Often our EasyLosers tell me that they find it more of a challenge to resist the urge to comfort eat during the dark, cold winter weather. So many of them say that they find it becomes harder to crawl out of bed early and head to the gym and even more difficult to reach for healthy superfood options - especially when it is too cold to even think about eating a salad!
James and I are so pleased to be able to call on the brilliant Vicky Hadley from Victoria’s Beauty Foods for great ideas about what can we add into our winter meals to give our bodies a superfood boost and help us to stay cold, and flu free?
Vicky advises adding warming spices like ginger, mustard seeds and cayenne pepper which she says are an amazing option to make your dish more tasty and inviting.
We asked Vicky for her tips on what can we reach for when it comes to the Christmas period and everyone is indulging in the less healthy treats, that we really do not want to choose, but feel we’d like something a bit special that will also keep us fit and healthy.
Here are just a few of the fabulous recipes Vicky has recommended that we try and I wanted to share them with you too!
What I really love about the recipes that Vicky shares with me is that they are easy to put together and the ingredients are easy to get. You’ll find them in most supermarkets and health food shops. As you know I don’t have much time to shop or cook so the easier the recipe, the better for me!
Give the recipes below a try and let me know what you think. You could even post a photo of your finished dish on our EasyLoss Recipes and Healthy Living Group on Facebook here.
The warm chocolate brownie - Replace with: Sweet Potato Brownies
1/4 cup Cranberries and raisins
1/4 cup Linseeds
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup of almond milk/hemp milk
1/2 cup of cacao powder
2 tbs honey
2 sweet potatoes boiled
Cook the sweet potato for 20/30 minutes and drain.
Blend the almonds and linseeds until they are finely ground, add the cacao powder and the sweet potato to the food processor and continue to blend. Next add the honey and dried fruits. Add the almond milk when needed and continue to blend.
Next press the mixture into a baking pan lined with baking parchment. Carve 5/6 big slices or 11/12 smaller ones depending on your desired size and cook for 15-20 minutes at 180 degree, remove and leave to cool and set.
Hot Chocolate – Replace with: Hot and spicy cacao
4 Dates soaked
1 1/2 tbs Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (KoKo)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Blend a handful of soaked dated with 1 cup of filtered water until liquidised. Add the raw cacao powder, a sprinkling of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and 1&1/2 cups of coconut milk (or your choice of milk) and the blended date mixture to a sauce pan and heat for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 Tbs Manuka honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Remove from heat and enjoy.
American Pancakes – Replace with: Protein Pancakes
Banana/ strawberries (to top)
Coconut oil (olive oil)
Beat the eggs into the ground almonds, and add 2 tablespoons of almond milk. Stir until it resembles a creamy drink. Chop and mash a banana and add half of the banana into the mixture. Melt a tsp of coconut oil into a frying pan then pour the mixture in, leaving to cook for 2 minutes. The mix should start bubbling and slightly browning so flip it over and cook for another minute and a half - 2 minutes. When it looks golden, add the raspberries/strawberries or banana and agave nectar, fold in half and transfer to a plate. Serve immediately.