I already exercise for around 6 hours per week with a mixture of walking, cardio at the gym, a PT session and two weekly swims, so I feel like I've got the exercise bit covered, it is just the eating that needs keeping in check to ensure I stay healthy.
Since having Connie 17 months ago I have shifted 1 stone of my 3 stone baby weight gain: during that time, instead of focussing on the numbers on the scales I have instead been working hard at making exercise a big part of my weekly routine. I've continued making mostly healthy choices, but have enjoyed 'treats' and days where I've not worried so much. I've stopped calorie counting: with the knowledge built up over the course of 3 years of consistently using My Fitness Pal I now know what is 'enough', when I'm eating something that is 'bad' or when my portion size is too big. I have a good knowledge of the calorie content of most foods and would now call myself a very conscious eater - never burying my head, always aware of what I'm putting into my mouth.
Seventeen months have passed since Connie's arrival and since shifting an initial stone of baby weight I have been comfortably maintaining my current weight. With two stone to lose to get back to my pre-Connie weight I have decided that now I feel ready to push forward with trying to achieve some losses and get my pre-pregnancy body back (or as close to it as I can).
As you all know, I love to cook and bake, I'm lucky that I am genuinely interested in food, and love to cook up a storm in my kitchen. With that in mind I'm often testing out new recipes or experimenting with new combinations of ingredients. Today's recipe came about from tinkering with what I had in the cupboard - I wanted a cookie/biscuit like bake that was totally clean and very filling (I don't like feeling hungry). I came up with these super clean breakfast biscuits.
I love them but the kids love them even more (WIN!) - they're perfect for a speedy breakfast on the run, lunch boxes, afternoon snacks or an evening pick me up with a coffee or tea.
They contain all clean ingredients, are REALLY filling, so satisfying and they keep well in an airtight container.
SUPER CLEAN BREAKFAST BISCUITS
4 large ripe bananas, mashed
250g of porridge oats
50g desiccated coconut
150g melted butter
85g jumbo or flame raisins
40g honey (I used Rowse Orange Blossom honey)
Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Mash your bananas until smooth. Add porridge oats, desiccated coconut, melted butter, jumbo raisins and honey and stir until fully combined.
Add extra oats if your mixture is a little too sticky or a little water if it's too dry. You should be able to divide the dough and roll it into a ball without it completely crumbling or sticking to your fingers.
Divide the dough into 12 equal(ish) sized pieces and roll into balls. Flatten each ball and place on baking tray with a little space between each.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden and just starting to colour at the edges.
My Breakfast biscuits ready for a quick bake!
Fresh from the oven and ready to devour!
These chunky rounds will keep you full and satisfy any sugar cravings in a natural way.
What have you been baking this week?
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