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:
I recently went on the first family holiday since I turned pesketarian. We had an amazing time, but the food was a bit of a challenge. I've never been the problem child when it came to eating out, that role always fell to one of my fussy-eater (but lovely) brothers. However, this year I got a bit more freaked out when it came to restaurants.
I always attempt to be open minded and try unusual things when eating out, especially on holiday. We were holidaying on the beautiful island of Mallorca, but the 'island' bit was causing some problems! I am a pesketarian so I eat fish and not meat. "No problem!" You say, "just eat fish" . But while I do eat fish, I try and eat it sparingly and try to be sustainable. It found it difficult to fit in with a diet of fish everyday.
It was also difficult as I was the only one out of our party of eight that didn't eat meat. Things looked better though when we ordered tapas. One of the things I loved about Mallorca was how uncomplicated the attitude to food was in some places. The restaurant staff in some places were so confident that we would enjoy the food that the only choice you were given about the menu was how many plates of tapas you wanted! This seems like my idea of utopia, no stress or arguments over ordering, just lots of good food presented to you. I was able to check whether some of the tapas would be vegetarian (in mediocre Spanish) and then just enjoy the meal. Some of my favourite dishes are listed below, try them if your ever in Mallorca:
Tumbet - An aubergine, tomato and vegetable stew that reminded me of ratatouille but less smooth and with more vegetables.
Granizada de Almendra - This almond drink is possibly the most refreshing thing I've ever encountered and definitely one of the most delicious! As far as I can tell from my taste buds, it's made of almonds, ice, sugar and milk. It doesn't really count as a health food, but it is perfect on a hot day.
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Boquerones - This is a tapas dish of fresh white anchovies on toast. It is light and delicious, and it goes very well with tumbet!🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞🐟🍞
We also had ensaimadas, the Mallorcan speciality pastry. However I was pretty unimpressed by these as I found they were sweet but had no other flavour or texture. So, to summarise, if you are ever in Mallorca expect a lot of fish, eat nice tapas and skip the ensaimadas!
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.
As it's been a while since the last post, I thought I would do a quick summary of all the new recipes that keep popping up. I have been so busy! Not only are there a lot of new recipes, I also changed around the recipe pages so it should be easier to find what you are looking for. Here goes:
Click each picture for a link to the new recipe.
In other news, I had a trip to Chinatown for my brother's birthday. We saw some very impressive fruit:
Today I tried Lorraine Pascal's no bake chocolate brownies. They were amazing! While mine didn't turn out quite like brownies at first, the result was still delicious. I got a gooey chocolate dessert, that I put into little pots and served with strawberries. A very rich treat that my parents were very glad I made for them:
I substituted the dates for dried cherries and the cashew nuts for hazelnuts. It reminded me of naked bars, but without any sugar at all. I then left the remaining mixture (hidden from my parents) in the freezer overnight. They were solid by the next morning and I cut them up and stored them in the fridge. You can find an easy video here:
I hope you enjoy it!
Contemporary dance student and food-lover, sharing tips and tricks, recipes and generally random ideas.