Paleo Nut Slice Recipe

Today I have a Paleo Nut Slice Recipe for you which I think you will really enjoy, especially if you love nuts and honey!  This Paleo Nut Slice Recipe is made from only whole and clean ingredients and is refined sugar free as well as grain free. 

I really enjoy a nut slice or nutty muesli bar however haven’t had any in a very long time as I look at the long list of ingredients including things like Glucose Syrup and Emulsifiers along with a whole lot of numbers that I don’t know what they mean completely puts me off. 

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I don’t know about you but I would much rather know exactly what is in my food and use items that don’t have numbers as ingredients, something tells me eating numbers isn’t the best for your body. 

For bonus points you could make this Paleo Nut Slice Recipe using your own home made nut butter (if your not paleo you could use home made peanut butter). 

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I wasn’t sure how well this Paleo Nut Slice recipe would turn out as I’ve never tried to make anything like it before but I was pleasantly surprised at how DELICIOUS it was, we gobbled it all up within a couple of days. A week later I made a batch this size (it’s quite a lot, use a half batch if you just want enough for 1-2 people for 1-2 days) just to double check the recipe (your welcome!) and it was all gone very quickly as well. 

I told the b/f that I wasn’t going to make it for a little while as it was far too easy to eat and yummy! 

 

Paleo Nut Slice Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Mixed Nuts (I used Almonds and Cashews)
  • 1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Chips (or shredded coconut)
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (Hard)
  • 4 Tablespoons Hard Honey (Clover works well)
  • 1 Tablespoon Nut Butter
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil, honey and nut butter together in a saucepan on the stove top.
  2. Pop all the other ingredients into a bowl and stir so the ingredients are mixed together.
  3. Stir through the melted coconut oil mixture and ensure it covers all the ingredients (very important!)
  4. Pop into a lined baking tray or loaf tin (depending on if you want a tall or low nut slice).
  5. Put into the freezer for at least half an hour - I recommend an hour to ensure it completely hardens.
  6. Once completely hardened pull out of the fridge and cut immediately - use a sharp knife!
  7. Store in the fridge.
Notes
If your coconut oil is liquid you will need an extra 2 tablespoons.
Make sure you use a hard honey not a soft runny one - if it's hard to squeeze the container or scoop it out of the jar you have a good one.
If your not specifically Paleo I would use peanut butter, otherwise use almond or cashew butter.

 

Are you a fan of nut slices? Have you ever tried making one before?



Pakuranga Night Market

When Germany won the World Cup I found myself $80 richer thanks to a sweepstake which was run at work. I never have cash on me and decided that I should take the b/f on a date to the Pakuranga Night Market too make use of this moolah!

There are a number of night markets in Auckland however I am fairly sure that the Pakuranga Night Market is the original one. 

I have only heard good things about the Pakuranga Night Market and had been wanting to head along since I moved to Auckland but kept on forgetting about it. When speaking with a colleague during the week she mentioned she had been the weekend before and really enjoyed it and I made a note to put it in my diary so I wouldn’t forget about it. 

I tweeted that I was heading along to the Pakuranga Night Market earlier in the week and received some advice back – park across the road from the warehouse (fantastic advice as heaps of people were trying to get a park underneath – bad move!), and to try a range of different dishes (there are so many things to choose from this was hard!). 

We ended up enjoying a four course dinner at the market, we also picked up some reasonably priced avocados and some spinach to attempt to make Nadia Lim’s chicken saagwala at some point in the coming week. 

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The Pakuranga Night Market is a taste of asian markets in New Zealand. The smells are amazing and it is bustling with people.

The Pakuranga Night Market is full of the usual market suspects, food (glorious food!), nick knacks, hair braiding, onesies (so many of them!), fruit and vegetables, clothing etc.

We decided to try a few different dishes so we could sample a number of different stalls. I knew even before we went that as soon as the b/f saw the Vietnamese Pho’s (Beef Noodle Soup) that we would definitely be getting one of those. We shared one as a starter, it was nice although a little bit spicy compared to the ones we had in Vietnam – the girl did put a generous dollop of chilli on the top which would have made it spicy.  For $7 I didn’t think this was too bad – even though they were the equivilent of like $1 in Vietnam, I’m fairly certain we would have paid twice that in a restaurant. 

