Protein Choc Blocs

 

weight loss, healthy, sugarfree,

Everyone seems to live life in a rush these days, racing to work, play or exercise and while I don’t think it’s slowing down any time soon, how you manage to eat well on the run plays an important factor in your health.

This is why I love my protein packed treats that you can make once a week and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick breakfast or snack any time.

I was cooking up my weekly batch of chocolate tweets and overcome by a rare wave of laziness (bahaha – happens more often than I like to admit.)

I couldn’t be bothered mixing peanut butter balls to put in the middle or getting out the nuts, seeds and raisins to put in it. So unplanned experiment – I added 8 TBS of vanilla protein powder to the mix. It thickened up into this spongy cookie dough type texture. In a lined tray, chilled overnight and ta daa! Choc blocs.

All yum chocolate as usual and the texture when set  is not quite honeycomb but kind of like those clinkers lollies – do you remember those?

Choc Blocs

¼ cup coconut oil

1 inch x 1-inch square of cacao butter

1 TBS raw cacao powder

2 TBS rice malt syrup

1 TBS tahini

1 TBS Peanut Butter

8 TBS vanilla protein powder

pinch of Himalayan rock salt

How you do it…

Melt cacao butter and coconut oil on very low heat or in a double boiler if you have a gas stove.

Take off heat and mix in the rest of the ingredients, protein powder last.

Press into lined tray.

Chill in fridge. Cut into squares. Makes about 12 squares.

 

So same, same but a little bit different and all delicious.

Winter sun,

 

Kristy xxx

#worldsfirstselfiewedding

elopement, wedding photography,

What a whirlwind week! The release of our selfie wedding photos on the Today Show last Monday has sparked interest around the world and I am proud as punch of my hubby and his amazing photographic skill.

We just wanted a stress free wedding and could think of nothing better than to be high on a mountain in a beautiful part of the world.

The lovely journalists at the Today Show thought it was a fantastic story given that Adrian (my husband) took all the photos himself and while the researching and planning of how to do it and the practice was a lot of work, the fact is that we travel together to beautiful spots for adventure & photography quite often, as it’s what we love to do, so this was just another really meaningful adventure!

Here are a couple behind the scenes shots of filming with the delightful Aislin Kriukelis who was the consummate professional, while my knees were shaking and I swear I could hear the quiver in my voice – luckily they cut that part out!

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Here is a link to the story for those who haven’t seen it.

Then we received a call from ABC 612 Radio and next thing we know we are in the studio with the lovely Rebecca Levingston having a chat about why and how we did it. Wouldn’t be complete without a selfie!

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Here is a link to the interview.

And for those who may be interested in the technical details of the photography and how Adrian actually did what he did and the equipment he used, please see this post on the ABC Open website which tells all the intricate details.

As for me, I am just in awe of the way Adrian captured the amazing scenery, how he made me look good (certain angles and all that, it’s an art I tell you!), how he had all these ideas for different shots and what he wanted to capture, the colour in the flowers, sunlight through the forest, our joy on the day, all from in front of the camera instead of behind it!

So then we did a phone interview with the Daily Mail and that kind of spread like wildfire a little bit. See the article here.

And now we have found it has appeared on sites in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Greece, Turkey Indonesia and one of the ones we love is our story on The Stir/Cafe Moms where she has perfectly captured the vibe behind the whole thing.

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To see the rest of the photos of the day, head to www.elopepics.com under the gallery tab.

While this attention is surprising and fun while it lasts, the best part is I have found the man of my dreams who loves me back (always helpful!) Who happens to have an amazing photographic talent and captured our wedding day in such a stunning way that we will treasure forever. We plan to continue to travel together to beautiful parts of the world and just enjoy life, and if we get to photograph others’ elopements or small weddings along the way, then that will be the icing on the cake.

Love & fairy tales,

 

Kristy xxx

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

On your journey to weight loss, discovering a better way to make your favourite taste sensations is critical if your new lifestyle is going to last for the long haul.

So many people I see are trying to lose weight again and again, because they were able to muster enough willpower/determination for long enough to stay away from the cookie jar or keep going to boot camp for 3 days a week and get some results, but once that laser focus is relaxed even for a little, it comes piling back on again. So I’d say the method is wrong, wouldn’t you?

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Eat all night long… and still lose weight.

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

One of my big discoveries on my weight loss journey was the fact that I don’t actually have to stop eating, or even eat less.

