In this post, I share what I eat in a day when I am attempting to be healthy, or when I am “dieting”.
Admittedly, it has been a while since I have eaten healthily, but it is the summer holidays, which in my world means enjoying lots of yummy food 😉
So, let’s begin with breakfast. What could be healthier than a green smoothie? A few months ago I was having green smoothies daily for breakfast, and although I didn’t necessarily lose much weight, it was great knowing that I was starting my daily diet with so much goodness. They are also filling so I didn’t get hungry 30 minutes after breakfast, like I normally would. My green smoothie addiction started after I read The Green Smoothie Bible, which I was blessed to get for free at a charity book giveaway outside Asda one dreary Saturday morning.
For today’s green smoothie, I used:
- 2 Bananas (sliced)
- ½ Avocado (chopped)
- Juice from one Orange
- 200ml Coconut Water
- 50g Kale
Add ingredients to a blender, and blend until it’s a smooth green liquid.
Note: Do not add the avocado if you want a smoothie with less calories, but the avocado makes it taste extra yummy and avocados are full of wonderful healthy fats.
Breakfast calories: 504
For lunch, I had a wholemeal hummus bap.
- 1 Wholemeal Bun
- 2 tablespoons Hummus (Houmous)
- Cucumber Slices
I sliced then toasted the wholemeal bun (because it’s tastier), spread hummus over the toasted slices, and topped with the cucumber. The crunchy cucumber goes wonderfully with the grainy hummus and toasted bap.
Lunch calories: 240
For dinner I had this beautifully fancy Piri Piri Chicken with Pepper Drop Couscous and salad. Who said healthy eating had to be boring? It was so tasty mashaAllah 🙂
For the piri piri chicken and couscous meal I used:
- 1 Chicken Leg (300g, without skin)
- 100g Pepper Drop Coucous (from Aldi)
- Handful of cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices
And for the chicken marinade I used:
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon red chilli flakes
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic & ginger paste
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cut a few slits into the chicken leg (to get as much flavour into the chicken as possible). Add the marinade ingredients to a bowl, mix well and add the chicken leg, coating well with the marinade. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, then place in a baking tin, wrapping with foil (greased with a little oil). Place the foil,covered chicken leg in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas Mark 6.
Serve with the couscous and salad.
Dinner calories: 375
Being the chocolate addict that I am, I couldn’t go a day without my chocolate fix. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate, and although this particular one is not the healthiest, it’s not the unhealthiest either. This Moser Roth Mousse au Chocolat in Orange flavour from Aldi is super tasty. Replace with nuts if you want a healthier snack.
Snack calories: 195
And there you have a day of healthy meals. The total calories for the day were 1,314 (not including drinks etc).
The important thing when eating healthy is to have a variety of meals, and to eat healthier versions of foods you enjoy, like replacing milk chocolate with dark chocolate (in moderation of course).
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Please ensure you get advice from your doctor before making any drastic lifestyle changes.