Peanut butter vs. PB2

Peanut Butter VS. PB2

Unfortunately living in the UK means I can’t get my hands on some of the amazing health foods available in America. This meant I had to fork out £11.69 for two jars of PB2 on Amazon. If like me you have a slight obsession with peanut butter and often find yourself eating it by the spoonful for a morning (and afternoon, and evening) snack, then I would recommend trying it out!

The nutritional info:

Nutrional Info

For every 2 Tbsp. of PB2 compared to traditional peanut butter you save 145 calories! And it has absolutely no saturated fat.

The best bit about PB2 is that it’s all natural with a minimal list of ingredients: Roasted peanuts, sugar, salt.

The best BEST bit about PB2 is that it tastes AMAZING.

It comes in a powder and the ratio is 2 Tbsp. PB2 to 1 Tbsp. water. You mix it up until you get your desired consistency…

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…and eat it straight off the spoon with none of the guilt! Or you could put it on toast, and oh…my…goodness it makes for a delicious breakfast. It is possibly the best thing invented since peanut butter itself was invented.

Chocolate PB2

(chocolate PB2 is pictured in this photo.)

It even has little bits of peanuts once it’s been mixed up so it has a nice texture, and tastes just like normal peanut butter but without any of the fat!

Verdict:

Now here comes PB2’s ONLY downfall… It doesn’t come with all the great health benefits of natural, peanut butter as all the nutrients are taken out along with the fat. The fat in traditional peanut butter is a ‘good fat’ so I’m still going to be eating it for my breakfast, and it’s amazing to eat before/after a workout.

I’ll switch to PB2 when I fancy something sweet and not so calorific, possibly on the days where I’m not hitting the gym. I’m definitely going to try adding it to my baking/cooking, as all the peanut butter taste is still there, so watch this space for some yummy baked PB2 goodies coming soon!

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My first attempt at chia seed pudding

After browsing various health food blogs and reading about the health benefits of chia seed I decided it would be worth a try.

You’ll soon come to learn that I have a ridiculous sweet tooth, I literally never get sick of sweet food; so when one blogger wrote that eating chia seed pudding for breakfast was like eating chocolate dessert, I was sold.

My first attempt was a bit of a flop. I added almond milk, stevia and cinnamon to the chia seed and left it in the fridge overnight. Although my clever placement of fruit made it look incredibly pretty, the taste was a huge let down. (Hence the massive dollop of peanut butter to cover the taste!)

Chia SeedIt has taken me 4 attempts but I now have the perfect recipe for the health conscious chocoholic like me. It is seriously good, it tastes creamy and chocolately and indulgent. You would never know this is a health food.

For one portion of pudding the ratio is 1 cup of nut/soya milk to 4 tbsp of chia seed.

Chocoholic’s Chia Seed Pudding:

– 4 tbsp chia seed

– 3/4 cup chocolate almond milk

– 1/4 cup coconut milk (NOT coconut cream.)

– 1 tsp cocoa or cacao powder

– Sweetener of choice to taste (I would recommend maple syrup to taste, but that’s just because I don’t like stevia.)

Mix it all up in tupperware box (or a pretty mason jar; a 0.5-0.8 jar will be around a single portion.) Give it a little shake and leave it overnight. You will have to give it a stir in the morning as the cocoa powder will have settled on the top. Add a drop more coconut milk to make the pudding your desired thickness and it’s ready!

chocochoaIt is the simplest recipe to prepare and only takes around 3-5 minutes to rustle up! Prepare it before bed and wake up to a seemingly sinful yet nutritious and filling breakfast.

To graze or not to graze?

If you’re unsure about whether to subscribe to graze box or not then read on for some helpful information:

I have a huge appetite and have to make sure I have my drawers stocked full of snacks at work otherwise I’m a bit of a nightmare to be around. As it’s Easter season (or as I like to call it Creme Egg season), I frequently find myself falling for the tempting, and oh so evil 3 Creme Eggs for £1 offer. As much as I love Creme Eggs and take advantage of them for the short and sweet time they’re around, this isn’t the healthiest snacking habit. I do bring healthy snacks into work with me such as almonds, dates and peanut butter, but it’s very easy to overdo it as they’re difficult to buy in single portions.

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Due to my uncontrollable sweet tooth I decided to sign up for a free trial of the graze box and have been hooked ever since! You can browse all their snacks on their website and pick which ones you definitely want to try, which ones you wouldn’t mind trying, and which snacks you never want to see in your box!

My ‘Love’ list contains mostly chocolate based goodies, however we all know dark chocolate is good for you (meaning you can eat as much as you like right)?

Graze Box
The graze box comes with a little menu with all the nutritional information of your snacks and full list of the ingredients so you know exactly what’s inside. All their food is natural and clean meaning guilt free snacking.

They have so many options to choose from, so if you think some of the snacks are slightly too calorific you can sign up to the light box with all the snacks coming in at under 150kcal. I have also recently discovered there is a CHOCOLATE BOX which I might have to switch to in the near future.

The snacks are conveniently packaged in individual portions, and you can get them delivered as often as you like to your home, office, or any address you choose!

Graze Box
graze has put together some really clever combinations of all your favourite treats such as rocky road, sticky toffee pudding, jaffa cake and many more, meaning you can enjoy some of your favourite flavours minus the carbs, added sugar, chemicals etc.

If you’re still not sure whether to try graze then they always have amazing offers which allow you to try a free box! I’m currently on an offer which gives me a free box, and then I get my 1st, 5th and 10th free. If you would like the same offer then here is a code for you to use (uk only):

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Even if you decide you don’t want to continue you can cancel at any time and you’ve still had a free box.

