I'm really pleased at how things are going while I'm on holiday. Somehow, my usual holiday urge to binge on the most unhealthy things is under control - not sure how but I'm very glad of it.
I can't honestly say my hard work has paid off because it hasn't been hard work in any way, but when I went to the Kessingland SW group yesterday early evening, I found that despite being on holiday, being pretty 'naughty' Saturday evening, a much shorter time since last weigh in and it being evening not morning, I had lost half a pound. I was absolutely delighted!
Changing the subject, I was looking round the Adnams shop yesterday and saw this. It was pretty expensive for such a small bottle (200 mls) but, on reading the label, it is super high in botanicals/flavour, higher in alcohol but you use only half a tsp at a time and top it up with your mixer and ice, like a normal gin. They even provide a 2.5ml spoon as you can see.
Obviously, I had to buy a bottle and try it and you know what - it's really good. I mixed it with some of Morrisons elderflower presse which is free on Slimming World and some ice and it was absolutely delicious. Very gin, with a little alcohol kick but, given how little you use, definitely low alcohol, and the flavour is far from basic.
There are reviews online and here's one I found on the BBC Good Food site:
Southwold distillery Adnams’ new concept is a high-strength gin intended to create a low-alcohol serve without compromising on flavour. Don’t be fooled by the 50% alcohol volume – despite being stronger than most gins, Smidgin is specially crafted to be served in small 2.5ml measures with tonic water, yielding a full-bodied G&T with just a fraction of the alcohol. The 200ml bottle even comes with a copper spoon to allow precise measurement of each serving. We found each sip delivered a complex balance of botanicals, from fresh juniper to warming cardamom and floral hibiscus, culminating in a crisp, dry finish.
The only trouble is, it's not on the SW page and I can't find any mention of calories (which would give me the syns) anywhere on the internet, even in Nutracheck. It's a new product, only out this February, and this sort of info takes time to filter down, I suppose.
So I looked up calories on 40% gin and upped it a bit, then reduced it down to 2.5 ml and it came to around 5 calories for half a tsp, so one tsp (5g, two drinks) is half a syn.
Then I looked on SW for normal gin syns and reduced it down and yes, it's pretty much the same. Therefore, if I call one drink half a syn, I'm probably over synning a bit but better than under.
And, in that small amount, the alcohol content is not enough to trigger - at least, it wasn't last night.
If you happen to know the calories, please do let me know in the comments.
I decided to have 'proper' pancakes yesterday. I used 40g SR wholemeal (which I call a B choice because it is a B in bread format - so there :-) ), one large egg, some milk from my A choice (not measured, just to get the right consistency, a bit of sugarly and spray oil.
Then I went really old fashioned and had them with lemon and sugar(ly).
Oh, they were so nice.
I then had some fruit salad - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apple, melon and kiwi. All speed apart from the kiwi. I was ready for a walk after that!
Lunch was just some fruit and a Mullerlight.
Dinner was just as planned - the rest of the frittata with some grated cheddar melted over, spray fried potato (lovely), coleslaw and some tomatoes. Delicious.
I finished off the jelly for afters.
And let's not forget the Smidgin - one syn.
B: bacon and egg roll, tomatoes, maybe mushrooms
Earlier than usual because just after ten I need to be off out.
SW: one healthy extra B
L: probably eating out at Sutton Hoo
I'm meeting my friend, Val, at Sutton Hoo today so we will eat there. I can't find a menu online but it's probably typical National Trust fare.
SW: no idea but my choice will be based on what I really fancy - I'm on holiday.
D: chicken jambalaya, broccoli on the side; yogurt
The new SW magazine was on sale at group last Friday so I brought it with me; this is one of the recipes from it. It's very simple and I have brought everything I need with me which is a stroke of luck. The only thing is, it won't be chicken, it will be ham because I have ham in the fridge
SW: half a syn for the Mullerlight. The main is SW free
Exercise: plenty of walking again
one healthy extra B