Review: Simply Simon – Peanut Butter Balls

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When it comes to sweet vs savoury, I’m team sweet. For that reason I always ensure that there is something in my meal prep that will satisfy my sweet tooth. Recently, though I found that I kept eating the same things. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy what I eat, but variety is the spice of life and I want to make sure that I don’t get bored with my food. I spoke to my good friend Simon and he supplied me with these amazing peanut butter balls in the photo above. 

Initial reaction: I felt that they were quite small, but was happily surprised at how filling these little guys were. I had three of them a day and not only did they satisfy my sweet tooth but they also helped give me a cheeky afternoon energy boost.

Texture: The oats on the outside of the peanut balls provides a nice crunch to compliment their soft gooey interior (trying my best to sound like one of the judges on Masterchef here).

Taste: If you like peanut butter these taste phenomenal.

Macros Per Peanut Butter Ball:

Calories: 71

Fat 2.3g

Carbs 12.2g

Protein 2g]

Simon also provides meal prep as well as cooking classes. You can find him on instagram @simplysimonchef or check out his website http://simplysimonchef.com 

If you’re interested (you’d be crazy not to be) be sure to get in touch with him. 

I know you’ll enjoy these as much as I did.

Jay xx

Ice-cream for Breakfast: Protein Pancake Recipe

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Hey guys, quite a few of you have been asking for my protein pancake recipe so here you go:

For the Pancakes:

  • 1 scoop white chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 squares dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 scoop water (I just use my protein scoop) 

For the toppings:

  • Salted Caramel Halo Top Ice cream 
  • 1 tsp salted caramel sauce 

Method

  1. Place protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, chocolate, eggs and water in a blender and blend together until you get a smooth mixture,
  2. Place mixture in a hot pan according to the size you want your pancakes. Tip* I use my protein scoop, that way my pancakes are the same size.
  3. Flip the pancake once bubbles begin to form and then cook until lightly golden.
  4. Stack on a plate or in a bowl and top with a few spoons of the ice-cream
  5. Heat up the salted caramel sauce in a microwave for 15 secs and dribble it over the pancakes.
  6. Enjoy

Eating Well On a Budget

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From a very young age my mum always drilled the fact into my head that there are certain things in life where you look to make a bargain and others where you need to invest and focus on quality. Our health is definitely in the group of things that we need to invest in, because no matter how much money you have you can’t buy health and wellbeing. That being said investing in your health doesn’t need to cost you and arm and a leg, so I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favourite foods that are nutrient dense and won’t break the bank.

  1. Vegetables (e.g. potatoes, leafy veg, broccoli, carrots, etc)
  2. Tinned beans and lentils
  3. Eggs
  4. Fruits and Frozen Berries
  5. Oats
  6. Chicken and lean meats (Butcher shops do chicken and lean meat packages so make sure you check out your local butchers alternatively there are several places online that do chicken and lean meat packages)
  7. Tinned fish (e.g. tuna)
  8. Yoghurt
  9. Grains
  10. Seeds and Nuts

Just some food for thought

Jay xx

Coconut Raspberry & Oat Muffins

 

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Ingredients: 

  • 90g coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 2 eggs
  • A handful fresh raspberries
  • Filling of your choice I opted for either peanut butter and jam or hazelnut chocolate spread

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees
  • Blend together all the ingredients (i used my nutri-bullet but you could alternatively use a whisk)  except for the ones for the ones you’ll be using for the filling
  • Place mixture into muffin moulds
  • Bake at 150 for 10-12 until golden
  • Once done give 10 minutes to cool
  • Cut muffins in half and put filling inside
  • Enjoy

Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I did

Jay xx

5 Tips to Help Create a Healthy Relationship with Food

 

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Having battled for so many years in a toxic relationship with food. I thought I would share with you guys a few tips that have helped me find balance when it comes to nutrition and build a healthier relationship with food.

  1. Don’t Restrict = When you restrict food you start focusing on all the things that you can’t have and this can lead to binge eating. When you’ve binged you feel crappy and when you feel crappy you binge more and thus a vicious cycle is created. Instead of restricting, focus on ensuring that the majority of your meals are made up of nutrient dense foods while still allowing yourself to enjoy all your favourite things (in moderation of course 😉 ). Approaching nutrition in this way allows you to fill your body with mostly nutrient dense foods without feeling deprived.
  1. Don’t Label Foods = When you stop labelling food as being either “good” or “bad” you give yourself the freedom to  just enjoy the foods that are good for your soul without feeling guilt.
  1. View it as a lifestyle change = The approach to nutrition you take (i.e. paleo, keto, vegan, vegetarian, etc) should be taken for the right reasons. You shouldn’t pick it solely to lose weight. Moreover, you should be able to see yourself doing it a year from now. Viewing things from this perspective will help you step away from the quick fix mentality and you will be more likely to make sustainable changes that will allow you to be consistent in the long-term.
  1. Address the underlying issues which trigger you to binge or avoid food = Addressing what triggers you and leads you to having a toxic relationship with food is crucial. Failing to address these issues will block you from making true progress and instead you’ll fall back into old unhealthy habits. For me there were a few issues which needed to be addressed most notable were the relationship I had with myself, building up my self-confidence and self-esteem and the second was to recognise when I was stressed and to find alternative ways of coping with it. Since addressing these issues I no longer go to food for comfort.
  1. Be patient = Changing old habits and creating new ones takes time. It is not going to be a smooth process, you will most likely make mistakes. Be patient and be kind to yourself and most importantly don’t give up. I’m not claiming to be perfect but these factors have helped me build a healthier relationship with food and I hope that they can do the same for you guys.

Hope you guys find these helpful

Love Jay xx

Supplements & Your Fitness Goals: A brief overview

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Nowadays there are a whole range of supplements promising things from fat-loss to muscle gain. These claims are then substantiated by endorsements and advertisements from fitness models on IG and other social media platforms. Leading the average person to believe that they need to take these things in order to achieve the results that their fitness role models have. This was the belief I held at the start of my fitness journey.

Firstly I want to make clear that this post by no means is trying to say that all supplements are nonsense. I believe that certain supplements if used correctly can be beneficial. However, I think that many especially those who are new to fitness are a bit too eager on their use of supplementation. A supplement is defined as “a thing which is added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.” In other words supplements should be used to boost or enhance your training, diet and recovery they aren’t a replacement for these things. You can use all the supplements you want but if your training and nutrition aren’t on point you won’t achieve your desired results. Not to mention that supplements usually don’t come cheap.

In my humble opinion supplements are not necessary to achieve your fitness goals. To me the main components to achieve your goals be they to lose fat or build muscle are to focus on training, nutrition and recovery.

I did mention that I thought that there are certain supplements which could be beneficial a few of these are:

  • Vitamin D = In regions where the sunlight can be sparse or non-existent vitamin D supplements can help to ensure that the bones, teeth and muscles are kept healthy
  • Magnesium =  Plays several important roles in the health of our bodies and brain.

The message I hope you take from this is don’t over complicate your life with supplements. Focus on getting your training, nutrition and recovery on point. Once you’ve done that, then maybe explore and have a look at supplementation.

Just some food for thought

Jay xx