It’s a Colourful Life

I did so much better with my food today = happy happy happy.

Breakfast was called a “green” smoothie.

Made with 1 1/2 cups hazelnut milk, 1 cup kale, 1 cup spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries (you could use fresh) and 4 dates.  Just look at these wonderful nutritious foods.

These frozen berries look too good to eat.  They should be in an oil painting, or a photograph.  Oh good, they are 🙂

My green smoothie turned our rather, erm, brown! Tasted really good though.  If you are apprehensive about a green smoothie but intrigued enough to try one, then try this one – it’s lovely and the dates plus banana make it quite sweet.

Lunch was simple.  I sliced, deseeded and roasted a butternut squash in the oven.  No fat added, just some salt and pepper.  I covered the roasting tray with foil for about 45 minutes and then baked it some more without the foil for another 15 minutes.

I added the baked squash to a salad of lamb’s lettuce, cherry tomatoes and 1/2 an avocado which I topped with Blue Cheese Dressing and tuna in mayonnaise.

This was so colourful it was a pleasure to eat.

That is the end of the Blue Cheese Dressing I made a few nights ago so I will have to make some more.  It’s very easy and really good.  I found this Delia recipe on the internet and adapted it for what I had.  Thank you Delia.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Ingredients (enough for about 8 servings)

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 level tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 ml sour cream
  • 40 g blue cheese, crumbled ( I used Stilton)


  • Grind garlic and salt together in a pestle and mortar until it becomes a paste.
  • Blend in the mustard powder, then the lemon juice, vinegar, oil and sour cream.
  • When it is well blended, crumble in the blue cheese.

Delia also added a couple of finely chopped spring onions but I left those out.

I worked from home which makes healthy eating so much easier and saves 3 hours commuting time of which I spent 2 hours working and 1 hour collecting Harvey from school.  Happy again.

This was my view this afternoon from my kitchen table I worked from.  That Copper Beech is certainly living up to its name.

I had a spag bol for supper which I made earlier and am now going to a local hotel, The George in Cranbrook, with Suzanne, Mirella and anyone else who is going to take us up on our open invitation.  I declined a lift so I can walk.  It is about 1 1/2 miles so that will earn at least one drink.  Have a good evening.

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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1 Response to It’s a Colourful Life

  1. laura1952 says:

    I ♥ the rainbow colours of food all day and the awesome view. We have no leaves left on the trees here. Sandy made sure the leaves couldn’t hang on for dear life.

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