My Food Philosophy, a bit about the 5 & 2 and a soup recipe
My husband has recently decided to jump on the 5 & 2 Diet bandwagon. Do you it? What do you think? If you don’t know about it you can take a look here at the official website or if you want some reviews and different opinions check them out here, here or here.
I’m not necessarily a subscriber of anything that is labelled a “diet” with a strict regime but each to their own really and I mean that, you are in charge of your own body. Personally, I’m more of a whole food, fresh food, real food, treats in moderation person. Let’s say 80/20 as I do like my cheeky chocolate after dinner (also probably too fickle to follow a specific diet for any length of time if I’m really honest).
I would like to say that I’m packet free, but I’m not. Life is busy and sometimes a quick snack from a packet is the way to go. I do read the labels though, and try to pick the least bad ones but I’m also not banning anything outright in our home either. My girls know about “sometimes food” and “every day” food, their preschool was really big on that which helped but it doesn’t stop them from asking (or getting) junk sometimes usually with a reminder that it is crap. They are becoming more aware of the effect junk has on their bodies when they over indulge and are starting to make their own choices too. We eat really healthily most of the time so I’m ok with the ice creams and party / holiday / whatever “treats” etc too. Where do you stand on that?
I have been known to do “cleanses” which seems to work well for me when I need to “reset” but wouldn’t necessarily advocate that for everybody (especially not the extreme one I did in my younger years in Thailand, looking back on that I wonder what I was thinking, oh my, disgusting, best not ask!).
I would love to live in Italy, si, wouldn’t you? as I favour a more “mediteranean” way of eating (and I like the clothes, a lot). That said, I don’t usually eat huge amounts of pasta or bread but when I do I REALLY enjoy it.
This is me in liquid form starting with the tea at the bottom and finishing with the tea at the top. What? The chocolates were like liquid when I took this photo it was so hot they had melted (so had to be slurped).
I usually look at what we are eating across the week and try to balance it out. If there has been a cake with sugar in it then the next baked thing I make may be low or no sugar, if there has been a meal with lots of grains then the next may be meat and salad etc. Maybe. If there has been toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch we may have something gluten free for dinner. That’s one of the reasons why I find meal planning so effective, you can really take stock of what you are eating and be mindful about it. (I have suggested meal plans for the week here if you are interested). But hey I’m not perfect and don’t live in a bubble and somedays when it’s all gone to shit we ship in the take away and I love hot chips as much as the next person.
In a nutshell, this has turned into a bit of a ramble so I will get to the soup, my philosophy is that I think it’s important to educate yourself and your family and make the food choices that are right for you. Really, to listen to your own body and do what makes it feel good. My husband listened to his and apparently it has said 5 & 2 is the thing for him! So he is giving it a try, he’s up to week 3 and rather hungry today as I just got a text saying he wants MEAT!
So about that soup – I came up with this Chilled Pea & Yoghurt Soup as I’ve been experimenting with cold soups lately – mine was with and his was without the yoghurt. I had it for lunch and his was for dinner. It’s really quick and easy to make and just requires some chilling time. I know there are some cold soup haters out there, you could have this warm if you wanted or not have it at all!
Nutritional Tip: Did you know that peas are a good source of vegetable protein, B vitamins and folate? Some of their nutritional benefits are that they keep the blood sugar levels steady, boost immunity and help support the nervous system and digestion. So there you go! I haven’t done the exact calculation but there is around 260 calories in this if you are using yoghurt, less obviously without.
Timesaver Tip: You can make up batches of the soup and freeze it before adding in the yoghurt – just add the yoghurt (if using) before you are ready to eat.
First up is the regular method for Chilled Pea & Yoghurt Soup followed by the Thermomix version. Even if you are not interested in the 5 & 2 this is a really yummy soup for warm days as a starter or a light lunch and it’s good for you too! Serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a starter. Here you go…
What you need:
1 Tbsp vegetable stock concentrate & 450 mls water or 450 mls liquid vegetable stock
450 g frozen peas
1/2 brown onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
300 g greek or natural yoghurt (optional but good!)
salt & pepper to taste
For the garnish:
2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped or torn
2 tsp lemon zest
olive oil (for drizzling)
What you do:
Put the stock, onion and garlic in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the peas. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Cool, add salt & pepper and then transfer to a blender or use a stick blender and blitz until it’s smooth. (If you are going to freeze some do that now)
Add the yoghurt and stir through
Put the soup in the fridge until well chilled (a couple of hours)
To serve, add mint and mix well and then transfer into serving bowls. Garnish with the lemon zest and olive oil