Sausage and Egg McMuffins Healthy Version

Ingredients: Yields two double McMuffins 

6 Slimming world syn free sausages (or any lower calorie sausages of your choice)

1 calorie cooking spray (I use Frylight)

2 wholemeal baps

2 tablespoons Primula light cheese spread

1 teaspoon Rosemary

1 teaspoon Thyme

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Method:

  • Remove the skins from your sausages and squeeze the sausage meat into a large bowl.
  • Add the herbs to your meat and mix with your hands to combine.

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  • Now split the sausage meat into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a burger patty shape to fit inside the bun.
  • Spray the Frylight into a frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Add the burger patties to the pan.
  • Cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side or until it is obvious that they are cooked through.

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  • Whilst waiting for the patties to cook you can make your poached eggs. I am lucky because I have egg poaching cups which I just place in boiling water. (They really are brilliant and you can buy them from the likes of Amazon of Lakeland for a couple of pounds.) If you do not have poaching cups then don’t despair. You can spray two small microwaveable bowls with Frylight and crack an egg into each one. Season the eggs, pierce the yolks and cover with cling film. Microwave each egg on high for about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on them as they may pop in the microwave.
  • Now all you need to do is prepare your rolls. Stack the two patties one on top of the other and spread a little Primula light cheese on the top. (Note if you feel your McMuffun is too tall you can just keep it to one patty per bun.)
  • Finally top your Mcmuffin with your poached egg and viola!

Recently my attention has been brought to the idea of fakeaways (fake takeaways). Believe me before I started trying to loose weight I was the takeaway queen! Therefore the idea of being able to make healthier versions of my favourite delicious takeaways was far too good to pass up. I decided to start with breakfast because all too often at the weekend I will give in and allow myself to have something lovely and greasy like a fry-up or a sausage sandwich! I find it difficult to stick to a healthier breakfast at the weekend as I don’t have the routine I have during the working week. Usually I grab a quick healthy breakfast at my desk. At home on the weekend all the goodies in the kitchen beckon and its so hard to ignore when I am mere feet away from opening the fridge and stuffing my face! That’s where these fakeaway Mcmuffins come in. They truly are delicious and very filling. If I have these for breakfast I normally don’t have a big lunch at all as it really does set me up for the day. Also they are so easy to prepare which is great for sleepy Saturday/Sunday mornings when you want to put in as little effort as possible. The Frylight spray combined with the low fat (Syn-free) sausages means that you get all the taste but with much less fat! So why don’t you give them a try and see what you think. I dare you to not fall in love with this recipe it is just too tasty!

Happy cooking!

Xx

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Breakfast: Healthy chocolate and blueberry muffins!

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Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1 medium banana

25g butter cubed

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon lemon juice

200g ground almonds

20g cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

125g blueberries

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C for fan assisted ovens.
  • In a large mixing bowl break banana into chunks. Add the chopped butter and mash together with the back of a fork.
  • Add eggs, maple syrup, bicarbonate soda, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Whisk thoroughly ideally using an electric whisk.
  • Add ground almonds and cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly for a second time.
  • Add the blueberries to the mixture and gently fold in with a large spoon.

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  • Grease a cupcake tin ideally with low cal spray and distribute the mixture between the cupcake moulds. (With this mixture you can usually make 9 large muffins or 12 medium depending on how you would like to distribute your mixture.)
  • **Top Tip: Try not to add too many blueberries to the one muffin cup as this will make the muffin very moist and more likely to fall apart.**
  • Put the muffins in the oven and cook for 20mins. You should know they are done if you touch then and they spring back slightly. If they still seem too squishy and moist leave them in for an additional couple of minutes.
  • Leave the muffins to cool and then gently remove from muffin tin and enjoy!

