Thursday, 14 April 2016

Brains and gains bars

I have been upping the anti on the challenges and am trying my hardest to use as little sweeter as possible!! Trying only to use the natural sweetness from fresh fruit!
And why did I call these 'brains and gains' bars? Pretty much because they are full of fuel for our brains with nuts and nut butter and with some added protein powder for gains!! This was inspired while at work when my boss was making some brownies from The Big Man's World. Seeing as I am foregoing any chocolate or cacao for the next month (stupidity I know) I decided to substitute and make these protein packed and with a banana coconut icing! Booooooom!!!

Stuff you need

  • 1 cup mashed banana (approx. 3 medium sized, the riper the better)
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • ¼ cup vanilla plant based protein powder
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ crushed walnuts

Icing (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons mashed banana 

  1. Preheat the oven the 180 degrees, grease a small loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan melt your nut butter.
  3. Place your protein powder in a mixing bowl and combine you’re your dry ingredients.
  4. Add the banana, then vanilla and lastly your your nut butter and mix very well. Doing it in this order means you are saving yourself from being a powder puff of protein powder.
  5. Pour the mixture into the greased slice pan and bake for around 15-20 minutes. I don’t like a dry airy cake like slice. I want a nice dense chewy texture on the inside so I pull it out when I stick in a knife and it is still slightly moist inside (hate that word!!)
  6. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, add the icing and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Orange cinnamon protein bark

Stuff you need!

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of either maca powder, lacuna or protein powder of choice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 drops of orange essential oil or 2 tablespoons of orange juice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp crushed nuts or seeds, sultanas,  raisins or goji berries

What to do with it!!

  1. Melt coconut oil and stir in all ingredients except the nuts or dried fruit
  2. Once combined stir in the chunky bits of choice and pour into a greased tray, dish or container lined with baking paper and place into freezer until set.
  3. Break into rough pieces
  4. Eat, enjoy and be happy!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

I am going to open up here and say that this is something I am struggling to learn and embrace.

Some peeps don’t like when others open up with inner self broadcasting on social media. So if you don’t then stop reading!!

I have a big issue with body image and being self conscious about how I look. And I think it is time that I need to really start working hard and doing something about it. I came crashing down this week. Physically, mentally and emotionally. To coin a term from my beautiful friend Amy, some possible spirit wanderings occurred!

My body gave up due to physical stress from not resting enough, not eating enough (and Easter overload) and my body not tolerating the stress is under and being  severely locked up and out of alignment from my ongoing orthodontic treatment. Wreaking havoc on me really. On top of this normal life’s pressures like work, finances were taking their toll.
As a result my mind was giving up because I was feeling helpless, worthless, weak and stupid. I became an emotional floodgate (gates still aren’t not fully open yet though…) because I have gone years blocking out, harbouring and not clearing out emotions, which I continue to do. Which brings things back to the physical body again, because the body is a warehouse of organs that will hold onto emotions that we have not properly cleansed and detoxified from ourselves. This essential riddles the body with physical pain.

So what was I experiencing:

  • Severe exhaustion and lack of energy
  • Starting to rely on needing chocolate and justifying the need for more caffeine (even though I have only 1-2 a week)
  • Migraine symptoms (Severe headaches, Blurred vision, Nausea, loss of balance)
  • Delays in reactions
  • Not coping and everything seemed demanding, even a text message
  • Feeling like I needed to burst into tears all day

And what helped me?

  • I gave in to myself and rested more than I would usually.
  • Making a phone call and talking to someone rather than just dealing on my own and isolating myself
  • Took a day off work
  • Sleep
  • Yoga
  • Getting myself back in tune with my hippy spiritual side that I had neglected
  • Letting go (thoughts, judgements)
  • Went to the chiro to get adjusted (and literally got my life back for a day!!)

I know this is a bit of a ramble but I guess it is part of me allowing myself to be vulnerable and work on parts of myself that are holding  me back. It is scaring to open up about your private life, but I hope that in doing so other people will realise that they are not alone....