For The Love Of Banting

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Downside of Banting

More often than not, members are focused on what's "wrong" with Banting, instead of what's right with it. Believe me, there is a lot that's right with Banting, but that's not why we are here.

The Downside of Banting.


We have a few downsides to this lifestyle, but I bet you wouldn't be expecting these!

1. It's expensive.


Yip, you heard me right. Banting/LCHF is expensive.
You will need a whole new wardrobe, and what we have seen, most have a new hairstyle to go with their new wardrobe.
If you're married or if you wear rings, you will likely need to resize them too!

2. Many people you know will be jealous.


No, Seriously. Many may not be able to handle your success. 
You will hear all kinds of horror stories - especially when people see your success. It's the human condition!


3. You are no longer repulsed by fat.



Don't laugh. No, seriously, don't.
There are many that are repulsed by the look of this. You will probably get strange looks from the butcher, or perhaps the lady sitting next to you at a restaurant when you ask for their fattiest steak...
You will need to either a) ignore it, or my favourite - b) explain why. You could very well change a life!



4. Your doctor may be seeing a whole lot less of you.


So maybe this is less of a problem for you than it is for him/her, but Banting seems to reduce the need to visit your doctor as frequently. So many are off their Blood Pressure medicine, their diabetes medicine, etc.
(Obviously your doctor will need to see you to monitor this! Please, never go off any medicine by yourself - always discuss this with your doctor first!)

5. You may actually have to cook


And what's more - you may, *gasp* - actually find you LOVE it!
SO many have learnt a lot cooking wise, and enjoy "making up" dishes.
I know when I first joined the group, I was like - how the hell do I put these dishes together? I have always loved cooking, but how it was normally was - Choose a meat, choose a starch - good to go. Now I actually have to pair vegetables together with meat? Whaaaat??
But hey, look at me now!



6. Strangers may start talking to you


This may seem a little creepy, but if you're going to pick up that bag of xylitol, or that pack of seed crackers - or even when you start picking up that tin and scrutinizing ingredients and nutritional information - chances are good someone may come up to you and ask you if you're banting. Why? Because they recognise the body language. They see themselves in you - looking at labels, buying similar foods. Hey - this is a good thing. They may be able to tell you of a bargain they have found in your area!


So, as you can see from the above - Banting really does have a downside - and it's totally not what you think it is!!

Banting Barbeque Chicken Bake


Deliciously Spicy, tender, juicy chicken!

Ingredients:

10 pieces chicken
6-8 large baby marrow
3 jalapeƱos
1 spring onion
Salt and pepper to taste
8 large mushrooms
Carb Wise Barbeque Sauce

Method:

Coat chicken pieces in barbeque sauce.
Wash and chop baby marrow into chunks.
Wash and chop spring onion finely, and do the same with jalapeƱo.
Clean and chunk mushrooms.
Add the vegetables to the chicken mixture.
Lay in an oven proof dish - preferably with a lid. If no lid - use foil to cover. 
Bake for 40 mins to an hour on 180C.


NEW: The Ultimate BANTING Beginner Challenge

Challenge starts on Monday 3rd July 2017. 
This is the BEST way to start banting.
Minimal side effects which makes it easier for you to hack this lifestyle!


1. Clean out cupboards.
Have a look at the Red list and the ingredients on the stuff you currently have.
Give the red list stuff away.
2. Make up your shopping list from the meals below and buy your necessities only. Stick to a cooking oil - choose one or two, or if you can, invest in one of each. They all last longer that way and you can use them for different applications.
3. Make Bone Broth using either This or This recipe.
4. Make a list of reasons why YOU want this.
Not anyone else, for this to work YOU must want it to work.
Write it all down, even the trivial reasons. Fold that up and keep it in your bag or wallet - when the temptation arises, before doing anything, re-read your list. Think about why you started this in the first place and if that tempting food is really worth it...
5. Make Seed Crackers
6. Make Amasi Cream Cheese
(You can do this by straining amasi through a kitchen cloth in the fridge for atleast 24 hours)

