Day 5 of healthy eating and I am feeling fabulous today. Yesterday, not so much. I was craving cookie dough from Pizza Hut (If you’ve never tried it, you won’t understand how gooey and chocolatey and yummy it is…) and chocolate, but I managed to power through after eating a good dinner.
It also helps that I understand why I crave chocolate and sweet treats. I had a stressful couple of days and when I’m stressed I comfort eat, then I put on weight which makes me stressed so I comfort eat. It’s a never ending cycle!
Trying new, nutritious, filling recipes has certainly helped me kickstart my healthy lifestyle. It means meals are becoming exciting because I’m trying something new, and it also means I have plenty of energy to go to the gym.
The trick is to make it your own with healthy alternatives to parts of the recipes you don’t like. For example, I’m a vegetarian so I swap out any meat for Quorn alternatives. I also don’t like spicy chillies, so instead of adding chilli to the Sweetcorn Fritter (see below) I added a spoonful of sweet chilli sauce which gave it flavour and kept it tasty for me. Too often I give up on a recipe because I didn’t like parts of it, if it’s got mushrooms or aubergines in it I leave them out because I know a new recipe won’t make me like them. Tailor it to your tastebuds!
I bought 2 new recipe books before my health kick, and I highly recommend BOTH. In fact, you can see how many recipes in them I love by all the post it notes sticking out of the books.
I’ve never actually gone to Weight Watchers, but I LOVE their recipe books and have bought them for a few years. The new recipe book Losing Weight The Smart Way has some fabulous and healthy recipes that often give you larger, more filling portions than you would think.
I can safely say I am not the only person obsessed with The Body Coach’s Instagram videos. Joe Wicks is taking the world by storm with his Lean in 15 book, full of delicious recipes and quick workouts that can all be done in 15 minutes. As a journalist and university student, this is the BEST recipe book I have found for cooking healthy meals around my schedule. No more “it’s too late” or “I’m too tired” excuses when I get home from my daily commute late because I can whip up a quick, healthy meal. Also, his good looks alone are motivation for getting healthy!
This week I have tried a new recipe for each meal I have eaten, so I thought I would share a few with you all.
Potato Farls with a Poached Egg – Losing Weight the Smart Way
I have never poached an egg before in my life and I’ve always said I will only eat eggs if they don’t look like an egg anymore (Scrambled or omelette). This was so tasty. The potato farls, which are a Northern Irish speciality, were filling and the perfect alternative to bread. This breakfast gave me enough energy to clean the whole flat from top to bottom for the first time since before Christmas!
Meatballs and Pasta – Lean in 15
This was the TASTIEST dinner I have had in AGES. The tomato sauce was so quick and easy to make, but it was also so tasty and nutritious. I exchanged the recommended 6 Turkey Meatballs (per serving) for 4 Quorn meatballs, obviously because I’m vegetarian but also because there is no way I could eat 6 meatballs in one sitting. I added a little extra tasty treat of some crumbled feta cheese on top.
Scrambled Eggs on Toast – Losing Weight the Smart Way
This is a good example of changing recipes for your own tastes.This recipe by Weight Watchers was supposed to be on Rye Bread, however I didn’t have any so instead I used Weight Watchers white danish bread. It was also supposed to have spinach mixed in with the eggs, but I don’t like spinach so I left that out. However, the original recipe inspired me to add spring onions to my scrambled eggs which was absolutely delicious. Again, eggs are a fab breakfast for a day of hard work as they are good protein. This is one of my favourite breakfasts to have when I am going to the gym, so mixing it up a bit by adding your favourite veg is a good idea to stop it from getting boring. I often add red peppers in there too.
Sweetcorn and Feta Fritters – Lean in 15
I have been dreaming about this lunch since I had it on Tuesday, Joe Wicks sure knows what flavours work together well as this was mouth-wateringly good. I swapped the chilli for a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce, but this has been by far my favourite new recipe I have tried this week. The doughiness of the fritter, the sweetness of the sweetcorn, and the slightly tangy taste of the feta go so well together. Topped with avocado and lime juice, this a filling lunch that will keep you going until your evening meal.
Porridge with Caramelised Bananas – Losing Weight the Smart Way
This is just a twist on my normal porridge. Instead of the recipe’s recommended blueberries I used strawberries as I had some in the fridge, but they still worked well with the caramelised bananas. Topped with honey, this sweet breakfast is sure to set you up for the day.
All these recipes were absolutely delicious. Both books have definitely helped me kick start my healthy lifestyle. They aren’t boring, they are easy to tweak to your personal tastes, and they are SO good for you. Right, now I’m off to the gym!