Upping the Snack Attack

I love snacking. Anytime. Before, during, after meals (well maybe not during…that would really be a problem).

The problem is snacking isn’t a great companion to weight loss. So in order to keep my snacking calories down I need to snack on healthy things, which doesn’t include Kale (because let’s face it, eating green leafy stuff just doesn’t give foodies like me any satisfaction).

Some of my current favourites are:

Coconut flakes – almost tricks me into thinking I’m eating crisps. I said almost. Crunchy but sweet.

Berries – when they are good, they are the bomb. But bad berries can be a real turn off. Nothing more disappointing than buying a punnet and then maybe not open it for a while, to then discover one or two bad berries has ruined the whole lot. And they’re not cheap either!

Prawns – I love cold cooked prawns, satisfying to eat after all that peeling. 6-8 medium size king prawns is about 100 calories.

Banana chips – I know they are not that low in calories, but they can give that sweet but crunchy taste that I crave, and I can usually control myself and just have a handful.

Air popped popcorn – loving the sweet but salty varieties in the health food aisle … I’m seeing a pattern that I crave crunchy but sweet goodies!

Dried Mango – one slice/piece can hit you up for a sugar craving!

Along with other fresh fruit and veges (which I easily get bored of) some of these snacks are great for providing a sugar and crunch hit, instead of reaching for potato crisps and sweet biscuits… or chocolate.

Yes chocolate, I am still obsessed with you, and its Easter and everything so we are not breaking up yet!

 

Pumpkin Soup

As winter ends I will no doubt hang up my soup apron for another year. I’m not a huge fan of soup (or aprons it seems as I never wear one) but from time to time I will enjoy some canned tomato soup or some homemade pumpkin soup.

I used to make pumpkin soup in bulk many years ago when I worked at a sandwich shop as a teenager. My homemade recipe is built on the method we used in the shop along with some advice from my mum and aunty. See below for my recipe.

Note: I never really measure anything for this soup, but I usually make enough for three servings.

Ingredients:

  • half or a third of a pumpkin, any variety, I like Jap but Queensland Blue works well too. Don’t usually use Butternut. Peeled and chopped roughly
  • two large or three small potatoes, any variety, peeled and roughly chopped
  • half a brown onion, chopped
  • 2-3  cups of chicken stock, enough to cover the vegetables in the saucepan
  • dash/splash of Worchestershire sauce
  • small can of creamed corn
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream, parsley, chives, toast etc to serve

Method:

  1. Put potato, onion and pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with chicken stock
  2. Bring to boil and cook until vegetables have softened and are mushy
  3. Lower heat. Mash/process soup in saucepan (I use a stick blender) until smooth
  4. Mix in Worchestershire sauce and creamed corn, cook over low heat for 2 more minutes, seasoning as required
  5. Serve with any additional items!

Simple, yum, healthy, comforting, filling. See you next winter pumpkin soup!

Daily Food Fixes

At the moment I am trying to overhaul my eating habits and kick start some weight loss. I am making a conscious choice to not use the D word, so its all about daily food ‘fixes’ (not the other 4 letter word that has haunted me since my first trip to the dietitian aged 14).

So I am a foodie, I love food, my day generally revolves around my next meal/drink/snack/treat. And I completely self medicate with food – happy, sad, stressed, celebrate, drown sorrows – some reach for a wine, me its food.

Anyway at the moment, these are the foods that  are keeping me going each day and are generally low in calories. I am using an iPhone calorie counter app and aiming for between 1300 and 1500 a day.

 

Raspberries! Yes they cost 600 dollars a punnet but they are worth it: breakfast with yoghurt, mid morning snack, desert with Nutella.

raspberries  Instagram photo by beavercity - Love my new mug! #googlefun 

Peppermint Tea… It’s cold in the mornings and I really only drink tea in the winter and I am enjoying a nice mug of peppermint tea in my new mugs!

Ducks Nuts. These are my favourite of the snack food dried nut and fruit variety, and I can only locate them in one supermarket! Hence I bought 4 boxes…

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Mountain BreadSo many varieties and can be with salad cold or heated with veges and cheese. I even baked them for homemade nacho chips.

Mandarins – Super sweet and easy to eat anywhere, as I do have a tendency to eat on the run, especially at work.

 

Go Healthy Me! (Sometimes I just have to encourage myself)

 

 

Oops, writing this post made me hungry…

 

Procrastibaking

Dictionary aficionados love inventing new words… and procrastibaking is a perfect example of a common behaviour getting its own definition.

I love procrastibaking, the art of busying oneself in the kitchen to avoid more undesirable tasks. In my current case – report writing. I think I am procrastiblogging now too, as I write this post instead of report writing!

Anyway, here are some snaps of my recent kitchen kapers.

Potato, Leek and Ham Tortilla (or frittata, or pie, or quiche, I mean what’s the difference?)

 

I’ve never really cooked with leek before, so this was something new… peppery onion smell when raw, but couldn’t really taste it in the tortilla. Leek strength aside, this was a tasty meal and perfect for work lunch for the next three days.

2 black bananas called for some banana loaf. Instead of throwing rolled oats through it and on top I used some oaty muesli that really isn’t cutting it as muesli (well ever since I discovered the Aldi toasted muesli with berry clusters). Yummo!

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Laksa attempt 39

I love a good laksa!  Its always on my Instagram rotation, see below.

   

I’ve attempted a few at home, with mixed results. Last week I tried a simple one from the The StoneSoup blog, which was recommended by a bestie. What a great blog!  This recipe is from her FREE downloadable ecookbook if you sign up. Love it!

I added prawns to Jule’s 5 ingredient vegetarian laksa. Because they’re prawns. And you know how I feel about prawns. And if you didn’t you do now.

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Step 1: Chop veges. IMG_4760

Step 2: Heat laksa paste and pour in coconut milk. How awesome is my cool spoon rest!

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Step 3 : Reread recipe. Yes it’s that simple!

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Step 4: Add veges and prawns. Simmer.

IMG_4768Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!