Saturday, 7 February 2015

Perfectly Portioned aka How to Have Your Cake & Eat It!

Portion control is a big part of achieving balance when it comes to healthy eating, and this is especially true when indulging in treats such as desserts, bakes and cakes. In the Western world over the last 50 years or so, we have become increasingly accustomed to larger and larger servings, much more than we actually need. Using some really simple tricks to control portion sizes means that you can have your cake and eat it - even when on a weight-loss or low-fat, low cholesterol diet! 
Here's my 3 favourite Perfectly Portioned tips...

Tip 1 - Cook Single Portions

I am a big fan of cooking in containers that provide individual portions, such as:

  • mini cake pans 
  • mini muffin tins 
  • oven-proof ramekins

These ensure that a recipe is divided equally into the correct number of portions when served. It’s also a really fun and appealing way to present food, and not just to children.  Everyone loves having their own cake or pudding! Take a look at these fudgey, gooey Not-So-Chunky Monkey Brownie Bites, made with real butter and 70% Dark Chocolate, yet are only 101 calories and 2.8g of saturated fat per portion!

Tip 2 - Square Tins Are Easier to Divide Than Round

Square Tins Help Cut Even Portions
Sometimes the occasion calls for a whole cake that can be cut into, such as for birthdays or other celebrations, rather than individual cakes. For these times, unless you are a master of mathematics, you'll find it much easier to cut a square cake into equal portions than a traditional round cake.

Tip 3 - Use the Tube & Embrace The Hole!

A cake baked in a bundt tin can easily be cut into even-sized portions
A cake baked in a bundt tin can easily be cut into even-sized portions
It's also easier to cut even portions from a cake baked in a Bundt/Tube cake tin, with the added advantage that the hole in the middle considerably reduces the calorie value of a portion of cake! I personally find it simplicity itself to accurately divide a cake baked in a bundt tin into even-sized portions. Can you guess the secret ingredient in this zesty Orange Drizzle Cake? It's courgette/zucchini! A satisfying slice of this moist, delicious cake in only 200 Cals, 9.2g Total Fat, 1.2g Saturated Fat.

Low Fat Dessert Recipes With Pictures
 Low Fat Dessert Recipes With Pictures
You will find all these recipes and loads more Perfectly Portioned Inspiration in my Quick & Easy Low Calorie & Low Fat Desserts, Cakes & Bakes Diet Recipe Cookbook, which features over 40 Recipes all 200 Cals & under, including:
  • Warming & Comforting Hot Puddings 
  • Divinely Delicious Dessert Ideas 
  • Cute Cupcakes & More-ish Mini Bites 
  • Simply Scrumptious Savoury Bakes & Breads 
  • Tempting Sweet Treats and Cookies. 
All the recipes are made from natural ingredients and do not use artificial sweetenersWith each recipe showing the per-serving value for calories, total fat and saturated fat, you will find them all in my Quick & Easy Low Calorie & Low Fat Desserts, Cakes & Bakes Diet Recipe Cookbook. Available from Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle ebook, from only $2.99/£2.32.  

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