Discounting Calories

[donotprint] A few people have asked, commented, mentioned, assumed…that I know the calorie content and nutritional break down of all my meals. The honest truth is that I try not to think about it too much. I do usually have a good idea of the calorie content, but it’s simply because I make up my meals myself, I know what ingredients have gone in them in what quantities and naturally I have an idea of what these foods are made up.

This mornings parfait for instance holds somewhere between 400-450 calories and if I sat down with a pen and paper I could tell you exactly how many it contains but it’s not something I desire doing!

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Rather than “counting calories”, which for me breeds nothing but negative “diet” connotations, I try and make sure my meals are healthy, balanced and packed full of variety. I do believe it’s important for people to have an idea of what’s in their food as in my opinion there is a large general knowledge gap when it comes to the nutritional make up of food, and that’s what I see it as, general knowledge. Counting every last calorie on the other hand isn’t healthy and wouldn’t be something I’d ever advocate. I’ve been there, worn the t-shirt, and frankly it wasn’t much fun, it was actually a pretty miserable existence.

Food is there to be enjoyed. I eat what I want, when I want…how do I do it? I make my own food, I create healthified versions and when I want something that isn’t necessarily particularly good for me I let myself have it. Depriving oneself of the foods you love isn’t an enjoyable way to live life. I look at the bigger picture and eat healthy 90% of the time and then there’s no food guilt when you eat something that is generally perceived or coined as “bad”. A little bit of indulgence is good for the soul! Smile

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After my chocolate, orange and pistachio pancake yesterday I was craving something a little more creamy for breakfast this morning and so the obvious choice was an overnight oats parfait and of course…

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Chocolate overnight oats, whatever fruit I decide to add in, are my all time favourite oatie indulgence, weekend or midweek, they are just heavenly and never fail to satisfy my sweet chocolate tooth.

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another round of my flavour combination of the moment!

Do you have a general idea of the calorie content/nutritional make-up of the food you eat?

Pancakes or Parfait…if you had to choose one…? (This morning I’d say parfait, yesterday I would have chosen pancakes! Smile) [/donotprint]

Vegan Chocolate, Orange and Pistachio Overnight Oats Parfait

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

Oats

  • 40g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water
  • 1 medium Mandarin orange peeled and segmented

Parfait

  • 2 medium Mandarin Oranges peeled and segmented
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
  • 125g (1/2 cup) plain soy yoghurt

Directions

  1. Mix together all oat ingredients, put in a seal tight container and place in the fridge overnight or for at least four hours.
  2. To assemble the parfait find yourself a tall glass, start with a layer of oats, followed by Mandarin segments, a sprinkling of chopped pistachios and a tablespoon of soy yoghurt. Repeat twice more, topping off with soy yoghurt, remaining Mandarin segments and pistachios. Dig deep through the layers for a flavour sensation!

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