Super Healthy and DELICIOUS Choc-Protein Balls

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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Many of you know that I am ever so passionate about SIMPLE, UNPROCESSED, WHOLE-FOOD meals and recipes, and protein balls and the like often don’t impress me due to ingredients that I personally consider too refined and ‘unnatural’ in terms of their intended consumption….

It’s a hard thing to explain and quite simply, I just ask my body/being and it says “Yes” or “No” to me. I have learned to trust that and not question it. Often I discover the wisdom a long time later.

When I try to be smart, follow “expert advice” or “research” things, I get lead astray, and often end up doing things that don’t feel right to me AND cause some level of harm…

Anywho, THESE protein balls I got SUPER excited about and my body said a loud and clear YES to!

The original recipe came from Taste.com.au and I modified it to once again suit budget factors and what I had in the fridge/pantry!

Super Healthy and DELICIOUS Choc-Coconut Protein Balls

Ingredients- 

  • 12 Medjool dates (I used 8 medjool dates, and then regular dates to make up 300g of dates in total)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus 1/3 cup extra for rolling
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • I added oats and water to make a consistency I felt was “right”

Method-

  1. Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with water. Stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard seeds (I used boiling water and stood for maybe less than 1 hour)
  2. Process dates, almond meal, shredded coconut, coconut oil, cacao powder and chia seeds until mixture comes together. (I added oats and water here)
  3. Transfer to a bowl and stand for 20 minutes for chia seeds to soften. (I left the mixture in the food processor bowl)
  4. Place remaining coconut in a shallow dish.
  5. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls.
  6. Roll in coconut to coat.
  7. Then I popped my balls into a Pyrex bowl and placed them in the fridge to set!

They were PERFECT for eating the next day and Mr T reported they were AMAZE-BALLS (hehe….. Lame I know!)

So, you can create unlimited variations of this ONE basic recipe and if your children’s schools don’t have a NUT-FREE policy, you can send these snacks to school with FULL peace of mind that they are eating only HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS ingredients in a version they will LOVE! 

If protein-balls are your thang, ENJOY also!

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BridgetJane

Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Eating Psychology Coach

Newleafnutrition.com.au

Founder of The You Method 

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Perfect Roast Chicken

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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As usual, I can’t really take full credit for this amazing dish!

Many of you know that my Recipe-Inspiration-Go-To is the one and only Mr Jamie Oliver and recently when I scored a HUGE, ORGANIC, WHOLE chook from the market, I immediately hopped online and googled, “Jamie Oliver Roast Chicken recipe”…..

By the way, if you are local, check out Bendele Farms! Their chickens are TO DIE FOR!! SO much flavour and honestly the ones from the supermarket don’t even NEARLY compare!

So, yes, I found THIS amazing recipe from Mr Magical himself and I promptly went about modifying it to suit what I had in stock in my fridge and pantry!

Perfect Roast Chicken

Ingredients-

  • 1 x 1.6 kg higher-welfare chicken (mine was 2.6kg)
  • 2 medium onions (I used leek instead)
  • 2 carrots (I used organic ones, market fresh!)
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 bulb garlic (yep! LOTS of garlic! YUM)
  • olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch of fresh mixed herbs , such as, thyme, rosemary, bay or sage (I used dried, himalayan sea salt & cracked black pepper)
  • I also added some other veggies I had in there to use up (zucchini, sweet potato), as well as some DIVINE market fresh, organic, creamy potatoes!

