Updated: Jan 5, 2022
So it's the start of the new year and you are trying to get back on track right? Well, we all know how that goes don't we? 'New year, new me' or 'My new years resolutions', then come second weekend of January and it's someone's birthday and whoops - those go out the window. 'I'll start again on Monday' sound familiar?
Let's be honest, we all know that diets are unsustainable. So what are we looking for? We want to feel healthier, stronger, more confident, happy in ourselves right? Well I believe it's a process. It's about finding a balance that suits you where you can still eat healthy, exercise, have your slice of cake - and even enjoy it!
I don't believe in cutting anything out, starving yourself and especially not the latest FAD diet. However, having said that, I do think that different body types respond to different food groups differently and that's something you need to work out for yourself. I know that without carbohydrates in a meal then I am huuuuungry within the next hour or two but if I include carbs then sometimes I can be full for 3-4 sometimes even 5 hours. And no, carbs doesn't just have to be pasta. Think wholewheat wraps or pita's, sourdough bread, cous cous, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes etc. All good complex carbohydrates that give you energy and keep you full for longer.
My biggest difficulty is the 4pm slump where I go from hungry to 'Hangry' and I will literally devour anything and everything in sight. Sometimes this means eating three times the amount I need and then ruining my appetite for dinner. So personally, I know I need good wholesome snacks that are yummy, filling and satisfy the tastebuds - an apple or cucumber and carrots just doesn't cut it anymore.
So drumroll please...I've put together this healthy banana muffin recipe that is under 100 calories per muffin (if you are counting). It tastes delicious and fills the gap. It is completely guilt-free so if you want to go back for a second then you totally can.
All you need is :
3x ripe bananas,
2 cups of oats,
1/3 cup honey/maple syrup and
1tsp baking soda
Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius, and spray and cook a muffin tray.
In a blender, add all the above ingredients and blend until the bananas are no longer in pieces and the oats are smooth.
Spoon the mixture out into your muffin tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and voila - enjoy :)
Hope you like it.