Just in case you didn’t realise, I’m not a cover model. I’ll give you a minute to digest that. Anyone that’s seen my Twitter photo, which is grainy and makes it look as if I’ve only got one and a half legs, might find it difficult to believe. The upside of this is that I pretty much eat what I want, and stick to my 90%/10% rule.
Throughout the day at work I find it easy to resist the never ending pile of cakes, biscuits, Krispy Kremes and random sweets bought as last minute office gifts from various airports around the world. To be honest the sweets are always the easiest to ignore. A colleague of mine once brought back some fish flavoured sweets from Tokyo. Yep that’s right, fish flavoured sweets. I was the only person to try one. Imagine the taste of a can of Whiskas that’s been open for a week with a Starburst you just found in your back pocket and you’re halfway there.
In the evenings after work and the gym is when things start to get tricky, and I find myself on the Highway to the Danger Zone (I know I didn’t need to add that last bit, but what a song). I’ll get in and make a nutritious dinner, which keeps me full for a few hours. Then, as TV gold such as Benefit Street comes to an end, my brain starts tapping me on the shoulder.
Me: “What do you want? Storage Wars is on in a bit”
Brain: “I’ll only be quick”
Me: “Go on”
Brain: “The fat kid inside of you needs some attention, he’s doing the Truffle Shuffle and says he needs feeding”
Me: “But Fat Lewis died years ago, didn’t he?”
Brain: “Look pal, you’re kidding nobody. I’ve seen you eat 1kg of peanut butter in 7 days, so put down the celery, and get your 1.5 legs into the kitchen NOW!”
Anyone else have conversations with their brain? No? Just me? Awkward…
Anywayyyy, my favourite go-to dessert is a beautifully nutty, creamy bowl of heaven. Quark on it’s own can be pretty tough on the pallet, but it’s so versatile and is a great protein-rich alternative to Greek yoghurt if you’re trying to watch the calories. 100g of Quark only contains around 70 calories, and up to 14g of protein.
Ok, enough chat, here she is:
30g Whey Protein – I use Optimus Protein Vanilla Whey
1 teaspoon Meridian crunchy peanut butter
Handful of almonds
Handful of pumpkin seeds
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Pour 250g quark into a bowl and thoroughly whisk in the protein.
Once combined, stir in the nut butter
Grab your nuts, then, reach for the almonds and pumpkin seeds and add them to the bowl
Finish with a dusting of cinnamon
Leave in the fridge to thicken for 30 minutes.
There’s loads of variations you can do with this. I’ve used different nut butters, added some coconut oil, used frozen berries, or cacao nibs.
Try the original, let me know what you think and post any variations you’ve made below!