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Baklava Inspired Greek Yogurt

Baklava Inspired Greek Yogurt

I love myself some Baklava! For those of you who don’t know the bliss of this Greek pastry, let me describe it to you in detail… Phyllo sheets layered with almond/walnut meal with cinnamon and cloves, baked and then drenched with a honey syrup. To much goodness in one bite. But alas, this does not fit in with my fitabulous plan! So because i actually devoured more than my share of Baklava this weekend, I was inspired to bring the flavour into a healthy snack. Bikini season is just moments away after all.

I processed some walnuts and almonds and added some cinnamon and ground cloves. Easy on the cloves, it does have a strong taste. I like a 2:1 ratio here. Voila, you are done. I sprinkle this on my greek yogurt, add some blueberries and half a banana. The drizzle some all natural maple syrup and I am a very happy lean eater. Protein, antioxidants, the right amount of potassium, good fats… and flavour. What more can you ask for?

Let me know what you think.

Cheers

Fill The “Quota” Or Suffer The Consequences!

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I have a philosophy on clean eating…  If you don’t fill the food quota during the day, you will instinctively  fill it at night. Or if you think you’ve outsmarted your basic human instinct for self preservation, it will hit you the next day, or that week. You can’t starve yourself, survival will always win that battle.  The question is how much food do you need? You want to feel satisfied but not quite full. What works for me best… is eating often during the day. This keeps me satisfied so I don’t fall on the fridge and pantry when I get home hungry. Strategy wins the war, prepare to succeed.

On a side note… there was no fruit or good fats with breakfast… and no lean protein in the lunch salad…

Rule 1: Lean protein in every meal or snack

Rule 2: 5-10 servings of fruit and veggies daily (more veggies sneaky eaters)