Cacao & Nut Bliss Balls Recipe

These are a weekly staple in our house and part of my Sunday weekly food prep as discussed here https://fitmumblog.com/2014/10/07/food-prep-for-a-healthy-week/

If you wish, you can add your favourite protein to them if you want Choc Nut Protein Bliss Balls. This photo is half Cacao & Nut Bliss Balls and half of my Apricot Bliss Balls.

Half Choc & Nut Bliss balls and Half Apricot Bliss Balls

Half Choc & Nut Bliss balls and Half Apricot Bliss Balls

Cacao & Nut Bliss Balls (makes approx. 24)

3/4  cup almonds (dry roasted)

3/4 cup walnuts

30 Pitted Dates

1/2 cup diced apricots

1/4 cup cranberries

2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Rice Malt Syrup (can substitute Honey or Argave Nectar)

Combine all ingredients in food processor until combined (roughly chopped nuts for a chunkier texture or blitz them for a smoother texture… personal taste)

Roll in mix of chia seeds and desiccated coconut.

Chill in fridge for approx. 1 hour (or freeze).

We usually store half in an air tight container in the fridge and the other half in a zip lock bag in the freezer.

Enjoy!

Stop Comparing, Start Enjoying… A body image lesson from my 7 year old daughter

My message… Stop comparing, start enjoying! Stop wishing, start doing! Stop waiting, start living!

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After watching this Dove Beauty Legacy Campaign on Social Media last week, it really got me thinking and questioning myself.

A few days later my 7 year old, Lily and I were in my bathroom and she was looking at herself in the mirror. “What do you like when you look in the mirror?” I asked her. She smiled and replied straight away, listing off “my eyes, my curly hair, my smile”. It made me feel really happy. “What other things do you love about yourself? I was intrigued… Again without hesitation she said “I’m funny, I’m kind, I’m clever and I’m good at art and designing”.

As much as I hate to admit it, Lily has definitely heard me say negative things about myself BUT she still sees only positives in herself (and in me)…. for now! I am so grateful that she hasn’t picked up on any negative self image beliefs yet but I realised that I need to stop with the comparing, wishing and wanting because she is approaching such a tender and impressionable age that I would never forgive myself if she began to be unhappy with anything about herself. She is perfect and that’s the way I want her to continue seeing herself. Do you know, not that long ago I would have struggled to come up with one positive answer about myself if asked the same questions I asked Lily?! Thankfully this is something I have been able to turn around and I work hard on always finding positives and being happy and content with who I am and what I have.

In all the time you spend comparing yourself to others and wishing for something more; life is passing you by anyway so why not enjoy it! Don’t pass your body image issues onto your daughter. We need them to grow up as strong women with high self worth. It has only just been recently that I have really understood the importance of this and every single day I strive to live more happily. And I must say it’s working. I got tired of waiting for the next thing or wishing for something newer, bigger, better and I was missing the fact that I already had it. I just wasn’t enjoying it! No one wants to be a negative role model for their children but we can inadvertently fall into the trap and social media does play a big part in this and it is why I am so passionate about living a healthy, happy and active life and being the best role model I can be for my girls.

Something that I have been working on and reminding myself daily is that I am living my life, not somebody else’s. I am affecting the people close to me and I am so determined to make it a positive impact rather than a negative one.

The truth may hurt and may not always be what we want to hear, but it is still the truth. You are still YOU! You can work to change things but do it on your terms to be a better you, not to become someone else, who in all honestly is thinking and feeling exactly the same way you are anyway ~ they are just trying to be like someone else!

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Look in a mirror daily and be like my awesome 7 year old Daughter and tell yourself what you actually like about yourself. It may be hard to start with but you will get better at it and you will definitely get a sense of happiness and we all know positive energy promotes positive energy. It is so easy to get caught in a downward spiral but do yourself a favour and change the direction of your spiral! I am happier with myself now in my 30’s than I have ever been and guess what?…. I do have a slightly saggy belly (it is my reminder that I carried my 2 precious babies), I do have crows feet and wrinkles around my eyes (my reminder that I always find something to smile and laugh about), I have freckles (so what!)… I am fit, healthy and confident and that’s good enough for me!

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So, Lily and I want to ask you “What do you love about yourself?”

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Apricot Bliss Balls Recipe

These delicious Apricot Bliss Balls have no added sugar or preservatives. They are the perfect snack for adults and kids alike. I make a double batch and freeze half. A double batch makes about 24 balls.

Such a delicious, quick and healthy snack!

Such a delicious, quick and healthy snack!

Ingredients

* 1 cup dried apricots, soaked in hot water for 30 mins

* 3/4 cup of oats

* 1/4 cup desiccated coconut (extra for rolling)

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Coconut oil (melted)

Method

In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients blend until mixture forms a ball. Takes a few minutes.

Place extra coconut on a plate and roll mixture into small balls and roll in the coconut.

Place half in container in the fridge for approx. 45 mins. Place the other half in a zip lock bag in the freezer for later.

The problem I have with these is trying not to eat them all the day you make them. Enjoy!

Our Healthy & Yummy Roasted Veg & Quinoa Salad

Healthy & Yummy Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Salad

1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled (depending how many people you are making it for you can easily double the quantity)

2 TBSP Oil (we use Rice Bran Oil)

1 Zucchini (finely chopped into small cubes)

1 Red Onion (finely chopped)

500g Butternut Pumpkin (finely chopped into small cubes)

1 TBSP Moroccan Seasoning

1tsp Cumin

1 tsp Paprika

Salt & Pepper to taste

Roast all the vegetables with seasoning and oil (liberally coated) for about 1 hour.

Cool the vegetables

Stir through the Quinoa

*you can also add ½ cup cooked baby peas to this when you are stirring through the Quinoa (adds a bit of colour)

We have tried this with a few different dressings, two we like the best are:

Olive Oil, squeeze of lemon, crushed garlic, chopped coriander, pinch sea salt & ground pepper

Sticky Balsamic Dressing

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