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Mummy Snacks – Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls

I’m a busy mum of 4 and spend a lot of time snacking. So over the next few months I’m going to be trying out some home made snacks, that will be either healthier or help with my energy levels. I will also be sharing these recipes and my thoughts.

chocolate and oat energy ballsThis week I made Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls. I doubled up the recipe (see below) and found that it made around 15 balls, but I suppose it depends on how big you make them. I kept some in the fridge and put the rest into the freezer for later in the week.  I found the balls tasted a lot like snickers just a bit crunchier, and thought they were rather nice. The texture was a little gritty because of the seeds but not unpleasant. I will be making these again soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
Makes: 10 energy balls

  • 80g oats
  • 130g smooth peanut butter
  • 80ml honey
  • 45g chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavoured protein powder, or to taste

Method
Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Scoop up a small portion of the chilled mixture; roll in the palm of your hand to form bite size balls. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Store in the fridge for when you need an energy boost. These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
Recipe from: www.allrecipes.co.uk

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The Day… Five and Six of Body Beautiful

 

 

I had a hard day yesterday which resulted in me being a bit naughty and going to bed before dinner. It had been another bad night with the children and I had been feeling unwell. After returning from my evening class all I could do was head to bed and sleep.

The day started with breakfast on the go, berries with yogurt and homemade granola. Friday morning are always manic as I need everyone out of the house by 8am so we can all get to nursery, school and work on time. A sit down breakfast for me isn’t always an option

For lunch I had a favourite of mine, chicken salad, but by this point I was starting to feel unwell and eating wasn’t that fun. I tried to eat a few healthy snacks during the afternoon to help me feel better but I soon realised it was more sickness than huger that was making me feel ill.

Saturday was a new day and a better night sleep put me in high hopes.After missing dinner the night before I woke very hungry but didn’t want breakfast this early,Saturdays start at 5.30am, so had a banana to help settle me. I still felt unwell.

Breakfast was red pepper and spinach omelette, I really enjoy this meal and it made me feel a bit better. Willem is also an omelette fan so he joined me for breakfast, although his had cheese in. As the day went on I still felt unwell, I tried to snack again to see if it helped but it didn’t go away.

At Lunchtime I had the rest of my soup from earlier in the week. It took me ages to eat it as I was not in the mood for food or enjoying it

By dinnertime I felt rough and was not looking forward to eating, but Saturday and Sunday are the only day we all get to eat together so I made the effort. We had sweet potato chill and I was unsure how I felt about this. I actually really enjoyed it, we made it to our own heat  and found it a meal we would make again.

However after feeling unwell for the last few days I have decided I am going to end the program a day early as I feel I need to rest up. I have enjoyed parts of the program and plan to do it again when I am feeling better. I will post more on this tomorrow…

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/

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The Day… Four of Body Beautiful

bb-day-4We’re half way, mid week and the end is in sight. Last night was a bad night with all three children waking at some point, Persephonie woke three times alone. My usual breakfast after a night like this would be coffee and biscuits, followed by a day f snacks and caffeine. Not today.

This mornings breakfast was meant to be smoothie, however when making my soup on Tuesday I discovered my blender/smoothie maker was no longer working. So I decided to redo yesterdays breakfast of berries with yogurt and homemade granola, because I had enjoyed it most. Thursday’s are a quiet day which meant I spent a lot of time at home which made not snacking hard, but I made.

I left lunch until after I had picked Willem up from nursery, so I wouldn’t have to wait as long in between lunch and dinner. I had my homemade soup again today. I was meant to have this for dinner but new Rob wouldn’t eat it, which would mean him cooking something else and me getting food envy.

Dinner was omelette, spinach and red pepper. It was yum, I really should have it more often. Such an easy meal and can be so versatile, I added mushrooms to mine for  bit of extra protein. I didn’t ask Rob what he added to his.  I am defiantly going to start have it more often, especially as I know the children eat it as well so it makes a perfect lunchtime meal.

Today I did feel tired but I blame this more o a bad nights sleep, than the change in my diet. I’m starting to notice a real change in my habits, I don’t feel the urge to snack as much as I did. The change in my mindset is happening…

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/

 

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The Day… Three of Body Beautiful

bb-day-3Today I woke up feel sick and lethargic. Once I was up and had  a cup of fennel tea I felt much better, I think this is my body telling me it is noticing the change in my diet. I did find that today I was hungry a lot less, so this is a good sign.