Some of my favourite and recommended snacks:

The graze brownie: only 110kcal for three pieces of brownie and approximately 69% less saturated fat than other brownies!

Dark Rocky Road: With pecan nuts, dark chocolate buttons and cranberries it’s sweet yet tart, crunchy and satisfying.

My Thai: Sweet chilli sauce with baked soy bites and only 84 calories per portion!

 

My gluten free/guilt free cauliflower pizza!

I am here to make your day.

I have a recipe for you that will allow you to have pizza EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK without consuming an outrageous number of calories.

This pizza could probably serve 2, but I’m going to call it a single serving since I ate it all myself.  As it’s made from VEGETABLES it would be silly not to eat the whole thing (got to make sure you’re getting your 5 a day)!

I’ve attempted to make this pizza a few times and I think I’ve nailed it with this recipe. It’s chewy, packed full of flavour and can be picked up like a good pizza slice should be.

I mean… does this look healthy to you?

cauliflower pizza

Pizza Base Recipe:

♥ 1 small cauliflower head

♥ 2 tbsp almond meal

♥ 1 egg

♥ 2-4 tbsp grated parmesan

♥ 1 tsp garlic powder

♥ Small bunch of basil (or to taste)

♥ 1/4tsp oregano (or to taste)

♥ Pinch of salt and pepper (to taste)

Tomato sauce recipe:

♥ Half chopped onion

♥ 2 tbsp tomato puree

♥ 1 can chopped tomatoes

♥ 1 tsp chopped garlic

♥ 1/2 tsp oregano

♥ A few leaves of ripped up basil

♥ Pinch of sugar, salt and pepper (to taste)

Tomato Sauce:

1. Put chopped onions and garlic in a pan with olive oil and soften.

2. Add tomato puree to the pan and lightly fry.

3. Add chopped tomatoes along with herbs and spices and leave to simmer whilst the pizza base cooks until reduced.

Pizza Base:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°c.

2.  Put your cauliflower in a food processor and blend until rice consistency.

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3. Put cauliflower rice into a tea towel and SQUEEZE as hard as you can to get all the liquid out.

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4. For a chewier base put the squeezed cauliflower in an oven for 10-12 minutes to dry out a little.

5. Mix all the ingredients together. It should hold together in a ball.

6. On a greased tray or piece of baking parchment shape the dough with your hand into a pizza base shape. image(5)

7. Put into the oven for approximately 20 minutes flipping half way through. (If it starts to go too brown cover with foil.)

8. Add tomato sauce and toppings of your choice to your pizza base and cook until ready. image(6)

From vegetable to an italian thin crust and healthy pizza in around 30 minutes!

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If you’re craving pizza this hits the spot. The base has SO much flavour because it’s packed with seasoning and herbs. You can add any toppings you like, and since the base is pretty much like eating a vegetable you can go crazy with your toppings, cheese it up!

 

 

My super skinny 100 calorie muffins (2 ways!)

Did you know that a classic blueberry muffin from Starbucks has 448 calories? Even if you go for the skinny versions they still come in at around 306-338kcal!

For all the taste but none of the guilt here is my recipe for super skinny blueberry muffins and/or lemon and poppy seed muffins that come in at approximately 100kcal each! Yep you read it right, 100kcal for a muffin meaning you can have three, (you can thank me later)!

They’re soft, fluffy and moist and give any coffee shop cake a run for it’s money!

muffins

Base Recipe (Makes 12):

♥ 190g~1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or flour of choice)

♥ 2 tsp baking powder

♥ 100g~1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sugar of choice)

♥ 80ml~1/3 cup apple sauce

♥ 80ml~1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)

♥ 1 egg

♥ 1tsp vanilla extract

♥ For blueberry muffins add 1tsp cinnamon and 100g blueberrys.

♥ For lemon and poppyseed muffins add lemon zest from 2 lemons and 10-20g poppyseeds to taste.

Optional-mix icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth to top muffins.

ingredients

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 200°c/400°f.

2. Spray 12 muffin cases with cooking spray.

3. Sift spelt flour into a bowl and add baking powder.

4. In another bowl mix the sugar, apple sauce, egg, milk and vanilla extract.

5. Mix the liquid into the flour until combined.

6. Seperate into two seperate bowls.

7. Add blueberrys and cinnamon to one mix and lemon zest and poppy seeds to the other.

8. Fill muffin cases to just over 1/3 full.

9. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 12 minutes, making sure to stay by the oven as they turn brown very quickly!

10. They’re ready when a knife or skewer comes out clean.

I’ve never used coconut sugar before but was interested in using it as a white sugar alternative, and after trying it in this recipe I would suggest you do too. It gave the muffin mix a beautiful treacle colour and the batter… oh the batter! It was so tasty, and as the mixture was split into two that meant TWO spoons to lick… and two bowls to clean…with a spoon into my mouth. (Note: I am not responsible for the extra calories consumed in the baking process).

Batter

I’m a dessert fiend, so ate two of these straight from the oven; they’re delicious warm but if you can wait then I’d recommend drizzling them with lemon icing once cooled.

My super skinny muffins will satisfy your sweet tooth, and they make a lovely and light accompaniment to your morning tea or coffee. You’re also bound to be quite popular if you decide to share these (I won’t judge you if you don’t), especially when you drop the ‘low cal bomb’. Whether or not they believe you is another matter!