Warning: This blog has 33 delicious pictures, and you will be hungry by the end after I tell you about some of my delicious breakfasts, snacks, salads, dinners, and desserts on the South West Coast Path.
I ate well along my walk on the 630-mile South West Coast Path. Let’s start with the first meal of the day – breakfast. I stayed in beds-and-breakfasts, or similar-type accommodations, that provided this most important meal of the day. I made sure that I ate a good hearty breakfast, as it would be the meal that would carry me for several hours as I walked in the mornings. Some of my favorite breakfasts were those of cold cereals, like muesli or granola, or warm porridge, all with various toppings of yogurt, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and even edible flowers. Sometimes I would eat more than one bowlful.
I had a few breakfasts with avocado in them, which didn’t happen often, so I much appreciated these breakfasts when they happened, such as this toast covered with an avocado and tomato mixture mixed with some very tasty herbs.
When mushrooms were served, they were usually the “button” kind, but in one instance, I had portabella mushrooms topped with this small skinny green, crisp and salty tasting herb that tasted like the sea, something I had never had before in my life, called Samphire. Samphire is also known as sea asparagus, and is a sea vegetable that grows along shorelines in marshy shallows or on salty mudflats.
Sometimes for breakfast I would have eggs, which can be served usually any way you like them – scrambled, fried, hard boiled, etc. However, some of the best eggs I had were prepared differently, such as eggs Florentine.
Or this omelet with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, watercress, and feta cheese.
Once I had a “Greek-style” breakfast with hard boiled eggs, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, olives, and pita bread.
However, the popular traditional breakfast in England is the “Full English.” This breakfast is for the meat-eater and probably contains many, many calories. Typical foods that are usually in the Full English are eggs, bacon, sausage, warmed tomato, warmed (button) mushrooms, toast, potatoes, and baked beans. Occasionally, since I am not usually a meat eater, I would order this breakfast without the bacon and sausage. I called this the “Half English.”
Are you hungry yet? Next I will move onto some of the snacks I ate along the South West Coast Path.
I was very excited when I came across a booth at the St. Ives Farmer’s Market that was selling only sugar-free and vegan products. Note that I am neither of these entirely, but I do prefer sugar-free and vegan, and vegetarian, as much as possible. Some of the food from this vendor I ate as snacks that day included their lentil and cheddar burger, two “superfood balls,” one a baobab and cacao superfood ball, and the other one a peanut and maca superfood ball. And I had a few of their raw chocolate almond butter cups.
I also came across these “raw chocolate” snacks, made with cacao as the chocolate.
This snack I enjoyed of olives, carrots, and a good hummus dip I had with some water served in this nice blue sea-themed bottle, including an image of a lighthouse.
I enjoyed a few sandwiches as snacks as I sat during breaks from my walking overlooking the beautiful beaches and rocks of the coastline of the South West Coast Path.
And for now, I will call ice cream a snack as I enjoyed these as well amongst the beautiful scenery.
How about now, are you hungry yet? Now for some healthy salads I ate, mostly at dinner time. Many of these had great ingredients like quinoa, seeds, and of course great green leafys and vegetables and fruits.
This salad was topped with a chunk of goat’s cheese, showing off one of my guidebooks and sunglasses.
Some other dinners I had included this dish which was served at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant.” I ate their “Spanish Paella & Pepperonata – vegetable paella and a Mediterranean sweet pepper stew served with romesco salsa and garlic and basil olives.” I also bought their cookbook.
This dish was at a Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant where I ate a vegetable skewer served with some bread, new potatoes, a salad, and some dipping sauces for the vegetables.
And this romantic dinner (that I ate by myself) was at a restaurant that used to be a lifeboat station with a great view!
How about now? If you are not hungry yet, then here are a few very chocolaty desserts.
Did I lose weight with all the walking I did? Most likely not, with all this delicious food! Hungry?
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