TTLG tea party

I have been the Queen of afternoon teas this week and have been lucky enough to enjoy two! First was on Monday afternoon as part of the finale of the body image, well being and self esteem project I’ve been working on since January. The project involved working with two groups of girls from two different schools who had been picked because their teachers felt they needed some support. The project worked with them to feel more valued, discuss issues around food and what is healthy, and empower them with knowledge, confidence and an improved sense of well being. It was featured in the local paper and you can see the article here. The finale of the project was a big tea party where the girls designed the menu to reflect some of things we had discussed. Here’s the menu they came up with:

TTLG menu

Rather different from the usual afternoon tea! It was still indulgent, but included some healthier options. A lot of what we discussed within the project was about finding a healthy balance and not having ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods. I particularly loved the smoothies in tea pots for a fun twist! 

My second afternoon tea was at Pantry 108 in London, but more on that to come in a future post! So yes it has been rather an indulgent week, but I’ve very much enjoyed it. I was in London on Thursday and Friday and obviously I had to make the most of it…

Eat

I popped to Whole Foods for a salad box which was gorgeous as always, along with a triple green smoothie:

Whole foods salad bar box

I was staying close to Kings Cross so I didn’t have to carry my bags too far, so I enjoyed food from the Leon in the station a couple of times:

Leon blueberry porridge potBrown buttered toast and a blueberry, seed and honey porridge pot

Leon superfood saladSuperfood salad, yum!

I really do adore Leon’s food. Their cook books are pretty awesome too! On Friday I met up with Dannii (some very exciting things in the pipeline there bloggers!) and we went to Pod for lunch:

Super grain salad pod

I had the super grain salad which was very filling and delicious. Other than the indulgent afternoon teas it’s been mostly the usual stuff:

Chocolate cherry porridge almond butterchocolate cherry porridge topped with almond butter

Green smoothie with cacao nibsgreen smoothie with kale, banana, avocado and grass fed vanilla whey protein topped with peanut flour sauce and cacao nibs

Coconut chia pudding strawberriesCoconut chia pudding with strawberries

Red lentil korma 1The most fabulous red lentil korma with broccoli

Quinoa salad with tahini sauceQuinoa lentil salad with lemon tahini sauce

For Mother’s Day I cooked some gammon and served it with new potatoes, salad and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference coleslaw (which is nomtastic!):

Gammon salad new potatoes coleslaw

Then I rustled up a grain free strawberry cake with coconut cream:

Grain free strawberry cake

A pretty delicious week all round!

Move

File0001614773988Those aren’t my feet, but I was walking lots in my ballet pumps :-)

Workouts this week:

  • Monday – Kristin McGee Pre Natal Power Yoga
  • Tuesday – gym: 10 minutes cross trainer, 10 minutes bike, strength routine
  • Wednesday – gym: 10 minutes cross trainer, 10 minutes bike, strength routine
  • Thursday – walking around London a lot
  • Friday – walking around London a lot more!
  • Saturday – glorious rest
  • Sunday – more glorious rest

Pretty happy with that to be honest! My feet and ankles are aching from the walking!

Wear

Primark tea dressDress: Primark, tea cup and saucer necklace: shop in Brighton Laines, tan leather belt: Topshop, tights: H&M, lace effect pumps: New Look

For the tea party on Monday I wore a dress from Primark I’d bought in a larger size. I added an above the ‘bump’ belt and my tea cup and saucer necklace. When I was in London I did a bit of shopping and finally bought some maternity jeans:

296373741New Look: £27.99

These are reversible (so you can turn them inside out for a darker colour) and are oh so comfortable! I had tried some on in H&M but didn’t find them as comfortable, however I did get a few other things from the regular collection in H&M including pretty colourful scarves, long line vest tops and a kimono style jacket / top.

Love

Whole foods haulRice bread wraps, Dr Bronner soap, rice syrup sweetener, mint flavouring, raw crackers, Lucy Bee coconut oil

I didn’t go mental in Whole Foods like I have in the past, I just bought these few goodies and I was quite proud of myself! I’ve had the mountain bread wraps before and really enjoyed them as well as the raw crackers. I needed to stock up on Dr Bronner and I fancied trying the rice syrup as I’ve seen it in quite a few recipes recently. Since I’ve been enjoying making my own raw chocolate I thought that purchasing a big jar of coconut oil would be more cost effective than getting bars of it ready made. I got the mint flavouring so I can make it minty! Also…

15 weeks pregnant now and I definitely have a distinctive little bump // all the lovely things the girls said about the project at the tea party // getting our little garden at the back of the flat done // time to myself // seeing my cousin Bea in London // getting very excited about future plans // talking blogging with Danni

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Well what a week indeed. I am happy to be getting back to normal next week, and starting the green smoothie challenge too of course! I’m really chuffed that so many of you will be joining in. I hope you all enjoyed the free green smoothie guide included with this months newsletter, I’d love any feedback if you have it. I’ll be posting more details of the challenge tomorrow, but if you are sharing your green smoothies on social media don’t forget to tag me @lauraagarwilson and use the hash tag #KHGSgreensmoothiechal 

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How has your week been? Where is your favourite place to get healthy food on the go? When I don’t have the range of options London had available, I like Pret, especially their green juice! Have you eaten at Leon or Pod before?

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