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Sweaty Betty & Protein Cookie Balls

This week has been so slow, I was so ready for the weekend by Wednesday! I’ve had a great week of eats though! Really stuck to eating clean, snacking on healthy foods and no ‘oh just one wont hurt’s. I feel fantastic for it though, I am a ball of energy and positivity! Amazing what some good food and a lack of sugar can do!

I also gave up my no gym for the summer. I joined the gym near my work, and boyyy oh boy was it good to get away from my desk for an hour and sweat it out. It made the day go much quicker too, and I was a lot more productive in the afternoon! I was short on time after the guy showed me around the gym, so I just did 10 mins elliptical, 10 mins cycling both HIIT, I then did some work on my legs and butt – dumbbell squats, squats with dumbbell between legs, leg curls and lunges with dumbbells all with no rest in between. I was pretty schweaty. I usually rest between sets but really wanted to get this out quick so didn’t.

As I was feeling so productive on Friday I whipped up some snacks for the week. I already had a load of muffins in the freezer from last weekend – so  I made some protein balls. Cinnamon and raisin cookie dough protein balls!

Protein Cookie Dough Balls

protein balls, healthy eating

Ingredients
Makes 25 1 inch balls

1 cup oats (quick cook oats or oatmeal work best)
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup honey
1/5 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1.5 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk (more or less)

Add 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 cup raisins for cinnamon & raisin flavour – or 1/4 cup choc chips for choc chip ones!

Melt honey and peanut butter in microwave for approx 30 secs. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, and then add the melted peanut butter and honey mixture. Add the almond milk a couple of tbsp at a time, until all the dry ingredients are well combined. Then roll into balls! I made 25… it probably would’ve made more but I may or may not of spooned a lot of the mixture into my mouth..
Store in the fridge, and then grab when you need a snack to attack!
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Hey mr juicy raisin!
protein ball, healthy eating
Magical chewy goodness! I persuaded Pete to try one. He bit into it.. looked happy, looked at me weirdly, asked me what was in it.. I told him peanut butter.. and he spat it out. Pete hates peanut butter. I swear he was enjoying it before he knew though!

Tonight I am drinking barcadi and saying farewell to a friend of mine who is off to Italy for a few months!

Carob and Coffee Pancakes

I have a secret.. and it means I may have to change the name of my blog. I think I’ve found something I prefer to chocolate.. carob! When I was experimenting with raw food I had a bad experience with carob. I ordered some off of a popular auction website… and well, what I got was very strange. It smelt like pet shops. And it was very bitty. I thought I had bought carob flour. But I think I actually bought pet food. I made these carob ‘brownies’ made up of raisins and coconut and carob flour and they looked AMAZING. But they tasted like a pet shop. I really tried to like it, I added it to smoothies but it just had this odd, grainy texture and pet shop aftertaste that I could not enjoy.
At the weekend my mum and I went to a health food shop and I saw a box of carob powder, so I bought it and hoped maybe I just got a dodgy batch last time.

And I obviously did. Because this box of flour was just like cocoa powder. It smelt like the carob bars I have been devouring, not like pet shops. So I did what all good ladies do on a Sunday, I made pancakes.FRIGGIN, CAROB AND COFFEE PANCAKES. AND THEY TASTED GOOD.

Carob and Coffee Pancakes

carob and coffee pancakes

Ingredients
1 serving

2 tbsp spelt flour (any wholemeal flour of your choice)
1 tbsp flax (optional – add 1 more tbsp of flour if you take the flax out)
1 tbsp carob flour
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp sugar/splenda
1 egg white
1/2 cup almond milk/milk of your choice

Whisk together all ingredients, and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a small drizzle of olive oil, or cooking spray. When the pan is hot, add in approx 2 tbsp of the mixture. When the top begins to bubble, flip pancake and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.

carob coffee pancakes
Top with your favourite toppings, I had crushed strawberries that I picked from the garden

no fat carob coffee pancakes I have eaten carob every day so far this week, and abandoned the cocoa. What is going on?

