Is it actually okay to snack?
It's not necessary to give up snacking, but what you eat and how much you eat are crucial. We would like to gradually introduce you to a few of our personal highlights, but without any calorie information. If you do it right, it is not necessary to count calories to lose or maintain weight. Of course, there are athletes who need to pay attention to an exact intake of calories or even those who want to develop a feeling for what they eat every day. Counting calories isn't all-inclusively bad, and if you like doing it, keep it up if it keeps you going.
No top chefs have been lost on us, nor are we superfood professionals. But from our own personal experience of the NEOLYMP team, we would like to give you a few recipes and also a tip or two along the way.
Did you know that pulses provide an insane amount of nutrients, make you full and contain little fat? Yes, admittedly, you've probably heard it before. But now let's be specific: legumes (peanuts, lupins, chickpeas, peas, beans and lentils) are rich in many good nutrients, an ideal source of protein, plus they are vegan and high in protein and full of fiber. Protein promotes fat burning, keeps you full for a long time, and reduces cravings. Sounds great, right? And if we add the minerals and trace elements they contain, we've probably convinced you to eat more legumes.
Whole grain products
Many nutritionists strongly advise against consuming >too much< wheat (white flour). We know Kaisersemmeln and Dinner rolls are just delicious. But the wheat grain is usually processed incorrectly and in the end only the "bad" carbohydrates remain. All fiber is eliminated even before the processing process. Instead, simply reach for whole-grain rolls, which are at least as tasty, there is now a wide selection of them and you are doing yourself and your body a favor. With all the wheat pastries, only the inside of the grain is processed (the starch), whereas with whole grain products, the entire grain is processed, along with all the nutrients. Also, the next time you throw pasta into your crock pot, why not take the whole wheat pasta off the shelf this time and give it a try!
The topic of nutrition is incredibly extensive and an exact treatment of it would go beyond the scope here. In addition, we do not want to give anyone a half-knowledge and remain transparent. So let's start right away with the first recipe.
We're baking ourselves a healthy breakfast today - are you with us?
Baked Banana-Oatmeal with seasonal fruits
Ingredients for 1 serving:
50 g oatmeal
200 ml almond milk or oat drink
Pinch of cinnamon
½ tsp baking powder
Stevia if needed
Mix oatmeal with almond milk or oat drink, add baking powder and cinnamon and add a mashed banana. If you like it a little sweeter, mix in some stevia as needed. Pour the batter into a small baking dish and spread the fruit of your choice (apples, berries, orange wedges, etc. - anything you feel like) on top. Now bake the whole thing for about 15 minutes at 250 °C and then enjoy your breakfast. It only takes about 20 minutes, makes you sustainably full and the most important thing: it tastes good!
My personal tip: Garnish your breakfast with fresh blueberries or raspberries after baking. And if you want to go one better: add some cashews. But pssscht! ;)
Preparation time: approx. 20 minutes