This is a shame because in ‘just the right amount’ it’s actually really tasty, and has a lovely warming effect that’s prefect for cold Winter days. This is because ginger is ‘thermogenic’, meaning it ever so slightly raises your metabolism, so you’re actually burning more calories to keep warm!
Unfortunately it isn’t actually enough to affect weight loss. Only eating in a calorie deficit will do that.
So eating snacks that are more satisfying as well as nutritious is a must when eating fewer calories, and eating more protein is a great way to stay full for longer, as protein takes much longer to digest that carbohydrates (flour & sugar).
I’m also a big fan of making healthy alternatives to treat foods, like this Pumpkin Pie or Chocolate Ice Cream.
Sometimes these experiments result in epic culinary fails, and those won’t see the light of day unless one day I decide to do a ‘recipe outakes’ blog.
But it’s always worth trying because you never know when you discover you’re actually occasionally a genius and come up with delicious but healthier treat alternatives like these low sugar, low carb Mince Pies that were one of the very first Fit Mum treat-makeovers I tried.
100g ground almonds
75g of vanilla whey protein
45g maple syrup
45g coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
Preheat your oven to 180°c.
Melt the maple syrup and coconut oil together in a saucepan or microwavable bowl.
All in all the remaining ingredients and mix really well, to form a dough ball.
Flour the work surface and roll out the dough, then cut into shapes.
Place the raw cookies on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
Bake for 5 minutes. It doesn’t sound a lot but whey cooks very quickly and they’ll burn easily if you leave them too long!