Having browsed through a couple of my favourite food/fitness blogs today, I am amazed at some of the negative comments people leave. It seems common for healthy bloggers to be accused of being “obsessive” or as having eating disorders. People make hurtful comments under the guise of “concern”, when in truth their words seem devoid of compassion and tinged with jealousy and insecurity.
As my weight and eating habits fluctuated over the years, it seemed that people always had an opinion on them. Either I was too thin, too healthy (eating-wise), too obsessive, or too gluttonous, too over-indulgent. The irony was that a lot of these behaviours were an attempt to combat the comments made about the opposite behaviours. I couldn’t win!
Eventually I realised that you can never please everyone. People will view you through their own insecurities. Do not allow their opinions to damage your opinion of yourself. Rather find out what God thinks about you, and base your self-worth and identity on that.
Anyway, here are a couple of recipes for you!
Warm Cookie Dough
- 3 tbsp sweet potato puree (baby food is easy and convenient)
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ cup wheat bran
- Place sweet potato and protein powder in a mug and mix well.
- Microwave for 30 seconds.
- Add cocoa powder and wheat bran. Mix well and eat whilst still warm.
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp dry mustard
- Mix spices together and toast in a dry pan until the aromas are released (careful not to burn).
- ½ onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
- 2 tsp coconut oil/coconut butter
- 150g skinless chicken breast, diced or cut into strips
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp hot chilli sauce (optional – I used hot peri-peri)
- Coat the chicken with the lemon juice, chilli sauce and some of your spice mixture. Add a bit of salt and pepper, if you fancy.
- Meanwhile, sweat the onion and garlic in 1 tsp of the the coconut oil/butter on a low heat until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the second tsp coconut oil/butter, as well as the chicken and marinade juices. Stir-fry till chicken is cooked through.
- Serve with vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, or atop your favourite salad!
Lots of love,