Up The Veggies

I wanted to try very hard to increase my plant foods today, with a particular focus on vegetables.  I also wanted to eat more raw food.  Eating more raw makes me feel better and less hungry.

I was super organised and prepared breakfast and lunch at home on Sunday evening so when I woke up, all I had to do was take it out of the fridge and put it in my bag.breakfast 11-11-13 1 I ate breakfast at my desk; raspberries, blueberries, natural yogurt, almonds, hazelnuts and protein powder.  The nuts were slightly softer after a night soaking in yogurt so presumably easier to digest.breakfast 11-11-13 Lunch was also eaten at my desk.  Partly because I had a busy day with constant meetings and partly because it seemed dark all day as it was so overcast and wet so it seemed like a good idea to stay put rather than go outside.salad 11-11-13 Salad with roast chicken.  I made a dressing with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp flax seed oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.chicken in tupperware In my salad box were mixed leaves, rocket, red pepper and cucumber.lunch 11-11-13 2 A simple, satisfying and tasty lunch.  Perfectly adequate.lunch 11-11-13 For supper we had mince beef flavoured with a home made Fajita/Taco spice mix.  I looked up the ingredients on the back of a well known Fajita spice mix and assembled what I had.

Home made Fajita mix ingredients I guessed quantities and it turned out pretty well.  I used 1/2 a tsp each of salt, cumin, oregano and chili, a small pinch of cinnamon, a few grates on the grater of nutmeg and 2 garlic cloves.  I used this quantity to flavour 400g minced beef.

I cooked the mince with an onion and 3 carrots, then stirred in the spice mix and left it overnight (in the fridge).Home made Fajita spice mixWhat an easy supper this was to prepare when I got home after another long day in the office!  I put the mince in a covered dish in a medium oven for half an hour to heat through while I chopped up tomatoes and red onion.  I served it with mixed green leaves.

dinner 11-11-13 2 I ended up mixing it all together and it was very tasty.  Harvey loved it and asked where the Taco shells were.   I was rather chuffed with that as it meant I got the flavours quite close as I hadn’t told him it was based on a Fajita/Taco mix.Dinner 11-11-13

So I am pleased I managed to up the quantity of veggies I ate today and really pleased I had lots of raw veggies.  I did have a little snack when I first got home though of a piece of Cheddar and some nuts.  I must stop the snacking as I am not losing weight.  I remain off sugar which is great and I am not going up but I must lose weight!

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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