Making Healthy Almond-Cacao Protein Balls

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Hey guys!

Despite being flat out with uni exams at the moment, this Sunday I’m going to publish a quick recipe I use for my cacoa protein balls.

Protein balls are so great as a healthy snack to fill you up. Just try not to go crazy on them, as they are very moreish. I try to use coconut oil because it is nice and filling compared to lots of other cooking oils.

Each ball has about 205 calories and is dense with healthy fats and protein to make it the perfect yummy, healthy snack.

My recipe makes 5. You will need:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 50g sultanas
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Method:

  1. Put all dry ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Put peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for 1 minute
  3. Pour peanut butter/coconut oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix with spoon.
  4. Using your hands form the mixture into 5 little protein balls
  5. Place in fridge for an hour
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Cocoa Brown ~ How could I choose any other colour?

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Let me know if you try the recipe out!

What I Eat in a Day (II) | Cafe Review

Helloooo I’m back with another what I ate in a typical day. Here my diet is completely omnivorous with no funky veganism/vegetarianism or health restrictions – but stay tuned for my post when I try going vegan for a week (could be wonderful or a disaster I guess we’ll see).

I started the day off with breakfast with a girlfriend at Lid & Jar in Chatswood. It’s a lovely cafe in a peaceful, contemporary setting with plenty of space to relax and enjoy your meal, but I do find it quite pricey (I paid $23 AUD for my breakfast).

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I had a tough time choosing between what I got and their fluffy French toast with bacon drizzled in maple syrup, but in light of all I ate at Easter last weekend, I ended up going for ‘the green bowl’. This was a raw mix of kale, avocado, broccolini, asparagus, zucchini and egg, drizzled with pesto and a sprinkle of quinoa. The meal itself was lovely (but not that filling – I was hungry again a couple of hours later), but I complemented it with a black coffee which (even for a keen coffee fan like myself) tasted incredibly sharp and bitter.

Afterward, I hit the gym and did a Body Attack session, which is probably my favourite class offered by Fitness First, but it is full on and meant I was very hungry when lunch time clocked round.

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Lunch was homemade and super easy – just a multigrain wrap, smeared with hummus which was topped with avocado, 2 warmed up falafels, mayo and a sprinkle of parmesan. This was very tasty and filled me up all the way to dinner, which is surprising because I’m usually snacking all throughout a typical day.

For dinner, I steamed half an eggplant and a sweet potato and had that with a fillet of salmon. I usually just do my salmon pan-fried with a drizzle of oil and salt + pepper. I finished off the day with one (definitely had two) of these m&m cupcakes my best friend and I made the other day.

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And that’s what I had in the day – the calories would have come to approximately 1300 (minus the workout session – Body Attack burns 500 calories).

 

What’s the best thing you ate today? Let me know – I’d love to chat below 🙂

 

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Neutral tan for a typical day

 

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Beauty Serums for Youthfulness (homemade!!)

blog1.jpgDon’t you love purchasing beauty serums which contain 30ml of pungent cream that claims to ‘rewind ageing’ and ‘bring back youth’ at a retail price of  $100.

Obviously that was dripping with sarcasm. Why pay exorbitant prices for store-bought serums, when you can get the same results for under $10 at Woolworths?

And who doesn’t love some DIY homemade serums for glowing skin/hair and shining teeth (just to enhance that youthful look you’re already mastering).

Check out some of my favourite concoctions below!

Dark Circles Aloe-Cucumber Eye Mask

You will need: 1/4 cucumber, 1 stalk of aloe-vera, 5 drops rose-hip oil.

Cucumber and aloe vera de-puff and soothe the sensitive eye area. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into small container. Store in the refridgerator – should keep for up to a month. Apply nightly and leave on for about 20 minutes.

Natural Teeth-Whitening Paste 

You will need: 2 large strawberries (de-stemmed) & 1 tsp bicarbonate soda.

