Frozen Berry-Granola Squares
- 1 cup whole-grain granola
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, raspberries or combination
- 3 cups low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil.
- Sprinkle granola evenly on bottom of pan and set aside.
- In a blender, whirl together berries, yogurt, agave nectar and vanilla until blended. Pour berry mixture over granola, smoothing mixture to the edges of the pan. Cover with foil and freeze until firm, approximately 4 hours. Keep frozen until serving.Nutrients per 2-inch square: Calories: 170, Total Fat: 2 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Carbs: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 16 g, Protein: 10 g, Sodium: 64 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg
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Raw Rainbow Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing
1.Cravings usually hits when we’re stressed. Do a relaxation exercise to get rid of it! Lie comfortable with your eyes closed. You can have some relaxing music or maybe the sound of rain in the background. Focus on your breathing and the way your body feels the whole time. Flex and relax a muscle group at a time, ending with flexing your whole body and then relax for a few minutes.
2.Do yoga. Same as above, you’ll relax.
3. Sometimes we’re not hungry at all, but thirsty. Drink lots of water, maybe with some lemon in it.
4. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash. Everything you eat after that will taste weird.
5. Do ab exercises. Working your abs actually helps with the cravings. And you’ll remember why you won’t give in to them too ;)
6. Check your nutrients. Your body might actually be telling you that you’re missing something from your diet. THIS CHART might tell you what.
7. Drink tea! Black tea can be a bit bitter and green tea can taste a bit funny, but red tea is awesome! Especially if you choose a nice flavour like apple pie, blueberry vanilla or red berry hibiscus. Or white tea! But if you like black and green tea, go for it! Some put milk in their tea, some sugar, some honey and I like to put lemon in mine.
8. Call someone and talk about whatever! Or talk to someone face to face. Or on Skype. You’ll get your mind off your craving because usually when we crave something we can’t have we start to obsess about it.
9. Go for a walk. Or a run. Put earphones on and listen to some music. It’ll stop your cravings before you know it!
10. Never go shopping on an empty stomach. If you’re at the supermarket and your cravings hit, pick up some fruit or small cheeses like Babybel (because really, cheese is not bad for you!) that you can eat immeditely after you’ve payed for your goods.
11. Carry a water bottle around with you. All the time. Everywhere. Flavour it if you want, just not with sugar - real or artificial. You can use lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, berries, pinapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, kiwi, grapes, cucumber, mint, ginger, tiny bit of natural fruit juice etc.
12. Take a nap. If you’re a sugar addict like me, you’ll know that when you’re tired you tend to go for something sweet to wake yourself up. But if you’re tired, really, take a nap. Apparently 26 minutes is optimal.
13. Or, if you’re tired, drink a cup of coffee or eat an apple. Apples are actually found to be better at waking you up than coffee, though.
14. Get moving. Workout in any way.
15. Play video games or computer games. Don’t lose track of time though ;)
16. Take a long shower. And if you sing, it’ll apparently make you happier. Worth a try, right?
17. Try this trick: Touch the front part of your ear, that bit of cartilage that sticks out in front of your ear canal. Rub this between your thumb and first finger for a few minutes. This is a strong acupressure point that will redirect your energy and lower your appetite.
And most importantly, take one day at a time. If you fucked up your morning, make your afternoon and evening a good one. Know that just because you ate something unhealthy does not mean you failed. If you think about it, one fucked up meal out of 3-6 (depending on how many you eat a day) is not that bad, is it. And if you fucked up and ate something you’re ‘not supposed too’, enjoy it! Don’t feel guilty about it because that will just make you unhappy and will probably lead to more mishaps. Build up a good relationship with food. Try to live by the 80/20 rule: 80% good, 20% indulgent. Food is not the enemy, food is what your body is running on. It’s what keeps you going.