I know protein ball recipes are ten a penny here on the internets and I’ve tried many a ball recipe on Pinterest with varying degrees of success. However, at the weekend I bought some balls from a local store which were A-Maze-Ing and I really wanted to replicate that taste at home without spending £1 a ball <—-eek! They tasted like
heaven chocolate marzipan. Mmmmm chocolate marzipan…..
Ok so you can’t really call these balls, more like lumps, and foodie photog i am not!
The basis for any protein ball is usually dried stuff like protein powder, nuts, shredded coconut etc mixed with liquids like coconut oil and nut butters to bind them <—– you’re welcome for this explicit and knowledgable explanation of protein balls. For these balls I decided to use dates as a sweet base, I knew I needed almonds for that marzipan taste and I also added chocolate protein powder. They turned out pretty flipping yummy if I do say so myself.
The final recipe (this makes a small amount – I’m fickle with flavours and can’t keep eating the same balls day after day)
Half a cup of dates
Half a cup of ground almonds
Big scoop of protein powder
Generous spoonful of smooth almond butter (or enough to bind)
Blitz away and once the mixture looks like bread crumbs form into balls with your hands.
My new healthy breakfast that tastes like a treat!! I add a teaspoonful of hot chocolate powder and a shake each of cinnamon and nutmeg while the oats are cooking in a pan on the hob and it is scrummy! I’m not mad keen on sweet breakfasts – never understood the whole frosties or coco pops thing but the chocolate powder i use is not too sweet and just gives it a lovely flavour and creamy texture. I use this powder from M&S but you could use any you have hanging round the house.
I’ve also added blueberries and sultanas to the bowl so i can legitimately say i’ve had at least one of my five a day before the day has really started. For a protein boost (for all you New Year’s resolutioners) you can add a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder or whip an egg white in while the oats are still cold. If you are trying to keep it heathy make sure you get whole oats not rolled or processed in any way. There’s no need to buy the microwaveable packets either because you can microwave any porridge oats.
Enjoy! Let me know if you try this or you have any other amazing oaty flavours to share. I also love almond and desiccated coconut.
Yesterday I ran a Santa Fun Run in aid of a local charity which raises funds for carefully chosen projects where children are in distress through whatever life has thrown at them, war/disaster zones, poverty, sickness, homeless and on larger scales children that are orphaned. A brilliant charity I’m sure you’ll agree.
Check out my Christmas socks. They go so well with my Nikes don’t you think? I knew it was going to be cold so i layered these over my running tights and my normal running socks. I wore a fetching Santa jacket and hat to go with this hip ensemble. Vogue should be on the phone any minute…
The race was a 5K although my trusty Garmin informed me it was actually about 3.75 miles which i reckon to be 6K. Who’s counting though? The weather was horrendous – we suffered a hailstorm halfway through (in between the gusting winds) which was fun, and i promise i wasn’t grumpy at all (ahem!). I managed to warm myself up with this delight afterwards…
You can always trust Mr Marks & Mr Spencer to make you a good soup – and one that’s Christmas dinner in a bowl to boot! Yes purlease!!
We got this little trinket for our troubles and I hung it on the Christmas Tree:
And finally, in case you were concerned i’d gone all normal cat lady on you let me just cement my crazy cat lady status by showing you this cutey:
You didn’t know Amazon delivered adorable little cats now did you?
Did anyone else take part in a Santa Fun Run this weekend? I hope the weather was nicer to you.
In my world cupcakes and Tabata training go together like cheese & wine (or Sunday and roast dinner). If you don’t agree let me tell you now – you are wrong.
At my work this week we had a craft/culinary competition based on the theme of Christmas trees. Naturally I stalked Pinterest for several evenings before deciding on attempting Martha Stewart’s Christmas Tree Cupcakes. Here is the making of…
I placed my sponge mixture into ice cream cones and my mini cupcake mould. I used my own tried and tested recipe (read: much easier recipe) than hers but i’m sure it would have come out much the same.
I attached each cone shaped cake to a mini cupcake and then attempted to ice with buttercream to make them look like snowy Christmas trees. I added silver balls for extra Christmassyness (and that is a real word). Here is the end result:
They weren’t terrible, and people recognised them for what they were supposed to be, but Martha Stewart I am not!! For some reason most of them had a bit of a lean on. Safe to say i didn’t win any prizes – they are some seriously talented people at my work and i’m going to have to spend the whole of 2013 practising if i’m going to win anything next year.
To burn off all those calories from my cook’s treats (you know – licking out the bowl, sucking the icing out of the icing bag…) i did two Fitnessista workout videos today. The Six Pack in a Sweater workout and this Tabata workout. Both of which seriously got my sweat on! I reckon my abs are going to be sore tomorrow. If you’ve never heard of Tabata it’s a type of interval training – you only work out for 4 minutes (plus warm up and cool down) but it’s supposed to singe those calories and the after burn continues for quite a while meaning i’m burning more calories as i type this right now. Awesome.
If you haven’t checked out Gina’s blog or her YouTube channel i urge you to do so now – there’s something for everyone and she is soooo lovely.