THE MEAL PLANS



Monday


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Banting Cottage pie - for beginners replace Cauli Mash with Sweet Potato Mash


Tuesday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Leftover Banting Cottage Pie (Same mantra as above)

Dinner:


Wednesday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Leftover Banting Mexican Dish served with Nachos

Dinner:

Thursday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Leftover Cheesy Wrap-Ups served with 3 Cheese Bake


Dinner:

Friday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:


Saturday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

 Supper:


Sunday:


Breakfast:

Falooda Porridge (Can be replaced with Chia)

Lunch:

Seed Crackers served with cream cheese
Include a small apple for beginners

Dinner:


Monday


Breakfast:

Simple Scramble with Avocado, fried tomato and Mushroom

Lunch:

Dinner:

Banting Lasagne - served with a portion of Coleslaw


Tuesday:


Breakfast:

Banting Omelette with fillings of your choice

Lunch:

Leftover Banting Lasagne

Dinner:

Chicken Liver Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Wednesday:


Breakfast:

Affordable Omelette base with stuffing of your choice

Lunch:

Dinner:

 Sunflower flathead pizza with toppings of your choice
(make two if you can finish a whole one by yourself)


Thursday:


Breakfast:

Leftover Sunflower flathead pizza with toppings of your choice

Lunch:

Leftover Meatballs with stuffed gem squash

Dinner:

Chicken coated with a Moroccan Spice Rub served with the braai salad


Friday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Banting Bolognese Sauce served on Zoodles


Saturday:


Breakfast:

Fried eggs served with leftover Cheesy Caulibroc Strips
.

Lunch:

Leftover Banting Bolognese Sauce served on Zoodles

Supper:



Sunday:


Breakfast:

Lunch:

Seed Crackers served with cream cheese and salami

Dinner:

Chicken Curry with Cauliflower rice.




The meal plans with the portions of foods in the recipes above may seem a little excessive, but the idea is to build a stock of ready-meals you can just take out the freezer the night before for lunch the next day or that morning for dinner - so you're prepared for whatever life throws at you.

That's probably one of the hardest things about Banting - not having the real option of LEGAL ready meals - but if you make extra portions like above  - you will never have a problem again!


The rules are:

  1. If you can, download the Carb Wise App - insert your meals, that way you will get to know how to use it, and how you should start tweaking what you eat when you're done with the challenge. Its the best and only Banting themed weightloss tool!
  2. You can change the meals in the above plans to suit you - have a look at others from this list - but beginners must still have the orange list items suggested and green listing banters must have the green list counterparts. Also remember that the shopping list is made for the meals suggested, so go through the meal you're crossing off YOUR list and omit those items from the shopping list for you.
  3. If you're a beginner, fr the first week, you can add one small apple per day, or some blueberries - but only for the first week. If you're wondering WHY this is, that's quite simple. You minimise carb flu symptoms which in turn, eases you into Banting - making your change to this life style easier. As simple as that!
  4. You can skip anyone of the meals (I'd suggest either breakfast or lunch as you need the supper for the leftovers for lunch the next day!) - if its lunch, 
  5. If you MUST snack, go for fatty biltong, a boiled egg, cucumber with cream cheese on top - those types of things. Snacking is strongly discouraged though...
  6. If the sweet craving attacks, have a glass of water. If its still there after 5 minutes - have a tablespoon of cream cheese...if STILL there, make one of these LEGAL desserts - but please don't do it too often - we are trying to wean ourselves off the need for regular sweetened goods altogether: Banting Chocolate Mousse OR Dairy Free Banting Chocolate Mousse OR Mini Lemon or Lime Cheesecakes 
  7. Do not cheat at all. Rather have a legal item from the many recipes available - the results of your progress are up to you...
  8. The most important rule is:
READ THE BEGINNERS GUIDE (PINNED POST) on
Banting 7 Day Meal Plans Facebook Group
this document has a wealth of information on what to expect when Banting

