I took the day as a rest day, so I had plenty of time to get up an have a leisurely morning before work-although it wasn’t too leisurely thanks to chores like ironing! I had my usual lemon and hot water and then proceeded to make round 1 of pancakes!
I whipped up Michelle’s protein pumpkin pancakes, although I used gram flour instead of buckwheat and coconut milk instead of almond. These turned out pretty good, I think it made 4-5 smaller ones, so I did a couple at a time. I also caramelized some banana in a little coconut butter and coconut sugar, and topped with more coconut butter!
I had my favourite Nakd bar before heading off to work at 12. I have an enormous tin full of Nakd bars as Nick bought me two boxes for Christmas, he seems to be eating them more than me though!
For my lunch I took a batch of Carrot + Ginger soup that I made using this paleo recipe. It was so easy to make and the coconut milk made it lovely and thick. I had it alongside some celery sticks with Gena’s delicious smoked eggplant and red lentil dip which I enjoyed throughout the week. I love having alternatives to hummus-as much as I can’t live without the stuff- and this was really good.
Some fruit to round out lunch as always!
I walked home on my dinner break-getting in my total of 2 miles for the day- I love getting some fresh air and seeing some daylight so I always try to get out and walk during my break. I had made a stir fry in the morning so I just had to reheat it and we were good to go.
This was the usual mix of stir fried veggies; onion, garlic, red pepper, broccoli, kale, cabbage, mushrooms and asparagus. I threw in some avocado too, and added some marinated tofu. I usually make up a marinade for the stir fry with braggs liquid aminos, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, tiny bit of maple syrup, chilli powder, cumin, fresh ginger, lime juice, and a drizzle of sesame oil after coating. All topped off with sesame seeds. Stir fries are probably my favourite easy dinner as it comes together so quickly.
I headed back to work and finished up the day as I do 9 times out of 10 with a big bowl of fruit salad which I forgot to take a picture of. It probably contained, apple, banana, pear, kiwi and mango/pineapple. That’s the usual anyway!
This must have been the first day in forever that I didn’t make a smoothie or a juice! I guess pancakes took prevalence today! I would definitely have got my leafy greens in through that form, but my veggie count was pretty good. Carrots in the soup, aubergine in the dip, celery, lots of veggies in the stir fry, certainly a colourful array!
I decided not to give anything up for lent this year. I was going to give up dried fruit and nut butters, and then Nick said something which really struck a chord. “I don’t understand you, why would you give up two of the only things you can eat!”. He was totally right, I’m not even religious so I don’t know why I jump on the lent bandwagon every year. So this year I am giving up lent for lent.
Did you make pancakes? Success/Failure?
Are you giving anything up for lent?