Firstly.. HAPPY EASTER! So everyone has hopefully had a fun filled,chocolate fueled weekend. I have a mega food baby and cannot wait to get my diet back on track! It’s all about balance in life. You must give your self time to cheat on your diet and have a blow out every now and again. I would literally drive my self mad if I couldn’t have chocolate. I personally allow my self one cheat meal a week which allows me to indulge in the foods I am craving while keeping on track. Cheats must be planned, not spontaneous. This way you can plan a cheat for when you deserve it and maybe on a convenient day. For me this is Saturday night as we always go out for meals. This will also prevent you from feeling guilty if you know you are having a treat because you really deserve it. The guilt will come when you have a random binge, mid week when you know you shouldn’t. This causes stress which is scientifically proven to make your body hold onto body fat…. DON’T STRESS!!!
So my tips for cheat meals are….
- Plan a time and day convenient for you to have a cheat meal
- Decide what you want to eat or where you want to go for a meal depending on what your craving. This will stop you eating everything you come across
- Don’t feel guilty! If it was planned and you ate what you craved then got back on track after the cheat then you cannot feel guilty. Remember stress causes you to hold fat!
- Don’t try and make your cheat healthy. If your craving something which is healthy.. Happy days 🙂 Go for it. But if you want cheese, go ahead and have cheese because that craving will not disappear until you satisfy it!
- Don’t go wild.. Its not a game of eat as much as you physically can. You will probably throw up!
So after we have all eaten too much chocolate you will be pleased to go wild with this savory recipe..WOOO SAVORY. This is my first savory post on the blog so I hope you like it! Most shop brought hummus is full of oil which makes it very high in fat and calories. It is also super expensive so why not make your own?
- 240g chickpeas
- 50g peanut butter
- 100g 0% fat greek yoghurt
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.. Easy. Store in the fridge.
There are many great variations to this recipe. Try using different nut butters for different flavors. Add roasted aubergine or red pepper?