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 : )