Confessions of a Secret Snacker

Hey Guys,

Sorry I haven’t kept up to date with my Secret Snacker posts, I have a lot to confess! Considering that we are now in December and in full Christmas mode, I won’t be too hard on myself. I think I will rate my over all snacking habits as medium. This is mainly due to the fact that there is so much food currently residing in my house and  it is not only half of what’s to come. The picture left could probably represent only one of my presses. So I think the fact that I haven’t been found in a food coma surrounded by said food’s wrappers, is an accomplishment in itself.

I have been quite good with my meals throughout the week. I’m still opting for wholemeal carbs and trying to incorporate protein into each meal. I’m basically trying not to over indulge, however I am slipping still at the weekends. I am slightly losing hope about my weekend eating habits. As Christmas is fast approaching, so too are the numerous nights out and dinner dates! I’m just not willing to sacrifice my social life at my favourite time of year. Alcohol and chocolate have been both my biggest loves and biggest downfalls to date. It really is a love/hate affair.

I am craving carbs due to the cold weather and find that when I deprive myself, I binge as I am still hungry. It is always the case in the Winter that when you are cold, your appetite increases as you are burning more calories to stay warm. I am therefore trying to move away from my usually snacking eating habits and incorporate larger meals into my daily diet. However by it’s very definition, my HABIT of snacking is not so easily kicked. I have noticed over the last two weeks I am in fact eating the bigger meals but also snacking, in many cases without even realising.

I am also craving cheese which is very unlike me. I have however developed a new found obsession with it and want it with every meal. Not good for the waistline and I find that my craving is actually leading me to unhealthier foods that I’m having with the cheese; burgers, pasta bake etc.

True Story:

On my good days I am trying to trick my body and substitute chocolate with Nakd bars. They are completely vegan and definitely a better option to my usual bar (or 3) of chocolate. My favourites are Cashew Cookie, Pecan Pie and Rhubarb & Custard. I know one a day is optimal but I find myself hungry on my journey home from work and sometimes opt for a second. I think I really need to work on the convenience food addiction. Homemade food is much better, I just need to stop being so lazy!

I think I may need to re-evaluate my Medium rating!

Until next week 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

Clean Apple & Cinnamon Oat Bars

Hey Guys,

I made these oat bars yesterday and I loved them, perfect with a cup of tea on these cold evenings! I’m going to try swap my usual surgery treats with new healthy options, so this post will hopefully have some yummy follow ups!

These apple cinnamon bars are completely clean, they are gluten free with no refined sugar or carbs so won’t  leave your sugar levels crashing and therefore craving more! The only dairy used is fat free Greek yogurt so this can be replaced by a soya alternative if you wish.

What you need:

  • 1 apple (I use pink ladies as they are my favourite!)
  • 1 1/2 cup of gluten free porridge oats
  • 2 tablespoons of organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons of fat free Greek yogurt
  • Handful of chopped up pitted dates
  • Cinnamon

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What you do:

  • Preheat your oven
  • Chop up your apple into little pieces (dice it)
  • Mix in your porridge oats, yogurt & honey
  • Add in your chopped apple and as much cinnamon as you like (I use quite a bit as I love it!)
  • Place your mixture on a baking tray, keep flour on your hands so that it doesn’t get too sticky.
  • Bake in the oven for approx 20-25mins (my oven is very strong though so leave them in longer if you think they need it)

Tip: I buy my organic honey and gluten free oats from Aldi, they are half the price in comparison to some other stores!

As you can see, these bars are really quick and easy, ideal if you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands! I didn’t get chance to get picture of the finished goods, they were snapped up as soon as they came out of the oven!

Hope you enjoy!

Happy Baking 🙂

Z x

Coco-Strawberry Protein Muffins

Hey Guys,

So as I am back to relatively normal health, I seriously need to make up for all the unhealthy food that was consumed whilst I was feelong sorry for myself and my ill health. In hindsight the crap food didn’t make me feel any better, instead leaving me tired with sugar induced headaches. Despite the fact I know I feel so much better when I eat well, what kind of food do I crave? The crap type! So I’ve decided to try and create a healthy balance. I am a complete chocolate lover so I decided to make these chocolate and strawberry flavoured, protein muffins which are dairy & gluten free, whilst also being free from saturated fat and refined sugar. Surprisingly they actually taste good too! They are also really simple and easy to make too, enjoy 🙂

What you need:

  • 1 pot of strawberry flavoured non-fat Greek yogurt 
  • Good quality protein (I used Vanilla flavour as it mixes quite well, but feel free to use strawberry or chocolate to compliment the flavours!)
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats (feel free to use porridge oats if you’re not fussy about the gluten aspect)
  • 3/4 tablespoons of almond milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 180
  • Mix all the items together using a hand blender
  • Pop in the oven & leave for approx 30/40mins depending on your oven.

et Voila

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Clean Nutella Recipe

Hey guys,

Anyone who has read my previous posts about food will know that I have a significant lack of willpower. I don’t think I will ever be able to overcome my love of sweet and sugary snacks and I certainly don’t believe in depriving myself! 😛 At the end of the day, food is there to be enjoyed and to nourish your body. Starving yourself may give you speedy results but it is not sustainable. I also can’t even imagine how miserable I would be if I couldn’t have yummy food, I think my friends and family would just force feed me sweets to stop me from moaning!!

I found this great recipe from the wonderful Fab Diaries blog. It is a great alternative to nutella and choc icecream. The whole recipe is dairy free, has low sugar and fat content and is pretty much just yum! I altered the recipe slightly based on my own taste preferences and basically what I had in the kitchen. So here it is:

What you need:

  • 300g Hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • Half a cup of soya or almond milk
  • Half a cup of organic honey
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

What you do:

  • Preheat the oven
  • Pop your hazelnuts on a baking tray and leave in the oven for about 8 minutes
  • When they are done, rub them in a clean towel and place them into a blender
  • When they have been blended for approx 3 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients in and blend further.
  • When a creamy consistency has been achieved, place in a glass container and put in the fridge.

Et Voila!

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