Dietary Tips and Tricks
I love what I do. I love training, I love eating healthy, and as anyone who follows me on social media will know by now, I love the results that come with both.
That being said, eating healthy 99.9% of the time definitely has its painful moments.
I am a chocolate fiend. My favorite restaurants serve long lists of pizza and pasta creations that I fantasize over almost daily. But the sad fact is, if I want to actually SEE the results of all my training, I cannot dive face first into an Easter egg stash or bowl of spaghetti. It just doesn’t work like that.
Being over three years into this now, I have learned some pretty helpful and somewhat surprising dietary tricks that just might help my fellow fitties out…
Do not be fooled, your diet needs a daily dose of all kinds of fats if you want to be healthy.
Women in particular need fatty acids to regulate hormones, so don’t think you’re on track buying low fat fad foods, you’re not.
Eggs, avocados and nuts are your best bets when it comes to clean fats, but some of us need something a little more indulgent…
Every day I ‘treat’ myself to a big old heaped tablespoon of nut butter.
There are some amazing brands out there that make this sandwich spread far more interesting than just chunky or smooth. Coconut and dark chocolate chips are two of the new trends, but even the old staples are being made without palm oil or sugar nowadays, making them an ideal guilt free snack.
Nut butters, look into it.
Another great fat for those of us with a sweet tooth.
I like to sprinkle dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs on my porridge when those cold mornings are biting and comfort food is calling.
The darker the better, but as long as it’s not a sugar tornado, you’re on the right track.
No, you don’t have to drink protein shakes if you want to get in shape, they’re just pretty helpful for those of us on a high protein, low fun diet.
I blend my chocolate protein powder (Fitness Fondue Recovery) with almond milk and ice so it’s more like a milkshake.
Alternatively, I replace flour with protein powder to make guilt free pancakes or mug cakes.
Greek Yoghurt and Agave Syrup
Greek yoghurt is FULL of protein and squeezing some agave over the top of it is going to turn this boring dairy snack into a little bowl of syrupy dessert.
Whoever realized that shredded courgette had the same texture as spaghetti needs an award, because it has changed my life.
Whenever you’re craving carbs, grate up a big old bowl of courgette, drown in a homemade tomato sauce and hey presto, you have a guilt free bowl of heart warming goodness.
If your homemade curry or stew needs a guilt free accompaniment, cauliflower rice or even broccoli rice is the way forward.
It has the same texture as a grain but it actually tastes better due to its slightly mustardy flavor.