Saturday, 16 July 2016

Day 6 of 7 a day

6 days into my challenge to eat 7 fruits and vegetables a day for 7 days and over yesterday and today I've suddenly got far more energy than I had.  I would even go so far as to say, I'm feeling pretty healthy.


I started the day with my (now typical) breakfast of Skyr, this time with grapes and raspberries so only 2 of my 7.  Honestly, my fridge is looking a little bare.  This is one of the things I'm noticing that I have already shopped for fresh produce twice this week and I'm going to have to do so again.


After a food shopping trip I had a simple Buddha bowl of rice, vegetables, prawns and Teriyaki sauce.  Believe it or not, this is only 2 portions of vegetables.  I know!  It looks so much doesn't it?

Prawn Buddha Bowl - Serves 1


40g, about 1.3oz Rice
160g (total weight), approx 5oz chopped sugar snap peas, julienned carrots and pepper
A handful of prawns, defrosted if frozen
A drizzle of teriyaki sauce


Not much of a method really!  Cook the rice then serve the prawns, vegetables and sauce on top.  You could also cool down the rice quickly by chilling under cold water then serve as above.  Simple. Surprisingly tasty though.

It was deliciously tasty though and very filling.  I still had room for some dried mango afterwards mind (but unfortunately that didn't count with my rules!)

So after lunch, I've had 4 of my 7 a day.


After a snack of an apple in the afternoon, I cooked a sea bass fillet with some vegetables.  It was a bit of a success actually.  Here's the recipe;

Sea Bass with Vegetables and a Tomato Dressing - Serves 1


1 or 2 Sea bass fillets, depending on size and appetite
Small glass white wine
Knob of butter
1 spring onion (scallion)
80g, just under 3oz Tomatoes, I used red and yellow
A few spinach leaves (from my disappointing harvest this year)
A few sprigs of parsley

A few green beans and 80g, just under 3oz peas, to serve


Dry fry the sea bass fillets, skin down for a couple of minutes.  While they're cooking, put the green beans and peas on to cook.

Add the chopped spring onion and the white wine and butter and reduce the heat to medium.  Turn the fillets over and let them bubble in the sauce.  As the butter melts it will combine with the white wine.  When the fish is nearly cooked, add the chopped tomato and allow to warm through.  When ready, at the last second add the spinach and parsley then serve sprinkled with coarse sea salt.

So how do I feel?

Today's 7 a day actually felt quite easy.  This is becoming more routine.  I do wonder though whether the reported health benefits are more to do with what you don't eat than what you do.  There is no way you could eat a whole load of treats and still fit in the fruits and vegetables you would need to, at least not without eating when you're not hungry.

If you'd like to read about my journey, please click on the links below:

Why am I eating 7 fruits and vegetables a day?
Day 1 of 7 a day
Day 2 of 7 a day
Day 3 of 7 a day
Day 4 of 7 a day
Day 5 of 7 a day
Day 6 of 7 a day
Day 7 of 7 a day
What did I learn by eating 7 a day for a week?

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  1. I am following this with interest, because I am overweight and unwell. I have already cut down on fat and am nearly sugar free and eat plenty of wholefoods, but I know that my food of convenience is generally grain-based and that's not good. I need to establish a fruit habit. So I will use what you've said here and previously. Thank you :-)

    1. Oh I'm so sorry you're unwell. I hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. Sea bass is one of my favourite fish and this looks delicious! I really need to do my own 7 a day for 7 days challenge - It would be a great kick start to eating healthily as although I am healthy most of the time I do tend to give the children all the fruit and veggies and not eat enough myself!

    1. Thank you! It's worth a go because it has reset my idea of "healthy".


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