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I need your help!

Just dropping in with a quick post this evening. Basically I am considering setting up a small business creating high quality plant based sports products i.e energy/protein bars.

Raw Choco Almond Pulp Protein Balls

I use a lot of sports products myself, and will be continuing to do so throughout ultra training. I find a lot of them are highly processed with lists of unrecognisable ingredients, and I really want something natural to fuel me through my workouts.

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This is all in the very early developmental stages and I am conducting some market research to find out if there is a demand and what people are looking for. Basically if you take part in any sports, or use any kind of sports/nutritional products I would be extremely grateful if you could fill in a quick survey for me, and also forward it to anyone you know who fits the bill.

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Thanks in advance!

Birthday “Baking”

I have had a very busy day today of birthday “baking”. It is my birthday on Saturday so I thought I better whip up some Vegan treats.

First I made Vegan Peanut Butter Cups (which are better than Reese’s and Vegan…Win!)

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups- makes 12 small cups.

  • 100g good quality dark chocolate
  • 130g Peanut Butter (I used smooth but you can use crunchy)
  • 30g Icing sugar
  • Tiny bit of soya margarine

Melt half the chocolate with a tiny bit of soya margarine so its nice and spreadable.

As you can see perfection is not my forte!

I used these really cute small paper cases but if you want bigger peanut butter cups you can use muffin cases just cut them to about half the size.

Layer the cases with a thin coating of chocolate (this is very messy, but I find it quite therapeutic!) Then pop these in the freezer so that the chocolate hardens.

Yum in a bowl!

 

Melt the peanut butter and icing sugar in the microwave, for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until you can stir it all together nicely. Leave to cool.

While that is cooling melt the remaining chocolate with another tiny chunk of soya marg.

Remove the chocolate from the freezer when it has hardened (around 10-15 mins.) Then dollop the peanut butter mixture into the middle of each case. Then place a small drop of the melted chocolate on top and spread.

Before spreading

After spreading

Pop back in the freezer for around an hour or so. To see the finished article you will have to pop back on Saturday, as I am saving them for my birthday.

 

Ha! Good luck to myself resisting those temptations! If there are still 12 on Saturday it will be a miracle!

This deliciousness of this afternoons baking session did not end there. It was time to try out these beautiful raw choc brownies from Wayfaring chocolate.

They were so simple to make, just blitzing the dates, walnuts and cocoa in the food processor until it looks like this:

So hard to resist eating this!

Then make up the icing which includes an avocado….what?! Yep, you read that right. Chocolate brownies with avocado…I was slightly dubious but being a big avocado fan I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt. I used the handmixer to mix the avocado, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla extract and agave. Holy yum! This icing is A-mazing! I cannot describe how good it is, but several spoon licks of mixture were had!

All that was left to do was pat the mixture into a tin, top with the icing and freeze for an hour. So simple.

Untopped mixture

With the amazing avocado icing

I did snaffle a few of the edges and these are seriously good brownies. My mum did not even realize it was avocado in there!

 

Finished article:

Beautiful raw brownies

Birthday Brownie!

Again I cant give a proper taste review as I have only had little tiny bits (massive self control not to eat the above slice!) and like the cups I am saving these for birthday Saturday.

I think this was my first time experimenting with raw desserts, but it definitely won’t be the last if these taste as good as they look!

This afternoon I biked 8 hilly miles, I definitely needed the workout after all that spoon and mixture eating, but making the goodies has to have some perks right!

I was pretty hungry when I got in, so I whipped up this yummy butternut squash and lentil stew from Jemma at Celery and Cupcakes.

I made a few adjustments as I did not have star anise so left it out, I used a green pepper instead of a red one, and I used red lentils instead of green as these were all I had in the cupboard.

Butternut squash and lentil stew

It was really delicious and just what I needed to refuel after a hard work out. The lentil substitution seemed to work out fine. Next time I may add a tiny bit less chili flakes as it was really spicy, perhaps I should actually use measuring spoons though, that would probably help!

 

 

It has been a very busy day of biking and baking.

I am going to see Fair Game at the cinema tonight, anybody seen anything good lately?

 

 

Monday Munchies

Ever have those days where you just feel so hungry all day, it does not matter what you eat, the feeling just won’t go away…yeah..that was me today!

I think I know why it happened, I had virtually no protein with my dinner last night which I know is a post-run error! I have certainly paid the price today. Will have to experiment with eating more protein post-run.

Today started as always with oatmeal:

Good morning Oats

I don’t usually use the sachets but this morning I felt lazy, so just took the easy option! I cooked them with half a banana in and topped with the other half and some small brazil nuts. I accompanied this with a kiwi:

Yes I eat the kiwi with the skin on

I eat kiwi’s with the skin on. Many people have told me this is simply not normal?! Thoughts and opinions? Skin on? Skin off? I think that most of the good stuff is probably in the skin so that is why I eat it….that and I am far too lazy to peel it anyway.

I was starving my lunchtime so I made OIAJ:

Empty jar

Much better

My oats were topped with flaxseed and some dates and were delicious. The SunPat nut butter jars are a nightmare though, so awkwardly shaped that it is impossible to get all the deliciousness out!

Post lunch I impulsively decided to go for a bike ride. Bearing in my mind I got a bike for Christmas and have used it for about 10 minutes since that point. The weather was too good to pass up and I wanted a break from running, so I went for it. I cycled down to a local park and back, it was 8.5 miles in total which I was fairly chuffed with, considering my lack of cycling lately. My legs are now paying the price for this!Stopped at the lake for a little break

I stopped at the lake half way around for a little break. The park is really beautiful though my picture does not give this impression! The last mile of so I found a bit tough as it was hilly, but I am glad I pushed through.

I came back to put my bike away and what should happen as I am wheeling it around but the back gate slammed shut, I thought I would be able to lift the handle on the gate but it was not working from my side of the fence. Fail.

Nobody else was home or home any time soon and I did not have my key with. I had also taken my shoes off and left them the other side of the gate. Double fail. So I was trapped on the other side of this:

I managed to find a chair in the garage which I used for a boost and then I was stuck on top of the wall thinking “how the hell am I going to get down?” I would have jumped if I had shoes on but barefoot jumping onto concrete from height seemed like a bad idea so I decided to lower myself which worked, though apparently I have damaged the trellis!

Post-drama I refueled with some falafel, oatcakes and hummus. Then I decided to whip up a tiny batch of Angela’s Raw Almond Butter

Raw almondy goodness

So yummy, I enjoyed it with some apple slices.

I was absolutely starving all day, so decided to cook a massive dinner. I usually like to eat lightly for dinner, but today I needed something a bit heavier.

Got carbs?

Big pile of steamed kale, absolutely massive sweet potato topped with tahini and simply spiced quinoa.

Simply Spiced Quinoa:

  • 50g Quinoa
  • 200ml Veg stock
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin, tumeric and garam masala

Boil the Quinoa for 10 minutes with the stock and spices, then let it absorb for 15-20 minutes. So yummy and so simple.

I finished with a fruit salad, I am now absolutely shattered and have decided that I need to work a lot harder on how I am fueling my body pre and post exercise. How do you like to fuel pre and post exercise?