Health kick: smoothies, juices and scenic cycle rides

Yesterday I put a little bit of theory into motion. On Monday night I ordered a lot of fruit and veggies and after dropping the kids off in their respective Tuesday places, I went home and broke out the old smoothie making machine. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for to begin with so I grabbed a left over half avocado, handful of strawberries, handful of blueberries, big bundle of fresh baby spinach leaves and whizzed it all up with some coconut water. I forgot to take a piccie – it looked a bit murky to be honest – but it tasted nice and the avocado really did lend a creaminess to it. Then I thought I’d try one of Katrina’s (aka Mrs Cool Bananas‘) juice recipes. I altered the amounts a bit and used 2 carrots, one orange and a slice of root ginger with some more coconut water. Unfortunately I don’t have a juicer so after I’d whizzed it up I put it through a sieve. It was still a bit bitty though, and I’m not 100% sold on the flavour but maybe I just didn’t get the balance quite right.

Carrot, orange and ginger

Later on I decided that it would be the day that I would finally break out my new bike so I duly dug it out from under a load of crap essential gardening equipment in the shed*, loaded it up into the back of my car and drove it over to Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire. There are lots of cycle routes to choose from there but I found myself on a 20 minute loop, going round twice and only being defeated by one steep hill which I gave up and walked the bike up.

cycle Alice Holt

(Alice Holt cycle trail but not my bike  – picture from

Later on I made my third smoothie of the day. This time I thought I’d go classic smoothie so I used 1 frozen banana, a handful of blueberries, two nice ripe nectarines and a big dollop of natural yogurt. This one was very sweet and tasty bberry nectarine smoothieut I’m not sure if I should be laying off this kind of thing with all the sweet fruit…

For dinner I made myself a jacket potato with a yummy topping I concocted which involves frying off some leeks and button mushrooms then adding some half fat Philadelphia with garlic and herbs – yum!

* Our shed could be used to teach school children about all the potential hazards you might find around the home, the hightlight being a cannister with some petrol in (for the lawnmower) lying around on a loose bit of carpet in a wooden structure…

Day 2

Back to work. Gloomy, drizzly day. I started the day by munching on a handful of Tyrells delicious sweet and salty popcorn – then I lost all self control and hoovered up about half a pack before actually reading the small print and discovering that this in no way constitutes a diet food! Ah well, its gone now. So, having had the oblig coffee (one small sugar) and banana for ‘early brek’ I then laid off all but decaf tea til lunch when I had a salad of mixed peppery leaves, cherry tomatoes and cucumber with a few slices of plain cold chicken and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. An apple afterwards and I actually felt a lot fuller and more satisfied than I thought I would with no carbs (but that could be something to do with inhaling a tonne of popcorn earlier?).

I am obviously addicted to my little lunchtime jaunt to Costa but today I’ve managed a skinny latte with no sugar (although I countered this with 2 pieces of Lindt dark mint chocolate :-/).

As you can see, I’m not really an all or nothing type person – I hate strict diets – I’d prefer to have a few tempered treats (maybe not the popcorn, but the balsamic dressing which I love and the dark chocolate – a little goes a long way to satisfying my sweet tooth!).

When I got home from work I attempted another smoothie combo – a handful of curly kale, a handful of blueberries, a peeled and cored apple, about a thumb sized piece of peeled and sliced root ginger, a few fresh mint leaves and some coconut water. JJ helped me whizz it up but refused to try it whilst EJ was quite happy to try it but didn’t want too much! It wasn’t too bad but I think it would have been nicer as a juice rather than a smoothie – the pulpiness was a bit offputting!

As today’s exercise I wasn’t sure what I was going to be able to do. The hubster was home and I had wanted to attempt a local cycle ride after putting the munchkins to bed but discovered that he had already committed to a session with our local running club between 7 and 8.30pm so instead I took the bike out earlier and fortunately got the very best of the sunshine whilst hubster was out running later in a torrential thunderstorm! I found a little trail down by the River Blackwater which was actually really quite pretty, a natural wildlife habitat. I came out the other end, through a few local streets and home in 20 minutes flat! I’d also walked ten minutes to my pick up point after work (rather than being picked up right outside the door).

For dinner I cooked a tuna steak by first gently frying off some crushed garlic with a tbsp of balsamic vinegar and some salt and pepper, then removing that from the pan and cooking the tuna in the same pan for five minutes on one side and 3-4 minutes on the other. The balsamic dressing then gets poured over the top. I had this with a salad of leaves, plum tomatoes and 1/4 of an avocado and a tbsp of brown rice.

Tuna steak with balsamic dressing

So all in all small steps, and somewhat faltering, but hopefully heading in the right direction.


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17 thoughts on “Health kick: smoothies, juices and scenic cycle rides

  1. Sounds like a good start 🙂 I don’t do diets, only healthy eating. I started Monday again – I have porridge with a banana mashed / sliced in and a dash of syrup, then egg / ham / cheese salad, or a sandwich for lunch with fruit, then a healthy tea (tonight was fish fingers, sweet potato wedges and mushy peas). I don’t restrict everything, but just eat enough to make me full 🙂 enjoy, and good luck xxx

  2. I love your enthusiasm! You are so funny, Sam! By the way, your smoothies sound pretty much like my greeny, lumpy one from last month, haha! (yours look prettier though). x Mel

  3. I’m feeling on the brink of a bit of a health kick so thank you for the inspiration! I’m finding it so hard to fit exercise in at the moment (beyond walking with a baby strapped to me!) but I know it would make me feel so much better if I did… Good luck with keeping it all up! 🙂

  4. Well done you lovely, a fab start! Your tuna looks delicious, haven’t had it in too long. Hope today was just as positive xx

  5. Way to go you, getting on the health kit I LOVE IT. I am trying to be good I have better weeks than others but overall been getting the exercise and the eating down better, making better choices and trying the smoothie and juicing. I tend to stick to spinach and kale smoothie but need to branch out. Keep up the good work. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  6. Oh yummy and don’t you feel so much better when you eat healthily and exercise-I binged on bread when in France recently so I’m back to eating well now I’m home. I love Katrina’s juice recipes too, inspiring. Cheers and thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  7. Smoothies are so wholesome, and healthy – I love them! Good luck with your diet, although you don’t need it because you seem to be going on the right track. That tuna dinner looks awesome 🙂

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