Monday, 2 February 2015

My Eats Last Week & Australia Day Pavlova

So I had a pretty good week of eats, but with a few unusual days and choices.  A long weekend will do that to you!

As always, I haven't listed every single thing I ate during the week - just the meals and highlights.





  • Breakfast: Smoothie of oats, linseed, chia seeds, protein powder, kale, frozen raspberries and blueberries, and milk. Short macchiato.
  • Lunch: Crunchy salmon sushi rolls x 2
  • Dinner: Leftover chow mein, salad of lettuce, tomato, avocado and onion, two chorizo sausages, chicken wing.
  • Snack: Slice of pavlova with whipped cream, lychees, blueberries and paw paw.
Monday was Australia Day, which means festive food!  After I hit the gym in the morning, I tried out Gareth's new Nutri Ninja to make a smoothie, and I must say, I was impressed!  I tried not to go crazy during the day, but I definitely enjoyed my slice of pav after dinner.



  • Breakfast: Porridge of oat, quinoa, oat bran, chia seeds, linseed, currants, mixed spice, nectarine and milk.  White coffee.
  • Lunch: Tuna rice salad with avocado, corn, beans, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes.
  • Dinner: Homemade beef mince tacos x 3, with tortilla, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, salsa and sour cream.  
Back at work, so back to normal breakky and lunch.  We decided on a Mexican fiesta for dinner, and loaded up my tacos with lots of fresh salad, but you can't forget the sour cream, cheese and avocado.  They were pretty small, and I think I ended up having three tacos.



  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oat, quinoa, oat bran, chia seeds, linseed, currants, mixed spice, nectarine and milk.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch:  1 x egg salad wrap, 1 x chicken and lettuce wrap.  1 x arancini ball, fruit.
  • Snack:  Fresh fruit, macaroon.
  • Dinner: Corn on the cob, grilled salmon with salad of lettuce, avocado, cucumber, onion and tomato.
Although I had my normal porridge for breakfast, I was offsite for the afternoon, where lunch was provided,  These wraps were actually pretty good - fresh ingredients, not too many condiments.  I wanted to try the arancini ball, so I did!  And topped it off with some fruit, and a macaroon for afternoon tea later in the day.  I really felt like a back to basics dinner, and corn, salad and salmon fit the bill perfectly.


  • Breakfast:  Porridge of oat, quinoa, oat bran, chia seeds, linseed, currants, mixed spice, nectarine and milk.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Lunch: Salad of lettuce, pine nuts, onion, tomato, avocado, corn, beans, cucumber and tuna.
  • Snack: Large skinny cappucino
  • Dinner: Mexican pizza roll, small mixed sushi plate (avocado, raw salmon, cooked tuna).
Thursday was a bit of a random day.  I started with my normal porridge, and I actually took in a salad I made at home for lunch.  I just topped it with a few ingredients I had in my work fridge.  Dinner was on the run as I took Gareth's mum to the airport, but it was filling enough - just not what I'd normally choose.



  • Breakfast:  Two slices of wholegrain toast with butter and vegemite.  Large skinny cappucino.
  • Snack: Smoothie of spinach, peaches, banana, almond milk, dates and nutmeg
  • Lunch: Tuna rice salad with avocado, corn, beans, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes. 
  • Dinner: Pulled pork burrito with black beans, rice, lettuce, onion, capciscum, salsa, cheese, sour cream and avocado.
Friday morning I just didn't feel like porridge, so I went to Kinfolk and had some toast and coffee.  It was great as usual!  But by mid morning I was feeling peckish, so I grabbed s smoothie from a local cafe.  It was GREAT!  I'll definitely go back for that one.  Back to my normal tuna rice salad for lunch, and then some more Mexican goodness for dinner - I picked up a pulled pork burrito, and it was good.  Really good.  And perfect for a Friday night.


  • Breakfast:  Slice of banana bread with a smoothie: oats, linseed, chia seeds, protein powder, strawberries, peanut butter, spinach and milk.  Short macchiato and Powerade Zero.
  • Lunch: Lamb burger with halloumi, grilled onions, beetroot and lettuce.  Few french fries.
  • Snack: Plate of watermelon.
  • Dinner: Three slices of pizza - salami, pineapple, onion, olives, tomato, capsicum.  Couple of pieces of cheesy garlic pizza.  Magum Ego Caramel for dessert.
Saturday was definitely a no rules kind of day when it came to eating.  I did a half marathon run in the morning, and it was my last day before my new February goals kicked in, so I didn't hold back.  All the good things - banana bread, burgers, pizza and ice cream.  Probably wouldn't have been such a bad thing if I had spread it over more than one day!  Oh well, I enjoyed it.



  • Breakfast:  Slice of banana bread with butter. Plate of watermelon.  Short macchiato.
  • Lunch: Crunchy teriyaki beef sushi rolls x 2
  • Snack: Air popped popcorn with coconut oil and salt.
  • Dinner:  Roasted vegetable frittata (asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato, onion), with salad of lettuce, tomato, avocado, spring onion and pine nuts.
Getting into my February goals means I was consciously trying to limit by sugar, eat more vegies, and stick to protein and greens in the evening.  I think I did a pretty good job!  I did eat the watermelon because it was good and I didn't want it to go to waste - even though it was technically a higher sugar fruit than I would normally eat.  The popcorn was a great snack for the afternoon, and dinner was a great brew - if I do say so myself.


I enjoyed my food this week, but I realise it's probably on the indulging end of the norm.  Going into my February goals, I will just make a few tweaks to bring it back to the healthy end of the spectrum.  I had also gotten into the habit of buying a second coffee in the afternoon, and I'm going to try to cut that out from this week.  Apart from the extra $$$, I think it might be why I'm having trouble sleeping and getting up early in the morning lately.

Next Week

Next week is all about February goals!  I'm excited to start feeling healthier again.  I know I've gotten a little of track, and my body is starting to feel it.  I'm really going to try to stick to my guns, reduce sugar, and carbs in the evenings, drink more water and less coffee, and see what that does for my sleeping and energy levels.

We have also decided to incorporate a few more meat-free dinners into our week, like the frittata from Sunday night. This means getting a little more creative, but also going hard with the vegies.  Which you know I love!

Do you let yourself indulge on public holidays?  What was your favourite Super Bowl Sunday snack?  Or if you're in Australia, your Australia Day must have food??

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