Healthy Chocolate Muffins

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Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and guilt free. This yummy recipe is easy to make and takes only a short amount of time. I recently made this one as a little treat even though I am improving my fitness goals, so you don’t have to worry that it will compromise your weight loss, it won’t (as long as you don’t eat the whole batch in a week).

What I find works best for me is to avoid batch baking, because otherwise I find myself reaching for one of these every day and that’s ok as long as you’re not going into a caloric surplus. I usually bake on the spot because these recipes are pretty quick to make.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 50g almond flour
  • 50g gluten free flour (I used neofoods all purpose blend )
  • 20 g cacao powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g erythritol/stevia blend (I used Sukrin)
  • 100 ml almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Cacao nibs (optional)

 

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STEPS:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine well. Gradually add the milk until a desired consistency, the thicker the batter, the more dense your muffins will be.
  • Spray a muffin pan with some coconut oil and pour in the batter up to 3/4 of the mould.
  • Bake in the oven at 170ºC for 10-15 mins (these cook pretty fast so keep an eye on them)
  • Let them cool down before storing them in the fridge, they’ll last for 1-2 weeks.

 


 

  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 173
  • Time: 20 – 25 mins

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know down in the comments if you do try them out. Please follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.

10 Common Weight Loss Mistakes

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1. Cheating calories – this is something I found myself doing unconsciously and when I took notice, I realised I was eating 300-400 more calories than I thought I was and this is important if you’re trying to lose weight.

You sometimes feel that if you don’t track something you eat then the calories don’t count or you may alter how much you eat on your tracker, only to see a number you prefer. If you do these things while tracking, you shouldn’t feel ashamed because I’ve done them too, but in the end we’re only cheating ourselves.

However, you shouldn’t grow obsessive and track everything to the last gram, you should only be more conscious of how many calories you’re taking in if you do want to lose weight.

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2. More exercise means more food – this is a sensitive topic, what I mean by this is, if you want to lose weight you need to be in a caloric deficit; you can exercise more and eat the same amount of calories, but if you eat more then it won’t make much of a difference.

Remember to always consume the healthy amount of calories for your body, this is influenced by sex, age and activity. For example; I eat about 1200-1300 calories when I am trying to lose weight, but you may need more than I do. Keep in mind that the minimum amount of calorie intake for a woman is 1200 calories, you can find out how many calories you need to lose weight on any online calorie calculator, but always consult your doctor before taking any drastic measures towards your exercise or eating. Everyone’s body is different so take into account any conditions you may have.

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3. Eating the wrong portions – portion control is something I’ve had ups and downs with, at one point my portion control was really strict but then I found myself going overboard, but lately I feel like I have a good grasp of it.

An easy way to measure is using your hands, the size of your palm for protein, a fist for veggies, a cupped handful for carbs and a your thumb for fats. These are doubled for men.

Another method is to use a slightly smaller plate, fill half of your plate with veggies/salad and fill a quarter with carbs and another quarter with protein.

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4. Starving yourself – this is obvious but still worth mentioning, do not believe that if you skip a meal or feel hunger pangs that you are losing weight. What you are truly doing is sending your body into starvation mode, which means next time you eat, your body will store it as fat – it’s a survival mode.

Therefore, distinguish when you are feeling hungry from when you are thirsty or bored and eat if you are hungry so that you are not depriving yourself.

 

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5. Ignoring Macros – calories aren’t the only important factor, macros – proteins, fats and carbs- are significant to your body type. Some of us work better on a high fat meal plan, while others are on high protein or high carb. This again depends on your body type and physical goals.

When losing weight it’s probably best to figure out which macros work best for you, I have some high carb days and some high protein days and my macronutrient ratio is usually 40-50% carbs, 30-40% protein and 10-30% fats. This works for me, I do not obsess over tracking macros, but if you feel like you are stuck in your weight loss journey, then it may be worth taking a look at.

 

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6. Doing only Cardio – many of us fear that strength- training will bulk us up and we just stick to cardio, but that is far from the truth. Strength-training will tone and define your muscles and it is essential for fat loss. To grow bulky like men and some women, you would need a crazy amount of gym time and an intake of various supplements. So don’t shy away from the weights, mix your cardio with some strength-training and you will definitely see a difference.

