Well, we’ve done it. We’ve finally got rid of every bit of junk food – biscuits, crisps, sugary cereals, chocolates and other unnecessary snacks that were left over from Christmas. It took a whole month to finish everything, but it feels so satisfying (or depressing depending on the day) to know that there is nothing but whole, unprocessed foods lurking in our cupboards. Now, if we’re craving something sweet, our only options are fruit (or honey) or craving something salty, a piece of cheese, biltong or nuts. It took a long road to get here and we’re determined to make 2015 our healthiest yet.
That’s not to say that we won’t have bad days and want to eat “bad” foods but hopefully they’ll be once-in-a-while treats rather than “every day eating from the jar of Nutella whilst watching Dr Phil”. (Not that we do that) Sometimes, you can develop unhealthy habits that start by eating a little something bad every day to the domino effect of eating a huge “dessert course” right after dinner. We blame estrogen and the cold weather. This was winter 2014 for us and we’re taking advantage of the new year to kick the habit.
It also means you can start to get creative with food. One of the blogs we absolutely love is PaleOMG and its amazing recipes. Cooking is a science and this blog seems to come up with wonderful, low-carb recipes that you actually want to eat. We thought we’d try their coconut flour muffin recipe as we realised we had all of the ingredients in our cupboards. The result was golden, slightly dense banana and chocolate muffins which tasted a bit naughty but in our opinion, certainly weren’t. We didn’t even bother figuring out how many calories each one was, it was a delight to eat them. We even chucked in a load of cocoa nibs from 2010, which amplified the chocolate taste!
If you’ve got a spare bag of coconut flour at home and half an hour, you definitely should try making these. We froze half of the muffins in single serving freeze bags and so now whenever we want a naughty snack, we’re popping a couple in the oven and putting the kettle on 🙂
So what do you think? Feel free to share your questions and comments below! We’d love to hear what you have to say.