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Weekly Wrap Up

Posted Sep 18 2012 6:07pm
Week two of my paleo challenge done and dusted, and I have to say it is becoming routine now. I like the way eating paleo makes me feel, I never feel overly full, or bloated, I just constantly feel satisfied, which is a nice feeling to have. I now have 'go-to' meals and snacks which is making it easier as I don't have to plan everything out. However, saying that, I did spend a lot of time yesterday preparing food for the week, so that I am not caught out midweek with no paleo friendly options!

Here's a look at what I have been eating this week


Gorgeous Saturday morning breakfast: avocado, asparagus and poached eggs. Topped with black pepper and oregano. Served with peppermint green tea.


Of course I also had eggs mid week, here's an egg white omelet with bacon.

I have also had some yummy dinners



steak fajita salad | pork chops and veg cooked in balsamic vinegar
lamb curry on cauliflower rice | chicken and veg cooked in coconut milk



Here's a new breakfast I am testing out, ground nuts and seeds, dates and raisins topped with almond milk and a banana. I am starting to perfect this!

Raspberry and banana soft serve topped with a chopped fig.



I've been busy making more date and nut balls. Due to lack of a blender they are very chunky, and were spiked with loads of orange zest.


I discovered my new favourite dates this weekend, these Crazy Jack variety which have nothing added and are organic.




I went shopping with my sister on Saturday, and tried on quite a few pretty dresses in H&M. Unfortunately I am on a tight budget this month, so all I bought was the hat! It was nice trying things on, but I forgot how exhausting trying on clothes is, after one shop there was no way I was going through all that again!



Chocolate and Raspberry Tea Bread

I did some baking on Sunday to stock up on breakfasts and snacks. I started off making a similar loaf to last week , but tried being a little creative! I added hazelnuts instead of the walnuts (but didn't put any on top so that it would be easier to slice), I used raspberries instead of blueberries, and I also added Cacao Nibs to make a Chocolate and Raspberries loaf! :)

I actually think the texture of the loaf last week was better, I might of overcooked this one so it is super dense, but is still makes a good snack! I might add some honey next time for a little added sweetness, as the raspberries are much more tart than blueberries. It is still yummy with some coconut butter or apple sauce on top.



I then wanted to experiment with coconut flour, so I made this Blueberry, Almond and Orange loaf.

This didn't make as much as the other recipe as it didn't rise, but you could always double the amount of batter. This was a sweeter loaf, and I think I preferred it. I added quite a few blueberries which makes the loaf sweeter, but i can also make it a bit soggy, so its up to you whether you want sogginess or sweetness Next weekend I think I'll experiment making a loaf using both flours.

Blueberry, Almond and Orange Tea Loaf

30g coconut flour
28g coconut oil, melted
20g honey, melted
3 free range eggs
50g apple sauce
¼ teaspoon baking powder
120g frozen blueberries (fresh would work too)
zest of one orange
10g flaked almonds

Method

Blend together eggs, coconut oil, honey, apple sauce and orange zest. In a separate bowl combine coconut flour with baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter until there are no lumps. Fold blueberries into batter. Pour the batter into a greased loaf tin. Sprinkle the flaked almonds on top. Bake at 200 C for 30 minutes, and then insert a skewer in every ten minutes after that. Mine took about 40-50 minutes while baking lots of other things at the same time!


And last but not least here's the epic dinner I had Saturday night. Iestyn and I really wanted to go out for dinner as a little rest from all the cooking we have been doing recently, but we wanted to stick to paleo as much as we could. We did got to a Portuguese restaurant in Bangor which did tapas and steaks which we thought would be perfect, but got told they were too busy, despite only have one group in (don't ask...), so instead we settled for Weatherspoons. We both got the mixed grill, but asked for eggs instead of chips, which worked out pretty well! Although its not till afterwards I remembered that peas are not strictly Paleo, but I'm not going to worry about some peas. I estimate it was probably about 800-1000 calories, but as I'd had a pretty low cal day, and it was the freaking weekend, I'm not too bothered!

And on that bombshell, I'll share this weeks weigh in with you: I lost 0.6 of a pound. Not as epic as last week, and I was hoping for 1.2 off, just so that I could hit even numbers, while also reaching 60 lbs lost. Next week that half a pound will be mine! I have another 3.6 pounds to lose in the next two and a half weeks until my birthday, I need to buckle down and do it!

As a side note, my blogger seems to be playing up, adding pictures is an absolute ball ache at the moment, this post took much longer than it ever needed to write! For some reason after I've imported pictures, if I then move into HTML mode, and then back again, my pictures are then broken links, although I know they still work as I can see them in preview. Anyone else experiencing something like this? I'm hoping it will figure itself out asap as I need to write my Get Fit Feel Epic and a WIAW post!

I hope you are all having a great week!

P.S. To all of you who enjoyed my 9bar review , go check out the comments to find out how you can claim your own peanut 9bar! 


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