It’s National Black Forest Cake Day! You read that right- there is actually a cake holiday. Aren’t you glad I didn’t let you miss this one?! Have you been telling yourself you can’t have cake? If so, why? Is it a food you feel like once you start eating you can’t stop? Or do you just feel guilty after eating a food that you don’t deem as the healthiest option? Here’s the thing- food should be fun. It should be enjoyable to eat and you shouldn’t feel guilt about eating a dessert, or anything for that matter. Sure you shouldn’t eat cake with every meal (or as an entire meal), but you also shouldn’t avoid it.
Do you know what I have found to be the BIGGEST reason that someone fails to lose weight and keep it off? It’s that they don’t eat cake. Seriously! The people who refuse to ever treat themselves, that think they must force themselves to be deprived of all of their favorite foods, those are the people that will never be successful at long term weight management. Why? Because losing weight and keeping it off requires you to make healthy lifestyle changes. If you go ‘on a diet’ you probably have the intention of going ‘off the diet’ at a certain point as well. And what happens when you ‘go off’? You probably go right back to the same old habits that caused you to gain weight in the first place. Sound familiar? What’s the point in starving yourself and depriving yourself to reach your goal weight if you can’t maintain it? Is your ultimate goal really to say ‘I was healthier for a hot minute and then I gained all the weight back’ or is it to slowly work towards your goal over time knowing that when you do achieve your health goals, whatever they may be, that you will actually maintain them? I hope it’s the latter choice. And if it is (and it should be!) depriving yourself of a food you love is not the answer.
So today put an end to the deprivation cycle and spread the word- ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE!” Before you restrict your food choices or make a change to your meal plan, ask yourself is this a change I can maintain for life? To me a choice to add a vegetable to my lunch every day is a lifestyle change that is realistic and something I can actually do for life. A choice to never have a slice of cake again- heck no! What a sad life that would be, right?! So go celebrate National Black Forest Cake Day with this spin on the original recipe that keeps all the same great flavor, but cuts down on the added sugars and unhealthy fats.
It's National Black Forest Cake Day! Enjoy it with my Slimmed Down version of this tasty treat!
- 1 15.25-ounce box Devils Food Cake Mix
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 10 each dark chocolate cordial cherries
- 1 13.5-ounce can coconut cream refrigerated overnight
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, yogurt, water and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
In a prepared 9×13-baking pan, pour cake mix. Gently push cordial cherries about 1/2-inch from each other into cake mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, make coconut whipped cream. In a mixing bowl, add refrigerated coconut cream (just the cream, not the liquid left at the bottom of the can). Using a hand mixer beat coconut cream on high for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and beat for another 4 minutes. Refrigerate whipped cream until cake has completely cooled. Spread coconut whip evenly on top of cake. Use chocolate shavings for garnish and enjoy!
263 calories, 20 g CHO, 16 g FAT, 2 g PRO, 13 mg sodium, 16 g sugar
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! With my name being Erin there’s no way I couldn’t share with you a fun recipe to celebrate the day. So here you go- one of my favorite creations: Shamrock Spinach Pancakes
These little guys are so fun to make and only have 50 calories and 2 grams of carbohydrate per serving. The recipe and step-by-step instructions are all in my YouTube video above. I’d love your thoughts on my new ‘Erin’s Healthy Bites’ recipe series. Let me know what recipes you would like to see created and I will get working on them for you.
I have partnered with Flatout Flatbread to bring this post to you. All opinions are my own
Did you set a New Year’s resolution for yourself to lose weight this year? You aren’t alone. Weight loss is one of the top resolutions each year, however most people who make this a resolution give up on achieving it before the calendar even advances to February. Why do weight loss resolutions tend to fail? Because they aren’t realistic! If you decide starting January 1st you will give up your favorite foods, swear off ever touching a chip again, and vow to exercise for at least 90 minutes every day, you are going to burn yourself out.
Losing weight and improving health only happen when you commit to making lifestyle changes you can stick with. A ‘lifestyle change’ is a change you have to make for life. If you make a drastic change, such as deciding to cut out all bread products from your diet for good, you most likely will feel deprived. And the more deprived you feel, the more cravings you start to experience. I don’t care how much willpower you have. If you are feeling deprived, you will eventually give up and overindulge. Instead, avoiding deprivation is key to weight loss success.
How can you avoid deprivation without overdoing it? It can actually be pretty simple. By tweaking some of your favorite comfort foods to boost their nutritional value while reducing overall calories, you can eat what you love every day without guilt and without a negative impact on your waistline or health.