 

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7. Pre-Workout and Post-workout – with the media posting the routines of fitness experts and athletes, many of us feel that we need to have pre-workout and post-workout meals to efficiently burn fat or lose weight, but that’s not always the case. Many of us prefer a fasted workout in the morning, while some of us feel more energetic after a snack. Don’t feel obliged to have a pre or post-workout if your body doesn’t need it. Remember to be mindful of how your body feels.

 

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8. Binging on healthy foods – the irony of weight loss, most of us now realise that bingeing on unhealthy food isn’t going to help us, so we throw away all the junk food and have a healthy grocery haul. However, even though pop chips are better than fried chips and vegan, sugar free chocolate is better than normal chocolate, if you’re sitting on the couch binge eating them, you’re still not going to lose weight.

Now, I’m not saying don’t switch out your junk food, all I’m saying is that moderation is everything. One small bag of pop chips or one square of healthy chocolate isn’t going to hurt you, but know that binging healthy food is harmful as well.

 

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9. Skipping Rest Days – rest days are important because your body needs to heal and your muscles need time to regenerate. On rest days, you can include stretching or a walk to have some movement but take that day off. Plus knowing you have a rest day coming up also helps you remain strong throughout the week. Just remember not to have your rest day on the same day as your cheat day.

 

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10. Thinking Food is the enemy – this is something I found myself slipping into. You shouldn’t feel guilty if you ate a few calories more or ate something considered unhealthy. Your mental relationship with food is just as important and if you have stumbled in your weight loss, then just take a moment and take back control.

Food is not the enemy, so don’t deprive yourself. Be proud that you are making an effort and if no one has ever said this to you before, well done for taking a step towards a healthier and happier you!

 

Thank you for reading this and I hope you can take something from this post to help you with your goals. Please like and follow for more posts like this one, xoxo.

Healthy Banana Bread

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This is a recipe I made three times in a row until I ran out of bananas. Seriously, it’s that good. As always, this is a dairy free, gluten free recipe and I mean, who doesn’t love banana bread? It’s easy to make and tastes like a slice of heaven, so here’s what you need.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (any mix will do)
  • 3 medium sized bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1/4 cup erythritol/stevia blend (or coconut sugar/ monk fruit sweetener)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Blueberries or cacao nibs (optional)

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Steps

1. Mash the bananas with a fork or in a blender until smooth.

2. Add in the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, coconut oil and sugar to the bananas and mix well. (Ingredients should be at room temperature to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying)

3. Mix both flours and fold but to not over mix. Gradually add in the milk, if you want a more dense bread add in less milk, but I prefer mine light so I usually add 3/4 cup, but depending on your choice of gluten free flour you may need to adjust this.

4. Line a loaf pan with baking paper and pour the batter in. This is optional but you can add slices of banana, blueberries or cacao nibs as a topping.

5. Bake for 15-20 mins at 190ºC, allow the top to brown a little and let it cool before removing. I usually keep mine in the fridge in the same pan and wrapped in the baking paper and I do not slice it beforehand to keep in moist.

I hope you try out this recipe, if you had to pick one, I would definitely recommend this one. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy it and please follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.

Healthy Homemade Granola

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This is a gluten free, dairy free and nut free recipe that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! It can be eaten with yoghurt, milk or as a snack. You can alter this recipe to your taste and add or switch any ingredients you’d prefer. The base mainly consists of rolled oats, coconut oil, and honey, you can add in seeds, nuts or dried fruit if you like.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups GF rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower/ pumpkin / hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey / maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder / 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • You can also add dried fruit – dried figs, berries.

 

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Steps:

  1. Mix together the rolled oats, seeds, cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
  2. Melt coconut oil and honey together either in a microwave or in a saucepan on low heat.
  3. Add the liquid to the dry and fold well to make sure your granola is well coated. Add in vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Spread the mixture over a tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for 10 mins on 170 º C or until it turns golden. (The granola will burn easily so make sure to keep an eye on it)
  6. Let it cool down and store in an airtight jar.

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick recipe and that you come back for more. Thank you for reading, and make sure to let me know if you try this one out, xoxo.

 

 

Healthy Donut Recipe

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with donuts and growing up, I can admit I’m still pretty in love with them. However, I know that they aren’t the healthiest because they are packed with sugar and deep-fried, so I finally came up with the right recipe to remedy that. It took a couple of tries to get this one right, it won’t have the same exact texture as a regular donut but it’s a close second.

