Lunch In The Sun

I was so tired when I woke up.  We watched the Olympic ceremony until the end so didn’t get to bed until 1 am which was a much later night than I needed.  Worth staying up for though – wasn’t it amazing?

I had a red berry smoothie first thing to get some much needed vitamins.

After a dog walk with Annette we headed off to my sister Abi’s for lunch.  I took some sweet potatoes, which I had sliced and placed in a bag with some oil, salt, cinnamon and white pepper.  To cook them you just tip them in to a baking tray and bake in a hot oven for about 40 minutes.

I also made a salad of finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber and parsley, which I mixed with some raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  It was dressed with the juice if 1 lemon, 2 tbsp maple syrup and some salt.  I got the idea from Oh She Glows’ Detox Salad.  I used similar ingredients but not with her quantities.

It was so sunny we sat outside.  Andrew had made us all some foccaccia which we enjoyed with olives and humus.

Plus fizz :-).

Relaxing is so much easier in the sunshine.

Lovely cousins.

Cheeky boys.

My brother-in-law Jim cooked BBQ chicken and sausages which was served with a lovely salad made from lightly fried courgettes and asparagus with cherry tomatoes, fried halloumi and a homemade basil and oil dressing.  Abi made a tabouleh and it was all served with my sweet potatoes and salad.  It was all delicious.

Even better for being able to eat outside.

For dessert, Andrew had excelled himself.  We had his lovely chocolate, nutty Crunchie squares (it was Andrew who introduced me to these last year).

Plus he made a baked cheesecake, covered in berries.

As if that wasn’t enough, Abi had made a strawberry pavlova.

How could I resist this?

I didn’t resist anything and completely over-ate.  I must have had a million calories today 😦 .

All too soon it was time to head home.

I am now sitting watching the Olympics and feeling uncomfortably full.  I had a wonderful day, nearly all spent outside, with very dear and lovely people.

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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3 Responses to Lunch In The Sun

  1. laura1952 says:

    Yes, the ceremonies were fabulous and I was in a restaurant celebrating my win,cheering Great Britain as it came through.

    Your day of amazing looking food is in the past now. I’m glad you were able to enjoy it, but sorry you got to that uncomfortable stage. It’s a learning tool and it become something you don’t want to revisit anytime soon.

    Happy Olympics!

  2. abi says:

    What a lovely afternoon it was! Absolutely gorgeous. I opened my fridge today & wished I had a bit if everything left over. I did have a fab chunk of cheesecake with my coffee this morning 🙂 xxx

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