Are you struggling to stick to a healthy diet at the moment? With so much of our daily life disrupted and little to fill the space, it can be very tempting to lurch into the kitchen for something to nibble! One of our long-term members has summed it up in this great little poem. Deb was one of the very first Slimtone members to get to target almost 38 years ago – and she still looks fab.

Lockdown Diet

Love handles, muffin top,
Please Lord make my munchies stop!
Lockdown Baking, cakes galore
I hardly made this stuff before!
And in the evenings when I dine
With every meal ‘a’ glass of wine.
Then crisps and nuts before the telly,
I swear my body’s turned to jelly!
This rate, when I’m finally free
I’ll be the size of three of me!
So I announce with greatest sorrow,
Lockdown Diet starts tomorrow

Great isn’t it and I bet it rings true for many of us. Of course, we all know the problem with “tomorrow” – it never comes! Here are some quick ideas to help you today. First, if you’re baking, why not try our Slimtone Weetabix cake – you can have your cake and eat it!

Weetabix Cake
Approx 63 cals per serving

Soak 2 Weetabix, 84g/3oz soft brown sugar and 224g/8oz mixed dried fruit in ½ pint skimmed milk for ½ hour. Gently mix in 1 medium egg and 224g/8oz self-raising flour, Place in a loaf tin and bake in the oven 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for approx 1 hour. This can be divided into portions and frozen in INDIVIDUAL slices – makes it easier to avoid temptation!

Marie’s Tip: There are lots of variations with this recipe: **Using the chocolate flavoured Weetabix or simply adding any of the following to the original recipes and bake as instructed: *1 tsp mixed spice, *a few cherries, *a few drops of almond extract, or * a tablespoon brandy or sherry. Or alternatively replace the dried fruit with 224g/4oz cranberries or blueberries and a medium sized banana. All delicious ideas and you’ll still be able to “have your cake and eat it!”

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, why not try this recipe.

Raspberry Royale
Serves 4 – approx 100 cals per serving

Place fresh or frozen raspberries in a dish. Make up a sugar-free jelly as directed and pur over fruit. Leave to set. Using a packet of sugar-free dream topping, made up with skimmed milk, spoon over the jelly when set. This can also be made up in individual portion.

Thanks to Deb for her fantastic poem – why not pin it to the door of your fridge as a reminder. I hope these ideas help.

Remember, I’m here to help and together we will get through this, feeling and looking good!
Marie x