Go Banana’s for Banana Bread

Who love’s Banana?

I sure do, banana’s are a great source of slow release carbohydrates rich in vitamin B-6 as well as providing a good dose of potassium an important electrolyte in regulating the heart and water balance. But beyond the health benefits, banana’s are very versatile and are filled with fibre helping keep away those munchies always good =)

But… I’m not the biggest fan of overripe banana’s, however, I hate food waste so I always use them up to make a tasty banana bread perfect as a snack, breakfast or a topper =)

So Here is a little Mint Choc Chip Banana Loaf Recipe for your weekend meal prep

Recipe

187g Banana ( I use two small bananas)

90g oats

50g Muscle Mousse Bubbly Mint

1 egg + 75ml two chick egg white

75ml Oat Milk (I used Alpro)

 

26g Cocoa Mass chips ( I used Muscle Food)

Method

Add all ingredients into a food processor and combine until smooth, then transfer to a lined loaf pan. Cook in the oven at 190c for 25-30mins until the cooking spike comes out clean, set aside to cool then cut into 10 slices.

Macros

97kcals

11.4c  (2.1f 3.8s)

2.7 f

6p

The Real Reason I Started A New Account

The Real reason I started a New Instagram account…. Has anyone heard of “influencers”?

Who do you think of when I say “influencers” or “Fitspo”?

What comes to mind? Who comes to mind?

“The influencer Illusion had me trapped in a mental funk and kept me down from actually feeling good about myself”

Now don’t get me wrong these people are real people and all credit to them they have obviously worked very hard to get to where they are. BUT that doesn’t mean that you have to follow them.

I want you to ask yourself if they are “inspiration” or whatever where do you sit in that equation? ….. does looking at their account, increase your self-esteem? increase your self-worth?

If not then is it really worth following these people? NO

They are NOT ABOVE YOU

I thought I was doing the right thing when I found all these big names on instagram I thought it was the way to gain new information and get to my goals but I got caught in that comparison trap.

but you must always remember that…

They are not ABOVE you… they are people just like you and me, they are no different they just have a following that’s all it is… numbers. Don’t let those numbers define who you are or your self-worth.

However, that’s where I was going so wrong, (Yes I will hold my hands up and say it)

I was getting caught up in that comparison trap constantly comparing myself to these people on the internet thinking that X way was right or I had to do things a certain way.  I wanted that feeling so badly, not the following but that feeling of confidence and self-acceptance but following all these big names made me even more insecure and left me feeling powerless to change it.

So after Germany, I decided to make a new account… to purposely unfollow all the big names on Instagram and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Now I’m not saying to burn the bridge with Influencers but what I am saying is be mindful of the influence they are having on your life.

I know since I’ve made this new account… I have actively made steps on and offline to be so much more positive and be a doer rather than just following the latest trend… I have actually been consistent and focus on my own goals rather than wondering what (insert name) from insta is doing.

So I guess the main point of this little post is to always, always

Question yourself do their goals and values align with yours? Do they make you feel good about yourself? Question them and everything you see because we all know in a world of social media it can be so easy to edit, show highlights etc

Also ask yourself seriously if this was real life… would you surround yourself with people who affect you negatively? I hope the answer is No. So just be mindful and always put yourself, your health both mental and physical health first.

 

xx

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

Stop what you are doing !! Are you someone who throws away overripe bananas?

If so then I have the perfect solution … A chocolatey moist banana bread the perfect tasty way to change something that’s a bit slimy and squidgy into something so tasty.

Let’s talk about Banana’s for a second… bananas are a good source of complex carbohydrates with slow release energy, a good source of vitamin B6 as well as potassium.

Now it’s turning into a science lesson but stick with me… potassium is an important electrolyte which helps regulate the heart, and fluid balance.

Do you know why banana’s get sweeter as they ripen?

Well, its due to the pectin (a fibre) that coats the banana this starchy carbohydrate breaks down as it ripens turning into simple sugars, therefore, providing a natural sweetness for the bread.

Now for the recipe !!

Ingredients

 

169g Banana ( I just use 2 medium-sized)

59g Coconut flavoured whey ( I used Dystinct Lifestyle)

15 g Coconut flour ( I used Sukrin)

25g Cocoa powder

95g Oats ( can sub for gluten-free)

156ml Alpro Oat milk ( can use any milk)

1 egg +  44ml egg-white ( I used Two chicks)

5g desiccated Coconut ( I used Whitworth)

A little Dark chocolate syrup ( can use another type of sweetener but Jordan syrups are amazing)

Method

Couldn’t be more simple, just pop all above apart from the desiccated coconut into a food processor and blend once combined transfer into a loaf pan sprayed with 1kcal cooking, sprinkle the desiccated coconut on the top. Place in an oven set at 180c for 35-40mins

Once the coconut has browned and a cooking probe comes out clean remove and allows to cool then slice into the desired amount of slices. I got 11 good slices… I topped one of mine with coconut peanut butter from Meridian so good !!

