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WIAW Successful snacking!

 

A rather good day of grub today I must say! I resisted the 3pm biscuitfest at work, and had a cup of tea instead. What a difference it makes when I eat well and don’t give in to the munchies!

Breakfast: 2 spelt pancakes, with half a pear and PB2
spelt pancakes and pb2

AM Snack: 3/4 cup greek yogurt and a nectarine
WIAW greek yogurt nectarine

Lunch: Pesto chicken, roasted veggies & hummus lettuce wraps. With some funny looking baby carrots & hummus. PM snack of dried apricots, raisins and almonds.chicken and veggie wraps WIAW

Dinner: Italian fish stew. Yum yum yum!fish stew wiaw

PM Snack: No bake choc chip flapjacks. Three of these accidentally fell in my mouth.No bake flapjack WIAWThese flapjacks were amazing. I can see some experimenting up ahead!

One thing I haven’t been successful in however is my exercise since I quit the gym. All it has done here is rain! So I’ve decided to join a gym 2 minutes away from my office, so instead of sitting on my butt during my lunch hour, I can gym it up once again.

Does anyone else go to the gym in their lunch hour? Or have an office job where they sit for most of the day? How do you make sure you don’t turn into a flab ball?

I get so cross when my lunch hour is up and I realise I have just sat down for the whole hour! I’m looking forward to getting out of the office and getting in at least 45 mins of exercise.

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Carob and Coffee Pancakes

I have a secret.. and it means I may have to change the name of my blog. I think I’ve found something I prefer to chocolate.. carob! When I was experimenting with raw food I had a bad experience with carob. I ordered some off of a popular auction website… and well, what I got was very strange. It smelt like pet shops. And it was very bitty. I thought I had bought carob flour. But I think I actually bought pet food. I made these carob ‘brownies’ made up of raisins and coconut and carob flour and they looked AMAZING. But they tasted like a pet shop. I really tried to like it, I added it to smoothies but it just had this odd, grainy texture and pet shop aftertaste that I could not enjoy.
At the weekend my mum and I went to a health food shop and I saw a box of carob powder, so I bought it and hoped maybe I just got a dodgy batch last time.

And I obviously did. Because this box of flour was just like cocoa powder. It smelt like the carob bars I have been devouring, not like pet shops. So I did what all good ladies do on a Sunday, I made pancakes.FRIGGIN, CAROB AND COFFEE PANCAKES. AND THEY TASTED GOOD.

Carob and Coffee Pancakes

carob and coffee pancakes

Ingredients
1 serving

2 tbsp spelt flour (any wholemeal flour of your choice)
1 tbsp flax (optional – add 1 more tbsp of flour if you take the flax out)
1 tbsp carob flour
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp sugar/splenda
1 egg white
1/2 cup almond milk/milk of your choice

Whisk together all ingredients, and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a small drizzle of olive oil, or cooking spray. When the pan is hot, add in approx 2 tbsp of the mixture. When the top begins to bubble, flip pancake and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.

carob coffee pancakes
Top with your favourite toppings, I had crushed strawberries that I picked from the garden

no fat carob coffee pancakes I have eaten carob every day so far this week, and abandoned the cocoa. What is going on?

Have you ever tried carob? Share your favourite recipes and favourite ways to eat it! I made some delicious muffins this weekend!

 

No Fat Banana Muffins

This week has been stressful. It has rained every day. I heard some bad news. And I haven’t exercised at all. Aside from a few miles walking, and a bike ride, that is about it. I’ve been going to bed past midnight too which makes me even more of a grump. If I don’t get to sleep before 11am I turn into the hulk. So on Saturday, when I woke up to sunshine I was super chuffed. I spent the morning with my mum, Pete and I took Ralph for a nice long walk into town, then I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking up some treats for the week. Starting with my new favourite thing in the world. Banana muffins. They are low in calories, high in fibre and low in fat and sugar. They are dense and squishy and doughy and delicious. Yum. I’ve been chomping on these bad boys for the last two weeks.

low fat banana muffins

Makes 9 muffins
You will need:
1 cup rye flour (or other wholemeal flour)
1/2 cup of ground flax
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
2 mashed bananas
1/4 cup sugar/splenda
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 cup of almond milk

Directions:
low fat banana muffins
Combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder & soda, flax, sugar and salt)

low fat banana muffins recipe
Mash the shit out of your bananas! I don’t know about you, but I could eat mashed bananas all day long. The best narnas to use are the ones that are starting to go black, they are sweeter and more mashable.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Mix your banana, egg whites, cinnamon and chia seeds. Hello sneaky sock.

no fat banana muffin recipe
Add the wet ingredients to dry, I usually add in one half, then add the second half. This is too dry, so add in some almond milk.

low fat banana muffin recipe
That’s better! You want it to be sloppy enough to drop off the spoon. I added the almond milk 1/4 cup at a time, and used about 1 cup.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Add to a lined muffin tin, then top with chia seeds if you wish. I like to add a little extra nutritional boost! Then bake in a preheated oven at 175c for about 15 mins. Or until the tops are nicely browned.

low fat no fat bananachia seed muffins
These are pretty dense muffins  and filling muffins. I’ve been eating 2 for a quick breakfast some mornings, or one muffin with 1/4 cup of oatmeal.
They also freeze really well, just take one or two out the night before, and they’ll be perfect in the morning. Oh they are also amazing topped with some chocolate PB2.

