Well the tree is down, the lights are packed away and the decorations have been boxed and put in the loft. The living room looks very drab now, apart from a splash of colour from the poinsetta.
I was lucky enough to receive a small smoothie maker/blender for Christmas (pictured here with one of its three beakers). What a fantastic piece of kit. I have always struggled to get my five portions of fruit and veg a day, usually going a bit too heavy on the fruit rather than veg. With this little gadget, I'm getting all sorts of great veggies squeezed into my diet, as blended in with a small amount of fruit and/or juice the taste just disappears.
At the moment, I'm having a simple early morning smoothie of a good handful of spinach, some kale, a banana, half a glass of fresh orange, and then into that I add a probiotic and glutamine powder (both of which help my IBS). If it is a bit thick I add a bit of water to it. I could see that it will prove very useful to use up odds and ends of fruit and veg in the fridge.
Then I have committed to making soups every other day, as they are a good standby when you are hungry and tempted to snack. Last night I made two pints of soup using some end of day discounted veg, which included a punnet of mushrooms, a third of a cauliflower, an onion, half a celery head, and a potato, plus some leftover grated Parmesan cheese, garlic, all purpose seasoning, thyme, sea salt, pepper and stock from the Christmas turkey, which I had frozen. I didn't use the smoothie maker for that, as you are not supposed to put in hot liquids so my stick blender was used, but I did use it to whizz up the veg for the pan before cooking.
Lunches at the moment tend to be spinach, rocket or kale onto toast and topping with a dry fried egg.
So all told, I'm managing around 8-9 portions of fruit and veg. Today it will be closer to 10, as I have some Christmas dates to use up and I'll have them as a sweet treat.
In the evenings, Martin and I have been consciously spending time on some of our hobbies. I have committed to finishing this needlepoint, and have taken out a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime about a week ago to accompany me on that journey. We have no paying cable TV or online TV subscriptions, only Freeview, and we have been discussing whether Amazon Prime would be a worthwhile addition at £7.99 per month. It would kill a few entertainment birds with one stone - better quality programming in the form of dramas and documentaries, music, kindle unlimited - as well as give us free one-day delivery and discounts on some of the items we currently buy online frequently.
I've watched the first season of The Vikings, which was ok but I didn't have any desire to see the second unfortunately. I was a bit disappointed about that, as I had seen a number of ads for it when it first came out and thought it looked like something I would enjoy. I'm now on the first season of Outlander, which is a bit more up my street, with men in kilts and the fantastic scenery of the highlands. I had that on my WishList, so now I can strike that out. I also managed to buy some supplements for my mother at the special Prime price of £3.63 a pack instead of £4.06 that we had been paying, and these were delivered straight away to her the next day, instead of sitting in my basket until I had a £20 spend for her so I could get free delivery.
I shall be keeping a note of how much value I get from Prime, and then make a decision in a few weeks about whether to keep it.