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Healthy Living Challenge: Day 26 – 5 Ingredients, 50 Minutes, 500 Calorie Dinner!

Yeah, so this morning I had no desire to slave in the kitchen, like I did yesterday. You see, I cook my dinners in the morning when Emma is in playgroup because there is no time to do it in the evening, after we come back from work. And I also like cooking in peace :-). Yesterday I made my lean turkey stuffed peppers but it took me pretty much all morning so this morning I popped into Sainsbury’s, grabbed a couple of ingredients and had my dinner ready in less than an hour. I had defrosted some organic chicken breast from the previous night and prepared it simply by popping it in the oven with a bit of coconut oil, sea salt and curry powder. It only needs around 30 minutes to roast to perfection. We love Indian in this house but as you well know, Indian takeaways can be quite calorific so over the years I learned to make my own version of things. I had a great helper, one of my very …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 24 – Juicing Phase

Okay, so I felt I needed a change and I decided to start juicing this week. I don’t agree to excessive juicing or surviving only on veggie and fruit juice as this can actually put too much fruit sugar in your system at once. But a glass or two a day could only benefit me, especially on the days I am too busy or lazy to eat my fruit. Today I was reading this detox book and since I had most of the ingredients mentioned there I decided to put them in the blender. I used beetroot, two small pears, an apple and half a banana. I added ginger juice(kindly provided by a good friend), wheat grass powder, spirulina powder, half a teaspoon of my immuno-build green powder(it contains stevia and I find adding more than half a teaspoon sickening) and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Hey, pronto, the result was an energising, tangy and refreshing drink I drowned in the blink of an eye! Well, this is day 24 of my 40 day …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 23 – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We are not Catholic but I believe my child benefits from being immersed into the Irish traditions since she will most likely live her childhood here. So yesterday we attended a day of fun activities at the Belfast City Hall including, as you can see above, face-painting, tattoos, arts and crafts, snake petting and traditional storytelling. Emma loved it all, especially the storytelling time, the magic of the fairy stories, the flute playing and the good craic. This morning I decided to celebrate, healthy style, the occasion myself. I made myself a lovely smoothie with pear, avocado, pineapple, fresh basil leaves, coconut milk and spirullina powder, to make it nice and green. I served it into a Murphy’s stout mug :-). Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Healthy Living Challenge:Day 22 – Dieting Book Feast!

Okay, my friends, I haven’t been ignoring you or slacking off with my healthy living task. On the contrary, my scales have been a stable 68.4 kilos this week and I did a lot of research in order to provide you with some valuable dieting material, just in case you were inspired by my posts. The first read I want to bring to your attention is Anna Richardson’s Summer Body Blitz Diet. Wow, Anna is a girl after my own heart with her dieting book! She has only 5 rules to stick to: 1. NO WHEAT; 2. NO DAIRY; 3. NO SUGAR; 4. NO CARBS(after 6 p.m, that is!); 5. NO ALCHOHOL. Of all the dieting books I peeked at in the last few weeks, her philosophy is the closest to the way I have been trying to lose the weight(plus she mentions a summer body in the book title, the very thing I am aiming for :-). She also has a section made of simple-to-follow yet delicious recipes and a “Fast Food” section that …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 20 – Health on a plate

Today it was “leftover” day in our household. I had made my turkey burgers and quinoa salad from yesterday evening so all I had to do is make a fresh salad of organic lettuce and tomato and my dinner was ready. I am always experimenting with my food so last night I  added a thin slice of Gruyère cheese into the burgers and it melted when warmed up today. Delish! I had also more confidence in making the quinoa salad second time around and realised that a cup does us just fine and nothing goes to waste, which I hate seeing. Hubby enjoys my food more than ever, he had always been a healthy eater but he just loves trying new things and he got spoilt in the last three weeks. Well, this is day 20, there are exactly 20 more days left of this healthy living challenge and I am heading for the kitchen to make myself a fruit snack as I got hungry again after out very healthy dinner at 6. Talk tomorrow! …