Monster shop

Hi everyone, happy Friday! Hope your all ready to enjoy the weekend. Loved reading your comments to my Green Smoothie post, if anyone would like to join in with the 7 days, 7 smoothies challenge please feel free!

I’ve had a great couple of days off which have been spent doing my favourite pass times: shopping, cooking, eating, reading and exercising!

I started Thursday morning with a home workout. I decided that I wanted to get my workout completed early and as my gym doesn’t open until 9am on a Thursday I checked out my DVD collection and went with Davina Fit: Top Fit and MTV Yoga which gave me a total 1hr 15 min workout. I was starving after this but luckily I had prepared breakfast in advance:


My Vanilla Chia Wheat Germ Breakfast Pudding with two chopped white nectarines, yum!

I spent the morning getting all the grocery shopping done which included a trip to the farm shop, green grocer, Tesco and Sainbury’s – yep, there’s some stuff that Tesco do cheaper than sainsbos and some stuff I just prefer from sainsbos so I did both!

Lunch was some raw wraps made with spring green leaves, sunflower seed butter, carrot, pink lady apple and basil. I also had 4 clearspring sesame tamari rice cakes on the side:


I love these wraps they are amazingly tasty and filling!

Mid afternoon I fancied a big green juice so I juiced up 1 pear, 3 romaine leaves, celery, cucumber, broccoli, spinach and lemon, it was delicious!

Dinner was an awesome Buddha bowl. I combined roast kabocha squash, edamame, quinoa and chopped parsley with a lemon juice, braggs seasoning and cool oil dressing and served it up on top of some steamed broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli with shoyu. I also added some viva pure spicy pumpkin seeds:


This was so so good, I adore kabocha, nothing else comes close to the sweetness and texture of it, delicious!

Dessert was two raw vegan brownie bites topped with coconut flour ‘icing’:


Delish! I also had two unpictured fiji apples.

This morning I was up and off to the gym. I did 1 hour of intervals on the cross trainer, step machine, bike and rowing machine. Oh, and that’s 1 hour total, not one hour on each! I think the way I write that can be misleading sometimes, I do 15 minutes on each machine for a total 1 hour workout. I finished off with my abs and core exercises.

Breakfast was the first green smoothie of my Green Smoothie Challenge:

Apple Pie Green Smoothie (makes one large serving):


  • 5 large kale stems (with thick stems removed) – or greens of choice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 pink lady apple, chopped
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used sun warrior)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup of rice milk
  • 1 tsp of maca (optional)
  • 1 tsp of spirulina (optional)
  • 1 tsp of ground flax (optional)
  • water to desired thickness
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of xanthan gum (optional but adds thickness)


  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of granola (I used viva pure raw apple granola)
  • cinnamon

Add ingredients to blender in order listed above, blend. Top with the almond butter and granola and a dusting of cinnamon, devour!


This really did taste like apple pie, so lush! I loved the drippy almond butter on top.

James had the day off too so we headed to Newcastle – I got the most gorgeous ultra skinny jeans and coat from H&M, pics to come over the weekend! I also got stocked up on my favourite yogi teas and soya beans from the health food shop. We were going to have lunch in town but ran out of parking time so when I got home I threw together a tasty salad containing lots of mixed green leaves (spinach, romaine, lambs lettuce and parsley) carrot, red pepper, cucumber, sugar snaps, spring onion and spicy roasted chickpeas and a peanut lime dressing (1 tbsp of peanut flour, lime juice, water and shoyu):


I also had an orange. Later in the afternoon I had another green juice. Dinner was leftovers of last nights Buddha bowl with spring greens instead of broccoli.

Last week I said that I had came up with a recipe using the leftover pulp from making my sesame milk – and here it is!

Raw Chocolate Sesame Tart (makes 4)

  • 1 cup of leftover sesame pulp (from making milk)
  • 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil, melted

Combine all ingredients and divide mixture between 4 tart cases with removal bottoms. Store in the freezer until needed then remove from tart case 10 minutes before eating, enjoy!


I served mine with some fresh strawberries and figs, it tasted fab!

I really enjoyed my big grocery shop. I was due one as the last time I really properly stocked my cupboards was October. I like to do a huge shop to stock up then I just work my way through everything. As well as the store cupboard type stuff I also got a fantastic haul of fresh produce from the farm shop and green grocers:

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Yep, this filled my kitchen!

I’m looking forward to some delicious meals using this stuff for the coming week. I was also pretty good and stuck to my list apart from buying two new items:

Hemp milk:


Carob flakes:


Both spotted on Jessica’s blog. I had a taste of the carob flakes and oh my word they are so good! Have you tried hemp milk or carob flakes before? What did you think?

Do you do a monster grocery shop every so often or do you just get things in each week? I love having fully stocked cupboards then just picking up a few fresh items when needed.

Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m out for one of my best friends birthday’s on Saturday night along with the usual family visits and my long run. I’m not looking forward to the clocks going forward, it always messes with by bio clock!

Hope you have all had a great week and enjoy your weekend!


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  • I aspire to be like you one day! I’ve been making Green Smoothies every few days this past week – they give me soo much energy and fill me up until lunch time (which is great because I’m ALWAYS hungry!) x

  • Wow—so much great looking food! I’ve never had carob flakes. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had carob. Definitely had hemp milk though–and it’s ok, but not my fave!

