Tasty tempting treats

As christmas is approaching i may start thinking of stocking my snack cupboard with a few treats i wont feel so guilty diving into.

So many people find that christmas plays havoc on their waist line and if you are new to the whole “DIET” lark it is dreadful to be surrounded by all your favourite foods, watching everyone scoff their face while you sit down to your plate full of salad!

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I have decided to delve into the wonderful world of google to give me some inspiration for some tasty snacks so i don’t feel so left out this holiday season!

Here are a few of the best i have found over the last few days which i am going to try out!

Why don’t you have a go yourself?!

This recipe i found on http://atastylovestory.com (paleo, vegan, low-carb and raw food recipes!)

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Energy bars for everyone
Makes 16 bars

Almond & coconut layer
200 g almonds
200 g desiccated coconut flour
2 very ripe bananas
1 tsp ground vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp organic virgin coconut, melted

Chocolate layer
100 g dark chocolate (70 %)
1 small or 1/2 big avocado
2 Tbsp Sukrin, coconut sugar, stevia or sweetener of your choice (I used sukrin gold)
1 tsp organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp ground vanilla

Raw & vegan chocolate layer (alternative chocolate layer)
4 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil, melted
4 Tbsp high quality cocoa powder
8 big soft pitted dates
1/2 tsp ground vanilla

Directions
For this recipe you need to use a food processor or very good blender. Blend the coconut flour until it becomes almost ground. Then add the almond and blend until you have a mix almond and coconut flour. Add the coconut oil, vanilla, salt, banana and blend until you have a firm and mixed dough.
Find a square baking pan, box or whatever you have on hands. Line it with a piece of parchment paper. Now use your hand to even out the dough, it should be plain and have a thickness around 2 cm (0,75 inch). Place it in the fridge.

Original chocolate layer: Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Blend the avocado, sugar and vanilla until it has a very smooth texture. Add the chocolate and pulse until just combined. Remove the dough from the fridge and add the chocolate in a plain layer and place it back in the fridge to set for at least 30 min.

Raw and vegan chocolate layer: Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a smooth chocolate paste. Add more cocoa if you want a deeper flavour and darker colour. Remove the dough from the fridge and add the chocolate in a plain layer and place it back in the fridge to set for at least

Cut the ‘cake’ into 16 bars. Keep them in an airtight box in the fridge for up to a week. Wrap some of them in paper and bring them to your workout, as a afternoon snack or on long walks. You’ll get a tasty and healthy energy load without any blood sugar rush.

Heres another fab recipe this time from http://www.paleogrubs.com

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Gluten free energy bars

Ingredients
1 cup almonds
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pitted dates
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
Instructions
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up. Then blend continuously until the ingredients have broken down and start to clump together into a ball.
Using a spatula to scrape down the sides, turn out the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an even square and chill, wrapped, for at least an hour. Cut into desired size of bars, wrapping each bar in plastic wrap to store in the fridge.
Notes
Servings: 8 bars
Difficulty: Easy

and another here from http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com

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Cookie Dough Bites (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb)

Ingredients
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1½ tablespoons coconut milk
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon + ½ teaspoon raw honey
¾ cup almond flour
3 tablespoons chocolate chips, plus more for drizzling
Instructions
whisk together the coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and honey
using a rubber spatula, gently mix in the almond flour until ingredients are combined. Be careful not to over mix or the batter will become oily.
fold in the chocolate chips and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes
roll chilled dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
melt chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water
drizzle chocolate over each cookie dough bite
Recipe make 10 cookie dough bites. Store in the refrigerator.

Spot the difference….

I realized the last progress report i did was in May, and although my goals have changed now to maintaining a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle, i do think its worth sharing how fa i have come by doing these changes!

 

 

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Here i am before i even considered my lifestyle was doing me the most favors in the world

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Here is the photo i shared with you in May this yea after a few months into my new diet

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and here i am now….excuse all the muddle around me i was going for a dress fitting, and i do love this photo!

I have lost over 15kg since the start of the journey, and although my aim is now not to lose any more, i do want to maintain my figure and enjoy feeling better in myself and having more body confidence!

The essence of baking….

You may have noticed that most baking, whether Paleo or non-Paleo, tends to include vanilla essence.

I love vanilla essence and probably don’t use it particularly sparingly and as a lot of you already know its not exactly a cheap ingredient to be filling your cupboard with!

But here’s news for all you vanilla essence lovers! You can actually make your own! With two ingredients!!

How?

One bottle of vodka ( any price range! Don’t think it matters), 6-8 vanilla pods.

Unscrew vodka bottle, either decant into a prettier bottle (especially good idea if for a present) or if for your own use then use the bottle you have…. Shove in all the vanilla pods.

Replace lid, store for 2-3 months and presto! Vanilla essence.

