Some times tea and cake is just what you want. The perfect combination. I find that when I eat cake the first mouthful is delicious. The last mouthful is amazing too and i’m often left with that longing for more. Ensuring that your cake lasts as long as your cup of tea is quite a skill!
If you are trying to lose weight you may well find the temptation of cake quite a problem. But here I go on a quest to solve your mental tussle!
Firstly I suggest that you make a cake that is totally guilt free because it is made out of totally natural ingredients that are amazingly good for you. Secondly I guide you through the mindful eating of it.
To make a lovely healthy cake I use buckwheat flour, tinned fruit and a dollop of almond butter. As you will see I don’t weigh and measure! I keep it simple. This evening I have made one using tinned apples, peaches and mango puree all whizzed up in the Kitchen Aid Mixer with the almond butter. I then got the Buckwheat flour in a mixing bowl and added a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. I made a well and then stirred the fruit mix in. In terms of quantities I simply made sure that the mix looked like a ‘normal’ cake mix. If you have some fruit mix left over then have it as delicious drink.
I then tipped it all into a non stick silicone baking tin and popped it in the oven for an hour on 210 degrees. I checked that it was cooked by sticking a knife in the middle and when it came out clean I decided it was done. I left it to stand and cool. So that is the healthy cake made. Easy peezy!
Buckwheat is a relative of rhubarb not wheat surprisingly! It is so versatile, I make all sorts from it…bread, gnocchi, cakes, porridge, the list goes on. So the cake has no fat, no sugar save for the natural sugar in the fruit, it is wheat free, gluten free, dairy free. Ok for almost anyone whatever their dietary needs. Best of all totally guilt free. Which is where we get on to being mindful!
1) Whilst you are mixing the ingredients keep your mind on what you are doing, notice the amazing colours of the fruit, watch the texture change and enjoy the process.
2) If you can, when your cake is in the oven enjoy some peace and quiet. Try and sit for at least part of the period and notice your breath, the sound of the cooker, the changing smells as the cake is cooking.
3)Whilst the cake is cooling try another few minutes of mindful reflection. Think through all the ingredients that you used and where they came from. All the hands that they must have passed through to be available to you. Feel a sense of gratitude as you realise just how fortunate you are.
4) When you slice the cake feel the texture of the cake and notice how you feel. Are you pleased with your efforts, are you anticipating the eating of the cake, often this is the best bit!
5) Put the cake that you intend to eat on a plate and before you eat it make sure you put the rest away. This will stop you over eating. I like to slice the whole cake and bag the rest up in the freezer. When I want some I get a couple of slices out and often toast it – really delicious, especially with a topping of almond butter and jam!
6) Sit down to eat, when we stand to eat we are much less likely to enjoy the experience to the full. Smell the cake first, then bite into it slowly and notice all of the flavour. Chew slowly and savour the experience.
7) Enjoy the guilt free satisfaction that you feel. Your mind will not be cluttered by guilt and mental chatter about what you have just eaten. Perfect.