Recipe: Squishy, fruity, nutty chocolate discs

So the title of this recipe may not sound very healthy, but trust me, two or three of these instead of a processed chocolate bar will satisfy your cravings and be much better for your waistline!

These are fairly flat discs made from dark chocolate topped with dried cranberries, macadamia nuts and mini marshmallows. I just made them this morning, they took 5 minutes and I will definitely be making them again soon!

You could choose any toppings that take your fancy, such as hazelnut and raisins or freeze dried berries!

I haven’t put any quantities in the ingredients as I have only made a small batch so far, but I put 3 dried cranberries, 2 nuts and 2 mini marshmallows on each disc, and each disc was roughly 5cm across.

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(Photo credit: fatboyrecipes.blogspot.co.uk – I ate mine on my lunch hour and didn’t get any pictures!)

 

 

Ingredients (Makes 6 squares/2 servings):

  • Good dark chocolate (I used Tesco finest 70% Peruvian dark chocolate)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mini marshmallows

Method:

  1. Heat your chocolate in a pan over a low heat until it is melted – make sure it doesn’t burn as it will turn incredibly bitter and grainy, and that’s just wasted chocolate which I never like to see!
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, spoon a teaspoon of chocolate onto some greaseproof paper and with the back of your spoon gently spread the mixture into a disc roughly 5cm in diameter.
  3. Now sprinkle your toppings on, evenly distributing the different toppings on each disc.
  4. Place the discs in the fridge until cool and hard, and enjoy!

fatboyrecipes.blogspot.co.uk chocolate discs

(Photo credit: fatboyrecipes.blogspot.co.uk – I ate mine on my lunch hour and didn’t get any pictures!)

 

 

That’s just 4 steps to a very satisfying and healthy ‘treat’.

I don’t know for sure, but they would probably last a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Send me pictures if you make chocolate discs!

xoxo

Progress has happened, I just haven’t updated!

My last post was all the way back in March, can you believe it? Where does the time go?

My little girl is now nearly 18 months old so I really can’t use the excuse “I’ve just had a baby” for the muffin top and arm jiggle!

Although I may not have been updating my blog, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on my health and I am happy to update that I have lost 9lb since March, weighing in at 159lb this morning. To be honest, I had hit 157 a few weeks ago but then a week on holiday and two weeks with a mighty cold saw a couple of pounds creep back on.

Like my last post, I still affirm that progress is not just what you see on the scale, so what else is new?

  • I ran my 10km personal best in 55:51, knocking two minutes off my last PB.
  • I have been sticking to 3-4 times at the gym and I definitely feel stronger and fitter.
  • Lots of my clothes have recently been donated because they are too big!
  • There is definite face progress in pictures from earlier in the year and now, with fewer chins and more defined features clearly visible:-)
  • I have signed up for a half marathon in April 2015 and hopefully after the new year I will be able to get out on some longer weekend/evening runs, but playing with my little girl definitely takes priority.

I have also turned a corner with my eating and find myself bingeing far less regularly, weekends are no longer seen as a junk food free-for-all and the amount of fruit and veg I consume on a daily basis has increased. Having a Krispy Kreme concession open up less than a minutes walk from my house definitely doesn’t help, I have a weakness for the KKs!

How is everyone else doing in health/fitness/life?

xoxo

Progress isn’t just the number on the scale

Sometimes we can focus too much on the number we see on the scale and it means that we don’t appreciate the progress we make in other areas of our healthy lifestyles!

For the past few weeks I have been stuck between 166-168 even though I have been hitting the gym hard 4-5 times a week and eating clean 80% of the time. This has been disappointing and I was slipping back into old habits because I didn’t think that being ‘healthy’ was having any affect. However, it took a couple of really good gym sessions to change my outlook and realise that just because you don’t see progress on the scales, doesn’t mean that your not making progress.

So, what changed my mind?

1. Looking better in my workout clothes – I haven’t changed what I wear to the gym, but over the past week I have noticed that I look leaner and stronger in my workout gear, score!

