A Healthy Convenience

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on March 2, 2011

in EATS!, Recipes

Happy Hump Day!!! :P

It was great hearing the reasons for why you HEART February.  Even though it may not have been an exciting month for many I think it is nice to look back and take note of the little things that made the month that little bit special.  It really made me realise that February wasn’t as bad as I thought it had been and I think I will make “I HEART...” a regular post on the last day of the month.  It worked wonders for maintaining some positivity in what was a very long day in the lab for me.

Due to my long hours working in the lab this week my eats so far have been what ever has been convenient at the time.

Monday started with a delicious green smoothie in a bowl:

I mixed spinach, celery, a plum, a pear, Kara coconut milk, agave nectar, water, ground flax , 2 tbsp of oats and xanthan gum.  Toppings included dried mango, coconut, almonds and some Rude Health Early Bird Granola.

For lunch I had left over Vietnamese Rolls from Sunday with some and Asian style dipping sauce.

I love these things and they made for a tasty and speedy lunch.  These were followed by diced pineapple and kiwi slices.

For afternoon snackage I delved into my Nakd Bar stash and also had two oranges:

After doing a 12 hour stint in the lab and getting home too late to cook I decided that the microwave was going to be my date for the evening.  I threw in (quite literally as I was starving!) a sweet potato and topped it with cinnamon, agave nectar and peanut butter.

I’ve always wanted to try a sweet potato mess and this didn’t disappoint.  I also ate a pear and two plums.

Yesterday morning started bright and early with a bowl of banana oats made with water and Kara coconut milk.

Add-ins included golgi berries, omega seed mix and raw chocolate covered golgi berries…yum!!!

After this I headed to the gym for an awesome 50 minute spinning class, which I followed up with 30 minutes on the cross trainer, step machine and the new machine and usual ab and core exercises.

To refuel I had my favourite warm soya milk and gingerbread drink.  The poor girl behind the counter looked at me strangely and had to reconfirm that if I wanted warm milk without coffee…of course, why wouldn’t I? :P

Lunch today was a yummy bowl of deliciousness…

Vegetable and Bean Soup :)

I adapted this recipe from the Black Bean Soup recipe in my Vegan Yum Yum book.

Ingredients

  • 1 small leek
  • 1 carrot halved and sliced
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 400g 0f red kidney beans (or any bean of your choice)
  • 1 half of a red pepper diced
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes blended
  • 1 1/2 cup of vegetable stock or water
  • 1/2 a tin of low fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce/tamari/shoyu
  • 1 tbsp of chopped coriander
  • seasonings

This soup is ridiculously easy to make…

First throw all of the veggies, except the tomatoes into a pan and cook until tender.  Add the stock, coconut milk, soy sauce, tomatoes and beans. Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes and then stir in the coriander.  Season to taste.

Simple huh?

I have so much love for this soup right now.   So good for me that this recipe makes at least 2 servings, or 1 very large one if you like to swim in your soups, which I’m prone to doing often!

I followed this up with two oranges.  Afternoon snackage was sliced kiwis sprinkled with almonds.

I actually ate my dinner at uni yesterday as I knew it was going to be a late finish.  I packed steamed kale with omega mixed seeds, red pepper hummus, amaranth and quinoa rye bread and carrot sticks.

When I got home I ate a snack plate of fruit and 2 squares of my mango dark chocolate.

Since a new month has dawned I thought it would be re-evaluate my workout schedule.  Overall I quite like how things are going with my fitness routine, but I’m getting a little concerned with the amount of time I spend working out.  Sometimes my workouts border the 2 hour mark, which are really having an impact on my body in relation to how tired I feel some days.  In light of this I’m restricting my workouts to just 1 hour 30 minute sessions maximum and I’m not allowed to go over this time restraint.  So, I have made my workouts more intense to compensate for the less time I spend working out.  Other changes and goals for March include:

  • run once a week- now that it is lighter and slightly warmer I’m loving running outside again.  I can’t wait for it to get warmer though so I run more frequently.
  • include more arm exercises in my toning work out (more on that tomorrow);
  • include yoga into my routine;
  • attempt to fit in another exercise class;
  • 30 minutes of interval training into every cardio routine to make it more challenging;
  • repeat my toning workout twice to make it more intense;
  • finally choose a half marathon to take part in this summer;
  • carry on with healthy eating, lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains, little meat and unrefined sugars. 

I will be going into more detail about my new devised toning routine in tomorrows post.

The post man was very kind to me today…

The very kind people at goodness direct sent me some treats to try and review.  I recieved organic mango slices, Clearspring sweet white miso, BioFair organic quinoa flakes and some RAW Health chocolate.  I cannot wait to try out all of these fab products!!! :)

I’ve also been sent a cook book to review:

The Cookery School cookbook, which is currently showing on channel 4.  It’s a bit like a dummies guide to cooking.  It teaches you all the basics of cooking and has some great recipes inside.  Alfie has promised me that he is going to cook a dish from the book.  I will let you know how he gets on!

How are your cooking skills? Have you had any bad moments in the kitchen?  Set the house of fire?  I’m not great, but now that I’m living away from home and not dependent on my Mum I had no choice but to grab the bull by the horns and get in the kitchen and COOK.  I actually really enjoy experimenting with ingredients, especially when I’m grocery shopping- I’m always looking for something new to buy.   Cooking and baking is a great way to unwind after a stressful day.

I hope you are all having a great week!

