Let her eat cake


Ever fancied a mid-morning snack and nothing ‘healthy’ hits the spot? I find myself in this situation all too often! I have THE definition of a sweet tooth. Be it chocolate, cake, sweets or fruits. If it’s sweet, chances are I’ll thoroughly enjoy devouring it. 

Now, obviously with my change in lifestyle and trying to eat healthier for the majority of meals this could have been a stumbling block. I don’t by any means deny myself anything when it comes to food or drink but I am more aware of what I put into my body and how it affects my progress.

So what to do when the cravings hit? Let me eat cake I say. The difference now though is I actually stop at one piece or slice rather than eating a whole loaf cake…HA. 

I decided to do a little bit of research, surely the need to have cake as a legitimate meal choice comes from somewhere? I hit the jackpot, elevenses. Traditionally the mid-morning break people take to have a drink and a snack, depending on where I am and who I’m serving it to I think a lemon drizzle is the way forward, it’s light, lemony and has a lovely sugary crunch on top. Surely that fits the bill, and lets face it what is there not to like? Really? 

It takes a little more prep than my go to cheesecake but oh my is it worth it. I think with the summery freshness of lemon this is a dessert that is great for the coming summer months. It can be served cold but I love it when it’s warm with some lemon zest and lemon icing drizzled over.

As much as I love lemon drizzle, I have been on the lookout for a healthier dessert. This seemed like a fools errand but then a school friend posted THE most mouth watering picture of some brownies I have ever seen! This particular lady has been on a lifestyle journey for some time and looks amazing for it so I knew the brownies wouldn’t be too sinful. Luckily she gave me the recipe and it’s only now nearly three weeks later (oops) that I’ve got round to making them. I increased the amount of low fat yoghurt and substituted the agave for natural honey as I couldn’t get hold of any but it didn’t seem to affect the texture.

All I can say is GAHHHH these brownies are the business! I literally have to mop up my drool so I can type this. I baked them for 15 mins as advised to get a gooey texture. They are rich and packed full of flavour and definitely hit the spot. I do have to ‘fess up though, I found some chocolate my brother brought me back from Ghana when I was cleaning out the cupboards and broke it on top before baking. STILL, because I cut it into 12 glorious chunks it was only 114 calories a slice but gave me 4.5g of protein. I’m not quite sure it is what my personal trainer had in mind when he said I needed to up my protein but I made it work HAHA.

Don’t worry though, I remain on the quest for even more healthier cakes and puds that aren’t fruit salad and I promise to share : )

Published by Bea's Bites Online

Hi! I'm Bea, as well as being new to the world of blogging I have been a food teacher in secondary schools for four years. I live just outside Manchester and all its foodie offerings. I'll be posting all about travel, food I enjoy, whether it's at a restaurant, a recipe I've trialled or something I have knocked up myself. I will also add a few drinks here and there because let's face it, it's got to be done! I am lucky enough to have grown up with a variety of influences, my mum is from Zimbabwe, my dad is from Ghana and I grew up in a village in the North West, so food has always been a blend and balance of cultures for me. From being little, food has played a large part in our family, whether it be for celebrations, commiserations or comfort. I began helping out in the kitchen from a young age and was fortunate enough to be given the reins on occasion from about the age of 11. I love being in the kitchen and having the opportunity to create something to make others smile. Whether it be an autumnal main or a gooey dessert :) I have 3 bottomless pits I call brothers as well as a fiance and they are more than happy to try what I make and be extremely blunt so I welcome all comments : ) I am a total believer in happy eating. Food should put a smile on your face no matter if it is a weekday after work dinner or a special occasion. I love following recipes and do think it is sometimes a necessity but I also think that food should be personal and geared towards what you like and I hope this comes across in my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, let me know if you stop by, it will definitely put a smile on my face! Please don't hesitate to get in touch, my email is: beasbitesonline@hotmail.com If you have any posts you'd like to see then please feel free to Email me, DM me on Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me and I'll do my best : ) I hope I'll get a chance to chat to you. Bea x

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