I’ve never been very good at diets, particularly because I suffer terribly from food envy. I hate the feeling that I’m missing out if someone else has something good to eat and I’m on a diet. As a consequence, I have to look for alternatives to dieting. These days, there is the added issue that I can’t do a fad diet because I don’t want Libby to see me eating like that, I would hate to give her body confidence issues just because she’s seen me trying to lose a bit of baby weight.
So as well as getting back into sport, I’m trying to make my diet a bit more healthy to shed the last few pounds of baby weight. I’m mainly doing this at breakfast and lunch, because evening meals are the time that we all sit down together and enjoy a nice meal and pudding. I’d rather stay fat than miss out on that!
Two of the things that I really can’t give up are ice cream and cake. As well as my usual sweet tooth, I’m finding that I’m craving sugar to keep me going on the lack of sleep. Lia still wakes up a couple of times in the night, which is a bit of a shock to the system as Libby was sleeping through from 8 weeks old. So I’ve come up with a couple of slightly healthier alternatives.
First, the cake. A few weeks ago, I bought a juicer. There is nothing better than fresh juice, and having my own juicer allows me to use a lot of veg in the juice, rather than all sugary fruit. I tend to go for apple and beetroot or carrot and orange. I have tried a few other alternatives as well, and often put some fresh ginger, lemon or even herbs in with the juice.
The only problem with a juicer is that after the juice has been made, there is quite a bit of waste. This takes the form of very finely grated fruit or veg and someone gave me the idea of making the waste into cake.
So I don’t have a recipe as such, but I take a good couple of handfuls of the juicer leftovers, make sure there are no lumps, pips or sharp bits in it and bung it in a mixing bowl. I visually add an amount of self-raising flour and dark brown sugar that look about the same amount as the juicer leftovers. To this, I add two eggs, a teaspoon of baking powder and some ground mixed spice. Then, I stir in enough vegetable oil to make the mixture nice and runny. After a good stir, it all goes in a lined cake tin in the middle of the oven at about 180 until it looks cooked.
Sometimes I add a lemon drizzle, or use cocoa powder and dark chocolate to make it into a chocolate cake. The chocolate cake needs to still be slightly damp in the middle at the end of cooking or it can be a bit dry. If I don’t use chocolate though, the cakes are fabulously moist and are always devoured by anyone I give them to, despite being somewhat healthier than your average cake!
As for the ice cream, today Libby and I made some ice lollies using natural yoghurt, honey and frozen berries. I tend to prefer soya yoghurt, so I’d use that instead if we had some. The regular natural yoghurt tastes a bit sharper when frozen, so is much better when mixed with a generous amount of honey. The idea of making our own lollies was shamelessly stolen from my friend Maz on her fabulous blog. As you can see, Libby was rather happy with the result!
I would love to hear of any other healthy recipe suggestions that can satisfy my sugar craving without being too unhealthy, please feel free to link to relevant posts on your own blog in the comments.