I went to see “The Great Gatsby” with a good friend yesterday. Great film, amazing visual experience and Leonardo’s quite easy on the eyes too. What was the most memorable scene for me, I hear you ask? Well, for those of you who haven’t seen it, there’s this fabulous scene where an afternoon tea is held for a beautiful girl. Beautiful cakes, platters of elegantly arranged, pastel coloured macaroons and of course the cupcakes, we can’t forget those. Pretty, sweet, pleasing to the eye and the palate, cupcakes. In the throes of monumental sugar withdrawal, I was sitting, saucer eyed in the cinema drooling into my lap. I cant even recall what Leonardo was saying to the hot chick during that scene, but i can still vividly describe the cakes on their afternoon tea table!
These sweet delights have been one of my biggest downfalls over the years when it has come to my attempts at eating well and maintaining a decent weight. There seems to be some psychological button they press in my reward centre in a way other foods don’t. I feel my excitement level rising rapidly just at the mere thought of a cupcake. It would be fascinating to study the basis for this, but I assume its associated with some positive interaction in my childhood that I can no longer remember well. So what’s a girl to do? I have a few friends popping round for afternoon tea today. If I ever needed an excuse to have sweet treats in the house, having visitors has always been well near the top of the list. I can’t deprive them just because I’m on a diet after all. Really? And of course there would be leftovers, which I would then down as soon as said visitors were out the door. A recipe for disaster!
So I am going to make some new “sweet treats”, the kind that taste delicious but will also support my quest to look and feel just as delicious. So today I am off to bake some paleo sweet potato brownies and banana almond muffins. Delicious and retraining my taste buds one day at a time. 🙂
postscript:OMG! The brownies are the bomb! Suggest using the food processor on the sweet potato for smoother consistency. Muffins also delicious. I substituted coconut oil for the butter and walnuts for the chopped almonds. Boom! Love it when new recipes are a success!!! 😀