Often clients question the information they are given regarding reducing the amount of oils in their diets to help with their weight management. I have repeatedly had the response “the French eat a lot of ‘healthy’ fats and they stay slim, so why should I reduce the amount I am consuming?”. I tend to agree that we cannot place the blame on one food for causing a nation, or even an individual to become overweight, however it does come back to portion sizes and amount of the ingredient that is used on a daily basis, along with the rest of one’s dietary intake.

Quite a common situation my clients who are overweight find themselves in, is that they use food in a social context, and in particular, it has come to my attention that often people complain that when they have guests over, they want to serve something light and healthy, yet a packet of sweet biscuits always seems to be what ends up on the coffee table.

With all of this in mind, I thought it was only fitting this week that I would find a healthy light dish that can be served as an appetizer or light meal when guests come over, that includes the French philosophy of eating ‘good’ food in small amounts (and yes, there is  a little bit of olive oil in this recipe), yet still allows you to uphold the desire to serve tasty and presentable foods to your guests.

If I am going to be true to myself, the one change I would like to suggest would be to switch the French stick bread over to a sour dough or wholegrain variety (as these will slow down the release of carbohydrates in your blood compared to the white French stick, leaving you feeling more energized for the hours to come). Check out the recipe and let me know what you think? Does anyone else have ideas for a variation that they could suggest?

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