Method-

  1. Remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it, to let it come up to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/gas 9.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the vegetables – there’s no need to peel them. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled.
  4. Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with oil.
  5. Drizzle the chicken with oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper, then rub all over the bird.
  6. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables.
  7. Carefully prick the lemon all over, using the tip of a sharp knife (if you have a microwave, you could pop the lemon in these for 40 seconds at this point as this will really bring out the flavour). Put the lemon inside the chicken’s cavity, with the bunch of herbs.
  8. Place the tray in the oven, then turn the heat down immediately to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.
  9. If you’re doing roast potatoes and veggies, this is the time to crack on with them – get them into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking (I put all of mine in at the beginning)
  10. Baste the chicken halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them from burning. (yes I added some water)
  11. When the chicken is cooked, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the chicken to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so. Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave aside while you make your gravy. (I just use the chicken and veggies juices as is!)
  12. To carve your chicken, remove any string and take off the wings (break them up and add to your gravy for mega flavour). Carefully cut down between the leg and the breast. Cut through the joint and pull the leg off. (my strategy is less graceful…. Hack and pull with fingers! LOL)
  13. Repeat on the other side, then cut each leg between the thigh and the drumstick so you end up with four portions of dark meat. Place these on a serving platter. (LOTS of tasting happens at this stage! Gotta check the finished product, right!?)
  14. You should now have a clear space to carve the rest of your chicken. Angle the knife along the breastbone and carve one side off, then the other.
  15. When you get down to the fussy bits, just use your fingers to pull all the meat off, and turn the chicken over to get all the tasty, juicy bits from underneath. You should be left with a stripped carcass, and a platter full of lovely meat that you can serve with your piping hot gravy and some delicious roast veg. (Yassssssssss! BEST!) 

I also slightly modified cooking time according to my intuitive sixth sense to suit my extra large chooken 😉

But overall, Jamie’s recipe is a perfect guide! 🙂

Intuitive eating and cooking are honestly the BEST and most LIBERATING methods to live by and these are what I’m most passionate about teaching others 🙂 

This is why MOST of the time you WON’T get a recipe from me, but rather a GUIDE…..

Roast chicken is not only AMAZING for the meal you are preparing it for, it also makes AMAZING left-over meals! 

I enjoyed so many frittata’s, salads, and hearty “leftover roast chicken and veggie meals” from my ONE chook, not to mention lunch wraps for the man!

I hope you LOVE this recipe as much as me and that your family devour this ever-so nourishing and nutritious feast!

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I LOVE to hear from you and to SEE your amazing creations! 

BridgetJane

Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Eating Psychology Coach

Newleafnutrition.com.au

Founder of The You Method 

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Not Quite Top Deck

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Ravishing Recipes

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I just LOVE sharing healthy, delicious and nutritious treats with you all 🙂

One of my GOLDEN RULES is that when we embark upon healthy lifestyle change, it MUST be enjoyable!!

If we DO NOT enjoy the journey, we are unlikely to enjoy the destination! 

Lucky we have clever and creative people like Bianca from Whole Food Simply

We need NEVER go without all our most INDULGENT favourites 🙂

Im not actually much of a chocolate person myself, however as a kid I LOVED Top Deck and white chocolate 🙂

You can eat this version of a favourite with the satisfaction that it is LOADED with good fats, protein fibre, anti-oxidants and the oh so good for you mineral- magnesium, just to name a few things! 🙂 

Enjoy this beauty and be sure to let me know your thoughts and any variations you create! 🙂 I also LOVE receiving piccies of your yummy creations!

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Without further ado, over to the lovely Bianca 🙂

Not Quite Top Deck

the vanilla

1 cup cashews
3 tablespoons coconut cream
2 tablespoons honey*
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

the chocolate

100 grams 90% dark chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons honey*
1 tablespoon cashew butter

Method – 

Place the cashews into a bowl and cover with water while you gather your ingredients and line your tin.

I used a 20=cm square tin lined with baking paper over the sides for easy removal.

You can also use a silicon loaf tin or mini silicon muffin moulds.

Strain the cashews and place them into your processor.

Blend until they are forming a paste.

Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mixture into your prepared tin, level it out and place it into the freezer.

To make the chocolate mix the ingredients together until smooth and well combined.

Pour the mixture over your vanilla layer and return to the freezer to set.

Once set, slice, serve, eat and enjoy!

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

 

There you go guys! 🙂

NOTHING is off limits if you use your imagination, or research skills 🙂 Pinterest, Instagram and Google are wonderful side-kicks when you’re looking for inspiration, ideas and insights 🙂

Of course too, you always have newleafnutrition.com.au as a reliable go to! 😉

Until next time, enjoy and LOTSA LOVE!

 

BridgetJane

Mind, Body, Soul Wellness

Dietitian~Counsellor~Eating Psychology Coach

Newleafnutrition.com.au

Founder of The You Method 

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