So, it’s come to that time of year again when the sun seems to be appearing through campus. There’s been an onslaught of athletic looking students wearing trainers and gym gear to lectures – and it’s got me in the mood to get back into shape again!
For the past few months, I have been wrapped up in blankets while studying for my final year of university. So, the first sight of a sunny morning peeking through my curtains urges me to grab my running gear and hit the paths of Clarendon.
With this new exercise kick, me and a few other health conscious friends have agreed to start our new routine with a no refined sugar diet. I adopted a similar clean eating diet last summer, and it did wonders for my skin, mental wellbeing and figure!
We’re a few days into our sugar free diet and it is tough! By day 2 I had already run out of meal ideas – I never realised quite how much my diet relied on refined foods. And, for a sugar addict like me, I’ve been craving anything sweet for days. However, by increasing my protein and fat macros, I’ve started to feel fuller and less inclined to reach for the pesky snack cupboard.
As small treat, I found an amazing sugar free flapjack recipe which was a lifesaver when I needed some library snacks this week.
If anyone else wants to give them a go, here’s the recipe!
- 3 ripe bananas
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp no sugar peanut butter
- Pinch of cinnamon
For the topping:
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Squash and mix the bananas with 3 tablespoons of honey, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar free peanut butter.
- Stir the mixture over a low heat until the mixture is fully combined and peanut butter melted.
- Take off the heat and add 200g rolled oats to the mix.
- Transfer into a lined baking dish and bake for 30 mins on 180 degrees or until golden.
- To make the topping squash, mix and heat again the remaining banana with a tablespoon of honey, cinnamon and tablespoon of the peanut butter. Let the mixture cool before adding to the cool flapjacks.
If you’ve ever tried to cut refined sugar, comment below on how it went for you. I’d love to hear how other students attempt to get healthier in between busy uni days!