Happy New Year to all my blog readers 🙂
I ended 2014 the way I spent too much of it i.e. eating too much and too much of the wrong food. I think I ate half my body weight in chocolate! I celebrated the new year with neighbours and friends of Marion and Colin which was very handy as they live over the road so only a very short totter home.
We had an Italian themed dinner and everyone brought along a dish. I enjoyed everything I ate and everything I drank. I particularly enjoyed all the gorgeous company. What a great space to have a party in and what a great party we had in this space. It is fair to say that things did all get a bit blurry but at the time it was all great fun and it was a brilliant way to welcome in the new year. Thank you to Marion and Colin for such a wonderful evening. So New Year’s Day dawned very late for me. Before I went out I peeled a lemon and added it to a large jug of water with some cucumber and celery. It was perfect for drinking in the morning and actually so enjoyable I now have a jug permanently in the fridge. When I was hungry I made a simple smoothie with frozen bananas, half an avocado and a teaspoon of ‘Out of The Woods’, half a teaspoon of matcha and some coconut water. This had a very mild flavour and was perfect for a woman with a hungover. I did excel myself later by cooking my family a roast chicken with roast potatoes and gravy but I only ate the chicken and vegetables, with no added fat. I have to be better this year and I am starting immediately. In the evening I snacked on an apple and 2 tangerines and that was it. A great start to 2015. I did really well again today too. I have read that having hot water with lemon is a beneficial way to start the day. I have also heard that hot water with honey and apple cider vinegar is good. So I had them all in one glass; half a lemon in slices, 1 small teaspoon of honey and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Not bad. For breakfast I had half a small watermelon. I scrapped out the melon seeds and blitzed them in the Vita Mix which I then poured over the chunks of watermelon. Eating the seeds adds protein and makes the meal more substantial. It was a bit like a watermelon soup and was rather good. Certainly very refreshing. For lunch I made a vegetable soup. I made a chicken stock with the carcass from yesterday’s chicken and used that as the base. I roasted 2 butternut squashes and 4 sweet potatoes with some sesame oil, fennel seeds, salt and pepper for 45 minutes at 180 °C. We like soup very smooth so I blended it in the Vita Mix. A little bit of the stock blended with some chunks of roasted vegetables and any bits of leftover chicken. It always takes longer than I think to make soup but it is well worth it. This was an excellent soup. It had the perfect consistency and a rich and well rounded flavour. Definitely one to make again. Harvey had his with crackers but I just had 2 bowls of the soup. For supper I had a bowl of raw veggies and some chickpeas. I dressed the salad with a very simple dressing made with olive oil and red wine vinegar. That was it, nothing else was added. A very satisfying supper and I think I will conclude this evening’s eating with an apple.
I am not giving up anything this year, apart from processed foods. I want to eat a plant based diet which means mainly fruits and veggies with wholefoods such as brown rice and other whole grains, seeds and nuts. I will eat a small amount of meat and have the occasional glass of wine. I don’t want to eat anything sweet such as cakes, biscuits and puddings. I am also going to try to eat minimal amounts of dairy.
So far this year, so good. I am going to be much healthier this year.
Zoe you will have to remember your watermelon creation for hot summer days. 🙂 Your soup looked awesome and that protein powder is to die for. I shudder to think how much it would cost up here.
You are so right – the watermelon soup would be perfect in the summer. I can’t remember where I got it from. I really bought it for the sea greens rather then the protein – awesome ingredients though, I agree.
Happy New Year to you, James, Lara and Harvey.
The next time you have yourself a salad plate like that add some avocado to it so you are getting the good fat into you as well that will help you say full longer and your body needs desperately. Too many people cut fat out of their diet not know how much our bodies need it to move around without pain.
This salad did have a dressing made with oilve oil so there was some fat.