Healthy Alternative to Ice Cream

My self-control is next to zero when it comes to ice-cream and in particular icy-poles and magnums!  For me, food deprivation is not helpful.  I end up eating twice as many magnums!  The trick is to REPLACE; replace “bad” foods with “healthier alternatives”.  Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate works wonders (a bonus is that they’re easy to make!  That’s saying a lot coming from me…..)

  • Pick a few bananas – not too ripe (otherwise they crack) and not too green (otherwise it’s difficult to push the paddle-pop stick through)
  • Peel the bananas and cut into two
  • Push a paddle-pop stick through each banana half
  • Place the bananas (with the sticks) onto baking paper in a baking tray
  • Place the baking tray (with bananas) into the freezer to freeze overnight
  • The next day…….
  • Put chocolate (broken up into even little pieces) into microwave safe bowl.  I like to use dark chocolate!
  • Place bowl of chocolate into the microwave and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until it is melted (be careful not to burn your chocolate!)  It usually takes about 2 x 30 seconds in my microwave
  • Dip banana in chocolate / drizzle chocolate over your banana
  • Let it set
  • Tadaa – ready to be eaten.  Perfect for a hot summer day!

bananas

Photo Courtesy of Bellen’s Diary.

the folks at Kinfolk

A few days ago, I participated in some market research slash retail therapy, as a little treat to myself after a slightly stress-filled but productive week at work.  To my delight the supercool (a mobile emporium) popped up at my local shopping center.  It was there that I stumbled across Kinfolk – a guide for small gatherings- created by a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings.  Delightful and very sweet.

Image

Invest in the human family.  Invest in people.  Build a little community of those you love and who love you.  ~Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Photo Credit:  Kinfolk

Fabulous Round-up Fridays…..

One of the many delights about my workplace is that we (informally) participate in Fabulous Shoes Fridays – where we wear fabulous shoes on Fridays (this is rocket science).  In an effort to be more intentional about my blogging, I am committing to Fabulous Round-up Fridays – where I download thoughts that have crossed my mind during the week.  So if you’ve been too lazy or too busy during the week to notice the happenings outside your world, this will give you a taste!

  • Not being the most fashion savvy girl in the world, I’ve only just begun to notice that coloured fashion tights are the next (or past) big thing.  I ordered a greeny-teal-coloured variety from ebay and wore them for the first time today.  There was a genius moment when I looked down at my legs and thought this is what Elphaba wore in Wicked. 
  • Different Kinds of Happy a sweet song about the beauty of a covenant promise.
  • Never be too busy to notice the struggles of those around you:  Stress Down Day.
  • Tom & Katie’s divorce.  Breaking up is hard.  Breaking up in the public arena is harder.  Breaking up and being told that your divorce was a ‘lucky strike’ is not warranted.
  • Going on holidays?  Some rules to fly by to avoid your luggage going missing.
  • Darrell Lea calls in administrator.
  • New York Times Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies – they’re my favourite too.
  • Learn something- Futurist till Forty
  • An exercise to warm up, repair your voice and expand your range: Sirening.
  • Spontaneous brunch outing at Palomine (236 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne) – bliss.

Image

Too Lazy To…….Be Healthy (Part 1 Breakfast and Cereals)

It is intuitive to most people why it is desirable to be healthy!  We want to live longer.  We want to have more energy.  We want to look better.  We want to feel good….etc, etc, etc.

However, healthy living is one of the hardest things to stick to as a ‘grown-up’.  Ever noticed how much easier it was as a kid to eat well, sleep on time, and exercise!  One of the main reasons is that there were no other options!  There were only so many sports classes you can skip, and only so many times you can get away with reading in bed past your bedtime before parentals found out.

The key to incorporating healthy living into your routine as an adult is to set half-hearted goals which you complete full-heartedly.  What I mean is that instead of wanting to improve all parts of your life at once, just focus on one part and work incrementally.  The problem with most healthy-living plans is that they require you to live as a ‘perfect person’ for two full weeks up to a month or more.  I don’t know about you, but I usually last about 2 days…. and once I ‘stuff up’ by eating a chocolate bar on the 3rd day, I give up on the whole plan and feel worse than when I started 😦

Healthy living involves both eating well and participating in regular exercise.  If you’re lazy like me, it’s easier to improve on the eating well first.  And if eating well three times a day proves to be too difficult, try focusing on breakfast.

1. Don’t skip breakfast.  (Obvious I know.  Plan it, Eat it)

2. Read the labels on your breakfast cereals.  (It’s scary how much sugar or salt they pack into some of these things!)  Simple guide on how to read labels:

Make comparisons using the per 100g column rather than the per serving size column.

Positives include:  wholegrains, dietary fibres.

Negatives include:  sugar (okay if dried fruit is included), sodium, saturated fat, other additives.

3.  If you are too lazy to read labels, and if you live in Melbourne, try the 100% Australian Muesli (Meet the Maker Gourmet Products) you can get this at Farmer’s markets.  The fruit are dried in orange juice which gives it a real kick!  Definitely one of the yummiest cereals I’ve had (and I’m not usually a fan).  What’s more you are supporting local farmers and contributing to more sustainable living! Image

Image

Image

Too lazy to…….make a Midnight Snack

Picture this.  You come from a household which upholds the tradition of eating dinner at an unearthly hour (read 5:30pm) for no rhyme or reason.  It is now 7:00pm (the normal hour by which the rest of the population has dinner) and you are starving.  You manage to entertain yourself on you-tube or by watching the latest episode of Big Bang Theory, to take your mind off the hunger.  By 10:30pm this strategy is no longer viable.  You need to eat – before you become grouchy and offend.  It is now too late (read too lazy) to drive or venture beyond your house to get food.  What are your options?

This will depend on how you score on the laziness sale.

1) If you are only a little lazy, try making a 5 minute chocolate mud cake.  I kid you not, the title is not exaggerated.  This is the most dangerous recipe known to me (mankind).

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.  Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.  Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.  Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).  The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!  Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

2) If you are very lazy, I suggest a Milo Covered Banana.

Peel the banana, and slice pieces into a plastic cup with lid  (the smaller the pieces, the more chocolate covered pieces you’ll get) – common sense really.  Scoop in milo (lots and lots of it)  Close the lid and shake (it is important that your lid is on securely).

3)  If you’re uber lazy, eat a hard-boiled egg.

Boil water in saucepan.  Once water comes to boil, put (not drop) in egg.  Wait for 3-4 minutes.  Turn off heat, drain the water and serve.

4)  If you’re any lazier than this, I cannot assist – best to eat dinner at a later hour.