I find the only way I can maintain this intermittent fasting lark is to really carefully plan out meals. If I leave any room for movement I fail spectacularly. Think, getting to mid-afternoon and reaching for biscuits/crisps/chocolate.
So, fasting meals are planned with military precision. I’m going to document them right here, every friday (hence 5:2 Friday).
If you are also following the 5:2 diet, please feel free to comment with your meals. Also, if you would like to see these posts as a linky so you can join in, please let me know.
Here are this week’s meals:
Fasting Day 1 (Tuesday)
125g of low fat plain yoghurt, with half an apple grated over (which equated to 35g), and a tablespoon of granola. I removed the nuts and seeds from my granola and popped them back in the jar. It’s all calories, right?! Its times like that I am pleased I only have to faff about like that twice a week, usually I’d heap the granola on and go to TOWN!
A mug of green tea.
Meal total = 160 cals
Skinny Green Soup. I usually have a soup for lunch on fasting days. This time I made a green one. I probably won’t blog the recipe, as to be honest, it wasn’t my best soup, but it was made from celery, 2 small carrots, broccoli, 1 leek, a handful of spinach, 500ml vegetable stock, and a fair bit of seasoning. It was all right, but nothing special. I had a big mugful, sprinkled with paprika, and a tiny bit of feta cheese crumbled over.
Oh, and a quarter of a mini pork pie that Elliot left on his plate.
Meal total = 147 cals
75g of poached salmon, on a, frankly enormous, bed of green vegetables (75g leeks, 45g broccoli, 70g mange tout, 150g shredded white cabbage) with soy sauce drizzled over. I have to say, this meal was really lovely. I’ll make this again, maybe even when I’m not on a fasting day.
Meal total = 196 cals
Day total = 503 cals
Fasting Day 2 (Thursday)
125g low fat yoghurt with a tablespoon of granola. No apple this time.
A cup of coffee with 1 sugar and milk
Meal total = 201 cals
The rest of the green soup. This time, instead of the feta I grated on about 5g goats cheese and ate it with half a toasted white pitta bread. The cheese didn’t really make the soup any more interesting, and was a waste of calories. Same with the pitta bread. Next week, I’ll make a nicer soup. You live and learn.
Meal total = 144 cals
Puttanesca on very 200g finely shredded white cabbage instead of pasta. This is a trick I got from The Londoner, who calls it skinny spaghetti. It’s rather nice, especially if you season it well and don’t overcook it, and it doesn’t give you the pasta-bloat. Not that I am knocking pasta, I love the stuff, but a plate of pasta is no friend to the dieter.
Puttanesca is one of my very favourite pasta sauces, second only to bolognese. The next time I make a batch, I’m going to blog the recipe, but it’s essentially anchovies, chilli, a lot of garlic, capers, olives and a tin of tomatoes.
Meal total = 87 cals.
Day total = 432 cals
Things to note:
- I get my nutrition information from the MyPlate feature on livestrong.com. It’s well worth signing up to Livestrong, as it’s an amazing source of information and inspiration if you’re trying to slim down, tone up, or even just keep and eye on what you’re eating. Their Pinterest boards are good, too.
- To get the calorie information for my granola, I used the MyRecipe feature on livestrong. The recipe yields 20 servings, and I guessed at a tablespoon (63 cals) being approximately half a serving, and so that is what I entered on MyPlate. This is, of course, an approximation, but I am not going to get too bogged down with pin-point accuracy, because who can be bothered with that.
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