Over Eaters Are Us!

I had a really healthy and fun start to the day.  Harvey and I met Annette for a walk in the woods over the road.  Last time we walked my route and today we chose Annette’s.

I had no idea the woods went so far!  Or took us past so many pretty places.

It was lovely outside today.  It was sunny and bright with clear blue skies.  Just glorious and with such a lovely walking companion I could have kept going all morning.

After the walk we went back to Annette’s and she made us a delicious rhubarb smoothie.

It was so refreshing.  I really like the taste of rhubarb and this was my first of the year.  I will definitely try making this smoothie and then I will share the recipe with you.  We sat in Annette’s beautiful garden, enjoying the sunshine.  What a wonderful start to the day – a walk, lovely company and then a healthy smoothie.  Perfect 🙂

When I got home I rushed around preparing lunch because my sister Abi and her family were coming.  On the menu today was:

Chicken drumsticks for the younger kids which I coated in a mixture of tomato ketchup and mango chutney (a 50/50 mix), left to marinate and then baked at about 190 ° C for 40 minutes.

We had chicken too which I marinated in oil, lemon juice, garlic and fresh thyme.  Served with an orange and brown tomato salad, served undressed with a light sprinkling of salt and fresh oregano,

purple potato salad

and roasted vegetables.

Oh yes, and Prosecco.  I lurve Prosecco in the sunshine.

I really love easy lazy family days in the sunshine too.

Drinking, chatting, catching up.

As it is Easter weekend we did a sweet hunt in the garden.  Harvey can’t eat dairy so we hunted for sweets instead of chocolate eggs.

Result!

Just showing off my wonderful chard and spinach.  We didn’t eat any today but I admired it  🙂

And so to lunch.

Lunch was colourful and tasty.

If I had just eaten that one plateful I could have been proud of myself.  I did quite well before lunch and only had about 3 crisps with humous and several olives.  Oh, and some of Harvey’s sweets.  But then I sat and ate more potato salad and sausages.  Too many sausages.

Then it was dessert time.

I didn’t just have berries though.  Lara made some wonderful chocolate cakes using the recipe from The Telegraph for Chocolate Easter Flower Cakes.

They were rich and moist and very chocolatey and moreish.

We had these with meringue, berries and berry cream, which is whipped cream, in to which I stirred a mixed berry coulis.  I buy bags of frozen mixed berries and look for the ones with blackcurrants in as I love the taste of blackcurrants.  I heated them in a saucepan with 1/2 tbsp icing sugar and mashed them lightly.  When they were cool I stirred them in to the whipped cream.

I had more than one portion of meringue and berry cream.  Eventually we had gorged enough so we waddled our full bellies in to the sitting room and sprawled on the sofa.  Astonishingly, a few hours later we managed some cheese and biscuits.  To be honest I hardly had any but I did have some of the cheese I had bought yesterday in the market.

Well, I definitely over ate today and by the evening I was still too full and too tired to go to Suzanne’s drinks party which was a shame.  But I am beached on the sofa and likely to be here for quite some time.

Happy Easter.

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 Over Eaters Are Us!

  1. Lara says:

    Ah what a wonderful summary of what can only be described as a truly wonderful day! Fantastic pictures as always and I particularly love the last picture of the chocolate bunny and the ‘Happy Easter’ statement. Lovely 🙂 x.x.x

  2. abiellson says:

    What a lovely blog post, and what a wonderful day! Thank you so much for such a relaxing, perfect day – I don’t think I need to eat again for a week (haha, I have just eaten a handful of mini eggs!!). I loved all the food – as I always do when I come to yours (except breakfast gluup 😉 and the purple potatoes were delicious, and the berry cream was superb. Adore the bunny pic. Thank you, thank you & thank you again. Lots of love xxxxxxxx

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