The food pyramid. We all grew up with it. We were taught about it in school. Most of our parents probably based the food they fed us as kids on it. It endeavours to tell us what foods and in what proportions we should be eating them everyday. It looks a little something like this:
(image from http://www.safefood.eu)
It tells us we should be eating 6 +servings of carbohydrates (you’ll notice this includes white bread, chips and Weetabix), 5 + of fruit and veg, 3 servings of dairy, 2 of meat and 1 maximum of high sugar /fatty ‘treats’. Sure have 6 plates of chips there, but only 5 pieces of fruit and veg mind! Hmmm.
The manic quest for sugar free treats continues. Cleantella is great but sometimes ya just want cake. Last night, my friends, was one of those times. It was getting late and my need for chocolate was reaching critical status. I needed something quick to fill the void and these babies delievered. Piss easy, really quick, pretty much the same as the real deal but sugar and grain free and high protein – bonus!
1 1/3 cups honey
1 cup of melted butter or coconut oil (coconut oil is definitely the healthier option here but I didn’t have any to hand. Plus, butter is not actually the bad guy we’ve all been brought up to think it is – more on this tomorrow!)
2 tbsp vanilla extract /essence
2 cups ground almonds
1 cup raw cacao
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (if not using butter)
So I’ve been on a no sugar buzz for the past few days. Cold turkey. It was niggling at me for months that I was ruining all my mega healthy “clean” meals by just eating a mound of chocolate come 8pm and the decision officially came about after a night of total sugar carnage that, let’s just say, involved one caramel egg too many.
So there I was, suddenly devoid of chocolate and biscuits. It was actually quite easy during the day but I wasn’t stupid though, I knew I was going to have to draft in reinforcements to combat the inevitable chocolate cravings that would arrive come evening time. I had come across quite a few “clean” treat recipes in the previous while but one that had stuck out for me was “Cleantella.”
Nutella was never really on my radar until a few weeks ago when my boyfriend arrived home with a jar of it and a packet of cream crackers and I was introduced to the wondrous nutty chocolately goodness. Tasty? Yes. Healthy? Naaaay. It’s easy to assume that Nutella is healthy, especially because of their marketing campaign that boasts the fact that there’s a few hazelnuts in there and touts it as the perfect breakfast but which neglects to mention the 5 and half teaspoons of sugar per two tablespoons of the stuff. (That’s the equivalent of putting 5 Oreos on your toast in the morning. Mmmm, nutrish.)