Come January and all of us are promising ourselves to eat cleaner & healthier, work out more, get stronger, loose that ugly holiday weight hugging your hips, taking up a hobby and being more conscious …. amongst a zillion other things. Let me tell you, I’m pretty much on that train too. You might just even pull it off for a week or two, but the problem is how to stick to it ? Eating clean and healthy is tough … specially when the weather is so chilly and all you want to do is cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate or when you smell a cheesy sandwich being toasted in butter or find it tough to resist hot cake right out of the oven … ooh absolute heaven ! I mean theres absolutely nothing wrong in going for all of that … I do it myself, but just, not as much as I would before (and when I was younger hahaha.) In life everything needs balance. And for those of you who’ve been following me here and on Instagram, know that I’m a big advocate of eating everything. I would never recommend going absolutely gluten free or vegan or dairy free unless you’re allergic to it and you need to. I do believe we have one life and we must eat everything – yes EVERYTHING – but only in moderation. Enjoy your sinful meals and indulgences but make you sure give it a balance of healthy and clean eating with a good amount of exercise and active lifestyle. One of the tricks to eating healthy is being well stocked on the right ingredients. Plan your day when you wake up, mentally decide what your breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner should be and make the necessary preparations. That way chances of you grabbing a bag of crisps or cookies are less likely. Trust me when I come home from work, and if I haven’t planned my dinner before, I’ll blindly eat anything I can find – most cases some junk ! ‘Cuz at that mad moment of hunger you cannot think healthy, you want comfort !
The best way to stick to a day of correct eating, is starting it right. Breakfast. Should be eaten within 30 minutes of waking up and should have a balance of protein, carbs, fat, fiber and sugar. All naturally healthy that is. I’m sharing with you one of my almost instant & no effort brekkys’. Its filling and gives you the right energy to start the day and keep you going till your next meal.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Granola Cups.
Handful of Homemade Granola
1 heaped tablespoon smooth Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon pure dutch Cocoa Powder
2 frozen Bananas (chopped )
200 gm low fat yogurt ( hung and excess water removed ) or 100 gm of greek yogurt
50 ml almond milk
Fruits of choice for topping
The parfait has two layers, the Peanut Butter and the Chocolate.
For the 1st layer, in a bowl take the heaped tablespoon of peanut butter, loosen it with some of the yogurt, gently keep adding more till you have incorporated 3/4 th of the yogurt. Set Aside.
In a small blender, add the frozen bananas, cocoa pd, the almond milk and 1/4th of the remaining yogurt. Give it all a good whizz till it is smooth. It will resemble a soft serve ice cream at this point.
To set up, in a cup or glass, place the granola at the bottom, then the peanut butter layer and finally the chocolate smoothie. Top with fruits, dust some cocoa powder and garnish with come cocoa nibs. Have immediately.