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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

Hello, there and welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…lol…As you know I do not believe in diets I believe in healthy eating and moderation…Also called…

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I have however over the years subjected this bod to many strange diets none of which worked for any length of time and the only thing which got slimmer through these diets was my bank balance …

At the end of this tongue in cheek look at various diets… I will be giving you a recipe for a Protein Drink… Protein drinks in my book…I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole… I am the most unbelieving person on this earth when celebrity’s and manufacturers tell me that their product is the best thing since sliced bread… Yes and look how good sliced bread is for you…NOT!

The first diet gimmick on my list is:-

Cream…No girls, not the cream you put on your strawberries…

NO..you rub it in where you wish to lose weight or fat from, sit back after you have wrapped yourself in plastic wrap and watch it miraculously disappear and at $24.99  an 8 oz pot…HaHa… One says 300 recommendations…pfff the only thing slimming down is your bank balance…sucker!

7-minute workouts…

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Seriously with all those repeats, the reality is at least 20  minutes or longer unless of course, you are an excise ninja who can move at the speed of light…

The What!

A pill that you swallow which turns into a balloon which a doctor then inflates in your stomach so you need less food…so if you are such a pig and ignore the full signs it gets squashed and you get the scenario where the said balloon explodes…

Come on have you not heard of Mr and Mrs Will Power who live in moderation avenue???

Diet Pills.

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The saying is we eat with our eyes first… You must have some imagination!!!

No Carbs!... That works… we starve our muscles, lose water and feel crap… When all we have to do is eat Good Carbs…Sweet potatoes and whole grains.

Other elimination diets!

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Too good to be true… Cookie Diet and Candy Diet…Whatever next???

I now rest my case…do any of you know any diets that really work where you can eat what you like ..when you like …That is free and all it requires is a little willpower and moderation.

Now for those who exercise quite hard and take or think you should take protein drinks then how about making your own?

I know many people who exercise who take these… So I thought I would do a little research and make my own… Cost-wise it is a no-brainer against the cost of some most Protein powders I made one today and it was nice…It tasted good..my son was my guinea pig/taste tester and has been a protein drink customer in the past and it got the thumbs up from him.

The protein shake is 3/4 cup of liquid and 1/3 cup of your main protein…

Liquids:-

Coconut milk or water or Soya milk… It is important to get the right balance not what liquid you choose.

Proteins:-

Greek yoghurt, Silken tofu, nut butter i.e raw cashews ( which) require soaking overnight to soften.

Extra proteins:-

Chia seeds, hemp hearts, ground flax or whole oats.

Today I made a Raspberry Protein shake and for an extra boost could have used chia seeds.

Raspberry Protein shake.

Raspberry Protein Shake

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.
  • 1 tbsp honey ( optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Let’s, Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.  Having never had a protein drink I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great but I drink them anyway…Really!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant.

Next week I am going to test a Tropical Protein shake and I might give you a typical days menu for me (what ) I eat in a day and still lose or maintain my weight.

Until next week ..just have fun, enjoy your food and moderation…

 

 

A Banana #thelme55fruitweekend.

No, not just a Banana…..I thought about Thelma’s fruit weekend challenge and we have many exotic fruits here, so armed with my camera I went to the local fruit market. Well, lots of oranges are in season at the moment as are Watermelons galore and the ever present mangoes….but what I was looking for…not in season..sam_8482

Back home I went disappointed and thinking hard a lot of the fruits are what I call staples available most of the year and now because of progress available all over the world.

What can I feature??? Well, I am sure most of you can get Bananas in your supermarket which will probably be the Cavendish by name as the original Banana favoured by the supermarkets was the ” Gros Michel” which became extinct by 1960 as it was wiped out by a fungus called the Panama Disease.

This could happen at any time as Bananas are actually clones and if they become infected with a fungus it just runs rampant and kills them all.

Banana it is then..here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

So much so that I always freeze some ready to make a smoothie.

This recipe is one that my daughter gave me along side a packet of chia seeds Banana Espresso Smoothie

Its scientific name is “Musa Sapientum” which roughly translated  means ” Fruit of wise  men”

Here it is called Kluay pronounce ” glue eye” spellings vary slightly around the regions and it is a tree-like perennial and officially classed as a herb, the world’s largest herb as it can reach 25 feet in height. The fruit is also classed as a berry.

Here in Thailand leaves are used to serve food on or wrap food in like these little parcels of tri coloured sticky rice topped with shredded pork.

The purple flowers are steamed and eaten with a spicy Thai dip.

The inside of the skins are also used to stop itching and inflammation of insect bites and burns. It is also said that if you tape a piece of banana skin side down over a wart every night that the potassium in the skin makes the wart disappear within 1-2 weeks.

Mashed and mixed with a tbsp of heavy cream, and a tbsp of honey and then applied to dry hair covered with a shower cap and a hot towel. Left for an hour and then rinsed off before shampooing the hair it is a wonderful moisturising treatment.

There is no end to the properties of this low calorie, no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol berry which is also rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, fibre and B6.

Here it is used to make bread and muffins. If cooked the banana skins are edible, you will see fried bananas in abundance on the street food stalls…they are fried in batter, grilled on the BBQ in their skins and turned into golden fritters ( Kluay phao)

Banana spring rolls with a sweet dip or eaten green and raw with a spicy dip.( See recipe above)

They can be used to make a beautiful Banana Blossom stir fry.

Just wash the blossoms and put in a bowl of cold water with some lemon.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil/olive oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp yellow split peas/chana dhal
1 tbsp split green lentils/urad dhal
1-2 dry red Chilli halved
2 tsp tamarind juice
5-8 Curry Leaves
1 Banana flower
1 large red onion, diced
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
¼ cup grated unsweetened coconut, fresh/frozen
Salt to taste

To cook!

Bring some water to the boil in a cooking pan and add the banana flower to a boiling water pot and cook for 10 minutes, until they are soft and done. Drain the water through a colander and squeeze with the hand to remove any excess water. Set them aside.

Heat oil in a cooking pan and once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, Let them pop, add lentils and halved red chillies. Now add tamarind juice and curry leaves and mix well,
Mix in finely chopped onion and saute on a medium flame till they are light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add turmeric and mix well.

Add the cooked banana flower to the pan. Stir fry for 2 minutes at on a medium flame until they are mixed well with the spices.
Add salt to taste and sprinkle grated coconut on top and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot with steam rice.

Green unripe bananas are also used to make Tam Maak Kluay which is a version of the famous Som Tam ( Papaya Salad) which I first had from a roadside stall near Bang Tao beach in Phuket and it is beautiful.

Just a piece of trivia...did you know? That more songs have been written about the Banana than any other fruit.

 

Banana Espresso Smoothie.

This is a recipe that my daughter gave me along with a packet of Chia seeds as I can’t always get them here. Bananas we have in spades as they grow in abundance here so my freezer always has frozen bananas ready to make a smoothie. It also follows along with my letter of the week B. But  I am trying  really hard not do banana everything..lol foodiesfeed-com_oatmeal-chia-banana-walnuts

Ingredients:

1 frozen Banana

1 cup of coconut milk.

2 tbsp oats.

1tbsp peanut butter or you can use halved walnuts as in the picture.

A shot of espresso.

1 cup of ice

1tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and honey.

Put all ingredients in your blender and blitz away.

Pour into glass and enjoy!

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