It’s Been A Long Time

What a happy but busy day we had today.  Fuelled first thing by porridge with blueberries, banana and almond butter.  9 points (40g oats = 4, Soya – 2 and 1 tbsp almond butter = 3).

oats and blueberries

It has been a long time since I spent time in our beach house in Ramsgate.  I have missed this lovely view from the upstairs bedrooms.  It is nearly a year since I last stayed here as I have been either too tired from a busy week at work or the house has been rented out.  After so many visitors last year, this old house needs a lot of work to restore it to how it was so we will be down here a lot in the next few months.  Lucky we all love it so much 🙂Ramsgate marina from the house

I was so organised for my food today.  Before I left home I packed everything I need for the next 3 meals.  I am so proud of myself.

For lunch I used up some left over black beans which I ate with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and pomegranate.  I made a simple vinaigrette with lemon juice to dress it with.Pomegranate and black bean salad 2

This was very colourful and very tasty.  I particularly liked the pomegranate in it.  The crisp crunch with burst of sweetness worked very well with the earthy softness of the black beans.pomegranate and black bean salad 1

This very enjoyable salad was 8 points (150g black beans = 4 and 1 tbsp avocado oil = 4).pomegranate and blackbean salad

To compensate for all the chores he has to help with this weekend, we took Harvey to Revolution skate park in Broadstairs.H Skateboarding

While not the most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon for a spectator, it is fantastic for the kids who whizz up and down the ramps on skateboards, scooters or BMX.H at Revolution

The little fella had a fabulous time.Revolution Skatepark

Back at the house I prepared a very healthy and diet friendly supper.  Well, it would be more diet friendly if I left out the cheese or had less tuna but it was all good nutrition.   Inspired by a recipe on a blog called Hungry Cupcakes for peppers stuffed with tuna and vegetables, I adapted their recipe to make use of the vegetables I had available.  I will give you the recipe I made tonight but it is definitely worth clicking on the Hungry Cupcakes link too to see their version.  You can use any vegetables you have really.  It is simple to make and really good.Veg for stuffed peppers

Tuna and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients (serves 3)

  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 a small squash
  • 2 carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 small can of sweetcorn
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 3 peppers
  • Oil for frying
  • 100 g grated cheese (I used Gruyere and Cheddar)


  • Heat oil in frying pan.
  • Finely chop onions and fry gently for 5 minutes.
  • Peel and finely chop the squash and carrots and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the pan for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the sweetcorn and tuna and fry until heated through.

Mix tuna with veg

  • Cut the peppers in half and place cut side up in a baking dish.

Peppers in dish

  • Place the tuna and vegetable mixture in the pepper halves.

Tuna stuffed peppers

  • Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes at 180°C.

Tuna stuffed pepper

We ate it as it was with no other accompaniments.  It was really rather delicious.  The pepper, tuna/vegetables and cheese all combined together very well.  This was not very light in points as it was 20.  I could have left out the cheese or had less tuna but I have lots of points to use up so I enjoyed my meal (sweetcorn = 2, oil used for frying = 4, tuna = 8 and cheese =6).

stuffed pepper close up

3 empty plates are testimony to how good it was.

3 empty plates

I stuck to another of my new year’s resolutions which is to walk a mile a day.  Even though it was dark, we all walked briskly for half an hour to make sure I did my mile.  We walked from the house towards Sandwich and kept going until we got the to the hand and molecule sculpture.Pfizer Molecular Hand Sculpture

Before dinner we popped out to our favourite local, the Queen Charlotte.  This little pub is so original.  Inside they have a stack of vinyls and an original record player.
Inside Queen Charlotte

We decided we like everything about this pub: the ambience, the decor, the small cosy size, the people inside, the fact that all are welcome and the friendly bar staff.  Definitely worth a visit if you are in Ramsgate.  I had 2 x halves of lager which are 3 points each.Inside Queen Charlotte, Ramsgate

It’s not always open but if it is, pop in.

Queen Charlotte opening times

It’s only small and is on Addington Street.

J and H at Queen Charlotte


It has been a long time since I slept in this old house.  I am going to sleep here, so I can lie in bed and look out at the harbour as I fall asleep.  In the morning I can lie there and watch the sun rise over the harbour wall.Bed beside the sea

It has been a long time since I have consistently stuck to my diet, day after day and it has been a long time since I exercised every day.  It feels good.

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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8 Responses to It’s Been A Long Time

  1. I never would have thought to pair pomegranates and black beans! Pineapple and black beans maybe, but not pomegranate. Sounds like a fun and tasty combination!

  2. laura1952 says:

    Yes! Yes! Wow, what a great day of success you had and I personally know how good that feels the next morning when you wake up.

  3. Lucy Murphy says:

    Well done. I like the look of that black bean salad. Easy to pack up for lunch at work too. Tell us next time Ramsgate is free for the weekend – perhaps we could all head there and give you a hand xx

  4. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
    didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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