Second I wanted some meat on a stick so we lined up at a Japanese place that had all sorts on a stick (including octopus), we stuck with chicken and beef skewers. The chicken was a bit average but the beef had something yummy on top – I have no idea what it was but it was a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. We decided it was most likely soy sauce and perhaps some pineapple – It would be awesome to be able to replicate this at home. These were $10 for 6 with one free which I thought was pretty steep given the price of the other foods at the Pakuranga Night Market. 

For our third course we had seen some people walking around with some ‘popcorn chicken’ and I had overheard someone say it was awesome as well. It looked pretty appetizing (despite what it looks like in the picture and the fact it was served in a hot chip container) so we thought we’d give it a go. There were two different flavours – salt & pepper chicken and chilli chicken so we grabbed a pottle of each and shared them. The salt & pepper chicken was a bit average but we both really enjoyed the chilli chicken which had just enough spice but it wasn’t too overpowering. At $5 a pottle I thought they were good value for money and we will most likely grab another pottle next time we visit the markets. 

Lastly I really wanted to give the Churro’s a go, so we joined the queue. From what I’ve heard there is almost always a queue here. To be honest I wasn’t all that sold on them and I wouldn’t get them again. The ones we had didn’t really have any cinnamon and icing sugar on them (I couldn’t taste it at all) and if it weren’t for the chocolate sauce I wouldn’t  have been impressed at all. At $6 for three churro’s I thought these were okay value for money even though I wasn’t sold on them. 

Next time we go I am keen to try the Mango smoothies (they looked amazing)and perhaps one of the curries ($5 for a curry!!!) and share a pottle of the popcorn chicken. 

You can find more information about the Pakuranga Night Markets on their website

Have you been to any night markets? How did you find them?

 




NZ Fitness Expo 2014 Review

Last weekend the NZ Fitness Expo was held at ASB showgrounds in Auckland and we went along on the Sunday afternoon for a bit of a look around.

We had purchased our tickets to the NZ Fitness Expo online which saved us a couple of dollars and we walked straight through and didn’t have to queue – pro tip, do this next year!

I have wanted to go to the NZ Fitness Expo for the past couple of years but living a 5-6 hour drive away always stopped that thought pretty quickly. I knew this year I would have to go, especially since ASB showgrounds are pretty close to where we live.

While I was excited to go and have a look around the NZ Fitness Expo, I was a bit nervous that it was all going to be supplement companies trying to push their supplements and not a lot else. Whilst I was correct in regards to there being a lot of supplement companies there were quite a few other different stalls which was nice to see.

We did a bit of a loop around the Expo site, trialling a few of the different supplements and protein bars etc and ended up beside the strongman stall where we stood around watching people from the public attempting to lift a ridiculously heavy (and very wide handled) dumbbell with one hand without much luck. 
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The b/f gave the 1 minute spin bike competition a go (with tired legs as he had his first track cycling race in a long time the night before) and got second on the leader board and remained there at least until we left the expo late in the afternoon.

We did another loop around the expo before ending up back at the strongman stall where we watched the log lifting competition – sounds relatively easy but that log was 95kg and very wide! A couple of the guys were very close to breaking NZ records, in fact an NZ record was broken for a different event the day before! 

At the end we headed on over to the crossfit invitational stall where the finals of a women’s event (no idea which one sorry!) was just about to get underway. I’ve never given crossfit a go but I like to lift heavy and am competitive, I reckon I would really enjoy entering one of these competitions! After some training of course! 

We didn’t end up bringing home many free samples to be honest and looking at the hauls from some people who attended on the Saturday morning we missed out on a few goodies! 

Pro Tip – If you can handle the hoards of people and you want lots of free stuff to take home then go on the Saturday Morning when they are more stocked with the freebies!

Overall I really enjoyed the NZ Fitness Expo and would most likely go again next year if we are free that weekend. I do find it a bit odd that you have to pay to get in the gates at these types of things as I feel that the people who host it are just making a shit tonne of money between our entry fees and the fees the stallholders have to pay but I guess there isn’t a lot that is free these days! 

Have you ever attended any type of expo?

I’ve been to a travel expo, women’s expo and now  the NZ Fitness expo. 




A quick tip for getting shit done

I don’t know what the latest cliff hanger is on Shortland Street, who is dating whom on Home and Away, I certainly have no idea why Orange is the New Black nor do I understand the hype that was Game of Thrones.