This was a big hallelujah moment for me as I love to eat – obviously, or I wouldn’t have found myself in the mess I was in. And as we all know, trying to stop something you are doing without something else replacing it, becomes a big huge void that at some point, you want to fill up again. And usually the filling up is the sliding back into old habits because you haven’t created any new ‘you bewt’ habits to go on with and create your new life.

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Buttery Peanut Butter Fudge

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So I was drooling over everyone else’s PB fudge online and I really love any recipe that doesn’t require me to haul out the food processor – I totally have to be in the mood to go that far! Anyway, as you know I love PB, so what could be better than little squares of this loveliness to tantalise your taste buds whenever you get the urge?

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The cutting out certain foods debate…

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On social media, a person gave out some advice, which was aimed at those with eating disorders and part of it said…

“…and never leave any type of food out of your diet. Just eat less of it.”

Now I disagree with that sentiment completely because after discovering I was addicted to a few foods, leaving them out of my diet has been one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.

I am at the weight I want to be; I can eat like a normal person and never overeat or binge any more, I have a healthy relationship with the rest of the food I do eat, I’m happy to cook now, I can talk about it all and blog about it without food becoming an obsession for me again and life is easy breezy.

So not only was that advice not suitable for me, the complete opposite was true for me.

So I advised the writer of my view and she went on to explain her angle of Anorexia Nervosa sufferers and Orthorexia Nervosa (obsession with eating only healthy foods) where everything gets out of control and this is one of the methods they use to combat the onslaught of this type of condition.

They try to have a healthy relationship with all foods, so nothing becomes a ‘can’t have’ or a fear food where they basically freak out if they eat something they think they shouldn’t. Her theory may indeed work in those cases; I am not an expert so I don’t know. All I know is what I have experienced.

So in my experience, my approach to leaving foods out is far more relaxed.

It’s not that I can’t have it, it’s that I don’t want it.

I want to feel physically fantastic all the time and I have identified the foods that achieve this. The rest I don’t want because they give me headaches, or make me feel tired, give me a pain in the guts, make me overeat or easily put on weight.

It’s all peace, calm and happiness without those foods from where I’m sitting.

There have been times when I have eaten the foods I normally leave out, and after feeling the unpleasant effects again; it just reminds me why I don’t eat it.

No drama.

There is no fear involved, there is no freaking out involved however the solution I discovered for me, works for food addiction, which is a physical issue not the other eating disorders which are psychological in nature. Just as with any addiction, the solution is to not have it any more. They don’t tell alcoholics to keep having a little bit and just try and control it. Sounds silly doesn’t it?

I guess it’s a lesson again in everyone is different and that general advice given out as gospel may in fact be damaging to some people. So just a general word of advice for you guys, I am all for trying things to see if they work for you and the way you know it works, is that you can do it easily, it’s achieving your aims and it feels good to you.

Don’t keep banging away at something that just doesn’t resonate with you, no matter who says you should be doing it. It’s not you, it’s just that the method is wrong. Try something different and keep switching it up until you can say, ‘yeah, this feels good.’ And sometimes this involves leaving whole food groups out. No drama.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

 

Kristy xxx

3 Healthy Savoury Snacks…

A couple weeks back I posted my avocado dip with carrot sticks on instagram because even though I know about this delicious combination, I totally forgot about it.

Does this happen to you?

And when I am hungry now, I want my snack now! So I tend to try and make it as quick and easy as possible and not an ordeal to make.

So in order to remind myself, as well as everyone else, here are a few healthy weight loss inducing savoury snacks.

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Avocado Dip

1 Avocado
2 TBS Greek Yogurt
pinch Himalyan Rock Salt

Mash together.

(Other addition suggestions have been garlic oil and lemon juice. Thanks Bec!)

Enjoy with carrot & celery sticks or cucumber slices.

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

PB & Tahini Dip

1 TBS Peanut Butter
1 TBS Tahini
2 TBS Olive oil
pinch Himalayan Rock Salt

Mix together and enjoy with carrot & celery sticks.

Image by Adrian Alford Phtotography

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

Cucumber with Feta & Avocado

8 slices cucumber
8 cubes of feta
8 slices of avocado
Himalayan Rock Salt & Pepper

Assemble together, sprinkle with salt enjoy.

All low carb and good fats, with hopefully enough flavour to keep the hunger at bay for a few hours.

Love to hear your easy savoury snack suggestions that follow the Slim Birdy principles – easy to make, low carb, no refined sugar and I eat only fish and no meat – but if you do that’s totally cool. You may love to snack on a few slices of ham or meatballs. Up to you! Bring it on.

Nom, nom,

 

Kristy xxx