Monday, 2 September 2013

Food Diary #2!

 Hi all!

Welcome to post number 2! I thought I would continue with my food diary and here's a re-cap of a few of the meals I've had since my last post.


  Breakfast:


On The Go: 'The Food Doctor' multi-seed pitta, scrambled egg white mixed with a handful of baby spinach & a side of red seedless grapes

Sweet Tooth: Oats made with water & 1 TB chocolate PB2 with 1/2 banana, goji berries and a drizzle of Sweet Freedom light sweetener

Healthier English Breakfast: 2 grilled bacon medallions, scrambled egg (1 egg, 1 egg white), 1/2 brown sandwich thin with 1 TSP Marmite, grilled mushrooms

Lunch:


Eating Out: Cajun chicken burger (chargrilled chicken breast with cajun spices, sour cream, 
lettuce, cucumber, tomato, tzatziki) & courgette fries
a local burger restaurant!

Dinner:


Wagamama: Grilled fish ramen (noodles in vegetable stock topped with grilled dory, prawns, mussels, clams, chikuwa and hijiki. garnished with spring onions and coriander)

Quick & Easy: Cooked chicken breast, Baby spinach, Mini Babybel light, Brown rice, 1 TB lemon & herb peri-peri sauce

Colourful: 'Marks and Spencer Delicious and Nutritious' Chargrilled Squid, Zesty Couscous and Piquillo Peppers, Homemade courgette fries

(Recipe for the courgette fries:)
Blend up 25g (1/4 cup) uncooked oats with a hand blender until it makes a flour consistency, then mix the flour with some salt and pepper, put into 1 bowl, then in another bowl, crack 1 egg and beat, then slice up 1 courgette into fries, dip and coat each fry in the egg, then roll in the oat flour, then place on a some baking paper on a baking tray, put in the oven for about 25-30 minutes on 190-200c (Depending on how hot your oven gets!)

Snacks:



Post-Workout Bite: Baked strawberry cheesecake 'Quest' bar, handful of peanuts & raisins, 1 TB Chobani yoghurt, 1/4 TSP Cinnamon

Yum yum!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Welcome & Food Diary #1!

Hi all :)

Welcome to my first post on my new healthy living blog!

I've been wanting to start a blog like this for a few months now and I've had many a request from my Instagram followers so here you go!

I will be posting a lot of my Instagram foodie pics on here with recipes and any other healthy eating, exercise, lifestyle tips and tricks also!

If you don't follow my Instagram/Fashion blog or don't personally know me you won't know that back in June 2012 I used to be 4 stone heavier, that's a whopping 60 lbs which I've later been told is the equivalent of 5 sausage dogs haha!

In the past few months I've suffered a few issues with my eating and fell off track, so I'm hoping as well that this blog will help me lose the dress size I've put on and get me back into shape but with a healthy mindset as I also quite recently have stopped calorie counting to get myself more focused onto WHAT I'm eating rather than worrying about every tiny calorie.

If this can help you in anyway then I thoroughly hope you will join me on my journey to success and a good relationship with food & exercise.

I thought I would start off with a food diary for today, here's just a few things I like to eat on a day-to-day basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Breakfast:


Small pot of Total 0% fat free greek yoghurt (higher in protein than most other yoghurt!), Blueberries (full of anxioxidants!), Cashews (good for the skin!), Dates (just plain yummy and helps the digestive system), Drizzled with Walden Farms calorie free maple syrup (I'm unsure how healthy this is for you but if you want to add a guilt free syrup then this brand is great, kind of costly in the UK but you can buy it from Amazon: here)


Lunch:


Homemade Peppered Parsnip Chips sprinkled with Sea Salt, Baby Spinach, Homemade Garlic & Herb dip

This is the first time I've prepared these parsnip chips and it was kind of an improvisation, All I did was simply cut up 1 parsnip into fries, I wanted to try an alternative to oil, although I will also be trying these with healthy oils like coconut oil, to make sure I'm getting all the nutrients I need! But in this case I decided to go on a whim as I have tried making homemade chips with potatoes before, with no oil, no nothing, and they usually end up burning or just not being very nice and any seasoning just never sticks! So my secret today was that after I chopped the parsnip, I actually dipped each chip into a bowl of 1 egg white, coated the chip and placed it on some baking paper, after all chips were coated I sprinkled with pepper (I wish I added sea salt at that point but forgot so had to add after they were cooked, I recommend doing it before cooking though!), and put in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 180c (I have a electric fan oven so I imagine on standard ovens this would be 200c but I can't be certain!)