What are your favourite grab and go breakfasts? I always used to make overnight oats but I am loving the convenience of muffins lately.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

I am back from our camping adventure feeling more tired than before we left! We didn’t stay long because it rained on us, but it was nice to get away together and spend some quality time without distractions.

Bank  holiday weekend rain!

The long weekend has been full of beer, which has led to a lot of unhealthy food choices! One being a massive scone with jam, cream and butter at 11pm last night. A scone that was covered in mold, which I desperately scraped off. Apparently after a few too many beers I will eat anything! So this morning I was determined to have a tasty, but healthy breakfast. After overindulging in unhealthy food I always find it hard to go back to plainer, less sugary foods and I need to wean myself off of it. So I made some dessert inspired oats.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

Ingredients
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup water + more when cooking
dash of salt
2 tsp truvia/sweetener of choice
1/4 cup of frozen black forest fruits (cherries, blackberries, blueberries, red grapes)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (optional)
sprinkle chia seeds (optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in a saucepan until well combined. Then add the water and heat on the stove at a low temperature. When the oats have nearly cooked (this will depend on the type of oats you use, I used quick cook oats so this only took 2-3 minutes) add in your fruit – leave some spare to top your oats (heat these in microwave for 30 – 50 secs). Then assemble your oats!

I added some greek yogurt, then topped with the rest of the warm fruit, drizzled the fruit juices over, then topped with chia seeds. It tastes just like black forest gateau!

For the rest of the day I am going to list a majority of my belongings on eBay, make something magical with a butternut squash, and rest my legs because I am walking like I’ve pooped myself after the long bike ride we had yesterday.

Am I the only one who finds cats super relaxing on rainy days?

Off on a camping adventure!

I am currently sat in a field, in our campervan, drinking ginger beer and waiting for the sun to come out! This weekend is an extra long one because of the bank holiday and because of our lovely Queen! Four days of freedom! So I am letting myself go for a couple of days.

I started the morning with a work out at home, which went like this:

Plank with arm raise – 10 reps each side
Lateral lunge – 10 reps each side
Plié squat – 10 reps
Dumbbell row – 10 reps each side
Reverse dumbbell fly – 10 reps
Dumbbell thruster – 10 reps

I then ran around the park a couple of times, clocking up a measly 2km! It got the heart pumping though.

We then hit the road with a yummy breakfast:

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Cinnamon and raisin overnight oats, with a peerrrrrfectly ripe pear!

Will be back on Monday with lots of photos and a recipe for banana muffins, and a salad frittata! I am the queen of camping food!

Lightened Up Cashew Cookie Cream

Every now and then I get a brainwave that keeps buzzing around my head until I give in to it. This was one of those brainwaves.
Now I love me some nut butter, it’s dangerous, I eat it from the jar with a massive spoon, I add it to my oats, my toast, my fruit, to anything. Yum. But I wanted to make my sad jar of cashew butter a little more delicious and a little less calories. So this happened.

Yum? Hmm, doesnt’t look it here does it.. But then add a spoon..

And some baked oatmeal…


And you get a massive yum! So yum, your boyfriend asks what you are mmmmmming at so early in the morning. Why darling, just my breakfast of course.

2 tbsp cashew butter
3 tbsp almond milk (may need more)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
sweeten to taste – i used 1 tsp splenda

Whisk all ingredients with a fork – you may need to add more almond milk, just add it gradually. It will take a little while for the cashew butter to incorporate nicely, but it will eventually. It will transform into a luxurious light, fluffy, whipped cashewy, cookie-ey, cinnamonny mouthful of deliousciousness. It’s so tasty I can only describe it with made up words.
It’s a great way of making your nut butter go further too.

Amazing served with the cinnamon and raisin baked oatmeal.

Yummy Chocolate Goddess Ice Cream Bowl

Well. Today I out yummed myself. I had a delicious breakfast – which I will post photos of, but I couldn’t wait to share what I knocked up for dinner. Sometimes when I get in from work the last thing I want to do is cook. I raided the fridge to see what leftovers there were, only to find the temperature of the fridge had gone up, and everything was frozen! My Pepe and I had planned to take Ralph for a walk so I wanted something quick. So the Yummy Chocolate Goddess Ice Cream Bowl was created. I call it the Goddess ice cream bowl, because I felt God-like and amazing when I inhaled it. Yes. Inhaled.

Ingredients

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp maca powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp xantham gum
ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender, until well mixed and the xantham gum has thickened the mixture. Then top with chocolate PB2 made with extra water so it’s thinner, a handful of your favourite healthy cereal (I used Quakers Oat Crisp) and chia seeds. Amazeballs!