Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Lose Weight…


Welcome to this weeks boot camp…

Slowly, Slowly catchee monkey...Do you know the meaning of that??

A well-known saying which Originated way back in the days when a large proportion of far eastern countries were colonised and under British Rule, in their spare time soldiers tried and mostly without much success to catch monkeys as pets.



The natives showed the soldiers how to catch the monkeys by putting a cage with narrow bars and fruit in it close to the monkey’s habitat. They watched and waited while the inquisitive monkeys tried to get the fruit out through the bars. Once they had the fruit there was no way they were going to let it go but it now made them easy to catch as they couldn’t get their arm out without releasing the fruit….

As most natives only spoke what we term as ” Pidgin English” that was where this originated from….Slowly, slowly catchee monkey….

Well..this phrase is now used to describe a slow, patient approach to something and demonstrates that careful thought is often better than rushing in head first.

So….. That is why I am really pleased that I mislaid another 1 lb… Total weight loss…Tada 12 lbs…

You are also probably wondering if this lady has finally lost her marbles…That is, of course, another funny story…For another day…

As you know every week I bring you a recipe or two… Snack bars, granola, oats mixed with nuts are really not my thing…No taste unless you like the taste of cardboard…

Yes, I know...Nuts are good for you well I like walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Cashew Nuts, Almonds, Pistachios so that is good isn’t it???

Oats as porridge I like that ( sometimes) in biscuits with coconut very nice…as muesli, granola and snack bars…Not so for me…Due to the above reason…

Seeds…Well, I used to feed my parrot sunflower seeds…Just saying I suppose cooked with some honey as a snack they are ok… I do however love lotus seeds raw or roasted…

The point being I know many people eat them as a snack, when exercising etc ( they fit in your handbag ) and can be eaten on the go… so I thought I would make some using my favourite ingredients and then maybe I would get to like them and of course, they wouldn’t be like these shop brought ones and full of sugars with that boring bland taste…

Carol’s Snack Bars:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, proper maple syrup or agave
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of dried fruit chopped I used Apricots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted nuts I used walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup coconut ( optional)

Let’s bake some snack bars…

With the oven on 350 degrees put the oats on a baking tray and cook for about 12 mins or until they are lightly browned( not burnt like my first batch) Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

In a small pan add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil and warm gently add salt and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth, add the egg white and whisk again.

To the cooled oats add the nuts and fruit stir to combine then mix in your butter mixture, stir well until the oats are coated.

Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Pour in the mixture pressing down well so the mix is packed tightly or the bars will crumble when you cut the bars using the snack bars into pieces.

Bake on 350 degrees until the mixture is lightly browned around the edges about 20-25 mins depending on your oven.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 mins then lift the mixture out using the parchment paper.

Cool completely and cut into squares or oblongs.


They will keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container or they can be frozen and will keep 2 months in the freezer which is handy if you make do a bulk cook…

Did I like them?? They were ok I just prefer other types of snacks but the hubby and grandson loved them…


About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx







10 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Lose Weight…

  1. CarolCooks2 Post author

    Thank you for your kind comments…Losing weight is not easy but too much emphasis is put on the word diet and people switch off…Healthy eating and moderation is my motto ..You have bought up some good points on your post 🙂


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  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel

    Congratulations on the weight loss.

    I loved the monkey story.

    I am fighting a battle with weight for the past three years.
    I drop 3 to 4 pounds with a lot of effort, but the moment I become a little slack I manage to put them back on.

    Any tips?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wow, Thank you so much that has made my day…The first time I have made them a bunch of them went to school my grandson took some for his friends and truth I am not keen on them but I don’t really like snack bars but know many people who do.. 🙂 x

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