A Good Start

I made a good start to my week today.  In fact, I made the little fella a good start too.  We started yesterday.

Providing a healthy breakfast is something I have struggled with as Harvey has to be on the school bus so early.  He is not often keen on bread/toast and is intolerant to dairy.  I refuse to let him have sugar so breakfast can be a challenge.

If I take him to his bus, I can get up and make something really quick like scrambled eggs.  But I don’t always take him and he doesn’t always want to eat something cooked that early.  There is a no eating on the bus rule so he needs to eat before he leaves home.  So I had a lightbulb moment in the week – I can make him a healthy flapjack.

I need to experiment with quantities and when I get it perfect I will share but this is what we started with.  Chopped up pecans, almonds and pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut, finely ground hemp seeds and raisins.flapjack nuts and seeds Lots of oats, coconut butter instead of dairy butter and agave nectar instead of sugar.  I personally do not believe that agave nectar (or honey or maple or rice syrups) are much better then sugar and would prefer to do without but I had to make it edible for the little fella.oats, nectar and coconut I melted the syrup and coconut butter and added them to the bowl with the oats.Agave nectar and coconut butter We also added a chunk of cacao liquor which melts easily and gave a lovely chocolate flavour.  I forgot the photo of the finished product but they were good.  Not quite moist enough but very moreish.  So I do not eat them, they are individually wrapped and in the freezer so I can take one out each night for Harvey.  This was a great success this morning as he could munch his flapjack while he got dressed.  I was happy that he went off to school with a tummy full of healthy nuts, seeds, oats and coconut butter which kept him going until lunch time.Cacao Liquor I forgot to make myself anything for breakfast so I popped out to Leon and bought their salmon and avocado pot which had a poached egg at the bottom.  I actually didn’t like it that much, mainly because the  salmon was too strongly flavoured and a bit stringy.

172 calories.salmon, avocado and egg As the main part of breakfast was low in calories I thought I would “treat” myself to an unsweetened soya milk latte.  I don’t really like soya milk that much though in such quantities so I wont bother with that again.

96 calories.Leon latte It was sunny at lunch time :-).  So I walked a mile to pod and bought their fabulous and completely amazing chicken nori wraps.  They are so low calorie and delicious I bought 2 as they only have 187 calories each box.  That is 187 calories if you do not have the dressing.  I find them delicious enough to not need the dressing.   So lunch was 374 calories and I burned 252 calories getting them 🙂pod chicken nori roll Dinner was also packed full of nutrition and not too many calories.

I bought this lovely box of 3 different types of sprouts from Wholefoods Market on Saturday so I added some of them to my dinner.3 sprouts

80 g brown Basmati rice, a pile of stir fried veggies and lots of sprouts, with some soy sauce.

310 calories.dinner 10-2-14

I have ended up today way under my calories allowance.  I ate 952 calories and burned 252 which means I have another 500 I could eat.  But I am going to leave them in the calorie bank as I had too many yesterday and I do not feel at all hungry.  Today was a great day and I hope this is going to be a great week.

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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