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Day 84 & 85: Skinny Soups

Just thought I’d let you know about the wonderful range of Skinny Soups from Glorious. Wonderful flavours and all less than 2% fat. Great now the cooler weather is coming. I’m sure they would be easy to make at home but its lovely having them made for you!

glorious skinny soups


Food Diary Day 84:

Breakfast: menopause muesli

Lunch: Glorious Skinny Soup

Dinner: Cucumber sticks & hummus, pear

Snacks and Drinks: herbal tea

A bit of a starvation day today although various things happened, on a personal level, that meant I barely gave food a second thought! My tummy was growling by bedtime though!

Food Diary Day 85:

Breakfast: Menopause muesli

Lunch: Smoked mackerel, cottage cheese, spinach leaves, beetroot, avocado and tomato

Dinner: poached salmon and stir fried mixed vegetables

Drinks & Snacks: herbal tea, 4 squares dark choc, olives and slice of cheese

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Day 47: Sticky Chilli and Balsamic Glaze

Another wonderful ingredient that is perfect for marinating and cooking chicken, pork, fish, tofu and anything else you might fancy with it. Made by Jamie Oliver, this wonderful Sticky Chilli and Balsamic Glaze can be added to meat before during or after cooking according to your taste and drizzled over salads to give them an interesting sweet and mild kick.

jamie oliver sticky chilli balsamic glaze

I used it for tonight’s dinner to coat the chicken just at the end of cooking.

Food Diary Day 47:

Breakfast: menopause smoothie – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Felafel Salad… felafels, hummus, ready made 3 bean salad, grilled peppers, cucumber, hazlenuts & beetroot

felafel salad

Dinner: Piri Piri chicken strips with sticky chilli and balsamic glaze, steamed cabbage with nutmeg and paprika, broccoli with soy sauce and sesame seeds

Remember to have at least half your plate full of vegetables!

piri piri chicken strips

Snacks and Drinks: herbal tea, 6 squares dark chocolate, blueberries

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Day 42: Infused Olive Oils

Day 42 and approaching half way of my 100 day diet… although I hope I will continue the principles I have learnt on this journey and not go back to my days of overloading on sugary snacks and missing proper meals as, not only will the weight surely pile back on, but I felt so tired back then with the rubbish fuel I was giving my body.

My husband gave me this gift pack of olive oils infused with different flavours for christmas…

infused olive oils

…they were a wonderful present but they are especially coming into their own on this diet with all the salads as the basis for the quickest simplest dressing, either on their own drizzled over salads or grilled lean meat or followed by a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Some of you may be wondering how I am managing to lose weight whilst many of my meals have included foods that are perceived as high in fat… not only am I drizzling olive oil onto my salads but hummus, avocado, sardines, nuts, seeds & olives are frequent additions to my plate. Nor am I counting calories. Many of us were bought up on the theory that low fat diets were the key to losing weight however I am a convert to the “No Sugar – Low Carbs – High Protein – High Fibre”  theory which is certainly working for me! See my Diet Rules Page and my post on day 33 about Low Fat vs Low Carbs for more info on this.

Note though – the fats I am eating are all ‘good’ mono or polyunsaturated fats not the saturated fats found in processed food, dairy, meat and baked goods!

Food Diary Day 42

Breakfast: Menopause Smoothie – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Sardines, hummus, chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, pepperdew peppers, green salad

sardine salad

Dinner: Prawn, orange, spouted peas and beans, grated cabbage salad, a handful of nuts, a plum

Snacks & Drinks: Herbal tea, 2 squares dark chocolate

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Day 41: Sardines Superfood

I hadn’t really planned supper tonight (yes I know, likely reason to abandon diet) but I opened the cupboard and a tin of Portuguese Sardines caught my attention. I had half the tin with a green salad, tomatoes, cucumber, cold steamed broccoli leftovers and beetroot – quick, easy, delicious, healthy and ticks all my diet rules.

portuguese sardines

Sardines are a definite addition to my superfood list… here’s why – apart from being a versatile, healthy store cupboard ingredient

Heart Health – rich source of Omega 3, EPA and DHA

Bone Health – good source of vitamin D, phosphorus and Vitamin B12, calcuim and selenium

Energy and muscle building – good source of protein

Buy ones packed in olive oil or simply grilled. Try to avoid ones in brine due to high sodium levels

Food Diary Day 41

Breakfast: menopause muesli -see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Peppered mackerel, green salad, ready made quinoa salad, beetroot, cucumber, green salad – same as yesterday – you don’t need to reinvent the wheel!

Dinner: Sardines, green salad, tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot and cold steamed broccoli leftovers & avocado, drizzled with lemon infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar

sardine salad

Snacks & Drinks: herbal tea, 4 squares dark chocolate

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