Why is it that when I have to get up to go in to London for work, I am usually fast asleep when the alarm goes at 6am? But when I am working from home and I don’t have to get up until 7am, I am wide awake at 6am? Very frustrating.
But instead of being frustrated I got up and started my day early. I was logged on to my work laptop by 6:45 and got a good hours work in while all was still peaceful.
I decided to make a very purple smoothie for breakfast, featuring beetroot. Is it weird to fancy beetroot for breakfast? Probably! But I had some left in the garden so I added it to a smoothie.
I fancied making a very purple smoothie so I also added blueberries, Acai powder,
Sprouted broccoli seeds,
Rasperries and of course the beetroot. I washed it and cut off the top and tail and chucked it in the blender with the skin on. I assume that adds to the vitamin and mineral level. So how was it? The most amazing colour. But it tasted like horseradish! It really did and the more I drank the more horseradishy it tasted. I think the beetroot was woody and the broccoli sprouts are quite peppery so that was not a good combination. Shame as the other ingredients would have made a delicious smoothie. As well as the ingredients pictured, I added 100ml coconut water and 100 g natural yogurt. This was 341 calories. Mid morning I snacked on a pear. For lunch I cooked up loads of kale with red and yellow peppers, red onion, mushrooms and chicken. I stirred in a Waitrose Hoisin and Plum stir fry sauce which was delicious and served it with rice. This is brown basmati rice but I add vegetable stock to the cooking water which makes it yellow. This lovely lunch was quick and easy to make. It took 40 minutes from start to finish and cost me 703 calories. Most of those calories came from the chicken and the rice. This was absolutely delicious and every morsel was devoured. These 2 boys also ate a huge stack of veggies and declared it a really yummy meal. What bizarre weather we have had today. Sunny one minute and then raining so hard we could have had a shower in it. Harry and Harvey decided extraordinarily heavy rain was the perfect time to go on the trampoline. Boys will be boys! When they came in, dried off and warmed up they had a toasted raisin and cinnamon bagel. Too hard for me to resist so I had one too. I had one with butter and Philadelphia. It was so good I had another one with Cheddar cheese in it. That afternoon snack cost me a whopping 990 calories !!!!I well and truly burst the calorie bank today but it is ok as it was my first day over the line all week. Tracking the calories is such a good way to see how much you have eaten. I heroically went out this evening and bought and then served everyone fish and chips and managed to not even sneak one chip. Supper for me is a cup of herbal tea. So although I ate some inferior food and went over my calories, I have not abandoned my tracking and healthy eating weight loss plan. Phew!
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