D Day – Diet Day!

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My mantra is the good old 80/20 rule. You know the one,  you eat clean, wholesome foods 80% of the time then indulge in the odd chocolatey and cakey treat. I have been following this recently but unfortunately with the food groups reversed. My staple diet has been 3 course restaurant meals, take aways and lots of treats whilst I’ve had the odd bit of fruit and veg but just enough to stop me getting scurvy. The wake up call came in full force on Monday morning when I had a go on my husbands fancy new digital scales that measure body fat. I was 40%! I’m pretty sure that’s the same as a crisp! I have the same fat content as a bit of potato that’s has been fried in oil whoops! So on Monday D day arrived – diet day! The plan is pretty simple. Here’s my 2 week plan!

Drink lots of water.

Smoothies/shakes for breakfast and lunch.

Healthy clean meals for dinner under 600kcal.

Snacks: fruit, nuts, vegetables, popcorn.

After 2 weeks I will relax a little and have the shakes just for breakfast and have a healthy lunch.

So far its been going pretty well. I had a killer headache on Monday which I think was basically my body going into shock at the lack of crap in my system. I really felt like baking this afternoon but made a healthy drink (recipe below) and started marinating chicken for a low calorie curry this evening (If its any good I will post the recipe tomorrow).

Virgin Strawberry, Lime & Mint Mojito Detox Drink

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I made this ‘mocktail’ this afternoon as it was a lovely sunny day and I felt like a mojito! Obviously as soon as I made it the sun went in but it didn’t stop me enjoying it! It tastes amazing and is healthy and clean. It doesn’t taste very strongly of strawberry although it does make it look very pretty. Next time I don’t think I would bother with making the strawberry puree (it’s the only bit which is a bit of a faff) and make a more traditional virgin mojito!

Ingredients

4  large strawberries, chopped (about 100g)

50ml water

2 sprigs of mint leaves

½ tsp truvia

1 lime

1 x 500ml bottle of sparkling spring water

How to mock up your Mojito

Boil the strawberries and water together in a pan for about 10 minutes, using a wooden spoon to squash the strawberries  until you get a mushy puree.

Push the puree through a sieve so you have a thick liquid with no large pieces.

Cut the lime in half, slice the first half and put aside. Squeeze the other half into the bottom of your glass.

Add the mint leaves and truvia and ‘muddle’ together (Just give it a really hard mix, its important to do this so you get the flavour of the mint in the drink).

Add the spring water and the slices of lime.

Enjoy 🙂 xxx

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Healthy (ish) Chocolate & Ginger Mousse

Image I will happily admit I may have a ‘problem’ with chocolate.  I lust after artisan chocolates the way most women drool over designer shoes. If you looked at my Google search history you would find questions such as ‘is it possible to be addicted to chocolate digestives’ (many agree with me it is!). I’ve tried giving it up but when I inevitably give into ‘one little piece’ its like blood to a shark. So I’m now trying a crazy idea called ‘moderation’. With this whole ‘moderation’ idea I can consume chocolate at the levels acceptable for a young women and not like Augustus Gloop on a bad day. I’m also looking for lower calorie ways to get my chocolate fix and thought a low calorie chocolate mousse would be the perfect way to start! I adapted an online recipe and it was delicious! The recipe I started from was 170 calories a serving but I substituted sugar for Truvia so my version will be even lower in calories.  The mousses are so chocolatey but the warmth and flavour of the ginger comes through really well and stops them being too sickly (although even I would struggle to eat more then one serving, another bonus). They have a light airy texture and under 200kcal a serving for something very indulgent!

Ingredients to make 4 servings

  • 85g Green & Blacks dark chocolate with ginger
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ tsp Truvia (if you use sugar use 1 tbsp)
  • 50g Greek yogurt
  • Raspberries to decorate

How to mousse it up

Break the chocolate into a bowl. Mix the cocoa powder with 3 tbsp cold water and add the paste to the chocolate. Melt the chocolate and paste together over a pan of hot water. The melted mixture will be rather thick. Add boiling water,1 tbsp at a time (I added 3) until you have a shiny and loose mixture (like the picture below).

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Set aside and leave to cool

Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the Truvia and then whisk until thick and glossy.

Add the yogurt to the cooled chocolate and beat well.

Gradually fold the egg whites to the chocolate/yogurt mixture with a metal spoon a third at a time. Be careful not over mix as you will lose the volume from your mousse.

Spoon into 4 espresso cups or ramekins and leave to chill for a few hours or over night. Serve straight from the fridge with a few raspberries sprinkled on top. Enjoy! Image