So I may have hit on something I like even better than raw cacao chocolate – if that’s even possible? I wondered what would happen if I just left out the cacao powder and coconut oil when I was making my chocolate tweets (‘cos the coconut oil and cacao can be kind of overpowering) and ramped up the butter and nut butter content.
Everyone seems to live life in a rush these days, racing to work, play or exercise and while I don’t think it’s slowing down any time soon, how you manage to eat well on the run plays an important factor in your health.
This is why I love my protein packed treats that you can make once a week and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick breakfast or snack any time.
So how was your protein intake from last week’s blog? Are you getting enough or too much maybe? As promised though, here is my shake recipe that I use to boost my protein if it’s looking a bit on the low side…
This recipe was another accident as I am still on my quest to make a brownie type of treat without a truckload of dates in it. Everything still turns out yum, if not an interestingly different texture to what I envisaged. However once again it’s good enough to add to the recipe list and something I would make again.
The basic premise is that sugar and seed oils contribute hugely, massively and in gigantic proportions (did I emphasise that enough??) to our overweight epidemic.
I was nearly going to write about it today however Easter is coming and I didn’t want to spoil it for you. And besides I think everyone will be more receptive to the message after they are feeling sick on commercial chocolate after Easter and we are all wailing, “never again!”
I was given an opportunity by the lovely people at nuts.com to explore the world of Almonds. And since I already use them in some of my cooking, this was a fun exercise to learn a little more and experiment with my cooking creations.
So you already know I’m quite mad about nuts as they pack quite a nutritional punch and Almonds are no exception. A quick look around about them claims they are high in biotin and Vit E and also have manganese, copper, Vit B2, phosphorus and magnesium. Also high in protein and good fats. Apparently they are good for helping diabetes, heart health, improve blood fats, weight loss and seem to be quite the miracle food. However you know me by now and unless eating them makes me feel good, I don’t necessarily believe all that’s written.
Christmas is coming! And the best news is, all your favourite dishes can be made in a healthy way without sacrificing the sensational flavours.
I have tasted the traditional White Christmas slice in the past and while it looked fantastic, one piece and I had an immediate headache and felt instantly tired like sugar tends to do to me. Not to mention wanting to eat the whole batch despite the pain!
So I whipped up a Slim Birdy original and oh my, tastes like the most amazing white chocolate without the hangover! Add this one to your Christmas cooking list…
I don’t know about the southern states but here in Queensland summer has hit with a vengeance. We’re having 30°C (86°F) days most days even though it’s only mid Spring. So hot weather calls for nothing better than a nice ice-cream and it’s even more perfect when the dessert in question doesn’t derail your health and weight loss ambitions. I like it!
One of my big revelations when I finally worked out how to lose weight was that you don’t have to completely give up the taste of the stuff you like to eat, while you are on your way. You just need to tweak it, so it goes from being junk food, which has no nutritional value, has toxins, and chemicals that your body can’t recognise, to something so amazingly good for you, tastes fantastic and has an automatic off switch, making binge eating or over eating a thing of the past. Meaning you can still eat it every day and still lose weight. Genius huh?
So one of the foods that most people absolutely love is chocolate.
So the success of my sesame snaps sent me off onto other creative tangents as to what else I could toffee snap using the same method and nearly the same ingredients.
I think I mentioned my oats/raisins disaster – probably for the best as I don’t eat oats and was just trying it for my fiancé. He gave it the resounding thumbs down, so we stick to the original sesame for him.
However I thought my all time favourite macadamia nuts might do the trick as they are buttery and delicious, especially when roasted and I wasn’t disappointed. (Drool, drool.)