Did someone say HEALTHY CHOCOLATE FUDGE?

There is no one who likes full fat yummy fudge more than I do. But lets face it ladies full fat fudge is not going to help me get into my size 4 Vince Camuto gown I bought in New York City last weekend.

So I had to find an alternative that still satisfies my sweet tooth, and alas I'VE FOUND IT.



Healthy Chocolate Fudge 101

I'm sure some of you are skeptical about this healthy fudge tasting like the real thing, but as an avid fudge/any and every dessert eater, I can promise you this fudge sure as hell comes close to tasting like the real thing.

So whats in this fudgetastic dessert?

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cups of full fat coconut milk 
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder 
  • 1 cup of dark vegan chocolate chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
Directions:
  • Melt all ingredients in a saucepan on low heat and stir until smooth and silky
  • Line a pan with baking paper
  • Pour in the mixture and leave to set over night
  • Enjoy the hell out of it the next morning
Nutritional Information:
(per serving) 
  • Calories: 135
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 8 grams
  • Sugar: 3 grams 
As you can see this modified fudge recipe doesn't do too much harm for the waist line but does a lot for those taste buds!


Fudge on Ladies! 

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl

House of CARBS

This weekend in between episodes of House of Cards (I'm obsessed) I decided to watch the movie The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. During the movie one line in particular stuck out to me and it was when Cameron Diaz exclaimed, "you know what I really want to do? I want to eat carbs without wanting to kill myself." Woah, relax Cameron, whats so wrong with eating carbs, huh?

WHAT HAVE CARBS EVER DONE TO YOU CAMERON?


Okay Ryan, stop crying for two seconds and give me a chance to explain the truth behind those yummy carbs that everyone seems to hate. 

Carbs 101 

I've heard it 100 times, "carbs make you fat", and since everyone is saying it it must be true right? Wrong again, an excess of carbs, just like an excess of anything (including doughnuts) will make you gain weight. As mentioned before in this blog, everything is good in moderation, including carbs. Carbs are not only good for you but they will help you lose weight. Thats right Cameron and Ryan carbs will help you lose weight. So Ryan you can stop crying and Cameron you could have a few more sandwiches without wanting to kill yourself. 

HOW?

The million dollar question is how carbs will help you, and I lose weight. First off, we can't hate on Carbohydrates because even fruits and vegetables are full of carbs. Surprised? Most people are.

Lets agree here that not all carbs are bad, because we all know that anyone trying to live a healthy lifestyle will start to add fruits and vegetables to their diet. Thus, some carbs are good but lets not get confused here, because there are some carbs that are not the best for you.



Lets start with why some Carbohydrates are good. Carbohydrates provide the body with the energy it needs for the muscles, brain and central nervous system. Eating good carbs that are full of fiber such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans are beneficial to our health because they get absorbed slowly into our systems and avoid spiking our blood sugar levels. 

These good carbs are not only more nutritious, but they are also digested slower and are less likely to cause a rush of glucose. Although white rice and white flour are technically complex carbs during processing they have all their nutrients and fibers stripped out of them - making them BAD BAD BAD

THE BAD CARBS 




A lot of people question what bad carbs are and let me make it easy for you my friend, bad carbs are all of the following. 
  • Sugars
  • "Added" sugars
  • Refined "white" grains
Lets talk about white grains for a minute here. Why is white bread bad for you? It is because the fibres in white bread are stripped away, refined and processed. 

Back to bad carbs - one very bad carb we should all be avoiding is high fructose corn syrup. This carb is commonly found in sodas and processed foods. They are so bad for your body because it converts fat much faster than complex carbs (the good carbs). Consuming a lot of high fructose corn syrup can directly contribute to gaining weight....and fast. So lets do our best to avoid the bad carbs all together. 

I hope I've cleared up the misconception behind Carbohydrates. If your'e still a bit confused i'll leave you with some amazing tips I found on Dr. Oz.com:
  • Skip refined and processed foods altogether.
  • Read the label to see if there is added sugar.
  • Chose whole grains (oats, some serials, rye, millet, quinoa, whole wheat, and brown rice), beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables. 
  • Avoid the lure of low-carb foods, which sometimes have more calories from fat. 
Eat your good carbs ladies! 

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl

Game of Scones

I’m sure you’ve all heard it, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I’m also sure that some of you, like me, have taken this saying lightly. But hey guess what…your mother was right, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.


WHY?

Not only does breakfast give you energy to start your day, but it is also associated with many health benefits, including weight control, weight loss, and improved performance.

