Healthy Energy Packed Oat Bars! 

Looking for a healthy snack when on the go? Then try these healthy energy packed oat bars!

These are perfect for breakfast if in a rush in the morning and will keep you feeling full until lunch time.

Alternatively, have as a snack mid afternoon. Whatever you decide, these bars are a good balance of healthy carbs and good fats and one of the reasons I love them so much!

Another reason I love these is because you can easily adapt the recipe to suit your dietary needs.

This recipe will make 12 bars.

Per bar: Cals 167, Carbs 15g, Fats 8g, sugar 7g

Ingredients-

110g x Oats

30g x Chia seeds or flaxseed

40g x Chopped nuts

25g x Pumpkin seeds

30g Dried Cranberries

100g Dark chocolate chips

50g x Honey

120ml x Milk

1 x tsp of baking powder

1 x Egg

Method- 

Heat your oven to 150 degrees

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Whisk the egg and milk together and add this to the bowl along with the honey.

Mix all of the ingredients throughly until everything is combined.

Pour the mixture onto the pre lined baking tray and spread out evenly.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Once baked cut into 12 slices and leave to cool in the tray.

Store in an air tight container.

Have a go and please let me know what you think.

Enjoy!

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No Bake Chocolate Protein Balls! 

Looking for a low carb chocolate fix with added protein? Then these are worth a try!

They are also gluten free and full of good fats making them the perfect snack when on the go and craving chocolate.

I have used Choc Chic organic cocoa powder in this recipe. You can buy cocoa from any health food store and in most supermarkets and it can be used in lots of recipes.

Use a good quality peanut butter like Whole Earth or Pip & Nut. Both brands taste amazing and supply their ingredients from sustainable sources.

Unfortunately the picture above isn’t mine I forgot to take one and before I realised we had eaten them. (Oops!)

Each ball contains 93 cals, 5.9g Fat, 3g Carbs, 6.2g Protein.

Recipe- 

Will make roughly 10 balls.

20g x Cocoa powder (extra for dusting)

1 scoop x Whey protein (chocolate or vanilla)

Wholeearth crunchy peanut butter x 70g

25g x Ground flaxseed

25g x Ground almonds

2 x tbsp Honey

1 x tbsp Milk

Method-

Weigh out the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

Heat the peanut butter and honey for 10-20 seconds in a microwave to make this a little runny.

Add the peanut butter, honey and milk, then mix all the ingredients until combined.

If the mixture isn’t binding well you can add more liquid however, you must do this gradually or you could turn the mixture into a soggy mess.

The mixture should form into a large ball in the bowl.

Sprinkle the extra cocoa powder onto a clean work surface or chopping board.

Take small handfuls of the mixture and roll into balls then roll these in the cocoa powder to give them a light coating.

Store them in an air tight container in the fridge!

Let me know what you think? If you do decide to give them a try i’d love to hear from you.

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To weigh or not to weigh?  

That is the question..

Does it actually matter how much we weigh?     

Our weight can fluctuate daily so why do people torture themselves jumping on the scales every day? Or comparing their weight to others?    

At the gym I see the same people step on scales daily, the sad step as me and other people like to call it.

The power the scales have to change our mood is incredible. One minute we feel great, ready for the day and then we step on the scales and it can suddenly turn a good day into a excellent day if lost weight, or turn it into a day of self torment if we have gained a couple of pounds! 

If it’s the latter, dispair and shock sets in and we then start thinking where did it go wrong? This, in my opinion only creates an unhealthy mindset and could potentially make people give up being healthier or exercising.

A 5ft 10 female size 8 could weigh more than a 5ft 4 female size 12 due to their overall body composition, or they could weigh the same. The same goes for men.

Im not saying don’t weigh ourselves ever again. Use the scales as a tool to monitor progress over time, and only if we understand our weight will fluctuate and it shouldn’t be deemed as the key to success, or a reason to beat ourselves up.

After all, muscle weighs more than fat so if your dieting and training hard its likely to be muscle growth, or water that you have gained not fat. 
Also our bodies are made up of 60% water, so water will fluctuate daily which can impact what the scales will say.

I firmly believe that taking note of how our clothes fit, and how good we feel out weigh the importance of body weight! 

Here are my tips to monitor your progress-

Scales- Use these weekly or bi weekly first thing in the morning. Preferably on an empty stomach, naked, or if your at the gym before a work out and take off your shoes.

Progress photos-  This is my prefered method, taking photos in your underwear and doing this every 2-4 weeks. This will show people more results than the scales ever will. 

Tape measure- Measure your waist, hip and chest with a tape measure and track this every 4 weeks.

So after reading the above how much we weigh doesn’t actually matter really does it? 

I’d love to hear from you, so please comment below if this has been a useful post. 

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