Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter Sunday Food Diary.

Free Foods: baked beans, bacon, fried eggs, roast potatoes, gammon, gravy, fat free natural fromage frais, cups of tea, mugshot.
Super Free Foods: tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, swede, onion, peas, raspberries, strawberries, grapes.
Healthy Extras: A - 30g Cheddar. B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread.
Syns: Nestle bubbly lamb - 7.5. M&S bubbly bunny - 6. Lindt mini egg - 4
Total Syns: 17.5

Happy Easter   
  ( . .)

Rebecca xo

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Slimming World Colourful Carbonara

As I have already mentioned in my first recipe post, I am a huge pasta, pizza anything Italian fan, whilst flicking through the seven day menu on the Slimming World App, I came across this 'Colourful Carbonara' which I really wanted to try, as I love carbonara and I love vegetables, so to have the two combined seemed like perfection... and it was.

Serves 4 People.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Syns per serving: FREE

♥ 312g dried pasta
♥ 170g smoked back bacon ( trim all the fat)
♥ 2 garlic cloves
♥ 1 green chilli ( deseeded + chopped)
♥ 198g frozen peas (defrosted)
♥ 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
♥ 3 large egg yolks
♥ 100g quark
♥ salt + pepper

How to cook Colourful Carbonara:
1) Boil the pasta, as per the packet instructions.

2) Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a non-stick frying pan for 3-4minutes. Add the garlic and chilli, then cook for another 3 minutes, then add the peas, tomatoes and cook for a minute or so, to heat through.

3) In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and quark together, with some seasoning.

4) Ladle some of the pasta cooking water into a cup, reserve it and drain the rest away. Place the pasta back in the saucepan, add the bacon and veg, stir it together.  Remove from the heat, stir in the egg/quark mixtures, adding the saved cooking water to loosen the sauce.

5) Serve into warm bowls or onto plates and serve with a crunchy salad.   

Rebecca xo

Saturday's Food Diary.

Free Foods: mugshot, ham, quark, eggs, green chilli mixed herbs, garlic, pasta, fat free natural fromage frais.
Super Free Foods: kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, onions, tomatoes.
Healthy Extras: A - 350ml skimmed milk. B - 35g weet-a-bix mini's.
Syns: hi fi bar - 3.  Slimming World Choco Mint Mousse - 6.5
Total Syns: 9.5

Rebecca xo

Friday, 29 March 2013

Friday's Food Diary.

Free Foods: sheppards pie.
Super Free Foods: kiwi, grapes, raspberries
Healthy Extras: A - 350ml skimmed milk. B - 35g weet-a-bix mini's.
Syns: cranberries, mini cadbury creme eggs, chocolates, cadbury buttons, malteaster bunny, large glass of wine.
Total Syn: lost count.. 

It was my final day at work today so their was lots of sweets and chocolates, and then I had wine when I got home, but I shall not have any tomorrow and will do extra exercise.

Rebecca xo

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Thursday's Food Diary.

Free Foods: poached eggs, salad, mugshot, chicken, slimming world chips, baked beans.
Super Free Foods: grapes, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi.
Healthy Extras: A - 30g Cheddar. B - 2 slices of brown bread.
Syns: meringue - 3 petit filous x2 - 3 cadbury's giant buttons - 6.
Total Syns: 12.5

I didn't have any syns all day, so having this about 8:30ish was so nice, so filling, creamy and yummy :) especially with the few chocolate buttons, felt like I was eating something really bad and unhealthy when realistically I wasn't :)

Rebecca xo

Wednesday's Food Diary

Free Foods: pasta, ham, mixed herbs, passatta, smash 30g, mugshot.
Super Free Foods: kiwi, apple, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, onion, tomato
Healthy Extras: A - 30g cheddar. B _ 35g weet-a-bix mini's.
Syns: 100ml skimmed milk - 2, 10g butter - 3.5. petit filous x2 - 3. hi fi bar - 3.
Total Syns:  11.5

Rebecca xo

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Slimming World Lasagne.

