Not-so-Naughty Low-FODMAP Bliss Balls

Low-FODMAP Bliss Balls

From one FODMAP-Foodie to the next, when you find a safe (and delicious) protein ball recipe, ultimately you want to share it with the world!  So a few months back as I was trawling Pinterest for some weekly food-prep goodies I stumbled upon Laiken’s blog everydaysimplehealth and her wonderful FODAMAP-friendly & fructose free bliss balls.

Her balls *chuckle* are filled with good fats, proteins, carbs and are free from dates! Hallelujah!

I truly adore protein bliss balls. Reason being is I am a self-entitled lover of dessert, I believe sweets should come after most meals and I do not feel satisfied this desire. However in reality, dessert after each meal is not ideal for any of the following: Continue reading

Today I am Grateful…

Today I am Grateful for...My Tea RitualI’ve felt quite lost the last few weeks. Clearly, there has been a lack of gratitude and mindfulness happening up in my emotional centre.

Sometimes, it can be hard to see the bright side, really hard. For so long I’ve closed myself off. I had closed myself off from experiencing gratitude, happiness and opportunity.

The funny thing about opportunity is it only comes to those who are ready for it. Heck, they mightn’t think they are ready but the universe won’t deal you cards unless you can handle it.

This all became so clear to me today when out of no where a rush of gratitude came over me. It came in the strangest form and it reignited the fire inside of me. So now I say, bring it opportunity I am ready for you.

Without further ado, today I am grateful for…

  1. The first signs of tea bag diffusion. I can see it now, the hot water, the steam, in goes the tea bag and bliss. That wondrous moment as you watch golden green colours seep from the tea bag and dance with the hot water. I cannot believe the hold my tea making regime had over me today. I felt so content for that moment. 
  2. Getting the best ceramic cup in the office cupboard. I know it’s just a Kmart mug, but its multi-tonal exterior of pale, pastel teal and the soft grey of a nice little rain cloud just make my heart sing. Not to mention it looks hand-made and fits more tea in it than the others. It was my little win for the day.
  3. Finding my fire. That wonderful moment, that I haven’t experienced in so long. That inner sass, the fire and the burning determination to be the best I can be. It’s slowly coming back. The trick I’ve found is not doing it for anyone else, f*** them all and do it for yourself. 

So go forth, seize the day, or even just get out of bed when your first alarm goes off (not the 3rd or 4th time). Each little win is something to be celebrated. 

What was your little win today? 

Love, 

The Nourished Blonde Signature

Low FODMAP Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Low FODAMP Hot Cross BunsEaster has arrived. And with it, it brings a tonne of unwanted chocolate, calories and for us low-FODMAPers’ a lot of stomach distress. 

So this year, I have taken the traditional recipe and turned it on it’s head with a few simple swaps. And boy-oh-boy have I created a delicious Easter recipe! I can hear your sensitive little bellies singing already! Below I will outline to you exactly how I have made this little treat a lot safer for us malaborbers! Continue reading

Scraping the Barrel: Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Almond Butter with Roasted Almonds

Eating healthy can be a drag on your bank account, especially when it comes to nut butter, just ask the enthusiast – me! I love a spoonful or two after work when I am peckish before dinner, it is my number one go-to (provided I haven’t OD’d on it earlier as nuts pack a hefty calorie punch). 

The sh*t thing is though, these store bought products are so damn expensive that you basically have to give up your new borns school tuition to afford the deliciousness.

So today I want to enlighten you to the world of (a) saving money (MY FAVOURITE!) and (b) having easily accessible, smooth, creamy nut butter ready for snacking. Continue reading

Today I am Grateful…

My Sister and I

It has been a while my dear friend gratitude. 

I haven’t written a post for this section in a while. Of course when I see a beautiful sunset or a calm glassy ocean as I walk the dogs along the sand I feel happy and in turn thankful for this beautiful earth. But sometimes it’s wonderful to cherish those moments and let them live inside you without an interruption of technology. 

Well today my friends I break my silence, today I am thankful for…

  • My Sistagal. Aka my little sister. The long haired, tanned, professional torpedo swimming little gem! She is such a calming soul and a joy to be around, so today I say thank you Teleah for just being you! 
  • Meeting New People. Establishing new friendships or rekindling old ones is such a fabulous form of growth. You expand your circle and open your mind to a new world of opportunities and experiences. Give it a try today, reach out to that girl you see on your bus every morning, your commute might may become less mundane.
  • Enjoying the old. People I mean, you know, the ones that have stuck by your side through thick and thin and still love you regardless of that time you lost your shit and went temporarily insane. You know who you are, love to you all.

Enjoy today and let’s be thankful. It’s Monday, and work might suck but at least you’ve got a job! 

Ciao bellas! 

The Nourished Blonde

4 Simple Steps to Mental Clarity

4 Steps to Mental ClaritySo a few days ago I spoke about coming off my anti-depressants. I am loving that my dependancy on something so small, a teeny white tablet, is becoming less and less. 

My reason’s for wanting to try a more natural alternative were the side effects: 

  • Hunger, all-the-damn-time! 
  • Inability to shed kilo’s. 
  • Dry mouth! Imagine your dry mouth hangover but every day.
  • Decreased sex drive. Really not confidence boosting when you are about as much fun as a potato sack. 

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How A Healthy Workplace Is A Productive Workplace

Stand Up Desk: Work HealthierI recently wrote this article for my company Cannings Purple on Corporate Wellness with the arrival of our new standing Vari Desks. It was an initiative that I put forward to my Director. This decision was made after noticing how my body changed sitting all day at my desk compared to my retail job where I would walk and move constantly.

The biggest things I noticed about my body were:

  • Increased cellulite on my upper thighs
  • Shortened hamstring muscles
  • Increased wrist pain and reduced strength (not good for burpees, mountain climbers or push ups which really does not resonate well with me as these are some of my faves!)
  • Inability to shed unwanted kilos
  • Lack of concentration and the list goes on…

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