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!
A lean fry up. Mycoprotein 5-grain fillet, chilli 🌶 kale and avocado 🥑 topped with light cottage cheese and a drizzle of Tamari.
I was planning on having the Mac& cheese ready meal from yesterday evening, but that was high in calories and tonight I wanted something with egg in it. Today I did over 90 burpees, programme, fat burn class (4 rounds of 4 double Tabatas each), then a dance-aerobics class, then I broke my record 2x on the rowing machine, 320m in 60sec! I got weighed and found out I've lost 3kg in 15 days so really chuffed!
Lunch today: sweet potato, chilli and coconut quinoa, chick peas and carrots 🥕 topped with falafel 🥙 black olives and a teaspoon of harissa. 500 calories
A simple, energising meal ⚡quorn fishless fingers 🐟organic kurly kale fried up in chilli and all purpose seasoning, and 1 Heinz baked beanz snap pot. Took less than 10 mins to prepare!
Tonight I couldn't resist a bit of my guilty pleasure: Spinach and ricotta tortellini pasta 🍝 😋so I blended it with 1 bag of spinach, 1 bunch of spring onions, added 1 box of Quorn mince (protein!) and 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 🍅 boiled it all up together, tipped in 100ml coconut milk to thicken the sauce (you could use any milk), chucked in a load of basil 🌿 and Italian herb seasoning 🇮🇹salt and pepper and served it up with a relish of peppery baby leaf 🍃salad 🥗each 3rd = just 472 calories so just under the 500 mark for a light Wetherspoons 🙂
Next up: in the blue we have oyster and spring onion! Used an egg 🍳 white this time instead of rice to lower carbs and increase protein.
A colourful garden medley 🍛: organic new potatoes 🥔 and organic cherry 🍒 tomatoes, green beans, broccoli and fried tofoo topped with a dollop of leftover basil 🌿 pesto. Vibrant, entertaining and wholesome! ❤💛💚
Pink flamingo sunset 🌅🍊🍇
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.