After falling off the wagon and continually eating my weight in sweet foods, I knew something had to give. I need sweet treats like flowers need the sun. Don’t judge. I was trying to think of a dessert I could make with things I have in the cupboards that was not only low in calories but would feel naughty. Let’s be honest, a good pudding is a naughty pudding. My daughter came up to me asking for a biscuit. The “biscuits” we give her are the Heinz Baby Biscotti. The pack I grabbed today was chocolate, which she doesn’t have often. She offered me a bite, and to my surprise it was really good and turned quite creamy whilst eating. I thought they would make a great pie base. Mainly because they taste good but also because 3 biscottis are only 63 calories.
Queue lightbulb above my head. Cheesecake! I had exactly what I needed for a skinny no bake version for under 200 calories. My version uses light cream cheese and Greek yogurt to create a creamy cheesecake. Toss in a few other cupboard staples with the biscotti and you’ve got yourself a healthier cheesecake! Rather than making a standard size cheesecake and risk eating too much, because I would, I made individual ones. I used good sized ramekins which yield a big portion. Benefits of being low calorie, you can have a bigger portion. Thank you Naomi, credit goes to you for asking for a biscuit.
Raise your hand if you love muffins! Keep your hand up if you hate how bad they can be for you! Seriously, these things can be lethal for your diet if you aren’t careful. For instance, Starbucks Blueberry Muffin comes in at 350 calories, which isn’t too bad, but also packs in 29g of sugar! Ouch. It’s easy to just look at caloric content of food and forget to take notice of sugars. Granted, in some foods sugars are naturally occurring and aren’t as bad. Still though, we have to be careful to keep the sugar intake in check whether it is natural or not. Now don’t feel like I am picking on poor Starbucks here, you know I love them. I only used them as an example as I really had to channel my self control over a blueberry muffin the last time I was in store grabbing a latte.
Since then I have been craving blueberry muffins. I tweaked my trusted basic muffin recipe to cut back on the calories and sugar. Okay, there is a catch in that these aren’t the massive muffins you get from most high street bakers. However, they are moist and delicious. The fresh blueberries add a lovely tang and sweetness, not to mention gorgeous colour! These can be eaten as a dessert or a breakfast with a dollop of Greek yogurt. I mean, I consider muffins as more of a cake but it has fruit so treat yourself! These bad boys clock in at only 127 calories and 3.3g of sugar. Go on, get your mixing bowl out and get baking!
Such a simple recipe! Dave and Si know how to win me over.
What is the cure for being ill? Chocolate! No okay, soup! I couldn’t have planned this meal any better. I was off sick from work today with this chest infection and conjunctivitis. My chest is sore and it’s still a bit hard to breathe and my vision is still wonky. Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of homemade soup to clear the tubes and warm the belly.
I was grateful how easy this soup was to make. When you’re poorly the last thing you want to do is spend loads of time in the kitchen cooking. The Hairy Bikers got this down to a tee, the meal took me roughly under 45 minutes to cook. Again, I apologise I didn’t keep an eye on the clock as Naomi had just got home from nursery so I was bouncing between cooking and getting her ready for bed. This is also meant to be a one pan meal which saves on washing up. Though, my silly self forgot I had a nice big soup pot and so I used a frying pan and a large saucepan. Ah well, I know for next time. The last great thing about this soup? 98 caolories per serving (115 if you have cheese on the top)! Can’t go wrong with that can you? That means you can have a nice crusty cob along with it if you wanted and not feel bad about the calories. Get in.