Happy WIAW y’all! Can you believe that were are here again so soon- last week just flew by! I hope you have all been practicing your best dance moves because its time to parrrrtyyyyyyy!
I just can’t get enough of the things at the moment. This one was very simple containing, 1 head of romaine lettuce, spinach, 1 banana, hemp milk water, pea protein, xanthan gum and guar gum. I topped it with some pink apple and cinnamon granola, goji berries, cacao nibs and lucuma powder as I forgot to put it in the smoothie…ooops! It’s amazing that even the most simplest of green smoothies can still taste amazing-love them!
Lunch time crept up so fast yesterday. For me is usually a good sign that I’m having a productive day. It’s not like me to miss a meal so when I do it means that I’ve got my head down and totally absorbed in my work, which can never be a bad thing as I have a lot of it to get through!
A salad made using romaine lettuce, red pepper, carrots, cherry tomatoes ad smoked smoked mackerel. The mackerel was a real treat for me as since giving up meat completely and just sticking to fish I haven’t actually brought any fish at all and only seem to eat it when I eat out occasionally. I think it’s perhaps that I’m a little conscious these days about keeping my food costs down and in fairness I’m not desperately missing it. It felt quite luxurious to have some at home for a change though…sad but true.
The salad dressing was a play on my Creamy Avocado Dressing, but I switched it up a bit by adding tahini and basil and more water to make it a little bit thinner (makes it go further)…yum! I also ate some rice cakes topped with apricot kernel butter and a sliced apple, such a great flavour combination.
After last weeks disastrous Body Pump class I decided to make sure that I went snack crazy to keep those energy levels up:
It worked a treat and I felt strong throughout the entire class and enjoyed every minute of it. My class mates are getting bored of the latest release at the moment so my instructor is changing things up by mixing in some older routines that I have never done before, making it all new and fresh for me :). Hopefully the new release isn’t too far away for the rest of my class but I’m really having fun with the older stuff at the minute.
In attempt to tighten the purse strings I decided to make use of some of the grains and pulses in my cupboards and after class I made a awesome plate of steamed greens with a pilaf consisting of buckwheat, green lentils, carrots, tomatoes, courgettes and chopped dates. I made a simple dressing using canola oil, lemon juice and red wine vinegar. This tasted amazing especially after the addition of some falafel…perfect!
For dessert I had an attack of the munchies and ate a bowl of Alpro soya dark chocolate pudding with lots of Dorset Cereals strawberry and raspberry cereal and crunchy peanut butter.
Oh, and a few apples and more cereal too! 🙂
Since making my diet more simpler in reference to feeling overloaded and sugared out I’ve realised that I can go without so many things that I never thought I could before. As a result I’m going to start making a real effort in cutting back my food expenditure and have been taking notes from Laura and her budget challenge. Some ideas I have thought about so far to loosen those purse strings a little:
- make use of all the dried pulses, beans and grains that I have stored away in the depths of my cupboards;
- actually eat the food that I have made and stored away in my freezer;
- do a few shops a week for fruit and veggies to ensure it stays fresh and saves me throwing anything away;
- meal planning so I’m not buying unnecessary items whilst grocery shopping;
- make more homemade goods like homemade nut/seed milk, hummus, baked goods, dried fruits in my dehydrator;
- only buy health food if I really need it and will use it often and not just because it sounds interesting;
- eat my leftovers the next day-saves time and money at the same time!
Fingers crossed it works! I have a few more ideas up my sleeves but would love to hear all of yours.
What hints and tips do you have when you are trying to cut back your food budget?
What’s the best thing that you have eaten this WIAW?