Dear waistline, I miss you…

Back in early November, we bought a packet of mince pies and decided that it was time to start our Christmas eating. So, Christmas came and went and we had our trip to Bluestone booked for last week.

So of course, Christmas eating continued until the end of the holiday. And then it was the weekend, who wants to eat healthily at the weekend? 

But, today is Monday. Christmas is finally over and it’s time to reacquaint myself with my waistline. Yes, I know. That’s two months worth of Christmas. If I didn’t stop now I’d have to keep it up for the whole year. 

Anyway, when it came down to it, I was quite happy to see the start of a healthy eating regime. To be honest I’m fed up of eating crap. But what I can’t do, is diet. 

Usually when I want to lose a bit of weight, I put quite a lot of store by the scales. But this time, after two months of eating rubbish, I can’t even bring myself to look at them. 

I’ve been exercising every day in January and I have no problem with that, but when it comes to eating, I just can’t quite deprive myself of treats. So I’m bringing out the secret weapon. 

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Until recently, I didn’t realise the versatility of the humble banana. Before my two month binge eating episode, I discovered a recipe for banana pancakes that involved one banana and two eggs, that’s it.

Cut the banana into little pieces and use a hand blender to combine it with the eggs. I fry them in coconut oil, both because it’s supposed to be good for you and because it tastes great.

The resulting pancakes are actually fine as they are. They’re also great for eating with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey and some thawed out frozen berries.

More recently, I have discovered that you can make ice cream by just freezing a banana and shoving it in a blender. Again, I like to add a bit of flavour, my personal favourite so far is peanut butter.

The only problem is that I only have a hand blender. Having spent the best part of half an hour trying to do this with a hand blender this evening, I need to invest in either a proper blender or a food processor.

If anyone could assist me by leaving a comment to let me know what the difference is between the two and which I should be investing in, I would be eternally grateful. 

And in the meantime, if anyone wants me I’ll be the fat person in the supermarket bulk buying bananas. 

 

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7 Comments

  1. January 13, 2015 / 12:09 am

    I am trying those banana pancakes! oh go on, I’ll try the ice cream too!! Only have a hand blender myself so will be on the market for something to make that easier! 🙂
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    • monsterid January 13, 2015 / 12:14 am

      Oh blimey, please take heed about the ice cream with the hand blender, that’s half an hour of my life I’ll never get back! I think I’m going to freeze them slightly less next time until I’ve invested in a proper blender! Thanks very much for reading and commenting.x

  2. January 13, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Great post natalie,

    I’ve tried so many ideas like this myself and boy it does surprise you all the little things you realise you need to figure out.

    When you say hand blender, do you mean the motorised kind or a manual one. I’m going to assume you mean motorised but just checking.

    I haven’t actually made ice cream but it sound like a cool idea (didn’t realise the pun until I wrote the words down :-)), especially since I have a toddler and your idea made me think. I find bananas themselves don’t freeze well, the flavour kind of goes and the solution any time this happens to fruit or veg is to cook it somehow and then freeze it.

    Works with broccoli, apples, pears etc because you have already broken down the cell walls and made them mushy. So I’m wondering if you could bake the bananas in their skins first (instead of waiting around for them go for a run or do something else while they cook), then let them cool, peel and blend them.

    I might try it myself but you might it sounds like it might work.

    That said there are loads of nice ways to have more fruit if that’s your aim. Give me a shout if you want some ideas.

    Love the idea though so I hope you get this problem cracked 🙂
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    • monsterid January 13, 2015 / 11:09 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Colin, there are some fab ideas there, I love baked banana too. I will head over to your blog over the next few days for some more inspiration.x

  3. January 13, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I’m immediately going to freeze all the bananas in the house. I will live off banana ice cream for the next two weeks and if I haven’t lost at least 14 lbs I’ll be coming back here trolling you 😉

    • monsterid January 13, 2015 / 4:51 pm

      Oh great, do it! Please let me know if it works, if I can lose 14 lbs I’ll be happy to live on nothing but bananas for a fortnight 😉

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