The 5:2 diet plan: week three

January 21st 2013 / Judy Johnson Google+ Judy Johnson / 0 comment


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In our six week series on how to do the 5:2 diet, Vicki Edgson walks us through the third week's menu

It's week three of our 5:2 diet plan with Vicki Edgson (check out week one and week two if you haven't already) and the great food choices just keep on coming. Read on for what you can add to your menu this week and tips on what to increase and cut back on for best results.

Foods to increase and avoid

Increase: Choice of vegetables. Choose at least two that you haven’t eaten before now. Root vegetables are allowed, and will provide you with energy to keep you warm.

Avoid: The temptation to have a carb-fest because it’s cold! Stocking up on pasta and bread will simply have you craving more of the same, as your blood sugar levels become interrupted. Eat plenty of soup, casseroles and hot dishes to keep your furnace stoked instead.


Normal days

Choose one option from each meal, for each of the five full eating days


1. Porridge with cinnamon and nutmeg, and 3 drops of vanilla essence to sweeten naturally. Optional grated apple over the top. Large mug of green or white tea.

2. Two-egg omelette with crumbled feta, and a piece of toasted rye bread. Mug of green or white tea.

3. 2 large slices of smoked salmon chopped into scrambled eggs, with chopped chives, a slice of Spelt toast. Mug of chai tea.

4. Large bowl of warmed Bircher Muesli (make enough for two days as it gets better with soaking!). 1 cup of oats, with 2 teaspoons mixed nuts and seeds, soaked overnight in half apple juice (half water, half grated apple). Add fresh berries of your choice. Mug of green or white tea.

5. 2 buckwheat pancakes (or Dove’s Farm gluten-free flour mix) with organic plain bio yoghurt, mixed berries and toasted blanched almonds (You could make a dozen buckwheat pancakes and store in the freezer for other breakfasts, or savoury suppers). Mug of chai tea.



1. Large baked potato with beans or feta cheese, with large green salad. Optional piece of fruit.

2. Puy lentil and butternut squash salad with king prawns, mixed green leaves, and olive oil and orange juice dressing.

3. Tuscan bean soup with added watercress and rye soda bread roll. Optional apple or banana.

4. Salmon fish cakes with crème fraiche and green beans, asparagus, broad bean mix.

5. Sliced chicken breast with roasted Mediterranean vegetables (mixed peppers, courgettes, aubergine, onions and garlic cooked the night before).


1. Chicken and mixed vegetable stir-fry with udon noodles (buckwheat).

2. Poached salmon fillets with red pesto salsa and turnip puree.

3. Butter bean, black bean and tomato casserole with grilled haloumi.

4. Chicken and leek casserole, with sweet potato mash and wilted chard.

5. Pan fried squid, with red onion cherry tomatoes and red Camargue rice.


Teas: Lemon and ginger, fennel, yogi spiced tea, and green tea.

Coconut water, hot water and lemon.


Low calorie days

Choose from one of the options for either breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner


1. Baked apple with 1 tsp of chopped walnuts and 1 tbsp crème fraiche.

2. 2 poached eggs on wilted beet tops and parsley.


1. Small tuna steak simmered in green tea with battered lemon grass stick, two beef tomatoes chopped with chives.

2. Red pepper and coriander omelette (two eggs).


1. Cabbage and chard soup in vegetable broth (12oz / 350ml), with 1 tsp of toasted pumpkin seeds.

2. Grilled sole fillet with drizzle of olive oil and wilted winter greens.

Want to know more about the 5:2 diet? Check out why our editors think it's the best thing since sliced bread and see our video with Vicki Edgson on what it's all about.

Click here to see week four of the 5:2 diet plan


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