It is also when people seem to think we can “let it go” and “indulge”. Instead of an “all or nothing” thinking, I prefer to think of it like any other day or time of the week. We decide consciously if we are going to eat it. Sometimes we may take a bite and decide against it (I’m the girl who takes the smallest slice/taste, nibble on it and then go have a bigger helping if I like it). If I have a glass of wine, I’m going to enjoy the glass. I choose to say no when I want to say no. If I say yes, I choose to enjoy it.
I view the same way with birthdays or any other special occasions. I know that the slice of cake will not cause me to gain 5 kg. Maybe christmas means we are expose to more of these treats. I think it is perfectly ok to have them. It is not about using it as an excuse to go crazy.
There are many articles about feasting and “eating healthy” at Christmas. The formula I believe can be simple. More veggies, more salad, some protein and enjoy the treats- but acknowledge they are treats. Move and enjoy moving.
I made this cake for my birthday back in October. I love oranges and I wanted to share cake with my dearest workout mates. It is really simple but it hit a spot in me. Perhaps it was my birthday, or that it is a layered cake. This year, I learned that celebrations are best with people I enjoy around me.
Cake can be nutrients dense with the right ingredients. Then, we can enjoy every bite and every slice with pleasure. This Christmas, I’m going to practice being kind, being less critical and really just treat food the way it is suppose to be treated. Food. Nourishing. Enjoyment.
- 2 oranges steamed for 30 minutes or pressure cook 15 minutes. Cool
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 5 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla paste
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- Frosting- 250 ml cream cheese, 1 cup greek yogurt, 2tsp vanilla paste, 1 tsp honey, 1/2 cup orange juice and zest.
- Decorations- more orange zest and toasted coconut and almond flakes.
- Line 9 inch cake tins. Pre heat Oven to 180C.
- Whiz cake ingredients in food processor. Spoon into 2 cake tins and bake for 40 minutes. I have enough to make a smaller cake as well which I baked for 30 minutes. Cool complete.
- To make frosting, whip cream cheese and yogurt till smooth and creamy. Whip the rest of the ingredients in and adjust accordingly.
- Layered frosting between cakes and on top. Decorate. EAT!