You may think of ice-cream as a summer treat meant only for the warmer months but this desert will make you think again.
Quick and easy to make, this ‘ice-cream’ frozen yoghurt is fresh, tangy, creamy and good for you! It may taste like comfort food but at only 116 cal per serve it won’t affect your waistline and the whole family will love it.
And with ingredients such as Greek Yoghurt and fresh mint, this dessert is low in fat but high in protein and nutrients. Mint is an amazing herb containing a very high concentration of vitamin C, providing an excellent boost for the immune system. Spinach is also high in a number of vitamins including C, A, E and K, as well as protein, folic acid and omega-3s- all beneficial in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
During the cooler months, you can still enjoy your favourite vegetables like cherry tomatoes but in a different way.
We’ve got a delicious way to use these little red beauties in a wholesome salad that pairs well with lamb chops, chicken breast, steak or prawns.
There is something about the combination of tomato and basil that just WORKS.
Add some feta and olives to the mix and you’ve got yourself a colourful flavoursome side dish that will fit in with your weight loss plans.
Roasting the tomatoes gives a really different flavour compared to eating them fresh. While they’re cooking, prep your cous cous and the other ingredients so that you are ready to roll.
There is something very satisfying about pulling a tray of freshly baked scones from the oven.
You can feel even more satisfied knowing that you are making a healthy version of the classic recipe by using wholemeal flour instead of traditional white flour.
Another great thing about this recipe is that the sweetness comes from the dates (rather than sugar); and then the extra flavour is from the cinnamon and orange zest.
These scones are perfect for a picnic, afternoon tea, or for weekday lunch boxes for adults and kids alike.
These scones are best eaten on the day they are made, but will store well in an air tight container for several days (if there are any left).
This recipe makes 8 scones – you will notice in the photo that there are only 7. You might say I was too keen to sample one before taking a photo…
It’s not often that leeks get to be the star of the show.
All too often, these cousins of onion and garlic are all meek and mild in their supporting roles (think chicken and leek pie or potato and leek soup).
Today we have a really tasty warm salad recipe that allows the leeks to shine.
As they are in season at present, leeks are of good quality and are quite affordable.
Leeks provide many health benefits, including folate. Besides being essential for pregnant women, folate also helps to protect your heart and blood vessels.
Leeks also contain antioxidants, which are known to help fight against chronic disease and ageing.
Last but not least, leeks also contain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, B6, Vitamin K, manganese and iron.
As the weather cools down the idea of a salad as a main meal may seem less appealing. We often crave a warming meal when the temperature drops.
With this warm salad you get to enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal that warms you up from the inside, and is great if you are trying to lose weight.
We hope that you are enjoying this month’s Winter Weight Loss Challenge.
We are at the halfway mark now, and a great way to keep things interesting is to try out a new recipe on the family.
This recipe combines lentils and cauliflower to produce a warming curry that the family will love.
Lentils are not only cheap to buy; they are filling, low in fat, high in protein, easy to store and simple to cook.
As for cauliflower, it is one white food you can feel great about eating – one cup of cooked cauliflower contains just 30 calories.
This crunchy vegetable is packed with potassium and, interestingly, Vitamin C. You might think of citrus fruit when you think of Vitamin C, but cauliflower has only slightly less potassium than an orange.
If you and your family love Asian food, you will really enjoy these delicious home made dumplings.
Get the older kids involved in the process, and you can get a little production line going if everyone is hungry.
Dumplings can be boiled, steamed or fried – this recipe boils them, meaning that you don’t need to use any extra oil or butter in the cooking process. It also produces a lovely, tender little parcel that just melts in your mouth.
Gow Gee wrappers are available in most supermarkets. They tend to be kept in the fridge near the fresh pasta.
It’s really important to go for lean mince in this recipe, often the cheaper mince from the supermarket has a high fat content which, as well as not being an ideal choice for weight loss, can make the dumpling a little too oily.
You could crank up the ginger if you like those sorts of flavours; or if the kids aren’t into chilli you can always leave that out.
You could also get creative and mix up the contents a little. There are so many options to give these your own twist.
We’ve gone a bit muffin crazy at our house in the past few weeks.
If you haven’t already tried them out, the Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are a great sweet treat (sweetened with carrot and banana) and the Pumpkin, Goats Cheese and Parmesan Muffins are a flavour hit with the sharp cheeses.
Today we’ve gone for a classic flavour combination of cheese, tomato and rosemary.
Kids seem to love these (as well as adults), so it’s a perfect lunchbox treat. And the best part is you know there is no sugar or other additives in there.
Snacks are such an important part of the Lose Baby Weight plans. Morning and afternoon snacks will help to keep you going until your next main meal, and will keep your energy levels up and your metabolism firing.
So pop one of these muffins in your bag and enjoy a healthy treat today!
When you are a busy, on-the-go mum, it’s so important to remember to plan healthy snacks to eat throughout the day.
We often talk about the benefits of including protein in your meals and snacks.
Protein (think meat, nuts, tofu, egg) fills you up, and unlike sugary snacks you don’t normally feel the urge to over-eat.
Which is good news for those of us trying to lose weight.
There’s no need to rush out and stock up on (expensive) protein bars though.
In fact, it’s been suggested that they are only of real benefit to elite athletes (so for us mere mortals they are just an expensive snack).
Whenever we think of losing weight or going on a healthy eating plan most of us think about cutting out food groups or limiting things we can eat and certainly not eating things like chocolate.
But at Lose Baby Weight and on our weight loss plans, we believe that weight loss can be achieved without depriving yourself of the foods you love and we want to show you how you can still enjoy tasty treats – and how you can make healthier versions of them so that YOU CAN have them when you are losing weight – yippee!
This smooth and creamy chocolate mousse tastes so velvety, you’d think it was full of heavy cream – but it’s not!
There’s nothing like a hot meal to warm you up from the inside out.
And when you have a family to feed, it’s great to be able to cook something that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.
This is a deliciously creamy (yet low calorie) dish which reheats well the next day – if there’s any left!
You can use salmon, white fish or even add some prawns if you want to change it up a little.
This fish pie freezes well to reheat for another night. Simply divide into portions and place in a freezer friendly container.