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Last night I returned from a week of blissful, amazing holidays (more on that later) and decided it was time to get organised. Seriously organised. The only way I was going to be able to stick to this Fresh Eating thing was to plan ahead.

I headed off to the supermarket and bought:

– 1 packet of Ceres Organics Quinoa (approx $8)
– 6 chicken breasts $23.60
– Assorted dried fruit & almond slivers $7.50
– 2 bags of various mixed frozen veges $9.20

I did a bit of online research as to how to cook the Quinoa. Dubbed an ‘ancient super grain’ I was quite interested to see how it tasted – and was hoping like hell that I would like it (considering I was mass cooking it for every single meal this week!). I cooked 2 cups of dry quinoa with 4 cups of boiling water (I added a small amount of chicken stock to give it a savoury flavour).

The basics are – bring it to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes, and then let it sit for 15 minutes (exactly the same as if you would cook rice the “absorption method” way). I also put on another pot – 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of boiling water – no chicken stock.

While the quinoa was simmering away, I stirfried the 6 chicken breasts. This took me AGES – had to do it in 3 big batches. Hence the very hot, sweaty “slaving over a hot stove” look below!

(please DO note the awesome holiday tan. Yuss)

To make my 5 breakfasts, I portioned up the plain quinoa – about 3 big tablespoons per serve. I sprinkled over a bit of cinnamon, a teaspoon of Ceres Organics LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower & almonds) and a dash of maple syrup to sweeten it up.

When I got to work this morning, I added a small handful of dried fruit (I combined diced dried apricot, dried cranberries, sultanas) and some slivered almonds. I microwaved it for 30 seconds with a small dash of soy milk and YUM. It was seriously yummy. Way better than the homemade oats I had been having, less gluggy, slightly nutty and the fruit/cinnamon combo sweetened it up perfectly!

For my 5 lunches and 5 dinner portions, I divided up the savoury quinoa (about 1/3 cup per container), added a heaped tablespoon of LSA, and a small handful of chicken (approx 1/2 chicken breast). With all my frozen veges I portioned them up into 10 freezer bags.

So now all I need to do for every meal this week is grab a container of frozen quinoa/chicken, chuck in the veges and microwave for 2 minutes. I had the chicken/quinoa/vege combo for lunch today and it was SO nice that I ate it all before I even thought about taking a picture! As an extra – this has worked out to be about $3.22 per serve (considering I made 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners!).

Would highly recommend giving this super grain a try if you haven’t already! I am hoping it will help kickstart the weight loss again, as I have stagnated for the last few weeks. If anyone has any other good quinoa recipes – please share!

Yesterday I met my new trainer, Emma, for a weigh in and goals chat. She took one quick look at my training log and said what I have long known – it’s not for lack of exercise that I am struggling to lose weight!

So if I am not sitting around on my bum, then it must be something going on with food. I described the type of thing I am currently eating – soups, low fat risottos, stirfies, lots of fruit, rice crackers etc. And guess what her response was? Ok, well that’s good that you are eating healthy meals – but I want you to make it EVEN HEALTHIER. 

For the next eight weeks, I pretty much need to cut right back to a clean, fresh, simple diet. Only fresh fruit and veges, salads, fresh meats, fish, eggs etc. I can allow a bit of rice or quinoa – but nothing to come out of a can, or packet. Not even canned tuna.

Jeepers. It sounds like a hell of a lot of work, and planning, and monitoring – but I figure it will be worth it. There is no point having this amazing opportunity to transform my body to the way I want it to be, and then throwing it away because I want to sit around eating chocolate, and pastas, and chips and lollies is there?!

I figure each night I can cook a fresh chicken breast, a cup of quinoa, and throw in some streamed veges and portion it up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks can be fresh fruit, rice crackers (I am allowed these, but only if I bulk them up with tomato etc), carrot & celery sticks, broccoli stalks. The key is to stick to low HI foods (low human intervention).

I know this is going to be hard, but I am damn determined.

She also suggested I consider having a colonic. Funnily enough, I had been discussing this with a few people on twitter just the day before, and while I am not yet convinced, I am definitely curious to find out more. Let’s put it on the maybe list.

As next week is a holiday week for both Emma and I (luckily) I am doubling up and doing two training sessions in the first week. This is going to hurt!

Stay tuned…

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