Why not? I do not own a T.V, I haven’t for a long time and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

Okay, to begin with I wondered what was happening on some of my favourite shows and sometimes I do miss just sitting down on the couch after work, flicking on the T.V and not moving until bed time (dinner aside). Especially comedy Wednesdays!

But the kicker is (and the reason I don’t have any particular desire to purchase a television any time soon) that I get so much more done in the evenings and on the weekends!

The simple version of this post is: A quick tip for getting shit done: throw your television out the window.

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Okay, don’t actually throw it out the window as I’m pretty sure there is stuff in the T.V that can explode or isn’t good for the environment or something like that. Be a responsible adult and store it away somewhere, give it to a friend who gets far too much done, or don’t go so extreme and keep the T.V but think about how often you watch it and whether or not you could use that time to do something else.

Sometimes sitting down in front of the television is a great way to unwind, relax and have a little bit of ME time, which is great.

That’s not what I’m talking about here at all. I want you to think about how many hours you sit in front of the television – seriously take a moment (I’ll wait….) I’d guess a minimum of 15 hours per week perhaps, that’s only two hours per night…. and doesn’t include watching that omnibus on Sunday morning when your hungover… (got you!)

If your constantly finding yourself too busy and unable to fit in some of the things you would like to do (or should do *cough* exercise *cough*) I definitely recommend evaluating how much time you spending watching the television each week.

Think about the things you would love to do, what would you do if you suddenly had an extra couple of hours each evening or on the weekend? Even if you just had an extra couple of hours one evening – what would you do??

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You could spend some QUALITY (I could probably write a whole  rant post on this!) time with a loved one, spend some time channelling your inner master chef and create a fantastic meal, get outside and get some fresh air (even though it’s super fresh at this time of the year, going for a walk is a great way to see your neighbourhood while getting some exercise in).

You could even do some housework so you don’t have to do it all on the weekend if you work during the week. Or get some meal prep done for the rest of the week so you don’t resort to takeaways when you realise you have nothing quick in the fridge to eat. 

How many hours per night do you watch T.V?

 




The importance of ME time

Sometimes you just need to take some time for yourself. In this faced paced world we live in we need to remember the importance of ME time. It’s so easy to flit from one thing to the next without really taking some time out.  

I think we need to find out what works for each of us and what relaxes us. It may simply be taking some time out to read a book, go for a walk, spend some time cooking a lovely meal or going for a run. It all really depends on you and the pace of life you are currently enjoying. 

If you are currently super busy and feel like you are constantly rushing from one thing to the next you could likely benefit from a slower form of ME time or relaxation. Having a bubble bath with a magazine or trying a yoga class may be just the ticket for you. 

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You could also benefit from a quick bout of energy to release those stresses, for me I enjoy going for a run as it gives me time to clear my head of my thoughts, especially if I am feeling angry or stressed for any reason.  I also find I push myself harder at the gym when I am feeling angry or stressed as well, I find these days are the best ones for attempting 1RM’s (one rep max’s).  Afterwards I will generally refuel, shower and then hop into bed and read some blogs to unwind

Ultimately we need to learn the importance of ME time – and actually give ourselves some ME time so both our minds and bodies can relax. Without this we are constantly rushing from one thing to the next with no time to recharge and rest our batteries and come back stronger than ever (this counts both in and out of the gym).

Being too stressed out (or stressed masked as being super busy – oh yes sometimes you don’t realise you are even stressed!) can often lead to illness and our bodies just not feeling right for no real reason.

Or perhaps you are trying to loose weight and hit a plateau that you just can’t shift, it could perhaps be stress making you hold on to the weight. (There is a more technical reason for it and it has to do with your cortisol levels but to keep it simple pretty much if you are stressed (whether you know it or not) your body may go into ‘fight or flight mode’ and hold on to some of your fat as it is scared you are not going to get the nutrients you need to keep functioning. 

I didn’t want to make this a technical post so just believe me when I say that taking some time out to relax and recharge your batteries is a good thing and we need to do it! The hardest part is making it a habit and making some time to do it (more accurately, making it a priority!). 

Make it a priority to set aside at least an hour a week for some relaxation of some form and make sure it is truly relaxing and you are not focusing on something else at the same time – this is NOT the time to multi task

What do you do for relaxation? How do you fit in me time?

 

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