Colder days generally mean that we are looking for warmer food, at least some of the time. For fat loss you still can’t beat a great salad for lunch, but sometimes that doesn’t quite cut it. Soups are an easy, go-to lunch and while you can’t beat home-made, there are a few fresh bagged soups too which are pretty good. If you are making your own soup, remember that ideally you want some protein in it. A quick, easy way to do this is to make a big pot of veggie soup (unlimited fibrous veggies + stock and seasoning) and then add shredded cooked chicken to your portion and re-heat it. Check out soup recipes here.
Porridge is a great breakfast option. Oats are cheap, nourishing, filling and don’t contain anything else apart from oats. A 750g plain pack bag of oats is $2 and that will give you 14-20 serves. Ways to jazz up your porridge include adding thinly sliced ripe pear slices as you are cooking the porridge, or slices of banana. This sweetens the porridge. You can add sunflower seeds, chia seeds, wheatgerm for a nutty flavour, L.S.A. – there are loads of options, but remember if your goal is weight loss, additions do add extra calories too.
I eat porridge for breakfast every day, all year around as I love it. To make mine I soak the oats overnight with a little cold water, in the glass dish I’m going to cook them in, in the microwave. Next morning I add boiling water and cook for 2 minutes on high, then stir and reduce the heat to medium and cook a further two minutes. I add frozen berries to the mixture at the half way point and then once cooked I shake up an all-natural, flavoured whey powder with enough water to make it like flavoured milk, pour some over the porridge and drink the rest. It sweetens (with Stevia) and flavours the porridge and it is a delicious high protein, low sugar, high fibre start to my day. In lieu of whey powder, make your porridge with Calcitrim milk (not water) and put a blob of yoghurt on top to serve.
Cheats cheese on toast
For a snack try placing sliced or grated Edam cheese on Corn Thins and pop the plate in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, or until the cheese has melted. Mmm, so good!
Think about preparing a casserole, soup or other dish on a Sunday so that you have leftovers for a couple of days. There is nothing nicer than coming home to leftovers and you then only have to cook extra vegetables. This lamb meatball recipe serves 6 and the sauce gets tastier with keeping.
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