Easter is coming….the eggs are slowly taking over every supermarket! So with that, I thought it was about time the fluffy Easter bunny comes up with some recipes for the holidays!
Have you ever decided you don’t like a food before actually trying it?
Personally, I have been guilty of this! Either because it sounds like something I wouldn’t enjoy or it’s an old habit of just sticking to what you know! But you can’t make hot cross pancakes without actually trying a hot cross bun right?
So, I had my very first hot cross bun, and it was surprisingly delicious, and with that, I tried to come up with a pancake hybrid for a yummy hot cross version.
100ml Egg white
1/2tsp baking powder
1/2 sachet Whitworth shot (I used Toffee & Pecan)
Weigh out all the ingredients into a blend minus the shot and blend until you get a thick batter mixture, fold in the Whitworth shot.
Heat a pan with oil of choice then cook each pancake for about 2-3 mins on each side, transfer to a plate and add your desired toppings! I used the remaining Whitworth shot and a cross made with yoghurt.
27.4c (2.9f 8s)
More yummy pancakes recipes in 5 delicious protein pancake recipes which you can add your own easter theme toppings too!
Macro hacks…what are macro hacks? Essential it’s a little way of making something taste great that has a minimal effect on your overall macros. I know some of you don’t track macros, and that’s cool….do what works for you! You may then look at these little alternatives as a healthier sweet treat.
A super simple macro friendly chocolate sauce, which you can easily adjust the consistency to suit whatever you are making!
15g Cocoa powder
65ml warm water
If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add some stevia or sweetener of choice as its quite rich!
2.9c (4.1f 0.1s)
A super quick easy way to make a frosting to layer between pancakes, top cupcakes, rice cakes the possibilities are endless. Also, a great way to get an extra bit of protein and create a macro-friendly sweet treat.
It depends on what kind of thickness you are looking for if you want a very thick frosting I would edge towards 15g grams. Just measure out your yoghurt and gently fold the powder until combined!
100g Greek yoghurt or Soy equivalent
10-15 g Muscle Moose Protein powder
I have experimented with this one, have you ever found that sometimes on pancakes or cakes you fancy a little runny icing? Yoghurt alone is a little thick for this purpose ( I am by no means saying this tip is the equivalent to icing) That being said to make yoghurt like icing consistency adding a little milk to loosen the texture and you can get creative by adding some flavour drops to make a tasty drizzle.
15ml almond/ milk of choice
Sweet, sticky, gooey caramel style sauce/spread a golden tasty topper that’s super easy to make and is very macro friendly. All you need is three ingredients and a small bowl!
Simply combine the ingredients adding the water slowly until your desired consistency and spread onto whatever takes your fancy.
10g Peanut Flour ( I used GoNutrition)
20g Go Nutrition Gingerbread whey
5c (2s )
There’s something about Red Velvet that just takes a chocolate cake to a whole new level, after many conversations lately with my friend about cake! what else, and seeing the red velvet cupcakes on Bake Off I took to the kitchen to create a high protein, tasty brownie for everyone to enjoy!
No fancy ingredients, easy to make and you can get creative with your toppings!
Perfect bake for Mother’s day
120ml Egg White
100g Greek Yoghurt
32g (1 Scoop) White chocolate & Raspberry Muscle Moose
35g Cocoa powder
10ml red food colouring (can use beetroot or sub)
1/2tsp baking powder
Pre-heat the oven to 180C
In a large bowl combine all the ingredient until well combined, transfer to an 8inch lined brownie tin and place in the oven for 25-30mins, remove from the oven when a skewer comes out clean.
Decorate with your desired toppings!
6.8c (1.8f 0.8s)
Let me know if you give them a try @Fit_Foodie_Fan
GoNutrition are the next to hit a new tasty lion style chocolate protein bar – over 12 months in the making new protein crunch bar available in chocolate caramel!
“The Pro-Crunch bar is quite possibly the best tasting low carb protein bar anywhere in the UK right now.”
The protein bar industry has taken a massive leap recently offering an abundance of great tasty high-quality bars so it’s exciting to put this bar to the test! On opening, you get a burst of chocolate aroma with a long chunky bar with a rippled chocolate coating. The chocolate layer is evenly coated with visible crispies underneath giving an aesthetic appearance, very similar to that of “Smart bar” and “CNP profusion”.
On biting into the bar you are met with a soft chewy chocolate brownie base with a sweet-salty caramel layer and the crunchiness from the crispies giving a nice textural experience. The base itself is very similar to there chocolate caramel whey, on its own is a little protein powder taste especially the aftertaste but when its combined with the other layers it not noticeable at all. The caramel is a rich golden colour with a very nice balance of sweet and salty silky layer of indulgence whilst having less than 2g of sugar is very impressive. The crispy pieces which are nestled between the caramel and chocolate layers give a nice crunch which works well giving a tasty bar to satisfy a sweet carving.
Overall a very nice bar – with lots of flavour and texture well worth giving it a try! 8/10
As healthier ice creams go we have been well and truly spoilt with first Oppo then Halo top and now Breyers. Breyers is a high protein low-calorie ice cream available in chocolate, vanilla, cookie and cream and mint chocolate. I have personally taken a bit of a liking to the cookie and cream one, with a milky white base and an abundance of chocolate cookie pieces. Although I will say, it can be hit and miss whether the tube is full or not, which let’s face it no one wants to find a tub like that!
The texture is soft fluffy and light as kinda per usual with a low-calorie ice cream; the base was a subtle not very sweet vanilla quite plain, making the cookie pieces the star of the show. The bits themselves were crispy which is good, giving different textures and had a sweet chocolate taste. This ice cream is gluten free therefore the cookie pieces are more chocolate clusters, and it’s interesting how they managed the but overall a lovely tasting ice-cream.
