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 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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