Now, I love Lasagne, Lasagne is my most favourite Italian meal, I have eaten it out at so many restaurants and I have even made my own, although my own consisted of cream, white sauce, cheese sauce and full fat cheese, which in my defense is absolutely gorgeous, so so yummy,  but I can't bare to think of the syn content on that, so whilst I was trailing through the Slimming World website, I can across a Lasagne recipe, so I got all the ingredients and made it :)

Serves 4 People.
Preparation Time: 30minutes.
Cooking Time: 25-30minutes.
Syns Per Serving: 1.5 (although you have to add 6 syns if your not using extra lean minced beef)

♥ 380g extra lean minced beef (less than 5% fat)
♥ 1 courgette (cut into small slices
♥ 1 red pepper (de-seeded and cut into small chunks)  
♥ 1 onion (peeled and cut into pieces)
♥ 400g can of chopped tomatoes
♥ 400g of pasatta
♥ 4 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
♥ 2 tsp of dried mixed herbs
♥ 500g fat free natural yoghurt
♥ 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
♥ lasagne sheets
 ♥ 4 level tbsp of grated parmesan     
♥ salt and pepper
♥ mixed salad

How To Cook Lasagne:
1) Pre heat your oven to 200oc/Gas Mark 6. Get a large non stick frying pan and place it over a high heat. Add the minced beef, red pepper, courgette, onion, garlic and stir fry for 6-8 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, passatta and mixed herbs. Season well, continue to the stir the ingredients and cook for another 12-15 minutes.

2) In a separate bowl, mix together to yoghurt and the eggs, until their really smooth.

3) Spoon half the meat mixture into a dish and then place lasagne sheets on top. Coat the lasagne sheets with half of the yoghurt mixture and then place the remaining meat mixture on top. Add the final lasagne sheets, cover with the remaining yoghurt mixture and top with grated parmesan.

4) Bake in the oven for 25-30minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve on plates with your mixed salad.

 It is so so simple, and I must say it tasted so nice, the only that was different was the sauce, because it was yoghurt and egg, it was a different texture and didn't hold so well when I cut the first piece, it's also a different texture, its like the topping of a moussaka, that soft, light mousse style sauce.
I also made my own salad with little gem lettuces and cherry tomatoes, because I prefer that to bags of mixed salad.

 Rebecca xo

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Tuesday's Food Diary

Free Foods: rice, passata sauce, mixed herbs, mugshot, ham.
Super Free Foods: grapes, raspberries, kiwi, tomatoes, onions, peppers.
Healthy Extras: A - 250mil Semi Skimmed Milk. B - 35g weet-a-bix mini's
Syns: 25g dried cranberries - 4.5. petit filous - 1.5. 25g cheddar cheese - 5. rocky road high fi bar - 3.
Total Syns: 13.5

Rebecca xo

My First Week.

As I have created this blog after completing my first week, I have decided to just roll this week into one  post, and then I can start today with doing daily posts of my food diary :)

Tuesday 19th March
Free Foods: scrambled egg, chicken, mash potato, spring greens, tea, squash, water.
Super Free Foods: carrots, peas, grapes, kiwi's x2.
Healthy Extras': A- 30g Chedder. B - 2 slices of brown bread.
Syns: Aldi Soup - 10.5. WeightWatchers Carrot Cake slice - 4
Total Syns: 14.5

Wednesday 20th March
Free Foods: baked beans, ham, potato, peppers, courgettes, onions, natural yoghurt, tea, water.
Super Free Foods: kiwi, apple, plum , grapes, raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce.
Healthy Extras: A - 250ml Semi Skimmed Milk. B- 35g weet-a-bix mini's.
Syns: 25g dried cranberries - 4.5. meringue - 3. cheese - 1.5
Total Syns: 9

Thursday 21st March
Free Foods: baked beans, potato, ham, chicken, tea, squash, water.
Super Free Foods: raspberries, carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes.
Healthy Extra's:  A - 250ml Semi Skimmed Milk. B- 35g weet-a-bix mini's.
Syns: 25g dried cranberries - 4.5. light laughing cow triangle - 1.5. meringue - 3. jaffa cake - 2.5
Total Syns: 11.5

