As it’s the last day of the weekend for a lot of people, or the first working day on this side of the world, I think both count as good reasoning to treat ourselves 😉
Try healthier alternatives to your favourite treats
Especially when we try our best to ‘eat clean’, we sometimes get fed up of the same old boring foods. A way to add treats to your daily meal plan without feeling the guilt of ruining your ‘diet’, is to find a healthier alternative to whatever it is you feel like.
That can mean cooking a healthier version of your favourite food, or adding some healthier treats such as an ice cream alternative to your normal meals.
I have recipes for both on my blog. One of my favourites being ‘Healthy Take on Chilli Beef Nachos’. You can find it under the Recipes section of my homepage.
Here’s a new flavour to try!
Banana & Blueberry ‘Ice Cream’
Serves 8 (1/2 cup servings)
- 2 frozen bananas
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon raw honey
- Pinch of salt
- Blend all of the above ingredients except the blueberries.
- Bit by bit, add the blueberries and blitz, leaving chunks of blueberries in the mixture.
- Freeze in a lunchbox until set & enjoy guilt-free! 🙂
*Can exclude honey to reduce carbs/sugar.
Banana & Blueberry
- Calories 102
- Fat 1g
- Carbs 19.5g
- Sugar 14.5g
- Protein 2g
In comparison to other ‘healthy icecreams or frozen yogurt products, which is essentially what this is, other products are much higher in calories & sugar content as well as fat. Take Ben & Jerry’s Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt for example, you think you’re being healthy ignoring the Caramel Chew Chew (which you really want) and go for the frozen yogurt. You don’t even look at the nutrition info as it has to be much better, right?
Well, in 1/2 cup Ben & Jerry’s Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt there are:
- Calories 210
- Fat 8g
- Carbs 29g
- Sugar 23g
- Protein 5g
A lot more than the version above! And if you chose the Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew Ice Cream, 1/2 cup you would be having:
- Calories 288
- Fat 16.8g
- Carbs 31g
- Sugar 26.4g
- Protein 4g
Not exactly a huge difference in what you thought was being healthy and what you would’ve actually preferred. I’m not at all saying go eat the one you want as they’re both as bad as eachother, I’m saying that a lot of the times the things you buy thinking they are healthier, are often just as bad.
Hence why it’s much healthier to make your own 😀