I grew up around food, watching my grandmother create little miracles on a daily basis. Helping my mom prepare some of the nicest meals, and later on trying my hand at replicating my favourites. This blog is a way for me to channel my inner foody. I will share recipes as well as some of my favourite places to visit around Oxford as well as other parts of the UK and my home country Bulgaria. Bon Appetit!
Saturday, 9 April 2016
A Week in Salads - The Tuna Medley
My last salad and it is a stunner! This came about as a “oh dear what have I got in the fridge that needs eating”. Turns out I had quite a lot actually. Initially I had something very different planned but as I was looking through my veggie crisper on Thursday night I was inspired. I am sticking to my need for protein as I have started running and I don’t want to give myself the excuse or option to stop. I won’t lie I was a little uncertain about what I was putting together at first but it turned out to be super delicious and very refreshing. What you need for the tuna medley is:
1 can of dolphin safe tuna in brine - not oil
½ gemme lettuce
Two tomatoes or a handful of cherry ones
⅓ of a cucumber
150gm asparagus blanched
150 cooked broccoli
1 teaspoon mayo
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 hard boiled egg, optional
You may have gathered from the previous posts that making the salads is essentially a toss all in a bowl and mix. I miss the mayo and tuna together and add it on top along with the egg once i had mixed and seasoned all the veggies. It makes it look very pretty. Really it is up to you how you will arrange your salad.
Try not to deny your cravings. Cravings is the undoing of all healthy food plans, they make your efforts unpleasant and eventually you crack. We have already talked about cheat days, and this is essentially what the cheat day is for. If you want to have a piece of chocolate or a cake then then do. If you can make it be a healthier version of your original craving and feel satisfied then you are a genious and a better person than me. BE CAREFUL though! Do not eat a whole cheesecake (in one day…) or a box of 12 Krispy Kremes like I did. If you are having a low sugar diet having your cheat day be filled with sugary treats will just set you back to the beginning. Try and think things through and find healthy alternatives to the foods you crave such as:
Avocado chocolate mousse
Dark chocolate instead of milk or chocolate covered nuts
Raisins and dried fruit instead of sweets
Roast your own nuts with spices instead of crisps
I know that all of this seems “easy to say hard to do” but I am only sharing what I have already experienced myself. It is not easy that is true but it is not easy to begin with when you are figuring out the balance of it all, what works and what doesn’t what you like and what you don’t. Let us all be honest and admit that it is a part of life, you do it with every other aspect of existence, we spend days trying to figure out the best mobile phone to get and research smartwatches for weeks before we buy one. Why not be as careful with our food, we are what we eat at the end and I for one want to be a lovely seasonal salad!