So my diet went completely out of the window for the early part of this week.
I did start with good intentions. I made some really tasty and healthy banana flapjacks. I love this recipe because while so many healthy flapjacks I’ve made are dry and bland, these are moist and delicious!
90g low fat butter spread
Grease a square cake tin, around 20cmx20cm. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
Melt the butter spread and honey together in a saucepan.
Mash the bananas thoroughly with a fork. Add the oats, cinnamon and sultanas & mix.
Add the melted honey & butter spread. Mix thoroughly.
Spoon the mixture into your prepared tin. Gently push into the corners and flatten so that the mixture fills the tin evenly.
Bake for around 25 minutes, until golden. They will still be a bit squidgy but they’ll firm up as they cool so don’t panic!
Leave to cool a bit for around 15-20 minutes. Then slice into 12 flapjacks and carefully remove from the tin.
These are delicious warm but they can be kept in an airtight container for about 3 days.
Then it was Bank Holiday Monday. We had a family day out, starting with breakfast at McDonalds (shock horror) then seeing Boss Baby at the cinema (obviously involving a large bucket of popcorn) then a nice walk around town. On getting home, knackered, we quickly decided on ordering Chinese takeaway for dinner. Oh dear!
On Tuesday Husband and I had a day off together to celebrate our wedding anniversary. So we went for brunch at Ed’s Easy Diner then another cinema trip to see Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. I might have skipped on movie snacks but that brunch was epic and packed with calories – I don’t even want to think about how many. Although as it was our anniversary, I’m not going to feel guilty about treating myself!
I’ve managed to rein things in a little later in the week. Yesterday I made a cous cous and chickpea salad that will last me 3 lunches. Meal prepping definitely helps keep me on track when dieting as there’s healthy food all ready and waiting in the fridge so I’m less likely to be tempted by unhealthy stuff.
Chickpea & Cous Cous Salad
150g cous cous (uncooked)
300ml chicken or vegetable stock
2tbsp vegetable or olive oil
2tbsp lemon juice
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1/2tsp ground ginger
1 carrot, grated
1 tin chickpeas, drained & rinsed
Put the cous cous and raisins in a bowl. Heat the stock (or use while still hot after making it), then pour it over the cous cous and raisins. Leave for around 8 mins or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Use a fork to mix up the cous cous.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, cumin, coriander and ginger. Add this and, the chickpeas and the grated carrot to the cous cous mixture.
And that’s it! This will make 2 whole lunches or 4 lunches if you add some veggies (I had mine with steamed broccoli).
What do you eat to treat yourself? How do you stick to healthy eating?