It’s the freaky weekend!! Yayyaaaaa!!
And as usual, on Thursdays (that’s when the weekend starts in Dubai) I am sitting here in the sofa with my 5 year old. He is watching Transformers on TV (yes, OK, I know he is slightly young for those movies) and trying to hide that little tear falling down his cheek when one of the transformers get hurt. Next to him, his mum (yes, that’s me supposedly) is stuffing her face with popcorn, chocolate and coke. Yes, you heard it; carbs, fats, sugar, salt and pretty much all evils in one single sitting! It’s like a sacred ritual, every week, same time, same couch, and it’s absolutely guilt free! I have come to realize that the biggest threat to my general level of fitness is not the occasional mad splurge, but rather the everyday inconsistent intake of nutrient poor food.
With the stress of everyday life, especially in the life of Mumz, it’s not always easy to eat in a consistent manner. You can’t very well be late for school drop offs every morning, because your breakfast ritual have to include 4 scrambled egg whites, oatmeal with fresh strawberries, a home-made Chia Pudding, and several other more or less advanced concoctions of nutrient dense fuel. It has to be practical and feasible, otherwise it can never become the famous and hype “lifestyle” change that everyone is raving about nowadays.
So, while sitting here, stuffing my face, I thought writing about my top 5 healthy snacks might make me burn some of the calories I am currently taking in. It’s a bit similar to the people who seem to think the moment they enter a gym, they will gain substantial muscle mass, no matter what they actually do in there (you know you are guilty, sitting on that machine between sets, reading this blog, instead of jumping onto the next set, yep, I see you…: ) ). In any case, I am willing to give it a go, enjoy, Mumz!
5 – Home made Sweet Potato Chips: Slice, put on a baking pan, into the oven until slightly crispy surface, sprinkle sea-salt on top, and off you go! Can be stored easily and keeps well.
4 – Healthy Raw-balls: Lol, couldn’t find a better name but whatever nuts, seeds and grains you like into a bowl, mix with coconut oil and perhaps a dash of agave or date-honey, feel free to use spices like cinnamon, sea-salt, cardamom and chili pepper (don’t go overboard though, it’s not a curry!). Mix it all together, shape into little balls, have another plate ready with raw cacao powder, roll the balls in that and put into the fridge in any container. It’s yummy and a perfect sweet snack with the afternoon pick-me-up coffee.
3 – Veggie strips and dip: Yeah, I know, everyone reading this will be like, “ahhhh, man, really?? You just had to, didn’t you! Haha, well, it’s not as boring as it sounds, in fact, it’s awesomely delicious. Slice your veggies of choice (I usually do carrots, celery, bell peppers) and then make your own guacamole. It can be made in a super healthy way and will be the perfect combination of good fats and nutrient packed veggies.
2 – Frozen Yogurt: With Greek Yogurt gaining popularity all over the world at present, this is probably one that a lot of people will try. It’s so easy it’s silly and can be adapted to everyone’s liking. What I usually do is to put the yogurt into a blender, add mixed berries, some honey or agave syrup, run the blender, put the mix into smaller forms and freeze. Be aware though, once you decide you would like to eat it, make sure to defrost a bit before, otherwise it will pretty much be the same as biting into an ice glacier.
1 – Protein Mini Cheesecakes: YES, finally, I reached no 1! My absolute favorite! Ok, make a similar mix to the one you prepared for the Raw-Foods balls, put about a 1 cm layer of the mix into paper muffin forms, top it with the same blend you did for the Frozen Yogurt, add the blend on top of the base inside the muffin-form, fill each form all the way up to the brim, then put all forms into the fridge. Eat them straight from the fridge, don’t let them melt!
So, there you guys have it, simple stuff, but definitely contributing to less unhealthy snacking. If you are into counting macros, you may want to look at portion control though and ratios to some of these recipes.
Hmm… I actually do feel a little lighter now, thinking healthy thoughts actually works! …or… maybe it’s because the popcorn bowl in my lap is worryingly empty… Must be my 5-year-old son or a ghost… brrrrr…….