Friday 22nd March
Free Foods: scrambled egg, smoked salmon, mugshot, natural yoghurt, slimming world chips, baked beans, tea, squash, water.
Super Free Foods: tomato, kiwi, grapes, appl.
Healthy Extra's: A - 30g Cheddar. B - 35g weet-a-bix minis.
Syns:100ml skimmed milk - 2. 25g dried cranberries - 4.5. lightly dusted fish - 14.
Total Syns: 25.5

Saturday 23rd March
Free Foods: egg, baked beans, bacon, mugshot, kidney beans, onions, tinned tomatoes, rice.
Super Free Foods: tomato, kiwi, grapes, apple x2
Healthy Extra's: A - 30g Cheddar. B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread.
Syns: petit filous 50g pot - 1.5. jaffa cake x2 - 5
Total Syns: 6.5

Sunday 24th March
Free Foods: scrambled egg, salmon, mugshot, chicken, peppers, spring onions, noodles, 0% fat free fromage frais, tea, water.
Super Free Foods: kiwi, apple raspberries, grapes.
Healthy Extras: A - 30g Cheddar. B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread.
Syns: petit filous 50g pot - 1.5. 25g dried cranberries - 4.5. Jaffa Cake x 2 - 5.
Total Syns: 11

Monday 25th March
Free Foods: mugshot
Super Free Foods: raspberries, grapes
Healthy Extras: A - 350ml skimmed milk. B - 35g weet-a-bix mini's
Syns: petit filous 50g pot - 1.5
Total Syns: 1.5

That is everything I ate in my first week at slimming world, looking at it all it looks so so much, but eating all of that, not exercising a lot, just a walk here and there, and then working in a shop, gave me a 4LB weightloss when I stepped on those scales. I was so so proud of myself. 

Rebecca xo

Extra Easy

With Slimming World, their are three different plans you can follow, red, green or extra easy. I follow extra easy because personally, its the best, you have so much variety that you can choose from that you don't seem to fret so much about what your eating.

You get 'Super Free Foods', 'Free Foods', 'Healthy Extra's' and 'Syns'.
Your 'Super Free Foods' are all your fruit and veg, you can eat it until your blue in the face, their is no limit on how much fresh fruit and veg you eat.
Your 'Free Foods' are foods you most probably find yourself eating quite a lot normally, like: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, starchy veg, rice, pasta and meat replacements. All of this you can also eat until your blue in the face.
Your 'Healthy Extra's are your A and your B, with the extra easy plan they want you to have one A and one B a day, which at first I thought was going to be tricky, but actually its not. Your A is milk or cheese and then the B's are cereals, bread, dried fruit, canned fruit, cooked fruit, soups, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Theirs quite a choice, so I had cereal and milk for breakfast, then that's my A and B eaten for the day :)
Then theirs your 'Syns' which is basically anything that isn't on the other three lists. You get 5-15 syns a day, which honestly 15 syns is quite a lot. For example, one Jaffa Cake is 2.5 syns, so if I felt as though I just wanted chocolate and that I really needed chocolate, then if I just had super free and free foods for all that days meals, then I could use up all my 15 syns and have 6 Jaffa Cakes :)

Rebecca xo


On Monday 18th March, I joined Slimming World, with my mum, we recently moved house and through researching online, found out that their was a local Slimming World literally 5minutes from our new house. So we took a dive into the unknown water and went along to join. Now I new a little about Slimming World through my parents following it before but I never joined in. Now I have a cruise coming up in July, and also I am off to Borneo in September to help look after the Orangutans and explore the island through jungle trekking and trip on long boats, therefore I really want to lose some weight and improve my fitness.

So, this page on my blog is going to be 100% dedicated to my Slimming World journey, I shall be posting recipes to meals I cook, my food diary to show what I have been eating, little snippets into how I am feeling and it's only fair that I show how I get on at each weigh in.

Rebecca xo

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