Protein Cookies!!

Protein Cookies!
(Makes 4)

Ingredients:
1 tbs almond milk (or any milk)
1 scoop protein powder
3/8 cup of oats (ill explain later)
1 tsp cinnamon/mixed spice
1 tsp chia seeds
3 tsp water
1/2 banana
2 squares dark chocolate roughly chopped

Oven at 150 degrees fan bake

Method:
1. Put two scoops of protein powder into a measuring cup and then fill up to the 1/2 cup mark with oats
2. Add spice and blend in the food processor
3. Grind the chia and add 3 tsp of water, let it sit for 10 minutes (alt. you can use 1 egg white or 1/2 egg)
4. Blend In the banana and chia
5. Add your milk- it should resemble a dough
6. Add the chocolate now.
7. You can cut it into shapes or just roll it into balls and squash it with a fork.
8. Bake for around 12 minutes on a lined baking tray
9. Voila! You’re done! I’m going to use mine for ice-cream sandwiches using blended frozen banana. Yomm.

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INSANITYYY | WEEK 3

    Okay guys. Finally got photos. But they’re from today, which is the start of week 4. I am on my second day of week 4 so you can compare these photos to my earlier ones at the very start. I see improvement! Yaaay! I’ve heard that month 2 is really hard and will really whip you into shape. Is this true? If you’ve done month 2 of Insanity I’d love your insight! 

completely relaxed

 

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completely relaxed

     These next photos are of slightly contracted (normal) standing. As in, you know when you’re normally walking, standing around etc. and your abs are slightly contracted? Well… yeah.

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‘normal’

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i know you can’t really see….

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like the ceiling can’t hold us

I’ve come to the realisation that I have a massive bum. Boob to bum ratio is not aligned. 🙂 Oh well. 

THANKS SHAUN T

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LOW CALORIE PANCAKES

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Seeing as last time my pancakes were a little on the high calorie side… This is a low calorie version of pancakes!! It’s so yummy and filling I assure that you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Apple pancakes! (This time under 300 calories)

Ingredients:
I/3 cup oats
1 grated apple (I used Fuji)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg (or two egg whites)
Pinch of baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

Greek yogurt, cinnamon and chia seeds to serve

Method:
1. Blend together the oats and cinnamon
2. Add the apple, egg and almond milk. Blend
3. Heat the pan to a medium heat
4. Spray with olive oil
5. Cook Le pancakes… You might have to spray before flipping over as well.
6. Voila! Guilt free pancakes!

HEALTH POST | NUT BUTTER

     Okay… so you want to know how to make nut butters? With the whole social world going on a health craze it’s only natural that you will want to try a few trends that are making their way around the n-e-t. This includes nut butters! You’ve probably heard of peanut butter and you can make that using this method! It’s also an opportunity to start experimenting with other nuts and flavours. I wanted to make a Nutella-inspired spread but I had no hazelnuts and seeing as I was lazy  I did not have any of those, I decided to use almonds since almond butter is a pretty popular choice.

Whoops sorry… I’m done rambling…Now onto the method!

You’re going to need:

  • Nuts of your choice
  • Food processor (I use one with an S-blade)
  • Other flavourings (e.g. cocoa powder, coconut etc.)
  • Also you don’t need coconut butter and I didn’t have it but It can help improve the texture if it’s too thick.
  • Butter knife for scraping the sides

Method + Photos

1. Measure out the desired amount of nuts into your food processor, you can blend more than one kind of nut together so get creative!

almonds in!

almonds in

2. Start blending! This take a while so you have to be really patient. It starts off looking just like almond meal but you will start to see oils after a while. Every minute or so you should open the blender not only to let the food processor have a little break but to scrape down the sides and allow those parts to get blended. Here’s some photos of how the nut butter should look like as it progresses!

3. Each time you open up the food processor to check on the butter you should use your butter knife to chop it up and spread it around the bowl so that when you turn the blade back on it will chop up those bits!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Alright when we're done it should look like this! All smooth.

Alright when we’re done it should look like this! All smooth.