Don’t be suspicious of natural whitening methods! They are just as effective and aren’t harmful to the enamel on your teeth. This one is super easy, just buy a punnet of strawberries and away you go.

Honey Hair Smoothie

You will need: 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp coconut oil

This is a very moisture heavy formula, so if you have naturally oily hair – lighten your dose and avoid application on your roots. Just keep this in for 20 minutes and then wash out with your usual shampoo/conditioner routine.

And it’s as easy as that! I buy little jars from homewares stores (only about $1) each, to store each of the mixtures in.

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Tea green or Green tea – either way this colour is fresh and clean

Note: I do love to treat myself with store bought serums, as more often than not they do the trick, but I also find homemade beauty concoctions are highly effective.

The Perfect Low Calorie High Satiety Breakfast

Hey guys!

I have been working on this recipe for a while, trying out all different styles of breakfasts (muesli, toast, bacon & eggs, avo on toast, pancakes) to try and find a yummy, low calorie breakfast which is also very filling.

So here it is, the perfect breakfast to fill you up and keep you looking and feeling good:

  • 2 poached eggs cooked in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 piece of multi-grain toast
  • Black tea with almond/soy/cows milk (or herbal tea e.g. peppermint)

This meal has healthy carbohydrate in the bread, good fat in the avocado, protein in the eggs, part of your daily dairy requirement in the tea and a touch of flavour with the tomatoes.

Don’t feel guilty about the eggs (if you’ve ever heard anything negative about them), they are one of the healthiest and filling foods you can eat.

To avoid getting tired of having the SAME meal every day (don’t worry it happens to the best of us), mix the meal up by replacing the egg with 50g of fish, such as tuna, trout or cooked salmon. Or, you can try different breads such as wholemeal, rye or sourdough. Or, if you are feeling like a bit more flavour you can add some mushrooms or a small piece of grilled haloumi or tasty cheese. It’s up to you!

The feature image is one I captured this morning when I went out with a friend (Burnt Orange cafe Mosman). I ate about half and then asked for the rest take-away to savour for lunch.

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What I Eat in a Day | Recipes

Recently I decided to revolutionise my diet and cut out a lot of the rich foods I’ve been eating. I’m still going to have treats and nice things, but more occasionally so that I enjoy them more.

Breakfast 

Fried Egg with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Ham and Beans

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This recipe is pretty straightforward and nice and easy for when you wake up with a growling stomach: fry up the egg in coconut oil or butter, roughly chop the cherry tomatoes in half and chuck them in the pan then fry until the egg is cooked and the tomatoes start to sizzle. Then add the rest of the ingredients to your plate and breakfast is ready mmm.

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans
  • 3 tablespoons pre-cooked & diced bacon

Morning Tea

Honey & Ginger Tea 

Lunch

Green Bean & Bacon Fry

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What you need:

  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 egg
  • diced ham
  • sultanas
  • walnuts

Place the walnuts in a fry pan on a high heat and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Place a cover over them for 3 minutes, then add in the rest of the ingredients and fry up.

Eat with: Green Jasmine Tea & 1 mandarin

Afternoon Tea 

1 Nutmeg & Cinnamon Sugarless Cookie 

I devised this recipe myself, and these ‘cookies’ are great for a filling snack that leaves you guilt-free. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth I suggest adding a few more sultanas. It also makes for some fun afternoon baking, if you have the time!

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Ingredients:

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sultanas
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp beetroot juice

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Wash your hands and use your fingers to roll the dough into balls about 5cm x 5cm. Press the dough balls onto a pan which has been lined with baking paper. Once finished pop them into the oven at 200˚C (392˚F) for 15 minutes.

Dinner 

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Lamb Curry

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This was such a filling dinner, which I served with quinoa and a light salad. So yum, and the curry isn’t spicy at all. The recipe is quite long, so I’ll post it in detail another time. If you’d like me to do that – let me know!!