It just so happened that I was working the day that DoughNotts came to the monthly Beeston Farmers market so I mean it was meant to be right? Even better when your boss treats everyone to a doughnut, I went for the Malteser Doughnut! Firstly, I love Maltesers the biscuit chocolate combination bring sweet, silky chocolate and a crunchy centre and secondly because it just looked so aesthetic with a little white chocolate drizzle. Let’s not talk about how very careful I carried it home to ensure the doughnut did get smudged!
The doughnut was soft and fluffy in texture with a sweet chocolate glaze, but not so sweet that it’s sickly it was a delicate balance giving a bread dough that airy and light with the smooth indulgent chocolate coating.
I usually am just a plain oat kinda girl but I was also curious and curiosity, in my opinion, is never a bad thing, after all, how can you tell what you like and dislike if you don’t give it a try? Being a student though we wait till it is on offer, I enjoyed this granola so much! The little clusters of cocoa oats as well as some golden toasted oats make a very compatible pair, this granola is low in sugar and higher in protein. Sweetened with juice concentrates and using oligofructose syrup instead of honey to combine the a blend of oats and spelt flakes.
All mixed with tasty dark chocolate curls, a nice sweet indulgent chocolate with a wholesome oaty cluster, nice tasty snack. The clusters provide a crunchy crisp sound as you nibble away at the clusters, very tasty as a snack or on yoghurt.
Now the aesthetics of this chocolate is insane, I am personally a dark chocolate girl, but I have been experimenting recently. Starting with the coffee morning chocolate, and now I have gone all American.
American Choas by Crumpets & Coffee draws you in with a very eye-catching fun filled layer of American treats. A milk chocolate base sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, fudge pieces, pretzels making a very appealing looking bar. The crunch of the nuts and pretzels provide a perfect balance between the sweet vanilla fudge, as well as a warming chocolate base giving an all-around taste sensation.
With it also being national peanut butter lovers day, I had to include my favourite peanut butter of the month! Peanut butter doesn’t last very long in my house which means I get to try lots of new and exciting nut butter’s pretty much all the time. Next on my list was ManiLife creamy peanut butter.
Indulge in texture and let your taste buds revel in thick, creamy peanut butter!
A smooth, creamy golden peanut butter all the way from Argentina, this nut butter is excellent there are no traces of shells giving a beautiful peanut colour, the aroma is well what can I say its heaven. That’s not very professional though so, a toasted nutty smell, the texture is silky smooth very good for drizzle.
I won’t try and sound all inspirational because I am not, I am just a girl who decided that she wanted more…she wanted to be free!
I wanted to share this moment with you, in the hope that it might help just one person feel that there is hope. No matter how hopeless you may feel there is a way!
I came to a massive realisation today, and that is that there is no longer anything to be afraid off, in recovering from an eating disorder it can be hard to let go. It is a very hard internal battle that takes so much courage and strength to fight every day, no matter how impossible it may seem, know you are not alone. Letting go of the last parts of your eating disorder can be the hardest to let go of the clutch, the label, but nothing terrible will happen!
Sure mistakes were made; I made them often, thoughts control my behaviour and I took a few steps back but looking back I would not change any of it…not the hours spent screaming or the first time I eat out at a restaurant again. Want to know why?
Because all of it the good, the bad and the ugly has made me who I am today…I am not perfect but no one is, I am grateful for the small things and the strength from within to not give in! I had an eating disorder, and for so many years that was the only identity and life, I ever knew.
I know this is a question asked by many, but you are so much more than your disorder, it does not define you, that number on the scale means nothing, it does not define you nor should it determine your happiness!
You probably think she can talk, but didn’t she feel anything when she saw the scale go up? I would be lying if I told you, that I didn’t let it rule me. Telling myself not to exceed a certain number, that I would be less worthy or couldn’t be happy being heavier. When in reality that’s the disorder trying to find a way back in!
It has taken me the best part of four years to get to where I am now, and funnily enough, I am still gaining!
However, that’s ok it is not a race, there is no time constraint you have to do it your way, there is no right way! I could look back at my journey and regret how long it’s taken, but what purpose would that serve, it takes as long as it takes. You learn the most through mistakes and experiencing all the non-numerical victories along the way.
Today I can see the joy in everyday life; I can think, walk, talk…all the things that many take for granted. I feed myself yes with X amount of calories, and I weigh X amount more but what truly matters is how you feel!
Going out and socialise, eating out without fear, going to London, Berlin and all these fantastic places alone with no fear! Gaining weight was scary, but it has been the most significant achievement to date setting myself free from the PAST!
Let it go…the longer you hold on the more time you lose trying to find who you are, who you want to be. There is so much to see and do that I think maybe sometimes we could all take a moment to put a number into perspective!
Should it determine your happiness?
From my experience, It should not.
If you have stuck around through this little ramble then thank you, and I just want to leave you with this….what are you grateful for in your life?
Chewy, nutty, chocolatey bite! A wholesome oaty energy bite, perfect for your on-the-go snack.
These little energy bites are date free and require no blender, I have been working on perfecting these little bites for some time now which means I’ve had quite a few yummy bites for my meal prep!
With peanut butter and chocolate they are perfect little pick me up for afternoon snacking!
10g Flax Seed Powder
30g Sukrin Peanut Flour
15g Chocolate Callets
Mix with peanut flour with water until you get a thick paste, then add the remaining ingredients to combine (minus the chocolate).
Once the other ingredients have bound finally add the chocolate callets, store in the fridge to harden a little then roll into the desired amount of balls.
3.8c (1f 0.6s)