OT - Tone-up Tuesday
Welcome to Tuesday, STalkers! I'm hoping this day is better than yesterday. Monday. Ish.
How goes it with everyone? My physical therapist continues to torture me, but I can feel myself getting stronger. I'm not struggling as much with some of the exercises (oh, how I loathe that facking BALL!)..
Naturally, I am also trying to make better food choices and eat healthier. NOT an easy task for a foodie! I'm always trying to find food substitutes that help me overcome my cravings (carb queen here!). Three that help me:
I use zoodles (zucchini noodles) as a pasta substitute. I squeeze out the excess water and sauté them in a skillet with some olive oil. Then I add marinara and some freshly grated parmesan. I often add some mushrooms (sautéd in the skillet BEFORE the zoodles). For protein, I add clams (canned), shrimp (precooked), or steak (about 3oz, which I cook before the zoodles and shrooms).
Don't laugh! Oh, alright. Go ahead and laugh! Yes, chewable vitamins. The gummy kind. I find that those actually soothe my craving for sweets, so I eat them after dinner. Multivitamins, biotin, melatonin... there's a ton of gummy vitamins and supplements!
I have a dessert recipe that smells like... CINNAMON ROLLS! I kid you not! It definitely keeps me from hitting the local bakery.
Sweet Caramel Cinnamon Baked Plantains
- 2 ripe plantains, yellow/black
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1-2 Tbsp unrefined organic coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- Peel the plantains by cutting off the ends and cutting two lengthwise slits in the peel, then carefully opening up the peel.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the plantains into rounds, about 1/4 inch in thickness.
- Put the plantains in a bowl and toss with the melted coconut oil. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the plantains in a single layer onto the parchment.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the plantains.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, turning once after about 15 minutes. Check them often to make sure they don't burn.
- Remove from oven, let cool, and serve warm!
- This recipe is Vegan AND Paleo.
- The peel can be tough to remove so you may need a paring knife to removed peel that “sticks” to the plantain.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FOOD SUBSTITUTES?