5:2 Friday

5:2 dietIt’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)


breakfast smoothie 1

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.

breakfast smoothie 2

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.

Aubergine and tomato sauce 5:2 friday

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


noodle soup 5:2 friday

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

5:2 friday

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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  1. I feel so inspired when I look at what you’ve made….I’ve had a rubbish week as I’ve been so busy with the kids & work but next week I’m going to get back on it & make some more lovely meals, with lots of aubergine!

    Well done on doing the shred!

    1. I tried to comment on your blog, helen, but I couldn’t for some reason, I think your roasted aubergine salad looks fantsatic – one for next week I think!

  2. Wow your fast day meals are so much more inspiring that what I’m eating. I’m lazy so Im eating salad for lunch and veggie soup for dinner on all fast days. I can’t bear the idea of cooking a meal for the family and then something else for me. Perhaps I could come over to yours for dinner on fast days ;-)

  3. I love the look of that gratin – and the veg noodle soup – I agree that adding something spicy like chilli helps with the lack of calories – somehow tricks the brain into thinking you’ve had more than you actually did have.

  4. Good to find another blog about 5:2 with great ideas – I blog my recipes/meal plans too.
    Lovely to see views of Winchester- I was at college there some 35 years ago (aargh!) I loved going up St Catherine’s Hill at night (before the motorway was built!) and seeing the city lights. I love the area very much.

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