Recipe: Banana Muffins

Sunday, 16 November 2014

 

Yet again it is the weekend and we have some left over bananas. I've struggled to find something that is reasonable in propoints and yet still yummy. So I went on weightwatchers website and typed in Banana and looked at variety of recipes available and this one caught my eye.

Muffins are a great snack or part of a breakfast and not too sweet that you end up craving loads more, and quite filling. So thought these would be perfect for that mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack time with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

75g Flora lighter than light (or equivalent)

1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1 egg

1tsp Baking Powder

80g Truvia (or equivalent)

210g Plain White Flour

Small amount of milk if required.

Instructions.

Set oven to gas mark 4.  Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12.  3 Propoints Each

Mix the banana, sugar, egg and butter, then in separate bowl mix baking powder, flour and bicarbonate of soda. Then mix the two together. If can use an electric whisk this does give a better finish.

Depending upon the thickness of the mixture you may require to mix in a small amount of milk to get correct consistency.

This is my finished product.

 

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WEEKLY WEIGH IN: Return to meetings

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Eeeeek I noticed its been a while since I have posted, time is just going so quickly at the moment its crazy.

Last week I decided to go back to weightwatchers meetings with my friend as she started a few weeks before that. I’ve been a bit sceptical about going to an evening meeting but I felt its better than not going at all.

This was my first “proper” week, after last weeks meeting of making a small change I decided to try and drink more water and its been a success.

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Its my biggest loss since my first week back on track. Its also got me very determined for the week ahead especially as I have eaten all my propoints this week and enjoyed every one of them. I even ate the activity ones that I earnt on my fitbit now its synced. I have been taking the stairs at work, parking further away in car park and at visits and just generally trying to move more.

This week I am going to focus on moving more again, I really need to force myself to go back to the gym as well. The weekend is quiet for me as not got anything planned so its a good time to try and get gym sessions in. I also want to try experiment with various recipes as same foods can get a bit boring at times.

These are what I have been eating this week

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Heres to another good week. I’ll keep drinking more water, what about you?

Recipe: Mocha Sponge Cake

Saturday, 25 October 2014

This weekend just gone once again found me wondering what to do with myself once I had finished going shopping, taking my clothes to charity shop, tidied my room and caught up on new series of Castle. I once again turned to my weightwatchers recipes, this time from an old magazine, and decided to bake a cake. I was going to make the meringues in the new months magazines but had no baking paper so decided upon adapting a victoria sponge cake instead.
The basis is that of a sponge cake, but I added some coffee and substituted some of the flour for cocoa powder for flavouring, then spread choc shot through the middle instead of jam. Delicious. Well other than the fact that I over mixed it and it went a bit flat. #fail.

Ingredients

130g of flora lighter than light
130g caster sugar
3 eggs beaten
115g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1/2tsp baking powder.
25g choc shot to spread through middle.

Instructions.


Using calorie controlled spray grease the inside of two baking tins. preheat oven to gas mark 4/180/160 fan oven.

Place the butter and caster sugar in a bowl and using electric whisk mix together until creamy.

Add the beaten eggs slowly whisking in between.

Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder before folding into the mixture with a spoon. try not to over fold as want to keep air in the mixture.

Divide between the two tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until springy to touch. Leave in tray for a few minutes to set before moving onto a wire rack to cool. Spread the choc shot to make a smooth layer between the two cakes.

Serves 12. Only 3 #propoints a slice.


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Recipe: Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This has been one of my favourite meals, I put extra servings in freezer and have had it two nights this week as well. So yummy. I served mine with vegetables, mint sauce and gravy. #nomnomnom

Ingredients

2 red onions

780g raw turkey lean mince

70g gravy granules dry

1kg of sweet potato raw

40g flora lighter than light to mash potatoes with.

Serves 9 at 10 #propoints per portion

Instructions.

Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and put on to boil and allow to cook for approximately 20 minutes or until soft.

Whilst they are cooking, spray a wok/pan with fry light and cook off the turkey mince and onion. Once cooked add the gravy granules for flavouring and set aside in an oven proof dish.

Preheat Oven on gas mark 6/7. Once potatoes are cooked mash with the butter, and put on top of the mince. Place in oven for approx 20-30 minutes to brown off.

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When I made it we served it up into 6 but was far too much so therefore ended up doing it into 9 instead which was plenty served with vegetables. This has become a big favourite in my house and will definitely be making it again.

Guest Post: Tilly at Forever Living

Monday, 20 October 2014

 

Today got a special post for you all, its from my bestie Tilly who has become a distributor for forever living who have a great range of products which are all natural and range from weight loss help, supplements, to make up and medicines such as heat gel for pain relief. I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these sort of things especially anything to do with weight loss but after talking to Tilly & seeing some of the great results people have had I decide to try some of their other products.

I have sampled the heat solution which is great for pain relief like I said and because its all natural you can also take alongside tablets if you want such as ibuprofen which you cant do with over counter options.

I am also trying out the aloe vera gel as I have IBS as its great for digestive health & Tilly’s mum has had great results with it for her IBS. I’ll be sure to update you on how I get on as only started it on Sunday.

But for now I am going to hand you over to Tilly who will give you more information about Forever living and tell you her story in particular her success with the 9 Day Cleanse.

