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Snack O’Clock and the science behind it!

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25.02.16

Do you find it harder to stick to your diet at certain times of the day? You’re not alone, according to a survey conducted by Forza supplements

The th-ree most dangerous moments have been identified as 11.01am, 3.14pm and 9.31pm • Dieters can consume as many as 750 calories during these three vulnerable times – wrecking their chances of losing weight; • Coffee shops were identified as the biggest danger to dieters because even a simple latte from a high street chain is worth 190 calories;

Nutritionists say dieters should opt out of drinks rounds at work because they put themselves under peer-group pressure to consume unnecessary calories with colleagues.

The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by diet firm Forza Supplements.

The research demonstrated that there are three specific times in the day when we’re likely to throw out the healthy eating rule book: 11:01am, 3.41pm and 9:31pm. As much as 750 calories are consumed at these times of the day – enough to ruin even the strictest diet plan.

The findings point to key mistakes that dieters make. These include skipping breakfast (leading to making poor nutritional choices for an elevenses snack), tackling post-lunch stress with food, and succumbing to temptation late at night. The report also highlighted the high calorie count of an average coffee shop latte (190 calories).

Forza’s managing director Lee Smith, adds: ‘We are all becoming much more knowledgeable about nutrition and how to eat more healthily at traditional meal-times. It is at other vulnerable moments during the day – these Snack O’Clocks – when all the damage is done in diets.’

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While there’s nothing wrong with snacking to keep energy levels up during the day, the study is useful in pointing out when we might make bad food decisions. Remember: preparation is key when sticking to a healthy eating plan. Be inspired by our round-up of nutritious snack ideas, instead.

Giving Tree snacks are here to help, the perfect snacks to try during your day are our 7 different varieties of fruit and veg crisps. When reaching for a chocolate bar, packet of crisps or cheese and crackers we have the perfect alternatives for those both sweet and savoury cravings!

Why not try our vegetable crisps dipped in reduced fat humous, tzatziki or guacamole or just as good on their own!

Our fruit crisps (apple, peach ,strawberry and mango) all make fantastic toppings for a bowl of natural yogurt or ontop of some fat free coconut yogurt..we love cofro! Take a look at the mouth-watering picture above, this was a fat-free, dairy free, gluten and refined sugar free coconut frozen yogurt with our yummy Giving Tree fruit crisps on top mmm!

Let us know your favourite healthy snacks and how've incorporated Giving Tree into your healthy snacking!

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SVOATS.. Porridge like you’ve never tried before

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12.02.16

SVOATS? Sounds a bit like an up and coming bar or restaurant..but in actual fact these are porridge oats like you've never tried before.

Move over the avo toast, smoothie bowls and poached eggs, please make way for Savoury Porridge!

Now we're not talking just adding a pinch of salt Goldilocks style..

SVOATS are bowls of ridiculously tasty, warming, healthy and filling goodness. Don't get us wrong we love our Giving Tree topped porridge with all the trimmings. But with the Winter months still very much upon us, and it can get repetitive having the same breakfast every morning we thought it was time for a little bit of change.

Now, you probably have alarm bells ringing and thinking, I can't possibly confuse my tastebuds this much. However, just trust us when we say you won't regret it with these wondrous recipes.

Not only are oats tasty, studies have shown that eating oats may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates, iron and full of both soluble and insoluble fibre helping keep you full and also to keep things moving.

Go on, be a rebel and try these SVOATALICIOUS recipes..

1. Poached Egg, Avocado and Hollandaise SVOATS (serves 2/3)

90g oats 500ml water salt and pepper 1 tbsp green pesto shredded cheese like parmesan or cheddar avocado cured good quality ham 2 eggs hollandaise sauce cayenne pepper

Method;

In a pot place oats and water, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat. When it’s thick and cooked, it means it’s done. Mix in a tablespoon of pesto into it.

Making a poached egg is not the simplest thing in the world, but it’s not as difficult as we think. It helps to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and ½ tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and then, just before adding the egg, you need to stir the water (you can always replace it with a soft boiled or fried one).

Hollandaise sauce:

200 g butter 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ tablespoon salt pinch cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons cream First you need to melt the butter (don’t heat it too much), meantime mix all the other ingredients in a bowl until the colour lighten. Very slowly add the butter and blend it until everything nicely connects. Your hollandaise sauce is ready!

Make a little portion of porridge with salt and pepper (you can add whole egg while you cook it) and a poached egg. Serve it with some good ham, pour a hollandaise sauce on a top, avocado and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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(recipe with thanks to 'whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday')

2. For those of you that are still a bit wary of the SVOATS this recipe incorporates sweet too.. Maple Syrup, Bacon and Egg

Ingredients:

90g oats

500ml water (follow same cooking method of oats as above)

4 eggs

Streaky bacon

Maple syrup

Fill oven proof dishes with the cooked porridge (a little butter inside doesn't hurt too) ramekins would work well. Make a little well for the egg and crack it right in. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approx 15-20 mins. your cooking time depends on the temp of your cooked porridge (your porridge should be warm), the type of dish, and how you like your egg. We know everybody likes their eggs different so just keep checking the middle 'till it is to your liking.. remember it will keep cooking a little bit after you take it out, so if your not serving right away take that into consideration. While they're in the oven, crisp up your bacon get it ready ( we fried ours with a little coconut oil in a frying pan).

If your not into bacon or don't want to fuss with it some toasted pecans or almonds would be yummy...you just need something that will add a little crunch and texture.

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 Serve with bacon, maple syrup and enjoy! :)

3. Mushroom, Thyme, Spelt SVOATS

Ingredients 75g  spelt flakes 75g  oats 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 fresh thyme sprigs Pinch of salt

Toppings: 2 poached eggs Sautéed mushrooms (we sauteer ours in a little coconut oil) Small handful chopped spinach or kale leaves Chilli Flakes Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or truffled oil (optional)

Instructions Boil the kettle with 250 ml of water or bring to a boil in a pan. In a separate pan melt your coconut oil on a medium-high heat. Add the spelt and the oats and stir to coat. Reduce to a more medium heat and stir occasionally, making sure all the flakes are getting nice and toasty evenly. Toast for about 5 minutes, and once it’s lovely and fragrant (I think it starts smelling like popcorn!) carefully add in your boiling water - and be careful, as it’ll splutter! Turn down the heat to low, until it’s just barely a simmer, throw in the thyme sprigs and salt, give it a quick stir and cover. Leave undisturbed for at least 5 minutes. Once it’s reached your desired consistency, take off the heat, remove the thyme sprigs, and place into bowls. Add any and all toppings that you want, and enjoy straight away.

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(picture with thanks to sprinkleofgreen)