Alongside exercising and dieting the most popular New Year’s resolution is to eat more healthily. In fact 31% of respondents in a 2015 YouGov poll gave this as their top answer. However:
66% of us will have broken this resolution within the first month
source – The Guardian
It doesn’t look good, does it and I wondered why. Eating healthily should not be a resolution – surely it should be a lifestyle choice? Are we being too harsh and unrealistic, perhaps?
Now Christmas is over and all the treats we like are gone it’s tempting to tell ourselves that we have to stop having treats at all and stick to a diet of chicken, brown rice and broccoli! But the thing is I love sweet treats….after all who doesn’t enjoy a bit of indulgence now and then.
In my view food should be enjoyable as well as health giving so this year I decided to find some recipes that would have that sweet indulgent feel and still be good for me.
My favourite recipe at the moment is for organic Cocoa Nib, Date and Chia Seed Bites. This is a recipe I made up, drawing inspiration from the many healthy eating and nutrition websites available;
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons oats
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
Chopped dates – I use about a handful for their sweet flavour and sticky texture, but you can vary according to you requirements.
You can also leave out the oats for a gluten free alternative.
Put all the chopped ingredients and the stoned dates into a mini blender and pulse until smooth. Spread the mixture into a tin and refrigerate until firm (about half an hour), cut into small bite size pieces and enjoy.
The bites are packed full of ‘useful’ ingredients. Here is a bit more information about each of them:
Coconut oil is a good source of healthy fatty acids, great for skin, hair and digestion. An added benefit is that it can keep you feeling full for longer, helping to stave off those afternoon snack attacks.
Cacao nibs give a deep chocolatey flavour without the sugar found in chocolate and are extremely nutrient dense and packed with antioxidants, fibre and magnesium.
Chia seeds are full of fibre and are a real super-food delivering more nutrients per gram than almost any other food. They are also high in quality protein.
The dates add a sweet stickiness without having to add extra, refined sugar. They contain lots of fibre and also many essential vitamins, including the energy giving B vitamins.
Oats and walnuts add bulk and texture, protein and energy.
These bites are easy to make, last well in the fridge and include ingredients that are great for our bodies. Take some to work or pack in your children’s lunch box for a tasty treat to replace those sugary snacks.
With recipes like these and a little research on the internet, there is no need to deprive ourselves.