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 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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