 Weight Loss:

You see, before I decided to start living a healthy lifestyle, I, like you, thought that skipping a meal would help me lose weight. That makes sense right? Wrong honey! Eating breakfast actually helps with weight loss and weight management.

I know what your thinking…“this doesn’t make sense, how can eating more food help me lose weight?” You see when you skip breakfast your blood sugar drops which leads you to become very hungry and have low energy. This combination sets you up to impulsively snack in the morning (usually on high-fat sweets or larger meals throughout the day).

Would you believe me if I told you that it has been scientifically proven that people who skip breakfast compensate later in the day with more refined carbohydrates and fats and fewer fruits and vegetables. (1) Guess what..that is a FACT. You know what that means right… you and I have got to start getting up earlier and eating our breakfast.

I know I know I know.. you sleep in, go to bed late, get up late, have to run out of the house with no breakfast in hand. Trust me I know, but this is no longer ACCEPTABLE. I’ve learned throughout the years that if I don’t make any changes I can’t expect anything to change, and this is my case and point. We need to make more of an investment in our own bodies and actually strive to live a healthy life - and this all starts somewhere. Lets start with Breakfast ya’ll!

 I DONT HAVE TIME TO COOK AN EGG WHITE OMLETE EVERY MORNING:
Honey, I’ve got you. I barely have enough time to put my socks on in the morning, let alone make myself an egg white and green pepper omelette. Whats the solution here? CEREAL. Yes, cereal. Its fast, easy, healthy, and most importantly delicious!

I’ve heard a lot of people disagree with eating cereal in the morning, but I completely disagree with them! There are many benefits to eating WHOLE-GRAIN cereal for breakfast including one of my favourites: losing weight from eating it! A scientific study showed that people who followed a weight loss program incorporating whole-grain breads and cereals lost more body fat from the abdominal area (SCORE!) than those who only ate refined grains. So what I’m saying here is that yes, you can do cereal in the morning, but be sure your choosing a HEALTHY cereal. One of my favourites is Kashi’s GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters. Not only is it delicious but it contains a whopping 9 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein and less than 10 grams of sugar per serving.


So I’ll leave you with this: Breakfast each day will keep the pounds away!

Eat on Ladies!

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl


 (1) Farshchi HR, Taylor MA, Macdonald IA. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005;81(2):388-96.

A Cheat Meal a Week Will Help You Lose Weight - Yes, You Read That Correctly

Like most women reading this blog, I day dream about my cheat meal every single day. The burning question about what I should have this week entices me as I sit and stare at my bland salad. The cheat this week was none other than a big...fat...creamy.. coconut cream doughnut from Beechwood Doughnuts.


You see that scrumptious doughnut right there on the bottom right, I devoured that baby and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Literally the best doughnut I've ever had.

Seeing as this is a blog about a healthy lifestyle I'm sure some of you are wondering why I'm on the prowl for treats. Easy, because a cheat meal a week will help you lose weight. Thats right honey, eating this 800 calorie doughnut is gonna help me shed away some pounds, and I couldn't be more happy about it.

A lot of people are under this misconception that having some treats will completely ruin your diet. This is simply incorrect, there is a physiological reason to purposely cheat once a week. You see, cheating once a week will help convince your body that it is not starving. When losing weight your body starts to think that its starving because you are starting to burn stored body fat, but when we indulge in a coconut cream doughnut it stimulates the thyroid gland which can "wake up" your metabolism. Meaning that eating a cheat meal once a week will actually get your body to burn more calories on that day.

Amazing isn't it? It is when we stick to the cheat meal rules. There are three simple rules to cheat meals.
  1. One day a week for ONE meal you can eat whatever your heart desires - literally anything.
  2. (This is the most important rule) Do not and I repeat DO NOT let your cheat day turn into your binge day.
  3. Pick a cheat that is worth your while and ENJOY IT!
Be sure to maintain a balanced diet for 6 and a half days of the week and watch those pounds melt off people!

Happy Faturday Ya'll!

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl

I've been dieting ALL morning. AM I SKINNY YET??

So your sitting there after dieting for two days and you decide to jump on the scale just to see if you lost a pound yet. You jump on the scale and BAM you weigh .5 of a pound more than you did two days. WHAT? WHY ME?  WHY? HOW? GIVE ME CHOCOLATE NOW. This diet thing obviously doesn't work for something like you, right? WRONG.


