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Slimming Eats Recipe

Extra Easy – 3.5 syns per serving

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Chicken, Asparagus and Mushroom Bake

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Slimming Eats Recipe

Extra Easy – 0.5 syns per serving

Original – 0.5 syns per serving

Chicken, Asparagus and Mushroom Bake
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Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs, sliced into smaller pieces
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced thinly
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 400g of asparagus, chopped
  • 200g of mushrooms, sliced
  • chicken stock
  • zest of lemon
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder (2 syns)
  • olive oil spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200c of 400f (gas mark 6)
  2. Spray a frying pan with olive oil spray frying the onions till softened
  3. Add the chicken thighs and garlic and continue to fry until lightly golden.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and some lemon zest.
  5. Transfer to an oven proof dish along with the asparagus and mushrooms
  6. Cover with chicken stock.
  7. Mix the arrowroot with a little cold water to make a paste and give it a stir.
  8. Transfer to oven and bake for approx 30 mins.
  9. Serve with your choice of sides

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The recipe above has been calculated for Slimming World, however for those of you following the Weight Watchers plan or another calorie controlled type diet. Below is the approx. nutritional information (using calorie count recipe analysis)

Approx. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

per serving

Calories

247

Fat

8.1g

Saturated Fat

0.0g

Total Carbohydrate

10.7g

Dietary Fibre

3.2g

Sugars

4.3g

Protein

            32.9g

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Food Diary week commencing 14th April 2014

MONDAY 14TH APRIL – ORIGINAL

Breakfast

Bacon

Scrambled Eggs

Strawberries

Cup of tea (milk from HEa allowance)

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Lunch

Black Pepper Chicken and Roasted Squash on a bed of mixed greens and tomatoes (HEb)

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Dinner

PaleoOmg Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie – Amazing!!! (2.5 syns) (HEa)

  • (I made my own ground sausage, and pizza sauce and topped with cheese – recipe for the pie is here: Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie)

Mixed Greens

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Snacks

Banana

2 squares of dark chocolate (5 syns)

2 cups of tea (milk from HEa)

TOTAL SYNS: 7.5 syns

HEALTHY EXTRAS

  • HEa: 1 cup of lactose free milk
  • HEa: 28g of parmesan
  • HEb: 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • HEb:

Exercise: 1 hour Zumba workout

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I treated myself to a polar FT4 heart rate monitor, as I am currently doing quite a few workouts every week and it is great to see the calories burned. It is also great seeing the after burn when class is finished. I really love this watch too. Great Buy!!

 

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TUESDAY 15TH APRIL – EXTRA EASY

Breakfast

2x Chicken Sausages (2 syns)

Mushrooms

Egg

Pear

Cup of tea (milk from HEa allowance)

 

Lunch

Leftover PaleoOmg Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie (2.5 syns) (HEa)

Mixed Greens

 

Dinner

Shredded Chicken Chilli

Sweet Potato Fries (HEb)

Dollop of fat free Greek Yoghurt

Snacks

Banana

2 cups of tea (milk from HEa)

TOTAL SYNS: 4.5 syns

HEALTHY EXTRAS

  • HEa: 1 cup of lactose free milk
  • HEa: 28g of parmesan
  • HEb: 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Exercise: 1 hour Bokwa workout

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Food Diary week commencing 7th April 2014

I recently started sharing my food pictures on Instagram, with no meetings to go to, I have found it really helps to keep me motivated and on track, so thought I would revert to posting my food diary on here. I am going to do them as a weekly post and add to it each day, so be sure to come back and check.

Also if you want to join in, then please use #slimmingeats on facebook, twitter and instagram, so I can find you.

MONDAY 7TH APRIL 2014 – EXTRA EASY

Breakfast

2 eggs fried over mini butternut squash and zucchini hash browns

  • (grated zucchini and butternut squash, fried until lightly golden in rings on a pan, then carefully flipped, keeping the rings in place, crack eggs over the top and continue to cook on a low heat until eggs are cooked to your liking, you can put a lid over the top of pan if you prefer a firmer yolk)

mini homemade sausage patties (2.5 syns)

pineapple and strawberries

cup of tea (milk from HEa)

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Update from me

I just wanted to do a little update post from me.

