Sunday, 30 June 2013

Post Baby Diet - What I Ate This Week

It's been over three months now since I gave birth to my little princess Summer and I'm in that awkward stage where it's not acceptable to wear maternity clothes anymore but my pre-pregnancy clothes are a bit too small so unfortunately it's time to start the diet (Boooo!)

I hate being 'on a diet' eating salads bores me to tears and I just end up craving junk food until I end up giving in and having a massive binge so this time I decided to try something different. I love watching cooking programmes and one of my favourites is The Hairy Bikers, a little while ago they did a series called The Hairy Dieters and they brought out an accompanying book filled with 'real food' that were tweaked so that there are fewer calories.

I love the idea of being able to eat all the foods that I normally eat but still be on a diet so I decided to buy the book and give it a go. To make some of the meals even more low fat we replaced beef mince with turkey mince and to be honest you couldn't even tell the difference, here's some of the meals I ate this week.

Chilli Salad Bowls - 397 calories per portion

Yummy chilli in tortilla bowls with salad, this is my favourite meal that we've cooked from the book so far it's absolutely delicious and you definitely don't feel like your on a diet eating this.

Roasted Cod with Parma Ham & Peppers - 224 calories per portion

Cod wrapped in parma ham with Parmesan breadcrumbs served with roasted peppers and courgettes, I love white fish as it's not too fishy (if that makes sense) so this meal was another winner for me, we had this with cous cous aswell just to make sure we were nice and full but you could easily just have it on it's own.

Skinny Beef Lasagne - 354 calories per portion

The clever way to save calories in this recipe is the fact that they replace the pasta sheets with opened out leek leaves and it's so tasty you really don't miss the pasta. We replaced the beef mince with turkey mince to save even more calories.

Cottage Pie - 322 calories per portion

The trick with this recipe is the bulk out the mash with leeks so there's less potato and also use creme fraiche instead of milk and butter. You still feel like you're having a good hearty meal but without all the calories, that's my kind of diet.

For lunch I've been eating sliced up carrots, cucumber and wholemeal pitta bread with hummus, it's not something I could eat everyday but it's nice to have a couple of times a week.

I've also been eating cereal for lunch which is easy for me as I LOVE it, Shreddies have been my cereal of choice just lately, they're 208 calories for a 40g bowl.

Snack wise I've been loving these Soreen Banana and Soreen Original Lunchbox Loaves, they're less than 100 calories each and super yummy!

In my first week dieting I've lost 8lbs which I'm over the moon with but I don't think it's all down to eating healthier as I was also on my period so some of the weight at the start of the week was down to water retention but nevertheless I'm really pleased!

Let me know if you have any diet tips for me and also if you liked this 'What I Ate This Week' post, if you did I may make it more of a regular thing.



  1. I really love nosying at what people eat! Leeks as pasta is a good idea, I might try that.

    1. Me too! I love reading these kind of posts :) xx

  2. Love this post! Omg 8 lbs is amazing, well done!!!

    I saw that episode of The Hairy Bikers were they did the leek leaves instead of pasta - I thought it looked so unconvincing lol! I would give all the others a try though -the chilli bowls especially look really nice!
    I always quorn mince to save on calories, I can't actually stand to eat normal mince now - it tastes too gristley!

    Sparkles &



    1. Thanks Hayley! I hate beef mince because I can't stand the gristle that's why I like turkey mince cus there's no gristle xx

  3. Wowzers 8lbs loss is fantastic, the recipes look great and I love the hairy bikers :-) I might just have to go and purchase this book!!

    Hels X

    1. Thanks! I'm not expecting to lose that much again though, I'd definitely recommend getting the book xx

  4. Love this What I Ate post!! Its made me hungry though ;-) x


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