At the moment I am training to become a Personal Trainer. I am completing my work experience in Sweat1000 based in Bedfordview. Sweat1000 means “Specialized Weight Endurance Aerobic Training”. Each SWEAT session integrates elements of interval training, functional training, core stability, athletic training and agility training. Classes are a one hour action packed session with kicking tunes. To learn more about Sweat1000, click here.
Sweat1000 or Sweatfordview boasts an amazing health food bar which sells delicious and nutritious smoothies, juices, shakes and snacks. On Saturday I decided to make “Grain Free Power Bombs”, so the clients could enjoy an energizing snack after a one hour intense interval training session.
Grain Free Power Bombs are wheat free, gluten free, dairy free. You can devour these mouthwatering creations at any stage of the day. They are jam packed with good fats to help keep your body glowing. Choosing healthy portions of good fats can help you lose weight, increase your energy, boost your immunity and optimize digestion. Coconut oil is one example of a good saturated fat source. It can help you lose weight because the body converts it into energy. It also contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk. Coconut oil is more stable than other oils and can stand up to heat, which make it an excellent choice for cooking. Other natural sources of good fats include avocados, olive oil, raw nuts, sesame, chia, flax and hemp seeds.
As a sugar alternative for the power bombs, Karina, who works in Sweat1000 suggested we make a “Date paste”, as opposed to using honey or stevia. I personally cannot develop a taste for stevia so I prefer to use raw honey or rice malt syrup when making/baking sweet goods. To make a “Date Paste”, you will need:
- 1- 2 tablespoons Pitted Dates
- 4-5 tablespoons Water or Almond Milk
Pop in the blender and blitz until the mixture resembles are paste like consistency.
2 ½ cups Mixture of Nuts & Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin & flax) (roughly chopped or pop in the blender and blitz for a few seconds)
1 cup Ground Almonds
½ cup Desiccated Coconut
¼ cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
Date Paste (see how to make date paste above)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Powder or Essence
Pinch Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
Preheat oven at 180 degrees.
Make date paste. Roughly chop nuts & seeds.
In a large mixing add all dry ingredients. Mix. Add coconut oil and date paste. Combine ingredients.
You will need to get your hands stuck into the mixture. Roll flat balls out of the mixture; ensure they stick well together by pressing the mixture with your hands. If they aren’t sticking for you add a little drop of water or almond milk.
Pop them on a greased flat baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes. They should be golden brown and crispy.
Allow to cool and be prepared to have your taste buds blown away!
Store the Grain Free Power Bombs in a lunch box in the fridge. Eat sensibly.
Eat Real, Great Feel!