Have you ever tried carob? Share your favourite recipes and favourite ways to eat it! I made some delicious muffins this weekend!

 

No Fat Banana Muffins

This week has been stressful. It has rained every day. I heard some bad news. And I haven’t exercised at all. Aside from a few miles walking, and a bike ride, that is about it. I’ve been going to bed past midnight too which makes me even more of a grump. If I don’t get to sleep before 11am I turn into the hulk. So on Saturday, when I woke up to sunshine I was super chuffed. I spent the morning with my mum, Pete and I took Ralph for a nice long walk into town, then I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking up some treats for the week. Starting with my new favourite thing in the world. Banana muffins. They are low in calories, high in fibre and low in fat and sugar. They are dense and squishy and doughy and delicious. Yum. I’ve been chomping on these bad boys for the last two weeks.

low fat banana muffins

Makes 9 muffins
You will need:
1 cup rye flour (or other wholemeal flour)
1/2 cup of ground flax
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
2 mashed bananas
1/4 cup sugar/splenda
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 cup of almond milk

Directions:
low fat banana muffins
Combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder & soda, flax, sugar and salt)

low fat banana muffins recipe
Mash the shit out of your bananas! I don’t know about you, but I could eat mashed bananas all day long. The best narnas to use are the ones that are starting to go black, they are sweeter and more mashable.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Mix your banana, egg whites, cinnamon and chia seeds. Hello sneaky sock.

no fat banana muffin recipe
Add the wet ingredients to dry, I usually add in one half, then add the second half. This is too dry, so add in some almond milk.

low fat banana muffin recipe
That’s better! You want it to be sloppy enough to drop off the spoon. I added the almond milk 1/4 cup at a time, and used about 1 cup.

low fat banana muffin recipe
Add to a lined muffin tin, then top with chia seeds if you wish. I like to add a little extra nutritional boost! Then bake in a preheated oven at 175c for about 15 mins. Or until the tops are nicely browned.

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These are pretty dense muffins  and filling muffins. I’ve been eating 2 for a quick breakfast some mornings, or one muffin with 1/4 cup of oatmeal.
They also freeze really well, just take one or two out the night before, and they’ll be perfect in the morning. Oh they are also amazing topped with some chocolate PB2.

What are your favourite grab and go breakfasts? I always used to make overnight oats but I am loving the convenience of muffins lately.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

I am back from our camping adventure feeling more tired than before we left! We didn’t stay long because it rained on us, but it was nice to get away together and spend some quality time without distractions.

Bank  holiday weekend rain!

The long weekend has been full of beer, which has led to a lot of unhealthy food choices! One being a massive scone with jam, cream and butter at 11pm last night. A scone that was covered in mold, which I desperately scraped off. Apparently after a few too many beers I will eat anything! So this morning I was determined to have a tasty, but healthy breakfast. After overindulging in unhealthy food I always find it hard to go back to plainer, less sugary foods and I need to wean myself off of it. So I made some dessert inspired oats.

Black Forest Gateau Oats

Ingredients
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup water + more when cooking
dash of salt
2 tsp truvia/sweetener of choice
1/4 cup of frozen black forest fruits (cherries, blackberries, blueberries, red grapes)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (optional)
sprinkle chia seeds (optional)

Mix your dry ingredients in a saucepan until well combined. Then add the water and heat on the stove at a low temperature. When the oats have nearly cooked (this will depend on the type of oats you use, I used quick cook oats so this only took 2-3 minutes) add in your fruit – leave some spare to top your oats (heat these in microwave for 30 – 50 secs). Then assemble your oats!

I added some greek yogurt, then topped with the rest of the warm fruit, drizzled the fruit juices over, then topped with chia seeds. It tastes just like black forest gateau!

For the rest of the day I am going to list a majority of my belongings on eBay, make something magical with a butternut squash, and rest my legs because I am walking like I’ve pooped myself after the long bike ride we had yesterday.

