WIAW: Butterflies

I know I have been saying this for months but the time to put my thesis to bed is very near.  I have been working flat out all week to get the final editing finished, which has meant long hours and late nights.  I’m going to send this draft to my supervisor at the end of the week then he will  suggest some revisions (or not hoperfully!).  Then my co-supervisor will have a look at it and cast his thoughts and may want to make some changes.  And after all that going backwards and forwards I can finally submit my thesis and get on with my life (thesis defence pending) !

Getting on with my life more than anything gives me butterflies in my stomach.  I have so much going on right now relocating, finishing my PhD, my job, future career plans and not to mention my wedding.  Practically the beginnings of a whole new life and I am more than excited for it all to begin…eeeek!

Peas and Crayons

Anyways lets get on to the food for this week’s WIAW, Monday’s in fact:

It was an early start as per usual on Monday and I did my usual upper body strength workout with 20 minutes of HITTs on the cross trainer and bike, such a great workout.

After getting ready and setting up my “desk” at the dining table I made a swampy looking green smoothie for breakfast.


It included kale, a banana, Fit Shake strawberry hemp protein powder, almond milk, acai berry juice, and Welches grape juice.  Despite the unappetizing colour because of the kale this was actually a really delicious smoothie.  I topped it with coconut and goji berries.

I worked right up to lunch non-stop but took a break to have something to eat…


Homemade hummus sprinkled with smoked paprika, raddishes, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, Thai sweet chilli baked tortilla chips and some crackers.  I was in a snacky kind of mood so this worked perfectly.

Later in the day I decided to make a dent in the Greek yoghurt haul that I have been sent to review.  I added a Total Greek yoghurt and raspberry and pomegranate split pot to some cherries with a nice mug of earl grey tea on the side.


For dinner I wanted something quick and easy so I could get back to my work.  I had a rummage in the freezer and found a Linda McCartney vegetarian burger.  A salad of little gem lettuce, peppers, avocado and sweet corn and a sweet potato topped with vegan butter made for a lovely meal.  Oooh…and the ketchup of course, can’t forget the ketchup, yum!


Later on I wanted something sweet so I cut a slice of my Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie Cake that I made at the weekend, recipe coming soon!


…with more cherries of course.  I think I have a problem where cherries are concerned at the moment!

Quite a tasty and balanced day of eats me thinks! What is the tastiest thing that you have eaten to day?

What last thought/event gave you butterflies?

All of the above for me. plus I was doing my makeup the morning and my mind drifted off (as it often does!) to my wedding day morning of me doing my own makeup.  I had butterflies of the excited variety!



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39 responses to “WIAW: Butterflies

  1. It must be so exciting having all that ahead of you! I get butterflies thinking of all my future plans too! That Linda McCartney burger looks so good, I have a craving for veggie burgers now!

  2. Charlie

    Hi Jemma. That chocolate and peanut butter brownie cake looks yummy. Have you posted the recipe on your blog? I can’t seem to find in in the recipes section.

  3. Ahhh you have so much to look forward to lady, you are almost there and wow, exciting stuff to say the least 🙂 I am psyched for that recipe to be posted too!

  4. does the brownie contain coconut shred?

  5. I want to bury my head in your lunch, YUM! Tastiest thing I’ve eaten today was fresh cherries bought in by one of my patients at work…some perks to doing the early shift..pick of the gifts!

  6. Chocolate + PB? Sounds like my kind of cake! Can’t wait for you to share the recipe!

  7. I had a yummy chickpea and avocado lunch, the last thing that gave me butterflies was my boy : )

  8. That cake sounds like my idea combo 🙂

  9. Jan

    Please make that very soon, that looks absolutely delicious.

  10. I love cherries! I think they are on offer in a store near me at the minute so I am going to massively stock up ha! Best thing I’ve eaten today was probably overnight oats, so good!

  11. Can’t wait for that recipe – the chocolate peanut butter looks delicious!!

  12. Looking forward to the recipe, that sounds lovely 🙂
    And once that thesis is in, you’re going to feel so good and you’ll deserve it after all that work! It’s a real life-changing year isn’t it – but all for the better!

  13. everything looks delicious! can’t wait for the recipe!

  14. Good luck with the thesis! Your food looks so tasty, definitely good motivation when you’re working on something. x

  15. Alexiasana

    mhm… your green smoothies look delicious! i now have one too almost every morning. so crazy about it when its hot outside! perfect to start the day!

  16. I have a theory that the uglier the smoothies, the better it is!

    Can’t wait for that cake recipe. Looks drool-worthy. 🙂

  17. Good luck with finishing up your thesis!! Everything sounds so exciting for you right now, I can’t wait to read all about it all 🙂

    Your snack lunch looks really delicious, I love food like that!

  18. Errign

    Cherries are my favorite fruit! Good luck with your thesis stuff – what will your phd be in?

    Hmmm, butterflies…oh, my date the other night for sure!

  19. caloricandcrazy

    that snack plate looks yummmm-ay! 🙂
    also love that cake!
    my fav eat from today was my craisin groats with a scoop of creamy pb…just makes it sooo much tastier! 😀

  20. md

    Hi Jemma,

    I am new to this site, I just started writing a healthy eating eating blog for a college course and I have been looking at some other sites for inspiration. your site has got to be one of favorites….I really want to try the Choc and peanut butter cake.

All of your comments make me smile :-)

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