Purple Globes

I lost 2 pounds this week which I was pleased about as I have not been perfect.  I think my saving grace has been a good amount of exercise (walking, gardening and tennis), sensible portion sizes and no binges.  So although I have had ice-creams and cake on occasions, it has been occasional and that was often offset by a smaller meal either at the time or later in the day.

I have also lost many more pounds (a small fortune) at the vets but that was for a good cause.  Dylan had 3 fits between yesterday afternoon and this morning and this is due to very low blood glucose and potassium levels which suggests an over production of insulin.  The vet did say that most dogs would be unconscious with such low levels of glucose but as he is such a healthy dog, he was coping.  We have left him at the vets overnight, rather than try to restore his glucose levels ourselves as the next fit could be fatal if his glucose levels didn’t rise.  The afternoon report was that he was eating and although still a bit low, there was a significant improvement in his glucose levels.  It was a relief knowing he was being well cared for.  When we did our walk this afternoon, it was very strange just having one dog and we look forward to having them both with us.

I have had a complaint from the management.  Well, the Little Fella.  He enjoys his food and asked this morning what we were eating for the day.  When I said the response was “Mummy, your salads are so boring!  Please can we have something different?”  Well, he did have a point so we did indeed have something different for dinner.

Before dinner came breakfast.  I slept very badly last night as at every sound I woke up in case it was Dylan.  So I wanted something sweet and easy so I made a smoothie with a banana, quarter of a mango, 1 tsp Out of the Woods (here’s hoping!), 1/4 tsp matcha powder, 1 tbsp each of chia seeds and hazlenut butter, 3 tbsp yogurt, topped up with coconut water.

smoothie ings 28-7-14 I wanted chocolate so also added 1 tbsp cacao powder and maca powder.maca and cacao powder Thick, chocolatey and sweet tasting but full of nourishing ingredients as well as the fruit sugars.smoothie 28-7-14 What with trips to the vets we didn’t have a chance of lunch until 2:30pm by which time I was hungry so we had a quick and easy prawns and salad in a wrap.prawn wrap For dinner I made a recipe from Sarah Raven’s ‘Garden Cookbook’.  It is a great cookbook with recipes divided by month (s) of the year so you can use up the ingredients you have either grown yourself or can find in local farmer’s markets.  I tried a beetroot recipe and it was fantastic and one I will definitely be making again.

Roast Beetroot with Lentils and Goat’s Cheese

Ingredients (serves 6 as a starter or 3 for a main)

coarse sea salt
1 tbsp cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 tbsp juniper berries
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp star anise
8 small to medium sized beetroots
3 tbsp olive oil
200g puy lentils
200ml white wine
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
small bunch parsley
small bunch mint
salt and pepper
200 g goat’s cheese

For the dressing;
juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
3 tbsp olive oil


Pick (or buy beetroot)

beetroots in trug 1 Preheat oven to 180 degrees.beetroots in trug Remove leaves and wash.  Some beetroots are more attractive than others but they all look the same when cooked and peeled.beetroots in sink Place spices in mortarspices Crush (the smell of this was heavenly)spices in mortar Place salt and spices on the base of a baking traycrushed spices Place beetroots on top and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake in oven (preheated to 180) for 1 hour until completely soft to the tip of a sharp knife.  Your kitchen will be filled with an amazing smell.beetroots in baking dish Cook the lentils in equal parts of white wine and water with the chopped garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil.  Cover the lentils with liquid and cook for 20 minutes, checking regularly to make sure they do not dry out.  Add more water if necessary.  When cooked, set aside and cool slightly.lentils, garlic, wine Chop the mint, parsley and tomatoes and add to the slightly cooled lentils and season to taste.cherry toms and herbs When the betroot is cooked, let it cool long enough to be handled so you can peel the skin off, cut in to chunks and serve with the lentils.

Mix the lemon juice and oil together and drizzle over the lentils.roasted beetroots Arrange the lentils on a plate and add goat’s cheese.  I used the 65g small round ones and the inside was slightly melted by the heat of the lentils which was just divine.  I served mine with a lettuce and spinach salad plus I used up my last peas by adding them to the lentils while they were cooking.roast beetroot lentil and goats cheese This was heavenly.  The lentils were full of garlic, lemon and herby flavours, the beetroot was sweet, earthy and spicy and the goat’s cheese was chalky and salty.  Fabulous and definitely one to make again.  The perfect summer lunch dish actually.roast beetroot and lentil

The Little Fella is still not impressed.  “Mummy, can we please have normal food tomorrow?” !  Well, you can’t please all of the people all of the time and at least tonight I pleased myself as I loved it.


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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3 Responses to Purple Globes

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    I would love that beetroot thing – you can cook it for me next time I see you. xx

  2. suzjones says:

    That sounds absolutely yummy. You are so lucky you little fella enjoys eating healthy foods like this. I have a partner and child that refuse to eat salads and will not eat anything that looks healthy because it might taste bad. It’s a losing battle I tell you. lol

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