Healthy Recipe : Easy Paleo Bread

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Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you’re having a lovely day? The sun is shining so I am one happy bunny, even if I am witnessing most of it through an office window. Never the less the sunshine always puts me in a positive mood.

As I mentioned in Sunday’s Confessions of a Secret Snacker Post (read here) I’ve been craving a lot of bread the last two weeks. I decided to bake my own and went with a Paleo alternative. That way I wouldn’t feel too guilty with my other carb intake throughout the day. I am a woman who loves her carbs after all! Continue reading

Paleo Recipe: Raspberry & Coconut Muffins

Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you’re all having a great day, happy Hump Day and all that. Last week for me was pretty hectic, I got very little healthy baking done. This week however, things have slowed down slightly so I made this Paleo recipe last night; Raspberry & Coconut muffins. Continue reading

Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

I’ve actually been dreading doing this post primarily due to the fact that I didn’t just over eat over the festive period. I went to town. I had planned to give myself a two week pass to over indulge and enjoy myself over Christmas, however I think I may have gone a little over board. I am definitely feeling the affects now, but I’m not even a little bit sorry. I had a great Christmas and I don’t regret a thing!

As I am back to work as of yesterday, I have decided to get back into healthy eating. I was initially considering doing  a detox however I know I wouldn’t stick to it. Between trying to get my sleep pattern back into shape and also working and commuting, I know I will be lacking in energy and craving junk food. Like many others who work in an office, I hit a slump mid afternoon and so I need to ensure I have enough food to keep me satisfied.

I am going to ease myself back into this healthy eating craic and slowly reintroduce my exercise plan, which I completely neglected over the past few weeks. For me personally I think this works best as I know if I completely cut out everything, I will cave and end up binging which of course defeats the purpose!

I am NOT cutting out carbs and coffee, which I see many people doing. This is for two reasons; firstly if I don’t have carbs I will be hungry as I have built up a larger appetite now over Christmas, in which I had enough white carbohydrates to last an average person about six months! I need to slowly decrease my appetite and allow my stomach to shrink back down. Secondly I am not cutting out coffee because, well mainly due to the fact I will hurt someone if I don’t get my caffeine fix.

I am instead switching to complex carbs and focusing on wholemeal, organic and gluten free pasta and bread as a replacement for the pizza, chips and white bread & pasta that I was indulging in. I am however cutting out fizzy drinks and alcohol as it is unnecessary sugar and toxins. My liver needs a break for a few weeks too.

As with any healthy eating commencement, I do hope to avoid the usual bold (but so yummy) foods such as chocolate, crisps, cakes, takeaways and so on. I have a feeling that I will be having some withdrawal symptoms over the next two weeks. My body will more than likely go into shock due to lack of sugar and alcohol, so pray for me!

I will get back to doing this post now once a week and will keep you guys updated on my progress.

Until Next Time My Loves 

Z x

Winter Warmer Recipe

Hey Guys,

The winter weather is now officially upon us here in Ireland and it is absolutely freezing. For myself personally I always crave warm, hearty dinners after a long day in work, particularly after a long, cold journey home. I therefore find it is quiet easy to opt for dinners that as a result of their ‘comfort’ aspect, have high levels of salt and saturated fat. I am currently in the search for healthy alternatives to these meals as I can honestly say, I will not be eating salad throughout the winter!

A new dinner that I am currently loving and have decided to share with you is a substitute for a creamy fish pie and potatoes / chips. The substitute meal is free from refined carbs and dairy. It is full of nutritional goodness, but also really tasty (the main thing!)

What it Includes:

Replace regular chips / potatoes with 3/4 of a large sweet potato, I cook it in the oven and finish it off on the George Forman as it makes it nice and soft. 

Replace the pie with a cooked Salmon fillet mixed with a creamy sauce and spinach.  The sauce is dairy and carb free too (recipe below) This combined with the inclusion of the spinach ensures this flavouring is not only tasty but extremely nutritious and will keep you full for longer. I’m not usually one who would eat Spinach but I can barely even taste it mixed with this sauce. It is full of iron and vitamins so is an excellent add on to any meal.

