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Simple sweet snacks

I’m not sure about you but Christmas feels like an age ago with the chocolate overload that many of us seem to have enjoyed over the festive season. Since then we’ve had dry January and lots of green juices to get our bodies back in shape and ready for spring. Now it’s time to start thinking of that summer holiday you may have booked and maybe the beach body you are looking to feel confident of. So along with regular exercise you need to find a sustainable way of eating that doesn’t feel like you are depriving yourself. One of my new clients remarked on how I clearly love my food which she liked. It’s true I do love food (maybe it’s my Portuguese heritage) and I really believe life is too short to miss out on eating delicious things. If you also love food and ned to exercise to balance it out check out my blog post with a bodyweight workout that anyone can do to get fitter and stronger and if you are off to ski it is perfect. Click here for the free workout 

Sometimes nothing beats a little sweet treat with a cup of tea or coffee so why not make it a healthy one that you can enjoy.

ZITA’S PROTEIN BITES 

These easy to make high protein tasty treats are packed with good nutrition, fibre, good fats and are a satisfying way to enjoy a sweet treat that also gives you a good boost of protein. All ingredients should be available in good health food shops or supermarkets and the protein powder can be ordered via this link – click here. (You could use alternative protein powders too)

INGREDIENTS

2 packets of TRIM vanilla Protein powder

2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter or almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons almond milk or other milk

1 tablespoon molasses or other sweetener

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds

1 tablespoon cinnamon

METHOD

Melt coconut oil with peanut butter and molasses and add to dry ingredients with milk, mix well and roll into small balls then refrigerate. Balls can also be rolled in sesame seeds to finish. Makes about 10 balls

Alternative recipe

2 packets TRIM chocolate protein powder

2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter or almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons almond milk or other milk

3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Enjoy

Zita x

Easter chocolate tip

My butt Hurts

Just a super quick blog post today ….

FREEZE your chocolate.

Yes – out of sight, out of mind.

I’m sure by the time you get to Easter Monday you will have eaten enough so make some space in the freezer and throw a few easter bunnies in there for next time you fancy a nibble.

Have a great Easter and if by the middle of April you are still feeling like you need to work off that easter chocolate then sign up for a trial week at Zest bootcamp.

After just 2 sessions I had this lovely email from one of our new ladies who is in her 50’s …

“I am looking forward to Friday. I cannot remember the last time I looked forward to exercise so much.  I like the variety and the positive, encouraging approach.”

So if you want to feel great in your clothes and enjoy the journey of regaining or kickstarting your fitness then give us a try. Click here to read some of our testimonials 

Chocolate vegetables

Eating your 5 a day can be easier than you think if you blend in smoothies, soups and even better into a chocolate cake!

beetroot choc protein bites

In Bath we are finally lucky enough to have a new health food place called “Beyond The kale” that makes amazing fresh juices and blends (healthy smoothies) as well as loads of other goodies.

Today I had a lettuce, kale, coriander, lemon and banana  (I think) and last time it was a beetroot and other goodies blend.

Even more exciting more me is that they make fresh almond milk which I love and don’t always get time to make myself. It’s not only dairy free but also loaded with enzymes  and goodness – plus it tastes wonderful.

If you are on my email list, have the 7 day detox (you can sign up for above) or have my cookbooks then you should already have tried a few delicious smoothy recipes. Also you can see my famous “kermit” recipe here on Martini Mum Blog

Anyway here is a super simple recipe (if you have kids it might be a way for you to get them to eat beetroot!)

Have a great weekend and if you are in Bath we start our April 4 week bootcamp on Monday – outdoor group fitness for all abilities at either 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Trial weeks available too – Click Here for more info

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Zita’s Beetroot Chocolate Protein Bites

These are dairy & gluten free sweet “treats” that are high in protein, good fat and are easy to make and taste great.  Great alternative to biscuits, chocolate or cakes.

Ingredients

100g of 80 to 90% dark chocolate

150 cooked beetroot (either cooked from fresh or vacuum packed – not in vinegar!)

3 eggs

3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

3/4 cup chopped dried apricots or dates

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup almond butter (or unsweetened peanut butter if can’t get almond)

1/2 cup ground almonds

2/3 large tablespoons coconut oil

Cinnamon

Method

  1. Melt chocolate and coconut oil slowly
  2. Blend beetroot & almond milk until smooth
  3. Mix all other ingredients then add beetroot mix then finally melted chocolate mix
  4. Spoon 10 or more bites onto greased baking tray & cook at 180 degrees for approx 15 mins
  5. Let cool then store in fridge
  6. Enjoy!

Zita x

Other options:

Could try banana instead of dried fruit and grated carrot or courgette instead of beetroot.

Also could add spoon of flaxseed or chia seeds for omega 3 and fibre 

 

Chocolate and Lent

After most people have eaten too many pancakes, they are giving up chocolate for Lent – me… no way!

I love a couple of squares of 70- 85% cocoa dark chocolate or better still some raw chocolate – Loaded with antioxidants and magnesium a small amount actually does us good 🙂

banana chocolate bites

Infact, I used to make my own raw chocolate a while back but it’s a bit messy and pretty time consuming so prefer to buy it from the health food shop now.

As I’m not sure giving up high quality, dark or raw chocolate for Lent is necessary, although giving up the “sugar” that a lot of chocolate is disguised as maybe a good idea though 🙂

How about giving up some of the following instead over the next 40 days:

– Toxic thoughts

– Envy

– Criticism

– Comparing yourself to others

– Gossip

– Self sabotage

and anything negative that serves no benefit.

***** “Do something today that your future self will be grateful for” ******

Anyway, the sun is shining, the spring flowers are out and with Easter on the way in the UK we might be considering getting our bodies out of hibernation soon!

The forecast is looking lovely so get outdoors and move your body.

If you are near Bath don’t forget our 1 hour Saturday class is open to everyone – 9-10am in Alexandra Park with Sarah, £7 on arrival – perfect way to kickstart a healthy weekend.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine and spring flowers

Zita “raw chocolate rocks” Alves

ps I was in the Bath Chronicle this week but didn’t even know until a friend told me!

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Judges-decide-shortlist-businesswomen-s-awards/story-20770253-detail/story.html