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Power Packed Protein Balls

It’s a cool cloudy afternoon and I feel like getting messy in the kitchen! After surgery results confirmed stage 3 (moderate endometriosis) and chronic inflamation around the same areas. So, I’ve been trying to get organised and trying to make healthier choices and ensure I’ve got my lunches and snacks ready so I don’t fall into the trap of eating highly inflammatory foods and sweets that are easy to get my hands on. At this point, I’ve still been making some not great meal options, but everyday I’m trying to make better choices.

I got creative this afternoon and made these protein bliss balls. They are absolutely PACKED full of nutrition and are a fantastic snack option.

••• RECIPE •••

I soaked 15-20 pitted dates in boiling water for about 20mins. I drained them and then blended up the dates until  they were a smooth mixture in my blender before transferring them into a mixing bowl.

I added about 1/2 cup of lsa, 1/4 cup desicated coconut, 1 serving of chocolate  pea protein powder, 1/4 cup maca powder, 1/4 cup cocao, powder plus 1 tblspn of coconut oil to the dates mixture in the bowl and mixed with a wooden spoon.

I mixed them altogether until the mixture was semi dry and easy to roll into balls.

I then picked my different coatings that I wanted to roll them in. I chose cocao powder, hemp seeds, buckwheat and matcha green tea powder. Usually i just roll them in coconut, but felt like being a little more adventurous, and I must say, It has definitely paid off!

I’ve popped them into the freezer so they stay nice and firm and keeping them in there will ensure they stay fresher for longer!

For more recipe ideas checkout some of my previous blog posts! 

With Love,

AE xx

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Berry Yummy Pancakes

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES ANYONE?

Ok, so although in our home we try to stick to nutritious and nutrient rich meals, we also like to treat ourselves! One grey Monday morning that happened to be a public holiday, the cravings for sweet and warm were real! Enter….BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!

It was so lovely to be creating these from scratch. No box. No packet mix. All from scratch. The “old school way”. Check out the recipe below and have fun getting messy in the kitchen!

You will need…..

 

1 + 1/2 cups self raising flour

1/4 tspn bicarb soda

1 egg

1 + 1/2 cups milk of choice

3/4 cups castor sugar

2 tspns vanilla essence

25g butter, melted

1 cup organic frozen Blue berries

Mix all ingrediants (leave out blueberries). Sifting flours and sugar. Once mixture has been mixed and there are no lumps, softly fold through blueberries. Cook in a fry pan with a little bit of butter to grease the pan.

Enjoy with your favourite toppings!

AE xx

 

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Antioxidant Rich Smoothie

I loveeeee spending time at the beach and playing in the ocean and it’s waves. I love having salty skin and the feeling of warmth from the sun on my body. However, having fun on the seashore means working up an appetite! I’ve popped below my recipe from one of my recent smoothie creations! It’s full of rich antioxidants, potassium, iron and protein! Now don’t be scared, you actually can’t taste any of the leafy greens in the blend! How awesome is that, getting your greens in and not even noticing it!

 

RECIPE

Handful of  frozen or fresh blueberries

1 banana

Handful of kale 1 cup spinach

Almond milk

Pea protein powder

Ice

 

Blend altogether and enjoy! Adding the fruit as frozen fruit keeps the smoothie nice and cold! Enjoy guys.

AE xx

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LEAN GREEN SMOOTHIE

This guys, is one of my new FAVOURITE smoothie recipes! It’s filled with potassium, good fats, antioxidants, protein, iron and so much more!

Use this as your breakfast or lunch or snack smoothie! Depending on your health and wellness goals!

RECIPE

1/2 Avocado

1 banana

2-3 Frozen strawberries

Serve of vegan pea protein

1 cup spinach

1 cup almond milk

1 scoop greens powder (I use MODERE green qi)

Ice

BLEND TOGETHER AND ENJOY!

 

You could actually turn this into a “smoothie bowl”. Just ensure your banana is frozen and add more ice andthen serve in a bowl! You can also add more nutrients to the smoothie! Get creative! Add LSA, maca powder, acai berries, flaxseeds etc!

Comment below for more smoothie recipes!

 

AE x

 

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Why I broke up with my career as a Personal Trainer

Firstly, THANK YOU for taking the time to have a quick read of my latest write up!
This week I wanted to write about WHY I stopped taking on clients and basically “broke up” with my career as a Personal Trainer.

Over the last 10 or so years, the occupation of being a “personal trainer” has grown substantially. Like, ridiculously! I somehow managed to choose to take on the career at the same time that everyone else decided to. #rookieerror.

Personal Training & working with people and helping them in particular, is something I am extremely passionate about. I enjoy teaching people, encouraging people, believing in people & working with people. So why the break up?

 

TRAINING OTHERS WHEN YOU SHOULD BE TRAINING YOURSELF
I found that I was training my clients, in the time slots I needed to train myself. Clients need to be trained early morning or evening. These are the only times, working around my other employment, that I can personally do my own training Whether that is strength training, running, riding, pilates or stretching. I highly value “my time” and found that I was putting others before myself. This is something most trainers have to do, so next time you see your trainer, thank them!

EARLY MORNING NO SHOWS
We all have things go on in our lives which put us behind or make us late to appointments etc. As a personal trainer, you are bound to get those 5am text messages that say” Hey so sorry, won’t be making it today”. Mean while you’re already up, session planned and ready to go. As frustrating as it was, I was well aware that people had things going on in their lives and somethings you just can’t control. However, I love my sleep! So to take my time out, plan and be waiting for someone that doesn’t show up was extremely disheartening.

WHY YOU NO LISTEN TO ME LINDA!
“I’m just not getting the results”. Those heartbreaking words said by clients. Until, you go over their food diary, sleep patterns, exercise regime and find out that everything you designed, explained and suggested has been completely overlooked and none of it completed or adhered to. I found that there was nothing more frustrating than putting my heart and soul into someone and them not showing the same commitment.

IT’S A DOG EAT DOG WORLD
Collaborating with fellow trainers, only to find out that behind your back they were “snaking/stealing/persuading” your very own customers to join their programs instead. Ummmm…MATE! That’s not very Australian. I’m really not into competing for “clients” and don’t believe that people should be “competed for”. People deserve to train with who they work well with. I’ve always said it and still do to this day “Not every trainer is for every person, and not every person is for every trainer”.

EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
The walls in which I’ve worked as a trainer have heard and seen many things. Tears, tantrums, deceit, pain, challenges, stories, lies, truths, passion, wins and losses. I’ve heard indepth truths of peoples lives and never told a soul. I’ve handed tissues to clients along with their dumbbells. As a trainer, you take all of this on. Your clients trust you with their very personal health and medical issues. Even though in your own world, you are dealing with your own happenings and emotions, it is also your job to listen and help others with theirs. You are a PERSONAL TRAINER. It gets very personal.

 

Stated above, I had a break up with my career as a personal trainer. It’s coming on exactly 1 year since I said “Goodbye”. At the moment, I still have a very special client that I see weekly and absolutely LOVE working with! I’ve  enjoyed the break and ponder daily where I see myself as a personal trainer in the future. I feel like it is definitely something I will continue with, but in a different way and with a different style. Who knows WHEN or HOW that will be. But keep your eyes peeled…..you never know what’s around the corner!

 

SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE PERSONAL TRAINERS OUT THERE DOING EARLY MORNINGS, LATE NIGHTS, LOW INCOMES, BUSY SCHEDULES BUT ARE LOVING WHAT THEY DO AND PUTTING THE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OF OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES! YOU GUYS ARE LEGENDS!

AE xx