Foodie Friday – Need a healthy afternoon or post work-out pick-me-up?

Foodie Friday – Need a healthy afternoon or post work-out pick-me-up?

EAT WELL area of the blog i wanted to share with you one of my favourite healthy 3pm pick-me-up sweet treats. They are made with dried dates (mainly) which I know still have a natural sugar content …….. but it’s a whole lot better than the refined white stuff. This recipe for my sweet treat power balls is super easy and they cure the afternoon sweet cravings with a lot less guilt than a chocolate brownie. Try them……they taste REALLY yummy i promise! They are sugar free and no butter or eggs. No baking and made in 10 minutes with no mess. I guarantee they will give you more energy than any sweet biscuit or cake and fix the sweet craving Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:
2 cups of pitted Dates
1/2 cup of Gogi berries (or you could use cranberries or figs if you like)
4 cups boiling water
2 tbs cocoa powder
200gm (approx) almond meal (you could also use LSA, hazelnut meal or a mixture or any other ground nut mixture you like)
coconut or ground nuts for dusting
 
Directions: Soak the dried fruit for 15 – 30 minutes in the boiling water until it has softened. Drain off the excess water. (save a small amount incase your mixture is a bit dry and needs softening later. Put into a mix master and blitz until fruit is like a paste. Add the almond meal and cocoa powder and blitz until combined. It should be a consistency that you can roll into small sticky balls. (add some of the soaking liquid or more almond meal until the consistency is correct). Roll into small balls and roll them in the coconut or ground nuts. Store in the fridge.
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The MOVE team Osteos doing “Tough Mudder”

The MOVE team Osteos doing “Tough Mudder”

BEFORE THE START – LOOKING EXCITED, FIT AND CLEAN!

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Strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie were the order of the day. It was an early start on Saturday morning with four of our Osteopaths and reception staff who tackled the course.
Sunshine, running, mud…..lots of mud, icy pools, hay bales, trenches, tunnels, logs and a few electric shocks!!

ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY

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Our superhero Osteos crossed the line together, it was a great team experience and loads of fun.  All the hard training paid off with no injuries ……. but I’m sure they will be swapping a few treatments this week 🙂

A TEAM FINISH

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WELL DONE GUYS WE ARE SUPER PROUD OF YOUR SUPER HERO WORK!

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Foodie Friday – Awesome healthy smoothie that actually tastes YUM!

Foodie Friday – Awesome healthy smoothie that actually tastes YUM!

Get Healthy Green Smoothie.

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1 washed large leaf of sliverbeat (middle hard stalk removed)
1 washed large leaf of kale (middle hard stalk removed)
2 washed cos lettuce leaves
5 or so small baby spinach leaves
1 chopped up kiwi fruit (firm core removed)
1 banana
1 cup of coconut water
a dash of apple juice…. or more if you like a bit of sweetness.
optional extras – a dash of spirulina powder, your fav protein powder or chia seeds.
Put it all in your jar or jug and give a good blitz with bamix until all the green bits are crushed up into a smoothie consistency. The smoothie should be drunk straight away and I always use organic fruit and veg if i can.
Hope you enjoy 🙂
 
 
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…. the pursuit of wellbeing

…. the pursuit of wellbeing

“You don’t have to brush all of your teeth…..just the ones you want to keep”
As a healthcare practitioner it really resonated with me.
We are certainly all guilty of neglecting areas of our life and lifestyle that contribute to our overall wellbeing…….yet a lot of us tell ourselves we are in pursuit of wellbeing and balance. We can’t be perfect all of the time in every facet of our life, we all experience stress and things that are out of control that come along and cause chaos, we deal with it the best that we can at the time and a fair number of us probably use the 80/20% rule with a lot of aspects of our lifestyle.
Most people that come to see us certainly have already made a decision to address their “pain” but the dentist’s quote stuck with me because we have certainly seen many patients over the years who are desperate for you to tell them that there is a quick solution to their problem. Some people spend the entire consultation trying to “negotiate” with your advice or professional opinion on what you think it takes to get better or really address the root of their problem.
OK sometimes you just fall off your bike and hurt yourself ……. but honestly most people we see could certainly be in much better shape working a bit more on their fitness, flexibility, posture etc …… not to mention diet, stress, work/life balance.
Most people we see usually have underlying issues that are contributing to their current state. Working with these patients to help them and see them move towards wellbeing and a much happier and healthier version of themselves is really what gives us a “kick’ as a practitioner. To use our many years worth of training and knowledge to see people well, happy and with less pain is what it’s all about for us. It’s the biggest thing that draws most of us into healthcare.
It’s always enjoyable and productive when a patient comes in who is really trying to achieve balance and is working forwards total wellbeing. The patient really wants to work and fixing their problem long term, they own their problem and their bad posture, lack of fitness, strength or whatever it is and are willing to genuinely try to do what they can and what it takes to really feel good. They are motivated and honest with themselves about all the facets of their life and trying to get some balance. These patients are inspiring people around them see and feel their motivation and it motivates others……… and make us love our job just that little bit more!