Banana ice cream with salted maple almonds….

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Not really the weather for it but I couldn’t resist trying out this ice-cream recipe. How could I resist the smooth soft-serve-like texture of this banana ice cream topped with crunchy salted maple almonds… Ridiculously delish!

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced in to rounds

1/4 cup roasted almonds, finely chopped – Mine weren’t roasted, but just as delish!

2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp maple syrup, divided

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation

Place banana slices in a single layer on a plate, freeze for at least 3 hours. In a bowl, combine almonds, 2 tsp syrup and salt. In a food processor, pulse frozen banana slices, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 tbsp syrup, scraping down the sides as necessary, until mixture is the texture of soft-serve ice cream. Spoon into bowls; sprinkle with almond mixture.

Left overs were put into ice block moulds to be enjoyed at a later date.

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MMA…

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A few weeks ago I was reading an article on MMA – Mixed Martial Arts in Womens Fitness mag and thought it sounded like a pretty cool work out. Lots of talk of strong cores, lean legs and a ‘perky backside’. What more could you ask for? So I googled MMA and found the Tweed College of Martial Arts. And perfectly enough they run free week trials where you can go and try any class you like. Whether it’s a morning MMA class, an afternoon Gracie Jiu Jitsu class or an evening Thai Kickboxing class. Totally kid friendly with tables and seats for older kids to sit and watch or a play pen for the extra little ones. They also run kids after school classes in both Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Thai Boxing.

So, I gave them a call and spoke to the most welcoming and amazing lady on the phone, who was just as welcoming when I rocked up the next day feeling like a total fish out of water….. But, I was introduced to an amazingly friendly group of people who were all super encouraging and love seeing new people come along and give it a go. After some initial warm ups of shuttle runs and push ups I was partnered with a super experienced black belt who was able to take me through all the moves and correct my techniques when I needed it. I’ve had a bit of experience with boxing which I was able to draw on but everything else was pretty new. And pretty awesome! Definitely felt like I had a good work out and my shoulders definitely knew it the next day….

So if you’re after a shake up to your normal work out routine definitely give this a go!

Click here for timetable

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Coconut rough slice with a hit of protein…

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This is a fail safe, ridiculously easy and super cheap lunch box treat. Perfect with a banana and afternoon cup of chamomile tea!

Coconut rough slice recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cacao
  • 10 Medjool dates, seeds removed or 20 Standard dates soaked in hot water, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • I also add a scoop of chocolate protein powder for an extra hit

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor. Blend until well combined. Press the mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper, place the mixture into the freezer to set, slice and enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Found on Eat Drink Paleo

 

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Anyone for Brisbane Stampede 2015…?

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Kicking back one sunny Sunday afternoon and I stumbled across the ‘What’s on’ section in this months Womens Fitness mag…. Brisbane Stampede!!! Only two weeks out. Hmmm didn’t really hold out much hope that this was this going to work. But thought I’d check it out anyway….  Tickets still available…. check!  Husband home… check!  In Brisbane that weekend already… check! Available babysitters check! check! check!!! You have no idea how little things like this work with a husband who does fifo!
But it did and it was awesome! It was a dry, clear somewhat crisp day. Neither of us had done an obstacle course before so only had the youtube vids to go from. We had cargo nets, ice baths, electric shocks, floating river crossings, giant water slides, tire walls and so much more. Each obstacle had us weaving up and down the gorgeous but often ridiculously steep hills of Woodford whilst covered head to toe in mud and sludge.
I wasn’t 100% healthwise but still thought it was a pretty cool adventure.  Made even better because I got to do every step with my man by my side!!
Will definitely do again next year!
Early bird tickets are already on sale…
  • $45 for THE STAMPEDE 5km run
  • $65 for THE STAMPEDE 10km run
  • $30 for The Junior STAMPEDE