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Food, Food and MORE Food!

Posted Dec 16 2010 4:13pm

It’s been a busy few days as I’m trying to get as much work done before the holidays, plus trying to get organised for the big day itself.  I posted my cards today, but still have my wrapping to do and a few more gifts to buy.  I’m not going to stress though.  I’m trying my hardest to stay cool, calm and collected!

My eats have been pretty simple and stress free the past few days too.  Just whatever I can whip up in an instant to keep me going through the day.

I’ve been dying to try Tamzin’s sweet mince meat porridge.  Since I had some mince meat going spare after baking mince pies on Sunday I thought I would give it a try!

I mixed together oats, soya milk, water, cinnamon, 1 tbsp of mince meat and chopped nuts to make a delicious and warming bowl of oats.  This was so good I think it’s definitely going to be a main feature of my breakfast’s over the holidays.  What I’m going to do in the New Year I have no idea.  Hey, that rhymes! :D

Mid-morning snackage:

For lunch that day I had a salad made with pearl barley, red peppers, spinach, sweet corn and smoked tofu. 

So simple yet very tasty!  I didn’t bother with a dressing because there was already lots of flavour with the sweet corn, smoked tofu and sweet peppers.

I decided to load up on some natural sugars in the afternoon as I had planned a 5 mile run after uni.   I settled for a banana a plum and a few dates.

I wasn’t very hungry after my run and all I really wanted was a green smoothie!

Loving the pink…would make a fab nail colour!

In a blender I added mixed berries, spinach, a pear, macca powder, cocoa and nut ground flax, soya milk and xanthan gum. 

I also had an apple and a very sweet clementine orange. 

Yesterday for breakfast I was on another smoothie vibe.  Although I didn’t want a green smoothie.  I fancied one of my favourite combos…banana and peanut butter!

I mixed a banana, peanut butter, xanthan gum, macca powder, ground flax and Kara Coconut Milk in the food processor.  I topped it with a little treacle and pecan granola.

By lunch time I was starving, but I kind of guessed that I would be so I left the house prepared.  I had a huge portion of pumpkin soup, 3 Ryvita crackers, a pear and 2 clementine oranges.

This pumpkin soup is really hearty and is only made out of the monster pumpkin from my organic box and vegetable stock.

For my afternoon snack I raided my stash of goodies and grabbed a 9 bar…nutty and 2 raw carrots.

When I got home I set straight out on a 3 mile run.  I was really tired but as soon as I got going I soon woke up and felt great afterwards and I also gave my abs a good workout too.  For dinner I had a portion of the Shepherd’s Pie that I made on Sunday with some veggies on the side…

And because I was feeling all Christmassy I had to have a mince pie and a Guilt Free Ginger Bread Cookie for dessert.

Oh, and an apple…a healthy balance!!! :)

Yesterday I received a delivery from Wonderful Pistachios, who have asked me to review their new flavour Salt and Pepper.

I love snacking on dried fruits and nuts so I wasn’t going to say no. I’ll let you know how I get on!

I had to have another dose of mince meat porridge this morning, this time topped with TOTAL 0% Greek yoghurt and mixed fruit and nuts…

For lunch I threw together a quick steamed veggie salad with pearl barley, mixed in some tomato sauce and feta cheese.

Throughout the day I snacked on some fruit and a boiled egg…

I also ended up having a small bowl of Rude Health Muesli topped with some trail mix and Kara Coconut Milk…

I’ve just had dinner and my taste buds are still trying to recover.  If you are a chilli lover then this dish is for you…

All that chilli heat came from this…

But I did add some extra heat with some dried chillis and a fresh green chilli…ouch!

Super Chilli Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 white onion
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 carrot
  • broccoli florets
  • spinach
  • 1 red pepper
  • chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp of Gulin Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp of soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp of black rice vinegar
  • 100ml of boiling water

First I fried the onion until it had softened in a little canola oil on a low heat.  I then added the chilli, garlic and ginger and cooked for a further 2 minutes.  The vegetables were then added to the wok and then the soya sauce, black rice vinegar, Gulin Chilli Sauce and spices.  Once the vegetables start to become tender I added the water to loosen the sauce a little and allowed it to simmer for a further 10 minutes.

This was really tasty, but so hot.  I think next time I will leave out the dried chilli flakes as my chilli threshold has reduced somewhat.

I’m not happy with the weather reports at the moment either.  Apparently more heavy snow is on it’s way, which may put a dampener on my outdoor runs.  I think I will be switching back to the work out DVDs again.  For toning I love using work out DVDs, they are a great alternative.  However, for cardio work DVDs just don’t give me that same after work out feeling.  I have done Tracy Anderson’s Dance Cardio quite a few times, but find that I don’t have enough space in my house to give the work out my all.  I’ve decided that I am going to re-join the gym in the new year and I can’t wait.  I have selected a few out in my area that I want to check out in the holidays and they all look pretty good!

Is your workout routine based purely on exercise DVDs or is it a mix of DVDs and the gym/running?  Which one do you find is more effective for you?


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