Do you love cakes but feel guilty eating them?
Cakes warm our hearts just like ice cream and chocolate!
But, do we need cakes and ice cream on a daily basis? I don’t. Chocolate, on the other hand, YES! 🙂 It should be noted that I only eat chocolate with a high amount of cocoa (starting at 74% or more) though. Believe me, once yu start eating stronger chocolate you’ll never go back to any other kind. As a matter of fact, I just tried a piece of Milka chocolate a couple of days ago and it tasted really strange-not like the chocolate I’m used to… but then again, I’ve been enjoying the “dark side” of chocolate for quite some years now…
Is it good to have a daily treat? YES! Even though, I wouldn’t consider myself having a sweet tooth, I, also, enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. Which doesn’t always need to be cake or chocolate, I love fruits too.
While I didn’t do snacks for years and often just saw it as a waste of time and didn’t think I would need it, my life now has changed so much…
Now, as I do less physical work and have a different time schedule, I often find myself sitting infront of the computer, working for hours, and munching on a snack every now and then.
Why? Because our brain needs lots of energy to do all these tasks and that means more calories! While the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use.
Back in the day, when I was doing more workouts, I needed less food over the day. My strong Motion morning classes impacted my whole day, produced lots of adrenaline, endorphins, and other stress hormones.
Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for this time and it helped me to have so much energy, clearance, focus, and many more benefits. I loved it sooo much!
Also, while I had bigger portions, I often only ate two meals per day and only drank coffee for breakfast. Even though, as a nutrition expert I generally taught my clients to NOT do it that way, I often pointed out that we are all individuals. What works for me, doesn’t mean it works for everyone.
Still, we all need water and a certain amount of food to fuel our unique body system and make it function every day. What and how we drink and eat can be soooo different for each of us. There is no magic recipe that applies to all of us!
The most important thing to start with is to establish an awarness for our body. We need to stop seeing food as the evil, but cheerish it! After all, it is what keeps us alive! Now, I am working out less, I do more desk work, but I also eat more.
So, did I gain weight, did my skin changes, or did my body change? No, none of it! But I also still love to be in MOTION, and there is no way I am not going, at least for a fast 30min walk the day… 😉
Even though, I never counted calories myself , I can tell you that I still eat nutrition-dense and whole foods- just as I always did. These foods are often higher in calories than simple foods. The difference is that whole foods will be used in our body for much more than just energy! So I am counting nutritional values with my eyes and stomach, not calories. 🙂
Getting back to the cakes, snacks… I bake for my family 2-3 loaves of bread, one cake, some bars, etc. on a weekly basis. Besides having my favorite snack, carrots, and nuts, I love to have a healthy sweet treat at home for my family, friends, and myself.
So, to sum it all up- if you feel like a snacking and want to eat cake or another energy-rich snack, go homemade and know what is inside. Know the amount and which fats and sugars are added to your snack. From my experience, most items in commercial bakeries are overloaded with sugar, flavor enhancer, and fats to make the cake tasty and to get you addicted too. The worst baked goods are wrapped in plastic and can be found in bakery chains, supermarkets, gas stations, cafeterias, fast-food chains, and restaurants. Some of them have a long livity of 12month! Aaaahhhhh Most of them have above 15 ingredients, which we mostly not even have heard about…OMG!
This week I baked bars and a cake. I have sent a package to my son who lives in another country. He loves homemade goods too and likes to save his money :). See the bars below…they are truly heaven.
Recipe Apricot-Banana Bars
1cup mashed Banana, 6Tsp Maple Syrup, 1/3cup melted coconut oil, one egg, 1/2cup any milk, 1Tbsp Vanilla extract, 2 cups rolled oats, 1cup chopped nuts, 2tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/2cup finely chopped Apricots.
Mix all ingredients and then add to a baking paper layered 8×8 baking pan and bake for 30-40min.
We desire to give people the taste and inspiration to eat real food and feel beneficial. Please do more home cooking and prepare healthy snacks ahead. I promise you- the results are amazing! You will spend less money and eat less body-harming foods.
Our Motion fans all say that they feel much more energized when they eat with us. Our Meal Plans are a great way to learn about portions and nutrition too!
Here I share with you one of our fabulous Motion Keto Lemon Cake.
Even though it’s Keto and loaded with lots of healthy fats, it’s incredibly low in sugar!
The Keto Lemon Cake recipe (Gf)
- Preparation time 10min
- Backing time 50-60min, 180 degrees
- Resting time in baking form 15min
- Cooling time 15 min
- Big bowl,
- Spatula or spoon
- Baking paper and form (26cm-12cm)
- 110g Lemon zest
- 16ml Lemon Juice
- 5 Egg
- 53ml Yogurt
- 30g Vanilla Syrup
- 50ml Coconut Oil
- 13g Coconut Flour
- 180g Almond Flour
- pinch Pink Salt
- 6g Baking Powder
- 2 packs, 5g Stevia
- 180g Cream Cheese
- 5ml Vanilla Syrup
- 1 pack 2,5g Stevia
- 45ml Lemon Juice
- 30g Butter
- 5ml Coconut Oil
- 500ml Warm Water
- Warm up the oven and prepare your baking form.
- Mix well all dry ingredients into the bowl and mix with a spatula/spoon or mix it in a food processor.
- Then add to the dry all wet ingredients and mix until combined well.
- Afterward, add the dough to your baking form and bake for 50-60min.
- After baking, let the cake cool completely for about 15 min.
- In the meantime, prepare the cake icing.
- Add all topping ingredients into a food processor and mix until well combined and smooth.
- Now add the frosting on top of the cake and decorate with some lemon zest.
1 slice Cal 172 P 6,4g / C 1,5g / F 14,5g