In Recovery

I was feeling much better today and the glorious sunshine streaming in to my bedroom got the day off to a beautiful start.  I made a very green, green smoothie for breakfast which I started 2 hours before I had it by soaking 1 tbsp hemp seeds and 1 tbsp coconut in some water.

hemo seeds and coconut After 2 hours I added half an avocado, a stalk of celery, one lime and a large handful of kale plus some mint, parsley,  coriander and thyme.green ingredients I confess this was not very pleasant but I drank it and thought about the healing powers of it all.green smoothie 25-5-13 I have been wanting to make something using my Excalibur Dehydrator and I made some aubergine crisps first.  The point of dehydrating food, apart from preservation, is to maintain enzymes and nutrients in food by keeping them raw.  Dehydrators do not let the food get hot enough to kill the enzymes so they are still considered raw.small aubergines I made a marinade using 1 tbsp each of avocado oil, soya sauce and maple syrup and a sprinkling of paprika and salt.  I was inspired by this recipe on Rawmazing.Ingredients for marinade I mixed the marinade ingredients in a bowl, added the aubergine which I sliced very thinly and set aside for about an hour.marinade After an hour I placed the aubergine on the dehydrator trays.aubergine slices on tray I put them in on 115 ° for an hour and then turned it down to 105 °.  Dehydrators are very simple.  There is a heating element at the back and a fan which blows the air over the food on the trays which dries it out.  There is a door which goes on the front to maintian the temperature.aubergine crisps in dehydratorAfter about 10 hours some slices of aubergine were crispy but the thicker bits were still chewy.  So I have left them dehydrating a little longer.
Aubergine crisps Next on the dehydrator menu were some nut and flax crackers.  I used this recipe from The Rawtarian.  I had to soak the walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds for an hour.nuts in jug Mixing the nuts with the onion and tomato was a real challenge and both the VitaMix and my blender struggled.  After a lot of perseverance it was virtually done but some lumps remained.  I decided that rather then risk breaking one of my machines I would enjoy the texture.cracker mixture The next challenge was spreading the mixture thinly on a dehydrator sheet.  It stuck to everything and kept lifting up but I got there in the end.spread crackers on sheet After about 6 hours they were dried out on top.After 6 hours dehydrating I turned them over and put them back in the dehydrator.flip them overAfter 8 hours in total, they are still not crunchy so they are still dehydrating. They do taste really good already and I am looking forward to eating them tomorrow.
Nut and flax seed crackers
While all this food was dehydrating I made a very simple salad for lunch.  Approximately 5 different salad leaves, coriander, mint, tomatoes, celery and half an avocado.

salad 25-5-13 I mashed the avocado with a small amount of apple cider vinegar and salt and just mixed it in to the salad.  That was it.Salad 15-5-13 I had been intending to eat the aubergine crisps and nut and flax crackers with some guacamole or humous I planned to make.  But I had a bit of a relapse in the afternoon and the dried goods were not dry enough.  So I had a bowl of granola with probiotic yogurt and then spent some time in the garden in the very lovely late afternoon sun.

I planted out my little sweetcorn plants which are looking very healthy.  I just hope the snails and slugs don’t get to them.  I also planted some beer traps as I have so far lost purple sprouting broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and cabbage 😦Sweetcorn and nasturtiums planted out I love the light of the early evening sun.Sun beside the apple tree Blueberries.Blueberries to be A strawberry in the making.A strawberry in the makingHarvey had a sore throat and I was still feeling delicate so I made us a hot drink with water, lemon juice, honey and finely grated ginger plus Goji berries.

Making a toddyI had a tot of rum too, for medicinal purposes.

Rum toddy

So I have eaten quite well today, apart from the granola.  I nibbled quite a bit of the nut and flax mixture so no idea really how many calories I consumed.  At least they were nutritious calories.  I do hope the dehydrated food is ready before I go to bed!

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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