So this morning I went out for a walk with my son and he asked if we could sit outside a cafe and have elevensies.
I didn’t want to say no so we stopped at a rather pretty little place which had a couple of chairs and tables outside with a good view of the beach and sea. It was still quite nippy but glorious and bracing at the same time. (I must take photos when I’m out and about)
He had a fruit scone with home made strawberry preserve and a pot of tea I…. was at a loss. What did I do surrounded by those delicious cakes and muffins, scones and fabulous sandwiches? I was panicking and wondering if it would be best to leave when the lady behind the counter asked if I was OK. I said that I am on a healthy eating quest and whilst I’ll allow myself an indiscretion further down the line, for now I had to be really strict with myself, because I know that I will fall off the wagon.
I’m so glad I told her, I nearly said I’d have a strawberry tart.
She pulled out these bars and smoothies and asked if I’d rather have those. I jumped at the chance.
The bar is made of Dates, Cashews and Raisins with a hint of rhubarb and vanilla extract and that’s all. The smoothie is like all/much of the Innocent range and contains only fruits, this one was made for the kids market and contains: 1 pressed apple, a third of a mashed banana, 4 pressed grapes, 8 crushed blackcurrants and not a lot else.
Both were yummy and satisfying and wholesome and it felt like I was having a real treat out in the sunshine.
These were not on display which was a shame and although I know she makes her biggest profit on the things she makes herself but even so it would have been nice to be able to see healthy options. Some people won’t ask and some people might be tempted to eat something they really don’t want to. I did mention this to her and she said she hadn’t thought and would put some in a display basket and in the main drinks fridge.
I felt like I’d done healthy eaters locally a service there… a woman on a mission! I said to her that it shows some willing to invite people who wanted to enjoy the fabulous facilities to do so and when they’ve got their habits under control they’d be able to sample a delicious treat now and then. She agreed it was a good way of not alienating any of her market.
Small steps guys, that’s all we should be aiming for.