I wouldn’t normally say I was a panini person, but I was today.  Hard to know the points so I am guessing 10 as that seems to be an average for a panini.

How beautiful these buildings are.  I am always amazed that these magnificent buildings were designed and then made so many hundreds of years ago.  This is the oldest Cathedral church in London.

This little garden was a great place to sit and watch the comings and goings.

I walked a different route back to the office and was thrilled to discover my favourite coffee shop ever – Monmouth Coffee.  I used to treat myself to a Monmouth coffee when I was at University and walked past their Seven Dials cafe on the way to lectures.

I was in there in a second and ordered a small flat white.  Their coffee is FAB-U-LOUS.  The one I had today had an undertone of burnt caramel which was just superb.  I could have had another one but I resisted.  Unfortunately I didn’t resist their chocolate brownie which is one of the best chocolate concoctions I have had.  It is so rich and chocolatey and gooey.  Mmmmmm, so good.

Points for a brownie vary so much!  I have put down 10 points for this one plus 4 for the flat white which was quite small.

Back at work I was pretty good with drinks.  2 cups of tea today plus 4 cups of water.  No snacks apart from an apple in the morning.  So apart from the brownie, a reasonable days eating.

Back home I had an easy supper.  Last week I made a huge portion of black bean soup and froze 6 individual portions.  I took one out of the freezer this morning so all I had to do tonight was heat it up and then I served it with 30g mature Cheddar (14 WW points).

Luckily ( since I have 5 more portions to go) it froze beautifully and tasted as lovely tonight as when I made it last week.  This soup is great and I really enjoyed it.  Hurrah for my freezer 🙂

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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