Confessions of a Secret Snacker: My Food Diary

Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend? Today’s post is centred around my food diary for the week. Last week was quite a social one, with two nights out and the Irish Beauty Blog Awards. Needless to say I let the healthy eating slip a bit. On top of that I hurt my neck and my arm so was quite immobile for want of a better word! This past week has been better (less hectic) and so I’ve been trying a bit harder to eat healthily. I’ve stuck with my food diary this week and although my diet is certainly not ‘completely clean’ it is getting a bit better 🙂 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

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

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