2018: A Year In Food
In 2018, my gym coach assigned me to keep a food blog so he could track my meals. Through developing healthy eating habits to satisfy all of my nutritional needs and a rigorous exercise programme, I lost the 21 kg between January-August 2018 I'd gained on anti-depressants.
I wanted it to be somewhere more private rather than being shoved down people's throats (literally) through Instagram/WhatsApp. Hence I've posted my culinary creations here.
Being vegetarian and/or vegan always presents a challenge in terms of hitting the protein target so this was particularly the most interesting challenge for me.
I made a conscious decision to stop food blogging in 2019 (due to time restraints), but it's useful to have a year's diet documented as a reference and a source of inspiration!
Saturday night experimentation. In order of appearance: bare naked noodles (as seen on dragon's den), boiled broccoli and edamame drained, shredded tofu, 1 block of coconut 🌴 cream, half a cup of soy, dusting of chilli 🌶 and smashed cashew nuts 🥜.
Small cheese and onion quiche, cashew butter topped Tofoo canapé and a mix of green beans, broccoli, artichokes and peas in pods.
Today's Sainsbury's shopping trolley: quorn, tofu, green vegetables 🥒, porridges, soya, legumes, healthy yoghurt snacks...
Carbs & Yoghurt snacks
Proteins: quorn, tofu, egg whites
Spinach, kale, broccoli, sprouts, esparagus, artichokes, peas, green beans and edamame (soy) beans.
This week's lunch: superfood salad 🥗 green lentils, chickpeas, carrot 🥕 batons, sultanas and sunflower seeds in a tahini and lemon 🍋 dressing, served with spring onion pearl barley, romaine lettuce and 2 falafels. Topped with sunflower seeds and seasoned with turmeric.
Volcanoes 🌋 in Hawaii, chilli 🌶 in the pans. 2 tins red kidney beans, 1 bag quorn mince, 2 avocados 🥑, 1 onion and a jar of jalapeños in a spicy sauce made from passata, coconut 🌴 milk, chilli, cayenne and tomato 🍅 purée. 2 saucepans batch cooking to last me a week.
A leaner breakfast 🍳 wrap. Fry's vegetarian sausages, 1-egg omelette and spinach. No butter or mayo. Just need to find a healthier bread.
21 squat presses, 21 burpees, 21 sit-ups, 15 squat presses, 15 burpees, 15 sit-ups, 9 squat presses, 9 burpees, 9 sit-ups, 150m/30sec row, 10 press-ups, 5 slam-balls, 150m/30sec row, 10 press-ups, 5 slam-balls, 150m/30sec row, 10 press-ups, 5 slam-balls, 150m/30sec row, 10 press-ups, 5 slam-balls, 150m/30sec row, 10 press-ups, 5 slam-balls, 6 minutes HIIT sprints on bike, toilet, debrief, lucozade, park! Then run to Dulwich. Then more park. Circuits 9:15 tomorrow morning!
Rory spent the first few years of his life in an ice cave, carving out his palace of wonder. He's a bit of a love doll, but he who melts the ice shall have their reward.