I’m back!

Hi!

I’m back after a couple of weeks being MIA – namely being ill, tired and eating crap. I’ve gained 3.5lbs and lost out on about 50 hours worth of sleep due to various reasons. Last night was my first solid sleep in over 3 weeks… let’s hope it continues.

Yesterday I managed to stay below my target calorie intake of 1460. This is just to hopefully lose 1lb per week, and today I’ve done good as well.

I’ve started experimenting with breakfast as I’m not huge fan of it, unless I can eat it late in the morning, or on days when I’m in the office I’ll eat when I get to work around 8am (after being up and active for 2.5 hours already), so I’m trying to have a really filling breakfast that can almost double up as lunch and then replace lunch with a couple of snacks or just a light salad or something. I find if I eat breakfast early that I snack mid morning and I want to eliminate that.

This morning I made porridge, but using Almond Milk instead of regular milk. Can’t say it was amazing, but I think I needed to cook it for longer!! I ate it around about 10:30am and didn’t get peckish again until about 1:30pm and then I just had a small portion of dried mango and a cup of Matcha tea.

So for my porridge I used 45g of porridge oats, approx 150/200ml of unsweetened almond milk, one tablespoon of maple syrup, half a banana smashed up and mixed in with the oats and milk etc. to make it more creamy, threw in a handful of frozen strawberries, blackberries and blueberries and some chia seeds and cooked on low to medium heat on the hob for about 10/15 minutes. It was definitely filling and it tasted quite nice, the texture was a bit off though but that might just be because of using different milk. I think I’ll play around with different versions of this as it could probably be really tasty!

I tried some overnight oats yesterday as well, a peanut butter recipe, but it was a bit too sweet for me. Another thing to experiment with!

I mentioned Matcha tea earlier too, so thought I’d share the brand I’ve been drinking – it’s Pukka Supreme Matcha Green. I hate green tea so was pleasantly surprised that this tastes nothing like regular green tea and is actually nice to drink. I’ve been drinking more of this to avoid drinking regular tea with milk everyday. I’m not stopping drinking regular tea, I just want to make small changes to reduce my calorie intake and since I can’t stand black tea and any other type of “milk” in tea is just wrong, this seems like a good compromise.

Dinner was a random concoction of pasta, sausages, bacon, sweet corn, tomatoes and chilli. Super tasty!! Forgot to take a photo of it though!

Until tomorrow!

Ax

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Tea & Shortbread

Hi!

I have a weakness for biscuits and cakes… if I could eat them all day, everyday and stay healthy, I would… 

Today’s weakness has been Tea and shortbread. There’s nothing like a good buttery shortbread that melts in the mouth and leaves you feeling all cosy on a cold winter day. Or so I thought… then I discovered Salted Caramel Shortbread and well, that is just the next level of enjoyment!

I’m not one for soggy biscuits, but dipping salted caramel shortbread in tea so that the caramel softens to a slightly gooey texture is amazing!

Salted caramel goodness

And yes, I think quite highly of myself – Queen… my fiancĂ© does have a “King” mug as well, they were a gift from his mum… one of my faves from last Christmas. I use mine all the time!! 

So do you dunk your biscuit or not??

Annie