Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sunday vs Monday

I was going to write a post about the difference between what I ate this past Sunday and Monday - hoping to show that, despite the extravagances of the weekend, I manage to get back on track on Mondays. That didn't really happen though - both days were surprisingly similar...


On Sunday I didn't really eat breakfast - I tend to either have a "weekend" breakfast like french toast or pancakes, or nothing much. This Sunday I just had a cup of strawberry and cream tea...

This had a really interesting ingredient list - lots of dried fruit and veg:

The box advised you to brew it for 8-10 minutes, and it smelt amazing. It tasted really good too, I drank it without milk, just with a few drops of vanilla stevia. Delicious.

Yesterday's breakfast was also strawberry themed, but a bit healthier/what I "should" be having for breakfast. Lots of fresh strawberries and pineapple, topped with a pot of 0% Total Greek yoghurt, sweetened with a few drops of stevia:

Toby "helped" me eat quite a lot of this - he adores fresh fruit!

For lunch on Sunday, we all ate bagels with dips - red pepper houmous and satay dip, plus some unpictured apple slices:

This was the first time I'd bought the satay dip. I liked it, but preferred the houmous. Liam adored the satay dip though...I don't understand how he loves peanuts in satay things, but hates them in sweet dishes, and also doesn't really like peanuts as a garnish for savoury food. So odd!

Yesterday I got to have whatever lunch suited me as Liam was at work and Izzy at school. I still ended up eating a bread-based lunch, but this time a sandwich with Philadelphia, basil tofu and cucumber...

Love this combination!

I didn't have any morning snacks on either day, but the afternoon was a different story. It was actually quite interesting doing this post, as I wrote it all down on my phone which highlighted the times of day when I eat the most. Mid-afternoon is definitely one of those times!

On Sunday the children both had naps, so Liam and I watched a film and during that time I snacked on...

An iced latte...

A slice of apple and ginger cake...

A Muller corner yoghurt...

And a share of this Easter egg once the children woke up...

Yikes! That looks even worse all written down!! I enjoyed it all at the time, but I was definitely eating for something to do rather than because I was hungry.

Yesterday's afternoon snack wasn't quite so full on! I found Soreen banana malt loaf for the first time on Saturday, and opened it up yesterday...

I loved this! I ended up having 4 slices - 2 with butter, and then another 2 with peanut butter. As the packet says, this really is super squidgy! I was expecting it to be more like the original malt loaf, but it has a completely different texture. I think I prefer this version, although it may be the novelty. Amazing!

Dinners on these two days weren't particularly great. I was waiting on a veg box delivery today (I'll blog about that tomorrow!) so we were a bit lacking in fresh vegetables.

On Sunday we had potato waffles, fried eggs, corn on the cobs and ketchup. Simple, slightly "junky", but tasty...

And Monday wasn't much better - it didn't even include any vegetables! Fresh pasta with ketchup and grated cheddar...

Both of these meals remind me of my childhood, but I have to admit I was happy to get back to lots of fresh vegetables tonight!

Despite the afternoon snacking, I ended up snacking in the evening quite a bit on both days as well. On Sunday I had a hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream (the best part!)...

and also shared a strawberry and lime cider with Liam.

Yesterday evening I was in the mood for more food - a random cheesestring as I couldn't decide what I wanted...

and then a bowl of strawberries with 30g peanut flour made into a paste with milk and stevia. Ugly photo as I was in a rush before Silent Witness started!!

I do love fresh fruit with peanut flour paste. I think if I'm going to snack then I need to make the effort to have things I actually enjoy. I appreciated the strawberries with peanut flour and the banana malt loaf much more than the long list of snacks I had on Sunday!

Do you ever eat out of habit/boredom/a reason other than hunger? Are there any times of day that you find worse for this than others? This has actually been quite an eye-opener for me. I've always been aware that the afternoon and evening were my snacky times, but I never realised quite how much I ate. A lot of the foods are things that would normally go unnoticed (indeed, the photos of the cheesestring and Muller corner were actually taken today as I ate them without thinking to photograph) and I am definitely eating out of habit. Even the banana malt loaf yesterday - the first two slices were delicious, but the last two were unnecessary really - I went into the kitchen to tidy things away and ended up cutting myself another two slices!


  1. What a great post! I must admit if i do not blog about my food, i can go a little crazy. I tend to be a big eater of an evening, i'm not sure why as a lot of the time i am not hungry but i just keep opening the fridge door and having a mouth full of this and a mouth full of that! At least you have documented all your foods and can see when you are more likely to want to snack.

    I just wanted to point out though that not all Muller corners are vegetarian and the one you photographed definitely isn't - the strawberry flavour is coloured with the dye from beetles - i think Starbucks has been in the news recently because they have been using the same dye in their strawberry drinks, the ones that are veggie have the usual V on them.

    1. Yes, that's exactly like me in the afternoon/evening - I often just open the fridge and stand there thinking "what do I fancy?", then I move to the cupboard, back to the fridge etc before eventually picking something that doesn't really satisfy my...not sure what it is that I'm actually looking for when this happens!!

      Thanks for letting me know about that yoghurt. I knew that Muller lights had gelatine in them, but thought the rest of their ranges were ok. I've just googled and that flavour is the only one that isn't vegetarian...typical! I don't actually normally buy Muller yoghurts in "protest" to them unnecessarily adding gelatine to the light ones (<-- a throwback to my angry 16 year-old vegetarian self!!) but I bought a multipack of Muller corners for Liam and the children when I stocked up the new fridge on Saturday...another reason why I shouldn't keep grabbing food from the fridge without thinking/reading the ingredients!! ;)

  2. I know that when I am at work I have a strict routine (no time to eat at other times!) but when I am at home I do snack when I am bored- or actually more as a distraction when I am doing something (eg when writing reports!).
    I had peanut flour sauce with an apple last night- I bet it will be lovely with strawberries.
    And that tea looks amazing- where did you get it from?

    1. Yes, I snack less when I'm out the house as well...being too close to the kitchen is dangerous! ;)

      I got the tea from my local (not very big) Sainsbury's. They had a tropical rooibos one too which also looked good.

  3. My worst time of the day is still 4pm through to dinner ... generally NOTHING is safe form me. I am trying to have a healthier snack before I cook the kids dinner but its still hard.

    1. Yes that is definitely my worst time too - as soon as I get home from the school run (or seemingly at the weekends as well!) my brain goes into "eat everything" mode!!

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