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Macros 1/11

99kcals

2.5f

7.3p

11.2c (2.9f, 3.2s)

 

 

Focus On The Goal

It’s funny how time can change so much, how your belief in yourself can be the key to change… even how your mind can change over time it’s truly incredible. I am a believer that everything happens for a reason but you also have so much power within yourself to shape your future.

Are you Confused already? I know I would be… So Let’s take a step backwards today is a very special day, one that If you had told me a year ago was possible I would have laughed at you (literally). So what is this special day???

Well, today I have been weight restored for a full year, something I was told was impossible for me. Has it been an easy year? No there have been times when I have doubted myself, felt lost. I was so confused always questioning myself and literally driving myself insane.

I was actually so afraid to try different things, to socialise, to engage with people on the internet and in real life. I had no idea who I was at this part of the journey is all new to me I had reached the goal then I thought what now??

As weird as it sounds I felt more lost and vulnerable then before as I had no goal, I didn’t know where to go from here…. Ok so this is getting quite deep but I think it needs to be, but I do actually have some tips and points. As I really want people to get something out of this post.

I think the biggest piece of advice would definitely be Don’t let anyone’s opinion DEFINE you or prevent you from having those dreams, those goals. The funny thing is it’s only really been since Bodypower and Germany that my beliefs have changed so much it’s unbelievable.

Don’t be afraid to Go for it

Get out of your comfort zone, say YES to going to events, where you can meet other people who share the same interests. Have the courage to send that message to someone on Insta, or that text or even better go over a speak to someone, it will make you feel so good and could make that person day. If there is an opportunity available no matter how big or small like an internship, Germany or simply an application form if there is any part of you that wants to apply then GO FOR IT !!!

Focus on the Goal

Goals seriously helped me in my journey to weight restoration and they gave me something to work towards, I neglected to make any after hitting my end goal in August last year. That was a big mistake, and since February this year I have started to use goals again and wow its changed my mentality a hell of a lot. It’s so motivating to have a vision of where you want to go even if you don’t know what that will look like, I had no idea what weight restoration would look like, but I still worked every day to get there.

Having small goals that you can achieve along the way towards a bigger goal because these big changes don’t happen overnight they are achieved through lots of small victories along the way.

Surround yourself with Positive people

Lastly but most importantly surround yourself with like-minded people I can’t stress enough the importance of support and just socialising it really has been so liberating communicating with others. Even if that means putting yourself out there and going to events or places on your own, make that first step you never know where it could lead =)

Finally, point don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that’s family, professional’s, getting a coach whatever you think will help you that’s the main thing

xx

 

5 Days, 5 Ways challenge Good Grains #grainspiration

Who Loves Breakfast FOOD?

I know I sure do and why not indeed, after all breakfast has been said to the most important meal of the day for years. I couldn’t agree more that fueling your body with a good breakfast really does help you throughout the day. I always kick start my day with a nice yoghurt bowl or proats as evident from the Insta.

So what’s all the fuss about breakfast?

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Should you AVOID GLUTEN ?

The gluten-free tend is NO new craze but it seems that there are forever new diets popping up, new products and people cutting out gluten products in order to live a “HEALTHY” lifestyle.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found naturally occurring in cereal grains that give it structure, texture, elasticity and provides a network used to make bread, cereal bars, pasta etc. The gluten content in grains varies depending on the protein content and type of grain.

Who should avoid GLUTEN?

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What Germany Has Taught Me !

When I first got told about REFLECTION I hated it, I crave answers, a right or a wrong way of doing things but even as a scientist I cant be so close-minded. The evidence is only valid until it is disproven right?

Ok so I am already going off on a tangent but basically, guys as you know I went to Germany the past two weeks for an International summer school. I know right, crazy me wanting to do more uni work during the holidays but I am so glad I went. The confidence to apply came out of nowhere, ok not entirely true it came after saying YES to going to a fitness meet up earlier in the year. You may remember meettheukfitfam? meeting all the girls sharing stories gave me the confidence to want to start living again.

So I applied and you can guess what happened next I got in, somehow lol but anyways I made it my mission to make the most of it, talk to people and just give myself permission to enjoy myself. No it didn’t happen right way and there are things I could have done differently but wow I have never laughed so hard.

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