Healthy Recipe : Raw Protein Coconut Balls

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Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you’re enjoying your week so far? Since Monday I have been in such a ‘snacky’ kind of mood. I’ve found myself picking at chocolate which is the opposite of what I should be doing when I’m getting into a bikini soon! I’ve been looking for some healthy snack ideas and decided to take it upon myself to make my own – at least then I will know what’s in them! Continue reading

Confessions of a Secret Snacker: Protein Power

Hello Beautiful People ❤

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend? I’m currently in bed trying to convince myself to get up and be productive, but Sundays for me just equal relaxation! I think we all need a little down time ❤

Anyway down to business –

This week hasn’t been as healthy as last, but it has still been better than usual so I’m not getting disheartened. I did go out on Friday for a work BBQ / Launch night. I had a great time and regret nothing! It was a calorific night but we need these every once and a while.

Last weekend at The Hen House – food was amazing!

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Yesterday’s healthy snack:

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Think Good Fat Not Reduced Fat

Hey Guys,

I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about what is ‘healthy’ and what is not, just to gain an insight into different perspectives. I was quite surprised at the difference in opinion when it came to ‘reduced fat’ products, so I decided to do some research of my own. I personally am not a big fan of food labelled with ‘reduced fat’ but I decided to investigate whether I was justified in this perception.

Reduced fat vs Low Fat

Foods which contain the term “low fat” have to meet certain legal criteria in order to be able to utilise that label. Labels that contain terms such as “reduced fat” do not have to meet such criteria. This can of course become misleading but it is still legal, so of course companies will continue to boost their products and prey on consumers who are seeking so called healthy products.


Realistically by opting for a ‘reduced fat’ product the consumer is obviously hoping to avail of a product that is in fact reduced in fat. This is unfortunately not always the case. Just because a product contains this label, doesn’t necessarily mean they are the healthier option. Below is a guideline for checking the nutritional labels on products.

The reduced fat option simply equates to the product containing less fat than the original. If the original is still high in fat than a product that claims to be 20% – 30% less fat is still realistically going to be fattening. For example: a tub of ice-cream or a jar of mayo which claims to be 25% less fat, is still actually fattening. I seen this ad which actually proves the point perfectly.

It is also really important to note that ‘low fat’ and ‘reduced fat’ options may not actually be low in sugar, salt and calories. It does not automatically make them healthy. In many cases they can contain more sugar and salt in order to compensate.

I think we have become a fat obsessed generation and we are constantly looking for a quick fix. A healthy, balanced diet  cannot (unfortunately) be obtained via any quick fixes. I’m the first to admit that I still eat chocolate, pizza and all that lovely, fattening food. However I think that is necessary in order to keep balance. I think recognising this is crucial to weightloss and maintaining your weight. I personally would rather know I am eating something fattening and enjoy it and plan the rest of my meals / snacks accordingly as opposed to fooling myself into thinking I’m eating something healthy when I’m honestly not.

Think Good Fat not Reduced Fat

We need to think ‘good fat’ not ‘reduced fat’ and that is what will make a difference to our success. It is recommended that our diets consist of 30% of fat according to the American Heart Association. For so long we have been told to cut out fat and opt for reduced fat options, but that’s not necessarily ideal. Good fat; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, can benefit your body and are great for lowering cholesterol. These can be found in food such as tuna, salmon and olive oils. Instead of thinking reduced fat, consider the type of fat you’re consuming.

This post is not intended to tell people not to eat ‘reduced fat’ foods, it’s primarily focused on ensuring people are not fooled by fancy labels that will play on their emotions. It is pointless to think we are eating healthy when we are not. No benefits will be gained or results achieved. It is important to know what is in our food and be able to differentiate between genuinely healthy food and those who just have clever marketing teams.

As I said I would rather eat a bar of chocolate and enjoy it then eat something that has hidden fat and calories and think I am being healthy. Just some food for thought 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

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

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