Super breakfast!

It’s a shame we don’t always have time for super special breakfasts on a weekday but there’s no reason not to have sometjing really tasty.

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This quick breakfast was sliced avocado on seeded toast and a bowl of baked apple pieces with sliced banana and blueberries. I ‘baked’ the apple in the microwave by cutting it into bite sized pieces and zapping it for 5 minutes while I was doing the toast. The bowl had 2 whole apples in – skins and all. Super tasty and super healthy!

Baked apple has continued to be a saviour during lent as it tastes so puddinh-like without the processed sugar.

Talking of lent, I may have gone overboard at the weekend. No excuses: I just didn’t avoid sugar when I could have. So today (as well as yesterday) it’s back on the no-processed sugar bandwagon!

Give me all of the baked apple!

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Bento (No.80)

Lack of posts this week sorry!

It’s been a busy busy week at work, and with all the rest (half marathon this Sunday!).

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So, this bento is one for the boyfriend. He has a wholemeal ham sandwich (nice and simple), cucumber, grapes, cherry tomatoes, malt loaf, babybel, cereal bar and sweeties.

Nice and easy, but not so neatly packed!! Terrible me!

Lent is getting difficult. I said I’d try and give up processed sugar and I haven’t eaten cakes, biscuits, flavoured yogurt, sweets or chocolate since the start of lent however, what doesn’t contain sugar! Processed sugar is in bread, all the sauces, drinks, cereals!! I haven’t been able to avoid bread (I only eat wholemeal/seeded bread anyway), or all sauces! I do think that all the sugar I have avoided has made a big difference. I don’t feel I need sweet things to kerp me going, my skin is miles better and I’ve even lost a little bit of weight! I feel I’ve been eating more, as I’ve been upping my veggies to reduce the amount of bread or other processed carbs that I eat.

So, hows your lent going?

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Bento (No.79)

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was super busy, 2 runs (one was soooooo long), family round, baking, tidying….and all the rest!

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This bento is from last weeks lot. I made chicken salad for my Dad :) this is where bentos come in useful: Dad is only able to take 1 lunchbox in his bag (there’s no room for more!), and he wanted salad! Sooooo, we pack the bento to separate the foods according to mixability (that is obviously a word).
In this bento I have packed chicken salad with grated cheese (no dressing), unsalted nuts and a satsuma, malt loaf and a homemade blueberry yogurt muffin.
Ive packed it so that the muffin is well away from the salad to stop it from getting cheesy!!

Now an update from the no-sugar side of things:
It’s not bad! Been having more fruit and a little maple syrup or honey instead of any sugar and it’s going good! Even on my Sunday long run I was craving fruit!! Not sweets! It’s difficult to say no to chocolate and there is sugar in everything!! I think it will get more difficult as the weeks continue, but we’ll see :)

How are your lent ‘resolutions’ going?

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Bento (No. 78)

Best ever bento maker time (or that’s what my brother said after I made him a similar bento to my dads one below!
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This bento contains sliced up quesadillas (with pepper, ham, courgette and cheese in), cucumber, mini homemade blueberry yogurt muffin, satsuma and malt loaf (in foil). There was also some nuts under the muffin :)

Talking of muffins, guess what starts today? Lent.
Pancake day was awesome yesterday but today I am beginning the 6 week journey of lent. I promise (both to yourselves and myself) that I will stick to my lent challenge as much as I possibly can.
I pledge to give up processed sugar for lent; first the easy stuff like sweets and chocolate, but this includes white carbs and added sugar.
Hmmmm…..
I have one get out clause – I will still fuel my runs with a small amount of jelly beans and energy drink but at no other time shall I eat those gorgeous jelly sweets.

Right…who’s with me?

What are you giving up for lent?

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Bento (No. 77)

As there has been so much rain lately, it’s quite coincidental that the loaf of bread we got at the weekend slices into cloud shapes!

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So todays bento for the boyfriend is a two tier one (in the small square systema boxes) with cloud sandwiches!
One sandwich is cheese and the other is ham, for sides he has cherry tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, blueberries, a cereal bar, homemade choccy shortbread (in foil), unsalted cashews (under the shortbread and a couple of sweetie treats.

Not at all spoilt!

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Bento (No.76)

I know the point of bento is to make healthy and nutritious lunches, so being samey isn’t a problem, but sometimes I do like to make an extra bit of effort.

The bf was lucky enough to have this bento. I had some leftover rice, and rosemary baked chicken,  sooooooo:
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Cucumber nigiri (that works right), sliced rosemary chicken with a cucumber salad for a side.

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With extras of: rolls of ham and cheese, sushi rice, cherry tomatoes, soy sauce fish, grapes and cereal bar.

Overall, nice and healthy, and Japanese inspired!

What Japanese inspired food do you make for your lunchboxes/bentos?

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Bento (No.75)

Been very busy over the last few days, birthdays galore and multiple goings on soooooo…

Bento back log!

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Good old salad with lots of green stuff! Yay for olives! Baked tofu (baked in sesame oil and soy sauce) and red grapes. I had rice cakes with this and it was super yummy!

Over the next few days I’m going to be prepping and planning better lunches and meals to centre around better nutrition for running. Last week a lot of my bentos contained a lots of carbs (mainly brown rice and lentils so not terrible for me) but it reminded me (again) that carbs don’t make me feel 100%. I would definitely like to feel 100% before the half marathon I’ve got it March! Oh yeah, forgot to mention that……

Got any races/events coming up? Or how is your general gyming/exercise going?

What would you recommend I start eating more of in prep for race training/increased exercise in general?

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Bento (No.74)

Extra healthy ploughmans time!
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I had cherry tomatoes, grapes, chicken and ham slices, a dairy lee cheese triangle, apple, celery and cucumber. I took along some crispbreads and some hummus to go with this as well.

It was super yummy!

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Bento (No.73)

I do try and make bentos healthy but sometimes I get stuck in a rut. They all like sandwiches and wraps but sometimes it’s nice to have a different kind of bento.

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This bento is the boyfriends. He has roasted vegetables, cous cous and tuna mayo (leftover from a jacket potato dinner) in one half. In the other half are grapes, red pepper, a cereal bar, an oat and raisin cookie (in foil), a cheese cube (under the spoon) and sweetie treats.

It is definitely very different to sandwiches or wraps!

Do you have the same lunch everyday or do you try to mix it up a bit?

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Breakfast again!

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Just had to share with you – I had yummy peanut butter and jam oatmeal :) I made the oats with vanilla soy milk as well!

Two points from this:

- I was disappointed that the brand of soy milk I bought contained aspartame (an added sweetener). I understand you have to add stuff to soy milk to make it flavoured but a silly chemical? I was not impressed and wont be buying that brand again.
- I don’t do very well with peanut butter. Has anyone used/tried any seed butters like sunflower or pumpkin? I want to try some but I want the taste to be similar to peanut butter; is it at least a little bit like it?

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