Over the past few weeks I have been exploring more of the 'sweet treat' plant-based foods. I don't feel as good off them - I do still have my fruits on top but it is simply to pack more food in.
With the cold weather sweeping in too it has been perfect timing - I have been baking flapjacks most mornings and enjoying plant-based chocolates in the evening with HotShot hot chocolates. I am not the biggest chocolate person and don't really bother with it but Plantisoul's ginger chocolate I bought from Holland and Barrett is so good. I am loving the ginger chocolate flavor - I love ginger (as you all know ) and it isn't over-powering but you can taste it. They have lots of different flavors - chocolate mint, chocolate orange and lots more. So I am really pleased I tried this brand.
I am also enjoying my dried fruit and nut mixes as my afternoon snacks. I do find I do become more bloated off the dried fruits which may be because of the refined sugars however I used to always have a big bowl at night and the health professionals did advise against too much dried fruit but it is one of my faves - so I am enjoying eating more of it again. I just need to make sure I don't go over board.
Banana brownies which the recipe is in my new book are really filling too - I had these after my smoothie this morning. Sweet and healthy - with just Cacao powder, bananas and peanut or any nut butter of your choice you have a good balance of good and bad here.
'Just' chocolate from Sainsbury's Free From aisle is also really tasty, its perfect cooking chocolate and works well in cheesecakes, brownies, flapjacks, oatmeal and truffles.
Yo Yo have great snacks that are sweet but made with real fruit juices and no additives added. So check those out - really recommend them.
I also enjoy Smooze - they are an ice lolly brand, again I purchase them from Holland and Barrett, but with the cold days I have been eating less of these. However the Mango and coconut flavor is hands down my favorite.
Worth a try!
My cookie dough balls - so addictive, the recipe is in my Sophantastic Allergy-Free Creations book as well as United Tastes Of America as I seriously do love these as a snack. Just so sweet and really taste like cookie dough. So check that out and try the recipe - let me know what you think about it.
Mallows - marshmallows. I have literally just had 2 banana chopped up with mallows marshmallows sprinkled on top HotShot sauce poured over with PB2 peanut powder, crushed cashews and baked them for 20 minutes and the marshmallow melted into a heaven of stickiness. So yum! Sickly but yum!! Mallows have vanilla and strawberry flavor marshmallows and they really are tasty, chewy and like your normal brands. Great in hot chocolate too, and earlier this week I used them in using my rice crispy treat clusters.
So useful for baking and simply eating as a treat.
I have been reading up and doing a lot more inside searching too - I want to know as much as I possibly can to help myself and then help you too. It is so important to me. I am enjoying trying all the new things and info I am coming across!
Knowledge is power.
All the research has been good I have realised where I may be going wrong etc. There is so much to this lifestyle and so much to understand on the allergy front that gaining knowledge from the two and combining your finds is a challenge alone. You have to be prepared to give your time and commitment to it all which I am prepared too.
Products to add to your shopping list to try:
'Just' chocolate - Sainsburys HotShot - available in most supermarkets and Holland and Barrett. Mallows - Holland and Barrett PB2 powder - Holland and Barrett Plantisoul chocolate - Holland and Barrett Yo-Yo's - supermarkets Goody's Good stuff - Booths, Holland and Barrett
Smooze - Holland and Barrett
Hopefully next week I will also have lots more products for you to explore and try.
I am enjoying exploring another area of this diet - I am restricted in the fact I can't eat the brownies, cakes, doughnuts that you find down lots of the 'Free From' aisles as they all contain something I can't have but its all about adapting and that is what I do - I spend hours finding ways around these problems. Eventually I will get there! However please let me know if you have tried any of the 'treat' plant-based, free from foods and what do you think? How do they compare to your original treats - do they match up? I would love to know. As if they do taste very alike that sets a bigger challenge and goal for myself and as always all your help and advise really helps me.
Thank you for reading - now go and wrap up warm with you chocolate and HotShot hot chocolate :) enjoy.
Love and peace. xo
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.