With the stomach straining amount of pancakes, burgers and floppy slices of pizza (my personal favourite, the floppier the better) that have entered my gullet this weekend I thought I’d rewind on the blog today and take you through a day in food for myself pre-NY eating competition, seeing as you all loved that chat about fitness not so long ago. Note: the purpose of my trip was not to enter an eating competition, though it sometimes felt like it was and I had to fly home with my jean zipper undone. On the whole food-wise I try and stick to ‘Clean Eating‘ principles; making meals from scratch, attempting to steer clear of processed foods and sticking to produce in its natural state.

It doesn’t always work and I like to stick to the 80:20 ratio, making healthy choices 80% of the time and loading up on whatever the hell I like for the other 20% (that’s the good stuff that gets Instagrammed). The odd Malteser (or a whole treat bag of ‘em) tips the 80% barrier sometimes though and I’m unable to watch The Great British Bake Off without scoffing on a pack of Custard Creams. But the key’s in moderation, right? Now heads up; I’m no nutritionist and this menu by no means demonstrates a perfectly well-rounded day of food. It’s more just a collection of recipes that I like to don my apron for. Sometimes there’s more meat, more fat, more veg, more carbs…you get it. So lets kick it off with my favourite meal of the day…

BREAKFAST: Five mornings out of seven I’m a Dorest Cereal Tasty Toasted Spelt Flakes and Alpro Unsweetened Almond Milk kinda’ gal, but when I’ve got a bit of time on my hands I partake in my own pancake party. But not just any pancakes – oh no – these are Clean and Lean pancakes (from the Clean and Lean Book by James Duigan). A mix of eggs, oats and ricotta, cooked up in coconut oil and drizzled with natural yogurt, agave syrup and berries. The Breakfast Club Berries and Cream Pancake Stack they are not. But they’re actually very nice.

SNACK: Nakd bars – probably one of my favourite discoveries food-wise this year. Mooshed up fruit and nuts – nothing added, nothing taken away. They’re a pricey habit, but I love ‘em; I have a sweet tooth and having one of these mid-morning satisfies it nicely. They may not look much, but trust me on this one. Cocoa Orange and Cocoa Mint are my personal favourites and after scrutinising the ingredients list, blending up a batch of my own is my next on my kitchen to-do list.

LUNCH: Whereas the beginning and final meals of the day follow a regular-ish menu, lunch is where I mix it up a little. If I’m in I tend to go for something salad-y or wrap-y - 9 times out of 10 it includes rocket. But my favourite thing to cook right now are Mini Pizzas with Beetroot and Goats Cheese topping (featured on the cover of Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson if you’ve ever seen it). With a spelt homemade base (so quick to make), garlic and tomato sauce and a few slabs of beetroot thrown on top these taste SO GOOD. I make a few at a time and heat up the leftovers for lunch the next day.

SNACK: Homemade Hummus is just d’bomb. So much nicer than the shop bought stuff, plus you can add as much garlic into the blender when you’re making it yourself (I usually go for four cloves – hardcore). I use this recipe from Hanna’s blog, throw everything into a blender and serve with something crunchy. It keeps the worms from biting until…

DINNER: Surprisingly dinner is one of the more snappier meals I cook. I’m a big believer of ‘feeding the freezer‘ – cooking up batches of sauces and stews to freeze so that I can whip them in the microwave to defrost, rustle up some veg and a side and serve. One of my current favourites is Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew, again from the Honestly Healthy book. Ridiculously easy to make and luverly with a bit of broccoli and brown rice. Sometimes I add a bit of chicken into the mix if I fancy upping the protein levels, but mostly I stick to the original cause it’s so darn cheap to cook up.

Oh and on this particular day I snuck in a Rachel’s Organic Rice Pudding before bed. Sticking with the 80:20 thing and all. Hungry? Yeah, me too.

