Monday, 12 January 2015

My Week of Eats - The Last of the Indulgence

Last week was my last week of holidays, and as I had decided, my last week of indulging.  Not that I'm against indulging, but I have been doing it a bit more frequently than I should.  I try to stick to one treat meal a week, and it's not too hard, because I genuinely like eating healthy food.  Anyway, here was my week of food.

As always, I have not shared with you every bite of food I ate this week - just the highlights.



  • Breakfast  Poached eggs on a muffin
  • Lunch  Salad of lettuce, avocado, spring onion, cucumber, pine nuts and a can of salmon
  • Dinner  Thai chicken curry and rice
I had to go into work for the day, and I knew that if I didn't take my lunch, I would be tempted to buy something.  So a salad it was!  And I really enjoyed it.  My husband made dinner, and it was really good!  A bit on the hot side, but we both like it hot :P


  • Breakfast  Rockmelon and yoghurt with currants and slivered almonds
  • Lunch  Three sushi rolls - chicken teriyaki, tuna and avocado
  • Dinner  Lamb kebabs (two) with homemade potato salad and roasted brussel sprouts
A day at home meant that I just ate what was around.  It was a pretty warm day, and I just felt like fresh rockmelon after my run.  Gareth and his Mum brought me back sushi for lunch, which was great!  And brussel sprouts as you know are my favourite, so I was just itching to roast them for dinner.  


  • Breakfast  Homemade bircher muesli of oats and quinoa, with currants, slivered almonds, linseed and chia seeds, mixed spice and no fat chobani.
  • Lunch  Poached eggs on homemade muffins with ham and spinach, and a large cappucino
  • Snack  Mint condition vegetable juice from Boost
  • Dinner  Salmon fillet with homemade potato salad, roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts
We had to head across town in the morning, so I made the bircher muesli to take with me.  It's such an easy, healthy meal on the go.  We went out to one of my favourite cafes at Chadstone, Jones the Grocer.  They had changed their menu since I was last there, but we all enjoyed our meals.  I love their homemade muffins.  And after a really warm day, baked salmon and asparagus seemed to fit tbe bill.


  • Breakfast  Homemade porridge of oats and quinoa, with currants, slivered almonds, chia seeds, linseed, mixed spice and milk
  • Lunch  Three sushi rolls - teriyaki chicken, avocado and tuna
  • Dinner  Homemade black bean burger on half a bun, with lettuce, beetroot, tomato, onion, cheese, avocado and mayonnaise, with homemade sweet potato fries
I had a bit of time in the morning ... and I still made porridge!  We also had leftover blackbean burgers from last week, so it was great to have a quick and easy dinner.  Roasting some sweet potato fries was as hard as it got.  Score!


  • Breakfast  Quick porridge of Quaker instant oats with honey, with chia seeds, linseed, currants and milk.
  • Lunch  Poached eggs on ciabatta bread with avocado smash, feta and roasted tomato. Large skinny cappuccino
  • Dinner  Corn on the cob, roasted broccoli and tomato, and garlic pepper chicken (grilled)
I had to be quick after my bootcamp, so I pimped a packet of Quaker instant oats to add a bit more oomph.  Lunch was out again, and I've realised I wasn't very creative in ordering eggs again.  But they hit the spot - especially with the avocado mash. Dinner was lazy and just a few things we had at home all thrown together.  It seemed to work!


  • Breakfast  Porridge of oats and quinoa with currants, slivered almonds, linseed, chia seeds, cinnamon, sliced peach and almond milk.
  • Lunch  Nando's classic wrap (chicken, tomato, lettuce and mayo), garden salad and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Snack  Frozen yoghurt - coconut, salted caramel pecan and pistachio with mini M&Ms, white choc chips and coconut
  • Dinner  Indian takeaway - saffron rice with palak paneer, chicken tika masala, vegetable samosa, half a garlic naan.
Porridge again after my long run, which filled he void until we got to Nandos.  I really enjoyed their lunch - their food feels quite simple and real.  The frozen yoghurt was a nice treat - which I thought I'd earned with my run in the morning!  But not sure if I also had enough brownie points to cover the Indian takeaway too.  But I wasn't saying no on the cold mierable night - perfect for Indian.


  • Breakfast  Baked beans on two slices of wholemeal toast
  • Lunch  Spicy tuna sushi, two prawn dumplings and a piece of garlic naan
  • Snack  Mango and bran muffin
  • Dinner  Homemade beef and pork lasagna, rocket salad with spring onions, tomato and pine nuts, and a piece of garlic bread.  Berry crumble with a dollop of double cream
Sunday was a nice day mostly at home, although we ducked out to get groceries and I picked up some sushi while I was out.  We had to get groceries because we had no milk for breakfast - hence the unusual baked beans on toast.  We had a really great lasagna (thank you!), and a Sunday night treat of dessert.


I liked all my meals, but there were definitely more snacks than I should have had.  Going back to work, if the snacks go, I will be well on track to my normal diet again.  I enjoyed having a bit of time to make a few things like the lasagna, but I also enjoyed making the most of leftovers like black bean burgers and potato salad.

I am going to try not to eat out much this week, which should also help me control what I eat and the portion size.  It might be a bit of a struggle to get back into it again, but it will be worth it.

Next week

I hope to have time to make a few dishes, although I've planned for mostly quick dinners again now I'm back at work.  Although this week I might have my normal tuna rice salad and porridge, I'm kind of looking forward to it.  I know I feel better when I eat the right amount of good healthy food.  My body will thank me!  I just have to remember that ... Once it gets over the sugar withdrawals :P

What was your favourite food treat of your week?

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