Synonymous with the start of a New Year is cutting out all the bad foods from your life. So instead of that 600 calorie sandwich you eat a healthy salad or switch a hot chocolate with whipped cream for a skinny latte, or better yet the Americano. Hands up if you’re making those sots of changes right now? I’m going to try to, but realistically removing all the bad stuff at the same time as training for a half marathon is probably a stretch too far. However, I’m going to try!
As part of my attempt to be good I spent last weekend making a few of my favourite foods ahead of a week back at work, after all experience tells me that being healthy is far easier if you’re prepared. So I made cous cous and roasted veg, cooked up lots of fish and chicken and mixed up a big bowl of crushed and minted new potatoes, which kept us both well fed last week!
The other thing that I made was a massive batch of granola, just perfect with a generous helping of yogurt each morning. Granola is one of those foods I could eat all day long. I love the crunch and the sheer variety of flavours you can find granola in. Plus it keeps me full all morning, definitely what you need when you’re cutting out the snacking. It’s been a while since I made a batch so I decided to play around with a recipe and come up with something new to me. The result? A delicious peanut butter and chocolate concoction which is amazing. I’ve had it every day this week sprinkled on yogurt and it was just what the healthy police ordered.
- 25g butter
- 4 tbsp agave syrup
- 5 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
- 300g rolled oats
- 15g cacao nibs
- 50g roughly chopped almonds
- 15g flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and goji berries mix
- Melt the butter, agave syrup and peanut butter in the microwave (1 minute on high should do it)
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well
- Grease and line a baking sheet before pressing the mixture into it (ideally no more than 1 cm thick)
- Bake on 180C for 15 minutes on the middle shelf
See I told you it was easy! The best bit of this particular granola? The tiny hints of chocolate in the form of cacao nibs and the sweetness of the agave syrup. Two simple ways to be a little bit healthy whilst still getting your sugar kick. Just what I need each morning when I’m steering clear of the hazelnut latte and going for the americano instead. So if you’re jumping on the healthy bandwagon and want to stay on it (the important part!), give it a try. You’ll love it – promise!
– Fi x