Coconut Almond Snowballs (Protein Balls)

Now that Christmas has been and gone, I suppose it’s time to start eating something other than chocolate and cake… These snowballs are festive as well as high in protein and ‘healthy’ fats. They are delicious and perfect to have as a snack during the day to help you get back to normal eating patterns after all the festivities!

 

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Ingredients

Yield – 5 small balls

 

Method

  1. Place the almonds in a sandwich bag and seal
  2. Use a rolling pin to break the almonds into small pieces (and for anger management)
  3. Place the coconut whey, coconut flour, flaxseed and almonds in a mixing bowl
  4. Add the coconut almond butter and milk to the dry ingredients and mix
  5. Dust a clean, dry surface with the coconut chips and the extra coconut flour
  6. Roll the mixture into balls and roll in the dusting until covered

Christmas Turkey Burger Recipe

I’ve been thinking about making my own Christmas burger for a while now but I just haven’t had time with all the Christmas parties and festive celebrations. I finally went food shopping after training and found some turkey mince ready to create my festive burger!

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Ingredients

  • 120g turkey mince
  • 10g finely chopped red onion
  • 30g sliced red onion
  • 7g Sukrin Gold (alternatives – stevia, brown sugar)
  • 5g dried cranberries
  • 5g cranberry sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • Dried rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil for frying
  • 15-20g cheese (I used cheddar as it was what I had but would taste amazing with brie!)

Method

  1. Finely chop the red onion and cranberries
  2. Add the turkey mince, chopped red onion, cranberries, cranberry sauce and egg white to a mixing bowl
  3. Mix until the cranberries and red onion are evenly distributed
  4. Add a sprinkle of rosemary, salt and pepper to season
  5. If you have time, leave in the fridge to set for approx. 1 hour
  6. Cook the burger – can be grilled, pan fried or oven cooked (I put mine in the oven for approx. 20 mins at 180 degrees celsius)
  7. While the burger is cooking, fry the sliced red onion in the coconut oil until golden brown and add the Sukrin gold to caramelise the onion
  8. Place the cheese on top of the burger, leave to melt and add the caramelised red onion on top of the cheese – nom!

The Foodie Fitness Freak Christmas Gift Guide

I LOVE Christmas but sometimes it can be so hard trying to figure out what to buy for your friends and family. I’ve put together a list of items (most of which I own so I can recommend) in different price ranges which I believe would make good presents for the ‘foodie fitness freak’. Some are tailored more towards powerlifting and the gym, others towards blogging and so on!

 

Under £5under5

  1. Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar (my favourite flavours are White Chocolate Cookie and Caramel Chaos) – £2.50 from Grenade

  2. Heart Shaped Bowl – £3.00 from Wilko
  3. Pip and Nut Coconut Almond Butter – £4.59 from Holland and Barrett

 

Under £15under15

  1. Hard Spiky Massage Ball – £7.00 from 66fit

  2. Eat Well Every Day – Clean Eating Alice – £9.00 from Amazon (pre-order)
  3. The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells – £10.68 from Amazon

  4. STRONG by Zanna Van Dijk – £11.04 from Amazon (pre-order)

 

Under £25

  1. Chilly’s Bottle – 500ml £20 from Chilly’sunder25

  2. Tobisha FlashAir WiFi SD Card (basically allows you to get photos straight from your camera to your phone) – 16GB – £23.99 from Amazon

 

 

Under £50under50

  1. JM Posner Waffle Maker – £26.95 from Amazon

  2. Strength Shop Fractional Plates – £39.99 from Strength Shop

 

More Expensive Giftsexpensive

  1. Lululemon Leggings – £88-£108 depending on style
    (I like the Align Pant II and the Wunder Under Hi-Rise styles) from Lululemon

  2. Inzer Lever Powerlifting Belt – £100 for 10mm, £124 for 13mm(excluding shipping) from Inzer

  3. Apple Watch  – £269 for series 1, £369 for series 2 from Apple

  4. Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera – £399 from John Lewis

 

 

Champneys Spa Day

Last weekend I went to Champneys, Tring, for a spa day with my mum and sisters. I organised it as an opportunity to bring us together as we are all living in different places which means it can be hard to find time when we are all free. I actually managed to find the spa days on Groupon for slightly cheaper than usual but it was still in the price range of a special treat! One of my sisters and my mum had already been to Champneys for a spa day several years ago but I wasn’t old enough to go with them at the time (yes, a very long time ago) so it’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years!

When we arrived at Champneys, we were promptly greeted and ushered to the front desk where the itinerary for our day was explained to us. We were also given our complementary flip-flops! The staff were lovely and led us to our light breakfast which was first on the agenda.

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I was so impressed with the breakfast buffet. There was a range of fresh fruit, greek yogurt with a berry compote topped with granola and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels. To drink they had multiple teas, coffee, orange juice, cranberry juice and a ginger, cranberry and apple drink. My favourites were the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and the ginger, cranberry and apple drink, both of which were divine.

After breakfast, we went and found the lockers which we had been allocated for the day. The lockers contained our Champneys bath robes/dressing gowns which most of the guests spent all day in – including us! The lockers were plenty big enough for our bags and coats but the only problem we had was that my sister’s locker was jammed. After finding someone at reception to unlock it, we got changed and went to the swimming pool.

