One of my favourite snacks to make is, for sure, some yummy energy balls.
They are so easy to make, and you can basically add whatever you want (or have in your fridge) in them.
They also last quite long and you can store them in the fridge.
They are super handy to throw in a small container and have as an on-the-go kind of snack, when you are running late, on the way to the gym after work, or as a sweet little treat after lunch. I love preparing them for when I go on vacation, a nice and easy airport or plane treat!
I use dates and nuts as the base of my balls. The dates make them nice and sweet and the nuts add some good fats and protein. Then, from there I add whatever I feel like. I use the ratio of one cup of nuts and one cup of dates and then maybe two a 1/4 cup of shredded coconut. I also like to add some super foods to just boost the nutrition even more. My favourite lately has been carob powder. It is a cacao powder alternative and made from dry, roasted carob tree pods. It is often used in baking and used as a natural sweetener. It is low in fat, high in some fiber and anti-oxidants. Adding it to the date balls is so yummy, and definitely a little chocolate kick!
Here is my favourite recipe:
1 cup of dates (pitted)
1 cup of nuts (I used almonds, cashews and pecan nuts)
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1 tablespoon of carob powder
2 tsp maca powder
Crack of salt
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until a dough like consistency.
Roll into balls and roll in some coconut or carob powder.
Let them set in the freezer (20 minutes) and then store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
Use the recipe as a base and change up the ingredients to things you have available or like.
Remove a few dates and add some cranberries or raisins.
Add a scoop of peanut butter or cashew butter.
Add some of your favourite super foods like chia seeds or hemp seeds.
I hope you enjoy these energy balls. Let me know if you make them!
Learning to live a more minimalist lifestyle, didn’t start off that easy for me.
I always liked stuff. Little things on my dresser, decorations and clothes. Lots of clothes, shoes, handbags and products. I am also very sentimental, so every card, every note, every book, every gift, and bag I would keep and store away.
When leaving for South Korea, I had a bunch of boxes in storage with books, notes, clothes and memorabilia from University. I could not let go and throw stuff away.
Once in Korea, I lived by myself for the first time, and suddenly I could buy things and hoard up even more unnecessary things. Too many clothes, too many shoes, too much stuff!
When leaving Korea after 4 and a half years, I had accumulated quite a lot of stuff that I needed to fit in 2 suitcases to lug back home to South Africa. This was a mission, but I managed to donate, sell and get rid of quite a few things and felt happy that I could let go of some of these. Continue reading “Minimalistic Living”→
Everyone knows that smoking is really really bad for you! But it can be such a hard and daunting habit to kick and it might take some people a very long time and even a few attempts to quit.
I started smoking during University. It started off more as just social smoking, but soon became a daily habit.
Well obviously I was addicted to smoking (since I smoked every day), but I also really enjoyed smoking. I loved sitting and having a cup of coffee and a cigarette, a bottle of wine never tasted as good as with a few ciggies with it. When people always said they are trying to quit smoking, I thought, O no, I don’t want to quit, I liked smoking too much. Continue reading “How I Quit Smoking”→
I have been dairy free for about a year now, and I used to love cheese! I mean, the bluer the cheese the better. Eating a lot of cheese never actually made me feel good, but it would be the price I’d pay for some cheesy pizza or creamy pastas.
I went dairy free quite early on in my health journey, and just got used to not eating any cheese or yogurt. Also, living in Asia, cheese can be quite pricey and was not something I would want to spend a lot of money on.
(After going vegan, I knew there were a lot of vegan cheese options, but they are even harder to find in Thailand. Just this weekend I found some vegan cheese options for the first time in Bangkok in a International supermarket! And as strange as it may seem, I didn’t end up buying any! I was so used to my own delicious cheese sauces that I didn’t feel like spending (way too much) money on, although vegan, processed cheese. It is for sure nice to have it as an option for when I am craving a wine and cheese kind of night, but knowing I can make my own version in abunda
I have always loved Basil Pesto! It is such a creamy, flavour-packed addition to so many meals. I usually fold it into pasta; add to a salad or veggie bowl, use as a base for burgers or just on some crackers with cucumber and tomato. Pesto was usually a treat to buy in the shop, and I always ate it quite sparingly as it can be a little oily. And then when I went vegan, I could not buy it anymore as it contains Parmesan cheese.
Becoming more comfortable in the kitchen, I started to make my own basil pesto.
When buying groceries, there are for sure some staples that always go into my trolley. Items that I use on a daily basis and that I don’t even need to add on my shopping list. Some of these I buy regularly and some are items that last quite long.
Although lemons are unfortunately so expensive here in Thailand, I can’t help but buy them regularly. I add half a lemon to a liter of water first thing in the morning. I have a liter of water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper every single morning. It is so thirst quenching and re-hydrates me after my sleep. Also, I make sure I have enough lemons for my weekly hummus!