Its Rugby season, and what is synonym to Rugby? BRAAI! We all love a good old South African braai. But all the side dishes are not always good for the figure. With all the current lifestyle trends such as “Banting”, traditional braai sides might be a bit challenging, or at least that is what you think. If you are currently “Banting” here’s a few Braai tips to great alternatives to starchy sides and sweets.
Potato’s Potato’s Potato’s… these are a few of my favourite things.
A baked potato wrapped in foil and in the coals of the braai is definitely a favourite. Why not replace the potato with a sweet potato, with a twig of Rosemary? The best thing about “Banting” is you can add sour cream or cream cheese to whoosh it up.
Potato Salad is also a good old favourite. Replace the potato with cauliflower chunks. It’s not potato salad, but your hips will thank you.
For the love of Bread.
If you are a bread “loafer” you will “loaf” this:
“Braai Broodjies” are always a winner at a braai. Just because you are not eating any starch, does not mean you can’t enjoy a “braai broodjie”. Why not pop into your local health shop and get a Banting loaf, alternatively there are great recipe’s available on the web. Try baking it yourself. Get the kids to help, or invite your best friend and make a morning of it. Now you can also have your “Braai Broodjie”.
I scream, You scream, We all scream for ICE CREAM.
It is summer, and perfect weather for Ice cream. After switching your carbs for healthy alternatives, you deserve a sweet treat. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Low Carb Chai Latte Custard Ice Cream:
- 5 egg yolks
- 3 tbsps xylitol sweetener
- 2 tsps vanilla essence
- 3 cups cream
- 2 cardamom pods (crushed open)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg (& dried ginger)
Heat the cream in a small saucepan, but ensure it doesn’t boil. It must only be hot. Now whisk the egg yolks, xilitol and vanilla together. Poor the heated cream into the yolk mixture and add the spices. Now heat it gently over low heat while stirring it. It will thicken and cover the back of the spoon. Let it cool overnight and then either prepare it in an ice cream maker, or simply pour into containers and freeze.
Life is sweet, and also to short not to not have something sweet.