This is a gluten, dairy and sugar-free recipe and it is simply delicious!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour ( I used Neofoods’s all purpose gf flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup erythritol/stevia blend (you can also use monk fruit or coconut sugar) I used a zero calorie sweetener, so calories may vary depending on the sweetener you use.
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

 

STEPS

  1. Whisk together the egg, milk and coconut oil until well incorporated.
  2. Add in the vanilla, baking powder and sugar.
  3. Fold in the flours and pour the batter into greased donut pans (I used coconut oil)
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10-15 mins on 170ºC or until slightly golden.

 

TIPS

  • I added cacao nibs to my mix, you can also add in blueberries or any other fruit.
  • You can add a chocolate glaze, for a vegan option mix coconut oil with cacao powder at a 1:3 ratio. You can also use melted coconut butter or almond butter.
  • Be careful when using sugar blends, stevia tends to have a bitter taste which is why I used a mix of stevia and erythritol.
  • Make sure your wet ingredients are room temperature or your coconut oil may solidify.
  • I prefer my batter a little more on the runny or thin side, if it’s too thick, your donuts may be too dense. Mix well before adding any more flour or liquid as the consistency will thicken up with the almond flour.
  • Avoid overcooking them by piercing them with a fork, the moment your fork comes out clean, turn the oven off. If you’re afraid they are slightly undercooked leave them in the closed oven.

 

  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 150
  • Time: 20-25 mins

 

Thank you for reading, I hope you try out this recipe. Let me know down in the comments if you do and please follow for more guilt-free treats like this one, xoxo.

 

 

Low Carb Crackers

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These low carb crackers are a delicious savoury snack that you can make in 15 minutes. All you need are three ingredients, that you may already have in your kitchen if you are low carb. This is such a simple recipe that you can make in batches to keep over the week, by simple doubling the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • spices (optional)

 

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Directions:

  1. Combine the almond flour, salt and spices of your choice together.
  2. Mix in the beaten egg to form a dough.
  3. Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper.
  4. Cut the rolled out dough into any desired shape.
  5. Bake in the oven on a baking sheet for 10 mins at 170º C or until they harden.
  6. Leave them to cool completely before taking them out.

 

Tips:

  • If you’re using almond meal (which is coarser) you only need half an egg.
  • Make sure your dough is evenly rolled out or it will cook inconsistently.
  • For spices I like to use garlic and thyme.
  • These are great with any dip or toppings.

 

Servings: 12 crackers (0.3 cm thick)

Calories: 50

 

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe, please let me know down in the comments if your do try it out. Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll stay for more, xoxo.

 

Low Carb Pancake Recipe

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This has become one of my go-to breakfasts, because it’s delicious and simple. It took me a few tries to get the recipe right, but it was definitely worth it. In this recipe I used almond and coconut flour, I haven’t tried it with other nut flours, but the ratio of these two flours are necessary to achieve the right consistency. However, you can substitute the other ingredients in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • stevia (to taste) (or any sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (tip: make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying)
  2. Spray a pan with coconut oil after allowing it to heat up and pour your batter in.
  3. Allow small bubbles to form on the surface of the pancakes before flipping them over.
  4. Top them with berries, almond butter or any toppings of your choice.

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, please leave a comment below if you do try it out. Thank you for reading and follow for more posts like this one, xoxo.

 

 

Healthy Lemon Blueberry Bars

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These lemon bars are literally one of my favorite recipes ever! They are gluten free, dairy free, low carb and guilt free. Lemon and blueberries are a perfect combination in this delicious recipe and I guarantee you won’t want to miss out on this one.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • Zest of two lemons
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Stevia (to taste)

Step 1: combine the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, water, and stevia. (Tip: make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying.)

Step 2: add in the almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder and mix well.

Step 3: now fold in the blueberries, lemon zest and juice.

Step 4: line a baking tin with baking sheet and spread your batter evenly.

Step 5: bake in the oven for 15-20 mins at 170°C. Put a fork through to check if the bars are fully cooked through.

Step 6: allow them to cool and slice them into bars or squares.

Level : easy

Prep Time : 15 mins

Cooking Time : 15 – 20 mins

Calories : 90

Servings : 9