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Sarah(everydaysapicnic) March 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM

When I eat soup I generally find the biggest bowl I can and fill it to the top :)
I’ve had loads of kitchen disasters – one huge learning experience was when I decided to microwave some dates – I couldn’t get rid of the burning smell for days!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I just tried to microwave a Lara Bar and it was a complete disaster. The whole kitchen filled up with smoke!

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AlisonM March 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Yaay, the bean soup recipe — and it’s vegan! And HELLO sweet potato mess. I think I’ll be trying that the next time I’m home late and starving!

I think you’re absolutely right to limit your workouts. Unless you’re training for an endurance event, no one needs to put that many hours into working out. Like you say, it’s actually counterproductive. I keep my weights sessions to 60 mins max, and at the moment it’s about the same for cardio, though I do stretch after that, so I’m in the gym about 90 minutes.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Your right, my workouts were becoming way too long and there is no need for them to be that way. I’m not currently training for anything so there is really no reason for me to work out for 2 hours. I do get a little addicted to working out though. Once the endorphins start flowing sometimes I can’t stop. I do need to work on that, but by giving myself a time limit is one step in the right direction!

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laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish March 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM

That soup looks fab! I love simple straight forward recipes. I’ve tried all those things you have from Goodness Direct, I think you’ll like them all. Interested to see what you make of the Raw Chocolate in comparison with other brands.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Thanks! I can’t wait to get stuck into the Raw Chocolate after your reviews about it. I tried the sweet white miso today and I thought it was fab!

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~Jessica~ March 2, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Thanks so much for that soup recipe: I have to try that one out as I’ve had some epic coconut milk fails in the past, so now I have some guidance I’ll hopefully be able to get it right.

My situation with cooking is similar to yours, only my Mum became ill and so couldn’t cook much (I didn’t pressurize her to cook, but she literally won’t let anyone else in the kitchen! It’s because she’s such a fantastic chef that she can’t stand to see idiots like me making a pigs ear out of things. And her food is always far tastier than anyone else’s!) Cooking still stresses me out quite honestly: I have a lot of anxiety relating to it due to my emotional attachment to food and the fact that I’m such a klutz…I’m okay with chopping/blending/microwaving, but give me an oven and all hell can break loose. I’ve set fire to a tea towl, kitchen roll and my own sleeve before. Oh, and melted a spatula to the side of a pan….

xxx

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Oh I’m a klutz in the kitchen too. I’ve burnt kitchen paper and melted the handles on cooking implements. I’ve even cracked a glass bowl in the microwave too! Bah! It’s all part of the leatning I guess. The chefs make it all look so easy!

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Ellie March 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Mmmmm I just discovered that we can actually eat kiwi with skin! And it’s actually so much tastier and better imo! Haha~don’t you just love packages? ^.~

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

I love kiwi in the skin, especially because I’m too lazy to peel it. :D

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movesnmunchies March 2, 2011 at 9:53 PM

WOW !you got some awesome stuff!! your new workout evaluation sounds fab- its great to listen to your body! i LOVE the look of that soup the color is so vibrant- and YAY you eat kiwi skins too- hello fiber! OMG OMG I have set 2 kitchen towels on fire and when i was younger.. i was heating a pot of oil.. it caught on fire- i was DUMB and put it under water and the whole kitchen went up in FLAMEs. i screamed and cried and my dad ran in to save me. scariest moment of my life

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Awww that does sound scary, especially if you were really young. I’m so glad it didn’t turn in to anything serious.

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This Italian Family March 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM

So many great eats!

Can’t wait to hear about Alfie’s recipe from the book! I’m sure it will turn out great. :)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Ha! I hope it turns out great too as it will be me that will be eating it! :P

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Olivia March 3, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Your soy drink looks AMAZING!!! I totally do that every single day, steamed milk with just a little sweetener/cocoa/cinnamon is seriously the best thing ever! Oh, also love the sweet potato combo-major yums!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I love that drink so much! It’s super tasty. I need to get me a milk frother so I can make it at home.

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IHeartVegetables March 3, 2011 at 3:57 AM

I’ve STILL never tried a sweet potato topped with peanut butter! Why have I not done this?! It’s like, a wonderful combination of my favorite things! haha

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lawfullyweddedwife March 3, 2011 at 4:23 AM

Everything looks yummy! What is in that warm milk drink? Sounds so good! Your workouts put me to shame…LOL. Never in my life have I exercised for 2 hours. You should be very proud of yourself! But that’s great that you’re listening to your body and cutting back on the time a little.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

The warm milk drink is exactly like a soya gingerbread latte buit without the shot of coffee. I’m probaby one of the few people that hate coffee!

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries March 3, 2011 at 6:50 AM

That soup looks delicious! And I want kiwi and pineapple soo badly now haha

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Ha! It is a fab fruit combo!

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Alyssa March 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM

WOW.. is that pb on a sweet potato?! I’ve never thought to do that (gasp, I know)!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

You should give it a try, its so good! :D

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fashionfitnessfoodie March 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Haha i’ve never set a house on fire…but i do frequently set the smoke alarm off :) I just think its sensitive ;)
Wow seriously so much good food in your post I dont even know what to pick as my favorite!!
I added some peanut flour paste w/ cocoa powder to my sweet potato yesterday and it was amazing!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I loved the sweet potato with pb. It’s the first time I had tried it and I will definitely be making it more in the future. :D

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bigcitybabycarrots March 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

All that fruit looks so good!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Thanks! I do love my fruit.

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