Only in Wellington can you get toast with crunchy peanut butter, banana, whipped
cream, caramel and crumbed cookies. Seriously, this was divine. Not only that, but there’s a chocolate factory right around the corner. Have I died and gone to wonderland?
I can’t believe that there was ever a time, prior to formally studying nutrition, when I would have flat out refused to eat this because… well... carbs.
Crumbed cookies? I’ll get diabetes!
Caramel sauce? My hormones will be f**ked forever!
Bread – bring on the bloat.
Banana’s don’t even get me started – the lollies of the fruit world, am I right??
Nope. I’m not, and I wasn’t. Unfortunately these rules did my health more harm than good and the journey to get where I am now, a place of whole-body health and a peaceful relationship with food hasn’t been easy.
So, how can we reframe this carb-bomb in a way that makes sense? In a way that allows us to enjoy this deliciousness one sweet indulgent bite at a time?
Firstly, let’s look at the whole picture.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one food in isolation has the power to heal or harm you (unless you’re allergic of course). Any food, as part of a balanced diet full of variety will fit into a healthy eating regime. I’ll even argue that it IS a healthy eating regime to include fun foods when we want them.
Sure, if I ate Banoffee toast every day for the rest of my life, at some point I’ll probably be missing out on some key nutrients… but I bet I’d survive for a while though!
Probably get tired of it before getting sick to be honest.
We can also reframe how we look at this lovely slice of amazingness nutritionally…
The old me, would have looked at it and thought sugar! Carbs! Gluten! Oh my!
But by doing so, I would have been neglecting all the goodness it DOES have.
Peanut butter has protein, healthy fats, vitamins E, B3 (niacin), B6, folate, magnesium, copper and manganese. It also contains decent amounts of vitamin B5, potassium zinc and selenium.
Wholegrain bread is a great source of fibre and has plenty of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins (especially b vitamins, niacin, and thiamine). This one was sourdough- bonus!
Whipped cream has calcium for healthy bones as well as protein, potassium, vitamin D and B12.
Cookies and caramel – well, they make me happy. That’s got to be healthy right?
Also, as a whole, it was quite filling. So much for the carbs make you hungry myth, I’ve been pleasantly satisfied for hours now.
So when we focus on all the things we think are "bad" (which we can argue at another time as to the truth of that or not) we miss out on all the things that are good.
My 90 year old self would be horribly disappointed had I not eaten the banoffee pie toast and I can guarantee, she will have no regrets for doing so.
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