4. In previous nut butters I’ve made, sometimes when you’re at the dough consistency the nut butter will roll up into a ball as if it were dough. You just have to be patient and open up the food processor and use your butter knife to cut it up and spread it out again. It will eventually stop balling up.

5, Add extra thingies. You can add these at the beginning but for this one I added it at the end. I don’t think it will really matter when you add things. For this butter I added honey, cocoa powder, coconut and cinnamon!

6. Aaand you’re done! You can store these in the fridge (actually you’ll probably want to seeing as there’s no preservatives!). You can now enjoy your very own homemade nut butter in a sandwich or with fruit! Other ways to include it into your meals could be in a smoothie or some sort of stir-fry. Maybe you could even gift it to your friends!

the finished product!

the finished product!

This is a great recipe as it is so easy and nut butters are so good for you! It’s a new and (to me) much tastier way of enjoying the benefits of nuts. The ones I’ve made so far have not been perfect but that means I’ll be trying hard to perfect them! Try it out some time and let me know any combinations you came up with! I’d love to hear them/try them out!

ily a trilly

Mariah

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NUT BUTTER

NUT BUTTER

Here’s a photo of my first ever nut butter making experience! It’s cashew, pecan and coconut flavour and so yum. I’ll be writing a proper post about it next time I make it seeing as I didn’t document the whole process!

HEALTH POST | SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIES

what’s in today’s smoothie: grape, berries, celery and spinach

     Hey y’all today I want to talk about a website I found called Simple Green Smoothies. It’s exactly what you think it is: a website about simple green smoothies! It’s run by two women Jadah and Jen who I believe reside in America. It’s a fantastic websites and if you’re interested in health or just love yummy drinks I can highly recommend their website for great tips and tricks for making delicious and healthy smoothies. Click here to go there!

     I subscribed to their mailing service and got a free booklet in PDF form which tells you a few recipes (it’s just a small collection of what’s on their website) as well as a few tips for creating your own flavour. To me, that was the most helpful part because you probably don’t have the exact ingredients listed in any of their recipes. The ingredient I’ve had the most struggles with is kale- what even is it? It’s related to silverbeet but it’s not readily available in Australia yet a lot of American healthy recipes rely on it such as kale chips so until I find kale or a suitable substitute- we will have to do without. That was really off topic. Oops.

Green smoothies are great for a number of things but for me, it’s mainly:

  • They are super easy to make and take a matter of minutes
  • They are yummy and you don’t feel bad drinking it as you would a milkshake
  • Good source of fibre and plant material (so lots of vitamins!)
  • But you don’t feel like you’re just eating a handful of leaves to get these

I think that it’s a really good way to start your day which will leave you feeling inspired and fresh. I usually do Insanity in the mornings but I would not recommend drinking just a smoothie before working out vigorously as it doesn’t contain many carbohydrates so you may get sick. We don’t want that! Today’s my rest day before I re-start Insanity so I’m having a nice relax and a super duper healthy day.

So what they recommend in making your own flavour is to use the following formula:

(Serves 1) 1.5 cups of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens and 1 cup of liquid

     How easy is that?! You can go to their website to find out more about the recommended ingredients and the benefits of each one but I’ll tell you what I made today. I used a cup of spinach, half a cup each of grapes, frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries and cold water from the fridge as my liquid (as per the photo above). I’ve never added much liquid in my smoothies before but now that I’ve added water I have to say it’s a lot better and easier to drink. You don’t have to have a special smoothie blender- I usually just use a bar-mix-type thing but you can use whatever appliance you see fit. Please give green smoothies a try!

     Are you into the green smoothie movement like I am? Or is it just a fad? Tell me your recipes and other things in the comments!

ily a trilly,

Mariah

xx

INSANITY PROGRESS | WEEK (-1)

Woo! These are my starting photos for INSANITY. It’s really fun even though it’s so… you know… insane. I imagine it’ll only get harder which is a-ok with me! Yeah it does say minus one up there because if you read my previous post… I accidentally will have to do a week of insanity before I start actual insanity. All will be explained in that post if you go read it.

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haters gonna hate…. dayum gurl.. dat mess.

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So these were taken on my first day of insanity after the fit test. Just to clarify.

ily a trilly. x