A couple of weeks ago, I was on vacation with my best friend in Malta and we decided to go all-inclusive, which meant that breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner were all served up buffet-style. As a former fat girl, buffets are a bit of a danger zone for me. The old me would have gone crazy and self-control would have been non-existent. Hunger would have just taken over like this unstoppable force, and I would have eaten with my eyes rather than my brain, choosing what looks good rather than going for sensible, healthy, nutritious options. However, thankfully now that I am more informed when it comes to nutrition, I was able to make much better choices.
The food choices in Malta were dishes containing lots of fish, salads, eggplant, artichoke, tomato, olives, capers, and other healthy foods. However, when I was carb cycling, I would have stayed away from many of these items. In fact, somewhere along the way, I became too scared to eat anything that wasn’t sweet potato, broccoli, or plain boiled rice. But, I decided when I was on vacation that I would eat whatever I pleased, and filled my plates with lots of different veggies, salads and oily fish. When I returned home, to my surprise, I had not gained weight. Now, I was exercising when I was on vacation, but not as much as usual. Most days were spent lying on a sun lounger by the pool, so even with the mini-workouts in the gym, I was much less active than normal.
Eating all these interesting, colourful, delicious combinations of healthy foods was the inspiration I needed to get more creative in the kitchen. I don’t want to “diet” this autumn/winter season. I still want to eat healthily and workout as much as I can, because I love how it makes me feel. But I know that eating a restrictive/repetitive diet of broccoli, boiled eggs, quark, tuna, and chicken, is depriving my body of some of the nutrients it needs.
Cauliflower is a vegetable that I have only just begun experimenting with. Many of you have seen, and tried, my cauliflower pizza. Now, I give you ‘Cauliflower Mash’ which you can serve up with chicken, fish, a good steak, or whatever you please! If you try it, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Enjoy!
- 1 head of Cauliflower
- 3-4 cloves of Garlic
- 1 tsp of ground Nutmeg
- 120ml of Semi-skimmed Milk (or Unsweetened Almond Milk)
- 1/2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
- Chop the cauliflower into small pieces and boil for 10-12 minutes.
- Drain the cauliflower.
- Place the coconut oil in the pan over a low-medium heat.
- Finely chop the garlic cloves.
- Add the garlic to the pan and toss it around in the oil for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the drained cauliflower to the pan and stir it up with the garlic for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the milk and mash it up well.
- Let it sit for 1-2 minutes, season with salt and pepper, serve, and enjoy!
*Tip: sprinkle chives over the top to add a little extra flavour!