2. Getting faster on the treadmill – I used to try and run steadily at 10kph for however long I was on the treadmill for, but because I now only have 20 minutes on my lunch hour to workout, I have taken up HIIT running (1 minute at different speeds ranging between 9.5-13kph) and today I reached 3.5km in 20 minutes which beat my personal best by nearly 1 minute.

3. Finding exercises easier – The rowing machine was my nemesis and I would give up after a couple of minutes. Now I can go for 10 minutes at a medium resistance and still able to complete my strength training afterwards!

So you see, all of these things show me that I’m making progress, even if the scales don’t reflect this.

Don't let the scale define you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you measure your progress and achievements?

xoxo

 

Hearty vegetable and pasta broth

Soups are really not my thing. I don’t like ‘wet’ food. Anything pureed, mashed or liquefied isn’t for me.
Broths on the other hand, I can get on board with.
Whole pieces of food swimming in a tasty liquid, with distinguishable flavours and textures, are something I am coming to enjoy more and more!
So today’s recipe is for a hearty broth I recently made which was great for dinner and then warmed up the next day for lunch. Sorry about the rubbish picture quality!
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Vegetables, pasta and pancetta, what could be better!

Ingredients

50g soup pasta
1/2 cup carrots, chopped into 1cm pieces
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped into 1cm pieces
1/2 cup savoy cabbage, chopped into thin strips
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup Brussels sprouts
3 rashers pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, chopped into 1cm pieces
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
1 tbsp chicken concentrate, or a chicken stock cube
Pinch of saffron (optional)

Method

1. Put a pan of water onto boil and add the concentrate/stock cube
2. Once boiling, add the cabbage, chilli flakes, saffron (optional) and pasta. Boil for 3 minutes.
3. Add the Brussels sprouts and carrots. Boil for 3 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, grill or dry-fry the pancetta/bacon (I have a mini frying pan perfect for individual fried eggs, and ideal for small amounts of chopped up pancetta/bacon)
5. Add the pepper to the broth. Boil for 2 minutes.
6. Add the broccoli. Boil for 2 minutes.

7. The pancetta/bacon should now be crisp. Transfer it onto a piece of kitchen towel to remove excess fat.

The broth should be almost thickened from the starch in the pasta, and a lovely golden colour if you have used the saffron.

8. Ladle the vegetables and pasta into a bowl, and then pour over some of the broth liquid.
9. Sprinkle the pancetta/bacon over the bowl for a salty crunch

This meal takes under 20 minutes to prepare and cook, is really tasty and can be customised with your favourite vegetables, add more chilli if you like spice and you can swap the pasta for noodles!

Enjoy xoxo

Plateau

Do you have plateau’s in your weight loss journey? I have been stuck at 167-168lb for the past few weeks and I really want to see that number getting smaller.
I’m not seeing any difference when I look in the mirror so don’t think its muscle gain either!
What I need is to find some super effective workouts that I can fit into 20 minutes (lunch break at work) and will have an impact on my body. I currently like to mix it up between 20 minutes interval running on the treadmill, and a 10 minute bike session followed by 10 minutes arms, abs or legs/butt.
What do you do to get out of a plateau? Mix up your exercise routine, your diet, take a break?
Xoxo

Healthy shop-bought lunch

Hello!

Just a quick post today to prove that you don’t have to eat rubbish just because you are in a rush, forgot your packed lunch etc. In the UK we have Marks and Spencer and I popped in on Monday as I hadn’t had time to make lunch for the day. I could have picked a packed sandwich (try saying that 10 times really fast) but instead I looked at their prepared salads. I chose the M&S Edamame Bean Salad and the M&S quinoa and bean salad, as well as a taster pack of sushi. I had half of each pot (including 1 of the dressing pots) with half a pot of their sizzling fruit salad and all this was just over 420 calories!

M&S quick lunch

So you see, just because you’re in a rush, don’t just grab the most convenient packet. Take a look at what’s available in the non-takeaway aisles and you can find healthy, nutritious food that is quick to buy and easy to eat!

PS. The fruit salad didn’t sizzle so I was a bit disappointed;-)

What do you choose for lunch at the shops?

xoxo