Clean Eats: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I stumbled across this blog while stalking clean eating Instagram accounts (you do it too!). I have been on the hunt for healthy and clean chocolate recipes that I can snack on while I am studying… and plus I love chocolate. I was so happy when I found this recipe on Of Mouth and Mind. She has some amazing stuff on her blog. I recommend you check it out!
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Seriously, how good do they look??

Check out the recipe below!

XO Kate

 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

(dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, soy-free, vegetarian)

Ingredients:

3 cups almond meal/flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit  (180 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (almond meal, baking soda, and sea salt).

In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients (maple syrup through vanilla extract).

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Chill the dough in the fridge for at least a half hour.

Place small rounds of dough on the baking sheet, spacing them a couple inches apart. I use my hands to scoop the dough, because it’s much sticker than ordinary cookie dough. Don’t worry, that’s normal.

Put the dough back in the fridge while the first batch bakes.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are nice and golden. Let cool on the tray for a minute or two, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat for the next batch(es).

Makes about 24 cookies, give or take. Less if you’re a dough-eater. (Shhh.)

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Healthy Frankenstein?

I was reading a post I found on The Healthy Honeypot and it resonated with me, in the sense that I am looked at like I have two heads for leading an active and healthy lifestyle. I find it shocking that people, including family, judge me for for this. They turn up their nose at me when I opt out of eating what they are eating, or when I decline an alcoholic beverage. It’s like the notion of health is foreign to them. There are certain family members that are notorious for this, but in the spirit of being civil, I will not disclose names.

I have grown up on a farm, where the majority of our food was sourced out of the paddock, or out of the veggie patch. Organic.Fresh. Wholesome. This is the food that I try to eat now. Sometimes it is a little hard to eat organic on a uni student budget, but I try and make the effort to source food from sustainable sources (e.g. The Farmers Market in Port Fairy). Sports has always been a cornerstone in my life. So why is it so foreign to think that I would want to continue with this into my adulthood?

I am about to become a registered nurse. So far, I have already seen the burden of the unhealthy choices that people make (I know, healthy people can get sick too). So many of today’s diseases are preventable. It’s like this lifestyle is becoming the norm, and people gravitate towards the masses. Too bad I am educated enough to know better!

If there is one thing that I want people to know, is that you have control over what you put in your mouth, and you are the only person who can take responsibility for the life that you have, and the health that you have. This notion may not be new to some, but unfortunately, it is to others.

Get Fit: Flaggy 5km Charity Run

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been absent of late. The weather has been terrible and it turns me into a hermit!

I thought I would update you all on my running. So the weather has been absolutely terrible as of late with hail and extreme winds. Needless to say these have kept me indoors as much as I wanted to go out and run!

Today I ran in a charity run in Warrnambool. Known as the Flaggy 5km, it raises money for the Leila Rose Foundation. I strongly encourage fundraising for charities, and what better way than to run!

Here are some photos from the day!

XO Kate

After getting my bib, I retreated to the car to stay warm!

Such a great run, I will be running this track more often!

The finish line.

2 bibs in 8 days.

Get Fit: Runners

I recently bought a new pair of runners, and underestimated the amount of time and effort it would take me to decide on a good pair!
I did all the usual online review reading and still wasn’t able to decide.
I knew that I wanted to be fitted, and have me feet assessed. I went in to The Athlete’s Foot and did all that jazz. I came out with the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned! They are the Nike Flyknit Lunar 2. They are amazing. I was running in a pair of Nike Free 5.0+. While they are great shoes in their own right, I needed more cushioning for my knees, as well as the fact that I am running longer distances now. The Flyknit’s are cushioned, and really light weight. With the Free’s, I could feel the road. While some people like this, I prefer not to. I love the Flyknit’s. I never want to take them off!

Kitten approved.

If you are looking at buying some new kicks, check out these links. They helped me gain a better understanding of what I was looking for.

Let me know if you have any running shoes you swear by! I would love to have a list for when my pairs reach their max kms!

XO Kate

Get Fit: Run Melbourne

Over the weekend, my little sister and I ran our first 5km race. It was so much fun, and I have definitely caught the racing bug.
As many of you know, I am training to run 10km. I didn’t have any race planned before I started this. All I had was an end date to do it by: September 11, 2014. I had 100 days to learn to run 10kms. Kinda sounds a little crazy right?

After my 5km race, I decided I was serious about this running thing, and am looking at signing up for the 10km race at the Melbourne Marathon on October 12, 2014. It’s a month after my dead line, so I figure I can train to run further in that month and smash out the 10km race!

Running is proving to have so many benefits! I am fitter, I am mentally healthier, physically healthier, and my legs and booty are slimming down and toning up (WIN!!).

If any one is interested in starting their running journey, check out this post about the apps that I use to spur me along!

I thought I would share a few snaps from the day of my sister and I.

Enjoy!

XO Kate

On the train to Melbourne

Timing tags are on!

Race Numbers

Race bib and medal

We are super proud of out medals

A bit of fun after the race

Get Fit: My Favorite Fitness Apps

Fitness apps are a great tool to use when working out. Not only are some a personal trainer in your pocket, but also the motivation that you need.
Here is a list of the apps that I use, and love!

1. RunKeeper (iTunes: Free)
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I use run keeper to track where I run, my average pace, elevation, time and distance. You are able to change the settings to have it talk to you and let you know your progress while running, and set reminders during the week. You are able to track runs, walks, hikes, bike rides and so much more. Also compatible with any music apps you are using. You also have to option of in-app purchases to gain insight into your workouts, if you are a little more serious about this business, or purchase training programs in the app. All round, this is a brilliant app for my needs.

2. 10k Runner (iTunes: AUD$4.99)

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I use this one simultaneously with RunKeeper to train to run my 10kms. This app is strictly a program. It speaks to you and tells you when to run and walk, and is compatible with music apps. Offers encouragement through badges that you can earn by completing the program. All it takes is 3 days a week! It is definitely working for me!

3. Nike Training Club (iTunes: Free)

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Quite possibly the most comprehensive personal trainer app that I have ever had. You have the option of getting lean, toned, strong or, focused. Within these is the option of beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. The workouts are guided and really do work. Perfect for those who have little to no equipment. While some do have equipment, like a medicine ball, you can do it without.  Works well with music apps, and can be done at the gym or in the privacy of your own home. I love this app!

4. Tabata Timer (iTunes: AUD$3.79)

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Tabata. Ah how I love to hate you. You bring a world of pain. However, it is the best workout you have ever had. I learned about this app when I was living in Geelong and training with a PT. This app keeps your timing in check. It talks to you and tells you when to work and when to rest. It is also fully customisable for rest time, work time and cycles. Works well with music apps, also. If you know how to tabata, this is the app for you. If you are wanting to learn what all the fuss is about, click here. For workouts, click here and here.

So these are the 4 apps that I love for fitness. There are literally thousands out there these days. It took experimenting with the apps to find which ones worked best for me.

I’d love to know which apps you love!

XO Kate
*** I am not associated with the companies of these apps. All opinions expressed are my own ***