Okay, so maybe Easter is not the best time to be talking about how I’ve ditched the sugar rush in favour of seeds, beans, and everything green. Wait, that didn’t come out quite right – I promise you, my diet is anything but boring. But rather what I mean to say is that I’ve simply been making much more sensible food choices that have made me healthier and happier. I’m left feeling fuller for longer and have managed to kick those bad habits too. So whilst it is Easter, it also means a quarter of the year has gone by already, so I’m taking this time to reflect and celebrate the progress I’ve made so far this year. Talking all things food can be quite the controversial topic for some, so I don’t care to give myself a label, I’m just simply a foodie trying to be better than I was once before. So here’s what am I doing differently…
Saying no to red meat (where I can). I’m certainly not trying to be vegetarian, nor will I make a fuss if I’m served red meat as a dinner guest, and I most certainly won’t be passing on that big ol’ cheeseburger every once in a while out on date night. But what I am doing now is being more conscious of the quality of meats that make their way into my shopping basket during the weekly shop – it’s only chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna from now on.
Saying hello to Meatless Monday. Now I know that I did just say I’m not trying to be a vegetarian, so stick with me on this one. Oh, and it’s not religiously Meatless Monday, it can be any day of the week as long as it’s one meatless meal, aside from breakfast, each week. It’s all about eating more whole foods, grains, vegetables and less meat than I used too.
Waving goodbye to processed foods. It’s those damn late-night supermarket runs when you’re craving all the sugar and carbs. They get me real good. Anything bread, cheese and all things sweet. It’s usually reduced too by the time I sneak in. Bargain! I’ll take them all! No. It’s so bad. *slaps myself on the wrist* But it feels so right and tastes so good too, right? Then just like that it’s all in my belly. Food coma. Bloating. It’s just not worth it. But I’ll tell you this, it’s been a little bitch of a habit to break, but I found a way…
Welcoming Sunday baking sessions. Ah Sunday’s, the best time to prepare for the week ahead. So on Sunday’s, we bake. We prepare enough dessert to last the entire week ahead, to avoid those late-night supermarket munchies. Swapping the sweet and sugary treats for those dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free beauties, that will satisfy those cravings but without the guilt (and bloating!).
Current fave recipe: energy balls. You will need: 250g pitted dates, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened), 50g flaked almonds, shredded coconut.
Method: Blend all ingredients together (except shredded coconut). Once blended, mould into small balls and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Makes 18 energy balls.
Right then, I’m off to devour the rest of the Easter chocolate. Normal life resumes again tomorrow!