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The swimming pool was empty when we went in and we never found it to be busy (with the exception of a fitness class in the pool) which meant that you could have a leisurely swim. My mum, myself and one of my sisters also had Thalassotherapy in the Thalasso pool included in our day. The Thalasso pool had five stations which had water jets in different places and of different styles. During the Thalassotherapy treatment, we rotated between the different stations. It was quite relaxing having the jets massaging your body while having a chat! The spa kindly allowed my other sister to swap her Thalassotherapy treatment for a facial as she is pregnant and it is not recommended during pregnancy. After the Thalassotherapy, we went in the jacuzzi which was outside. This was my favourite out of the ‘pools’ as the air was cold and fresh but the jacuzzi was boiling hot – perfect.

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After drying off, we went to lunch. All of the meals were balanced and healthy but still plentiful. The lunch buffet was beautifully arranged with an array of hot dishes, bread, soup, salads and desserts. I really, really enjoyed the lunch. The food was so delicious – I only wish I had a second stomach. My favourites were the fresh crusty bread with whipped beetroot butter, the lamb and apricot tagine with couscous and the chicken fajitas with guacamole. From the puddings, my favourite was the lime and coconut rice pudding which I am desperately going to try and recreate!

Once we had finished all of our helpings of lunch, we went to the Terrace cafe for hot drinks. There was a bit of a mix up and we ended up with three drinks instead of four and the lady behind the counter wasn’t particularly helpful or in a rush to serve anyone. Despite this, my hot chocolate was perfect and warmed me up as I hoped it would. As you can imagine, we were all feeling quite full after all the food so we went for a walk to explore the grounds. The walk was refreshing and it was so relaxing to be in the countryside without a busy road in earshot.

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Our next treatment was a 25 minute massage. The lady who did my massage was lovely and made me feel so comfortable. The heated massage bed was like a massive hug and I didn’t want to get up after! I felt that 25 minutes is definitely not long enough for a massage and I felt the massage could have been firmer even after telling masseuse to be so. I thought it was very well organised that the spa managed to book the four of us to has massages at the same time as it meant that we could organise our day as a group.

We also booked additional treatments while we were there. One of my sisters and I had manicures and my mum booked a facial. I thought the ability to book more treatments on the day was handy and it meant we could fully indulge in the spa experience.

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As part of the spa day, fitness classes were also included. Our set lunch time and massage times meant that we were limited to what we could do. I would have liked to have gone to Pilates and Fighting Fit but it would have meant we that we would have rearrange our lunch and our treatments (not worth the hassle). To end the day, we did all go to a Stretch and Relax class. This class was a combination of yoga and stretching which was taught at a level accessible to all. The instructor was brilliant and kept on reminding us to work at our own level.

Overall, I would recommend the Champneys spa day and I hope to return. The whole experience oozed luxury and class. It was the perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with my family (with the except of my poor dad). A spa day would make an expensive but amazing Christmas present *cough cough, hint hint* (I’m so subtle). You can find out more about the Champneys spa days on their website.

 

JimJams Product Review

JimJams sent me their Milk Chocolate Spread and Raspberry Jam to review.

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As an avid lover of the JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate spread (I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of jars from H&B now it’s so easy to get hold of), I was interested to see if the Milk Chocolate spread and Raspberry Jam were as good.

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Milk Chocolate Spread

The spread has the same silky smooth texture as it’s hazelnut sibling – divine. It definitely tastes like milk chocolate and I wouldn’t have known that it contains 83% less sugar. At £2.79, I think the spread is well worth it considering I’ve paid more than £6 for a jar of peanut butter before (don’t ask, I know it’s ridiculous).

Overall rating 10/10 – I have no negative comments

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Raspberry Jam

I was a bit apprehensive about trying the jam after seeing mixed reviews – one saying that it lacks flavour. I’m not sure if this person received a faulty jar because it looked and tasted like normal jam to me. I think if I was being extremely picky, I would say you could slightly taste that it is bit different from normal jam. I will definitely buy this flavour again though.

Overall rating 9/10

Healthier Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Protein Brownies

Now that it’s nearly Christmas, salted caramel flavoured products are everywhere. Here is a recipe for healthier peanut butter salted caramel brownies which also will help you to your daily protein and fibre goals.

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Ingredients

Brownies

 

Filling – peanut butter ‘salted caramel’

  • 15g peanut butter
  • 7g date nectar (Beloved)
  • approx. 2 drops of salted caramel essence

 

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix together the beef protein, whey protein, coconut flour, oat flour, sugar substitute, VitaFiber, psyllium husks, baking powder and cinnamon
  2. Add approx. 50ml of water and the coconut oil to the mixture and whisk
  3. Add in the egg and continue to whisk
  4. Mix in the peanut butter and salted caramel essence
  5. If the mixture is too stiff to whisk, add more water
  6. Transfer the mixture to a greased tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes
  7. While the brownies are in the oven, mix together the peanut butter, date nectar and salted caramel essence in a bowl with a few drops of water until smooth
  8. Once the brownies have cooled, slice into six and then slice each one again horizontally
  9. Sandwich the brownies together using the filling and enjoy!