Monthly Archives: November 2014

Date night

So I didn’t do a food diary last night as it was date night and I didn’t have a clue how many syns I had!

Yesterday started out really well with an attempt at making quinoa porridge and an early morning trip to the gym, then I met andy, who was there to play golf, in the clubhouse for a drink (just a diet coke for me!)


But that evening andy took me to my favourite restaurant EVER for dinner. If you live local to manchester and you have never tried Cafe Istanbul in the town centre, you need to get yourself down there! It is amazing, I always have the same, fish cakes with a mango sauce to start and we share a Turkish mixed grill as the main.
The night got even better when I suggested a trip to the christmas markets which were only round the corner. It’s a tradition that every year we go out together to choose a new ornament for the Christmas tree so we got that while we were at the markets.

I am like a big kid when it comes to christmas, and today after weeks of battling I was finally allowed to put the Christmas tree up!! It was a bit more of a challenge than usual because oliver wanted to help, although his version of helping was playing with the glittery balls! But with the yankee candle sugared Apple jar burning (which smells soooo good, my current fave, sweet and christmassy!) and the christmas songs playing, I am now officially in the Christmas mood!!

K x




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Food diary 30 nov

Breakfast – ham and mushroom omlette with 1/2 healthy extra a for cheese

Lunch – none, was busy decorating the xmas tree!

Dinner – pasta and sauce with second 1/2 of healthy extra a for cheese

Snack – 1/2 coconut macaroon (5 syns) grapes, satsuma

Not a good day today as wasn’t feeling great!

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Food diary

Breakfast – mixed fruit

Snack – banana

Lunch – jacket potato and leftover chilli

Snack – Special K chewy bar (healthy extra b)

Dinner – slimming world tandoori chicken with rice

Options Hot choc (2 syns and healthy extra a), frozen Freddo (5 syns)

7 syns for day
K x

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Food diary 27 nov

Breakfast -porridge made with oats (healthy extra b) and coconut milk (healthy extra a) topped with banana, blueberries and 1/2 pack fruit and nut shot (2 syns)

Lunch – chicken salad with fat free French dressing

Dinner – chicken and veg skewers with quinoa

Snack – weightwatchers iced dessert (3 syns)

5 syns for day

5 cups of green tea

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Food diary 26 nov

Breakfast – mixed fruit, Special K chewy bar (healthy extra b)

Snack – rice cake with peanut butter (3 .5 syns)

Lunch – leftover chilli con carne with cheese (healthy extra a)

Dinner – chicken, cous cous, roasted veg

Snack – Freddo (5 syns)

8.5 syns for day

5 green teas

Food diary 25 nov, green tea challenge day 2

Breakfast – mixed fruit

Snack – yogurt and banana

Lunch – jacket potato, tuna, salad, fat free French dressing

Snack – satsuma, Special K chewy bar (healthy extra b), Apple

Dinner – chilli con carne (see recipes section!)

Snack – frozen Freddo (5 syns)

Green tea challenge – had all 5 cups today

RECIPE – syn free chilli con carne

A firm fave in our house!! I do mine in the slow cooker and have to Cook the vegetables separately as the husband refuses to eat them! But otherwise I would just put all the raw beg in the slow cooker.

1 pack extra lean mince (or pork or Turkey mince just add an extra beef stock cube)
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 red pepper
Refried beans
Pasata or chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
Beef stock cube

1) Brown the mince in a pan with the crumbled stock cube, Worcestershire sauce and garlic.

2) Transfer to slow cooker, add pasata (or chopped tomatoes), veg, refried beans and spices.


3) Cook on medium for aprox 4 hours


4) Serve with rice or jacket potato, add Healthy extra a of cheese.


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Mending a broken fingernail

I’ve seen on a few websites how you can repair a broken fingernail with a teabag. So after grating my fingernail on the cheese grater last night I thought I would give it a try and let you lot know how I got on!!

My broken nail 😦


I cut open the teabag and emptied the contents out then cut a small square out of the teabag.



Then I painted my nail with the nails inc a&e base coat and while it was still wet put the teabag square over the break and cut to size.



I did another coat of the a&e base coat and waited for it to dry.


Once the base coat was dry I did two thin layers of nail varnish. This is the h&m one in midnight passion.


Mended nail! 🙂


I finished up with a coat of Nail HQ gel top coat and my nail is mended! You can’t see where the break was at all! I will definitely be trying this again!

K x

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Food diary 24 nov green tea challenge day 1

Breakfast – mixed fruit, green tea x2

Lunch – cheesy (healthy extra a) garlic chicken pasta with courgette, onion and mushrooms, green tea


Snack – satsuma, green tea

Tea – bacon (fat trimmed off) fry lite fried eggs, mushrooms, syn free hash browns and baked beans, green tea


Snack – 6 galaxy minstrels (3 syns) frozen Freddo (5 syns) Special K dark chocolate chewy bar (healthy extra b)

8 syns for day

Green tea challenge – getting used to the taste, didn’t feel as hungry through the day and energy levels seem to be up!

K x

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RECIPE – syn free super speed hash browns

These hash browns are delicious, syn free and contain 3 super speed veggies to get that metabolism going!

1 small potato grated
1 small carrot grated (super speed)
1 onion grated (super speed)
1/2 courgette grated (superspeed)
Large pinch of salt
1/2 to 1 egg
Fry light

1) place all veg into a towel and gently squeeze to remove most of the moisture. Mix in a bowl with the salt

2) gradually add the beaten egg to the mix until it is sticky

3) shape into patties aprox 1/2 an inch thick on grease proof paper. Spray liberally with fry light


4) bake in oven on high for 15 mins, after 15 mins carefully turn, respray with fry light and put back in the over for another 15 mins


5) enjoy!!


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