What I Eat In A Day: 24 Hours In…

Food plays an important part in a lot of people’s lives. It’s social, satisfying, celebratory, it’s even comforting. I don’t think I’ll ever be someone for whom food is “just fuel”, something purely eaten for energy and not enjoyed for its taste or texture. I love to cook, and I have my mum, who always cooked meals from scratch and introduced me and my brother to food from different cultures as we were growing up, to thank for that. I also love to share food with others, cooking three course meals for friends, or baking cakes and treats to share.

I also love to know what other people enjoy eating. I studied a couple of nutrition courses with the Open University, and am intrigued by people’s food choices and behaviours. Because of this, I love to read “What I Eat In A Day” posts, or watch videos. So when I volunteered to co-host the first London Bloggers Link Party and the theme was “24 hours in…” I thought a food diary post would be the ideal topic to kick off with.

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So here’s my food diary for a day:

7am – cup of tea

I always like to drink a cup of tea while I get ready for work in the mornings, it picks me up, ready to start the day. I like ordinary “builders’ tea”… a good old cuppa with milk, no sugar.

Breakfast

9am – mozzarella, tomato and spinach scramble and glass of orange juice

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This is a super quick and easy breakfast, inspired by Pod, and always keeps me full until lunchtime.

I just beat 3 eggs with a fork, then add to a dry pan on a high heat until the bottom just starts to cook. Then I add in 4-5 halved cherry tomatoes, 2-3 sundried tomatoes cut into quarters, 1/4 of a ball of buffalo mozzarella cut into small 1cm chunks and stir with the egg into a scramble. Just as the egg is nearly done I throw in a handful of spinach and a crack of salt and pepper and stir until the spinach has wilted. Voila!

The orange juice cuts through the savoury and salty flavour of the eggs nicely.

10am – cup of tea

With such a satiating breakfast I won’t need a morning snack, so I just had a cup of tea when I fancied.

Lunch

1pm – cajun chicken, okra, sweetcorn salsa and sweet potato

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I’m trying out having leftovers instead of making sandwiches/wraps or salads after being inspired by Elle’s what I really eat post. Last night’s dinner was one from my new Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meals recipe book, and I thought it would be perfect for leftovers. I used a baked sweet potato (blasted for 4-5 minutes in the microwave) with the sweet chilli drizzled inside rather than mashing it all together and it was super filling and tasty. The cajun seasoning is delicious on the chicken, with polenta for a nice crispy coating.

Afternoon Snack

4pm – coconut, cranberry and macadamia bar and a cup of tea

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Afternoons are my real weak point. I often get hungry within only a couple of hours of lunch during the week – I think it’s mostly a psychological thing though, and is something I’m trying to break. I usually keep a stack of snacks at work for just this kind of situation, but I’d taken them home to photograph for my blog so didn’t have any with me.

Luckily though, I’m prepared and I’d brought in one of the bars that I made for Lenka’s blog (check out the recipe and let me know if you make them – they’re so easy to make!), so I had that with… another cup of tea. I usually have around 4 cups a day.

Dinner

9pm – puy lentil, kale and bacon stir-fry

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Dinner was much later tonight than I’d usually have – my evening was busy with blog stuff and Darren was working a late shift then going to the gym so I just started cooking when I was finished with my post. I cooked up some puy lentils, then stir-fried them with streaky bacon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, broccoli, kale and lemon juice and topped the mixture with crumbled feta. Such a quick and easy meal for one! 

10:30pm – cup of tea

Before bed I had my final cup of tea of the day. I know caffeine is a stimulant, but I find a hot drink late at night is a must! Maybe I should switch to hot water!

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Reflection

I have to admit that, while this is a true food diary, it’s not necessarily representative of my diet as a whole. The next day I indulged in a blueberry muffin in the afternoon, and devoured a bag of pick’n’mix at the cinema in the evening! I do usually keep my main meals pretty healthy though, with the odd bit of “junk” thrown in.

Wine is another downfall of mine, often having a glass (sometimes two!) with dinner. But hey, everyone has their cruxes!