Eating like this has made me feel so much happier and healthier. If you’re looking to change up your diet, give these recipes a go 🙂

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Spring Green for healthy recipes

 

Superfood Green Tea Berry Smoothie

Summer or winter I love a good smoothie.

After lots of trial and error, I have created the perfect smoothie with ingredients that have different benefits for clean eating.

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  1. 1/3 Cup brewed green tea
    Green tea is nature’s power drink, packed with anti-oxidants whilst carrying 0 calories. The low doses of caffeine keep you stimulated and awake without the negative effects that excessive amounts of coffee can bring. Green tea has also been shown to increase fat burning when drunk before exercise and prevents chances of cancer, infections, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Incorporating it into your diet is very recommended, but as I can’t stomach the taste of pure green tea, I like to add it to my smoothies.
  2. 1/4 cup Jalna pot set natural vanilla yoghurt
    I love to add a small amount of creamy Jalna yoghurt to give my smoothie the taste boost that makes me love it. Don’t be fooled by half-fat yoghurts, advertising the benefits of a lower fat diet, remember that less fat means more sugar and the lack of satiety provided will make you want more.
  3. Handful of frozen blueberries
    Blueberries are little bursts of nutrients, full of fiber and important vitamins. They help prevent cancer and cholesterol problems and have also been shown to prevent heart disease. Adding a couple of handfuls to your diet each week is essential to clean eating.
  4. 1/2 a banana
    Banana’s are wonderful for a low-calorie snack which still fills you up. They are associated with numerous health benefits, but perhaps the most poignant is that they have been shown to preserve memory. The brain is arguably the most important part of the human body, so including foods which boost its power is fundamental.
  5. Heaped teaspoon of chia powder
    Chia seeds have dominated the ‘clean eating’ industry since it began, with almost every superfood recipe including them. Their popularity is due to their anti-ageing properties, their help with digestion (keeps you feeling fuller longer and reducing sugar cravings), bone strength and how they help with building muscle and losing weight. This last feature of the seeds is because of their ability to absorb 10x their own weight in water, meaning they prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes.
  6. 1 teaspoon of acai powder
    Needless to say, acai powder is a recently discovered (by the health industry) superfood. If you haven’t seen acai powder on almost every health food restaurant menu, it’s basically a powder made from acai berries found in South America. Having all of the properties (and more) listed above for chia seeds, they are mostly associated with weight loss as they oxidise cholerestrol preventing it from clinging to arteries.
  7. 1 cup of almond milk
    I love almond milk! A lot of my friends have told me its an acquired taste, and although it may be, after about a year of drinking it I think it tastes like a chocolately, nutty brew. Using unsweetened almond milk is a reduction of 40% of your calorie intake, over drinking cows milk. Although you don’t want to stick solely to almond milk (builds up lactose intolerance), incorporating it into your diet where you can is important.

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Pot Colour: Plum, for a fresh, superfood smoothie

 

My guilty pleasure – roast pumpkin bites

 

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Burnt Orange for warm, crispy pumpkin snacks

I am the worst when it comes to snacking, especially when I’m studying from home and all I want to do is eat and not work. But I’ve found that making a snack that’s a little more filling gives my stomach the satisfaction it needs, and stops me from eating a thousand unhealthy snacks all day.

A staple snack I make (you can also use this as a side for dinner/lunch) is roast pumpkin bites. After pre-heating the oven to 200˚C (400˚F) all I do is peel and chop up about 1/3 of a pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Then I lay them out on a tray that’s lined with baking paper, and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top. Next, I season them with a sprinkle of thyme, basil, salt and paprika and then chuck on a handful of chopped walnuts. Finally, I slide them into the oven for 30 minutes.

This is a delicious little snack that stops all the cravings for food and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It’s so yum and easy if you haven’t you should definitely give it a go.

Please feel free to give me any suggestions on the recipe as I am constantly changing and improving it, and leave any comments if you try it, like it or have your own method!

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