Hello lovelies, I hope you had a great weekend! I’m posting my usual Sunday post today as yesterday we were travelling home from a brilliant holiday in Brighton. Well I say holiday, to be honest I feel like I need another holiday to recover! It seemed to fly over and we were pretty busy. As I’ve blogged about before, James and I tend to visit Brighton at least once a year as my Aunt and Uncle live down there. It’s one of our fave places in the world, so we try and visit as often as we can.
One of my favourite things about Brighton is the range of food, certainly in comparison to were we live up north. I certainly made the most of it, but found a good balance of healthier foods and lots of treats!
goats cheese, avocado and sun dried tomato salad
salad box from Foodilic – this was amazing!
salad from Iydea – equally as delicious!
mixed berries and banana with kefir and walnuts for a healthy breakfast
iced mint and lemon rooibos tea for me and latte for James
hot chocolate from Cafe Nero
wonderful gelato in salted peanut butter caramel and chocolate hazelnut crunch
beautiful slice of vegan carrot cake from Infinity Foods Cafe with a decaf latte on the side
Big pizza! My favourite treat meal – from Fat Leo
scrambled eggs on toast as a treat breakfast out on our last day
Other treats included fish and chips, a 99 ice cream cone eaten while walking along the sea front and lots on non alcoholic ginger beer! I also had some fresh citrus green juice when I felt like I needed a veggie boost. Over all I was really happy with my eating over the holiday. I didn’t feel any guilt for the treats I had and enjoyed them to the full. Part of this was because I ate them very mindfully and stopped when I was full every time, which is something I used to struggle with.
Walking, walking and more walking! I did no set workouts on holiday, but we walked the mile and a half-ish into town and back twice a day, plus a lot of walking around town so probably about 6 miles a day. For a pregnant lady I don’t think that’s half bad!
I’m going to save most of my wears for when I recap some of the things I bought down there, but I had to share this cute gold paper plane ring I picked up from the Rose Hill Boutique.
James and I on Brighton beach
Me, Lucie from Journeys Through Meadows and Christina from paperbagblog (photo courtesy of Lucie)
me and Tamzin from Salad and Sequins.
Obviously I loved a lot of things about the holiday, but one of my biggest loves was spending lots of time with James talking about the future, including agreeing on our baby names! I also loved seeing my blogger besties, Tamzin, Christina and Lucie. They are awesome girls and I love that I’ve made these friendships through blogging. I only wished I lived closer to them all! Also…
seeing James having so much fun talking to bands at the Great Escape Festival // chats with my Aunt and Uncle // drives out to the country for a country pub meal // feeling reenergised and re focused // getting a big kick from the baby on Friday night and being half way through my pregnancy
- My interview with Sarah Wilson and a recipe from I Quit Sugar for Life
- How to get sh*t done – my tips for being more productive
- My recipe for grain free blueberry banana bread
- 19 weeks pregnant – my first half faves
- Get Fit For Free – my post on great You Tube Channels for fitness at The High Tea Cast
- 21 tips to prepare your body for pregnancy via Mind Body Green
- 5 natural home care products you can make yourself via Honestly Healthy
Well this week is a bit nuts for me, this morning I’m delivering a session at Sunderland University for their mental wellbeing awareness week then this afternoon I’m starting off a new group as part of one of my community projects. Tomorrow I have a regular group and a new project starting, plus another new group starting on Thursday. Bang in the middle of all of that is my 20 week scan on Wednesday when we hope to find out the sex! We have names picked out for either which we are keeping secret. I can’t wait to find out, I just hope peanut plays ball and doesn’t hide it’s bits during the scan!
What are your favourite treat foods to enjoy on holiday? How do you find a healthy balance?
Glad you had fun and as always it was a pleasure to see you! If I go abroad I like to try out local foods even if they are not on the healthy side of things but I do usually stick to what I know as eating foods without gluten when away can be a nightmare!
It was a pleasure to see you too!
Omg all your meals/snacks/drinks look AMAZING. I really do need to go down to Brighton and do some serious exploring. The salads, ice cream…cake…omg it looks good!
I’ve signed up to Brighton marathon as my backup for London so the post-race meal options will definite be a silver lining!!
Thanks Anna! It is such a great place, I’d love to do Brighton half marathon one day :-)
Eeek on the baby names! So exciting!
That ring is absolutely gorgeous Laura, what a cool find. So glad you had a lovely time in Brighton, the food all looks delicious :)
Thanks Claire, we are so excited about it all!
I love Brighton, so jealous of all your food! Can’t wait to get over there some point during the summer. Glad you had a great holiday.
Thanks Lauren, it is vegan heaven in that place!
Love brighton – so much good food and i remember having loads of tasty hot chocolate there too. I have been loving red wine and amazing steak as holiday treats as well as the occasional decaf latte with real milk – bliss….
Mmm to steak, red wine and lattes!
All to say is, I have immense Brighton envy and especially food envy! Glad you had a fab trip. Goats cheese, mmmmmm
Haha it was brilliant, I was a bit astonished at the size of the salad when I saw it!
I love Brighton, all your food there looks so good! I just got back from a long weekend in Paris, I treated myself to goat’s cheese salad and dark chocolate and went out for a long run to take in some of the touristy sights – so satisfying to run past all the tourists in the pouring rain! x
That sounds amazing, I’m looking forward to running again – Brighton was one of my fave places for that :-)
Oh my all your eats from Brighton looks amazing!!! Glad you had a lovely time. Good luck with your scan this week x
Thanks Emma, it’s today and we are beyond excited!
Salads you had look really good and delicious. When I go somewhere I always find it hard to eat healthy as I don’t know the area and don’t know where to go to eat some good quality healthy food. I think I should take time to research beforehand but many times I run out of time! I had a short break in Menorca with my boyfriend last bank holiday weekend and eating healthy was really difficult. We had a buffet style breakfast and I couldn’t resist not to have delicious Danish pastries and one morning I had a pancake with nutella! My holiday weakness are desserts and cakes and I am not bothered about fried food or meat. But I had delicious Spanish oranges every day as well and a natural yoghurt, but also green tea. If I eat something bad, I would always try to balance it with other healthier options. It’s good thing we only stayed 3 nights! Now I think that self-catering accommodation would be a better idea as with buffet style breakfast there is just too much temptation.
Those breakfasts sound amazing, I’d be the same! I do think self catering is a good option, I would love to be able to cook my own food with local produce!
Your food looks great! Especially the goat’s cheese salad. I need to try some new places out round here, because I always struggle to find great food whilst out for dinner.
Yep it can be really hard around here too, hence why we don’t eat out all that often and then make up for it when we visit Brighton!
It sounds like you had an amazing time – the goats cheese salad looks so good.
Exciting about the baby names and the big kick :D
Thanks Dannii, it was fab, definitely what I needed :-)
Glad you had a fab time, even though you need a rest now! I always feel like that after a holiday, but physically more than mentally tired, so at least my brain is refreshed.
I love to have ice cream on holiday, I never really have it at home but I love trying new flavours. We shared a pot of ice cream in Brighton- one scoop of peanut butter caramel, and one of white chocolate with honeycomb- :)