Some Superfood Some Not So Super

It was a very cold day in London today.  I woke up feeling tired as I had slept badly.  It always happens when I have a couple of drinks even though last night I didn’t go mad.   I had 2 gin and tonics and a glass of wine with dinner.  I went out with Cherry-Ann and Zoe R. from work and we had a lovely drink at Vinopolis’ Bar Bleu ( 2 for the price of one!!) and then supper in TAS, the Turkish restaurant.

I popped in to pod to have one of their superfood breakfasts.

Superfood egg breakfast

I am becoming quite a fan of pod.  I like the fact their food is cooked fresh when you order it but quickly.  They are very efficient.  My breakfast was scrambled eggs with tomatoes, chillies, spinach, sunflower seeds and Feta cheese served with 1 slice of lightly buttered granary toast.  I know, thanks to their on-line nutrition information that this had 367 calories.  I also had a small latte which is about 200 calories.

pod bag and breakfast

For lunch I walked up the road to Itsu.  This is on the corner of my street and Moorgate and looks out over Finsbury Square.  Yesterday was my first ever visit to Itsu as I met Olivia there for lunch.

Itsu was set up by Julian Metcalf who founded Pret.  It’s USP is healthy and low fat food such as sushi and noodle pots.  I think we are led to believe that living on Itsu food gives one a figure like the ladies on the packet.  They are not sexist – there are bags with hunky men on.  I was just unlucky 🙂

Itsu bag

I bought the smoked chicken salad.  It was totally delicious and I want it again.
Itsu smoked chicken salad

There was a generous portion of smoked chicken served on a bed of leaves and fresh herbs with sesame seeds and a tasty dressing, edamame beans and raw green beans.Itsu chicken

With seasoned rice and a fantastic dressing made with coriander, lime and tofu.  It was exceptionally good and just under 500 calories.Itsu rice

For dinner we are having a tray of roasted veggies : aubergine, red and yellow peppers, leeks and carrots with sausages.  Good old fashioned British bangers.  I know they are not healthy or diet friendly but it is very cold and just what we all fancy.  I didn’t add any oil to this as the sausages contain more then enough fat and every 10-15 minutes I stir everything so the veggies don’t stick or dry out.veggies in roasting trayI would have been ok today in terms of calories, despite the sausages,  except this afternoon I had a boredom blip and ate a lemon with poppy seed muffin plus 2 caramel biscuits with a cup of tea 😦

 

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Some Superfood Some Not So Super

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    Itsu is absolutely my favourite fast food place. I always have their Detox pot and it fills me up and is only 184 calories. I wish there was one in Archway! The children love it too.

  2. Lara says:

    WOW that food looks great and is making me very hungry!! Would like to try out both of those places over easter please 🙂 x.x.x

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