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Hi everyone! I am Sarah's best friend Tilly (my actual name is Chantal but most people call me Tilly). I am sure you are wondering why I am here on Sarah's blog.... On the 21st September I became a distributor for Forever Living and I am here to tell you a little bit about it all and my story.

In case you don't know who Forever Living are they operates in over 150 countries and in 2012 there were over 9 million Distributors and had over $2.8 billion in retail sales worldwide. So what do Forever do and offer? Well many of us have heard of Aloe Vera and it’s potential as a "miracle plant" with many outstanding properties. It is an ingredient in many daily products and used by thousands. Forever Living has taken this amazing botanical to the next level by owning patents for its unique Aloe Vera stabilisation process and its beehive products collection systems.

They offer a whole suite of products for the whole family, which can enhance various aspects of daily health and well-being. From Aloe Vera drinking gels, supplements, skincare and personal care products

Now onto my story... at the start of September I decided to buy and do the Forever Living 9 Day Cleanse. I had been thinking about doing it for awhile and had done quite a bit of research before hand. I am not a big dieter if I am honest, I did weight watchers about 10 years ago and did quite well on it but since then have just kind of monitored my own eating and weight. Don't get me wrong I am not skinny but neither am I massively overweight, I currently am a comfortable size 14. I really enjoyed (yes I did say enjoy) doing the 9 day cleanse, surprisingly I managed to handle the whole thing okay, I learnt to tolerate the Aloe Vera Gel and most importantly I lost 9lbs, 8 inches (all over my body) and have reduced my portion size After the great success I had doing the cleanse and talking to close family and friends (included Sarah) I decided to join Forever. I just feel that if I can do the cleanse anyone can and it really does work!!

Before & After 9 Day Cleanse

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Since joining a few weeks ago I have been trying to get my head around all of the products - there are quite a few as I mentioned above. I am really enjoying trialling the products myself and hearing how they have helped other people, take my mum for example since taking the Aloe Vera gel she has been able to stop taking her IBS medication- how amazing! Here are some of the other benefits of aloe vera gel, this is also the product Sarah is now trialling for her IBS too.

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I really hope this blog has provided you with an introduction into the Forever Living world and I hope to see you all over on my business page. If you would like to find out more about all of the products I also have an online shop and am always on hand to help so go have a look and let me know what you think.

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Thanks Tilly for that post, if any of it has caught your interest then please do have a look at Tilly’s page or online shop. There are constantly new products coming out and its quite interesting to see the new ones available.

I usually wouldn’t consider doing any kind of cleanse/shake type of thing but I have seen Tilly’s great results, and its all natural so much healthier, and she looks soooooo much better and healthier now after it. If your someone who wants a kick start to a healthy lifestyle it definitely is a great option.

Sunday summary

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The days are going so quick at the moment that I forgot to update you on Friday with my weekly weigh in or round up so doing a Sunday edition instead.

Last week was a bit of a mixed week for me, I started off really well and spread my weekly #propoints out a bit being very controlled over the weekend. Then on Thursday I had a bit of a blergh moment and decided to eat my weight in sugary foods. It of course was the night before weigh in stupidly. Lucky for me I had sneak peaked that morning before the craziness happened so I decided to use that weight instead so could focus on the positives in the week rather than negatives.

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I was much more planned this week, obviously had my baking adventures at the weekend which I managed to navigate my way through by making weightwatchers friendly cakes. Then I sat my family down and we planned our meals for the week, so I knew roughly how many #propoints to save for my main meal.

I cut down on my caramel lattes instead having it as a treat once a week and living off cups of teas and cans of zero fizzy which Tesco have on offer at the moment. I’ve also been really good and taking lunches with me to work, though Asda ready made salads is kind of cheating ha.

Now all I need to do is work on exercise. Doh.

Here's a few of things I have been eating this week.

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Apple & Raspberry CrumbleBanana BreadCitrus Sponge Cake
Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Recipe: Apple and Raspberry crumble

Saturday, 18 October 2014


This is another of the delightful deserts that was made last weekend with my family. We had some apples that had softened left and what a better thing to do then make a crumble instead of them going to waste.

To give it a bit extra flavour we added raspberries and to lower the #propoints used sweetener for the crumble topping. Its simple to make and very yummy and can be eaten hot or cold with your choice of topping. Cant go wrong with a good crumble.

Ingredients

330g self raising flour

180g flora lighter than light

50g canderal sweetener

8-10 small apples

300g frozen raspberries.

serves 9. only 5 #propoints

Instructions

Peel and chop the apples into chunks, place in some lemon juice to stop going soft and horrible. Cover and cook in microwave for approximately 5 minutes until slightly softened.

Then place raspberries in a bowl and put in microwave for 2 minutes to allow to defrost, drain excess fluid. Mix together the apple and raspberries and layer into your ovenproof dish.

In a bowl mix together the self raising flour and sweetener, then add the butter and crumble into small pieces using your fingers. You may want to add extra sweetener if you prefer it to be sweeter but I myself found it was fine as raspberries and apple is quite sweet anyway.

Place in oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes on gas mark 5 or 190’c until the top is a nice golden brown.

Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving with your choice of topping. For me I went with a Chocolate soya yogurt as I love raspberries with chocolate.

Here’s the one that we made before it was cooked. I decided to have a 12th of it as ours was higher propoints due to the dairy free butter instead and then served it with chocolate soya yogurt. #nomnomnom

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