It’s Friday, everyone, and round these parts that means a weekly round up of the 5:2 diet.
This week, I will confess I have lost no weight. This could be one of two things:
1) The dreaded weightloss plateau of doom.
2) I have embarked on the 30 Day Shred, and although in five days I have lost inches around my arms, thighs, hips and tummy (eternal thanks, Jillian, you drill sergeant, you) I have definitely built muscle and as everyone knows muscle weighs more than fat. So I don’t feel too bad about no weight loss if my bod is slightly leaner.
In any case, I have valiantly continued on with 5:2 despite the rather disappointing results. This week’s meals are:
Fasting Day 1 (Monday)
A breakfast smoothie made with:
- 1/4 of an orange – juice and pulp
- A tablespoon of oats
- 100g of low fat plain yoghurt
- Half a small banana
- A small handful of frozen raspberries.
I simply threw it all in the blender, added some ice and a bit of water and blended. It was all right, but I’ll be honest and say I think it looks better than it tasted. It was crying out for some more orange juice and a good drizzle of honey.
Meal Total: 160 Calories
My friend came over with her boys and we ate lunch together. Considering there were baguettes and cheese on the table, I feel like I did exceptionally well. Lunch consisted of:
- A couple of cherry tomatoes
- Roughly a quarter of a yellow pepper
- 1 really meagre slice of baguette.
- A sliver of goats cheese
- Some home made coleslaw – made with more yoghurt than mayonnaise.
Meal Total: 259 Calories (because of the cheese, but let me tell you, it was worth it)
Dinner was epic. It was one of those thrown together meals, which I find are often the best. I had tomato, aubergine and lemon sauce over shredded cabbage (Which I now prefer to actual pasta), and here is the recipe. If you like a fresh-tasting, summery sauce that works well on pasta, then this is the recipe for you.
Meal Total: 98 Calories
Day Total: 517 calories
Fasting day 2 (Thursday)
A cup of coffee with milk and a teaspoon of sugar. Yeah yeah, I know that is pitiful, but I didn’t feel hungry.
Meal Total: 52 Calories
Vegetable Noodle Soup
These kind of soups are my go-to for when I’m disorganised. You can throw pretty much any vegetables into a simmering pot of hot stock for a tasty, low calorie lunch. Today I chopped up the following, packed it all up and assembled it at Mammasaurus‘ house:
- 35g broccoli
- 1/4 of a yellow pepper
- 40g chestnut mushrooms
- 20g red onion (which equated to about a quarter of a medium onion)
- 20g mange tout
- 1/3 of a cup of frozen sweetcorn.
I drizzled some hot pepper sauce into the chicken stock, as well as a handful of fine egg noodles. It was tasty and filling. Definitely a good 5:2 option.
Meal Total: 191 Calories
Griddled Aubergine and Courgette Gratin
At 200 calories/serving this makes a really tasty dinner.
Red lentils, tomatoes, celery, onion and peppers baked between layers of griddled courgette and aubergine and topped with a good handful of lemony, cheesy breadcrumbs. It doesn’t leave you feeling bloated in the least, but the lentils definitely make you feel like you’ve had a filling meal.
Meal Total: 200 calories
Day total: 443 calories
Notes: Calorie information taken from livestrong.com
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