First on the list was something snackable, that was nutritious enough to help maintain blood sugar levels but also yummy. So I settled upon these little beauties, what I am calling Carb-Tien Bites (name probably needs some work, suggestions welcome!)
|The perfect in between meal snack|
Super simple to make, they combine Oats for a hit of complex carbs, Soy Protein Powder for muscle repair, Three-Nut butter for more protein and all round yumminess, a splash of Almond Milk to help bind the whole lot together and some chunks of Dark Chocolate (because Dark Chocolate). Made in under 5 minutes, I store these in the freezer and help myself as and when.
Next I moved on to developing something that can be easily adapted depending on how hungry/in need of carbs I am - doesn't it look beautiful?
|You can get just the Pomegranate seeds from M&S which|
are a real time saver.
Essentially, this is just my favourite greens in a creamy yet low fat sauce that here is served on courgette noodles but could easily be replaced with Pasta, Quinoa, Rice or anything else depending on your fancy. I baked some broccoli, then added this to a saucepan in which I had melted the 'Lightest' Philadelphia cream cheese and skimmed milk, then added Peas and Spinach. Served and topped with Pine Nuts and Pomegranate seeds, finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan. With lots of Fibre and Iron this one is a winner, and looks amazing, which I always finds seems to make it taste even better!
Then it only seemed right to make something sweet - I don't have a huge sweet tooth but I do find myself looking forwards to a dessert following a long run. So this on is adapted from 'Deliciously Ella' (link in previous post) and is a take on a classic Apple and Blackberry Crumble. Again, super easy to prepare, just pop a chopped apple and a handful of blackberries in a saucepan with a little water and top with Cinnamon, then simmer until soft. I then drained 90% of the remaining liquid, put in a bowl and topped with some homemade granola I had left (recipe in 'I heart breakfast' post), and that's it! So yummy and comforting, but no added sugar, just what I was after!
|All the flavor without the refined sugar!|
Not bad for a weekends work hey! The best thing about all the above is that you can make them as individual portions or prepare in a mega batch then freeze and simply defrost and go.