The past couple of weeks, I’ve really been thinking about what I have been eating and cooking. I saw my friend last week and she showed me this app that she uses to track her calories and exercise so I thought I would give it a go. It’s £3.99 a month but it’s SO much better than the free apps and has helped me immensely in a short space of time. Click here for more information.
With this in mind, it made me realise that just going to the gym wasn’t enough. In my (naive and stupid) mind, I thought if I went to the gym and burned 300-500 calories a time, I would easily lose weight. Obviously it doesn’t work like that. I became really disheartened and upset last week, still looked and felt like a whale so I knew something had to change. It wasn’t healthy for me to think that way. So I knew I had to bite the bullet and really be picky about what I eat and drink. I love sweet tea, but I’ve gone down to one sugar (IT’S NOT THE SAME) and stopped drinking gin. If I do drink, I’m only having a few, followed by a salad for dinner instead of pizza or pasta.
But this is why I love the app. You can input all your meals and the ingredients you use so you can work out how many calories are in one portion, including sugar, salt and saturated fat and I am shocked at how much some meals have. It’s actually terrifying and it’s so good because it really makes me think about the choices I make, whereas before I just thought because I went to the gym, it was fine. It’s not fine, FYI. Here’s a screenshot of one example. I was going to cook a butternut squash and goats cheese risotto for my friends the other night, put all the quantities in and it came out at a whopping 1051 calories per serving. No thanks, hun. I soon cooked something different that was 400 calories less per serving.
I vowed to cook one new meal a week so this week, I thought I would do fishcakes. But I wanted to bake them rather than fry, and to use sweet potato instead of white potatoes for something that was more nutritious. I have done some similar to these before but never documented them. They’re are so tasty and came out at 239 calories per fishcake. They are really filling and I could only eat one. Fishcakes are super simple to do and such a nice meal to have.
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 45 minutes.
- 480g salmon fillets.
- 500g sweet potato, diced.
- 1 red onion finely diced.
- 1 tsp lazy chilli.
- 1 tsp lazy garlic.
- 1 lime (zest and juice).
- Black pepper.
- Breadcrumbs (enough to coat the fishcakes).
- 2 eggs, beaten.
- Cut the salmon fillets into large chunks and poach in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, and set aside in a large bowl.
- Boil the sweet potato and when it’s soft, mash with ground black pepper and add to the salmon. Leave to cool for around an hour.
- Add the onion, garlic, chilli and lime to the mixture and wearing gloves, mix all the ingredients together.
- Form into 6 patties.
- Dip into the beaten egg mixture, then roll in the breadcrumbs.
- Put on a baking tray and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours. Because of the sweet potato, the mixture can feel quite wet but cooling them will solidify them.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees and spray the tray with fry light.
- Bake for 22 minutes and serve with salad. I made a sriracha mayo to go with ours by finely chopping 8 mini gherkins, 2 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp sriracha and a bit of smoked paprika then mixing it all together.