What about you? What do you usually eat? Do you have a “What I Eat In A Day” post to share with me? Or another post on the “24 hours in…” #LBLinkParty theme? Don’t forget to add them to the Link Party, and comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

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20 Comments

  1. 9th August 2015 / 7:34 pm

    LOVE this! …the other day I decided I wanted a proper cuppa tea and realised I haven’t even had teabags since I moved in April! I soon fixed that though 🙂 …secondly, i didn’t know anyone knew about okra! hahaha! It reminds me of back home in Barbados and I guess is what would be classed as “ethnic” in Tesco! pahaha! …and then awesome pinable image 🙂 ahhhh! xoxo

    • Georgina Spenceley
      10th August 2015 / 10:41 am

      Ahhh thanks Elle! I couldn’t live without tea haha, I literally have it first thing in the morning and last thing at night! I don’t think many people do know about okra… I first tried it as bhindi bhaji, but have had it a few times since in different dishes. When I was reheating my lunch I had three different people say “what’s that??” How do you have it back in Barbados? And thanks re the image 🙂 I’m trying! xx

  2. eulandas
    13th August 2015 / 10:27 am

    Great post Georgina! I’m a tea addict too! I don’t do coffee, but a big yes for tea! That macadamia bar looks so good! I also love sweet potatoes. The hubby and I have been firing up the grill, and spoiling ourselves all summer long! Great pics!

    • Georgina Spenceley
      13th August 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks Eulanda! Mmmm tea – we’ll both be stocking up on that at the photography workshop on Sunday then! The bar is so good – let me know if you try the recipe! And thanks re the photos 🙂 I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you on Sunday!

  3. 13th August 2015 / 7:42 pm

    I am impressed at what you eat in the day, also you can have tea when you waking up and not eat for another 2 hours! Lucky, I have to eat within half an hour of waking. It was great to hear that you do have your moments of naughtiness and muffins plus sweets 🙂

    • Georgina Spenceley
      14th August 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks Zoe! I probably would eat sooner if I didn’t give myself such a rush in the morning! But I have to admit it does help me not eat so much later in the day – I don’t need a mid-morning snack! Oh of course I have muffins and sweets 🙂 and chocolate too… I’m definitely not a saint (and I think it’d be boring if I was!)

  4. 14th August 2015 / 11:58 am

    Fab post – I also start and end the day with a cup of tea. It’s the rules right? 🙂 #LBLinkyparty

    • Georgina Spenceley
      14th August 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! It’s definitely the rules 😉 glad to hear I’m not alone on that one!

  5. 14th August 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Great post – I will definitely be trying out that breakfast and the dinner! Wine is one of my weaknesses too 😉 xx

    • Georgina Spenceley
      14th August 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks Babs! Oh do try them! Let me know if you do and if you like them! I couldn’t live without wine… that sounds bad – I couldn’t live without the flexibility to have what I want 🙂 x

  6. 18th August 2015 / 4:20 pm

    Lovely, I think I’ll have what you’re having for breakfast tomorrow x

    • Georgina Spenceley
      22nd August 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks Gailann! Did you try it? x

  7. 22nd August 2015 / 12:41 pm

    I literally just had lunch but your photos and recipes made me hungry! :o)

    I’m fascinated by what people eat and how different foods and diets work for different people, so thanks for sharing.

    • Georgina Spenceley
      22nd August 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Haha, that’s always the danger looking at food pics isn’t it! You can quite easily forget you’ve eaten! I’m always really interested in what people eat too, and I love that blogs can fulfil that nosiness!

  8. 23rd August 2015 / 7:34 am

    Great post – I also always need to have a cup of tea to get me going in the morning, but I do find I can get in the habit of just drinking tea at work and then feeling really groggy! Nothing quite hits the spot like builder’s tea! I know what you mean about psychological snacking – because I work in a school my food is based around official break times, and I get worried that if i don’t eat at every one then something terrible might happen (like getting hungry). xx

    • Georgina Spenceley
      23rd August 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks Bex! I am a little too obsessed with tea… so British haha! I tried coffee for a while, but I only really like it with cream or a craptonne of sugar, and if I drink too much it gives me indigestion (I’m delicate lol). I used to always have lunch “because it’s lunchtime” but now I’m trying to stick to my real hunger signals 🙂 x

  9. 23rd August 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Very healthy meals. I am impressed! Will have to check out your recipe for snack bars on Lenka’s blog.

    • Georgina Spenceley
      23rd August 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Mollie! They’re not always that healthy (I had a sausage baguette today!) but I try to keep them as healthy as possible the majority of the time! Let me know if you try the snack bars!

  10. 23rd August 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I always find it interesting to see what people eat – those bars look great, I’m going to go and check out the recipe now! 🙂

    • Georgina Spenceley
      23rd August 2015 / 9:41 pm

      I do too, Beki! Glad it’s not just me 😉 Let me know if you try the bars!

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