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5 days, 5 healthy meal ideas 

Since the start of the year I’ve been following the Slimming World plan, on and off. It works well for me as I don’t feel restricted and can still enjoy naughty meals such as curries and chilli without the added badness. After a couple of months over my birthday where I’ve massively indulged, I’m back on track and really enjoying planning meals from scratch and finding new ingredients to try. So, give myself a push and keep healthy eaters motivated, I thought I’d share 5 of my much-loved weekly meals, that don’t take forever to make. First up is chilli with boiled rice and avocado. I love avocado. I must eat it daily and love trying to incorporate it into new meals. I often make quorn chilli as it’s a nice change from mince meat. Next up is my weekend treat – chicken kebabs without any naughty sysn sneaked onto the side. Marinated chicken, avocado, feta cheese and a wholemeal pitta. Delicious, right? I tend to make this on a Friday night when I’m craving …

Healthier lifestyle

It’s been a while since I blogged about my plight to live a healthier lifestyle, so I thought Bank Holiday Monday is a good a time as any for an update. To be honest, I fell off the wagon. In spectacular fashion. So two weeks ago I began to reign it back in. Following SW without the added extras and I can report from this very morning, those seven pesky pounds are nearly gone. That said I loved the Easter roast yesterday, the dinner and drinks with my nearest and dearest on Saturday night and the two Easter eggs sat looking at me on my dressing table will be demolished very  soon, but I’m back on the ‘all in consideration’ way of thinking. This morning I took myself out for my first ever run outside, instead of on the treadmill. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. I might have actually enjoyed it! So the plan is to eat less and move more. They say it’s that simple, so let’s put it in practise!

Slimming World update – Week 3

I’m now three weeks into following the Slimming World plan. Ive decided to do it myself, attending the class to get weighed to ensure it’s accurate but skipping the group chats as I feel I’m doing well on my own. I decided to blog this to keep me on track and simply to highlight, it is that easy. I’ve still enjoyed desserts and alcohol, on moderation and within my syns. But upped my fruit and veg intake, cutting out snacks but enjoying meal prep and home cooking again. Three weeks in I’ve lost 5lbs. A nice slow but steady start. Showcasing it is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. My friends, family and bf are really supportive and it hadn’t felt like too much of a transition. Hopefully this is just the start of a healthier me….

Recipe time: Butternut squash and sweet potato soup

Soups are fast, filling and super easy to make. What’s simpler than chucking a load of your favourite veggies together in a pan with stock to make a batch of the good stuff? On a recent trip to Aldi I picked up a butternut squash and thought it would be the perfect starting point for rustling up a panful of soup. I diced the squash, a sweet potato and half an onion. Throw in a knorr stock pot, season with salt and pepper and a tablespoon of creme fraiche, blend and viola! It has served two for the past couple of days and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Now, what kind of soup is next? I’m thinking homemade tomato…

Fast and filling lunchbox essentials

When you’re trying to eat well and steer away from temptation, it is best to pack yourself up a lunchbox packed with yummy treats to look forward to.Whether that’s whipping up leftovers from the night before, rustling up a salad or a tasty back of homemade soup – keeping on the straight and narrow can be simple if you do it right. If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail so I tend to prep my packed lunch the night before. Soups are great as they are really easy to make, cheap thanks to Aldi and Lidl who sell an array of veggies at a quarter of the price of larger supermarkets. Last week I made a pot of mushroom soup which lasted three meals and this week I am enjoying butternut squash soup. Now, I’m a savoury girl all the way. Crisps, dips, snacky bits  I love them.But Aldi seem to have this niche covered thanks to their yummy, yet healthy snacks at the tills. Quinoa crisp breads, vegetable crisps and mixed fruits …

Food // Peanut Butter Chicken

Having been following the Slimming World plan for two weeks now, I think I am successfully incorporating it into my daily routine. Ensuring my diet is packed with fruit, veggies and snacks that fit within the daily allowance of sins and free food. My first weekly weigh-in brought a loss and I am determined to keep at it. Over the past couple of months I have rediscovered my love for cooking and using fresh ingredients to make yummy, tasty dishes that don’t require hours spent in the kitchen. On Friday night I tried out a recipe I had seen on Instagram. I follow The Body Coach, responsible for the 90 days plan. Something I can’t say I’m following but his ‘Lean in 15’ meals look so simple. I tried out the Peanut Butter Chicken recipe, but made a couple of amends to ensure it was packed with free foods from the SW plan, without compromising on flavour! I decided to cook my chicken with baby corn and mange tout, served on a bed of dried noodles. It …