My 5 fave fat burning foods. 

Before listing my all time favorite fat burning foods, let’s just quickly remind ourselves of what exactly is a ‘fat burning food’. Fat burning food doesn’t mean that you can sit there eating those foods all day and the fat somehow will burn and melt off you, no, fat burning foods accompanied by a fairly balanced and moderated diet alongside a healthy lifestyle can aid in efficient and faster weight loss.

What are we really speaking about here? Thermogenic effects and metabolic boosters! 

Without getting too science-sy, this basically means that certain foods have a higher energy  expenditure above the resting metabolic rate due to the cost of processing the food for both it’s uses and storage. In other words, it takes more energy for your body to process and break down these foods, resulting in energy usage of the body and fat loss! Yes, that’s right! Foods that make our bodies work hard in order to break them down, resulting in calorie usage (energy expenditure) a.k.a fat loss.

So, in no particular preferential order, these are My five fave fat burning foods! 

  1. KEFIR

A fermented hybrid of milk and yoghurt, super high in probiotics and protein, it has become my alternative to yoghurt! (Oh and by the way due to the beneficial bacteria that pre-digests the lactose, it is also 99% lactose free, so lactose-intolerant people, this way please)

2. AVOCADOS

High in mono-saturated fats (the healthy kind), avocados are such a versatile ingredient present in my kitchen, you can literally do anything with them! On their own, with fish, in omelettes, in quinoa recipes, the options are endless!

3. WILD SALMON

Rich in Omega-3, so a brain food as well as a burning food, salmon is included in my diet every week without fail!

4. COCONUT OIL

Rich in medium-chained-triglycerides, which our bodies prefer to use for energy, coconut oil is an ingredient I always have in my kitchen and one which I use everyday. I use it in desserts, a teaspoon on my oatmeal in the morning, for frying, sauteing, baking, you name it, I use coconut oil. Cold pressed coco – the best!

5. OATMEAL

One of the tastiest, quickest and versatile breakfast ingredients, 90% of the time my breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal (with almond and coconut milk) topped with whatever I can find in my kitchen e.g. honey, nuts, fruit (see, told you it’s versatile). Oatmeal is a whole food, using a bigger amount of calories to break it down and giving me enough energy to kick-start my day!

 

What are your favourite fat burning foods? Any new ones out there that I should try? Let me know! 

 

Burn that fat like a furnace! R x

 

 

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Dessert for breakfast – Carrot Cake Oatmeal. 

I like carrot cake. I lie. I adore carrot cake. As those of you who follow my blog know, I am obsessed with eating as healthy and clean as I can manage, however, that does not mean I don’t have my flaws. I have an incredible sweet tooth! I LOVE cakes, chocolate, candy you name it, if it’s loaded with sugar, I love it. 

So for days on end last week I was craving carrot cake, I kept putting it on knowing it was a calorific bomb waiting to blow. However, I woke up one morning mid-week and thought I was going to go crazy if I just didn’t get this carrot cake. (I’ve heard even breastfeeding mothers crave like crazy, so maybe that’s why.) I don’t actually have a stock of carrot cake in my house, and over here you can’t really find it anywhere except for in restaurants. So what to do? Improvise! 

I ended up making my usual bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, except it tasted like without exaggeration EXACTLY LIKE CARROT CAKE, maybe even more satisfying as it was warm and fulfilling. I don’t think I’ll ever eat carrot cake again, I mean I loved this so much I ate oatmeal for lunch. The best thing about this recipe? It takes 7/8 mins in total, is super super healthy, super tasty & it’s like eating cake for breakfast! Seriously what can be better than that?! 

INGREDIENTS 

  • One carrot, peeled and grated 
  • Milk (cows/coconut/almond/oat/skimmed/soya/ whatever milk you like.) I use Alpro coconut milk or Alpro almond milk, it’s the lowest ever calorie milk, lactose free & tastes amazing) 
  • Half a teaspoon of ginger
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • One clove (optional) 
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg (optional) 
  • Oats 
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup/ brown sugar/ white sugar/ golden syrup (whichever you prefer) I use golden syrup

RECIPE 

  1. Put all the ingredients in a pan, EXCEPTION of the sweetening ingredient (in my case golden syrup). – Milk and oats amount will be according to however much you eat. 
  2. Put the pan on low fire and stir continuously, it should take roughly 5/6 mins to cook and thicken. – the thickness also depends on how you like your oatmeal.
  3. If it’s too runny, add more oats. If it’s too thick add more milk until you attain desired consistency. 
  4. When it’s ready pour in a bowl, add two teaspoons of your desired sweetened ingredient, some desiccated coconut on top and enjoy! 

Yes, it really is that simple!