    I will be hanging out with my man this weekend and working out…and doing work. Not too exciting, but I’m totally looking forward to it :)

  • What a creative way to use the sesame pulp! And the apple pie sounds absolutely delicious!

  • Wow that is one monster shop!!
    I shop at almost every supermarket available because they all do things that I like that are individual to them and also I go for the cheapest price for items! I like grocery shopping though so I don’t mind :) I used to do a weekly big shop when I was at home with my mum as she had a car but obviously now as a student I have to carry everything unless I get a delivery which I don’t like I go food shopping almost every other day for fresh produce!
    I’ve never tried carob flakes or hemp milk so I’d be interested to hear your opinion on them.
    This weekend I will just be doing uni work no doubt boo! But I’ll go the gym and probably go shopping like usual too hehe :)

  • That is a lot of shopping! I usually buy little and often – the idea of having to get all that home, unpack it all and find somewhere to put it is a nightmare (I’m very lazy at heart).
    Thanks for the smoothie recipe – I was wondering if apples would work and you’ve answered my question :)

  • SJ

    Me make me feel like a really lazy cook :) …I just got back from the supermarket to buy a few basics for the week ahead; I used a small trolley and the total still came over £90! I was in shock… I thought I was on a restricted healthy eating plan now, but I may have to rethink that and resort to oats and water :D x x

  • SJ

    scrap that – I’m exhausted… meant ‘you make me’!

  • Sometimes I do a monster grocery trip, but lately I’ve been going more often and getting a few things here and there.

  • omg i love your tart!! and your cocnut flour paste!! and seriously you rock your workouts! those sound tough!

  • Thanks for the mention :) It’s lovely that I’ve managed to introduce you to some new products when you’ve shown me so many foods that I never knew existed, or inspired me with your recipes to have foods I previously hated because the way you prepare them makes them so tasty.

    Those carob flakes are so dangerously addictive around me that I had to stop buying them!

    Great minds must think alike: I had vanilla chia seed pudding for breakfast this morning, only topped with plums.

    I generally do several smaller shops and pick up ingredients as I go: I’m always walking by a food shop at some point during the day and if I buy too much at once then I feel pressured to eat it all and use it up quickly.

    I’m meant to have another half marathon on Sunday at Wallington Hall, Northumberland, if my shins hold together that is.

    Love the idea for the Apple Pie smoothie! I’m having my favourite ‘Chocolate Beet Cake’ combination tomorrow hopefully.


  • I’m just the same with food shopping! I go to all the different supermarkets to get the stuff I like… Kabocha from asda, cheap fruit & veg from aldi & morrisons, hummus from tesco, general foody bits from sainsbos. It’s quite sad really, I clearly have too much time on my hands haha. I love grocery shopping & bargain hunting though so it’s all good :)

  • I generally don’t do a huge shop all at once. I just do a couple of small shops once or twice a week (okay, thats a lie… some weeks its like pretty much everyday haha).
    As for this weekend, i’m working ALL weekend! Tomorrow evening is the only time i’m going to have off, but even that is going to be spent doing a lot of networking for the blog!
    I’m going to reward myself by going out for a couple of drinks with friends on Monday night though.
    Please tell me what you think of the hemp milk! I’ve been eyeing it up for ages!
    Have a great weekend Laura :-)

  • Wow, that is one great shopping haul! I could do with one of them my meals are getting creative in a bad way as my fridge is so empty haha

  • LOVE a good shopping haul!! And that’s a HUGE one!! I definitely have to try those two things, especially carob flakes- they sound SO good:)

    Have a GREAT weekend Laura!! :D

  • Wow, such an amazing shop! Those raw wraps look amazing.
    I’ve never tried hemp milk but really want to, love trying out different non-dairy milks.
    I’m off to the Vitality Show at Earls Court today – so excited! x

  • I ‘m definitely going to try the vegan brownies. Swooon. x hivennn p.s enter my giveaway?

  • I have carob powder which I really love- a bit sweeter than cocoa and just as yummy. I had never even heard of hemp milk til I saw it on Jessica’s blog. BUt I love Kara coconut milk so will stick to that at the mo!

  • Holy groceries Batman!

  • Roshas – So glad your loving the green smoothies!

    Lisa – hope you have a good weekend – I’m interested in seeing what the hemp milk tastes like!

    Faith – thanks!

    Nicky – I enjoy grocery shopping too so I don’t mind either! Hope youe having a nice weekend x

    Sarah – apples definitely work! I actually don’t mind pottering about in the kitchen putting stuff away – its a bit of ‘me’ time.

    SJ – I know, prices are so scary!

    Kate – that sounds like a good way to do it too

    Carrie – the coconut flour is awesome!

    Jessica – No problem, I’m so glad you’ve introduced me to those flakes, delicious!

    Bronagh – I’m exactly the same! If your sad then so am I ;-)

    Flo – oh no! Hope work hasn’t been too bad, enjoy your Monday night drinks!

    Laura – thanks!

    Emma – thanks you have a great weekend too!

    Lily – hope you have a great time at the vitality show!

    Jazzy – they are so good, try them!

    Maria – yes, I love the carob!

    Meggie – oh yes!

  • Ohh, I love hemp and carob!
    And your smoothie looks incredible!!
    Hmm, how do you make the icing with the coconut flour?
    Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend (:

  • I ♥ your kitchen!!!