Meat free challenge: Day 1

22:26pm: The day is over and the food was had. On the whole, I've had a successful first day of the meat free challenge which I've imposed upon myself. I started my day (at 7.30am) with a soy latte and two slices of white bloomer from Jackson's Yorkshire's Champion Bread with a generous layer of Ginger & White's homemade peanut butter, banana slices, pumpkin seeds, a dash of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of Australian honey.

 Early nomz.

Early nomz.

This kept me going until about 2.30pm, where I had lunch at Hampstead Tea Rooms to celebrate my friends' finishing a 10K race. I had a lovely spinach and halloumi wrap (the wrap was a traditional Lebanese flatbread), which had pickles (yum) and a side of chips and salad. For £7.95 it was definitely worth it. I was absolutely stuffed after this meal:

 Generously filled wrap... Mmmmm.

Generously filled wrap... Mmmmm.

After lunch, we had a lovely stroll along Bond Street and the streets of Mayfair, which resulted in a few cheeky beauty product purchases in Selfridge's.

 Beautiful flowers we chanced upon

Beautiful flowers we chanced upon

We ended up in Fortnum and Mason, where I got my dinner from. It was a spiced quinoa, chickpea, pomegranate and walnut salad, which I jazzed up a little bit by adding spinach and Frank's redhot pepper sauce. It was a huge serving and so I only just had half, and kept the rest for lunch tomorrow. I'm thinking of combining this with falafel and half an avocado to make for a nice chunky wrap. If anyone has better ideas... do shout :-P

 Large salad bowl from  Fortnum and Mason

Large salad bowl from Fortnum and Mason

 Beautiful spring decor at F&M

Beautiful spring decor at F&M

Finally... I concluded today's meat free eats by having two big tablespoons of Swedish Glace soy vanilla (n)ice cream and two fingers of Twix:

 Sweet, crunchy, creamy... pure indulgence

Sweet, crunchy, creamy... pure indulgence

Considering I didn't have meat today (of which by the way I am quite a big fan), I didn't struggle for food choice, enjoyed everything I ate and by doing so, I've also contributed to the environment by having a reduced carbon footprint. Happy days!

Looking forward to Day 2,
The Academicook