This may seem a little out-of-place at the moment, but except for the past few days there have been some really good eats this week. I made some really yummy dinners, but also some less good things too I guess.
Every Monday I go to Costa with the mama before grocery shopping for my afternoon snack. Generally, I always have the honey yogurt granola pot thing as it feels pretty healthy and tastes really nice and has nutritional info on the packet. This week though, I had the banana & pecan breakfast loaf! That was really kind of exciting for me (really lame I know). It was fantastic though, and still felt pretty healthy so I didn’t get too much guilt. I think I enjoyed it quite a bit, and from now on I think I’m going to try to have a different thing each time I go so I can see which of their treaty bits is the best one. It’s weird though because I don’t really have tastes when it comes to food. Everything I like is dictated by nutritional information. So we’ll see – maybe I’ll find out I really love chocolate muffins, or maybe I’ll really like granola bars the most. Who know’s? It’s kind of weird not having tastes.
Secondly, I had a really successful meat dish this week (though it was still really safe) – moroccanish-harissa turkey steak-pomegranate couscous-salady thing. It was really really tasty though. I coated the turkey in 1/2tsp harissa paste and 1/4tsp olive oil (this is a massive deal) and I griddled it so it was all smokey. Totally great though. And the couscous with the pomegranate! Oh my gosh. This was my favorite meal this week I think. Really really good. And a successful meat! That I really enjoyed! Even though it was only turkey, I felt quite proud at the time. Recommended to all (except you veggies though I think it’s work well with tofu if you bake it first so it’s not too wet).
Next really good eating I have been having is veggie versions of meals. The famo really don’t like vegetarian meals – they are really keen on meat at every single part of the day. This week I’ve been making veggie alternatives of things they like, and that was really fun. Lentil Bolognese was really fun and ended up tasty as anything, but a little like childs food. I really enjoyed it though – it tasted a little bit like tinned soup, but nice tinned soup. The Dad almost ruined it though by putting moldy parmesan on mine, I had to scrape it all off, losing a lot of the dish. I also had three bean chilli which is my ultimate fave chilli seriously. And I know it’s not exactly the same style as this but I made super beans on toast. It was haricot bean mash, all garlicy and herby on garlic toast with grilled mediterranean vegetables. That was really yummy I thought, though the famo weren’t so sure. But lots of good eating on the veggie front.
Also, I had sweet potato! I literally haven’t had sweet potato in so long as all potato-y goods kind of scare me (tend to have lots of added fats, plus normal potatoes are really high G.I.). I made baked sweet potato wedges and squash and sweet potato mash. Sweet potato is soooo good. Why haven’t I been eating this? I’ve missed sweet potato.
Generally at the end of a day I’m still well below my calorie targets so I tend to have these mini-feasts (though not right now ):). These are literally so good and although not new this week are one of my favourite things to eat at the moment. Generally its super granola. I get to have loads of honey nut granola with full fat natural yogurt or semi skimmed milk, a ton of honey, so much dried fruit (especially figs – they are my favourite) and fresh fruit and a whole load of nuts and it ends up sooo tasty, and totally healthy whilst entirely calorie dense (always craving dried fruit and nuts – sugars and fats). It’s my favourite thing to eat right now as I feel like it’s just such an indulgence. Sometimes they reach up to like 1,000kcals (I’m terrible at eating enough during the day). Completely aces.
Last really good eats this week were from the Sainsbury’s shop. I had the Notoriously Nutty Hazelnut yogurt which was less good than I’d hoped but still really yummy. It had lots of nutty chunks and was really thick and tasty. Plus I sliced up a peach to use as a spoon and that was literally the best thing. This is a really nice product and everyone should try it. I also got a Nakd Cashew Cookie bar. I’ve never had a Nakd bar before which is a surprise as they are a total health nut food (completely raw, gluten-free, low-fat etc.) All it has in it is cashew and date all smushed up into a bar. I really enjoyed that especially and I will try the other flavours too!
On the bad side of things though, I also have quite a few things. The worst thing this week is Belvita fruit and fibre breakfast biscuits. I brought them as I thought they’d be a nice change to cereal bars but I was entirely wrong. They are dry and taste so fake and horrible. I really hate them so much, but now I have a whole box to get through. And I really don’t want too but I hate food waste. They are an awful idea though.
Next is activia pouring yogurt. It is way too thin and way too low-calorie and just not very nice. It’s kind of ok mixed into porridge, but not really with anything else. Proper full fat natural yogurt is much better. Again, it just feels like another gimmick – plus now I’m using it to get away with having fewer calories which is completely awful. I don’t think I’ll get this again, it’s too easy to manipulate and not even nice. Bad bad buy.
Also, oat-so-simple sachets. Right now I’m having two a day because they are pre-portioned and really low-calorie and I can add less milk to them than cereal. They are doing me badly. They feel so safe and comfortable, but they are boring. I only eat the plain ones, though occasionally I let myself have a cinnamon one (the two lowest calorie varieties). Again, calorie manipulation and totally boring. The sachets are just too small for what I need and if made with barely any milk and not loaded with nut butters and dried fruit and nuts, they are utterly rubbish. There is literally no reason to eat these – real oats with different flavourings added every time is much better. Just need to get there.
Finally, this isn’t really an eat thing, more of a not eat but really bad. The date and oat smoothie I brought I didn’t even try. I freaked out and threw it in the bin. Now I regret it as I felt so guilty and like I missed out on something I’ll probably really love. That makes me sad.
Really though, I’m struggling a bit. I’ve got so good at low-calorie cooking I find it hard to think of dinner and dessert meals that reach my target of 700kcals. If any ones has any ideas for this let me know. I’ll give them a go and maybe even report back.
So that’s where I’m at with my eats at the moment. Really soon I hope I can have honey and peanut butter crumpets. We’ll see.