Okay, brace yourself. This is quite a heavy picture post! I’ve been slipping back into bad food habits lately. I’m busy, hot, tired and this means I’ve not been planning my meals, which is always bad news for my waistline and good news for Dominos. After sorting out my wardrobe and seeing how close I was to fitting in some of my favourite old clothes, I knew I had to get back on track. But with this heat, where on earth do you start?! Pinterest is where.

I wanted quick, light, healthy recipes that required minimal cooking and time in the kitchen. Our kitchen is very small and heats up super quick. Not ideal when just blinking causes you break out in a sweat. Here’s what I’ve been eating lately.

:: Breakfast ::

granola and berries

Granola, blueberries, almonds and Greek yoghurt.

Nice and simple, this is a quick throw-everything-in-the-bowl-and-choff breakfast. This is a shop bought granola, but it has way too many raisins for my liking so I will be making my own at some point soon.

chia seed porridge

Chia Seed Porridge

I use the recipe from Honestly Healthy for Life cookbook and it’s delicious. I was a little unsure about the chia seeds beforehand, but this has fast become my favourite breakfast.

:: Snacks ::

raspberry yogs strawberry snack Plums Green smoothie coffee and rice cakes chocolate treat cinnamon rollHomemade raspberry & yoghurt ice lolly // Strawberries with almonds & natural yoghurt // Local plums // Green Smoothie // Organic coffee & chocolate covered rice cakes // Raw chocolate & Teapigs Rooibos tea // Cinnamon Roll from Modern Baker

:: Main Meals ::

pea and parsley fritters chickpea burritos zesty lime salad spagetti bolognaise salad pittas summer rice bowl crustless quiche chickpea and feta saladZesty pea & parsley fritters with spiced roasted sweet potatoes // Vegan chickpea burritos // Quinoa summer salad // Spaghetti Bolognaise from Honestly Healthy for Life // Hummus & salad pittas // Summer Veggie Rice Bowl // Crustless Quiche // Chickpea & feta salad //

I have quite enjoyed finding these new recipes and have a few more up my sleeve that I’d like to try. On the whole, they have been quick, easy, light and refreshing. The homemade lollies didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, but they were a bit of a test run. I needed more yoghurt and less raspberries. We’ve really been trying to eat well recently. It’s not easy when you’re tired and hot and know you’ll have to clean up after as well (Have I reminded you lately that I’m very lazy when it comes to food?!) Plus, we’re trying to buy as locally as possible, which means making sure the shopping list is ready to go to the local farm shops and leave enough time to hit up the supermarket for any of the other bits that we can’t get. I’ve also ordered from Goodness Direct, which has lots of really good things, with a decent delivery. I even ordered frozen edamame beans from there, as they’re a real favourite of mine and can just nibble on them.

How about you? Have you got any go-to salads that you swear by when it’s hot? If you’ve got a good homemade ice lolly recipe, let me know!