My diet recently has been going pretty well, and I have been sticking to the gym, attending classes three times a week, and to be honest right now I feel pretty good.
But lets be real, who doesn’t crave something sweet?! Especially on a night, I get allllll those cravings. Chocolate, ice-cream, sweets, you name it, I crave it.
You may ask how I get around this challenging time of the day? Well it’s not easy trust me, but after eating clean all day, the one question I have to ask myself is – Do you really think these cravings are worth throwing all of your hard work away? All the discipline you have given yourself throughout the day, do you want that to be a waste of time? I should think not.
Half the time these sugary cravings are due to dehydration or lack of sleep. So get yourself a big glass of water and take yourself to bed, you’ll be glad you did the next morning!
If you’re serious about hitting your goals, whether that be loosing weight, gaining some muscle, or even just toning up, you need to have the sustainability to fight for what you want. That extra piece of chocolate isn’t really going to affect your efforts you might say, but people often tend to get carried away… “I’ll just have one more”… the full bar later and you’re feeling pretty guilty.
Now don’t get me wrong, food is to be enjoyed, and you should NEVER feel guilty for eating something you want. But i’m talking about maintaining or reaching your goals. If you want something you have to work hard for it, and not give in at the first hurdle (and that goes for anything in life).
BUT one main tip which can make dieting/reaching your goals/eating clean a lot more enjoyable, is finding a healthy alternative. I love cooking and baking and creating my own recipes, and if it’s healthy well that’s just a bonus!
So here is a recipe which you can make your own. It’s a great post-workout snack for when you’ve just finished training, and will get those energy levels booming again after all that hard work your body has just went through!
Here’s why they are so great:
- Very quick to prepare the mixture.
- No sugar, syrup or butter.
- Ripe bananas can add to the sweetness whilst contributing to your five a day.
- Oats provide soluble fibre to keep you feeling full up, reduce cholesterol, keep your digestive system healthy and blood sugar levels steady.
- Berries/Raisins/Honey are choca-block full of antioxidants and fabulous phytochemicals.
- Seeds/peanut butter are full of protein and good fats.
- For extra protein e.g. as post exercise snack, you can add a scoop of protein powder.
Step one: Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line oven proof dish or tray with grease-proof paper.
Step two: Basic Flapjack Ingredients
150g porridge oats (about 2 handfuls)
150ml milk (I used almond milk for sweetness)
Step 3: Make them your own (optional extras)
- A handful of whole/chopped/ground up seeds – I grill pumpkin and sunflower seeds then grind in a pestle and mortar
- A tablespoon of cocoa powder for chocolate flapjacks raisins
- Desired amount of desiccated coconut or 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1 cup frozen berries (defrosted)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed with a little extra milk (very good for constipation!)
Step 4: Mix all the ingredients together. Evenly spread the mixture in a cake tin or oven proof dish. You can also make them into cookies by placing the mixture in cookie shaped blobs on the grease-proof paper.
Step 5: Bake for about 40 minutes at 170 degrees C or until they are browning.
Enjoy playing around with variations of ingredients. I added half a cup of coconut oil, dark chocolate chips, and a tablespoon of honey for mine!
Let me know what ingredients you used by using the hashtag #thelittlepeaceofme on your posts.