No Count · Recipe

No Count Sweet and Sour Chicken

A favourite fakeaway that is tasty and easy to throw together if you’re in a rush! Shows that food doesn’t need to be unhealthy to feel like a treat!

no count sweet and sour

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes (or less)
Cooking time:  Less than 10 minutes

No Count:  Free
Smartpoints:  1 + 6sp for 60g rice/pasta

 

 

Ingredients
1tsp olive oil (from daily allowance) (If following Smartpoints use cooking spray)
80g frozen chopped onion
80g frozen chopped peppers
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (200g)
33g pineapple chunks and a drop of the juice
1/2 tbsp sugar free caramel syrup*
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp chilli flakes (add to taste)
50g cooked chicken chunks

 


Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat and fry the onion, peppers and garlic for three minutes.
  2. Add to the pan the tomatoes, pineapple, pineapple juice, sugar free caramel syrup, vinegar and chilli flakes.  Simmer for two minutes or until the sauce is your preferred consistency.
  3. Add the chicken and warm through.  Serve with a portion of brown rice or brown pasta.

 

*I get my sugar free syrup from TK Maxx and this is the one I use.
Image result for skinny syrup caramel

 

Productivity Tools

Increase your productivity with this easy tool!

Whilst working at home it can sometimes be difficult to motivate myself to do tasks I don’t want to do or choose which tasks to do in which order.

I use this website which I discovered when teaching to help me get outer accountability.

accountability tool

The random name generator is used by teachers to randomly generate student names to make sure everyone gets chosen. By inputting the tasks you want to complete, you can also use this tool to help pick what order to do tasks and feel like someone else chose them for you.

It can also help Obligers like myself (see here– for more info) to do things we want to do but feel like we shouldn’t as they only benefit ourselves. (Such as practising the Ukulele!)

Let me know if you try it out and what you think?

Fakeaways

My Favourite Fakeaway!

Made ‘Burger in a bowl’ for the first time in ages today & felt inspired to share as it’s so good and easy to throw together! (Tastes like a certain fave fastfood burger – Big…)

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Recipe here.

Burger in a bowl – 5sp
Fries – 6sp (I used Mccain Oven Fries)
Make it No Count by adding homemade wedges & using quark/other NC friendly yogurt instead of low fat mayo & fromage frais!

Food Facts

Food Facts: Agave Nectar vs Sugar

Is agave nectar healthier than sugar?
Sort of – “Agave has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to 40 calories for the same amount of table sugar. So to save on calories, you’d need to use less, which should be possible, since agave is sweeter.”
Jenn Horton – The Truth About Agave

In Conclusion – Agave is sweeter than sugar you should be able to use less of it in recipes, but judging by current research  it would be better to wean yourself off of sugar completely.

Mission Nutrition

Mission Nutrition: Daily Dairy Intake Info

RDA of dairy – Adults 19+ = 700mg calcium / 11 stars (British Dietitian Association system for simplifying dairy counting system. (See original article for specific diets & other food e.gs)

Examples of dairy portions:
200ml milk (all types) – 4 stars
120g yogurt – 3 stars
30g cheese – 4 stars
30g chocolate (like we need an excuse to eat chocolate!) – 1 star

Yogurt, Berries, Fig, Fruits, Breakfast, Healthy, Fruit

Some interesting things you may not realise also contain calcium:
1 medium orange – 1 star
6 pieces of scampi – 3 stars
2 spears of brocolli – 1 star

Broccoli, Vegetable, Food, Healthy, Brocoli, Ingredient

I’m going to be trying to meet these guidelines in order to be healthier…

What do you think?

Do you get the recommended amount of dairy every day?

Food Guilt

Could guilt be more harmful than junk food?

I’ve just spent a lovely weekend in London catching up with an old friend but on the train back rather than thinking about the good time we had I’m beating myself up over poor food choices. 


In an attempt to feel better I googled ‘guilt over unhealthy eating’ and found many interesting articles but this one stood out as particularly helpful.

It has lots of good bits. The section that particularly struck a chord was ‘Don’t forget mental/emotional health’ which discusses the idea that worrying about junk food causing future illnesses (diabetes, cancer etc) could give rise to stress which could in turn cause mental health issues & diseases. 


Perhaps we’re better off just practising self-compassion & letting things go as we can’t go back and change them?

Do you ever suffer food guilt? What helps you?