Oh cod, I haven’t posted here since April. That is when my long line of holidays and breaks started and it not only meant that I was absent a lot, but also that the dieting more or less went out of the window. Or so I thought, but bearing my own handy tips in mind, I actually had a big holiday without regrets.
In June, I spent 11 days in Spain with my mother and my daughter. We stayed in a nice hotel and had a half-board deal. Oh horrors, as the buffets were absolutely overwhelmingly tempting! But somehow I came back from my holidays with 1.5 kilo less than before.
Not the suitcase, but my hips, I hasten to point out! And it’s not that I restricted myself particularly badly. Here’s what I did: Every morning at breakfast, I would eat scrambled eggs, 1 slice of bacon and a spoonful of fried mushrooms. 1 WW point. But I also had a small bread roll with butter and honey, and I just couldn’t resist one of those delicious, but diet-unfriendly churros with chocolate sauce. I avoided snacks in between meals and instead ordered skinny cappucinos, and lunch was always a salad or fruit. But at dinner, I couldn’t help but partake in the gorgeous food provided by the hotel again. However, since it was Spain and an island to boot (Majorca), there was grilled fish every dinner time – and I ate fish every single night of our stay: cod, swordfish, mackrel, salmon, you name it. Accompanied by a large salad that I was able to put together from an extensive salad bad every night. I avoided the much-loved fries, but occasionally would eat a slice or two of deep-fried zucchini or aubergine. And I *always* ate dessert, which consisted of thin slices of cream cakes… I really was stunned that I didn’t gain weight, because I never felt hungry all that time. Nor did I feel as if I was sacrificing favourite foods… I realise that I was lucky because I love fish and thus could avoid the staple favourites (there was pizza every night, fries, sausages, breaded chicken, pork, beef etc.), and the extensive buffet meant that there was something provided for calorie-conscious patrons, too. But it just goes to show that a holiday is not synonymous with weight-gain.
Two further holidays later, and I have finally gained some pounds again. But hey, that’s life
and the irresistible food that I *have to* eat when I am travelling in my home country. It’s summer time, and the appetite for sweet snacks is stronger than usual. With a couple of overripe bananas waiting to be used up, I came across a fab recipe yesterday that turned out to be a great cake replacement. It even works for people who cannot eat sugar or who are gluten-intolerant. Let them eat this cake:
2 overripe bananas
75g (=1 cup) ground almonds (alternatively: half cup ground almonds + half cup coconut flakes)
2 large eggs (or 3 medium eggs)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp baking powder
honey for sweetening to taste
a handful of chopped nuts
Put all ingredients in a blender and whizz up until you get a creamy texture. Pour the mixture into a baking tin and bake for 35 minutes at 200°C. (Lazy me actually poured the whole shebang in my bread maker and baked it for an hour.)
The texture of the banana cake is fluffy and soft, but not wet. Since I didn’t have honey, I sweetened it with two tbsp. of stevia powder, and I replaced the nuts with a handful of flaked almonds. One slice has 1 Smart Point. And a bit more because half way through baking I sprinkled the top of the cake with some left-over crumble from my darling husband’s apple crumble. It actually works quite well on the cake, adding a bit of sweetness and crunch, but also extra calories 😉.
In any case, a sweet and easy option for a cake, especially if you have to use up overripe bananas.
For a calorie-free dose of sweetness, I suggest this 👇🏻