Why is this happening you may ask? Easy. Because you're a woman. Yes, thats right, because you're a woman with a big butt and thighs that rub together like sandpaper against wood. I know what your 're thinking, "what kind of sexist nonsense are you talking about?", its not sexist honey, its science 


The simple truth here is that men are larger and have more muscle than women, because of the hormone testosterone. Genetically, men have a higher percentage of muscles and less fat - which allows them to eat more calories without packing on the pounds. Men are not gaining as much weight as us even though they're eating more than we are and this is because the more muscles a person has, the more calories they burn at a resting heart rate. Yes, that means that men are sitting on the couch watching football and burning more calories than you are. This is BULL. I know I know, it really is. Grab a piece of cake and take a moment to get over that unfortunate fact and lets move on. 

So what the hell can we do? We can weight train. YES!! WEIGHT TRAIN. Don’t just settle for cardio at the gym because after 45 minutes of continuous cardio you start to burn muscle - and we definitely don't want that. The less muscles you have, the fewer calories you burn at a resting heart rate. So more muscles mean that its okay for you to skip the gym every now and then because the muscles you do have will be burning calories throughout the day. 


Now I'm not saying cut out cardio all together - its good to do 30-40 minutes of cardio after some weight training - but don't buy into the common misconception that, "women who weight train will bulk up, right?" Wrong again my dear. Women who weight train look like that Brazilian bomb shell on the right, and women who only do cardio look like that size 0 model on the left. A lot of women see pictures of size zero models all over advertisements and think they should strive to be more like this. But guess what ladies.. zero is not a size. 


So instead of spending hours at the gym on the treadmill lets strive for a more efficient workout that will get us in those string bikinis much faster. On my exercise tab just up above ^ you will find many links that will show you efficient weight training exercises for women that will help get you into bikini ready shape in no time!  

Work it Girl!

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl

Eat Cake for Breakfast

In my search for a "healthy" half-guilty-yet-tasty cake I stumbled upon the best protein mug cake I've ever had. Really the best. The amazing part about it is that it is 100% guilt free - literally. In my quest to get back to a String-Bikini-Worthy-Baywatch-Looking beach body I've started to have this "cake" everyday for breakfast. That's right you guys cake for breakfast...everyday.


Oh and guess what ladies, it only takes about 5 minutes to make. Really only 5 minutes. 300 seconds of your day. We all could spare 300 seconds right? Yes, yes you can. Don't be lazy now. 

So what exactly is in this supernatural wonder of the world?

For Cake:

- 1 scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 Tsp of Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 1 Egg White

In a medium bowl mix all of the cake ingredients together. Spray a mug with non stick spray and spoon ingredients into mug. Cook in Microwave for 1 minute. Let the cake sit in the mug for a few minutes before flipping the mug upside down on a plate.

For Frosting:

- 2 Tbsp Fat Free Cream Cheese
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 1.5 Tbsp of Stevia/Truvia
- 1-2 Drops of Vanilla Extract
- (for chocolate frosting) 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

In a small bowl mix all of the frosting ingredients together. Top off mug cake with cream cheese frosting and indulge!




Nutritional Information:

Calories: 190
Fat: 3 grams
Carbs: 17 grams  (8 of those grams are Fiber!)
Protein: 32 grams

I know it may seem like a lot of time but it is honestly quick and delicious. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Eat on People!


Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl

Welcome!

Welcome to Detox or Doughnuts; a site for all women who struggle with the constant battle between their love of food (desserts in particular) and not wanting to get fat.
                                                                     
So this is my story and my journey on trying to get back to the time I didn’t obsess about Churros. Wait! Before you click on the link get a tissue ready because you sure as hell will be drooling over these churros – I sure was! Ok so back to why you should follow this blog. This blog is going to take all of you on my journey (and hopefully inspire you to start your own journey) to get ready for a summer beach body and to keep it well after the summer is gone! So how are we going to do this? By NOT going on a diet. Yeah that’s right. I said it. We are not doing a diet here people. Instead, we are going to try to make a life style change. This means everything in moderation. And I mean everything. Even some churros. And guess what, you can still lose weight and maintain a healthy life style even with the addition of some of your favourite treats. How do I know this? Because I’ve been there, done that. But like a lot of us I fell off the healthy horse and fell deeply in love with my sweet tooth. I fell as far as 15 lbs in love with my sweet tooth. That’s right 15!

I know right…oh well.. there’s nothing I can do now except make a change, and that’s what we are going to do together. In the words of someone much healthier and thinner than I, “Every Accomplishment Starts With The Decision To Try.” – Jillian Michaels

Let’s try together ya’ll.

Xoxo,
-Doughnut Girl