Hi everyone, hope your having a lovely weekend! I’ve been enjoying my last few days off before going back to work tomorrow. It was so hot yesterday! I can’t believe I was talking around in shorts and a vest top on the 1st October.

Yesterday we headed in to Durham to get more fruit and veggies from my favourite green grocers. I managed to snag a few pics to show you the awesome range of produce they stock:

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Their prices are so good too, I bought two massive heads of romaine, a large cucumber, large head of celery, large piece of fresh ginger and two reduced aubergines (making raw aubergine bacon right now!) for £4.50 with their discount, I love this place!

On Friday I also got my organic veg box delivered – this week I decided to add a squash box to my order:

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Holy squash! I’m going to be enjoying these for ages :-)

Last night we went to my gorgeous cousin Catherine’s wedding celebration. She got married in Turkey and this was their big party for all the family:

OOTD:

cameraroll-1317545155.543941 Orange floral tea dress: Warehouse, Black jewelled necklace: Next, black bangle: vintage, black skinny belt: Topshop, Black strappy high heels: Dune, Black clutch bag: Warehouse

This wasn’t the outfit I’d been planning to wear, James had bought me a dress as a treat but I noticed it had a stain on it, when I tried to rub it off the water made the mark worse! Anyway, I actually really liked my outfit, especially with the evening having a more summery feel. I also had my hair cut yesterday as it was desperate! Unfortunately this pic doesn’t really show my new hair colour that well, its not a dramatic change from before but it is darker and redder!

This weekend I have also been continuing my healthy feasting and it has been great! I’m feeling really good and have been enjoying some delicious food:

Each morning after yoga I’ve been drinking 6 cups of green juice made from cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, parsley, lemon and ginger. I’ve had 4 cups first then the other 2 cups later in the morning:

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I’ve also been drinking home made pumpkin seed milk:

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I drank this straight up from the jar, so delicious sweetened with agave.

I’ve been going for green smoothies around lunch time (basically as soon as I start to feel hungry):

P1100844Kale, frozen cherries, raw beet, coconut water, 3 dates, ice, topped with raw almond butter, gojis and cacao nibs

P1100865 Spinach, kale, frozen banana, 3 kiwi’s, coconut water, 2 dates, ice, topped with coconut, gojis and black sesame seeds

I’ve also been snacking on lots of apples, giant fruit salads containing pineapple, raspberries, pomegranate, clemintines, melon, kiwis…

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smoothies…

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P1100870 Frozen cherries, 2 pears, raw salted almond butter (try this – it is gorgeous!)

banana, nut butter, honey and bee pollen splits with more apples and nut butter…

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and bowls of dried fruit and mixed nuts, delicious!

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Yesterday also marked the start of Vegan Mofo! Click the link for more info.

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I’m going to take part this year and will be posting on the theme of vegan on a budget! First up here’s a recipe I adapted from Oh She Glows for my healthy feast. This is made with seasonal veggies and relatively cheap raisins and sunflower seeds:

Healthy Feast Salad (vegan, makes 2 – 4 servings, adapted from Detox Salad, Oh She Glows)

  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 1 large head of cauliflower (I used romanesco)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • juice from half a lemon
  • juice from 1 clemintine
  • 2 tbsp of hemp oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp of braggs 
  • For topping (optional) sunflower seed or other nut butter

In a food processor, finely chop the broccoli, cauliflower and carrot then transfer to a large bowl. Add the raisins, sunflower seeds and chopped parsley. Mix the lemon juice, clemintine juice, oil and braggs and pour into the bowl, mixing well. Serve topped with a drizzle of sunflower seed or other nut butter. Enjoy!

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This tastes delicious! I don’t mind raw cauliflower but I’ve never been a big fan of raw broccoli, but chopped fine like this it tastes lovely. The sweetness from the raisins really sets this off too, yum!

My healthy feast has been really good, I’ve been quite surprised that I haven’t been as hungry as I expected, especially when sticking to juice and seed milk in the mornings. I’ve also been amazed at the sweetness of my smoothies without having stevia or agave in them, I’ve definitely met my aim of reacquainting myself with the taste and texture of foods without so many added powders and potions! I’ve actually enjoyed it so much I might consider doing this every few months and I think 5 days is just about the right length of time. I still have tomorrow to go but will be easing out of it by eating more in the morning and adding bigger meals.

Sorry for the long post! I’ve just had so much to share from the weekend :-) How has your weekend been? Do you have a favourite place for getting your produce? I love my local green grocer and the discount makes it massively cheaper than the supermarket!

Hope you have a great week ahead!