I created this recipe basing it on an earlier banana bread recipe I had shared with you guys. I really wanted something tasty and filling to start off my day. The canteen in my work does these amazing blueberry scones that are just soooo hard to resist. Therefore I set about to make a healthy alternative that also tastes amazing and here we are! I cant help but feel a little smug in the office knowing that my colleagues are munching away on these scones which have twice as many calories as the yummy muffins that I am eating (just kidding… sort of hehe). I make a batch of the muffins at the start of the week and keep them in the fridge for each day. Mind you they are so tasty they don’t last long at all in our house. Let me know if you get a chance to try them yourself and what you think!

Happy cooking!

Xx

 

I love Matcha green tea!

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Well folks, welcome to my first lifestyle post! So far I haven’t actually posted much about myself on this blog so I thought I would include a few snippets each week letting you know what I’ve been up to and a little more about my weight loss journey. I have been gradually loosing weight for about a year and a half now and am currently down by just over 2 stone (that’s around 30 pounds my American friends). I attribute this to making simple and easy changes to my lifestyle. I have tried many fad diets before and none of them have worked for me. I now believe that you have to change the way you live in order to take advantage of loosing weight and keeping it off.

A few things that have really changed my life are:

  • Cutting back on the amount of bread I eat. (I simply no longer eat sandwiches for my lunch every day so have cut down on 10 slices of bread a week!)
  • Taking the stairs at least once a day in work. (A small change which makes a huge difference)
  • Walking to and from work.(I live 3km away from my work and walk this everyday however if you live further afield why not get off the bus a couple of stops early and get a bit of exercise in?)
  • Calorie counting (I use http://www.Myfitnesspal.com which is great, it really makes you think about what you are putting into your body).
  • And finally I allow myself 2 cheat days a week. I save mine until the weekend so that I have something to look forward to. Honestly I think if you deny yourself the food that you crave e.g chocolate you’ll end up craving it more. Then once you give in and have a piece you think to yourself ‘right well I obviously can’t keep up with this diet I may as well give up’. If you let yourself have what you want in small amounts once or twice a week you will benefit from it in the long run. And lets face it a little bit of chocolate or a packet of crisps is enough to keep us sane on those days where we have just had enough of everything and need a treat.

Each week I hope to share with you some new tricks to dieting as well as what has been working for me in my everyday life. For me each new week is a learning curve when it comes to loosing weight and being healthy and so I invite you to come and experience it with me! 🙂

Right! So back to Matcha….

I have been drinking Matcha green tea for around 2 months now every morning when I get into work. I had begun to feel a little guilty about the calories my normal coffee was adding to my diet every day. Especially as I don’t scrimp on the added milk and sugar. I decided to give Pukka Matcha green tea a try as I had seen a lot of articles regarding Matcha on other health blogs. Let me tell you it does not disappoint! From the first couple of sips Matcha gave me a lovely energy that lasts throughout the morning. I genuinely feel far more alert and ready to go after a nice cup of Matcha tea. Matcha is a form of powdered green tea. You’re drinking the entire leaf when you drink Matcha which is why you get so many more health benefits.

Benefits of drinking Matcha green tea:

  • One cup of Matcha tea has the antioxidant power equivalent to 10 cups of brewed green tea.
  • Matcha has approximately 15 times the amount of antioxidants of pomegranates or blueberries.
  • Matcha is especially known for being rich in theanines and catechins. Theanine relaxes those who take it in and has an effect of soothing one’s feelings. Catechins are compounds of polyphenol that contains many effects like dietary effects and antioxidant effects.
  • Mathca can also help with your cholesterol.
  • Drinking Matcha greatly improves the look and feel of your skin.

So really what’s not to love? One more benefit that I have found is that the tea actually fills me up and settles my stomach. I find my stomach can get a bit grumbly in the morning making me want to eat more than I really should. Drinking this tea makes me feel full and energised. So in summary I highly recommend you give it a try!

Please do share with me your thought’s on Matcha or in fact any recipes you have come across which use it as an ingredient. I would also love to hear about other herbal teas that you guys enjoy!

Xx

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