Category ArchiveBreakfast

Week 29

Current weight 13 stone 5…which is roughly 84.82kg or 187lbs

A 3/4lb gain, but after a birthday weekend which included eating 2 breakfasts out, two evening meals out and receiving 2 birthday cakes (one of which came with extra thick double cream courtesy of mini me!) I think I will take a 3/4lb gain.

I have just made another large bulk recipe of veggie chilli for future consumption and have made another batch of breakfast burritos, check them out if you haven’t tried them before. I have had a few new meals as well, but have just struggled to find the time to add them, hence today being a day when I am spending the morning working on the site. You may notice it looks a tad different, it will continue to change over the next week or so until I am happy I should add. I am looking also at how it looks on phones and tablets as well as on a normal computer screen. If I am searching for a recipe I tend to use my phone but spend more time on here on a computer itself and sometimes forget to check how it looks on other devices.

I do have to say I have become very organised at the moment planning not only my evening meals in advance but also my breakfast and lunch and snacks. I also have to say as we only have 9 days left in the month, for the first time in forever I may actually come in under £200 how cool is that! I have all of the receipts for February and am keeping them to report on at the end of the month. I also think I may start a page of healthy and cheap choices to choose from the restaurant menu!

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Week 25

Current weight 13 stone 11…which is roughly 87.54kg or 193lbs

Well, although I am happy that I finally managed to lose a lb, I am still somewhat frustrated as late last week I had in fact lost 2lbs. But onwards and upwards!

I am now on day 22 of no fizzy drinks, crisps or chocolate and actually despite my lack of weight loss I actually feel great at the moment. I would love more sleep, but hey wouldn’t we all. I made another batch of the 3 breakfasts from last week at the weekend again, this time with the correct size muffin tin and have shared them around to rave reviews, I do suggest you try these if only for a healthy, cheap, low-calorie snack. They are here, here and here. The 3 ingredient oatmeal chocolate chip breakfast cookie is probably the quickest and easiest to make!

Have been working my way through my freezer food left overs from batch cooking this month, which means I am on target for a very low shopping spend.

Finally, I have a challenge this Friday in that I am at a graduation, that may seem a strange challenge to worry about but, actually there are snacks available after the event and…well they are really nice snacks sweet and savoury and I normally eat rather a large amount of them, and I know I can’t do that this Friday and so if people could send strong vibes to help me through that hour I would really appreciate it


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Week 24

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Well have had a really interesting week where in the last 7 days I only spent money food shopping and have spent no money at works at all! Not sure why it is that I am still holding at the same weight though…

In addition I tried 3 more breakfast recipes made in advance and frozen, they can be found here, here and here. Now you have to click to see what they are. Very healthy and using a number of items from the store cupboard, yes that really does exist.

I am also now on 15 days without fizzy drinks, yes that does say 15 days and I am surprised how much I am not yet missing them. I have replaced them at home with lime cordial, just need to watch that and find the cheapest and lowest calorie as the one I am drink really isn’t lowest in either of those categories!

I also ate out last Friday, I planned ahead of the meal what I was going to choose and chose a low calorie dish, unfortunately because it worked out cheaper I had a starter with it, hummus and pitta bread. Be wary here though, I was going for the cheapest option, but at the end of the meal I had clearly eaten too much food and that was because after my starter was about the size of my normal evening meal. Be aware of looking at low calorie meals as part of a deal when you end up eating more than you normally would, massive fail there by me. 

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Week 23

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Well am in a state of shock my weight stayed the same, especially as I was out for dinner last night and know what I ate. But, well this isn’t about dieting it is about eating the right food at a low cost. Sometimes we go out to eat and choose accordingly. I must add though I did only eat a breakfast burrito yesterday as well as I went swimming and had no time to eat when I came back as it was too near to going out. I don’t recommend skipping meals it just happened that way yesterday!

Other news…actually as of today I have gone 8 days without any fizzy drinks! Yes, cheapest solutions may actually be to just stop drinking them! Who are we kidding, I am doing this for a month to see if I can, I found over Christmas my will power was working well and decided this was the time to see if I could stop for a spell, and I can.

I came across another article recently, as I know some of you enjoyed the last one. This one is about 8 Food Which are Surprisingly Good for Weight Loss and the reason why I added this, is you may be surprised at what is in that list and perhaps stop feeling guilty and not avoid these, although, moderation is probably key as well!

Finally, there is a new recipe added under breakfast in case you haven’t seen it yet, the Breakfast Burrito, and I know I say this about a lot of the recipes I find, this really is one of the best I have come across, oh and cheap to make too!

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Week 22

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Wow, from Christmas Day until News Years Day I actually lost 2lbs! My secret? Actually on this occasion pure will power!

So, can you believe I have been doing this for 22 weeks??? I can’t believe it has been that long, but I intend now to start this year as I intend to go on, time to crack this diet thing, and no excuses now as work is quieter (if there is such a thing) my lodger has gone (although I do miss them!) and finally after 18 days my sore throat has finally gone.

So, last week I added another lunch to the recipes, this time I dabbled with a vegan dish (although when you read it you will realise I did actually include meat in the first version). You can go directly to it by clicking on Mushroom Pasta if you like mushrooms you will not be disappointed and this one was not only a £1 to make it took 10 minutes!