After they were cooked, I served up with a handful of baby spinach (superfood and I actually prefer it to normal lettuce/salad), and I made a homemade garlic & herb dip to dunk my heart away in! 

For the dip I used: 1 TBSP Plain 0% Fat Chobani Yoghurt (they sell this in the UK now in Tesco stores!) or you can use greek/natural yoghurt (depends how thick you want it!), 1/2 TSP Garlic Granules, 1/2 TSP Mixed Herbs, 1/2 TSP Dried Chives - Mix together and voila! Really simple and really yummy!


Dinner:


Baked Chicken Breast (chopped into pieces), Waitrose Rainbow Selection Vegetables (Babycorn, carrots, tenderstem broccoli, spring onions, red chillies), Waitrose Quinoa Mix (quinoa, chick peas, bulgar wheat, wholegrain rice and red rice), 1 TB Nando's Lemon & Herb Peri Peri Sauce

I actually had my first batch of this last night as the ingredients make 2 servings, I was quite hungover, but wanted to eat something healthy with minimal effort, barely any cooking, so that I would avoid getting any takeaway foods! So I got this dead easy microwave in the bag selection of fresh vegetables and microwave in the bag quinoa mix from Waitrose! Waitrose can be quite pricey so if you're on a budget I suggest getting these basic items and preparing before you go on a night out etc. so you're ready when you're hungover! You can usually get uncooked Quinoa in most supermarkets for around £1 and it's a great rice replacement that's packed full of protein with all 9 essential amino acids, it's considered to be a whole grain but it is actually a seed believe it or not! It tastes very similar to rice and is yuuuummy! If you're not too convinced on that, perhaps try cous cous, which is cheaper at around 80p and easier as a healthy eating starting point but I would definitely recommend Quinoa for the added health benefits! 

In this case I had to get something easy but healthy and with the vegetables only taking 3 minutes and the quinoa mix only 1 minute, it was a great 5 minute meal! Last night I did actually have cooked chicken tikka pieces instead as they were reduced and I didn't have to cook them at all but tonight I decided to cook a chicken fillet in the oven for about 40 minutes, then I chopped it up and added it to my dish, then I drizzled with some Nando's Lemon & Herb Peri Peri sauce which was deeeeelish, I only recently bought it and was quite happy to realise that the sugar content is actually low for a pre-made sauce, which is usually hard to find! 


Snack:


Pink Lady Apple Slices with 1 TB PB Crave Coco Bananas Peanut Butter 

I absolutely love this as a everyday snack.. and I mean it when I have it...everyday! haha, I normally switch it up by trying different apples and different nut butters, I haven't actually had a pink lady apple in years but this one was gorgeous so I definitely have to buy more! 

The peanut butter is banana and chocolate flavour, it's made with natural ingredients, It's not all over healthy as it still contains sugar and salt etc. but the quality of the ingredients is generally more natural and the company has a variety of lovely flavours so I have this in moderation just like I would any peanut butter! This was really expensive at £7 inc. p&p from Amazon and it is now sold out but it is still regularly available at Americansweets.co.uk, I've also tried their Razzle Dazzle (white chocolate & raspberry) flavour which I can admit I consumed the whole jar in a week... It was worth it! 

If you are generally trying to be a complete healthy eater then I recommend getting an all natural nut butter containing only the nut, I tend to purchase 1kg of 100% peanut butter from Holland & Barrett and they also sell small jars of Almond, Cashew & Hazelnut Butter's (I have yet to try the hazelnut one but it is definitely on my list!), Some supermarket's like Tesco's also sell the same Almond & Cashew butter's for slightly less I think! - I find nut butters are a great way to get more protein and healthy fats into your diet, especially if you get bored of just eating plain old nuts, and it's the one thing I would definitely pick over chocolate! 

So that pretty much wraps up my first post! I apologise if there's alot of ranting.. I'm out of practice with the whole blogging thing!

I hope this was informative and you enjoyed it!

Let me know of any idea's you have for future posts below!