28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 5

Another vegan day nearly done.  This is getting easier.

First thing I had a mug of tea with lemon juice, cayenne, Goji berries (1 point) and maple syrup (1 point).

I have 2 new pots of Chia seeds.  I order them over the internet and was rather surprised by how large the jar was when it arrived.  Not a problem as I will get through them.

Chia seeds

I have a jar of black seeds, which is what I have had before.  I also bought a jar of white chia seeds which I have not tried before.  In my smoothie I made for breakfast I had 10 g of each type ( 3 points).black and white chia seeds

I also added 1 tbsp pumpkinseed butter (3 points).  This is delicious and full of protein and healthy fats.  I like it in a smoothie and it is also really good on wholemeal toast.pumpkinseed butter

For fruits I added 1 orange and some chunks of watermelon.  It was all frozen but the melon on the right fell on the floor so I rinsed it, hence it looks fresh 🙂orange and watermelon

I also put in half a pomegranate.  I peeled the skin off but blitzed the seeds and pith.Cut pomegranate fruits in blender

Instead of a banana I added 4 dates for sweetness (2 points).  For liquid I poured in 250ml almond milk (2 points).  Quite good.pale pink smoothie

I definitely needed greens at lunch time.  Greens and beans.3 green veg

Stir fried onion, leeks, broccoli and green beans, with half a can of black beans and half a packet of plum and hoisin sauce, garnished with coriander and dried chilli.greens and beans

This was really tasty.  I had a huge bowlful but it was nearly all vegetables so it was really healthy.  Quite high in points though.

80 g plum and hoisin sauce = 4 points
1.5 tbsp coconut oil = 6 points
150 g black beans = 5 points
stir fry close up

Supper was super quick and easy.  I chopped up 3 courgettes, one red and one yellow pepper, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned it.  I baked it in the oven on a roasting tray for 20 minutes and then added cherry tomatoes and left over roasted squash and shallots with merguez chickpeas and roasted it for another 20 minutes.bowl of peppers and courgettesIt turned out very well.  This meal was:

1 tbsp olive oil used to roast the veg = 4
1 tbsp olive oil on the chickpeas = 4
1/2 can of chickpeas = 4

veg and chick peas

I have eaten really healthy food all day.  Apart from 2 apples and some herbal teas, that is all I have had.  It doesn’t seem like I over ate but I am over my daily points allowance which is 34.

Tea with berries = 2
Breakfast = 10
Lunch = 15
Dinner = 12

Total = 39.

It is proving challenging to eat enough so I feel satisfied but am not over my allowance.  I am not missing eating meat, fish or dairy as meals but I do miss how you can eat a little amount and feel full and satisfied for a long time afterwards.  I have been really hungry today and am feeling a bit disappointed by how many points I have had.  Still, I ate vegan and I ate healthily.


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 28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 5

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, just remember it is just as good for you to “fool” the body by going over your allowance once in a while. The exact same way it is good for your body to change up your exercise routine. The metabolism says “Say what?” and starts to burn more calories.

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