Happy Monday, everyone!
I wish you all have a great start of the week.
To give you some inspiration for what to eat, and also to give you a kind of glimpse into my diet, I decided to do a weekly post of a selection of meals I have been eating during the week before.
I initially contemplated doing something like "What I Ate Wednesday" like many bloggers, but I figured that would be a little boring since I tend to have similar snacks and breakfasts, and let's be honest, a sandwich usually doesn't look pretty enough to be photographed (unless it is from some fancy bakery which mine are not).
As a disclaimer, I don't really eat out a lot because firstly, I try to live on a budget, and secondly, I enjoy home cooked food more at most times, because it is often fresher, more nutritious and I can determine the ingredients.
I would also like to point out, that I don't follow any diet hype or the 'clean eating movement'. I usually enjoy eating healthy and nutritious meals because it makes me feel better mentally and physically, but I would say about 80% of my diet is what is considered healthy, and for the rest 20% I enjoy eating things like cookies, chocolates and cake (I am not a huge fan of takeaway meals or fast food such as chips and pizza, but my weakness is my sweet tooth).
With all that being said, let's take a look at some of the things I ate!
This granola fruit parfait was my fancy Saturday breakfast! I used my favourite granola brand Dorset (which tastes amazing plus it's sugar-free), dairy-free coconut yogurt by Coyo and as a special treat raspberries as a topping. I buy raspberries very rarely because they are so expensive but I thought I would treat myself for once ;).
This foto isn't the best quality because I took it with my phone but I just had to show you this great lunch! It was Indian chicken curry with my favourite Indian bread, Paratha (admittedly it is frozen, but you would never be able to tell!). To make it a little more nutritious I added a chopped beetroot. I actually hate beetroots, but I force myself to eat them because they are so incredibly good for you.
This photo was taken Saturday afternoon, when I went to Waitrose cafe in Aylesbury with my boyfriend. I had a cappuccino (right), and he went for a Moccha (left). To be honest, they didn't taste as great as they looked. I envy people who live in Italy because everywhere you order a cappuccino it is simply amazing!
This is a spinach omelette with avocado, marmite and wholemeal bread that I whipped up for brunch Sunday last week. I just love the combination of eggs and marmite, although so many people hate the bitter taste. In the UK, it is very difficult to find good quality wholemeal bread, so I was thrilled to pick up this delicious 80% wholemeal rye bread from the Bakery Euphorium in Islington. It almost tastes like from Germany (although it is apparently Swedish).
I simply love Green Juices, because they provide so many nutrients, they are energising and provide an easy way to contribute to your 5 a day, oh and of course they are delicious ;).
This is how I usually make mine (but you can add what you like really):
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 or 2 apples
- 1 beetroot
- generous amount of spinach leaves
- 1 banana
- cucumber or celery
This delicious Green Tea Pasta with salmon is a staple of mine. Salmon is one of my favourite foods, and along with the green tea sauce (that I make with Matcha Powder and leek), it makes an interesting but irresistible combination. This was dinner from Wednesday night.
I snacked on this combination of dried apricots, dates, blueberries and nuts on Saturday night while watching TV. I am not a fan of conventional snacks such as crips or salty crackers, so I usually reach out for something like this.
I know this photo looks super messy but this is how Sunday brunches usually look like with my boyfriend and me. We started with an onion omelette with cherry tomatoes, wholemeal bread and avokado, and then had muesli with fruit (Crunchy Nut for my boyfriend and granola for me). I sipped on Green Tea, and he had orange juice.
My mouth is still watering from just looking at this photo! Because my boyfriend loves cheesecake, and I am obsessed with peanut butter, I decided to join these two foods into an indulgent dessert, called Peanut Butter Cheesecake. We ate this though out the week every now and then, because I made a small tray altogether. The base was made from crumbled digestives with melted butter, and for the topping I simply mixed cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and some more butter. It was actually the first cheesecake I tasted and genuily liked! Will definitely make this again, and it is really easy to make.
I just thought I would share a photo of my favourite mug with green tea I got as a gift for Christmas from my sister. I usually drink a cup of green tea every morning with my breakfast, or sometimes as night after dinner.
I hope you all had delicious meals. What did you have? I am always curious to know what other people are eating!