Am I the only one who finds cats super relaxing on rainy days?

Disguise the greens and gym sweat

What better way to end your day with a run, and this for dinner..

A secret bowl of green goodness. 1 avocado, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 2 tbsp cocoa, 2 tsp honey, 2 handfuls of spinach, 5 ice cubes. All whizzed up and topped with some Quaker Oat Crisp and watery PB2 (I am coming to the end of my chocolate PB2 and this makes me sad)

Today I did something unthinkable that I regretted instantly. I quit the gym. As soon as I did it a wave of panic washed over me. WHAT HAVE I DONE?? Since the weather has gotten nicer, I have wanted to spend more time outside, and the thought of going to the gym has just annoyed me. The last two months, Pete and I have been about 5 times. FIVE TIMES. That means each time we went cost like £5. I am a tight arse and I hate wasting money. So I quit, quickly… without thinking.

In the mornings I’ve been going running instead of gyming, and it sets the day up so nicely for me, I run right through a country park where there are rabbits, pheasants and a lake. I’m a sunshine lover and I really begrudge the thought of being inside when it’s nice out. So farewell weights, farewell elliptical machine. Deadlifts and glute pain, I will miss you. But I will be back in September perhaps. I am going to save the money I would’ve spent on our gym membership and buy something.. maybe a new gym outfit to get myself set up for winter?

I am looking forward to a few months of running, hiking, cycling, kayaking, swimming in the sea and utilising the free outdoor gym we have about 2 minutes from our house.

Have you ever quit the gym? What are your favourite at home exercises to do? If you saved up all the money you spent on gym membership for a few months, what would you buy?

I must admit I am a little anxious at the thought of not having a gym membership, but I have free weights and a heavy dog I can lift..

Lightened Up Cashew Cookie Cream

Every now and then I get a brainwave that keeps buzzing around my head until I give in to it. This was one of those brainwaves.
Now I love me some nut butter, it’s dangerous, I eat it from the jar with a massive spoon, I add it to my oats, my toast, my fruit, to anything. Yum. But I wanted to make my sad jar of cashew butter a little more delicious and a little less calories. So this happened.

Yum? Hmm, doesnt’t look it here does it.. But then add a spoon..

And some baked oatmeal…


And you get a massive yum! So yum, your boyfriend asks what you are mmmmmming at so early in the morning. Why darling, just my breakfast of course.

2 tbsp cashew butter
3 tbsp almond milk (may need more)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
sweeten to taste – i used 1 tsp splenda

Whisk all ingredients with a fork – you may need to add more almond milk, just add it gradually. It will take a little while for the cashew butter to incorporate nicely, but it will eventually. It will transform into a luxurious light, fluffy, whipped cashewy, cookie-ey, cinnamonny mouthful of deliousciousness. It’s so tasty I can only describe it with made up words.
It’s a great way of making your nut butter go further too.

Amazing served with the cinnamon and raisin baked oatmeal.

Yummy Chocolate Goddess Ice Cream Bowl

Well. Today I out yummed myself. I had a delicious breakfast – which I will post photos of, but I couldn’t wait to share what I knocked up for dinner. Sometimes when I get in from work the last thing I want to do is cook. I raided the fridge to see what leftovers there were, only to find the temperature of the fridge had gone up, and everything was frozen! My Pepe and I had planned to take Ralph for a walk so I wanted something quick. So the Yummy Chocolate Goddess Ice Cream Bowl was created. I call it the Goddess ice cream bowl, because I felt God-like and amazing when I inhaled it. Yes. Inhaled.

Ingredients

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp maca powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp xantham gum
ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender, until well mixed and the xantham gum has thickened the mixture. Then top with chocolate PB2 made with extra water so it’s thinner, a handful of your favourite healthy cereal (I used Quakers Oat Crisp) and chia seeds. Amazeballs!