I did one of these a while ago and you guys seemed to like it, I like to eat, everyone’s a winner – so why not crack it out again? I gave all my foodie spiel in the last post if you want the backstory, but if you want the abridged version then I’ll fill you in. Before when I lived sans parents at Uni I gorged on every type of junk food available in the aisles, but without three nights a week of sweat-inducing dance floor moves to balance it all out I’ve reigned that in somewhat. It’s all in moderation, you know? The 80:20 ratio of healthy eating/’chowing down on whatever the hell I fancy’ rule sometimes gets pushed but hey if I want to gobble down a Yorkie, it’s happening. I try and be a good girl and fill-up on fruit, veg, pulses, nuts, protein – all that good stuff, and most of the time it works (sometimes it doesn’t, evidenced by the Dominoes box that is peeking out at me from the recycling). So without further ado here’s what a day in my plate looked like…
BREAKFAST: I’m a cereal girl – always have been, always will be. And with my favourite healthy-ish cereal no longer to be found on the shelves of my local supermarket (Dorset Cereal’s Spelt Flakes – what kind of trickery is this?), I’ve had to move on. But I think I’ve found something better. Dove’s Farm Cereal Flakes, with a dollop of The Collective Dairy’s Sweet Jane Yoghurt (honestly the best yoghurt I’ve ever tried, everything else tastes like milky water compared to it), with a smattering of strawberries and cocoa nibs on the top (which taste pretty foul at first, but trust me – you get used to them). It’s like having your own little breakfast sundae every morning. It satisfies my sweet-tooth without being being too outrageous and keeps me going until lunch unless I’m having a particularly ravenous day.
LUNCH: This is my ‘throw whatever I’ve got in the fridge into the pan, cook and eat it’ meals. On this particular day the leftovers of spring onions got lobbed in with some with egg and a grating of cheese with a side salad of avocado and beetroot. I’m always surprised by how full-up I am after devouring my makeshift omelettes, man do they fill a hole? If it’s not an omelette then it’s usually a salad, again featuring the bits and bobs that are looking suspiciously near their best before with a slab of chicken or a tin of tuna. The great thing with that is I can always lug it around with me if I’m out and about. Just remember a fork. Ben there, done that.
DINNER: When time allows I love to have a good dinner making session in the kitchen and one of my favourite cookbooks to whip out is the Clean & Lean one by James Duigan. On this particular occasion I went for the Grilled Cajan Chicken with Salsa and Quinoa. Tasty, filling and not too time consuming to make. A side note to add: I bought a steamer the other day and I think it may have changed my life. It’s so easy to whip a few veggies in to accompany any meal and though it’s meant Mark and I have eaten some not-so-apt side dishes – Spaghetti Bolognese and Broccoli anyone? – it means we’re wasting so much less and eating more greens. Win, win.
SNACKS: Over recent months I’ve gathered quite the stash of snacking produce in my cupboards. I don’t tend to go crazy with them, but I usually find I need a mid-afternoon pick me up. There is just something comforting about knowing that there is always something that’s going to fill you up, quickly, because don’t even try talking to me when my belly is grumbling. Nakd Bars rock – the Rhubarb and Custard Flavour, why you so hard to find? – as do Bounce Bars and Clif Bars, can you tell I like bars? All are made without any nasties and don’t make too much of a mess when consumed out and about. Which can’t be said for my mini bags of Cashews, one of which when I opened the other day exploded all in my bag, over me and the floor and meant that I found them swimming around in the depths of my luggage for days. If I’m at home though you can’t beat a good ol’ grapefruit. I would be very grateful if someone can explain to me a way to eat them without creating a juicy, sticky mess reminiscent of that a two year old would make. Thank you.