Short and sweet!
This weather makes my so tired. And when I am working in the evenings I do need a lot of motivation to get out from the house. These bars do a great job. Protein+fat+chocolate flavour=energy
Sunflower Bliss Bars
You will need:
1/2c sunflower seed butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp carob* powder
1/4 c hemp seeds
1/4 c coconut flakes
Start by blending sunflower butter with maple syrup until smooth. Add hemp seeds, coconut flakes and carob powder blend again until mixture becomes kind of like dough. Spread it on the plate and put into a freezer for a bit.
*carob powder-If u are allergic to chocolate (pure cacao) you can use carob instead. Carob doesn’t contain any caffeine or theobromine, two mild stimulants found in chocolate so it is a great alternative for chocolate substitutes. It’s a legume from the carob tree. It has similar texture and flavour to traditional chocolate. Carob is not as bitter as cocoa so if you are using carob instead of cacao in your recipe, you should cut down on your sweetener.
I don’t have problems with eating pure chocolate but I like using carob just to switch it up and to reduce sugar intake in my recipes.
The weekend was pretty slow this time but I enjoyed it. At least we had time to prepare our meals and eat them together.
To start off Saturday & Sunday we both enjoyed smoothies like this one here
Blueberry banana protein shake (banana, 1 c almond milk, scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1tbsp nut butter and 1 c of blueberries)
Saturday dinner: a gluten free pizza & zucchini pizza for an appetizer
Pizza was on a gluten free dough, bought in Whole Food (way better than a rice dough), tomato marinara and veggies, gluten free cheese for me and for Tom: salami with regular cheese
Dessert: Black bean brownies-yummy
We were hoping to get and eat in one of the vegan restaurants on Sunday but unfortunately the choices here are very limited and it was closed;(We end up eating in a Vietnamese restaurant and hmm…food looked great-take a look.
Mango rolls for an appetizer
Spicy vegetables for me
Tom had a Yellow lamb curry
but when you are used to eating healthy and mostly clean-this type of food doesn’t taste so good any more. There was a variety of choices. Just not too healthy ones. So yeah, I felt tired, sluggish for the rest of the day, my stomach was still hurting this morning. I just think it ‘s not worth it anymore. I guess I am done with unhealthy food;)
Have a great week guys and Stay warm,
and let’s say: I am OK with it.
First of all, a few days I injured a muscle behind my knee. OMG- what a crappy feeling, not to be able to walk. The funniest part is that I really have no idea, when and how. After teaching my evening class on Tuesday I came back home and a few hours later my knee started to feel weird. Then I started to walk funny and on Wednesday morning I couldn’t put any weight on left foot. I still had to teach my morning class, even told my clients that if they see me doing anything they have my permission to yell at me, or throw a block at me. Later I cancelled the rest of my classes until Friday night.
Practice what you teach- and honoring my body is the best I could do at this point.
I know that almost everyone who works as an instructor or working out a lot at some point have to deal with injury but let me tell you it drove me crazy. I felt so helpless, so I was icing my knee and did nothing for 3 days. I had the best intention to check it with my doctor but I didn’t realize that my health card expired so I couldn’t really see him. Tip of the day:make sure yours is still valid…
So now I am a bit better, I still feel a pulling on my hamstring and can not really stretch my leg but I can step onto my foot and that’s a progress. Hope it will heal quickly so I can go back to my routines.
It’s really tricky how your mind works, how your body works and when something goes wrong how it shake us. Great life lesson that brings you back to basics that I repeat on each of my classes over and over again: listen to your body and honor it wherever you are in your practice right now.
So yeah, that was one thing that I am dealing with now.
On the same note (of accidents), I was making a smoothie a few days ago and I didn’t really have lots of options in my fridge so I just put a very ripe mango, 1 apple and the rest of the Greek yogurt and blended it. Holy smoke-how good was that. It came out as a mousse more than a smoothie but that’s OK. Please try this very tasty and refreshing Mango mousse.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
I hope you had a fabulous weekend everybody. We spent Saturday at our friend’s house for the twins’ birthday party. It’s such a joy to watch kids running around, playing and seeing them happy and healthy. They turn 3 already. One more time happy Bday guys!!!
Kids didn’t care that it was crazy hot and humid while adults were trying to cool off in any way to survived.
I find it very challenging to feel comfortable while being outside in this heat. I love summer, but this tropical weather makes me more tired than in winter time blues. So if you are looking for ways to cool off, you can try to make this
Blueberry Grape Sorbet. It’s vegan and dairy free, delicious and very refreshing just in time for days like these.
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of frozen seedless grapes
1 tsp chia seeds
½ c almond milk
1 tbsp of honey/Agave or Maple syrup
(you can add a scoop of protein powder or nuts if you wish)
Blend everything in the food processor until you get a smooth consistency and place it in a freezer for a bit.
Enjoy as you need frozen pick me up treat.
Till next time