I think I need to confess something! I am addicted to courgettes! Not the ones from the shop, no way, but the ones from my garden. There is something so exciting and satisfying about picking something from the garden and eating it an hour later. I have had this with strawberries before (from the garden) but have never had that many- enough for some at lunch, or some to add to a smoothie.
Yesterday evening I picked one green and one yellow courgette, to add to my dinner. I sliced them thinly and put them on a baking tray with a squirt of oil and a sprinkle of oregano. I roasted them along with a bean burger and some sweet potato. I piled the courgette strips on top of the burger, and had it with a salad, gherkin and some beetroot. Yum.
I can see more growing too, how exciting!
I have been looking in my recipe books for recipes to use, and have found one for chocolate courgette muffins. I have a nice looking recipe in the Rachel Allen Bake book too- so many recipes, so little time! Something to look forward to after my holiday 🙂
I also made some pecan blondies from the Hummingbird Bakery book (for sunday tea) which made the house smell amazing!
Today I tried porridge before my long run. I left it the same amount of time after eating before heading out, and in fact I was fine, so I may try it again. I did 7 miles, but it was so hot and I was feeling very sluggish. I had to stop and walk because I was feeling so hot, and at one point had to find some shade to stand in for a bit. It did occur to me that as I have been so busy and rushed in the mornings I have forgotten to take a multivitamin for a while now. Being veggie although I do try to include iron-rich foods in my diet (especially oats, lentils, nuts) but I also normally have a vitamin with iron every other day. So I wondered if that is why I have been struggling more than usual. So I made sure I had one today. My whole run took me 69 mins, which included 3 mins of walking/ stopping, so to do 7 miles in that time isnt bad for me.
Once home I had a weird cereal bar (a fairtrade apricot and kernel bar)- it was ok, chewy and sweet and what I fancied, but not sure if I would get it again. After my shower I made a coconut water smoothie (coconut water with banana and frozen mango- served both of us).
Then on to lunch! I had a wholemeal pitta bread with dark chocolate PB in it-mmmmmmmmm amazing! Plus apple, cherries, and some almonds.
Off out for tea now, I am hoping to fit in another run tomorrow (last one before holiday) so might try the porridge again to see how it goes.