On a side note i’ve noticed from my stats that i’ve got quite a lot of people checking in from my home town on a daily basis. So either my sister is going overboard on checking my blog or i’ve got some new friendly faces watching!! So this is a big hello to all my fellow donkeys!
I have had such an amazing 7 days…
It started with my lil’ sisters wedding last Friday. What a gorgeous and relaxed day we had. Congratulations to the new Mrs Amy. This is the beautiful dress i got to wear
This dress is from BHLDN, the wedding arm of Anthropologie. It is A-MAZ-ING. Ali’s dress was from the same shop. Stunning.
Next up we paid a very flying visit to London to see Paul Simon play at Hyde Park. If you’ve never been to the Hard Rock Calling festival then you should definitely put it on your list of things to do. Those who reside in dear old blighty will know the weather hasn’t been kind to us recently but the lovely festival organisers wood chipped everything so not only was there no mud but the whole place smelt pine fresh! Paul Simon was INCREDIBLE. His set was more than two hours long and his guest list was as long as your arm. Totally worth getting up at stupid o’clock Sunday and Monday to see him. I love him even more now i’ve seen him live.
Then we had my gorgeous hubby’s birthday which culminated in a lovely meal by the beach (albeit a wet and windy beach) with lots of our friends.
I’m off out for my fourth meal of the week tonight (pizza in case you were wondering). Then i think as of this weekend its clean eating and lots of exercise for me. I had an MRI scan on Monday and the scariest part was that they have to weigh you first! Eeep! Having not weighed myself for about six months i had a bit of a shock. But hey ho i’m injured – that’s my excuse and i’m sticking to it.
Let me put all this into perspective for you – this time last year my husband had just been diagnosed with cancer. I’d had to leave him at the hospital to go home and pack his bag for a medical flight to the UK. Now we get to fly off at our leisure to do the things we really want to do. This makes me very smiley!!!
I had the MRI results today – i’m still digesting those and what they mean for me so that will be another blog post.
I hope you’re all having equally wonderful weeks!
Bit of a cheat post today. I’ve read loads of awesome things on the www recently so i thought i’d share just a small sample of those today. You may or may not choose to read them – maybe you’re trying to pretend you’re working and this might kill 5 minutes.
50 things you think are good for but aren’t – i knew about a few of these but there are some shockers in here. Or maybe i’m just not clued up…
Why IKEA should be shut down (but where would i get my cheap furniture???) – my new favourite blog obsession hit a chord with me by dreading an upcoming trip to IKEA. I just had to share my story with her as embarrassing as it is.
Summer shape up 2012 – the lovely Gina has started her summer shape up. With work out plans, meal plans and even grocery lists, whats not to love?
How to get your way every time – fab article on the BBC that i’ll be putting to good use! Oh darling hubby you are so much better at making tea/cooking/taking bins out than i am…
The amazing shrinking woman – the lovely Hanna’s amazing weight loss story with super inspiring before and after pictures. Hanna has her hands full as a Mum but still managed to fit in exercise. You’ve got no excuse!!
And for no reason other than that i don’t like writing blog posts without a picture here is a lovely pic of a daisy chain i made the other day before hubby mowed the lawn and took out all the daisies. Did i mention i’m part hippie?
So that’s it from me really. Share with me what you’ve been reading.
Thanks to the lovely Queen i’ve had four whole days off work!! A – wooo – hoo!! A little recap…
I ate this amazing dessert, after an amazing dinner, cooked by my lovely friend Caroline. She is some kinda domestic goddess that i could never be.
I cycled!! Yay! If you’ve been reading my blog lately you’ll know that three weeks ago i badly twisted my knee playing Touch Rugby and have been unable to do any kind of exercise since (other than boring old physio exercises). On Sunday i did a small cycle ride (about 2 miles) and i was so happy. I can’t say my knee wasn’t sore but it didn’t get any worse. Makes me very smiley!
I also managed some pilates. I love Suzanne Bowen’s 10 Minute Solutions series and i did two segments of her Perfect Pilates Body this morning. I’m going to try and fit this in every day until i’m back up and running (and hopefully continue as much as possible while i’m running). Not just to keep me in shape but to strengthen and prevent injury in the future. Good sense methinks.
I made thai green curry. It’s not culinary genius – it’s just curry paste, coconut milk and veg but it’s yummy. I had brown rice with it. I’m never 100% sure whether brown rice is that great for you as there’s so much conflicting advice out there about how hard it is to digest but i like the taste so whatever!
We went swimming in the sea. To put this in perspective people i don’t live in California, i live in the UK. The average sea temp for June is just 14°. You’d be happy if you were served your G&T at that temperature. It was seriously refreshing though and totally worth it. It was high tide, the sand was white and the water was crystal clear. Once my body went numb the water felt wonderful. I felt amazing afterwards and vowed to go again as much as possible. Then it rained today. Oh well.
I hope you’ve all had fantastic weekends. What’s your favourite exercise DVD? Is there one you always go back to?