  • pearsonlaurauk

    Those pancakes look yummy :-)

  • Hazel Mae

    I love this! I avoid carbs as much as I can and I have tried the pancakes before. Lovely :)

    Slightly Skint Blog

  • Noisy Rain

    Loved this post! I didn’t know you were a healthy eater ;) The Nakd bars are my favourites as well, Chocolate Orange is the best to me! xx

  • Sophie Brewster

    Those pancakes look so good – but that chickpea and sweet potato stew looks even better! I’ll have to check out some of these books! :)

  • Holly Cooke

    Wow, those pancakes look good! It’s making me hungry just thinking about them! xxx

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • Dorothy HF

    Yum!! I love the clean and lean pancakes from James Duigan’s book, they’re so delicious and you don’t feel bad because they’re healthy! Great post x

    she goes wear

    xxx

  • http://cardigansandnails.blogspot.co.uk/ jenny (cardigans and nails)

    Great post x

  • Emily

    Those pancakes look and sound so tasty! Lovely post to read xx

  • Anya Cross

    I wish I was as healthy as you! I’d say my ratio was 20:80 healthy hahaha x

    http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

  • Claudia

    All this looks amazing, so yummy!

  • http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/ Rinica Warner

    Oh wow all of this looks so good those pancakes look delish…

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Hanna / www.hurbrasomhelst.se

    I’m so glad you like my hummus! :)

  • KatHorrocksMUA

    Been curious about the Honestly Healthy book for a while. Tummy is rumbling at the thought of those two recipes from it! Need to drop it in my Amazon basket..

  • Joysteib

    So very interesting the foods/ dishes you guys prepare!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Gita Bončina

    What a great post. I really like your food schedule, I think I should go more healthy too :) . And I still have to make the homemade Hummus! :)

    xx

    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

  • Amna Siddiqui

    Love the clean and lean book! I have just started eating clean and lost 11 pounds :)
    Check put my fb page on it of you like:

    https://www.facebook.com/EatingCleanWithMe

    X

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love this post, it’s encouraged me to be a bit healthier (and made me feel a bit guilty :S) Please do more like this! xx

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • http://ivysmaquillagecove.com/ Ivy Vijay

    well i m glad she keeps on reminding me not to splurge..we shld talk health n fitness more often!

    ivysmaquillagecove.com

  • Kate

    Great post! You should do these more often :-)

    http://www.petitegirlbigworld.blogspot.com

  • Victoria Reilly

    I absolutely adore nakd bars, I’ve been forcing my mum into buying them for years now. I’ve never even so much as found a cocoa mint one but the cashew cookie bars are my all time favourites and I’ve even gotten the boyfriend into liking them. The raisins are pretty damn good too.

    Vickie xo
    vickieblogs.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://poppywithlove.blogspot.com/ Poppy

    I tried a banana bread Nakd bar once and it was absolutely vile! Maybe the chocolate ones are nicer haha. You should give 9bars a go, they’re packed with seeds mainly and some nuts and a bit of carob on top (they have all different varieties though) and my chocoholic mother is a complete convert and ordered 4 big retail boxes yesterday. And they’re gluten and dairy free too.

    The other recipes sound great too, especially the hummus!

    poppywithlove.blogspot.com

  • http://www.kmakesithappen.com/ Kassandra Fairhall

    hahahaha I love your post, your so whitty and fun. I try the whole ” clean eating” thing but I rock in the same boat with the whole 80:20 eating. Any other great recipes books for clean healthy meals?

  • Claudia Grace

    Loved, loved this post!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Pippin

    I make my own almond milk after reading the label on the shop bought there’s only 2% almond. It’s easy to make if you have a good blender & a living nut bag if you prefer to strain it. Remember to soak the almonds for at least 8hrs
    Grain free pancakes using Almond paste and an egg. There’s a really good store online who sell the paste although it is possible to make your own with a robust blender. So quick and easy especially good for gluten free diets. Coconut oil to cook them, they keep in the fridge and taste good toasted on another day.

  • YoungMild&Free

    This looks so delicious! Love all of the beautiful bright colors. That’s when you know the food is fresh!

    xx
    youngmildandfree.wordpress.com

  • Amy

    I’d love to try some of the Nakd bars! They do look very yummy, and I’ve seen a few other bloggers talking about them too! :)

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • gleepface

    This all looks absolutely yummy! I got a bit inspired and went and cooked up a storm after reading this. I need to buy some chickpeas I think.
    http://www.gleepface.com

  • Sophie Hatfield
  • Emilie Garnes

    Oh Anna, I just love your blog and your personality (at least the bit of it that you’re so kind to share with us) You seem so down to earth, kind and just brilliant really! You always come with the best reviews, tips and tricks – straight to the point without all the fuzz :) Lots of love, Em xx
    http://someoneinthecorner.blogspot.com

  • Hanna / www.hurbrasomhelst.se

    Love that you like my hummus recipe! Looking SO god and what a beautiful blog you have!