I was in Birmingham yesterday and the day started with a great breakfast in the heavenly hotel. A bowl of muesli with some added dried fruits and nuts (they had a fab selection of extra sprinkles so I put some extra nuts and dried fruit on) with some yogurt.
Luckily I had a well balanced breakfast at 7 am as I didn’t get a chance to eat (or even drink!!!!) again until we were on the train on the way home at 5:30 pm. I literally did not have 5 minutes break from one meeting to the next. So I was happy to settle on the train, relax for a bit and have an egg mayonnaise sandwich, apple and toffee cake and a clementine.
Nothing for supper except a glass of wine with Marion and all the other wonderful ladies who live round here to celebrate Marion’s birthday. Oh what fun we had. Happy birthday fab friend. It was so good to catch up with my lovely home friends and I received so many positive comments about my weight loss, it was a real boost. Thank you all 🙂
It made a difference to how I felt when I went out today. Yes, you really helped. I was on a mission to eat very healthily so I can lose some more weight and keep going on this healthy living lifestyle of mine.
Breakfast today was porridge with stewed fruit from le Pain Q again. For lunch I wandered in to Borough Market and Turnips was open. Hooray.
I bought James some more mushrooms.
Admired the toms and aubs.
Check out those gigantic papayas!
Wanting to be ultra healthy today, I headed off to the Organic Juice Bar.
I chose a wheatgrass shot.
It tastes slightly bitter but is not bad.
Followed by a “Borough Omelette” (like a Spanish tortilla) with 3 salads.
The omelette was ok and the salads were delicious. One was full of sprouted lentils, brown rice with sundried tomatoes and herbs and a tomato and spinach salad. Yummy.
Eating such a healthy lunch definitely helped my energy levels. I was really tired this morning but managed to stay alert and focused all day which was great.
My new strategy for evening eating is to make very healthy smoothies for supper. I have been wanting a really good blender for months and now I have a job I treated myself. John Lewis does a fab ‘click and collect’ process where I bought it online and then collected it this evening from my nearest store. Simples!
The first smoothie was for Harvey and he chose banana, orange and blueberry.
The new blender whipped up a storm and produced a super smoothie packed with vitamins and nutrients which was guzzled down and thoroughly enjoyed.
I went for a Green Monster. I bought some spinach in the market today, which I blended with a frozen banana, chia seeds, almond milk and pumpkin seed butter.
I have made this before and it was ok but slightly grainy and spinachy. But the new blender made it so perfectly smooth it was a complete pleasure to drink. You would never think it had loads of spinach in it – apart from the bright green colour! Harvey liked it too, which surprised him. So that was supper. Incredibly healthy, diet friendly and I still feel full :-).
I will be having this again. The future is green. Very green.
Zoe I am glad your hectic traveling week is over and your weekend started off with such energizing, healthy foods on a Friday night. Bravo for your “rewards treat” for your healthy lifestyle change in purchasing a great new blender for your smoothies and whatever else you use it for. Bravo as well to your awesome friends for lifting your mood and motivation to a great mental place to be. Support means so much in terms of success and it sounds like you are definitely surrounded by uplifting, supportive people.
If you add a touch of vanilla extract to your smoothies with wheatgrass you won’t taste the bitterness of it. Especially considering the amazing health benefits of it. My neighbour grows this under her grow light all year long so it is always fresh for her to cut and add to her recipes.
Enjoy the weekend and get rested up from your busy week. Thanks for all the great pictures to make me feel like I was actually there.
Brougham, Ontario, Canada
I am really enjoying my new blender and it is making it easier to be healthy, especially in the evening or at other times when I am busy. I can’t believe how much i am loving green smoothies! I like the idea of growing your own wheatgrass as it is so expensive to buy. And you are right, I have really supportive and wonderful friends. I am very lucky.
I hope you and Bob are having a good weekend x