If you fancy a sweet treat using all natural and healthy ingredients and sugar, try these. So delicious, simple to make and just 5 ingredients. They will keep for a week in the fridge in an airtight container or can be frozen.
200g (1 cup) almonds
400g (2 cups) medjool dates
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
2.5 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
(I add flax seeds and protein powder if desired)
Pulse almonds in food processor/nutri bullet until they are crushed.
Add dates and coconut oil and pulse till mixed.
Add almond butter and cacao and mix again.
Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball and continue until mixture is finished.
Put them into a freezer for about an hour, remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Over the years my approach to weight loss has changed, having competed in physique comps for 5 years my dieting approach was quite rigid and I only gave advice based off my own experience.
What I have learned these past few years is that the bar I set for members was to high. My focus and drive was too much and they needed a more relaxed approach to healthy eating and training so that they could achieve results and stay the path.
I realized that you don’t have to be super strict and cut out everything you love in order to get results.
In saying that if you want great results then the sacrifice has to reflect that, you can’t put in minimal effort with training and a lousy diet and expect a massive transformation.
This year alone many of our members have achieved a balance between training hard, healthy eating and enjoying meals out. They have lost weight, increased their fitness and regained their health without having to go cut out everything they enjoy – in other words they have found a way to have their cake and eat it.
We encourage hard work and we encourage a relaxed approach to diet, but the more you train the more you can eat/drink. It’s not the normal approach but it’s one we have found works in giving members freedom to choose and to enjoy life.
It’s about finding a balance that works for you, that ultimately leads to you getting the results your after without having to go down the restrictive/fad diet road.
In Australia my favourite chocolate bar is a cherry ripe. They don’t sell them in the UK so have tried my best to recreate a healthier lower calorie version which worked really well.
200g dark choc 70%
50g Rice cereal
40g Salted popcorn
30g Desiccated coconut
100g Dark choc dried cherry mix
Line a square or rectangle cake tin or Pyrex dish with baking paper
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
Bottom of bowl not touching the water
In another bowl put the rice crispies, popcorn, coconut and cherry choc mix and stir until combined
Add the melted chocolate to the mix and stir until everything is coated
Put the mix in the lines tray
Cover with cling film and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours
Turn it out onto a board and cut into 20 pieces
Calories total 2064kcals (myfitnesspal)
Per piece 103kcals