The August Bank Holiday this year was a gorgeous hot one! After my teaching was done for the day I was craving an ice cold milkshake, so when I got home that’s exactly what I had 😀 I decided to make this with stuff I had in the cupboard/fridge, as you do… The final result tasted delicious, so I am sharing this with you in case you fancy giving it a try. Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake:
– 1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)
– Half a frozen banana
– 1 tbsp That Protein Blissful Brown Rice & Raw Cacao Super Protein* (or substitute with cacao powder if you don’t have this, to keep the chocolatey taste)
– Half tbsp maca powder
– Half tbsp chia seeds
– 1 tsp peanut butter
– Ice cubes
Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend away.
(*NB – this post is not sponsored – That Protein is a product I enjoy using and recommend if you are looking for a good quality plant-based protein.)
For a good ten years or so I kept a gratitude journal. Thanks to a TV interview I saw between Oprah and (Simple Abundance) author, Sarah Ban Breathnach where they shared this idea, I was writing down five things each day that I was grateful for in a notebook.
The act of writing these things down always reminded me how much more there was to be grateful for each day than those five things and to find joy in simplicity. (Invariably, it was experiences, unexpected moments and interactions with others rather than actual ‘things’).
But then this habit fell by the wayside, ironically over the past five years which brought self employment, and yes, joy at being able to teach yoga, but also a lot of upheaval, sadness, bereavement, challenging times… The day I decided to start keeping a gratitude journal again I happened to see this one on sale so I tool it as a positive sign and bought it!
I’m back in the habit of taking some time each day to write down what I am grateful for. And it feels good! Some days I might write three things and other days it might be ten. I find it really helps with maintaining a positive outlook, keeping things in perspective, getting off the ‘complaining train’ and kicking cynicism to the kerb.
If you have never kept a gratitude journal why not give it a try? After a few weeks of journaling, don’t be surprised of you start to notice more and more the precious moments that arise each day.
Louola’s Quinola – Grain-Free Granola
I was introduced to Louola’s Superfood Quinola last year by a great company called Superfoodio via their healthy snack boxes, and it’s quickly become a favourite of mine!
Commercial granolas and cereals are often loaded with hidden sugars. And it can be surprising to find out how much sugar there is even in the apparently ‘healthy’ choices out there.
Vegetarian and vegan friendly, Louola’s is a delicious alternative which is not only refined sugar free, but also grain and dairy free. I’ve found this to be a great smoothie topper and have also been using Louola’s in recipes for energy balls and homemade raw chocolate (This recipe for Raw Chocolate Bark using Beetroot, Cashew & Coconut Louola’s went down a treat over Christmas!) You can find more details, plus recipe inspiration here at the Louola’s website.
Choc Chia Smoothie – Here’s one I made earlier 🙂
This is one of my favourite breakfasts on the go – I get an energy boost from the chia seeds and all that’s needed is a little overnight preparation (soaking the chia seeds).
1/4 Cup of Chia Seeds, 1 Cup of Almond Milk, 1 Apple, quartered, 1-2 teaspoons of Cacao Nibs, 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
Soak the chia seeds in the fridge overnight in the almond milk. Put the chia, apple, and cinnamon in a blender and blend away. (NB – if you feel the mixture is too thick feel free to add some extra milk here.)
When the mixture is smooth, add most of the cacoa nibs and blend again. Serve with the remaining cacoa nibs sprinkled on top for some extra chocolatey crunch. If I have any smoothie mixture leftover, I store in a airtight container in the fridge.
I’ve also made this with coconut milk which tastes just as delicious.
#getyouromback 31 Day Yoga Challenge from Sweaty Betty.
Sweaty Betty’s 31 Day Instagram Challenge involves practising one pose each day (a different post for each day of July). I think this is a great way to start building a home yoga practice!
Here I’m showing some Cat / Cow Pose variations for #getyouromback
My philosophy behind U Can Yoga from day one has been and remains that you can find your own expression of yoga, that yoga is for anyone who wants to give it a try and experience its many benefits.
I am taking part and will be posting some pose variations and instructions on Instagram with the intention of sharing a few ideas to make these poses a bit more accessible along the way – e.g. some standing and seated versions for those of us who find getting onto the floor a challenge.
Find out how to get involved by visiting the Get Your Om Back page at Sweaty Betty’s website here. And find me on Instagram @ucanyoga1.
Homemade Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Snack Bars -Here’s a few I made earlier
Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Snack Bars
As I spend a lot of my time out about for work and therefore having no choice but to eat on-the-go I am always looking out for portable snacks. If I can make them myself then that’s all the better and usually cheaper too.
One of my current favourites is these Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Bars. I had a look at one of my favourite shop bought brands recently and decided to have a go at making my own. The result was a success! The joy of this is you can play with your own ingredient combinations (I’ve tried versions using coconut, linseeds and hemp protein, for instance). I use a high-speed blender to make mine, but a good food processor should also work though would take slightly longer.
(Makes about 8 bars)
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup cashews
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ cup water*
(*NB – you may want to add more water as you go, depending on your desired consistency for your bars but I’ve found it is best to start with less to avoid a soggy mix that won’t hold together!)
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Getting the ingredients together
Add all the ingredients to your blender – I chopped my dates beforehand and pulsed in the blender a few times to break up the nuts and dates a bit more.
Blend until all the ingredients have combined and formed into a ball. (Gauge whether you want to add more water or not as you go along.)
Place your blended ball onto a sheet of greaseproof paper (large enough to wrap). Shape and press into a big square.
Wrap your square up and put in the fridge for 1 hour (minimum).
Cut into bars – I wrap mine individually and store in the fridge, ready to eat!