Play With Madness Power Balls

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Have you ever felt there’s nothing to cheer you up on those cold days of spring?  I have the perfect solution to this low energy problem: a mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and a few extra ingredients that will recharge your batteries. You can always change the ingredients according to your preferences, still this power balls will be a healthy snack.

Today I was planning to bake something for my husband, since he’s out of town I though about bringing some goodies to cheer him up on the road, but baking sounded a bit complicated and decided to look up for a no-bake recipe, I browse on a few and this one looked like a tasty success, so far so good!

The original recipe on http://www.foodista.com/ asked for certain amount of ingredients but for the sake of my husband’s appetite I doubled them:

Ingredients

2 cups raw nuts (I used walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seed and sunflower seeds)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus more for coating)
4 tablespoons flaxseed (optional)
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1  1/3 cups nut butter
8 tablespoons pure maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cup dried fruits ( I used dried cranberries and apricots)

Instructions:

1  Grind the nuts and oats in a food processor or blender until there are no chunks larger than a pencil eraser. Dump into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut, flaxseed, cinnamon, dried fruits, seeds and pinch of salt.

2  In a small bowl combine the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir for a few seconds. Finish mixing with your hands until everything is throughly combined. You should be able to press the entire mixture into one clump. If the mixture is too dry, add water 1 T at a time until you reach the desired consistency. You should be able to form balls easily, but the mixture shouldn’t be mushy.

3  Roll into balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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“Give me fuel” Banana Oatmeal

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Today we had the first snowstorm, a little reminder that winter is here to stay until next year. Mornings are cold and dark, I guess the best way to start a winter day is with a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I will confess that I wasn’t attracted to oatmeal because of the way was made at home with regular milk and without fruits, I don’t drink milk since a loooong while ago so eating it was not an option; fortunately I found a blog ( ohsheglows.com ) that opened my eyes to a new way to prepare this healthy breakfast, no only with bananas, but with apples, carrots and pumpkin. Since then our mornings are full of flavor and fuel to start the day and workout like a champion!

I’m not brave enough to go running out in the snow but indoor body-weight workouts work perfectly to keep the body moving and avoid winter blues, high intensity interval training (HIIT) are also great for a challenging sweaty session. This breakfast gives you all you need, so no excuses to skip workout today!

Today’s workout was a total of 600 reps :

60 half burpee jump, 60 push ups, 60 jump lunges, 60 one-leg dead lifts (30 each leg), 60 crunches, 60 squats, 60 leg assisted dips, 60 backward lunge + jump up (30 each leg), 60 chest lift (belly on the floor ), 60 over the chair kicks (30 each leg).

Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 3 cups Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 ripe banana, mashed into oats
  • 1  1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1  1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Whisk well until combined. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes until thickened.
You can use different toppings, we love walnuts and a little bit of maple syrup.

Recipe adapted from: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/02/10/how-to-make-a-light-reflector-in-1-minute-flat/