Annette Sym
Annette Sym Contributed

Is grazing making you fat?

HEALTH experts often say that having several small meals a day can really help activate your metabolism so grazing could be a good idea for those wishing to lose weight.

I myself find it hard to do this and prefer like many people to have 3 meals a day and snacks, but it does depend on the choices you make with food.

If you choose to graze on food that is high in fat and dense in calories it could wreak havoc with your weight.

Two key components that assist with weightloss is being active and having a metabolism that is working well.

If your aim is to avoid weight gain then here are some tips:

  1. It is a proven fact that obese/overweight people eat most of their food in the dark so eat the majority of your food in daylight.
  2. Have a diet that includes lots of natural coloured food rather than white and brown food. This would eliminate many of the snack foods that are not healthy options.
  3. As you graze ask yourself am I eating this food because I am hungry or just for the pleasure of eating it.
  4. Missing meals can lead to binge eating or yo-yo dieting so avoid this as much as possible.
  5. Limit the amount of processed food you have and keep it fresh as possible, aim for 40% raw food in your day.

Annette's cookbooks SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1-7 are sold in all good newsagencies.

Visit Annette's website www.symplytoogood.com.au for more tips and recipes. 

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Chocolate Banana Cake
SERVES: 12
RECIPE FROM SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BOOK 6

CAKE

Chocolate Banana Cake
Chocolate Banana Cake

 

  • 3 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 cup mashed banana (2 large)
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) Flora® Light margarine melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa
  • cooking spray

ICING

  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Flora® Light margarine
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • a little skim milk

Preheat oven 180°C fan forced.

To make cake: In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer for 1 minute.

Combine bicarb soda with mashed banana (it will froth) then add to egg whites.

Pour melted margarine and essence into milk then add to egg mix. Sift flour and cocoa into mix in one go.

Gently fold flour through mix.

DO NOT BEAT as this will make the cake tough. Once combined, pour into a 20cm cake tin that has been coated with cooking spray.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cooked in centre.

To make icing: Mix all icing ingredients together adding enough milk so it is spreadable. Cover top of cake with icing then leave to set.

Variation:
Omit icing for a lower all over nutritional breakdown.

Suitable to be frozen minus icing.
 

Note from Annette
Adding banana to this cake gives both flavour and texture and adding chocolate can only be a good thing. Great for those times when you want chocolate, and a much healthier option.

Dietitian's Tip
Great when visitors drop in for afternoon tea. This cake makes 12 serves, so enjoy one serve and leave the remaining for your guests!
 

Nutritional Information

PER SERVE

 

WITH ICING

WITHOUT ICING

FAT

TOTAL

2.8g

2.5g

 

SATURATED

0.7g

0.6g

FIBRE

 

1.5g

1.4g

PROTEIN

 

4.2g

4.0g

CARBS

 

34.2g

25.4g

SUGAR

 

16.3g

7.8g

SODIUM

 

271mg

266mg

KILOJOULES

 

743 (cals 177)

586 (cals 140)

GI RATING

 

MEDIUM

MEDIUM



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