As I'm writing this on Boxing Day, Christmas has (obviously) been and gone but the festivities continue around me with lots of food and even more game playing. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and ate far too much, something I'm a strong advocate of once a year - I even wrote a post last year called How not to have a healthy Christmas! However after all that eating, many people move on to thinking about their New Year's Resolution, and whether this year will be the year they finally stick to it. I'd always been quite half-hearted about resolutions in the past, until in January 2016 I vowed to stop eating meat and went pesketarian. I'm proud to say that at the very end of the year my resolution is still very much intact and I'm going to carry it on next year. This year I thought I would share some tips on how to sucessfully stick to your New Year's Resolution.
If you haven't heard of Nakd bars, I seriously think you need to spend more time researching healthy snacks :)
In all seriousness though, apparently they're not a thing in the US, but they are similar to something called Larabars.
They are a big brand of snack bars, that are "containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, wheat, dairy and gluten free". I think that counts as pretty good for you! They are not perfect, and I'm not advising you to eat them five times a day or anything like that, as they contain natural sugars from the dates. But more importantly they are absolutely delicious and very filling.
Nakd bars are not particularly expensive, but they can be made at home quickly and very cheaply, from store cupboard ingredients (I know that not everyone has dates in their kitchen, but if you don't - you should.) As well as this, cooking things at home is really fun, especially with friends or kids. This is also classic five minute food so "I don't have time for cooking" isn't a valid excuse.
I haven't listed this as a recipe (instead as a food blog post) because I don't take credit for anything here. I'm simply reading the packaging carefully and sharing my knowledge. This is the back of a chocolate orange flavoured Nakd Bar:
These days it seems like the internet is crammed with food bloggers promoting exotic ingredients that most of us have never heard of. I want to explain some of the more confusing, and why you should bother to buy them.
This is one of my personal favourite 'weird' ingredients. It is used to replace cocoa powder, and one of the plus sides is that you need much less of it for a chocolatey flavour. I use it in smoothies, such as my Carrot and Banana Smoothie or in mug cakes such as my Banana and chocolate mug cake.
Used instead of - Cocoa powder
Where to buy it - Large supermarkets or health food shops
Why should I buy it - It is much better for your body than shop bought chocolate, and a little bit gives you a lot of flavour. It is much less processed than chocolate and doesn't have added sugar.
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