Monthly Archives: February 2010

Soup and cereals

I ended up having an early night last night as I felt exhausted by 10pm. I woke up at 7.15 so that was a nice 9 hour sleep!

After reading in bed for a while, I headed down to make some breakfast. Today I really fancied cold cereal. A look in the cupboard showed that I had 3 almost finished boxes of cereal, so I mixed them up this morning for a cereal surprise!

In the mix was Special K, Cheerios, All Bran and Quaker Oat Crisp, topped with skimmed milk.

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Along with a large glass of water! Loved the variety in this bowl – mixing up cereals is one of my favourite things!

After breakfast I needed to go to the supermarket to stock up. While there I saw this soup on offer and decided it would be perfect for our lunch.

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Love the ingredient lists on New Covent Garden Co soups. No nasties in sight!

 

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Check out this wholegrain part bake baguette. After 12 minutes in the oven it was bread heaven!

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And on the plate!

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Loved this soup – the flavour was amazing and I loved the kick of chilli. The bread was yummy, perfect for dipping!

Now sitting at my laptop to blog, while I eat this yummy dessert!

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This is 2 tinned peach halves, a spoonful of greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chocolate granola!

Great snack – I think this will be making a reappearance soon!

Off to my in-laws for a Roast dinner tonight – chicken – my favourite. Then its back to work tomorrow. This weekend has gone so quickly!

Before I go, why not check out my interview over at Sweet and Sweats

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Bloggers Question Time – Sweet and Sweat

Welcome to another Bloggers Question time post. My target this time is Melinh from Sweet and Sweat

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Melinh has only been blogging for a few weeks so why not visit her over at Sweets and Sweats and give her some support?

1) How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

I started February of 2010, so this month! Honestly, I’ve been hooked on reading food blogs for a year now. I started reading Eat Like Me on self.com and wanted to read more. So then I found eatliverun and then it was an avalanche of amazing food blogs that I began to read. I always wanted to start one to document not only what I eat but the food I come up with (I have found many different ways to cook bananas and whole wheat flour) and my everyday life. I want to look back and know what I was thinking/eating my college years. 🙂

2) How would you describe your blog?

It’s probably the munchies and musings of a coming to age girl. That’s as intellectually sound as I can get to describing it! But, since I’ve only had a few posts, I’ll say that it’s new, refreshing, and changing.

3) What is your food philosophy?

Probably this: Eat your vegetables AND your cake. I don’t like limits or restrictions, that could be because I am young and ‘rebellious’ but I love dessert and sweets and fries and all things bad. But I definitely think balance is key to healthy eating.

4) What is the one food you could not live without?

This is a hard question. Probably potatoes. Potatoes are so versatile and I love every single dish with one.

5) Have you ever had a weight issue and if so how did you overcome it?

Yes I did. The Freshman 15. Ugh. I actually gained 10 pounds and for a person who is only 5’2” it definitely showed. I didn’t care much for the weight gain but other people would remark on it and I definitely became insecure. So, I started to revise my eating. I used to eat three bowls of Reeces Pieces for breakfast but then I switched to oatmeal. Little changes but now I make sure I get a serving of a fruit/vegetable for lunch and dinner.

6) What meal would best sum up your approach to eating?

Brown rice with eggplants, tofu, seitan and garlic naan with strawberries for dessert.

7) What is your fitness regime?

I do four days of cardio and 1 day of yoga. The four days consist of one bike ride and three runs consisting of 3ish miles each. I love how I feel from running. Also, Berkeley’s campus is big so I walk around a lot.

8) What is the biggest physical challenge you have faced?

Asthma. I was so scared I would get an attack and die from suffocation! But I control it and I am careful and I try not to push myself.

9) What is your favourite blog to read?

I enjoy reading many but I love eatliverun! She’s young and lives in California like me!

10) What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Just Breathe. Once I took that to heart, it was easier to deal with the many struggles I’ve had. 🙂

Thanks for taking part Melinh!

If you want to be part of Bloggers Question Time please send me an email atseekinghealthybalance@gmail.com!

A Perfect Panini

Just checking in with a quick lunch idea today. We headed into town for a bit of retail therapy this morning and the weather was really cold and wet. By the time we got home we were in need of something to warm us up.

I combined some of my favourite flavours and came up with a Chicken, Pesto and Mozzarella Panini.

I spread half of a Panini roll with pesto and layered with sliced chicken breast and grated mozzarella.

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After a few minutes in the Panini press we had toasty, cheesy perfection!

I served my panini with carrot sticks and hummus,  cherry tomatoes and a couple of the husbands crisps.

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Loved this combination, the pesto soaked into the bread and tasted great. Love melted mozzarella in Panini’s, its so gooey and creamy!

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Watch out tomorrow for another Bloggers Question Time post (send me an email or leave me a comment if you would like to take part)

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Bloggers Question Time – Heather Eats Almond Butter

Today I have another Bloggers Question time, this time featuring Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter.

Read on to discover why Heather started blogging, her views on sugar and why she will always return your calls!

