It’s hard for dedicated individuals who have a goal in mind and have a specific dietary plan to follow. Especially when the social occasion arrives, where inevitable takeaways, snacks and meals out are involved. These are essential parts of life, and some of the most enjoyable and rewarding things to do. I love having my friends round for an evening on the Playstation, to watch some films or the game of the season. I also love going out for meals with my close family as its not often we get a chance to sit down and chat together. I have some awesome recipes to help deal with these sorts of situations that I am going to share with you, so you and your friends/family can enjoy them too.
1) Wholemeal Pita Chips
Nachos are typically high in saturated fat and coated in cheese. Instead opt for these homemade Pita Chips, wholegrain and with added salsa or guacamole they go down a treat. Salsa is very low calorie and guacamole is full of great fats coming from the avocado, so depending on your diet you can easily enjoy this snack. For a further metabolism boost dash some cayenne pepper over the top or top with some jalapeno peppers!
4 wholewheat pitas, 4 tbsp olive oil, 4 tsp of garlic and pepper seasoning, sea salt to taste.
Cut up the wholewheat pitas into small triangles, coat in olive oil and seasonings, grill till golden brown.
Nutrition: 6 servings, 180 calories, 20g carbs, 10g fat, 5g protein.
2) Spiced Popcorn
Get your metabolism moving with these tasty hot suckers.
2 tbsp olive oil, half tbsp worcestershire sauce, 10 cups of popped popcorn, 1 tsp pepper, half tsp of salt and garlic/onion powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.
Method: mix up the oil, worcestershire sauce and spices in a bowl, drizzle over the popped corn and place in the oven for around 15 minutes, make sure to shake the popped corn around a little while cooking.
Nutrition: 5 servings, 100 calories, 12g carbs, 6g fat, 2g protein.
3) Chicken Nuggets
Give up fried chicken and those fatty wings and opt for the healthier variety.
2 Cooked Chicken Breasts, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp of powdered oats, 1 tbsp milled flax, 1 tsp salt and pepper.
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces, coat in olive oil and covered in the oats and flax so that all areas are smothered, dust in salt and pepper, oven bake or fry until golden brown.
Nutrition: 4 servings, 140 calories, 20g protein, 2.5g carbs, 5g fat.
4) Salad with Dip
A healthy alternative to chips and dip and as a bonus this dip is supercharged with protein.
Diced cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots, crushed garlic, chives, parsley, Greek Yoghurt, lemon juice, fat free sour cream.
Mix the garlic, cloves, parsley, yoghurt, lemon juice and sour cream together, serve with an array of fresh vegetables.
5) Trail Mix
Another great finger food to snack on during a game or to take to the cinema, high in healthy fats which will keep your appetite under control.
2oz cashews, half cup almonds, 2oz peanuts, half cup dried fruit, 1/4 cup sun flour seeds, cup of shredded wheat, 4 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder and salt, half tbsp worcestershire sauce, half tsp cayenne pepper.
Mix the oil, spices and sauce in a bowl, in a bag combine the other ingredients, pour the liquid in and shake.
Nutrition: 10 servings, 180 calories, 12g carbs, 14g fat, 4g protein.