Category Archives: low calorie

Gluten Free Banana Bread

My sister asked me to make her some gluten free savoury bread but I ended up making her banana bread instead. Oops. I enjoyed making this as it was quick, simple & tastes great!
You Will Need:
1.5 cups gluten free self raising flour
2 tsp Natvia for Baking
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp Almond Breeze Almond Milk
2 tbsp puréed raspberries
2 over ripe bananas
1 tsp coconut oil
4 tbsp vanilla yoghurt

Whisk the bananas & puréed raspberries with an electric beater.
Add the eggs, coconut oil & almond milk. Continue beating.

Add the Natvia, cinnamon & flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
Finally mix in the yoghurt.

Line a loaf tin with baking paper and spoon in the mixture. 
Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool before turning onto a wire rack to completely cool.
Serve with jam and butter or toast for breakfast. 
12 serves.
59 calories per serve
0.9g of fat
11g carbs 
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Meringue Cookies

I had a request from the parentals to bake some cookies as they like to have something sweet with their coffee in the evening.
I brainstormed a couple of healthier versions of cookies- one a simple Meringue Cookie and one a Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie.

You Will Need-

1/2 cup Natvia Baking Sugar
1/2 Cup Almond Meal
1 Tbsp Natvia Sugar Free Chocolate Powder
4 Egg Whites
1 tsp cream of tarter
Vanilla Essence

Whisk the egg whites until light and fluffy and then whisk in the vanilla, cream of tarter and chocolate powder.
Add  bit by bit, while whisking, the Natvia sugar.

Once combined add the almond meal and fold into the mixture.

Dollop the mix in cookie size mounds onto a lined baking tray and place in a preheated oven at 150 degrees.
Bake for 30 minutes.  Then reduce to 100 degrees and bake for a further 30 minutes.

Once cooled for fifteen minutes in the open oven transfer to a wire rack to cool.

These are delicately tasting cookies, that are low in fat and sugar and great for a sweet fix without the heavy feel for a cookie.

This recipe yields 12 cookies depending on the size you create at 25 calories and 1.6 grams of fat each.

Kilojoules & Calories

I’ve had a busy week so not much blogging! I did get the chance to create a Facebook Page for my foods so please search Halfway To Healthy on Facebook to find me! Please Like and Share. 

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Coffee Club

Enjoyed a late night snack & soy chai latte with a friend a couple of nights ago in Wantirna South. The Coffee Club have a decent menu (pricey), and list the kilojoules (kjs) on their menu. It’s a great help if you’re counting or restricting intake. 
Kilojoules (metric equivalent to calories) & calories are a measurement of energy, if you’re looking to lose weight, counting them can be a huge help. Burn more calories than what you’re intaking. Simple, right? Not always.
Some meals can be in excess of 500 calories, if you’re looking to slim down it’s recommended that you stick between 1,200 & 1,500 calories per day, depending on your needs. Figuring out the caloric value of your foods prior to eating can allow you to make better food choices, and help to stay within your limits.
I decided upon a Walnut, Beetroot & Feta Salad with snow peas & spinach. Delicious, light & a perfect low calorie choice. It was better than nachos, fries or a burger. Assessing what’s actually in the meal, what benefit you’re getting from the food & how you’re going to feel after, tends to make choices that bit easier.
To convert kilojoules into calories (it’s much easier to work with smaller numbers) divide the kilojoules by 4.2. 
This will give you the calorie value of a kilojoule listing.
The above salad set me back 262 calories or 1,100 kilojoules. 
It’s always a good idea to view the menu of the place you’re planning on eating at before visiting. This way you can get an idea of the variety of their foods and find out if they cater for any dietary needs. 
Using apps such as My Fitness Pal can also come in handy when menus don’t contain calorie counts & can be used to gauge your consumption, and keep your fats, carbs and proteins in check.
The app also keeps record of your exercise too, this way you can actually see in real time how you’re tracking for the day & keep tabs on your weightloss.
My Fitness Pal is free on your App Store.