Those of you who know me well know I absolutely hate the thought of any sort of ‘diet’. I never ever weigh myself (it's way too depressing to judge if you feel good by a number on a machine) and the thought of depriving myself of food in order to look good seems like a wasted life to me – yes I know that’s dramatic but I really LOVE my food (and my wine). I literally cannot miss meals without wanting to rip somebody's head off so food for me is a really important, and enjoyable, part of my day.
That said, I have been gluten free for a number of years, as well as free from a long list of other foods which I am intolerant to. For those of you who are interested the list includes: potatoes (I blame my Irish heritage for putting 3 types of potato with every meal growing up), tomatoes, all the deadly nightshades, apples (I react as badly to apples and gluten - goodbye lovely ciders) and strawberries (Wimbeldon is just not as fun these days). So after years of being ill I simply have to cut certain foods out of my life which doesn't seem like such a hardship in order to have energy and be pain free. So I feel like I already have to be careful of what I eat, but for health benefits not to deprive myself or fit myself into something. So the thought of a high protein, low carb, counting calories or low fat lifestyle really doesn’t do it for me. Saying that, I do like to be healthy but I do believe you can be healthy and eat really tasty food.
Recently I started looking at the ‘eating clean’ thing that I heard people talking about and I have to say, whilst I don’t personally feel the need to do it 100% of the time, I really am loving the taste and how it makes me feel. Inspired by the likes of Madeline Shaw and Deliciously Ella, I have finally moved onto looking at treats and snacks which are not only gluten free and dairy free but also guilt free. I have to say the thought of healthy, guilt free treats did not appeal one bit but after a relapse of feeling ill recently and realising my sweet tooth was partly to blame, I decided to give it as go. And to my utter surprise, it turns out raw chocolate goodies are unbelievably delicious and totally curbing my sweet tooth. So I thought I would share with you some recipes I've been working on.
I also noticed that with the addition of our new classes, including our high energy Soul Ballet Barre class I have needed the additional energy boost you get from the nuts.
Chocolate Power Balls:
Perfect pre and post workout and super handy to bring into work with you.
Chop the hazelnuts in a food processor for a minute then add the rest of the ingredients until mixed together. Yes it really is THAT easy!
Roll into little balls and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Pop into the freezer for 20 minutes and then keep in the fridge for up to a week. Perfect pre and post workout!
My Deliciously Gooey Raw Chocolate Brownies
Blitz the pecan nuts in a food processor for about a minute then add the rest of the ingredients until well mixed.
Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and using a spoon, smooth into a layer about 1.5cm thick. Pop into the freezer for 1 hour then move into the fridge. Will keep for up to a week from the fridge.
I would love to know what you think of these recipes if you've tried them. This is all new to me so please share any recipes you like and I'll also keep doing the same!