As you know this blog was started back in 2009, in which I lost 46lbs following the Slimming World plan (mostly Extra Easy) and then fell pregnant with my daughter in 2010. During my pregnancy I kept my weight gain to a minimum and a week after she was born I was back into my pre pregnancy clothes.

I went pretty much straight back into Slimming World after she was born, but found I was able to stick to the in the week, but struggled at the weekends, as life was busy with two small children to look after. So I found although I was losing the occasional 0.5lbs to 2lbs here and there, I was gaining it back the week after and it seemed to be a viscous cycle of losing and gaining the same few lbs.

Then this year lots of stresses and illnesses saw a gain of approx 10lbs towards the end of the year and I started having some stomach issues, so did a bit of research and decided to combine clean eating into Slimming World (clean eating is basically cutting out as much processed foods as possible, all those artificial sweeteners, ingredients that sound like they come from a science lab and focusing on fresh ingredients as much as possible). I saw improvements, but things still were not right. Then just before Christmas I got talking to a friend about Paleo and found out about something called The Whole 30 program. At first, I must admit, I thought there is no way I can do this, but reading more and more into it, I loved the concept and theory behind it all and if I could heal my stomach and try and curb my sugar cravings a bit, even better. So in January decided to take on my first Whole 30. I am not going to lie, the first few days were tough, but you really have to focus on the foods you can have and not want you can not. Then I hit the stage where my stomach was starting to feel worse, as it was healing from all the foods I had taken out of my system, but I was assured things would get better, so I stuck with it and around day 20 into the first whole 30 I started to feel amazing, my stomach was so much better, I felt so healthy and full of energy and was sleeping so well. Stepping on to the scales on day 31, I saw a loss of 11.4lbs – amazing!!

Then throughout February I had a go at combining paleo into Slimming World and it was surprising how easy it was, especially with Original days and I saw a loss that month of 5lbs. Then in March I decided to do another round of Whole 30, and this one saw a loss of 8.6lbs. So I am now at a total loss of 25lbs this year and I am feeling amazing.

Through out doing it all, I have been sharing pics on instagram and facebook and it really helps to keep me motivated, hence the  decision to start posting my food diary to my blog, it will keep me on plan and hopeful give others ideas for meal plans to.

I am now combining most Paleo foods into Slimming World, but I have made a decision to occasionally allow certain none Paleo food, into my day (mainly non gluten grains and legumes) I know I can’t tolerate gluten and too much dairy is not great for me, so I limit that now. My sugar cravings have definitely reduced and I now find certain things I enjoyed before far too sweet. I feel much more in control of my food and because I feel so healthy eating this way, I want to carry on feeling this way, of course if I feel things getting out of control, I now also have the tools to reign it all back in again by jumping into another Whole 30.

You may wonder why I don’t do just Paleo to lose weight, well the main reason is because there are certain non Paleo things I include and even Paleo things you need to keep a reign on to lose weight and because of that. So combined into Slimming World it works perfectly. Most of the Paleo foods are in the basic Free Foods list. That is one of the things I love about Slimming World, you can really adapt it to suit you so easily.

If you want to know more about Whole 30, You can read  about it here: The Whole 30 Program but I also highly recommend reading their book “It Starts with food” as it goes into depth the theories behind it all.


I also now combine exercise into my week – 2 days of Zumba, 1 day of Bokwa and 1 day of boot camp/cardio type workout. I go to classes, I am in awe of those who can workout at home, but for me I like the atmosphere of a group class, it is great fun and the hour flies by, whereas I just can’t find the motivation to do it at home. I think it is important to enjoy the exercise you do, as if you don’t you are less likely to keep it up.

Lets hope I finally make it to goal this year. As always I will continue sharing ideas and recipes with you all.

Thank you everyone for your great support.

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