“That’s it. 1 January and I’ll go on a diet; I’ll stop drinking alcohol; I’ll start going to the gym”. As everyone always says.
As a kid, I got a big tub of Quality Street chocolates for Christmas every year. I’d always search for the hidden loot and carefully remove the tape and start eating them long before Christmas morning. This was a tradition that I continued for years after and in fact, I still do it. The only difference now is that I’ll only eat 1 or 2 at a time instead of stuffing my face with every orange creme on day 1. That was just one of the many, many things I’d indulge in at Christmas. Now I’m not saying don’t have a chocolate or two. It’s not about deprivation for me. It’s about moderation. Everything in moderation!
So what’s this all about? I have a suggestion for you. Why don’t you start your New Year’s clean eating and exercise regime now? Why wait until 1 January? I can hear you! “Are you mad. It’s Christmas!” Here’s why I think you should start now and now wait.
- You know getting fitter and losing some weight is on the agenda so why not break yourself in gently rather than go “cold turkey” 1 January.
- If you start now you’ll have a plan in place so might be more reluctant to eat that extra mince pie or drink that extra glass of wine over the holiday period.
- Don’t rubber stamp over indulgence but having the excuse “It’s okay. I’ll start in January.”
- There’s usually lots of pressures and new stresses in the New Year. Don’t add extra stress to it. Tick something off the list now.
- That perfect moment is now.
- If you start exercising now and minding what you eat, any extra calories you consume at Christmas will take less of a toll.
- Use New Year to focus on exciting goals or building on things you’ve already accomplished.
- There’s no good reason not to.
Anyway. Onto food! Check out my corn free and gluten free nachos. There was no moderation when I made these. We had them all eaten in a jiffy. If you are able to hold off from stuffing your face, the calorie and carb count won’t be too bad and it’s green bananas so they don’t spike the blood sugar levels.
- 1 boiled green banana per person
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds per person
- seasoning (I used salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and a few chili flakes)
- oil to shallow fry (I used coconut oil)
Top and tail the uncooked bananas.Slit down the skin (but don’t peel!) , add to boiling salted water and boil for about 20 minutes until you can easily insert a knife through the banana. Drain and remove the skins. Mash the cooked bananas to a pulp and add the flax and seasoning. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or foil. Flatten the mixture. Put another piece of parchment paper or foil on top and use a rolling pin to roll the mixture until it’s about 3mm thick. Cut in to triangles.
Ease each triangle off with a knife and fry in the oil, turning once. Cook until golden brown. Drain any excess oil and serve.
You can also put these on a baking tray, brush oil on top and bake in the oven. I’d bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes on each side.
They’re nice baked but they don’t have the wow factor of frying them. Sorry. You know us Scots. We fry everything.
Delicious Friday night treat.