If you have any questions - Please don't hesitate to post it on the Banting Group in the link above!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Banting Tater Tots


Ingredients:

5 grated baby marrow
1 tbs heba pap
Salt and pepper to taste
50g chopped red pepper
Pinch of herbs
Pinch of garlic powder
Oil for frying

Method:

Grate baby marrow and squeeze out extra moisture.
Spread on lined baking sheet, sprinkle heba pap over and mix. Spread out again.
Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
Using your hands, mix together.
Add salt, pepper, garlic, herbs and finely diced peppers.
Roll into small balls and fry over medium heat until browned all over.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Red wine, Rosemary and garlic roasted lamb


Ingredients:

1 leg of lamb
2 cups red wine
3 sprigs rosemary
Half bulb garlic
Salt and pepper
2 cups water

Method:

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Stud with short pieces of rosemary, cut one stalk rosemary up and sprinkle.
Throw wine and water and peeled garlic in a roasting dish.
Add the lamb, cover roasting dish and place in the oven on 180C for around 3 hours.
Save the liquid for gravy, then place the leg of lamb under the grill for a few minutes.
Slice and enjoy with gravy.

Coconut-Free Coffee Cake


Ingredients:

For the cake:

2.5 cups sunflower seed flour
3/4 cup sweetener
1 tbs baking powder
2 tbs psyllium husk
2 tbs coffee
(Dissolved in a tiny bit of water)
2 tbs coconut oil
4 eggs

For the icing:

4 tbs butter
2 tsp coffee dissolved in tiny bit of hot water
2 tbs cream cheese
3 tbs cream
1/2 cup powdered xylitol (or to taste)
2 tsp cocoa 

Method:

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 180C
Whisk eggs together until frothy.
Combine all dry Ingredients.
Add coffee mixture and coconut oil to dry mix and mix well.
Add 1/4 of frothy egg mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. 
Add another 1/4 and fold in.
Add the rest and mix until just combined.
Line and grease 2 baking tins with baking paper. (Be sure not to use wax paper!)
Divide the mixture between the two baking time.
Bake for 30-40 mins (oven times may vary).
Allow to cool completely before removing from tin.
Ice once cooled.

For the icing:

Smooth together butter and cream cheese. Add the cream, cocoa, coffee mixture and powdered xylitol.
Mix until smooth.

Ice the first layer with a thin layer of icing.
Add the top layer and ice with the remaining mix.
Garnish with flaked almonds or other chopped nuts.
Enjoy :)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Marinated Ribs


We found Pork ribs on special today at Food lovers market, and because I love ribs so much I really couldn't pass up the opportunity for these amazing things.


Ingredients:

Ribs
1 lemon
A few sprigs rosemary
Coarse salt


Method:

Salt the ribs.
Slice the lemon and lay on top of and under ribs.
Chop the herbs and sprinkle over.
Allow to marinate for at least an hour.
Braai or barbeque.
Enjoy!

The perfect Banting Braai Salad


Ingredients:

Half head steamed broccoli
1/4 red pepper, diced
1 round Feta, cubed
Few slices diced biltong
3 rashers bacon, diced
3 tbs mayo

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, then refrigerate.
Serve chilled.

The Throw-Together Salad


Ingredients:

Baby Spinach
Rocket
Spiralised carrot
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Red onion slivers
Grated red cabbage
Baby Tomato

Method:

Mix ingredients 
Dress with olive oil or HO sunflower oil and apple cider vinegar.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Banting Friendly Cooking Spray


We get many questions regarding banting friendly cooking sprays - and there are two. This is one of them, and the one I would recommend. 

The only ingredient in it is coconut oil.
No preservatives.
No additives.
No propellant's.

If you feel you can't use good old butter to grease whatever needs greasing, use this!

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