Instant Gratification Chocolate Mousse

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Ok so the title for this post is a little weird…but this really is instant gratification in so many ways! It takes barely 2 minutes to make (plus a little refrigeration), uses only a few ingredients and is genuinely good for you! That, and calling it ‘instant, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, clean chocolate mousse’ didn’t really work.

The secret ingredient is avocado, which seems weird in a dessert, but actually does a similar thing to what bananas do to smoothies. A blended avocado gives a velvet texture, a whole bunch of decent fats and a creamy taste to this pudding. Plus, it’s angelic just for the fact it’s a mousse without cream and sugar!

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. This makes them ideal for meeting calorie intake and getting in some healthy fats without seriously increasing your carbohydrate intake. Monounsaturated fats are vital for glowing skin, strong hair and nails. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins and folic acid, which women are often deficient in. So there literally is no reason not to make a massive vat of this mousse and eat it all guilt free!

For 2 mousses:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp 70% organic cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp 100% cacao, melted (optional – increase cocoa powder to your own preference, or use 70% dark chocolate instead)

You might want something to serve it with, I used hazelnuts and raspberries.

Method:

Squeeze the avocado flesh from their skins into a blender & blitz with all other ingredients, until smooth. Chill in the fridge for 40 mins or so and serve!

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Ultimate Macro-friendly Snacks

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Those of you who track macros and eat well will know preparation is key. ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ is literally the rule to live by when you’re trying to lose weight or stick to fitness goals. For me, the hardest thing to control is snacking. I eat every couple of hours at least, I am pretty much eating all the time! My body works best this way and it keeps my energy levels up. If I’m really hungry, I lose all rationality and eat whatever is near, usually high GI, sugar fuelled carbs, send me on a crazy cycle of uncontrollable cravings for the rest of the day.

These are the snacks I keep with me to make sure I stick to my macros and stay full up & bursting with energy!

High (good) fat, low carb:

Almonds:

High-protein almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Great for your skin, almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, which protecst against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s disease. Minerals manganese and magnesium help strengthen bones and regulate blood sugar.

Avocados:

Another great source of monounsaturated fats, avocados really fill you up and and are seriously satisfying. A fab source of folic acid, avocados have anti-inflammatory properties. Great in smoothies and even as a chocolate mousse base, but I like them best in my super-quick guacamole, keep the avocado stone and put it in the middle of the guacamole to stop it turning brown.

 

Low fat, low carb:

Popcorn:

Not Butterkist!! Homemade popcorn is way better, as you can control what flavouring and oil you put on it. 15g bags of Sweet & Salty popcorn from M&S come in at a close second and are an ideal substitute for crisps or chocolate in a 3pm lull, but with only 8.4g of carbs and 0.5g fat per bag.

Green & Blacks Miniature 70% chocolate bars

Sometimes you just need chocolate. I keep these teeny bars handy for ultimate damage limitation. Only 15g, but just enough to hit a craving, a 15g bar contains 84kcal, 5.3g fat and 6.6g carbs. I guess you could just weigh out 15g of a bigger bar, but two squares of chocolate is demoralising and there’s something I love about being able to eat the (tiny) entire bar and throw the wrapper away without reaching for more.

 

Holy-grail snacks:

Blueberries

Hailed as ‘the ultimate superfood’,  blueberries are an absolute god send. Just 100g (4oz) of blueberries contain the same amount of age-defying antioxidants as five servings of other fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants help guard against a range of cancers, heart disease, asthma, arthritis and cataracts, Alzheimer’s and age-related neurological diseases. That same amount contains a mere 57 kcal and 14.5g of carbs and a pathetic 0.3g of fat! Some research has shown that 100g a day can boost brain power, speeding up cognitive performance, memory and even slowing the ageing process of the skin.

Total Greek Yoghurt 0% Fat

My latest obsession, these little pots provide a whopping 10+g of protein! Really thick, luxurious Greek yoghurt feels like a treat and is very filling and satisfying. Great with honey and fruit for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Hemp Seed

More of a topping than an actual snack, but I had to mention these as they’re unbelievable boosters to yoghurts, porridge, salads and smoothies. Another nutrient packed superfood, 2 tbsps of hemp seeds contains 10.5g protein and the full spectrum of amino acids, including those which the body doesn’t produce naturally and are vital to muscle growth and regeneration (the same stuff packed into BCAA’s). As if that wasn’t enough, this tiny serving will give you the ideal ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9; fatty acids which help maintain optimum CV and immune health.

 

*Whipped protein dessert recipe:

Layer blueberries, 1 Total Greek 0% fat yoghurt, 2 tbsp hemp seeds, honey and strawberries in a small bowl or glass.