I firmly believe that the main component of my massive weight gain was due to one particular delicious oval shaped food. Chocolate covered almonds were my go-to study food in College. Anytime I was working on a big assignment or studying for an exam I would waddle my way down to the residence cafeteria and pick myself up a container of those bad boys. The sad thing about chocolate covered almonds is that you can eat them at a decently fast pace, before you know it you’ve eaten 100 of them and you’re left to sit and wallow in self pity. Even now when I walk by a package of chocolate covered almonds my heart skips and beat and my breathing becomes heavy. You’d think that because I’ve eaten close to a million chocolate almonds in my life that I would never want to eat them again, but you’d be wrong. In trying to rationalize the amount of chocolate almonds I ate I would tell myself that it’s ok because they’re almonds so they can’t be that bad for you. In reality, chocolate almonds are more chocolate than almond and that’s what makes them so darn delicious. I have more self control around chocolate almonds these days, I usually limit myself to 50, just kidding. I have learned to love almonds without their heavenly milk chocolate coating and they’re actually pretty good.
I think the first time I had a sweet potato was like 5 years ago and it was love at first bite. That sweet deliciousness changed my life forever. I usually make them during a meal prep to have on the side of whatever else I choose to make (usually just salad and eggs). Sweet potatoes are an excellent food to help heal the stomach, they’re are also jam packed with nutrients and vitamins. Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin D&C, potassium, magnesium, they can actually ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging, and to top it all off they can help support your immune system. If you don’t have sweet potatoes in your house right now, go buy them, seriously.
I tend to dice my sweet potatoes up, leaving the skin on because the skin adds more fibre and potassium, and then I bake them in the oven until they’re nice and slightly mushy. I try to change up the spices I put on them each week so I don’t get bored, but I doubt that will ever happen. After I dice the sweet potatoes I coat the bottom of a glass pan with coconut oil, to prevent sticking and to add some extra moisture.
I usually add garlic because garlic is fantastic and delicious, dried chopped onion, salt, pepper, and this past week I added some Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan seasoning. At this point I also add in some extra coconut oil to sit on top of the sweet potatoes.
I pop the sweet potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees and wait and hour and voila most delicious food in the world is ready for consumption.
I am very passionate about eggs. I don’t discriminate I’ll eat them in any form, scrambled, sunny side up, omelettes literally any form except raw and just the whites. I used to eat egg whites all through highschool and I hated every minute of it. Egg whites are flat out disgusting, entire eggs are delicious as hell. Here’s why you should actually enjoy eggs, by eating the whole egg:
- Eggs are full of good stuff – eggs contain Luetin and Zeaxanthin which can help stop the effects of aging on our eyes. The egg yolk contains large amounts of these nutrients. Eggs also contain Vitamin A, deficiencies in this Vitamin can actually cause blindness. Eggs also contain Choline which helps build cell membranes and helps in the production of signalling molecules in the brain.
- Eggs fill you up- eggs induce feelings of fullness, which in turn reduces the amount of calories you intake.
- Eggs raise the roof and the good cholesterol- HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is the good cholesterol . People who have higher levels of HDL tend to have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Eating eggs can increase your HDL.
- Eggs are a complete protein- Eggs contain all the amino acids and contain 6 grams of protein per egg. Protein helps build muscle, repair the body, and it helps with weight loss.
You can eat up to 3 eggs a day and you won’t die. Stop fearing the yolk, fry that shit up and eat it.
I love cake, some may even say that I am passionate about cake and they’re right. What’s not to love about a deliciously soft and moist (yeah I said it) pastry covered in icing. I prefer square or rectangle cakes because I love the extra icing that builds up at the corners. If you love icing as much as I do then you’ll understand my logic because corner slices are the best slices of the cake. I’m not picky about the flavour of the cake or icing (although Funfetti is legit), I will literally eat anything (within reason, I have a lot of allergies). I remember going to birthday parties as a kid and really only wanting to go because I knew there would be some form of cake. At that point in my life I really did love cake more than people. The best birthday parties were the ones where you could decorate your own cupcake, I could slather my cupcake in as much sugary goodness as I wanted. Even now, if you invite me to a party there better be some cake.
I went to vegas last year and I made it my mission to go to the cupcake ATM, it was pretty much the only thing that mattered to me when I was there. The cupcake ATM was a life changing experience. The little chubby child that still lives inside of me was shaking with excitement as I walked towards this glorious machine. I’m glad there isn’t one near where I live because that would be bad news bears.
I had an Easy Bake Oven as a kid and that’s probably what contributed to my passion for cakes, I became a cake connoisseur by the age of 8. Everyday after school I would want to pull out that easy bake oven but thankfully my mom put her foot down. If my mom hadn’t of taken a stand I might have been 300 lbs by the time I turned 10.
The day I learned how to master an actual oven, was a day I’ll never forget. I no longer had to make single serving cakes I could make family sized cakes and eat them all myself. The worst part about baking a cake is waiting for it to cool so you can put some delicious sugary goodness on it. I’m not patient enough for that so it was actual torture waiting for it to cool. Over the years I have had to build up a lot of self control around cakes, I don’t bake them just for myself anymore although I really want to. My love of cake will never die but my fitness goals come first. I’m still trying to figure out how to make a full cake fit my macros.