On Saturday morning I went to Vinyasa- flow yoga and I had a moment of feeling empowered in my body.
As I took up childs pose in the middle of what was a sweaty and tasking enough class, I remembered fondly being in that same class, in the same position but with a baby in my belly at 37 weeks pregnant.
It was a lovely moment of pause.
In my next breath I reminded myself that this body I am pushing through it’s paces may carry extra squidgy bits on my hips, my back and elsewhere- but it has housed, grown and sustained three human beings.
With Father’s day just past and a general sense that women need to perfect their bodies to stay young and appealing, it is important to stop, reflect and appreciate what we have.
Whether you grew some babies in your tummy or not, your body is amazing!
It carries you through, it fights sickness as best it can, it squeezes into the ever changing wardrobe we call “fashion”, and it has a heart that beats to the rhythm of life. Take a moment to thank it.
Now for a body enriching snack recipe…
As with most protein bar recipes, you can switch ingredients in and out as you see fit, but this combo is delicious.
They are so moist that keeping them in the freezer just allows them to remain almost chewy.
Enjoy and if you’re on instagram please tag me with your pics of these delights @aly.harte
1cup rolled oats
4-5 medjool dates
3tbsps cacao nibs or dark chocolate broken into pieces
2-3tbsps almond or milk of choice
Pinch fine grain salt
2tbsps maple syrup
1cup raw cashews
2-3 2tbsp coconut oil
Dessicated coconut to roll
- Place oats into the mixer and whizz until they are a fine yet still coarse consistency.
- Remove stone from dates and add in with the rest of the ingredients into the mixer except for desiccated coconut. Just keep an eye with the almond milk that it doesn’t get too sloppy!
- Mix for a good couple of minutes until it forms a sticky dough.
- Meanwhile put two tablespoons of desiccated coconut into a bowl.
- Wet hands slightly and roll mixture into balls.
- Roll each ball in the coconut and add to a tub ready for freezing.
- Eat straight away if you can’t wait but I prefer to scrape the bowl and eat the leftovers freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- I also let them love in the freezer and I take out as required.
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