1) How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

I started blogging back in November 2008, so a little over 1 year. I began reading a few fitness blogs in the summer of ’08, and one of them linked to a food blog. I clicked on the link and found myself at katheats.com. I remember saying out loud to my husband, this is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. This girl posts everything she eats for the world to see. I soon myself checking back everyday to see what Kath would put in her oats or what she would make for lunch, and through her blog, I discovered other food and exercise blogs. Because I couldn’t really find a health blog written by someone who had lost an extreme amount of weight through diet and exercise, I decided to start on myself to share my own story and help others.

2) How would you describe your blog?

It’s all about the weird recipes I make in my Vita-Mix. Hehe, just kidding…well, sort of. :)  It’s just about me, living my life, what I eat, and how I move my body with a little humor from my husband thrown in the mix.

3) What is your food philosophy?

I really don’t like to put any labels on the way I eat, but I guess my food philosophy would be whole foods, lots of veggies, proteins, fat, and no sugar. Sugar is the one thing I don’t do. It’s the one food that has no place in our diet.

4) What is the one food you could not live without?

Nut butter. 🙂

5) Have you ever had a weight issue and if so how did you overcome it?

Yes, I was overweight from the time I was young up until my early 20’s when I lost 100+ pounds through diet and exercise, and I’ve kept all the weight off for 10 years.

6) What meal would best sum up your approach to eating?

A huge bowl of vegetables and shrimp stir-fried in coconut oil with a drizzle of tahini dressing. 

7) What is your fitness regime?

I do yoga 5 to 6 days a week as well as walk and hike. However, this month, I’m working with an online personal trainer and doing more strength training and HIIT type workouts. It’s fun to shake things up every once in a while. I like to keep my workouts exciting so that I’ll look forward to them. It’s no fun to dread exercise.

8 ) What is the biggest physical challenge you have faced?
I did a 50K (31 miles) trail race back in 2004. It was in the mountains of Chattanooga, TN, and I used to spend hours just running on local trains training for it. The training was great, but the race itself was awful. It poured rain all day, and I lost the trail at one point. I was out there for about 8 hours. I promised myself I would never sign up for another one again! 

9) What is your favourite blog to read?

Honestly, there are too  many great ones out there. I could never pick just one.

10) What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

From my Dad: Money does not grow on trees, life isn’t fair, and ALWAYS return your phone calls. 

Thanks for taking part Heather!

If you want to be part of Bloggers Question Time please send me an email atseekinghealthybalance@gmail.com!

An Overnight Success!

Well this weekend was one of the busiest I have had in a long time! I had a great time with my family and we did loads of cool things with the 5 year old including a farm, zoo, baking and loads of playing!

My eats weren’t too bad in the end and last night when I jumped on the scales I was thrilled to see I have lost another 2lbs! This brings me up to a total of 6lbs since Christmas. I plan to smash the first half stone this week.

I was delighted when I saw this as I had assumed that I would have put on based on my weekend of entertaining. But as hubby and I talked it through I realised that I had made good choices through the weekend. Sure there were treats, but there was also balance (and exercise – chasing after the 5 year old!)

For example, on Saturday night we had a buffet style cold meat and salad dinner. There was quite a spread to choose from but I started filling my plate at the salad end and just added a slice of turkey, slice of ham and a small piece of quiche to my plate at the end. This helped me to get the balance right between treats and the healthy salad. And for dessert, I dug into the sugar free jelly I had made for the 5 year old with some fruit and a taste of icecream!

After they left yesterday we spent the day washing bedding and towels, moving beds back and tidying up. It was a great day and gave us a chance to relax ready for work today.

Last night I decided to get organised and try out an idea that I have seen so many of my favourite bloggers rave about! I made overnight oats.

In the mix last night was a bit under ½ cup of oats, ½ cup of Total 0% Greek yogurt, ½ cup skimmed milk and a sliced banana. I mixed this well and added a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.

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This morning I added a splash of milk to thin it slightly and packed it up to eat at work. I really loved this and was able to eat it really slowly at my desk. I find that when I eat hot oats I eat them fast before they start to cool so this was a great alternative. While doing my Monday morning reporting at the same time, I made these last over half an hour!

Here are the stats on my recipe. This made a substantial, filling brekkie that kept my full until lunch.

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For my first attempt I kept the flavours simple but next time I am looking forward to mixing it up a bit (thinking coconut, blueberries, dried fruit…)

Let me know what you add to your overnight oats!

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Just Checking In!

Hey, just checking in with a quick post today. Last night we had family arriving for a few days so I will be taking a couple of days off blogging. Partly cos I want to make the most of the time with my family, and partly cos I haven’t ‘gone public’ in my private life about the blog! (I’m thinking that this is a good idea for a discussion post in the future!)

I should be back to a regular blogging schedule from Sunday!

Unfortunately it looks like this weekend is going to be a complete wash out – non stop rain. Going to have to think hard to come up with some ideas to keep a 5 year old busy all weekend in the rain!

I’m not sure how good my eats will be this weekend as I have a house full of fussy eaters (I think I am the only non fussy one in my family, except the 5 year old!). I’ll be sticking with old favourites that I know everyone will eat. In fact I headed to the supermarket last night and now have a fridge full of food – hope it all gets eaten or we are in for a week of leftovers!

Hope you have a good weekend!

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