It’s all about balance

Train hard, eat harder!

I regularly get told by people in passing that I shouldn’t be eating or drinking certain things as it doesn’t fit with my training or exercise. I laugh it off but then I think wait… they just don’t get it. Yes, thanks to a New Year’s resolution I am now more active than I have ever been BUT, being this active means I can eat whatever I want when I want because I always work it off in the week. Bottom line? What good would it be if I wasn’t eating foods that made me happy? 

Don’t get me wrong, I still track my foods and am careful about quantities but I don’t point blank refuse something I want.  I train hard so I can eat without guilt, usually an indulgent sweet treat : ) So… when I train or exercise, I burn calories which mean I get to eat more if I’m looking to maintain my weight. For me, more calories to eat mean one thing and one thing only. DESSERTS!

One of my favourite sweet treats that are definitely moreish are profiteroles. I have played around with the flavour of these a lot but every now and then, all you need is the classics. Over the summer JB and I spent a long weekend down south and as well as taking in the wondrous views I got to trial some desserts on my little mini me and partner in crime! The big hitters were the profiteroles and now that my cousins have come to our neck of the woods I’ve decided to knock up a batch along with something so sinful it’ll send everyone into a food coma afterwards as requested HAHA.

So here we go, with there being 14 of us rather than the usual numbers of between 8 and 10, I decided to make a trio of desserts that’d hopefully satisfy everyones cravings! I knocked up the standard batch of profiteroles and then decided to head towards some of my other favourites. I always think that if you’re having a chocolate based dessert you need a fruity one to counteract the richness or a comforting pastry number. 

The fruity counterbalance in this case comes from a cheesecake. Ok, ok cheesecake can be super rich BUT… the recipe I use is so light it doesn’t feel too sinful annnnd, it is topped with loads of berries so makes up 1 of your 5 a day. Win win right?

Cheesecake is my go to dessert for when I have more than 2 additional dinner guests. It’s easy to make and tastes amazing and will definitely keep everyone satisfied. I only use 4 ingredients… that’s it! Instead of the traditional digestive I usually use a chocolate or caramel variety because they are the ones I prefer to eat.

By using low fat varieties of cream cheese and double cream I can also tell myself that it’s a healthier alternative HAHA.

I was out running one day when I noticed an abundance of blackberries growing on one of my routes. Aside from making me really hungry, it also gave me a lot of ideas.I returned the day after with my brother, niece and nephew in tow and we grabbed them by the handful. With them being in season my blackberries were really sweet so all I needed to add was a table spoon of icing sugar to intensify the flavour. 

As well as making some blackberry jam I decided to create a batch mini tarts. I used a pastry cutter to create the base before adding another ring to support the blackberries and topped with more pastry. Bake for 20 mins and you’re good to go. 

If they hang around that long they usually last a couple of days. Serve them warm with a glug of custard of cream for that extra bit of indulgence.We are coming to the end of blackberry season at the moment so get them while you can.

Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas for desserts that feel more sinful than they are and fill your cravings for a sweet eat : )

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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