Just keep topping up the vodka as you use it.

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A spoonful of sugar…

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For anyone that has turned their eating habits around and have really looked at what they were eating, they will understand what I am talking about and why this rings true!

I love how fascinating food can be and how if people really researched what they are eating and how it’s effecting them they would be highly surprised!

There are so many diets out there to offer support to people who are suffering things from migraines to MS, to Autism to cancer…. There is so much you can do to support whatever your body is going through with just choosing the right nutrition!

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Take a look at your diet today or why not see/research what you can do to help yourself by a little diet change!

And just to clarify…. I don’t assume that food and nutrition can cure everything, but if it can help and give your body the boost and support it needs to get you through, why wouldn’t you try it?

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Boil, bake, fry or steam…

Whilst I have been changing my eating habits over the last 6 months I have been adding a lot more vegetables into my diet.

As there are folks out there who may be doing the same or thinking of doing so, I found this great chart to get you started with how to cook your vegetables!

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It may sound simple but some people want or need the simple instructions to give them that little extra confidence in the kitchen!

With thanks to Domestic Superhero for their fab chart and to Chetna Patel from Mamami by Chet for sharing this on Facebook!

A blogging sin…..

When i started Blogging a good friend gave me a few tips on how to run a good blog.
The usual 1. Make it interesting. 2. Try to stick to a theme 3. Don’t use it to let off steam and so on.
I have, if i may say so myself, managed to maintain the rules above but today i may have to break 2 of them!

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Don’t worry, i will try not to break number 1’s rule and maybe i can link my blog to number 2 still but ………number 3 is way put the window!
Today has been one of those days that started with idiots and ended with frustrating morons. I did, i’m pleased to report have a nice break in the middle from fools by spending the day with family in Zurich, so it wasn’t all bad!
I wont bore you all with the details but i will say its been a mixture of people not being particularly helpful, rude, having little faith in my abilities and just rubbing me up the wrong way.
I think i have a level of tolerance for most people, i do my best to be polite, patient, make excuses for their behaviour, but sometimes, just sometimes it would be nice to let the guard down and tell people to use that greyish, cauliflowery like organ in their head….and think about how the could stop being such fools.

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It’s been enough to make anyone want to reach for the chocolate or some other sugary treat to replace some the energy you have wasted feeling bothered by these ‘fool of a took’ type folk!
Although i have managed to restrain from reaching from the sugar, although i wasn’t so successful in resisting in a well deserved ( maybe more ‘needed’) glass of wine to end the evening!
So here is what i am going to do, i’ll share some amusing quotations i have found to help relieve my stress! Good old google images can surely cheer up anyone when they need it most.
So if you have also had one of these days, or maybe you are someone who has already been through this and can relate, either way, enjoy!!!!

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June already?

How did we manage to be into June already?!

I’m sure this year has just whizzed by! I don’t think that its helped much that the Sun has only just decided to make an appearance, we are suffering the worst weather Switzerland has seen in 30 years. So its not particularly inspiring to get outside and MOVE!

Its been on my agenda since spring/summer arrived i would start to walk the 25 minutes to my daughters playgroup, i tend to go there 3 times a week at least and its seemed a good way to add in exercise to my day.

Sadly, as i have mentioned, we have been blighted with pretty standard English weather….grey, rain, windy and just plain yuck!

Yes, ok i could purchase some fine wet weather gear, call me unadventurous but i cant say the idea inspires me much!

On a more positive note i did try out pole dancing the other week!!!
After sharing the news with some friends i was going to attend a class i was greeted with a mixture of reactions as I’m sure some of you can relate too!
“Sounds great” to “what on earth do you want to train in that for”

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I tend to have a lot of international friends, so where as some understand that pole dancing can be a form of exercise nowadays and can be classed as a serious sport on par with gymnastics, others thought it was only something you learnt if you were considering a new line of work….

I recommend watching this link………..http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p2n3vRS9PyI …. ..i would like to point out this is OBVIOUSLY not me, and nor do i assume i will ever achieve this, i have never been the most flexible person!

I have also ordered my Hula Hoop ( borrowing one for the time being to get some practice in!), i was quite keen in adding this exercise into my daily routine, its fun and takes me back to my childhood. The one thing i forgot is, the last time i hula hooped was when i was rather small and i wasn’t just going to be able to pick it up and do my own ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ by Grace Jones rendition…. If you have no clue what i am talking about heres the link…. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vSa5EvWqB7g

It is amazing to think this woman is over 60… And can hula hoop 1000x better than i can. Practice makes perfect though i assume?

Why hula hooping though? Well, lets say i have read a number of times now that hula hooping for 5+ minutes in the morning and 5+ minutes can shave a couple of inches of your waist, and as thats the area i am trying to concentrate on at the moment i thought i should give it a spin! Hoho.

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