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?

Podcast · Self-Development

Tiny Leaps Big Changes [Podcast Recommendation]

I’ve only listened to 2 episodes of this podcast, but that was enough for me to want to recommend it!  It’s a great podcast for anyone interested in self-development.

The titles I’ve enjoyed so far are:
-How to overcome sugar addiction – Something I’m currently very interested in
-How to get better at anything – Who doesn’t?

This podcast is less than 15 minutes long but is really well researched and gives you some great ideas and takeaways that you can easily implement.  I really like Gregg Clunis’ style as he narrates as a fellow human, not someone who already knows it all.

Let me know what you think!

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breakfast · No Count

The Cake Watcher’s Top 5 No Count Breakfasts

1. Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats – Taste just like cherry bakewells, easy to make & quick to grab in the morning!  Recipe.

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2. No Count Fry-Up – Eggy crumpets, bacon medallions & beans – filling & delicious. To make the eggy crumpets simply soak torn up crumpets in 1 egg whisked with a drop of milk & then fry.18160773_1247575788694541_4344144276402208768_n

 

3. Overnight Oats – Easy to throw together the night before & quick to enjoy in the morning.  You can put frozen fruit straight in and the juices soak into the oats as they de-frost – Delicious!  The ones here are cherry bakewell (bit of a fave), but you can use lots of different fruit/flavour combinations.

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4. Bacon & Egg Muffin – A great breakfast fakeaway of everyone’s favourite fast food breakfasts.

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5. Banoffee Baked Oats – Another baked oats variation, the banana in these really bulks them up so they are very filling.  Recipe here.

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Let me know if you try any of these, and what you think.

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