Add Some Goodness to your Short Stack

Hey Guys,

Happy Pancake Day! I hope you’re all planning on tucking in to some delicious options whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three in my case!) I Love pancakes so this is my favourite kind of Tuesday 🙂

There are numerous different carb free and protein pancake recipes out there and I do in general love them. For today though I think it’s ok to partake in a little pancake indulgence. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance. Continue reading

Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

Last week I was full of good intentions for kick starting my healthy eating regime, however I wasn’t as good as I had intended! Upon evaluation, I think I ate healthily for about 60% of the week. This is realistically not good enough. My main downfall came from food preparation.

Although I was initially motivated, I found myself craving unhealthy food come mid week. This is mainly down to two reasons; the first being that I have become accustomed to unhealthy food over the Christmas season and so now my body is craving fatty food. The second reason is definitely down to unimaginative meals. I really dislike boring food, it leaves me unsatisfied. I tend to pick at chocolate and crisps if the meal I ate was bland. Even if I am full, I will still snack on unhealthy food. That was one of my biggest downfalls last week. As I was tired (my first week back in work) I became unmotivated to plan my meals for I’d say about half the week. I became bored and so reached for the bad stuff. This week I am going to do my best to stay at least one day ahead with my food prep.

Last Night’s Food Prep for Today:

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The weekend was by far my biggest downfall. It always is. Despite the fact I didn’t consume even one drop of alcohol, I still managed to eat like I was hungover; i.e. eat crap! Again relating back to the food prep aspect, I was lazy at the weekend and so kept grabbing quick fix snacks which were high in sugar and saturated fat. I also went for dinner and the cinema so I can’t even comprehend how many calories were consumed on both outings. I think it’s best I don’t know! I do however think weekends off are for enjoying, but maybe just not so much in my case. I need to keep my organisational levels up and this will hopefully reduce my unhealthy eating habits.

Sums me up:

 A positive aspect from last week was that I did in fact work out so I’m hoping that it may have saved me slightly. I know the saying that you can never out train a bad diet, but I do believe a workout helps you feel better. I’m not a huge fan of the weighing scales and choose to go by how my jeans fit and how I look sans clothing. So I think my workouts did in fact rescue me this week. This however will not provide room for progress, it will simply aid in maintaining my current physique (which is not what I am aiming for!) thus proving I need to get my ass into gear with my diet.
 Although my carb intake is still a little higher than I would like, I did manage to avoid white bread and pasta, which is a small victory that I’m claiming from last week. Sweet potato is also my go to healthy carb when I’m feeling hungry, it is nutritious, filling and tasty! Perfect! This week I need to up the vegetable and fruit intake though as replacement for so much carbs. Again I feel it’s important to reiterate that I am working towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Not a strict, depressing diet!

I’m hoping next week’s evaluation is more successful. I am already keeping note of today’s eating antics! In the mean time I hope you all have a happy & healthy week 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Winter Warmer Recipe #3

Hey Guys,

I am continuing on with my Winter Warmer category in the quest for healthy yet yummy food. The next recipe I have is for Pizza. This is really easy and quick to make, perfect if you are impatient when you’re hungry. Anyone who knows me will understand my lack of tolerance for being hungry. I am always much nicer when I have been fed! I’m also a big lover of pizza, so this is a nice healthy alternative. The carb level is quite low for this meal, but I would suggest maybe adding sweet potato or something else to ensure you are not left hungry, because then you will either be miserable due to hunger or snacking due to hunger. Neither of which is a good option!

What you Need:

2 Turkey Sausages

1 wholemeal, gluten free wrap

Dolmio Light pasta sauce

Mushrooms

1/4 of red, yellow and/or green pepper

1 slice low fat cheese (any cheese of your choice)

4 spinach leaves

Handful of jalapenos

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What you do:

Grill the turkey sausages (I use the George Forman)

Chop up all the vegetables

Grate the cheese

Grill the vegetables along with the turkey sausages for the last 2-3 minutes of grilling

Spread 2 tbsp of the sauce over the wrap (add more if you wish)

Place your torn spinach leaves on the wrap

Chop your turkey sausages to go with your vegetables

Scatter 1/2 the grated cheese over the pizza

Add the vegetables and the sausages onto the base

Scatter the rest of the cheese

Cook for approx 7 minutes (depending on your oven, keep an eye on it!)

Et Voila

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Hope you enjoy 🙂

Z x

Paleo Banana Muffins

Hey Guys,
I was in baking mode yesterday and decided to try out these yummy Banana Muffins. They are paleo but if you want to use normal flour, go ahead. Though I would advise that you convert the measurements as recipes tend to require less coconut flour in comparison to regular flour! These muffins are a perfect breakfast option ( I had 2 this morning!) The recipe again is really not difficult, I would advise using an electric hand mixer or alternatively mashing the bananas before they are added to the
mixture.
Serving Size: 11/12 muffins
What you need:
  • 4 bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp organic raw honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melt it first to make mixing easier)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
What you do:
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
  •  Add bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil & vanilla extract and blend.
  • Add in the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Poor the batter evenly into your muffin cases, fill them up approx two-thirds of the way.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes

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Sorry the lighting in my kitchen is not ideal for taking pics, but you get the idea! The muffins have the same brown look as regular banana bread with very similar texture.
Hope you enjoy!
Happy Baking 🙂
Z x