 

The Sauce:

1/2 tsp of Coconut Oil

1 tbsp of Coconut Flour

3/4 cup of Almond Milk

What you do:

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan / pot

Stir in the flour

Add the milk to abolish lumps

Bring to the boil & simmer for 3 minutes

Sorry the picture isn’t the greatest, but it tastes a lot better than it looks!

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 Tip: Make enough for 2 and bring some for lunch the next day, food prep is the easiest way to eat healthy in my opinion. Failing to prepare meals leads to me being hungry and snacking on junk food.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Z x

Confessions of a Secret Snacker: Week 3

Hey Guys,

This picture basically sums up my weekend! I have been sick for the last photo 1week and all I wanted was comfort food, by comfort food I mean carbs! Yes my week consisted with carbs, carbs and more carbs and not the good kind. My carbohydrate intake involved: bread, pizza, chips and of course McDonalds. That’s not even taking into account the amount of chocolate and biscuits I ate. This is far from ideal seeing as I have my graduation coming up in 3 days! Major sad face! So for the next 3 days no junk food is passing these lips. I don’t know why I can eat healthy on a regular day but when I have an event coming up with a specific dress to wear, I eat twice my normal calorie intake. I am slightly dreading putting on my dress to be honest, I think I’m asking a bit much from my tan to pray it makes me look slimmer!

Anyway what I’ve decided to do, seeing as I am still sick, is to make healthy versions of comfort food which I will discuss in a mo. This will hopefully prevent you guys from making the same mistakes that I did all week! I know being sick is not an excuse to eat unhealthily but I just simply could not have cared less all week. I still have no urge to eat fruit and veg therefore have decided to replace the food I have been eating with some of these healthier alternatives until I am better.

Note: I just want to stress that I am fully aware that this is not ‘clean eating’ it just healthier versions of the comfort food I crave when I am sick.

  • Cully & Sully Soup; this stuff is perfect for colds and the flu. It’s warm and comforting but also isn’t full of artificial flavourings and hidden ingredients. The ingredients used are wholesome and simple, the best combination. There are so many different flavours too!
  • Free From Bread & Bagels; I always reach for the bread when I want something comforting to eat so from today on I am opting for the wheat and gluten free options. This at least will take a little bit of the badness away. I personally don’t think the bread tastes as nice as Brennan’s white bread but when I toast it, it tastes pretty good!
  • Vit Hit I know drinking water is always the healthiest option and as I have been coughing a lot, my water intake was pretty high, however I was getting bored with it and so decided that I wanted some flavouring. I’m not really one for fizzy drinks but I found myself drinking coke as I wanted the flavour. So this week I am actually upping my water intake and substituting anything else with a VIT HIT. I love the detox version (also perfect if you have a hangover!) I am usually quite sceptical of vitamin drinks as I don’t think they are that beneficial and can have many hidden ingredients, but this option seems to be the best one I can find at the moment.
  • Stew good old Irish stew; acting as the comforting traditional Irish dinner for generation after generation. Stew can have a lot of carbs; potatoes and dumplings but it can also be done healthily. My wonderful Moma makes a wonderful stew full of vegetables and steak. This will not only heat me up (because  my body temp is currently -100) but it is also a great way of getting veg and protein into me.
  • Lentil Chips & Free’ist biscuits lower saturated fat  and calories in comparison to regular crisps and biscuits. The lentil chips are also gluten free and free from MSGs. The biscuits are sugar free, now it is important to remember that they still aren’t the best thing to be eating in the quest for abs but they will help curb cravings.

I have quite a few things to attend this week with my graduation being one. I’m hoping to keep my will power up and not over do it when I’m hungover. Well we shall see anyway!

Until next week my loves 🙂

Z x