Chocolate Truffles

*This recipe is only for the chocolate brown coloured balls pictured above, not the white ones. These taste amazing and are a much healthier alternative for when you get those chocolate cravings! It’s also gluten-free, refined-sugar free, dairy-free and vegan. This recipe was adapted from ‘The Blender Girl’ by Tess Masters. For anyone wanting some yummy vegan and gluten-free recipes I’d definitely recommend this book. Ingredients: 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil in liquid form 1/4 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup (180g) raw cashew butter 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (Plus extra for coating) 3-6 Gluten-free Weet-Bix depending on the consistency of the mixture (My body has difficulty tolerating gluten, but feel free to use regular Weet-Bix if you wish) All you have to do is combine these ingredients in a food processor (I do the Weet-Bix separately and then stir into the mixture), roll into balls and coat with desiccated coconut. So easy! If you want to experiment you could add ingredients or use different coatings – crushed almonds, crushed goji berries, finely grated orange zest, chia seeds.. Whatever you like! Let me know if you make any particularly yummy combos!

Ditch Those Fad Diets

Nowadays there are so many different diets on the market! There’s a Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet, HCG diet, Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, Beverly Hills Diet, Hollywood Diet, a Cabbage Soup Diet and even a Tapeworm diet?! These are unrealistic and harmful to your health. The main problem with most fad-diets are that they exclude one or more macronutrients. For those of who you do not know what macronutrients are, they are the categorisation of the most important food components. There are three major macronutrients that your body needs in oder to function properly and that is carbohydrates, protein and fat. One particular fad-diet that has been very popular is a low-carbohydrate diet. This is where people have drastically reduced their intake of carbohydrate containing foods such as: breads, grains, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, fruit, starchy vegetables, corn, dried beans and lentils, sugar, milk and yoghurt. However, healthy carbohydrates are extremely important for your health. The healthy kinds of carbohydrates can provide you with long lasting energy, prevent disease, improve brain function, improve your gut health and even control your weight! For your body to be working at it’s best it needs a balance of these macronutrients. Depriving yourself of one or more will place stress on your body and cause unwanted side-effects. So why do some people actually lose weight on these fad-diets then? There is some weight-loss success at first because they are reducing their daily food intake and often avoid carbohydrates, particularly the unhealthy kind. However, these crazy diets are so restrictive that they are practically impossible to keep up for long periods of time! And what happens when you stop this diet? People usually fall back on their old unhealthy eating habits and the weight they had lost comes back to them. And so the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting begins.. So what should you be doing instead? Focus on living a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle! I believe you should care for your body by nourishing it with real, whole foods; exercise and drink plenty of water. What are whole foods? Whole foods are unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. They contain essential nutrients and enzymes needed for your body to perform at it’s best. They are often low in calories too, perfect for those of you wanting to lose weight. Everyone’s body is different and therefore will have different… View Post

You Are What You Eat

Does this mean you can eat your way to a new healthy body? It sure does! Here are the facts: Every 28 days your skin replaces itself Every 5-30 days your intestinal lining replaces itself Every 90-120 days your red blood cells replace themselves Every 6 months to 3 years your muscles replace themselves Every 5-12 months your pancreas replaces itself Every 5 months you liver replaces itself Every 10 years your bones replace themselves Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat- what you eat literally becomes you! So what are you going to eat? Processed food devoid of nutrients or whole foods rich in nutrients?