A Weekend Of Healthy Eating

I have had a very relaxing weekend which was much needed.  I had nothing in my diary ALL weekend which is unheard of but I have actually enjoyed it so much I want to do it again.  I did very well with my eating this weekend too.

I wasn’t very hungry on Saturday morning so I just had an apple for breakfast with green tea.
P1060724 Lunch was a very simple stir fry, with the vegetables “fried” in water rather than oil.  I “fried” mustard seeds and cumin seeds in water and then added chopped onion and chilli, before adding cauliflower and sugar snap peas.  When it was ready I added cooked brown rice.P1060725 Served with fresh coriander made for an enjoyable meal.  It was less tasty than if I had used oil but so much healthier.  I didn’t add any salt as I have high blood pressure and am trying to bring it down without medication and neither did I add soy sauce as the thyroid protocol I am following asks you to avoid soya products.P1060726 P1060727 I snacked on some Goji berries and apricots in the afternoon.P1060728 For dinner I made High F-W’s aubergine and green bean curry from his Veg Everyday cookbook.  I have previously blogged the recipe for it.  It is delicious and well worth making, especially as it’s easy and tasty.P1060730 P1060731 P1060732While I was clearing up after supper I put a cup of buckwheat in water to soak overnight.

P1060723In the morning I rinsed it and put it in the blender.
P1060733 With some berries.P1060734 And coconut milk.  I also added a spoonful of coconut jam as it was a bit tart but I liked the thick slightly grainy texture and this was a very filling smoothie.P1060735 I love this green tea which has puffed brown rice in – such a delicate and wonderful flavour.P1060737 P1060738For lunch I made some sweet potato fries. You can never have too many sweet potato fries, right?  Well wrong actually.  When you make too many they sit in steam and don’t crisp up so I had a brilliant idea;  I added some red kidney beans and covered them in vegan cheese and popped them back in the oven for 10 minutes.
P1060739 Ta daaa!!!!  Cheezy sweet potato fries and they were amazing.P1060740 Served with roasted red pepper, courgettes and carrots with sauerkraut.P1060741 The cheesy fries and beans was the best part.P1060742 For dinner I made a really good shepherd’s pie.  Probably the best ever.  I used a mixture of lentils and aduki beans which I cooked with onions, garlic, mushrooms and carrots for the base.  I used the beans and lentils with the water they come in.P1060743 For seasoning I used Worcester sauce, liquid aminos and a sprinkling of bouillon powder.  When it was cooked, I stirred in some cornflour mixed with a little water to make a thick sauce as that is how I like it.P1060744 Remember how much I love my green leaves?  Well I added them to the middle of this pie filling.  I put a layer of lentil and bean mixture over the base, added a packet of fresh spinach and then the rest of the filling on top.  Covered it in mashed potato and popped it in to the oven.P1060745 Served with frozen peas.  Always has to be frozen peas with shepherd’s pie and then some Branston pickle on the side.  It was delicious.P1060746 Three empty plates (mine, Matt’s and Harvey’s) were testament to how good it was and I look forward to the leftovers tomorrow.  Better still is knowing how much great nutrition is in this dinner.P1060747

Yesterday was a bit too lazy on the exercise front but today we went on a decent length walk around Hemstead so I am over my 10,000 steps.  I hope you had a good weekend too.

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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