Deskside Foodie Tales30.4.14
I'm a foodie. I'll happily admit it. When I'm not burrowed in my duvet den at home, you'll probably me find me out at a food haunt. I just love food dammit.
Back when I worked in London, at the time freelancing for Arcadia, I was also a lazy foodie. I commuted up to 3 and a half hours to and from work a day, which impacted on my evenings to the point where I literally CBA'd with preparing food for lunch and I'd miss breakfast in favour of 10 minutes more sleep. I might comment more on my food habits and health during my London work life at a later date, but for now, just know that I've spent 2 months revamping my food diary...
- Granola: Some granola with a helping of natural yoghurt, apples, blueberries and raspberries is excellent brain food.
- Toast with avocado, egg and cracked black pepper: A Pinterest inspired choice, this keeps me full until lunchtime, meaning no mid-morning snacks are 'needed'. Usually reserved for a Wednesday and Friday.
- ... Coco Pops: Because I'm a child.
- Baby lamb's leaf base salad: Baby lamb's leaf is one of my favourite leaves for salads. It's refreshing, simple and means you can bulk up on your salad toppings. I typically add cherry tomatos, yellow sweet peppers, sweetcorn and red onion, adding grilled chicken or halloumi if I want to be a bit sneaky.
- Red pepper and halloumi wrap: The night before work, chop up and chuck in red peppers and halloumi on your grill, wrap up in a wholemeal tortilla, et voila. Add a dollop of tzatziki for flavour.
- Spinach, pepper and tomato frittata: A frittata is good for hungry days. I love putting mixed sweet peppers, spinach and tomatoes in mine, adding pancetta if needed to add more substance.
- Mozzarella and cherry tomato spinach salad: Basically, you can't beat mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.
Tip: Naturally Righteous are my current go-to for salad dressings. Plenty of vegan, gluten-free, other things free options. My favourite is the Ginger and Toasted Sesame.
- Ricecakes and almond butter: Us Content team girls have a serious ricecake problem. Come 11am and 3pm, we're on the ricecakes. Add a spread of organic almond butter to make the snack go further. Although, read this post and have all of your ricecake dreams crushed too.
- Fresh fruit: My favourite fruits to take to work are blueberries (good for staving off hunger, as well as beneficial for the hair and skin), strawberries, bananas and apples. Whilst these are all fairly high in sugar, natural sugars and acids in fruit are acceptable and pretty normal in your day-to-day diet.
- Homemade guacamole: On a Sunday afternoon, I have quite the habit for making a batch of guacamole. Chuck smushed avocadoes, cherry tomatoes, red onion, garlic, black pepper, a smidge of paprika and lime juice together and mix. Pop some home baked tortilla chips or sticks of vegetable in a Tupperware and you have a sneaky snack.
- Wasabi peas: Hands down the greatest yet trickiest snack ever. Don't OD.
TL;DR? I switched jobs, felt 200% happier, switched my diet up, lost a stone and there's that. I'm not and don't claim to be a health or nutrition expert, just sharing some of my lifestyle changes.
Photo credit: Ambitious Kitchen & Remain Simple.