I had been looking forward to this morning breakfast, berries with yogurt and homemade granola. It didn’t disappoint. The granola was lovely and so easy to make, I’m please to say I have some left for another breakfast. It seem to help fill me up as I didn’t fill the urge to snack in between  breakfast and lunch

At lunchtime we have swimming lesson for Willem and we usually have lunch in the cafe. This week he had lunch, sausage with chips and beans, while I had a herbal tea. It took all my will power to not pinch a chip or four. When I got home I made myself a chicken salad which was worth the wait, I even got to eat it in peace. Again I felt more satisfied than I have the last few days, I didn’t even get the urge to pick at children’s dinner.

Dinner time came and it was Lemon Chicken Kebabs and they were yummy, I had to take them off the skewers though as they didn’t fit in griddle. I choose to have salad again as I enjoy it with chicken and now that it fills me up. I still have that urge to follow it up with pudding and Rob has just sat next to me eating a packet of malteasers, but it’s not as strong as earlier in the week.

I think my body is starting to get the idea that we are making a change and that the usual sugar snacks aren’t coming. I did start off feeling bad today but as the day has gone on I feel a lot better. I think a change is on it’s way, lets see what tomorrow brings

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/

 

 

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The Day… Two of Body Beautiful

bb-day-2Today was hard! Tuesday’s are busy days, so I am usually in and out all day. I also enjoy popping to Starbucks while Persephonie naps before Gym Tots, but not today.The worse part of today was defiantly after school. We had my nephews birthday and I was surrounded by party food. Plus my lovely children kept passing my half eaten food. o much temptation.

Breakfast was meant to be boiled eggs, but I got distracted and ended up with hard boiled eggs on a bed of spinach. Sounds lovely but for some reason it wasn’t. I think the spinach was overdone and wasn’t really enjoyable. Maybe next time I will try  to watch what I am cooking. I felt satisfied and the morning went ok. I have upped the amount of water I am drinking to help me get through the day and not snack.

For lunch it was homemade soup, and I had planned to make it this morning. However I had mistimed this so after a rush to make it , I then had to take it with me to Willem Gym Tots as I didn’t have time at home.  The soup itself was Carrot and Orange and tasted lovely. I look forward to having it again on Thursday. I forgot how easy it is to make soup and must do it more. I din’t feel that hungry during the afternoon.

Before dinner I had ‘the party’ with all the usual party food, crisps, snacks, drinks and of course birthday cake. I resisted and felt really good to not give into temptation. If I am going to do this I need to do it properly, also I was looking forward to dinner. It was Moroccan turkey and it tasted lovely. very flavoursome. The meal was lovely and with the salad enough to satisfied me. This recipe is definitely a keeper

Like I said today was hard, but for different reason to yesterday. THe main problem was being at the party, and if I hadn’t of been there it wouldn’t have been that bad a day. Tomorrow  I think will be easier…

 

 

 

 

 

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The Day…One of Body Beautiful

So today was tbb-day-1he day it started, my new lifestyle (see blog).  Today was easy looking from the meal plan, and I felt pretty confident in myself.

The day started with fruit and yogurt,  something that I often have for breakfast. However there was a twist, this lifestyle change includes not sugars or sweeteners and I have a sweet tooth. I had to forgo my usual spoonful of honey or vanilla flavoured yogurt. It didn’t go down that well and I found myself not enjoying this breakfast as much as usual. To make thing worse he toast I had made for the children had been abandoned at the table and did look yummy, but I was good and resisted. I was also good at playgroup and instead of my usual coffee and toast, I just had a hot water.

The rest of the morning was taken up with water and fennel tea, and then came lunchtime. Chicken salad, my favourite. There is something about a nice piece of oven baked chicken breast that taste so good, and mine was still warm. I really enjoyed ,y lunch. However I did have the urge to eat something after and had to use all my will power not to help Persephonie with her Hula Hoops.

Between lunch and dinner is a long time for me, especially as we eat after the children have gone to bed. Even worse is that I have to cook them dinner in the meantime. I am usually naughty and do a few extra bits so that I can pick at them but today I was good and pleased to see they cleared their plates.For Dinner it was Mexican Chicken and if I am honest I was a little unsure. I made the salsa and thought it all looked a bit unsubstantial. Once plated it looked a whole lot better, and when I tried it tasted amazing. Rob added rice to his, but I stuck to the plan.

I won’t lie I have spent a lot of the day thinking I am hungry, but I have found that a drink or some kind of distraction takes that away. The mindset still is completely thee either, I am planning all the bad stuff I can eat next week and a lovely large pumpkin spiced latte. I will get there though.

Recipes and further information on how you can make a change can be found here:

http://www.body-beautiful.co.uk/