Healthy Pick Me Ups

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You know when you’ve had a bad day or a certain time of the month rocks up and all you want to do is devour the contents of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? (If only.) Well don’t worry your pretty little head, I’m here to save you with some finger lickin’ goodness that is totally good for you, (and vegan friendly because now Beyoncé is, the whole world will be!)

Nice cream

Vegan’s answer to ice cream is epic and delicious beyond words. There are so many different flavours and toppings. I recommend you Instagram #nicecream and you will be drooling over the supersonic sundaes in no time. Raw vegans do things right. *applauds*

The most common base for your nice cream is frozen bananas, make sure they’re ripe and blend until creamy. This is phenomenal enough on it’s own but adding cacao, acai, almond butter and more banana (because why wouldn’t you) makes this frozen heaven into a gorgeous, guilt free sundae.

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Apple + Almond Butter = Crunchy goodness

This is my go-to, quick and easy snack to stop pesky sugar cravings in their tracks. Almond butter is relatively high in fat so go easy, however I can often be found slumped on the sofa with a bucket full of the stuff and various dunking equipment… okay so sometimes just a spoon. I’m allowed, I’m dairy free and can’t have Ben and Jerry’s.

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Chocolate Oat Balls

These little poo-like snacks are my clean eating answer to biscuits and are so addictive. To make 10 balls you will need;

  • ½ cup of rolled oats (gluten free if you’re an angel like me)
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid sweetener – honey/agave/maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of Flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Simply melt the coconut oil, sweetener and almond butter together above a pan of hot water then mix in the dry ingredients. Roll into balls and set in the fridge – they are usually ready in an hour.  Mine rarely last longer than 2 days, (every trip to the fridge deserves a little nibble.)oatballs

Shake it up

I’d be dangerous with a nutribullet but thankfully I just own a £20 blender that makes smoothies hard work (+ slightly lumpy) so I stick to one a day, in the morning. My favourite shake tastes like banana milk and is awesome.

Ingredients:

  • Large handful of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
  • 1 banana
  • Almond milk – as needed to make it as thick/smooth as you like
  • 1 large dollop of Almond butter

You can add protein powder or raw cacao to flavour but I like mine raw and bananary. (Bananary is totally a word)

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Carbs – Carb restriction is so last year.

There is a phrase I love in the high carb vegan community; “carb the f*ck up”, and they are so right – as usual.

Carbs give you energy and fill you up, do it the healthy way and dig into a plate of fat free spuds. I usually slice up 1 white potato and 1 sweet potato then roast in the oven with some pepper and rosemary on top – no oil needed. Enjoy with some reduced sodium tomato sauce or sweet chili. Digging into a bowl of gluten free pasta or brown rice with veggies is super satisfying too.

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IMG_5515 So nourish yourself and banish the nasty sugar fix. You don’t need the chocolate bae, go fruit yourself.

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