My Favourite Bread Alternative

Plantain sandwich....yum!

Plantain sandwich....yum!

I grew up on bread. I still really enjoy it but now, only when it's homemade. Call me a bread sob. I have my very own starter dough in the fridge. Problem is, I'm busy and I don't always have a loaf to hand. I have come up with the tastiest, most delicious alternative when I fancy a sandwich but don't have or want bread. Plantain bread. 

Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking. I still need to add flour etc and make it like a banana bread but no, you're wrong. All you need to do is boil the plantain. Preferably let them go cold and then flatten them with a potato masher to form a bun the shape of an English muffin. 

Once you've done that, add a tiny little bit of coconut or olive oil to a flat cast iron pan. I usually use a piece of tissue to coat the pan. 

Once the pan is hot, pop your plantain bun into the pan and toast both sides. Ta da, you have a gluten free, wheat free bun that will definitely fill you up. 

I love mine with my eggs. 

Enjoy!

V x

Coconut (B) Facon..... It's real!

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When folks try a vegan diet, there always seems to be one main stumbling block.....

Bacon!

I never thought I would find anything that tasted like bacon and at the same time, had that crispy texture. Remember, when you eat bacon, it isn't the pork that you're tasting. It's the spicy curing seasoning. 

In comes Facon, aka, coconut bacon. Yes, it will fool you. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (60g) of shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce or coconut aminos (I like the aminos)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika

Heat your oven to 325 degrees. Mix the liquid smoke, maple syrup, aminos and paprika. Add the coconut and mix though. Spread the mix on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You will need to stir this every 5 minutes or so, as it will brown very quickly.

Allow the “bacon” to cool and then enjoy. Place leftovers in a jar and store in the fridge for a few weeks (if it lasts that long!). Try it over a split avocado for an awesome treat.

When in doubt, add facon!

Til next time.

V x

Ditch the Bitch - sugar elimination challenge

Ditch the Bitch - sugar elimination challenge

Happy July.

Have you watched The Handmaid’s Tale? Been watching it as I do all the techy stuff for my business. Seems a little unbelievable but then one has to wonder what the state of the human race will be in the future. I am always pulled to the movie WALL-E and all the very overweight and unhealthy people riding along in carts drinking from huge soda cups through straws because they are unable to move.

I’ve been making a conscious effort for weeks now to cut back on sugar. I feel so much better within myself when I have very little sugar. I feel cleaner and I’m sure mentally more focused. It’s amazing just where sugar appears and often the foods marketed as “healthy” are full of sugar too. Loads of so called healthy energy bars have as much sugar as a Snickers, if not more. We’re being taken for fools.

Think about it, a Snickers has 20g of sugar. A Larabar, banana bread bar has 20g of sugar too. Your average granola bar that you might just stick in your kid’s lunch box has around 10 to 12g of sugar. Yes, I’m talking about the little granola bars.

A pot of fat free Greek strawberry yoghurt can have as much as 12g of sugar in a pot. That’s a half of the maximum amount recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) for women.

The AHA guidelines state that the maximum (I repeat MAXIMUM) amount of added sugar you should eat in a day is as follows:

Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

That’s the MAXIMUM

In my quest to keep the sugar at bay, I started up my monthly 21 Day Ditch the Bitch challenge for July. It’s not a 21 detox but rather, a program I designed to have us check in with what we’re eating. In other words, to be mindful before we eat food. Here’s the link if you want to sign up. You don’t need to cut sugar completely but at the very least, check the nutritional info on packets and look at it in conjunction with the AHA guidelines. Where can you start cutting back? It’s a start! At the end of the day, that’s all we can do, make a start.

See you next time.

Vx

 

 

Why NOT eating enough can make you fat

Every day I am approached by at least one person who tells me they can’t lose weight. 9 times out of 10 the next thing they say is that they can’t understand why because they eat a really healthy diet. My stock response is……."you’re probably under eating".

Let me tell you about Ms K. Ms K approached me because she wanted to get into shape for an event. She had a dress she wanted to fit into. She had been on a high protein/ low carbohydrate/ low fat diet and couldn’t lose weight and she couldn’t understand why.

"I’m never hungry" she says. I eat loads.

She consumed about 1000 calories a day. You should lose weight on that. Right? Wrong!

Here’s the thing, you might think you’re smart, but your body is way smarter. In the context of dieting and weight loss, this means that if you restrict your food intake, your body will simply reduce the rate at which it burns calories. In other words, your metabolic rate reduces.

If you are not providing your body with the calories it needs to fuel itself, your body will need to find energy from somewhere. I hear you saying "Great! That means it will burn my fat". "Wrong". It’s actually much easier for your body to break down muscle. So, the body doesn’t eat your fat., it eats your muscle. But this isn’t good because the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.

What a wicked web we weave. In our quest to lose weight by cutting calories, we're actually sabotaging our body's ability to burn excess fat BUT DON"T WORRY! I can help you. It's actually really easy and I've helped hundreds and hundreds of women now.

So how did I help Ms K? We ADDED (YES! ADDED) an extra 600 to 700 calories to Ms K’s diet. Now that was the tricky part. Head games! It took about 3 weeks for Ms K to get her head around the extra calories but that's where my accountability system came into play. Fast forward another 7 weeks and guess what? She lost 4 ½ inches from her waist and 10lbs overall. She also gained muscle mass but that’s for another time. Look at that mid section and do you know what......over 2 1/2 years later and one baby in the bag, she's still rocking that body. 

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Moral of the story – eat to lose weight!

Tune in next time to find out what to eat and when.