28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 10

What a very wet and grey and miserable day we all woke up to!  No promise of anything other than rain and cold rain at that.

Breakfast this morning required a little assembly.  In the clear bowl is a banana, half of which was mashed and the other half cut in to small chunks.  That was mixed with 150 ml hemp seed milk and 15 g white chia seeds and left over night.  So by morning it was thick and almost set; it had the consistency of a thick yogurt.  In the sieve is 150 g raw buckwheat groats which were soaked in water overnight and then rinsed.  In the other bowl is a mango.

3 bowls

I stirred the buckwheat groats in to the milk/banana/chia seeds and served with mango.  buckwheat and mango breakfast

Buckwheat made a change from oats and I really like them.  They retain a slight crunch and leave a clean and fresh feeling.  I enjoyed this.buckwheat breakfast close up

We went out for lunch today to Napoli, an Italian restaurant in Westerham.  We met Jeremy and Helen and their 2 lovely boys.J, J and R

I thought an Italian would have been good for a vegan.  Wrong !!!! There was one item on the starters menu so I had it – tomato, oregano and basil bruschetta.  It was really good.  The tomatoes were sweet and juicy and the bruschetta very garlicky.tomato bruscheta

On the main course menu there was nothing vegan!  The staff were very obliging and made me a pizza with tomato sauce and roasted courgettes, aubergine and mushrooms.vegetable pizza

I had a little scoop of mango and lemon sorbet, which made a tasty vegan sweet treat.

lemon and mango sorbet

I really enjoyed seeing our dear friends and was just disappointed the weather was so dreadful which curtailed our plans of a walk after lunch.  It was too wet and cold for young boys and this old woman who was freezing within 5 minutes of being outside.  J and JI rested this afternoon in front of a lovely fire Harvey made.  We didn’t need supper but I am nibbling on some nuts with dried fruit and enjoying a glass of wine.  I was designated driver at lunch time so apart from a small beer I didn’t drink.  I am enjoying a glass now though.

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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7 Responses to 28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 10

  1. laura1952 says:

    You are doing so well Zoe.
    I saw this recipe and immediately thought how great it would be for you now during your Challenge.

    Here is a fantastic recipe for carbohydrate- and dairy-free protein bars, that is loaded with antioxidants and MCTs. You can use any variety of nuts and dried fruit as long as there is no sugar or peanuts.
    Dr. Eva’s Protein Bars


    1 cup almond flour
    1 cup almonds

    1/2 cup pecans

    1/2 cup walnuts

    1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

    1/4 dried cranberries

    1/4 dried blueberries

    1/4 cup figs or dates
    3 tbsp agave syrup
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup almond butter
    1/5 cup coconut shredded
    1 egg
    2 tsp cinnamon


    Combine all ingredients and stir together. The mixture should be clumpy and stick together. Grab a handful of the mixture and mold into bar form. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in oven at 350°F for 11 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

    • laura1952 says:

      Fat Melter #3: Medium Chain Triglycerides


      Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fat chains that are medium sized, versus the fats that make up 98% of our diet, which are long chain triglycerides (LCTs). You can find MCTs in coconut oil, for instance.

      How does it work?

      MCTs are digested differently than LCTs and much more easily. They are broken down right away, going straight from the stomach to the liver and burned for fuel and energy. The molecules are smaller and need less energy and fewer enzymes to be broken down. In contrast, LCTs are so big that the enzymes from the pancreas have to break them down, and then they have to travel through the lymphatic system throughout the body, depositing fat in all those unwanted areas.

      What kind of results can I expect?

      Promising studies have shown that MCTs help speed metabolism and also help induce weight loss.

      What are good sources of medium chain triglycerides?

      The main form of MCTs in food is in coconut, especially coconut oil. Another source is palm kernel oil (not palm oil). For babies, it’s found in human milk. You can also take a supplement of MCT oil.

    • That is so kind of you Laura and I would absolutely love to make it but it contains egg which I can not have as a vegan. That is exactly the type of snack I needed today. I will make some when I am finished as they sound delicious and Harvey can enjoy them too as they are dairy free. Thank you for being so thoughtful.

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