Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Recipe // Healthy Snicker bars













I've had so many people ask me when i'm going to put this recipe up but I wanted to put it in my vlog... It's now going to be on both! These Snickers bits create voltures in my house, everyone diving into them & they are gone quicker than it takes to make them. They really are the best guilt free treat and I hope you love them as much as I do...

Ingredients

/ 6tbsp Almond flour
/ 8 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener
/ Extra large big scoop of peanut butter
/ 16 Dates
/ 1/2 cup of almond milk
/ 2 tbsp of peanut butter -
/ 250g 75%+ dark chocolate

Method/

The caramel: / 16 Dates
/ 1/2 cup of almond milk
/ 2 tbsp of peanut butter -

/ blend it all up until thick in either a nutribullet or a stronger blender
/ The mixture should form a thick, spreadable caramel type mixture
/ mix in salted peanuts with a spoons
For the nuggety part:

/ 6tbsp Almond flour
/ 8 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener
/ Extra large big scoop of peanut butter

/ Mix that with a spoon / Lay out the nuggety bit on grease proof paper in a tin, I spread it out with my hands as I find it's easier! / Then add the caramel on top

/ Freeze for 4 hours
/ Take out of freezer and cut into shapes
/ Melt down the dark chocolate over hot water
/ Roll each shape into the chocolate.
/ Allow to cool
/ Enjoy & try not to eat all at once!



Let me know how you get on & don't forget to tag me in your insta pics!!
You can see me making it over on my Youtube channel too if you like...

Love Chlo xxx
Freeze for about 5 hours, cut into squares then melt down dark chocolate and cover the frozen squares in chocolate and leave on a tray where it doesn't stick wait to harder then keep in the fridge xx Not bored of me yet? Come say hey!
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My Life / The Nutrition Rules I Follow





I get asked a lot about the type of things I eat and do in the gym, while telling someone about the gym is slightly harder, I can tell you about the nutrition rules I follow. Please remember everyone is different and I feel it's really important to always get to know your own body before changing your diet to similar to someone else's.

Veggie galore /

Veggie galore seems to be an under statement. Veg is what I use to bulk up all my meals, whether that's spinach with my eggs or my mountain of roasted veg at dinner I do tend to pile veggies in my meals. I get most of my carbs from veg so when i'm not eating things like bread/rice which are what I call 'thicker' carbs, I need a lot of veg to ensure I am getting some carbs!


Aquaaaa /

I carry a big bottle of water with me EVERYWHERE I go, it's always a 1.5L-2L bottle. Sometimes it gets a bit silly, I could go for dinner but i'll still take it... 'just in case'. It's kinda my comfort blanket now.

Coffee /

Black coffee in the morning, White coffee in the afternoon. That is what tends to happen most days. I always always have a black coffee before I head to the gym in the mornings as my pre workout, then if i'm at uni coffee breaks tend to be a regular thing. White Americano plz. I go for that drink choice because it's one of the less calories ones, it can be surprising how the calories add up in things like lattes.

Animal product with every meal /

Vegans look away now. But it's true. I have an animal product with every since meal (not snacks). When I look at it like that i'm like da fk maybe I should cut back a bit but it seems to be what works for me. Eggs in the morn, chicken or turkey for lunch & meat or fish for dinner... *I am going to go vegan for a day soon.

Snack on peanut butter /

Peanut butter is my bloody favourite thing to ever walk to the earth. Ok, it might not walk literally but it somehow manages to make it's way into my mouth every.single.day. Moderation is key but it can be a great fuel.. and a tasty one with that.

Protein /

So if eating animal products at every meal isn't enough, I also have a protein shake. However, this is Pea protein which is a vegan blend *vegans clapping*. I find my stomach can tolerate it more than the whey proteins, but the texture and taste isnt great so sometimes if i'm feeling lazy and can't be bothered to blend up my protein i'll steal a bit of my boyfriends whey. My stomach doesn't tend to notice when I have a little bit. * for my go-to pea protein shake recipe head to my instagram!

Dried fruit /

Dates, raisins, dried pineapple ohhh ma gad. I love dried fruit probably more than what is deemed sane but it's the dried fruit that tends to keep me sane. If i'm craving sugar reaching for a chocolate bar doesn't sit right with me anymore but the natural sugars in the dried fruit is perfect for hitting the spot, the fibre doesn't half help with ermmm... moving things along too.


Eat Regularly / 

I tend to eat every 2 1/2 hours to keep my hormones level and stop my hangry attitude problem.

Below is an example of a 'usual' day of eating:



 What nutrition rules do you follow?

love chlo xxx





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Monday, 7 November 2016

Body Confidence / & The Gov







This is a post I’ve wanted to touch on for a while now but with knowing little about what direction to take with it I've kept putting it off. However, I’ve recently come across the Dove Self-Esteem Project in which it was found that 6/10 of girls are so concerned with the way they look that they opt out of important activities and 9/10 women will stop themselves from eating or will put their health at risk.

Like excuse me? THAT IS SHOCKING.

As a country we have allowed girls and women to feel anxious about the way we look and how we act and it's only now when things have got so bad that we are finally high lighting it. 

However, it's not surprising to me to read that 71% of women and 67% of girls are calling for the media to do a better job at portraying a diverse range of women because on a survey I constructed for my final major project ALL parents said body confidence was an issue. 

This study links in nicely with something my step mum and I have spoken about. A few weeks back children in my sisters school were weighed and had their height taken to work out their BMI to see whether they were obese or not… BMI?? In this day and age? 

BMI is so out of date now that I've found its now rare that you’ll find someone that goes by it without other supporting tests such as body fat %. 

If you don’t know then you calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kg by your height in metres… So what are the problems with BMI? 

  • It doesn’t work out body fat %
  • Even if you change your lifestyle your BMI may stay the same
  • Muscle weighs more than fat therefore athletes are often classed as ‘over weight’ 
  • It doesn’t account for muscle mass

In the letter it stated: 

‘if your son/daughter’s results are overweight they are more likely to grow up to be overweight as an adult’ 

However, if they are using an out of date measurement and a child was deemed overweight in this measurement from their school, they then undergo lifestyle changes because they are told they are overweight, get measured again and are STILL classed as overweight - how would that make that child feel? When there was a high chance they were probably healthy in the first place.

I remember I used to lie to my friends about how much I weighed because I knew I was one of the heaviest and that was before social media and images were making a huge impact on our lives. Imagine you being a young girl, exercises and eats well from their healthy parents to be told your overweight and need to change your lifestyle? I know most 10 year olds would say they didn't care but is it really wise high lighting and labelling them so inaccurately?

And what about puberty now? Girls are hitting puberty at a much earlier age than before, so their height, like my sister’s, may be a huge difference compared to their friends who may not be that advanced in their puberty cycle yet.

I can 100% see where the schools are coming from but there are loads of different ways that school could have done to ensure healthy lifestyles are put in place - what about actually teaching them good and bad foods & encouraging exercising through more after school clubs and lunch time actives. 
I don't believe that labelling kids as overweight through an outdated formula is going to help anything - if you’re going to measure them, at least invest time and money to make sure it’s accurate and then help implement healthy lifestyles through education rather than just stating 'something needs to be done' because as a nation we are all aware of the obesity crisis & that 'something needs to be done'.


Maybe it's my mission to make the change... 

What your opinion on this?

love Chlo xxx
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