Last week I embarked on my first ever 7 day green smoothie challenge from Vedged Out. Today, the scales tell me I have lost 3lb which isn’t bad after a week of good, tasty food and in fact more allowance of it per day than I could manage. I wasn’t sure at first but when I looked deeper to see that I didn’t have to count calories and was allowed giant smoothies twice a day, even more giant salads with gorgeous dressings like ranch and tahini and unlimited salsa and a whole cup of houmous to dunk carrots in AND a big bowl of hearty soup or stir fry, I knew this was the challenge for me. And really, it wasn’t all that much a challenge. The only thing I found remotely challenging was trying to plan ahead as I am naturally a very impulsive and instinctive cook who is also very budget driven and uses up what needs using. However, I found ways to entwine my ways into the challenge by going just a little rogue and making my own soups like a Curried Roasted Cauliflower Soup and a Kale Minestrone. I figured, so long as I stuck to the basic proportions of the given soup recipes and didn’t add fat or grains, I’d be fine, and apparently the scale agrees. There’s been very few times in my life where I have lost more than 2lbs in a week, and that has been from illness or stupid teenage ‘nothing but celery’ diets.
Anyhow, today is pancake day. My favourite foodie day of the year after Christmas. I love it. Maybe I love it so much because Mat loves it too and we always have great fun trying and mostly failing to flip pancakes and create weird and wonderful flavour combinations. I also have fond memories of a few years back where my now passed bunny, Binky, made the day when we discovered that he had quite the appetite for pancakes.
One minute they were there, then they were gone. We hadn’t eaten them… then we found him, under the dining table hoarding pancakes. This became Binky’s day as much as ours every year until he passed last summer. So, this year, I must celebrate my second favourite food day of the year for our little Binky and for our greedy selves.
I’ll get back on the smoothie cleanse tomorrow, promise.
A while back I tried the gorgeous Chia Seed Pancakes from Welcome To Abby’s Kitchen and they just brought so much joy with their gorgeous polka dot appearance and were super delicious served with mashed banana and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. These are definitely on the pancake menu today!
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What are you making for pancake day?