My secret weapon for weight loss
As most of my private nutrition clients know, I have a few ‘must-have’ foods that I recommend having on hand when focusing on reducing your waistline. When it comes to dropping pounds, one meal plan tweak makes the biggest impact. Increasing your intake of fiber and protein while cutting down on refined carbohydrates will maximize weight loss efforts while improving health. This sounds pretty straightforward, but can be very hard to implement if you don’t have the right foods on hand. That’s why I can’t recommend stocking up on Flatout Flatbread enough. I have loved this flatbread since the moment I stumbled upon it at my local grocery store years ago. Since then, I have recommended the brand to anyone that would listen. So you can imagine how excited I was to team up with them on this post!
If you are not familiar with the brand, Flatout Flatbread is a delicious line of flatbreads that are high in fiber and protein while reduced in carbohydrates and calories. This makes them the perfect choice for anyone who has to reduce their overall carbohydrate intake, such as those with diabetes, or for anyone who wants to cut calories without feeling hungry. And what I love most about this flatbread is that it isn’t just for making wraps. Don’t get my wrong, I love a good wrap! But you can use Flatout to make everything from pizza to pies and even a substitute for an ice cream cone! Being so versatile is what makes this product so great at helping you achieve your weight loss resolutions. It allows you to enjoy all of the comfort food you crave in a healthier way so that you don’t feel deprived. And a lack of deprivation = success when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals.
It’s not just me who loves Flatout Flatbread. Weight Watchers has just recognized the brand as their official flatbread! I think that just goes to show you how effective this brand is to your weight loss efforts. So pick up your flatbread now (you can find out what stores carry Flatout Flatbread using their store finder HERE) and start getting creative!
Here are four of my favorite ways to enjoy this flatbread for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you will create!
Need more inspiration? Join me on January 24th as I takeover Flatout’s Instagram feed! I will be sharing my favorite Flatout recipes and tips to achieving your weight loss resolutions. I will also be on hand throughout the day to answer all of your nutrition questions. I can’t wait to see you there!
This post has been brought to you by Fifty50 Foods. All opinions are my own.
And that’s a wrap! The holidays are over, the New Year is here, and it’s time to start shifting our focus from asking ourselves ‘what gifts do I need to buy’ to ‘how can I better improve my health’? This holiday season has been nothing short of chaotic for my family. From welcoming our new baby to this world just four days after Thanksgiving, to my older son’s birthday on Christmas Eve, in addition to three other family birthdays coupled with the birth of my new niece, let’s just say there has been a whole lot of celebrating going on.
At a certain point there are only so many slices of pie and cake I can eat! If your holidays were crazy like mine, I am sure your eating habits have been less than ideal. You may have even set a resolution to clean up your eating habits or to lose weight. There’s nothing wrong with goal setting, however you have to be careful that you focus on lifestyle changes over quick fixes or crash diets. Giving up all sugar or never touching a French fry again = UNREALISTIC! Get this— you really can eat what you love and improve health at the same time. One simple way to do this is to follow a Low Glycemic Index (GI) meal plan.
Simple Steps to Eating Low GI Foods
The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks foods based on how fast the carbohydrate of a particular food is converted to glucose and enters the bloodstream. The lower the GI, the less impact the food will have on blood glucose levels.
Following a low GI meal plan can help you to better control blood sugar levels, manage cravings, reduce hunger, and promote weight loss. Sounds appealing, right? Absolutely! And the good news is it isn’t even hard to do. Whole foods such as vegetables, nuts, yogurt and lean proteins like fish are all low GI choices. You can even enjoy pre-made and packaged foods while still eating low GI. Fifty50 Foods, for instance, is an amazing brand that provides a complete line of food that have all been certified to be Low GI. They make all of their foods with complex carbs that are digested slowly, helping to reduce spikes in glucose levels.
I was thrilled to learn about this company and their line of food for more than one reason. Not only do they offer a delicious Low GI product line with everything from peanut butter to chocolate to cookies (and pie crusts! Yes you can really make Low GI pie!), but they also support the diabetes community in an amazing way. The company donates 50% of all of their profits to support diabetes research. How amazing is that?! To top it off, they are kicking off the New Year by giving back to you as well. Simply spend $10 on Fifty50 Low Glycemic Foods before February 10th, and they’ll send you a full-size Fifty50 product to try for FREE!
If you are serious about improving your health in 2017, I strongly recommend you give Low GI meal planning a try. To help you get started, download this free resource ‘The Low Glycemic Guide for Better Blood Glucose Control’
As you get started, I wanted to provide you with a little inspiration on just how delicious a Low GI meal plan can be. For instance, if you are still craving cake from all of those holiday celebrations, why not try creating this delicious Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Or whip up this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie for a quick meal or snack on the go
Following a low GI meal plan can offer some great benefits. You may notice your blood glucose levels become easier to manage, your appetite and cravings are easier to control, weight is reduced, and energy levels increase. These health benefits are all great, but what is most important is that eating Low GI is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. It’s a well-balanced lifestyle approach to healthy eating that you can stick with because you won’t feel deprived.
Thank you to Fifty50 Foods for sponsoring this post. Although compensation was provided, all opinions are my own.