I have also trialled, but took no pictures a breakfast burrito recipe I came across, low in calories, apparently freezes well (will let you know how that goes when I defrost the first one) and reasonably cheap to make! Perfect for those mornings when you want something filling but have not got the time to make it. Watch this space.

Finally, mini me has asked for some help with menu planning and budgeting and so I created this shopping list – menu planner from one I had used myself before that works providing you use it! Mine was laminated and so this can be printed and laminated or just create your own version to use with this to get you going. It can be downloaded Shopping-List.

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Latest breakfast

So, I decided to give the overnight oats another try this morning and thought perhaps if I add in blueberries as well as bananas maybe that is what is making the difference. It tasted quite nice and so now the clock is ticking before I feel the need to eat again.


Breakfast choices so far:

Slice of granary bread and soft (or hard) boiled egg.

Porridge (this can be pre-made in a pot or just made normal).

Yogurt with blueberries and banana.

Overnight oats with banana.

I would love to add your choices to my list so please comment so I can see what you have tried and what works for you (and what didn’t!)

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Overnight oats or not…

So, moving from milk to yogurt was clearly the way to go, adding a little peanut butter and honey with a banana also helped and so I could say this was quite a tasty breakfast.

I didn’t use the half a cup measurement, I instead added 40g of oats (as recommended on the packet of oats for a portion) then added the same amount of yogurt into my jar eyeballing it to be honest.

We have the last night, this morning, with the banana and stuff and whilst eating it photos to see below…

It did keep me full but the question is I am not sure if  would make lunch. Today I am back at work you see, and there are not many people here and boredom is a trigger for me to eat.

The jar in case you wondered was £3.50 from Wilkos and no you don’t need to use this, any tub with a lid would do but this one looked nice. In case you wondered my yogurt pot with bananas and blueberries came from Wilkos also a steal for £1 although the web says £3…


So in preparation I did bring a slightly better try of the ‘oaty bar’ as we can see and had that at about 10:45 (breakfast at my desk was about 8am). To be honest my lunch (we haven’t discussed that yet!) was eaten at 12:15 along with popcorn as an afternoon snack 3 hours early…so based on that and despite it being yummy am not sure this breakfast works for me, would be interested to hear what others find though. Feel free to comment below.


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So how is breakfast going?


So, I must confess my first attempt at overnight oats didn’t quite turn out as planned…overnight slop might be a better name for it as the amount of milk I added according to the recipe I followed (I won’t add it here as it was not good!) left me with a very drinkable I would almost say breakfast.

Sadly I forgot to take a photo but in future will remember to do that! I am not being put off though, I went back to my friend who said I should have used yogurt and so went and got the cheapest yogurt I can find and tonight will try again. How much yogurt? I asked to be informed firstly, that they don’t ever use measurement…(the sign of a good cook which she is I should add!) Then she sent me a helpful little photo which I searched and found the site it came from here so this is where I am starting tonight, adding the peanut butter and banana in the morning and will remember this time to take a photo for you all to see before I munch my way through it!

I of course continue with my banana, skyr and blueberries (photo below) and yes they are HUGE blueberries!


I also tried yestrday ‘oaty bars’ as a snack that went sadly wrong and so I shall also be eating them as cereal with milk unless I can convince mini me to take them for when back at uni.

Not so ‘oaty bars’ more ‘oaty crumble’ shall we say…this was less than half of it!


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Starting with breakfast…

During my adult like I have frequently floated between eating breakfast and not eating breakfast.

As a teenager who had a train to catch breakfast meant I had to get up earlier and so when I could skip it (parents like hawks) I did. Luckily my mum worked nights and so I frequently left the house before she got home!

As an adult I have tried many different breakfasts to keep me full and stop me snacking all morning. Believe it or not a full English breakfast used to leave me wanting to eat again within the hour.

Whilst on the Cambridge diet I used to have a soft boiled egg on a slice of granary bread with no butter. Actually that was quite nice and could keep me satisfied until my mid morning snack (the diet insisted on 5 meal a day).

However, no one wants that 7 days a week. I did try Pop Tarts (I have a sweet tooth) and they equally could keep me going for a couple of hours sometimes…but who are we kidding this is not a good choice!

My next choice was Aldi’s instant pot porridge. Now at 35p compared to other instant pots this is a bargain, what I liked to do was fill with water and add a little sugar before showering and dressing, the ensured it was thicker than the initial runny thing when you first add water. But those who are in the UK are currently having a little heat wave and so this has come to a halt until normal weather resumes.

So, to go with the weather and after a recommendation from a friend I am currently having yogurt with bananas and blue berries and wow, actually I can go at least 3 hours and still not feel hungry! I have had Aldi’s finest (Greek style which according to The Sun is the same as Muller) at 68p a pot (3 portions from that pot people!) and Skyr from Waitrosse currently 2 pots for £2.50 a creamier taste for those who prefer, but to be honest any yogurt works.

Finally I am now going to try overnight oats. I am not sure what this will taste like but have seen this on many cooking programes and I suppose I like the idea of making it before I go to bed so it is already done in the morning. Watch this space for how this turns out…

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