Hi everyone, happy Friday! Hope your all ready to enjoy the weekend. Loved reading your comments to my Green Smoothie post, if anyone would like to join in with the 7 days, 7 smoothies challenge please feel free!
I’ve had a great couple of days off which have been spent doing my favourite pass times: shopping, cooking, eating, reading and exercising!
I started Thursday morning with a home workout. I decided that I wanted to get my workout completed early and as my gym doesn’t open until 9am on a Thursday I checked out my DVD collection and went with Davina Fit: Top Fit and MTV Yoga which gave me a total 1hr 15 min workout. I was starving after this but luckily I had prepared breakfast in advance:
My Vanilla Chia Wheat Germ Breakfast Pudding with two chopped white nectarines, yum!
I spent the morning getting all the grocery shopping done which included a trip to the farm shop, green grocer, Tesco and Sainbury’s – yep, there’s some stuff that Tesco do cheaper than sainsbos and some stuff I just prefer from sainsbos so I did both!
Lunch was some raw wraps made with spring green leaves, sunflower seed butter, carrot, pink lady apple and basil. I also had 4 clearspring sesame tamari rice cakes on the side:
I love these wraps they are amazingly tasty and filling!
Mid afternoon I fancied a big green juice so I juiced up 1 pear, 3 romaine leaves, celery, cucumber, broccoli, spinach and lemon, it was delicious!
Dinner was an awesome Buddha bowl. I combined roast kabocha squash, edamame, quinoa and chopped parsley with a lemon juice, braggs seasoning and cool oil dressing and served it up on top of some steamed broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli with shoyu. I also added some viva pure spicy pumpkin seeds:
This was so so good, I adore kabocha, nothing else comes close to the sweetness and texture of it, delicious!
Dessert was two raw vegan brownie bites topped with coconut flour ‘icing’:
Delish! I also had two unpictured fiji apples.
This morning I was up and off to the gym. I did 1 hour of intervals on the cross trainer, step machine, bike and rowing machine. Oh, and that’s 1 hour total, not one hour on each! I think the way I write that can be misleading sometimes, I do 15 minutes on each machine for a total 1 hour workout. I finished off with my abs and core exercises.
Breakfast was the first green smoothie of my Green Smoothie Challenge:
Apple Pie Green Smoothie (makes one large serving):
- 5 large kale stems (with thick stems removed) – or greens of choice
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 pink lady apple, chopped
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used sun warrior)
- 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
- 1/2 cup of rice milk
- 1 tsp of maca (optional)
- 1 tsp of spirulina (optional)
- 1 tsp of ground flax (optional)
- water to desired thickness
- 1/2 – 1 tsp of xanthan gum (optional but adds thickness)
- 1 tbsp of almond butter
- 1 tbsp of granola (I used viva pure raw apple granola)
Add ingredients to blender in order listed above, blend. Top with the almond butter and granola and a dusting of cinnamon, devour!
This really did taste like apple pie, so lush! I loved the drippy almond butter on top.
James had the day off too so we headed to Newcastle – I got the most gorgeous ultra skinny jeans and coat from H&M, pics to come over the weekend! I also got stocked up on my favourite yogi teas and soya beans from the health food shop. We were going to have lunch in town but ran out of parking time so when I got home I threw together a tasty salad containing lots of mixed green leaves (spinach, romaine, lambs lettuce and parsley) carrot, red pepper, cucumber, sugar snaps, spring onion and spicy roasted chickpeas and a peanut lime dressing (1 tbsp of peanut flour, lime juice, water and shoyu):
I also had an orange. Later in the afternoon I had another green juice. Dinner was leftovers of last nights Buddha bowl with spring greens instead of broccoli.
Last week I said that I had came up with a recipe using the leftover pulp from making my sesame milk – and here it is!
Raw Chocolate Sesame Tart (makes 4)
- 1 cup of leftover sesame pulp (from making milk)
- 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of agave syrup
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
Combine all ingredients and divide mixture between 4 tart cases with removal bottoms. Store in the freezer until needed then remove from tart case 10 minutes before eating, enjoy!
I served mine with some fresh strawberries and figs, it tasted fab!
I really enjoyed my big grocery shop. I was due one as the last time I really properly stocked my cupboards was October. I like to do a huge shop to stock up then I just work my way through everything. As well as the store cupboard type stuff I also got a fantastic haul of fresh produce from the farm shop and green grocers:
Yep, this filled my kitchen!
I’m looking forward to some delicious meals using this stuff for the coming week. I was also pretty good and stuck to my list apart from buying two new items:
Both spotted on Jessica’s blog. I had a taste of the carob flakes and oh my word they are so good! Have you tried hemp milk or carob flakes before? What did you think?
Do you do a monster grocery shop every so often or do you just get things in each week? I love having fully stocked cupboards then just picking up a few fresh items when needed.
Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m out for one of my best friends birthday’s on Saturday night along with the usual family visits and my long run. I’m not looking forward to the clocks going forward, it always messes with by bio clock!
Hope you have all had a great week and enjoy your weekend!