If you’re anything like me, you see gorgeous looking fruit at the market which you just have to buy and before you know it, you’ve got excessive amounts of fruit, threatening to expire, unused and unloved. Due to this, I often find myself staring into the fridge, thinking what the heck am I going to do with these damn bananas?! Well, the freezer can only handle so many frozen bananas so I have taken to making this healthy, refined sugar free protein packed banana bread.
Energy balls are a fantastic way to get a quick boost, whether it be to get through a meeting at work, keep you going in between classes or to see you through that challenging 1am – 2am phase of a Netflix marathon when you’re just so close to the end of the series, but your focus is seriously dropping. The pistachios and seeds add texture and depth to the recipe and the very subtle zest from the lemon brings it all together.
I recently met the founders of Zaggora, Malcom and Dessi at an event held by the Health Bloggers Community and what an amazing company! They set up Zaggora in 2011 by sending 500 people a pair of Hotpants via twitter. Since then the company has grown and they give back to women with every order – you can read more about their awesome work in this area here – https://zaggora.com/pages/giving
For me, the fact that they give back is what sets them apart so I was thrilled when Malcom sent me an item to review. In this post, I am reviewing the Lean Protein Breakfast Smoothie in Vanilla.
I know what you’re thinking ‘yeah, yeah, great idea in theory but who actually has time to make a sugar free blueberry compote recipe on a Tuesday when they have to rush out the door for work’ well you do, that’s who! The beauty of this compote is that it takes the exact amount of time that your microwave needs to zap your porridge, meaning that all you need for this recipe is less than 3 mins, a handful of blueberries, some chia seeds and a lemon.
As with all my recipes, apart from tasting great, one of my main goals is to create and share recipes which are simple to make, healthy and can be stored for up to a week so you can enjoy it day in, day out. This Easy Ginger Spice Healthy Sugar Free Granola Recipe with crunchy puffed rice and earthy ginger, nutmeg flavour is no exception!
I love having this for breakfast with a cup of hot spiced chai tea in the colder months. Ideally it would be in front of a roaring fireplace, potentially in a cabin in the woods, over looking the forest, probably with a cute kitten on my lap purring away happily. Realistically though, it’s more like me wolfing it down at the dining room at 6:30am table whilst simultaneously doing my makeup, watching netflix and burning my tongue with my tea but still, it’s a totally great granola recipe – however you enjoy it.
I love preparing a big ol’ batch of these on Sunday as part of my meal prep for the week and adding them to my lunch, breakfast or a snack for a mini quick hit of energy. This nut butter protein balls recipe makes about 28 balls, kept in an air tight container in the fridge, they will keep for 1 week but I doubt they will last that long! The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix it up to meet your preference, for example the recipe calls for pumpkin seeds, if for some reason you don’t like pumpkin seeds (gasp!) then you can substitute them with another seeds, just keep the quantities the same and you’re good to go!
It is easy to get into a routine rut with just about anything in life and meals are no exception. When that happens it can make even the tastiest of smoothies feel boring and repetitive and even that berry smoothie which used to make you float out of your bed, gleefully prepare and enjoy while angelic singing came out of nowhere has you rolling your eyes at your blender. This fresh and minty peppermint melon green smoothie recipe is super easy and is a good green smoothie to add to your breakfast options.
The thing I love about these sugar free pistachio and raspberry muffins, apart from the fact that they are muffins, which of course is a great thing in itself, are the vibrant colours. The bright green pistachios and deep red raspberries give them such an attractive look they are like your normal muffin if it was the main character was in a rom-com and had a makeover montage scene and came out looking all glamorous and what not. Also, they taste good, real good.
So many store bought granola out there are super loaded with added sugars, even the ‘healthy’ ones and can often be pretty pricey too! Well, I say no more to pricey sugar cereal! Here is a recipe of mine that is tried and tested a million times, loaded with tonnes of nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, pistachios and almonds and is naturally sweetened with honey. This sugar free healthy nutty granola recipe yields 6 servings so you can make a batch, keep it in an air tight container and enjoy with Greek yogurt all week!